Microsoft's decision to block security and non-security updates on customer PCs running Windows 7 or 8.1 (or the server variants) with "next-generation silicon" is as customer unfriendly as it gets. What makes this all the more problematic is the fact that Microsoft's detection routines, those that identify the processor of a PC to determine whether […]
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If you have upgraded a Windows PC already to the Windows 10 Creators Update, or installed this version on a PC, you may have noticed quite a few changes that come with it. One of these is that you may get a "Set up OneDrive" popup when you open save or load file dialogs, or […]
KB4020001 and KB4020002 are two new updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) that Microsoft released today. These two updates are released on Microsoft's Update Catalog website right now, and will be made available through Windows Update as well. Both updates are listed as compatibility updates for Windows 10 Version 1703. KB4020001 and KB4020002 […]
Microsoft announced today that it plans to release non-security updates for the most recent version of Windows 10 Creators Update, early. Microsoft created two cumulative update patches for Windows 10 previously which the company released on the second Tuesday of every month. One included security and non-security patches, the other only security updates. Since both […]
Microsoft released KB4016240 just a moment ago (on April 25th, 2017), a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (also known as the Creators Update). The update is already available via Windows Update, and it should be installed automatically on most devices running Windows 10 version 1703 as automatic updates is the default configuration. […]
Fast User Switching is a Windows feature that allows users to sign in to accounts while others are still signed in on the machine. Basically, what it does is allow multiple users to work with the Windows computer at the same time. Microsoft introduces the functionality in Windows XP, and it is also support by […]
Sec Consult security researchers discovered a vulnerability in Nvidia's GeForce Experience software that allows attackers to bypass Windows application whitelisting. Nvidia's GeForce Experience is a program that Nvidia installs by default in its driver packages. The program, initially designed to provide users with good configurations for computer games so that they run better on user […]
Microsoft's not-yet-officially unveiled -- Windows 10 Cloud operating system is likely going to be unveiled on Microsoft's May 2, 2017 event in New York City. While we will have to wait another week to find out whether that is indeed the case or not, Windows 10 Cloud hardware specs and performance targets were leaked online […]
The Creators Update is still being rolled out to users. Anyone who wanted it desperately probably has it as this point in time, and hopefully did not run into too many issues during or after the upgrade. Microsoft started work on the next feature update for Windows 10 already, and Windows Insiders on the Fast […]
Microsoft announced today that it plans to release two feature updates for Windows 10, Office 365 ProPlus and System Center Configuration Manage per year. The company will align release schedules for future Windows and Office 365 ProPlus releases, and targets March and September of each year for those releases. What's particularly interesting about that from […]
Miracast is a wireless connections standard for displaying content from devices such as laptops or smartphones on displays such as TVs or projectors. Note that any display, a Windows 10 monitor for instance, may act as a receiver as long as what is powering it supports the Miracast standard. The technology uses the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi […]
The April rollup update patches KB4015552 and KB4015553 have been released on Tuesday 18, 2017 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft releases update previews on the third Tuesday of every month for the company's operating system's Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. These previews are then released on the next Patch Day, the second Tuesday […]
Windows 10 applications like Edge, Netflix or the Paint 3D ship with window controls to minimize, maximize and close the application window. Some applications, games mostly, may run in fullscreen mode right away, but others seemingly don't have that option at all. What if you want to run a fullscreen application in window mode, or […]
Microsoft's work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds. The feature is designed to improve the power consumption of a battery-powered device running Windows 10 by handling the power consumption of background tasks better. Note: Power Throttling is a temporary name for the feature. The current […]