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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:18 am
by burger2227
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build adds lots of new Notepad features
Microsoft has, as of Build 17713, released July 11, now forked Redstone 5 into its own branch, in preparation for the next Windows 10 feature release. For now, those who opted into the "Skip Ahead" ring are being put back into the "Fast Ring," with the "Skip Ahead" option temporarily disappearing from Settings. Microsoft will be re-opening Skip Ahead "in the coming weeks," and will require those who want to opt in to do so again.

In today's Windows 10 test build, Microsoft is adding new options to the find/replace feature in Notepad. There's a new option to do wrap-around find/replace to the find dialog, and Notepad also will remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes so as to automatically populate them next time users open the "Find" dialog."
Microsoft to dump Windows 10's smaller delta updates
Microsoft will stop serving one of three types of Windows 10 updates, contending that the updates have been superseded by an even small and more efficient format.

Delta updates are due to disappear early next year, Microsoft said, with their demise effective Feb. 12, 2019, that month's Patch Tuesday. Two formats will then remain: Full updates and express updates.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:55 pm
by burger2227
Another out of sync update for laptop on 7-23-18:

2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4345421)

Laptop and desktop on 7-28-18:

2018-07 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4340917)

Google Chrome update:
Version 68.0.3440.75 (Official Build) (32-bit)

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:14 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 will soon use machine learning to stop updates installing when a PC is in use
Microsoft has been testing this new model internally, and says it has seen “promising results.” The software maker has been updating the model continuously as it’s cloud-based, and it’s now opening up to Windows Insiders to get additional feedback and testing. Windows 10 testers will start seeing the updated model in the latest Redstone 5 and 19H1 updates released to Insiders today. If Microsoft’s update model is finally fixed, it could bring an end to one of the most frustrating aspects of Windows 10.
Microsoft's got a new plan for managing Windows 10 devices for a monthly fee
I'm hearing this Microsoft Managed Desktop is, basically, the Microsoft version of "desktop as a service." It will provide customers the ability to lease a Windows 10 device that's automatically provisioned for them and have the operating system kept up-to-date and more for a single monthly fee, my contacts say.

What differentiates Microsoft's version of desktop-as-a-service from what many companies already offer under that desktop-as-a-service name is the Windows 10 updating component.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:13 am
by burger2227
An open letter to Microsoft management re: Windows updating
Enterprise patching veteran Susan Bradley summarizes her Windows update survey results, asking Microsoft management to rethink the breakneck pace of frequently destructive patches.
Microsoft Store is Prompting Older Windows 10 Versions to Update
The reason why they are giving October 9, 2018 as the date to update by is because that is the day that Microsoft will no longer support the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. That means that users of this version will no longer receive security updates that are released and thus will no longer be protected from newly discovered threats.

Users of other versions of Windows 10 will continue to receive security updates until their support ends. For users of the Creators Update this will be on April 9th 2019, for Fall Creators Update it will be on October 8, 2019, and for the latest April 2018 update, it will be to November 12, 2019.
Facebook, Messenger and Twitter Apps no longer work on my W 10 32 bit laptop or 8.1 phone

Microsoft starts testing Your Phone Windows 10 app that mirrors phone content to a PC
The Your Phone app requires an Android app to be installed to mirror phone content to a PC, and Microsoft is also planning to extend this same feature to iPhone users. Microsoft claimed photos and notifications will be mirrored from iPhones to Windows 10 PCs back at Build, but the company is only testing with Android right now. Microsoft’s latest blog post only mentions continue on PC features, and not the message, photo, and notifications sync.

The Your Phone app is being tested as part of Microsoft’s next Windows 10 update, codenamed Redstone 5. This update should be available in October, but it’s not clear if Your Phone will ship directly in this update or be made available as a separate app once testing is complete.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:43 am
by burger2227
Microsoft Edge Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Local Files
The researcher's warning is valid because HTML files are not usually associated with regular malware distribution campaigns.

According to an F-Secure report, just five file types make up 85% of all malicious attachments sent via email spam campaigns. They are ZIP, DOC, XLS, PDF, and 7Z.

"The only way to protect yourself is to update to the latest versions of the Edge browser and Windows Mail and Calendar applications. And, of course it's best to never open attachments from unknown senders, even if the extension doesn't initially appear to be malicious," the researcher said in a report he published yesterday, entitled "Exploiting a Microsoft Edge Vulnerability to Steal Files."
Windows 10 buggy updates? Our patching is simple, regular, consistent, says Microsoft
Patch Tuesday fixes, as always, arrive on the second Tuesday of every month, are sometimes known as the 'B release', and are the "most important" of its monthly updates.

Out-of-band releases fall outside Patch Tuesday and are employed when Microsoft urgently needs to fix security bugs or quality issues affecting many devices, for example, when a bug is already being actively exploited. Wilcox says Microsoft has "set a high threshold for releasing them".

Then there are C and D releases, which happen on the third and fourth weeks of the month, respectively.

They're non-security and are meant to allow admins to see and test the planned non-security fixes targeted for the following month's Patch Tuesday release. They're then shipped as part of that month's Patch Tuesday release.
Microsoft reverses its Skype 'Classic' 7.0 phase-out plan for now
In mid-July, Microsoft officials said the company planned to drop support for Skype 7.0, also known as Skype "Classic" after September 1. At that time, officials said they would require users to be on Skype 8.0 on Windows desktop, as Skype 7 would no longer work.

In July, Microsoft acknowledged that Skype 8.0 included many, but not all, of the features in Skype 7.0. Skype 8.0 doesn't allow users to access individual conversations in separate windows. Version 8.0 does offer free HD video and screen sharing calls, the ability to share photos, videos and other files (up to 300 MB at a time), @mentions and easier access to files, links and photos shared in Skype conversations.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:37 am
by burger2227
IT admins warn Microsoft to slow Windows 10 upgrade pace
Approximately 78% of more than 1,100 business professionals charged with servicing Windows for their firms said that Windows 10's feature upgrades -- now released twice annually -- should be issued no more than once a year. The 78% was split almost evenly, with 39.2% arguing for one upgrade per year while 39.3% picked one every two years from a questionnaire on Windows patching, updating and upgrading.

Just 11% agreed that the current twice-a-year cadence is their preference, and an infinitesimal 1% wanted an even quicker tempo.
Microsoft Positions UWP for Line of Business Applications
With last year’s “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”, the UWP model changed and it became possible to install UWP applications directly from a website instead of having to go through the Windows Store. . While not exactly the same experience as ClickOnce, at least it’s a start. Concurrently, Microsoft has had a team focused on making XAML/UWP more viable for LOB applications.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:02 pm
by burger2227
Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name
After a number of releases with big new features, version 1809 is, like its predecessor 1803, a relatively small release. It doesn't have splashy new features like the virtual reality support added in the late 2017 release, and it instead largely improves and refines existing features. There's user interface work—Explorer is getting a dark theme, and more parts of the operating system are adopting the Fluent Design System. And Microsoft made an effort to strengthen other features, such as a new clipboard that syncs between devices and a new screen clipping and screenshotting tool.

Microsoft is also continuing to enhance the cooperation between Windows 10 and your smartphone with the Your Phone application for Android. One of the few changes that today's build makes is that a shortcut to Your Phone is now placed on your desktop as Microsoft tries to encourage its use.
No news on when M$ will finally allow users to run Android apps on Windows 10...

Facebook and Twitter Windows apps no longer run on my laptop or Windows 8.1 phone...have to use my web browser.

Microsoft will stop accepting new Windows 8 apps October 31st
The software maker has warned that it will stop accepting new Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x apps for the Microsoft Store on October 31st, 2018. Developers can still submit updates to those apps, but that's going away in the future as well. Microsoft will stop delivering Windows Phone app updates on July 1st, 2019, and Windows 8 apps are going away on July 1st, 2023.
Garmin Express or iTunes install or upgrade failure solution:

The Garmin Express install would stop on my laptop when it cannot find a network path listed.

To resolve this issue:
1.Go to ... uninstall/ and click the Run now button1◦Windows 10 -
Download the application using this direct link:

2.Run or download then open MicrosoftFixit.ProgramInstallUninstall.RNP.Run.exe1

3.Click Accept in the license agreement

4.Follow the provided instructions to select and uninstall the particular application from a list

When uninstalling Garmin Express select:
◦Garmin Express
◦Garmin Express Tray
◦Elevated Installer
◦Garmin Update Services (skip if not present)
◦ANT Drivers Installer x64 (or x86)

NOTE: This program will need to be run again for each item on the list to be uninstalled

Once the Microsoft Fix it utility is complete, download and install the desired application from the Garmin software page.

This will resolve MSI-related issues when installing or updating Garmin or iTunes applications.

1This software is third-party and not created by Garmin. The software is licensed and created by Microsoft.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:40 am
by burger2227
Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with 8 bug fixes ahead of October 2018 Update
Microsoft today released a new preview for PCs with eight bug fixes. This build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release later this year (likely in October 2018). The company is also releasing builds from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year.

This build has four known issues:

You may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) when logging out of your user profile or shutting down your PC.

When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.

Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.

After setting up a Windows Mixed Reality headset for the first time on this build with motion controllers, the controllers may need to be re-paired a second time before appearing in the headset.

As always, don’t install this on your production machine.
Windows 10 32 bit Photo app has recently been blinking pictures and shutting down altogether...

New out of sync update:

2018-07 Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86 and x64-based Systems (KB4100347)

32 bit laptop is now going to sleep with error sound while being used a few times per day...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:26 pm
by burger2227
Fainting laptop does not have PCI express but settings has some that I decided to turn off:
The battery now says it is dead, unplugged power and laptop died, pluggedin, rebooted and now it is not charging...

Original battery I saved is now charging. One hour to full charge. May have nothing to do with sleeping problem.

More on this tomorrow.......

Laptop has not gone to sleep while in use since using another battery, the original one...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:01 am
by burger2227
Businesses Can Now Pay to Extend Windows 7 Security Updates Beyond 2020
Windows 7 is projected to reach the end-of-support in January 2020 for consumers, but Microsoft is offering paid extensions for Windows 7 security updates. Microsoft has also decided to extend the support cycle for businesses using Windows 10 to help them make the shift to modern desktop.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that they will be extending the support cycle for businesses running Windows 10 Enterprise and Education from 18 months to 30 months for feature updates released this month and later. Windows 10 Pro and Home will continue to have a 18 month support cycle for released feature updates.
Windows 10 will use the cloud to free up disk space
The next update will perform some of this management automatically. As part of its Storage Sense feature, Windows will be able to automatically remove the local copies of OneDrive files (unless they've been set as always available offline). The operating system will determine which files to remove based on when they were opened: files used more recently than a certain number of days will be retained locally, while those that haven't been used will be replaced with placeholders. The system will remove files until the operating system reckons it has enough free space for normal operation.
Microsoft tests ‘warning’ Windows 10 users not to install Chrome or Firefox
While the prompts can be turned off, they’re yet another example of Microsoft infesting Windows 10 with annoying ads and pop-ups. Some similar prompts already appear and attempt to push Chrome or Firefox users to use Edge, but this latest one steps up Microsoft’s war against Chrome even further. It’s not clear why Microsoft thinks it’s a good idea to include these irritating prompts, as all they’re likely to do is anger Windows 10 users rather than convince them to switch to Edge.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:59 am
by burger2227
Four Windows 1803 updates in 3 days? One successfully updated twice!

Laptop froze on 9-13 two times. First time it updated and second it scanned disk.
Today I got another one...

Intel Microcode Updates around the following products (CPUs) have been revised. We recommend to take this latest update to stay current:
Broadwell Server E, EP, EP4S
Broadwell Server EX
Skylake Server SP (H0, M0, U0)
Skylake D (Bakerville)
Skylake X (Basin Falls)
Intel recently announced that they have completed their validations and started to release microcode for recent CPU platforms related to Spectre Variant 2 (CVE 2017-5715 [“Branch Target Injection”]). This update includes microcode updates from Intel for the following CPUs

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:03 am
by burger2227
Features removed or planned for replacement starting with Windows 10, version 1809
Features we’re no longer developing

Companion device dynamic lock APIS
The companion device framework (CDF) APIs enable wearables and other devices to unlock a PC. In Windows 10, version 1709, we introduced Dynamic Lock, including an inbox method using Bluetooth to detect whether a user is present and lock or unlock the PC. Because of this, and because third party partners didn't adopt the CDF method, we're no longer developing CDF Dynamic Lock APIs.

OneSync service
The OneSync service synchronizes data for the Mail, Calendar, and People apps. We've added a sync engine to the Outlook app that provides the same synchronization.

Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool is an application included in Windows 10 that is used to capture screenshots, either the full screen or a smaller, custom "snip" of the screen. In Windows 10, version 1809, we're introducing a new universal app, Snip & Sketch, that provides the same screen snipping abilities, as well as additional features. You can launch Snip & Sketch directly and start a snip from there, or just press WIN + Shift + S. Snip & Sketch can also be launched from the “Screen snip” button in the Action Center. We're no longer developing the Snipping Tool as a separate app but are instead consolidating its functionality into Snip & Sketch.
Microsoft offers completely passwordless authentication for online apps
Azure AD accounts can already use the Microsoft Authenticator app for two factor authentication, combining a password with a one-time code. With the new passwordless support, authentication is handled entirely by the app; the app itself represents "something you have," and this is combined with either biometric authentication or a PIN. Passwords have a long, problematic history; while they can be very strong, if suitably long and suitably random, human passwords are often short, non-random, and reused across multiple sites. App-based authentication avoids this long-standing weakness.
Microsoft stops development of touch-friendly Office apps for Windows

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:44 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 October 2018 Update 1809 is available today
Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be available to all Windows 10 users today, and to update you’ll simply have to check for the new updates on Windows Update. Otherwise, Microsoft will start pushing this to existing machines next week with its monthly Patch Tuesday.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update includes a number of new features. Perhaps the largest change is a new cloud-powered clipboard that will allow Windows 10 users to copy content across machines, and store a history of copied content in the cloud. It’s particularly useful if you use a desktop PC at home or work, and then a laptop on the go.
Laptop upgrade took 2 hours to download and install before reboot TWICE.

Feature update to Windows 10, version 1809 (2)
Last Failed to install on ‎10/‎3/‎2018 - 0xc1900101

After install the computer installed to 100% before reboot with this frozen screen:
Power button push to sleep and second push rebooted PC again with failure.

The 64 bit desktop had above screen with busy circle at reboot and then this screen:
Total desktop upgrade time over three hours... will try again on laptop tomorrow...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:43 am
by burger2227
Microsoft announces app mirroring to let you use any Android app on Windows 10
Microsoft announced a new feature for Windows 10 1809 today that will let Android phone users view and use any app on their device from a Windows desktop. The feature, which Microsoft is referring to as app mirroring and shows up in Windows as an app called Your Phone, seems to work best with Android for now. Although Microsoft did announce the ability to transfer webpages from an iPhone to a Windows 10 desktop so you can pick up where you left off on mobile.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:35 am
by burger2227
Some early adopters for Windows 10 October 2018 Update are reporting lost data after updating
Several users who lost their personal files after updating have shared their story on Reddit and other places over the last two days, though it’s still hard to know if the issue is really widespread. The main issue seems to be that in case documents saved in the user directory are lost, users find that the Windows.old folder is empty and rolling back to the April 2018 doesn’t restore lost personal files.
After 2 tries on my laptop, SDD drive failed to boot 2 days later.
Now using previous hard drive and updating it VERY SLOWLY over 2 hours for one update!
2018-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4464218)

Chrome browser refuses to update...
SDD drive appears to be working on dual USB external connection

After update the laptop reported this trying to open the Settings even after a fast desktop display...

Then I got this response from Windows Update:
These updates were done fairly fast with no reboot required and next Update was ready to reboot fast:
2018-09 Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4100347)

2018-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4458469) was slow

Chrome browser finally working better...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:05 am
by burger2227
Disk Checking SSD drive plugged into USB ports (adapter uses two USB 2 ports)

SSD appears in this PC as Drives A:(cloned), E: (system reserved) and F: (empty)
Right click drive to Properties > Tools > Error Checking > Check > Scan drive...may say it will take hours, but took 10 minutes...

Results were no errors on all 3 partition drives. Replaced old HDD with SSD drive again.

Boot screen says Attempting to repair... then asks to shut down, Advanced or go to Windows 10.

Went to Windows 10 and PC works again...perhaps the scans fixed something?

Cloned SSD makes an identical drive C: size an invisible System Reserved and the rest is drive E:

Control Panel > Maintenance > Reliability Monitor reported the following today:
The previous system shutdown at 2:44:43 AM on ‎10/‎5/‎2018 was unexpected.

The following file necessary for Windows startup was corrupt: e:\boot\resources\custom\bootres.dll

How to fix Bootres.dll on System drive (I did not have to do this)
See the directions on page 3 at top for easiest fix using Powershell!

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:37 am
by burger2227
Microsoft Says They Can Recover Files Deleted by Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Yesterday Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 October 2018 Update as some users were reporting that they were missing files after the update had finished.

Later in the day, the head of the Windows Insider program, Dona Sarkar, announced that Microsoft tech support has the tools to recover the missing files. She further suggested that those users who were missing the files call Microsoft support at +1-800-MICROSOFT for assistance.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:08 am
by burger2227
Microsoft begins re-releasing Windows 10 October update after fixing file deletion bug
Microsoft is now re-releasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, before rolling it out more broadly to consumers. “We will carefully study the results, feedback, and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly,” explains Cable.
Microsoft Drops Print Drivers from Windows 10 October 2018 Update
A more recurrent problem for Windows as a Service users has been the availability of disk space before system upgrades. Windows 10 feature updates can take up about 3GB of disk space. Microsoft seems to be noticing that the requirement to access such a hefty chunk of storage space every six months isn't working well for some Windows 10 users.

Microsoft offers some advice to consumers on freeing up Windows 10 disk space at this page. The schemes include using OneDrive Files On-Demand, the Disk Cleanup tool and Storage Sense, which automatically moves infrequently used OneDrive files from local storage to storage in Microsoft's datacenters.
Microsoft Added Severity Levels to Feedback Hub Bug Reports for Windows 10
Now when Windows 10 Insiders submit a bug using the Feedback Hub, they are able to assign an a severity level describing how much the problem impacts the user's experience. This impact level can range from "Minor issue" to "Broken or unusable experience" as shown below.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:32 am
by burger2227
Laptop SSD failed DST short test
Back to HDD

Second time this Chrome warning about MalwareBytes has appeared:

Windows Defender also has problems:

Desktop PC Logitech mouse quit.
Now using wired USB mouse...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:25 am
by burger2227
Laptop update on HDD Friday, had to reboot yesterday when it would not function...

Today laptop took over 10 minutes to do anything. Had to reboot Chrome browser...