How to find latest Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for Windows 8 and Server 2012

A great resource I am using for years already to proactively read through the Microsoft KB’s is kbupdate.info a monitoring system that scans the entire Microsoft Knowledge Base every night. Now that Windows 8 and Server 2012 are out and Microsoft starts publishing KBs for it, you can track them easily via kbupdate.info Below just some random KB’s I found interesting to know about. Remote Group Policy updates are visible to users ADM files are Read More …

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Support Bulletins Feb 29–March 13, 2012

Below are the Windows 8 Consumer Preview support bulletins I was able to capture since the release of the Consumer Preview build. The BITS service crashes during the installation of Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2680336 Windows 8 Consumer Preview language packs are available for computers that are running Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2607607 Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview is now available for Windows 8 Consumer Preview http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2650043 An update for PlayReady PC Runtime for Read More …

Microsoft Product Lifecycle – The year 2014 is not that far away anymore

The countdown has started in less than 1000 days Windows XP will definitely go end of life. However note that not only Windows XP reaches its end soon, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, SCCM 2003 and some other products are about to reach their end of life within the same timeframe. For my personal reference and yours if you like, I have put together a short overview of the end of life dates Read More …

Troubleshooting Windows Update

Issues with installing Windows Updates? Then have a look at the following Microsoft Support Articles: KB971058 How do I reset Windows Update components? KB947821 Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

ToolTip: Microsoft Product Support Reports and Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer

If you get tasked to do some system troubleshooting and you just want to get as many information possible from a client, then have a look at the Microsoft Product Support Report Tool and the Product Support Reports Viewer. The Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer 2.0 can be downloaded from here and the Microsoft Product Support Reports from here First launch the Microsoft Product Support Tool, which is a self-extracting executable (no installation needed). Once Read More …

Support for Windows XP 64 Bit

As most of you probably know by now, support for Windows XP SP2 ends on July 13, 2010. Well that’s for the 32 bit version of Windows XP, but what about Windows XP 64 bit, knowing that there isn’t an SP3 for that one? I found the answer within the End of Support FAQ where it states: Q: If I have 64-bit Windows XP, do I also need to apply Service Pack 3? A: No, Read More …

NetWare Support Lifecycle

Remember this one? If not, it’s the Novell NetWare Console. Although I don’t consider myself as that old yet, i had the pleasure of working with Novell NetWare 3.11 and later editions until 4.1 myself until our customers started moving to Microsoft’s Active Directory as of the the year 2000. Anyway the reason why I actually started this post, was just to make people aware (in case they weren’t already) of the the fact that Read More …

Symantec Endpoint Protection Support Tool

I’m currently busy with integrating the Symantec Endpoint Protection software into a Windows 7 build for one of our customers. I wondered if the Security team had really provided me with the latest and greatest version and ended up searching for that information on the Symantec web site where I came across a post mentioning the Symantec Endpoint Protection Support Tool. For those that have a SEP 11 version prior RU5 the tool can be Read More …