New Cumulative update and a servicing stack update for Windows 10 version 1709 now available

New Cumulative update and a servicing stack update for Windows 10 version 1709 now available

After releasing Fall Creators update to the public on 17th October, Microsoft released two cumulative updates to resolve Issues with the public build namely 16299.15 and 16299.64 released the last Patch Tuesday. As Microsoft has already announced two cumulative updates per month for a particular build, 16299 is no different.
Microsoft has released KB4051963 for Windows 10 version 1709, that brings the build number to 16299.98. The list of fixes is pretty long which is as under:

  •  Addressed a script-related issue that caused Internet Explorer to stop working in some cases.
  • Addressed issue with the Input Method Editor’s (IME) text input window for Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with rendering a graphics element in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue with form submissions in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where the Location-hash is lost when navigating back if you previously navigated to an invalid URL.
  • Addressed issue where applications may stop responding for customers who have internet or web proxies enabled using PAC script configurations. This is a result of a reentrancy deadlock in WinHTTP.dll. This can result in the following:
  • Microsoft Outlook cannot connect to Microsoft Office365.
  • Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge cannot successfully render any content (including local computer content, local network content, or web content).
  • Cisco Jabber stops responding, which blocks messaging and telephony features.
  • Any application or service that relies on WinHTTP is impacted.
  • Addressed a performance regression when users run full-screen Microsoft DirectX 9 games and applications.
  • Addressed issue that prevents Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 3 from running on some high-end gaming laptop configurations.
  • Addressed issue where user selections for Feedback Frequency in Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics aren't saved.
  • Addressed issue where RNDIS5 networking devices don't get a valid IP address or don't show network connectivity. If the issue continues after installing the update, you may need to uninstall and reinstall your Remote NDIS network adapter using Device Manager.
  • Addressed issue where if a user manually changes the system's time zone and doesn't log off or restart, the new time doesn't display on the Lockscreen clock.
  • Addressed issue that impacted some Epson SIDM (Dot Matrix) and TM (POS) printers, which were failing to print on x86 and x64-based systems. This issue affects KB4048955.
Source:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4051963/windows-10-update-kb4051963

Download

Running windows update once should automatically install this update. You can also use these direct download links:
A new Servicing Stack update is also available for Windows 10 version 1709. For those who do not know, servicing stack update improves Windows update Installation experience under the hood.
There is no changelog for this, and you can download the update from the following links:
Also See:
Windows Undoing changes before or after restart
Reset Windows update in Windows

Is your Computer not showing display correctly after the recent update? Have a look here

Microsoft Windows update team before leaving for a long holiday on Thanksgiving released an update for the Graphics driver for AMD Graphic cards. Since there are some people who use old AMD Graphic devices like ATI Radeon HD 3000 like me in one of my systems, this update has broken Screen resolution and is offering other display problems.

The main issue is Resolution-The customer who has a display which supports 1366*768 resolution isn't being offered that, 1920*1080 isn't being offered and so on. This has made a large number of computers useless if we take the display aspect- and in this article, I would like to tell you about potential resolutions for that.
Actually, what happened is AMD dropped support for Radeon Series Graphics card before Windows 10 got released. They only provided drivers till Windows 8, not for later. Any updates if, would be coming through Windows update only. So Microsoft released an update for AMD based systems which is causing these problems. Thankfully, as Windows 10 and 8 share a similar driver model, Windows 8 drivers would also work.Here is what can be done to correct this:

Rollback to the previous version of the Driver

Rolling back, if available is the best option to correct this. For this, have a look at the following steps:
  1. Go to Device Manager by typing in Devmgmt.msc in Run dialog box. 
  2. Navigate to Display devices and right click ATI Radeon HD or Similar device you have. Choose Properties. 
  3. On the Driver tab, hit rollback Driver to go back to the previous version. 
The next step would be to block Driver updates from Windows updates. For this, the best option is to use the show hide tool:
How to temporarily prevent a driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10
You can also turn off the Windows update service, but make sure not to do that permanently.

Download the legacy driver from AMD's website

  1. Uninstall everything of AMD using this tool:
    AMD Clean Install Utility
  2. Reboot.
  3. Make sure your device manager shows Microsoft Basic Display adapter as a display device. 
  4. Download the legacy driver from here for Windows 8 system (Driver model is same for 8 and 10) according to your architecture(You might have to do a bit of exercise to locate the driver:
    www.support.amd.com/en-us/download
  5. Run the Setup and you should be good to go.
  6. Again, temporarily disable the Driver update or Windows update.

Check if Windows has a previous version of the driver

A user Ken, has posted this solution which can be handy. Here is what it says:
  1. Download DriverStore Explorer from
    https://github.com/lostindark/DriverStoreExplorer/releases/tag/v0.8.4.2.
  2. Unzip and run DriverStore Explorer (Rapr.exe). The application displays a list of drivers stored in the \Windows\System32\DriveStore\FileRepository folder.
  3.  On PC, under Display Adapters are listed 3 AMD display adapter drivers-You would have similar ones too:
  4. c0317758.inf   version=22.19.128.0  date=7/25/2017
  5. c0317757.inf   version=22.19.128.0  date=7/25/2017
  6. c7179335.inf   version=8.970.100.9001  date=1/13/2015
  7.  In DriverStore Explorer, click Restart As Admin, select checkbox beside c0317758.inf and c0317757.inf, then click Delete Package.
  8. Start Device Manager and uninstall existing ATI Radeon HD3200 display driver.
  9. In Device Manager, select Scan for hardware changes; the old AMD display driver from 1/13/2015 should be re-installed allowing you to properly set the resolution of your display again.
I hope these solutions help you. Please let us know if you have any other solutions
 New build 17046 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

New build 17046 released for Fast ring Insiders(RS4 Branch)

Microsoft has already shipped Fall Creators update to the public, so the company's Insider branch has shifted gears and moved to the development of next release of Windows, speculated to be Redstone 4. Microsoft has released 8th Insider build for both Fast ring Insiders build 17046, which brings a number of changes. Here is what is new:

What's new

  • Microsoft Edge Improvements:
    • New Address Filing option
    • Text Spacing now available for reading EPUB Files.
  • Input Improvements:
    • Emoji Data Imporvements
    • Emoji Panel Improvements.
    • Keyboard Improvements.
  • Windows Shell Improvements: You can access the Apps Settings by right-clicking an app in Start.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Added settings that let you view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off. Find these settings in Settings > Privacy > Activity history.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the Properties dialog for This PC in File Explorer wasn’t working in the last two builds.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in Insiders with certain third party antiviruses and OneDrive Files on Demand enabled seeing an error in recent builds citing “OneDrive cannot connect to Windows”.
  • [Fixed] an issue that could result in delays during logoff and shutdown when a UWP app was open and in suspended state.
  • [Fixed] a community reported issue where display colors became distorted after upgrading on some TV’s and monitors that incorrectly advertised support for 10/12 bit wire formats.
  • [Fixed]  an issue from the previous flight that could cause heavily-threaded DirectX 12 apps to crash on launch after the first launch.
  • Adjusted the application of acrylic in the touch keyboard to better align with the fluent design standards.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where keys might remain highlighted when typing on the wide touch keyboard layout.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where keys might be dropped when typing with the Chinese (Simplified) touch keyboard.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where when writing a long sentence in the handwriting panel it might scroll while your pen was writing, resulting in an ink stroke across the panel.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in the hardware keyboard text suggestions potentially not working until the touch keyboard had been launched once.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in the mouse noticeably flickering between + and the mouse pointer icon when moving across cells in Excel 2016.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing their Start menu layout being reset after upgrading to the previous flight.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in miniview windows (for example in Movies & TV or Skype) flying offscreen when attempting to be resized in the last few flights.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where clicking search results for settings in Settings in the last few flights would always take you to the top level category in the last few flights, rather than the actual category you searched for (for example, Display Settings instead of Storage Settings).

Known Issues

  • If you are experiencing broken functionality in Mail, Cortana, Narrator or missing some features like Windows Media Player, please see this Feedback Hub post: https://aka.ms/Rsrjqn. While this issue has been addressed, if you ever upgraded from 16299.xx to 16299.15 (and then to newer builds) you may still need to take the steps to get your PC back into a good state.
  • Popular Tencent games like League of Legends and NBA2k Online may cause 64-bit PCs to bugcheck (GSOD).
  • VPNs which use custom pop-up windows during connection attempts may fail to connect with error 720.
  • Due to a bug that was introduced on this build, you may not receive all of your notifications from Cortana. Reminders are unaffected by this bug, but you may not receive other Cortana notifications that you are expecting. The fix for this should be in the next flight.
  • [DEVELOPERS] Deploying an x86 app to a x64 PC remotely result in “FileNotFound” deployment failures if the target PC is running Build 17040. Deploying an x64 app to a x64 PC remotely or a x86 app to a x86 PC will work fine.
  • All types of dynamic volumes listed here will not mount properly or be accessible from Windows. The data remains intact on the volume, it is just not accessible from this OS build. If you need access to the data you can roll back to an earlier build.  A fix for this issue will be released in the next build.
  • After upgrading to build 17035 or later you may lose certain dictionary files, resulting in not being able to input Japanese or Traditional Chinese via IME, Touch Keyboard, or Handwriting if you are using a non-Japanese or non-Traditional Chinese language-based OS (like an English-based OS). 

More Information

You can head over to Windows updates to download the build. More information is available here:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider preview build 17046
[Partially Fixed]Printing from Epson Printers broken with the latest Windows updates

[Partially Fixed]Printing from Epson Printers broken with the latest Windows updates

Microsoft released Patch Tuesday updates to its almost all of the products some days back.(We have covered Windows 10 updates which you can see here) Though there was a significant list of fixes for all of the Windows products and as usual the updates have broken some things which it shouldn’t do.
Customers installing the latest Cumulative updates or quality rollups for Windows 7/ 8 or 10 and have a Single Dot matrix Printer Installed, this news is for you. With the recent update, seems like the computer is unable to print. Microsoft has acknowledged this issue and has offered Q and A which states:
After Installing the latest updates for Windows 10 (KB4048955, KB4048954, KB4048953, KB4048952, or KB4048956), some Epson SIDM and Dot Matrix printers are unable to print on x86 and x64-based systems.Microsoft and Epson have determined the cause of the issue and are working on a solution.  This problem is not related to the printer driver, so installing current or older printer drivers will not resolve this issue. We will update this post when more information is available.  To be notified of updates to this thread, click the “…” beneath this post and select Subscribe.
You can subscribe to the thread if you have a Microsoft community account, or check this article regularly for any updates. Here is the link to the thread:
Some Epson printers stop working on Windows 10 after installing the November 14 Windows Update

Update:

Microsoft has released a patch silently with KB4055038 which resolves this issue. But, the catch is-This Patch is only applicable to Windows 7 and 8.1 but not for Windows 10. I think the Patch for Windows 10 would be out soon too. If you have either of the Windows versions, go to:
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4055038
How to install a Catalog update:
Install updates via Microsoft update catalog
[November Cumulative updates] Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions by shipping cumulative update

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

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

Windows 10 v1709 Build 16299

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

Windows 10 v1703 Build 15063

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

Windows 10 v1607 Build 14393

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

Windows 10 v1511 Build 15086

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

Windows 10 v1507

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

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

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

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

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

New Slow ring Build available for Insiders from RS4 branch

New Slow ring Build available for Insiders from RS4 branch

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

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

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

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

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

Run the App troubleshooter

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

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

Reset an app individually

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

Run the Powershell Script to reinstall all applications

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

Create a new user account

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

Do a Repair Install

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

Reset your PC

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

Miscellaneous 

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

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

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

Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators update using these options

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



  • Then Windows starts Installing.


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

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



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

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


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

Windows 10 Fall Creators update to launch Today


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

What is new in Fall Creators update?

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

Shell and Explorer

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

Microsoft Edge

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

Settings

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

Input Improvements

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

Micellaneous

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

KB4043961 now available for Build 16299 Redstone 3

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