Lifecycle Dates Extended for Windows Server 2012

For those folks using Windows Server 2012, you’re in luck. The mainstream support for Server 2012 has been extended due to the timing of the release of the latest version – Server 2016. The new extended dates have been moved up to 10.10.2023, with mainstream support ending 10.9.2018.

The Lifecycle Policy for Windows Server 2012 states that Mainstream Support will be provided for five years, or for two years after the successor product (N+1, where N=product version) is released, whichever is longer. Microsoft will also provide Extended Support for the five years following Mainstream Support or for two years after the second successor product (N+2) is released, whichever is longer.

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Windows Blocks Updates for New CPU’s and older OS’s

For those building aw machine with the latest CPU’s, Microsoft might be a roadblock if you’re planning on any OS other than Windows 10. When you attempt to scan for updates, you can get an error “Your PC uses a processor that isn’t supported on this version of Windows”.

While Windows will work just fine, it does sound like you are out of luck for future Windows Updates. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise as Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will support the newer CPU’s and that the older OS’s will not be updated for supporting the latest CPU’s.

I can understand drivers for the latest CPU’s not being available, and I’m hoping it’s limited to this. However, with the way this is worded, it sounds like any updates when using the newer CPU on an older OS will be unavailable. As I do not have a newer CPU, I’m going to wait and see how big of an issue this could be for those hold outs that are still using Windows 7 or 8.1. Of course, mainstream support has ended for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 loses mainstream support in 2018.

I would like to find out if it’s all updates (even previously released ones) that are blocked or if it’s any new ones. This paragraph – Because of how this support policy is implemented, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 devices that have a seventh generation or a later generation processor may no longer be able to scan or download updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update. – is the one that makes it a bit more of an issue. It’s not a shocker that the CPU wouldn’t be supported in the older OS, but this is blocking working updates on a working OS due to the newer CPU.

 

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Metered Connection? Windows 10 Update will Download Updates

If you’re running on a metered internet connection, like many are, Windows Update on Windows 10 will bypass any settings you may have set to limit downloads. With the new updates, Microsoft has changed their Windows Update dialog to state “We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.” (emphasis mine). At this point, I don’t know what the size and frequency of the updates that are “required to keep Windows running smoothly”. It could be minimal or it could be a substantial download. Either way, it could be over the top for some users.

I know of several people that are very limited to their bandwidth and are capped at a certain amount or pay for what they use. Some have left Windows 10 because of the high amounts of data it does consume, even when set to not download over a metered connection.

Hopefully, there is a reversal on Microsoft’s part for this policy as I can anticipate a lot of backlash in forums when this takes effect and the bill shows up.

This image is from the most recent build of Windows 10 in the fast ring of the Windows Insider program, build 15058 from my Surface Pro 4:

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UPDATE: This may or may not be included within the final Creators Update. I notice that on another machine (my desktop), the message is slightly different. They may be testing out different things with these latest builds. It has happened in the past with testing various things that ended up not being included in the final builds. I will reach out to Microsoft and see if I can get an “official” word on this.

 

This report was also found by Richard Hay over at WinSuperSite – http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/metered-connections-windows-10-creators-update-will-not-block-all-windows-update-download

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Windows Update Troubleshooter Tool

Several people have had issues with Windows Update, from Windows 8.1 not able to update to Windows 10 not updating to the latest Insider build. Microsoft has a Troubleshooting tool that can help find the issue and correct it.

While this is not a fix all for everything that could be wrong with Windows Update, and it might not fix your particular issue, it is a good place to start. Also, if you are in the Insiders Program, always be sure to check the release notes. There are some known issues that have caused problems updating in the past (Anti-virus could interfere, SD Card could interfere, etc..). This is a great place to start if you are having issues, though, and it does work very fast to fix any issues with Windows Update that you may have.

 

1. Go to The Microsoft Windows Update Troubleshooter page (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/512a5183-ffab-40c5-8a68-021e32467565/windows-update-troubleshooter) and download the troubleshooter for your current operating system.

 

 

2. Run the file. This is a single file that can run on it’s own and does not require any installation. Select “Windows Update” and then click Next.

 

 

3. If it runs and cannot detect issues, it may need to be run as an Administrator, which is an option when it runs. The tool will run and check several things.

 

 

 

 

The Troubleshooting tool checks several things:

    • Default Windows Update data locations have changed?
    • Some security settings are missing or have been changed?
    • Check for missing or corrupt files.
    • Service registration is missing or corrupt.
    • Potential Windows Update Database error detected?

 

4. The tool will fix any found issues, and you can then close the troubleshooter. You can also click for a more detailed report to see what it did fix. From there, you can go back into Windows  Update and try the updates again.

 

 

If you click the View detailed information, you see what was checked and what was fixed.

 

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Build 15058 Is Available to Insiders on Fast Ring

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For those Windows 10 Insiders on the Fast Ring, get set to update to the newest build – 15058.

A few fixes for crashes, which was great. And a few known issues you should know before you download and install this update:

Known issues for PC

  • Some PCs may fail to update to Build 15002 and higher due to SYSTEM_PTE_MISUSE error.
  • Some apps and games may crash due to a misconfiguration of advertising ID that happened in a prior build. Specifically, this issue affects new user accounts that were created on Build 15031. The misconfiguration can continue to persist after upgrading to later builds. The ACL on the registry key incorrectly denies access to the user and you can delete the following registry key to get out of this state:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo

  • There is a bug where if you need to restart your PC due to a pending update like with the latest Surface firmware updates, the restart reminder dialog doesn’t pop up. You should check Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to see if a restart is required.
  • [GAMING] Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster.
  • Issues may occur when exploring pages using the F12 Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge with cross-origin iframes (e.g. the DOM explorer shows only the iframe DOM, the Console frame selector doesn’t list the iframes, etc.).
  • Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3 devices will fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. To take a new build, remove the SD memory card. You can re-insert the SD memory card after the latest build is installed.
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Patch Tuesday

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After a patch-less February due to come issues, Microsoft’s March Taco Tuesday is here.  A lot of updates this month, but sadly no tacos. 18 updates are available for multiple Microsoft products.

This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for March 2017.

For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications.

Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.

As a reminder, the Security Updates Guide will be replacing security bulletins. Please see our blog post, Furthering our commitment to security updates, for more details.

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Official Vista Support is Ending

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In less than a month, on April 11th, 2017, Windows Vista will officially lose support. While Vista only has .78% of market share currently, and continues to drop, there are still users that continue to run the old operating system.

Personally, Vista was one of my favorite Microsoft operating system releases. I upgraded to Windows 7 as soon as I could, but Vista was definitely a strong OS that did great. Farewell, old friend. Smile 

After April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

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Build 15055 For PC and Mobile For Fast Ring

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Fast Ring Insiders can now update to build 15055.  What do we get this time? A lot of fixes! It’s getting close to the final release of the Creators Update!

    • If you have Symantec/Norton anti-virus software installed on your PC, you should no longer get an 0x80070228 error when attempting to download this build. Symantec released updated anti-virus definitions last week that fixes this issue. Please make sure your Symantec/Norton anti-virus software has the most up-to-date anti-virus definitions BEFORE taking trying to install today’s build.
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Build 15048 Available for Fast Ring Insiders

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Fast Ring Insiders for Windows 10 should see build 15048 available for download. A few fixes this build. A couple more known bugs, as well. As always – please read the release notes from the blog page. I see a lot of posts in various forums mentioning, complaining, and reporting these known and documented bugs.

Insiders with multiple monitors may encounter an issue where one of the monitors stops rendering (with the exception of the mouse). While rebooting will fix it, you can also resolve the issue via Settings > System > Display under the Multiple displays section, set it to only use the monitor that’s functional, then set it back to “Extend these displays” and the issue should be resolved.

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Microsoft Updates and Privacy in Creators Update

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Microsoft has posted a blog post on the way updates and privacy controls are handled with the new Windows 10 Creators Update. This one is going to save a lot of heartache, a lot of complaints in many forums, and generally fix one of the major complaints with Windows 10.

Prior to the Creators Update, Windows 10 made most of the decisions for you regarding when updates would be installed and didn’t provide ways to tailor the timing to your specific needs. What we heard back most explicitly was that you want more control over when Windows 10 installs updates. We also heard that unexpected reboots are disruptive if they happen at the wrong time.

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