Printing from Epson Printers broken with the latest Windows updates

Printing from Epson Printers broken with the latest Windows updates

Microsoft released Patch Tuesday updates to its almost all of the products some days back.(We have covered Windows 10 updates which you can see here) Though there was a significant list of fixes for all of the Windows products but as usual the updates have broken some things which it shouldn’t do.
Customers installing the latest Cumulative updates or quality rollups for Windows 7/ 8 or 10 and have a Single Dot matrix Printer Installed, this news is for you. With the recent update, seems like the computer is unable to print. Microsoft has acknowledged this issue and has offered Q and A which states:
After Installing the latest updates for Windows 10 (KB4048955, KB4048954, KB4048953, KB4048952, or KB4048956), some Epson SIDM and Dot Matrix printers are unable to print on x86 and x64-based systems.Microsoft and Epson have determined the cause of the issue and are working on a solution.  This problem is not related to the printer driver, so installing current or older printer drivers will not resolve this issue. We will update this post when more information is available.  To be notified of updates to this thread, click the “…” beneath this post and select Subscribe.
You can subscribe to the thread if you have a Microsoft community account, or check this article regularly for any updates. Here is the link to the thread:
 New build 17040 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

New build 17040 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

Microsoft has already shipped Fall Creators update to the public, so the company's Insider branch has shifted gears and moved to the development of next release of Windows, speculated to be Redstone 4. Microsoft has released 7th Insider build for both Fast ring Insiders build 17040, which brings a number of changes. Here is what is new:

What's new

  • Settings Improvements.
  • Touch Keyboards Improvements
  • Handwriting Panel Improvements

Fixes and Improvements

  • Added settings that let you view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off. Find these settings in Settings > Privacy > Activity history.
  • [Fixed] an issue where network profiles might change from Private to Public after upgrading to the previous build.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in checkboxes being missing from certain win32 apps.
  • [Fixed] a typo in the Windows Defender Security Center’s Controlled Folder Settings.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting not being able to fully remove Windows.old in the last two flights.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in Narrator not saying anything when the candidate bar for hardware keyboard prediction opened. We also fixed an issue where Narrator wasn’t reading the word candidate when the focus moved into candidate bar.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the “Working on updates” screen was black with a small theme colored box instead of entirely theme colored.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen on the previous flight with the error BAD_POOL_CALLER.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in UWP app sometimes leaving drop shadow leftovers after closing the window.
  • [Fixed] an issue where inactive window scrolling wouldn’t work if Excel 2016 was in focus.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in a noticeable flicker when using hotkeys or a precision touchpad to switch between virtual desktops.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the XAML Reveal light wouldn’t follow your mouse until the first mouse click – instead showing the entire element lit. This issue was visible in Settings and other XAML based UI in the last few builds.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in changes to Feedback Frequency in Feedback & Diagnostics Settings not persisting after leaving the page and returning.
  • [Fixed] an issue where Start wouldn’t open if you pressed the Windows key when the system menu from elevated Command Prompt or Task Manager window was open.
  • [Fixed] a rare issue where if you had certain streaming-capable apps on your PC before upgrading you might end up seeing a black screen with only a cursor for some time after logging in.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recent flights where the “Add” button in the PIN section of Sign-in Option Settings didn’t work for local accounts.
  • Updated the icon for Collections in Cortana.
  • Updated the touch keyboard so that the margin between each key is visual only. This change will be noticeable if you accidentally overshoot the key press by just a tiny bit – before it might seem as if key presses were being dropped in this scenario.
  • Based on your feedback, the feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you reboot or shutdown (through power options available on the Start Menu and various other locations) has been set to only occur for users that have enabled “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting my device after an update or restart” in the Privacy section under Sign-in Options Settings.

Known Issues

  • Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
  • VPNs which use custom pop-up windows during connection attempts may fail to connect with error 720.
  • Due to a bug that was introduced on this build, you may not receive all of your notifications from Cortana. Reminders are unaffected by this bug, but you may not receive other Cortana notifications that you are expecting. We are working to resolve this issue and will release the fix in an upcoming flight.
  • The Properties dialog for This PC in File Explorer isn’t working and can’t be invoked from the context menu.
  • Insiders with certain third party antiviruses and OneDrive Files on Demand enabled may see an error citing “OneDrive cannot connect to Windows”.
  • ADDED: [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.

More Information

You can head over to Windows updates to download the build. More information is available here:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider preview build 17035
[November Cumulative updates] Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions by shipping cumulative update

[November Cumulative updates] Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions by shipping cumulative update

Microsoft, as usual on patch Tuesday has shipped cumulative updates to each product and Windows 10 is no special. Microsoft released a number of updates that fix a significant number of bugs to the OS. Let us discuss in detail:

Windows 10 v1709 Build 16299

Windows 10 version 1709 aka Fall Creators update release has got its first cumulative update. The details are here:
KB Number: KB4048955 
Build Jump: 16299.19 to 16299.64
Bug Fixes:
  • Addressed issue that causes the Mixed Reality Portal to stop responding on launch.
  • Addressed issue that causes a black screen to appear when you switch between windowed and full-screen modes when playing some Microsoft DirectX games.
  • Addressed a compatibility issue that occurs when you play back a Game DVR PC recording using Android or iOS devices.
  • Addressed issue where the functional keys stop working on Microsoft Designer Keyboards.
  • Addressed issue to ensure that certain USB devices and head-mounted displays (HMD) are enumerated properly after the system wakes up from Connected Standby.
  • Addressed issue where the virtual smart card doesn't assess the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) vulnerability correctly.
  • Addressed issue where Get-StorageJob returns nothing when there are storage jobs running on the machine.
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".
  • Addressed issue where application tiles are missing from the Start menu. Additionally, applications that the Store app show as installed don't appear on the application list of the Start menu. Computers that have Internet connectivity and upgrade on or after November 14, 2017 will receive this preventative solution and avoid this issue. Machines that lack network connectivity or have already encountered this issue should follow the steps in the Microsoft Answers thread “Missing apps after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”. Microsoft will release and document an additional solution in a future release.
  • Addressed issue where Microsoft Edge cannot create a WARP support process and appears to stop responding for up to 3 seconds during a wait timeout. During the timeout period, users cannot navigate or interact with the requested page.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player.
Download:
Known Issues:
  • UWP applications may not work on this build.
  • After installing this KB, Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.

Windows 10 v1703 Build 15063

Windows 10 version 1703 aka Creators update release has got another Cumulative update. The details are here:
KB Number: KB4048954
Build Jump: 15063.728
Bug Fixes:
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".
  • Addressed issue where the RDP Connection from a Windows 10 1703 client to Windows Server 2008 R2 fails with the error: "An internal error occurred". This problem occurs when the server is configured in RemoteFX mode. You may also see a black or incorrectly painted screen.
  • Addressed issue where, after an OS upgrade, setting an offline schedule in the Sync Center applet of Control Panel fails. The error message that appears is: "Sync Center Error. An error occurred displaying sync schedules. Error: 0x80070005. Access Denied."
  • Addressed issue where RemoteApp and Desktop Connection settings fail to apply when you set them using Group Policy or a script.
  • Addressed issue where the virtual smart card doesn't assess the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) vulnerability correctly.
  • Addressed issue where opening Microsoft Office files from a file server that has Windows Information Protection enabled fails with the error: “Sorry we couldn't open document xxxx”.
  • Addressed issue where, when using the FDVDenyWriteAccess policy, Windows will continue to prevent a drive from being made writable even after BitLocker encryption completes.
  • Addressed issue where Surface Hub devices cannot connect to Azure Active Directory to log on when they are behind a proxy server.
  • Addressed issue where attempting to clean temporary files on the Windows Phone results in the error code “E_FAIL”.
  • Addressed issue where the functional keys stop working on Microsoft Designer Keyboards.
  • Addressed issue where modern applications built using JavaScript may fail to initialize.
  • Addressed issue where GetWindowLong may fail when called on a window whose thread isn't processing Windows messages.
  • Addressed issue where, after installing KB4038788 and rebooting, a black screen appears with only a cursor, and you must reboot in order to log in successfully.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where an intranet site was being treated as an internet site.
  • Addressed a memory leak in Microsoft Edge caused by the startup of an internal process.
  • Addressed issue with the launch of HTML dialogs in Windows PE systems.
  • Addressed issue with scrolling that sometimes causes Microsoft Edge to stop responding.
  • Addressed a crash in Internet Explorer that was seen in machines that used large font-size settings.
  • Addressed issue where the PDF download progress bar stops when opening a PDF file from a cloud-backed web services site.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, the Microsoft Windows Search Component, and Windows Media Player.
Download:
Known Issues:
  • UWP applications may not work on this build.
  • After installing this KB, Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.
  • Installing this KB may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications.

Windows 10 v1607 Build 14393

Windows 10 version 1607 aka Anniversary update has got another Cumulative update. The details are here:
KB Number:KB4048953
Build Jump:14393.1884
Bug Fixes:
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".
  • Addressed issue where attempting to clean temporary files on the Windows Phone results in the error code “E_FAIL”.
  • Addressed issue with the launch of HTML dialogs in Windows PE systems.
  • Addressed a crash in Internet Explorer that was seen in machines that used large font-size settings.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows kernel, Device Guard, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, the Microsoft Windows Search Component, and Windows Media Player.
Download:
Known Issues:
  • UWP applications may not work on this build.
  • After installing this KB, Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.
  • After installing KB4041691, package users may see an error dialog that indicates that an application exception has occurred when closing some applications. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. The failure only occurs when a process is already shutting down and doesn't affect application functionality.

Windows 10 v1511 Build 15086

As Microsoft dropped the support of 10586 last month, Microsoft is releasing cumulative updates to Education and Enterprise Editions only.
KB Number:KB4048952
Build Jump:10586.1232
Bug Fixes:
  • Addressed issue with the rendering of a graphics element in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where access to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for administrative operations wasn't restricted to administrative users.
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".
  • Addressed a crash in Internet Explorer that was seen in machines that used large font-size settings.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Cryptography, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows Search Component, and Windows Media Player.
Download:
Known Issues:
  • After installing this KB, Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.

Windows 10 v1507

Microsoft dropped 1507 support ages ago, so the updates are now being made available to LTSB consumers i.e. Enterprise only.
KB Number:KB4048956
Build Jump:10240.17673
Bug Fixes:
  • Addressed issue where roaming user profile–enabled accounts intermittently synchronize the appdata\local and \locallow folders with the profile server. Side effects include increased profile size, which can result in logon failures when there is full disk usage. Other symptoms include increased network bandwidth and logon or logoff delays on domain-joined computers.
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)".
  • Addressed issue where access to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for administrative operations isn't restricted to administrative users.
  • Addressed issue where the virtual smart card doesn't assess the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) vulnerability correctly.
  • Addressed issue where, during BitLocker decryption or encryption of a drive, files protected with the Encrypting File System (EFS) may become corrupted.
  • Addressed issue that caused SharePoint Online sites to stop working in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed a crash in Internet Explorer that was seen in machines that used large font-size settings.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows Search Component, and Windows Media Player.
Download:
Known Issues:
  • After installing this KB, Internet Explorer 11 users who use SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) may not be able to scroll through a drop-down menu using the scroll bar.
  • After installing KB4042895, package users may receive an error message that states that an application exception has occurred when some applications are closed. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. This problem occurs only when a process is already shutting down, and doesn't affect application functionality.
That is all for now. Feel free to get assistance if you need...

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

Microsoft has started to Roll out Redstone 4 Insider preview builds for masses. After Fast ring Skip ahead, then to Fast Ring non Skip ahead, Microsoft released build 17025 to slow ring.
Traditionally Microsoft doesn't release an ISO officially after releasing a fast ring build to do a clean Install, but it is not the case for slow ring. After releasing slow ring builds Microsoft makes availabthe ISOs for clean Install. Same is the case here. Microsoft has released ISOs of Build 17025 to public.
You can download it from the following link:
Download Windows Insider preview ISO
ISO files are available for the following versions of Windows 10:
  • Windows 10 Home and Pro
  • Windows 10 Home single language
  • Windows 10 N
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 home China 
The ISO files are available for both 32 bit and 64 bit editions. You would need a windows Insider account for ISOs to download.
See also:
New Build of Windows 10 Insider for fast ring now available

Did your Cortana Search box turned white? Here are some options you can try

Yesterday Morning when I turned On my Computer and using it for some time, I  felt something looked weird in Screen. A rough glance automatically pointed out the culprit- My Cortana Search box had turned white. I thought that there must be some settings which I must have changed accidentally. I ignored that and went to my Office.
What I see after reaching my office that Cortana Search box had turned to white there as well. Confusing! I Was pretty sure that I didn’t change anything in my Office. Anyway, I thought it is better to leave that issue aside and do other important works pending.
After some time watching my Twitter Feed, I noticed that one Insider that I follow had the same issue as well. He was asking Microsoft for help. So, this made me think, that this might be a server-side change. The next step I took was to go to Microsoft community to see if there are some other reports, I saw a large number of threads on the same issue. I was convinced that Microsoft had changed something from their end
The problem with this change is due to the following conditions that were generated:
  • When the Taskbar is black, The white colour looks weird.
  • There was no notification by Microsoft on this.
There are a number of workarounds circulating over the Internet to fix this and I will try to cover them in the article:
  • Change the Theme to Dark: Dark theme seems to be unaffected by this change. 
    • Navigate to Settings>Personalization>Start. 
    • Under Choose a theme, choose Dark.
    •  Cortana is now grey :)
  • Switch Back and forth between regions. One of my machines had solved this by Changing the region to one where Cortana isn’t supported like North Korea and back to where you are currently. For this, 
    •  Go to Settings>Region and Language.
    • Change region to any country of your choice where Cortana isn’t supported.
    • Open the Cortana and she will greet you with the message that she is not available.
    • Choose your current Region from Settings again.
  • Do a Registry Modification: You need to set some values:
    • Open Registry editor by typing in regedit in run dialog box.
    • Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting
    • On the Right side, change the following DWORD Values:
    • Current to 0 and RotateFlight to 0.
    • Also, Add a DWORD value in the path : 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\Flighting\0\SearchBoxText Value 0 for black. Sign out and in again.
One thing is sure that this is done by Microsoft itself by some server-side change. We are yet to know stance of Microsoft on this. But, these are the current solutions I have. If you know any other, please let us know in comments.

New Slow ring Build available for Insiders from RS4 branch

New Slow ring Build available for Insiders from RS4 branch

After releasing 17025 for Fast ring Insiders last week, Microsoft's Windows Insider team has decided to ship it for slow ring build.
ICYMI, Windows 10  Build 17025 is the 5th Redstone 4 build that doesn't have a large number of changes though but a slight number of changes can be found here:
Windows 10 Build 17025 available from Redstone 4 branch
 17025 is indeed stable build if we compare the previous releases, so the decision is apt to ship it for Slow ring. As Far as ISO's are concerned, we can expect them next week:

Microsoft working on introducing Fluent design to the Settings app and UI refinements

At Build 2017, Microsoft introduced a new design language for Windows called Acrylic or Fluent design. With Fluent design, Microsoft aims to move Windows UI to a new level. You can read more about it here.
Redstone 3 started integrating this design in shell elements like Start menu and action centre. Apps specifically the ones made by Microsoft also started to revamp with this starting with Redstone 3. Microsoft says RS3 is the base for fluent design and would be introduced slowly to other elements with later releases.
Microsoft continued its commitment with Fluent after shipping Redstone 3. Starting with Redstone 4, Microsoft introduced Fluent Design to its ambitious app Mail and Calendar. Now screenshots released by Rafael Rivera, a known Windows enthusiast show some exciting changes in regards to this with Settings app is the next thing to get the taste of Fluent design together with a revamped UI that looks far more good than the current one.
The Personalization Settings with new Fluent design
New revamped UI
Pretty nice. Isn't it? And this much-expected change as Settings is a very important part of Windows that should have got the new UI ages ago in my opinion.

[Updated with Fall Creators update]Steps for fixing broken apps in Windows 10

With the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft introduced modern apps that are very different to traditional desktop apps.
Modern apps can only be installed via Microsoft store, that carries some advantages like:
Less malware risk (can only be Installed via store)
No running multiple apps at the same time.
Improved permissions
Good UI
However, these apps in many cases, do not work-the common issue being the apps close on the start screen itself. There can be many reasons for this and I am covering the resolutions for the same here:

Run the App troubleshooter

An app troubleshooter is a tool provided by Microsoft in the windows itself which identity and tries to fix the store app-related issues.
It is located in Control Panel>Troubleshooting>View all(left)>Windows store apps. You can open Control Panel by right clicking the start menu and selecting the same.

I have found it quite handy to identify the issues and fixing any permission related issues if there are present.

Reset an app individually

Starting with Windows 10 Anniversary update, you can reset an individual app using settings. This is quite handy when only one or two apps are not working. Here is the process for the same:
  • Open Settings app.
  • Navigate to System>Apps and features.
  • Select the app which doesn't work properly and click Advanced options just below.
Click Reset button in the next screen that opens.
This feature is only available after Anniversary update to Windows 10, aka 1607. This is not available in version 1507/1511 versions of Windows 10 released in July/November of 2015.

Run the Powershell Script to reinstall all applications

The next step, if app troubleshooter hasn't helped is using a Powershell script that installs all applications in Windows 10.The steps for it are here:
  • Open Start Menu and type powershell:It'll automatically start searching for the program and will show PowerShell in search results. Right-click on PowerShell and select "Run as Administrator" option.
  • Then Enter the following commands one by one:
    • reg delete “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\TileDataModel\Migration\TileStore” /va /f
    • get-appxpackage -packageType bundle |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + "\appxmetadata\appxbundlemanifest.xml")}
    • $bundlefamilies = (get-appxpackage -packagetype Bundle).packagefamilyname
    • get-appxpackage -packagetype main |? {-not ($bundlefamilies -contains $_.packagefamilyname)} |% {add-appxpackage -register -disabledevelopmentmode ($_.installlocation + "\appxmanifest.xml")}
You can either type the command carefully (note spaces) or directly copy and paste it in Powershell.
It might show you some progress in red.

Create a new user account

If the Powershell script is unable to make the apps working, the next step is to create a new user account and see if the apps work there.
First, create a local account:
1. Open Settings and click Accounts
2. Click on family and other users and select add someone else to this PC.
3. In the new window that opens, click The person doesn't have an email address at the bottom
4. Then click on Add a user without Microsoft account.
5. Enter the username and password you wish and click finish
6. The new user would be a standard account by default.To change it click Options and user type as shown:
If the apps work there, move your data from the old account to the new one and then delete the old account.

Do a Repair Install

If none of the Powershell or new user account helped, you would need to do re-install windows keeping your files, applications, and settings.
It requires an Installation media to download unless you have one. You can download it from here
Upgrade to Fall creators update Windows 10 or download Installation files
Download the Installation media according to your Edition(Home/pro or N or KN etc), language(The one on which the existing PC is, an ISO of EN-UK cannot upgrade a computer running EN-US) and architecture(32/64)
When the file is downloaded, double-click it to mount and click on setup.exe to start the reinstall.
Then click on next and your computer would restart. It would take some hours to complete. Further, read:
How to do a Repair Install to fix a broken windows 

Reset your PC

  1. If you can afford to remove your installed applications, do a reset that would keep all your files(you have the option to remove also)
  2. A reset removes all your applications and reinstalls the modern apps again.
  3. To do a reset, open Settings.
  4. Click Update and security.
  5. Under Recovery>Reset this PC, click get started.

Miscellaneous 

1. If you have a recent restore point, reverting back to it might also help you.
2. Keep windows updated.
Let me know if there are any other workarounds you know..

[Pro Tip] Manage bandwidth usage for downloading updates in Windows 10 Fall Creators update

A lot of users running Windows 10 use Internet connection which is limited either in time or data. For example, my secondary connection allows me to use a GB of data per day (LTE Network) and afterwards the speed is limited to some Kbps.
Windows 10 updates, be it the apps ones or Windows update ones are somewhat painful in these cases, especially when Windows 10 was introduced. There have been many refinements like the introduction of Active hours which allows you to download and install updates at specific hour frames and delivery optimization. Also, the Pro and Enterprise versions of windows offer more flexibility in controlling the updates as compared to home.But, for both Microsoft is listening to the feedback and is actively improving on improving the update experience.
The next step in this regard is managing bandwidth usage by Windows. With Fall Creators update, Microsoft has introduced a new feature in Windows that allows you to control how much bandwidth you dedicate to Windows background update services. You can dedicate a specific percentage to Windows update of the total bandwidth like 20 or 30 or 40 percent of the total bandwidth of your connection. For example, if your total bandwidth is 1 Mbps and you set the slider to 40, Windows would only be able to use 400Kbps of bandwidth for updates download. This feature is quite handy if you have a slow connection or have a limited data plan. Here is a screenshot in action:
To use this setting, Just head over to Settings>Update and security>Advanced options to get started.
This is what support page says specifically regarding this:
Bandwidth limits only apply to automatic Delivery Optimization updates, which are background downloads. 
This means updates would be affected by this change only. Time would tell how handy this feature is for the people.
Thanks to https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4040227/windows-10-set-bandwidth-limits-for-background-downloads for the tip.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators update using these options

Windows 10 Fall creator's update is the newest feature upgrade to Windows 10, which is available to Install for Windows 10 version 1703 and earlier. The primary method of delivery for this upgrade is through Windows update, but as it has to be delivered to millions of PCs, it might take some time to reach your device. The previous feature upgrade of version 1703 was available to all after 4 months of the Initial release. Installing the feature upgrade manually offers some advantages over getting it through Windows update-the most prominent ones being getting access to new features early+ Very fewer chances of updates getting failure at Install. There are a number of methods available that you can use to Install Windows 10 Fall Creators update manually. This article discusses all of them in detail.
Method 1: Using the upgrade assistant
The Redmond giant provides software which it names as Upgrade assistant which assists you in getting the most recent feature upgrade to Windows. It is available on the following page for download- Click Update now just below "We have noticed that you are using Windows 10":

Alternatively, use this direct download link:
A program of about 6 MB in size would subsequently be downloaded and run. This shows if your PC is up to date.
If an update is available which should be, it would ask you for confirmation about Installation. Click on update now to get started.



After you click update now, you would be greeted with a download progress screen. Rest of the work would be done by Windows itself.
After the download, the PC would ask you for when to restart your computer to initiate the Install. A few restarts and you are done! When you get to the desktop for the first time you would notice the same assistant pops up and Thanks you for Installing the latest feature update to Windows 10.

Method 2-Using the Media creation tool
The Media Creation tool, as the name suggests is used for creating Installation media of Windows 10. Originally designed for upgrading Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10, the tool still holds works excellently to upgrade to the latest feature upgrade. I feel that this is more efficient than the Upgrade assistant. Media creation tool offers 2 options:
  • Downloading the Installation media for future purposes and doing a clean Install.
  • A more automatic option to let the computer upgrade.
Download: 
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209 
A bonus thing would be to re-verify the version number of the Tool. It should be 10.0.16299. A tool having the version number of 10.0.15063 or something else would download the ISO of that corresponding build.

To use the first option, which automatically upgrades your system, choose to Upgrade this PC now. This is a more automated process and Windows should automatically upgrade your system. After some time and few restarts, you would be greeted with Windows 10 Fall creators update.
It would download the Installation media first and then Install the feature upgrade.
For more advanced users
This method would allow you to keep an Installation media for future purposes if you want to do a clean Install. Following steps are what you need to do for the upgrade.
Choose Option 2 in Media creation tool-download Installation media for another PC.
If you wish to upgrade the same PC, make sure the checkbox at the bottom which says "Use recommended option for this PC" is checked. Click on Next afterwards.

  • Then select ISO file on the screen which says Choose which media to use.Click on Next.
  • Save the ISO to any other drive and click OK in the path chooser dialog box. The ISO download should begin.
  • When the ISO download finishes, navigate to the ISO file location from file explorer and open it. It should mount as a virtual drive as shown here:

  • Open the virtual drive and launch setup.exe named file, it would start preparing:

  • The next step is checking for updates. Getting updates doesn’t harm, but the Problem is if your WU engine is having issues then it is recommended to skip this step.

  • Accept the license terms.
 
  •  Confirm your Edition to be upgraded and keeping things. Click on next.



  • Then Windows starts Installing.


  • After some restarts, you would be greeted with Fall creators update.
Directly download the ISO
Downloading an ISO directly from Microsoft isn't that easy, you need to do some effort to get the ISO from the website.
Microsoft only recommends using Media Creation tool for downloading the ISO. For systems running Windows as an OS, you would never get an option to download ISO file through your browser.(It used to be a while ago, but not.) However, for other OS like Mac or Linux, the software download page would allow you to download the ISO through your web browser. The reason is clear- Media creation tool doesn’t work in other OSes. When you pretend that you are not running Windows on the Software Download page, you get options to download the ISO. How to pretend? Just by changing the user agent in the browser. The following are the steps:

STEP 1:
Open the following page in any browser. I am writing the steps for Google Chrome.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
After the page opens, click F12 to open developer tools. This is what it looks like:
Click on Device toolbar-the second one from the left to open device. On the above horizontal options, you get-Change the Device to anything that is not Windows related. Here I have chosen iPad. Change the visibility percentage to 100. An image says a thousand words:



Now you need to just reload the page to get ISO download options.  Select the Edition to get started:
You then get an option to download the ISO. Select Windows 10 for home and pro version of the OS. 

Choose the language and Architecture afterwards. Click on the file appropriate for your architecture.
So the download should begin afterwards. The links are valid for 24 hours only, so you need to complete the download in 24 hours.
When the ISO completes, head over to Method 2 from File Explorer step to upgrade.
Steps in Edge are also nearly the same which is cleared by this screen grab:


These 3 methods can help getting Windows 10 Fall creators update. If the system afterwards is stable and you do not wish to go back, you can free up space from your system by deleting the older OS stored in Windows.old:
To remove the older windows Installation that would be removed automatically after 10 days you can see this article(the bottom section).

Windows 10 Fall Creators update to launch Today


Today is a very big day for Windows 10. Microsoft is about to launch the fourth major upgrade to Windows 10, called the Fall Creators update. Fall Creators update was announced by Microsoft in April 2017 at the build conference-called as the second major upgrade in Creator series that offers tools to enhance your creativity.
There are a number of major changes coming up with the upgrade, though not big as there were in Anniversary update for Windows 10 but still, this upgrade has a lot to offer. My favourite feature is OneDrive Files on demand that makes you browse Onedrive without actually downloading the files.
You can get the full feature list here:
http://www.yourwindowsguide.com/2017/08/complete-list-of-changes-coming-with.html
Windows 10 Fall Creators update also is a major step in introducing Fluent design for Windows. This Fluent design too was discussed by Microsoft at Build 2017. Creators update and Fall Creators update are foundations for it, with Microsoft introducing more in the later releases.
As usual launching today would not mean all of the version 1703 ones would get it today itself. The rollout would be starting today and Microsoft may put the brakes if they found any issues with the upgrade like the ones found in Creators update.
To upgrade to Windows 10 Creators update, you can use one of the following options as in the following article:
See also:
Upgrade to Fall Creators update manually(Link to be activated soon)

What is new in Fall Creators update?

The latest build of Windows 10, Fall Creators update is releasing tomorrow. For those who don't know, Fall Creators update is the next major upgrade to Windows 10 due to release to production in October. Microsoft has finalized the RTM and moved to Redstone 4 for development branch so there would be no new features from now on.The Bugs are being fixed with Cumulative updates. Here is a list of Significant changes introduced with Creators update:

Shell and Explorer

  • New design language called Fluent design which offers more clarity and offers streamlined experience across all applications including UWP. 
  • New experience for Windows Shell elements(integrated Fluent) including Start and the Action center.
  • Files On Demand is back 
  • New One Drive files on demand feature that allows you to access your Onedrive files in explorer without downloading it. See here for details.
  • New My People app.
  • New Spatial sound and power throttling option for taskbar icons
  • Share option is now renamed to Give access to when we right click a file.
  • New Context menu options for WiFi and Ethernet flyout.

Microsoft Edge

  • EPUB Files improvements:
    • You can now see a table of contents for the file.
    • You can now ink on the files and highlight important parts.
    • Improved reading experience.
    • Annotation is now supported.
    • Readaloud mode that also supports other PDFs along with EPUB files.
  • You can edit the URL of a favourite.
  • New Share page option available at the top right.
  • Inactive tabs would have a transparent icon.
  • Acrylic design is integrated.
  • Under the hood reliability improvements including introduction of WDAG for websites you visit.
  • New Full Screen mode.
  • Now you can Pin your favourites to Taskbar.

Settings

  • Dedicated Cortana Settings in Settings app.
  • Continued integration of Control Panel into settings.
  • New Right sidebar that offers help everywhere in Settings.
  • New Video Playback options in System category.
  • Settings area to link your Android or iOS phone with Windows.
  • New settings for Controlling your PC using your eyes.
  • Storage sense improvements.
  • Updates improvements:
    • Individual progress indicator for Updates.
    • Improved delivery optimization to get updates from local network.
    • If an update fails, Windows will use a plain text string to describe the error that was encountered. 
  • New Magnifier settings page.
  • Updated About page in System gets information from Windows defender that shows your system health.
  • New Remote access settings in System options.
  • Set defaults by app replaces traditional control panel page.
  • Updated network connection properties page.

Input Improvements

  • New Touch keyboard that provides an improved experience from previous ones.
  • Emoji 5.0 Support.
  • Scrolling is now possible with Pen.
  • New Emoji panel.

Micellaneous

  • New revert back option for Hyper V Machines to revert Machine at a previous point of time.
  • You can now disable lock screen using GPO(only pro versions of Windows 10)
  • New Power throttling feature that lets background apps to use less resources.
  • Windows defender icon in the taskbar now opens Windows defender security center.
  • New Icon in Settings for Windows Insider program.
  • Windows subsystem for linux doesn't require development mode to be ON.
  • Improvements to accessibility tools including magnifier, On Screen keyboard etc.
  • Task Manager now shows GPU usage as well in Performance tab.
  • Controlled folder access option in Windows defender that protects your data from Malware.
  • A new option has been added to Cortana to enable or disable showing your cloud content in the search results
  • New Option to reset your Microsoft account password from the login page itself.
  • New option to finish setting up device after a reset/Clean  Install.
  • You can use your eye to control your PC using some specific company hardware.
  • Improvements to color of console to give it a more modern look.
  • No screensaver options from now on in Themes.
  • New OpenType variable font Bahnschrift.
  • Gamebar now supports turning On/OFF Game mode.
  • New Story remix feature.
KB4043961 now available for Build 16299 Redstone 3

KB4043961 now available for Build 16299 Redstone 3

The Windows Insider team is now in preparation of delivering builds of Redstone 4 branch to public, giving the Torch of Windows 10 Redstone 3 builds to the servicing team. From now on, the servicing team of Windows 10 would work on this build to fix Windows bugs, reported by users and found by their teams. 
Earlier Microsoft shipped 16299.15 that brought a number of changes to the OS which can be seen here, and going one step forward the team has released a minor cumulative update KB4043961 to Build 16299.15 that jumps the build number to 16299.19. The following changes are introduced:
  • Addressed issue where, after removing apps, they’re reinstalled on every restart, logoff, and login.
  • Addressed issue where localization of the error output from a JET database is broken. Only English error strings are reported.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Windows TPM, Windows NTLM, Device Guard, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Wireless Networking, Microsoft Windows DNS, Windows Server, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and the Windows SMB Server .
No direct download links yet, but hope to be up soon. 

Microsoft pushes Build 16299.15 to the Release preview ring

Microsoft is finalizing Windows 10 Fall Creators update to public release which is due 7 days from now, i.e. 17th Oct 2017. Build 16299 was the last Redstone 3 build released to Insiders from the same branch, with the subsequent release of Build 16299.15 to the Fast ring and subsequently to slow ring as well. With the release of .15 cumulative update, it was made sure that 16299 build would be the public stable build that would be released to the public as Fall Creators update.

Now one step forward, Microsoft has shipped 16299.15 to the release preview ring. A Twitter post by the Windows Insider program confirms the same:
Microsoft has updated the original blog post with the following announcement:
As part of final preparations for the general availability of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17th, we have begun releasing Build 16299.15 to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring. If you are in the Release Preview ring and don’t see this build offered yet – be patient as it will be rolling out over the course of the next few days to everyone in the Release Preview ring.
The original blog can be found here.
See also:
Windows 10 RS3 Build 16299 released for slow ring
Windows 10 16299 released for Fast ring Insiders
[October Cumulative updates] Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions

[October Cumulative updates] Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions


The Fall Creators update is pretty close for roll out to public and Microsoft is giving its final touches to make it bug-free as much as they can, but it isn't stopping them from releasing cumulative updates to Windows 10. Microsoft on Patch Tuesday released updates to every production version of Windows 10. The cumulative updates are primarily meant for bug fixing in the current OS. Here are some more things discussed in detail about the updates version by version.

Windows 10 version 1703(Creators update)

For the latest stable version of Windows 10, Microsoft has shipped KB4041676 that jumps the build number to 15063.674. The last update released had a version number of 15063.642. The fixes list, in fact, is very long:
  • Addressed issue where some UWP and Centennial apps show a gray icon and display the error message "This app can't open" on launch.
  • Addressed reliability issue that causes the AppReadiness service to stop working.
  • Addressed issue where applications that use the Silverlight map stack stop working.
  • Addressed issue where VSync prevents devices from entering Panel Self Refresh mode, which can lead to reduced battery life.
  • Addressed issue where user customizations (like pinned tiles) made to an enforced partial Start layout are lost when upgrading to Windows 10 1703.
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT caused the linker (link.exe) to stop working for large projects.
  • Addressed issue that prevents Windows Error Reporting from saving error reports in a temporary folder that is recreated with incorrect permissions. Instead, the temporary folder is inadvertently deleted.
  • Addressed issue where the MSMQ performance counter (MSMQ Queue) may not populate queue instances when the server hosts a clustered MSMQ role.
  • Addressed issue with the token broker where it was leaking a token that caused sessions to remain allocated after logoff.
  • Addressed issue where Personal Identity Verification (PIV) smart card PINs are not cached on a per-application basis. This caused users to see the PIN prompt multiple times in a short time period; normally, the PIN prompt only displays once.
  • Addressed issue where using the Cipher.exe /u tool to update Data Recovery Agent (DRA) encryption keys fails unless user certification encryption already exists on the machine.
  • Addressed issue where using AppLocker to block a Modern app fails. This issue occurs only with Modern apps that come pre-installed with Windows.
  • Addressed issue with form submissions in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with the rendering of a graphics element in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that prevents an element from receiving focus in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with the docking and undocking of Internet Explorer windows.
  • Addressed issue caused by a pop-up window in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where a Vendor API deleted data unexpectedly.
  • Addressed issue where using the Robocopy utility to copy a SharePoint document library, which is mounted as a drive letter, fails to copy files. However, in this scenario, Robocopy will copy folders successfully.
  • Addressed issue where MDM USB restrictions did not disable the USB port as expected.
  • Addressed issue where creating an iSCSI session on a new OS installation may result in the "Initiator instance does not exist" error when attempting to connect to a target.
  • Addressed issue where connecting to RDS applications published using Azure App Proxy fails. The error message is, “Your computer can’t connect to the Remote Desktop Gateway server. Contact your network administrator for assistance”. The error can occur when the RDP cookie size limit is exceeded. This update increased the size of the RDP cookie limit.
  • Addressed issue where USBHUB.SYS randomly causes memory corruption that results in random system crashes that are extremely difficult to diagnose.
  • Addressed issue that affects the download of some games from the Microsoft Store during the pre-order phase. Download fails with the error code 0x80070005, and the device attempts to restart the download from the beginning.
  • Addressed issue where the ServerSecurityDescriptor registry value does not migrate when you upgrade to Windows 10 1703. As a result, users might not be able to add a printer using the Citrix Print Manager service. Additionally, they might not be able to print to a client redirected printer, a Citrix universal print driver, or a network printer driver using the Citrix universal print driver.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Windows Search Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel, Microsoft Edge, Windows Authentication, Windows TPM, Device Guard, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Windows DNS, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and the Windows SMB Server.
 The Known issues include the following:
  • Microsoft Edge and other apps might be reverted to the English language for Czech and Arabic languages. Microsoft is working on a resolution.
  • Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated. You can try disabling USCI in BIOS/UEFI.
The support page for this update can be found here. To download this update, you can either head over to Windows update or use the Direct Download links:
Download KB4041676 for 32 bit(x86) 
Download KB4041676 for 64 bit(x64)

Windows 10 version 1607(Anniversary update)

For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4041691 that jumps build number to 14393.1770. The following changes are introduced with this update
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT caused the linker (link.exe) to stop working for large projects.
  • Addressed issue with form submissions in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with rendering a graphics element in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with docking and undocking Internet Explorer windows.
  • Addressed issue caused by a pop-up window in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where a vendor API deleted data unexpectedly.
  • Addressed issue where SD propagation stops working when you manually trigger Security Descriptor propagation (SDPROP) by setting the RootDse attribute FixupInheritance to 1. After setting this attribute, SD propagation and permissions changes made on Active Directory objects don't propagate to child objects. No errors are logged.
  • Addressed access violation in LSASS that occurs during startup of domain controller role conditions. A race condition causes the violation when account management calls occur while the database is refreshing internal metadata. A password reset or change is one of the management calls that may trigger this problem.
  • Addressed issue where USBHUB.SYS randomly causes memory corruption that results in random system crashes that are extremely difficult to diagnose.
  • Addressed issue where the ServerSecurityDescriptor registry value does not migrate when you upgrade to Windows 10 1607. As a result, users might not be able to add a printer using the Citrix Print Manager service. Additionally, they might not be able to print to a client redirected printer, a Citrix universal print driver, or a network printer driver using the Citrix universal print driver.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Windows Search Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel, Microsoft Edge, Windows Authentication, Windows TPM, Device Guard, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Windows DNS, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and the Windows SMB Server.
The known issues list is quite long as well:
  •  After installing this update, downloading updates using express installation files may fail. The workaround is listed on the support page.
  • After installing a delta update package, the KB numbers appear twice under Installed Updates. This issue doesn't occur when you install a full update package.Microsoft is working on it.
  • After installing KB4041691, package users may see an error dialog that indicates that an application exception has occurred when closing some applications. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. The failure only occurs when a process is already shutting down and will not impact application functionality.
The support page can be found here. To download this update, you might head over to Windows update or use these links
KB4041691 for Windows 10 1607 32 bit(X86) 
KB4041691 for Windows 10 1607 64 bit(X64)

Windows 10 version 1511

For Windows 10 version 1511, Microsoft has shipped  KB4041689 that brings the build number to 15063.1176. This would probably be the last cumulative update shipped by Microsoft for this version as it has reached the end of support. Following fixes are introduced by this update:
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT _splitpath was not handling multibyte strings correctly, which caused apps to fail when accessing multibyte filenames.
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT caused the linker (link.exe) to stop working for large projects.
  • Addressed issue where the MSMQ performance counter (MSMQ Queue) may not populate queue instances when the server hosts a clustered MSMQ role.
  • Addressed issue with the Lock Workstation policy for smart cards where, in some cases, the system doesn’t lock when you remove the smart card.
  • Addressed issue where, when using Conditional Access with Azure Active Directory, authentication fails.
  • Addressed issue with form submissions in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where messages that should be in a non-English language display in English in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where USBHUB.SYS randomly causes memory corruption that results in random system crashes that are extremely difficult to diagnose.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Windows Search Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel, Microsoft Edge, Windows Authentication, Windows TPM, Microsoft PowerShell, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Windows DNS, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Device Guard, and the Windows SMB Server.
The support page is here. To download this update you can either head over to Windows update or use the following direct download links.
Download KB4041689 for Windows 10 X86 
Download KB4041689 for Windows 10 X64

Windows 10 version 1507

The RTM version of Windows 10 is still getting updates. Microsoft has released KB4042895 that jumps the build number to 10240.17643. The following changes are introduced with this update:
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT _splitpath was not handling multibyte strings correctly, which caused apps to fail when accessing multibyte filenames.
  • Addressed issue where the Universal CRT caused the linker (link.exe) to stop working for large projects.
  • Addressed issue where the MSMQ performance counter (MSMQ Queue) may not populate queue instances when the server hosts a clustered MSMQ role.
  • Addressed issue with the Lock Workstation policy for smart cards where, in some cases, the system doesn’t lock when you remove the smart card.
  • Addressed issue with form submissions in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with URL encoding in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that prevents an element from receiving focus in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with the docking and undocking of Internet Explorer windows.
  • Addressed issue with the rendering of a graphics element in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue caused by a pop-up window in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where USBHUB.SYS randomly causes memory corruption that results in random system crashes that are extremely difficult to diagnose.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Windows Search Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel, Microsoft Edge, Windows Authentication, Windows TPM, Device Guard, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Windows DNS, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Microsoft JET Database Engine, and the Windows SMB Server.
There is a known issue with this update
  • After installing KB4042895, package users may see an error dialog that indicates that an application exception has occurred when closing some applications. This can affect applications that use mshtml.dll to load web content. The failure only occurs when a process is already shutting down and will not impact application functionality.
The support page can be found here. You can head over to Windows update or use the following direct download links.
KB4042895 for 32 bit systems
KB4042895 for 64 bit systems