Windows 10 build 16232 releases to fast ring Insiders

Windows 10 build 16232 releases to fast ring Insiders

After releasing Redstone 2 aka creators update to public, the focus now shifts to the builds from next Insider branch, widely called Redstone 3. Now, Microsoft has released 10th redstone 3 build 16232 to public yesterday. Many new build features are introduced in this build.

What's new

  • Windows defender improvements
    • Application guard for Microsoft Edge
    • Introduction of Exploit protection to audit, configure and manage exploit migration
    • Controlled folder access option in Windows defender

Fixes and Improvements

  • [Fixed] the issue that was causing updating to the latest build to fail and roll back to the previous build if you had the .NET 3.5 Framework installed. You should no longer need to uninstall .NET 3.5 before trying to update to this build.
  • [Fixed]  an issue for those with certain languages installed in the last flight where ctfmon.exe would go into a crash loop, resulting in typing in the Start menu and UWP apps becoming impossible.
  • Listened to feedback and in Windows Defender Security Center you will soon have the option to dismiss recommendations (yellow badged items). In this build, you will see the upcoming addition however it is under construction and not up and running yet.  Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we have it finished.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where some games like Mass Effect 3 would crash if you used Alt + TAB after 5 minutes of game play.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in Word 2016 crashing if you attempted to ink in it.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where using the new Ctrl + Win + C hotkey to enable and disable color filters would unexpectedly open Settings.
  • [Fixed]  an issue from the last flight where auto-complete in the URL bar of Microsoft Edge might fail on some devices – searching for a partial string instead of the autocompleted text. This fix should also address the feedback some of you were reporting where Cortana sometimes couldn’t keep up with typing on that flight and the letters would end up out of order.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the File Explorer Ribbon assets were blurry if the window’s DPI was not equal to the system DPI.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in apps that start with X, V or Q being incorrectly categorized in Start on Polish builds.
  • Moved the new Video Playback Settings page to now be listed under the Apps category, and have fixed the issues on the page where the video and battery dropdown weren’t displaying correctly.
  • [Fixed]  an issue with the XAML Acrylic Brush that could result in certain apps, for example Maps, occasionally crashing due to attempting to load acrylic brushes while the app was suspended.
  • [Fixed] a rare condition that could result in Start menu appearing to flash/flicker continuously.

Known Issues

  • Your PC may fail to update to this build with an 0x80070643 and rolls back to the previous build. We are investigating.
  • We’re continuing to investigate reports that the battery status on certain laptops isn’t updating while the device is unplugged. If you think you are seeing this, please send in feedback via Feedback Hub and use the capture feature when logging your feedback so we can get your logs.
  • You may notice some of your inbox apps are now displaying a name that looks like “ms-resource:” and are listed at the bottom of Start. We’re investigating. In the meantime, the app should still launch normally, it’s only the name resource that’s impacted.
  • Some UWP apps such as Twitter will crash on launch.
  • Xbox Live in-game experiences may fail to load. These include gamer profiles, achievement details, and other dialogs that may pop up on top of an Xbox Live-enabled game.
  • Please avoid doing a PC reset via Settings > Update & security > Recovery and choosing “Remove everything”. This may put your device into a reboot loop.
  • Task Manager may hang on launch on this build.
Read more here:
This update would be available via Windows update as always.

Petya ransomware affecting millions of PCs, here is how to get safe

Last month the cyber world saw one of the major ransomware attacks in the world called wannacry ransomware, which affected many services throughout the world. This month, a new ransomware called Petya is spreading quickly and affecting the same way as it was before.Though the volume isn't as big, but it can be called as considerable amount. The major affected countries are Ukraine, Spain, France, UK, India, and Europe. This ransomware is demanding $300 as a ransom to unlock the computers. I find this petya ransomware to be more dangerous-as this ransomware rewrites the master boot record(from where OS loads) and displays its own hijacking screen.
Petya, like wannacry also uses SMB exploit across systems to spread over a network. Petya doesn't have a killswitch as well. Please note that this SMB vunerablity was fixed back in March updates as I said here but you can disable SMBv1 to entirely close  the risk. Here are the steps to disable SMBv1 in respective operating systems:

Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

You just need to disable it using Turn windows features on or off in Control Panel. Here are the steps:
  • Open Control Panel> Programs and features.
  • On the left pane, click Windows features on or off.
  • In the new window that opens, uncheck the option SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing support
  • Reboot your computer.
This would make sure your system wouldn't be affected by Petya ransomware. Microsoft plans to remove SMBv1 entirely by Fall creators update.

Windows 7

Windows 7, the most popular OS till date doesn't provide you an option to disable SMBv1 directly. You need to use Registry editor.
  • Open registry editor by typing in regedit in run dialog box.
  • Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters

  • On the right, right click Modify and change the value to 0.
You can also use Group policy to configure SMB client as well. More information can be found on this support page.
Thanks to onmsft and bleeping computers for information..

Dictate, a project from Microsoft Garage lets you type through your voice

Microsoft hasn't had a proper dictation app for many of its popular softwares that require extensive typing. Though the software giant provides speech recognition, a great app that lets you take exclusive control of your computer through voice. But now Microsoft garage has come up with a solution.
Dictate, a project from Microsoft Garage is a software in the form of an add-in for Microsoft Office suite, that lets you type from your voice. This can be a quite handy tool for those, who have to type a long text like emails, Documents etc. As the words increase, there is a greater chance of errors as well so Dictate can be a great tool for people.

Dictate comes up as an add-in for Microsoft office for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. Remember, you need to have Office 2013 or later to use this tool. You can get more information from the following link:
Dictate-Type through voice
You can download the 32 bit add in from here and 64 bit from here. Afterwards, restart your any open office suites and you would get a Dictate tab as shown here:

Dictate supports 20 different languages and offers translations from 60 languages.

Onedrive placeholders are back in Redstone 3 builds

Onedrive is the online file storage option for Windows. In Windows 8.1, you could access the files stored online in Windows explorer, which was called placeholders. As the name suggests, placeholders allowed you to access and download files which are online through offline method. However, in Windows 10 Microsoft removed this very handy feature.
Microsoft listened to the feedback and decided to bring back placeholders in Windows 10 later builds. Initially planned for Redstone 2, Onedrive placeholders were pushed back to Redstone 3. Now finally Microsoft has introduced the same in latest Windows 10 insider builds, renaming placeholders to Windows 10 file on demand. This feature would be available to public later with fall creators update.

How to use Windows 10 file on demand

To use this newest feature, you need to download the latest version of onedrive from here.(You might also get automatically-the rollout starts today) Then, you need to check the files on demand feature as shown here:
The files in onedrive have either of the following statuses:
Green check icon: A green check indicates the file is present offline as well as online.
Solid check icon: This item or folder has been manually marked as always available offline.
White cloud: This item is available online but is not synced yet.
Refresh arrows: This item or folder is about to be synced. Sync is pending and item or folder will soon be available offline. 
[June Patches] New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available, Windows XP also patched

[June Patches] New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available, Windows XP also patched

Yesterday was the second Tuesday of June and as usual the software giant issued updates to all of its products. Windows 10 is also updated and more details are as follows:

Windows 10 v1703

For Windows 10 v1703, Microsoft has issued KB4022725  that jumps the build number from 15063.332 to 15063.413. The following are the changes introduced with this patch:
  • Addressed issue where the user may need to press the space bar to dismiss the lock screen on a Windows 10 machine to log in, even after the logon is authenticated using a companion device.
  • Addressed issue with slow firewall operations that sometimes results in timeouts of Surface Hub's cleanup operation.
  • Addressed issue with a race condition that prevents Cortana cross-device notification reply from working; users will not be able to use the remote toast activation feature set.
  • Addressed issue where the Privacy Separator feature of a Wireless Access Point does not block communication between wireless devices on local subnets.
  • Addressed issue on the Surface Hub device where using ink may cause a break in the touch trace that could result in a break in inks from the pen.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 may ignore the “Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge” policy when opening a Favorites link.
  • Addressed additional issues with time-zone information and Internet Explorer.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel, Microsoft Windows PDF, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Device Guard, Internet Explorer, Windows Shell, and Microsoft Edge. For more information about the security vulnerabilities resolved, please refer to the Security Update Guide.
There are no known issues with this update. You can get more information about this update from this page.
Download
 You can download the update either from Windows update or installing the MSU's according to your architecture:
Download KB4022725 for 32 bit systems
Download KB4022725 for 64 bit systems

 Windows 10 v1607

For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4022715 that jumps the build number to 14393.1358. The following changes are introduced:
  • Addressed issue where, after installing KB3164035, users cannot print enhanced metafiles (EMF) or documents containing bitmaps rendered out of bounds using the BitMapSection(DIBSection) function.
  • Addressed issue where users may fail to access the Internet using a non-Microsoft proxy device after enabling Credential guard. The failure happens when NTLMv2 is used and the server does not send target information (TargetNameFields is 0) inside the NTLM CHALLENGE MESSAGE.
  • Addressed issue where some Windows clients with Windows Information Protection (WIP) enabled cannot access their secured documents, such as protected documents or mail files. This may occur when the client connects to the enterprise network both directly and remotely (such as with a VPN connection).
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer crashes when the Microsoft Active Accessibility application is running in the background.
  • Addressed issue where adding a <select> element to the body of a JavaScript application crashes the application when users click the select box.
  • Addressed an issue where certutil.exe could no longer generate an EPF file when attempting to recover a key for a version 1 style certificate.
  • Addressed an issue where the network interface description name of a network adapter is not updated in Hyper-V after a device driver update. Management of a NIC Team or vSwitch within Hyper-V Administrator or System Center Virtual Machine Manager may be affected.
  • Addressed issue where the Privacy Separator feature of a Wireless Access Point does not block communication between wireless devices on local subnets.
  • Addressed issue that was causing devices to crash when hot plugging USB 3.0 Network Adapters
  • Addressed an issue where users on Windows 7 SP1 clients connecting to a Windows Server 2016 based domain controller cannot run applications such as Internet Explorer for a period of approximately 10 minutes after logging on. This issue occurs after upgrading the enterprise domain controllers to Windows Server 2016.
  • Addressed an issue where Cluster health service fails to report fault event to MAS HM component.
  • Addressed an issue that was not allowing users to customize the Application list in their Start menu using the Remove All Programs list from the Start menu setting.
  • Updated iDNA table to support resolving latest Unicode emoji characters from Punycode.
  • Addressed issue where after installing KB4019472, the end-user-defined characters (EUDCs) is not displayed.
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time zone information, storage file system, Windows Update logs, USB, Start menu and taskbar and Windows Shell.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows Shell, Microsoft Windows PDF, Device Guard and Microsoft Edge. For more information about the security vulnerabilities resolved, please refer to the Security Update Guide.
Known issue: If an iSCSI target becomes unavailable, attempts to reconnect will cause a leak. Initiating a new connection to an available target will work as expected.
Workaround:Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
Download
The update can either be downloaded from Windows update or manually using the following:
Download KB4022715 for 32 bit systems
Download KB4022715 for 64 bit systems

More information can be found in this support page.

Version 1511

The November update to Windows 10  is also patched, getting KB4022714 and jumps the build number to 10586.986. Key changes include:
  • Addressed issue where, after installing KB3164035, users cannot print enhanced metafiles (EMF) or documents containing bitmaps rendered out of bounds using the BitMapSection(DIBSection) function.
  • Addressed issue where certutil.exe can no longer generate an export file (.epf) when attempting to recover a key for a version 1 certificate.
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time zone information, updates to the Access Point Name (APN) database and Internet Explorer.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows COM, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Shell, Microsoft Windows PDF and Internet Explorer. For more information about the security vulnerabilities resolved, please refer to the Security Update Guide.
Download
You can download KB4022714 from Windows update or from the following links:
Download KB4022714 for 32 bit systems 
Download KB4022714 for 64 bit systems

Windows XP also updated

Interestingly, Microsoft's oldest and most successful OS Windows XP and Windows Vista-which have reached their end of support also received updates in limelight of fixing serious vulnerabilities that showed up after the wannacry ransomware attack. Microsoft also published a blog post, indicating that the updates released yesterday fix some serious vulnerabilities that pose a greater risk of attacks.
“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyberattacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors, or other copycat organizations… To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.

It is important to note that if you’re running a supported version of Windows, such as Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, and you have Windows Update enabled, you don’t need to take any action. As always, we recommend customers upgrade to the latest platforms. The best protection is to be on a modern, up-to-date system that incorporates the latest innovations. Older systems, even if fully up-to-date, lack the latest security features and advancements.

Windows 10 build 16215 released with lot of new features

Windows 10 build 16215 released with lot of new features

After releasing Redstone 2 aka creators update to public, the focus now shifts to the builds from next Insider branch, widely called Redstone 3. Now, Microsoft has released 8th redstone 3 build 16215 to public yesterday. Many new build features are introduced in this build.

What's new

  • Start and Action center improvements including introduction of Acrylic design:
    • Improvements to Start menu:
      • If transparency is enabled, Start would show in Acrylic.
      • Vertical resize improvements
      • Horizontal resize improvements.
      • Diagonal resize: Start Frame can be resized diagonally.
      • It is now easier to grip border to resize Start.
      • Smooth Tablet mode transition.
    • New look for Action center:
      •  Redesigned action center to give a more simpler and clearer look of information in it. Also fluent design is enabled.
    • Toast notifications also show up in acrylic design.
  • Microsoft Edge improvements
    • You can now pin your favorite website to taskbar.
    • Now you can use full screen mode in Microsoft edge.
    • Annotate books in Edge: You can add colors in EPUB files together with notes.
    • Add tab to favorites option: Every open tab would be made a favorite and saved in the favorite folder separately.
    • Improvements to Microsoft Edge Splash screen.
  • Cortana improvements:
    • Cortana can create a reminder if she finds a poster in camera roll. Make sure permission is there to access camera roll
    • If you are a pen user, Cortana can keep track of future events on your screen. You need to use lasso tool to circle the relevant information and she should automatically create a reminder. Remember, you need to give permission to Cortana for this.
  • Handwriting improvements
    • You can write as much as you can using new conversion and overflow model.
    • Select text to edit.
    • Make corrections using ink gesture and overwriting text.
    • Easier access to Emoji and symbols.
    • The handwriting panel now has an option to float.
    • Improved handwriting recognition for English language.
    • Added find my pen in Find my device.
  • Pen Interaction improvements:
    • You can now scroll and select data with pen.
  • Hardware keyboard improvements:
    • To enter emoji, you can now use a shortcut Win+period/Win+Semicolon when focus is in the text box.
  • New XAML touch keyboard is introduced which has the following features
    • Enhanced text prediction.
    • New Emoji experience.
    • One handed touch keyboard.
    • Shape writing with keyboard.
    • New keyboard Settings menu.
    • Dictation using touch keyboard on the desktop:You can use voice commands to dictate what you need to do with the keyboard, for example say inject backspace to press backspace key.
  • Shell improvements:
    • New share experience: Now you can copy link of the item to share so that you can paste it any app of your choice.
    • Local media detection for Groove Music, Movies and TV and Photos:After storage scan, Windows would automatically prompt you to add music, pictures or videos to the library of the respective apps even if the location is not in the library.
  • Settings improvements:
    • New video playback settings option in Settings>Personalization>Video playback to control media settings.
    • New HDR and color Settings page: If you have an HDR display, you will now see an option in Settings>System>display to fine tune your settings.
    • Per-app default Settings page.
    • Improvements to Network and Internet properties:You can now select your network as private or public using radio buttons, rather than older option of make this PC discoverable.
    • A new right click context menu for WiFi available to connect under flyout.
    • You can see a progress bar while moving/uninstalling an app.
    • Adjusted the settings app so that Cortana settings are more central and Windows update is at last.
  • Windows update improvements
    • You can now see active policies if any in Windows updates.
    • Individual update progress bar: Each separate update would have its own progress bar to track download.
  • Gaming improvements:
    • Game bar has a button to enable/disable it for a current game.
    • You can now take screenshots in HDR using game bar.
    • Screenshots would be saved in PNG format that is mapped to SDR.
  • Developer improvements
    • Run time broker is now per app.
    • WSL doesn't require development mode.
    • Hyper-V now supports battery mode.
  • Ease-of-acess improvements:
    • Narrator improvements like
      •  Scan mode on by default.
      • Narrator input learning.
      • New hotkeys.
      • Braille improvements.
    • Color filters like Greyscale, color etc.
    • Magnifier UI improvements.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Language Packs via Settings > Time & language > Region & language are available again starting with this build.
  • The issue causing updating to the latest builds to get stuck at 12% should be fixed. If you still hit this, please send us feedback in Feedback Hub so the team can investigate.
  • [Fixed]The issue causing you to be unable to type in your password to log in to any UWP apps such as Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Messenger apps.
  • [Fixed]The issue causing Outlook 2016 to hang on launch due to an issue where the spam filter gets stuck reading the Outlook Data File and the UI waits indefinitely for it to return.
  • [Fixed]An issue from the previous flight where Microsoft Edge would crash when enabling or disabling extensions.
  • Removed the power option to “update and shutdown” for now as it wasn’t working.
  • You may see Recovery Drive tool show up under “Recently added” on Start after updating to this build. We have made a change that makes the tool, previously only accessible via Control Panel, to now be available in the Windows Administrative Tools folder in Start.
  • [Fixed]An issue where an unexpected Wireless Display Media Viewer app with a blank icon was visible in Start after upgrading on certain devices.
  • Improvements to  facial recognition, along with a new toast you’ll see prompting you to further train Windows Hello if having issues signing in when a large amount of backlighting detected.
  • [Fixed]An issue resulting in Windows Hello Face failing to work on the previous flight for a large number of non-English languages.
  • [Fixed]An issue resulting in games such as Civilization VI, Galactic Civilizations III, and Expeditions: Viking failing to launch on recent builds.
  • [Fixed]An issue where inbox UWP app icons were overscaled in Cortana search results.
  • adjusted the text in our prompt to initiate cross device notifications from saying “Trust this PC?” to now say “You got a message on your phone. Want to see phone messages on this PC too?”.
  • [Fixed]The issue causing some people to hit Error 0x8000ffff while trying to launch an isolated Edge session in Windows Defender Application Guard.
  • [Fixed]An issue from recent flights where moving focus away from the Microsoft Edge window while the Bopomofo IME was the active input method would result in the window becoming unresponsive.
  • [Fixed]An issue where the icons of contacts pinned to the taskbar would appear cut off when using small taskbar icons.
  • [Fixed]An issue where mirroring a display and then disconnecting from it would break night light on that screen.
  • We fixed an issue where when night light had been manually enabled, and the device entered then exited S3 sleep, night could then become disabled.
  • [Fixed]An issue where pinned secondary tiles would appear as groups in that app’s Notification & Actions Settings.
  • [Fixed]An issue resulting in garbled characters when viewing the new tips in Settings on non-English languages.
  • [Fixed]An issue resulting in VIM being broken for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) users in result flights.
  • [Fixed]An issue where the choice command was failing when run in a Command Prompt script.

Known issues

  • Features that are delivered on-demand from Windows Update such as Developer Mode, .NET 3.5, and Speech Packs will not be available for this build. If you are a developer and require Developer Mode – please ensure it is enabled BEFORE taking this build. 
  • On some PCs with enterprise configurations, you may not be able to open PDFs in Microsoft Edge on this build. As a workaround, you can download PDFs and open them with a third party reader or the Reader app from the Windows Store. 
  • Microsoft Edge may load web pages at the wrong scale factor (highly zoomed in) on some devices with high density displays. As a workaround. switching to another tab and back should resolve this problem. 
  • Some PDFs may open in a cropped view (zoomed in) in Microsoft Edge, and part of the content may be inaccessible to the user. Additionally, input to these PDFs may be offset to the wrong location on screen. As a workaround, you can download PDFs and open them with a third party reader or the Reader app from the Windows Store. 
  • After upgrading, inbox apps that are the same version on the downlevel OS and uplevel OS will disappear from Start. If you are impacted by this, please go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features, select the impacted app, tap “advanced options”, click reset, and that should fix it. 
  • We’ve made a fix to address your feedback that PDFs aren’t opening in Microsoft Edge. This will resolve the issue for most Insiders, however we’re still investigating one issue specific to those with Windows Information Protection (EDP) enabled. We’re working to address this as soon as possible in an upcoming flight. 
  • New Windows Mixed Reality developers need to install build 16193 or RS2 RTM, plug in the Windows Mixed Reality headset and set up Mixed Reality, then upgrade to the latest FAST build for the best development experience. If you update to Build 16215 without setting up Mixed Reality, you will not be able to download Mixed Reality software. You will end up with multiple copies of each printer after upgrading. Only the copy with the highest number will work. 
  • Wi-Fi will get turned off on certain devices like the Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 and some USB devices and won’t work due to a driver issue. To get Wi-Fi working again, you will have to roll-back to the previous build. 
  • If you’re using a Chinese IME and try to type in Cortana, it will hang Cortana and not work. 
  • Some UWP apps such as Twitter will crash on launch. 
  • After updating to this build, Microsoft Text Input Application might appear on your All apps list and when you try to open it, it opens as a blank window. 
  • The mini surveys we call SIUFs from Feedback Hub will not work on this build.
Read more here: This update would be available via Windows update as always.

[FIX] Windows update says undoing changes after/before restart

The updates of Windows 10 have always been controversial. From being automatically Installing, automatically restarting PC that leads to loss of data to Unsucessful installation, Windows 10 users generally face difficulty to Install Windows 10 updates smoothly. This article discusses fixes when Windows update does undo the changes during installation before or after restart. Without wasting time let us discuss the same:

Run the Windows update troubleshooter

Windows update troubleshooter is the first and foremost tool you should run. In my opinion, though it rarely fixes issues, but it is a handy tool in identifying problems. You can either download it from the following link or do the steps written below:
  1. Navigate to Start>Settings
  2. Open Update and security and click Troubleshoot section
  3. Click "Fix problems with Windows update"
Alternatively if the troubleshoot section is not present you need to go to Control Panel>Troubleshooting and then selecting the same.
You can also download this from the following link:
Download the Windows update troubleshooter
 Running this tool is quite easy. Just Click on next and this tool should automatically find and fix problems.

Resetting Windows update components

Sometimes due to corrupted download of windows update package, updates might uninstall when windows cannot find corrupted files. For resetting components, you can use the script from article below and run it using administrator privileges. Whole process is automatic and you do not need to do anything.
Download Windows update reset script for Computers running Windows 10
Steps and to-do are here in the following article:
Windows update complete reset in Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows
After running the script, restart the components and try again.

Alternatively, if you do not want to use the script that does the automatic process, you can use the following article from Microsoft to reset Windows update components:
How do I reset Windows Update components?

Repair Install Windows 10

If resetting Windows update components hasn't helped, the next option is to do a repair install. A repair Install keeps everything including files, applications and settings and reinstalls Windows. This method is the most efficient method to take care of this Windows update issue. This is extremely helpful as you do not loose files and applications. You can go through the following article to know more about doing a repair install.
How to do a repair Install using a windows 10 ISO to fix a broken windows

Reset Windows 10

Generally repair install would fix this issue but if you want to start afresh especially your PC has some other problems like slowness, reset should help. Reset allows you to keep your files, but Installed applications are lost. If you have a recovery partition by manufacturer, reset also allows you to restore factory OEM partition.
To do a reset, use the following steps:
  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Select Update and security>Recovery.
  3. Click Get started under Reset.
  4. Choose the option to select or remove files.
  5. Confirm Reset by Clicking on Reset:
These are some of the methods that can solve your Windows update issue. Feel free to share if you have any other method as well..

File History missing from Build 16212, signals removing of the same from Windows in future

File History missing from Build 16212, signals removing of the same from Windows in future

Two days before Microsoft accidentally released Windows 10 build to Windows Insiders. This build was from RS_Edge_Case Lab, which was not stable for using even as an Insider build. Many users however were successful in installing this build. As this build was an internal build, there are some things that are added/removed in this build which is still not public.
One of the things that Microsoft has removed from this build is File History, the newer backup feature introduced in Windows 10. This feature was tend to be a successor of Backup and restore function introduced in Windows 7 which was a quite handy and easy-to-use feature.
 h0x0d, a known user on Twitter found the same and the following tweet was posted:

 It is unclear that a new feature would be introduced as a replacement for this, but many 3rd party software's do the same things efficiently as well.

[May] Windows 10 and Windows 7 gain as Windows XP looses significantly

It is the starting of the month, and Netmarketshare is back with the statistics for the last month aka May. Here is a OS-by-OS analysis:

Windows 7

Windows 7 this month has gained around 1 percent. The OS sits at a share of 49.46% while it had 48.50 percent in April. Windows 7 is the largest OS as per share with a very big margin.

Windows 10

Windows 10, the newest OS of Microsoft also gained this Month, though not a big jump as it is of Windows 7. The OS gained around 0.50 percent and now sits at 26.78 percent as compared to 26.28 percent in April.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 dropped by a small margin. The OS now sits at 6.74 percent from 6.96 percent in April.

Windows XP

The oldest and the most successful OS of Microsoft in the entire history, Windows XP has dropped a considerable amount of share. Now Windows XP sits at 5.66 percent, dropping from 7.04 percent in May.

Microsoft would be quite happy with Windows XP dropping as the OS was dropped support way back in 2014 and more and more users are moving either to Windows 7 or Windows 10. Here is a graphical representation, thanks to Netmarketshare:


Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 10 build, users recommended not to Install

Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 10 build, users recommended not to Install

Since there is a lot of time when a Windows Insider build was released, users around the world were expecting a build lately this week. As Microsoft is changing deployment of some engineering systems that pushes builds, the software accidentally released builds for both PC and mobile that were still unstable for general users. The build number is 16212 that is comes from RS_EDGE_CASE branch.
The Insider team was though quick deploying barriers that prevented the further leak, but those who got it installed should go back to stable build, says Microsoft.
A blog post was also posted by Dona Sarkar, head of the Insider program giving further details and possible resolution. You can read that here. For PCs, the article says:
Please be aware that this build was never intended to go out to Windows Insiders and may include issues that impact usability of your PC – more so than the normal builds we give you. You can either sit tight and wait for us to publish a newer build to you or you can roll-back to the previous build via Settings > Update & security > Recovery. And check your Windows Insider Program settings.
NOTE: You have up to 10 days to roll-back and this will only work if you did not do Disk Cleanup to remove your previous Windows installation.
Non Insiders may have also seen the unintentional build, but this should not install on such devices. Dona also indicated that there would be no new builds this week.