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Microsoft has announced that it has added the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19025.1051 (20H1) to the Slow ring. That means more Windows Insiders have a chance to try out the update before it lands for the masses during the first half of 2020. The build brings with it several improvements, unlike the Windows 10 November 2019 Update which was more of a service pack. Quick searches are now in the Search Home, allowing users to find information that matters to them more quickly. Four quick web searches were added, including weather, top news, today in history, and new movies. For other searches, there is a search box located below the quick searches. Another significant change in the preview build... Read more...
Many computer users know that Microsoft doesn't email you about Windows updates, but many people unfortunately still fall for spam tricks. There is a new malicious spam campaign going around that tells users to download a critical Windows update. If users install the attached file, Cyborg ransomware is then loaded on the system. The threat was discovered by researchers at Trustwave, and is said to be unique in a few ways. The attached file claims to be a .jpg format, but it opens as an .exe file. Another of the email's unique aspects is that it has a two-sentence subject that states, "Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now! Critical Microsoft Windows Update!" The body of the email has only... Read more...
It is always and adventure when Microsoft rolls out a major feature update to Windows 10. Fortunately, the November 2019 Update is less ambitious than most previous ones (it's more akin to a Service Pack from yesteryear), and in my experience, it installs fairly quick and easy. Nevertheless, Microsoft has identified an issue and is blocking the update on potentially affected PCs. What this boils down to is a lingering compatibility issue between recent builds of Windows 10, including the November 2019 Update (version 1909) and a now-outdated version of Realtek Bluetooth driver. If you are running a driver version earlier than 1.5.1012, you will not be able to update Windows 10 to the latest version.... Read more...
As Black Friday bargains start to arrive, you may want to shop for a new wireless router, depending on old your current one is and whether it supports WPA2 (or later) encryption. Otherwise, you may soon find yourself unable to connect. Microsoft posted a list of features it plans to deprecate in Windows 10, and one of them is the older (and much weaker) WEP protocol. "Since the 1903 release, a warning message has appeared when connecting to Wi-Fi networks secured with WEP or TKIP (which are not as secure as those using WPA2 or WPA3). In a future release, any connection to a Wi-Fi network using these old ciphers will be disallowed. Wi-Fi routers should be updated to use AES ciphers, available... Read more...
Microsoft has been doing everything in its power to ensure that its customers are running the most recent versions of Windows 10. Microsoft's motivations are understandable, as newer Windows 10 builds have all of the latest features and security updates to ward of attacks from nefarious parties. The latest users that are under the microscope from Microsoft are those running Windows 10 1803 users, which is better known as the April 2018 Update. However, that version of the operating system has now reached end-of-life, which means that after this week's Patch Tuesday, it will no longer receive updates from Microsoft.  As a result, these customers will soon be automatically upgraded... Read more...
Today is the second Tuesday of the month, which means that its Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. Given the scope of Microsoft latest "major" update for Windows 10, it's quite appropriate that the November 2019 Update is landing today (as you'll read later). Microsoft has just announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available to the public, but only to users that actively seek to download it. Instead of pushing it to all users, or asking you to install it when your PC automatically checks for updates, the user will actually have to click the "Check for updates" button and select "Download and install now" for the Window 10 November 2019 Update (also called version 1909). By... Read more...
The Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) has already been shuttled to the Release Preview ring, but it looks as though its first deployment to the public is actually coming tomorrow. The Windows 10 November 2019 Update is the direct follow-up to the May 2019 Update (version 1903), which has been problematic over the past several months. Even though the November 2019 Update sticks with Microsoft's cadence of releasing two big Windows 10 feature update per year, there's nothing "major" about version 1909. In fact, the download is so small and inconsequential that most systems should complete the installation process in about 10 minutes or less.  That's good news for those... Read more...
Microsoft has attempted several times to fix a Start menu problem in Windows 10 build 1903 (May 2019 Update), the latest effort coming as part of the most recent cumulative update, KB4522355. Unfortunately, affected users report the issue persists even after applying the fix. As with before the update, they are seeing an error message when accessing the Start menu. "Critical Error. Your Start menu isn't working. We'll try to fix it the next time you sign in," the error message states. Affected users are instructed to "Sign out now" when this happens. I have not seen this myself, nor have I experienced the other issues Microsoft addressed with KB4522355, those being stall outs in the Cortana Search... Read more...
If there's been one constant when it comes to Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 Update) over the past few months, it's been Microsoft's inability to tackle lingering problems with the Start menu. The company has issued a number of cumulative updates for the operating system that have broken the Start menu, fixed it, then broken it again. The last cumulative update, KB4517389, once again bungled the Start menu causing problems for numerous users. Thankfully, Microsoft has issued its third cumulative update so far this month for Windows 10 1903, and hopefully this is the silver bullet to squash any remaining Start menu ailments. There's a whole laundry list of fixed with the new KB4522355... Read more...
We've seen some rather diminutive PCs come across our news desk, but this one has to take the cake for its trim dimensions. iLife, which is a Chinese PC OEM, recently pulled the wraps off its MP8 Micro PC, and its most definitely lives up to the name.  Although we don't have the dimensions presented right in front of us, the iLife MP8 Micro PC appears to roughly the size of a 3-inch cube, yet still manages to pack in quite a bit of functionality. The device itself is powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processor (Gemini Lake) paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. Believe it or not, iLife was able to even find room inside for a fan to keep everything inside cool. With regards... Read more...
Microsoft has issued a warning to Windows 10 users telling them to stay away from one of the security updates that it recently released. The software giant says that if users of Windows 10, version 1809 install the KB4520062 Cumulative Update that Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) might stop running. The KB4520062 Cumulative Update was an optional update that was released on October 15. That update was designed to fix a previous issue that causes a black screen to be displayed at startup during the first sign-in after installing an update. The update also addressed an issue with Bluetooth audio profiles that was known to cause higher power consumption for devices in Standby... Read more...
An Intel display driver update being pushed out to Windows 10 PCs via Windows Update is causing a handful of visual anomalies, including Chrome being blacked out, crossed out images and links in Edge, and some weird pixelation issues, according to spattering of complaints. It's not clear how widespread the problem is or if there is a common denominator among affected machines. According to posts on Microsoft's support forums, the issue lies with the Intel Display Driver version 26i.20.100.7157. The problematic driver is packaged with KB4517389. One user reports seeing several visual issues on "multiple HP ProBook 450 G6" laptops after applying the update. Yet another user claims to have run into... Read more...
Windows 10 version 1903 is getting a little bit safer today thanks to the expansion of an existing security feature that is being made to general consumers. The company announced this week that its Tamper Protection technology, which was first announced back in December, has reached general availability and is being enabled for Windows 10 Home customers. So, what exactly is tamper protection? According to Microsoft, it "prevents unwanted changes to security settings on devices", which should help protect critical system files and your data from being accessed and altered by malicious apps. Tamper protection is built directly into Microsoft Defender ATP and runs in real-time while... Read more...
Redmond, we have a problem...again. For the third time in a month, Windows 10 users are reporting a recent update is messing with the functionality of the Start menu. This time it is KB4517389 that is the culprit. On affected PCs, users are seeing a critical error message when accessing the Start menu. "KB4524147 originally caused a critical error when using Start menu AND it prevented my printer from printing. The latter was because of some mess up with the print spooler. I uninstalled KB4524147 and BOTH problems disappeared. This morning, I updated with KB4517389. The printer seems to work, BUT I receive a critical error when using the Start menu. I suppose I need to uninstall KB4517389?,"... Read more...
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