Microsoft pulls non-security updates for Office 2010

Seems Microsoft is starting off the year on a bad foot just a day before Patch Tuesday. Microsoft pulled all 4 non-security updates released last week even though one may be the culprit. They weren’t taking chances.

Gone are:

  • Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627) – the primary culprit.
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217)
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225)
  • Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616)

At issue is that Excel [and maybe some other Office applications] may crash on start up or have other issues.

Go to “Installed Updates” off “Programs & Features” and remove them.

 

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Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update continues to have issues – now an administrator issue

Even after Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update [a.k.a. Redstone 5, a.k.a. v1809] has been released, it is now known that if you upgrade from v1803 to v1809, the upgrade invalidates the built in Administrator account. The problem seems to occur when the Administrator account is valid and when there are other accounts with Administrator privileges.

At this point, unsure if it will do the same to older version of Windows 10 to v1809. Microsoft says an update at the end of January will correct the problem. Currently the best workaround is to make sure that you have at least one valid account with administrator rights other than the built in Administrator account.

If you have not upgraded to v1809:

  • Right click on This PC in Windows Explorer and select Manage.
  • On the left, click Local Users and Groups and then Groups.
  • Double click on Administrators on the right. Verify there are other accounts in the group other than the Administrator account.

If you have already upgraded to v1809:

  • Right click on This PC in Windows Explorer and select Manage.
  • On the left, click Local Users and Groups and then Users.
  • Double click on the Administrator account and enable it.

 

 

Windows 10 October Update available for all

As of today, Windows 10 October [err November] 2018 Update [a.k.a. version 1809] should now available to download an install for anyone.

Generally, Microsoft rolls out feature updates first to highly compatible systems [i.e. those that are quite recent] while they diagnose and try to fix systems that failed to update correctly [from their diagnostics]. So this news is a change and risky.

To manually update, open up the Settings app. Then go to the Update & Security section, and finally check for updates to receive the October 2018 update.

Those who manually update may get the update that may not successfully install.

If you recall in a blog posting back in July, I tried to update my v1709 [October 2017 update] build to the v1803 [April 2018] build and I had issues with my webcam [don’t use much], audio card [I use that!] and the opening screen [just before you log in]. I reverted back to v1709 and have been stuck there ever since. I have Windows 10 Pro. So I can delay the feature update but unsure if I can delay this one now.

 

Windows 10 October 2018 Update released… with some issues still

So Windows 10 October 2018 Update [a.k.a. Redstone 5, a.k.a. v1809] was finally re-released on Tuesday after about 6 weeks when the original version was released before being pulled.

But not surprising, there are some outstanding issues:

  • When on a network, your mapped drives can’t reconnect at login. See KB4471218 for workaround scripts. An update for this won’t be available until 2019.
  • Some users cannot set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps. [Interesting, as I have something like this in v1709.]
  • Upgrading to v1809 is blocked if you have a AMD Radeon HD2000 and HD4000 series graphics processors. Note that these are unsupported by AMD. Will experience an error in a DLL and performance issues. Microsoft is investigating.
  • When trying to upgrade to v1809 with Trend Micro’s OfficeScan and Worry-Free Business Security software installed, the upgrade is blocked. Trend Micro is to supply a patch.

 

Major issue with Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update

[Update 2018/10/23] Microsoft was scheduled to re-release v1809 last Friday but changed their mind. It seems another data loss bug!

According to these users, the Compressed Files feature in Windows 10 version 1809 doesn’t prompt the user when you move files or folders out of a ZIP file and those entities already exist in the target location. Instead, it just overwrites the originals.

[Update 2018/10/15] On October 11, 2018 Microsoft removed the HP Keyboard driver (11.0.3.1) from Windows Update to reduce the number of devices affected.  Additionally, Microsoft has released this update to remove the incompatible driver from devices pending reboot. HP is actively working on this issue.

[Updated 2018/10/13] Seems that the reason why some people experienced BSODs after installing the October 2018 patch update for v1809 was because of a faulty HP keyboard driver. I would guess that some of those with a non-HP computer who got hit with a BSOD may have been using an external HP keyboard.

This link explains the situation.

This link has an updated driver. Note that it is dated October 12th and lists as an updated driver for both v1803 and v1809.

As for the original v1809 issues [folder redirections, activation], Microsoft is working on a fix and will be testing the fix. So it may take at least a couple of more weeks.

Unsure but most likely there will be a new build number [and not 17763] and those with build 17763 will probably be required to upgrade to the new build.

[Updated 2018/10/12] Even if you managed to get v1809 installed and didn’t lose files or loss the activation, there is now another headache: Blue Screen of Death. It has been reported that KB4464330, Tuesday’s patch for v1809 will result in BSODs. Microsoft is investigating.

[Updated 2018/10/10] Microsoft has found the issue. Anybody who redirected any of their data folders [i.e. Documents, Pictures, Music, Video, etc.] to another folder or drive would lose their data.

They tried to correct a previous minor issue [leftover empty folder] and instead caused this.

An example of the redirection would be moving the Music folder from the default location [C:\Users\yourname\Music] to say D:\Music because your C drive is small [say you have an older SSD there]. For me this is the case for two of my major folders.

There is an additional problem – even if you didn’t have the file issue. Some users are reporting that their copy of Windows 10 is getting deactivated. I’m hoping this was looked after as well.

Microsoft has corrected the redirection issue [at least] and are now rolling it out to testers.

[Updated 2018/10/06] Microsoft has indeed put a halt to the upgrade of Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update.

This is the second feature update with a major issue.

For further information, click here.




There are some reports that some who have downloaded and manually installed the binary for the Windows 10 Fall 2018 Update [a.k.a. v1809, Redstone 5] have experienced some series issues.

Some complain that after upgrading all their files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos and Music folders are gone. Reverting back to the last version doesn’t bring back the files.

So do a full data backup!

Others report that the Microsoft Edge browser is unstable or the bookmarks are deleted. Well, few use Edge……

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed either. I am guessing this blog could be updated soon.

 

 

Is the Windows 10 October 2018 Update released?

Ok. At last check, there was no official word from Microsoft but all indications say that the October 2018 Update of Windows 10 [a.k.a. Redstone 5, v1809] has been released.

There has not been any current builds release this week and the Media Creation Tool for v1809 is available.

Just a word of caution: After the April 2018 was a mess, you may want to hold off on upgrading.

As usual, Microsoft will slowly notify people of upgrades. The most compatible systems will be notified first and the least compatible [i.e. those that Microsoft will fix to make sure they can be upgraded] will be done later on

Doesn’t stop you from manually upgrading [maybe at your own risk].

Windows Server 2019 has been released as well.

 

Office 2019 released

Microsoft has released Office 2019 for both Windows and Mac OS. For Windows, there will not be any MSI based installations. So unless you have a decent Internet speed, it will take forever to download and install.