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Windows Update Screws Up Again?!!!

on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 22:11

Another ridiculous problem encountered with Windows Update where it goes off into La-La land never to return. This time after installing several "Important"-ly designated updates. The dialog indicates "Preparing to Install" but continues to churn indefinitely. Tried just rebooting, but it came right back up to "Preparing to Install". I have been running Windows updates manually on my home PC (not letting Windows apply updates in auto-mode since this). This time the stupidly redundant Update Fixer from Microsoft (updates to fix system problems need a fixer to fix the running of the

Back to Android, and WOW!

on Tue, 09/02/2014 - 00:45

I was an early Android fan when I reviewed the first available device from Google (the G1-see the review here), but because of the focus on iPhone in our online magazine, I really didn't keep after it much after that other than to fiddle around (and waste vast amounts of time) with some old legacy handheld stuff and Android builds that were custom hacked (see this). I had hoped we would branch over into Android (finally we have at AndroidLife.com). Few may know that before iPhoneLife, and now AndroidLife, was SmartPhone magazine and before that PocketPC Magazine, etc., etc.

Update Loop: Windows Update Fails Miserably...Again!!!

on Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:54

What is going on over at Microsoft, anyway...? Yet another strange set of Windows interface changes were rolled into a 2014 spring update that prompted a ton of forum complaints, particularly over the fact that the updates simply would not install correctly! It caused an install/uninstall loop that persisted no matter what one tried. Finally found an answer that worked in my case (which may not work in yours--see this post), to end the vicious cycle which went on for days. The prime issue for me was KB2919355, which had to be applied along with other updates in a specific order.

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