Items tagged with Windows 10

Microsoft is presumably putting the final touches on Windows 10X, a special version of Windows designed for dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo. Some of Windows 10X's colorful design language will probably land on the regular version of Windows 10 as well. While we wait, there are two ways to bring the Windows 10X experience to your PC. As we outlined earlier this month, one way is to try out the Windows 10X emulator Microsoft recently made available. "We focused on creating an emulator experience that behaves naturally and adapts to the different device postures. This is an early preview of the experience and you will see updates regularly that follow the same standard Insider builds process,"... Read more...
Microsoft is tweaking the local account settings within Windows 10, this time outside of the U.S., and is upsetting some Windows users in the process. Towards the end of 2019, Microsoft began testing a Windows 10 process that prevented users from signing into Windows during setup with an offline account. This was a change from offering the "offline account" sign in option during setup. The "offline" account was only offered to users after they were forced to create a Microsoft account, then allowing the account to be retroactively disabled after setup. It appears that Windows 10 users outside North America are also now losing the offline account option during setup. Microsoft is reportedly rolling... Read more...
When new drivers come out, it's sometimes a good idea to hold off updating until others have done so, to see if any unintended consequences arise. This is especially true for graphics drivers, though it applies to any hardware driver, really. Well, you may not have a choice, with the changes Microsoft is making to Windows Update. This could be either good or bad, depending on your perspective. Here's the deal—starting today, Microsoft is making changes to Windows Update in an effort to "streamline things a bit." Specifically, all of Microsoft's partners now have the option of publishing drivers as automatic, rather than optional. "This grants access to driver flighting, and gradual rollout.... Read more...
Microsoft’s track record when it comes to major (and cumulative) Windows 10 updates hasn’t exactly been stellar in recent years. We’ve recounted numerous times how users have encountered issues with cumulative updates, including recently with KB4532693. This Patch Tuesday update was meant to fix a number of minor bugs including issues with cloud printers, but it also introduced a few of its own. Many users were affected by a bug that would cause their user profile to simply disappear. Other issues included resetting the Start Menu to its default state, wiping out custom icons in the process.  For its part, Microsoft is now owning up to the update goof (at least unofficially)... Read more...
Microsoft recently released another update that has caused additional issues for computer users. The KB4524244 update was released earlier in the week and was intended to be a security update for all versions of Windows 10 except 1507 and 1511. The only thing in the KB4524244 update was a fix for third-party UEFI boot managers that could expose PCs to a security vulnerability. The KB4524244 update caused new issues for some Windows 10 users. Microsoft has now confirmed two known issues with the update, including a potential failure with "Reset this PC" or "Push Button Reset" features. Microsoft also warned, "You might encounter issues trying to install or after installing KB4524244." Some users... Read more...
Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday has come and gone. Ninety-nine flaws in total were addressed during this major patch. Unfortunately, the update does not provide a blanket fix for all ninety-nine issues. There are various prerequisites before some users will be able to install a patch for a secure boot vulnerability. “CVE-2020-0689” or the “Microsoft Secure Boot Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability” allows attackers to bypass secure boots. A secure boot is intended to guarantee that a device is only making use of software with valid credentials from an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). However, this vulnerability permits attackers to load their own software. Thankfully,... Read more...
Windows 10 is Microsoft's fastest growing operating system, and has been ruling the roost as the company's top consumer platform since the summer of 2015. To keep Windows 10 fresh, Microsoft performs two major updates per year, which brings new features and better usability for consumers. Perhaps the most maligned and hated release, however, was the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809). Among the issues that plagued the release were a zip file bug, problems with mapped drives, a file deletion bug, various Intel and AMD driver issues, and a host of other maladies that annoyed users.  "Even a multi-element detection process will miss issues in an ecosystem... Read more...
At this point in time, it is reasonable to assume Microsoft is wrapping up work on the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 update, which will be the first of two major upgrades to Windows 10 this year. The Windows Insider program supports this notion—things have slowed down, in terms of what is being introduced. From now until release, it is probably a matter of polishing things up and stomping out bugs, rather than continuing to introduce more features into the mix. So, what can we expect? First let's talk about how Microsoft handles Windows 10. As with prior versions of Windows, Microsoft dishes out monthly security patches. This come on the second Tuesday of every month, and are often referred... Read more...
Multiple report have surfaced complaining about one of the patches included this month's Patch Tuesday cumulative update package that Microsoft began pushing out to Windows users on February 11. The problematic update, KB4532693, is for Windows 10 and is intended to fix a few different issues, including one that occurs when migrating cloud printers during an upgrade. However, it is apparently introducing some bugs of its own. Some users who installed the update say the user profile goes missing. There have also been complaints of custom icons and settings getting wiped with the desktop and Start Menu being reset to default, and desktop files going missing. It's not yet clear how widespread the... Read more...
Back in early October, Microsoft gave us a first taste of its Surface Neo dual display folding PC. In a way, the Surface Neo reveal was the culmination of a decade of anticipation that started when Microsoft's initial Courier concept first leaked. The Surface Neo makes use of two displays that can fold rather than a single, flexible display (a la the ThinkPad X1 Fold). As such, customers will have new and innovative ways to interact with the device, which necessitates the use of the new Windows 10X operating system. Windows 10X is specifically designed to accommodate dual screen and folding displays. For those that want to see what Windows 10X has in store, Microsoft has made available... Read more...
Microsoft is company that produces numerous software apps across many popular platforms. From its Windows software, to apps for Android and iOS, to its Office family of products, to its Edge web browser, Microsoft reaches a broad segment of the consumer market when it comes to computing devices. However, the company's practices with respect to advertising some of these software packages to customers has been called into question recently. The most recent example of this is are advertisements that are showing up in Windows 10 for the Microsoft Edge browser. For Windows 10 users that have Mozilla Firefox installed and configured as their default internet browser, an ad is showing up in the Start... Read more...
At the risk of burying the lede (just a tad), does anybody remember those old Power Wheels commercials? They went "Pow-pow Power Wheels, pow-pow Power Wheels, Power Wheels power makes it go!" It's what comes to mind whenever I see an update for Microsoft's PowerToys utility for Windows 10, and I just don't want to be the only one with the Power Wheels jingle stuck in my head. Back to the topic at hand, what were we talking about? Ah yes, PowerToys. After conducting a survey on what third-party tools developers and "some seasoned users" turn to, Microsoft discovered a large number of them turn to outside programs to remap the keys on their keyboard. And so the feature appears to be headed to the... Read more...
Windows 10 is a constant work in progress—Microsoft ditched the practice of pushing out monolithic upgrades and instead committed to releasing two major feature upgrades each year (and of course it maintains month security patches on the second Tuesday of every month, known as Patch Tuesday). One of the features that is headed to a future build of Windows 10 is the ability to uninstall a handful of native apps. Well, sort of. This is currently being tested in the Windows Insider program as part of the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 release, which is the first of two major updates scheduled for this year. As currently being tested, Microsoft's native Paint, Notepad, and WordPard programs are optional... Read more...
Microsoft apparently wants Windows 10 users to know that their feedback has shaped Windows as we know it today. The Redmond software and services giant has talked about some of the changes that have happened in the last five years that are the direct result of feedback from Windows users. And this discussion of user feedback-driven features of course comes on the fifth anniversary of the Windows Insiders program. One of the Windows 10 features that is a direct result of feedback is the WIN+(period) keyboard shortcut that pulls up the keyboard to make typing emoji, kaomoji, and symbols easier and faster. OneDrive files on-demand is another feature that is the direct result of user feedback.... Read more...
It's been a long time coming, but Microsoft has announced via its Italian-language website that Windows 10 installations have finally crossed the 1 billion mark worldwide. Although the news is interestingly coming first from the Microsoft Italy, we'd imagine that the company will soon be making an official announcement via channels in its home market of the United States. When we last visited Windows 10 adoption numbers, the company reported 900 million active installations in September 2019. "Windows 10 runs across a family of devices and today marks more devices added to Windows 10 within the last year than any year before," said Microsoft in a statement at the time. "Thanks to the... Read more...
It's finally happening! Samsung first announced its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx-based Galaxy Book S way back in August 2019 at the Galaxy Note 10 event, and it was truly an impressive beast. But months went by without another word from Samsung on the machine; that is until now. Samsung has finally opened up preorders for the Galaxy Book S, and it is definitely a device to keep an eye on thanks to its specs sheet. For starters, the Galaxy Book S has a 13.3-inch Full HD touch display along with a thin, lightweight aluminum chassis that tips the scales at just 2.11 pounds (for comparison, the Apple MacBook Air weighs 2.75 pounds). The [hardware] star of the show, however, is the PC-centric... Read more...
Microsoft officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14th. The company has urged users to update to Windows 10 as soon as possible, but many are still clinging to Windows 7. Fortunately for die-hard Windows 7 fans, several antivirus companies and browser manufacturers will continue to offer support to Windows 7 users for a few years. It is not unusual for antivirus companies and browser manufacturers to continue to pledge support for OS systems that have been phased out. Google recently announced that it will continue to offer Chrome security updates until at least 2021. McAfee stated that it will provide support to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 until December 31, 2021. They... Read more...
Microsoft has launched a new cumulative update KB4532695 for Windows 10 that fixes some of the bugs that were introduced with the November 2019 Update. Specifically, the new Windows KB update fixes issues with File Explorer search that has made it unusable since the November update 1909. With that update, Microsft tired to integrate Windows Search into File Explorer. Since that update, there has been a myriad of issues plaguing Windows users like brief freezes and hanging issues in File Explorer. The search field would, at times, become inaccessible, and the search field wasn't able to right-click and paste as it could before the update. One big fix is that File Explorer will no longer freeze,... Read more...
Microsoft released its first PowerToys for Windows 10 last year, and like with previous Windows operating systems, they are individual utilities aimed at power users. This time around, there's a new utility on the way called PowerLauncher. PowerLauncher is described as a quick app launcher that is meant to supplant using commands like Win+R, Win+S or the Windows search bar. There are also other third-party alternatives that provide similar functionality like Launchy and Executor.  Microsoft admittedly calls its built-in search function slow -- at least compared to the run prompt -- and that is often slow to launch a chosen app. That's where PowerLauncher steps in. Users... Read more...
Back in December, Microsoft came under fire for what many called "deceptive" ads within its Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 that promoted Outlook for smartphones. Users took issue not only with the fact that they were seeing ads in a product that they had already paid for -- Windows 10 -- and the fact that there was no way to remove them. Today, we're learning that Microsoft's penchant for ads is switching to focus on an unloved and relatively obscure member of the apps included by default with Windows 10: WordPad. WordPad lives within this kind of weird "no man's land" between the no frills plain text editor that is Notepad, and a more full-featured document processor like Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft has pushed out a new build of Windows 10 to the Fast ring, which makes it the second "flight" for 2020. The final product will ship during the first half of the year as Microsoft's "Spring Update" for Windows 10. While Microsoft isn't announcing any radical changes under the hood of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19546, there is one big addition to a long-standing member of the Windows family. The Windows Calculator app is gaining a new graphing mode, which Microsoft sees as being a boon for students. "Graphing capabilities are also essential for students who are beginning to explore linear algebra," writes Microsoft. "With this feature, we hope to empower students to learn mathematics... Read more...
Unless you been living under a rock, then you know that Microsoft ended official extended support for Windows 7 on Tuesday. That means that Microsoft is no longer providing product updates or security patches for the operating system -- that is unless you are a corporate customer that pays a yearly per device fee for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. For those that have decided to stay put on Windows 7, you may have noticed a new annoyance courtesy of Microsoft. As the company promised last month, it is now relaying full-screen nag warnings in Windows 7 to prompt folks to upgrade to Windows 10. You can see the nag screen in the header image above, and the text reads: Your Windows... Read more...
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