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.