New cumulative updates for Insiders on release preview ring now available

For December's patch Tuesday, Microsoft has already started testing Windows updates. Released yesterday, KB3201845 is now available for Windows 10 version 1607, that jumps build number to 14393.479
There is no changelog available yet, but it is expected to come up soon.


    The latest patch is KB3200970

The latest patch for Windows 10 is KB3200970 which fixed a lot of problems and brought stability to the OS, released Patch Tuesday in November.

I hope the changelog is available soon

Prevent Forced Restart After Installing Windows Updates In Windows

Windows 10 updates are automatic and a big pain with this is a restart, which sometimes results in loss of data when the user is working on the PC. This system started with Windows 8, but in the older OS there was a provision to disable the updates. With the Anniversary update, things have improved for example with Active hours, but still a large proportion of users believe that older options of Windows updates should be brought back.

But to overcome this, a group policy exists in Windows that prevents a forced restart or an automatic restart which can either be applied through group policy editor or registry editor for home users.

Group policy Edit

  1. Press Windows key+R to open Run dialog box and type in gpedit.msc . This opens Group policy editor.
  2. On the left hand side, Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components  -> Windows Update
  3. In the right list of polices, look for "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installation". Double click it and modify:
  4. Set the policy to Enabled and that's it.To reset it in future, set it as Not configured.
Registry Edit
  1. Open Run dialog box using Windows key+R and type in regedit.
  2. On the left hand navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Now right click Windows and select New>Key. Name this as Windowsupdate. Again Select Windowsupdate and select new key and Name that as AU. The final structure looks like this

  4. Again right click AU and select New>DWORD. Name it AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime. Press OK and again Right click it and select modify. Put value of it as 0.
  5. Click OK and you are done!!
With these edits, the system would not reboot at scheduled time, even after the time is outside active hours.

Quiet hours in Windows now updated, 3rd party apps can now send notifications

In windows 10, Microsoft provides a quite useful feature that quiets down the notifications when a switch is turned ON, called quite notifications.
Quiet hours in Windows 10

Currently, when the quiet hours is turned ON, the notifications are turned off from a 3rd party apps. Only apps like Microsoft Alarms and clock and Windows defender are allowed to send notifications.
But, this is about to change as Microsoft recently posted in User voice that due to popular feedback, 3rd Party apps would be allowed.
“We just enabled this in the next Insider fast-ring flight of the Creators Update! All third-party alarm apps will break through quiet hours now, just like the first-party alarm app!”
So this feature is now live in the Insider's release and would be subsequently available to production with the creator's update due 2017. You can read the post here.
Thanks to Winbeta for the information.
Windows 10 version 1607 is the most secure version of Windows 10, says Microsoft

Windows 10 version 1607 is the most secure version of Windows 10, says Microsoft

Ransomware is a new malware threat to the computers that not only does pose a threat to files, but also costs you if you want to recover from it.
With Windows 10, Microsoft promises a greater advanced security and as the editions like v1507 and 1511 are progressing, Windows 10

Microsoft has published a new white paper called Ransomware Protection in Windows 10 Anniversary Update that details how the latest Windows 10 version helps to protect all of its customers, from consumers to businesses. Also in a separate blog post, Microsoft details about the what they are doing and what are the preventive measures with version 1607 as far as ransom-ware security is concerned.

What is Microsoft doing 


  • Six of the top 10 ransomware threats use browser, or browser-plugin-related exploits, so they have made it harder for malware authors to exploit Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Increased detection and blocking capability in the  email services, increasing the number of ransomware-related attachments being blocked.
  • Added new technology to Windows Defender to reduce detection time to seconds, increasing the ability to respond before the infection can occur.
  • Released Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection which can be combined with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to make it easier for companies to investigate and respond to ransomware attacks.

Prevention and detection-What has been done


  • Browser hardening. Microsoft Edge runs Adobe Flash Player in an isolated container, and Edge exploits cannot execute other applications. “These improvements block malware from silently downloading and executing additional payloads on customers’ systems,” Microsoft says.
  • Windows Defender improvements. The Windows Defender signature delivery channel works faster than before so that the in-box anti-virus and antimalware solution can help block ransomware, both in the cloud and on the client. Additionally, Windows Defender responds to new threats faster using improved cloud protection and automatic sample submission features, plus improved behavioral heuristics aimed at detecting ransomware-related activities.
  • Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection. This new service helps business customers respond to attacks by alerting the security team, identify any damage caused, and understand where it might be moving next. It can also work with Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection to provide a more holistic view of what is attacking the enterprise.
To protect the customers from this new threat, the software giant advises updating to Windows 10 v1607 and follow a comprehensive backup strategy as mentioned here.

[November updates] New cumulative update for windows 10 available now

[November updates] New cumulative update for windows 10 available now

Its patch Tuesday of October and Microsoft has shipped number of patches to its products. As far as Windows 10 is concerned, the cumulative updates for all the 3 versions have been made available and more details are below:

Version 1607

For Windows 10 1607, a cumulative update Kb3200970 is now available, that jumps the build number to 14393.447. Key changes include:

  • Improved the reliability of multimedia audio, Remote Desktop, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from connecting to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Addressed issue with a scheduled task that doesn’t run in Task Scheduler after reenabling.
  • Addressed issue to update the Access Point Name (APN) database.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed issue with the system tray showing no Wi-Fi connection even when Wi-Fi is present.
  • Addressed issue with Windows devices that disconnect from the Internet prematurely before users can complete their paid Wi-Fi purchase.
  • Addressed issue to update the new Belarusian ruble symbol to Br and the new ISO 4217 code to BYN.
  • Addressed additional issues with multimedia, Windows kernel, packaging release management, authentication, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Remote Desktop, Active Directory, wireless networking, Windows shell, graphics, enterprise security, and Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Security updates to Boot Manager, Windows operating system, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Common Log File System driver, Microsoft Video Control, Common Log File System driver, Windows authentication methods, Windows File Manager, and the Microsoft Graphics Component.

The update is available via Windows update catalog and Windows update as well. Direct links can be gathered from the following page:
Microsoft Update Catalog
Here are the links to the 64 bit and 32 bit patch as well:
64-bit (x64) - http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...421b7fad5a.msu

32-bit (x86) - http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/...afbd91b82b.msu


Version 1511

For version 1511, the patch has a KB number of 3198586 and jumps the build number to 10586.679
  •  Improved the reliability of the Windows shell, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed issue with systems that randomly stop applying UNC Hardening group policy, leaving systems vulnerable until restarted.
  • Addressed issue with proxy authentication that causes Windows Update downloads to fail.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from accessing network resources after logon after they’ve installed KB3185614.
  • Addressed issue with point rendering in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue where users can’t navigate to Internet sites when a network is configured to use Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD).
  • Addressed issue where users can’t access Microsoft Store in an authenticated proxy environment.
  • Addressed additional issues with enterprise security, Internet Explorer 11, Remote Desktop, datacenter networking, Windows shell, filter driver, the Access Point Name (APN) database, and wireless networking.
  • Security updates to the Windows operating system, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Edge, Boot Manager, Internet Explorer 11, Common Log File System driver, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Microsoft Video Control, Windows authentication methods, Windows File Manager, OpenType, and the Microsoft Graphics Component.
Microsoft Update Catalog provides direct download links to the update.

Version 1507

For Windows 10 v1507, the KB number of the update is KB3198585  and the build number jumps to 10240.17190. Key changes include:

  • Addressed issue to update the Access Point Name (APN) database.
  • Addressed issue with deadlocks occurring after a user password reset.
  • Addressed issue with point rendering in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue with Japanese characters that are missing when converted by the Input Method Editor.
  • Addressed additional issues with filter drivers, enterprise security, Windows shell, and Internet Explorer 1.
  • Security updates to the Windows OS, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Windows File Manager, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows authentication methods, kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, Microsoft Video Control, OpenType, and the Common Log File System driver.
You can use Windows update or Microsoft Update Catalog to download the update.

More information about the updates are on the update history page
With a new feature, Microsoft promises Windows updates to be more smaller than earlier

With a new feature, Microsoft promises Windows updates to be more smaller than earlier

From a very long ago, MS has been listening to feedback on windows updates in windows 10 and is promising action on that. Looks like the software giant is now acting on that which is proved by significant changes to Windows update model released yesterday.

With the release of Windows 10 mobile build 14959, Microsoft has introduced a new update delivery platform which it is calling Unified update platform. With UUP, the Windows update downloads only that part of the OS that has been changed.from the previous update. Contrast to earlier, with a new build the whole of the Installation media was downloaded and a virtual repair Install or an In-Place upgrade would be carried out.

This is expected to go live with the creator's update due early 2017 to the masses. The latest build 14959 for mobile is released with this delivery model and PC is expected to follow up soon.

UUP would only be available for PC and smartphones, not for Xbox as Microsoft doesn't roll updates through windows update.
The size of Windows updates can go down as much as 35 percent, the software giant explained in a blog post. Also, Microsoft is trying to make checking for updates more efficient by reducing the data sent to the client+ decreasing the processing at the client end.

As UUP has still debuted and is currently in beta, more changes and enhancements are expected before it goes live in 2017. A welcome change by Microsoft.

Windows 10 almost the same, Windows 8.1 displaces 3rd most used OS in October

Windows 10 almost the same, Windows 8.1 displaces 3rd most used OS in October

As the month starts, Netmarket share updates its OS stats. The October data is now updated. Last month, we saw drop for the first time in Windows 10 share. This time, Windows 10 has gained a bit-a mere 0.06 percent this month, standing at 22.59. This clearly signifies the rate at which Windows 10 was increasing during the free upgrade offer is not possible now. Still Windows 10 is down from the August numbers.
Capture-d’écran-2016-11-01-à-18.46.50 Windows 10 upgrades stagnate after free offer ends, market share down from August
Windows 7 is way ahead at 48.38 percent, while Windows XP has now been displaced as 3rd most used OS by Windows 8.1. The reason of 8.1 growth is due to OEM's generally shipping 8.1 rather than Windows 10 as their OS.
Still, 1 billion devices running Windows 10 by 2018 is almost impossible as said by Microsoft as well.