Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cumulative Update KB 3176934 Released for Windows 10

Microsoft released Cumulative update KB3176934 for Windows 10 Version 1607, Build 14393.82 today.  The update replaces previously released KB3176931.

The purpose of the update is to provide quality improvements. Key changes provided in the Windows 10 Update History are the following:
  • Improved reliability of Network Controller, DNS server, gateways, Storage Spaces Direct, Group Managed Service Accounts, remote procedure calls (RPC), PowerShell, Internet Explorer 11, printer pairing and interoperability, the Windows kernel, Media Core, Windows Store, Connected Standby, Cluster Health service, the Hypervisor debugger and platform, and Active Directory.
  • Improved performance of Storage Spaces Direct with many nodes or disks, scrolling lists on Xbox One, DHCP address acquisition, Active Directory queries, and Cluster Health service.
  • Addressed issue that prevents external media from playing on Xbox One using Cast to Device.
  • Addressed issue with Mouse events not working correctly in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with the rendering and resizing of nested tables in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with the UI layout not updating correctly in Internet Explorer 11 quirks mode.
  • Addressed issue that was causing nodes to be disconnected from a Cluster service intermittently.
  • Addressed issue with the 3G and 4G options not appearing correctly in Windows 10 Mobile settings.
  • Addressed additional issues with mobile device management (MDM) enrollment for an Azure Active Directory tenant, software compatibility, rendering of Yu Gothic fonts, Cortana, slow connections to cluster shares, Xbox One unable to launch the Netflix app using the DIAL protocol, Xbox One volume and music playback, all video stops while audio plays in a TV app, incorrect scaling of Internet Explorer 11 first-run dialog, driver setup, Windows Update for Business, apps failing to install after resetting device, boot failure with Hyper-V and BitLocker enabled, Cache Manager, Cluster Health service, inability to change roles and features on a locked device, disk-to-enclosure mappings not working, PowerShell, missing lock screen image, fitness tracker not recognized as a mass storage device, synchronization not working between Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD), Skype calls over Wi-Fi, streaming playback using progressive download, unable to cancel download from Windows, extensions for Microsoft Edge, incorrect lock screen UI after resuming from hibernate and sleep, and blocked installation of game bundles from the Windows Store.


Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mozilla Firefox Version 48.0.1 Released

FirefoxMozilla sent Firefox Version 48.0.1 to the release channel today.  The update includes a number of bug fixes.

The next scheduled release is September 13, 2016.


  • Fix an audio regression impacting some major websites (bug 1295296)
  • Fix a top crash in the JavaScript engine (Bug 1290469)
  • Fix a startup crash issue caused by Websense (Bug 1291738)
  • Fix a different behavior with e10s / non-e10s on
  • Fix a top crash caused by plugin issues (Bug 1264530)
  • Fix an unsigned add-ons issue on Windows
  • Fix a shutdown issue (Bug 1276920)
  • Fix a crash in WebRTC


To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu at the upper left of the browser window, then pick "About Firefox."  Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.


    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    ICYMI: Major Windows Update Change Coming for Windows 7/8.1

    Although the information provided in Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is from the Windows for IT Pros blog, the changes do, of course, apply to consumers.  Snippets quoted from the referenced article below:

    "Monthly Rollup

    From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup, so there will always be only one update required for your Windows PCs to get current. i.e. a Monthly Rollup in October 2016 will include all updates for October, while November 2016 will include October and November updates, and so on. Devices that have this rollup installed from Windows Update or WSUS will utilize express packages, keeping the monthly download size small."
    "Update documentation changes

    To bring consistency to the release notes model introduced with Windows 10, we will also be updating our down-level documentation to provide consolidated release notes with the Rollups for all supported versions of Windows. We’ll extend and provide release notes for monthly rollup updates and also the security-only updates that will be introduced from October 2016." 
    ".NET Framework Monthly Rollup

    The .NET Framework will also follow the Monthly Rollup model with a monthly release known as the .NET Framework Monthly Rollup. The monthly .NET Framework Monthly Rollup will deliver both security and reliability updates to all versions of the .NET Framework as a single monthly release, targeting the same timing and cadence as Windows. It is important to note that the rollup for the .NET Framework will only deliver security and quality updates to the .NET Framework versions currently installed on your machine. It will not automatically upgrade the base version of the .NET Framework that is installed.?

    What does this change mean to consumers with Windows 7 and/or Windows 8.1 devices?  Following is information I have gathered from various sources:

    1.  All security and non-security fixes (reliability updates) will be in one cumulative update -- no choices!
    2.  It won't be possible to uninstall one troublesome update, rather the entire cumulative update will need to be removed.
    3.  Updates for the Microsoft Office, Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash won't be included in the rollups.
    4.  Each monthly rollup will supersede the previous month's rollup.  (Thus a computer not powered on in October will get the October updates included in the November update.)
    5.  As illustrated in the Windows 10 update history, documentation will be consolidated release notes with the rollups for all supported versions of Windows.


    1.  Without a doubt, be more proactive in maintaining system backups.
    2.  Ensure you have a recent System Restore point.
    3.  No, do NOT disable Windows Update as missing critical security updates could indeed have serious repercussions.  That said, at this point, it is unknown what changes may be made to WU options or whether the option to "Download updates, but let me choose whether or not to install them" option will be available if you wish to delay updates a couple of days beyond the first Tuesday of the month.
    4.  I personally prefer to obtain device drivers directly from the manufacturer.  To change the driver update setting, see How to stop Windows 7 automatically installing drivers which also works on Windows 8.1.

    Remember - "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart...