• Windows Updates

    Microsoft OneNote has stopped working

    Are you using OneNote 2016 and can no longer start it? You will see this error message “Microsoft OneNote has stopped working” If this suddenly occurred after May 7th 2019 then it was caused by a recent Windows Update. The update was released on May 7th 2019 and then pulled by Microsoft after discovering it crashed OneNote. This is the Microsoft KB article about it. This problem actually occurred for me today (17th May) after updating my PC today. It was very frustrating at the time however finding the reason behind the error saved me a lot of time. I was close to reimaging my PC 🙂 This is a…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed – WDS PXE issue

    I kept getting “A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed” in MDT/WDS. I had no idea it was actually a cumulative (March) windows update that broke the WDS server this week. The MS article says “After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension.” The Fix: Disable TFTP Variable Window Extension inside WDS properties. Here…

  • Windows Updates

    Can’t RDP into my servers! CredSSP Info

    On Friday 11th of May, I tried to RDP into the servers at work and could not login. This is the error message: I learnt that a new update to Win 10 has stopped my ability to RDP into the servers. I researched more into this and found: March 13, 2018 – An update to the RDP was released to Win clients and servers. April 17, 2018 – An RDP client update enhances the error message when an updated client fails to connect to a server which has not been patched.  (Still allowing connections to unpatched servers) May 8, 2018 – An update to a reg setting from Vulnerable to…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    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 blankAs 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. Link

  • Windows Updates

    WSUS Offline Update

    What is WSUS Offline Update you ask? WSUS Offline Update allows you to update any computer or server without needing an internet connection. Run the updategenerator.exe to download the updates and then run updateinstaller.exe on the pc/server you want to update. This would be very handy if you do alot of onsite work and the person/business doesn’t have a WSUS server, or no internet connection or slow internet.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    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.

  • MS Server,  Windows Updates,  WSUS

    WSUS Update for Win 10 clients

    In your WSUS 2012 R2 server, are you noticing clients are displayed as Windows Vista instead of Windows 10? Install this patch from MS (kb3095113) which will fix this and also allow WSUS to sync and distribute feature upgrades for Windows 10. This update is not required to enable WSUS to sync and distribute servicing updates for Windows 10.

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    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.

  • Microsoft KB,  MS Server,  Windows Updates

    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. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2744129  What’s the cause? The issue occurs because the Hypervisor does not handle the one-shot synthetic timer correctly.