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  • New online version of Google Calendar

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 11:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Google Calendar for all sorts of reasons — accessibility on all platforms, solid interface, easy sharing, and much more.

    Google is rolling out a new interface that’s gently improved, plus a bunch of new features. Read about them here.

    If your account has access to the new features, there’ll be a link in the upper right of the screen that says Use new calendar. My account hasn’t been updated yet (hint, hint), but I’ll be trying it as soon as it’s available.

  • How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 11:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Don’t blame me – that’s the title of the official Windows Blog entry.

    Due to start rolling out to those of you who haven’t blocked it, beginning at high noon Central time today.

    If you want to join the roughly-four-month-long unpaid beta testing program, now’s your chance!

    UPDATE: Where to find the Win10 1709 Language Packs, from Michael Niehaus.

  • Surface Book 2 is coming

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 11:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Paul and Brad just went off embargo, and published details about the new Surface Book Pro 2. The rest of the Microsoft-following press will soon add their own echoes.

    The dual-core Surface Book 2 13-inch will start at $1499, while the quad-core 15-inch versions, which weigh four pounds, will go for $2499 and up. They’ll be available for preorder on November 9 and go on sale one week later.

    Oh, there’s a new mouse, too, for a hundred bucks. (Good grief, get a $68 Logitech Performance MX Mouse or similar.) The pen costs extra, too.

    Now you know why Paul and Brad were in New York last week.

    Sorry if I can’t get worked up about it. I count 25 blogs with articles listed on Techmeme.

  • MS-DEFCON 2, October Windows updates, and KRACK

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 10:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’m moving us down to MS-DEFCON 2. No, installing this month’s patches isn’t a good idea. But the situation that caused me to run up to MS-DEFCON 1 has been fixed.

    Microsoft fed the wrong updates to Windows Update servers (WSUS and SCCM) for four hours on Tuesday. Those bad updates – actually, combination of updates – caused many machines to throw blue screens. All of the affected machines were on Update servers. And by now all of those Update servers have been cleaned up. I hope.

    Still, the enormous number of problems with this month’s patches looms, with some new bugs just now coming to light.

    Many of you have written, asking if you need to apply the October Windows patches to protect against the KRACK Wi-Fi WPA2 security hole.

    Microsoft released a Security Alert yesterday that says, in effect, not to worry about KRACK because the hole was plugged in last week’s patches. Which is fine. But that’s no reason to run out and install the October Patch Tuesday patches right away. As of this moment, there are no known active breaches using KRACK, and there aren’t likely to be any anytime soon.

    KRACK is a real, significant threat, but it isn’t something you have to fix right away. Somebody may figure out a way to insert themselves into your Wi-Fi conversations using the KRACK approach, but “general availability” of that kind of exploit is a long way off — certainly months, possibly years.

    Stay cool. Keep calm. And let’s see if Microsoft fixes any more of the October bugs.

  • “Unexpected error from external database driver” error messages in Excel, Access, ODBC, cause by this month’s Windows patches

    Posted on October 17th, 2017 at 09:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Yeah, I know it doesn’t make any sense, but that’s the general consensus. Looks like all of this month’s Windows patches changed the msexcl40.dll file to buggy version 4.0.9801.1.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

    HOLY COW! Microsoft has modified all of the associated KB articles, not just acknowledging but explaining the error:

    Installing this update may cause applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) to fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is, “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)”.

    Download and install the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable, and then modify the DB connection strings in Microsoft Excel to use ACE as a provider. Example: Change Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0 to Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0.

    Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

    That’s a third fix, reported in several Answers forum posts.

    Thx to @mrbrian and his eagle eye.

  • Is a Win10 1607 cumulative update re-enabling a disabled Windows Update service?

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 at 21:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Intriguing question posed by Günter Born. He’s in contact with a Win10 1607 user (yes, Anniversary Update, not Creators Update) who had manually turned off the Windows Update service. After installing one of the October patches, Stefan says the Windows Update service now starts automatically.

    Stefan believes one of these patches flipped the Windows Update service back on: KB 4038782, 3186568, 4033637, 4035631, or the Flash Player update.

    Can anybody else confirm?

  • A challenging problem for you Win7 gurus

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 at 21:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got this from MM:

    Windows 7 ultimate computer that at first would only boot in safe mode where i tried to delete the update KB ending in 96 i think, it would try to restart but never finish – then i guess i must have pressed startup repair and now it is in an endless loop. i can no longer get back to the safe mode option, only the command prompt. Which is where i get a bit lost. So i have two issues – i need to stop the bootloop and when that is done i need to remove the update. i don’t have a boot cd and i do not want to wipe and restore the computer….

    Anybody out there want to take a swing at this?

  • Adobe Flash player security update is out

    Posted on October 16th, 2017 at 14:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A week late, but what the heck. APSB17-32.

    Details on the Adobe site.