Windows 10

Windows and Office deployment intro

Join Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson to discover the benefits of Windows 10 and Office 365, major changes and considerations versus previous deployments and best practices to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus. In this introduction we’ll outline what has changed and go on a tour of the Desktop Deployment Wheel. This will guide you through the recommended steps for your shift to Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus, detailing how to leverage your existing tools and processes while adopting modern management technology and approaches along the way.

Microsoft Officially Releases Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft today has take the wraps off its Windows 10 virtual desktop product. Windows Virtual Desktop is the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes. Details: Windows Virtual Desktop is now generally available worldwide  

Pre-release Builds of Windows 10 Coming to Configuration Manager Once a Month Starting with 1909

Microsoft today has announced a new opportunity for IT administrators to get access to pre-release features of Windows 10 prior to public delivery. Today, in response to your feedback, we will begin making pre-release Windows 10 feature updates available to IT administrators using Windows Server Update Service (WSUS). This is the next step in our efforts to provide your organization with the ability to validate line-of-business (LOB) applications, business-critical functionality, and policies, as well as evaluate new business features, prior to an update’s official release. Beginning with Windows 10, version 1909, we will aim to release pre-release builds to Configuration Manager on a monthly cadence. Beyond that release, we will aim to release these types of builds in line with the ...

KB4515384 Causes Issues with the Start Menu and Search in Windows 10

Microsoft has now notified customers over Twitter that the Windows 10 1903 open issues list has been updated to acknowledge the problem introduced for the Start Menu and Search.   📣 [Windows Release Health Update – New Known Issue: Acknowledged] Some users report issues related to the Start menu and Windows Desktop Search. Read more here: https://t.co/NHEQuEjsVX. — Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) September 12, 2019 For the 1903 list of open issues, most have been mitigated or resolved, but some remain open as the company works to fix them all.

Windows Virtual Desktop Headed to General Availability

Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) Group Manager, WVD and RDS at Microsoft made the following announcement on Twitter…   We are feature complete with #WVD and will be moving to the final phase for GA. Spin up your VMs and start testing your scenarios. Got issues? Engage our community: https://t.co/2amQHtQqwI #WVD #Azure #Microsoft — Scott Manchester (@RDS4U) August 13, 2019 Windows Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environments. Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compli...

Tip: Windows Autopilot Branding

This repository contains a sample Windows Installer (MSI) definition that can be used to customize Windows 10 devices via Windows Autopilot (although there’s no reason it can’t be used with other deployment processes, e.g. MDT or ConfigMgr). https://github.com/mtniehaus/AutopilotBranding  

September’s Streamlined Windows 10 Feature Update will Deliver and Install Just Like Any Other Update

Microsoft is continuing to improve its delivery and installation process for Windows 10. Those that choose to install the May 2019 update will get a much improved experience when the next big update delivers in September 2019. Today, Microsoft said… The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements. To deliver these updates in a less disruptive fashion, we will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. In other words, anyone running the May 2019 Update and updating to the new release will have ...

Microsoft Delivers Intel Microcode Updates for Windows 10 Variants

Microsoft has now made available updates to Windows 10 to help further mitigate security issues with Intel processors. Here’s what’s available: KB4494175: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1607, and Windows Server 2016 KB4494452: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1709 KB4494453: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10, version 1703 KB4494454: Intel microcode updates for Windows 10 RTM MDS is a sub-class of previously disclosed speculative execution side channel vulnerabilities and is comprised of four related techniques. Under certain conditions, MDS provides a program the potential means to read data that program otherwise would not be able to see. MDS techniques are based on a sampling of data leaked from small structures within the CPU using a loca...

Windows 10 1903 Gets Its First Cumulative Update, Windows Sandbox Not Fixed Yet

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 feature update, the May 2019 Update, has already received its first big fix. KB4497935 has been released and here’s what’s fixed: Addresses an issue that may prevent Custom URI Schemes for Application Protocol handlers from starting the corresponding application for local intranet and trusted sites on Internet Explorer. Addresses an issue that prevents certain apps from launching when you set folder redirection for the Roaming AppData folder to a network path. Addresses an issue that my turn off Night light mode during display mode changes. Addresses an issue that may distort the rendering of a full-screen game when the Microsoft Game bar is visible on top of the game. Addresses an issue that prevents the removal of Bluetooth® peripheral devi...

Microsoft Putting Focus on a New Operating System with an Azure Backend

At Computex, Microsoft has used the announcements of its partners to launch a new path toward device management that is heavily based on Azure services. In a blog post, the company has outlined its efforts to move beyond Windows 10 and focus on its new Modern OS for the future of computing. According to the company’s vision, the future operating system will get seamless updates, will be secure by default, will be always connected, well performing, cloud-connected, utilize AI, will offer the fullest range of input options, and will be able to transform into multiple form factors. In the near term, Windows 10 will help push Microsoft’s customers toward an IoT future with the following core components: Windows 10 IoT Core enables manufacturers to get to market quickly with small-f...

KB4497936 Breaks Windows Sandbox, Fix Might Come in June

Microsoft has admitted that a recent update, KB4497936, has broken one of the anticipated features of Windows 10 1903. Windows Sandbox may fail to start with error code “0x80070002” Windows Sandbox may fail to start with “ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND (0x80070002)” on devices in which the operating system language is changed during the update process when installing Windows 10, version 1903. Affected platforms: Client: Windows 10, version 1903 Next steps: We are working on a resolution and estimate a solution will be available in late June.

Changes You are Required to Make to Enable ConfigMgr and WSUS to Deploy Windows 10 1903

After Microsoft began making Windows 10 1903 available publicly this week, the company announced some changes in how its Configuration Manager and WSUS environments handle this update. The changes require that administrators of these systems make some quick changes. For Configuration Manager: In order to deploy feature and quality updates to devices running Windows 10, version 1903 or Windows Server, version 1903 (and later), you will need to ensure that you are running the current branch of System Center Configuration Manager, which is version 1902. Then, in the Configuration Manager console, enable the Software Update point to download updates for Windows 10, version 1903 and later and/or Windows Server, version 1903 and later. For WSUS:  If you are using Windows Server Update Services (...