Windows 10 build 16299 releases to fast ring Insiders from RS3 branch

Windows 10 build 16299 releases to fast ring Insiders from RS3 branch

After releasing Redstone 2 aka creators update to the public, the focus now shifts to the builds from next Insider branch, widely called Redstone 3. Now, Microsoft has released 23nd Redstone 3 build 16299 to the public today(Yes today, though they said no builds). Redstone 3 builds are almost feature complete, so expect no new features. The development team is now focused on stabilizing builds.

Fixes and Improvements

  • [Fixed] an issue some Insiders were experiencing where after upgrading to recent flights their optical drive wouldn’t be listed under This PC.
  • [Fixed] an issue where Microsoft Edge might crash when scrolling embedded PDFs.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing 0x80070005 when trying to upgrade to the last few flights.
  • [Fixed] an issue where using the Automatic File Download notification to block an app from downloading files wasn’t working for UWP apps.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in Windows Defender potentially downloading files selected to be online-only after using the file picker dialog and viewing their thumbnails.
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This update would be available via Windows update as always.

Microsoft releases new cumulative updates for version 1607 and 1703 versions

Microsoft releases new cumulative updates for version 1607 and 1703 versions

Microsoft's top execs are busy at MS Ignite in Florida, but that isn't preventing the Software giant to ship updates for its products. Following the 2 updates per month policy, Microsoft released updates to the most common Windows 10 versions-Version 1703 and 1607. Let us discuss them in detail.

Windows 10 version 1703

The almost old Windows 10 1703 version had a patch issued KB4040724 that jumps the build number to 15063.632. The previous update was released on Patch Tuesday this month. Update is available via Windows update and Manually from the catalog as well. The following changes have been introduced:
  • Reliability improvements and fixes for cellular connectivity.
  • Addressed issue in Microsoft Edge where on first launch after installing KB4038788, or periodically thereafter, users may observe performance issues or unresponsiveness until the next launch of the browser.
There is a known issue present however, which says Czech and Arabic languages would have Edge in English.
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To download this update you can use the following links:
For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4038801 that jumps the build number to 14393.1737. The following changes have been introduced:
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue with the Lock Workstation setting for smart cards where, in some cases, the system doesn’t lock when the smart card is removed.
  • Addressed issue where saving a credential with an empty password to Credential Manager causes the system to stop working when attempting to use the credential.
  • Addressed issue where an access token is improperly closed from a WMI query.
  • Addressed issue where the size of a cloned file was improperly calculated by ReFS.
  • Addressed error STOP 0x44 in Npfs!NpFsdDirectoryControl.
  • Addressed error 0x1_SysCallNum_71_nt!KiSystemServiceExitPico.
This update is available via Windows update and catalog. You can use the following links to get it manually.
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That is it for this month, you can always check our website for regular updates. In case if the updates fail at restart, see the following articles:

Microsoft is renaming Store to Microsoft Store

Store, an Important part of Windows 10 that allows you to download UWP Applications is being continuously revised by Microsoft to provide a better user experience. Microsoft Since the RTM has changed the User Experience many times. Recently, the Software giant integrated Fluent design as well. Now the next revision is here, Microsoft is renaming the Store.
Microsoft is releasing an update to the machines on release preview ring for the Store, that renames it to Microsoft store and brings a new Icon in the taskbar and Start. Though there are no new changes inside, the update just brings the name update and Icon change. This is currently limited to Insiders specifically release preview ring which would be first getting the fall Creators update soon.
Thanks to WinCentral and @Christoph_fer
It is worth noting that the online version of the Store is also called Microsoft store that lets you install apps on your device if it is connected to your MS account.
There is nothing about it Microsoft has said, and we hope soon they will say it soon.

Credits: Windows Central
[September Updates] New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

[September Updates] New Cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

Patch Tuesday is back so are we. Yesterday, Microsoft shipped updates to every version of Windows. Let us discuss them one by one:

Windows 10 v1703

Microsoft released KB4038788 that jumps the build number from 15063.540 to 15063.608. For those who don't know, the last update to this version was shipped on August Patch Tusday. There are loads of changes which are:
  • Addressed issue where the color profiles do not revert to the user-specified settings after playing a full-screen game.
  • Updated HDR feature to be turned off by default in the OS.
  • Addressed issue where you can't open the Start menu when you add a third-party IME.
  • Addressed issue with scanners that rely on inbox driver support.
  • Addressed issue in a Mobile Device Manager Enterprise feature to allow headsets to work correctly.
  • Addressed issue where some machines fail to load wireless WAN devices when they resume from Sleep.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Addressed issue where revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS is leaking large amounts of memory.
  • Addressed issue where enabling encryption using syskey.exe renders the system unbootable.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • Addressed issue where saving a credential with an empty password to Credential Manager causes the system to crash when attempting to use that credential.
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue with the EMIE where Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer repeatedly switched between each other.
  • Addressed issue where a device may stop responding for several minutes and then stop working with error 0x9F (SYSTEM_POWER_STATE_FAILURE) when a USB network adapter is attached.
  • Addressed issue where some apps cannot be opened because the IPHlpSvc service stops responding during the Windows boot procedure.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe stops working.
  • Addressed issue where the Get-AuthenticodeSignature cmdlet does not list TimeStamperCertificate even though the file is time stamped.
  • Addressed issue where, after upgrading to Windows 10, users may experience long delays when running applications hosted on Windows Server 2008 SP2.
  • Addressed RemoteApp display issues that occur when you minimize and restore a RemoteApp to full-screen mode.
  • Addressed issue that sometimes causes Windows File Explorer to stop responding and causes the system to stop working.
  • Addressed issue that causes the Export-StartLayout cmdlet to fail when exporting the layout of tiles at startup.
  • Addressed issue where the option to join Azure AAD is sometimes unavailable during the out-of-box experience.
  • Addressed issue where clicking the buttons on Windows Action Center notifications results in no action being taken.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Device Guard, Windows TPM, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, and Windows Virtualization.
Known Issues
Installing KB4038788 may change Czech and Arabic languages to English for Microsoft Edge and other applications. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
Support Page: For more information you can head over to this page.
To download this update, you can head over to Windows update and initiate. The following direct download links are available as well.

Windows 10 version 1607

For the Anniversary update to Windows 10, KB4038782 is available that jumps the build number to 14393.1715. The previous update was released after Patch Tuesday. Following are the changes introduced with this update:
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where graphics render incorrectly.
  • Addressed issue where some Windows clients receive a 0xc0000005 ACCESS_VIOLATION error when trying to install drivers.
  • Addressed issue where a race condition may cause a blue screen on the server when Windows Server uses IPSec.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer sometimes fails to display webpages correctly when a user installs Windows with the CopyProfile unattend setting.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Windows scripting, Device Guard, Windows TPM, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Hyper-V, Windows kernel, and the Windows DHCP Server.
To download this update, you can either use windows update or the following direct download Links:

Windows 10 v1511 

 November update to Windows 10 is still being supported by Microsoft. It has got KB4038783 which jumps the build number to 10586.1106. The fixes are:

  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe crashes.
  • Addressed issue where using a smart card to log on to a Remote Desktop Server sometimes stops responding.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • 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 revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS deadlocks with the Server Message Block 2.0 (SMB 2.0) client redirector. All attempts to log on to a Remote Desktop Server fail.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting doesn't clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Re-release of MS16-087 - Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hyper-V, Device Guard, Windows kernel, Windows Virtualization and Base, Windows Cryptography, Windows scripting, Microsoft Edge, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.
You can download this update from Windows update or use the following links:

 Windows 10 v1507

The original Windows 10-though called as unsupported by Microsoft is still getting updates though. It has got KB4038781 which jumps the build number to 10240.17609. Following is the changelog:
  • Updates to Internet Explorer 11’s navigation bar with search box.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer where undo is broken if character conversion is canceled using IME.
  • Addressed issue where spoolsv.exe crashes.
  • Addressed issue where using a smart card to log on to a Remote Desktop Server sometimes stops responding.
  • Updated the BitLocker.psm1 PowerShell script to not log passwords when logging is enabled.
  • 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 revoking a certificate associated with a disabled user account in the CA management console fails. The error is "The user name or password is incorrect. 0x8007052e (WIN32: 1326 ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE)”.
  • Addressed issue where LSASS deadlocks with the Server Message Block 2.0 (SMB 2.0) client redirector. All attempts to log on to a Remote Desktop Server fail.
  • Addressed issue where Windows Error Reporting does not clean up temporary files when there is a redirection on a folder.
  • Re-release of MS16-087- Security update for Windows print spooler components.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hyper-V, Device Guard, Windows kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Scripting, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Uniscribe, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, and the Microsoft Scripting 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 at restart, see the following articles:
Windows 10 S free upgrade offer to Pro extended till March 2018

Windows 10 S free upgrade offer to Pro extended till March 2018

Windows 10 S, the latest edition of Microsoft Windows was introduced in March this year. For those who don't know, Windows 10 S is a bit different edition from other different versions of Windows. The feature that differentiates  Windows 10 S from other is that Windows 10 S allows only apps from Windows store to run. No Win32 traditional apps can be run in this Windows edition. This allows a greater degree of security as well.
The software giant understands that still many apps used by day to day users are not available in the store yet, Google chrome the most used browser is the biggest example. Initially Microsoft Introduced Windows 10 S with the newest Surface variant, Surface laptop. Other Education focused devices also ship with Windows 10 S. Microsoft for customers buying their devices introduced an offer that allowed Free upgrade from Windows 10 S to Pro Edition free of cost till December 31 2017.
Now, the latest news from Microsoft says they have increased the duration of the offer and this now ends at March 31st 2018. So it means you can upgrade your system for free till the above mentioned date. To get the upgrade, just download a win32 app and click See how link at the bottom. This should open a new page where upgrade process begins.
Please note that this process is irreversible, so you cannot get Windows 10 S again.
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Microsoft launches Windows 10 S, which runs apps only from Windows store
What is next for Windows?

What is next for Windows?

Windows for Microsoft is the largest and the most successful product of Microsoft has evolved greatly over the years and decades. From Windows 95 to the latest version of the product-Windows 10 was said to be the last major OS release as said by employees just before release of it two years back in 2015. However, the statement still stands true as of now, as Microsoft is continuously revising Windows 10 by two major feature upgrades per year keeping up the promise and they as of yet has no plans to introduce a thing like Windows 11. There are some things where the things stand pretty clear and some things which are still opaque about the future of it. Here is a discussion about Windows since they released windows 10.

The Background

Windows 10 was released in July 2015 to the masses. The build number from Windows 8 jumped from 98XX to 10240, which meant a lot of changes-which was true. The initial two feature upgrades were from Threshold branch-which was a codename when Windows 10 was in development. The first two upgrades featured more on fine tuning and shaping the OS. With the Anniversary update, Microsoft changed the branch to Redstone-which the software giant planned in long run. Things started from Redstone 1 and still is continuing. The current release called the fall Creators update is codenamed Redstone 3 and the future upgrade for which Insider builds are about to release for skip ahead is Redstone 4. No comment on which the major lab change would occur. 

The present

As of now, Redstone 2 aka Creators update is the stable build or called the production build, released April 2017. With creator's update, Microsoft's aim was to improve productivity by introduction of apps like Paint 3D, Remix reality etc. In other words, Creativity had a focus in Redstone 2. Gaming is the another aspect which wass one of the major focus. Microsoft Edge and Cortana continued to get more features.

What's next that we know

The future of Windows is still unclear if we count in the next few years. However for the next feature upgrade called Fall Creators update which is due to release in October this year, things have become pretty clear now. With Redstone 3, Microsoft introduced a new design language called Fluent or Acrylic design which improves UI by a significant thing. This language however only applies to UI and core OS parts. As it is just introduced, Redstone 3 is the base for Acrylic design and would be continuously improved more over the next feature upgrades. Microsoft is also getting its focus now on Android and iOS as they introduced a feature recently that allows you to pick up sites which you had opened in your phone to your PC. Another cool feature is One drive placeholders, which allows you to download selective files from the cloud if you need. Pretty handy if you have a large data in your Onedrive. Microsoft also continues to improve features like handwriting and accessibility.
Some features, as promised by Microsoft also have been postponed and expected in Redstone 4 as well. These are namely:
  • Microsoft Graph+Timeline: Microsoft Graph, would keep all the track of your activities be it on your phone or on the computer you do like Typing a document, listening Music etc. Timeline would help you in accessing all of them at a single place like your computer. Quite cool if it is fully utilized. Essenttialy, this is another fined tuned version of Pick up where you left off which supports Android and iOS as well.

  • Clipboard Synchronization on your phone and PC: Another feature that lets you access clipboards from your phone to PC and vice versa. Please note that both of these features require Cortana to be linked to your MS account in Phone and PC. 

What we don't know

There are many things that is in the cards for Windows which would come down but still is clear when these would be available. The one is:
  • No Control Panel, only Settings app: They would be moving everything to the settings app, but the pace is so slow that when this would complete is still unknown.
  • Cloud version of the OS: There were some reports by sources from MS employees that Microsoft might introduce a cloud version of the OS that only would download selected files from the cloud needed to run Windows. For example, if you don't have a device like a printer, no files related to it would be downloaded.
  • Windows store apps having large usage apps : Apps have started coming to store like Apple iTunes, but still the majority of the apps are traditional Win32 apps which do not follow the road what Microsoft is trying to lay. For example Acrylic design. Most probably you are using either Chrome or IE to read this article, which are still not present in the windows store. Microsoft is pushing hard, but still they have to do a lot of work to convince more companies to bring their apps.

Pricing and Micellaneous

Another thing is the cost of using the Windows. In this free OS era, can Microsoft still hold its share as it is now? (The actual stats show 90 percent, but I am pretty sure it is far greater than this). Google's Android and Chromium are free for all to use and same is the case for Apple's MacOS. I think the Redmond giant might release a free version of Windows someday as not to loose share in the market. This was planned by Microsoft as I heard as they were likely to introduce Windows 8.1 with Bing which would have been a free version of Windows. But, this was postponed to later on. Now, Windows 10 S the UWP only version of Microsoft windows can be released as free version of Windows. This is all in all profitable for the software giant. Majority of the users here in Asia use pirated OS, just because of the cost. If in case, there is a free version the piracy would reduce significantly.
Microsoft might also try to offer more Virtual reality features together with more XBox features in the future as well. Other things like offering a greater degree of security and fine tuning things according to the feedback from the users and Insiders would continue as they are doing it from past as well.
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Fall Creators update to launch on 17th October worldwide

Microsoft had an event today scheduled at IFA 2017, mostly focused on virtual reality etc. As these things relate Windows, they on the sidelines also announced the availability of next feature upgrade widely called Fall Creators update for users.

Microsoft Chief Executive Terry Myreson announced 17th October as the date on which Fall Creators update would start rolling out. However, the Insiders on Fast, slow or perhaps Release preview ring would get them some more days before hopefully as they would try to fix as much bugs as they can. The update would still focus on increasing your creativity, as said. For those who don't know, Microsoft announced at their annual developer conference Build 2017, about Fall Creators update. This brings out many new features to the OS, an extensive list of which you can get here. Some features however promised in the Build were also postponed for next future release as well.
Similar to other previous feature upgrade releases, the rollout firstly would be extremely slow and would take pace in some months. A snippet of what Terry said for Fall Creators update states:
With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative. As part of the update we will deliver an evolution to the photos experience that will let you tell your story like never before using photos, videos, and 3D effects; enhancements in gaming, security, accessibility, and immersive new experiences made possible by Windows Mixed Reality. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday,” 
To get an early insight of complete features offered, you can join Windows Insider program on the fast ring. However, if you select release preview, you would get the rollout almost a week before global rollout starts.
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