Microsoft to provide updates to Microsoft Edge through Windows update from Redstone 3

Microsoft to provide updates to Microsoft Edge through Windows update from Redstone 3

With Windows 10, Microsoft tried to retire its 20 year old browser Internet explorer, and Introduced Microsoft Edge. The software giant promoted Edge as the modern and newest browser containing all the necessary features. Though being useless till the November update, Microsoft Edge started to become a browser which contained all necessities required for a normal user from the Anniversary update.
The Anniversary and Creators update shaped Edge very well, but the problem with Edge is that it is a part of the OS and updates with a feature upgrade. This was not the case with IE, for example IE8 shipped with Windows 7 could also be installed to Windows XP. Now the users on the previous Windows 10 versions like the 1507, 1511 cannot get the new features of Edge. For them, still Edge is very difficult to use.
However, Microsoft plans to change the same with the next feature upgrade with Redstone 3, where Edge would be updated through Windows store. It is still unclear if the previous versions like Redstone 1 ones can also get Redstone 3 features of Edge, but one thing is for sure-Microsoft wants more and more users to use Edge. The software giant is following similar to Chrome OS, where Chrome gets regularly updated irrespective of updates to the OS.
More is expected on this when the Build conference by Microsoft is held from 10th May. 

Microsoft changes the servcing model for Windows 10 creators update

Usually Microsoft releases updates to its products once a month-which is second Tuesday of each month called as Patch Tuesday. The updates on Patch Tuesday include security improvements together with general fixes. After the creators update was released, the Patch Tuesday also followed the same update release, with Microsoft releasing a patch that included both security and quality improvements.
 This might change from now on, as Microsoft on the Technet has given hints to change this pattern. Now if we see the figure, there would be two updates in a month, the first one being Patch Tuesday that focuses on security and the other one later in the month focuses quality. Patch Tuesday would surely be happening, but we cannot confirm the date of the other update.
This link explains the same where Microsoft said on Technet:(Thanks to Neowin)
Based on feedback from customers, we are making some adjustments to the updates that we are releasing for Windows 10, version 1703 (also known as the “Creators Update”). With these changes, we will routinely offer one (or sometimes more than one) additional update each month. These additional cumulative updates will contain only new non-security updates, so they will be considered “Updates” in WSUS and Configuration Manager.

As you can see in April, KB4015583 was released on Patch Tuesday. As soon as more quality improvements were ready to roll out, the software giant shipped KB4016240 a few days ago. Notably, this update wasn't a security update.
Similar pattern is expected in the next months also, as the First KB of the month which would be due on Patch Tuesday would focus on security and other update later in the month would be focusing on quality updates. The update next month on Patch Tuesday would contain these quality improvements+ Security patches as well.  It is worth mentioning that Microsoft didn't follow the same servicing model for other versions of the OS.
This means your PC can ask for a reboot more times it usually does, but Creators update allows more control over the updates so that you can pause or snooze a restart as well. This update also affects business users using WSUS but doesn't affect Windows server 2016 running machines. Businesses might get benefit from it, as the second update if breaks something can be reported in the feedback and Patch Tuesday would be taking care of it.

Microsoft: Do not Install creators update manually if you are a beginner

Windows 10 creators update got released on 5th of this month for those who wanted it early and the global rollout started on April 11th. As said here, It could take time to come to your device if you are doing it through windows update, as the Windows update engine takes many factors into consideration to get the update.
A snip of Settings app from the Windows 10 creators update
The Creators update is still unsupported on many systems for examples with the AMD processors, and Microsoft commits that they would issue a patch so that it works on the systems which are unsupported now. The users like these who have hardware blockage or similar issues wouldn't be getting Creators update through Windows updates.However many enthusiasts like me who want these kind of updates immediately even if their system is not supported, might try manual methods as discussed here in the most popular article:
Update to Windows 10 creators update manually if you are unable to get it through Windows update
Upgrading via Media creation tool or the upgrade assistant might be successful(I did Install creators update on a 6 year old CPU with AMD processor) but the chances still can be said as 50-50. You might have other problems afterwards, which then you have to rollback to the previous version of Windows 10. This might not be necessary, but the software giant has still cautioned the users about the manual upgrading to creators update.
In a blog post, Microsoft described about rolling out Creators update in first phase. Windows update installs the feature upgrade only when there are no issues while installing via Media creation tool or the upgrade assistant bypasses some compatibility checks which might affect the upgrade. A snip from the blog:
“It’s important to note that when customers use the Software Download Site to manually install the Creators Update they bypass many of these blocks,”“Therefore, we continue to recommend (unless you’re an advanced user who is prepared to work through some issues) that you wait until the Windows 10 Creators Update is automatically offered to you. When your device becomes eligible for the Creators Update rollout, you’ll be prompted to make some important choices on your privacy settings before the Creators Update can install.”
  The blockage of the update is coming from the feedback hub as well as people report in problems with the OS if any. The similar devices are then blocked from getting the feature upgrade till it is resolved.
Creators update is Installed by millions of PCs right now as Microsoft says and the share is expected to go more in next few weeks.
A new Cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1703 now available

A new Cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1703 now available

The creators update was released on 11th this month, and from then Microsoft has released a number of patches to increase stability of the OS. First cumulative update was released which incremented build number to 15063.14(Details here). Then on Patch Tuesday, a massive update was released having a very long list of fixes which is mentioned here. The build number was incremented to 15063.138.
Now Microsoft has yesterday released another update KB4016240 which is excluisively for the same version. After the update the build number increments to 15063.250. A long list of changes are also mentioned by Microsoft which is also shown here:
  • Addressed issue where VMs might experience loss in network connectivity while provisioning IP addresses.
  • Addressed issue that does not initiate a remote ring on the device when RemoteRing Configuration Service Provider (CSP) is used.
  • Addressed issue where a memory leak occurs in Internet Explorer when hosting pages containing nested framesets that load cross-domain content.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 does not save JavaScript files when exporting to an MHT file.
  • Addressed issue that causes users to get logged out from Web applications intermittently.
  • Addressed issue with a very dim internal monitor that may occur when booting with the external monitor only and then switching to the built-in panel only.
  • Addressed issue where running Win32 Direct3D applications or games in full-screen exclusive mode causes the system to become unresponsive when resuming from Connected Standby.
  • Addressed issue where when upgrading to Windows 10, version 1703, with the system language set to Chinese, the progress page displays geometric shapes instead of the correct localized strings.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the lock screen from being disabled using Group Policy on Professional SKUs.
  • Addressed issue in Windows Forms configuration options, which causes antivirus applications to stop working at startup.
  • Addressed additional issues with compatibility, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft is not aware of any known issues with this update. The update can be downloaded via Windows update and Microsoft update catalog as well. You can also use direct download links given here
For X86 based systems-32 bit 
For X64 based systems-64 bit
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Microsoft confirms Redstone 3 in September, promises two major upgrades in an year

Microsoft confirms Redstone 3 in September, promises two major upgrades in an year

Microsoft pushes Windows 10 as windows as a service where the OS is continually revived and new features are introduced, rather than developing a new OS. Windows 10 RTM has been refined 3 times up till now, called the November update, Anniversary update and Creators update respectively.
Year 2016 witnessed only one major upgrade, but in 2017 we would expect two service upgrades. One Creators update which is already live in public released this month and other one codenamed Redstone 3 which is expected in the end of  this year.
Microsoft has now confirmed the same about the second major upgrade this year, in a blog post that it would be released in September. Here is what the Bernardo Caldas, GM said:
Windows is committing to a predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule, targeting September and March of each year, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus. The next Windows 10 feature update will be targeted for September 2017.
This quote indicates many things. The first and foremost being every year there would be two service upgrades, one in March and one in September from now on. This is in contrast with creators update, which was finalized in March and released to masses in 1st week of April. I expect the same with Redstone 3, with the software giant finalizing it to insiders in September and releasing to public in October.
The next thing to note here is Microsoft is aligning its upgrades for all of its products at once, which is September. Microsoft releases its new products like Office 365 in September as well, System Center configuration manager would also be aligned with this service model, thus making it easier for deployment.
Microsoft also has mentioned that each service upgrade would be supported for 1 and half year. Though Windows 10 version 1507 would be getting around 2 years old at the time of its end of support but it wouldn't be the case now.
Each Windows 10 feature release will be serviced and supported for 18 months. This is consistent with our current Windows 10 approach, but adds further clarity and predictability to organizations by aligning with Office 365 ProPlus.
Redstone 3 is already live for Insiders which is due for September release, I expect in the next few weeks we get to see many new features of it.

Microsoft working on Tabs feature in all programs in Windows 10

There is a great demand for tabs, specially in file Explorer from ages-Might be from when Windows 7 released and looks like in future the software giant may be working on it. According to inside sources, Microsoft is working on tabbed shell, which brings tabs to all Windows 10 applications, including Windows 10 file explorer.
As per information, tabbed shell works at OS level so there is no need of developers to develop it separately. Tabbed shell works in Win32, UWP all kinds of applications.
Microsoft Edge is one of the UWP apps that offers tabs

Initial reports suggest that the tabbed shell closely resembles Microsoft Edge tab styling and the goal of tabbed shell is to give a new and a great and easy use of Windows OS. However, many conflicts are also possible with tabbed shell, for example multiple close or maximize buttons but we hope Microsoft adjusts and refines it more before it is made public.
Some 3rd party apps provide the same interface, but if tabs are provided by in built feature then it would be too exciting.  Tabbed shell could come with Redstone 3 or 4 which is slated to release late 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Thanks to Windows central for the tip.
Microsoft to retire Windows 10 version 1507 on May 9

Microsoft to retire Windows 10 version 1507 on May 9

Windows 10 is based on Windows as a service where the OS gets continually developed over the time. The original Windows 10 was released in July 2015 called version 1507 has been refined 4 times:

  1. Version 1511 aka November update
  2. Version 1607 aka Anniversary update
  3. Version 1703 aka Creators update

Microsoft life cycle fact sheet states that the July 2015 release of Windows 10 expires in 2025:

Windows 10, released in July 2015** N/A October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025

But Microsoft has changed its mind and it plans to exit version 1507 on May 9. Microsoft on a recent blog post announced the same that 1507 will no longer receive the updates from May 9. May 9 is the next patch Tuesday if we see.
Microsoft recommends updating to creators update as soon as possible.


New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

April 11th is the second Tuesday of the month, called the patch Tuesday. This is the day on which microsoft patches its products and this month is no different. Microsoft has released updates to its products and we discuss the Windows 10 ones here.

Windows 10 v1703

The creators update edition of Windows 10 is just released, and Microsoft has patched it with a huge update. The KB number of the update is KB4015583 and the build number jumps from 15063.14 to 15063.138. Here is a detailed change-log: 
  • We fixed an issue where on Surface devices, Bluetooth radio fails to re-enumerate during hibernate/resume.
  • We fixed an issue with McAfee Enterprise to prevent a system crash when the product driver is installed on build 15060 configured with Device Guard.
  • We fixed an issue where printer connections from clients running older versions of Windows (V3-XPS-based-drivers) failed to connect to clients running the Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • We fixed an issue where on some devices like the Surface Pro 3, the Windows audio device graph isolation would max out CPU utilization due to being stuck in an endless loop due to defective Realtek APOs.
  • We fixed an issue where non-suspendable processes would suspend after waking a device.

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Windows 10 v1607

For Windows 10 Anniversary update, Microsoft has released KB4015217 that jumps build number to 14393.1066. This fixes the following:
  • Addressed issue that was preventing the Camera application from saving a captured image when "Show recently opened items in Jump Lists on Start or the taskbar" settings is enabled.
  • Improved the Host Network Service (HNS) to support an overlay network driver for use on Windows Server 2016 to connect containers across hosts using Docker Engine in Swarm Mode.
  • Addressed issue that was not allowing users to access online help content when clicking the help icon in various Windows applications, such as File Explorer.
  • Addressed issue where displays turn off unexpectedly even when Turn off display and Screen saver are disabled in the power profile.
  • Addressed an issue where CredentialGuard-enabled computers joined to Active Directory domains submit two bad logon attempts each time a bad password is provided during a Kerberos-based logon. Logons to Active Directory domains with arbitrarily low account lockout thresholds may be subject to unexpected account lockouts. For example, 2 logons with a bad password could result in an account being locked out if the account lockout threshold is set to 3 or 4.
  • Addressed issue that increases CPU usage when IP forwarding or weak host is enabled.
  • Addressed issue where some of the VPN drivers do not get migrated when upgrading the OS to Windows 10, version 1607.
  • Addressed issue that causes virtual machines to fail during high I/O scenarios where the user may log in multiple times.
  • Addressed issue that was causing connections (after the 1st connection request) from a Remote Desktop Client to a Remote Desktop session to fail after upgrading from Windows 10, version 1511, to Windows 10, version 1607.
  • Addressed issue that was causing the Command prompt to be not displayed properly through the serial console on headless systems.
  • Addressed issue that was causing MDM enrollment failtures on devices using Kerberos authentication.
  • Addressed issue with rendering when a webpage contains a DIV element that has the contenteditable attribute.
  • Addressed issue that causes text to disappear when you resize an Internet Explorer window when the encoding is Hebrew and any text ends with an underscore character.
  • Addressed issue that was causing headless machines to not go into S3 sleep mode sometimes.
  • Enabled warning message in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) to alert administrators of a design change that may prevent the processing of a User Group after installing security update MS16-072 (KB3163622).
  • Addressed an issue that was causing Windows Explorer to perform an endless, rapid refresh of a network drive that is mapped to a share, preventing users from performing tasks such as rename object.
  • Addressed a memory leak in Internet Explorer when hosting a page that contains nested framesets, which load cross-domain content.
  • Addressed an issue that was causing the print spooler service to hang instead of showing a timeout error when a connection between a bluetooth printer and the machine is lost during printing.
  • Addressed an issue that was preventing installation of a new printer driver that uses v3 printer drivers.
  • Improved the reliability of Load Balancing/Failover (LBFO) whenever there is a resource rebalance, a device failure, or a surprise removal of a device.
  • Addressed additional issues with updated time zone information, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.
  • Security updates to Scripting Engine, libjpeg image-processing library, Hyper-V, Win32k, Adobe Type Manager Font Driver, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Graphics component, Active Directory Federation Services, .NET Framework, Active Directory, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol, Windows Kernel model drivers and Windows OLE.
You can use Microsoft update catalog do download the update.

Windows 10 creators update to launch today for all users

Windows 10 creators update is already out through two channels, and it is now the time for the 3rd channel to get it. For those who do not know here are the three channels for Windows 10 creators update:

  1. Using the upgrade assistant
  2. Using the Installation media/media creation tool.
  3. Through Windows update.
Windows 10 creators update has a number of new features which are mentioned here. Microsoft has already released creators update through 2 channels(this is for the seekers who want the upgrade the systems as soon as possible) and the roll out through third channel starts today.

Windows 10 creators update

You can head over to this link for more information about getting the update manually:
Update to Windows 10 creators update manually if you are unable to get it through Windows update
For Windows update, you should head over to Settings> Update and security> Check for updates. Not all users would be getting the update today itself, so you might need to wait some days. For those who want it immidiately, can head over to the above article for getting the update.


Update to Windows 10 creators update manually if you are unable to get it through Windows update

Windows 10 creator's update is already released as a stable version of Windows 10 for Windows 10 version 1607 and earlier. The primary method of getting this upgrade is through Windows update, but as it has to be delivered to millions of PCs, it might take some time to reach your device. If you do not want to wait and Install the feature upgrade manually, you can use the following methods when they are available to get Windows 10 Creator's update.

Method 1: Using the upgrade assistant

The software giant provides a software which it names as upgrade assistant which assists you in getting feature upgrade to Windows. It is available on the following page for download- Click Update now just below "We have noticed that you are using Windows 10":
https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
A program of 6 MB would subsequently be downloaded and run. This shows if your PC is up to date.
If any update is available which should be, it would ask you for confirmation. Click on update now to get started.
After you click update now, you would greeted with a download progress screen. Rest of the work would be done by Windows itself.

After download and Installation, you would be greeted with Windows 10 creators update.

Method 2-Using the Media creation tool

This is by far the stable method to upgrade.  Media creation tool offers 2 options:

  • Downloading the Installation media for future purposes and of course to upgrade
  • A more automatic option to let the computer upgrade.
The same page offers media creation tool as well. Click on Download tool now to download the media creation tool and initiate the upgrade.


To use the first option, which automatically upgrades your system, choose upgrade this PC now. This is a more automated process and Windows should automatically upgrade your system. After some time and few restarts, you would be greeted with Windows 10 creators update.

It would download the Installation media first and then Install the update.
For more advanced users,
This method would allow you to keep an Installation media for future purposes if you want to do a clean Install. Following steps are what you need to do for the upgrade.
  • Choose Option 2 in Media creation tool-download Installation media for another PC.

  • Then, if you wish to upgrade the same PC, make sure the checkbox at the bottom which says "Use recommended option for this PC" is checked.Click on Next afterwards.
  • Then select ISO file on the screen which says Choose which media to use.Click on Next.
  • Save the ISO to any other drive and click OK in the path chooser dialog box.The ISO download should begin.
  • When the ISO download finishes, navigate to the ISO file location from file explorer and double click it.It should mount as a virtual drive as shown here:
  • Open the virtual drive and launch setup.exe named file, it would start preparing:
  • The next step is checking for updates.Windows would get the updates after the upgrade, so select not right now.
  • Accept the license terms.

  • Confirm your Edition and keeping things. Click on next.
  • Then after Windows starts Installing.
  • After some restarts you would be greeted with creators update.

Directly download the ISO

Downloading an ISO directly from Microsoft isn't that tricky, you need to do some effort to get the ISO from the site.
To get the ISO file, we can change the agent in developer tools, so that the page logic sees we are opening it from a non Windows OS. Then we get the option of downloading the ISOs. Here is a more detailed explanation of what needs to be done:
STEP 1:
 Open the following page in Microsoft Edge browser:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

After the page opens, click F12 to open developer tools and click on Emulation tab . Under user agent string, change it to a non Windows, let us say Apple safari.
You then get an option to download the ISO. Select Windows 10 for home and pro version of the OS.
Press confirm and then select the language and edition to Install.
The ISO would be downloaded which can be used to upgrade to the creators update. Refer to method 2 on about how to Install.

These 3 methods can help getting Windows 10 creators update. If stable and you do not wish to go back, you can free up space from your system by deleting the older OS stored in Windows.old:
To remove the older windows Installation that would be removed automatically after 10 days you can see this article(the bottom section).

    Windows 10 creators update available to Install now for global users, ISOs also released

    Finally the day is here. Microsoft has released Windows 10 creators update to all users of Windows 10. For those who don't know, creators update is next major update to windows 10 after the Anniversary update and it brings many new features as discussed here.
    Though the official date which MS has decided to roll out is April 11th, but for seekers who want an early release need to download a tool called the upgrade assistant for a more automated process. Interested users can also download an ISO from the Windows 10 ISO page using some workaround, if they wish.

    Using the upgrade assistant

    To get the creators update via upgrade assistant please see the following page:
    http://www.yourwindowsguide.com/2017/04/update-to-windows-10-creators-update.html
    Just follow the instructions and you are ready to go.

    Using the ISO i.e. Installation media file

    Microsoft has also released the ISO files quietly to the public as well, but it requires some bit of effort to get the ISO. If you get to the software download page through a Windows PC, it only gives the option of downloading the tool that in turns download the ISO- but it brings many disadvantages-the prominent one being no pause or resume of download.
    No Option to download the ISOs
    To get the ISO file, we can change the agent in developer tools, so that the page logic sees we are opening it from a non Windows OS. Then we get the option of downloading the ISOs. Here is a more detailed explanation of what needs to be done:
    STEP 1:
     Open the following page in Microsoft Edge browser:
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10

    After the page opens, click F12 to open developer tools and click on Emulation tab . Under user agent string, change it to a non Windows, let us say Apple safari.
    You then get an option to download the ISO. Select Windows 10 for home and pro version of the OS.
    Press confirm and then select the language and edition to Install.
    The ISO would be downloaded which can be used to upgrade to the creators update.

    Also see:

    Windows 10 creators update to release today through update assistant

    Windows 10 creators update to release today through update assistant

    Windows 10 Creators update is very near and it brings a large number of new features as mentioned here. The creators update official update is to release on 11th April, but for enthusiasts it is releasing on April 5th.
    To get the creators update, an upgrade assistant would be released to facilitate the upgrade to the users. This would be available today itself and users can see use the following page to download the upgrade assistant.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
    Click on update now to get started.
    You can get more details from the following page:
    Update to Windows 10 creators update manually if you are unable to get it through Windows update
    New cumulative update for Windows 10 for fast ring available now

    New cumulative update for Windows 10 for fast ring available now

    Windows 10 is about to release to masses on 5th April and 11th April. Now for Windows 10 version 1703 and users enrolled in Windows insiders in fast ring, Microsoft has released KB4016252 is released. Apart from fixes mentioned here, there is one additional fix mentioned here:

    • We fixed an issue where non-suspendable processes would suspend after waking a device.

    Direct download links

    For x86 i.e. 32 bit you can download it from here : http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/...55e6371d9a.cab 
    For x64 i.e. 64 bit you can download it from herehttp://download.windowsupdate.com/c/...10c13015cf.cab

    This build is also available via Windows update.
    New cumulative updates for slow and release preview ring now available

    New cumulative updates for slow and release preview ring now available

    Before the global rollout of Windows 10 creators update, a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1703 has been made available to slow and release preview rings. The cumulative update KB4016251 and it jumps the build number to 15063.13.
    This Cumulative Update includes the same fixes from Cumulative Update 15063.11 plus these additional fixes:

    • We fixed an issue where printer connections from clients running older versions of Windows (V3-XPS-based-drivers) failed to connect to clients running the Windows 10 Creators Update.
    • We fixed an issue where on some devices like the Surface Pro 3, the Windows audio device graph isolation would max out CPU utilization due to being stuck in an endless loop due to defective Realtek APOs.
    You can get this update from Windows update.
    New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 build 15063 on all Insider rings available now

    New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 build 15063 on all Insider rings available now

    Microsoft is finalizing creators update build 15063, due to global rollout starting April 11. Microsoft earlier yesterday released Windows 10 build 15063 to release preview ring , which can be called as a stamping that this build is RTM. Usually Microsoft stops at a build before releasing it to the masses(you have noticed that there is no >15063 build of Redstone 2) and afterwards cumulative updates refine the bugs of the OS.
    Keeping the pattern intact, Microsoft has just released cumulative updates for its OS, the number 1 which jumps the build number from 15063 to 10563.11. The KB number of the update is KB4016250.
    The following is the change-log of what this update fixes
    • Fixed an issue where Surface Device, Bluetooth fails to re-enumerates during Hibernation/resume.
    • Fixed an issue with McAfee Enterprise to prevent a system crash when the product device is installed on build 15060 configured with Device Guard

    You can only get this update through Windows update.It is also available to release preview ring.
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