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Microsoft hasn’t exactly been making a lot of new friends with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update due to numerous issues that have cropped up for users. From crashes, to buggy apps, to printer woes, the May 2020 Update (version 2004) is being actively avoided by many average consumers and businesses. However, it looks as though Microsoft is making it a little bit harder (or at least less obvious) to defer major feature updates. Previously, system admins had the ability to defer updates for as long as 365 days for Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10. Now, however, that option has been whittled down to a maximum of just 35 days, which is the same blackout period available... Read more...
In the rush to plug up security holes and introduce new features, it is not uncommon for Microsoft's updates to inadvertently break things. We have covered numerous instances of this over the past several weeks. Here is one more you can add to the pile—there is an apparent bug in Microsoft's Mail and Calendar app that is wreaking havoc on Gmail accounts. The Mail and Calendar app is a Universal Windows Program (UWP) app available in the Microsoft Store. It has mostly positive reviews, with a 4.4 star rating out of 5 stars from 2,059 people who have taken the time to vote. But like any program, it is not without the occasional issue, and this latest one is creating headaches for some people.... Read more...
Microsoft's team of software engineers have plenty to keep themselves busy with, following recent updates to Windows 10. There are numerous issues affecting the May 2020 Update for Windows 10, but also a handful of problems introduced by separate security patches rolled out this month. One of them is causing some systems to reboot. This particular problem is related to this month's cumulative Patch Tuesday update, which began rolling out to PCs on June 8. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, saying the crashes are tied to the Local Service Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS), which is a process that enforces security policies on Windows systems by handling user logins, password changes, and... Read more...
It is a good thing Microsoft opted to slow play the roll out of its May 2020 Update (build 2004) for Windows 10, otherwise it could have ended up another train wreck, like the October 2018 Update (build 1809) that caused so many problems a couple of years ago. Adding to the growing list of problems with the latest feature upgrade is a bug affecting some OneDrive users. "I recently updated Windows 10 to version 2004, and after the last update-related reboot OneDrive would keep complaining about not being able to connect to Windows--required for the Files On-Demand feature," a user wrote on Microsoft's Tech Community forums. The user says they tried a workaround related to cldflt.sys offered in... Read more...
Then it comes to HEDT processors available on the market right now, there's the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X; and then there's everybody else. The processor's claim to fame is that it's based on AMD's versatile 7nm Zen 2 architecture, decked out with 64 physical cores and 128 threads for multi-threaded domination. While we would expect that anyone that could plunk down nearly $4,000 for a Threadripper 3990X would be using it for high-end rendering, editing, or computational modeling work, one redditor has found a rather innovative way to use the processor in Windows 10. Kenny_Stryker in the PC Master Race subreddit used software that allows you to specify a workload for each individual core/thread,... Read more...
It remains to be seen if the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) will have as notorious of a reputation as the October 2018 Update (version 1809), but things aren't looking so good at the moment. The latest bug to plague the latest major system upgrade for Windows 10 pertains to the operating system's Storage Spaces functionality. Storage Spaces is a component of Windows and Windows Server, which allows you to manage multiple drives, pool data together in RAID configurations, and is supposed to help prevent drive failures. That last point is rather ironic, as Microsoft says that Storage Spaces can cause file corruption in the May 2020 Update.  Microsoft describes the problem,... Read more...
The most popular web browser also happens to be a notorious memory hog, particularly for power users who juggle a bunch of tabs. We are of course talking about Google Chrome. There have been ongoing efforts to reduce Chrome's appetite for memory, and not just by Google—Microsoft's recent May 2020 Update for Windows 10 includes a feature that might be of help. While not aimed specifically at Chrome, the May 2020 Update introduces Windows segment memory heap improvements that could potentially benefit the browser and other Win32 applications. "The value SegmentHeap indicates that segment heap will be used. Segment heap is a modern heap implementation that will generally reduce your overall... Read more...
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life in more ways than we could have possibly ever imagined, and many businesses have made adjustments to cope with the new realities of social distancing and working from home. One such company is Microsoft, which announced in late March that it would temporarily pause optional, non-security updates for Windows 10. The reason for this change was quite simple, as Microsoft at the time explained that it was “prioritizing our focus on security updates” in an effort to “ensure business continuity and to keep our customers protected and productive.” Nearly three months later, Microsoft says that it will soon be ready... Read more...
It would be accurate to say that Microsoft's latest Windows 10 version 2004 update, also known as the May 2020 update, has several serious issues. Despite the problems, Microsoft announced that it's training its machine learning-based process used to intelligently select and automatically update devices that are approaching the end of service. What that means is some Windows 10 users will find that they are forced to the May 2020 Update whether they want it or not. Users can expect to be forced by the machine learning process to upgrade if running versions of Windows 10 from 2018 or earlier. There are lots of Windows computers out there that are running the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (which... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some significant changes to the way it's releasing new builds to all Windows Insiders. The software giant says that it's transitioning and converting the current ring model based on the frequency of builds to a new channel model that focuses on the quality of builds, and is intended to support parallel coding efforts. The revamping of the Windows Insider program will also mean that Insiders in the Office program and soon the Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Teams programs will see similar changes. Microsoft says that the goal is to make it easier for existing Insiders to choose an experience that's best for them and to allow new Insiders to pick the right channel when they... Read more...
installing the May 2020 Update for Windows 10 is still not an option on my main desktop, and I am just fine with that, given the number of issues that have arisen since it went public on May 27. We have written about several of them already. The latest woes reported by Windows 10 users who made the upgrade include experiencing login issues in various programs. Fortunately, the login headaches some users are having do not appear to be widespread. Nevertheless, it is annoying for those who are experiencing issues, no matter how many others are running into the same trouble. Over on Reddit, a user started on a thread regarding Windows 10 version 2004 forgetting login information in Chrome, Edge,... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2020 update has been slowly rolling out over the last few weeks but this update has unfortunately brought a wide variety of issues with it. Most recently, some users have been unable to utilize the Windows 10 “Fresh Start” tool since the installation of the latest update. The Fresh Start tool allows users to install a clean version of Windows 10 on their device, perhaps recovering proper functionality from a cluttered or malfunctioning image. Users are able to keep some of their personal files, but the tool removes various third-party apps and even Microsoft Office.  As a result currently, after this update, users will need to reinstall any apps... Read more...
Dealing with a printer issue can cause you to pull your hair out (been there, done that), and unfortunately, recent updates to Windows 10 have put some users in that position. Following reports that Windows 10 version 1903 and later builds were prone to 'forgetting' USB printers, it seems this month's recent Patch Tuesday update has introduced more printer issues. This latest bugs hitched a ride on KB4557957 for Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) and KB4560960 for Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update), according to multiple complaints on Reddit and Microsoft's support forums, spotted by Windows Latest. "Has anyone had issues today with printing and the latest Windows update? We're... Read more...
Some Windows 10 users report that Microsoft is force feeding their PCs the May 2020 Update despite have selected the option to pause updates. Meanwhile, I'm over here wondering why the hell my main desktop still "isn't quite ready" for the feature update, as a message in Windows Update politely keeps telling me. The May 2020 Update is the first of two major feature upgrades to Windows 10 planned for this year. It bumps Windows 10 to version 2004 (up from version 1909 or 1903). After many rounds of testing within the Windows Insider program, Microsoft flipped the switch began doling it out to the general public on May 27, on a staggered basis. Other than not being among the first batches of people... Read more...
Microsoft has issued a support warning for users of Windows 10 version 1903 or later. The notice has to do with a missing USB printer port if the user disconnects a printer while the operating system is shut down. Microsoft says that if users connect a USB printer to version 1903 or later, shuts down Windows, and disconnects or shuts off the printer, Windows won't be able to see the USB printer port in the list of printer ports when Windows restarts. This means that Windows will be unable to complete any task, such as printing, that requires that port. Microsoft lists a couple of potential causes for this issue. One is if the driver for the USB printer contains a Language Monitor, the OpenPortEx... Read more...
Windows users have been unhappy with Microsoft in recent months over cumulative updates that have either broken existing functionality or made their systems unstable. Microsoft was keenly aware of that and took a conservative approach to rolling out the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, version 2004. One interesting thing that Microsoft has done with the May 2020 Update was to prevent the software from showing up for most users when a user manually clicks the "Check for updates" button. Microsoft has announced that more users will be able to see the May 2020 Update via the Windows Update tool. Users who are currently on Windows 10 May 2019 update v1903 or v1909 are now able to seek the latest version... Read more...
The cybersecurity advisory unit of U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to Windows computer users about code for a "wormable" bug that was published online last week. The exploit is known as SMBGhost and takes advantage of an issue in Windows' server message block or SMB. SMB is a component of Windows that allows it to talk with other devices, such as printers or servers. The warning from the Homeland Security isn't only that the SMBGhost code has been published online, but that the code is designed to take advantage of a security vulnerability that Microsoft patched in March. The warning tells Windows users to update their computers to protect themselves from the exploit.... Read more...
It has been nearly two weeks since Microsoft released the May 2020 Update for Windows 10 the general public, and on my main desktop, I still get a message saying it is not yet available. That is fine by me, because I'd rather Microsoft work the post-release kinks out first. It seems more of them come light by the day, the latest being several known compatibility issues with certain Lenovo laptops. This is exactly why Microsoft is taking a staggered approach to the roll out—it gives Microsoft, its hardware partners, and Windows users at large a chance to spot issues and ultimately correct them before they affect more PCs. Even still, some issues slip past the radar. In other cases, a user... Read more...
The Windows 10 May 2020 update came a little later than anticipated last month. Some users were not only surprised by the late release date, but also by the amount of disk space that was lost with the update. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can free up disk space after the installation of the Windows 10 May 2020 update. All of the following methods involve deleting older versions of Windows 10, and as always, use caution and common sense whenever you delete files. We generally discourage simply hopping into File Explorer and deleting directories; Windows is a complicated operating system and should be treated as such. The following methods should address any hidden dependencies... Read more...
We have some good news for Intel Optane Memory owners who have run into issues after applying the May 2020 Update for Windows 10. There is a fix for the error messages affected users have been seeing. There are several steps involved, as the fix does not come in the form of a subsequent software update, but nothing too crazy. This relates a "memory pinning" error message users reported seeing after applying the May 2020 Update. On affected machines, an error message would randomly appear and alert the user that the system was unable to load a DLL related to the Optane Memory module, and even more worrisome, it said "the specified module could not be found. Here's what it looks like... This was... Read more...
Back in April, we brought you the news that Microsoft was bringing custom widgets to the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10. The software giant initially rolled out support for testers in the Windows Insider program, and some of the initially-announced widgets included the Intel Graphics Command Center, XSplit’s Gamecaster, and Razer Cortex. Microsoft is now making this third-party widget support available to anyone running the newly released Windows 10 May 2020 Update. All you need to do is download the latest version of the Xbox Game Bar (ver 5.320.5291), which is available now in the Microsoft Store. Then, when you first open the Xbox Game Bar – which can be accessed by pressing... Read more...
Microsoft is staggering the roll out of its May 2020 Update for Windows 10, and for good reason—there are both known and unknown issues that could create more problems than they solve. Users are not able to install the update just yet can try to force the issue if they really want to, but should probably hold off for now. That's because certain incompatibilities are coming to lighting. Case in point, some people with Intel Optane memory modules installed are running into issues after applying the May 2020 Update. The latest feature upgrade began going to out to PCs a little over a week ago. At the same time it released to the public, Microsoft posted a list of known issues that it is currently... Read more...
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