KB3201845 for Windows10 v1607 now available for production ring

KB3201845 for Windows10 v1607 now available for production ring

Recently, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 release preview ring Insiders, which was discussed here. The KB number of the update is KB3201845 and the build number is 14393.479. We now have the changelog as well, which is discussed here:

  • Improved the reliability of mobile device management (MDM) disenrollment, Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Peripheral Component Interface and PowerShell.
  • Addressed issue that causes excessive battery drain if you have a Chinese Input Method Editor installed and use Windows Hello to log in.
  • Addressed issue with OLE drag and drop that prevents users from downloading a SharePoint document library as a file.
  • Addressed issue with Super Floppy-formatted fixed media devices that are not recognized by Windows 10 Anniversary Update or accessible in Windows Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that causes the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) client to fail installation when a device is re-imaged using the SCCM task sequence.
  • Addressed issue that causes the loss of optional component (OC) state information, including all Hyper-V virtual machines, after upgrade.
  • Addressed issue that causes Windows Explorer to display information that’s inconsistent with what’s stored on the Floppy disk.
  • Addressed issue that, after connecting a shared CD/DVD-hosted drive with no media inserted, causes some of the commands, like DIR and NET USE, to hang.
  • Addressed issue where customers cannot use directory cache sizes greater than 64 KB.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Explorer sometimes does not prompt for credentials when a user logs on using a Microsoft account.
  • Addressed additional issues with application compatibility and Internet Explorer

Direct links:

As this update is for stable release, direct download links are also available:

Also see:
[Finally] Microsoft update catalog updated, now can be used on any browser
Windows 10 Insider build 14986 for fast ring available now

Windows 10 Insider build 14986 for fast ring available now

After the release of Anniversary update to Windows 10 last month, the focus now shifts to builds from newer development branch internally known as RS2 or redstone 2..
Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider preview build 14986 for Windows insiders in fast ring which comes from Redstone 2 branch. This is the 13th Redstone 2 build, the first one being 14901.
Some new features have started coming and more are expected soon.

What's new 

  • Cortana now is more smart-Can reduce the volume and shutdowns the computer. Also music playback is also supported.
  • A new look for cortana at the lock screen
  • 19 Games now support  full screen game bar. Game bar allows recording a game or capture a screenshot.
  • 3 new extensions for Microsoft Edge- Read and write, Ebates, Truekey.
  • New Windows defender dashboard in the form of UWP.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Improvements to Windows Update experience.
  • Improvements to Narrator app.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink experience.
  • Improvements to Chinese and Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Changed the default state of the Handwriting Panel to be floating next to the text field, rather than docked at the bottom of the screen. If you prefer docked-mode, you can still select it by tapping the icon in the top right corner of the Handwriting Panel.
  • Improved the Windows Hello face which may require you to "Improve Recognition" to get recognized again. To do this go to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Options and under "Windows Hello" and "Face Recognition", select "Improve Recognition" to go through the Improve Recognition wizard.
  • You'll notice that the settings to change save locations has moved to its own page in Settings. Also fixed an issue where Storage Usage for the Other category might show an unexpectedly high number.
  • Updated the full screen Settings search results to now use smaller icons.
  • For Insiders with PCs that upgraded to builds 14926-14959, some default power settings may have been lost and not recovered on subsequent upgrades. The effect of this causes devices to potentially use more power, change the power button behavior on tablets, etc. Starting with 14986, an attempt to detect this issue and re-apply the power settings will be made during upgrade. This attempt is a temporary process to help address this issue for Insiders, and will be removed once closer to the Creators Update release.
  • Updated Windows Error Reporting logic so that uploading crash data should no longer interfere with online game play, video streaming, Skype calls, or other network-intensive activity.
  • [Fixed] Issue where using ~ to switch languages using the Thai keyboard when typing in Office apps, such as Outlook or Word 2016, might sometimes result in a hang.
  • [Fixed] Issue where double-clicking on an Excel document to open it from File Explorer would crash Microsoft Excel.
  • [Fixed]Issue where Windows Hello might get stuck "Looking for you".
  • [Fixed] Issue Insiders with Surface Dial may have experienced recently where rotating the Dial could result in unexpected beeps.
  • A number of translation improvements, including for Chinese speakers fixing a translation error in the dialog that appears when installing multiple fonts at once, as well as one in Settings > System > Battery.
  • [Fixed]  Issue where the PowerShell entry in File Explorer's File menu would sometimes be unexpectedly greyed out.
  • [Fixed]  Issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout in the taskbar wouldn't launch when the display language was set to Chinese (Traditional) and the system was using the phonetic sorting method.
  • [Fixed]  Issue where some notifications might draw too high or too low, and then be seen moving itself to the correct position.
  • [Fixed] Issue where the outline incoming notification toasts could still be seen if notification banners as a whole for that particular app had been turned off.
  • [Fixed]  Issue Insiders may have experienced where the Favorites bar on desktop might appear empty, despite having items in the Favorites folder.
  • [Fixed]  Issue that could result in CPU throttling when idling on certain webpages with many gifs or looping videos in Microsoft Edge.
  • [Fixed] Issue that could result in Alt + D sometimes not being able to set focus to the address bar in Microsoft Edge.
  • [Fixed]Issue resulting in Microsoft Studios games like Microsoft Sudoku, Jigsaw, Minesweeper, Taptiles, and Treasure Hunt potentially freezing at the splash screen on launch.
  • [Fixed]Issue where, if the taskbar location was set to be on top, it was visible on the Welcome screens after upgrading.

Known Issues

  • Using keyboard monitor hotkeys to adjust brightness won't work as expected. Desired brightness change could be done via the Action Center or by going to Settings -> System -> Display.
  • You may see a popup "Catastrophic Error" dialog when opening OneDrive folders. If you do, the workaround is to open an elevated Command Prompt or PowerShell window and enter "attrib -O <path to OneDrive failure that resulted in the error dialog>".
  • DirectAccess may not working for some users.
  • When using Microsoft Edge with Narrator, you may hear "No item in view" or silence when tabbing or using other navigation commands. You can use Alt + Tab when this happens to move focus away from and back to the Edge browser and then Narrator will read as expected.
  • Hey Cortana, play <blah> on <AppName> doesn't work immediately after installing the app. Wait 5 minutes for indexer to kick in and try again.
  • Currently, the Windows Defender dashboard is primarily aimed at providing some minimal read-only status for Antivirus/Firewall, with some very limited functionality for interacting with the app.
You can read more about this build here.
As usual no ISO's for this, but you can make one using the following
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10
 Happy downloading, Insiders!
Microsoft pauses Windows 10 Insider preview builds for PC to prepare for Unified Update platform

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 Insider preview builds for PC to prepare for Unified Update platform

Last week, Windows 10 Insider build 14977 was released, but the build was only for mobile devices. Dona Sarkar, chief of Insider program didn't explained about the reason why Insider build for PC wasn't available, except a tweet which mentioned that a blocking bug resulted in delay of the PC build:
Currently it doesn't look like that this was the real reason, because yesterday, Microsoft updated the blog post to state that the builds for Fast and slow ring are paused until further notice:
 We are getting ready to start releasing PC builds to Insiders using UUP. To prepare for this, we are going to pause all PC builds for both the Fast and Slow rings starting this evening (Friday 12/2). We will begin flighting the latest builds via UUP starting with our internal rings first then to Insiders based on each ring’s promotion criteria. We’re excited to be able to release builds for PC to Insiders using UUP! Mobile builds are not impacted by this.
 Microsoft is preparing to release Windows 10 PC builds using UUP, that reduces the size of the updates. This feature is already live in Mobile builds and PC is expected to cover up soon.

Windows 10 and XP gain(yes, gain!) and Windows 7 looses share in November

As usual, this is first and Netmarket share is back with its stats. Let us discuss in detail about every OS:

Windows 10

After a stagnant decline from many months, Windows 10 has shown signs of revival. Windows 10 has increased its share from 22.59 to 23.72 percent. This is a pretty significant as a little percentage could mean million. This shows people have started adopting Windows 10, which could be a reason of fixing bugs with the Anniversary update.

Windows 7

For the first time in months, Windows 7 share has decreased with a significant margin.The share dropped from 48.38 to 47.17 percent. This could mean people  moving have moved from Windows 10.

Windows 8 and 8.1

Windows 8.1 is dropping sharply, and these new stats put the at 8.01 percent, while Windows 8 operating system stands at a mere 1.96 percent.

Windows XP

The almost 1 and half decade OS has increased its share strangely. The OS now stands at 8.63 percent, greater than Windows 8.1. FWIW, the OS started the year with 11 percent around and had a lots of downs and a little ups like these in the year. For those who are wondering, still Windows XP powers a lot of computers and the owners do not upgrade their systems either due to compatibility issues or finance. But still using XP poses a lot of risks, as the software giant has already stopped patching this OS.

Let us look at a graphical representation of the share of the OS:
More to come next month.

New cumulative updates for Insiders on release preview ring now available

For December's patch Tuesday, Microsoft has already started testing Windows updates. Released yesterday, KB3201845 is now available for Windows 10 version 1607, that jumps build number to 14393.479
There is no changelog available yet, but it is expected to come up soon.

    The latest patch is KB3200970

The latest patch for Windows 10 is KB3200970 which fixed a lot of problems and brought stability to the OS, released Patch Tuesday in November.

I hope the changelog is available soon

Prevent Forced Restart After Installing Windows Updates In Windows

Windows 10 updates are automatic and a big pain with this is a restart, which sometimes results in loss of data when the user is working on the PC. This system started with Windows 8, but in the older OS there was a provision to disable the updates. With the Anniversary update, things have improved for example with Active hours, but still a large proportion of users believe that older options of Windows updates should be brought back.

But to overcome this, a group policy exists in Windows that prevents a forced restart or an automatic restart which can either be applied through group policy editor or registry editor for home users.

Group policy Edit

  1. Press Windows key+R to open Run dialog box and type in gpedit.msc . This opens Group policy editor.
  2. On the left hand side, Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components  -> Windows Update
  3. In the right list of polices, look for "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installation". Double click it and modify:
  4. Set the policy to Enabled and that's it.To reset it in future, set it as Not configured.
Registry Edit
  1. Open Run dialog box using Windows key+R and type in regedit.
  2. On the left hand navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Now right click Windows and select New>Key. Name this as Windowsupdate. Again Select Windowsupdate and select new key and Name that as AU. The final structure looks like this

  4. Again right click AU and select New>DWORD. Name it AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime. Press OK and again Right click it and select modify. Put value of it as 0.
  5. Click OK and you are done!!
With these edits, the system would not reboot at scheduled time, even after the time is outside active hours.
Insider preview build 14965 now available for slow ring

Insider preview build 14965 now available for slow ring

After releasing 14965 for fast ring insiders a week afo,it is time for the Insiders in slow ring.Microsoft has released build 14965 for slow ring insiders. The full changelog is available in the following article:
Windows 10 Insider build 14965 for fast ring available now
This means that build 14965 is quite a bit stable if the criteria of slow ring is followed.

Happy downloading!

Quiet hours in Windows now updated, 3rd party apps can now send notifications

In windows 10, Microsoft provides a quite useful feature that quiets down the notifications when a switch is turned ON, called quite notifications.
Quiet hours in Windows 10

Currently, when the quiet hours is turned ON, the notifications are turned off from a 3rd party apps. Only apps like Microsoft Alarms and clock and Windows defender are allowed to send notifications.
But, this is about to change as Microsoft recently posted in User voice that due to popular feedback, 3rd Party apps would be allowed.
“We just enabled this in the next Insider fast-ring flight of the Creators Update! All third-party alarm apps will break through quiet hours now, just like the first-party alarm app!”
So this feature is now live in the Insider's release and would be subsequently available to production with the creator's update due 2017. You can read the post here.
Thanks to Winbeta for the information.
Windows 10 version 1607 is the most secure version of Windows 10, says Microsoft

Windows 10 version 1607 is the most secure version of Windows 10, says Microsoft

Ransomware is a new malware threat to the computers that not only does pose a threat to files, but also costs you if you want to recover from it.
With Windows 10, Microsoft promises a greater advanced security and as the editions like v1507 and 1511 are progressing, Windows 10

Microsoft has published a new white paper called Ransomware Protection in Windows 10 Anniversary Update that details how the latest Windows 10 version helps to protect all of its customers, from consumers to businesses. Also in a separate blog post, Microsoft details about the what they are doing and what are the preventive measures with version 1607 as far as ransom-ware security is concerned.

What is Microsoft doing 

  • Six of the top 10 ransomware threats use browser, or browser-plugin-related exploits, so they have made it harder for malware authors to exploit Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Increased detection and blocking capability in the  email services, increasing the number of ransomware-related attachments being blocked.
  • Added new technology to Windows Defender to reduce detection time to seconds, increasing the ability to respond before the infection can occur.
  • Released Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection which can be combined with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to make it easier for companies to investigate and respond to ransomware attacks.

Prevention and detection-What has been done

  • Browser hardening. Microsoft Edge runs Adobe Flash Player in an isolated container, and Edge exploits cannot execute other applications. “These improvements block malware from silently downloading and executing additional payloads on customers’ systems,” Microsoft says.
  • Windows Defender improvements. The Windows Defender signature delivery channel works faster than before so that the in-box anti-virus and antimalware solution can help block ransomware, both in the cloud and on the client. Additionally, Windows Defender responds to new threats faster using improved cloud protection and automatic sample submission features, plus improved behavioral heuristics aimed at detecting ransomware-related activities.
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. This new service helps business customers respond to attacks by alerting the security team, identify any damage caused, and understand where it might be moving next. It can also work with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to provide a more holistic view of what is attacking the enterprise.
To protect the customers from this new threat, the software giant advises updating to Windows 10 v1607 and follow a comprehensive backup strategy as mentioned here.

[November updates] New cumulative update for windows 10 available now

[November updates] New cumulative update for windows 10 available now

Its patch Tuesday of October and Microsoft has shipped number of patches to its products. As far as Windows 10 is concerned, the cumulative updates for all the 3 versions have been made available and more details are below:

Version 1607

For Windows 10 1607, a cumulative update Kb3200970 is now available, that jumps the build number to 14393.447. Key changes include:

  • Improved the reliability of multimedia audio, Remote Desktop, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Addressed issue with a scheduled task that doesn’t run in Task Scheduler after reenabling.
  • Addressed issue to update the Access Point Name (APN) database.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed issue with the system tray showing no Wi-Fi connection even when Wi-Fi is present.
  • Addressed issue with Windows devices that disconnect from the Internet prematurely before users can complete their paid Wi-Fi purchase.
  • Addressed issue to update the new Belarusian ruble symbol to Br and the new ISO 4217 code to BYN.
  • Addressed additional issues with multimedia, Windows kernel, packaging release management, authentication, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Remote Desktop, Active Directory, wireless networking, Windows shell, graphics, enterprise security, and Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Security updates to Boot Manager, Windows operating system, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Common Log File System driver, Microsoft Video Control, Common Log File System driver, Windows authentication methods, Windows File Manager, and the Microsoft Graphics Component.

The update is available via Windows update catalog and Windows update as well. Direct links can be gathered from the following page:
Microsoft Update Catalog
Here are the links to the 64 bit and 32 bit patch as well:
64-bit (x64) - http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...421b7fad5a.msu

32-bit (x86) - http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/...afbd91b82b.msu

Version 1511

For version 1511, the patch has a KB number of 3198586 and jumps the build number to 10586.679
  •  Improved the reliability of the Windows shell, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed issue with systems that randomly stop applying UNC Hardening group policy, leaving systems vulnerable until restarted.
  • Addressed issue with proxy authentication that causes Windows Update downloads to fail.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from accessing network resources after logon after they’ve installed KB3185614.
  • Addressed issue with point rendering in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue where users can’t navigate to Internet sites when a network is configured to use Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD).
  • Addressed issue where users can’t access Microsoft Store in an authenticated proxy environment.
  • Addressed additional issues with enterprise security, Internet Explorer 11, Remote Desktop, datacenter networking, Windows shell, filter driver, the Access Point Name (APN) database, and wireless networking.
  • Security updates to the Windows operating system, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Edge, Boot Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Common Log File System driver, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Microsoft Video Control, Windows authentication methods, Windows File Manager, OpenType, and the Microsoft Graphics Component.
Microsoft Update Catalog provides direct download links to the update.

Version 1507

For Windows 10 v1507, the KB number of the update is KB3198585  and the build number jumps to 10240.17190. Key changes include:

  • Addressed issue to update the Access Point Name (APN) database.
  • Addressed issue with deadlocks occurring after a user password reset.
  • Addressed issue with point rendering in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed additional issues with filter drivers, enterprise security, Windows shell, and Internet Explorer 1.
  • Security updates to the Windows OS, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Windows File Manager, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows authentication methods, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Microsoft Video Control, OpenType, and the Common Log File System driver.
You can use Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog to download the update.

More information about the updates are on the update history page