Patching waters finally look calm; now is a good time to install the November Windows and Office patches

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November’s patches initially appeared relatively innocuous, with a few catastrophic problems in 64-bit Office 2010, which is a bit of a standing joke anyway.

As the month melted on, we saw a Win10 version 1803 second cumulative update, KB 4467682, that caused havoc, including blue screens on Surface Book 2 PCs, and customized Start Menu bugs (thx, Günter Born). Microsoft yanked it on Dec. 6 — no small consolation to those of you who install everything as soon as it’s offered. Or even a week later.

We also saw a reappearance of the Windows 10 September-October-November-December 2018 Update, version 1809. This time, nine weeks after the original release, the new cumulative update seems pretty stable, although I’m seeing some reports of jiggered sleep states.

More Flash maladies

Meanwhile, we have an emergency Flash Player update (thank you, Adobe), KB 4471331, released a couple of days ago, that addresses a currently active exploit in the wild. Yes, it’s a December patch. Yes, you should install it now.

Think of it this way. The worst it’ll do is mess up Flash — and that’s doing you a favor.

Like so many other Flash updates, it screams for you to disable and abandon Flash entirely — something I’ve been harping about for years.

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