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  1. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Microsoft Telemetry Tools Bundle v1.39 Windows 10 Lite v9 Private WinTen v0.74 Blackbird v6 v1.0.79.3 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.7.1405 WPD - Windows Privacy Dashboard v1.3.1323 WindowsSpyBlocker v4.25.0 Spybot Anti-Beacon v3.1 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v3.3.1.0 Destroy Windows Spying v1.0.1.0 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] [NOT RECOMMENDED AS NOT UPDATED ANYMORE] Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.2.1
  2. Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 17763.1012, 17134.1276 - here's what's new It's been a couple of months since Microsoft released new cumulative updates in-between Patch Tuesdays, but it seems that now that the holidays are over, the company is back on schedule. Yesterday evening, it released new updates for all supported versions except for the newest and the oldest ones, a common trend for the first mid-stream patch day. Updates for versions 1903 and 1909 will likely come later. It's worth noting, however, that in previous months when these mid-stream updates were released, there's only been a build missing from the newest and oldest versions, rather than the two newest. That change is because versions 1903 and 1909 gets the exact same updates, so this current trend will continue. If you're on Windows 10 version 1809, you're going to see KB4534321, which brings the build number to 17763.1012. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates an issue with Windows Mixed Reality that occurs after upgrading to a new version of Microsoft Edge. Updates an issue that causes a device to repeatedly go into the Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) restart loop in certain situations. Updates an issue that causes the touch keyboard to close when you select any key. Updates an issue that prevents users from reducing the size of a window in some cases. Updates an issue that changes the user-customized order of tiles in the Start menu even though the layout is locked or partially locked. Updates an issue that causes the Settings page to close unexpectedly. Updates an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses an issue with Windows Mixed Reality that occurs after upgrading to a new version of Microsoft Edge. Addresses an issue with download notifications that have multiple short-duration tabs and redirects. Addresses an issue that causes the Microsoft Windows Search Indexer (searchindexer.exe) to add or repair required access control lists (ACLs) without checking if ACLs exist. Addresses an issue that causes a device to repeatedly go into the Windows Out Of Box Experience (OOBE) restart loop in certain situations. Addresses an issue with syncing settings from the Accounts page when the "Continue experiences on this device" Group Policy is disabled. Addresses an issue that prevents software Indirect Display drivers from being signed with more than one certificate. Addresses an issue with a memory leak in ctfmon.exe that occurs when you refresh an application that has an editable box. Addresses an issue that, in some instances, prevents the Language Bar from appearing when the user signs in to a new session. This occurs even though the Language Bar is configured properly. Addresses an issue that causes the touch keyboard to close when you select any key. Addresses an issue that prevents users from reducing the size of a window in some cases. Addresses an issue that changes the user-customized order of tiles in the Start menu even though the layout is locked or partially locked. Addresses an issue with incorrect permissions on a user’s class registry keys that might prevent users that have local or roaming user profiles from opening files, links, and applications. Addresses an issue that causes the Settings page to close unexpectedly, which prevents default applications from being set properly. Addresses an issue that causes Windows Search to close unexpectedly when a Group Policy applies sub-groups to the Start menu layout. Addresses an issue with the multifactor unlock policy of Windows Hello for Business that fails to show the default option to sign in on Windows 10 devices. Addresses an issue that prevents a remote PowerShell session job from reporting that the session on the target machine has ended. Addresses an issue with a handle leak in the EnableTraceEx2() function. Addresses an issue that prevents Internet Explorer from opening when Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is being used to roam many favorites. Improves the reliability of the UE-V AppMonitor. Addresses an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Addresses an issue that causes the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when you sign in using an updated user principal name (UPN) (for example, changing [email protected] to [email protected]). The error code is, “0xc0000005 (STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION).” Addresses an issue with unsigned program files that will not run when Windows Defender Application Control is in Audit Mode, but will allow unsigned images to run. Addresses an issue that might cause the Print Management console to display script errors when you enable the Extended View option. Addresses an issue with the Always On Virtual Private Network (VPN) that fails to remove the Name Resolution Policy Table (NRPT) rules after you disconnect. Addresses an issue with AppContainer firewall rules that leak when guest users or mandatory user profile users sign in and sign out from Windows Server. Addresses an issue that causes some systems to stop responding when operating embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) storage devices. Addresses an issue with ntdsutil.exe that prevents you from moving Active Directory database files. The error is, “Move file failed with source and Destination with error 5 (Access is denied.)” Addresses an issue in which netdom.exe fails to correctly identify trust relationships when an unconstrained delegation is explicitly enabled by adding bitmask 0x800 to the trust object. The bitmask setting is required because of security changes to the default behavior of unconstrained delegations in Windows updates released on or after July 8, 2019. For more information, see KB4490425 and 6.1.6.7.9 trustAttributes. Addresses an issue that uses an incorrect number of bytes to perform backups across partitions; this causes backups to fail even when there is adequate space. Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. Addresses an issue with the Windows Out of Box Experience (OOBE) phase of setup for a new device. When you use the Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages, you might not be able to create a local user account. Addresses an issue that corrupts a log file when a storage volume is full and data is still being written to the Extensible Storage Engine Technology (ESENT) database. Addresses an issue that might cause the Application Virtualization (App-V) Streaming Driver (appvstr.sys) to leak memory when you enable Shared Content Store (SCS) mode. Improves the performance of block cloning for the Resilient File System (ReFS) in scenarios that involve a large number of operations on ReFS-cloned files. There are also a couple of known issues to be aware of: Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND." Uninstall and reinstall any recently added language packs. For instructions, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10. Select Check for Updates and install the April 2019 Cumulative Update. For instructions, see Update Windows 10. Note If reinstalling the language pack does not mitigate the issue, reset your PC as follows: Go to the Settings app > Recovery. Select Get Started under the Reset this PC recovery option. Select Keep my Files. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. For Windows 10 version 1803, you'll get KB4534308, bringing the build number to 17134.1276. You can manually download it here, and there's one highlight: Updates an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses an issue with using Web Account Manager to sign in to Office Apps. Addresses an issue with download notifications that have multiple short-duration tabs and redirects. Addresses an issue with a memory leak in ctfmon.exe that occurs when you refresh an application that has an editable box. Addresses an issue with the Windows Out of Box Experience (OOBE) phase of setup for a new device. When you use the Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages, you might not be able to create a local user account. Addresses an issue with the multifactor unlock policy of Windows Hello for Business, which fails to show the default option to sign in on Windows 10 devices. Addresses an issue that prevents computer objects from being added to local groups using the Group Policy Preference “Local Users and Groups”. The Group Policy Editor returns the error message, “The object selected does not match the type of destination source. Select again.” Addresses an issue that prevents Internet Explorer from opening when Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is being used to roam many favorites. Improves the reliability of the UE-V AppMonitor. Addresses an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Addresses an issue that might cause high CPU consumption in Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection when using Microsoft Teams. Addresses an issue that causes the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when you sign in using an updated user principal name (UPN) (for example, changing [email protected] to [email protected]). The error code is, “0xc0000005 (STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION).” Addresses an issue that causes a connection secured by IP security (IPSec) Internet Key Exchange Version 1 (IKEv1) to consume multiple, short-lived security associations (SA) instead of utilizing one until it expires. Addresses an issue with AppContainer firewall rules that leak when guest users or mandatory user profile users sign in and sign out from Windows Server. Addresses an issue that uses an incorrect number of bytes to perform backups across partitions; this causes backups to fail even when there is adequate space. Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. Addresses an issue in which netdom.exe fails to correctly identify trust relationships when an unconstrained delegation is explicitly enabled by adding bitmask 0x800 to the trust object. The bitmask setting is required because of security changes to the default behavior of unconstrained delegations in Windows updates released on or after July 8, 2019. For more information, see KB4490425 and 6.1.6.7.9 trustAttributes. Addresses an issue that might cause the Application Virtualization (App-V) Streaming Driver (appvstr.sys) to leak memory when you enable Shared Content Store (SCS) mode. Addresses an issue that corrupts a log file when a storage volume is full and data is still being written to the Extensible Storage Engine Technology (ESENT) database. This one also has one known issue: Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or version 1709, is only supported for Enterprise and Education SKUs. Those users will get KB4534318, bringing the build number to 16299.1654. You can manually download it here, and there's one highlight: Updates an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses an issue that prevents computer objects from being added to local groups using the Group Policy Preference “Local Users and Groups”. The Group Policy Editor returns the error message, “The object selected does not match the type of destination source. Select again.” Addresses an issue that prevents Internet Explorer from opening when Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) is being used to roam many favorites. Improves the reliability of the UE-V AppMonitor. Addresses an issue that might prevent a user’s settings from syncing across devices. Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. Addresses an issue with the Windows Out of Box Experience (OOBE) phase of setup for a new device. When you use the Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages, you might not be able to create a local user account. Addresses an issue that might cause the Application Virtualization (App-V) Streaming Driver (appvstr.sys) to leak memory when you enable Shared Content Store (SCS) mode. This update has the same known issue as the update for version 1803. Also, there's no new update for version 1703, since that's unsupported for everyone except Surface Hub users. Finally, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, or version 1607, is still supported for LTSB and Windows Server 2016 users. They'll get KB4534307, bringing the build number to 14393.3474. You can manually download it here, and there's one highlight: Updates an issue that might sometimes occur in Microsoft Word when you change to Focus mode using the Korean Windows Input Method Editor (IME). Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses an issue that might sometimes occur in Microsoft Word when you change to Focus mode using the Korean Windows Input Method Editor (IME). Addresses an issue that occurs after you sign in, which causes an application to stop responding when you use the IME with the touch keyboard. Addresses an issue that might prevent you from signing in to a new Remote Desktop console session or reconnecting to an existing session on a device that has reached its active session limit. If attempts to sign in do not fail immediately, you might also experience a long wait at the Welcome screen. The error message is, “The task you are trying to do can't be completed because Remote Desktop Services is currently busy. Please try again in a few minutes. Other users should still be able to log on.” Addresses a race condition that occurs when you run multiple PowerShell scripts simultaneously. Improves the reliability of the Microsoft User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) AppMonitor. Addresses an issue that might cause Direct Access servers to use a large amount of non-paged pool memory (pooltag: NDnd). Addresses an issue with AppContainer firewall rules that leak when guest users or mandatory user profile users sign in and sign out from Windows Server. Addresses an issue that causes queries against large keys on Ntds.dit to fail with the error, “MAPI_E_NOT_ENOUGH_RESOURCES.” Addresses an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) issue that causes an infinite loop in the retry logic when there are several lost connections in the connection pool. Addresses an issue that fails to apply the defined connection values for Remote Desktop Services (RDS). Addresses an issue that uses an incorrect number of bytes to perform backups across partitions; this causes backups to fail even when there is adequate space. Addresses an issue in which netdom.exe fails to correctly identify trust relationships when an unconstrained delegation is explicitly enabled by adding bitmask 0x800 to the trust object. The bitmask setting is required because of security changes to the default behavior of unconstrained delegations in Windows updates released on or after July 8, 2019. For more information, see KB4490425 and 6.1.6.7.9 trustAttributes. Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. Addresses an issue that might cause the Application Virtualization (App-V) Streaming Driver (appvstr.sys) to leak memory when you enable Shared Content Store (SCS) mode. This update has two known issues: Symptom Workaround 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. Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Like all mid-stream updates, these are optional, meaning that they won't be automatically installed, even though you can get them through Windows Update. If you choose not to take them, these fixes will be bundled into next month's Patch Tuesday updates. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 17763.1012, 17134.1276 - here's what's new (Neowin)
  3. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19551 to the Fast ring with minor changes Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19551 to the Fast ring. And that's pretty much the story, as there really isn't anything meaningful that's new. In the "Other updates for Insiders" section of the blog post, which typically has new features that aren't exclusive to the actual build, Microsoft says that optional driver updates will no longer be automatically downloaded, and that this has been the case since build 19536. As always, there's also a long list of fixes, improvements, and known issues. Here's what got fixed and improved in build 19551: We fixed an issue resulting in snipping not working on secondary monitors. Thank you for reporting that the Optimize Drives Control Panel was incorrectly showing that optimization hadn’t run on some devices. We’ve fixed it in this build. We’ve fixed an issue causing Remote Desktop Connection crashes when attempting to connect to multiple sessions. We’ve made a server-side fix to address the issue causing Narrator Home to crash when selecting the “What’s New” button in Narrator Home. We fixed an issue that could result in the language defaults listed at the top of Language Settings unexpectedly being blank. We’ve done some work to help address feedback reports that screenshots (WIN+Shift+S) pasted into Outlook would be unexpectedly large. We fixed an issue where, if you’d changed the candidate pane font for the Pinyin IME, it would be reset back to default after you reboot your PC. We fixed an issue resulting in the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the notification area sometimes unexpectedly drawing in white (making it unreadable) when using light theme. These are the known issues: BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details. We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC. We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build. We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b. We’re looking into reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0xc1900101. We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached. The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle). The IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) may not open sometimes. We are investigating your reports. As a workaround if you encounter this, please change the focus to another application or editing area and back to the original and try again. Alternatively, you can go to Task Manager and end the “TextInputHost.exe” task from the Details tab, and it should work afterwards. As is the new normal, this build isn't tied to a particular development branch, as Microsoft no longer wants to hear about when it promises a feature and doesn't deliver it in time. Instead, the Fast ring is just getting active development builds, which may or may not make it into the next feature update for Windows 10. You can grab today's build via Windows Update. If you're not on the Fast ring, you can sign up with the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19551 to the Fast ring with minor changes (Neowin)
  4. Windows 10 version 2004 has received certification for Bluetooth 5.1 Windows 10 20H1 development has been finalized, and Microsoft is all set to release the update in April or May. Before its release to the Release Preview ring, the company will first issue the final security fixes. In recent news, Windows 10 version 2004 has received certification for Bluetooth 5.1, which promises improvements like faster connectivity and reduced energy consumption. This is thanks to the GATT caching enhancements. The update will also include general performance improvements. Microsoft will also enable support for Bluetooth 5.2 features in preview builds of an upcoming Windows 10 update. After the update, Windows 10 will support Enhanced Attribute Protocol (EATT)- an improved version of Windows 10 will support Enhanced Attribute Protocol (EATT), The main changes include improved user experience and reduced end-to-end latency. The 20H2 update is due for release in 2020 and, unlike 20H1, will focus on under-the-hood refinements rather than new features. The features of 20H1 will include Cloud Recovery, Windows Search algorithm, new Cortana experience, and other improvements. Source: Windowslatest Source: Windows 10 version 2004 has received certification for Bluetooth 5.1 (MSPoweruser)
  5. The first Windows 10 SDK Preview build after 20H1 is now available Between the holiday season and the fact that Microsoft is transitioning to the next Windows 10 development cycle following the 20H1 update, it's been some time since we last got a new preview build of the Windows 10 SDK. Today is the day, though, and Microsoft has released build 19546 of the SDK for users in the Insider program, making it the first in the new development cycle. Because Fast ring builds no longer refer to specific versions of Windows 10, it's unclear whether we can say that this build is preparing for the next feature update. And since there's no blog post for this release yet, we don't really know what's new in this build, either, or the exact requirements to use the latest build of the SDK. However, it's safe to assume that the requirements are fairly similar to what we've seen so far, meaning you'll need to be running Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, and it should require Visual Studio 2017 or newer. You can also run the build alongside production builds of the SDK, but apps you publish on the Microsoft Store need to target versions of Windows that are already generally available. Of course, that shouldn't matter too much since there hasn't been much in the way of new features in Windows 10 vNext builds so far. If you're interested, you can download the latest SDK Preview build from the Windows Insider website. There are also matching builds of the ADK, WDK, and HLK. Source: The first Windows 10 SDK Preview build after 20H1 is now available (Neowin)
  6. The Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now fully available to seekers The Windows 10 November 2019 Update has been out for a couple of months now, and now that it's been tested by the public for some time, Microsoft is making it available to everyone. In a new update to the release information page for Windows 10, the company says that any user on a recent version of Windows 10 will now see the update when they click the "Check for Updates" button on Windows Update. This should mean any upgrade blocks have been lifted, since the update has technically been available to seekers since its initial release. In addition to being available for everyone who searches for updates, the update is now being pushed to more devices automatically, specifically those that are on Windows 10 version 1809, which is set to reach the end of support in a few months. As part of Microsoft's lifecycle policy for Windows 10, feature updates aren't automatically installed unless the user is running a version that's nearing the end of support, which is the case here. The company had already started to automatically update some users, but it seems like it's expanding the pool of targeted PCs. The Windows 10 November 2019 Update is the smallest feature update Windows 10 has received so far, and in fact, it shares all the same servicing content with the previous version, the May 2019 Update. The only difference is the build number and a few extra features that are enabled in the new version, but technically still present in the previous release. If you're interested, you can check our guide to the November 2019 Update here to know everything that's new, or head here to learn about which features have been deprecated or removed. Source: The Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now fully available to seekers (Neowin)
  7. Tutorial: Here’s how you can run Classic and Chromium-based Edge simultaneously Last week Microsoft launched Chromium-based Edge for everyone and the browser is meant to replace the Classic Edge. Microsoft, however, published a document outlining a way you could keep both Classic and Chromium Edge on your Windows 10 device. The tutorial relied on Microsoft Group Policy editor but if you can’t access it, there’s another way to make both the Edge browsers run simultaneously. If you’re someone looking to run both the browsers then follow the steps below. Uninstall Chromium Edge by going to Control Panel>Programs> Programs and Features Once uninstalled, open Start Menu and type “regedit” (without quotes) to open Registry Editor. Press Yes if you get UAC pop-up. Navigate to “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft” (without quotes). You can copy-paste the whole path in the address bar. Right-click on Microsoft key (left side-bar) and create a new key named EdgeUpdate Now click on EdgeUpdate to select it and create a new DWord 32-bit value and name it as “Allowsxs” (without quotes). Assign 0 as its value. To create a new DWord 32-bit, click on Edit>New>DWord (32-bit) Close Registry Editor Now head to the Microsoft Edge website and install back Edge Stable. You can check out our tutorial on how to get the offline installer for Microsoft Edge. Once installed, open Start Menu and you will the Classic Edge added to the Start Menu along with the new Edge browser. Note the Classic Edge browser will be displayed as Microsoft Edge Legacy in the Start Menu. Via Techdows Source: Tutorial: Here’s how you can run Classic and Chromium-based Edge simultaneously (MSPoweruser)
  8. Microsoft’s modern icons begins to show up in Windows 10 In an effort to completely revamp its product icons, back in December, Microsoft announced it’d start redesigning over 100 Windows product icons. The company has since then been working towards revamping the Windows icons. And now, it appears that the company quite close to releasing them to the general public. According to a Reddit user u/MSFTBear, Microsoft has started to push the redesigned product icons on Windows 10 taskbar. These redesigned icons are based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design System and at present, they now appear only on the taskbar. Unfortunately, these icons are available only for Windows Insiders that are running the latest Insider Build. What is even worse is that Microsoft didn’t push all the modern icons at one go. For instance, the Windows Start logo remains unchanged. But in all likelihood, all the modern icons will be available for Windows Insiders within a week or two. Microsoft is likely to receive feedback about these new modern icons from Insiders and might also make a few minor changes here and there based on the feedback. And lastly, the company will push these icons to general users. However, it’s not clear whether Microsoft’s modern icons will be available for users running Windows 10 19H2 Update or older. For now, we’ll have to wait for Microsoft to make an official announcement regarding the shipping of these modern icons to know whether they will be available to all Windows 10 users. What do our readers think about these modern Windows icons? Pick your favorite(s) and let us know in the comments below. via ALumia Source: Microsoft’s modern icons begins to show up in Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
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  10. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19041.21 to the Slow Ring Today is Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft is releasing security updates to all supported versions of Windows - including the last ones ever for Windows 7. To go along with that, the company has also released a new update for Insiders in the Slow Ring, who are currently testing the upcoming 20H1 update for Windows 10. Since the update has been finalized in terms of features, the security updates are arriving as a cumulative update rather than a completely new build. The new update brings the build number up to 19041.21 and since it's all about security fixes, there's nothing else of note in this release. Here's what's included: Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Graphics, Microsoft Scripting Engine, .NET Framework, Windows Cryptography, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows Peripherals, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server. Insiders in the Slow Ring will continue to test the 20H1 update for Windows 10 for the next few weeks in preparation for a public release, which should happen around April or so. At some point before then, Insiders in the Release Preview ring will also get to test the update for a while. If you want to test the latest new features for Windows 10, the Fast ring is where you'll want to be, but keep in mind that the Fast ring isn't tied to a specific version of Windows 10 anymore. Microsoft plans to release the latest bits of code from its teams into the Fast ring, and features may be added or removed at any time before they make their way to a public release of the OS. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19041.21 to the Slow Ring (Neowin)
  11. Microsoft will NOT be pushing out the new Edge via Windows Update to everyone We reported in December that Microsoft has revealed that they will be pushing out the Chromium-based Edge browser to the majority of Windows 10 users. Microsoft will be pushing out the update, replacing the old Edge, to all Windows 10 users on Windows 10 RS4 (April 2018 Update) and newer. This may of course cause compatability issues, and Microsoft is releasing a Blocker Toolkit for enterprise users to control the rollout. Now Sean Lyndersay from the Edge team has revealed that most enterprise admins need not worry about the web rendering engine of their PCs being changed wholesale over the next few weeks. Microsoft now notes: The Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) on devices running Windows 10 version 1803 and newer that are running the Home or Pro Edition of Windows. All other versions and Editions of Windows are automatically excluded from being updated automatically. Devices running Windows 10 Home or Pro Edition that are joined to an Active Directory or Azure Active Directory domain, are MDM managed, or are WSUS or WUfB managed, will also be excluded from this automatic update. Specifically, no enterprise versions of Windows will be automatically updated, meaning the Blocker Toolkit is just needed if you run Home and Pro on your enterprise network, and if they are not joined to a Domain. Admins can read more at Microsoft here. Source: Microsoft will NOT be pushing out the new Edge via Windows Update to everyone (MSPoweruser)
  12. Windows 10 build 19546 is now available in the Fast ring Microsoft has released build 19546 of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Fast ring, a little behind its usual schedule. As has been the case with many of the recent builds, there isn't a whole lot that's new in this release. In fact, none of the new things noted in today's blog post are necessarily exclusive to today's build. The Calculator app now includes a graphing mode, something Microsoft announced to be coming to the general public in the summer, and there's also a new Indexer Diagnostics app, which helps users identify issues with the Windows Search indexer. Introducing Graphing Mode in Windows Calculator Today, we’re updating Windows Calculator for Insiders with a preview of our new graphing mode. Adding support for graphing is one of our top feature requests in Feedback Hub, and we’re excited to bring this feature to our users. Graphing capabilities are also essential for students who are beginning to explore linear algebra. With this feature, we hope to empower students to learn mathematics by improving their conceptual understanding and attitudes towards math. Here are a few things you can try out with this new feature: Plot one or more equations on the graph. Enter multiple equations so that you can compare plots against each other and see interactions between the lines. You can also customize the line style and graph viewing window to suit your needs. Add equations with variables. If you enter an equation with a secondary variable (e.g., “y = mx + b”), you’ll be able to easily manipulate those variables so that you can quickly understand how changes to the equation affect the graph. Analyze the graph. Trace plots with your mouse or keyboard to better understand the relationship between variables in the equation on the graph. You can also analyze equations to help identify key graph features, like the x- and y- intercepts. We’re looking for feedback! Tell us what you want to see next via the Feedback Hub under Apps > Calculator or select the Send feedback button on the About page in the app. If you’re a developer, check out the project on GitHub—we are always accepting contributions! #BuildTogether Other updates for Insiders Introducing the Indexer Diagnostics app Available now in beta via the Microsoft Store, the Indexer Diagnostics app was created to help enhance your understanding of the capabilities of search, as well as increase the troubleshooting ability and support for general Windows Search issues. The tool will continue to be improved with more functionality added over time—as always, appreciate your feedback! The app is available for anyone running Windows 10 version 1809 or higher. Fast ring builds have only recently been spun off from the current development cycle for the 20H1 update, so new features may take some time to show up. Since the Fast ring is no longer attached to a specific Windows 10 release, though, new features might show up more often, though they won't necessarily make their way to the next feature update. Source: Windows 10 build 19546 is now available in the Fast ring (Neowin)
  13. Windows 10 KB4528760 update hit by a frustrating installation bug Microsoft released the January cumulative update KB4528760 for Windows 10 users a couple of days ago. The update introduced a few important security fixes alongside other improvements. However, as is the case with the most Windows 10 Cumulative updates, KB4528760 is not without flaw. A number of users are now reporting installation issues while trying to install Microsoft’s latest cumulative update, KB4528760. At the time of writing, PCs running Windows 10 May 2019 Update and Windows 10 November 2019 Update are affected. In other words, the installation issue is limited to users running the Windows 10 May 2019 Update or Windows 10 November 2019 Update. “Can’t update, getting an “We could not complete the install because an update service was shutting down” error,” a user wrote on Reddit. “There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later. 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems (KB4528760) – Error 0x800f0988. Troubleshooter, sfc, dism don’t fix error,” another user said. A few Twitter users also corroborated the same story. “Ah, apparently KB4528760 is having issues with downloading, so I wouldn’t bother with it for right now. It failed on my PC as well,” a user wrote on Twitter. However, this is not an officially recognized bug, which means Microsoft is yet to confirm whether it is a bug. Now since it’s not an officially recognized bug, there is no official way of mitigating the issue. On the brighter side, however, except for the installation issues, no other issues have been reported. Also, the issue appears to be limited to a few users only. How many of you installed the latest cumulative update KB4528760 on your Windows 10 PC? Are you facing any issue after installing the cumulative update? Do sound off in the comments section below. via Windowslatest Source: Windows 10 KB4528760 update hit by a frustrating installation bug (MSPoweruser)
  14. Graphing mode is coming to the Windows 10 Calculator app this summer Last year, shortly after it announced that the Calculator app in Windows 10 was going open-source, Microsoft started working on a new graphing mode for the app. It's been almost a year since then, but it looks like the feature is making its way to users sooner rather than later. As part of its BETT announcements today, Microsoft has said that the Calculator app will be able to graph equations before this year's back-to-school season, giving students a new way to visualize equations on their computers. The feature seems to offer plenty of insight into how equations work, and though it's bound to be useful for learning, educators can disable the app on school machines during assessments, for example. Right now, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring can already test the feature in the latest version of the Calculator app, and it should make its way to more rings before it hits general availability. Microsoft made plenty of other announcements at BETT, including the addition of equation tools to OneNote in Windows 10, which let users create a wide range of equations with the necessary symbols. What's more, the Math Assistant in OneNote is coming to the iPad version of the app, with the ability to solve equations and see step-by-step solutions. In the future, it will also be able to graph equations. Finally, students in schools will be able to connect OneNote to a Microsoft Translator captions session, receiving the captions and translations directly into OneNote with the ability to take notes at the same time. There's even more addition for OneNote Class Notebooks -the ability to bulk delete a distributed page for every student. In OneNote for the web, you'll soon be able to save a copy of an entire notebook, starting with users inside the same Office 365 organization. Educators can also now distribute pages from a non-education notebook to students in a class. There are other features for Microsoft's range of products for education, including improvements to Whiteboard and much more. You can find all the news from BETT in Microsoft's Education Blog. Source: Graphing mode is coming to the Windows 10 Calculator app this summer (Neowin)
  15. Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 18363.592, 17763.973 - here's what's new Today is the second Tuesday of the month, making it Patch Tuesday. That means that Microsoft is releasing new updates for all supported versions of Windows. For Windows 10, that includes all versions except for version 1511. If you're on the latest versions of Windows 10, versions 1909 or 1903, you'll get KB4528760, bringing the build number to 18363.592 or 18362.592, respectively. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates to improve security when storing and managing files. Updates to improve security when using input devices such as a mouse, keyboard, or stylus. Here's the full list of fixes: Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Storage and Filesystems, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server. Those on Windows 10 version 1809 will get KB4534273, bringing the build number to 17763.973. You can manually download it here, and it has the same highlights and fixes as the update for version 1909, although there are a few known issues: Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND." Uninstall and reinstall any recently added language packs. For instructions, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10. Select Check for Updates and install the April 2019 Cumulative Update. For instructions, see Update Windows 10. Note If reinstalling the language pack does not mitigate the issue, reset your PC as follows: Go to the Settings app > Recovery. Select Get Started under the Reset this PC recovery option. Select Keep my Files. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. When setting up a new Windows device during the Out of Box Experience (OOBE), you might be unable to create a local user when using Input Method Editor (IME). This issue might affect you if you are using the IME for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages. Note This issue does not affect using a Microsoft Account during OOBE. To mitigate this issue, set the keyboard language to English during user creation or use a Microsoft Account to complete OOBE. You can set the keyboard language back to your preferred language after user creation. Once the OOBE is done and you are at the desktop, you can rename the current user using these instructions. If you prefer to create a new local user, see KB4026923. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. If you're still on Windows 10 version 1803, that's not supported anymore for Windows 10 Home and Pro, but it is still for Education and Enterprise. Those users will get KB4534293, bringing the build number to 17134.1246. You can manually download it here. It once again has the same highlights and fixes listed, but there are only two known issues: Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. When setting up a new Windows device during the Out of Box Experience (OOBE), you might be unable to create a local user when using Input Method Editor (IME). This issue might affect you if you are using the IME for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean languages. Note This issue does not affect using a Microsoft Account during OOBE. To mitigate this issue, set the keyboard language to English during user creation or use a Microsoft Account to complete OOBE. You can set the keyboard language back to your preferred language after user creation. Once the OOBE is done and you are at the desktop, you can rename the current user using these instructions. If you prefer to create a new local user, see KB4026923. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Windows 10 version 1709 is also only still supported for Education and Enterprise. Those users will get KB4534276, bringing the build number to 16299.1625. You can manually download it here, and the changelog is exactly the same as the one for version 1803, including the known issues. Windows 10 version 1703 isn't supported for any versions of Windows 10, only for Surface Hub. Those users will get KB4534276, bringing the build number to 15063.2254. Also, Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 is getting its finally update today, which has the same fixes the same as the 1703 build, as always. Widnows 10 version 1607 is only supported for those on the LTSB and for Windows Server 2016. Those users will get KB4534271, bringing the build number to 14393.3443, and you can manually download it here. It once again has the same highlights and fixes, but the known issues are a bit different: Symptom Workaround 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. Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Finally, Windows 10 version 1507 is still supported on the LTSB, and those users will get KB4534306, bringing the build number to 10240.18453. You can manually download it here, and while the fixes and highlights are the same, there's only one known issue: Symptom Workaround Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege. Do one of the following: Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege. Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. As always, Windows Update will install these updates automatically if you don't opt to grab them now. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 18363.592, 17763.973 - here's what's new (Neowin)
  16. Microsoft’s Windows Terminal is getting retro-style CRT effects, search, and more A nostalgic trip back to the days before LCD Microsoft released its new Windows Terminal command line app last year, and the company has been steadily improving it in Windows 10 ever since. The software maker is now preparing a new update due next week that will introduce retro-style CRT effects. If you’re old enough to be a fan of CRT monitors then this one is for you. A new experimental feature will be enabled that includes the classic scan lines that you might have seen before the world switched to flat monitors and LCD technology. Alongside the nostalgia trip, Microsoft is also adding some new functionality to Windows Terminal. You’ll be able to search through terminal tabs to find input or output from various commands, and tab resizing is being added so you can fit more tabs into view. Microsoft is also adding the ability to specify a profile to open using custom key bindings, alongside applying a single setting to all terminal profiles. New search feature in Windows Terminal All of these improvements follow a recent update to Windows Terminal that introduced split view support. You can now have multiple command prompts open side-by-side in the same tab within Terminal. Microsoft has released a test version that includes these new changes to employees today, and it will roll out to everyone else on January 14th. Source: Microsoft’s Windows Terminal is getting retro-style CRT effects, search, and more (The Verge)
  17. Windows 10 build 19541 is now available with Task Manager improvements With the holiday season now over with, the Windows Insider program is back in motion, and Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Fast ring builds are no longer linked to a specific Windows 10 update, so we can't exactly say this build is part f the 20H2 development cycle. As with the majority of the most recent releases, build 19541 doesn't actually come with a lot of new additions. It includes a new icon for when the user's location is being used, plus an update to the Task Manager: Location in-use icon update As some keen eyed Insiders have noticed, we’ve updated the notification area icon for when an app is using your location. The new icon looks like this: Showing architecture in Task Manager When you’re using the Details tab in Task Manager, we’ve added a new option to show the architecture of each process. If you’re interested, you can add it by right-clicking on a column header, choosing Select Columns, and selecting Architecture from the list. Microsoft also highlight a recent update to the new Cortana app, though this isn't necessarily exclusive to those in the Fast ring: Other updates for Insiders Cortana App Update: Following up on our previous post, we want to let Insiders know that Bing Instant Answers and Timers are back online. We’re continuing to work on getting jokes (and other assistant conversations) back up and running, and appreciate your patience. If you’re running English (United States) and would like to try it out, here are some example queries you can use with Hey Cortana or by typing into Cortana: Set a timer for 10 minutes When was the Space Needle built? Microsoft is currently preparing to officially roll out the next feature update, which is Windows 10 20H1, but that update has mostly been finalized and is undergoing additional testing before it officially releases in a couple of months. Build 19541 will be part of a future Windows 10 update, which may or not be 20H2. Since the features included in this release are fairly small, there should be no reason why it won't be included in the next feature update, but anything is possible now. Source: Windows 10 build 19541 is now available with Task Manager improvements (Neowin)
  18. Microsoft might kill the ‘Focused inbox’ feature of Windows 10’s Mail app Focused inbox in Microsoft’s Outlook is a useful feature that makes it easier for you to quickly check out the most important emails. The feature is currently available on the Outlook app(or Mail app on Windows 10) and web across all platforms, but, it might no longer be the case. Microsoft’s Mail app on Windows 10 has received an update, which has removed the Focus inbox tab. It means that all of your emails are now in one place, and you might have to spend a few minutes more to find your ‘important emails’. Fortunately, the update for the Mail app is available only for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast ring, meaning the majority of Mail app users will get to use the Focus inox feature. Otherwise, the update takes the app to Version 16005.12427.41000.0. It, however, isn’t solid evidence, based on which we can conclude that Microsoft will remove the Focus inbox feature from the Mail app. This could very well be a mistake, or it could also be just a test. In other words, you should take this with a pinch of salt. How many of you send emails using Windows 10’s Mail app? Is the Focused inbox an important feature? Do let us know what you think in the comments section below. Source: Microsoft might kill the ‘Focused inbox’ feature of Windows 10’s Mail app (MSPoweruser)
  19. Microsoft will take a few more days to fix the frustrating File Explorer bugs Windows 10 November 2019 Update was a minor update that offered mostly fixes and performance improvements. However, the update also introduced a couple of bugs in the File Explorer, leaving many users frustrated. Users complained about the freezing of the Windows Explorer search bar. It also blocked users from right-clicking on the search bar of the File Explorer, thus preventing affected users from pasting anything in the File Explorer search bar. Microsoft, however, developed a fix the bugs and shipped it to Windows insiders running 20H1 Build 19536. Those bugs are expected to be available for production devices as well, but it might not happen as quickly as you’d have liked. Microsoft will start investigating the bugs only after holidays, which means it’ll take a few more days to roll out the fixes to production devices. Terming the File Explorer bugs as “not a pressing issue”, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc tweeted,”Some of us are taking a holiday break which means tweeting about things that aren’t work related etc. We will look into this but since it’s not a pressing issue, we may not get traction until after the holidays. Thanks.” It’s still not clear as to when these fixes will be issued to production devices, but an educated guess suggests that it could be available in late January. via Windowslatest Source: Microsoft will take a few more days to fix the frustrating File Explorer bugs (MSPoweruser)
  20. Your Phone App Microsoft introduced calling support for Your Phone App back in October this year. Windows 10 Insiders can use the feature to receive incoming calls right on their desktop. With the release of this feature, you no longer need to pick up your phone to make or receive calls. However, Windows 10 Insiders need to meet some technical requirements to get call support on their PCs. Your Windows PC needs to have Bluetooth support, and it should be running the latest Windows 10 20H1 build. Secondly, your smartphone should be running on Android Nougat (or higher) and the latest version of Your Phone app needs to be installed on your phone. It’s a highly anticipated feature so several people wanted to use it as soon as it was announced. However, it seems like an annoying error is restricting some people from using the feature. There are multiple complaints [1, 2] that when they try to make a call from your phone app, the function is interrupted by an annoying error. “You have apps installed the prevent you from making calls. Some apps conflict with being able to make calls.” Your Phone App Incompatibility Issues To Be Blamed According to the forum reports, this problem specifically affected Dell users. It seems like Your Phone companion app has some incompatibility issues with some preinstalled software shipped with the systems. Some smart Windows 10 users figured out the problem and successfully unlocked the calls feature on their PC. If you are on the same boat, you need to follow these steps to fix the issue: Make sure that your device is enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. You can go to “Update & security” settings to check the status. Install the latest Windows 20H1 build on your PC. Now, uninstall Dell mobile connect and its drivers from your system (For Dell users only). Finally, restart your system to apply the changes. The call support should now be unlocked on your system. Notably, Microsoft has already warned, “In certain instances, Calls feature may require you to pair your mobile phone and PC again. If you have previously paired your devices, unpair your devices and go through the Calls set up flow again.” Did this trick work for you? Let us know in the comments section below. Via Applaus
  21. The public launch is expected in the spring Microsoft has most likely finalized the development of Windows 10 version 2004, also referred to as 20H1, earlier this month. The public launch, however, won’t happen earlier than the next spring, as per the company’s typical release schedule for Windows 10 feature updates. The version number suggests the update could go live for production devices according to the usual calendar in April or May. Microsoft hasn’t commented on the current development stage of Windows 10 version 2004, but it did, however, drop some hints that this update has at least moved very close to the RTM phase. Earlier this year, sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans indicated that Windows 10 version 2004 was scheduled to be finalized by the end of December. Microsoft would then focus on fixes and performance improvements for the next three or four months, these people said, as it wanted to further polish the feature update before the public rollout started. RTM build ready Previous reports indicated the update was scheduled to be signed off on December 17. And by the looks of things, this did happen. Zac Bowden of WindowsCentral says Microsoft finalized Windows 10 version 2004 earlier this month. Most likely, the RTM phase was reached as scheduled on December 17 or even earlier, but of course, no announcement in this regard was made. Then, Microsoft itself dropped a hint version 2004 was close to completion. Builds shipped to users enrolled in the Windows Insider program no longer featured the preview watermark on the desktop. Microsoft specifically mentioned in the release notes of preview builds this wasn’t a sign version 2004 was finalized. “The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done…” the company said. However, the software giant removed this mention in the latest Windows 10 preview release – build 19536 published on December 16 for the Fast ring. Most likely, Microsoft will soon begin testing Windows 10 20H2 builds in the Fast ring in first weeks of 2020, with 20H1 to receive further polishing in anticipation of its spring launch. Source
  22. How to install display color profiles on Windows 10 I bought a new computer monitor recently for a Windows 10 device; my first 4K monitor, LG 27UD59-W, with a resolution of 3840x2160. Setup worked fine and the monitor was detected properly right away. When I checked the graphics settings, I noticed that Windows 10 continued to use the color profile of the old computer monitor, a full HD HP display. Since I'm probably not the only one who runs into this, I thought it would be nice to write down the steps that I undertook to install the right color profile for the new monitor on the Windows 10 machine. The process is not overly complicated but since Windows 10 is still relying on two different configuration panels, Settings and Control Panel, it is not as straightforward as it could be. A color profile, basically, tells the system how colors need to appear on the display. The use of a different color profile may change how colors look and that can be bad, especially in fields such as photography, painting, or video editing. You may notice that an incorrect color profile is installed by opening Settings and going to System > Display. There you find the color profile section and it if lists a different monitor, the wrong profile is installed. You may also check Color Management (see below) for detailed information. Finding the right color profile for your monitor Usually, it is the manufacturer that provides the right color profile for the monitor. If your display came with a setup CD, chance is good that you find the color profile file on the disc. Search for a file with the .icm ending in that case. If you don't have a disc or cannot use a disc on your system, you need to visit the website of the manufacturer to download monitor drivers as they usually include the color profile. It is probably easiest to run a search for "monitor name" Windows 10 driver or similar. I ran a search for LG 27UD59-W 4 windows 10 driver which brought me to the LG homepage from where I was able to download the driver. Note that some monitors may only be available in select regions of the world and not worldwide. Visiting the LG US website may not return the monitor if it never was released in the US. Anyway, here are some entry points if you want to browse the support websites manually: HP Support LG Support Samsung Support Using the driver Once you have downloaded the correct driver you may need to extract it first; this was the case for the LG driver for Windows 10 which had a size of less than 50 Kilobytes. The package included four files of which one was the ICC Profile that I needed to set the right color profile on the Windows 10 device. Right-clicking on the driver and selecting "Install Profile" did not work somehow which meant that I had to use Color Management to install the right color profile on the device. Color Management is quite hidden currently on Windows 10. You can try and type Color Management in Start to load it, or use Windows-Pause to open the Control Panel, select Control Panel Home, switch to small icons, and run Color Management from there. To install a new profile, select the Add button, browse to the location of the .ics file on your computer and select it. The profile is added but not set as the default profile automatically. Select it in the list of profiles and activate the "set as default profile" button afterward to make it the default. You may also use the remove button to remove the old profile in case you no longer need it. Tip: a click on profiles displays options to reset the settings to the system defaults which may be useful if something goes wrong. Source: How to install display color profiles on Windows 10 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  23. How to block the automatic installation of suggested Windows 10 apps When you sign-in to a new Windows 10 profile or device for the first time, chance is that you notice several third-party applications and games listed prominently in the Start Menu. Candy Crush Saga is probably the most famous example of such an offer but there are other games and applications such as Netflix, Twitter, the Windows 10 edition of Minecraft or Farmville 2 that may be displayed in the Start Menu. It is easy enough to remove these, just right-click on the icon and select uninstall to remove it, but that does not take care of future suggestions that may be put on the device automatically. If you want to avoid these altogether, you need to make a change to the Windows Registry. Here is how that is done: Open the Windows Registry Editor, e.g. by using the shortcut Windows-R to open the runbox, typing regedit.exe and hitting the Enter-key- Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed. Paste the following key into the path field at the top or navigate to the key manually: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager Check if the Dword value SilentInstalledAppsEnabled exists. If it does exist, double-click on it and set its data value to 0. A value of 0 turns the suggested apps feature off on the Windows 10 system. You may turn it on again at any point in time by setting the data value to 1. If the Dword value does not exist, right-click on ContentDeliveryManager and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Name it SilentInstalledAppsEnabled and give it the value 0. Restart the PC after closing the Registry Editor. Please note that the setting prevents future suggested apps from being installed; it does not affect applications that are already installed on the device. You still need to remove these manually from the device to get rid of them. You may also download a Registry file that you just need to run on the Windows 10 device to turn the suggested applications feature on or off. Just click on the following link (disable_suggested_apps) to download it to your system (thanks Majorgeeks). Just extract the archive and run the "disable" or "enable" Registry file to turn the feature off or on. Tip: you may use third-party applications to uninstall Windows 10 apps. Free options include Revo Uninstaller Free, Geek Uninstaller, or AppBuster. Source: How to block the automatic installation of suggested Windows 10 apps (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  24. Microsoft reorganizes teams to speed up Windows 10 development Microsoft adjusted the development cycle of the company's Windows 10 operating system to the development cycle of Microsoft Azure; the change explains the longer development period of Windows 10 2004, the next feature update version of the operating system. Azure updates are released in the second and fourth quarter of each year, and the decision was made to adapt Windows updates, which were historically released in the first and third quarter, to the development cycle. The company made other changes in recent time. It dropped the Skip Ahead ring entirely and made the Fast Ring the cutting edge development channel. Features get introduced into the Fast Ring earlier than before now and they are no longer linked to a particular version of the Windows 10 operating system. One interesting effect of the change is that it is now possible to push features into release versions of Windows 10 after they have been tested in the Insider Rings. Microsoft appears to have separated development teams as well in order for changes to be pushed more quickly to Windows 10 devices. A recent observation by Twitter user Walking Cat suggests that Microsoft may have split the development team into a CoreOS team and a Shell Experience team. The CoreOS team follows the Azure development cycle while the Shell Experience team may push out changes to Windows independently of feature update releases. The change makes a lot of sense considering that it gives Microsoft more flexibility when it comes to the introduction of new features. Instead of having to wait for the next feature update release, Microsoft could push out new features at any time it wants to any version of Windows 10 it wants under the new structure. Another indicator for that is the release of the new Windows Feature Experience Pack. The version is now highlighted in the latest Insider builds under About in the Settings. While the app does nothing obvious at this point, it may be used in the future by Microsoft to push new features and updates to the system independently of regular updates. Closing words Microsoft used the year to reorganize Windows 10 development. It is now in a position to test and release features and feature updates independently of releases of new feature update versions of Windows 10. (via Deskmodder) Source: Microsoft reorganizes teams to speed up Windows 10 development (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  25. Hello everyone, Can someone share the filenames of Windows 10 19H2 MSDN ISO English version (both consumer & business; x64 & x86)? Thanks.
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