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Edge with Chromium Releases for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has now made available Canary versions of its Edge with Chromium web browser available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Today we are excited to make preview builds from the Microsoft Edge Canary channel available on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.  The first Canary builds do have a few known issues, including the lack of dark mode support and no support for AAD sign-in, which we are working to resolve soon. If you need help or support, just press F1 from within Microsoft Edge Canary or Dev to visit our support website. Get it: https://www.microsoftedgeinsider.com

Sneak Peek at a new Windows Virtual Desktop Win32 Client

Corey Sanders, Corporate VP of Microsoft Solutions sits down with Scott Manchester, Principal Group PM on the Silicon, Graphics and Media team to talk about what new things are available in the current preview of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) being offered in Azure. Scott has brought along a Surface GO to demonstrate the new signed Win32 app which allows you to install and use it – even when the device is in Windows S mode. Scott shows off what kind of performance you can get from an 8 GB of memory Surface Go using an LTE network, connecting to a 16 core NVidia GPU powerhouse VM in Azure. Sign up for the preview today – https://aka.ms/WDS

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...

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...

Antivirus Vendors Still Struggling to Support Microsoft’s Latest Windows Update

Some headway has been made to support Microsoft’s latest Windows update with Arcabt and Avast releasing emergency fixes – but for many other antivirus firms, the latest round of Windows updates is still causing many PCs to become unstable and fail to boot. Microsoft is still blocking the update from installing on those PCs that are detected to run the troublesome antivirus packages. Those still without final resolutions remain: Sophos Avira McAfee While Microsoft continues to work with the antivirus vendors, guidance for temporarily resolving problems has been released from some of them: Sophos support article Arcabit support article Avast support KB article McAfee Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (Host IPS) 8.0 Note that these issues only ...

Microsoft Blocks April 2019 Windows Updates Causing Boot Problems

Microsoft has now blocked a few updates from being downloaded and installed due to a problem that exists between Sophos Antivirus and the updates. The updates affected are: KB4493467 KB4493446 KB4493448 KB4493472 KB4493450 KB4493451 Per the Known Issue note: Microsoft and Sophos have identified an issue on devices with Sophos Endpoint Protection installed and managed by either Sophos Central or Sophos Enterprise Console (SEC) that may cause the system to freeze or hang upon restart after installing this update. Microsoft has temporarily blocked devices from receiving this update if the Sophos Endpoint is installed until a solution is available. For more information see the Sophos support article.

KB4493467 from April 9, 2019 Causing Windows PXE Boot Issues

Customers have reported and Microsoft has now identified issues with KB4493467 that those deploying this update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 should be aware of. Issue:  After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services (WDS) server configured to use Variable Window Extension. This may cause the connection to the WDS server to terminate prematurely while downloading the image. This issue does not affect clients or devices that are not using Variable Window Extension. Workarounds:  To mitigate the issue, disable the Variable Window Extension on WDS server using one of the following options: Option 1: Open an Administrator Command prompt and type the following: Wdsutil /Set-Transpo...

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! https://t.co/S2rVFdBUUp — D:\ona\Sarkar (@donasarkar) March 27, 2019

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...

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