Word 2016 blank table bug

After you install update 4011039, you may encounter the following issues:

  • If you merge vertical cells in a table, the cell content disappears, and you can’t select the merged cell.
  • If you open an existing document that has a table with merged cells, the cells are displayed as blank

    As a workaround, you can uninstall this update, and your tables will return to normal. MS anticipate releasing the fix for these issues in the next monthly update that’s tentatively scheduled for October 3, 2017.


RSAT Win 10 1511 Issue

If you are like me and are using Win 10 1511 and have installed RSAT you will notice the tab’s inside ADUC are missing.

This is due to a bug with RSAT version v1.2 published 12/10/2016.

Solution: Upgrade to a higher build of Win 10 e.g 1607 Anniversary edition. You may be able to try and find an earlier version of RSAT, this may work also. If you find a link to the older version please let me know and I’ll post it here.

Win 10 update broke DHCP / getting an IP address

Last week Microsoft quietly fixed a Windows update it recently released which prevents users from getting an IP and connecting to the Internet.

People are pointing the issue to update KB3201845 released on Dec 9 2016, which appears to break DHCP. This prevents Win 10 from automatically getting an IP address from the network.

KB4004227 has been released to resolve this issue.

“Note: This issue is limited to PCs running Windows 10 version 1607 that have not been restarted recently, and with network adapters unexpectedly showing an IP address in the 169.x.x.x range. ”

More info on MS forums.

Win 10 Upgrade & Wifi issue

Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and the Wifi does not work.

This could be due to having VPN software loaded in Windows 8 which causes issues with Windows 10.

Have a read here.

Outlook 2010 safe mode dodgy patch

Microsoft’s patch tuesday 8/12/15 brought update KB3114409.

The patch was meant to fix issues with Outlook 2010 however it breaks Outlook and forces it into running in Safe mode and also prevents the preview pane from working unless you manually turn it on.

The fix is to uninstall the patch. Go into Programs & Features, View installed updates and search for the kb number. Double click it to uninstall.

Microsoft have pulled the update.

2012 R2 VM on 2008 R2 Server

This may be old news however it’s a good reminder. If you are running Hyper-V on 2008 R2 server and have a 2012 R2 VM server you may notice the VM stops responding and also receive STOP errors.

Read the following MS KB to find the update.


What’s the cause? The issue occurs because the Hypervisor does not handle the one-shot synthetic timer correctly.

kb2967012 – A Windows 8.1-based or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer does not restart after update rollup 2919355 is installed

Here is more info re server 2012 R2 stuck in a restart loop after installing Update Rollup 2919355 (April 2014)

As quoted from MS

“After you install Update Rollup 2919355 (April 2014) for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2, or after you install any of these systems from media that includes this update rollup, you cannot restart the computer because the computer experiences a restart loop.

Update Rollup 2919355 may have been installed automatically through Windows Update (WU) or through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) in your environment.

Computers that start from certain Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage controllers are affected by this problem. This includes, but is not limited to, the following controller drivers:

Dell H200 PERC controller
IBM x240 with on-board LSI SAS2004 ROC controller
LSI 2308 on-board controllers
LSI 9211-4i controllers
LSI 9211-8i controllers
LSI SAS 9211
Supermicro X10SL7-F motherboard

If the “Automatically restart” option to set the computer behavior after a failure is disabled, you receive the following Stop error message during startup:


MS has released a HOTFIX – See MS link here

To recover from the “no boot” state when this problem occurs, try one or both of the following workaround methods.

Method 1

Try to restart the computer several times. You may occasionally be able to boot to the desktop by trying the process multiple times.

Method 2

Start the computer from media for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2, select the Repair your computer option, click Troubleshoot, and then click Command Prompt.

Note For this workaround, the media that you use should not include Update Rollup 2919355.
At a command prompt, run the following command:

Bcdedit /store /set {default} truncatememory 4294967296
Note The path of the BCD file is :\BOOT\BCD, in which the driver letter is the system partition. This command adds an entry to the BCD file under Windows Boot Loader that is named truncatememory. The new entry will have a value format of 0x100000000. For example, run the following command:

Bcdedit /store C:\BOOT\BCD /set {default} truncatememory 4294967296

Restart the computer. The computer should now boot to the desktop.

Note If you were installing Update Rollup 2919355 when this problem occurred, the computer will continue to complete the installation of the update. After you successfully start Windows, uninstall Update Rollup 2919355.
To remove the truncatememory boot option, run the following command at a command prompt:

Bcdedit /deletevalue truncatememory
Start the computer normally.

kb2961042 – Printer server goes offline when you wake up the computer at another network location

Microsoft has released a fix for Win RT 8.1, Win 8.1 and Win Server 2012 R2 to fix printers from going offline.

As quoted from the MS website:

“Consider the following scenario:

•You have a computer that is running Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2.
•You connect to a printer server that is shared on a Windows Server.
•You put the computer into a sleep mode and move it to another network location.
•You wake up the computer and try to print by using the shared printer.
In the scenario, the printer server goes offline in the client spooler even though it is actually reachable. “

21 issues with KB2919355

KB2919355 – Windows RT 8.1, Win 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 Update April 2014

There are 21 issues being tracked with this MS update.

As quoted from the MS website

“Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is a cumulative update that includes all previous released security updates and nonsecurity updates. In addition to previous updates, it includes improvements such as improved Internet Explorer 11 compatibility for enterprise applications, usability improvements, extended mobile device management and improved hardware support.

Important All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed. We recommend that you install this update on your Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer in order to receive continued future updates.”

What concerns me is this update has caused BSOD INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE issues on servers with LSI based raid cards like DELL servers and others. More info regarding this here

KB2919355 issues listed here