Insider builds are seeing a brief pause so that Microsoft can transfer Insider builds to the company’s new Unified Update Platform (UUP). The UUP allows Microsoft to deliver differential downloads—also known as delta updates. This means that upgrading to future Insider builds of Windows 10 will only require users to download and install the code that has changed since their last update, rather than the entire update.
Microsoft says users can expect about a 35 percent reduction in download sizes via the UUP. That means faster download times to get to a new build, and a lower hit on bandwidth for both you and Microsoft.
Delta updates are the biggest change that comes from the Unified Update Platform, but the new updating method also aims to make update checks more efficient. Microsoft’s plan for doing this is pretty simple. The company will send less update data to PCs and other Windows 10 devices from the Windows Update service, and devices will have to do less processing of update information on their own.
It should come as no surprise that Insiders are getting a look at the UUP experience now since it allows Microsoft to test the new update platform on its dedicated early adopters. Mainstream users won’t see the advantages of the UUP until after the Windows 10 Creators Update rolls out in early 2017.
Chrome 55, as explained by Google’s Anthony LaForge earlier this year, will default to a site’s HTML5 experience in most every instance when it has a choice. If a site only uses Flash, you’ll be prompted to allow it the first time you visit.
An exception to this rule only applies to the top 10 websites that use Flash (and only for a year). Those sites are: YouTube.com, Facebook.com, Yahoo.com, VK.com, Live.com, Yandex.ru, OK.ru, Twitch.tv, Amazon.com and Mail.ru.
Did you know there’s a version of Windows 10 that doesn’t get big feature updates, and doesn’t even have the Windows Store or Microsoft Edge browser? It’s called Windows 10 LTSB, short for Long Term Servicing Branch.
LTSB Gets Security Updates for 10 Years, Without Feature Updates
Because the LTSB version is designed for stability, it’s updated very differently from other builds of Windows 10. Microsoft will never publish a feature update like the Anniversary Update or November Update for Windows 10 LTSB. These machines will get security and bugfix updates through Windows Update, but that’s it. Even when Microsoft releases a new version of Windows 10 LTSB with new features, you’ll have to download new Windows 10 LTSB installation media and install or upgrade from the media. Windows 10 LTSB will never be automatically updated with new features.
Microsoft is delivering a new beta build of Windows 10 to testers this week, packed with a lot of small additions. Chief among them is some interesting changes to Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. In build 14986 of Windows 10, available now for Fast Ring testers, Cortana will now let you turn off your PC, put it to sleep, or restart by using your voice. Cortana also supports the ability to lock a PC and change the system volume.
Microsoft is also adding some music playback controls to Cortana, allowing Windows 10 users to play tracks from services like iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio even when a PC is locked.
Restart the computer a few times and check for Windows Updates.
In the Search box on the taskbar, enter Windows Update, select Windows Update. On the Windows Update page, select Check for updates.
Try uninstalling Chrome from Control Panel and re-install it from any other browser in Clean Boot.
For Clean Boot:
This helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update or when you run a program in Windows. It starts Windows by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs.
1. Press Windows Logo Key+X. Click on Run.
2. Type msconfig. Click Ok.
3. Then follow the steps from 3-7 for Windows 8.1 in the BELOW link.
You must log on to the computer as an administrator to be able to perform a clean boot.
Your computer may temporarily lose some functionality when you perform a clean boot. When you start the computer normally, the functionality returns. However, you may receive the original error message, or experience the original behavior if the problem still exists.
If the computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from following these steps. We strongly recommend that you do not use the System Configuration utility to change the advanced boot options on the computer unless a Microsoft support engineer directs you to do this. Doing this may make the computer unusable.
Some customers have reported difficulties connecting to the internet," a Microsoft spokesperson acknowledged. A Microsoft staff member said the firm is looking into the reports and recommended that those affected restart their PCs. If that doesn't work, the Microsoft employee suggests visiting Microsoft's network support page.
By enabling Click-to-Run functionality for Flash content in its built-in Windows 10 browser, Microsoft is matching announced plans from other browser makers, including Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox, and Google's Chrome.
With Click-to-Run enabled, Microsoft Edge will default to HTML5 content when it's available. Here's how Microsoft describes the new feature:
Sites that support HTML5 will default to a clean HTML5 experience. In these cases, Flash will not even be loaded, improving performance, battery life, and security. For sites that still depend on Flash, users will have the opportunity to decide whether they want Flash to load and run, and this preference can be remembered for subsequent visits.
The new move is a continuation of a feature released in the July 2016 Anniversary Update, in which Microsoft Edge selectively pauses "certain Flash content, like ads," if that content is not central to the page.
Now, the Windows 10 Creators Update Preview Build 14986 seems to have introduced a third system reset option named “Clean up and update this PC”. And the corresponding GUI option for this feature may be added in the upcoming builds or in the Windows 10 Creators Update (final) which is due for release in March 2017
The “Clean Up” dialog says it does the following things:
Remove all apps and programs installed on the system.
Change settings back to their defaults.
Update your PC to the latest version of Windows without removing your personal files..
For now, the “Clean up and update this PC” option can only be invoked by running the following command-line, either from the Run dialog or Command Prompt:
If you’re unable to download, install or update the extensions for Microsoft Edge and other Apps available at the Windows Store in Windows 10, this post helps you how to fix those issues.
Since the beginning of Windows 10, uninstalling OneDrive desktop client required running OneDriveSetup.exe in the Windows\SysWOW64 directory (Windows x64) or Windows\System32 (Windows x86), with the /uninstall switch.
Now, you can uninstall OneDrive from the System Apps & Features Settings page or via Programs and Features in the Control Panel.
Saving Wi-Fi profile passwords helps you connect to networks automatically when in the range, without having to type the SSID and password every time. It’s even more helpful when connecting to hidden networks.
Hidden networks are hotspots with SSID broadcast turned off — which means you’ll need to type in the SSID (if you know the name) in addition to its PSK to connect to the network.
Additionally, you may want to backup all the saved Wi-Fi profiles with their passwords by exporting the configuration to XML files.
As Microsoft notes, security updates for Windows Defender will continue to be installed automatically which isn’t really an issue as these updates won’t affect the stability of the OS.
This feature, unfortunately, won’t be available until the Windows 10 Creators Update is released. At the moment, the Creators Update is expected to arrive in early 2017 — sometime around March. If you are a Windows Insider, you will likely be able to try out this feature in January when Microsoft releases a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build.
Microsoft is working on a brand new "Game Mode" feature for Windows 10 that will enhance the PC gaming experience by minimizing resources used by running apps to almost nothing and allocating freed up resources to the game, making it run faster, better and smoother overall.
Microsoft is actively working on a user interface update for Windows 10 called Project Neon. We first heard about the update last November but now, we’ve got some visuals to share courtesy of the crew over at MSPoweruser.
Project Neon is said to largely focus on things like animations, simplicity and consistency, or as the publication notes, it essentially brings back Aero Glass from Windows 7 and mixes it with some Windows Phone 7 / 8 animation elements.
The SmartScreen Filter warns the user when running unrecognized programs or files downloaded from the internet. When you download files using Microsoft Edge, the file download is blocked if the source URL is blacklisted or the downloaded program fails the application reputation check by Microsoft SmartScreen filter. However, Edge allows users to download the unsafe file regardless of the warning.
The Games pack bundled with Windows Vista and Windows 7 included some some nice piece of software like Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans and Purble Place and some card games. Microsoft decided not to include the Games pack in Windows 10, as it now offers Modern or UWP version of some of those games from the Windows Store, which are ads supported.
If you’re an ardent fan of the classic Windows Vista/7 Games Explorer pack, you can download them from the links and play them in Windows 10.
“From our point of view this situation with Edge was predictable, because, unlike IE11, Edge keeps modern security features turned on by default, including the AppContainer full process for sandbox and 64-bit processes for tabs,” the report says.
Internet Explorer had 109 known vulnerabilities, with 3 being exploited in the wild. Edge had 11, with none in the wild.
They note that the Edge browser finally purges Microsoft’s official browser from code which was written in the nineties when Microsoft was more security naive, and removed a range of interrelated vulnerabilities found in earlier versions of Windows.
Microsoft is also introducing a new web-based privacy dashboard. It’s designed to show Microsoft Account users any activity data including location, search, browsing, and Cortana data in a single view. You can clear data like browsing history, location data, or search history all in the new privacy dashboard which is available now. Microsoft says it’s planning to “add more functionality and categories of data over time.”
Privacy advocates have argued since the introduction of Windows 10, that the operating system sends back location, text input, voice input, touch input, websites you visit, and other telemetry data to Microsoft. The company’s latest changes are clearly designed to address some of these concerns, but we’ll have to wait until the Creators Update is available in April to see whether Microsoft has truly addressed all of the EFF’s concerns.
Windows Goodbye or “Dynamic Lock” locks the device if it detects that the user is not around. Whereas “Windows Hello” signs in the user using face recognition. It’s unclear how the Dynamic Lock feature will work — whether a supporting hardware (camera, sensors) is required and if so, what type of equipment?
If you're a PC gamer that enjoys a bit of multi-monitor action, you might have run into several issues over the last couple of days. This isn't an issue with your hardware or drivers; a recent Windows 10 update has broken multi-monitor gaming in some situations.
All the blame can be laid on KB3213986, a general Windows 10 update released on January 10 that fixes a wide range of issues. Thanks to Windows 10's update system, this update was delivered automatically to nearly all Windows 10 users without any way to cancel or delay its installation.
Microsoft has acknowledged the issue with this update, stating that some users "may experience delayed or clipped screens while running 3D rendering apps (such as games) on systems with more than one monitor." One solution is to run games in windowed (or borderless windowed) mode, rather than full screen. Microsoft also suggests starting the application with only one monitor connected.
It seem as though KB3213986 does not include any security patches, so anyone affected by multi-monitor gaming issues can safely uninstall this update while Microsoft works on a fix.
It supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. The site offers different options based on the operating system you select.
If you select Windows 10, you will be asked to download the Windows Update Troubleshooter and run it. For Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users, you get different troubleshooters for their respective operating systems
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