"Important" Windows update causing loss of SPSS preferences, recent file lists, etc.?

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"Important" Windows update causing loss of SPSS preferences, recent file lists, etc.?

Bruce Weaver
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EDIT (12-Apr-2017):  I omitted the word "update" in the original subject line.

Windows installed 9 "important" updates on my computer today (see list below), and some of them required a restart of the computer.  After the restart, I launched SPSS, and found that it was behaving like a new install.  The recently used files lists were empty, the font in the syntax editor had gone back to the default, etc.  I speculate that one (or more) of the Windows updates installed today caused this.  Has anyone else experienced this?

Here are the details about my SPSS version, OS and the Windows updates.

SPSS 24 (Windows, 64-bit)
OS:  Windows 7 Professional, SP1

Windows Updates (12-Apr-2017)
April, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4015549)
Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight (KB4017094)
Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB3118388) 32-Bit Edition
Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3141538) 32-Bit Edition
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - April 2017 (KB890830)
Security Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB3191847) 32-Bit Edition
Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589382) 32-Bit Edition
April, 2017 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB4014981)

Cheers,
Bruce


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Re: "Important" Windows causing loss of SPSS preferences, recent file lists, etc.?

Jon Peck
I have not heard of this, but I can speculate.  My guess is that the security update changed some privilege and prevented the stored settings for Statistics that are kept in the Windows Registry under the HKLM hive  from being accessed.  This might  depend on whether your Windows account or the account under which Statistics was installed had admin rights and other security settings.

I expect, though, that changing your preference settings would work and that recent files would start to populate again.

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Bruce Weaver <[hidden email]> wrote:

Windows installed 9 "important" updates on my computer today (see list below), and some of them required a restart of the computer.  After the restart, I launched SPSS, and found that it was behaving like a new install.  The recently used files lists were empty, the font in the syntax editor had gone back to the default, etc.  I speculate that one (or more) of the Windows updates installed today caused this.  Has anyone else experienced this?  

Here are the details about my SPSS version, OS and the Windows updates.

SPSS 24 (Windows, 64-bit)
OS:  Windows 7 Professional, SP1

Windows Updates (12-Apr-2017)
April, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4015549)
Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight (KB4017094)
Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB3118388) 32-Bit Edition
Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3141538) 32-Bit Edition
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - April 2017 (KB890830)
Security Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB3191847) 32-Bit Edition
Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589382) 32-Bit Edition
April, 2017 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64 (KB4014981)

Cheers,
Bruce

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Bruce Weaver
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Hi Jon.  I can confirm that recent file lists are re-populating and my changes to font settings etc. are persisting when I exit and restart SPSS.  My user account is an Administrator account; but the university IT folks also have an account on the machine, and may have done something funny without my knowledge.  

Cheers,
Bruce


Jon Peck wrote
I have not heard of this, but I can speculate.  My guess is that the
security update changed some privilege and prevented the stored settings
for Statistics that are kept in the Windows Registry under the HKLM hive
 from being accessed.  This might  depend on whether your Windows account
or the account under which Statistics was installed had admin rights and
other security settings.

I expect, though, that changing your preference settings would work and
that recent files would start to populate again.

On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 12:28 PM, Bruce Weaver <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Windows installed 9 "important" updates on my computer today (see list
> below), and some of them required a restart of the computer.  After the
> restart, I launched SPSS, and found that it was behaving like a new
> install.  The recently used files lists were empty, the font in the syntax
> editor had gone back to the default, etc.  I speculate that one (or more)
> of the Windows updates installed today caused this.  Has anyone else
> experienced this?
>
> Here are the details about my SPSS version, OS and the Windows updates.
>
> SPSS 24 (Windows, 64-bit)
> OS:  Windows 7 Professional, SP1
>
> *Windows Updates (12-Apr-2017)*
> April, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based
> Systems (KB4015549)
> Security Update for Microsoft Silverlight (KB4017094)
> Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB3118388) 32-Bit Edition
> Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB3141538) 32-Bit Edition
> Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool x64 - April 2017 (KB890830)
> Security Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB3191847) 32-Bit Edition
> Security Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2589382) 32-Bit Edition
> April, 2017 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2,
> 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64
> (KB4014981)
>
> Cheers,
> Bruce
>
> ===================== To manage your subscription to SPSSX-L, send a
> message to [hidden email] (not to SPSSX-L), with no body text
> except the command. To leave the list, send the command SIGNOFF SPSSX-L For
> a list of commands to manage subscriptions, send the command INFO REFCARD




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Jon K Peck
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For a list of commands to manage subscriptions, send the command
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bweaver@lakeheadu.ca
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