New cumulative update for Windows 10 now available

If you are running windows 10 v1607 on a computer on production ring, there is a cumulative update released Yesterday that jumps the build number to 14393.105. Though there is no patch Tuesday near, but the software giant aims to provide more and more stability to the GA build. The KB number is KB3176938. If you recall, the same update had released to Insiders in Slow and release preview ring a some days ago, but the build number was 14393.103.
Here is the changelog of the 14393.103 as posted on the update history page:
  • Improved reliability of Windows Ink Workspace, Microsoft Edge, File Server, Windows kernel, Microsoft Component Object Model (COM), Cluster Health Service, Hyper-V, multi-factor authentication (MFA), NTFS file system, PowerShell, Internet Explorer 11, facial recognition, graphics, Windows Store, and Windows Shell.
  • Improved performance related to purchasing apps from the Store.
  • Improved battery life of wearable devices (such as the Microsoft Band) while Bluetooth is connected and idle.
  • Improved compatibility of using Xbox One controllers with various games.
  • Addressed issue with incorrect character mapping between Japanese and Unicode for the question mark.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the download and initialization of .NET objects in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Improved support of new near-field communication (NFC) chips for Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed issue with game or app audio not resuming after ending a call on Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed additional issues with compatibility, remote desktop, BitLocker, PowerShell, Direct3D, networking policies, Dynamic Access Control (DAC) rules, Microsoft Edge, Connected Standby, mobile device management (MDM), printing, Fingerprint logon, and Cortana.


So we can say KB3176938 is re-released with some under the hood changes.


A new firmware update for surface pro 3 devices is now available

A new firmware update for surface pro 3 devices is now available

Microsoft surface is one of the popular devices in PC/Tablet market made by Microsoft. As far as Surface Pro 3 is concerned. Microsoft has released a new firmware for these devices widely called as August 2016 firmware which Installs v 38.10.90.0 in the Embedded controller. The most common fix being the device not detecting the full charge capacity of the battery. This firmware updates the "fuel gauge" part that fixes this issue. However, this bug affected only limited number of devices.

Download

This firmware would be rolled out in stages, so it might not be present on the same day of release aka today. However, you can always download the package manually and extract it and Install. To manually download, go here. Remember, that this firmware would install successfully  only on machines running windows 8 and 10.

Special thanks to Softpedia for the article.......
New Windows 10 redstone 2 build expected this week

New Windows 10 redstone 2 build expected this week

Last week, a prominent news source predicted releasing of 14910 as next Insider build as discussed here. The news In-fact came to be false.
However, a new Insider leak says that the planning of redstone 2 is complete-Planning means what features would be made available till the general availability etc. Recently, Dona Sarkar the chief of windows Insider program tweeted the following:
So that means the focus now shifts to getting new features as soon as possible. Though it is unclear which features would be there in the final release but the next builds could hint them. As far as new builds are concerned, Dona has promised that  there would be a build this week. However as these are coming from the development branch lately, so the builds might get delayed.
Enable Num Lock at sign in screen in windows 10

Enable Num Lock at sign in screen in windows 10

In windows 10, when you sign in to your account, Num lock is turned off by default. This somewhat becomes an irritation to users like me, who use PIN to sign in to my account. When the Num lock is turned off, the numeric keypad behaves as arrow pad and we can also use other functions like Page up/down.
But there is a registry trick that enables Num lock at sign in. So without wasting time let us start the tutorial:

  • Open Run dialog box by Pressing windows key+R. Alternatively, right click the start button and select Run.
  • Type in regedit and press OK.
  • On the next window that opens, navigate to the following Path:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard
  • Now on the right hand side, right click InitialKeyboardIndicators and click Modify. It would have a value of 2147483648.
  • Change the value to 2 and the Num lock should be enabled by default at the sign in.
Alternatively, if you find it difficult, just run the following file and press  Yes when prompted:
Registry file to enable Num lock at the sign in screen.
To restore defaults, you can use the following:
All credits to Shawn Brink for the tutorial.
New cumulative updates for slow ring and release preview ring for Windows 10 v1607 now available

New cumulative updates for slow ring and release preview ring for Windows 10 v1607 now available

If you are enrolled as a windows Insider on your PC on release preview ring or slow ring, there is an update released last night for your device. Microsoft has released a cumulative update KB3176938 to windows Insiders, that jump the build number to 14393.103.Here is what Dona Sarkar, chief of Windows Insider program had to say:


Here is the detailed change-log made available in feedback hub as well:


  • Improved reliability of the Windows Ink Workspace, Microsoft Edge, File Server, Windows kernel, Microsoft Component Object Model (COM), Cluster Health Service, Hyper-V, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), NTFS file system, PowerShell, Internet Explorer, facial recognition, graphics, Microsoft Store and Windows Shell.
  • Improved performance for the speed of purchasing Store apps.
  • Improved battery life of wearable devices (such as the Microsoft Band) while Bluetooth is connected and idle.
  • Improved compatibility of using Xbox One controllers with various games.
  • Addressed issue with incorrect character mapping between Japanese and Unicode for the question mark (?) symbol.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the download and initialization of .NET objects in Internet Explorer.
  • Improved support for new near-field communication (NFC) chips for Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed issue with game or app audio not resuming after ending a call on Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Addressed additional issues with compatibility, Remote Desktop, BitLocker, PowerShell, Direct3D, networking policies, Dynamic Access Control (DAC) rules, Microsoft Edge, Connected Standby, mobile device management (MDM), printing, Fingerprint logon and Cortana.

Here is the link to the feedback hub:
Additionally you can get the latest update information here:
Microsoft Solitaire collection coming to Android and iOS soon

Microsoft Solitaire collection coming to Android and iOS soon

With the release of windows 10, Microsoft introduced the in built games in the form of a modern app. With this, many of the games got removed in Windows like Spider solitare. With the following article, you could get your games back, however:
Download Windows 10 default games for windows 7
The Microsoft Solitare app on windows 10 have the following games:
  1.  Klondike
  2. Spider
  3. Freecell
  4. Pyramid
  5. Tripeaks
 The modern version of the app can link the achievements of your solitare with Xbox app as well.
Now, the same Microsoft solitare app is being introduced to Android and iOS as well. A recent article on winbeta here says that the members of Microsoft casual games circle have been emailed internally about the same. Here is a snippet of the email:
Do you have an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS/Android device? If so, then here’s some exciting news: We are developing Microsoft Solitaire Collection for iOS and Android devices and we are looking for a group of passionate Solitaire players to help us test our beta version of the game as we continue to work on it.As a valuable member of the Microsoft Casual Games Inner Circle, we wanted to give you the first opportunity to be a part of our beta program and give us feedback on the experience.If you are interested in joining our beta program and getting a sneak peak of the game on your iOS or Android device, please click on this link and sign in with your Microsoft Account to give us some information about your devices.
The Microsoft casual games circle is a program similar to windows Insider program, with somewhat less participation with the public.
Cumulative update and servicing stack update to windows 10 available now

Cumulative update and servicing stack update to windows 10 available now

If you are on Windows 10 Build 14393 not enrolled in Windows Insider program, Microsoft has released a cumulative update that jumps the build number to 14393.82. The KB number of this update is KB3176934. If you remember, this cumulative update was released to ones enrolled in Insider program in release preview ring. Here is the changelog:

  • Improved reliability of Network Controller, DNS server, gateways, Storage Spaces Direct, Group Managed Service Accounts, remote procedure calls (RPC), PowerShell, Internet Explorer 11, printer pairing and interoperability, the Windows kernel, Media Core, Windows Store, Connected Standby, Cluster Health service, the Hypervisor debugger and platform, and Active Directory.
  • Improved performance of Storage Spaces Direct with many nodes or disks, scrolling lists on Xbox One, DHCP address acquisition, Active Directory queries, and Cluster Health service.
  • Addressed issue that prevents external media from playing on Xbox One using Cast to Device.
  • Addressed issue with Mouse events not working correctly in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with the rendering and resizing of nested tables in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with the UI layout not updating correctly in Internet Explorer 11 quirks mode.
  • Addressed issue that was causing nodes to be disconnected from a Cluster service intermittently.
  • Addressed issue with the 3G and 4G options not appearing correctly in Windows 10 Mobile settings.
  • Addressed additional issues with mobile device management (MDM) enrollment for an Azure Active Directory tenant, software compatibility, rendering of Yu Gothic fonts, Cortana, slow connections to cluster shares, Xbox One unable to launch the Netflix app using the DIAL protocol, Xbox One volume and music playback, all video stops while audio plays in a TV app, incorrect scaling of Internet Explorer 11 first-run dialog, driver setup, Windows Update for Business, apps failing to install after resetting device, boot failure with Hyper-V and BitLocker enabled, Cache Manager, Cluster Health service, inability to change roles and features on a locked device, disk-to-enclosure mappings not working, PowerShell, missing lock screen image, fitness tracker not recognized as a mass storage device, synchronization not working between Intune and Azure Active Directory (AAD), Skype calls over Wi-Fi, streaming playback using progressive download, unable to cancel download from Windows, extensions for Microsoft Edge, incorrect lock screen UI after resuming from hibernate and sleep, and blocked installation of game bundles from the Windows Store.

A servicing stack update is also available, that makes improvements to the servicing stack. The KB number is KB3176936. You can read more about it here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3176936

14910 can be the next redstone 2 Insider build

14910 can be the next redstone 2 Insider build

With the release of Anniversary update to windows 10, Microsoft quickly "resumed" the windows Insider program by shipping Build 14901 from the development branch to fast ring. Soon, 14905 was released  which is I think a bit buggy as many issues are reported with it. One of them is here:

You cannot change Insider program settings in build 14905, fix coming soon

 Now a reliable twitter account which posts the same sort of things with twitter handle @CoreInsiderprogram has predicted 14910 to be released soon:


  A watermark in the lower part of the image also states “did anyone say ‘more system apps’,” which is perhaps hinting at some new system apps and features in the next build. The account is although not official, but it is very reliable seeing the past.

Wait is what we all can do!
If your camera is broken by Windows 10 Anniversary update, there is a registry hack that cures it

If your camera is broken by Windows 10 Anniversary update, there is a registry hack that cures it

On 2nd of August, Microsoft released the famous Anniversary update to windows 10 that brings a wide number of new features to the OS. Recently thurrott.com reported a weird issue that caused your webcam to stop working after the Anniversary update. So if you think, you are not the only one affected by this issue.
With Anniversary update, Microsoft no longer allows streaming of MPEG/H264 streams and this is where the issue lies. The reason of removal as given by MS is the future app development, If MPEG/H264 streams are used then it might result in poor quality.

This issue affects many varieties of webcams especially of Logitech.The expected fix is coming in September-might be with the patch Tuesday. Mike from the camera team has recognized this issue, which has said the same.

But if you cannot wait and want to fix it asap, then the following registry hack might work:

  • Open Registry editor by typing in regedit in run dialog box.
  • On the left pane, navigate to the following key:
HKeyLocal_Machine\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform

  • On the right pane, right click any empty area and then click New>DWORD(32/64)
  • The new key name should be EnableFrameServerMode and value should be 0.
The fix is quite handy is it affects your business and it  has worked for many users and hopefully it does it for you as well!

You cannot change Insider program settings in build 14905, fix coming soon

You cannot change Insider program settings in build 14905, fix coming soon

Microsoft recently released Build 14905, which is the second build from redstone 2 branch. As the changes are being done to onecore (the heart of the windows as the software giant says!), expect them not to be fully stable.
There were many known issues written in the blog post, but there is an issue that wasn't written and was discovered later. This issue prevents the user from changing settings on the windows Insider program in Settings app.
Jason, Program manager of windows Insider program has posted some information here, a part of which is mentioned here:
This bug only affects users on build 14905 for PC.  It *does not* impact Mobile users. Users on this new build will not be able to change the Insider Preview Build settings on their PC. The cause of this issue has already been discovered and a fix is already in the works.  This fix will be included in an upcoming flight.
There are no workarounds for this issue.  It does not impact core OS functionality, only the ability to change flight settings.  If you find it necessary to make changes before a future build is released with the fix, you may roll back to your previous build via the Settings menu.  This however should not be required.

Expect these kind of bugs till the builds from the development branch continues, after all Fast ring is for the people who can bear with bugs.
New cumulative updates for Windows 10 v1607 on release preview ring available now

New cumulative updates for Windows 10 v1607 on release preview ring available now

If you are enrolled as a windows Insider on your PC on  release preview ring, Microsoft has just released a cumulative update for Windows 10 v1607 that jumps the build number to 14393.82.
There is no changelog available yet, but please keep checking feedback hub or this space for the same.

Download

Here are the download links for X86 and X64 systems:


Remember, it is only for release preview rings, not for slow ring or Non Insiders. 
Windows 7 and 8 moving to cumulative update model soon

Windows 7 and 8 moving to cumulative update model soon

In Windows 10, updates are cumulative. By cumulative update, the user requires only a single update that contains patches from when the OS was released and the computer becomes up-to-date. It is similar to Microsoft Malicious software removal tool, which allows Installation of a single month's update that contains the definition of previous months as well.
This system is quite handy, the user only requires Installation of 2/3 updates after a clean Install to make his system up-to-date.
As far as Windows 7 and 8 are concerned, they follow the hotfix model. A single issue requires Microsoft to push a new hotfix. After a clean Install, the updates might go greater than 200 like this:


This would, as usual take time to Install and restart as well. You cannot expect your computer to be functional before 3 or 4 hours.
Recently, to ease out this process, Microsoft introduced a roll up package that contained all updates post service pack 1. You can read about it here:
Microsoft releases roll-up package for windows 7 that contains all post Service pack 1 updates

Now Microsoft is thinking somewhat different. According to close sources, Microsoft is eager to move the update models of the feature deprecated OS to follow cumulative update model.
This might come as early as October, as the close sources say. Adobe flash has separate patches, so don't expect integration of that as well.





New cumulative updates for Windows 10 Insiders available now

New cumulative updates for Windows 10 Insiders available now

If you are enrolled as a windows Insider on your PC be it slow ring or release preview ring, Microsoft has just released a cumulative update for Windows 10 v1607 that jumps the build number to 14393.67.
The changelog as posted in Feedback hub is as follows:

  • Addressed issue that causes significantly reduced battery life on Windows Phone when using Bluetooth with "Hey Cortana" feature enabled.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from completing the out-of-box experience (OOBE) with a local account using Korean characters.
Source: Cumulative Update Build 14393.67 for PC and Mobile now available - Feedback Hub

The KB number of the update is  KB3176931.Go over to Windows update to download because there aren't any direct download links available. (You can get that unofficially here).

For fast ring, 14901 is always available as discussed here.
Found a bug in Edge? You can now file them on Twitter using a hastag

Found a bug in Edge? You can now file them on Twitter using a hastag

Windows 10 comes with a new browser called Microsoft Edge. As this browser is just an Year old and has been developed from scratch, there might be some bugs while visiting websites you wish. By bugs, I mean there might be some rendering issues, page isn't displayed properly etc.
To report bugs, Microsoft has various channels like feedback hub etc, but now a new tool is developed by the software giant that would find bugs in Edge that requires you to tweet using a hashtag,
The hashtag is #Edgebug and it requires some effort from your side. Here are the requirements that you need to send as explained by Microsoft:


  • Use the hashtag #EdgeBug so our tool catches your bug and we can follow up with a link to the bug.
  • Include a link to a reduced test case of the bug on codepen.io, jsfiddle.net, jsbin.com, or dabblet.com – this makes sure the bug is actionable on our end.
  • Use the text remaining to make a title for your bug. Make sure it’s succinct and descriptive!
Credits to Winbeta for how your Tweet should look like:
 tweet Frustrated with Edge? You can now file bugs via Twitter
Once you tweet, @MSEDGEDEV should reply you within a day or two with a link of issues.microsoftedge.com.


Onedrive Placeholders expected in Redstone 2

Onedrive Placeholders expected in Redstone 2

In Windows 8.1, a very handy tool called onedrive placeholders was available, which was removed in Windows 10. For those who don't know what placeholders is, it allowed showing of your onedrive data and folders in File explorer without downloading it in your computer. This is sometime quite handy when you have a metered connection.

Windows 10 has a good UWP of Onedrive, but isn't as good as Placeholders as it doesn't allow any such feature.In the new app, either you have to select folders individually to synchronize or synchronize them all. However, this feature was expected to return with Redstone 1 aka with the Anniversary update, but the software giant postponed it for obvious reasons.

However, prominent hacker @tfwboredeom has just shared on Twitter that the code of it has started to show up in Redstone 2 builds:


 Back in December 2015, the head of Sharepoint and Onedrive said in an Interview that placeholders  never integrated with the Windows file system, meaning some apps, APIs and command line tools didn’t work as they should.” (You can read full article on Winbeta here.) But as this was widely criticised, Microsoft decided to bring placeholders back.

New cumulative updates for windows 10 available now

New cumulative updates for windows 10 available now

This month's patch Tuesday as usual has bring many updates to windows OS. For Windows 10, cumulative updates for all the three releases of windows 10. For the newest release of Windows 10 called the Anniversary update, this is the first patch Tuesday cumulative update. Here are the more details:

  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue to keep pen click settings after updating to Windows 10 Version 1607.
  • Addressed issue that may cause Windows 10 Mobile devices to hang after turning Bluetooth on and off very quickly.
  • Security updates to Kernel Mode Drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Windows Authentication Methods.

Direct Download

For manual update, download the following files and run according to your architecture

64-bit (x64): 
http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...005fa4288f.msu

32-bit (x86):

Version 1511

Here is the changelog for Cumulative update released for Version 1511 that brings the build number to 10586.545

  • Improved reliability by allowing more time for devices to recover from connected standby mode.
  • Addressed issue affecting some devices with Bitlocker enabled that didn’t start up to the BitLocker password entry screen.
  • Addressed issue with MouseUp and MouseDown events not working correctly when using a scroll bar in an Inline Frame (IFrame).
  • Addressed issue that delays the display of content when resizing the Internet Explorer 11 browser window.
  • Addressed issue with special keys and mouse clicks that don’t work on devices when Remote Assistance is in session.
  • Addressed issue with rendering multi-pixel points in Web Graphics Library (WebGL).
  • Addressed additional issues with certain devices that can’t transition from connected standby to sleep mode, updates not installing, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Kernel Mode Drivers, Windows Authentication Methods, Microsoft Graphics Component, and Kernel Mode Blacklist.

Version 1507

Brings the build number to 10240.17071.
  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11 and WebDAV shares.
  • Addressed issue affecting some devices with Bitlocker enabled that didn’t start up to the BitLocker password entry screen.
  • Addressed issue with MouseUp and MouseDown events not working correctly when using a scroll bar in an Inline Frame (IFrame).
  • Addressed issue that delays the display of content when resizing the Internet Explorer 11 browser window.
  • Addressed issue in DNS Subnet Prioritization that was impacting network connectivity.
  • Addressed issue with OLE drag and drop that prevents the download of more than one item per operation.
  • Addressed additional issues with revised daylight saving time, updates not installing, Internet Explorer 11, and the Windows kernel.
  • Security updates to Kernel Mode Blacklist, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Authentication Methods, the lock screen, Kernel Mode Drivers, and Secure Boot.
 For Version 1511+1507 the download links aren't available, I would post them as soon as I get details.
Redstone 2 builds to Insiders expected as soon as this week

Redstone 2 builds to Insiders expected as soon as this week

With the release of Anniversary update to windows 10 coded Redstone, the focus now shifts to Redstone 2 expected in early 2017 as explained here:
Redstone 2 and 3 coming to Windows 10 next year
 Articles at Winbeta and Windows central confirm that Windows 10 Redstone 2 builds are being compiled Internally.The latest one with build number 14901, compiled on Saturday. MS plans releasing them to fast ring as soon as this week, provided the stability factor doesn't come into action.
Core Insider Program confirms the same that 14901 is compiled on Saturday.
For those who don't know, Windows Insider program allows testing of Windows 10 builds before the general public gets the stable build. Navigate to Windows Insider Program home page who wish to join!

I would update this article as soon as more Information is made public.

[How to] Syncronize your PC and phone notifications using Cortana for Android

With the release of windows 10 Anniversary update, Microsoft Introduced a quite handy feature to windows 10 that allows synchronization of notifications from phone to PC and vice-versa as explained here:
What's new in Windows 10 Anniversary update 
Cortana is available for Windows phone and Android as well. At this time of writing, cortana for Android is available for China, English-US, English-UK and English-India. You can download the APK directly from here
Cortana APK-Apkmirror
After the download is complete, Navigate to Settings>Companion Notifications and turn it ON.:

 Steps would be similar for Windows phone as well.

After you have successfully installed Cortana on your device, open Cortana settings in PC and turn on "Send notifications to devices" as shown here:



That's it, the PC would show you missed calls notifications if you miss one on your phone. PS Kindly note that this feature requires Cortana logged in with the same Microsoft account.

Questions? Feel free to ask them in comments.........


Download Windows 10 enterprise and LTSB 90 days evaluation versions with Anniversary update

Download Windows 10 enterprise and LTSB 90 days evaluation versions with Anniversary update

Recently Microsoft has released his second major update to windows 10, called the Anniversary update to windows 10 which brings wide number of new features to the OS, originally released in July 2015.
Here is the change-log of Anniversary update:

What's new in Anniversary update to Windows 10
Anniversary update is released to almost all of the editions of Windows 10, except for enterprise edition. The policy of Microsoft of enterprise edition states that feature upgrade would be delivered after 6 months of the release, in order to make it more stable.
But for evaluation, Microsoft has released the ISO's for Windows 10 v1607 called the Anniversary update, which you can download and use it for free. However, they expire after 90 days after the Installation of the OS. You can download the ISO's from here:

Download Windows 10 Enterprise and LTSB 90-day Trial Versions

This is quite helpful for business's and users who want to test the OS first before buying it. The following languages are available:

  • English (United States)
  • English (Great Britain)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
Enterprise edition of windows contains some exclusive features like Windows To Go Creator, AppLocker, Direct Access, Credential Guard, Device Guard, operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management, etc. So you can test them as well.

Now you have only 10 days to rollback to an earlier build of Windows 10

With Windows 10 released last year, Microsoft introduced a quite useful feature to rollback to your previous OS if it were an upgrade. Earlier restoring OS from windows.old was a tedious task as it required booting from an Installation media first, then doing some commands.

The time limit was given as 30 days to rollback to the previous OS. As Windows 10 was free as an upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8, for those who had issues with Windows 10 could easily rollback within 30 days.
Now moving forward, with the Anniversary update  to Windows 10, the rollback feature exists as well but the time limit to go back has been reduced, it is now only 10 days.

As you can see, my PC is already above the 10 day limit, so it says you cannot go back. One more small change is that the rollback option is now permanent, earlier it wasn't shown when you didn't had the files or if you had passed the rollback days.

Redstone 2 and Redstone 3 would be available in 2017, says Microsoft

Redstone 2 and Redstone 3 would be available in 2017, says Microsoft

Microsoft recently released the second major update to Windows 10, widely called the Anniversary update to Windows 10 code named Redstone. It brings wide number of new features as well.
Now moving forward, the next update in series is expected to come next year, called Redstone 2 and after that Redstone 3.
As explained in the blog post here, Microsoft says they expect both Redstone 2 and Redstone 3 sometime next year.

No new feature upgrade in 2016

This means there would be no major update to Windows 10 this year. Redstone 2 development has already started internally and we expect builds sometime later this month.

Carrying on with previous pattern, for business Windows 10 v1607 would be available after 4 months of the stable release. From the blog post:
“Today’s release of Windows 10, version 1607 is initially considered the Current Branch (CB) and will become Current Branch for Business (CBB) in about four months from today. Windows 10, version 1607 is our third Windows 10 feature update released. Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017,” Microsoft explains in today’s post.
With the Redstone 2 expected in Spring of 2017, we expect Redstone 3 in fall/late 2017 like the November update to Windows 10. 

[FIX]Windows 10 Anniversary Update error 0X80070057

Windows 10 Anniversary update is now available to general public as Explained here and on the community forums I saw a large number of people reporting 0X80070057 error while updating to the latest build using the upgrade assistant.I will discuss the solution in detail in this article.

Solution

Generally error code 80070057 signals corruption of Windows update files (Source) but looks like this isn't the case here. On one of my computers, I noticed that the upgrade assistant tool is throwing this error by checking in the log files. So to get the Anniversary update, use an Alternate called Media creation tool which is present on the same page of the Windows 10 Software download as shown:
You can use this direct link


After downloading the tool, accept the license terms and click upgrade this PC now, windows would automatically Install the Anniversary update.For a detailed explaination see this article:
Here is how to update to Windows 10 Anniversary update manually if you are having troubles with Windows update
Personally I find MCT more reliable than the upgrade assistant as well as it also allows saving the Installation file if you want.

Questions? Feel free to comment!

Here is how to update to Windows 10 Anniversary update manually if you are having troubles with Windows update


The 2nd major update to Windows 10 widely called the Anniversary update would be released to August 2nd as told by Microsoft in a blog post earlier.As Windows 10 is running on 350+ million devices, do not expect it to come down immediately to your device. The rolling out of the major update like this depends on many of the factors like the configuration of your device, location and tons of other factors.
While getting the update through windows update can take days, you can manually download the Installation media and run an In-place upgrade if you cannot wait.
An In-Place upgrade means reinstalling Windows keeping everything of yours including files, installed applications and settings. It would be just like when your system upgraded from Windows 10 build 10240 to Windows 10 build 10586, widely called the November update to windows 10.

There are two ways to to upgrade your OS to the latest build, one is a more automated process and other one requires a bit of effort from your side.Without wasting time, let us discuss both of them:

Method 1

This method is fairly simple.You just need to download a tool and select upgrade this PC now  after opening and accepting the license terms.The tool will automatically download the setup media and perform the upgrade.
Media creation tool can be downloaded from this page:
The screen looks like this:

Here is a direct link to it:
Download the Media Creation Tool Now

                                      
To upgrade your PC to the November update, click Next and the Installation media download would begin like this:

After the download completes, it would automatically start the Installation and your computer would be updated.

Method 2

Though somewhat more complicated, this method would allow you to keep an Installation media for future purposes if you want to do a clean Install.
  • First of all, download the media creation tool and select Create Installation media for another PC at the screen which says What do you want to do?
                                           
  • Then, 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 double click 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.Windows would get the updates after the upgrade, so select not right now.
  • Accept the license terms:
  • Then after a while, it would show the following:
    Make sure Keep personal files and apps is ticked.
  • After clicking next the Installation starts:
  • After a restart, the progress screen is shown:(resembles windows update now!)
  • After completion, customize your OOBE settings.Click on Express settings, if you want Microsoft defaults and click on customise in the bottom left if you want to customise them according to your settings.
  • And your computer is now updated with Windows 10 v1607 called the Anniversary update.

Method 3:

  • You can download the installation file from the following page and then go to Step 4  of method 2.To Download the ISO go to:
  • It is quite handy as the you can pause the ISO download for sometime if you wish. The catch is the download must complete in 24 hours.
To remove the older windows Installation that would be removed automatically after 10 days you can see this article(the bottom section).

Download Windows 10 Anniversary update ISO files

Download Windows 10 Anniversary update ISO files

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary update last night to public. As it is rolling out in stages, it might take days to get to your device.
As discussed earlier in the following post, you can download the ISO from here if you do not want to wait:
Here is how to update to Windows 10 Anniversary update manually if Windows update doesn't find it

To simplify this process, MS has released a page to download Windows 10 ISO that would bypass using Media creation Tool. Navigate to this page:
Download the ISO files from here and run a repair Install.Also, if you want you can download the ISO to keep it for future use as well.

Download steps

  1. Navigate to the Page above and select your edition.For Windows 10 home and pro, select Windows 10.
  2. Select the language according to your existing system.
  3. Choose 32 bit/64 bit language. 
The ISO is around 2.5 GB for 32 bit and 4 GB for 64 bit system.
Go over and download the ISO!

Windows 10 Anniversary update now available

Windows 10 Anniversary update now available

Finally the day is here. Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary update to general public.A blog post by a Microsoft employee here confirmed this.
Anniversary update is a major update to windows 10 that brings wide number of new features which are written here:

What is new in Anniversary update to Windows 10  

You can head over to Windows update to get the update, however as the rollout is slow , it might take days to reach to you. You can manually download the update, see here:
Here is how to update to Windows 10 Anniversary update manually if you are having troubles with Windows update  


The update label is Feature update to Windows 10 1607.The build number widely that is being made available is 14393.0 and a windows update takes you to 14393,10 after a restart. The version number is 1607.

To manually download the Installation media, use the following
Windows 10 ISO download

Happy downloading users!
[Unofficial] Get the Electronic service delivery files of Windows 10 Anniversary update to Install Windows 10

[Unofficial] Get the Electronic service delivery files of Windows 10 Anniversary update to Install Windows 10

Windows 10 Anniversary update is some hours away, but thanks to a Pastebin, we have got the ESD files of Windows 10 build 14393 which you can easily use to Convert to an ISO.Windows update uses ESD files for download. I am providing the links for EN-US 64 and 32 bits both, you can get the rest from the Pastebin link

Download



Follow this article to convert the ESD(Electronic service delivery file) into an Installation media:
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10
Then follow this to update when you have successfully created an ISO:

Windows 10 claims 21 percent of the OS share in June

The free upgrade offer to windows 10 ended last friday for computers running Windows 7 and 8. Although the aggressive push some sort of criticism from the users who didn't wish to upgrade, but you cannot deny that Windows 10 is an overall success for the software giant.
Windows 10 officially has somewhat around 350 million+ users as per June 29th, but as the Anniversary update releases today, the official numbers should be updated soon.
Netmarket share, which releases statistics on the OS share has shared details of last month which are as under:

  1. Windows 10- 21 percent
  2. Windows 7- 47 percent
  3. Windows 8/8.1 - 2/7 percent
  4. Windows XP- 10 percent
Here is a pie chart with more details:


As the free upgrade offer has ended, it would be quite interesting to see how Windows 10 growth progresses. However it is now clear that it would take some time for Windows 10 to overtake Windows 7.
What do you think how windows 10 would progress?

New cumulative update for build 14393 now available

Today is 2nd of August, which is the release day of Windows 10 Anniversary update. The build that would be generally available is 14393 as it is released torelease preview ring couple of days ago.

Before that, Microsoft has released another cumulative update to this build which increments the build number in decimals by 5, making the build number 14393.10.
Here is what Dona Sarkar said in a tweet:
: we have now released cummulative update 14393.10 to the Fast Ring via Windows Update
There is no change-log available in the feedback hub for this, so no support page exists. If you want to download this, the only way to get this update is windows update.

PS the Anniversary update releases in some hours, so we expect the build to ship with this cumulative update.