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:

Path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\QualityCompat
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: cadca5fe-87d3-4b96-b7fb-a231484277cc
Data: 0x00000000

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

Feb 12

PowerShell™ Notes for Professionals & other books

Stack Overflow used to run an interesting project – Stack Overflow Documentation. It is currently shut down, but thanks to it we now have interesting free books like “PowerShell™ Notes for Professionals book“:

Please keep in mind it was created by SO content that may not be very accurate, like what I’d recently discovered:Are the cmdlets in a pipeline executing in parallel?

Anyway I’d recommend it since it contains an essentials compilation of PowerShell common tasks and language specifics.Good reading indeed!

There are also other books that may catch your interest:http://books.goalkicker.com/