Windows February 10 patches were a disaster. Will Microsoft get its Win10 patches to work together?
Yesterday, Patch Tuesday, when I finished the column that continues to complain about the malaise of Windows 10 patches and give abundant examples of things that went terribly wrong, a wonderful example landed in my lap (but happily not on my laptop my). It has been revealed that Microsoft has accidentally released news about a new Server Message Block (SMB) error with a maximum severity, also known as SMBGhost. The leak also said that this error was not corrected in the versions of that day.
I will return to this last outrage, but first, let’s review the last months.
I’ve written a lot about Microsoft Windows 10 patch bugs. Honestly, I’m tired of it. But do you know why I’m tired? Another month with more Windows 10 update clutter.
And I don’t even use Windows 10 as my main desktop. I mainly use Linux Mint on my desktops and Chromebooks, with Debian Linux running sideways, like laptops. Woe to all those who have to depend on Windows to work.
I mean, when I look at the Windows 10 patch landscape, I almost understand why some of you are still stuck with Windows 7. It may be outdated and vulnerable to potential attacks, but at least when you fixed it, you didn’t have to to wonder what will happen next time you restart your computer.
In February, I saw a separate security patch, is it something new? – KB 4524244. It was a blunder. A group of machines has been removed, especially HP PCs with Ryzen processors. If you had Secure Boot enabled, which you should have to keep your computer «safe,» your computers would not restart normally, and in the worst case, you would need to restore your system. Oh, and that could fail. Does Microsoft know how to make us have fun or what?
Microsoft has finally removed that patch. Thanks guys for shutting down the computer door after all the bytes were dropped.
Then it was KB 4532693. That, Woody Leonhard trusted us, swallowed desktop icons and moved files to Windows 10 1903 and 1909. It also caused problems with Windows Server containers and even this data: “applications on 32 bits or processes running inside the container may fail in silence. «I love silent failures. You don’t?
And quietly is what Microsoft has fixed to fix this problem. As I write this, March 10, these issues are alive, well, and causing problems. Aren’t you glad you stopped the updates? Oh, isn’t it? I’m really sorry.
Okay, the details are enough, though if you want more details on these and other Windows patch tricks, follow Woody. He knows what he’s doing and will keep you posted on when you need to stop updating and how to do it.
What I want to know is why Microsoft Windows quality assurance (QA) has become a joke, with our cars as a final element.
I do not understand. Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 Insider «slow, fast and launch rings» to avoid this kind of nonsense. Windows Insider started on September 30, 2014. Microsoft has had a long time to troubleshoot this program.
And the latest number I’ve seen has 10 million people enrolled in the Windows Insider program. There are many beta testers. No other software testing program is approaching.
To quote Microsoft, «slow-ring versions include Quality Update service packs to fix key issues and also receive the latest security fixes from the Microsoft Security Response Center shortly after public availability.» So why do updates fail so much?
Well, maybe like a smart Woody guy, which Woody pointed out a few years ago, the Insider program is much more marketing than a beta testing program. His favorite term for beta testers: «cannon fodder». Also, Microsoft is not doing a decent job of helping insiders publish useful beta reports.
And of those 10 million Insiders, how many provide useful information? Fast! What version of Windows 10 are you running? To find out, press the Windows + R logo key, type «winver» in the Open box, and then select OK. Did you know that? Without this basic information, an inside bug report is useless. Microsoft needs to make better use of all those brave early adopters.
Finally, I don’t know how many people Microsoft works on for quality control for Windows 10, how much money they invest in the program, and what level of experience those people have. But, because the results speak louder than words, I know that Win10 QA has insufficient staff and low resources, and the staff does not have the experience they should have.
Now about that SMB error, Microsoft’s latest bomb. I’m not sure there’s another patch. In case you don’t remember, the security holes of SMEs are responsible for the famous ransomware WannaCry and NotPetya.
And now, as you finish this, it looks like the Patch Tuesday patch will be delayed as well. I think that’s because Microsoft needs to include an emergency patch in Tuesday’s patch pack.
Come on, Microsoft! That’s enough. Do your QC together!