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Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:42 am
by burger2227
This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here's why -- and how to get it
In January 2017, I wrote a post titled "Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade." It has become the single most popular post I've ever published at ZDNet, and it still gets hundreds of thousands of pageviews every month.

In the months after that original publication, I rechecked, revised, and updated the post several times. After the first few updates, though, I ran out of old PCs to upgrade; so I tacked on a note at the end of the article, asking readers who tried this technique to use the contact form and let me know how the experience went.
Windows 10 is getting an easier way to update and install drivers
Windows 10’s next major update scheduled for release in 2020 will feature a new way to update and install optional drivers. In the changelog of Windows 10 Build 19536, Microsoft has confirmed that the firm is still working on an easier way to install drivers and monthly non-security quality update.

This feature was announced with Build 19536 and Microsoft says users will be provided with a new section in Windows Update to manage optional updates without third-party software or Device Manager.

Windows Update’s Optional Updates section will let you see all optional updates including drivers and monthly non-security updates in one place. This means you no longer need to use an app or Device Manager to update a specific driver.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:37 am
by burger2227
Goodbye Microsoft Edge, welcome Microsoft (Chromium) Edge
As of Wednesday, January 15, Microsoft will begin pushing its new, Chromium-based version of the Edge browser to Windows 10 Home and Pro users. We covered the beta version of Chromium-based Edge in November. The beta was still pretty raw then—but "raw" is a relative term. The new Edge project began with a complete and fully functional Web browser—Chromium—so it worked fine for browsing the Web. There were just a few rough edges as far as installing extensions, logging into them, and the like.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:10 pm
by burger2227
Windows 10 Search Is Broken and Shows Blank Results, How to Fix
Starting today, Windows 10 users all over the world have discovered that when they attempt to use Windows Search from the Start Menu to search for a file or application, the results just come up blank.
BING! My laptop has been running at most for 3 days.
Chrome browser needs restarted daily at least once.
Start menu hard to get to open, taskbar may not hide...
Videos do not play or stop over and over
Updates just make it worse!

Latest updates:

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:00 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 KB4532693 Update Bug Hides User Data, Loads Wrong Profile
Reports are coming in that the Windows 10 KB4532693 cumulative update is loading an incorrect user profile and causing the user's desktop and Start Menu to be reset to default.

On February 11th, Microsoft released the Windows 10 v1909 and v1903 KB4532693 cumulative update as part of their February Patch Tuesday updates.

Since then, reports are starting to come in that after installing the update, some users state that their normal user profile is missing, their desktop files are missing, and everything was reset to default.
Just got this today(no restart): Security Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 (KB4524244)


Prey theft protection monitor needed the W10 laptop removed from web site device list and

Install newest Prey Windows(XP to 10) app on PC: Prey can protect up to 3 devices free


Device on left may not tell you when Last Seen below device. Android items will...yay Google!

I had to set the laptop to MISSING and use options to get an Activity Log about event actions later. Location of device worked...

Down to dark screen wakeup and rebooting with power button!

Security Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 (KB4524244) PULLED BY M$

Microsoft finally acknowledges that Windows 10 has a serious problem – and explains how to fix it
Windows 10 KB4532693 is for some reason making a temporary user account where those files are kept. By creating a new local account, then transferring the data from the temporary account to the new one, you should get your data back.

This is a convoluted method which requires messing around with user accounts – especially local accounts that Microsoft usually tries to dissuade you from doing (and instead create one using your Microsoft account), and it’s not clear if this will help everyone.
Google Chrome is up to date
Version 80.0.3987.116 (Official Build) (32-bit)

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:04 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 could get a new Start menu as Microsoft kills off one of its most useless features
There is speculation that Windows 10’s new-look Start menu will ditch Live Tiles for static icons, and will look similar to the Start menu in Windows 10X, the upcoming version of Windows that Microsoft is designing for dual-screen devices.

We’ve already seen Microsoft introduce new icons to Windows 10 for people testing early versions of the software, so it’s clear that the company is planning to change the look of Windows 10 in the near future.

Giving the Start menu, a part of Windows 10 that most people use daily, a new look and feel is well overdue, in our view.
My Laptop's Start menu refuses to even open...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:36 am
by burger2227
File explorer improvements in next Windows 10 major update
Microsoft has worked to improve the File explorer experience in the next Windows 10 major update version 2004. File explorer search is now powered by Windows Search. Here is how the search experience has been improved in version 2004.
Windows 10 Y3K Bug: Won't Install After January 18, 3001
A bizarre bug could affect some Windows 10 users that try to install the latest Windows release on computers where the BIOS date is set to January 19, 3001, or later on AMD or Intel motherboards.

"It seems if your motherboard BIOS (AMD or Intel) allows you to set a date of 1-19-3001 or beyond, Windows 10 1909 will not finish installing, but locks up during the second reboot of the installation process," as Carey Holzman, an IT professional and YouTuber focusing on computer enthusiasts, told BleepingComputer.

The bug will not go away whatever changes you make to the system's hardware specs as long as you will try to boot off of the hard drive you initially attempted to install Windows 10, version 1909 on.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:45 am
by burger2227
Surprise, Surprise: Windows 10 KB4535996 Update Is Causing Serious Issues For Users
Multiple users have posted to the Microsoft Answer Forum and the Feedback Hub reporting issues with the update. Some are reporting they are unable to install the KB4535996 update completely; the installation fails with generic error messages like 0x800f0922 and 0x80070003.

One user reported that when trying to install KB4535996, it downloads to 100%, and the install takes considerable time to reach 100%. Once a restart is requested, the machine starts to update on a blue screen where it only reaches 6% and then reboots. The system then warns that it was unable to complete the update.

The update was optional, and users can simply uninstall it. Steps for uninstalling are below:

Open the Settings app via Windows key+I
Choose the “Update & security” option
Switch to the “Windows Update” tab
Click “View update history”
Click “Uninstall updates”
Select the KB4535996 update and uninstall it
Since the update is optional, I delayed 7 days until Update Tuesday


If you can’t boot into Windows 10, then after a number of failed boots, you should see a menu where you can choose to boot into Windows 10’s Safe Mode, which is a pared-back version that allows you to boot only essential parts of the operating system if there is a major problem.

If that menu does not appear, try repeatedly pressing the Delete key or F2 key on your keyboard while Windows 10 attempts to boot.

Once in Safe Mode, uninstall the update using the steps listed above.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:48 pm
by burger2227
Details about new SMB wormable bug leak in Microsoft Patch Tuesday snafu
Although today's leak alerted some bad actors about a major bug's presence in SMBv3, exploitation attempts aren't expected to start anytime soon.

Furthermore, there are also other positives. For example, this new "wormable SMB bug" only impacts SMBv3, the latest version of the protocol, included only with recent versions of Windows.

More specifically, Fortinet only lists Windows 10 v1903, Windows10 v1909, Windows Server v1903, and Windows Server v1909 as impacted by the new CVE-2020-0796 bug.
A fix for the SMBv3 bug is in the KB4551762 update released March 12, 2020


Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:01 pm
by burger2227
Microsoft Unveils New Windows 10 Automatic Driver Update Plan
Microsoft has unveiled a new plan for the delivery of automatic driver updates that they hope will reduce the number of reliability issues users experience in Windows 10.

To resolve these types of issues, this month Microsoft will use a new automatic driver update plan that performs gradual rollouts of new drivers to a small group of programmatically chosen users before slowly releasing the driver to the rest of the Windows 10 population.
WSL2's Linux kernel will be delivered to Windows 10 users via Windows Update
Microsoft is expected to begin rolling out Windows 10 2004 (the Windows 10 20H1 feature update) any day now. One of that release's biggest new features is the second version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux, WSL2. Just before release Microsoft is making a change to WSL2 that's designed to improve its "serviceability," officials said on March 13.
Windows 10: This kernel malware is why you need Secured-core PCs, says Microsoft
"We actively work with these vendors and determine an action plan to remediate these drivers. To further help customers identify these drivers and take necessary measures, we built an automated way in which we can block vulnerable drivers, and that is updated through Windows update."

Lenovo, HP, Dell, Panasonic, Dynabook, and Getac offer Secured-core PCs, but the cheapest available is Microsoft's $1,099 Surface Pro X. Most of the Secured-core PCs cost north of $1,500 per device. [/quote]

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:11 am
by burger2227
Many reported problems with this month’s Win10 Cumulative Update, but few patterns
I continue to recommend that you not install this month’s patches. While it’s impossible to say whether this month’s patching bugs are worse than preceding months’ – only Microsoft knows the extent of damage, and it isn't telling – it’s pretty clear that lots of people are having problems.


After one day had to uninstall TOO SLOW!

The top Security Update was never listed as installed: That may be next!

Next I see that TWO Defender updates failed at end of March...

Tired of looking at this for 10 minutes after Settings crashes once...


Paused for 30 days!

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:31 pm
by burger2227
Laptop went black screen so tried to remove other recent update on list:


Uninstall failed early in process with note that portions were not removed

Best thing is that I don't get ANY Notifications or ads!

Microsoft has highest number of vulnerabilities, but also highest patch rate
The report found that Windows-based assets have an average of 119 vulnerabilities per month, and those vulnerabilities are on average patched every 36 days. Compare this to network devices which had an average of only 3.6 vulnerabilities a month, but those vulnerabilities take about one year to patch.

The next highest patch rate was from Apple at 79%. Linux, Unix, and other network devices had a patch rate of 66%.

“With automated patching and “Patch Tuesdays,” the speed at which Microsoft is able to fix critical vulnerabilities on their systems is remarkable, but there still tend to be a lot of them,”

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri May 08, 2020 1:15 pm
by burger2227
Had to actually install One Drive on a windows 10 desktop PC I recently bought refurbished from a business.

One Drive Download

After installing it signed in without a prompt as I had already logged in previously.

Before that clicking on One Drive did nothing and had no files available for One Note or other apps.

One Drive is supposed to be installed by Windows 10...

Desktop updates so far:

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 8:55 am
by burger2227
Had 2 top updates listed installed over 2 days and show up as OTHER Updates:


Found Defender update problems too:

The Defender platform update failed near the bottom...
This update changes the antimalware client version.

New version: 4.18.2004.6

Note Version 4.18.2001.10 is re-released to prevent supersedence. For more information, see Manage Windows Defender Antivirus updates and apply baselines.

So I go to the Windows Catalog and get a list of THREE EXE files...

After download, warning says Cannot run this app on my PC!

Now I have 2 unconfirmed files I cannot delete!

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Tue May 26, 2020 12:32 pm
by burger2227
Windows 10 May 2020 Update allows users to block Potentially Unwanted Apps
To enable “Reputation-based Protection” you will need to follow the steps below:

Visit Start menu > Settings
Click Update & Security > Windows Security > App & browser control
Open Reputation-based Protection Settings,
Enable “Potentially Unwanted app blocking” and select “Block apps” and “Block downloads”.

When an unwanted app is blocked, you will receive a notification and you can decide if you want to allow the app or quarantine it. The feature will be available in Windows 10 May 2020 update.
How to get the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
To ensure you continue to have a reliable, productive experience with your Windows 10 devices, we are taking a measured and phased approach to how we offer the May Update, initially limiting availability to those devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 who seek the update via Windows Update.

Beginning today, the May 2020 Update is available for customers who would like to install this latest release. If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install. (Note: You may not see Download and install on your device as we are slowly throttling up this availability over the coming weeks, or your device might have a compatibility issue for which a safeguard hold is in place until we are confident that you will have a good update experience.) Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll notify you so that you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot your device, ensuring the update does not disrupt your activities.

When I went to Update, I got one for 1909 only. Guess laptop has to wait...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:46 am
by burger2227
Microsoft adds a message to the Windows 10 update page if a device is blocked from receiving feature updates
Earlier this week, Microsoft finally released the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to Windows 10 users. The new update comes with various features but also has a couple of known issues.

Microsoft has now updated the Windows 10 update page to indicate if a device is now eligible to receive the update. If you plan to update your system to May 2020 Update and Microsoft has blocked the update, you will see the following message:

So far my 32 bit XP laptop has not gotten this message...

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 2:08 pm
by burger2227
Recent Windows 10 updates block programs from running
Since the release of the Windows 10 1903/1909 KB4535996 and Windows 10 2004 KB4557957 cumulative updates, Windows users have been reporting that they receive errors that programs are missing when they attempt to launch them.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:16 am
by burger2227

Messed up my brand new laptop! Uninstalled 2 updates...

The 2004 Upgrade was still installed without problems.

M$ finally killed Chrome use too!

Windows 10 2004 may break Storage Spaces, avoid using chkdsk
Microsoft says that users could experience issues using or accessing Storage Spaces configurations on some devices after updating them to Windows 10, version 2004, or Windows Server, version 2004.

Storage Spaces is a Windows and Windows Server technology designed to protect customers' data from drive failures by storing copies on multiple drives, much like RAID (redundant array of independent disks) but implemented in software.
Microsoft, stop feeding bugs to a billion Windows 10 users.
As I write this article, less than a month after the release of Windows 10 version 2004, Microsoft has published details of 13 known issues on the release health dashboard for that version. Two have been marked Resolved and two have been labeled as Mitigated, but the remaining nine are still open.

The logical conclusion is that anyone who would rather not deal with those teething issues should wait two or three or maybe even four months after the initial release of a feature update before installing it. And even then, only do so after confirming that the first wave of known issues has been resolved. Instead, Microsoft is offering that update widely today.
Microsoft says June 2020 updates break Outlook for some users
According to the company, all users who have updated Outlook to version 2005 Build 12827.20268 or higher will see an error prompt saying that "Something is wrong with one of your data files and Outlook needs to close. Outlook might be able to fix your file. Click OK to run the Inbox Repair Tool."

After Outlook users click the "OK" button, the Inbox Repair Tool launches and walks them through the repair process.

The next step is to reboot the computer to apply the fixes and, hopefully, have the issue resolved but, instead, Outlook will again display the same error as Woody Leonhard points out.
Windows 10 June 2020 updates cause forced reboots, LSASS crashes
If you are willing to downgrade your computer's security defense, you need to follow this procedure:

1. Select the start button or Windows Desktop Search and type update history and select View your Update history.
2. On the Settings/View update history dialog window, Select Uninstall Updates.
3. On the Installed Updates dialog window, find and select KB4560960 or KB4557957, and select the Uninstall button.
4. Restart your device.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:06 am
by burger2227
Warning Issued For Millions Of Google Gmail Users Using Win 10 Mail app
“I have been facing an issue with the Windows 10 Mail app linked to a Google account. I have noticed that when I respond to emails, the email I send disappears and cannot be found in sent items, outbox, bin, spam, or anywhere actually. The disappeared email cannot be found on gmail's web interface either. It appears that it is automatically deleted and erased from the server.”

06/27 Update: according to several posters, Google has confirmed this is a Microsoft problem rather than Gmail which means users will have to wait for a Windows 10 update rather than a Googles server-side tweak.
IE: Don't link the Windows 10 Mail app with Gmail account!

Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery app helps recover deleted data
It offers a number of recovery modes. Which one you should use depends on how long it has been since the data was deleted and the file system of the disk. For example, for files deleted recently, the default option should suffice. However, if it’s been awhile or the disk has been formatted since, then the Segment and Signature modes may be more successful.

Whilst the app is usable by anybody on Windows 10 build 19041 or later, it is recommended for power users, as it uses a command-line interface.

The Windows File Recovery app can be downloaded via the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.
Microsoft Edge caught importing data from other browsers without permission
During the installation of Microsoft Edge, it is true that there is a screen asking you to confirm whether or not data should be imported from the likes of Chrome and Firefox. But on Reddit, users have noticed that Edge starts to collect this data before they have granted permission for it to happen.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:01 pm
by burger2227
Windows 10 2004 breaks OneDrive connectivity for some users
OneDrive cannot connect to Windows. Files On-Demand require a connection to Windows in order to show your files without taking up space on this device. OneDrive can keep trying to connect to Windows or you can choose to download all your files. You won't be able to use online only files until this is fixed.
Windows 10 2004 update block confusion: 'Your PC settings aren't supported'
"This PC can't be upgraded to Windows 10. Your PC settings aren't supported yet on this version of Windows 10. Microsoft is working to support your settings soon. No action is needed. Windows Update will offer this version of Windows 10 automatically when these settings are supported," his message reads.

Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott ran into to the same error message when upgrading a machine from Windows 10 version 1809. "Never seen this before," he said.

Making matters worse, the issue arises when Windows 10 2004, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, is offered through Windows Update. According to Thurrott, the block message appears after the upgrade installs to 30%.

Re: Windows 10 news

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:30 am
by burger2227
Windows 10 May 2020 Update may falsely report that there is no internet connection
Some people who have upgraded to Windows 10 version 2004 (or Windows 10 May 2020 Update) are experiencing a strange issue with their internet connections.

A problem has cropped up with the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) that sits in the taskbar. Affected users complain that the icon indicate that there is no internet connection available, and Microsoft is at a loss to explain what is going on.
Got 2 updates today after blocking for 3 weeks:

After updates the Sound was not working and had to FIX by clicking red Speaker icon in taskbar...

Also installed a critical update KB4565503 found by Belarc Advisor