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  • Did we just get a new cumulative update for Win10 1703?

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 19:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Considering Win10 Creators Update was declared “suitable for business,” er, “Current Branch for Business,” uh, “Semi-Annual Channel (Broad),” um, “Semi-Annual Channel” with a little “Microsoft recommends” bullet on July 27, you’d think that Microsoft would’ve caught up on most of its bug fixes before telling businesses to roll ‘er out.

    Not a chance.

    @JenMsft just tweeted that there’s a “Changelist for #Windows10 Creators Update KB4032188 (Build 15063.502)”

    If you look at KB 4032188, you see that the version list on the side of the page says “OS Build 15063.501” while the title on the page says “July 31, 2017—KB4032188 (OS Build 15063.502).”

    UPDATE: Somebody just fixed it. Now both lines says 15063.502.

    July 31 being a Last Chance Patch Monday, I guess.

    I’m trying to download it through Windows Update, and so far no luck. Any of you out there in Win10 1703 land seeing it?

    Remember that the last release of 15063.501, on July 28, made it to the documentation stage, but never arrived in the Automatic Update chute.

    Just in case Microsoft yanks the page again, here’s the text:

    July 31, 2017—KB4032188 (OS Build 15063.502)

    Windows 10 Version 1703
    KB4032188 (OS Build 15063.501)

    Improvements and fixes

    This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

    • Addressed issue that causes a Microsoft Installer (MSI) application to fail for standard (non-admin) users when installed on a per user basis.
    • Addressed issue to enable support in the DevDetail Configuration Service Provider (CSP) to return the UBR number in the D part of the SwV node.
    • Addressed issue where NTFS sparse files were unexpectedly truncated (NTFS sparse files are used by Data Deduplication—deduplicated files may be unexpectedly corrupted as a result). Also updated chkdsk to detect which files are corrupted.
    • Addressed issue where the IME pad was not launching correctly in the Microsoft Edge browser for certain markets.
    • Addressed issue to allow Win32 applications to work with various Bluetooth LE devices including head tracking devices.
    • Addressed issue in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature to allow headsets to work correctly.
    • Addressed issue where device drivers are not loading.
    • Addressed a reliability issue when playing specific types of spatial sound content.
    • Addressed issue with a dropped key on Microsoft Surface Keyboard and Microsoft Surface Ergo Keyboard, and addressed Wacom active pen connection failures.
    • Addressed issue to improve stability for USB type C during device arrival and removal during system power changes.
    • Addressed USB host controller issue where the host controller no longer responds to the attached peripherals.
    • Addressed MP4 compatibility issue while playing content from a social media site in Microsoft Edge.
    • Addressed issue with audio headsets connected to a PC through Xbox 360 controllers.
    • Addressed a reliability issue with launching a Settings app while another application is using the camera device concurrently.
    • Addressed issue with notifications (SMS, Calendar) for an activity tracker.
    • Addressed issue with video playback artifacts during transitions from portrait to landscape on mobile devices.
    • Addressed issue with Skype calls becoming unresponsive after about 20 minutes when using Bluetooth headsets with Hands-Free Profile (HFP) connections with negotiated mSBC codec (Wideband Speech).
    • Addressed issue where a service using a Managed Service Account (MSA) fails to connect to the domain after an automatic password update.
    • Addressed issue where, in some cases, a drive that utilizes on-drive hardware encryption would not automatically unlock at system startup.
    • Addressed issue where “cipher.exe /u” fails on client machines that are deployed with InTune, Windows Information Protection (WIP), and an updated Data Recovery Agent (DRA) certificate. Cipher.exe will fail with one of the following errors: “The request is not supported” or “The system cannot find the file specified”.
    • Addressed issue where a memory leak occurs in a nonpaged pool with the “NDnd” memory tag when you have a network bridge set up.
    • Addressed issue where you cannot add Work and School accounts in Windows Store, and you may get an error that reads, “We encountered an error; please try signing in again later.”
    • Addressed issue issue where if a Surface Hub enters Sleep mode and then resumes, it may require the user to sign in to Skype again.
    • Addressed issue where some Windows Forms (WinForms) applications that use DataGridView, Menu controls, or call a constructor for a Screen object experienced performance regressions in .NET 4.7. This was caused by additional Garbage Collections. In some cases, there was an empty UI because of a lack of GDI+ handles.
    • Addressed issue where Magnifier Lens users cannot click on buttons or select web content in Microsoft Edge or Cortana results.
    • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.

    If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.


    I’d say that looks like a nice, small list of bug fixes for a product that was just pushed as “ready for business.”

    UPDATE: KB 4032188 is available for download from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

  • The fine print behind Microsoft’s new Surface financing plan, “Surface Plus”

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 13:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re in the market for a Surface machine, there’s a new zero-percent 24 month payment plan that you should consider.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: Mary Jo Foley confirms that the Surface Plus for Business is just a rebranding of the old Surface Membership.

  • Office non-security patches for August 2017 are available

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 13:22 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, you don’t want to install them yet. WAIT! Microsoft’s track record hasn’t been the best of late. You don’t have to be a Guinea Pig!

    Aug 2017 non-security for Office 2013

    Update for Microsoft Excel 2013 (KB4011080)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB3172443)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011070)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB4011077)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2013 (KB4011084)
    Update for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components SDK (KB3213571)
    Update for Microsoft Word 2013 (KB4011045)
    Update for Skype for Business 2015 (KB4011046)

    Aug 2017 non-security for Office 2016

    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3203472)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB3213650)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011037)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 (KB4011051)
    Update for Microsoft Office 2016 Language Interface Pack (KB3191930)
    Update for Microsoft OneDrive for Business (KB3178707)
    Update for Microsoft OneNote 2016 (KB4011030)
    Update for Microsoft Project 2016 (KB4011034)
    Update for Microsoft Publisher 2016 (KB3178696)
    Update for Microsoft Visio 2016 (KB4011033)

    Office 2007 is on extended support. It no longer receives non-security updates. There were no updates listed for Office 2010. Security patches for all current versions of Microsoft Office are released on the second Tuesday of the month (Patch Tuesday)

    Corrections posted August 8, 2017

  • More Surface Pro 4 problems: “Windows Hello isn’t available on this device,” shaking screen

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 10:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Still not clear if the undocumented bad driver “Surface – System – 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM –” is going out to Surface Pro 2017, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, Surface Studio, and/or Surface Hub owners, too.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: The Win10 1703 cumulative update released on the night of August 1, KB 4032188, fixes this bug.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: Now I’m hearing that KB 4032188 doesn’t fix the “Surface – System – 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM –” bug at all, but that MS has pulled the botched driver. If you’re having the “Hello is broken” problem, the only solution is to roll back the bad driver, using the technique in the Computerworld article.

  • Netmarketshare: Win7 still at 50% usage, Win10 at 28%

    Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 07:15 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    StatCounter says it’s Win 7 at 46%, Win 10 with a bullet at 37%.

    No increase in Edge. Per Netmarketshare:

    Gregg Keizer has an interesting observation about web browsers in Computerworld and a detailed analysis of Windows version usage.