Windows 10 version 1607 receives KB4034661 cumulative update

Windows 10 version 1607 receives KB4034661 cumulative update

Windows 10 version 1607, called the Anniversary update is apparently still the most used Windows 10 version till now. The last time I heard about the statistics, version 1703 had a hold of about 30 percent and 1607 had a whooping share of 60 percent. This is the reason why the team still is continuously releasing updates that fixes a lot of things.
 Microsoft recently released KB4034661 that jumps the build number to 14393.1613. The previous update KB4034658 was released on Patch Tuesday. With this update, there are a lot of changes introduced by the team, which are:
  • This package contains d3dcompiler_47.dll; for more information, read the blog post,HLSL, FXC, and D3DCompile.
  • Addressed issue where a black screen appears when launching an application on Citrix XenApp that was deployed from Windows Server 2016. For more details, read CTX225819.
  • Addressed issue where the User Account Control (UAC) prompt sometimes appears hidden under other opened windows.
  • Addressed issue in the event collector data that caused data corruption with % symbols in the user logon events (ID 4624) from other Domain Controllers (DCs).
  • Addressed issue where the PowerShell command Add-HgsAttestationTpmHost fails to find the Endorsement Key Certificate for a system even though the certificate exists.
  • Addressed issue where, in some cases, an Encrypted Hard Drive device would not automatically unlock at system startup.
  • Addressed issue where the AppLocker rules wizard crashes when selecting accounts.
  • Addressed issue where third-party directory structures caused Disk Cleanup to render a boot drive inaccessible.
  • Addressed issue where unsynchronized access in NtfsQueryLinksInfo led to a system crash.
  • Addressed issue where an extremely high number of I/O flushes might lead to an error.
  • Addressed a reliability issue that occurs when a user gives the wrong input to the smart card pin prompt.
  • Addressed issue by increasing the time out window when starting Docker for Windows to avoid 0x5b4 errors.
  • Addressed issue with Azure Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) when an ADFX server is configured to use an HTTP Proxy.
  • Addressed issue where the calling IP address is not logged by 411 events in the Security Event log of ADFS 4.0 and Windows Server 2016 RS1 ADFS servers. This issue occurs even after enabling Success Audits and Failure Audits.
  • Addressed issue where a computer account loses its domain membership with the error 1789, “The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.” The same problem happens internally when a user password cannot be changed with error 0xc0000206, “The size of the buffer is invalid for the specified operation.”
  • Addressed issue where, after a planned restart of the primary server, storage replication doesn't automatically resume as expected. Also, Storage Replication service randomly fails after restart.
  • Addressed issue where using a GPO logon script to map a network drive fails if the user disconnects from the network and restarts. When the user logs in again, the mapped drive is not available. This issue occurs even though the logon script has the persistence flag set to TRUE.
  • Addressed issue where after uninstalling SMBv1, if you set the SPN validation level to 2, when you access a UNC share remotely (e.g., \\<MachineName>\C$), the request will fail with STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED.
  • Addressed issue where the Remote Desktop client cannot connect or disconnects intermittently when trying to connect using the RD Gateway.

Known Issues with the update

There are some known issues with the update as well and the following table lists them:
SymptomWorkaround
“Update History” does not list previously installed updates.As an alternative, to see which quality updates have been applied, navigate to the inventory by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> “View Installed Updates”

Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
Updates that were previously hidden may be offered after installing this update.Updates that were previously hidden can be hidden again.

Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
WSUS servers will exhibit increased CPU, memory, and network utilization when Windows Update clients perform their first scan after installing KB4034658.Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Download the update

The update should as usual come down via windows updates in some time, but you can always use Catalog to download the manual update package. Here are the links:
You can get more information about this update from here:
See also:
New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

New Windows Insider preview ISO now available for download

As the Windows 10 Redstone 3 is almost feature complete, Microsoft has started releasing more builds to slow ring. In this context Build 16251 was released to slow ring last week.
Traditionally Microsoft doesn't release an ISO officially after releasing a fast ring build to do a clean Install, but it is not the case for slow ring. After releasing slow ring builds Microsoft makes available the ISOs for clean Install. Same is the case here. Microsoft has released ISOs of Build 16251 to public.
You can download it from the following link:
Download Windows Insider preview ISO
ISO files are available for the following versions of Windows 10:
  • Windows 10 Home and Pro
  • Windows 10 Home single language
  • Windows 10 N
  • Windows 10 Enterprise
  • Windows 10 home China 
The ISO files are available for both 32 bit and 64 bit editions.
See also:
New Build of Windows 10 Insider for fast ring now available

The latest update for Windows 10 v1607 would wipe down your update History

The latest update for Windows 10 v1607 would wipe down your update History

August patch Tuesday just was around the corner and as usual there were updates for each version of Windows. For windows 10, Microsoft shipped updates to each version including 1703,1607 etc.
With each update, the software giant generally tells if there are any known issues with the update. For 1607 update i.e. KB4034658. There was no known issues that have raised with windows updates according to MS. But there is one.
A lot of people are reporting issue with the one released with 1607 that the update released has removed all of the update history. The update history is generally erased with a feature upgrade which is not a case here.
For those who don't know, this update brings the following changes
  • Addressed issue where apps sometimes launch with a border when a device is in Tablet mode.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Server, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
This update also jumps the build number to 14393.1503.
Microsoft recently added the same in the known issues list of the support page:
“Update History” does not list previously installed updates. As an alternative, to see which quality updates have been applied, navigate to the inventory by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> “View Installed Updates”
Microsoft is investigating this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
 So people, who haven't updated yet, get a screenshot before!
[August] Microsoft updates all versions of Windows 10

[August] Microsoft updates all versions of Windows 10


Yesterday was the second Tuesday of August-also called Patch Tuesday in Microsoft. For someone who doesn't know, what it is, Microsoft releases the updates for all of its products on this day. As usual, Microsoft updated Windows 10 all versions. Here is a version by version detail:

Windows 10 version 1703

The creators update to Windows 10, has got KB4034674 which jumps the build number to 15063.540. Following issues are addressed with this update:
  • Addressed issue where the policies provisioned using Mobile Device Management (MDM) should take precedence over policies set by provisioning packages.
  • Addressed issue where the Site to Zone Assignment List group policy (GPO) was not set on machines when it was enabled.
  • Addressed issue where the AppLocker rules wizard crashes when selecting accounts.
  • Addressed issue where the primary computer relationship is not determined when you have a disjoint NetBIOS domain name for your DNS Name. This prevents folder redirection and roaming profiles from successfully blocking your profile or redirects folders to a non-primary computer.
  • Addressed issue where an access violation in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature causes stop errors.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Server, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Windows shell, Common Log File System Driver, Internet Explorer, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
Known Issue: Installing this update in Czech and Arabic would make Microsoft Edge English. The next update should fix this issue.
Support Page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034674 helps you get more information about this update.
To download this update, either use Windows update or use the following direct download links:

 Windows 10 version 1607

The Anniversary update to Windows 10, has got KB4034658 which jumps the build number to 14393.1593. A small list of fixes include:
  • Addressed issue where apps sometimes launch with a border when a device is in Tablet mode.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Server, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
Support Page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4034658
To download this update, head over to Windows update or use the MSUs:

Windows 10 version 1511

November update to Windows 10 is still being supported by Microsoft. It has got KB4034660 which jumps the build number to 10586.1045. The fixes are:
  • Addressed issue where, when deploying an application to a device that is managed by AppLocker, the application deployment fails.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
You can download this update from Windows update or use the following links:
The original Windows 10-though called as unsupported by Microsoft is still getting updates though. It has got KB4034668 which jumps the build number to 10240.17533. Following is the changelog:
  • Addressed issue where some of the event data for user logon events (ID 4624) from Domain controllers were corrupted.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows Search Component, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows Server, Common Log File System Driver, Windows Hyper-V, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.
Download: You can head over to Windows update or use the following links:
That is it for this month, you can always check our website for regular updates. In case if the updates fail with an error code, see the following articles:

[Now Closed] Microsoft introduces skip ahead feature for fast ring insiders

Microsoft, through its testing program for Windows 10 called Windows Insider program allows you to test beta versions of Windows 10. The fast ring-which allows you to see the new Windows 10 build first and get early access to new features is being modified a bit, as said by Dona Sarkar.
Right now, when a feature upgrade stops getting new features(like FCU builds now) the fast ring Insiders or perhaps all the insiders try to fix all the bugs present in the feature upgrade build. The build deemed most stable like 14393 or 15063 is released to the masses. But in a future change from next feature release, a limited number of Fast ring Insiders would be able to test new builds from the next branch(which is RS4_PRERELEASE, for example) and the other insiders would continue to fix builds from current branch.

This was told by Dona Sarkar on Feedback hub. The full statement says:
To stabilize the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for release, we have “forked” the release into its own branch we call “RS3_RELEASE”. Many Windows Insiders will recall we did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when we started flighting builds from the “RS2_RELEASE” branch. Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will continue to get builds for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from this branch. However, Windows Insiders who choose to skip ahead will receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
To summarize:
  • Fast ring: Builds from RS3_RELEASE branch with no inbox app updates.
  • Fast ring + Skip Ahead: Builds from RS_PRERELEASE with inbox app updates from the Store.
Dona has also said how the things would go. After Fall Creators update is released to public, all of the fast ring Insiders would get build from same branch.
At some point in the future, build numbers in the RS_PRERELEASE branch will jump ahead, engineering teams will start checking in new code, and things diverge. When this happens – you will not be able to leave Skip Ahead and go back to builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch without reinstalling Windows. Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released to the general public, this skip ahead option will go away and the Fast ring will be back to receiving builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 release and inbox app updates from the Store will be fully restored to all Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.
 This is how the settings would look like(Thanks to WinCentral)
This is for people like who want very early access of the new features-not like me! who are sitting on slow ring and waiting for next stable build to arrive.

Update: Microsoft has closed down the skip ahead feature keeping on what they said earlier- a limited number of Insiders would be permitted. The Windows update settings show:


Windows 10 build 16257 releases to fast ring Insiders

Windows 10 build 16257 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 14th Redstone 3 build 16257 to public yesterday. Redstone 3 builds are almost feature complete, so expect some less new features from now.

What's new

  • Eye Control(beta): More accessibility options for persons with disabilities. Only supported with Tobil Hardware currently.
  • Microsoft Edge new features:
    • Some UX improvements incorporating fluent design.
    • Adjusted the design of address bar.
  • Windows console now supports full 24 bit colors.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Improved the performance of launching the touch keyboard after tapping the touch keyboard button in the taskbar.
  • [Fixed]an issue where using WIN+H to dictate into a UWP app’s text field wasn’t working.
  • [Fixed]aan issue resulting in the Japanese IME prediction candidates position being shifted and overlapping with typed text if you set the page zoom level to something other than “100%” in Microsoft Edge.
  • Adjusted the design of the Japanese curve-flick touch keyboard to display numbers and English letter keys in a smaller font that’s more consistent with the size of the Japanese character keys.
  • Added new status strings to the WDAG splash dialog to provide more information about the startup stages for WDAG. These new strings will be displayed to users when WDAG is starting up and when it’s being resumed from a paused state.
  • Made significant improvements to container launch times by optimizing background preparation of the WDAG container.
  • [Fixed] a number of issues that were impacting networking inside the WDAG container as well as a poor user experience when connecting to the WDAG container.
  • [Fixed] issue where the WDAG launch resulted in Error Codes 0x02 / 0x00 or 0x02 / 0c.
  • Fixed an issue where only part of the WDAG window was being displayed after launch.
  • Added a registry key to allow users to optimize WDAG launch times during active browsing by not suspending the WDAG container when the WDAG window is closed.  You can set the registry key to optimize for performance here: Computer\HKLM\Software\Microsoft\HVSI\, Value name: SuspendOnContainerClosed, REG_DWORD, Value data: 1.  Note: Setting this key will result in the container not pausing and the container will not release committed memory.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where right-clicking on an image in Microsoft Edge and selecting copy then later pasting the clipboard content would result in the image URL being pasted rather than the image itself.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where if a tab had been opened while Microsoft Edge was in full screen mode, using Ctrl + W to close that tab while still in full screen mode would close the content but leave the tab in the frame.
  • [Fixed] an issue where if you had two unrelated tabs in Microsoft Edge and opened a link from the first in a new tab, the new tab would appear to the right of the second tab rather than the first.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the battery flyout might have shown unexpected text for the % charged (specifically “%1!s!%2!s!% until fully charged”).
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in certain network setting being lost on upgrade and reverting to default. Specifically, static IP address configuration was reverted to DHCP, and networks marked private were reverted to public.
  • If you had installed Builds 16226-16237 and had found Storage Spaces to not be working, today’s build expands upon the fix in 16241 to remediate those PCs that had upgraded from the impacted build range and were still in a bad state. Thanks again to the Insiders that have helped us investigate this!
  • [Fixed] an issue where if you switched to a new tab and back in Microsoft Edge, Narrator would start reading from the top of the page again, rather than remember where you had been on the page.
  • [Fixed]an issue where right-clicking on a folder in File Explorer and saying Scan with Windows Defender wouldn’t work if the folder name contained #.
  • [Fixed] a rare issue where the Windows Search Service might get stuck on initialization after upgrade, resulting in File Explorer showing “Working on it…” infinitely when accessing certain folders.
  • [Fixed]an issue resulting in certain games such as Wargaming’s World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Warplanes appearing to hang/freeze shortly after launch when played on x86 PCs in recent flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue where some Insiders were not being offered builds higher than Build 16241.
  • [Fixed] an issue where connecting to a VPN using a solution downloaded from the Windows Store may result in a system crash.

Known Issues

  • Start, Action Center and notification toasts may at times have a background that is 100% transparent. A fix will be available in later flight – for now, if you encounter this issue, try ending ShellExperienceHost.exe via Task Manager or rebooting to resolve the issue.
  • Investigating reports where Action Center shows it has some number of notifications but when you click to open Action Center, there are no notifications shown.
  • Investigating reports that suggested apps are visible in Start despite the related setting being off. For now, if you encounter this please try toggling Settings > Personalization > Start > “Occasionally show suggestions in Start”.
  • When installing or updating a Windows Store app, you may see error 80070057. As a workaround, you can get the latest app by uninstalling the older version of the app from your device and reinstall latest version from Store.
Read more here:
This update would be available via Windows update as always.

New Cumulative update for Windows 10 now available

New Cumulative update for Windows 10 now available

The current latest version of Windows 10 is version 1703, which was released to public in April. Though the initial build 15063.0 was initially unstable, Microsoft has provided a lot of updates to fix bugs and get it more stable.
The most recent update was on Patch Tuesday of July that had KB number of KB4025342 which brought build number to 15063.482. You can get more information about it from the following:
Microsoft updates shipping versions of Windows 10
Now Microsoft following the 2 update policy/month has released a cumulative update for version 1703 yesterday. The update was quite silently released with no announcements from MS side. The KB number of the update is KB4032188 and the build number jumps to 15063.502
There is a long bug fixed list which is:
  • Addressed issue that causes a Microsoft Installer (MSI) application to fail for standard (non-admin) users when installed on a per user basis.
  • Addressed issue to enable support in the DevDetail Configuration Service Provider (CSP) to return the UBR number in the D part of the SwV node.
  • Addressed issue where NTFS sparse files were unexpectedly truncated (NTFS sparse files are used by Data Deduplication—deduplicated files may be unexpectedly corrupted as a result). Also updated chkdsk to detect which files are corrupted.
  • Addressed issue where the IME pad was not launching correctly in the Microsoft Edge browser for certain markets.
  • Addressed issue to allow Win32 applications to work with various Bluetooth LE devices including head tracking devices.
  • Addressed issue in the Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature to allow headsets to work correctly.
  • Addressed issue where device drivers are not loading.
  • Addressed a reliability issue when playing specific types of spatial sound content.
  • Addressed issue with a dropped key on Microsoft Surface Keyboard and Microsoft Surface Ergo Keyboard, and addressed Wacom active pen connection failures.
  • Addressed issue to improve stability for USB type C during device arrival and removal during system power changes.
  • Addressed USB host controller issue where the host controller no longer responds to the attached peripherals.
  • Addressed MP4 compatibility issue while playing content from a social media site in Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue with audio headsets connected to a PC through Xbox 360 controllers.
  • Addressed a reliability issue with launching a Settings app while another application is using the camera device concurrently.
  • Addressed issue with notifications (SMS, Calendar) for an activity tracker.
  • Addressed issue with video playback artifacts during transitions from portrait to landscape on mobile devices.
  • Addressed issue with Skype calls becoming unresponsive after about 20 minutes when using Bluetooth headsets with Hands-Free Profile (HFP) connections with negotiated mSBC codec (Wideband Speech).
  • Addressed issue where a service using a Managed Service Account (MSA) fails to connect to the domain after an automatic password update.
  • Addressed issue where, in some cases, a drive that utilizes on-drive hardware encryption would not automatically unlock at system startup.
  • Addressed issue where “cipher.exe /u” fails on client machines that are deployed with InTune, Windows Information Protection (WIP), and an updated Data Recovery Agent (DRA) certificate. Cipher.exe will fail with one of the following errors: “The request is not supported" or "The system cannot find the file specified”.
  • Addressed issue where a memory leak occurs in a nonpaged pool with the “NDnd” memory tag when you have a network bridge set up.
  • Addressed issue where you cannot add Work and School accounts in Windows Store, and you may get an error that reads, “We encountered an error; please try signing in again later.”
  • Addressed issue issue where if a Surface Hub enters Sleep mode and then resumes, it may require the user to sign in to Skype again.
  • Addressed issue where some Windows Forms (WinForms) applications that use DataGridView, Menu controls, or call a constructor for a Screen object experienced performance regressions in .NET 4.7. This was caused by additional Garbage Collections. In some cases, there was an empty UI because of a lack of GDI+ handles.
  • Addressed issue where Magnifier Lens users cannot click on buttons or select web content in Microsoft Edge or Cortana results.
  • Addressed issue introduced in the June updates where some applications may not launch when a device resumes from Connected Standby mode.

This update is available via both Windows update and Microsoft Update catlog.
For full information, you can refer the following article:

Direct Download links

[July] Windows 7 and others go down as Windows 10 share increases

August just started some days ago, and Netmarket share has accordingly updated the OS share statistics. Unlike last month, the Windows 10 share this month grew by a bigger margin and while others went down. Let us see details of each OS one by one:

Windows 10

Change: +0.83 percent.
Windows 10, the latest OS of the software giant got benefit of the Creators update and the share increased by 0.83 percent. It stands at 27.63 percent with second most used OS.

Windows 7

Change: -0.13 percent.
Windows 7, the most successful OS of Microsoft went down a bit this month standing at 48.91 percent while previous share was 49.08 percent in June. 

Windows 8.1

Change: +0.08 percent
Windows 8.1 had a slight increase, standing at 6.48 percent in July as compared to 6.40 in June.

Windows XP

Change: -0.91 percent
Windows XP is going down, as per the statistics say. Stragely it increased 1 percent last month, but it lost almost the same share in July. The OS had 6.1 percent share in July.

A detailed figure can be seen below:
Thanks to Netmarketshare.

No, Microsoft isn't removing paint with Fall Creators update

No, Microsoft isn't removing paint with Fall Creators update

Microsoft recently released a list a day before, that included list of all depracated features and removed features in Windows 10 fall Creators update. According to the list, the following features are removed from the Fall Creators update:

  • 3D Builder app
  • Apndatabase.xml
  • Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Digest Authentication
  • Outlook Express
  • Reader app
  • Reading List
  • Screen saver functionality in Themes
  • Syskey.exe
  • TCP Offload Engine
  • Tile Data Layer
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

The features that would be depracated following the fall Creators update are:
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Digest Authentication
  • Microsoft Paint
  • RSA/AES Encryption for IIS
  • Sync Your Settings
  • Screen saver functionality in Themes
  • System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
  • TLS RC4 Ciphers
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM RemoteManagement
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management
  • Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0

As Microsoft is deprecating MS Paint  from Fall Creators update, many people are circulating news over the Internet and sharing memories from Paint they Created. Actually, Microsoft has introduced 3D Paint in Windows 10, which is a UWP app and an improved version of Paint. By deprecating traditional MS Paint, Microsoft is not removing Paint immediately, but it is not guaranteed that this would be available in future versions of Windows and has not been in active development. This has happened earlier with MS, when they deprecated BITSAdmin in Windows 8 and removed it in Windows 10. So people, enjoy your favorite program before it is removed completely-though it has time. You can see this article for more information:
Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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Edit: A blog from Microsoft says that MS Paint would be available as a UWP app in the store from when it is removed. See this for more information. 
Microsoft reduces downtime for Windows 10 feature upgrades

Microsoft reduces downtime for Windows 10 feature upgrades

With Creators update, Microsoft introduced UUP to implement feature upgrades. By UUP, the update engine only downloaded that Windows files that were updated in the feature release, not all. By this, the windows updates size began to be a bit smaller. Where ESD file used to be around 2.5 GB, now the updates are around 1.5 GB. Now Microsoft is continually improving the update engine-be it time taken to Install or space it takes or the bandwidth.
Now, one step further-MS is tweaking up the time taken for an Installation of a feature upgrade. By time, I mean the time when your PC is unusable. It includes time before restart and after. There are two broad steps taken in a feature upgrade-online and offline method.
Here is what Happens earlier:
Online phase:

  • Checking of the update
  • Downloading
  • Backing up of user content'
  • Copying of new files
  • PC waits to reboot
Offline phase(Computer isn't used)
  • PC reboots to Install
  • Driver and other OS are migrated.
  • User content is restored.
Microsoft has tweaked down these parts. Now with a slight change, the update process takes longer, but the downtime is less as compared to previous. The online phase is the same, while the Offline phase is somewhat changed:

  • PC reboots to begin install process (manually or automatically)
  • Drivers and other required OS files are migrated
  • User content is restored
  • PC reboots and the update finalizes
“By moving the old offline portions of the upgrade process to the online phase, upgrades will appear to take longer if you’re watching or timing the progress. We didn’t want to sacrifice usability for offline time so the upgrade processes are run at a lower priority to provide for best performance,” Microsoft says in feedback hub.

Build 16232 and later adds an option to reset password from the lock screen

Microsoft released 16232 two weeks ago to the fast ring insiders and subsequently it was released to Slow ring last Friday. While some of the past three or four builds have been full of new features, fast ring build 16232 introduces a handy feature for those who use MS accounts to sign in to the computer.
If you ever loose your password for sign in, Microsoft after 3 attempts prompts you to reset your password from account.live.com/reset. However, you need another computer to reset your password and make sure the device you are trying to sign in is also connected to the Internet to make the new password work. However, this has changed with the newest build 16232. Going forward from build 16232, Cortana would help you in resetting your password from the lock screen itself. Notice that there is a label named I forgot my password just below the password.
Cortana helps you in the same.
Aftetwards you can reset your password using OTP on your phone or get a link on your email.
Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions

Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions

Microsoft on July Patch Tuesday has updated its all versions of Windows. For Windows 10, Microsoft has updated version 1703, version 1607, version 1511 and version 1507. Let us discuss in detail about these updates.

Windows 10 version 1703

For Windows 10 1703, Microsoft has released KB4025342 that fixes a lot of things and improves stability of the OS. The build number jumps to 15063.483. The following are the changes introduced with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4022716 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue to improve MediaCreationTool.exe support for Setup Tourniquet scenarios.
  • Addressed issue with CoreMessaging.dll that may cause 32-bit apps to crash on the 64-bit version of the Windows OS.
  • Addressed an issue where Visual Studio or a WPF application may terminate unexpectedly (stops responding, followed by a crash) when running on a pen and/or touch enabled machine with Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • Addressed issue that causes the system to crash when certain USB devices are unplugged while the system is asleep.
  • Addressed issues with screen orientation that stops working after lid close and lid open transitions.
  • Addressed issue that causes .jpx and .jbig2 images to stop rendering in PDF files.
  • Addressed issue where users could not elevate to Administrator through the User Account Control (UAC) dialog when using a smart card.
  • Addressed issue where input using the Korean handwriting feature dropped the last character of a word or moved it to the next line incorrectly.
  • Addressed issue with a race condition between the App-V Catalog Manager and the Profile Roaming Service. A new registry key is available to control the waiting period for App-V Catalog Manager, which allows any third-party Profile Roaming Service to complete.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows kernel, Windows shell, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Virtualization, Datacenter Networking, Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, ASP.NET, Microsoft PowerShell, and the .NET Framework.
Known issue: If you have Comodo Internet security installed, you wouldn't be offered this update. Microsoft is working with Comodo for a fix. 
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1607

For Anniversary update to windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025339 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 14393.1480.  Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4022723 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue with race condition that causes Lync Edge servers to randomly crash (Stop Error D1). Any active, open session within a federated domain loses connectivity for conference calls, instant messaging, etc.
  • Addressed issue with memory leaks in the nonpaged pool with the "NDnd" tag, which causes the OS to crash.
  • Addressed issue with race condition that occurs when two threads try to reconstruct the hash table simultaneously.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 stops responding when a user clicks an empty column header and then immediately holds down the SHIFT key and double-clicks.
  • Addressed issue where the NewWindow3 event handler is never called in a managed WebBrowser class of .NET 4.6.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a crash can occur in limited scenarios when using the Find feature (Ctrl+F).
  • Security updates to the Windows shell, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Search, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, the .NET Framework, Windows Server, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft PowerShell, Microsoft Edge, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.
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. Next security update is expected to fix this.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1511

For November update to windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025344 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 10586.1007.  Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4032693 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue that causes .jpx and .jbig2 images to stop rendering in PDF files.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue that might prevent an enrolled device from syncing with an MDM server after a power loss or sudden shutdown.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, .NET Framework, Windows Virtualization, Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Microsoft NTFS, ASP.NET, and Microsoft PowerShell.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1507

For initial release of windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025338 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 10240.17488. Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced byKB4032695 where Internet explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue with custom default associations that are not applied properly in some upgrade or reset scenarios.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a crash can occur in limited scenarios when using the Find feature (Ctrl+F).
  • Addressed issue where the onhashchange event fails to trigger when navigating some hashed URLs in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue where the NewWindow3 event handler is never called in a managed WebBrowser class of .NET 4.6.
  • Addressed issue that can cause cursor flicker when hovering over a popup menu option in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 crashes when a user clicks on an empty column header and then quickly does a Shift + double click.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 crashes with certain Browser Helper Objects after the July Internet Explorer updates.
  • Addressed issue where certain elements (input or select) cannot be active targets of any action in Internet Explorer 11. This occurs after removing an iframe that contained a cursor inside certain elements (input or select) and adding a new iframe.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, the .NET Framework, Windows Virtualization, the Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Microsoft NTFS, ASP .NET, and Microsoft PowerShell.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

New cumulative update for Windows Insider build 16232 released

New cumulative update for Windows Insider build 16232 released

Since a large chunk of features have already been released to fast ring builds that would ship with RTM of fall creators update, Microsoft would be testing more and slowing down new releases. Many days have passed since a new fast ring build was released and now Microsoft has released a minor update for Windows 10 16232.
The build number is now 16232.1004 and nothing new comes up with this release. It is just for testing servicing pipeline, say Dona Sarkar.
This update should not require you to have to reboot unless you happen to have Notepad.exe open. This update only revs the version of the OS and includes an updated binary version of Notepad.exe and nothing else. It does introduce the following issues to be aware of.
Make sure you’ve setup Mixed Reality before taking this update.
After installing a language pack or feature-on-demand like .NET 3.5, your PC may be offered this update again and fail.
This update will only remain available until the next WIP Fast build is released.
 You can head over to windows updates to get this release.

Timeline not to be a part of Fall Creators update, pushed back to Redstone 4

Microsoft has recently switched the gears has started to deliver many new features to Redstone 3 Insider builds as they discussed in their annual build conference this year. While many of the features have already arrived, but still there are many features that the people are waiting for. Timeline, is one of that which was introduced immidiately after build, but was very rough to use. Still the condition is the same.
Microsoft's Joe Belifore has now said that this feature wouldn't be a part of fall creators update. It would be released to Insider builds of Redstone 4.

Those who don't know about it, Timeline was showed as an extension of the task view feature. Timeline, together with showing your currently open apps from PC would also show apps from your other devices like Android and iOS as well.
Microsoft is committing to provide 2 major feature upgrades every year, so making available every feature they show previously looks a daunting task. 

[June] Windows 7 looses, Windows XP gains(yes gains) in June

It is the starting of the month and as usual, netmarket share has updated the OS share statistics. We would discuss each OS step by step:

Windows 10 is almost the same

While May recorded Windows 10 to be at 26.78%, the statistics of June show a tiny increment of the share of the OS. The OS sits at 26.80%. Considering Windows 10 as a paid product for everyone, Windows 10 is unlikely to grow at a very large pace from now on.

Windows 7

Windows 7 lost some share this month. The OS has 49.04 percent share which was 49.46 last month.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 holds a share of 6.40 percent in June, which is down a bit from May. In May, the OS had 6.74 percent of the share.

Windows XP

Windows XP amazingly gained around 1 percent this month. The OS has 6.94 percent of share as compared to 5.66 percent last month. Who uses a 1 and a half decade old OS in todays world of ransomware attacks?

We here present a picture, thanks to Netmarketshare.


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.