Category Archives: Microsoft Windows 8.1

Another bad KB? KB3123862

Earlier this week Microsoft released another batch of Windows updates. Among them are KB3123862. As usual, the title displayed by Windows Update gives no clue to what this update actually does: “Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3123862)”. Clicking on the More information link reveal the following:

Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

This update adds capabilities to some computers that lets users easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.

“Easily learn about Windows 10”? “Start an upgrade to Windows 10”? I have an experimental laptop at work where I learn all I can about Windows 10 and the applications we use at work. That’s all I need at the moment.

No, thank you. I don’t want to install Windows 10 until I’m willing. Needless to say, this update was never installed on my Windows 7 computer at home, and the update was promptly hidden.

I feel really sorry for the computer illiterate. How are they supposed to know what’s good or bad for them?

The list of bad KBs when it comes to Windows 10 and its intrusiveness is expanded to cover:

  • KB2952664, Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
  • KB3022345, Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry (superseded by KB3068708, see below)
  • KB3035583, Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
  • KB3068708, Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
  • KB3075249, Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7
  • KB3080149, Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry
  • KB3123862, Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Blackboard Collaborate, Java Runtime Environment, and Windows 8/8.1

Strangely enough, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) fails to register javaws.exe as the handler for .jnlp files when installed in Windows 8/8.1.

Just remember to choose javaws.exe, not java.exe nor javaw.exe.

Further more, Blackboard Collaborate insists on using 64-bit JRE on 64-bit Windows, i.e. visit the directories and files usually found in C:\Program Files\Java, not the ones found in C:\Program Files (x86)\Java.

BTW, download your clean JRE from http://java.sun.com/ or from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/index.html. On 64-bit Windows it’s usually wise to download and install both 32-bit and 64-bit JRE, i.e. Windows x86 Offline (e.g. jre-8u20-windows-i586.exe) and Windows x64 (e.g. jre-8u20-windows-x64.exe).

Adobe Flash Player, MS Windows 8/8.1, and MS IE 10/11

Yeah sure enough, Windows 8/8.1 and IE 10/11 has its own builtin Flash player. This highly potent combination outright refuses you to download the real Adobe Flash Player from Adobe’s website. It hasn’t occured at all to Microsoft that we, the users, might need the real Adobe Flash Player for software other than IE, say Adobe Acrobat Pro. Way to go Micro$oft! Continue reading Adobe Flash Player, MS Windows 8/8.1, and MS IE 10/11