KB3146449 is another update one should avoid installing. From its own description: Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 And: This update adds functionality to Internet Explorer 11 on some computers that lets users learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10.

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A couple of KBs, KB2977759 and KB2952664, related to the dreadful Appraiser stuff, appeared in our WSUS instance this week. The former just made it on my list of KBs one should avoid. Both was promptly declined. The list encompasses: KB2952664, Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7 KB2977759, Compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM KB3022345, […]

Read More → KB2977759 and KB2952664 now available in WSUS

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 […]

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Microsoft is pretty sneaky. They camouflage their Windows 10 downloader, KB3035583, as a recommended Windows 7 update with no indication of what good this update does. Only by clicking on the first link is its true intention revealed. As a contrast, the dreaded KB976002 browser choice update was well marked with its intention even in […]

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Over the last few days have I experimented with UEFI and GPT in VirtualBox 4.3.26. The goal was to multiboot various operating system, in this case Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview 9926 x64 and FreeBSD/amd64 stable/10. First, I thought of persuading the UEFI firmware to always present its boot menu. It sure beats remembering to […]

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