Windows 10

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 (...

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...