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Enable Retpoline on Windows 10 1809 and Server right now

Microsoft has tested Retpoline, a new mitigation method against Spectre variant 2 by Google, on Windows 10 Insider Builds for some time now. The company brought Retpoline to Windows 10 version 1809 […]

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How to block the automatic cleaning of Windows 10's Thumbnail Cache

Microsoft's Windows operating system uses a thumbnail cache for thumbnail icons used in Explorer to speed up the display of icons when a user opens a folder with cached items. Microsoft changed […]

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KB4482887 for Windows 10 version 1809

Microsoft released the cumulative update KB4482887 for Windows 10 version 1809 yesterday. The update brings the build of that particular version of Windows 10 to 17763.348. Microsoft appears to test updates for […]

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Windows 10 Update Study: too complex and not enough control

How are updates perceived by users of Windows 10 Home? A new study, "In Control with no Control: Perceptions and Reality of Windows 10 Home Edition Update Features" by a group of […]

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Microsoft brings Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Friday. Microsoft introduced Advanced Threat Protection in the Fall Creators Update […]


Microsoft bringing PC and Xbox gaming closer together

Remember the mysterious test that Microsoft wanted Windows 10 Insider Build testers to run recently without revealing anything about it? Microsoft wanted users to report any issues found during the installation and […]

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Windows 10 1903: support for filenames and folders with beginning dot character

The next feature update for Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1903, will support filenames and folders that begin with a dot character in Explorer. The news may not be super exciting for […]


How Windows Sandbox config files work

Microsoft is working on Windows Sandbox, a sandboxed environment for the Windows operating system, currently. The feature is being tested in Windows 10 Insider Builds currently and it is possible that Windows […]


Microsoft: fix security issue with non-security update. Instructions point to non-existent KB page

Can things get any worse than this? Microsoft published a security advisory yesterday -- ADV190005 | Guidance to adjust HTTP/2 SETTINGS frames -- which affects Windows Server running Internet Information Services (IIS). […]


Windows 10 updates KB4487029, KB4487021, KB4487011 and KB4487006 released

Microsoft released several cumulative updates for different Windows 10 versions on February 19, 2019. The cumulative updates KB4487029, KB4487021, KB4487011 and KB4487006 update Windows 10 version 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607 but […]

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Microsoft's Store is not a safe haven

Symantec discovered eight application in the official Microsoft Store that ran cryptomining operations without informing the user about it in the background when installed. One of the main arguments for integrating the […]

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Microsoft changes Windows Update for Business options

Microsoft employee John Wilcox revealed yesterday that Microsoft will remove the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) option from Windows Update from Windows 10 version 1903 forward. Business customers have two options right now to […]

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Microsoft: help us test new gaming tech on Windows 10 1903 but we don't tell you anything about it

Microsoft released a new build to the Windows 10 Fast Ring Insider Channel yesterday evening. The new build, build number 18334, is a bug fix release mostly. Microsoft does advertise one new […]

Would you pay Microsoft for extended Windows 7 support?

Windows 7 support ends in January 2020 and there is nothing that consumers and small business customers-- read non-Enterprise customers -- can do about it. Microsoft won't release security updates, any update […]

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Microsoft explains why Windows Update did not work on January 29, 2019

Windows users and administrators reported that Windows Update was broken for them on January 29, 2019. Affected systems received an "error encountered" error message when Windows Update was used to search for […]

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Please Microsoft, leave Windows Search alone

Microsoft released a new preview build of the upcoming Windows 10 version 1903 feature update yesterday; it included, among other changes, a new top apps listing in Search. Windows 10 users who […]

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Windows 10 1903 comes with setup error improvements

Microsoft plans to improve the user experience during setup of Windows 10 in regards to error messages the system may display in the coming Windows 10 version 1903. The company demonstrated the […]

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Changes to Windows Media Center and Player Metadata service

Microsoft revealed plans on Friday to turn off the metadata service for certain media product and operating system combinations. The company maintains two media products right now that ship with various versions […]