Microsoft has rolled out fixes for serious bugs that surfaced after last week’s Patch Tuesday update for Windows 7 machines, which blocked network shares and wrongly reported legitimate instances of Windows 7 as ‘not genuine’. Windows 10 Windows 10 Expert’s Guide: Everything you need to know about BitLocker Microsoft’s killer Windows 7 patch: Breaks networking, flags legit PCs as ‘Not genuine’ Microsoft: Windows 10 to grab 7GB of your storage so big updates don’t fail Microsoft pulls buggy Office 2010 January updates Microsoft on Friday revealed that the false ‘not genuine’ notifications and activation failures were not caused by last week’s cumulative update or security-only patch for Windows 7. Instead, the notifications were down to a change it had made to the Microsoft Activation and Validation Server that coincided with the patch release. The events are not related, according to Microsoft. Microsoft says it reverted the change to its backend activation and validation server on January 9, a day after sysadmins discovered Windows 7 PCs were affected. One admin discovered “a few thousand” Windows 7 virtual desktops reporting they were running counterfeit instances of Windows 7. It was thought Microsoft had released an old patch KB971033, which contained anti-piracy features, but Microsoft says the update to its activation and validation server merely affected systems with that update installed. Microsoft also notes that its support page for KB971033 contains a warning for enterprise customers not to install that update. “Note For an Enterprise customer who uses Key Management… [Read full story]
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