It’s time to install the June Windows and Office patches

May had a hair-raising threat from a worm that still hasn’t emerged, but if you’re using Windows 7, 8.1, XP, Vista, or one of the Server variants and skipped the May patches, you need to drop everything and get the May or June patches installed. BlueKeep is coming. Those of you who blocked a specific port to keep BlueKeep at bay may be in for a nasty surprise.

Special shout-out for iSCSI and Event Viewer custom views

If you have problems connecting to your iSCSI array after installing this month’s patches, you need to click “Check for Updates” and allow Microsoft to install the fix for iSCSI bugs they introduced in earlier patches.

If you have custom views in Event Viewer (which is probably more widespread than you think) and after installing this month’s updates you get a “MMC has detected an error in a snap-in and will unload it” error, you didn’t do anything wrong. If it really, uh, bugs you, there’s a fix in the Monthly Rollup previews, KB 450327 for Windows 7 and KB 4503283 for Windows 8.1.

Unless you have those specific problems, I recommend (as always) that you avoid anything called “Preview” like the plague. Pass the Preview problems on to the gullible.

About Windows 10, version 1903

The latest version of Windows 10, version 1903, is still on my no-fly list. We’re seeing more odd problems emerge, and the Update advanced options vanishing trick remains unexplained. I’m sorely tempted to keep my production machines on 1809 until we see Win10 version 1903 Service Pack 1 – also known as version 1909. Waiting for the first Service Pack is traditionally good advice.

How to update your Windows system

Here’s how to get your Windows system updated the (relatively) safe way.

Step 1. Make a full system image backup before you install the latest patches.

There’s a non-zero chance that the patches — even the latest, greatest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Best to have a backup that you can reinstall even if your machine refuses to boot. This, in addition to the usual need for System Restore points.

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