Mar 14

Your devices may not receive any Windows security updates as of January 2018

UPDATE: March patches relax antivirus restrictions.

If you’ve not been offered any security updates since January there’s a reason. It appears that some Antivirus programs make unsupported API calls to Windows kernel memory that interfere with January’s updates (especially Meltdown and Spectre patches) and may lead to BSoDs (Blue Screen of Death). To protect customers Microsoft have stopped offering security updates to devices with unsupported AVs.

While waiting for a fix from AV vendors (and if you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing) you can temporarily disable the compatibility check. The fix is just a registry key:

According to Microsoft as of March 13-th most of the AV vendors have fixed their products so the compatibility check will be removed soon.

You can find more information here:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4072699/windows-security-updates-and-antivirus-software

Apr 22

How to launch Settings panel on Windows 10

In Windows 10 there are two kind of management apps:

  1. Control panel – old fashion / classic app we all know
  2. Settings – the new way of configuring Windows (a XAML app)

Prior to Windows 8, running control panel applets was about pasting strange GUIDs,Control.exe with parameters in RUN dialog or via APIs. You can also use the Canonical names.

In Windows 8/8.1/10 there are more user-friendly commands. For example you can start Windows Update app via RUN dialog:

ms-settings:windowsupdate

This will start Settings >Security > Windows Update XAML app.

Here is a list of most recently used items:

You can find an up-to-date list of all commands here:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/launch-resume/launch-settings-app#ms-settings-uri-scheme-reference

Mar 12

Windows Update: Грешка 0x80072F8F

Сценарият:

Инсталирате операционна система (в моя случай Server 2008). Отваряте Windows Update и избирате “Search for updates”. След известно време получавате съобщение, че търсенето на обновления/кръпки е неуспешно и е завършило с код за грешка 0x80072F8F.

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