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Enabling Windows Sandbox for Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Now that Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) is available for everyone, Windows Sandbox is also available for use. However, Windows Sandbox is not installed/enabled by default. Here’s how to install it. Open Windows Features. In the list, select Windows Sandbox and tap or click OK to install Windows Sandbox. The installation will request that you reboot the computer. Restart the computer. Once the computer has updated and Windows Sandbox has installed, you can access it from the Windows 10 Start Menu. Requirements for running Windows Sandbox: Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise build 18305 or later AMD64 architecture Virtualization capabilities enabled in BIOS At least 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended) At least 1 GB of free disk space (SSD recommended) At least 2 CPU cores (4 cores with hyperthrea...

Hacker Posts Windows 10 Zero-day Exploit Code on GitHub

A severe zero-day vulnerability concept has been posted to GitHub by a hacker that is labeled as “SandboxEscaper.” First identified by The Hacker News, the exploit is a privilege escalation issue that could allow a local attacker or malware to gain and run code with administrative system privileges on the targeted machines, eventually allowing the attacker to gain full control of the machine. Microsoft is aware of the code and the vulnerability and is currently researching the situation. When approached about the vulnerability news, company reps delivered the following placeholder statement… Microsoft has a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues and update impacted devices promptly. We are aware of the reporting on this issue and investigating. Soluti...

Tip: Can’t Upgrade a Microsoft Surface to Windows 10 1903?

Microsoft has yet to solve the issue where devices with external storage connected to its Surface computers cannot upgrade Windows. If you receive a strange message about your Surface device not being compatible with Microsoft’s latest update, make sure you don’t have an external storage device connected. If you do, unplug it and start the upgrade again. You can safely plug the storage device back in after the upgrade completes.

With the Release of Windows 10 1903 Microsoft Gives a New Feature Bump to 1809 and 1803

On Tuesday, Microsoft finally delivered the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. See: Windows 10 May 2019 Update Now Available for Everyone and Known Issues to Watch Out For with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update New Windows Update for Business features added to the big update means that some of that capability is being shared with other currently supported Windows 10 versions. Both Windows 10 1809 and 1803 have also received new cumulative updates that bring the following feature: Starting with update KB4497934, we are introducing functionality that allows you to decide when to install a feature update. You control when you get a feature update while simultaneously keeping your devices up to date. Feature updates that are available for eligible devices will appear in a separate module on the Windows ...

Known Issues to Watch Out For with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Earlier today, Microsoft began making its next update, Windows 10 May 2019 Update, available for everyone. Despite suggesting that it would improve its testing procedures, particularly through its Insider program, this update comes with its own set of problems. Some of those problems Microsoft is continuing to investigate, while some of the others the company has already outlaid mitigation including blocking based on criteria. Here’s what’s still under investigation: Display brightness may not respond to adjustments Duplicate folders and documents showing in user profile directory Audio not working with Dolby Atmos headphones and home theater Here’s what is being mitigated in one way or another: Intel Audio displays an intcdaud.sys notification Error attempting to update ...

Windows 10 May 2019 Update Now Available for Everyone

Microsoft today has officially taken the wraps off Windows 10 1903 and made it widely available. Those that want it right away can perform the “Check for Updates” procedure in the Windows 10 settings area. Beginning today, the May 2019 Update is available for customers who would like to install the latest release. If you are ready to install the update, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install now. (Note: You may not see Download and install now on your device as we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback). Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll notify you s...

Bug: A System Restore Can Keep Windows 10 from Booting

In a recently published support document, Microsoft has exposed a bug in Windows 10’s System Restore feature that keeps the computer from booting. When installing a clean installation of Windows 10, setting the Restore Point, and then installing updates, you can’t go back to that original Restore Point. When you attempt to use the original Restore Point, the computer will blue screen, fail to boot, and emit a Stop error (0xc000021a). Microsoft admits… This is a known issue in Windows 10. During the system restore process, Windows temporarily stages the restoration of files that are in use. It then saves the information in the registry. When the computer restarts, it completes the staged operation. In this situation, Windows restores the catalog files and stages the driver...

Microsoft Patches Severe Bug in Remote Desktop Services

One of the more critical security holes that Microsoft is patching this month is one in its Remote Desktop Services. Today Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – that affects some older versions of Windows. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself is not vulnerable. This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction. In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017. While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that...

What’s Old is New Again – PowerToys for Windows are Back, But with an Opensource Flair

Back in the day, PowerToys were all the rage for Windows users. PowerToys were a set of freeware system utilities for power users, that were actually developed by Microsoft. Yet…they weren’t vetted as strictly as “official” apps similar to how utilities and apps are being developed through Microsoft Garage efforts today. From the GitHub page: PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the Windows 95 era PowerToys project, this reboot provides power users with ways to squeeze more efficiency out of the Windows 10 shell and customize it for individual workflows. A great overview of the Windows 95 PowerToys can be found here.

Alexa for Windows 10 Gets Full Hands-free Mode

Prior to this latest update, Alexa hands-free mode only worked for certain devices and PC manufacturer models. But, this latest update brings hands-free capability to any PC running Windows 10. If you have the Alexa app for Windows 10 installed and the feature isn’t yet working, just go into the Windows Store and grab the update. If you haven’t installed the Alexa app for Windows 10, get it here: Alexa The app requires that you be logged-in to your Amazon account, but you can then alter the Alexa for Windows 10 settings to enable hands-free, give sound indicators when Alexa is waiting for a response or has stopped listening, and if the app should run automatically when the computer starts.   Unfortunately, the app still doesn’t run as a System Tray service. The app m...

Windows 10 1809 Gets Its Second Big Update in as Many Days

Microsoft today has rolled out a new update for Windows 10 1809. This update comes just two days after a May 1st release that, among other things, fixes bugs with Japanese language pieces. Here’s what’s new: May 3, 2019—KB4495667 (OS Build 17763.475) Allows the built-in Administrator account to run Microsoft Office setup after downloading the installer in Microsoft Edge. Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer Automation to fail in certain instances. 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 net...

Tip: Enabling Bookmarks Sync Between Edge with Chromium and Edge on Android

As part of its ongoing development effort, Microsoft this week added the ability for Android users running Microsoft Edge to synch bookmarks with the desktop counterpart for those participating in the Insider program for Microsoft Edge with Chromium. The option needs to be enabled on Android devices in the Edge browser settings, but once enabled, the desktop bookmarks show up quickly. To sync with Microsoft Insider Channels, sign in with your Microsoft Account, ensure that it is selected as your active account, go to Settings > Account and select your Microsoft account, then select Microsoft Edge Insider Channels > Switch. Currently, only Bookmarks are available for synching, but Microsoft is working on the other important things.