Windows 10

Microsoft Edge Insider Builds Available for Windows 10

With versions coming for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and MacOS, Microsoft has made available Microsoft Edge Insider builds for Windows 10 users. The are three channels to choose from: Beta channel (updated every 6 weeks): The Beta channel will be the most stable Microsoft Edge preview experience. It will be here soon after we’ve had a chance to learn and improve on our other channels. Dev channel (updated weekly): Our dev builds are the best representation of our improvements in the past week. They have been tested by the Microsoft Edge team, and are generally more stable than Canary Canary channel (updated daily): Want to see what we were working on yesterday? Canary will be released automatically almost every night to keep you up to date on our progress. Join here: https://w...

Microsoft Gives Update Control Back to Users in May 2019 Windows 10 Upgrade

That whole thing about forcing users to upgrade because new features are great? Well, that’s now a thing of the past. After complaints of bluescreens, bad drivers, and lackluster new features for the past few years, Microsoft is finally giving control back to its customers on when they want to update to new versions of Windows 10. In a blog post today, Microsoft’s Mike Fortin puts a happy face on what is really a solemn moment. The idea behind constant and forced updating has turned out to be a failure. And, customers are rejoicing everywhere. We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. In fact, all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they “check...

.NET Framework Gets Its Own Update History Page

As the company has done with Windows 10 cumulative updates, Microsoft has now delivered a history page for .NET Framework updates. .NET Framework updates began being delivered as cumulative updates with Windows 10 1809. Here’s the page to frequent: History of Cumulative Updates for .NET Framework for Windows 10

Microsoft Wants to Hear About Your Windows Update Experiences

Dona Sarkar with the Windows Insider team at Microsoft is asking for help getting information from customers about their Windows Update experiences. This questions in this survey seem to indicate the company is looking to make changes in how it develops and distributes information about Windows Updates, so it’s a good thing to participate. There’s even a spot for additional comments – so go wild!   #WindowsInsiders: I know we may be kind of biased, but the Windows Update team would love your input on your Windows update experience. We’d really appreciate if you took 2 mins to let us know! — D:\ona\Sarkar (@donasarkar) March 27, 2019

What is Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session for WVD?

Announced at Ignite in 2018, Microsoft recently released Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) into public preview. According to Nerdio, Microsoft will be delivering functionality in the next version of Windows 10 to work better with WVD. Microsoft is releasing a brand-new version of Windows 10 to support multiple user desktop sessions on a single VM. It is called Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session for WVD and it is built specifically to enable hosted desktops that are identical to what the more than 800M Windows 10 users are already used to on their physical devices. The new OS also comes with enhancements that improve the user experience. For instance, the Windows Search index (which speeds up searching in Outlook and other apps) will be a per-user database that will be portable and can move wi...

What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

On this show, we’ll take a closer look at Windows Virtual Desktop, now in public preview. See how you can give your users the only Windows 10 multi-session experience virtualized in the cloud and available on any device. Scott Manchester demonstrates how WVD delivers the best Office experience with multi-session virtual scenarios that virtualize persistent storage in a multi-session environment. Keep watching for a sneak peek of the next generation admin experience for WVD in the Microsoft Azure portal. To sign up for the Windows Virtual Desktop preview, go to:

New Windows 10 and Office 365 management and user experiences for 2019

Microsoft CVP, Brad Anderson, takes you through the latest updates to support modern experiences across devices with Windows 10 and Office 365. In this show, Brad demonstrates cold-booting his personal, highly-managed and secured Windows 10 device in under 20 seconds. We’ll also show you new options to get to managed remote Windows sessions and apps across devices using the new Windows Virtual Desktop. And we show new streamlined management experiences for Microsoft 365 administrators as well as what you can do to set baseline protections and device configurations quickly using built-in Security Baselines in Microsoft Intune. To sign up for the Windows Virtual Desktop Preview at: Enable updates to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center at:

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Patch Again Tuesday Brings New GPO Setting

Microsoft today has rolled out new updates for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607. Among the slew of fixes included in the updates, Microsoft has also developed a new Group Policy setting that should help customers with PCs that have difficulty with network connections. New setting… Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”. This determines how Windows will disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to the network. If enabled, Windows will soft-disconnect (disconnection is not immediate or abrupt) a computer from a network. If disabled, Windows disconnects a computer from a network immediately. If not configured, the default behavior is soft-disconnect. ...

Tip: Roll Your Own Windows 10 Toast Notifications for Upgrades and Reboots

Martin Bengtsson has put together a cool script that you can use to develop your own toast notifications to warn users about available upgrades or PC reboots. The Windows 10 Toast Notification Script enables you to create nice and nifty toast notifications for the logged on user in Windows 10. This can be done with Configuration Manager or with Group Policy Preferences and Scheduled Tasks (and probably other means too). Download: Windows 10 Toast Notification Script Configuration and usage information: Windows 10 Toast Notification Script

Microsoft Clarifies the Delivery Date for Its Upcoming Auto-uninstall Feature for Bad Updates

Microsoft’s bad updates abound and apparently, the company is giving up trying to fix the updates itself. There’s just too many variables and PC variances to ensure that a single update will be successful for every configuration. So, to give the company time to resolve issues introduced by supposedly “bad” updates, a new strategy is being introduced. Announced through a KB article recently, updates will have the ability to uninstall (or rollback) themselves when problems are found. At the time of the KB article release, though, there’s was no further information about when this feature would be available. Now there is. According to a recent edit on the KB article… This new feature is only available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Insider Preview,...

Tip: Using PowerShell to Perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image

OSDBuilder is a PowerShell module capable of performing offline servicing for Windows images. OSDBuilder is the product of David Segura, a self-described Windows Offline Servicing and Customization Expert.  Details including documentation and guidance are available from the same website as the download: OSBuilder Home OSBuilder is a PowerShell module to help you perform Offline Servicing to a Windows Operating System Image. By using an Offline method of configuring an Operating System, it can then be imported in MDT or SCCM and used like any other OS Deployment. This includes being able to use in an Upgrade Task Sequence, which you cannot do with a Captured Image. The main difference between OSBuilder and other scripted methods for Servicing a Windows Image Offline is that OSBuilder create...

KB4489899 Seeks to Resolve Reported Windows 10 Performance Issues

A problem with a recent Windows 10 cumulative update forced Microsoft to agree with customers that the update caused Windows to underperform. For a lot of customers, Windows 10 gaming would slow to a crawl. Microsoft even suggested that customers should uninstall the update. In the stack of updates for March 2019’s Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is including a fix for the performance issues. March 12, 2019—KB4489899 (OS Build 17763.379) – Addresses an issue that may degrade graphics and mouse performance with desktop gaming when playing certain games, such as Destiny 2, after installing KB4482887. Of course, affected users may want to install this right away, considering it describes a fix. However, as has been the case many times with Microsoft’s promised fixes, it pays to wai...