[FIX]Windows update Error code 80240FFF on Windows 10 build 10240

[FIX]Windows update Error code 80240FFF on Windows 10 build 10240

Recently I came up to the following thread on the Answers:
Windows 10 wont update Error code 0x80240fff
Upon digging on the technical details I couldn't find anything constructive as it is described as following:
UNEXPECTED_FAILURE
But I can see this issue isn't present on windows 10 version 1511.
As of now 567+ people are having the same issue and reading the whole thread,I came to know that it is a server side issue from the Windows update server itself.I hope MS corrects it soon,but we can try the following:
Immediate resolution:
  • Pro Users: 
    • Click on Defer Upgrades-that would change your Windows update server and the problem would be resolved.However,upgrades would be postponed.
    •  Download version 1511 through media creation Tool and perform an In-place upgrade.This would make sure you are on the latest build of windows 10 and you would receive the Anniversary update due July this year.
  • Home users(Home+Home SL):As there is no defer upgrades option,the only thing is to download version 1511 through media creation tool.
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Steps for upgrade:
Media creation Tool is now updated with Version 1511, OS Build 10586 of Windows 10.
Download link for Media Creation Tool:
You can select upgrade this PC now,windows should do that automatically for you.
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Add "Take Ownership" option in context menu

Taking ownership of a folder can be a daunting task sometimes because it requires you to change the owner using Properties and then Security tab.
This trick would simplyfy the process,with adding a take ownership option in Right click context menu.
So without wasting time here is how to:

Just download the registry file,press Yes to confirm.
Here are the screenshots:
I have selected Pause option so the window sticks and shows the results:


That's it.

Last Pass Extension now available for Microsoft Edge on Windows Insider Preview Build

Last Pass Extension now available for Microsoft Edge on Windows Insider Preview Build

So finally after Adblock Plus the next Extension to come to Microsoft Edge is LastPass which is an excellent password manager for Microsoft Windows.You can use the extension if you are running Windows insider build with MS Edge Extension support.
Download it here:
LastPass-Windows Store
It should automatically Install after you download it.
Queries?..........Post in comments...............

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14352 now available to fast ring

Its been a couple of weeks since the fast ring build 14342 thus Microsoft just released a fast ring build 14352 to windows Insiders in the fast ring.
Here is the official note:


What is new:

  • Cortana can play music from Groove music catalog.Earlier it could only play songs from the local drive.
  • You can set a timer using cortana that would remind you if you wish.
  • Windows Ink Improvements:
    • Updated Sticky notes
    • Compass on the Ruler
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    • Other bug fixes and general improvements
  • Improved Feedback hub-now Microsoft responses would be shown:Click image for larger version. 

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  • Windows Game bar supports full screen
  • New file Explorer Icon(again):
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  • Now you can easily upgrade windows 10 Pro to Enterprise without loosing anything.
  • Windows defender adds a limited Period setting.By this if you are using a 3rd Party Antivirus,Windows defender would also scan for viruses periodically,

Fixed things(Major)

  • Localization in Feedback app
  • Rendering issues on Intel HD graphics 3000 and 2000
  • Edge pinned tabs wouldn't get lost when you upgrade to a new build
  • Surface throws Bugcheck Blue screen
  • Increased hit target of 'X' in the action center to remove an item.
  • Update notifications now appear in deep link in Windows update rather than home page of Windows update
  • CTRL+E would focus to settings search box directly in settings app.
  • Action center would hide notification number if the taskbar is using small icons.
Read more here:

This update would be available via Windows update as always.


[TIP]open Windows 10 modern apps using Run dialog box

While Windows 10 makes it easy to pin shortcuts to universal apps to Start and the taskbar, there’s no obvious way to create shortcuts for these apps on the desktop.Here is a workaround for this:
Open Run dialog box(Right click Start button  and select Run) and type in shell:windowsapps folder.It would open all windows apps in an explorer window like this:

Right click the app and select create shortcut-name it and you are good to go..
This is extremely helpful when your start menu doesn't work and you want to launch any modern app.

Alternative

In addition to this,you can also launch app using run dialog box.We would require the protocol name to launch the app.Here are the protocol names and the apps which should be entered in Run:
Application Name
Application protocol
Settings app
ms-settings:
Microsoft Edge
microsoft-edge:
Microsoft photos
ms-photos:
Action centre
ms-actioncenter:
Mail and Calendar
ms-unistore-email:
Groove music
mswindowsmusic:
Films and TV
mswindowsvideo
Windows Camera
microsoft.windows.camera:
Weather app
bingweather:
Calculator
calculator:
Feedback app
windows-feedback:
Bing Maps
bingmaps:
As we are using Protocols,remember to add colon(:) everywhere in run otherwise it would throw that application is not found.
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Microsoft releases roll-up package for windows 7 that contains all post Service pack 1 updates

Microsoft releases roll-up package for windows 7 that contains all post Service pack 1 updates

Windows 7 is a 7 year old OS and thus the number of updates you have to Install is quite large and is tiresome concept.People are also reporting that Windows updates take an overnight to find the updates after a fresh Install.The reason is simple-they are prioritizing windows 10 now.
But here is a good news for windows 7 and windows Server 2008 users.Microsoft has released a roll-up package that contains all the post released updates after windows 7 SP1.So if you want to skip installing updates for windows 7 using windows updates,download the update package and Install it.Your computer would be up-to-date.
However,the requisite for this update is Service Pack 1 should be installed first.Then you can install this roll-up package.


Prerequisites:

1.This update has post SP1 updates so first of all you need to have SP1 installed in windows 7 machine.You can check Service pack 1 is installed using Properties of this PC.It should mention 
Windows 7 service pack 1.Download Service Pack 1 from here:
2.This update also requires a servicing stack update.Download it here:


Rollup Package download links

Rollup Package for Windows 7  64-bit (x64)
The X64 edition is for 64 bit OS and the first one is for 32 bit.
Queries?Post in comments........
New update for Windows 10 version 1511 that optimizes start menu now available

New update for Windows 10 version 1511 that optimizes start menu now available

Microsoft has released a new update-can be called as a minor update that fixes start menu.
It is being called as "Device Access Broker ACL Update"
Microsoft has released the following information on this.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3152599

Symptoms


Preinstalled system applications and the Start menu may not work on some computers when you upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10 Version 1511.

Cause


This issue occurs because of a race condition that causes certain registry keys to become inaccessible to logged-in users. Therefore, the preinstalled system applications that have to touch those registry keys can't be installed during the appx deployment phase.

Here are the links:
Manually download:
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/...px?q=KB3152599


Direct download links: 

x64:
download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/04/dabaclupdate_a110d0c44697860f50758118fe114e7bcf662697.exe

X86:
download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/04/dabaclupdate_946a884ce9e2aad3d4075e62511921c3868dd668.exe

This would also be available via windows update,let us know questions in comments........
[Slow ring too]Windows 10 build 14342 is now  available for Insiders in fast ring

[Slow ring too]Windows 10 build 14342 is now available for Insiders in fast ring

It might be late in Redmond as of now,but Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider preview build 14342 to public in the fast ring.More of what it looks like it got accidentally released.
Here was a tweet from Gabe:
Some have reported getting PC build 14342. We were staging this for tomorrow and looks like it published too far.We're digging in, but not sure yet whether it went to all geos. I think we'll just keep pushing out, but it may not be fully staged yet.

You can go to Settings>Update and security to download the build.Here is the detailed explaination:
Updates for Extensions in Microsoft Edge: Instead of extracting and loading extensions from a local folder, all available extensions can now be downloaded directly from the Windows Store. This change means that your currently installed extensions will be removed, and you’ll have to reinstall the ones you want from the Store. Then in future updates, your extensions will be automatically re-downloaded and installed.
We also have some new extensions available for you to try out. We are excited to announce that starting with this build, both AdBlock and Adblock Plus are now available for download in the Windows Store in addition to Pin It Button, Mouse Gestures, Reddit Enhancement Suite, Microsoft Translator, and OneNote Web Clipper. It is recommended that you only install one of either AdBlock or Adblock Plus as having them both running at the same time can cause issues with viewing websites in Microsoft Edge.
Important note: There is a bug in this build that occurs if you turn off all extensions without uninstalling them, you may not be able to close the browser or get context menus to work. To avoid this issue, uninstall any extensions you no longer want to use instead of turning them off. If you do hit this issue, to get out of this state you will need to turn on one or more extensions or uninstall all extensions, kill any Microsoft Edge processes running in Task Manager, and restart Microsoft Edge.
Real-time web notifications in Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge now supports real-time web notifications, which allow participating websites to send notifications to you via Action Center, with your permission. For example, when your friend sends you a message on Skype for Web while you’re busy in the Xbox app, you won’t miss a thing. A notification from the website will appear in Windows, just like an app might send. Click on the notification and you’ll be right back in Microsoft Edge at the site that sent it!
Swipe navigation in Microsoft Edge: Since the release of Windows 10 Mobile, our top feedback request for Microsoft Edge has been asking for the return of the swipe gesture to navigate back and forward. It’s also been one of our top 10 requests on PC. With this build, you can now swipe from anywhere on the page to get back to your previous page. This will be coming in the next Mobile build as well!
Bash on Ubuntu on Windows Improvements:
  • Symlinks within the Windows Subsystem for Linux are now functional on the mounted Windows directories. This fix helps support many scenarios including the npm installer.
  • Users with non-Latin Windows usernames are now able to install Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.
  • Many more improvements can be found in the WSL release notes here!
Skype UWP Preview Update: The Skype UWP Preview app has been updated in response to your feedback. In this release, you have the ability to set a dark theme and can switch between different Skype accounts. You can expect mobile release in the next few weeks.
Updated Windows Ink Workspace icon: We have updated the Windows Ink Workspace icon on the taskbar. The new icon shows a more expressive ink stroke and is more consistent with other icons in the notification area. The new icon also looks better at wider range of sizes. 
Updated visuals for User Account Control dialog: The UAC dialog now supports dark mode! As part of this work, we’ve updated also the header color from yellow to blue.
image: http://az648995.vo.msecnd.net/win/2016/05/dark-mode-uac.png
Dark mode UAC Prompt

Middle-click for dismiss in Action Center: Action Center now supports the popular dismiss model of middle-clicking on a notification via the middle button scroll wheel on your mouse to a single notification. Middle-clicking on an app’s name will dismiss all the notifications listed for that app.
Apps for websites: As we discussed at Build 2016, you will soon be able to redirect certain websites to open with an app instead. While there are currently no apps that support this, in preparation for their availability we have added a new page at Settings > System > Apps for websites where you will be able to manage them. Please stay tuned!
Feedback Hub improvements: We’ve heard from you that it can sometimes be hard to find which category your feedback belongs in. Now when you create new feedback, the Feedback Hub will suggest categories and subcategories based on the title and description you entered. If you see a suggestion that looks right, just click it to fill in the menus and get your feedback to the right engineers quickly.

Here’s what’s fixed for PC

  • We have fixed the issues blocking the Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial). You can now run the converter on the Enterprise edition as well as Pro edition of Windows. You will need the latest converter and base image from here to take advantage of all the improvements which will be available later today.
  • We fixed the issue causing Tencent online games from not working in current builds from the Development Branch.
  • We have fixed the issue causing DRM-protected content from services like Groove Music, Microsoft Movies & TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu from being playable with playback with 0x8004C029 or 0x8004C503 errors.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in audio crashes for users who play audio to a receiver over S/PDIF or HDMI, and use a driver that supports real-time encoding via technologies like Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect.
  • Polished the animation when invoking Cortana on the Lock screen. And also resolved an issue where tapping the link to fix mic issues wouldn’t fix them.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the ok/cancel buttons in the network flyout being clipped on high DPI devices.
  • We fixed an issue where you might see Windows Hello messages on the screen while you were already logging in with a fingerprint.
  • We fixed the issue where if you were in an app and clicked on a link with a URL longer than 260 characters, it would bring up the “Open with…” dialog instead of opening with your default browser.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use your mouse in the Photos app to either move photo while zoomed or adjust crop region.
  • The ALT + Y keyboard shortcut to choose “yes” now works with the updated UAC UI.
  • Updated new Credential UI to add support for pasting into username and password fields
  • Polished icons used to identify pages in the Settings app – in particular, updated battery icon to be more consistent with the weight of the other icons.
  • Made some polish improvements to the Action Center, and resolved an issue where icon in Taskbar wasn’t displaying correctly at 175% DPI.
  • We fixed an issue where the image used in Screen Sketch would be rotated 90 degrees for native portrait devices (such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro). Also polished the experience of cropping images in Screen Sketch.
  • We fixed Clock and Calendar flyout issues on the taskbar with the 24-hour time format where the agenda items would display using 12-hour format instead of the 24-hour time format and certain items would be off by 12 hours.
  • We fixed an issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout couldn’t be dismissed by clicking on the date and time in the taskbar a second time.
  • We updated the “set location” notification so tapping anywhere in the notification will now enable you to set a default location.
  • We fixed an issue where certain shortcuts weren’t working in UWPs, for example CTRL + C, CTRL + V, and ALT + Space.
  • We fixed an issue where tapping the battery icon wouldn’t open the Battery flyout when in Tablet Mode.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking elements in the Start navigation pane might result in the Store opening instead.
  • We fixed an issue where background audio tasks might show up in the volume controls.
  • We added a “Clear Input History” option to the IME Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue where doing an action on a file in a folder pinned to Quick Access after using the address bar to get there might result in File Explorer unexpectedly navigating to Quick Access.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Cortana crashing if you shared an avatar with Cortana from the Xbox Avatars app.
  • We fixed an issue causing the search box on the Language Settings page to not work.

Known issues for PC

  • Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI will be in English (U.S.) only, even with language packs installed.
  • Feedback Hub takes about 20-30 minutes after updating to this build to download and populate itself if launched from Start. If you launch Feedback Hub from All apps – it will force the app to hydrate.
  • Symantec products such as Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security are causing PCs to bluescreen (bug check).
  • The QQ app from Tencent crashes. We’re working on a fix for the issue.
  • If you are using a non-English keyboard, you can’t accept Bash prompts.
  • We are investigating an issue where if you’re running Insider Preview builds in certain languages, the All apps list on Start appears empty. A workaround for this is to use search to launch apps.
  • You may see square boxes in certain apps when using some of the new emoji – we’re still getting things set up, this will be resolved in a future build.

Other items of note

We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts. The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing.
As always – thank you for being Windows Insiders and make sure to send us feedback on any issues you run into with these builds in the Feedback Hub.
Thanks,
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Via Windows experience blog

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The update was released to slow ring also on 20th May 2016.

Install Adblock Plus on Microsoft Edge version 37.14332

Install Adblock Plus on Microsoft Edge version 37.14332

AdBlock for Microsoft Edge is still officially “coming soon.” for general public.But for running devices Insider builds of  Windows 10, you can try AdBlock and AdBlock Plus before everyone else.

Download

First of all the user needs to download Adblock/Adblock plus from the store.Future extensions would be made available in the store.Here is a link:
Adblock:
Adblock Plus:
After the download completes,restart Edge if you are using and you will be greeted with Adblock Plus has been Installed.
Please note that Adblock is not working 100 percent for all users,but giving a try isn't a bad idea :)
The functionality is also a bit lesser as you can't unblock certain elements of the page and other things.We expect it to improve more in future.
Microsoft to remove Get Windows 10 app after the free upgrade offer ends

Microsoft to remove Get Windows 10 app after the free upgrade offer ends

One of the major headaches for computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8 is "get Windows 10 app" aka GWX.Sometimes, it prompts the user to start the upgrade to windows 10 and gives the option like "Start the upgrade now" and "Schedule it tonight"
This means the user cannot cancel the upgrade and there is no easy way to schedule/cancel the update.
But as the Free upgrade offer is valid till 29th of July this year and the users would have to pay afterwards,Microsoft has said that the facility to upgrade to windows 10 will be disabled and eventually would be removed from PC's worldwide.Though it can take some time.Here is what is written on Winbeta:
Details are still being finalized, but on July 29th the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide. Just as it took time to ramp up and roll out the Get Windows 10 app, it will take time to ramp it down.
So that means it is good news for windows 7 and 8 users that they would not be nagged to upgrade to windows 10.Personally,I haven't encountered any issues with Windows 10 from start but there are reasons why people don't wish to upgrade.


Although there is no comment whether the free upgrade offer would extend,only the time would tell.

Windows 10 now on 300 million devices

Windows 10 now on 300 million devices

Yesterday,a blog post from ,Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group revealed that windows 10 is now running on 300 million devices that includes phones,PC's,enterprises and others.
The blog post stated:
We’re pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year. Core to delivering our more personal computing vision, Windows 10 offers experiences that are familiar, safer and more secure, and more personal and productive – enabling innovative new experiences.
We’re seeing people at home, at schools, at small businesses, at large companies, and other organizations adopt Windows 10 faster than ever, and use Windows 10 more than ever before. A few examples:
  • Over 63 billion minutes were spent on Microsoft Edge in March alone, with 50% growth in minutes since the last quarter. Exclusively available on Windows 10, Microsoft Edge is our modern browser for helping you get things done.
  • Cortana, the personal digital assistant in Windows 10, has helped answer over 6 billion questions since launch.
  • People are playing games on Windows 10 more than ever before, with over 9 billion hours of gameplay on Windows 10 since launch.
  • Apps that come with Windows 10, including Photos, Groove Music, and Movies & TV are seeing millions of active users each month, including more than 144 million people using Photos.
  • And, the Windows Store continues to grow daily with new Universal Windows Platform apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger; updated UWP apps from Vine, Hulu, Netflix and Twitter; and popular PC games including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break.
These Windows 10 services are getting better and better each month, with significant new innovations shipped in November, and many more coming in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer. Of course, as part of delivering Windows 10 as a service – any Windows 10 customer can enjoy these innovations – for free.
With the highest customer satisfaction of any version of Windows, we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of Windows 10. We continue to see awesome new Windows 10 devices becoming available – at a price point for everyone. And, today, we want to remind you that if you haven’t taken advantage of the free upgrade offer, now is the time. The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 was a first for Microsoft, helping people upgrade faster than ever before. And time is running out. The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. After July 29th, you’ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.

Via:


 https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/05/05/windows-10-now-on-300-million-active-devices-free-upgrade-offer-to-end-soon/#D6jUDxO23OEjx3Mi.99
I expect the number to increase as the free update offer is ending soon.It would be quite intresting to see if the offer is increased for an year or so.

Windows 10 jumps to 14 percent of the computer share

Windows 10 has been one of the most rapidly growing Edition of Windows when it comes to market share. The NetMarket share released Yesterday reveal that Windows 10 is the second highest used Operating system claiming 14 percent of the market share.
Windows 7 remains on the top though with around 48 percent of share-dropping two percent from last month.However,the growth rate is on a decline.
Image by Netmarket Share
The Interesting part is that Windows XP is still running on 10 percent which is quite a large amount.
I expect the share to grow up if the free upgrade offer continues after July because Windows 10 Anniversary update is quite promising.

Browsers

As far as browsers are concerned,the stats reveal that Chrome has overtaken IE as the most used browser.Microsoft Edge sits at 3 percent share.