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There are few things more frustrating than dealing with a printer issue. Like dealing with repeated printer issues. Unfortunately for some Windows 10 users, the problems keep coming, the latest one arriving with the cumulative update for July that arrived earlier this month. Depending on a person's setup, this month's Patch Tuesday roll out could cause printing and scanning capabilities to no longer function. Fortunately, the latest printer issue appears limited to some specific setups. However, that does not come as any consolation to anyone is affected by it. "After installing updates released July 13, 2021 on domain controllers (DCs) in your environment, printers, scanners, and multifunction... Read more...
Over the past few years, the surge in cryptocurrency values has meant that unscrupulous individuals are looking for ways to make money without putting in the hard work. In the case of cryptocurrency malware, the software is installed on unsuspecting computers, forcing them to mine without the victim seeing a single dime in the resulting revenue. Such is the same with LemonDuck, which the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team is warning about this week. Once LemonDuck malware finds its way onto a target machine, it is swept up into a botnet that mines for cryptocurrencies. What makes LemonDuck so dangerous, however, is that it doesn't just target one platform. Instead, it is viable on... Read more...
Microsoft is warning of a vulnerability in both Windows 11 (not yet released, but available in preview form to Windows Insiders) and Windows 10 that could reveal a user's admin password, which in turn could be used to elevate their own system privileges. That's obviously not a good thing, as it would essentially grant the hacker with full control of a system. "An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists because of overly permissive Access Control Lists (ACLs) on multiple system files, including the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view,... Read more...
Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be bringing DirectStorage to Windows PCs to “revolutionize PC gaming." Then, Microsoft showed how DirectStorage would improve the Windows 11 gaming experience back in June, but what about Windows 10? Since that announcement, the DirectX team has been hard at work, and the DirectStorage Developer Preview is now available with support for Windows 10 version 1909 and up. Over the years, as games became more advanced, so too did the graphics, leading to longer load times and other issues. However, thanks to SSD and PCIe technology developments, gaming PCs can have storage solutions that offer significantly more bandwidth than previously possible... Read more...
As people became more comfortable with the Windows 10 Start menu, Microsoft massively changed it with Windows 11. However, there was a workaround to bring back the familiar menu until Windows 11 build 22000.65 was released, which disabled the hack. Now, if you happen to update, the workaround is gone, but there are a few ways to make the Windows 11 Start Menu more comfortable. Several days ago, a workaround to bring back the Windows 10 Start menu to Windows 11 was discovered. To do this, users needed to create a DWORD (32-bit) registry key called “Start_ShowClassicMode” located at “HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced” and then set the value... Read more...
Windows 11 is coming this holiday season, although upgrades from Windows 10 won't happen until much later. We're sure that users who are hungry to get their hands on Microsoft's latest OS will be able to do so fairly quickly, though. That's especially true considering Windows 10 Insider Previews have all but dried up, leaving nothing but Windows 11 for Microsoft's volunteer quality assurance testers. However, once users upgrade, there's an alarmingly short time to decide to roll back to Windows 10 without starting over entirely.  An FAQ has made its way to PC maker MSI's website that indicates Microsoft is trimming down the Windows 10 rollback window to just 10 days. The rollback functionality... Read more...
Windows 11 is coming, and millions of PCs will be eligible for the free upgrade. However, those reticent to upgrade from Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 11 will be in for a slightly more complicated transition (if they decide to make the jump). It's worth noting that Windows 7 was first released back in 2009 and was replaced by Windows 8 in late 2012. However, it's not likely that PCs that initially shipped with Windows 7 even meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, which necessitates a TPM 2.0 module and an Intel 8th generation Core or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor (among other stipulations). But even if your PC does meet these requirements, Lenovo is explaining that the upgrade procedure... Read more...
Windows 11 is shaping up to be a nice upgrade for users of the existing Windows 10 operating system. However, Microsoft has some rather strict hardware requirements for Windows 11 that will make it more difficult for customers to upgrade. As we mentioned in previous articles, Windows 11 requires the use of AMD Ryzen 2000/Intel 8th generation Core (and newer processors) and a TPM 2.0 module before it will even install. There are also some other requirements in place that shouldn't be too much of a burden, like a minimum of 4GB of system RAM and 64GB of free storage space. However, even if your PC meets all minimum system requirements, it looks as though you won't be able to upgrade your current... Read more...
Microsoft officially announced Windows 11 today as its next-generation operating system that will run on millions, if not billions, of devices in the coming years. As a result, many people are likely interested in upgrading to the new OS and want to know if their PC will be supported. But first of all, Microsoft confirmed our earlier suspicions about upgrades. Windows 11 will be a free upgrade for Windows 10 users. We would expect that this upgrade chain will extend back to Windows 7 and Windows 8.x PCs as well, which are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrades. The worst-case scenario is that you might have to upgrade their older machines to Windows 10 before leaping Windows 11, but we've reached... Read more...
The older I get, the poorer my eyesight becomes (or at least that is the justification I use when shopping for a giant screen TV). However, if you are in the same boat, do not mistake blurriness in the Windows 10 taskbar for a degradation in your vision. While that is one possibility, the more likely one is a recent Windows 10 update. What is at issue here is an apparent bug in the 'news and interests' widget that Microsoft has begun pushing out to Windows 10 PCs. By default, this shows the weather in your particular region, and if you hover the mouse cursor over the widget (or click or tap it), it brings up news headlines, stock quotes, sports scores, traffic information, and other stuff (which... Read more...
Windows 11 is right around the corner, as Microsoft is set to hold a big online event on June 24th at 11 am EST to announce the new operating system. Although Microsoft has yet to confirm Windows 11 as its official name, all signs are pointing to that designation. So, what's in store for Microsoft's current flagship operating system, Windows 10? According to a recently updated support document, Microsoft has already outlined the end of support. Windows 10 was first introduced on July, 29th 2015, and the new document says that support ends on October 14th, 2025. This end date applies to both Windows 10 Home and Professional, and aligns with Microsoft's 10-year support timeline for its operating... Read more...
The next generation of Windows is coming on June 24th, and Microsoft has become just a little more forthcoming about the operating system. Earlier this month, it prodded us with a new Windows background, with the light shining through the "window" appearing to cast an outline that looks like the number 11. Today, Microsoft is pushing the 11 theme again in the oddest way. It uploaded a new video to YouTube that is 11 minutes long. According to Microsoft, what you're hearing are several Windows startup sounds slowed down by 4,000 percent. "Having trouble relaxing because you're too excited for the June 24th Microsoft Event," Microsoft asks in the YouTube video description. "Take a slow trip down... Read more...
From the beginning, we were told Windows 10 would be the last monolithic release of Microsoft's popular operating system, with monthly security patches and bi-annual feature updates shoveled into it on an ongoing basis. For all intents and purposes, Windows 10 was to be an endless road. Except maybe not. Microsoft has teased that a Windows 11 could be on the horizon, which raises the question, what should it entail? We have to wait two and a half weeks to find out for sure. Microsoft is scheduled to reveal "what's next" for Windows on June 24 at 11:00 am ET (2:00 pm PT). The company announced the event on Twitter through its @Windows account, with a short 6-second animation teasing a refreshed... Read more...
Late last month, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted at the company's BUILD 2021 conference that "one of the most significant updates to Windows" in the past decade is coming soon to customers. So now, we have an official time for when we'll see what Microsoft has been working on for the next version of Windows. According to Microsoft, it will hold an event at 11 am EST on June 24th. The event will be live-streamed, but that's all that the company is revealing at the moment. The invite simply says, "Join us to see what's next for Windows." The consensus is that Microsoft will unveil its long-awaited Sun Valley update for Windows 10. Sun Valley will reportedly bring a significant visual overhaul... Read more...
As we slowly say goodbye (and good riddance) to Internet Explorer, the millions of users still using it will need a replacement. Microsoft is trying to make sure that the replacement is its own Microsoft Edge browser based on Chromium. The company is now claiming that Edge will be the best-performing browser on Windows 10, but is it just marketing, or is the browser up to snuff? Today, Microsoft’s Build developer conference kicked off, and with it comes a slew of announcements concerning developers, businesses, and consumers alike. One of the bigger announcements was about the upcoming Edge version 91, bringing some new features to the platform. The first feature is called “startup... Read more...
It seems kind of hard to believe, but Windows 10 has been around for nearly six years. The operating system initially launched in summer 2015 and has seen regular updates as the years passed. However, Microsoft is ready to turn the page to a new chapter in the Windows story with what CEO Satya Nadella calls "one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade." Nadella made the comments today at Microsoft's BUILD developer conference, but it's unclear what precisely he is referring to. Is he talking about an all-new Windows operating system, or perhaps the Sun Valley update that is supposed to bring significant visual updates to the entire Windows 10 UI? We're placing bets on the... Read more...
Just as we’ve finally been cleansed of the bug-riddled software infestation known as Adobe Flash, Microsoft this week announced efforts to kill off one of its most loathed software packages. We’re, of course, talking about Internet Explorer, which first burst onto the browser scene way back in 1995. The demise of Internet Explorer won’t come all at once, however. According to Microsoft, the first step of the phaseout will occur on August 17th, when Microsoft 365 and other services end support for the Internet Explorer. Then, on June 15th, 2022, the Internet Explorer desktop application will be officially “retired” and no longer supported by Microsoft. “We can’t... Read more...
Late last week, we heard rumors that Microsoft would abandon the development of its Windows 10X operating system. Windows 10X was first billed as a lightweight and simplified operating system designed for dual-screen devices. Once Microsoft indefinitely delayed its own Surface Neo dual-screen device, the scope of Windows 10X was reduced to single-screen laptops. Microsoft this week announced that the release of a standalone Windows 10X operating system is now canceled. According to the company, there have been "fundamental changes in customer needs" since the Windows 10 May 2020 Update was released. In May 2020, Microsoft noted: With Windows 10X, we designed for flexibility, and that flexibility... Read more...
Ransomware attacks have been on the rise lately, and both organizations and consumers need to protect themselves as best they can before the problem worsens over time. As it turns out, one of the most popular and widespread operating systems, Windows 10, has ransomware protection, and it is super simple to turn on so you too can be protected. Ransomware has become one of the most prevalent and profitable forms of cyberattack, with hackers around the globe locking up files in exchange for cryptocurrency or cash. These locked-up files could include family photos, personal documents, or even trade secrets, all of which could be priceless. However, as we saw with Colonial Pipeline doling out $5 million... Read more...
Yesterday was Microsoft’s routine Patch Tuesday release, which tackled quite a few vulnerabilities, 55 to be exact. Though this may seem like a lot, it is actually the smallest update from the company since 2020, but it does take care of some big problems. This includes a rather worrisome wormable HTTP protocol-stack vulnerability within Windows that thankfully has not been seen exploited in the wild. Of the 55 fixes coming with this patch, the wormable HTTP protocol-stack vulnerability, denoted by CVE-2021-31166, is the most concerning. This vulnerability has been given a rather high Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score at 9.8 out of 10, which means it can be dangerous if used.... Read more...
Windows 10X, which we have been talking about for quite some time, could have been the “Chrome OS killer,” but Microsoft has seemingly put the kibosh on it for now. Perhaps this is due to a newly invigorated effort into the upcoming “Sun Valley” update or concerns about the market share a ChromeOS competitor would have. Either way, Windows 10X is on hold, and we will have to wait and see what happens soon. Since at least 2019, we have been hearing about a Windows 10 branch called Windows 10X, which was to be used for dual for folding display devices. After that, leaks and snippets of information came out until 2020, where Microsoft went rather quiet about the entire project... Read more...
Have you ever opened some buried menu in Windows 10 or stumble upon an icon and think, “Huh, that looks old”? That may soon be a thing of the past as Microsoft is prepping to deliver a visual rejuvenation with Project Sun Valley. Testers from the Insider program will get an early look, with the visual changes rolling out sometime later this year. We have talked about the Sun Valley refresh since at least late last year, with rumors of File Explorer changes, among other things. As we get closer to the presumed launch, reportedly coming sometime around October or November, information is slowly starting to trickle out about the update. Most recently, some have noticed some new icons... Read more...
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