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  1. Backup, Backup, Backup! (In the voice of Steve Ballmer yelling Developers, Developers, Developers!) In the next two to three weeks Microsoft will be making the third major feature update for Windows 10, the Creators Update, generally available to users on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Once it is released, this update will roll out in a very controlled manner to make sure delivery systems are not overwhelmed or that there aren't any unexpected issues cropping up. All of this will be monitored by the Windows Team and Microsoft engineers who have the ability to regulate the updates push out to Windows 10 systems around the world. As an end user your choices are pretty straight forward when it comes to getting the Windows 10 Creators Update. Option 1 - Wait Since it is a staggered release that means more machines will be added to receive the official update over time. Microsoft usually begins a roll out like this to their known users such as the Windows Insiders who have already been testing the update over the last several months. Then they add likely compatible hardware users such as those on Surface devices and other OEM machines that have full Windows 10 compatibility. If you want to just wait until your device gets the update then sit tight because it will eventually get targeted towards your machine. However, if you are inpatient and want the updates from the first day then this is not going to work very well for you. That means Option 2 is going to be your solution. Option 2 - Force the Update When Microsoft makes a new feature update available they also upgrade their Media Creation Tool (MCT) on the Windows 10 Download Page so that it can be used to install the latest upgrade. The MCT should provide a couple of options for getting and installing the Creators Update. 1. Create installation media on a USB or DVD that can be used to boot your Windows 10 system and perform a clean install. This option means all of your data, apps and other desktop software will be wiped from the device. 2. Perform an in place upgrade to the Creators Update using the MCT to create the install media necessary to upgrade the system. This method gives you an option to keep or remove your files, settings, and apps. 3. Use the MCT to download an ISO file that can be used on the current or other devices to upgrade/clean install other devices. Eligibility If you are running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released last August, then you will get the Creators Update for free. If you are still running Windows 7 or 8.1 then you will have to purchase Windows 10 to be eligible for the upgrade. It is still being reported that some product keys for consumer versions of Windows 7/8.1 will work when upgrading to Windows 10 and not require a new license but that is not a guarantee since Microsoft officially ended the free upgrade program for those versions of Windows back on 29 July 2016. Your First and Key Step - Backup! This is good advice on any day of the week however, when you are about to undertake a major operating system upgrade it is even more important. Let me start by saying I have been a Windows Insider since the program began in October 2014. Since then I have done countless build to build upgrades as I tested for Threshold 1 (original Windows 10 release), November Update (Threshold 2), Anniversary Update (Redstone 1), and now the Creators Update (Redstone 2). I have also upgraded numerous systems for each major feature update during this same time frame. In the midst of all those upgrades I have never experienced a catastrophic failure that resulted in the loss of data. Even on the few occasions that an upgrade has failed, it always rolled back to my previous working install without the loss of data. In other words - I have a lot of faith in this version to version upgrade process that Microsoft has developed for Windows 10. However, that does not mean I did not have my critical data backed up and safe - just in case. It is never a bad thing to have working backups of that important information. As I shared a couple of weeks ago, OneDrive is my backup/sync plan for the data on my devices. So if for some reason a device was to experience a major issue and not be recoverable during an upgrade my data would still be in the cloud waiting to be synched back on that device once it was back up and running. For some of you, backing up your data could be accomplished by grabbing an external hard drive or flash drive and copying your documents folder over for safe keeping. The key here is to obviously have a device capable of holding all of your data. Of course, there are also many cloud backup providers that can back up just your documents or an entire image of your device that has your data, apps, and software protected. Restoring those using their software is simple once you have your device back up and online. Ultimately, it does not matter what method you use to protect your data. It is just critical that you have some backup method in place and prove that it works. There is only one type of backup - one that works and can be restored - because a non-working backup isn't really a backup. It is then that you are ready to upgrade your system to the Windows 10 Creators Update. So will you wait or force the Windows 10 Creators Update? By Richard Hay http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/getting-your-devices-ready-windows-10-creators-update
  2. Microsoft has said previously that its Anniversary Update and similar, major releases proceed in a phased rollout. Users waiting for Windows 10's Creators Update, which is expected to release soon, may need to be patient. Data released Wednesday by AdDuplex suggests that Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update took months to roll out to users after it was released last August, and the same pace could apply to the Creators Update. AdDuplex, which runs its own ad network and sniffs the platforms on which its ads deploy, said it took about 4 months for 80 percent of Microsoft’s user base to migrate to the Anniversary Update, once Microsoft started sending it to users on August 2. Just a third of Windows users had received the update after two months, the firm found. It’s no surprise the Anniversary Update rolled out gradually. The company has to spread out the downloads so its servers don't melt. “The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is being rolled out to Windows 10 PCs across the world in phases starting with the newer machines first,” Microsoft said in a blog post officially announcing the AU rollout last August. If you want to receive updates more quickly, Microsoft’s traditionally offered an easy way: Go to Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Update, and click the Check for Updates button. It may still take a few hours or days for your PC to successfully signal Microsoft’s servers, but you should receive it soon. Microsoft had not responded to a request for comment by press time. Why this matters: Until the AdDuplex data was released, there was no information on the pace or scope of Windows 10's major upgrades. The Anniversary Update rollout's history suggests the average user may not see the Creators Update for many months, unless they actively hunt it down. Still, the data also shows Windows 10 users are marching forward fairly quickly and adopting new releases, which is a positive trend against Windows fragmentation. By Mark Hachman Senior Editor @ PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/3183979/windows/windows-10-creators-update-could-take-months-to-roll-out-data-suggests.html
  3. Windows 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 RS2 Info: Announcing Windows 10 Build 15063 for PC and Mobile What's New (PC) ========================================================================== English en-US Direct Download Links : Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfy5/raw OR 20 ESD [EN-RU] by WZor Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/FUUx/Q2T6B36Nh ========================================================================== 15063 Language Packs by DiamondMon [x86/x64] Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfb2/raw ========================================================================== Other Download Links: Abbodi1406 uup-converter-wimlib_6.7z SDK 15063 Mobile Emulator 15063 A tool for you to easily share ESD Url to others by Accelerator ========================================================================== ACTIVATION: Via KMS --> OR Via Permanent Phone Activation --> ==========================================================================
  4. Windows 10 already shows users ads on the lock screen and the Start Menu, but now Microsoft appears to be promoting its services via Windows' File Explorer. Want more about Windows? Various Windows 10 users are reporting seeing adverts for Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive while browsing files on their machine. The ad offers 1TB of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month, and is technically a 'sync notification', designed to let people know they can get more than the 5GB of free storage that comes with a Microsoft account. Ads for apps and services are already shown throughout Windows 10, and can be found on the Start Menu and lock screen. The introduction of promotions to File Explorer has been heavily criticized by some Microsoft watchers, and marks a widening of advertising to new areas of Windows 10. Most of the ads in the Windows 10 are pitched as suggestions for apps and services that might appeal to the user, and some users don't appear to notice them. But to some they are intrusive, and if they are offensive to you there are steps you can take to remove them. Follow the video guide to ensure you won't see these ads again. Video Source
  5. Abusing users via in-OS ads, secretive monitoring, and iffy upgrades is a bad strategy, especially given the doubts fostered by Windows 8 and Vista Credit: Stephen Lawson Windows 10 is a good operating system, the first one since Windows 7. But Microsoft seems determined to penalize users who adopt it. The latest beta version of the forthcoming Creators Update due this spring is getting attention because it places even more ads in Windows. Windows 10 is already annoying users with ads on the lock screen and in the Start screen, but Microsoft has decided to annoy users even more by bringing ads to File Explorer. This stupidity will create a backlash if not reversed. Silicon Valley has an obsession about forcing advertising down users’ throats. The “intelligent” voice assistant Google Home got in trouble last week for advertising a Disney movie to its users. And you know that Amazon Alexa’s real purpose is to promote products, once it gets you hooked on its minor conveniences. This model of free services in exchange for deep spying on your activities to advertise or otherwise promote products is after all the basis of Google Search, Facebook, and most consumer technology services. But you can choose not to opt in to the commercial spy bots that are Alexa and Home. The same is not so true for a computer operating system. It’s a core appliance, like a car, a water meter, or an oven. It needs to stay that way, not become distracting or confusing through unrelated purposes. Ads in Windows 10 are what might finally drive people away from the Microsoft operating system. But Microsoft has been living dangerously in other regards as well: The degree of data collection on your activities is troubling, and Microsoft is very secretive about it. Most people end up not really caring about such corporate spying because they don’t understand the harm, but enough do where it becomes an additional justification to stay away. Likewise, Microsoft has been ham-handed with its updates. In adopting the Apple model (from iOS and MacOS), Microsoft’s aggressive plan for Windows 10 will keep users safe—if the updates work. Also, let's hope they aren't adware and spyware in disguise, which has happened before. Too often, a Windows 10 update makes it worse for the customer and leads to disabling all updates for fear of the next one. Alternately, users have to play a cat-and-mouse game with Microsoft over who controls the updates. The complexity of the Windows ecosystem means that no update is completely safe. The hardware makers are often to blame for bricked PCs and other update-triggered flaws, but users see Windows 10 as the culprit and get skittish about new versions on their PCs, even if they have complete faith in the iOS and Android revisions on their mobile devices. Forcing updates over metered (paid) internet connections and making it hard to manage their schedule and rollbacks gives users even more reason to distrust Windows 10. Of course there was the original sin in Windows 10: forcing upgrades on users without their consent. That can certainly destroy the customer relationship. Obnoxious advertising, concealed snooping, and iffy upgrades together give users a strong reason to avoid Windows 10. And they will, especially because the first two factors are completely optional activities for Microsoft to undertake, nakedly craven ventures unfriendly to users’ interests. Microsoft has done serious damage to itself with the Windows Vista and Windows 8 debacles, so knowledgeable users are a bit distrustful about Windows 10. Microsoft has only itself to blame for fanning the flames of distrust. Only Microsoft can change that unfriendly behavior. As frustrated I’ve become with Apple resting on its laurels and investing in ivory-tower capabilities, one fact has remained true: iOS and MacOS don’t abuse me or get in my way, and Apple has held to the principle that it won’t do so. This is another Apple attribute Microsoft should copy. Source: Microsoft, stop sabotaging Windows 10 (InfoWorld)
  6. The answer to the question is actually yes and no. Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 for PC and Mobile devices, which was released late Monday night here in the U.S., is likely the final full build in the Redstone 2 development branch. This build, the 28th for PCs and 19th for Mobile devices - 47 overall, puts both platforms on the same base build number which is exactly how Microsoft handled the release of their Windows 10 Anniversary Update last August. Windows Insiders received build 14393 at that time just a couple of weeks ahead of its public release so that final testing and analysis could be completed. During the course of that two week period Microsoft moved that build from the Fast Ring out to the Slow Ring and then eventually in the Release Preview Ring while they collected telemetry on its performance. Prior to its release Microsoft did issue a Day 1 update for Insiders to test and it fixed a couple of final known issues and tweaked system performance. When the Anniversary Update was released on 02 August 2015, that same Day 1 update was then pushed out to everyone running the freshly installed Anniversary Update. Well, I expect history to repeat itself with the Creators Update. Barring a major blocking issue popping up as Windows Insiders install Build 15063 from the Fast Ring over the next day or so, Microsoft should move this build to Slow and then ultimately to the Release Preview Ring. A final cumulative update could be issued about 7 to 10 days before General Availability to test any required fixes prior to the public gaining access to the third feature update for Windows 10. There is also no reason to believe that Microsoft will not roll this update out on a staggered schedule so they can monitor the upgrades along the way. This is exactly how they handled the roll outs for the Anniversary and November Updates. Of course, just like with those updates, there will be methods to immediately upgrade a Windows 10 Anniversary Update system to the Creators Update by using the Media Creation Tool (MCT). The MCT will create media that can be used to perform an in-place upgrade or a clean install on any Windows 10 Anniversary Update system. As I monitored social media throughout the day yesterday it was obvious the Windows Team was making a strong push to get this final build out for both PCs and Mobile devices. It is indeed rare to see a Monday build release to Windows Insiders and to see it released so late at night. The download for Build 15063 hit Windows Update at 10 PM Eastern Time (7 PM Pacific) and for many in Europe it was in the middle of the night. Of course, testers on the other side of the world received a rare daytime release of a new build. This build has all the indicators that would point towards it being the final step in the Redstone 2 development journey. No desktop watermark in Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 This indicator is no longer fool proof as we had builds a couple of weeks ago that also did not have the desktop watermark and they ended up not being the final builds. No expiration date for Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 Here is another one we have seen in past Redstone 2 builds over these last couple of weeks that ended up being a false indicator. Note: I honestly believe that Microsoft had every intention to make those builds from a couple of weeks ago that had no watermark or expiration the final build for the Creators Update. However, that was also around the time they had those upgrade and other issues which likely blocked those builds from their intended destiny and why the watermark and build expiration returned a couple of builds later. Windows Insider Program Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 One thing that has appeared in Build 15063 that we have not yet seen in the last several builds is the option to place the device in the Release Preview Ring. The normal options for Fast Ring builds that are being tested is just Fast or Slow Rings. Under normal build releases in the Fast or Slow Ring a system can be easily moved back and forth without requiring a reinstallation of the operating system. However, a move to Release Preview for those builds would almost always mean the installation of a different build to get properly synched with the Release Preview Ring so it is simply not available as a choice. Now that the Release Preview Ring is an option in the Windows Insider settings menu in Build 15063, that would indicate there is no need for that system reset/clean install to a different build. That is normal behavior for Current Branch releases of Windows 10 feature updates and a good indicator that Microsoft intends this build to be the final. Of course, under the premise of Windows as a Service (WaaS), Windows 10 is constantly being checked for fixes, updates, and tweaks for the standard monthly cumulative update releases so nothing is ever really final. So just to summarize - what should we expect to see as we get closer to the General Availability of the Creators Update in the next few weeks? 1. Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 should move to the Slow Ring over the next few days and then to the Release Preview Ring afterwards. 2. A cumulative update will then likely be made available to address final concerns and known issues in this build so that Insiders can test it prior to availability of the feature update to all users. 3. Several inbox app updates, which have not been rolling out to Fast Ring builds over the last few weeks, should finally begin arriving on Windows Insider devices so those teams can collect telemetry and make sure everything is working as planned. 4. An official announcement from Microsoft about the availability date for the Creators Update and how they plan to conduct the roll out to Windows 10 Anniversary Update users should surface soon. Like I said earlier, it will most likely be a staged rollout so it can be monitored by the Windows Team to make sure no issues are cropping up along the way but it will be good to hear from Microsoft on the plan. So are you ready for the Creators Update? By Richard Hay http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/does-windows-10-creators-update-build-15063-pc-and-mobile-mark-end-redstone-2-development
  7. Is this new update installing fine? KB4015438 is the most recent cumulative update released by Microsoft for Windows 10 Anniversary Update systems and, unfortunately, it appears to suffer from the exact same problems as its predecessors. There are reports out there, some of them on Microsoft’s Community forums, claiming that cumulative update KB4015438 fails to install as well, though it’s not yet clear whether the update gets an error or it just takes forever to complete as we’ve told you earlier today. What’s worse, however, is that although it was supposed to address problems experienced by the previous cumulative update (KB4013429), there is almost no difference after installing the new patch, as it’s also causing problems too. “Previously, the problem was with KB 4013429, but after some days and Four Hours wasted, finally it is replaced by KB4015438. HOWEVER, the new one begins to fail again!” one user explains. At this point, there is no workaround from Microsoft, but if you’re also experiencing freezes during the install, you better wait because this time it looks like the process is taking longer than expected. If no error is provided whatsoever, KB4015438 is very likely to install correctly, with everything happening in the background. Additionally, you could also try downloading cumulative update KB4015438 manually, as this little trick sometimes fixed all issues with the previous updates that failed to install or caused other bugs. Source
  8. Audacity for Windows Audacity was, is, and there’s a good chance it’ll continue to be one of the most popular audio editors out there, so every time new updates come out, users rush to give them a try. This time, however, the new version of Audacity comes with mixed news for Windows users. As our resident Linux expert Marius Nestor told you a few hours ago, Audacity 2.1.3 is bringing tons of improvements, but as far as Windows systems are concerned, there are two very important changes. First and foremost, this new version officially introduces support for Windows 10. The audio editor was already working on Windows given the fact that it fully supported previous versions of the operating system, but with this update, it’s fully compatible with Windows 10 and no bugs should exist anymore. “Windows 10 is now supported (there should be no ‘Internal PortAudio Error’ or failure to find any devices as long as the built-in audio devices are enabled),” the change log reveals. Waving goodbye to Windows XP Additionally, this new version is also said to be the last one shipped for Windows XP users, though information here is a little scarce. Basically, Audacity 2.1.3 is the last official update for Windows XP systems, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that future versions would no longer work on Microsoft’s OS launched nearly 16 years ago. The bigger problem is with bugs or new features that won’t work correctly with Windows XP, as the developing team would no longer address problems that users experience on this OS version. Unfortunately, there still are plenty of users running Windows XP out there, with stats putting this old version at about 8 percent market share, and there’s a good chance some of them rely on Audacity for audio editing too. Sooner or later, everyone on Windows XP might have to upgrade given that most applications abandon this OS version, so you should consider this option for your PC as well. As always, if you want to give a try to this new version, you can download Audacity for Windows right now to see all the improvements in action. Source
  9. Microsoft wants to re-enter China with custom version of Windows 10 Microsoft has completed development of a Windows 10 version specifically tailored for the Chinese market, a company official revealed, as the software giant has been working with local authorities to address security concerns in the operating system. Alain Crozier, CEO of Microsoft Greater China, explained in a recent statement that Microsoft’s local joint venture, C&M Information Technologies, which was formed in September 2016 with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corp, developed a Windows 10 version with custom security features in order to comply with the country’s requirements. This Windows 10 version makes it possible for Microsoft to install the operating system on government computers, after Windows was banned by local authorities following information leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden in the United States. “We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. It has been tested by three large enterprise customers,” Microsoft’s official was quoted as saying by China Daily. “We have worked extensively to make it secure and controllable. We are now ready to serve the market.” Microsoft in China Microsoft’s operations in China hit several roadblocks, mostly after the government accused the company of trying to spy on users and country officials with its software. Windows 8 was banned on government computers due to concerns that the operating system could hide backdoors used as part of surveillance programs, while the company’s offices in the country were raided by prosecutors as part of anti-trust investigations whose purpose remained vague. Microsoft, on the other hand, has always expressed its intention to work with Chinese authorities on addressing these concerns, and the custom version of Windows 10 boasting security features specifically tailored to meet China requirements is living proof that the software giant doesn’t want to stay away from of the largest markets worldwide. If the government approves this version of Windows 10 and installs it on its systems, adoption of the operating system is very likely to increase in the country, as most agencies would most likely do the same and migrate to Windows 10 in the next months. Source
  10. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Windows 10 Lite v7.1 Destroy Windows Spying v1.6 Build 722 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Blackbird v6 v0.9.98 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.4.1387 Spybot Anti-Beacon v1.6.0.42 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v2.2.0.1 Win.Privacy v1.0.1.5 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.0.1 iSpy Privacy-X v3.0.0.0
  11. Windows Vista will go dark on April 11 Windows Vista will reach end of support on April 11, with no other patches and security updates to be released beyond this date. This means users who are still running Windows Vista on their computers would remain vulnerable to attacks, as security flaws in the operating system would no longer be addressed by the company. The US-CERT has issued a statement to warn of the approaching end of support for Windows Vista, emphasizing how important it is for users still running this version to upgrade to newer Windows. “All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive: Security updates, Non-security hotfixes, Free or paid assisted support options, or Online technical content updates from Microsoft,” the warning posted on its website reads. Few people running it The retirement of Windows Vista shouldn’t be such a critical moment for Microsoft, as only a few computers still run it. Third-party data shows that less than 1 percent of the world’s PCs are still on Windows Vista and there are big chances for this market share to drop substantially in the coming weeks, before end of support is reached. “Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats. Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system,” the US-CERT continues. It goes without saying that the option making most sense is Windows 10, which is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, but in this case, hardware upgrades might also be necessary in order to cope with its hardware requirements. Windows 7, on the other hand, can be considered just a temporary solution given that it also reaches end of support in January 2020, so another upgrade would be necessary in three years’ time. Source
  12. Windows Insiders could get the RTM this week Work on the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2) advances at a fast pace, with Microsoft expected to release it in early April, but we’re about to reach another important milestone. The RTM build could be released to insiders as soon as this week, according to recent rumors, as Microsoft wants to perform some last-minute testing and prepare more fixes for launch day. Specifically, earlier reports indicated that Microsoft was aiming to compile a Windows 10 Creators Update release candidate last week in anticipation of shipping it to insiders this week. This means that the RTM build should be ready internally and is waiting for the go-ahead to be installed on insider PCs. While there is no confirmation from Microsoft that the RTM is projected to ship to insiders this week, such a target aligns with previous reports indicating that the Creators Update was supposed to be ready in late March in anticipation of an early April launch for retail users. Public launch on April 11 Rumor has it that April 11 could be the day when Microsoft finally starts the Windows 10 Creators Update rollout, with the process to extend towards the end of May when phones are likely to be updated as well. PCs will be Microsoft’s priority, and between the RTM compiling date and the release for retail users, the company would develop more fixes based on insider feedback and ship them as part of a cumulative update published on launch day. April 11 is also next month’s Patch Tuesday, so it’s just the right moment for Microsoft to ship a cumulative update with all these fixes, though there’s no doubt it’s going to be a very busy day for everyone at the company, especially given all the problems with botched updates lately. But as far as the Creators Update is concerned, there’s no doubt the RTM is just around the corner, so there’s a good chance that one of the next builds to ship to insiders will be none other than the final version prepared for retail users as well. Source
  13. This CU is shipped to Windows 10 version 1607 Windows 10 cumulative update KB4013429, which was released on this month’s Patch Tuesday, has proved to be quite a fiasco for some unlucky users, as not only that it failed to install on a number of PCs but it also caused various issues on others. Today, however, Microsoft has decided to publish another cumulative update, this time KB4015438, in order to fix some of the problems reported by users with KB4013429. First and foremost, this new cumulative update pushes Windows 10 version to 14393.969 and is obviously addressed to computers running the Anniversary Update (1607). According to the KB page, it fixes a known issue that causes Windows DVD Player and some other third-party apps that use the Microsoft MPEG-2 handling libraries to crash, a problem that we’ve already told you about last week after Patch Tuesday. More issues fixed Additionally, there’s a second fix that Microsoft says was also caused by the previous cumulative update and exists on both Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. “Addressed a known issue with KB4013429, that some customers using Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 1607 Client with Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) enabled might experience a deadlock or when changing the physical adapter’s link speed property. This issue is most commonly seen as a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION or when verifier is enabled a VRF_STACKPTR_ERROR is seen in the Memory dump,” the company explains. Until now, there are no reports of failed installs and KB4015438 appears to work correctly on our Windows 10 computers here at Softpedia. Microsoft itself says it’s not aware of any issues with this update, but it remains to be seen how smoothly everything works after more users get to install it. In the meantime, if you experienced issues with the previous cumulative update, this new release is your only option, especially because in some cases not even system reset appeared to work. We’ll keep an eye on how this new update installs for users across the world and will update the article with more info. Source
  14. In many ways, Windows 10 is the best version of Windows ever. The operating system has grabbed a considerable amount of market share thanks to the free upgrade offer from Microsoft. Windows 10 users often complain about ads on the lock screen and app suggestions on the Start, and how Microsoft is pushing advertising in its latest version of Windows operating system. As if ads and suggestions were not enough on the Start and lock screen, Microsoft is displaying ads (Microsoft likes to call it as notification!) right in your File Explorer starting with Creators Update for Windows 10. Yes, Windows 10 will now display ads and notifications in the Windows Explorer as well. The so called Sync provider notification feature, according to Microsoft, is designed to help users by displaying quick, easy information about things that can improve the overall experience with Windows 10. The notifications appear just below the address bar as you can see in the picture above. While most users will not mind seeing information about Windows 10 and newly added features, Microsoft is using the space to display ads as well. For instance, according to a Reddit user, Windows 10 File Explorer is displaying OneDrive and Office 365 subscription offers. Luckily, there is an option in Windows 10 Folder Options to turn off Sync provider notifications or notifications in File Explorer. Method 1 of 2 Turn off ads in Windows Explorer in Windows 10 Complete the given below directions to disable Sync provider notifications or ads in File Explorer. Step 1: Open File Explorer. Click File menu and then click Change folder and search options or Options to open Folder Options. Step 2: In the Folder Options dialog, click on the View tab to switch to the same. Step 3: Here, under the Advanced settings, look for an option called Show sync provider notifications. Uncheck Show sync provider notifications and then click Apply button. That’s it! Windows 10’s File Explorer should now stop showing ads or notifications. Method 2 of 2 Disable notifications/ads in File Explorer via Registry Step 1: First of all, open Registry Editor. Type Regedit in Start menu or taskbar search box and then press Enter key. If you see the UAC prompt, click Yes button to open Registry Editor. Step 2: In the Registry Editor window, navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced Step 3: On the right-side, look for ShowSyncProviderNotifications DWORD, double-click on it and finally, change its value data to 0 (zero) to turn off notifications. To show notifications again, change the value data to 1. NOTE: If ShowSyncProviderNotifications DWORD doesn’t exist, right-click on an empty spot, click New, click DWORD (32-bit) and name it as ShowSyncProviderNotifications. Guide source
  15. US DoD is moving 4 million PCs to Windows 10 The United States Department of Defense has signed a partnership with Microsoft to upgrade no less than 4 million computers to Windows 10, but it turns out that the Redmond-based software giant is close to scoring another important win. The Pentagon’s Joint Regional Security Stacks wants to increase adoption of Windows 10 and Azure cloud services, with the goal of bringing no less than 90 percent of the systems in its network on Microsoft’s most recent desktop operating system. Former DOD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen has recently explained that the goal is now to cut the physical server footprint, so investing more in cloud services seems to be the logical step to take. At the same time, he revealed that the DoD wants to switch to commercial solutions rather than stick with software developed for the government that is losing support very fast and costs more. “It’s the first time we have done all this with completely off-the-shelf equipment. That’s a big culture change that I think will sustain,” Halvorsen said. “Let’s start moving at the speed industry can move.” Windows 10 recently received NSA’s certification Microsoft recently announced at the RSA conference that Windows 10 and Surface devices had been cleared by the NSA for classified use, with the company obviously using this occasion to praise the security features that the two products come with. “Both Windows 10 and Surface devices including Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book have been added to the NSA’s Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC) list. The CSfC program listing demonstrates Windows 10, as well as Surface devices (the only Windows 10 devices currently on the list), when used in a layered solution, can meet the highest security requirements for use in classified environments,” Microsoft announced. The US DoD is projected to complete the migration to Windows 10 on its 4 million computers by the end of this year, with all departments currently transitioning to the new OS after hitting some roadblocks like app compatibility issues and hardware limitations. Source
  16. Old games developed for the first versions of Windows still running fine in Windows 7 Upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 is often a challenge for many users, mostly because the process experiences all kinds of roadblocks that in the end lead to app compatibility issues, stability problems, or other bugs that show up at random times across the OS. YouTuber Andrew Tait decided to try something that’s a lot more complicated than that: it’s not an upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but an upgrade from the very first version of Windows all the way up to Windows 7 (which can then be upgraded to Windows 10 as well). MS-DOS games still running on Windows 7 The process started with MS-DOS because the very first versions of Windows required it, and was performed with virtual machine software, which made the whole process a little bit more convenient. And yet, the experiment took no less than 3 days, out of which 12 hours were used exclusively for upgrading and installing the operating systems. “The whole procedure took 3 days, of which approximately 12 hours was spent doing the actual installing - the rest of the time was spent trying to obtain valid copies of windows,” the YouTuber explains. “One of the biggest problems was that Windows 95 and 98 came in two versions - Upgrade and Full. I had old disk copies of every Full version of Windows, but they cannot upgrade earlier versions. Luckily I was able to borrow a Windows 95 upgrade disk from a friend, and 98 was installed by renaming system files to trick it into upgrading.” The most interesting thing is that some games that were installed in MS-DOS, including Doom 2 and Monkey Island, are still running correctly in Windows 7, which is impressive to say the least given how old the first version of Windows currently is. The experiment is clearly worth a view, especially because the whole thing is packed into a 9-minute video, so click the play button below and watch the transformation of Windows as it happened. Source
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  18. This is yet another build exclusive to PCs Microsoft rolled out yet another Windows 10 build, once again available for PCs and only for users enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider program. Windows 10 build 15061 doesn’t bring anything special, but it’s worth installing because it fixes several reported issues and gets us closer to the RTM build that’s expected next week. Microsoft is projected to launch Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, and the RTM build should be shipped to insiders the next week, so build 15061 is just paving the road for this important milestone. The most recent Windows 10 build includes just four fixes, one of which is addressing an issue that was causing Direct3D games to fail to launch. Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows insider program, explains what went wrong with this feature: “We fixed an issue where in recent flights, some Direct3D 9 games might periodically fail to launch. To work around this, it was necessary that your default display resolution be the recommended setting for your system. You can now return your display configuration to your preferred settings.” Known issues also there Additionally, Microsoft also repaired a bug causing VPN connections not to show up in Network Connections, as well as an issue with the OOBE that caused the UI to crash when users tapped the birthday date field in the new account screen. And last but not least, this build introduces a fix for distorted MP4 videos in Movies and TV app, with everything now supposed to work correctly. It goes without saying that some known issues still exist, and they are pretty much the same as in the previous build, but you can check out the full changelog in the box below. Keep in mind that this is still a preview build and other bugs might still exist, but given that we’re already in an advanced development stage of the Creators Update, it should already be super-stable and reliable. Windows 10 Build 15061 Source
  19. Windows 10 Creators Update launching on April 11 Microsoft is working at full speed towards completing work on the Windows 10 Creators Update, and with the release expected to take place on April 11, the company has just made a big step to reaching this important milestone. The company today published new ISO files for Windows 10, allowing users to start from scratch or perform a clean install of build 15058. Just like before, the new Windows 10 build 15058 ISO images are available in 5 different versions, namely Home, Enterprise, Education, Home Single Language, and Home China, each in two flavors, x64 and x86. With Windows 10 Creators Update already in an advanced development stage, these ISOs definitely come in handy, especially in the case of users who experience issues and prefer to attempt to repair them by simply performing a clean install. Of course, the images are specifically aimed at insiders, but retail users can also use them in a virtual machine to get a taste of what’s to come in the Creators Update. Windows 10 license still required Another important thing that users need to have in mind is that although they are for the preview version of the Creators Update, these ISOs still require a license, so unless Windows 10 was previously activated on your system, you could only use them for a maximum of 30 days. “You will need to install the Windows 10 Insider Preview build on a device that has been previously activated with Windows 10 or with a Windows 10 product key.,” Microsoft explains. Also, note that once you install this preview build with the ISO, you can no longer downgrade to your stable version of Windows. “After you install Windows 10 Insider Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows,” Redmond says. The Creators Update is projected to launch in just a few weeks, so if you don’t feel like experimenting with the ISOs, it shouldn't take too long until the stable update is released. Source
  20. Only Symantec users seem to be affected by this issue Microsoft’s recently-released Windows 10 build 15055 could be blocked by some antivirus programs, including here the ones developed by Symantec, with the downloading process failing with an error that doesn’t say too much at first glance. In the release notes of today’s new build, Microsoft acknowledges that this is a problem that’s experienced by users who installed Symantec/Norton security software and it’s all because the build the incorrectly blocked when the download process starts. Microsoft has been working with Symantec to address the issue and virus definitions that were released last week are supposed to fix everything. In other words, the workaround is to update to the latest virus definitions, which should correct the bug and let the Windows 10 build 15055 downloading process to complete successfully. Update virus definitions before getting the build The software giant says that virus definitions need to be installed before actually trying to install build 15055 because otherwise the process could be blocked repeatedly. If the download has already failed, you can update virus definitions, restart the computer and then retry the download. “If you have Symantec/Norton anti-virus software installed on your PC, you should no longer get an 0x80070228 error when attempting to download this build. Symantec released updated anti-virus definitions last week that fixes this issue. Please make sure your Symantec/Norton anti-virus software has the most up-to-date anti-virus definitions BEFORE taking trying to install today’s build,” Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, said in the release notes of the new build. At this point, no other security software seems to be causing these issues, but in case you do come across similar bugs, you can try the same workaround and see if it makes any difference. Build 15055 is a preview of the Windows 10 Creators Update which should be released to retail users as soon as April, but for the moment it’s only available for those participating in the Windows Insider program. Source
  21. Sling TV app will be pre-installed on Windows 10 devices As if Candy Crush Saga wasn’t enough, Microsoft is adding another name to the list of apps that come pre-loaded with Windows 10, this time exclusively in the United States. Sling TV app will come pre-installed on Windows 10 devices sold in Microsoft’s home market, as part of a partnership between the company and the Redmond-based software giant. This means that when you purchase a new Windows 10 computer in the United States, Sling TV is already there waiting for your accidental click, which according to the two companies should be really helpful because you can start watching live TV in a second. “The entire Sling TV programming lineup is available on your Windows 10 device, including Sling Orange, Sling Blue, the Best of Spanish TV, and the top international TV service in the US. Customize your TV experience; no long-term contracts, no useless channels,” Sling explains in an announcement today. On the good side, removing this app from a Windows 10 device is not that hard, and all it takes is right-clicking the item you want to get rid of in the Start menu and hitting the uninstall option. Updated Sling app on Xbox In addition to bringing more bloatware on Windows 10, Sling and Microsoft also worked together to release an updated Sling TV app on Xbox, which boasts a new interface that features new sections, such as My TV, On Now, Guide, and Movies. You can go to “Continue Watching” to pick up from where you left off or you can organize the movies you like the most in a Favorites section for quick access at a later time. “Working with our partners at Microsoft, we continue to make it easier than ever to start watching your favorite shows, movies, and sports on Sling TV,” the announcement reads. If you can’t wait until you buy a new Windows 10 device to get the app pre-installed, you can download Sling TV from the Windows Store right now. Source
  22. Some users using older versions of CCleaner have received ‘CCleaner is not compatible with this version of Windows‘ warning on Windows 10 build 14393.576. Piriform is recommending affected users to fix the issue by downloading and reinstalling the latest version of CCleaner from their cleaning tool site. Fix CCleaner’s Windows 10 compatibility warning “A small number of users who try to use old versions of CCleaner in the latest Windows 10 update are being told that CCleaner is ‘..not compatible with this version of Windows’. The version of Windows 10 which is affected is 14393.576. “Fortunately this issue is easily resolved by downloading and reinstalling CCleaner from the following links:” Piriform said on its support site. After launching CCleaner it displays which version you’re using in its main window. To know Windows 10 version you’re using, type ‘winver’ in Run dialog. FYI, the latest version of CCleaner at the time of writing is 5.28 and Windows 10’s is Windows version 1697 OS build 14393.693. Article source
  23. An Internet Explorer update in the latest cumulative rollup for Win10 Anniversary Update causes major display rendering problems Credit: Shutterstock Reports have surfaced of a bug in this month's patches from Microsoft. According to a series of anonymous posts on the AskWoody Lounge and additional reports on the Microsoft Dynamics Community forum, the recently released Internet Explorer 11.0.40 is causing rendering problems with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, even with the latest Update Rollup 18 installed. So far the only workaround involves using a different browser (impossible in many shops), dropping CRM 2011 back to IE7 compatibility mode (both speed and compatibility issues), or rolling back the bad patches. Alternatively you could upgrade to CRM 2016, but that’s taking a sledge-hammer-to-an-ant approach. User Digitalog on the Dynamics forum puts it this way: Users are starting to have a issue this morning after an IE update was released yesterday. When opening activities in CRM or some entities there is a blue bar across the screen where the records should be showing up. Important to note that records are there but just not displaying correctly after this update. Users without the update are showing these records, no problem. An anonymous poster on AskWoody says: Views to see related records from contacts, accounts etc are now moved half way down the page and contain no data and multi-line text boxes are now all single line with a scroll bar. It appears that all of these patches throw Dynamics CRM 2011 into a tizzy: KB 4013429 – this month’s Win10 1607 cumulative update that brings the build number up to 14393.953 KB 4012215 – this month’s Monthly Rollup (“Security Monthly Quality Rollup”) for Win7 and Server 2008 R2 KB 4012216 – this month’s Monthly Rollup for Win 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 I have not heard similar complaints about KB 4013198, which is this month’s Win10 1511 cumulative update, or KB 4012606, this month’s Win10 1507 update. I also haven’t heard similar complaints for KB 4012204, which is this month’s cumulative Internet Explorer patch. Given the nature of the problem, I would test each of those very thoroughly before deploying them in a CRM 2011 shop. Admins (and individuals) dealing with the problem are acutely aware of the absence of February patches. If they roll back the cumulative updates for March, the last patches appeared in January. The situation once again demonstrates the problem with bunched patches. Every Win10 PC running CRM 2011 is faced with a dilemma: Do you install the latest security patches and break CRM, or do you roll back to a security posture that is, at best, two months old? There’s no middle ground. Of course, folks who roll back KB 4013429 need to be aware of the fact that Windows 10 will reinstall it, the next time Windows Update comes up for air. A scrubbing with wushowhide would be necessary for any PC not connected to an update server. There’s another skeleton in the bunched update closet. How does Microsoft fix this particular problem? The company may be working on a new rollup for CRM that dodges the bugs in Internet Explorer. As long as the IE bug only manifests itself in CRM 2011, the problem’s relatively easy to contain. But if we start seeing other programs that break with IE 10.0.40, there’s no easy way to sweep this under the rug. Patching IE as part of an ad-hoc cumulative update or a one-off monthly rollup breaks Microsoft’s Windows-as-a-Service model. I doubt that CRM 2011 customers want to wait a month for Microsoft to get its IE act together. The ball’s back in your court, Microsoft. Discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Confirmed: Windows 10 update KB 4013429 breaks Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  24. The new build is again shipped to PCs exclusively Microsoft has just rolled out a new Windows 10 Creators Update preview build for insiders in the Fast ring as the company is advancing at a very past pace towards compiling the RTM expected anytime soon. Redmond is yet to confirm the release date of the Creators Update, but it’s believed the target is April 11 for the beginning of the rollout, while the RTM build should be compiled these days before being pushed to insiders next week. Windows 10 build 15060 is the most recent release for the Fast ring of the Windows Insider program and, just as expected, there are no new features, but only bug fixes and performance improvements that are supposed to refine the operating system before the public launch next month. Plenty of fixes, fewer known issues One of the most important fixes concerns the way the Settings icon is displayed in the taskbar, an issue that we also experienced on several testing systems here at Softpedia. Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, says everything should work correctly in this new build. “We fixed an issue resulting in the Settings icon appearing plating in the taskbar. This issue also resulted in another issue now fixed, where if Settings had been pinned to Start, the tile would become greyed out after the first time it was clicked. Thank you all for your feedback on this,” she explains. Of course, there are also some known issues in this build, but the number of bugs that are shipped with Windows 10 builds is getting smaller with every release, and this is a sign that the Windows 10 Creators Update is taking shape quite nicely. For what it’s worth, this could be one of the last builds in anticipation of the Windows 10 Creators Update launch, with Microsoft then expected to make the switch to Redstone 3 builds. The next big update for Windows 10 is projected to launch in the fall, with insiders to get preview builds shortly after the release of the Creators Update. Windows 10 Build 15060 Source
  25. The Galaxy Book comes with support for a detachable keyboard Samsung joined the Windows 10 2-in-1 device party at MWC this year with the Galaxy Book, but information that was included in the official user manual reveals some features that could sound really odd at first glance. First and foremost, it’s worth noting that the Galaxy Book has been developed based on an approach that was pioneered by Microsoft with the Surface lineup, so it comes with touch support and a detachable keyboard that turns it from a tablet to a laptop in a second. What’s interesting is that the keyboard houses some important parts as well, including the NFC module, so Samsung has developed the Galaxy Book in such a way that when it’s removed and the device enters tablet mode, performance is automatically reduced. Beware the overheating Samsung explains in the manual (via MSPU) that “if you use the device without connecting the Keyboard Cover, the device’s speed and performance may be affected. Use the device with the Keyboard Cover connected.” Even though the company doesn’t explain why exactly this is happening, the Galaxy Book most likely cuts the power in order to save battery life, so you can use the device for a little longer even though the keyboard is no longer connected. Additionally, Samsung also provides guidance to make sure that the Note 7 catching fire nightmare doesn’t repeat, explaining that buyers who notice the Galaxy Book getting super-hot on a regular basis should contact the company for assistance. “When you use apps that require more power or use apps on your device for an extended period of time, your device may feel hot to the touch. This is normal and should not affect your device’s lifespan or performance. If the device overheats or feels hot for a prolonged period, do not use it for a while. If the device continues to overheat, contact a Samsung Service Centre,” the firm says. The Galaxy Book is available in two different sizes and in addition to the detachable keyboard, it also supports pen input, just like Microsoft’s Surface line. Source