Insider preview build 16291 now available for slow ring

Insider preview build 16291 now available for slow ring

After releasing 16291 for fast ring insiders on Thursday, it is time for the Insiders in slow ring.Microsoft has released build 16291 for Slow ring. This is the third slow ring build for Redstone 3 branch. As Redstone 3 is almost feature complete, expect some frequent slow ring builds. For those who want to have a look at the changelog, The full change-log is available in the following article:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider build 16291
Happy downloading!
Windows 10 build 16296 releases to fast ring Insiders from RS3 branch

Windows 10 build 16296 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 22nd Redstone 3 build 16296 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 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.
Read more here:
This update would be available via Windows update as always.

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

New build 16362 released for Fast ring Skip ahead Insiders

New build 16362 released for Fast ring Skip ahead Insiders

Microsoft recently announced a new feature for Windows Insiders. As the Redstone 3 builds are nearing signing off and production, the focus now shifts to stabilizing Redstone 3. However, for those who want to get an early access to builds from the next development branch expected Redstone 4, they introduced Skip ahead feature, that skips the Redstone 3 builds aim for stabilizing. So, in continuation, second build for Skip ahead has released yesterday. The build number jumps to 16362, which is not at all a big increment. There are some changes introduced, which are namely:

What's new

  • Improved Boot up experience on lock screen if you delay sign in for some time.
  • Narrator improvements: You can select your audio channel for narration.

Fixes and Improvements

  • [Fixed] an issue where minimized app windows on mixed-DPI monitor setups might end up drawing offscreen after your PC resumed from sleep.
  • [Fixed] an issue where if you changed your display language preference to something other than the machine’s default then any app which did not take an update while also getting the updated language resource package from the Store would end up continuing to display its tile in Start in that default language rather than the new language displayed within the app and other system UI.
  • Updated the Action Center to now use “AM” / “PM” when indicating timestamp with the 12hr clock format, rather than “a” / “p”.
  • [Fixed] an issue where using the letters in Start to jump to different locations in the alphabet wasn’t consistently working in the last few flights.
  • [Fixed]an issue where when the People button was present in taskbar, and toast-only banners (for example from Outlook 2016) were sent, the Action Center badge counter would become inaccurate.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in multiple apps crashing in the previous flight if you tried to log into the app using Facebook.
  • [Fixed] an issue where pasting an image to Imgur.com from your clipboard wouldn’t work.
  • [Fixed] an issue which could result in uploads failing on some sites, such as Behance.net.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in drag and drop onto websites intermittently not working.
  • [Fixed] an issue where Microsoft Edge would crash after choosing to pin certain websites to Start.
  • [Fixed]an issue where a tab could get in a state where it displayed a tab preview thumbnail even though your mouse wasn’t hovering over the tab.
  • [Fixed] an issue where website tooltips could end up displaying behind the Microsoft Edge window after opening a link in new tab in the background.
  • [Fixed] an issue for certain websites where after watching an embedded video full screen then using Esc to return to the page would result in the video controller no longer being visible.
  • Updated editable fields in PDFs to now have a subtle color to help indicate that they’re editable.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn’t load.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in Train Simulator 2017 failing to launch on recent flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the Pinyin IME’s emoji picker wouldn’t load in recent flights.
  • [Fixed]an issue where the Emoji Panel’s tooltips could become mixed up.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recent flights resulting in precision touchpads potentially dropping gestures after coming out of sleep.
  • Made some adjustments to address an issue resulting in sudden and brief CPU spikes where you couldn’t move your mouse. If you’ve encountered this, please try it in this new build and let us know if your experience has improved.
  • [Fixed] an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) handwriting panel InputPersonalization.exe could get into a state where it would unexpectedly have a continually high CPU usage.
  • Updated the Run dialog so when hold Ctrl + Shift then click OK or press enter, it will run that task or program elevated, just like how it works in Cortana.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center app icon was missing in taskbar when the app was open, as well in Start’s all apps list. You will also notice that the icon is now un-plated in the taskbar.
  • [Fixed] the issue where USBhub.sys was causing spontaneous reboots due to bugchecks (GSOD).
  • [Fixed] an issue where the battery flyout might incorrectly show “PC not charging” while the device was changing in recent builds.
  • [Fixed] an issue where fonts using shortcuts would become unusable and disappear from the Fonts folder.
  • [Fixed]an issue where upgrading to recent flights would fail if you had a speech for a secondary language installed.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recent flights resulting in some Insiders experiencing an issue where Store apps would begin to fail to activate after being launched a few times.
  • [Fixed] an issue where your PC might not go to sleep automatically after remoting into it and signing out of the remote session.

More Information

You can head over to Windows updates to download the updates. More information is available here:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider preview build 16362 for Skip Ahead
[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:
Windows 10 S free upgrade offer to Pro extended till March 2018

Windows 10 S free upgrade offer to Pro extended till March 2018

Windows 10 S, the latest edition of Microsoft Windows was introduced in March this year. For those who don't know, Windows 10 S is a bit different edition from other different versions of Windows. The feature that differentiates  Windows 10 S from other is that Windows 10 S allows only apps from Windows store to run. No Win32 traditional apps can be run in this Windows edition. This allows a greater degree of security as well.
The software giant understands that still many apps used by day to day users are not available in the store yet, Google chrome the most used browser is the biggest example. Initially Microsoft Introduced Windows 10 S with the newest Surface variant, Surface laptop. Other Education focused devices also ship with Windows 10 S. Microsoft for customers buying their devices introduced an offer that allowed Free upgrade from Windows 10 S to Pro Edition free of cost till December 31 2017.
Now, the latest news from Microsoft says they have increased the duration of the offer and this now ends at March 31st 2018. So it means you can upgrade your system for free till the above mentioned date. To get the upgrade, just download a win32 app and click See how link at the bottom. This should open a new page where upgrade process begins.
Please note that this process is irreversible, so you cannot get Windows 10 S again.
See more:
Microsoft launches Windows 10 S, which runs apps only from Windows store
What is next for Windows?

What is next for Windows?

Windows for Microsoft is the largest and the most successful product of Microsoft has evolved greatly over the years and decades. From Windows 95 to the latest version of the product-Windows 10 was said to be the last major OS release as said by employees just before release of it two years back in 2015. However, the statement still stands true as of now, as Microsoft is continuously revising Windows 10 by two major feature upgrades per year keeping up the promise and they as of yet has no plans to introduce a thing like Windows 11. There are some things where the things stand pretty clear and some things which are still opaque about the future of it. Here is a discussion about Windows since they released windows 10.

The Background

Windows 10 was released in July 2015 to the masses. The build number from Windows 8 jumped from 98XX to 10240, which meant a lot of changes-which was true. The initial two feature upgrades were from Threshold branch-which was a codename when Windows 10 was in development. The first two upgrades featured more on fine tuning and shaping the OS. With the Anniversary update, Microsoft changed the branch to Redstone-which the software giant planned in long run. Things started from Redstone 1 and still is continuing. The current release called the fall Creators update is codenamed Redstone 3 and the future upgrade for which Insider builds are about to release for skip ahead is Redstone 4. No comment on which the major lab change would occur. 

The present

As of now, Redstone 2 aka Creators update is the stable build or called the production build, released April 2017. With creator's update, Microsoft's aim was to improve productivity by introduction of apps like Paint 3D, Remix reality etc. In other words, Creativity had a focus in Redstone 2. Gaming is the another aspect which wass one of the major focus. Microsoft Edge and Cortana continued to get more features.

What's next that we know

The future of Windows is still unclear if we count in the next few years. However for the next feature upgrade called Fall Creators update which is due to release in October this year, things have become pretty clear now. With Redstone 3, Microsoft introduced a new design language called Fluent or Acrylic design which improves UI by a significant thing. This language however only applies to UI and core OS parts. As it is just introduced, Redstone 3 is the base for Acrylic design and would be continuously improved more over the next feature upgrades. Microsoft is also getting its focus now on Android and iOS as they introduced a feature recently that allows you to pick up sites which you had opened in your phone to your PC. Another cool feature is One drive placeholders, which allows you to download selective files from the cloud if you need. Pretty handy if you have a large data in your Onedrive. Microsoft also continues to improve features like handwriting and accessibility.
Some features, as promised by Microsoft also have been postponed and expected in Redstone 4 as well. These are namely:
  • Microsoft Graph+Timeline: Microsoft Graph, would keep all the track of your activities be it on your phone or on the computer you do like Typing a document, listening Music etc. Timeline would help you in accessing all of them at a single place like your computer. Quite cool if it is fully utilized. Essenttialy, this is another fined tuned version of Pick up where you left off which supports Android and iOS as well.

  • Clipboard Synchronization on your phone and PC: Another feature that lets you access clipboards from your phone to PC and vice versa. Please note that both of these features require Cortana to be linked to your MS account in Phone and PC. 

What we don't know

There are many things that is in the cards for Windows which would come down but still is clear when these would be available. The one is:
  • No Control Panel, only Settings app: They would be moving everything to the settings app, but the pace is so slow that when this would complete is still unknown.
  • Cloud version of the OS: There were some reports by sources from MS employees that Microsoft might introduce a cloud version of the OS that only would download selected files from the cloud needed to run Windows. For example, if you don't have a device like a printer, no files related to it would be downloaded.
  • Windows store apps having large usage apps : Apps have started coming to store like Apple iTunes, but still the majority of the apps are traditional Win32 apps which do not follow the road what Microsoft is trying to lay. For example Acrylic design. Most probably you are using either Chrome or IE to read this article, which are still not present in the windows store. Microsoft is pushing hard, but still they have to do a lot of work to convince more companies to bring their apps.

Pricing and Micellaneous

Another thing is the cost of using the Windows. In this free OS era, can Microsoft still hold its share as it is now? (The actual stats show 90 percent, but I am pretty sure it is far greater than this). Google's Android and Chromium are free for all to use and same is the case for Apple's MacOS. I think the Redmond giant might release a free version of Windows someday as not to loose share in the market. This was planned by Microsoft as I heard as they were likely to introduce Windows 8.1 with Bing which would have been a free version of Windows. But, this was postponed to later on. Now, Windows 10 S the UWP only version of Microsoft windows can be released as free version of Windows. This is all in all profitable for the software giant. Majority of the users here in Asia use pirated OS, just because of the cost. If in case, there is a free version the piracy would reduce significantly.
Microsoft might also try to offer more Virtual reality features together with more XBox features in the future as well. Other things like offering a greater degree of security and fine tuning things according to the feedback from the users and Insiders would continue as they are doing it from past as well.
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Fall Creators update to launch on 17th October worldwide

Microsoft had an event today scheduled at IFA 2017, mostly focused on virtual reality etc. As these things relate Windows, they on the sidelines also announced the availability of next feature upgrade widely called Fall Creators update for users.

Microsoft Chief Executive Terry Myreson announced 17th October as the date on which Fall Creators update would start rolling out. However, the Insiders on Fast, slow or perhaps Release preview ring would get them some more days before hopefully as they would try to fix as much bugs as they can. The update would still focus on increasing your creativity, as said. For those who don't know, Microsoft announced at their annual developer conference Build 2017, about Fall Creators update. This brings out many new features to the OS, an extensive list of which you can get here. Some features however promised in the Build were also postponed for next future release as well.
Similar to other previous feature upgrade releases, the rollout firstly would be extremely slow and would take pace in some months. A snippet of what Terry said for Fall Creators update states:
With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday,” 
To get an early insight of complete features offered, you can join Windows Insider program on the fast ring. However, if you select release preview, you would get the rollout almost a week before global rollout starts.
See more:

Complete list of changes coming with Fall Creators update

Microsoft is about to finalize windows 10 Fall creators update this month. 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 is pretty close to the RTM, so there would be no new features from now on. They are prioritizing bug fixes now(however usually first builds are pretty screwed up when they go public). 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.
Adoption of Windows 10 Creators update not fast as Anniversary update, says a new report

Adoption of Windows 10 Creators update not fast as Anniversary update, says a new report

Microsoft last month said they have removed all limitations that were preventing your PC to Install Creators update. Generally when Microsoft releases a feature upgrade, they plan to release it in phases i.e. it is a phased rollout. When Creators update was released for the first time, Microsoft explained in detail that there is a lot of difference between upgrading manually and through windows update. MS had deployed a number of roadblocks that prevented Creators update to come to your device through windows update, however this is not the case now. 
As windows 10 updates are automatic, there must be millions of devices that had creators update installed in the past month. As a result, noted agency Aduplex has released a report that says the share of Windows 10 Creators update has increased to 65 percent in the last month as compared to 50 percent in July. 15% is not a small number as far as we see the number of devices windows 10 has installed. However, with the previous feature update aka anniversary update the deployment rate was 88 percent if we compare the same time i.e. 5 months. Thus, there is a large difference in the numbers. The data is collected using Aduplex SDK running on 5000 PCs.
Now the current statistics show Creators update is running on 65.3 percent PCs and 30 percent devices are running Anniversary update.  Windows 10 Novemeber update is still running on 2 percent PCs, and the RTM on 1 percent. 0.7 percent are insiders. This also signals the full adoption of Windows 10 creators update would just complete before the new feature upgrade releases called Fall creators update.


Windows 10 version 1607 receives KB4034661 cumulative update

Windows 10 version 1607 receives KB4034661 cumulative update

Windows 10 version 1607, called the Anniversary update is apparently still the most used Windows 10 version till now. The last time I heard about the statistics, version 1703 had a hold of about 30 percent and 1607 had a whooping share of 60 percent. This is the reason why the team still is continuously releasing updates that fixes a lot of things.
 Microsoft recently released KB4034661 that jumps the build number to 14393.1613. The previous update KB4034658 was released on Patch Tuesday. With this update, there are a lot of changes introduced by the team, which are:
  • This package contains d3dcompiler_47.dll; for more information, read the blog post,HLSL, FXC, and D3DCompile.
  • Addressed issue where a black screen appears when launching an application on Citrix XenApp that was deployed from Windows Server 2016. For more details, read CTX225819.
  • Addressed issue where the User Account Control (UAC) prompt sometimes appears hidden under other opened windows.
  • Addressed issue in the event collector data that caused data corruption with % symbols in the user logon events (ID 4624) from other Domain Controllers (DCs).
  • Addressed issue where the PowerShell command Add-HgsAttestationTpmHost fails to find the Endorsement Key Certificate for a system even though the certificate exists.
  • Addressed issue where, in some cases, an Encrypted Hard Drive device would not automatically unlock at system startup.
  • Addressed issue where the AppLocker rules wizard crashes when selecting accounts.
  • Addressed issue where third-party directory structures caused Disk Cleanup to render a boot drive inaccessible.
  • Addressed issue where unsynchronized access in NtfsQueryLinksInfo led to a system crash.
  • Addressed issue where an extremely high number of I/O flushes might lead to an error.
  • Addressed a reliability issue that occurs when a user gives the wrong input to the smart card pin prompt.
  • Addressed issue by increasing the time out window when starting Docker for Windows to avoid 0x5b4 errors.
  • Addressed issue with Azure Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) when an ADFX server is configured to use an HTTP Proxy.
  • Addressed issue where the calling IP address is not logged by 411 events in the Security Event log of ADFS 4.0 and Windows Server 2016 RS1 ADFS servers. This issue occurs even after enabling Success Audits and Failure Audits.
  • Addressed issue where a computer account loses its domain membership with the error 1789, “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.” The same problem happens internally when a user password cannot be changed with error 0xc0000206, “The size of the buffer is invalid for the specified operation.”
  • Addressed issue where, after a planned restart of the primary server, storage replication doesn't automatically resume as expected. Also, Storage Replication service randomly fails after restart.
  • Addressed issue where using a GPO logon script to map a network drive fails if the user disconnects from the network and restarts. When the user logs in again, the mapped drive is not available. This issue occurs even though the logon script has the persistence flag set to TRUE.
  • Addressed issue where after uninstalling SMBv1, if you set the SPN validation level to 2, when you access a UNC share remotely (e.g., \\<MachineName>\C$), the request will fail with STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED.
  • Addressed issue where the Remote Desktop client cannot connect or disconnects intermittently when trying to connect using the RD Gateway.

Known Issues with the update

There are some known issues with the update as well and the following table lists them:
SymptomWorkaround
“Update History” does not list previously installed updates.As an alternative, to see which quality updates have been applied, navigate to the inventory by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> “View Installed Updates”

Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
Updates that were previously hidden may be offered after installing this update.Updates that were previously hidden can be hidden again.

Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
WSUS servers will exhibit increased CPU, memory, and network utilization when Windows Update clients perform their first scan after installing KB4034658.Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Download the update

The update should as usual come down via windows updates in some time, but you can always use Catalog to download the manual update package. Here are the links:
You can get more information about this update from here:
See also:
The latest update for Windows 10 v1607 would wipe down your update History

The latest update for Windows 10 v1607 would wipe down your update History

August patch Tuesday just was around the corner and as usual there were updates for each version of Windows. For windows 10, Microsoft shipped updates to each version including 1703,1607 etc.
With each update, the software giant generally tells if there are any known issues with the update. For 1607 update i.e. KB4034658. There was no known issues that have raised with windows updates according to MS. But there is one.
A lot of people are reporting issue with the one released with 1607 that the update released has removed all of the update history. The update history is generally erased with a feature upgrade which is not a case here.
For those who don't know, this update brings the following changes
  • Addressed issue where apps sometimes launch with a border when a device is in Tablet mode.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Server, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
This update also jumps the build number to 14393.1503.
Microsoft recently added the same in the known issues list of the support page:
“Update History” does not list previously installed updates. As an alternative, to see which quality updates have been applied, navigate to the inventory by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> “View Installed Updates”
Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
 So people, who haven't updated yet, get a screenshot before!
[August] Microsoft updates all versions of Windows 10

[August] Microsoft updates all versions of Windows 10


Yesterday was the second Tuesday of August-also called Patch Tuesday in Microsoft. For someone who doesn't know, what it is, Microsoft releases the updates for all of its products on this day. As usual, Microsoft updated Windows 10 all versions. Here is a version by version detail:

Windows 10 version 1703

The creators update to Windows 10, has got KB4034674 which jumps the build number to 15063.540. Following issues are addressed with this update:
  • Addressed issue where the policies provisioned using Mobile Device Management (MDM) should take precedence over policies set by provisioning packages.
  • Addressed issue where the Site to Zone Assignment List group policy (GPO) was not set on machines when it was enabled.
  • Addressed issue where the AppLocker rules wizard crashes when selecting accounts.
  • Addressed issue where the primary computer relationship is not determined when you have a disjoint NetBIOS domain name for your DNS Name. This prevents folder redirection and roaming profiles from successfully blocking your profile or redirects folders to a non-primary computer.
  • Addressed issue where an access violation in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature causes stop errors.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Server, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows shell, Common Log File System Driver, Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
Known Issue: Installing this update in Czech and Arabic would make Microsoft Edge English. The next update should fix this issue.
Support Page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034674 helps you get more information about this update.
To download this update, either use Windows update or use the following direct download links:

 Windows 10 version 1607

The Anniversary update to Windows 10, has got KB4034658 which jumps the build number to 14393.1593. A small list of fixes include:
  • Addressed issue where apps sometimes launch with a border when a device is in Tablet mode.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Server, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
Support Page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034658
To download this update, head over to Windows update or use the MSUs:

Windows 10 version 1511

November update to Windows 10 is still being supported by Microsoft. It has got KB4034660 which jumps the build number to 10586.1045. The fixes are:
  • Addressed issue where, when deploying an application to a device that is managed by AppLocker, the application deployment fails.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
You can download this update from Windows update or use the following links:
The original Windows 10-though called as unsupported by Microsoft is still getting updates though. It has got KB4034668 which jumps the build number to 10240.17533. Following is the changelog:
  • Addressed issue where some of the event data for user logon events (ID 4624) from Domain controllers were corrupted.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows Server, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database 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 with an error code, see the following articles:

[Now Closed] Microsoft introduces skip ahead feature for fast ring insiders

Microsoft, through its testing program for Windows 10 called Windows Insider program allows you to test beta versions of Windows 10. The fast ring-which allows you to see the new Windows 10 build first and get early access to new features is being modified a bit, as said by Dona Sarkar.
Right now, when a feature upgrade stops getting new features(like FCU builds now) the fast ring Insiders or perhaps all the insiders try to fix all the bugs present in the feature upgrade build. The build deemed most stable like 14393 or 15063 is released to the masses. But in a future change from next feature release, a limited number of Fast ring Insiders would be able to test new builds from the next branch(which is RS4_PRERELEASE, for example) and the other insiders would continue to fix builds from current branch.

This was told by Dona Sarkar on Feedback hub. The full statement says:
To stabilize the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for release, we have “forked” the release into its own branch we call “RS3_RELEASE”. Many Windows Insiders will recall we did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when we started flighting builds from the “RS2_RELEASE” branch. Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will continue to get builds for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from this branch. However, Windows Insiders who choose to skip ahead will receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
To summarize:
  • Fast ring: Builds from RS3_RELEASE branch with no inbox app updates.
  • Fast ring + Skip Ahead: Builds from RS_PRERELEASE with inbox app updates from the Store.
Dona has also said how the things would go. After Fall Creators update is released to public, all of the fast ring Insiders would get build from same branch.
At some point in the future, build numbers in the RS_PRERELEASE branch will jump ahead, engineering teams will start checking in new code, and things diverge. When this happens – you will not be able to leave Skip Ahead and go back to builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch without reinstalling Windows. Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released to the general public, this skip ahead option will go away and the Fast ring will be back to receiving builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 release and inbox app updates from the Store will be fully restored to all Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.
 This is how the settings would look like(Thanks to WinCentral)
This is for people like who want very early access of the new features-not like me! who are sitting on slow ring and waiting for next stable build to arrive.

Update: Microsoft has closed down the skip ahead feature keeping on what they said earlier- a limited number of Insiders would be permitted. The Windows update settings show: