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  1. It’s official. In the mind-bending (and internally inconsistent) quagmire that has become Windows updating terminology, Win10 version 1809 is now in 'phased rollout' but not yet in 'Semi-Annual Channel (not Targeted).' If you don’t want Win10 1809, get your machine locked down. Microsoft / IDG Looks like Microsoft has upped its game on deploying the September-October-November-December 2018 Update for Windows 10, with forced upgrades on the menu. Yesterday evening, Microsoft updated the status of Win10 1809 to say: Current status of Windows, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server, version 1809 Windows 10, Version 1809 Rollout Status as of January 16, 2019 We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next generation machine learning model. Fully available for advanced users who manually select “Check for updates” via Windows Update. At the same time, however, the official Win10 Release Information page says that Win10 Version 1809 is “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)” — which means that Microsoft has not yet determined that Win10 1809 is suitable for deployment in businesses. No doubt you recall Win10 1809’s truly abysmal history — yanked for deleting data, then blocked for interfering with all sorts of hardware and software, and taken back to the woodshed, er, workshop repeatedly for retooling. Now, it seems, Microsoft is going to start forcing the upgrade, particularly on Windows 10 Home users, and on Pro users who haven’t learned how to turn it off. Starting today, it isn’t sufficient to avoid clicking “Check for updates.” You’re now on notice that you have to actively block Version 1809, or you’re going to get it. I’m sure that the “next generation machine learning model” will do a much better job of picking targets. It looks like the timing’s linked to a resolved bug in Cisco AMP. Per Günter Born: The background for the announcement on the Windows 10 Update History page is probably the cicumstance that Microsoft and Morphisec announced that they solved the issue with the Morphisec Protector as of January 15, 2019. Software created with older versions of the Morphisec Software Development Kit (SDK) (e.g. Cisco AMP for terminals) caused problems. This protection software may have caused trouble saving documents via Save As in Microsoft Office applications. To be fair, though, Win10 1809 is the first version of Windows 10 that’s gone through a thorough testing process. The. First. Version. In three and a half years. Right now, there’s a cumulative update for 1809, KB 4476976, going through testing in the Insider Preview Ring. Presumably Microsoft has determined that the cumulative update isn’t dire enough to warrant holding back on pushed Win10 1809 upgrades. With a little luck, we may be witnessing the beginning of a much improved relationship between Microsoft and its, uh, customers. For now, though, if you don’t want version 1809 and its marginal feature improvements — a clipboard that works almost as well as decade-old third party add-ons, a new screenshooter with markup, a slightly better disk-cloud arbitrator — the old blocking method still works. Grab a box of popcorn and join us on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft starts its 'phased rollout' of Win10 1809, now controlled by a next-generation machine-learning model (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  2. Responding to complaints, Microsoft acknowledges that all of this month’s Win10 Patch Tuesday cumulative updates make it impossible to access certain local pages from Edge. Getty Images If you can’t get to your router’s admin page using the Edge browser, there’s a reason why. Microsoft broke it with this month’s cumulative updates. Yesterday, Microsoft appended this warning to all of its Windows 10 January cumulative update pages for version 1703 onward: After installing [this month’s cumulative update], some users report that they cannot load a webpage in Microsoft Edge using a local IP address. Browsing fails or the webpage may become unresponsive. There’s a manual workaround that involves adding the malfunctioning page’s IP address to your Trusted Sites list. That’s going to put a lot of creases on the already-overworked brows of security mavens, but so be it. The announcement concludes: Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Of course, the obvious solution is to use a different browser – even Internet Explorer seems to work – but whatever. Looking into the problem, I was surprised to see that it’s been well documented for more than a week. Poster Bree on Tenforums said: None of my physical machines can open my router page in Edge after the Dec. 8 update - that's Edge in the latest build of 1809, 1803, x86 or x64. It appears that only certain routers are affected. So far we have reports for Edge being unable to use web admin on Verizon FIOS-G1100, Netgear, WDC N750 and my BT HomeHub4. In general, if you’re using Edge to access a local page with an address like 192.168.x.x or myrouteradminpage.com and you can’t get to it, blame the latest cumulative update -- and switch browsers. Are you an AskWoody Plus member? Donate on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10 (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  3. 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™> MANUAL METHOD: 1. Get GatherOsState.exe from Windows 10 17134 ISO 2. Get latest version of slshim from https://github.com/vyvojar/slshim/releases 3. Extract slshim32.dll (for gatherosstate from x86 ISO) or slshim64.dll (for gatherosstate from x64 ISO) 4. Place gatherosstate and extracted slshim dll in the same directory 5. Rename slshim dll to slc.dll 6. Import this to registry: 6.1. Set the real value for %sku% from beneath list. edition=Cloud sku=178 edition=CloudN sku=179 edition=Core sku=101 edition=CoreCountrySpecific sku=99 edition=CoreN sku=98 edition=CoreSingleLanguage sku=100 edition=Education sku=121 edition=EducationN sku=122 edition=Enterprise sku=4 edition=EnterpriseN sku=27 edition=EnterpriseS sku=125 edition=EnterpriseSN sku=126 edition=Professional sku=48 edition=ProfessionalEducation sku=164 edition=ProfessionalEducationN sku=165 edition=ProfessionalN sku=49 edition=ProfessionalWorkstation sku=161 edition=ProfessionalWorkstationN sku=162 Replace the 'XXX' with the needed sku value. If using REG make sure the string is 7 digits long, the CMD will take the value from above. CMD: reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Tokens" /v "Channel" /t REG_SZ /d "Retail" /f reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Tokens\Kernel" /v "Kernel-ProductInfo" /t REG_DWORD /d XXX /f reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\Tokens\Kernel" /v "Security-SPP-GenuineLocalStatus" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f reg add "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers" /v "C:\gatherosstate.exe" /d "^ WIN7RTM" /f Make shure the XXX are peplaced by shown ID from above SKUID list. Adapt the above path to gatherosstate.exe to the actual path. 7. Enter default Retail/OEM key from products ini Key list from 17134.1 products.ini: Site: https://pastebin.com ShareCode: /rYakstDc if you have Enterprise N or LTSB 2016 N use this in elevated Powershell: ::EnterpriseN ((Get-Content '.\gatherosstate.exe') -replace "`0" | Select-String -Pattern "(.....-){4}C372T" -AllMatches).Matches | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Value ::EnterpriseSN ((Get-Content '.\gatherosstate.exe') -replace "`0" | Select-String -Pattern "(.....-){4}VMJWR" -AllMatches).Matches | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Value this will gather the key from within gatherosstate.exe 8. Run gatherosstate. After a few seconds you should get GenuineTicket.xml 9. (optional) Remove HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Tokens from registry. CMD: reg delete "HKLM\SYSTEM\Tokens" /f reg delete "HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers" /v "C:\gatherosstate.exe" /f 10. Place the created genuineticket at the root of c:\ and in admin CMD: clipup -v -o -altto c:\ 11. then force activation with: cscript /nologo %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato DONE. Congrats. AUTOMATED METHOD: In case any VPN is used, deactivate it for the process duration. 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. v55.01 --changed KMS38 fake IP to use documentation purpose block, i.e.: --fixed broken headers in patched gatherosstate.exe files (LTSB 2015 and LTSC) v52.01 --removed compress2txt to fix broken silent mode --removed 2nd tab, latest KMS_VL_ALL now properly detects KMS38 Windows --lic.switcher updated to v0.22.04 v51.15 --fixed Server gVLK detection for 2016/2019 (no 2013 support) --tested KMS38 support for Server Standard/Datacenter 2016 and 2019 --added ServerRdsh[Core] (Ent for Virtual Desktops) HWID and KMS38 support --re-work to use the compress2txt method by AveYo --EXE files are decoded directly on demand --Update LIC.SWITCHER to v.0.11.15 ++changed ISOLABEL creation to use more informative naming scheme ++fixed some key confusion in FILE TOOLS (thanks to J05H) ++re-work to use the compress2txt method by AveYo ++EXE files are decoded directly on demand ++some love for abbodi1406 and ServerRdsh[Core] ++fixed Server gVLK detection for 2016/2019 (no 2013 support) ++added Any-Time-Upgrade and Up/Downgrade for Server Standard/Datacenter 2016 and 2019 --changed build delta nr detection to use UBR v50.04 --fixed bug in sys key detection (thanks to [email protected]) v50.01 --added reworked net adapter checks from lic.switcher --new ACTIVATION TOOLS tab: ==KMS activate by excluding KMS38 and other permanently activated Windows ==Create/Delete KMS task ==Get OA3 BIOS key (if any) ==set custom key ==Activate online (for custom key set) ==KeyCheck for Edition and Lic Channel --added latest lic.switch 10.04 v40.08 --made the CoreToPro In-place-Upgrade in License Switcher fully automatic v40.01 --added Info Splash Screen and made it default Mode at tool start-up --added Rearm Mode in case Office is installed, else better use Clean (Reboot is mandatory for Rearm!) --changed Grace to show days --changed appearence of warning for silent modes (now at first/next user login) --added Modes to enable/disable the network adapter --added LicenseSwitch Tool: ++In-Place-Upgrade Core(N) to Professional(N), copies needed Pro(N) key to clipboard and invokes the 'Change Product Key' GUI, just Right-Click 'Paste. ++License-Switch versions from 1803 up to wished edition, reboot required. --added adapted version of KMS_VL_ALL (Manual Only) with KMS38™ detection to OP v30.18 --fixed borked silent mode v30.11 --switched to the new naming hence a refresh v30.08 --added KMS Host setting to KMS38™ process to avoid DNS queries v30.01 --added dedicated Modes for HWID, KMS38™, HWID/gVLK install and a Clean Mode to break the 180 days KMS lock --HWID: all normal editions with LTSB 2015/16 --KMS19™: [!!!offline!!!] all normal editions, LTSB 2016, LTSC 2019 and some Servers (see list above) --added refreshed system check to all processes --new silent switches: hwid and kms19 v20.01 --added 1809 gatherosstate.exe, added LTSC/Server (2016/19) support for offline KMS activation (19 years grace) v10.24 --fixed incorrect reg delete (thanks to angelkyo for the hint) v10.21 --corrected the Win 7 compat entry (thanks to the alert source) v10.18 --fixed broken LTSB 2016 process v10.15 --added Enterprise LTSB 2015 (N) support (tested on non-N version) (thanks to hwidmod for the gatherosstate.exe needed) v10.08 --added Key-Install-Mode (Drop-Down-Menu) to allow fast switch to Retail/OEM on re-Installs with VL ISO, which already have HWID and don't need the whole process, tool will show this key in System Info if not installed v10.01 --changed process slightly to run gatherosstate.exe in Win 7 compatibility mode, so created ticket will have operation system info set to Windows 7, this better mimiks the original ticket from a Win 7 system --optimized the Splash screens v9.32 --added hyperlinks to nsane and aiowares forums threads for info and support v9.25 --changed the initial Msgbox to splash screen with no user intervention v9.18 --reworked system check v9.11 --added LTSB 2015 (only non-N and not tested so far) and native splash screen to silent mode v9.04 --fixed spelling error in splash pic v9.01 --fixed the KMS detection (will work on activated KMS systems now) amd added silent mode v8.13 --added Messagebox to inform user tool-start-up might need a moment, fixed tool not closing when done via the 'X' v8.06 --changed disabled WU handling to: set to auto, start service, activate, stop service and set back to disabled v7.99 --added last checks and some code cleanup v7.77 --implemented disabled WU handling. Silent Mode: hwid.kms38.gen.mk6 hwid hwid.kms38.gen.mk6 kms38 HWID.KMS38™GEN DOWNLOAD: MIRROR1: Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/9401859/thk_m6.7z.html MIRROR 2: Site: https://nofile.io Sharecode: /f/uACaVbQvqSp/hkg_k.7z MIRROR 3: Site: https://s.put.re Sharecode: /WqW1GmK1.7z Pass (both): s1ave77.hwid.gui Exe hashes: BLAKE2sp: 8e867865fb394de77c83c1a23dc818980efb6f72affbd8e3a44e986aa19fcefc CRC64: c88aaf05217c0637 MD5: be66990ce6d945a78d0b41de50e7d8bc SHA-1: 5747936afa13ae05d0b6c0c18a7e444355ab335d SHA-256: 3c324e60d786aa5feba09dc682dfb4c094fe571293b671c03eaefe6cb010e10d SHA-384: 7304aca696cdb858c14aa0c653144cfa6f1df78c7eb886a63064d9c749487cbb334a9a01d55cc7db08e68680887abdd8 SHA-512: 8a86d11c80e97386e38118785dc232af609da8e7cf7f0ae703233dc2c0b4229f17e888b78833aa930a8275dc045bf4cd8eac628774852289bcdfc94c1750b7da SHA3-224: d98f2daeae9754a0820239ec29457468dd3cd21098f3cf5256910278 SHA3-256: 92359b983add554ef58a4d583dfcf8dfdaa4fc15e736944cfbd6bba1fda6db15
  4. ZerOx16x

    UUP dump downloader v1.1.0

    UUP dump downloader v1.1.0 Description: A project aiming to create foolproof application allowing easy creation of Windows installation images from Unified Update Platform. This application uses UUP dump API project as it's backend to generate required links. Communication with API is done by using internal PHP webserver. If you want to browse temporary working directory created by this application press ALT + D while in main window. Homepage: https://gitlab.com/uup-dump/downloader Download: https://gitlab.com/uup-dump/downloader/uploads/01e0d534e5496c510f0d0e6444cb4570/uupdownloader_1.1.0.exe Changes: Version 1.1.0 introduces the following features in comparison with 1.0.0: -A search bar for quicker access to builds -Basic support of translations (language is auto-detected from user's system language preferences) -New way of handling single file (formerly compiled version) version of application -Numerous fixes for functionality -Updated versions of used components Changes since Release Candidate: -A few cosmetic fixes Source
  5. Windows 10 version 1903, the next feature update for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, may display a prompt to users to link more of their devices and services to the operating system and their Microsoft account. The prompt, "Let's make Windows even better -- this should not affect what you've already set up", is displayed in recent Insider Builds of Windows 10. There is a chance that Microsoft will change how it looks or what it offers, or even pull it completely based on feedback that it receives. The prompt is loaded automatically on first start of the system. It suggests the setting up or linking of features, devices, or services. The prompt is completely optional at the time; users may hit the "skip for now" link to skip it and continue to the Windows desktop. It lists the following five services, that is what Microsoft calls them, that are powered by Microsoft accounts. Set up Windows Hello -- Sign in faster and more securely Link your phone and PC -- Help your devices work in harmony So more across devices -- Enjoy more seamless experiences Get Office 365 ready -- Have your apps ready for launch Protect your files with OneDrive -- Keep them backed up and accessible Considering that these services require a Microsoft account, it is possible that users who sign in with a local account don't get to see the prompt. Services that are set up already are not affected by the prompt and skipped. If you have not linked your phone and your PC yet, you are asked to enter your phone number on one of the prompts. Microsoft would text a link to the entered phone number that contains a link to an app that users could install on the device to link it to the Microsoft account. A click on do it later skips options. Why is Microsoft doing that? There are two sides to the explanation. Windows 10 users may benefit from tighter integration between devices and services, and the prompt highlights features that some users might be unaware of. Setting up Windows Hello may lead to a sign-in experience that is more comfortable, and linking smartphones to Windows 10 devices may open up the possibility to exchange some data between those devices. Second: linked devices and services are valuable to a company that bases many of its decisions on data and the interlinking of services and devices. Source: Windows 10 1903 may display Let's make Windows even better prompt (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  6. CloneApp UA is a free program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that users and administrators may use to back up or restore settings of UWP applications on Windows 10 devices. The application supports reset and cache clearing operations next to that. The application is related to CloneApp, an application for Windows to back up settings and other data of supported Win32 programs. CloneApp UA supports the same functionality but for Microsoft Store applications, aka Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. Web browsers may prompt users for action when the program is downloaded; an attempt to download the program in Google Chrome was blocked by the browser initially. A click on the menu icon and the selection of "keep" unlocked it on the system, however, so that it could be run. CloneApp UA CloneApp UA does not need to be installed. The tested version is labeled as beta by the developer. The program's interface looks very similar to that of CloneApp. First thing you need to do is click on the scan link to scan the current system for UWP applications. All UWP apps found are listed in the middle column after the scan. Each application is listed with its name and a checkbox to select it. You may select one, some or all apps individually, or select all/none with a click on the select item in the left column. The right column displays the log of operations. Once you have selected apps you may click on backup to start the backup process. Apps are backed up to the Backup folder in the main program folder; ideal for portable use. A click on restore restores any application that is backed up, an option to restore the settings of individual applications does not seem to exist currently. The only way around this, at the time of writing, seems to be to move all folders of backed up apps from the backup folder to another location to block their restoration. CloneApp UA supports repair functionality next to that. Select one or multiple apps, and then the repair option to display available options. Repair supports four operations currently: Normal Reset Hard Reset Clear App Cache Clear App Store Cache A normal reset clears the settings file, a hard reset settings files, app data, preferences, and sign-in details. System apps and installed Microsoft Store apps can be reset. Closing Words and verdict CloneApp UA is a specialized application to back up, restore, or reset UWP applications on devices running Windows 10. The application may be useful, e.g. when using apps that don't support sync on multiple Windows 10 devices, for safekeeping, or other purposes. It could use better restoration options, e.g. one that checks for backed up application profiles and displays those to the administrator to make a selection. It might also be more useful if the developer would merge both applications, CloneApp and CloneApp Ua into a single app with filter options. Source: Back up Windows 10 Apps Settings with CloneApp UA (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  7. Windows 10 update will bring this major iPad improvement for users WINDOWS 10 looks set for an update that will bring a major improvement for owners of Apple's iPad tablet, it has emerged. Windows 10 is Microsoft's operating system that is harnessed by computers across the globe. In fact, Windows is by the far the world's most popular software for such devices, according to Statista. The outlet stated as of July, 2018, Windows had 82.88 percent of global operating systems market share for desktops. In comparison, macOS came in second with a figure of 12.51 percent. Finally, Linux and Chrome OS were said to have 1.71 percent and 0.5 percent respectively. Windows 10 is the newest version of the software and released back in 2015. The operating system typically receives two substantial upgrades every year; last year they arrived in April and October respectively. However, it appears Microsoft is working on a new Windows 10 feature that looks set to please both fans of the American tech giant and iPad owners. Scott Manchester, the group manager for the firm's remote desktop service, recently posted a video on Twitter of the Virtual Desktop application running on an iPad. Most notably, the software was shown working with mouse support, allowing the user to harness their iPad in a way typically more associated with a traditional PC. The app itself appeared to be running smoothly and Manchester insisted it will be available "soon". Apple has long touted its iPad tablet as being capable enough to replace traditional computers. However, it appears Microsoft is determined to make the experience of using the hardware even better for Windows 10 fans. The Windows Virtual Desktop harnesses the power of Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service to replicate a traditional desktop experience on other devices. The use of cloud computing means the hardware running the desktop does not need to power Windows 10 remotely. It is worth noting not all Bluetooth mice will be supported at launch although it is expected more accessories will be supported in future updates. In the video posted by Manchester the Swiftpoint GT is used. An exact release date for the Windows Virtual Desktop application on iOS has not been officially confirmed. However, judging by how the software ran in the demo and the Microsoft group manager's tweet, it will surely not be long before it is available. Source
  8. Fix: False Notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center Windows 10 offers users a central location to view all the notifications from its Action Center. Besides viewing notifications, a user can manage them, and take necessary actions, all from a single place. It looks similar to a message icon but can be at variance in function. For example, some users notice that though they receive notifications about new actions, upon opening them, nothing is seen. Let’s find out how to fix this. False Notifications in the Windows 10 Action Center Windows 10 Notifications & Action Center notification messages may show a mismatch. Windows 10 may say that there are notifications for you, but when you open Action Center, it is empty & there are none. In the following image, Windows 10 Notification says 6 new notificationsavailable for viewing, but Action Center says No new notifications when accessed. 1] Using Windows PowerShell Type powershell in Start search and hit Enter to open the PowerShell window. Copy and paste the following command and click Enter: Get-AppxPackage | % { Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppxManifest.xml” -verbose } Restart your computer check to see if the issue is resolved. 2] Rename Usrclass.dat File DAT errors, such as those associated with UsrClass.dat, most often occur during computer startup, program startup, or while trying to use a specific function in your program. Nevertheless, these can be easily fixed. Here’s how! Press WinKey R to open the Run dialog box and copy and paste the following text in the box and click OK: %localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows Instantly, this folder location should open in Explorer. Look for a file named UsrClass.dat. The easiest way to find is to search for it or to click the “U” button on your keyboard until you find it. When found, right-click the file and choose Rename option. Rename the file to UsrClass.old.dat. Restart your PC and check if the issue persists or is resolved completely. Source
  9. Microsoft’s latest batch of monthly security patches appears to be causing considerable grief, not just for Windows 7 users – who were hit by network issues as we saw yesterday – but also those running Windows 10 April 2018 Update. And that’s the majority of Windows 10 users, given the slow rollout of the latest October 2018 Update (which has famously had a massive amount of problemsof its own). There are a number of reports online of some Windows 10 users running the April 2018 Update suffering at the hands of update KB4480966. This is a security patch which addresses a number of flaws including a hole in PowerShell, an issue with the Microsoft Jet Database Engine, and a Windows DHCP client memory corruption vulnerability (plus gremlins in the works for Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and more). After installing this patch, as MSPoweruser reports, some folks have hit network issues, or problems with applications working – including Windows Hello failing – along with a dreaded Blue Screen of Death issue reported by one denizen of Twitter. source
  10. Windows 10 goes to sleep automatically randomly If your Windows 10 laptop or computer keeps going to sleep while using, here are a few things you need to take a look at to resolve the issue. Some users have been making complaints recently about problems where Windows 10 would go into Sleep Mode automatically. One user said he had the laptop laying around and only recently decided to install a fresh version of Windows 10. After doing so, he then said the laptop went right to sleep after booting up successfully. Windows 10 computer keeps going to sleep Apparently, the screen goes to sleep, but the power lights and the keyboard lights are still working, which is quite weird. Furthermore, the device is still warm to the touch, which shouldn’t be the case when a computer is in sleep mode. Checking the event log shows that the computer didn’t go into sleep mode, but shutdown instead. To find out what’s really going on here, we decided to look into the matter in hopes to locate a way to solve the problem once and for all. We can say for certain that we’ve come across a few things that should help with getting Windows 10 to run properly without many issues. 1] Edit Power Plan settings via Control Panel Launch the Control Panel in Windows 10 by simply clicking the Cortana button, then type Control Panel. From there, select the icon to fire it up, then it’s time to move on from there. The next step, then, is to click on Power Options. Select Edit Plan Settings, and from there, make sure the section that says Put the computer to sleep is set to Never. 2] Edit Power Options via Settings Fire up the Settings app by clicking on the Windows key + I. After doing so, select Settings, then navigate to Power & sleep. From here, simply set the system to Neversleep when the device is plugged in or running on battery power. You can restart your PC to ensure that everything works accordingly. 3] Run Power Troubleshooter Another good option is to take advantage of Microsoft’s automatic troubleshooting options. We recommend running this particular Power Troubleshoot in the hopes of getting things up and running again. Simply follow the instructions as stated, and you’ll be fine. 4] Check programs and Clean Boot Check your third-Party installed programs – maybe they have a setting that puts your PC to sleep. After doing so, Perform Clean Boot and troubleshoot the issue manually if need be. 5] Prevent your computer from going to sleep If you want to prevent your computer from locking and going to sleep, then we suggest taking advantage of a program known as Caffeine. 6] Check Sleep Advanced Settings Here’s what you need to do right now. Click on the Menu button, which is the Windows key located in the left corner of your screen. From there, type Control Panel, then when it comes up in the Search Results, click on it. After that, select the option that says Security and Maintenance, and click on Power Options. From here, you’ll be required to select the option that says Change Plan Settings, but bear in mind these letters are small, so keep an eye out. We’re not done yet, folks, but we’re close so hold on to your Fedora. OK, so seek out the words Change advanced power settingsand click on it because it’s a button. A new window should come up, and from here, you are required to look for Sleep, expand it, and select Allow hybrid sleep. Finally, turn it off, click the OK button, then close all windows. Restart the system and check to see if things are working normally as they should. If not, you may reverse the changes. 7] Install v9 or 10 of the Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI) This applies if you are using an HP laptop. If your motherboard doesn’t support Hybrid Sleep, we recommend downgrading the Intel MEI to version 9 or 10. So let’s walk you through this easy process. Visit the HP Drivers & Downloads page, right, and seek out the driver known as MEI driver version 9 from the Driver Chipset section of the website. We understand that version 1.5M works for most models, so download this one first before anything else. Download the driver and install it. If you receive a dialog box warning, just ignore it and move on. Source
  11. User Account Control is a security Windows feature that debuted in Windows Vista and which helps block any unauthorized changes to your system. In other words, it can help limit the damage a malware infection could have on your system, especially if it requires elevated privileges on the computer. Whenever this happens, UAC displays a prompt to let you know that a certain process attempts to launch with administrator rights, so it’s critical for users to always keep an eye on these prompts and block anything that looks suspicious. In the last few weeks, however, I’ve seen many people saying they disable UAC because they can protect their Windows devices themselves. Others asked how to do this in the latest Windows 10 versions. Before anything, let me tell you one thing: I recommend against disabling UAC in Windows because a simple malware infection can do much more damage on the computer if it gets elevated privileges by default. By default, you work on the device as a standard user, and when administrator rights are required, you see that UAC prompt. By manually granting access, you make sure that you are the one seeking elevated privileges and not a malicious process that reached your device. With this in mind, disabling UAC in Windows 10 is as simple as it is on the other OS versions. And it only takes a few clicks. First and foremost, what you have to do, obviously from an administrator account, is to click the Start menu and type msconfig.exe. Then open the Tools tab, and select the option called:Change UAC Settings Click the Launch button in the lower part of the screen to access the configuration settings. As a shortcut, you can just click the Start menu and then type Change User Account Control Settings and you are going to reach the same configuration options as before. The UI you see here allow you to configure different level of UAC, and by default, Windows 10 is configured to notify you when apps try to make changes to the computer. However, you aren’t notified when you, the system administrator, make changes to Windows settings. If you go in full panic mode, you can drag the slider to the top option and set it to always notify you when changes are made to the device, no matter who makes them. Dragging the slider to the bottom disables its completely and no longer displays any notifications when changes are made. Click OK and you’re done here. Additionally, you can also configure User Account Control from the Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. To do this, click the Start menu, type gpedit.msc, and launch the Group Policy Editor. Navigate to this path:Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Security Options On the right side of the screen, there are several options that let you configure this feature, but one that is particularly useful is called:User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation This particular policy allows you to configure UAC to never alert you when an application is trying to install and requires elevated privileges. Microsoft explains about the disabled state: “Application installation packages are not detected and prompted for elevation. Enterprises that are running standard user desktops and use delegated installation technologies such as Group Policy Software Installation or Systems Management Server (SMS) should disable this policy setting. In this case, installer detection is unnecessary.” Changing UAC settings does not require a system reboot and all tweaks are applied immediately. You can always restore the default configuration using the same steps detailed above. Source
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  13. Microsoft has released a new Cumulative Update for Windows 10 1809 October 2018 Update. Unlike previously, Microsoft is releasing Cumulative Update KB4476976 only to the Release Preview Ring, taking the OS to Windows 10 v1809 RP Build 17763.288. The changelog appears to be related to Action Centre fixes, listing the following improvements. We fixed an issue where the Action Centre might suddenly appear on the opposite side of the screen before appearing on the correct side. We fixed an issue resulting in the Action Centre icon sometimes showing a number of unread notifications, however when you opened the Action Centre it would be blank. Windows 10 users in the Release Preview Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings. source
  14. Windows’ default app settings decide which apps launch automatically when you open a file or perform certain tasks. Out of the box, Windows will use its built-in apps, so you’ll get Microsoft Edge for web browsing, the Mail app for email and Photos for image viewing. These options can be changed though, letting you ensure tasks are always completed using your favourite apps. Once you’ve installed your desired apps, head to the Settings app to start changing your default applications. Click the “Apps” category from the homepage and then navigate to the “Default apps” page within the section that opens. At the top of the page, you can select your default app for each of six common tasks – email, maps, music, photos, videos and web browsing. The currently configured app is shown by default. To make a change, click the app’s name. A menu will appear showing all the installed apps associated with the task category – media players will be offered for the “music player” category, while email clients will be shown for “Email.” Click the app you want to use as your default to configure it. The impact of the change will vary depending on the app category. In general, default apps will be used when an app needs to be opened by the system or another program. For example, the default web browser will open links you click in your email app, while the default email client is the one that will draft new messages when you click an email address on a webpage. You can get more fine-grained control over your default apps using the three links at the bottom of the page. The first two, “Choose default applications by file type” and “Choose default applications by protocol,” give you granular control over the circumstances in which an app should be considered the default. If you want Microsoft Photos to be your default photos app, but need JPEG files to always open in Adobe Photoshop, you can configure this with a file type association. Find the “.jpeg” file extension in the “Choose default applications by file type” list and click the displayed app name to change the default. Finally, the bottom-most link, “Set defaults by app,” displays a list of all your installed apps. Clicking an app and then pressing the “Manage” button will reveal a list of all the file types and protocols that it can act as the default for. This gives you a simple way to make an app the default for all the file types it supports. It’s worth noting that you’ll generally only need the main “Default apps” page in settings, unless you’re an advanced user looking for more precise control. Many program installers let you register new apps as defaults for their category or file types during setup, so look carefully for these options when you add new software. If you want to change these defaults later, or reverse an unintended change made by a program installer, just head back to the “Default apps” page in Settings. source
  15. You using that storage space, mate?' said a hungry Windows 10 update IT'S MICROSOFT'S MONTHLY PATCHING TIME, with Redmond pasting over some 51 security holes across Windows 10, 7, and 8.1, along with other nasties in its suite of software. One major security bork in the Windows Jet Database Engine, which can be found in every modern version of the operating systems and messes up how objects are handled in memory, has been fixed. That's a good thing given the flaw has been kicking around since September. Critical flaws in Microsoft's Exchange Server and Hyper-V were also fixed, along with remote execution bugs in scripting engines for Internet Explorer and Edge, as well as a elevated execution privilege vulnerability in Skype for Android - deeper analysis of the patching was has been carried out by Dustin Childs, a researcher at Trend Micro ZDI and the folks at Beeping Computer have a list of the fixed flaws. So that's all good stuff, if you're into patching. But another interesting nugget of Windows-related news is that Microsoft has plans to tickle Windows 10 into reserving 7GB of PC storage to better facilitate its major updates. Having gone through what can only be described as quite a mess when it came to last year's October Update, Microsoft's storage segregation will aim to ensure that updates install more reliably. The reserved space will be used for cached and temporary files so that it's not sitting there sullen and unused. But when an update wings its way out of Redmond's servers, the files will be purged to make way for the patch. "Starting with the next major update we're making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space. Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches,' said Microsoft's Jesse Rajwan. "Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space. Without reserved storage, if a user almost fills up her or his storage, several Windows and application scenarios become unreliable. "Windows and application scenarios may not work as expected if they need free space to function. With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected." Such a move sounds sensible, but it could really nark people with laptops with limited storage space, such as an entry-level Surface Pro, which in our experience can really slow down once storage gets filled up. And Rajwan noted that the 7GB of reserved storage might grow: "We may adjust the size of reserved storage in the future based on diagnostic data or feedback." While upgrading the storage on desktop PCs isn't too difficult or expensive any more, people looking to buy slim and lower-end Windows 10 ultraportables in 2019 might want to think a bit more carefully when selecting models with scant storage space. µ Source
  16. There might be certain times when a logical partition of your hard disk could start filling up and running out of space rapidly. There can be a number of reasons for this. However, there is no particular reason for this behavior; there are several potential causes for this error. This can be caused due to malware, bloated WinSxS folder, Hibernation settings, System Corruption, System Restore, Temporary Files, other Hidden files, etc. In this post, we take a look at two scenarios. The reasons would be different and then so would the troubleshooting: C System Drive keeps filling automatically D Data Drive keeps filling up automatically. Hard Drive keeps filling up by itself automatically The System Drive could be filling up automatically for several reasons. If you have been installing and uninstalling software, it could end up bloating your WinSxS folder with orphaned DLL files. You need to check the space allocated to System Restore Points and also disable Hibernation file – or it could be excessive log files (.log) being generated for errors occuring on your system. Before you begin, use a free Disk Space Analyzer software to find up which of your folders on which drive are consuming excessive space. Once you get an idea, here is what you need to look at if your C (System) drive or your D (Data drive) keeps filling up by itself automatically for no reason on Windows 10/8/7. Fixes applicable to C System Drive Only These following fixes apply to the C System Drive only, Managing the Hibernation Settings Perform WinSxS folder cleanup Software misbehaving and eating up disk space. 1] Managing the Hibernation Settings Press WINKEY + X button combo or right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin). Click on Yes for the UAC or User Account Control prompt that you get. Then, the Command Prompt window will finally be open. Now, type in the following command to disable Hibernation and then hit Enter. powercfg.exe /hibernate off Close the Command Prompt window. However, if you note, this method applies to the System Partition only. This is usually the 😄 partition. 2] Perform WinSxS folder cleanup Perform WinSxS folder cleanup to reduce the size of the folder. 3] Check installed software Check if any installed software is misbehaving and eating up disk space. Maybe it is generating a lot of log files (.log). Installing the software is the only option in this case. Fixes applicable to both C System Drive and D Data Drive These following fixes apply to the C System Drive as well as the D Data Drive, Fixing the File System Corruption. Detecting and removing malware. Managing the System Restore Points. Running Disk Cleanup. Looking for Hidden Files. Miscellaneous Fixes. 1] Fixing the File System Corruption Start by pressing WINKEY + X button combo or right-click on the Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) or search for cmd in the Cortana search box, right click on the Command Prompt icon and click on Run as Administrator. Click on Yes for the UAC or User Account Control prompt that you get. Then, the Command Prompt window will finally be open. Now, type in the following command to run chkdsk and then hit Enter. chkdsk <Partition Letter> /f /v /x It will either start checking for errors and fixing them. Else it will show up a message saying, Then, you can hit Y for scheduling the Disk Check the next time the system restarts. 2] Detecting and removing malware There can be some serious malware infection on your computer which could trigger such type of behavior. To fix this, you can perform a full system scan, a quick scan and a boot time scan from Windows Defender or any other antivirus software that you are using. 3] Manage the System Restore Points To configure the disk space used by system restore points, right-click on the This PC icon and then click on Properties. On the left side ribbon, click on System Protection. Then a mini window will pop up. On the bottom side of that mini window, click on Configure. Another mini window will now pop up. Under the section called Disk Space Usage, you can move the slider to toggle the maximum storage that can be used while creating a System Restore Point. You can also select the Delete button to delete the created system restore points or toggle to enable or disable the system restore points. Click on Apply and then OK for the changes to take effect. 4] Run Disk Cleanup Run Disk Cleanup Utility. Type in Disk Cleanup in the Cortana Search Box and hit Enter to bring it up and Select the appropriate result. You can also use it to delete even 7 day old temporary files and even free up additional disk space by removing all, but the most recent system restore point using the Disk Cleanup utility. 5] Look for Hidden Files You can also try to use the Show Hidden Files option to check all the hidden files that are taking up space on your hard disk. These files can be deleted to free up some additional space. It includes some RAW data files from games and some utility software. 6] Miscellaneous Fixes This fix brings up a broad spectrum of fixes that you can undertake to fix the issue that you are facing. First of all, you can try to uninstall the UWP or Win32 applications installed on your computer. You can uninstall applications which you no longer use or are buggy enough to cause this issue of eating up free space on your disk. Secondly, you can use third-party tools like CCleaner to clean up all the junk that is lying in almost all parts of your computer and free a lot of space too. Thirdly, you can clean up the Recycle Bin to further free up space by delete some files that you are sure about you not needing them permanently. Source
  17. Microsoft Says You Should Install Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4480966 ASAP RCE flaw in Windows DHCP client fixed in this update This update is shipped to Windows 10 version 1803 The January 2019 Patch Tuesday cycle includes a fix for a Remote Code Execution flaw in the Windows DHCP client on Windows 10 version 1803, and Microsoft says you should patch as soon as possible. The patch is bundled into Windows 10 cumulative update KB4480966, which is only available for version 1803 (April 2018 Update), as this is the only Windows release that’s affected by the flaw. The vulnerability is detailed by Microsoft in CVE-2019-0547 where the company explains that there is no known exploit right now. “A memory corruption vulnerability exists in the Windows DHCP client when an attacker sends specially crafted DHCP responses to a client. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could run arbitrary code on the client machine,” it says. “To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker could send a specially crafted DHCP responses to a client. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows DHCP clients handle certain DHCP responses.” Known issues Nate Warfield of the MSRC team says the bug was discovered internally and no proof of concept would be released, though you are strongly recommended to install the update as soon as possible. What’s important to know is that this cumulative update comes with four known issues, and you should have them all in mind when installing it (scroll down to the end of the article to read them in full). One of the newest affects third-party applications, which according to Microsoft may not be able to authenticate hotspots after installing the update. A fix is already being developed and a resolution is expected in mid-January. We aren’t aware of any known issues right now, but there’s a chance KB4480966 installs correctly, and given the security vulnerability described here, you should install it as soon as possible. Symptom Workaround After you install the August Preview of Quality Rollup or September 11, 2018 .NET Framework update, instantiation of SqlConnection can throw an exception. For more information about this issue, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 4470809 SqlConnection instantiation exception on .NET 4.6 and later after August-September 2018 .NET Framework updates. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing this update, some users cannot pin a web link on the Startmenu or the taskbar. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. After installing KB4467682, 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, third-party applications may have difficulty authenticating hotspots. Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available mid-January. source
  18. The next major Windows 10 update ’19H1′ is set to make some important changes to how the operating system manages disk space. In Windows 10 19H1, Microsoft is introducing reserved storage which refers to the storage that is to be used by apps, Windows Update, temporary files, and the system cache. Microsoft says that Windows 10 19H1 devices will feature “Reserved Storage” which is designed to keep about 7GB of storage aside for Windows Update, temporary files and system cache. The company says that reserved space will vary over time and the chunk of reserved disk space for temporary files generated by the system could increase. The reserved storage in Windows 10 may allow the operating system to function more smoothly as the apps and Windows Update will always have access to disk space. Storage options in October 2018 Update If fill up your PC’s storage, the system will continue to function normally and applications may not become unreliable. You’ll be able to access the reserved storage if you re-install Windows 10 and it will also show up on devices with 19H1 update pre-installed. Reserved Storage in 19H1 You won’t be able to remove it from the OS entirely and Microsoft says that users are not supposed to set anything up. The feature is not live in the current builds of Windows 10 19H1 but you the Insiders will be able to access the feature when the next build drops. “We may adjust the size of reserved storage in the future based on diagnostic data or feedback. The reserved storage cannot be removed from the OS, but you can reduce the amount of space reserved,” Microsoft explains in a blog post. source
  19. If you wish to run HDR videos on Windows 10, then here is a list of display requirements for it. Before you start reading the requirements, first let’s understand what HDR videos are. What are HDR videos HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and in these videos, the colors are more vivid. Clarity in the images is better, even if it is a dimly lit room. Basically, it HDR videos offer you a more realistic gaming and creative experience than an SDR video. It is possible to stream HDR videos on Windows 10 with a display optimized for HDR video. You also need to have Stream HDR video turned on in Windows HD Color settings. To find out if a display is optimized for HDR video Select the Start button, then select Settings > Apps > Video playback. Under Stream HDR video, select Windows HD Color settings. Under Choose display, select the display you want to check. Under Display capabilities, look for the value next to Stream HDR video to see if it says Yes or No. Even if it says Yes for Stream HDR video, you might need to change some other settings to play streaming HDR video. Apart from this setting, there are certain display requirements for HDR video to be played on a Windows 10 PC. These requirements are explained in detail below. Display requirements for HDR video on Windows 10 Built-in displays If you have built-in displays that are made for HDR video streaming, then you don’t need any settings. Even the built-in displays of Windows 10 (version 1803) including the laptop, tablet, or 2-in-1 PC needs to support HDR to play the high dynamic range (HDR) video. To find the specifications for a specific laptop or tablet, visit the device manufacturer’s website. Here are the requirements: The resolution of the built-in display should be of 1080p or more, and a recommended max brightness of 300 nits or more. The Windows 10 device needs to have an integrated graphics card that supports PlayReady hardware digital rights management (for protected HDR content) It must have the required codecs installed for 10-bit video decoding. (For example, devices that have a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, code-named Kaby Lake, support this.) The built-in display needs to let you have control over the backlight and needs to have a max brightness of 300 nits or more. The Windows 10 device manufacturer needs to have enabled HDR on the device. External displays To play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video in Windows 10, your external display and Windows 10 PC needs to support HDR. To find the specifications for a specific PC or external display, visit the device manufacturer’s website. Here are the requirements: The HDR display or TV must support HDR10, and DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 or higher. We recommend displays that are DisplayHDR certified. The Windows 10 PC needs to have a graphics card that supports PlayReady 3.0 hardware digital rights management (for protected HDR content). This could be any of the following graphics cards: NVIDIA GeForce 1000 series or higher, AMD Radeon RX 400 series or higher, or Intel UHD Graphics 600 series or higher. The Windows 10 PC must have the required codecs installed for 10-bit video decoding (for example, HEVC or VP9 codecs). It is recommended that the latest WDDM 2.4 drivers should be installed on the Windows 10 PC, says Microsoft. source
  20. Windows 10 users who forgot the password of a user account cannot sign in to that account anymore. Certain options are provided to reset the password depending on the account type and other parameters such as whether it is a work account managed by an IT department or a home account. Windows 10 supports two main account types: local accounts and Microsoft accounts. Local accounts exist only on the device, Microsoft accounts globally. The account type determines whether it is possible to reset an account password. The solution is straightforward for Microsoft accounts as it is possible to reset the account password online. Resetting a Windows 10 Microsoft account password Windows 10 users may start the password reset on the sign-in page by selecting "I forgot my password" on the sign-in screen. This loads the "Recover your account" screen with a captcha, and then the "Verify your identity" screen to enter a security code sent to the linked email address or phone number. Microsoft account owners may reset passwords online as well. Just visit the Recover your account page on https://account.live.com/ and follow the instructions to do so. Additional information is available on this Microsoft account support. We have published a detailed guide on resetting a Microsoft account password. Resetting a local account password Microsoft implemented one official way to reset a local account password in Windows 10 version 1803. The method does not work by default as it has a requirement: security questions. Here is what you need to do: Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Go to Accounts > Sign-in Options. Select the "Password" section on the page that opens. Select "update your security questions". Type the account password on the prompt that opens. Add three security questions and answers to the local account on the next page. Tip: you should not answer these questions truthfully. Select finish to complete the process. Once that is out of the way, a reset password option is displayed on the sign-in screen for that local account. Just answer the three security questions to reset the account passwords. Microsoft notes that there is no other way to reset the password; users have to Reset the PC and delete all data on it to restore it (if they don't have access to another account that is). There is another option though as outlined by Professor Robert McMillen on YouTube. The classic renaming of cmd.exe to utilman.exe does not work directly anymore in new versions of Windows. Before the latest feature update of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1809, users could boot into the recovery environment, replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe, and click on the "ease of access" button to spawn a command prompt window to change the user password. In newer versions of Windows, extra steps are required. Here is the entire process: Load the recovery and troubleshooting environment, e.g. by clicking on "Repair your computer" during Windows Setup if you boot from Windows installation media. Select Troubleshoot > Command Prompt. Switch to the drive letter that Windows is installed on and there in the system32 directory, e.g. cd c:\windows\system32 Type rename utilman.exe utilman.bak. Type copy cmd.exe utilman.exe. Restart the computer and boot from the Window installation this time. If you run Windows 10 version 1803 or earlier, click on the Ease of Access button to open a command prompt window. If you run Windows 10 version 1809 or later, do the following first: Hold Shift-key on the keyboard and click on the Power button to select Restart. After the Restart, hold down the Shift-key again and select Restart from the Power menu again to boot into startup repair. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart When the Startup Settings screen appears after the Restart, select Disable early launch anti-malware protection. Click on the Ease of Access button on the next start on the login screen to open the command prompt window. Type net user to display the names of all user accounts. Use the command net user [username] [password] to change the password of the account, e.g. net user martin qwerty123456 to change the password of the user martin to qwerty123456. Check out our detailed guide on the Windows net user command here. Source: How to reset Windows 10 account passwords (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  21. The year is yet young, and Microsoft has already issued, then plucked, four bad patches. Do yourself a favor and let the cannon fodder test the patches before you put them on your machine. Thinkstock/Microsoft With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, now’s a good time to make sure you have Windows Automatic Update throttled. Yes, you need to patch sooner or later. No, you don’t need to do it in lockstep with Microsoft’s, uh, exuberant pace. Case in point: On Jan. 3, Microsoft released 14 non-security Office patches. (Those are patches for the “perpetual” installed “MSI” versions of Office, not the Office 365 Click-to-Run versions. You gotta love the terminology.) The bug fixes covered a range of bugs, most notably including errors in the way Japanese dates are displayed. A few hours later, the Japanese-language blogs erupted with reports that four of the new patches — the ones for Office 2010 — caused Excel to throw a Stop error when it was opened. The bad patches: Update for Microsoft Excel 2010 (KB4461627) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032217) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4032225) Update for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB4461616) Microsoft subsequently pulled the patches, and rewrote the Knowledge Base articles to include this admonition: Sound familiar? We had exactly the same scenario — yanked bad Office patches with buggy Japanese date routines — in November and December. The solution? If you installed the patches, uninstall them. Lucky you. [ Got a spare hour? Take this online course and learn how to install and configure Windows 10 with the options you need. ] Yes, Office 2010 is off mainstream support, but it’s still getting patches. Bad ones, at that. Susan Bradley discovered an email market-share report from Litmus that says that in 2017, fully 23% of all tested Outlook emails were opened in Outlook 2010. The world isn’t as advanced as you think. It’s a jungle out there. Time to bring Windows Update to heel. Blocking automatic update on Win7 and 8.1 People tend to forget that Windows 7 originally shipped with an automatic update feature that was turned off by default. We’ve come a long way. If you’re using Windows 7 or 8.1, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the "Turn automatic updating on or off" link. Click the "Change Settings" link on the left. Verify that you have Important Updates set to "Never check for updates (not recommended)" and click OK. Blocking automatic update on Win10 Pro If you’re using Win10 Pro version 1709, 1803, or 1809 I recommend an update blocking technique that Microsoft recommends for “Broad Release” in its obscure Build deployment rings for Windows 10 updates — which is intended for admins, but applies to you, too. (Thx, @zero2dash) Step 1. Using an administrative account, click Start > Settings > Update & Security. Step 2. On the left, choose Windows Update. On the right, click the link for Advanced options. You see the settings in the screenshot. Woody Leonhard Step 3. To pull yourself out of beta testing (or, as Microsoft would say, to delay new versions until they’re ready for broad deployment), in the first box, choose Semi-Annual Channel. Step 4. To further delay new versions until they’ve been minimally tested, set the “feature update” deferral setting to 120 days or more. That tells the Windows Updater (unless Microsoft makes another “mistake,” as it has numerous times in the past) that it should wait until 120 days after a new version is declared ready for broad deployment before upgrading and reinstalling Windows on your machine. Step 5. To delay cumulative updates, set the “quality update” deferral to 15 days or so. (“Quality update” = bug fix.) In my experience, Microsoft usually yanks bad Win10 cumulative updates within a couple of weeks or so. By setting this to 10 or 15 or 20 days, Win10 will update itself after the major screams of pain have subsided and (with some luck) the bad cumulative updates have been pulled or re-issued. Step 6. Just “X” out of the settings pane. You don’t need to explicitly save anything. Step 7. Don’t click Check for updates. Ever. If there are any real howlers — months where the cumulative updates were irretrievably bad, and never got any better, as they were in July of last year — we’ll let you know, loud and clear. Tired old approach for Windows 10 Home Here’s the thing about Windows 10 Home. Microsoft considers Home customers fair game. It really should call it Win10 Guinea Pig edition. Microsoft has no qualms whatsoever in pushing its new, untested (perhaps I should say “less-than-thoroughly-tested”) updates and upgrades onto Windows 10 Home machines. This isn’t a mistake or an oversight. Win10 Home customers by design are Microsoft’s extended beta-plus testing force. Cannon fodder. It’s unconscionable, and it’s been that way since day one. As Susan Bradley says, “Every version of Windows should be able to defer and pause updates. … Microsoft, your customers deserve better than this.” If upgrading to Win10 Pro isn’t an option — and I sympathize if you’d rather not hand over another $100 to Microsoft for something that should come standard — your only other option is to set your internet connection to “metered.” Metered connections are an update-blocking kludge that seems to work to fend off cumulative updates, but as best I can tell still doesn’t have Microsoft’s official endorsement as a cumulative update prophylactic. To set your Ethernet connection as metered: Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet. On the left, choose Ethernet. On the right, click on your Ethernet connection. Then move the slider for Metered connection to On. To set your Wi-Fi connection as metered: Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet. On the left, choose Wi-Fi. On the right, click on your Wi-Fi connection. Move the slider for Metered connection to On. If you set your internet connection to metered, you need to watch closely as the month unfolds, and judge when it’s safe to let the demons in the door. At that point, turn “metered” off, and just let your machine update itself. Don’t click "Check for updates." Perhaps the next (“19H1”) version of Win10 Home will get real update-blocking capabilities. I wouldn’t count on it. More about that later. If you’re really serious about blocking updates at all costs, check out Michael Horowitz’s "Killing Windows Update on Windows 10 - a cheat sheet." source
  22. Microsoft to Release First 2019 Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Tomorrow All Windows 10 versions will receive cumulative updates this week Microsoft will release a new batch of cumulative updates for Windows 10 devices tomorrow as part of the company’s monthly Patch Tuesday cycle. This week’s rollout is the first of 2019, and in addition to Windows 10, Microsoft will also fix security vulnerabilities in the other operating systems that it still supports, including Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. At the same time, Windows 7 officially enters the last 12 months of support before its demise in January 2020, so users are still running this OS version are recommended to begin planning the upgrade to a supported Windows release. As far as Windows 10 is concerned, all versions shipped so far would get updates tomorrow, though it’s important to have in mind that only the Fall Creators Update (version 1709) and newer are getting security updates for Home and Pro SKUs. The Education and Enterprise editions will continue to receive security updates even for older versions, including the original build and up to the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703). October update getting new fixes The most recent version of Windows 10 is the October 2018 Update, also referred to as version 1809. The rollout of this update is currently under way, and Microsoft is making it available via Windows Update for all devices. However, users can download it manually from Windows Update, and it’s believed that tomorrow’s release could mark a new milestone for the automatic push. More devices could get the October update tomorrow together with the rest of the security updates, so if you want to delay the feature update, you are recommended to configure every device right now. As always, we’ll detail each security update individually when the rollout begins, and we’ll keep an eye on reports pointing to potential installation issues. Cumulative updates will require system reboots, so IT admins should save the work on each machine before patching. source
  23. Microsoft Asked to Pay Damages to User After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade Windows 10 was released in June 2015 Microsoft still can’t leave the forced Windows 10 upgrade saga behind, and despite the company promising to behave in the future, it still has to deal with a number of legal complaints after it installed the OS on some devices without authorization. In one particular case that took place in Finland, Microsoft has to pay 1,100 Euros in damages to one former Windows 8 user after their computer was upgraded to Windows 10 without consent. The Finnish Consumer Disputes Panel has ruled in favor of the user, who complained that Microsoft upgraded his Windows 8 device to Windows 10 without authorization, in the end causing issues that impacted not only the device, but also his camera surveillance software. The user explained that they had to spend money on repairing the surveillance system even after getting in touch with Microsoft Support, pointing out that in some cases, the assistance it received from the company’s engineers did not make any difference. Microsoft expected to pay While the user requested 3,000 Euros in damages, the Finnish consumer watchdog recommended compensation of 1,100 Euros. Surprisingly, however, Microsoft did not deny that Windows 10 was installed without the user’s consent, but instead tried to demonstrate the operating system did not cause any damage to the device. The company stated that his claims were unreasonable and emphasized the company has no control over what applications were installed, including here the surveillance system. In the meantime, Microsoft has substantially revised its approach on Windows 10 updates, and forced upgrades are no longer part of the company’s strategy to improve the adoption of its operating system. More recently, the company has started testing a new feature for Windows 10 Home users that would allow them to pause updates for up to 7 days. Right now, updates are automatically installed on Windows 10 Home devices when they are released. source
  24. Windows 10 updates have been a source of consternation for some time, with updates inadvertently deleting files and users being unknowingly opted into beta software testing. But now there is some good news on the horizon for frustrated Windows 10 users, as updates can be paused so that they will no longer happen automatically. In general, automatic updates are a good way to ensure that users’ systems are safe and protected from ever-evolving security threats, given that many people aren’t so diligent about making sure their software is up to date. But Windows 10 updates happening automatically has caused problems with some systems, leaving many people with software bugs and some with lost data. Having users be afraid to update their operating system because they are worried about breaking their primary machine is definitely not ideal. For Enterprise users, there has been an option to delay automatic updates for up to 35 days, which meant that businesses could check whether their systems would be affected by an update and pause it if so. But there was no such delay option for home users. Now, Windows 10 Home users will also be able to delay updates for up to seven days. The upcoming Windows 10 update (19H1), scheduled for release in April 2019, is currently being tested by testers in the Windows Insiders program. Tech site Thurrottfirst spotted the new setting in the Windows Update menu (found under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update), where a Pause updates for 7 days option is now available. During the pause period, Windows 10 will not install any updates, and you can then resume the updates at any time within the seven day period. One week isn’t a lot of time for a pause, but it should be enough for users to figure out whether a given update will cause issues with their system and to take steps to avoid the problem if it will. After the seven days has expired, Windows will automatically update again. It is clear that Microsoft is making a concerted effort to ensure that as many users as possible are running the latest version of Windows 10, presumably both to avoid security issues with users’ machines and to aid with software compatibility. source