Posts Tagged ‘Windows Update’

Summary:

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Version 2004 May 2020 Update

Comments:

  1. Microsoft released the latest major feature update(named May 2020 Update) for Windows 10 Version 2004 Build 19041.264 today(May 27, 2020)
  2. Windows 10 Version 2004 is now available for devices running Windows 10 1909 and 1903 to mainstream consumers and business users that wish to manually install the feature update via Windows Update ‘Check for Updates’.  (Note: Not all devices may be deemed ready to install Windows 10 2004 – MSFT is gradually throttling up the availability(staged deployment). Additionally, a safeguard may be in place for compatibility reasons to ensure a “good update experience”)
  3. Windows 10 Version 2004 is also available via The Windows 10 download site,  using the ‘Update Assistant – Update Now’ and the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. (Notes:  See ‘Additional Information’ Section for link/pic; See Note in Comment #2 -‘safeguards in place for compatibility’)
  4. Windows 10 Version 2004 will be deployed/rolled out automatically via Windows Update(not all capable devices will receive the feature update at the same time)
  5. Windows 10 Version 2004 May 2020 Update can update a Windows 10 device where the prior installed versions is Windows 10 Version 1909 or 1903

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

May 27 2020: Initial Draft

May 27 2020: Original Publish Date

Summary:

Microsoft extends End of Service date for Windows 10 Version 1809

Comments:

  • Microsoft announced on April 14, 2020 that the ‘End-of-Service’ date for Windows 10 1809 has been extended to November 10, 2020 instead of expiring on May 12, 2020
  • The extension adds another six(6) months of support for receiving security updates
  • The extension applies to the following editions of Windows 10 1809
          • Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations
  • Security updates will continue to be available through the same channels
        • Windows Update, Microsoft Catalog and Windows Server Update services
  • This End-of-Service revision also places a temporary pausing of Microsoft initiated feature upgrades from Windows 10 Version 1809 to a later Windows 10 Version(e.g. 1903, 1909)

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

Apr 15 2020:  Initial Draft and Original  Publish Date

Apr 18 2020:  Added 2nd and 3rd items in the Additional Information section.

Summary:

How and where to find Known Issues and their current status for Windows 10 versions

Comments:

  • Known Issues and their current status for each Windows 10 version is available from Microsoft
  • Known Issues and their current status for each Windows 10 version is included as additional information for Windows 10 Release Information
  • Each released Windows 10 version has its own dedicated itemized list of:
      • Known Issues
      • Resolved Issues
  • Each released Windows 10 version Known Issues list is broken down by:
        • Known Issues by Originating update, Status, and latest status date in table form
              • Originating Update is the Windows update involved that is causing or related to or reported to and/or validated as the cause and appearance the issue(i.e. wide scope of  actual or possible reasons)
        • Details of the known issue – supplemental information on each issue
        • Issue status by month – chronological history
  • Each released Windows 10 version Resolved Issues list is broken down by:
      • Resolved Issue by Originating update, Status, Date resolved
      • Details of the resolved issue – supplemental information on each issue
      • Issue status by month – chronological history
  • All the above information is available on Microsoft’s web site

 

How To:

  1. Open a browser and navigate to the Microsoft web site –  Windows 10 Release Information
  2. Look on the left hand side to see a list of all released Windows 10 versions
  3. Click on any Windows 10 version(e.g. 1909, 1903, etc.) to expand the version specific additional categories(‘Known issues and notifications’ or ‘Resolved issues'(see below graphic)
  4. Click on the ‘Known Issues and notifications’ or ‘Resolved Issues’ categories for additional information viewable on the web page

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5.  Available information and content, as expected, is dynamic and updated when necessary

 

Revisions:

Feb  1 2020: Initial and Final Draft Date

Feb  2 2020: Original Publish Date

Feb 14 2020:  Added Resolved Issues section in Comments, corrected typo(Thanks Erin – HVD!)

Summary:

Compatibility Issues with some earlier versions of Avast and AVG anti-virus editions affecting Windows 10

 Comments:

  • Microsoft and Avast have identified problems with using earlier/outdated versions of Avast and AVG anti-virus software on Windows 10 Versions 1909 and 1903
  • These compatibility issues prevent upgrading Windows 10 from an earlier version to later Windows 10 versions – 1903(May 2019 Update) and 1909(November 2019 Update)
      • Note: The inability to upgrade impacts upgrading via Windows Update, the Media Creation Tool created media, and the online Upgrade Now methods
  • The compatibility issues surfaced in late November 2019
  • Avast and AVG versions 19.5 and lower are no longer compatible with Windows 10
  • Devices with installed versions of Avast or AVG 19.5 or lower will not be offered or capable to upgrade to Windows 10 1909 or Windows 10 1903
  • End users of Avast and AVG products should/need to download and install an updated version of their Avast or AVG application – Editor Note: Preferably the latest available version
  • End users of Avast or AVG anti-virus software that install the latest version will no longer have the compatibility issue preventing upgrading Windows 10 from an earlier version to Windows 10 versions 1909 or 1903

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

Nov 23 2019: Initial Draft Date

Nov 26 2019: Final Draft Date

Dec 1 2019: Original Publish Date

Dec 7 2019:  Added ‘Note’ and ‘Editor Note’ in the  ‘Comments’ section

Summary:

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Version 1909 November 2019 Update

Comments:

  1. Microsoft released the latest major feature update(named November 2019 Update) for Windows 10 Version 1909 Build 18363.418 today(Nov. 12, 2019)
  2. Windows 10 Version 1909 is now available to mainstream consumers and business users that wish to manually install the feature update via Windows Update ‘Check for Updates’  (Note: Not all devices may be deemed ready to install Windows 10 1909 – the most common reason would be due to a compatibility issue where a ‘safeguard hold is in place’ by Microsoft to ensure a good update experience for the respective device)
  3. Windows 10 Version 1909 is also available via The Windows 10 download site, and via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.  (Note: Not all devices may be deemed ready – see Note in Comment #2 above). Editor Note:  The Windows 10 Download site’s ”Update Assistant – Update Now’ option for 1909 will be available the week of November 18th)
  4. Windows 10 Version 1909 will be deployed/rolled out automatically via Windows Update(not all capable devices will receive the feature update at the same time since the deployment – rollout is staged)
  5. Windows 10 Version 1909 will update a Windows 10 device from the installed prior version of Windows 10(e.g. Windows 10 Version 1903, 1809, etc.)

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

Nov 12 2019: Initial Draft

Nov 13 2019: Original Publish Date

Nov 14 2019: Added Editor Note in Comment #3 (Thank you for the ping, Rangiku[from Tokyo!])

Summary:

  • Installation of Windows updates may fail with the message – "Updates Failed’ with ‘Error 0x80073701’

 

Comments:

  • This article applies to Windows 10 Version 1903
  • This article applies to Windows Update
  • The failure to update is suspected to be caused by KB4497935 May 29, 2019 Quality Update(an optional non-security update that included a number of ‘quality’ fixes)
    • Unknown at this time if the issue is related to Windows Update, Window 10 or Windows 10 Component Store/Image
  • This issue does not impact all Windows 10 devices having first appeared in isolated cases when attempting to install Windows updates automatically or manually in June through July 2019

Editor Note: This issue is now resolved by installing KB4524570 and applicable to Windows 10 1903(and 1909). If the issue still persists see Recommendation #3 below(or optionally see/reference KB4528159)

Recommendations:

  1. Use the Windows 10 Troubleshooter for Windows Update. The Windows 10 Troubleshooter is located  in ”Settings/Update and Security/Troubleshoot/Windows Update’
  2. Use the DISM’s tool command line interface to Check, Scan, and Restore Windows 10 System Image (
  3. Use the DISM’s tool command interface for Analyzing and Cleanup of the Windows 10 Component Store

Revisions:

Aug 15 2019: Initial Draft Date

Aug 18 2019: Original Publish Date

Nov 14 2019: Added Editor Note in Comments – Issue resolved by KB4524570

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates for Windows 10 Version 1809 October 2018 Update

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1809(October 2018 Update) Build 17763 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build number.Subversion number
    • e.g. 17763.1 = Build number 17763 Subversion number 1  (Initial Release, October 2, 2018)
      • Subsequent updates will be deployed via Windows Update and only modify the ‘Subversion number’
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Improvements and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
      • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
      • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

Nov  2 2018: Initial Draft

Nov 15 2018: Initial Publish Date

Summary:

Microsoft released Windows 10 Version 1809 October 2018 Update on October 2, 2018

Comments:

  1. Microsoft released the latest major feature update(named October 2018 Update) for Windows 10 Version 1809 Build 17763.1 today(October 2, 2018)
  2. Windows 10 1809 update is available at this time via Windows Update, The Windows 10 download site, and via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.  (Note: Not all devices may be deemed ready to install Windows 10 1809)
  3. Windows 10 1809 Update will be deployed/rolled out automatically via Windows Update(not all devices will receive the feature update at the same time)
  4. Windows 10 1809 Update will update a Windows 10 device from the installed prior version of Windows 10(e.g. Windows 10 Version 1803, 1709,  etc.)
  5. Windows 10 1809 includes new privacy controls that enhance the privacy choice and controls available to users for managing their own privacy.  Additionally each new account on a device can personally tailor the main privacy settings, instead of only the initial user who sets up the device. 

How To:

  • To obtain Windows 10 Version 1809 Build 17763.1
    • Access Windows Update on Windows 10 and manually check for updates
    • Visit the Microsoft Windows 10 Software Download site and choose the ‘Update Now’ option
    • Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool(MCT) executable(*.exe) file from the Microsoft Windows 10 Software Download web site then run the MCT exe file to create USB or DVD media or optionally create and save an ISO file which can be used for mounting or creating media

Additional Information:

 

 

Revisions:

Oct 2 2018: Initial Draft and Publish Date

Oct 3 2018: Corrected typo – Comments section Item #5

Summary: 

Intel Processor(CPU) microcode updates for Windows 10 addressing Spectre security vulnerabilities

Comments:

  • Windows 10 Intel microcode updates are stand-alone updates available in the Microsoft Catalog
  • Windows 10 versions will also receive the microcode update via Windows Update
  • Microcode updates include previous released microcode updates
  • Applicable to Windows 10 versions listed below in the Knowledge Base(KB) article section
  • Each KB article provides the Intel supported CPU and listed in table form by Code Name, Product Collection, Product Name, CPUID, and Intel microcode update revision

Microsoft KB article:

Additional Information:

 

 

Revisions:

Sept 1 2018:  Initial Draft Date

Sept 7 2018: Initial Publish Date

Nov 27 2018: Updated – added comment – Microcode deployment/availability via Windows Update

Nov 28, 2018: Updated – added  information – Summary of Intel Microcode Updates; Editor Note

Summary:

An article on Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Platform and HoloLens Technology

Comments:

  1. Microsoft released the Mixed Reality Platform and included in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
  2. HoloLens was introduced as a development kit in the fall(October) of CY2016
  3. HoloLens supports Mixed Reality(MR) and UWP apps(aka Universal Windows Platform apps)
  4. MR in the simplest term is ‘hybrid reality – a mixed version of the real and virtual world creating an enviroment where both physical and digital objects co-exist.
  5. Windows MR is a platform available on Windows 10 that provides holographic and mixed reality experiences using a head mounted device(e.g. HoloLens)
  6. HoloLens is a device(wearable/head-mounted mixed reality smart glasses) that provides access to the Windows MR Platform features
  7. The technology associated with both(MR and HoloLens) is rapidly improving wiith use now in a different arenas(see Editor comment #10)
  8. The potential for this platform and technology imo will be welcomed as different systems(education, aerospace and defense, graphics/video, business) and methodologies evolve and are deployed.
  9. The ‘More Information’ section below provides a few examples of the terminology and use of Mixed Reality  and Hololens.
  10. Editor Comment – If there is anything that belongs or deserves deployment across our educational systems(world-wide) in STEM arenas and educational systems – this it ‘IT’

 

More Information:

 

Revisions:

Feb 22 2018: Initial Draft and Publish Date

Feb 28 2018: Updated ‘Comments’ section with more definitive explanations/additional comments

Apr 2, 2018: Added link in ‘More Information’ re: Windows Insider 3D use explaining Astronomy