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. 
[Download Issue fixed] New build 17017 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

[Download Issue fixed] New build 17017 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

Microsoft is just some days away from releasing Fall Creators update to public, and 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 4th Insider build for both Skip ahead and Fast ring Insiders build 17017, which brings a number of changes. Here is what is new:

What's new

  • Cortana Collections: Cortana now remembers collections from a specific app, lets say Music list.
  • Simplified Actions between Action center and Cortana.
  • The startup tab of the task manager has been moved to Settings>Apps>Startup.

Fixes and Improvements

  • [Fixed] an issue a small percent of Insiders were experiencing where uninstalled apps might unexpectedly reinstall after a reboot.
  • [Fixed]an issue where wallpaper changes might not roam to devices on the Windows 10 Creators Update with “Sync your settings” enabled.
  • [Fixed]an issue from the previous flight where Storage Settings would crash on launch.
  • [Fixed] an issue where changing time zones would result in the lock screen clock being incorrect until logging out and back in.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the Action Center wouldn’t scroll with touch if you started the scrolling motion on top of a notification.
  • If a notification doesn’t support being dismissed into the Action Center, the toast will now show an X instead of an arrow.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the touch keyboard might unexpectedly auto launch after a system restart on non-touch PCs if you’d used the touch keyboard prior to restarting.
  • Updated the language settings icon in the input flyout to be consistent with that used in the touch keyboard.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the “2” character wasn’t rendering correctly in some apps when using the Courier New font.
  • [Fixed]an issue where duplicate icons might be displayed in the Volume Mixer when playing certain games or online videos.
  • [Fixed]an issue causing reduced performance in some DirectX 9 games running at high framerates. If you’re a fan of gaming, please take a moment to try playing your favorite games on this build and share feedback.
  • [Fixed]an issue where certain graphics drivers might result in night light displaying with unexpected colors when enabled in recent builds.
  • Going forward from this build, the settings to disable hibernate and Fast Startup will be preserved across upgrade.
  • [Fixed] an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC.
  • [Fixed]an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recent flights where you might see code 0x80070002 when trying to update apps from the Store.
  • [Fixed] an issue where Hyper-V couldn’t create a VM on 3rd party network storage.
  • [Fixed] an issue where for the first few minutes after clean installing a non-English build many inbox app names might unexpectedly appear with English app names.
  • [Fixed] an issue where gaming apps using WebView with heavy use of HTML canvas might have unexpectedly had very low FPS in recent flights.

More Information

You can head over to Windows updates to download the build. More information is available here:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider preview build 17017

Update: The error in downloading this build has been fixed as of 21:20 PDT. 

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

[Believe me] Microsoft Edge is coming to Android and iOS

With Windows 10 release in 2015, Microsoft introduced a new browser Microsoft Edge and  dumped its twenty-year-old browser Internet Explorer. The software giant had a lot of ambitions with this browser-the first and foremost being the most used browser in some years. For those who don't know, Microsoft Edge is essentially a UWP app that offers a greater degree of security and many other benefits.
 A whole new engine was developed called ChakraCore that meant the browser was developed from scratch, which has many benefits like Faster browsing with optimal usage of resources. They also showed up some tests that allege Edge is one of the fastest browsers together with the minimal use of resources against its competitors.
While the ambition of making it the most popular browser shows up not like being fulfilled in near future, but the company is continually revising its strategies so that more and more people use its browser. The latest decision of Microsoft says they are making available Edge to iOS and Android, starting today. Previously Edge was exclusive only for Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile.
A blog post by Joe Belifore explained how everything would work. For iOS, it is available from today but Android users like me need to wait. First of all you need to get into the Insider program and join Microsoft Edge Insider preview. Please note to join the Insider preview, you need to be running an Insider build. I was thrown the following error when I tried to join the waitlist on Android:
This comes in accordance with what MS said at build 2017. Microsoft is continually improving cross-device experience-as their own OS is almost dead, they need to make apps available on iOS and Android both of which have the greatest share of Mobile OS.
I would be reviewing MS Edge for Android as soon as it gets.

Windows 10 build 16299 gets a cumulative update, signals being RTM for fall Creators update

Microsoft is currently giving final touches to Windows 10 Redstone 3 builds. After releasing many builds consecutively within 2 weeks, the build iteration is currently stopped with 16299 being the last. 16299 was released to fast and slow rings last week and this week Microsoft has shipped a cumulative update that jumps the build number to 16299.15.
Dona Sarkar has also tweeted about this, saying the servicing begins with this cumulative update:
So this makes the fact pretty sure that 16299 is the build which would be released to the public as Fall Creators update. There is no full changelog available yet, but the change that can be seen is the removal of Watermark with the expiry date. I would be updating more as soon as I get the details.
The build 16299 changelog can be seen here:
Windows 10 build 16299 released



Windows 10 build 16299 releases to fast ring Insiders from RS3 branch

Windows 10 build 16299 releases to fast ring Insiders from RS3 branch

After releasing Redstone 2 aka creators update to the public, the focus now shifts to the builds from next Insider branch, widely called Redstone 3. Now, Microsoft has released 23nd Redstone 3 build 16299 to the public today(Yes today, though they said no builds). Redstone 3 builds are almost feature complete, so expect no new features. The development team is now focused on stabilizing builds.

Fixes and Improvements

  • [Fixed] an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC.
  • [Fixed] an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails.
Read more here:
This update would be available via Windows update as always.

Microsoft releases new cumulative updates for version 1607 and 1703 versions

Microsoft releases new cumulative updates for version 1607 and 1703 versions

Microsoft's top execs are busy at MS Ignite in Florida, but that isn't preventing the Software giant to ship updates for its products. Following the 2 updates per month policy, Microsoft released updates to the most common Windows 10 versions-Version 1703 and 1607. Let us discuss them in detail.

Windows 10 version 1703

The almost old Windows 10 1703 version had a patch issued KB4040724 that jumps the build number to 15063.632. The previous update was released on Patch Tuesday this month. Update is available via Windows update and Manually from the catalog as well. The following changes have been introduced:
  • Reliability improvements and fixes for cellular connectivity.
  • Addressed issue in Microsoft Edge where on first launch after installing KB4038788, or periodically thereafter, users may observe performance issues or unresponsiveness until the next launch of the browser.
There is a known issue present however, which says Czech and Arabic languages would have Edge in English.
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To download this update you can use the following links:
For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4038801 that jumps the build number to 14393.1737. The following changes have been introduced:
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue with the Lock Workstation setting for smart cards where, in some cases, the system doesn’t lock when the smart card is removed.
  • Addressed issue where saving a credential with an empty password to Credential Manager causes the system to stop working when attempting to use the credential.
  • Addressed issue where an access token is improperly closed from a WMI query.
  • Addressed issue where the size of a cloned file was improperly calculated by ReFS.
  • Addressed error STOP 0x44 in Npfs!NpFsdDirectoryControl.
  • Addressed error 0x1_SysCallNum_71_nt!KiSystemServiceExitPico.
This update is available via Windows update and catalog. You can use the following links to get it manually.
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That is it for this month, you can always check our website for regular updates. In case if the updates fail at restart, see the following articles:

Microsoft is renaming Store to Microsoft Store

Store, an Important part of Windows 10 that allows you to download UWP Applications is being continuously revised by Microsoft to provide a better user experience. Microsoft Since the RTM has changed the User Experience many times. Recently, the Software giant integrated Fluent design as well. Now the next revision is here, Microsoft is renaming the Store.
Microsoft is releasing an update to the machines on release preview ring for the Store, that renames it to Microsoft store and brings a new Icon in the taskbar and Start. Though there are no new changes inside, the update just brings the name update and Icon change. This is currently limited to Insiders specifically release preview ring which would be first getting the fall Creators update soon.
Thanks to WinCentral and @Christoph_fer
It is worth noting that the online version of the Store is also called Microsoft store that lets you install apps on your device if it is connected to your MS account.
There is nothing about it Microsoft has said, and we hope soon they will say it soon.

Credits: Windows Central
New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

As the Windows 10 Redstone 3 is almost feature complete, Microsoft has started releasing more builds to slow ring. In this context Build 16278 was released to slow ring last week.
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 available the ISOs for clean Install. Same is the case here. Microsoft has released ISOs of Build 16251 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.
See also:
New Build of Windows 10 Insider for fast ring now available

[September Updates] New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

[September Updates] New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

Patch Tuesday is back so are we. Yesterday, Microsoft shipped updates to every version of Windows. Let us discuss them one by one:

Windows 10 v1703

Microsoft released KB4038788 that jumps the build number from 15063.540 to 15063.608. For those who don't know, the last update to this version was shipped on August Patch Tusday. There are loads of changes which are:
  • Addressed issue where the color profiles do not revert to the user-specified settings after playing a full-screen game.
  • Updated HDR feature to be turned off by default in the OS.
  • Addressed issue where you can't open the Start menu when you add a third-party IME.
  • Addressed issue with scanners that rely on inbox driver support.
  • Addressed issue in a Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature to allow headsets to work correctly.
  • Addressed issue where some machines fail to load wireless WAN devices when they resume from Sleep.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Addressed issue where revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS is leaking large amounts of memory.
  • Addressed issue where enabling encryption using syskey.exe renders the system unbootable.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue where saving a credential with an empty password to Credential Manager causes the system to crash when attempting to use that credential.
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue with the EMIE where Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer repeatedly switched between each other.
  • Addressed issue where a device may stop responding for several minutes and then stop working with error 0x9F (SYSTEM_POWER_STATE_FAILURE) when a USB network adapter is attached.
  • Addressed issue where some apps cannot be opened because the IPHlpSvc service stops responding during the Windows boot procedure.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe stops working.
  • Addressed issue where the Get-AuthenticodeSignature cmdlet does not list TimeStamperCertificate even though the file is time stamped.
  • Addressed issue where, after upgrading to Windows 10, users may experience long delays when running applications hosted on Windows Server 2008 SP2.
  • Addressed RemoteApp display issues that occur when you minimize and restore a RemoteApp to full-screen mode.
  • Addressed issue that sometimes causes Windows File Explorer to stop responding and causes the system to stop working.
  • Addressed issue that causes the Export-StartLayout cmdlet to fail when exporting the layout of tiles at startup.
  • Addressed issue where the option to join Azure AAD is sometimes unavailable during the out-of-box experience.
  • Addressed issue where clicking the buttons on Windows Action Center notifications results in no action being taken.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Device Guard, Windows TPM, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, and Windows Virtualization.
Known Issues
Installing KB4038788 may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
Support Page: For more information you can head over to this page.
To download this update, you can head over to Windows update and initiate. The following direct download links are available as well.

Windows 10 version 1607

For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, KB4038782 is available that jumps the build number to 14393.1715. The previous update was released after Patch Tuesday. Following are the changes introduced with this update:
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where graphics render incorrectly.
  • Addressed issue where some Windows clients receive a 0xc0000005 ACCESS_VIOLATION error when trying to install drivers.
  • Addressed issue where a race condition may cause a blue screen on the server when Windows Server uses IPSec.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer sometimes fails to display webpages correctly when a user installs Windows with the CopyProfile unattend setting.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Windows scripting, Device Guard, Windows TPM, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, and the Windows DHCP Server.
To download this update, you can either use windows update or the following direct download Links:

Windows 10 v1511 

 November update to Windows 10 is still being supported by Microsoft. It has got KB4038783 which jumps the build number to 10586.1106. The fixes are:

  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe crashes.
  • Addressed issue where using a smart card to log on to a Remote Desktop Server sometimes stops responding.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue where a service using a Managed Service Account (MSA) fails to connect to the domain after an automatic password update.
  • Addressed issue where revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS deadlocks with the Server Message Block 2.0 (SMB 2.0) client redirector. All attempts to log on to a Remote Desktop Server fail.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Re-release of MS16-087 - Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hyper-V, Device Guard, Windows kernel, Windows Virtualization and Base, Windows Cryptography, Windows scripting, Microsoft Edge, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.
You can download this update from Windows update or use the following links:

 Windows 10 v1507

The original Windows 10-though called as unsupported by Microsoft is still getting updates though. It has got KB4038781 which jumps the build number to 10240.17609. Following is the changelog:
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe crashes.
  • Addressed issue where using a smart card to log on to a Remote Desktop Server sometimes stops responding.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue where a service using a Managed Service Account (MSA) fails to connect to the domain after an automatic password update.
  • Addressed issue where revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS deadlocks with the Server Message Block 2.0 (SMB 2.0) client redirector. All attempts to log on to a Remote Desktop Server fail.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting does not clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hyper-V, Device Guard, Windows kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Scripting, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.
Download: You can head over to Windows update or use the following links:
That is it for this month, you can always check our website for regular updates. In case if the updates fail at restart, see the following articles: