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  1. NOTE: When attempting to switch from default KMS to KMS38™ (LongLife) activation, run the KMS38 process by selecting from the drop-down-menu, then; if no Office is installed repeat process in 'Clean' mode (same menu), if Office is installed use 'Rearm'. Make sure the Office KMS activation is excluding Windows KMS38™. INFO: For adapted KMS_VL_ALL (Manual only) see download section beneath. In Windows 10 all systems no matter how they were activated (be it via Upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 or by using a bought Retail or an embedded BIOS aka MSDM license) will be converted to a Digital License which is based on the Hard Ware ID (HWID) of the respective machine. This License is stored at MS Servers and will activate this machine every time it's freshly installed. Only hardware changes will cause the License being invalidated. By binding it to a Microsoft Account (MSA) you will be able to transfer it in latter case. The process only needs to be performed once per machine. In later installs just skip any key prompts (choose 'I have no product key' during setup) and at first online contact the MS Server will regocnize the HWID and grant activation automatically. NOTE: When a Volume License version is installed from VLSC or MVS Business ISO, the default Retail/OEM key needs to be inserted to regain acticvation. It's actually quite simple and doesn't mess with any system files and leaked (*errrm stolen) keys. The ticket creation has been appropriately refined for each MS SKU edition so that the Manual Method below is fully applicable to all of them. The Automated Method has been included as well for an easiest activation and works with all MS SKU editions and was specifically devised for the following ones: Supported Windows 10 editions (SKUs): Core (Home) (N) <HWID/ KMS38™> CoreSingleLanguage (N) <HWID/ KMS38™> Professional (N) <HWID/ KMS38™> ProfessionalEducation (N) <HWID/ KMS38™> ProfessionalWorkstation (N)<HWID/ KMS38™> Education (N)<HWID/ KMS38™> Enterprise (N)<HWID/ KMS38™> EnterpriseS (N) 2015 <HWID> EnterpriseS (N) 2016 <HWID/ KMS38™> EnterpriseS (N) <KMS38™> ServerStandard(Core) (N) <KMS38™> ServerDatacenterCore) (N) <KMS38™> ServerSolution(Core) (N) <KMS38™> REWORKED MANUAL PROCESS FOR HWID AND KMS38: Prerequisites: # the files: Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/9580116/manual.7z.html # key and SKU-ID see the respective info TXT in files pack. The Process: #1. Copy files to a work folder, create exclusion in AV or disable temporarily. I will use d:\work as example. #2. Install default generic key. Volume key (gVLK) for KMS38 or OEMRET for HWID. cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ipk XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX #2.a KMS38 only: Create dummy KMS adress entry using the demo IP range. cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -skms 192.0.2.69:1833 #3. Depending on the process choice rename respective slshim DLL version to slc.dll #3.a LTSB 2015 only: rename gatherosstateLTSB15.exe to gatherosstate.exe (rename or overwrite the other). #4. Create TargetSKU.txt containing the SKU-ID for your edition. #5. Run gatherosstate.exe by (double-)clicking. #6. To apply ticket: clipup -v -o -altto d:\work\ (note the trailing \) #6.a HWID only: force activation with: cscript.exe %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /ato #7. DONE. Congrats. AUTOMATED METHOD: In case any VPN is used, deactivate it for the process duration. Same applies for Antivirus. NOTE: The tool performs several system checks and may need a moment to appear (depending on your system specs), no need to panic, just wait a moment. Thanks. CHANGELOG: Silent Mode: For SetupComplete.cmd see the Spoiler or download $OEM$ folder: USE 'EXTRACT HERE' TO CREATE CORRECT FOLDER STRUCTURE! Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/9720058/_oem_.7z.html hwid.kms38.gen.mk6 hwid hwid.kms38.gen.mk6 kms38 HWID.KMS38™GEN DOWNLOAD: MIRROR1: Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/9714080/thk3_mk6.7z.html Exe hashes: BLAKE2sp: b84887f89ad8dd22b2e826912a174923dd59de7b0ab6823dfb272cd9f399592d SHA-1: 50ab8835225c4e3b3a1d9873d90e4f14f5620aa8 SHA-256: 20f04eb3167167737ac782b707c9da404dc8fddebe06b89c6b089b0f2556f547 SHA-384: b185dfc75fff87739bc9cc3832c9add81fb7d408d4f2b2cc2069818f2cdd43c728dea9f817a1e9109c310cfcabc7d91f SHA3-224: cbd4363c4842b5c6dc0fa822e0219db48f56c17ea584f68ebb447b77 SHA3-256: 56dfb425845d600bb1d924c517f1079300e2d0c27c261acdc4ad839f3e51ccbb
  2. Send Links from Windows 10 to Android Using the Native Share Dialog One of Microsoft’s key projects right now is to bring Windows 10 and Android devices in sync, so the company is working around the clock on improving the Your Phone app. Together with its Android sibling, this app is supposed to allow the pairing of Windows 10 PCs and Android phones in order to make it possible for desktop users to access their photos and messages wirelessly. But as it turns out, the sync also works the other way around, which means that you can send content from the PC to Android using the same Your Phone companion app. Once the devices are paired, you can rely on the native share dialog in Windows 10 browsers (Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox are the two supporting it for now) to send links to Android devices.Native share optionAll you have to do is to fire up a Windows 10 browser, navigate to a page that you want to share and then head over to the share option in Edge or Firefox. Click the Your Phone app in the share options and then the link should become available on Android in the browser that you used for sending it. A notification should show up on Android to let you know that content sent from a desktop browser is available, and tapping it opens the link in Edge or Firefox. This is without a doubt a neat feature for Android users, and while there are other ways to do the same thing on the mobile platform, a native implementation comes in much handier. Once Microsoft Edge becomes a more mature browser and completes the transition to the Chromium engine on the desktop, this feature could make much more sense for Android users, as many more would stick with the app on both PCs and mobile devices. Source
  3. Windows 10 has many Services to make sure that the operating system functions smoothly. While it is best to leave the Service configuration at their default values, there are some performance & tweak enthusiasts who want to make their Windows run even smoother. If you are wondering which Windows 10 Services are safe to disable, then this guide will help you. We strongly recommend that you create a System Restore Point first and also make notes of the changes you make to your Services configuration. Before we go ahead, it’s a good idea to understand Windows Services section. Type services.msc in the search box and hit Enter to open the Windows Services Manager. Once the Services window opens, you can see the complete list of services, both from Windows OS, and the installed applications which are running on your system. Every service has Name, Description, Status, Startup Type and Log On As. Double click on any Service to look at its Properties. Startup Type: Some services are set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed), while others are Manual and Disabled. Service Status: It is the current status of the service. Action buttons are available for you to change it. Dependencies: Many services depend on other small and big services. Some other function can also rely on it. If that’s the case, you will be warned if you choose to disable it. You will notice that many services which set to Manual. These services are started only when they are needed. They might be kept running or set to stop mode when not needed anymore. Services with Startup Type as Automatic start with Windows. Applications like the AntiVirus program need to be available as soon as Windows 10 starts. The best strategy to disable Windows 10 Services Many want to disable services because they might help to speed up their computer. It is best to look at services which are in Automatic mode. They are the only ones which increase computer boot time. In the services list, click on the Startup Type header to list all automatic services. Now click on the Service, and check if you can change status. Sometimes none of the buttons are enabled including Stop. If that’s the case, skip this service and move to the next one. When you find a service which can be stopped or set to manual, make sure to read about the service and check on dependencies. If you see any service is depending on this one, do not disable it. If it’s a stand-alone service, check to what the service is related. For example, the Bonjour Service is needed by applications from Apple like iTunes. You can choose to disable it or choose Automatic (Delayed). On the contrary, services like IP Helper should not be disabled if you use IPv6. It is essential for 6to4, ISATAP, Port Proxy, and Teredo, and IP-HTTPS. It’s best to leave Windows 10 Services as is Any service which is from Microsoft, i.e., Windows 10 “ONLY” Services, should be kept as is. It’s not easy to understand for a general consumer to understand the impact it will make when you disable a service. While many websites and blogs would suggest you services which you can disable, we don’t support that logic. If there is a service that belongs to a third-party application, you can choose to set to Manual or Automatic (Delayed). That will help to boot your computer fast. Even better, make sure to remove the application from the Startup List. Which Windows 10 services are safe to disable Nevertheless, if you still want to see what you can disable, then it all depends on your system: Are you a single PC home user? Do you use the Internet? Are you connected to a network or domain? Are you using a desktop or a laptop? And so on. The following Windows Services can be safely disabled. Instead of setting the Startup type to Disabled, you may set it to Manual, to be on the safe side. AVCTP service – Disable it if you do not use Bluetooth Audio Device or Wireless Headphones. BitLocker Drive Encryption Service – disable it if you do not use BitLocker storage encryption. Bluetooth Support Service – Disable it if you do not use any Bluetooth device Computer Browser – This will then disable Network discovery of systems on the local network Connected User Experiences and Telemetry – Disables Feedback, Telemetry and Data Collection Diagnostic Policy Service Diagnostic Tracking Service – Turns off Telemetry and Data Collection Distributed Link Tracking Client – If your PC is not connected to a network Downloaded Maps Manager – If you don’t use the Bing Maps app File History Service – If you never use Windows Backup or System Restore IP Helper – (If you don’t use IPv6 connection) Infrared monitor service – If you never use File transfer via infrared devices. Internet Connection Sharing – An old service that can be disabled Netlogon – Disable it if you are not on a domain controller environment. Program Compatibility Assistant Service – This will hinder your running in the Compatibility Mode though Print Spooler – If you don’t use a Printer Parental Control – If you do not use the Parental Control feature. Remote Registry – Best to disable it. No one will be able to access your Registry remotely. Secondary Logon TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper – If you are not a part of a Workgroup network Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service – If you do not have a touch device Windows Error Reporting Service – If you don’t want to save or send error reports Windows Image Acquisition – If you don’t use a Scanner Windows Camera Frame Server – If you never use a webcam or an integrated camera Windows Insider Service – Disable it if you are not a part of the Windows Insider Program. Windows Search – Do it only if you never use Windows Search but instead use a 3rd-party search software. So you see there is no one-shoe-fits-all scenario, and so it becomes imperative that you know your system and what you want. If you need good advice, then the Black Viper’s Windows 10 Service Configurations is one resource advanced users may want to look at. Windows 7 users may want to look at this Windows 7 Services Optimization Guide Source: Which Windows 10 Services can you safely disable? (The Windows Club)
  4. Intel releases Graphics Command Center app for Windows 10 Today, Intel launched Graphics Command Center app for Windows 10 devices and it can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. Intel Graphics Command Center is a new and modern application to help consumers control game settings and GPU-related functionalities. There are several advanced options for optimizing the experience with Intel Graphics. The Intel PCs currently ships with Intel Graphics Control Panel which is a Win32 application and fails to match the UX of Windows 10. The new Graphics Command Center is a significant update from Intel’s legacy UI design for its previous graphics control panel application. Intel says consumers need PCs with latest Windows 10 update installed and 6th generation Intel Core processors or newer to install the app. Most of the devices should be able to install this app. “You’re tired of our ‘old, boring, corporate-looking’ Graphics Control Panel. We were too and we designed a completely new one from the ground up! We’re incorporating the changes you – the gamers, home theater enthusiasts, professionals, and everyday tinkerers requested,” Intel explains. Intel Graphics Command Center also comes with Microsoft’s Fluent Design elements and it has a sidebar on the left. The sidebar allows users to navigate between Display, Video, System, Support and Preferences settings. The app offers both advanced and basic setting options. For example, the Display setting lets you change the resolution, refresh rate, scale, rotation, colours, contrast and more. Intel Graphics Command Center offers simplicity and ease of use with a modern user interface (made of Fluent Design and XAML UI elements). At the same time, the app can automatically detect games and offer one-click game optimization feature. Intel says the app is in the early phase of development and many more features are planned for a later release. You can download the Intel Graphics Command Center app from Microsoft Store. Source
  5. With Windows 10 version 1903 just a month or so away, it is quite puzzling that a large number of devices have not yet received the update to Windows 10 version 1809. Microsoft began the rollout phase of Windows 10 version 1809 on January 16, 2019 but restricted automatic updates via Windows Updates. Only devices that the company believed to have the "best update experience" would receive the update back then. Administrators could run a manual check for updates and would receive the feature update then if no upgrade block was in place and if the device passed compatibility tests. Microsoft lists one upgrade block currently on the official update history page of Windows 10 version 1809. Devices who run "certain new Intel display drivers" are blocked from receiving the update via Windows Update. The solution right now is to update Intel display drivers so that they are newer than 24.20.100.6345. Microsoft updated the "Get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update" support page yesterday to indicate that the rollout of the new feature update for Windows has finally started. Windows 10 devices will receive the feature update automatically now provided that they are compatible with the new version and don't meet any upgrade block that may still be in place; this is true for devices with Windows Updates set to download and install updates automatically. Microsoft suggests that administrators run manual check for updates if the update is not offered automatically at this point. This is done by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and activating the "check for updates" option on the page. It is still possible that the feature update is not returned when administrators run manual check for updates. Administrators may then download the Update Assistant from this Microsoft page to use it to update (or receive information on why an update is not possible). Closing words One has to wonder if it would not be better to sit this one out and wait for the release of the upcoming feature update. While it is certainly an option to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809 and then a month or so later to Windows 10 version 1903, it is probably less time consuming to skip 1809 and wait for 1903 instead. Windows 10 version 1809 launched with major bugs and Microsoft had to pause the update for about six weeks. It is probably not a good idea to jump on the Windows 10 version 1903 bandwagon right after official release; far better to monitor the update for a month or two before making any upgrade decisions. (via Born) Source: Windows 10 1809: full rollout begins (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  6. How to use NTFS compression on Windows 10 You can use NTFS compression to make files smaller on a drive, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it. On Windows 10, the New Technology File System (NTFS) file system includes a lightweight compression feature designed to reduce the size of files and save space while retaining normal access without the need for manual decompression like when using different containers. However, enabling NTFS compression can have an impact on performance. Even though you don't have to use additional steps, in the background, the feature still has to decompress and recompress files every time you access them, which is a process that requires additional resources. While the feature can degrade performance, there are plenty of scenarios where compression can still make sense. For instance, it could be another way to free up space, even after deleting temporary files and unnecessary contents. Also, it could be a suitable solution to set up a drive to store files that you rarely use. Or you could save files that you use frequently but that don't significantly impact your device performance, some of which can include pictures and documents. Whatever your situation might be, on Windows 10, you can enable NTFS compression in at least two different ways. You can use compression at the file level or you can compress the entire drive. In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to compress files to free up space without the need for third-party tools. How to compress files using NTFS file compression Using the file compression with NTFS is the easiest method to make files smaller without the need to compress the entire drive, or use additional steps to zip and unzip every time you need a file, as the process is handled automatically without significantly impacting performance. To compress files and folders using NTFS on Windows 10, use these steps: Open File Explorer. Browse to the folder that you want to use to store compressed files. Click the Home button. Click the New folder button. Quick tip: You can use the Ctrl + Shift + N keyboard shortcut to create a new folder faster. Type a name for the folder (for example, My Compressed Files) and press Enter. Right-click the newly created folder and select the Properties option. Click on the General tab. Click the Advanced button. Under the "Compress or Encrypt attributes" section, check the Compress contents to save disk space option. Click the OK button. Click the Apply button. In the "Confirm Attribute Changes" dialog, select the Apply changes to this folder, subfolders, and files option. Click the OK button. Once you complete the steps, NTFS file compression will enable in the folder reducing the size of existing and future files you save into this location. The steps outlined above will work to compress a folder as well as a single file. You can check that file compression is working because you'll notice two arrows pointing to each other icon in the top-right corner. If you want to see how much space this method is saving, right-click the folder, and select the Properties option. Size shows the size of the item without compression, while Size on disk is the size of the item after compression. If you change your mind, you can always revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 9, make sure to clear the Compress contents to save disk space option. How to compress files using NTFS drive compression Alternatively, instead of shrinking files and folders individually, you can also use the NTFS feature to compress an entire drive. Using this option offers the same benefits as compressing files individually, which means that you can access files normally as compression and decompression happen very quickly. To enable NTFS compression on a hard drive, use these steps: Open File Explorer. Click on This PC from the left pane. Under the "Devices and drives" section, right-click the storage that you wish to compress, and select the Propertiesoption. Check the Compress this drive to save disk space option. Click the Apply button. In the "Confirm Attribute Changes" dialog, select the Apply changes to drive (drive letter), subfolders and filesoption. Click the OK button. Click the OK button again. After you complete the steps, NTFS will enable compression inside the drive. You can use compression on a drive with or without files, but if the drive isn't empty, NTFS will need to go through the process of making the files smaller, which could end up taking a long time. (Usually, you want to enable compression on an empty drive before storing files on it.) If you want to undo the changes, you can use the same instructions outlined above, but on step No. 4, make sure to clear the Compress this drive to save disk spaceoption. How to know when you should and shouldn't compress files with NTFS Although the ability to compress files without third-party software can come in handy to minimize storage usage, there are several things to keep in mind when using NTFS compression. For example, you can enable compression on the drive that contains the Windows 10 installation, but it's not recommended to use the feature as it could significantly impact system performance and create additional problems. If you want to compress the system drive, you should consider using Compact OS, which is a feature designed specifically to reduce the footprint of the installation allowing to free up space on the drive running Windows 10. While you can use compression on virtually any device, it's only recommended to use this feature on a computer with a reasonably new processor and a fast drive, such as a Solid-State Drive (SSD), for best performance. Also, you can use Windows 10's NTFS compression on USB flash drives and SD cards, but you should consider only enabling the feature on more capable drives (such as SSD and HDD). In the case that you're dealing with a low-end or very old device, you should ignore compression and opt to purchase a larger external drive instead. Using a large storage device means more room to save files without the need for the system to use resources to compress and decompress your data, which can negatively impact performance. The amount of space that you could save using this feature will always depend upon the amount of data and other factors. NTFS compression has been designed to be fast and lightweight, and as a result, the ratio of compression will usually be less than the one offered by third-party tools. Drives and folders using NTFS compression can store already compressed files (such as zip folders and mp3 audio files), but it's unlikely that you'll see any size reduction. Finally, when using NTFS compression, files have to go through a decompression process before they can be transmitted through the network, which means that this method isn't optimized to save bandwidth or time. If you need to send a large amount of data that will benefit from compression, you should use a zip container instead. We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but compression has been a feature of NTFS for a long time, which means that you can also use these instructions on Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Source
  7. Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4489894 Can Cause BSODs Due to a Known Bug The most recent cumulative update released by Microsoft for Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) can cause a fatal crash due to an issue that has already been acknowledged by the software firm. KB4489894 is a cumulative update published on March 19, and it is specifically aimed at delivering non-security fixes to Windows 10 version 1803 devices. The update, however, can lead to a Blue Screen of Death due to an issue concerning fonts and end-user-defined characters, or EUDC. Microsoft explains in the official release notes: “If you enable per font end-user-defined characters (EUDC), the system will stop working and a blue screen will appear at startup. This is not a common setting in non-Asian regions.”How to avoid a BSODThe workaround, in this case, is as simple as it could be: just don’t enable per font EUDC, Microsoft explains. So basically, if you don’t want this feature to end up causing a BSOD after installing the new cumulative update, you better not using it. Obviously, this isn’t really the most convenient workaround, but the good news is that Microsoft is already working on a fix. The release, however, is projected to take place in an upcoming patching cycle. The software giant has confirmed that the same issue exists in the other cumulative updates released on March 19, including in KB4489890 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709). The next Patch Tuesday will take place on April 9, and it will also include security updates for Windows 10, but at this point, it’s not known if this is the target date for the bugfix. This cumulative update also comes with a series of other known issues, but most are inherited from the previous updates. The font bug described here, on the other hand, is introduced with KB4489894. Source
  8. Microsoft release new set of Optional Cumulative Updates for Windows 10 Microsoft has released a new set of Cumulative Updates for most versions of Windows 10. The updates, for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607, are optional in preparation for pushing them out to everyone in Patch Tuesday next month. There is no Cumulative Update for the October 2018 update so far. Windows 10 version 1803 gets KB4489894, which takes the OS to Build 17134.677. It brings the following fixes: Addresses an issue with a Microsoft Access 97 database that stops a requested operation when a table or column has custom properties. Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Office updates from downloading from the Microsoft Store. Updates time zone information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Addresses an issue with Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications that fails to use the Japanese Era registry settings for dates in the Japanese format. For more information, see KB4469068. Updates time zone information for Kazakhstan. Updates time zone information for São Tomé and Príncipe. Addresses an issue that prevents users from enabling gan-nen support for the Japanese Era. For more information, see KB4469068. Addresses an issue that causes a device to periodically stop responding when using an East Asian locale. Addresses a reliability issue that may cause a laptop screen to remain black after resuming from Sleep if you close the lid when disconnecting from a docking station. Addresses an issue with the Group Policy, “Turn off app notifications on the lock screen”. Addresses an issue that may prevent users from signing in and cause account lockouts when using the App-V client to start applications. The issue occurs because Kerberos authentication fails when trying to get user information from the domain name server (DNS). Modify the following registry key: Setting: UseDcForGetUserInfo Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Shared\ Type: REG_DWORD Value: Setting the following DWORD to nonzero will enable the solution. Addresses an issue with the Windows lock screen that prevents users from unlocking a device after multiple smart card users have used the same device. This issue occurs when you attempt to use a workstation that another user has locked. Addresses an issue that prevents the authentication credentials dialog from appearing when an enterprise web server attempts to connect to the Internet. Addresses an issue that causes a client or server to restart when using a smart card to log in with User Name Hints to an Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined machine using Remote Desktop ServicesAddresses an issue in which multiple device entries exist for a single, hybrid domain joined device. Addresses an issue that removes the ALLOWCLSIDS policy from the policy XML file when you run the Add-SignerRule for Windows Defender Application Control. Addresses an issue that prevents a virtual smart card from starting when running in conjunction with Citrix 7.15.2000 Workstation VDA software. Addresses an issue that prevents a user from authenticating and causes Windows Account Manager (WAM) to fail when using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Addresses an issue that causes certificate renewal to fail when using CERT_RENEWAL_PROP_ID with the ICertPropertyRenewal interface. Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”. This determines how Windows will disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to the network. If enabled, Windows will soft-disconnect (disconnection is not immediate or abrupt) a computer from a network. If disabled, Windows disconnects a computer from a network immediately. If not configured, the default behavior is soft-disconnect. For more information about soft-disconnect, see Understanding and configuring Windows Connection Manager. Path: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\Windows Connection Manager Addresses an issue that may cause the error, “Stop 0x133” in NTFS.sys. Addresses an issue that causes Windows to reuse an expired Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) lease if the lease expired while the OS was shutdown. Addresses an issue that may cause the Virtual Machine Management Service (VMMS) to stop working. This issue occurs when executing a Live Migration using a Measure-VM cmdlet or any metric Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) query. Addresses an issue in which the graphics device interface (GDI) DeleteObject() may cause the calling process to stop working when both of the following conditions are true: The calling process is a WOW64 process that handles memory addresses larger than 2 GB. The DeleteObject() is called with a device context that is compatible with a printer device context. Provides seamless integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) to discover cloud app usage inside and outside the corporate network for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) customers. Enhances automated investigation and remediation, including memory forensics, for Windows Defender ATP customers. Addresses an issue that prevents the “Turn off app notifications on the lock screen” policy from working. The path is “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logo”. Addresses minor issues with unknown options (unknown OPT) in the Extension Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS) for the Windows DNS Server role. It also comes with the following known issues: Symptom Workaround After installing this update, MSXML6 causes applications to stop responding if an exception was thrown during node operations, such as appendChild(), insertBefore(), and moveNode(). The Group Policy editor may stop responding when editing a Group Policy Object (GPO) that contains Group Policy Preferences (GPP) for Internet Explorer 10 settings. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this security update, Custom URI Schemes for Application Protocol handlers may not start the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites on Internet Explorer. Right-click the URL link to open it in a new window or tab. Or Enable Protected Mode in Internet Explorer for local intranet and trusted sites. Go to Tools > Internet options > Security. Within Select a zone to view or change security settings, selectLocal intranet and then selectEnable Protected Mode. Select Trusted sites and then selectEnable Protected Mode. Select OK. You must restart the browser after making these changes. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After applying this update, a stop error occurs when attempting to start the Secure Shell (SSH) client program from Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with agent forwarding enabled using a command line switch (ssh –A) or a configuration setting. Disable forwarding of the authentication agent connection using a command line switch (ssh –a) or a configuration setting. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension. To mitigate the issue, disable the Variable Window Extension on WDS server using one of the following options: Option 1: Open an Administrator Command prompt and type the following: Wdsutil /Set-TransportServer /EnableTftpVariableWindowExtension:No Option 2: Use the Windows Deployment Services UI. Open Windows Deployment Services from Windows Administrative Tools. Expand Servers and right-click a WDS server. Open its properties and clear the Enable Variable Window Extension box on the TFTP tab. Option 3: Set the following registry value to 0: “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WDSServer\ Providers\WDSTFTP\EnableVariableWindowExtension”. Restart the WDSServer service after disabling the Variable Window Extension. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. You can manually download it here. For Windows 10 users on the Fall Creators Update (1709) KB4489890 takes the OS to build 16299.1059. It comes with the following fixes: Addresses an issue with a Microsoft Access 97 database that stops a requested operation when a table or column has custom properties. Updates time zone information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Addresses an issue with Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications that fails to use the Japanese Era registry settings for dates in the Japanese format. For more information, see KB4469068. Updates time zone information for Kazakhstan. Updates time zone information for São Tomé and Príncipe. Addresses an issue that prevents users from enabling gan-nen support for the Japanese Era. For more information, see KB4469068. Addresses an issue with the Group Policy, “Turn off app notifications on the lock screen”. Addresses an issue that may prevent users from signing in and cause account lockouts when using the App-V client to start applications. The issue occurs because Kerberos authentication fails when trying to get user information from the domain name server (DNS). Modify the following registry key: Setting: UseDcForGetUserInfo Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Shared\ Type: REG_DWORD Value: Setting the following DWORD to nonzero will enable the solution. Addresses an issue that prevents App-V applications from starting and generates error “0xc0000225”. Setting the following DWORD to a non-zero number will enable the solution: “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\AppV\\MAV\Configuration\MaxAttachWaitTimeInMilliseconds”. The default is zero, the maximum is 10,000, and it limits the maximum wait time for a driver when the error occurs. For more information, see KB4494206. Addresses an issue that prevents the authentication credentials dialog from appearing when an enterprise web server attempts to connect to the Internet. Addresses an issue that causes a client or server to restart when using a smart card to log in with User Name Hints to an Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined machine using Remote Desktop Services. Addresses an issue with Microsoft Outlook profiles on devices that are domain joined and workplace joined. Creation of new Microsoft Outlook profile may fail, or created Microsoft Outlook profiles may fail to work later. Addresses an issue that removes the ALLOWCLSIDS policy from the policy XML file when you run the Add-SignerRule for Windows Defender Application Control. Addresses an issue that prevents a user from authenticating and causes Windows Account Manager (WAM) to fail when using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Addresses an issue that causes certificate renewal to fail when using CERT_RENEWAL_PROP_ID with the ICertPropertyRenewal interface. Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”. This determines how Windows will disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to the network. If enabled, Windows will soft-disconnect (disconnection is not immediate or abrupt) a computer from a network. If disabled, Windows disconnects a computer from a network immediately. If not configured, the default behavior is soft-disconnect. For more information about soft-disconnect, see Understanding and configuring Windows Connection Manager. Path: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\Windows Connection Manager. Addresses an issue that may cause the error, “Stop 0x133” in NTFS.sys. Addresses an issue that causes Windows to reuse an expired Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) lease if the lease expired while the OS was shutdown. Addresses an issue that causes the “Windows created a temporary warning.” message to appear if you create a page file on a drive with FILE_PORTABLE_DEVICE characteristics. Addresses an issue that causes the user interface (UI) to stop responding for several seconds when you scroll a window while many child windows are open. Addresses an issue in which the graphics device interface (GDI) DeleteObject() may cause the calling process to stop working when both of the following conditions are true: The calling process is a WOW64 process that handles memory addresses larger than 2 GB. The DeleteObject() is called with a device context that is compatible with a printer device context. Provides seamless integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security (MCAS) to discover cloud app usage inside and outside the corporate network for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) customers. Enables automated investigation and remediation for Windows Defender ATP customers. Addresses an issue that prevents the “Turn off app notifications on the lock screen” policy from working. The path is “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logo”. Addresses minor issues with unknown options (unknown OPT) in the Extension Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS) for the Windows DNS Server role. It includes the first three known issues from 1803. You can manually download it here. Windows 10 users on the Creators Update (1703) get KB4489888 and takes the OS to build 15063.1716. It brings the following fixes: Addresses an issue with a Microsoft Access 97 database that stops a requested operation when a table or column has custom properties. Updates time zone information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Addresses an issue with Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications that fails to use the Japanese Era registry settings for dates in the Japanese format. For more information, see KB4469068. Updates time zone information for Kazakhstan. Updates time zone information for São Tomé and Príncipe. Addresses an issue that prevents users from enabling gan-nen support for the Japanese Era. For more information, see KB4469068. Addresses an issue that may prevent users from signing in and cause account lockouts when using the App-V client to start applications. The issue occurs because Kerberos authentication fails when trying to get user information from the domain name server (DNS). Modify the following registry key: Setting: UseDcForGetUserInfo??????? Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Shared\ Type: REG_DWORD Value: Setting the following DWORD to nonzero will enable the solution. Addresses an issue that prevents App-V applications from starting and generates error “0xc0000225”. Setting the following DWORD to a non-zero number will enable the solution: “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\AppV\\MAV\Configuration\MaxAttachWaitTimeInMilliseconds”. The default is zero, the maximum is 10,000, and it limits the maximum wait time for a driver when the error occurs. For more information, see KB4494206. Addresses an issue that prevents the authentication credentials dialog from appearing when an enterprise web server attempts to connect to the Internet. Addresses an issue that causes a client or server to restart when using a smart card to log in with User Name Hints to an Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined machine using Remote Desktop Services. Addresses an issue that removes the ALLOWCLSIDS policy from the policy XML file when you run the Add-SignerRule for Windows Defender Application Control. Addresses an issue that prevents a user from authenticating and causes Windows Account Manager (WAM) to fail when using a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Addresses an issue that causes certificate renewal to fail when using CERT_RENEWAL_PROP_ID with the ICertPropertyRenewal interface. Addresses an issue that may cause the error, “Stop 0x133” in NTFS.sys. Addresses an issue that prevents users from receiving all the available Windows updates using the Unified Write Filter (UWF) servicing mode while UWF is enabled. Addresses an issue in which the graphics device interface (GDI) DeleteObject() may cause the calling process to stop working when both of the following conditions are true: The calling process is a WOW64 process that handles memory addresses larger than 2 GB. The DeleteObject() is called with a device context that is compatible with a printer device context. If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device. It includes the first three known issues from 1803. You can manually download it here. LTSC customers and those on Windows Server 2016 who are still on Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) get KB4489889which takes the OS to build 14393.2879. It brings the following fixes: Addresses an issue with a Microsoft Access 97 database that stops a requested operation when a table or column has custom properties. Updates time zone information for Buenos Aires, Argentina. Addresses an issue with Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications that fails to use the Japanese Era registry settings for dates in the Japanese format. For more information, see KB4469068. Updates time zone information for Kazakhstan. Updates time zone information for São Tomé and Príncipe. Addresses an issue that prevents users from enabling gan-nen support for the Japanese Era. For more information, see KB4469068. Addresses a reliability issue in dxgkrnl.sys. Addresses an issue that causes a yellow exclamation mark to appear in Windows Device Manager on human interface devices (HID). This issue occurs after switching users and removing or adding HID-compliant devices. The HID-compliant device stops responding, and the system stops responding on shutdown and restart. Addresses an issue that may cause the touch screen to stop working after a restart. Addresses an issue that may prevent users from signing in and cause account lockouts when using the App-V client to start applications. The issue occurs because Kerberos authentication fails when trying to get user information from the domain name server (DNS). Modify the following registry key: Setting: UseDcForGetUserInfo??????? Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\AppV\Shared\ Type: REG_DWORD Value: Setting the following DWORD to nonzero will enable the solution. Addresses an issue that prevents App-V applications from starting and generates error “0xc0000225”. Setting the following DWORD to a non-zero number will enable the solution: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\AppV\\MAV\Configuration\MaxAttachWaitTimeInMilliseconds. The default is zero, the maximum is 10,000, and it limits the maximum wait time for a driver when the error occurs. For more information, see KB4494206. Addresses an issue that removes the ALLOWCLSIDS policy from the policy XML file when you run the Add-SignerRule for Windows Defender Application Control. Addresses an issue that prevents the authentication credentials dialog from appearing when an enterprise web server attempts to connect to the Internet. Addresses an issue that causes a client or server to restart when using a smart card to log in with User Name Hints to an Azure Active Directory (AAD) joined machine using Remote Desktop Services. Addresses an issue that causes certificate renewal to fail when using CERT_RENEWAL_PROP_ID with the ICertPropertyRenewal interface. Addresses an issue that prevents users from receiving all the available Windows updates using the Unified Write Filter (UWF) servicing mode while UWF is enabled. Addresses an issue that may cause the error, “Stop 0x133” in NTFS.sys. Addresses an issue in the Microsoft Service Control Manager (SCM) component that causes a system to stop responding at startup. Addresses an issue in Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) that causes a duplicate relying party trust to appear in the AD FS management console. This occurs when you create or view relying party trusts using the AD FS management console. Addresses an issue that prevents the display of previous file versions after a disk that hosts file shares goes offline and then comes back online. Addresses an issue that causes a long delay when resuming from hybrid sleep. Addresses an issue in a Storage Spaces Direct environment that may lead to an error at shutdown during a “restart in a loop” scenario. Addresses an issue that may cause a cluster to stop working when a file share witness becomes read-only. Addresses an issue that occurs when updating cluster nodes one by one. If you restart a node at a lower patched level, the node at a higher patched level may become unexpectedly quarantined. Addresses a high Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Web Application Proxy (WAP) latency issue (over 10,000ms) that occurs while Extranet Smart Lockout (ESL) is enabled on ADFS. Enables activation of insider builds of Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure is the only tested and supported platform to host Windows 10 Enterprise for Virtual Desktops, which is a key part of Windows Virtual Desktop. Addresses an issue in which the Policy Replication Status report in the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) consistently displays one less domain controller than is present in the entire domain or a specific Group Policy. Addresses an issue in which the graphics device interface (GDI) DeleteObject() may cause the calling process to stop working when both of the following conditions are true: The calling process is a WOW64 process that handles memory addresses larger than 2 GB. The DeleteObject() is called with a device context that is compatible with a printer device context. Addresses a character limit issue in the “Settings Page Visibility” Group Policy in the following policy path: “User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel”. Addresses minor issues with unknown options (unknown OPT) in the Extension Mechanisms for DNS (EDNS) for the Windows DNS Server role. It also comes with the following known issues: Symptom Workaround For hosts managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), SCVMM cannot enumerate and manage logical switches deployed on the host after installing the update. Additionally, if you do not follow the best practices, a stop error may occur in vfpext.sys on the hosts. Run mofcomp on the following mof files on the affected host: Scvmmswitchportsettings.mof VMMDHCPSvr.mof Follow the best practices while patching to avoid a stop error in vfpext.sys in an SDN v2 environment (NC managed hosts). After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with the error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)” if the group policy “Minimum Password Length” is configured with greater than 14 characters. Set the domain default “Minimum Password Length” policy to less than or equal to 14 characters. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this update, Internet Explorer 11 may have authentication issues. This occurs when two or more people use the same user account for multiple, concurrent login sessions on the same Windows Server machine, including Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and Terminal Server logons. Symptoms reported by customers include, but may not be limited to: Cache size and location show zero or empty. Keyboard shortcuts may not work properly. Webpages may intermittently fail to load or render correctly. Issues with credential prompts. Issues when downloading files. Create unique user accounts so that two people don’t share the same user account when logging on to a Windows Server machine. Additionally, disable multiple RDP sessions for a single user account for a specific Windows Server. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this update, MSXML6 causes applications to stop responding if an exception was thrown during node operations, such as appendChild(), insertBefore(), and moveNode(). The Group Policy editor may stop responding when editing a Group Policy Object (GPO) that contains Group Policy Preferences (GPP) for Internet Explorer 10 settings. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this security update, Custom URI Schemes for Application Protocol handlers may not start the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites on Internet Explorer. Right-click the URL link to open it in a new window or tab. Or Enable Protected Mode in Internet Explorer for local intranet and trusted sites. Go to Tools > Internet options > Security. Within Select a zone to view or change security settings, selectLocal intranet and then selectEnable Protected Mode. Select Trusted sites and then selectEnable Protected Mode. Select OK. You must restart the browser after making these changes. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension. To mitigate the issue, disable the Variable Window Extension on WDS server using one of the following options: Option 1: Open an Administrator Command prompt and type the following: Wdsutil /Set-TransportServer /EnableTftpVariableWindowExtension:No Option 2: Use the Windows Deployment Services UI. Open Windows Deployment Services from Windows Administrative Tools. Expand Servers and right-click a WDS server. Open its properties and clear the Enable Variable Window Extension box on the TFTP tab. Option 3: Set the following registry value to 0: “HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WDSServer\ Providers\WDSTFTP\EnableVariableWindowExtension”. Restart the WDSServer service after disabling the Variable Window Extension. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. If you enable per font end-user-defined characters (EUDC), the system will stop working and a blue screen will appear at startup. This is not a common setting in non-Asia regions. To avoid this issue, don’t enable per font EUDC. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Source
  9. What we know so far about Microsoft’s new Edge browser for Windows 10 In December 2018, Microsoft confirmed that it’s embracing the Chromium open source project to power its new Edge browser. It also means that Microsoft will now actively contribute to the Chromium project and improve the web browsing experience on the desktop. Microsoft isn’t killing the Edge brand and the changes will be entirely under the hood. The Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will be made over the coming months and it will be released to the Insiders in a few weeks. At the moment, updates to Microsoft Edge are released with every new Windows 10 feature update but this is going to change with the shift to Chromium. By embracing open source Chromium, Microsoft will be able to deliver and update the browser for all supported versions of Windows more frequently. In addition to faster updates, this move will also allow Microsoft to bring Edge to platforms like Windows 7 and even macOS but it would likely happen a bit later. Here’s what we know so far about Microsoft Chromium Edge. Insider builds Microsoft’s Chromium Edge preview builds will be first shipped to the users enrolled in the Insider program. After beta testing, the stable version of the browser will be shipped in a future release of Windows 10 and it will replace the current Microsoft Edge The current version of Microsoft Edge uses the homegrown EdgeHTML rendering engine. In order to use Chromium resources, Edge will ditch EdgeHTML for Chromium’s Blink which also powers Chrome and other popular browsers. Easily downloadable builds Apparently, users won’t need a PC with Windows 10 preview builds installed to test and run new Edge. The Chromium-based browser will be available as a separate download for all users on any version of Windows 10. It’s not clear when the preview builds of Edge will be released for Windows 7 and macOS. Microsoft Chromium Edge release date Microsoft’s Edge browser is expected to launch in preview in a week or two. As there’s a need to do a lot of work on the project, the final version of the browser could be shipped later this year. “Can’t commit to a specific timing just yet,” a Microsoft employee said earlier this year. Interface Image Credit: Neowin The recently leaked images of the browser revealed the early look of the new Edge. While it resembles the look of the current Edge browser, there are some noticeable changes as it has picked up features from Chrome. For instance, there’s a favourite button on the right side of the address bar alongside with profile picture of the user. By default, Microsoft Chromium Edge will obviously use Bing to render the web search results and display a daily background image in newly opened tabs. The browser will most likely retain the features that we use in current Edge. For example, Edge will have a personalized news feed which will appear on the new tab page. Initially, the browser may look similar to Chrome but there will be several Windows 10-inspired elements from Microsoft. As per the leaks, Chromium Edge may lose some unpopular features. The users may not be able to set tabs aside and view all open tabs initially, but this could change in future. The browser will come with additional customization options. It will offer various layouts, including informational, inspirational and focused. Like the current Edge, there is a slide-out menu on the right side to allow users to access options like new tab, new window, incognito etc quickly. It basically provides a list of settings at a quick glance and users can also click on Settings option to access the advanced settings pages. The dedicated settings page will have options like Profiles, Appearance, On startup, Privacy and services, Site permissions, Downloads, Languages, Printing. Extension Store Microsoft will also launch a Microsoft Edge Add-ons store to help users easily discover the extensions designed for Edge. The number of extensions available for Edge will presumably grow. Microsoft Edge may support Chrome extensions in some ways In a Reddit post, Microsoft Edge engineer confirmed that the company’s intention is to support existing Chrome extensions. “It’s our intention to support existing Chrome extensions,” Microsoft’s engineer noted. Although there is not a wholly assured response, it is likely that Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will allow users to install Chrome extensions in some ways. It certainly makes sense as the new Edge will be built on Chromium, so most of the Chrome extensions won’t have issues working with it. We’ll learn more about Edge when Microsoft releases the first preview build of Edge and this is likely to happen real soon. Microsoft will most probably share future plans of Edge at the Build developer conference in May 2019. Source
  10. How to Download a Windows 10 ISO and Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive The latest beta version of Rufus comes with a super-useful new feature that makes it possible for users to download ISO images for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 straight from within the app. If you think this isn’t such a big deal, let’s take everything one at a time to explain what Rufus now allows you to do. First and foremost, Rufus is an application that enables you to create bootable media for various operating systems, including here Microsoft’s Windows. The program originally came with several options in terms of boot options, including a setting that allowed us to use a specific ISO image stored on the local drives for the creation of the bootable media. Needless to say, this was helpful enough for users who wanted to create a bootable USB flash drive, as long as they already had the ISO image stored locally. But beginning with the latest version, Rufus can even take care of that for you, meaning that it can download the ISO image that you need and then create a bootable USB drive using it. Before anything, you must make sure that you’re running at least Rufus 3.5.1473 beta – this ISO downloading option should also land in a stable build very soon. When you launch the app, you first need to select the USB drive that you want to use for the creation of the media. Any USB flash drive should do, but make sure it has at least 8GB in size. In the boot selection drop-down menu, choose Disk or ISO image (Please select). This particular option will let you choose either a locally-stored ISO image or configure Rufus to download one for you. And this is where the new feature comes into play. The Select button placed on the right now sports a small arrow which when clicked lets you toggle to a Download mode. Clicking it launches the Windows 10 ISO download interface, which in its turn will download a PowerShell script to handle the process. You’ll have to define all the settings of your Windows 10 ISO image, one by one, in the following order: Version – Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Release – the OS version number Edition – Home/Pro/Education Language – English or one of the many others Architecture – x64 or x86 When you’re done, you are prompted to select a location for storing the ISO image and then the process begins. Depending on your Internet connection, it could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, but you can always track the progress in the Rufus main screen in the Status section. When the download is complete, Rufus can begin creating the bootable media drive, with no other changes to the existing configuration being necessary. However, note that the Partition scheme should be set to MBR and the Target system must be BIOS (or UEFI-CSM). The Volume label is defined automatically using the ISO image. However, you can still set a series of other options, like formatting settings. When Rufus starts creating the bootable drive, you can also track the progress in the same Statussection. Without a doubt, the new version of Rufus comes in handy to lots of users, especially for those who want to clean-install an older version of Windows. On the other hand, those who just want to install the latest version of Windows 10 can use Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool, which also lets them create a bootable USB drive after previously downloading the necessary files from the company’s servers. In the case of Microsoft’s application, the whole process is designed as a wizard, so you just have to follow a few steps to create the media. Rufus, on the other hand, can also be used for Windows 8.1, but also older Windows 10 versions, including even the original build 10240. Source
  11. The botched rollout of last fall's Windows 10 feature upgrade means the upcoming release of its successor could cause trouble for users not ready to update their computers again so soon. Rouzes / Getty Images A pair of Windows 10 feature upgrades will soon collide, with one just beginning to get traction on PCs as its successor readies for release. It's unclear how Microsoft will handle the dilemma, which traces its roots to the debacle last year when the company was forced to pull the fall feature upgrade after it deleted user files without permission. According to AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 October 2018 Update - 1809 in Microsoft's yymm labeling format - powered just 21% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of Feb. 25. That percentage was less than a fourth of the 85% running 1709 - Windows 10's second feature upgrade of 2017, and the closest comparison for 1809 - at the same time in its timeline. Windows 10 1809 was initially released on Oct. 2, 2018, but within days Microsoft purged it from the distribution pipeline after reports of upgrade-caused data loss. Although the company returned 1809 to testing that same month, it wasn't until Nov. 13 that it announced the upgrade was again available to the general public. However, automatic dissemination didn't resume until Jan. 16. The late start of 1809 and Microsoft's caution in re-releasing it meant that the upgrade now boasts the slowest adoption of any Windows 10 version recorded by AdDuplex. But 1809's follow-up, designated 1903 and likely named "Windows 10 April 2019 Update," is nearing release, according to both clues in the code and the accepted schedule. Unless Microsoft purposefully delays 1903, it should begin rolling out to customers no later than the middle of April. That will be a problem. Because Microsoft demands that users of Windows 10 Home download and install feature upgrades as soon as they're offered, the Windows 10 update regimen is on a tight six-month schedule. With 1809's automated distribution starting three months late, 1903 will be hard on its heels. It's as if the 1809 release train was late out of the station and the follow-up 1903 couldn't be kept waiting and so rolled out on time. The result: A likely rear-end collision. The data from AdDuplex, while not authoritative, suggests that the slow restart has left a landslide-sized majority staring at some ugly possibilities. 1. Run 1809 for a short time, maybe for a very short time. Assuming Microsoft wants to make up for lost time, it will serve 1903 faster than it did the problem-plagued 1809. Based on past adoption trends as described by AdDuplex, the top 50% - the first half of Windows 10 users who were given the upgrade - will run 1809 for as few as two months, getting onto that upgrade by the end of March 2019 but forced to move to 1903 by the end of May. A greatly reduced span between 1809 and 1903 - two months rather than the promised six - would almost certainly anger the Windows 10 users already sensitive to the upgrade cadence. In their minds, Microsoft would be making them deal with two upgrades, two system reboots and twice the possibility of show-stopping bugs, in quick sequence. 2. Just skip 1809. There's nothing to stop Microsoft from halting distribution of 1809 as 1903 clears its coding finish line - the Redmond, Wash. company controls the upgrade schedule, after all - so that those PCs not yet migrated to 1809 are upgraded from last spring's 1803 directly to this year's 1903. Skipping an upgrade is, after all, a crucial option for businesses running Windows 10 Enterprise. Customers running Windows 10 Home, however, have never had that option. Forgetting 1809 would be the quickest way for Microsoft to get the release schedule back on its rigid track. But it might cause users to ask uncomfortable questions: If the sky doesn't fall when Microsoft skips an upgrade, why won't it let customers make the same decision for themselves? IDG/Gregg Keizer Windows 10's last feature upgrade – 1809 – barely made a dent in adoption three months after its re-introduction, unlike its two immediate predecessors. (Data: AdDuplex.) None of this should matter to organizations running Windows 10 Enterprise: They're given 30 months of support for 1809, so they can deploy and run it for a considerable stretch before being obligated to upgrade to a future build. And Windows 10 Pro users are able to defer feature upgrades for up to 365 days, giving them time to run one version before having to switch to another. For example, Windows 10 Pro users could install 1809 next month, defer further upgrades for, say, 180 days, then pick up Windows 10 Pro 1909 before 1809's end-of-support deadline of Nov. 12. Only Windows 10 Home lacks such flexibility. But that may be changing. Some news outlets last week reported that Windows 10 Home 1903 may sport an option that would let users pause updates for up to 35 days. Although that option, if it reaches Windows 10 Home, would be better suited for avoiding problematic monthly updates until Microsoft quashed all the bugs, it should also allow users to delay the installation of a feature upgrade for a limited time. Source: When Windows 10 feature upgrades collide (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  12. The next major version of Windows 10 is Windows 10 version 1903 (the April 2019 Update or 19H1); if things go as planned, it will be released in March/April of 2019. The new version of Windows 10 will be offered as a direct download and via Windows Update. Users need to actively seek for the update using Windows Update in the beginning, and it is only offered to certain computer configurations at first that Microsoft considers optimal. Insider Preview builds give us a clear picture of the changes and feature additions in the new Windows 10 feature update release. It will also be interesting to see if Microsoft manages to release a build that is more stable and less bug-ridden than the last feature update release Windows 10 version 1809. Microsoft had to pull the release shortly after release. Windows 10 version 1903: new features Reserved Storage The new version of Windows introduces a new storage concept called Reserved Storage. It reserves a certain amount of storage for the operating system for use by Windows updates, applications, temporary files and system caches. Reserved storage used about 7 Gigabytes of space on a test system with a 128 Gigabyte hard drive. Windows users may notice a drop in free storage space thanks to reserved storage. Microsoft plans to turn on the feature only for new installations and for pre-installed systems. It is possible to enable Reserved Storage on systems that get upgraded to Windows 10 version 1903, however. Storage Sense Windows 10 version 1903 features Storage improvements. When you open the Storage settings in Settings > System > Storage, you will immediately see how optimization options. Windows may display how much storage you may free up by cleaning temporary files or by removing applications or features. There is also a new "Optimize Drives" option which launches a defragmentation management window. Windows Sandbox Windows Sandbox is a new security feature that Microsoft plans to introduce in Windows 10 version 1903. It works similarly to third-party sandboxing solutions and uses Microsoft Hypervisor and hardware virtualization at its core. The sandbox requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. You may use it to run any executable file to block it from interacting with the underlying operating system. In other words: what happens in Windows Sandbox stays in Windows Sandbox. Sandbox was launched with a basic set of features but has been improved in recent Insider builds. One new feature that Microsoft added was support for configuration files to control certain Sandbox features. Windows Sandbox is ideal for testing applications and for privacy / security purposes. Smaller changes Command Prompt and PowerShell text zooming support. Just use Ctrl-Mousewheel to zoom in or out. Zooming changes the size of the console window and makes text larger or smaller in the process. Cortana and Search go separate ways. You find a search bar and a Cortana button on the Windows taskbar in the new Windows 10 release. Emoji 12.0 support. Extension: new Chrome extension for Timeline, Chrome and Firefox Windows Defender Application Guard extension. File Explorer may display file dates using a conversational format. You can turn this on or off. File Explorer supports options to access Linux files in a WSL distro from Windows. Focus Assist may block apps from showing notifications in full screen mode. Fonts may be installed using drag and drop in Settings > Personalization > Fonts. Office app is included in this release by default. Protection History is new in Windows Security. Recommended Troubleshooting section under Home > Update & Security > Troubleshoot designed to fix certain issues automatically. Registry Editor: press F4 to jump to the end of the address line and get a list of dropdown suggestions. Reset This PC: improvements to the user interface. Retpoline patch to improve performance of Spectre mitigations is enabled by default. Search features a new Top Apps section that lists regularly used apps (and is pretty useless in my opinion). Search locations (those that Windows indexes) can now be managed from the Settings app. Check Settings > Search > Searching Windows. Sign-in option to sign-in without a password using a (linked) phone number. Swiftkey, a technology to improve the touch keyboard experience, is now available for more languages. Start Menu uses a slimmer design with just one colour of application tiles (instead of two). Start Menu option to unpin an entire group from Start. System apps: it is possible to uninstall more system apps using built-in functionality (and not PowerShell magic or third-party apps to do so). Task Manager displays scaling info. Also, legacy program scaling is turned on by default and you may set a default Tab in Task Manager. Troubleshooting: Windows 10 version 1903 may remove installed updates automatically as a last resort to fix non-booting PCs. Windows 10 Active Hours may adjust automatically based on usage. See Settings > Update & Security > Change active hours. Also, other Windows Update changes. Windows 10 Home admins may pause updates now. Windows 10 version 1903 supports the RAW image file format by default. Means: file explorer displays RAW image thumbnails and may use metadata of RAW files. Windows Mixed Reality: run desktop (win32) apps. Windows (light) theme in Themes. You may install it by going to Settings > Personalization > Themes. Your Phone app may support screen mirroring in the new release. Source: The major features of Windows 10 version 1903 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  13. Hands-on with the new Phone Screen feature in Your Phone on Windows 10 Microsoft is testing phone screen mirroring in Your Phone on Windows 10, here's our first hands-on look. Microsoft is now testing an upcoming new feature in the Your Phone app on Windows 10 that lets you see and control your smartphones screen straight on your PC. Right now, the feature is in preview and is very early meaning many of the features planned in this area aren't working yet, so this is an early look at the work Microsoft has done so far. In this initial preview, Microsoft is testing the ability to successfully connect and stream your phones display to the app. You can't yet control the phone directly on your PC, but that is a feature that's in the works and will show up later. For now, you still have to hold your phone to interact with it. Initial impressions of the streaming quality is pretty good. It operates at around about 60fps constantly, and there's very little latency between the phone and the app when streaming. In fact, I was even able to play a few mobile games while looking at the Your Phone app, and didn't feel like I was lagging behind. Of course, it's not instant, but it's definitely not delayed either. It feels buttery smooth and quick to respond to touches. In the app, there's a button that automatically changes the orientation of your device, and there's also a button that looks to allow the phone screen to pop out of the Your Phone app to be placed wherever you like. That feature currently doesn't work just yet, however. Overall, this first preview doesn't give us much to go on, but at least it gives us a good idea at how well the streaming function is going to behave when it's complete. So far, so good. Source
  14. Microsoft ships Windows 10 build 18358 to the Fast ring, 18356 to the Slow ring Not one, but two new Windows Insiders build are rolling out today. As the week comes to a close, Microsoft is shipping two more Windows 10 preview build to Insiders. For Insiders in the Fast ring, you'll get to move on up to build 18358, while Insiders on the Slow ring will see a jump to build 18356.1. Here's a look at what's new in build 18358 for the Fast ring. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC FOR GAMERS: We have addressed an issue with Game Mode that may degrade game streaming and recording quality. Here's the latest on trying out our new Windows gaming technology: Still haven't had a chance to get the game State of Decay for free (for a limited time)? We've added even more slots! Whether you've tried it in earlier builds or haven't had the chance yet, these instructions have everything you need. Installed the Insider version of State of Decay already? We'll be trying out another update later today. To get it, launch the Store app, click […] and then "Downloads and Updates". Once installed, you shouldn't see any difference in the game – it's just a test update – but please let us know if anything doesn't work! We fixed an issue that could result in the thumbnails in Alt + Tab sometimes becoming offset. We fixed an issue where certain upgrade paths could result in the contents of the Recycle Bin being left under Windows.old. We fixed an issue resulting in upgrades failing at 18% or 25% and rolling back for some Insiders. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insider experiencing green screens with error KERNEL_SECURITY_VIOLATION. We fixed an issue resulting in some apps using the Windows Installer failing to install recently. Known issues Microsoft Store app updates do not automatically install on 18356+. As a workaround, you can manually check for, and install updates via the Microsoft Store app. Open Select "…" > "Downloads and updates" > "Get updates". Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD). Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue. Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue. We're investigating an issue preventing VMware from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds. Hyper-V is a viable alternative if available to you. If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings. The updates should be available to both sets of Insiders now via Windows Update. As usual, you can find the release notes for build 18358 and 18356 at the Windows Blog. Source
  15. Cheat Sheet: Our guide to Windows 10 version numbers and features Windows 10’s “as-a-service” development model means we see new major feature releases on a biannual basis. As such, keeping up-to-date with the latest and historical version numbers can quickly become confusing. If you want to check which is the newest Windows 10 release, or see which features released when, then this is the guide for you. We’ve compiled details of every Windows 10 build which has been released to the public to-date. We’ve included update names, version numbers and build numbers, as well as a concise list of the major user-facing changes introduced in each release. This is by no means exhaustive – you should refer to Microsoft’s documentation for complete update changelogs. Before we start, you might want to check which Windows 10 version you’re running, or revise how update names, numbers and build numbers are used. If that’s the case, we suggest you read our guide to Windows 10 version numbersfirst. Otherwise, here’s the list, ordered from newest-to-oldest release. Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version number: 1809 Build number: 17763 Released: October 2018 The October 2018 update focused on refining and enhancing key Windows functionality. The launch of the Your Phone app made it simpler to use Windows 10 in tandem with a mobile device, while features such as Cloud Clipboard added further cross-device convenience. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the update got off to a bad start, as the company was forced to pull it from distributionafter release amid reports of data loss. General availability did not resume until January 2019, with the rollout progressing at a much slower pace than previous releases. Notable changes Dark theme support in File Explorer Phone integration with new “Your Phone” app to sync notifications and SMS messages Touch keyboard powered by SwiftKey Cloud clipboard sync across devices using Win+V New “Snip and Sketch” app to replace Snipping Tool for screenshots Updated Skype for Windows 10 experience supporting the new Skype interface Improvements to Notepad interface and functionality Settings app displays battery status of Bluetooth accessories Focus Assist automatically enables while playing a game Windows displays information about new features after installing major updates Microsoft Edge settings interface refined and sorted into categories Settings app support for changing text scaling across the entire system Use of machine learning to attempt to guess an optimal time to restart and install updates Game Bar includes system resource usage visualisations Task Manager displays approximate app power usage details Windows Defender interface renamed to Windows Security Windows 10 April 2018 Update Version number: 1803 Build number: 17134 Released: April 2018 The April 2018 update continued the introduction of Fluent Design across the Windows 10 interface, with many more elements being converted to the new style. It also saw the launch of Windows Timeline, a new feature to make it simpler to reopen files and websites you’ve previously used – on any of your devices. Miscellaneous changes included modernisation of several Settings components, as well as the usual round of under-the-hood optimisations. Notable changes Windows Timeline introduced Increased use of Fluent Design Nearby Sharing feature to quickly transfer files between devices Redesigned Windows Game Bar Homegroup (from Windows 7) removed from Windows Use Windows Ink pens to write into any text field in any app Focus Assist launched as modernised replacement for Quiet Hours Automatic quick pairing of Bluetooth devices Optimised update process to reduce update install times Fonts visible in the Settings app and installable from the Microsoft Store Microsoft Edge interface improvements including a redesigned hub for bookmarks, favourites and history Redesigned Cortana interface with clearer distinction between personal content and smart home skills People Bar improvements including drag-and-drop and the option to display more people tiles Improved app permission options Ability to view the contents of diagnostic data files Improved DPI awareness for apps running on devices with multiple displays attached Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Version number: 1709 Build number: 16299 Released: October 2017 The Fall Creators Update was the first Windows 10 release to fully trial the biannual release cadence. Microsoft finalised the new build six months after the Creators Update, confirming the new timeline was viable. This was one of the largest updates in terms of unmissable features, with the launch of Fluent Design transforming the look of many interface components. Many new convenience functions helped improve productivity, including the long-requested reinstatement of OneDrive placeholders – now known as Files on Demand. The Fall Creators Update was also the very last build to be released for Windows 10 Mobile, although there were no major feature additions for phones. Notable changes OneDrive Files on Demand, reinstating placeholders from Windows 8.1 Introduction of new Fluent Design system across the Windows interface Support multi-step notification flows Styluses supported for navigating through the entire operating system; improved handwriting panel for pen input Launch of Windows People Bar to pin favourite contacts to the taskbar Touch keyboard gesture typing, powered by SwiftKey Fullscreen mode, ability to pin websites to the taskbar, reading enhancements and many convenience features added to Microsoft Edge Automatic throttling of background tasks to reduce battery consumption Windows Defender helps protect against ransomware Additional Windows Subsystem for Linux distributions available in the Windows Store Phone integration into Windows 10, controlled by new “Phone” section in the Settings app Emoji input panel available for keyboard users Control the volume of UWP apps from the volume mixer Windows Store games can consume additional system resources Augmented reality viewer available on every device with a camera HDR display options exposed within the settings app Launch Windows Store apps on startup Accessibility improvements including colour filters, eye control support and magnifier and narrator enhancements. Limit bandwidth used for updates Many under-the-hood changes and minor tweaks and improvements to apps Windows 10 Creators Update Version number: 1703 Build number: 15063 Released: April 2017 The aptly-named Creators Update marked the launch of a new Microsoft initiative aimed at engaging content creators such as digital artists and 3D modellers. This build added new apps and features specifically aimed at creators, including Paint 3D and tools for Mixed Reality workloads. Aside from its creators focus, the release also improved desktop functionality with new features such as Night Light mode and more Cortana capabilities. Notable changes Launch of 3D and virtual/mixed reality applications including Paint 3D and 3D Viewer Night Light mode to reduce blue light output Game Mode launched to boost gaming performance Native support for broadcasting gameplay from Game Bar Dolby Atmos support Edge improvements including a new tab preview bar, ability to set tabs side and EPUB reading support Fullscreen Cortana interface when a device is locked Cortana integrated into Windows first-run setup Integrations between Cortana and third-party apps Refined privacy experience when using Windows 10 for the first time Ability to block installation of desktop apps Redesigned system-wide Share menu Automatically free up storage with Storage Sense Automatically lock your PC when you walk away using Dynamic Lock New modern Windows Defender interface Picture-in-picture mode support for Windows Store apps Enhanced notifications – apps can include progress bars and other rich information Create folders in the Start menu Virtual touchpad available for touchscreens Install themes from the Windows Store Ebooks in the Windows Store As ever, minor improvements and tweaks across the system Windows 10 Anniversary Update Version number: 1607 Build number: 14393 Released: August 2016 The Anniversary Update was a landmark build for Windows 10, introducing many new features for both PC and Mobile editions. The Anniversary Update also proved to be the last official Windows 10 build for older, Windows Phone 8-era Lumia phones. Notable changes Redesigned Start screen; “all apps” menu removed Pin apps to desktops in Task View Virtual Desktops Tablet mode enhancements to reinstate some features from Windows 8 Taskbar clock integrates with the calendar Option to hide email address on the lock screen Action Center overhauled with redesigned notifications and customisable quick actions Settings redesigned to improve usability Further Cortana improvements, including support for using Cortana from the lock screen and across multiple devices Official launch of system dark theme Microsoft Edge updated with support for extensions, web notifications, pinned tabs and many other features Use Windows Hello to authenticate to apps and websites Launch of Windows Ink, a suite of new apps and tools for digital stylus users Windows Defender interacts with third-party antivirus solutions Skype overhauled again; new “Skype Preview” app included by default Windows Subsystem for Linux launched, initially enabling access to a Bash shell running in a native Ubuntu environment Renewed push to facilitate Windows Store app development, through initiatives such as the desktop app converter bridge Countless other changes and improvements across the system Windows 10 November Update Version number: 1511 Build number: 10586 Released: November 2015 The November 2015 update was the very first feature update release for Windows 10. It was the first time users benefitted from Microsoft’s “as-a-service” development model, since the update arrived automatically and at no extra cost. The build mostly focused on tidying up the loose ends and bugs present in the Windows 10 day one build. It also added several new features which didn’t make the cut for the initial release. Notable changes Microsoft Edge supports cross-device favourites and history sync, alongside many other additional features Improved Cortana reminders and search features Major releases of apps including Mail, Calendar and Photos Revised Skype experience, integrated into Windows More personalisation options, including coloured title bars Install apps to external drives “Find my Device” is available on all Windows 10 devices Jump lists return to the Start menu and taskbar for Windows Store apps Multitasking improvements Allow disabling the lockscreen hero image Many other under-the-hood improvements and interface tweaks Windows 10 (initial release) Version number: 1507 Build number: 10240 Released: July 2015 This was Windows 10’s very first public release offered at the launch of the operating system. If you installed Windows 10 on day one, this is the build you would have been using. It had the shortest lifespan of any Windows 10 release to date, since the November 2015 update arrived just four months later to patch initial bugs and add in missing features which weren’t ready on day one. You’ve reached the end! For complete feature lists and update guidance, we recommend reading Microsoft’s official Windows 10 update history pages. We’ll keep updating this post with each new Windows 10 release, so you can add it to your bookmarks and consult it each time you need to check when an update launched. Generally, Microsoft targets a 6-month update cadence, although in practice most builds have seen a slightly longer development cycle. In any case, you should see two major updates a year, although some will include more major changes than others. Source
  16. W S A D and Arrow keys are switched in Windows 10 You must have noticed that while playing games, the W, A, S, and D can be used for the same function as the four arrow keys. The reason such functionality is allowed in the first place is that it makes movement in games and certain applications easier with the left hand. However, many users have reported that while using their system normally, the WASD and arrow keys are switched. This post will show you how you can change WASD to Arrow keys if they have been are switched on Windows PC. WASD and arrow keys are switched The possible causes of the problem could be as follows: A gaming application (or any other application) which uses the WASD keys could have changed the same. Some malware might have caused the issue. The keyboard doesn’t support USB 3.0. The alternate keys system might be enabled. Try restarting the system and check if it helps. If not, try the following solutions sequentially to resolve the problem: Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter Uninstall any program that causes alternation of the keys Update the keyboard drivers Check if your keyboard has a special function which alternates the keys. 1] Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter Before proceeding to more complex troubleshooting, it would be a wise idea to run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. The procedure to do so is as follows: Go to Start > Settings > Updates and Security > Troubleshoot. Select the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. 2] Uninstall any program that causes alternation of the keys If you know of a gaming program or any other application which causes alternation of the keys, uninstall it, at least temporarily. To uninstall a program, press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command appwiz.cpl. Press Enter to open the Programs and Features window. Right-click on the potentially troublesome program and select Uninstall. 3] Update the keyboard drivers Updating the keyboard drivers could be a helpful solution, especially if you are using an external keyboard. Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Press Enter to open the Device Manager. Expand the list of the Keyboard drivers and right-click on your driver. Select Update driver. 4] Check if your keyboard has a special function which alternates the keys Users have reported that the keys got alternated when the press Fn + Windows key. This was a special function of the keyboard. You could press the same keys again to reverse the wrongdoings. Source
  17. Microsoft is rolling out a Cortana update with new design on Windows 10 It looks like a new server-side update is rolling out to Cortana in Windows 10 October 2018 Update with noticable changes. The latest server-side update to Cortana revamps the homepage interface to bring it in line with the changes that have been tested by Microsoft in preview builds of Windows 10 19H1. Microsoft insists Cortana is here to stay and updates are released to the digital assistant with every Windows 10 release. While Cortana is helpful, many users aren’t really big fans of the digital assistant and they prefer to use the digital assistant for basic stuff like searching the web, finding the relevant settings, setting up reminders and alarms. Windows 10 version 1903 will separate Windows Search from Cortana and both features will have their own dedicated space on the desktop. The new Windows Search in Windows 10 version 1903 has a slightly tweaked interface. For example, most frequently used apps appear in a ‘Top Apps’ section. Today’s server-side update to Cortana in Windows 10 October 2018 Update introduces the same look that Microsoft tested with Insiders. As you can see in the above screenshot, there is a new ‘Top Apps’ section above your recent activities. The top apps section allows users to quickly access the most used apps and it’s part of Microsoft’s effort to allow Windows Search to help you find the things you need. Here’s a comparison of the new and old look of Cortana. New Cortana vs Old Cortana in Windows 10 v1809 In our testing, we discovered that Microsoft is testing the new Cortana update with select users in select regions. When we switched the region to the United States from India or the United Kingdom, the new look of Cortana disappeared. Reverting the region settings brought back the updated Cortana homepage. Source
  18. Microsoft Store gains a new Windows 10 drawing app with CorelDRAW A special Microsoft Store Edition of CoreIDRAW launched earlier this week in Windows 10’s Microsoft Store app store. The app is designed for artists and graphic designers for creating and editing images. It supports touch, stylus with Microsoft Surface and Wacom tablets, the Surface Dial, and all of the major image file types. Here’s the official list of features in CoreIDRAW Microsoft Store Edition. VECTOR ILLUSTRATION – Use powerful vector illustration tools turn basic lines and shapes into complex works of art. PAGE LAYOUT – Find all the tools you need to create layouts for brochures, newsletters, multi-page documents and more. TYPOGRAPHY – Arrange type beautifully with a complete set of typography tools. Adjust font, size, leading and kerning, and add effects to text like block shadows and contours. COLOR & TRANSPARENCY – Easily apply color to both fills and outlines. Change the transparency of an object, and fill objects with patterns, gradients, and mesh fills, and more. STYLES – Manage styles and style sets to apply consistent formatting across multiple objects, produce iterative versions, and format whole documents quickly and consistently. TRACING – Save precious time while converting bitmap images into vectors. The built-in Corel® PowerTRACE™ engine turns the most demanding bitmap images into high-quality vector objects. NON-DESTRUCTIVE EDITING Edit bitmaps and vectors knowing you won’t harm original image or object. Enjoy many non-destructive features such as Block Shadow tool, Symmetry Drawing mode, and more. WEB GRAPHICS TOOLS – Develop captivating web content and graphics with a collection of web graphics tools and presets. PROFESSIONAL PRINT OUTPUT – With a powerful color management engine, you can control color consistency across different media and know your colors are accurate before you print. FILE COMPATIBILITY – Publish to a wide variety of file formats, including AI, PSD, PDF, JPG, PNG, SVG, DWG, DXF, EPS, TIFF and more. PEN – Work quickly and efficiently with Windows Real-Time Stylus pen-compatible tablets, such as the Microsoft Surface, in addition to the Wacom tablet and devices. TOUCH – Create quick adjustments using touch or a stylus. The Touch workspace maximizes the size of your drawing window by displaying only the tools and commands used most often. DIAL – Enjoy support for Microsoft Surface Dial. Experience an alternative and more intuitive way of working in CorelDRAW by using touch and dial alone. CoreIDRAW Microsoft Store Edition does require a monthly subscription but all first-time users gain full access for free for the first week of usage. Source
  19. Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4489868 Breaks Down a Linux Feature Microsoft has recently acknowledged a new bug in the cumulative update it pushed this Patch Tuesday to Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update). The cumulative update in question, listed as KB4489868, was published on March 12 as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle in order to correct a bunch of security vulnerabilities and introduce a fix for the infamous error 1309 encountered when installing or uninstall MSI and MSP files. The known issues section of the original KB article included only two different entries at first, but Microsoft has recently updated it to reveal that users running the Windows Subsystem for Linux on their devices may experience a different glitch after installing this cumulative update. Specifically, the software giant explains the following in the updated article: “After applying this update, a stop error occurs when attempting to start the Secure Shell (SSH) client program from Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with agent forwarding enabled using a command line switch (ssh –A) or a configuration setting.”Same bug in the Fall Creators Update patchWhile the company explains that it’s already working on a resolution, the fix would only be provided to users in an upcoming release. No specifics were provided, but I’m guessing the company is looking at the April Patch Tuesday cycle as the possible release target, despite new cumulative updates with non-security fixes are expected later this month. In the meantime, users who can’t live without this feature are provided with a small workaround which Microsoft says temporarily resolves the problem: “Disable forwarding of the authentication agent connection using a command line switch (ssh –a) or a configuration setting.” Microsoft explains that the same bug also exists in Windows 10 cumulative update KB4489886 for the Fall Creators Update (version 1709), but the October 2018 Update (version 1809) doesn’t seem to be affected. Source
  20. How to revise Windows 10 Startup Delay to possibly speed up starting your computer Windows 10 has a feature that waits approximately ten seconds to open your startup apps when your computer turns on. The “startup delay” is meant to allow your desktop and Windows app services to finish loading, which can make the apps and services run more smoothly. However, if you have apps or services you want to start up immediately when Windows 10 starts, there is a Registry edit you can use. This Registry edit can reduce or disable the ten second startup delay completely. Unfortunately, it applies to all startup apps; you won’t be able to apply this edit to specific startup apps. It should be noted that this Registry edit works best on a Windows 10 PC that has an SSD (solid state drive). An SSD loads programs much quicker than a traditional HDD (hard disk drives). HDDs are better suited for mass storage and you can apply this Registry edit to a Windows 10 PC with an HDD, but you might not see much of a difference in how fast your startup apps load. Here are the steps you need to take to edit your Windows Registry to make your PC load faster: 1. Open the Windows Registry Editor by going to the Start menu or search bar and typing “regedit” and choose Run as administrator. 2. Choose Yes when prompted by the UAC (User Account Control) prompt to make administrative changes to your Windows 10 PC. 3. Browse to the following Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize 4. If Serialize, does not exist, create a new Key in Explorer by right clicking on Explorer: New > Key (Name the Key: Serialize). 5. Within Serialize, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it StartupDelayInMSec. Be sure to set the hexadecimal value to 0. It should be set to 0 by default. This is how StartupDelayInMSecshould look in Serialize in the Registry Editor. 6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. You’re all done! Windows 10 Startup Delay is removed. Again, if your Windows 10 PC has an SSD, you should see a significant boost in your startup time. With HDDs, you might still not see much, if any, speed increase in your startup times. The boot time into Windows 10 also depends on how many apps and Windows services you have enabled for startup. If you have a lot of services enabled at startup, you may still see a slight speed increase in how long it takes for Windows 10 to start. Source
  21. VPN Unlimited launches on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 VPN Unlimited is ready for the Microsoft Store. VPN Unlimited, a service that currently sports more than 10 million users around the world, is now available on the Microsoft Store. Like all VPN services, VPN Unlimited will let you mask your internet traffic from prying eyes, using up to 256-bit encryption. You can also use the service to spoof your location, allowing you to access content on services like Netflix and Hulu that might otherwise be restricted to certain regions. KeepSolid, the company behind VPN Unlimited, says the app can also be used in countries where the use of a VPN is blocked, thanks to a feature that disguises VPN traffic as HTTPS traffic. VPN Unlimited has servers in more than 70 locations around the globe, and there are apps available across all major platforms. It's worth noting, however, that the company is based in the U.S., which may give pause to some users. However, if you want to give the new app a try, you can grab it now and give the service a seven-day free trial via the Microsoft Store. Pricing after the trial starts at $10 per month. Source
  22. Microsoft plans allow Windows 10 users to pause updates up to 35 days Microsoft is almost done with Windows 10 v1903 and the rollout is planned to start sometime next month. While the update is supposed to bring a lot of new features and changes, there is one feature everyone might have missed. It looks like Microsoft might finally allow Windows 10 Home users to pause updates for a maximum of 35 days. Currently, Windows 10 Home users can pause the update for a maximum of 7 days. The change was first spotted by a user on Reddit (via HTNovo) after he installed the latest Windows 10 Insider Build on their device. The Redditor claims to have clean installed the latest Insider Build on their device post which the pause updates option changed from 7 days to 35 days. Microsoft hasn’t released any official comment on the change so one can only assume that it’s temporary and might change before the update is finalized. In any case, we don’t recommend users to defer Windows Updates and with Microsoft implementing automatic rollback in case of update failure, there’s no good excuse to pause Windows Updates. Source
  23. How to Fix Audio Issues Caused by Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4489899 The March 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout included a new cumulative update for Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also referred to as version 1809. Update KB4489899 brings several important changes, including not only patches for zero-days in Windows 10, but also fixes to resolve a gaming performance degradation in the operating system. But in addition to all these refinements, this new cumulative update also introduces another bug, this time affecting the audio performance for users who have more than single audio device installed. As Microsoft itself explains, audio applications might stop working after installing cumulative update KB4489899, all because the system is configured to use a different sound controller than the default one. The company notes the following: “After installing this update on machines that have multiple audio devices, applications that provide advanced options for internal or external audio output devices may stop working unexpectedly. This issue occurs for users that select an audio output device different from the “Default Audio Device.” In other words, if more than a single audio device is installed on your computer, there’s a good chance that media players and other sound apps might stop working after updating the device. Microsoft explains that apps like Windows Media Player and Realtek HD Audio Manager could be affected. How to fix the bug in Windows Media PlayerBasically, the workaround is the same regardless of the audio player installed on your device, as Microsoft says that you need to select the default audio device that you want to use per each application. This is only possible from the programs that you run, so unless your app comes with such settings, there’s no way to resolve this. We’re going to use the built-in Windows Media Player to show you what you have to do to temporarily fix the bug, but keep in mind that the steps could be different and vary from one application to another. First and foremost, you need to select the default audio device that you want Windows Media Player to use. Luckily, Microsoft does offer such options inside the app, so launch Windows Media Player and then head over to the following location: Windows Media Player > Tools > Options > Devices Next, you need to select the device that you want to use and click Properties. The Sound Playback is the section that we’re going to use this time, so click the drop-down menu under Select the audio deviceand then from the list, choose Default Audio Device. At this point, the default audio device of your system should be enabled in Windows Media Player. You can further adjust volume and other settings from the Windows 10 Settings app using the following location: Settings > System > Sound > App volume and device preferences Of course, you can always resolve the problem easier by simply uninstalling the cumulative update completely from your Windows 10 device, but I really don’t recommend it given that KB4489899 resolves critical security vulnerabilities in the operating system. The same cumulative update also patches a zero-day in Windows 10, and Microsoft said exploits were spotted in the wild, so without KB4489899, your computer could be vulnerable to such attacks. As for the fix for this issue, Microsoft says it’s already working on it, and if everything goes according to the plan, the patch should land in late March 2019. Microsoft is thus projected to roll out a new non-security cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1809 later this month, and a fix for this issue is likely to be included too. No specific ETA is available right now. Source
  24. Windows 10 could automatically uninstall botched Windows Updates If your computer runs into Windows problems and automatic recovery attempts are unsuccessful, Windows 10 will now automatically remove the botched updates. In a new support document, Microsoft has now detailed an interesting functionality where Windows 10 will automatically remove the installed updates to fix the startup issues and other bugs preventing PC from booting. The support document was quietly published a couple of hours ago and for some reasons, Microsoft has also blocked the search engines from crawling or indexing the page. In the document, Microsoft explains that Windows may automatically install updates in order to keep your device secure and smooth. Due to various reasons, including software and driver compatibility issues, Windows Updates are vulnerable to mistakes and hardware errors. In some cases, Windows Update may fail to install. After installing a recent update, if your PC experience startup failures and automatic recovery attempts are unsuccessful, Windows may try to resolve the failure by uninstalling recently installed updates. In this case, users may receive a notification with the following message: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure,” the message reads. Microsoft says that Windows will also automatically block the problematic updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days. During these 30 days, Microsoft and its partners will investigate the failure and attempt to fix the issues. When the issues are fixed, Windows will again try to install the updates. “To ensure that your device can start up and continue running as expected, Windows will also prevent problematic updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days. This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues. After 30 days, Windows will again try to install the updates,” Microsoft explains. Users still have the freedom to reinstall the updates. If you believe that the update should not be removed, you can manually reinstall the driver or quality updates which were uninstalled earlier. Source
  25. Microsoft releases a new update for Snip & Sketch app for Windows 10 Microsoft is rolling out a new update for Snip & Sketch app for Windows 10 users. The latest update bumps the app to v10.1901.10521.0 and brings the following changes: We fixed an issue that could result in snips being a bit blurry after saving or copying to clipboard. We fixed an issue where copying to clipboard would fail if you switched out of the app while the copy operation was in progress. We fixed an issue where the suggested file name was unexpectedly a GUID for snips opened from Win + Shift + S toast. We’ve added Narrator (screen reader) confirmations when a snip is copied to clipboard. We’ve updated the default save format to be png. You can still use the dropdown when saving to pick your desired format if it’s not png. We fixed an issue where auto-copy changes to clipboard wasn’t working on return from Snip & Sketch settings. We fixed an issue where the app might crash if you closed two app windows one after another. We fixed an issue where the default save file location was documents rather than pictures. In fixing this we also fixed an issue where when saving the save dialog wouldn’t remember where you last saved a snip. The app should automatically get updated but if you want to do it manually then you can head to the Microsoft Store and get the latest update. The update was made available to the Skip Ahead Insiders last week and is now available for users on Windows 10 v1809 Source
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