Updates to Trend Micro OfficeScan last week resulted in four cases of BAD_POOL_HEADER and STOP 0x19. Reboot to safe mode, uninstall Trend Micro OfficeScan, reboot, and reinstall Trend Micro OfficeScan. One additional positive outcome was the firmware update we conducted simultaneously.

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… Windows machines try to request two URLs (www.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt and ipv6.msftncsi.com/ncsi.txt, the former over IPv4, the latter over IPv6) to ascertain whether a given network is routed to the Internet and if there is a captive portal in the way (NCSI stands for “Network Connection Status Indicator”). Ref.: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/ See also: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2012/12/20/the-network-connection-status-icon/.

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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, […]

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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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I think Microsoft should create Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Vocational Education, consisting of: Word Excel PowerPoint OneNote Access Publisher Outlook Skype for Business InfoPath OneDrive for Business Project Visio I.e. the regular list of Office 365 ProPlus products plus Project and Visio. The reason is simply that Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is incompatible with […]

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