The update assistant for Windows 10 creators update would be released on 5th April, says Microsoft

The update assistant for Windows 10 creators update would be released on 5th April, says Microsoft

Windows 10 creators update is around the corner and Microsoft with the help of blog posts is explaining many things about the newest update. This time, John Cable Director of Program management and Dilevery, explained how Microsoft would release the update to millions of PC running Windows 10 throughout the world.
The primary date on which Windows 10 creators update would be released would be April 11th, where it would be available through Windows update. As Microsoft said, it would first be available to the devices manufactured by its partner OEMs and then subsequently to other devices. Also, many other factors like location, configuration etc affect the availability of the update on your device.
For those who are eager to get Windows 10 creators update, an upgrade assistant would be released on April 5th  which can be used to Install the creators update. Remember this is only for advanced users.
For businesses, you can ask your IT administrator about when it would be deployed to your organisation.
Windows 10 build 15063 hits the release preview ring!

Windows 10 build 15063 hits the release preview ring!

Windows 10 creators update is around the corner and is launching on April 11 as said by Microsoft in a blog post released yesterday. Windows 10 build 15063 is the one which would be released to the masses on April 11.
Now moving one step towards the RTM, Microsoft has released Build 15063 to the release preview ring. Here is what Dona Sarkar said

Today we are moving Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring to the Windows 10 Creators Update (Build 15063) for PC. This is an important step as we prepare to roll out the Windows 10 Creators Update to customers around the world starting on April 11th. Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring will be helping test the update path from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) that customers will be taking. The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster. Beyond creativity, it brings new features to Microsoft Edge, additional security capabilities and privacy tools, and so much more. 
The stable build earlier was 14393.970, but for release preview ring, the update would Install automatically.
You can always download an ISO and do a manual upgrade, but getting it via Windows update too is not a bad idea.

[Its official] Windows 10 Creators update to Launch April 11

Windows 10 creators update, the next major update to Windows 10 is feature complete now and it is expected that Windows 10 build 15063 would be the RTM that would be released to the production ring.
It was widely speculated that Windows 10 creators update could launch in April, most probably on 11th April as we discussed recently. Now Microsoft has confirmed the same by writing a blog post, explaining on What is new and the details about roll out of the creators update.April 11 is also patch Tuesday of April where Microsoft would also roll out security updates to all of its products. Also Windows Vista would be made out of date as well.

Windows 10 creators update was said to release early 2017 by Microsoft

The software giant says that the rollout would be global,so it might take many days to get to a specific device. Some may get it on the first day, while others might have to take a week. Last time when Windows 10 Anniversary update released, it took many months for Microsoft to complete the roll out.
Windows 10 update assistant would be released by Microsoft on April 11, though it is also leaked a few days back. Interested people can download an ISO which was released some days ago from the Windows Insider page or links from here. The build is also expected to hit release preview ring some days before 11th April.
Windows 10 Creator's updates ISO released, to hit Production on April 11

Windows 10 Creator's updates ISO released, to hit Production on April 11

Some days ago Microsoft released Windows 10 redstone 2 build 15063 to fast and subsequently to slow ring day before Yesterday. This build is in wide speculation that it is the RTM build as confirmed by the upgrade assistant which was leaked a few days back. The next step after the release to fast and slow ring is releasing an ISO for a clean Install.
Microsoft currently on the Insider preview ISO page offers build 15058 ISO's, but unofficially ISO's have been made live though Dona Sarkar, chief of Windows Insider program promised ISOs later this week.

Downloading Windows Insider preview ISO's build 15063

 Here are the links for Windows 10 ISO's build 15063:
The size of 32 bit ISO is 3.0 GB and of 64 bit ISO is 4.1 GB.
 So from now on, Windows 10 15063 would only get cumulative updates as there is no doubt which is RTM. If you want to get the Windows 10 creators update via official channel, you need to wait till 11th April which is widely speculated date for Creators update.

Windows 10 upgrade assistant leaks,confirms RTM build 15063

As Windows 10 creator's update is nearing release new findings and leaks are being available.Windows 10 creators update would be available sometime next month, but as the primary method of release would be windows update it wouldn't be available to everyone on day 1.

However, if we see the last traditions, Microsoft commits to provide a tool to upgrade your system manually-you can either use Media creation tool or the upgrade assistant tool to upgrade your systems.
An upgraded version of tool as always would be available and this time it  was leaked  by Twitter user hx0xd. Though it is not functioning properly yet, but still it indicates many things.
Credits to mspoweruser for the picture
The first thing it indicates is the Release candidate is 15063, which is live on fast and slow rings already. 
The upgrade assistant closely resembles one which was released last time for the Anniversary update, as we can see in the pictures.



The upgrade assistant isn't fully functional yet as it doesn't download anything.



[Again] New cumulative updates for Version 1607 and 1507 now available

[Again] New cumulative updates for Version 1607 and 1507 now available

A while ago we posted about new Cumulative update for Windows 10, which was second in this month that is a bit unusual if we see the trends. Microsoft generally releases Cumulative updates once a month, but as they missed Feburary, I was thinking that this was a compensation of it.
But this isn't true as the software giant has released an update Just now for version 1607 which is labelled KB4016635. The build number jumps to 14393.970

Microsoft says the following about this update here:
This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429 that caused form display issues with CRM 2011 on Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed the issue with KB4013429 that prevents users from updating apps from Windows Store with 0x80070216 error.

Download

This update is not yet available on Windows update. You need to get the standalone package from the following link:
Download KB4016635 from Microsoft Catalog
For those who don't know, the Microsoft update catalog now works on all browsers rather than IE:
[Finally] Microsoft update catalog updated, now can be used on any browser

Version 1507

For version 1507,KB4016637  has released which can be downloaded from the catalog as well. The build number increments to 14393.17320.
Windows 10 Insider build 15063 for fast ring available now

Windows 10 Insider build 15063 for fast ring available now

After the release of Anniversary update to Windows 10, the focus now shifts to builds from newer development branch internally known as RS2 or redstone 2..
Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider preview build 15063 for Windows insiders in fast ring which comes from Redstone 2 branch. This is the 25th Redstone 2 build, the first one being 14901.
Since the creators update is almost feature complete, expect a very less number of new features from now on.

Fixes and Improvements

  • We fixed a reliability issue from Build 15061 resulting in Microsoft Edge hanging and becoming completely unresponsive.
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders where the localized files and registry keys associated with any additional language packs on the system would not be installed after enabling .NET Framework 3.5.

Known Issues

  • The upgrade path from the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) to this Windows 10 Creators Update build is not yet live and will be live tomorrow morning.
  • You will be unable to download new (additional) language packs on this build. Currently installed language packs will not be impacted. These will go live later this week.
  • If your PC fails to install this build on reboot with the error 8024a112, reboot manually again. If your PC appears to hang during the reboot, power your PC off and back on and the install will proceed.
  • Some Insiders have reported seeing this error “Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available” in Windows Update. If you encounter it, please try deleting the following registry key:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\RequestedAppCategories\8b24b027-1dee-babb-9a95-3517dfb9c552
  • Some apps and games may crash due to a misconfiguration of advertising ID that happened in a prior build. Specifically, this issue affects new user accounts that were created on Build 15031. The misconfiguration can continue to persist after upgrading to later builds. The ACL on the registry key incorrectly denies access to the user and you can delete the following registry key to get out of this state:
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AdvertisingInfo
  • There is a bug where if you need to restart your PC due to a pending update like with the latest Surface firmware updates, the restart reminder dialog doesn’t pop up. You should check Settings > Update & security > Windows Update to see if a restart is required.
  • [GAMING] Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster.

You can read more about this build here.
As usual no ISO's for this, but you can make one using the following
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10
 Happy downloading, Insiders!
New Cumulative update for Windows 10 now available

New Cumulative update for Windows 10 now available

Though it is not a Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft's update team is working in full swings. Microsoft has released KB4015438 yesterday for Windows 10 version 1607. The build number has been incremented to 14393.959.The changelog isn't that big, but two critical things have been fixed. Here is what MS wrote about it:
This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429 that caused Windows DVD Player (and 3rd party apps that use Microsoft MPEG-2 handling libraries) to crash.
  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429, that some customers using Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 1607 Client with Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) enabled might experience a deadlock or when changing the physical adapter’s link speed property. This issue is most commonly seen as a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION or when verifier is enabled a VRF_STACKPTR_ERROR is seen in the Memory dump.

Head over to Windows update to get this update now. You can always use Microsoft update catalog as well to download this update.
New Windows 10 Insider preview build 15058 ISOs available for download

New Windows 10 Insider preview build 15058 ISOs available for download

If you are running Windows 10 Insider preview build on your device,Microsoft has released ISO's for build 15058. The build is already live on fast and slow rings.

An ISO or an Installation media file allows the user to do a clean Installation of windows or to do a manual In-Place upgrade using the official way.
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10.
You can download the ISO from the following page:
Windows 10 Insider preview ISO download
Download the ISO according to your language and Architecture if you want to do an In-place upgrade-follow the Instructions for making a bootable media on the page itself.


New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

After skipping Feburary patch Tuesday, Microsoft is back with this month's cumulative updates. For those who do not know, cumulative updates fix the OS with known bugs and security issues. The following are the changes for various versions of Windows 10:

Version 1607

Cumulative update KB4013429 is available for Windows 10 version 1607, that jumps the build number to 14393.953. Following are the changes introduced:
  • Addressed known issue called out in KB3213986. Users may experience delays while running 3D rendering apps with multiple monitors.
  • Addressed issue in KB3213986 where the Cluster Service may not start automatically on the first reboot after applying the update.
  • Addressed issue where the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) crashes when attempting to modify any attribute of any user account in Active Directory.
  • Addressed issue where the Japanese Input Method Editor is leaking graphics device interface resources, which causes windows to disappear or only partially render after typing approximately 100 sentences.
  • Addressed an issue which improves the reliability of Enable-ClusterS2D PowerShell cmdlet.
  • Addressed an issue where the Virtual Machine Management Service (Vmms.exe) may crash during a live migration of virtual machines.
  • Improved the bandwidth of SSD/NVMe drives available to application workloads during S2D rebuild operations.
  • Addressed issue where Work Folders clients get duplicate files (sync conflict files) when Work Folders is configured using Group Policy.
  • Addressed an issue where Remote Desktop Servers crash with a Stop 0x27 in RxSelectAndSwitchPagingFileObject when RDP clients connect and utilize redirected drives, printers, or removable USB drives.
  • Addressed issue where adjusting the Windows Server Update Services settings using the Group Policy feature causes downloads to fail.
  • Addressed issue to hard code Microsoft's first-party provider registry key values.
  • Addressed issue that causes the System Preparation (Sysprep) tool to fail.
  • Addressed issue that causes Office 2016 profile corruption when used with User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) roaming.
  • Addressed issue that causes the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service to become unresponsive after upgrading the OS.
  • Addressed issue that causes the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service to fail when a SAP® application uses Transport Layer Security authentication.
  • Addressed issue where sequencing large registries using the Application Virtualization 5.1 Sequencer results in missing registry keys in the final package.
  • Addressed issue that fails to retain the sort order of names in a contact list after a device restarts when using the Japanese language.
  • Addressed issue that causes transactions to fail because of a memory shortage.
  • Addressed issue that allows files that are forbidden by the security zone setting to be opened in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that causes Internet Explorer 11 to fail after installing KB3175443.
  • Addressed issue that causes applications that use the VBScript engine to fail after applying KB3185319.
  • Addressed issue that occurs in Internet Explorer when the CSS float style is set to "center" in a webpage.
  • Addressed issue that occurs whenever the multipath IO attempts to log I/O statistics with no paths present.
  • Addressed issue that causes a 32-bit static route added by a VPN solution to fail, which prevents users from establishing a connection through the VPN.
  • Addressed issue that may decrease performance by up to 50% when Ethernet adapters that support receive side scaling (RSS) fail to re-enable RSS after a fault or system upgrade.
  • Addressed issue to allow wildcards in the Allowed list field for the Point and Print Restrictions Group Policy.
  • Addressed issue with multipath I/O failure that can lead to data corruption or application failures.
  • Addressed issue that can lead to system failure when removing a multipath IO ID_ENTRY.
  • Addressed issue that occurs when a Network Driver Interface Specification function NdisMFreeSharedMemory() is not called at the correct Interrupt Request Level.
  • Addressed issue to utilize the proper service vault for Azure Backup integration.
  • Addressed issue where SQL server takes 30 minutes to shut down on machines with a lot of RAM (>2TB).
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time zone information, Internet Explorer, file server and clustering, wireless networking, Map apps, mobile upgrades for IoT, display rendering, USB 2.0 safe removal, multimedia, Direct3D, Microsoft Edge, enterprise security, Windows Server Update Services, storage networking, Remote Desktop, clustering, Windows Hyper-V, and Credential Guard.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Information Services, Windows SMB Server, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, the Windows kernel, DirectShow, the Windows OS, and Windows Hyper-V.
You can get this update from Microsoft update catalog or Windows update.

Version 1511

For the November update to Windows 10, KB4013198 is now available that jumps the build number from 10586.839. The following is the change log provided by this update:

  • Addressed known issue called out in KB3210721. Users may experience delays while running 3D rendering apps with multiple monitors.
  • Improved reliability of Silverlight and Internet Explorer
  • Addressed issue where the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) crashes when attempting to modify any attribute of any user account in Active Directory.
  • Addressed issue that fails to launch a Help browser window when you click the Help icon in File Explorer.
  • Addressed issue to allow wildcards in the Allowed list field for the Point and Print Restrictions Group Policy.
  • Addressed issue that prevents clients from accessing a file server when using Server Message Block 1.0 and NT LAN Manager authentication after an upgrade.
  • Addressed issue where the default printer may change unexpectedly after disconnecting from a Remote Desktop Protocol session.
  • Addressed issue that prevents servers from being added to Windows Server Update Services after they are staged.
  • Addressed issue that causes Internet Explorer to fail after installing KB3175443.
  • Addressed issue that causes Internet Explorer to fail after removing a CSS style.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from selecting multiple certificates simultaneously through the UI.
  • Addressed issue that prevents a smart card module from pairing with a contactless smart card reader.
  • Addressed issue where devices go into BitLocker recovery if users enter the wrong password.
  • Addressed issue that causes excessive audit log events when using the Audit File System category.
  • Addressed issue where an executable’s icon will flicker indefinitely when Explorer opens the executable and its file attribute is set to FILE_ATTRIBUTE_OFFLINE.
  • Addressed issue that causes Start menu and other items to disappear or malfunction when using roaming user profiles.
  • Addressed issue that causes OpenGL rendering to fail.
  • Addressed issue that causes high CPU usage for scheduled tasks when using devices whose daylight saving time occurs at 12 A.M.
  • Addressed issue that causes the loss of Windows Firewall rules after upgrade from RTM to 1511.
  • Addressed issue where using registry exclusions with Unified Write Filter (UWF) enabled increases the system boot time substantially.
  • Addressed issue that prevents multiple users from accessing shared, offline folders.
  • Addressed issue that prevents administrators from accessing mapped network drives.
  • Addressed issue that causes print preview to fail in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that prevents Internet Explorer from receiving keyboard events from external processes using addEventListener.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the use of the Delete Browsing History feature in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that causes incorrect table dimensions in SAP® applications.
  • Addressed issue that loads websites that bypass the proxy server in the local intranet zone when the Intranet Sites: Include all sites that bypass the proxy server (Disabled) is set.
  • Addressed issue that prevents a webpage from loading after logging in to a site.
  • Addressed issue that allows files that are forbidden by the security zone setting to be opened in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that overwrites a <br> element when users select a line that is enclosed by a <span> element.
  • Addressed issue that fails to apply the Group Policy setting value of “Unrestricted” for the media connection cost.
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time-zone information, enterprise security, security credentials, Internet Explorer, updates to the Access Point Name (APN) database, wireless networking, Media Center, and the Windows shell.
  • Security updates to the Windows OS, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Hyper-V, Server Message Block, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Windows PDF Library, SHA-1 deprecation for SSL/TLS certificates, and Microsoft XML Core Services.
You can get the update either from Windows update catalog or Windows update.

Version 1507

For Windows 10 version 1507, KB4012606 is now available that jumps the build number from 10240.17379. The following is the change-log:

  • Addressed known issue called out in KB3210720. Users may experience delays while running 3D rendering apps with multiple monitors.
  • Addressed issue where the Active Directory Administrative Center (ADAC) crashes when attempting to modify any attribute of any user account in Active Directory.
  • Improved the reliability of .NET and Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that fails to launch a Help browser window when you click the Help icon in File Explorer.
  • Addressed issue to allow wildcards in the Allowed list field for the Point and Print Restrictions Group Policy.
  • Addressed issue that reduces performance because excessive multicast Domain Name System packets are created whenever new devices are searched for, added, or removed.
  • Addressed issue that prevents clients from accessing a file server when using Server Message Block 1.0 and NT LAN Manager authentication after an upgrade.
  • Addressed issue that causes text to disappear when you resize an Internet Explorer window after changing the encoding to Hebrew.
  • Addressed issue that occurs in Internet Explorer when the CSS float style is set to "center" in a webpage.
  • Addressed issue that may cause an app or webpage to become unresponsive or sluggish if it uses the web browser functionality of Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue that causes Internet Explorer to fail after removing a CSS style.
  • Addressed issue that causes Internet Explorer to fail after installing KB3175443.
  • Addressed issue where a list in a combo box fails to update based on the selected item in another combo box.
  • Addressed issue that occurs when copying a file that has Encrypting File System (EFS) encryption to a share that is not encrypted by EFS.
  • Addressed issue that causes the Start menu and other items to disappear or malfunction when using roaming user profiles.
  • Addressed issue that causes excessive audit log events when using the Audit File System category.
  • Addressed issue where devices go into BitLocker recovery if users enter the wrong password.
  • Addressed issue that prevents a smart card module from pairing with a contactless smart card reader.
  • Addressed issue that causes high CPU usage for scheduled tasks when using devices whose daylight saving time occurs at 12 A.M.
  • Addressed issue that fails to apply the Group Policy setting value of “Unrestricted” for the media connection cost.
  • Addressed issue that prevents administrators from accessing mapped network drives.
  • Addressed issue that causes print preview to fail in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue in which locally installed fonts are not used when Font Download is disabled in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that causes incorrect table dimensions in SAP® applications.
  • Addressed issue that prevents a webpage from loading after logging in to a site.
  • Addressed issue where a text box doesn't allow the user to type the maximum number of allowed characters when using the Japanese Input Method Editor in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that loads websites that bypass the proxy server in the local intranet zone when the Intranet Sites: Include all sites that bypass the proxy server (Disabled) is set.
  • Addressed issue that prevents Internet Explorer from receiving keyboard events from external processes using addEventListener.
  • Addressed issue that overwrites a <br> element when users select a line that is enclosed by a <span> element.
  • Addressed issue that allows files that are forbidden by the security zone setting to be opened in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where using registry exclusions with Unified Write Filter (UWF) enabled increases the system boot time substantially.
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time-zone information, Windows Shell, enterprise security, Internet Explorer, and updates to the Access Point Name (APN) database.
  • Security updates to the Windows OS, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows Hyper-V, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Information Services, Server Message Block, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Media Player, SHA-1 deprecation for SSL/TLS certificates, Microsoft XML Core Services, and the Windows kernel.
You can get these updates from Microsoft update catalog or running a Windows update check.

Microsoft might launch Creators update on April 11

Microsoft is currently beta testing Redstone 2 in Insider builds, which is nearly now feature complete. The builds started coming in September and the latest feature update contains many new features. Now as Microsoft is about to release this update, the software giant has many pre-processes they need to do.
A report from MSpoweruser suggests that this update is coming on April 11th, indicating its feature completion and nearly signing off. The report suggests the signing off would be done sometime next week.



April 11 is the same date when Windows Vista retires. It is worth notable that Microsoft has started working on Redstone 3 as well, the details of which you can read here.

Microsoft hit with authentication issues today, users cannot login to Outlook, office 365, skype etc.

Starting this evening or morning in various parts of the World, a large chunk of users are reporting that they cannot sign in into services provided by Microsoft like Outlook, skype etc. Even I got a mini heart attack when the following message was displayed:
This issue as reported by Social media is worldwide, and affects almost all of the Microsoft services like Onedrive, outlook etc. However, the service status page shows everything is OK, but it isn't the case yet.
There is no known workaround yet, so please wait until the software giant comes with a fix. Folks, don't do a reset yet!


[Feburary] Windows 10 slightly looses share in Feburary

Netmarket share has posted its statistics for the month of Feburary earlier today, and some new things have emerged from it.

Windows 10

In Feburary, Microsoft's newest OS went a slightly down in share market, grabbing 25.19 percent of the total share. For those who missed the article last month, Windows 10 gained and got a share of 25.30 last month. This means the OS lost 0.11 percent of users last month.

 Windows 7

The largest and the most sucessfull OS of the Redmond giant gained this month around 1 percent, which is a pretty large number if we consider real number of PCs across the globe. Windows 7 went to 48.41 from 47.20 and is the No. 1 OS ever.

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Windows XP looses users finally

Windows XP is now down to 8.45 from 9 percent. For the first time, XP has lost user share.

Windows 8

Windows 8 has a very less share now and is the last in our list. It has a 6.87 percent of market share.

 At the end, we see the graphical share of all of the OS: