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  1. Yesterday, Microsoft released its latest KB5020044 update (build 22621.900) which resolved gaming-related performance issues on Windows 11 version 22H2. One of our readers says the new update works like a charm as it resolves quite a few of the Battlefield 2042 bugs they faced. The update is far from flawless though as Task Manager has broke once again. It all started when NVIDIA GPU owners began complaining about various issues soon after the 2022 Windows 11 update was released. And the problems persisted despite NVIDIA releasing drivers to fix the bugs. Meanwhile, on the Red team's side, AMD users and reviewers also began reporting about issues on Ryzen 7000 systems. Although AMD said it didn't encounter anything major during its own testing, third-party data suggested otherwise. After much commotion, Microsoft finally acknowledged last month that gaming performance on various systems was indeed affected by the latest version of Windows. Consequently, the upgrade was blocked on affected PCs. Later on, the company published an update stating that the upgrade block was being lifted on a subset of systems with safeguard ID 41990091, though Microsoft persisted with the block with another set of PCs. Now with the issues fixed with the latest update, Microsoft has updated its health dashboard: Resolution: This issue was resolved in KB5020044. The safeguard hold is estimated to be removed in mid-December 2022. Hence, it looks like those whose systems were under the 41766570 safeguard ID will not be offered the Windows 11 22H2 update option just yet, though it should be available by mid-December. Microsoft does not recommend manually updating to KB5020044 in case you are not being offered the update. Microsoft confirms those with gaming issues won't be offered Windows 11 22H2, yet
  2. Microsoft has updated the official Windows 11 Health Dashboard documentation with details about a newly found issue in the latest Windows 11 update. According to the software giant, Windows 11 2022 Update users might experience problems with app freezing when changing IME (Input Method Editor) input modes. Windows IME or Input Method Editor is a built-in tool that allows users to enter text in languages hard to represent on a standard QWERTY keyboard. The Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other East Asian languages have larger numbers of characters that require customers to use combinations of keys processed and interpreted by the IME. Per Microsoft's findings, turning on, off, or changing input modes causes apps to become unresponsive on Windows 11 2022 Update. The problem does not affect customers with Windows 10 and the initial release of Windows 11. Also, it will not bother you if you only use English or other languages with Latin or Cyrillic scripts. Those who rely on Windows IME can mitigate the problem by installing the freshly released KB5020044 update. It adds some "Moment 2" features to Windows 11 and fixes other non-security issues, like those related to gaming on 22H2. If installing a preview update is not an option, Microsoft says you can workaround the issue by changing the input mode with the IME mode icon in the taskbar. Apps freeze only when using keyboard shortcuts to manage the IME. Microsoft confirms app freezes with IME in Windows 11 2022 Update
  3. The bugs and issues on Microsoft's new Windows 11 22H2 OS keep mounting. For example, Printer problems forced the company to put in an upgrade block, though, it has now been removed after reaching a resolution. Most recently, there have been remote connectivity issues due to the malfunctioning Remote Desktop app. Gaming, too, hasn't been immune from the 2022 feature update as the Redmond company finally acknowledged gaming performance issues on the new Windows version after several user and reviewer complaints. This led Microsoft to put an upgrade block or safeguard hold on such devices. While the bug(s) leading to such problems have not been fully resolved yet, Microsoft has published an update on the matter partially removing the block. On its health dashboard, the company writes: November 22, 2022: The safeguard hold with the safeguard ID of 41990091 has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices which have one of the small subset of games and apps which are still affected by this issue. Hence, it looks like the upgrade block on at least some Windows 11 devices (which had the Safeguard ID 41990091) has been removed as Microsoft has been able to narrow in on a group of games or apps causing the issues. Initially, the company put up the safeguard hold for two IDs, 41766570 and 41990091. Finally, Microsoft adds that it could take about 48 hours before the Windows 11 2022 feature update is offered on your system. Microsoft removes Windows 11 22H2 upgrade block on some PCs suffering from gaming issues
  4. Ever since Windows 11 was released, Microsoft made it clear that security was a big aspect of the new OS. The company explained why features like TPM 2.0 and Virtualization-based Security (Core Isolation) play a key role on Windows 11 and also demoed hacking attacks on mock systems. With the launch of Windows 11 version 22H2, Microsoft detailed the security features users can expect in the new feature update. However, the 2022 update has now got a security upgrade as Microsoft has announced that Intel's Total Memory Encryption - Multi-Key (TME-MK) is now available on Windows 11 22H2 as well. In a new blog post penned by Microsoft's Jin Lin, who is the PM Manager at Azure and Windows OS Platform, the company confirmed this new development. In terms of hardware, TME-MK is available on Intel's 3rd Gen Xeon scalable Ice Lake CPUs, and Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake processors on the client side. TME-MK is available in Intel 3rd Generation Xeon server processors and Intel 12th Generation Core client processors. Azure, Azure Stack HCI, and now Windows 11 22H2 operating systems also take advantage of this new generation hardware feature. TME-MK is compatible with Gen 2 VM version 10 and newer. List of Guest OS’s supported in Gen 2 Here are the steps to enable multi-key total memory encryption: To boot a new VM with TME-MK protection (assigning it a unique encryption key from other partitions), use the following PowerShell cmdlet: Set-VMMemory -VMName -MemoryEncryptionPolicy EnabledIfSupported To verify a running VM is enabled and using TME-MK for memory encryption, you can use the following Powershell cmdlet: Get-VmMemory -VmName | fl * The following return value would describe a TME-MK protected VM: MemoryEncryptionPolicy : EnabledIfSupported MemoryEncryptionEnabled : True You may find more details on the official blog post. Windows 11 22H2 gets more secure on Intel 12th Gen PCs thanks to multi-key encryption
  5. The bugs and issues on Microsoft's new Windows 11 22H2 OS keep mounting. For example, the company finally acknowledged gaming performance issues on the new Windows version are indeed real after several user and reviewer complaints. Printer problems also forced Microsoft to put in an upgrade block, though, it has now been removed after reaching a resolution. The latest issue is related to Remote Desktop connections where the Redmond company says that the Remote Desktop app could stop responding on Windows 11 22H2. After installing Windows 11, version 22H2 (also called Windows 11 2022 Update), the Windows Remote Desktop application might stop responding when connecting via a Remote Desktop gateway or Remote Desktop Connection Broker. [...] This issue can be observed when the client is at the "Loading virtual machine" or "Configuring remote connection" steps, and might occur regardless of the OS version installed on the remote computer. In some cases, the error message "Your Remote Desktop Services session has ended" can appear. Microsoft says home users are unlikely to encounter this as the connection process is different. The company has provided a simple workaround for the issue which involves good ol' Task Manager: Workaround: If the Remote Desktop application becomes unresponsive, Windows Task Manager can be used to terminate it. Press and hold the Ctrl, Shift, and Esc keys on your keyboard. Select Processes from the left-hand side menu In the list that appears, find the process mstsc.exe Right-click on the process name and select End task Aside from this, Microsoft has also provided steps to add a Group Policy to disable UDP which should prevent this issue from popping up. However, there is also a word of warning here related to WAN and how it can experience performance regression with this. Hence, it is recommended that this Group Policy change is reverted when the issue is resolved after a future Windows update. Microsoft writes: Warning: Remote Desktop sessions which connect over WAN (wide-area network) might experience poor performance following the application of the below workaround. Setting this policy also disables UDP (User Datagram Protocol) for all Remote Desktop connections made from the device. We strongly recommend that this Group Policy change is reverted once this issue is resolved in a future Windows update. Here are the steps to disable UDP: Devices that have encountered this issue can resolve it by configuring a special Group Policy. Open the appropriate Group Policy editor. For managed devices (common for enterprises and organizations), open the Group Policy Management Console and create or edit a policy that targets your clients For unmanaged devices (common for home users), open the Group Policy Editor. This can be accomplished by opening the Start Menu and typing group policy. Select Edit group policy from the results Using the right-side panel, browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Connection Client From the left-side panel, double-click the policy setting Turn Off UDP On Client and set it to Enabled Select OK and restart your device(s) to apply the policy setting The company says it is working on a resolution to fix the problem. Microsoft: Remote Desktop on Windows 11 22H2 broken, but Task Manager is your friend
  6. Hi, I'm Adam, I'm known as Warwagon on the forum. For the past 19 years, I've been operating my own computer repair business. In doing so, I deal with the average computer user on a day-to-day basis. Every bit of information I provide for people I do so with the lowest common denominator in mind. It's a common misconception that everyone who joins or browses a tech site is a techie. Some people are just looking for guidance. That is why for some, these tech tips may seem a bit too simplistic but they are educational for others. The following tech tip is only available in the 22H2 update of Windows 11. It’s called “Live Captions”. It’s an accessibility feature which allows you to have a box on your computer screen providing close captioning all audio on your computer. It will give you captions for every video you watch and every audio call you have. If it's a spoken word, it will caption it. You’ll first want to see if you have Windows 11 and the latest version of it: Click start and type in “winver” and press enter. If it says, “Windows 7, 8 or 10” ... sorry.. If it says “Windows 11” look at the version number, if it says “22H2” …GREAT! You’re all set. If it says “22H1” then you still need to update. To check for the latest update: Clicking “Start”. Type “Windows update” Clicking “Check for update” Then click the big blue “Check for updates” button If 22H2 is available for you you’ll see “Windows 11 22H2” listed below with an option to install it. My dad has hearing aids and uses close captioning for most things he watches. It has always been hard to watch videos on the internet when close captioning isn’t available. With “Live Captions”, it’s available everywhere. To enable this feature click “Start” Type “Live Captions”. and press enter. You can also access it with a keyboard shortcut by holding down CTRL+WIN and pressing L just once (CTRL+WIN+L). Now just follow the setup process. Once it’s setup, you’ll see it located at the top of your computer screen. You can click the gear on the top-right, select “Position”, and find the spot which works best for you. Now, click that same gear, select “Captioning style,” and on the next screen that appears, click “Edit”. Here you can configure the color of the box and even the font (not a lot of choices) which is used. Happy Computing! Wait, there's just one more thing! Here is a video on how to setup Live Captions and a demonstration of how it works. If you learned something today, great! If not, maybe share your own tech tip in the comments below! How to use Live Captions in Windows 11 22H2
  7. Last month, Microsoft announced Windows 10 2022 Update or 22H2 with a "limited set of productivity features" for those who do not want or cannot update to Windows 11. Now the company says the release is ready for broad deployment. Even though Microsoft has yet to tell more about those mysterious productivity features, we managed to dig out some details about what is new in Windows 10 2022 Update. Broad deployment is the final rollout phase in the lifecycle of a Windows release. It means more users with compatible computers receive offers to update, not only those daring to press the "Check for updates" button. For reference, Windows 11 2022 Update (also 22H2) is currently available to all who check for updates manually. The initial Windows 11 release (21H2) became ready for broad deployment in May 2022. You can update to Windows 10 22H2 from version 20H2, 21H1, and 21H2. The process will not take much time or bandwidth since all those releases are enablement packages only and work as regular cumulative updates. Another thing worth mentioning is that Microsoft is about to stop supporting Windows 10 version 21H1, so users must prepare for a forced upgrade to a newer release. According to the official documentation, Windows 10 21H1 will reach its end of life on December 13, 2022. Version 20H2 went out of support on May 10, 2022. Windows 10 22H2 is now ready for broad deployment
  8. For those that follow Windows news pretty regularly, you are probably aware of the PrintNightmare saga. In a nutshell, it was a security vulnerability in the Windows print spooler service. This service handles print jobs and related protocols on servers and client PCs. And outside of PrintNightmare too, there have been several printing-related issues that have bugged Windows 11, as well as Windows 10, and version 22H2 has been no exception. We reported on one such problem towards the end of September where adding printers after an update to the 2022 update (version 22H2) had become a hassle for IT admins and engineers. A day later, Microsoft also documented another printer bug where the printer settings stuck on default. Consequently, the company forced a compatibility safeguard and blocked the 22H2 feature update. The company has since resolved the problem and has provided an updated timeline for the issue: October 7, 2022: This safeguard hold has been updated to only safeguard Windows devices with printers using Microsoft IPP Class Driver or Universal Print Class Driver which currently only allow default settings. Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before the upgrade to Windows 11 is offered. Restarting your device and checking for updates might help it to offer sooner. October 21, 2022: A troubleshooter has been released which will automatically download and resolve this issue on affected devices running Windows 11, version 22H2. Once the issue with the installed printer is resolved, the safeguard should be removed and you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2. Please note, if there are no other safeguards that affect your device, it can take up to 48 hours before the upgrade to Windows 11 is offered. Restarting your device and checking for updates might help the troubleshooter apply sooner. November 10, 2022: Any printer still affected by this issue should now get resolved automatically during upgrade to Windows 11, version 22H2. Aside from these, other printer-related problems have also come up since, which include printing fails with domain user authentications, though to the credit of Microsoft, it also did manage to fix a printer bug on Windows 10 recently. Microsoft finally lets you upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 after fixing a major printer bug
  9. Almost as soon as the Windows 11 2022 update (version 22H2) went public in September, users began noticing gaming and other related performance issues on the new feature update. The first to complain were people who were running Nvidia graphics cards in their systems. Nvidia blamed Microsoft for the problems, as the former said new GPU debugging tools in Windows 11 22H2 were messing things up, leading to lower performance in games. And the problems have persisted despite Nvidia releasing drivers to resolve the issue. Fast-forward nearly two months, Microsoft has finally acknowledged the issues and has confirmed that Nvidia was right in its assessment of the underlying problem. On its Windows health dashboard, the Redmond company has published details about the issue and has blocked the update on affected devices. Microsoft writes: Some games and apps might experience lower than expected performance or stuttering on Windows 11, version 22H2. Affected games and apps are inadvertently enabling GPU performance debugging features not meant to be used by consumers. To safeguard your upgrade experience, we have applied a compatibility hold on devices affected by this issue from being offered or installing Windows 11, version 22H2. A workaround has also been provided, suggesting that users update their games and related applications: Workaround: If you are already on Windows 11, version 22H2 and are experiencing this issue, you might be able to resolve it by updating your games and gaming related apps to the latest version available. If you are unsure how to update the games and apps you have installed, you will need to consult the developer of those games and apps but most will update automatically through the store they were purchased from or directly when opening them. Finally, Microsoft has stated that it is working on a fix for the issue and has asked users not to manually update their OS: Next steps: We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. Note: We recommend that you do not attempt to manually upgrade using the Update now button or the Media Creation Tool until this issue has been resolved and the safeguard removed. Aside from problems on Nvidia GPUs, reviewers and game testers have also been complaining of buggy performance on AMD's Ryzen CPUs. While AMD claimed it did not notice any such problems on its end, some of the testers continue stressing that the issue is indeed real, citing more tests. Source: Microsoft Microsoft finally acknowledges gaming performance issues on Windows 11 22H2, blocks update
  10. Microsoft has released a new build to Windows 10 version 22H2 Insiders who are on the Release Preview channel. Build 19045.2301 19045.2310 (KB5020030) brings changes to the taskbar search, fixes some important bugs, and more. The full release notes are given below: New! We provided the Quick Assist application for your client device. New! The search box now appears, by default, on the taskbar when the taskbar is at the top of your screen or when you turn on small taskbar button mode. You can use the search box to discover information and search your PC and the web directly from your taskbar. To configure how search appears, right-click the taskbar of your primary monitor and hover over Search. We fixed an issue that affected some devices that are managed by an enterprise. We improved the reliability of app installations for them. We fixed an issue that affected cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Password reset failed. The error message was, ” There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”. We fixed some persistent update failures for the Microsoft Store. We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Direct3D 9 (D3D9). It caused D3D9 to stop working when you used Microsoft Remote Desktop. We fixed an issue that affected certain printers. The print outputs were misaligned. We fixed an issue that might have affected applications that run on the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They might have stopped working. We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocked live response investigations. You can find the official blog post here. Windows 10 22H2 Insiders get Release Preview build 19045.2301 (KB5020030) EDIT: Microsoft blog typo. Build is not 19045.2301, it's 19045.2310. Article corrected. Thanks to @Kalju for being eagle-eyed.
  11. Developers who want to start writing apps for Windows 11 or just regular users curious to see Microsoft's latest operating system can download official virtual machines provided by Microsoft for free. The company has once again updated its VMs full of developer tools, giving users access to Windows 11 2022 Update, Visual Studio 2022, WSL, and other utilities. It is worth mentioning that Microsoft's Windows 11-based virtual machines are not entirely free. You can use those VMs at no cost until January 10, 2023. After that date, Microsoft will ask you to activate Windows just like any other virtual machine or local installation (you can activate it with a genuine key and continue using it). Still, two months should be enough for developers to get acquainted with the following: Windows 11 Enterprise SKU (Evaluation) Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition with UWP, .NET Desktop, Azure, and Windows App SDK for C# workloads Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 with Ubuntu pre-installed Windows Terminal Developer Mode The official Windows 11 virtual machines are available in four variants for different virtualization software: VMWare, Hyper-V, VirtualBox (which recently received full support for Windows 11), and Parallels. You need at least 20GB of free disk space to get started with one of those virtual machines. You can find all the details and links for download on the official website. Microsoft releases free Windows 11 22H2 virtual machines
  12. Microsoft has updated its official Windows Health Dashboard documentation with details about a new bug you might encounter while gaming on a system with Windows 11 2022 Update. According to the company, clips recorded using Xbox Game Bar might have audio sync issues, especially when using the "Record last 30 seconds" feature. Interestingly, the bug affects not just Xbox Game Bar—Microsoft says video recording apps that use the same underlying Windows libraries and APIs might also be affected. Microsoft considers the audio sync bug in Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2) serious enough to issue an upgrade block. If you previously used the capture feature in Xbox Game Bar, Windows 11 2022 Update will not be available until Microsoft provides a permanent fix. Those already using the latest Windows 11 release can resolve the problem by downloading KB5018496, an optional cumulative update. It will arrive for all users later this month and lift the upgrade block, allowing affected gamers to get their Windows 11 systems to the most recent version. KB5018496 is the same update that brings redesigned notification area and a quirky hidden "compact taskbar" to Windows 11 2022 Update users. Microsoft says the problem affects only Windows 11 2022 Update, so those preferring gaming on Windows 10 should not be afraid of ruined game recordings. According to Valve, quite a large chunk of customers can have peace of mind since only 23% of Steam users have moved to Windows 11. Audio sync issues might be why you are not getting Windows 11 22H2
  13. AMD recently published an official statement regarding its findings on Windows 11 performance loss when paired with Ryzen 7000 series CPUs. The company claimed in its statement that it did not encounter too much variance in performance when it compared the output across Windows 11 and Windows 10. AMD instead put the blame for differences on other factors that weren't quite in its control. The company was responding to reports from reviewers and users who had noted performance discrepancies on the latest gen Ryzen 7000 series CPUs. The big differentials were noted especially were fewer Zen 4 cores, via CCD disablement, were being deployed. One of the testers, CapFrameX, who had put out the original performance reports retested Windows 11 22H2 to see if AMD's claim was accurate. Two games - Cyberpunk 2077 (CB 2077) and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (SotTR) - were tested. This time, instead of a Ryzen 7000 chip, a Zen 3-based Ryzen 5900X was used. The data suggests there is certainly a lowered performance trend that goes away with a fresh reinstallation of the OS. In CB 2077, there is close to a 15.5% bump up in the average framerate. Meanwhile, in SotTR, the gap is even bigger with close to a 20% uplift. This suggests some hiccups are present, perhaps on Windows 11 22H2 itself, or else a clean installation should not cause such a large variation. To be fair to AMD though, the company's knowledge base (KB) document only mentions Ryzen 7000 series CPUs which means it's possible it is yet to test previous-gen parts. Regardless, AMD isn't the first company to be facing issues since the Windows 11 2022 feature update. Nvidia too has had quite a few performance and other bugs on it. For example, with its latest drivers, the company confirmed a Task Manager mis-reading issue, and this was after the bugs were supposed to have been fixed. Source and image: CapFrameX (Twitter) Despite AMD's denial, data suggests Windows 11 22H2 performance loss on Ryzen is real
  14. Mozilla has released a Windows-specific update for its browser. Version 106.0.3 is now available for download in the Release channel, bringing Windows users two critical bugfixes. According to Mozilla, Firefox 106.0.3 fixes the bug causing crashes upon startup when running on Windows. The second problem affects Windows 11 users who have already updated their systems to Windows 11 22H2 and its latest "moment 1" update. Mozilla says a compatibility issue with the Suggested Actions feature in Windows 11 is causing the browser to hang when copying text on a web page. Firefox 106.0.3 is here to resolve that problem. The Suggested Actions feature is a new tool in Windows 11 22H2 that makes it easier to add events to your calendar and make phone calls. The operating system can detect dates, time, and phone numbers and then offer quick actions in corresponding apps. You can learn more about it and other changes in Windows 11 22H2's "moment 1" update in our dedicated coverage. Firefox will update itself automatically in the background, or you can force-update it by downloading Firefox Installer from the official website. Full release notes for Firefox 106.0.3 are available in the official documentation alongside the changelog for version 106. Firefox 106.0.3 is out with fixes for crashes and hangs on Windows 11 22H2
  15. While Patch Tuesday is meant to deliver important security updates, it can often times lead to big issues elsewhere. With October's Patch Tuesday update on Windows 10, Microsoft has confirmed that OneDrive is broken, as in, it closes unexpectedly. Microsoft has described the issue in detail below alongside the affected platforms: After installing KB5018410 or later updates, OneDrive might unexpectedly close, and you might receive an error when attempting to do the following: Sign out or unlink your account in the Microsoft OneDrive sync app. Unlink sites or folders from syncing to your device from Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Teams sites. Uninstalling the OneDrive sync app might fail. Note: These issues might affect both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business [..] Affected platforms: Client: Windows 10, version 22H2; Windows 10, version 21H2; Windows 10, version 21H1; Windows 10, version 20H2 Server: None Microsoft, at this point in time, has not provided a solution or workaround for the issue. The company says it is investigating and expects to roll out a fix in the upcoming week. It writes: Next steps: We are working on a resolution and estimate a solution will be available in the coming week. This is the second major bug with this month's Patch Tuesday as previously, Microsoft had confirmed network issues related to TLS/SSL handshake failure. Microsoft confirms Patch Tuesday broke OneDrive on Windows 10 22H2, and more
  16. AMD today has launched its new graphics driver with version 22.10.3. The new driver fixes a black screen issue on Radeon GPUs, something which AMD cards are pretty notorious for. The bug has been fixed on Windows 11 version 22H2, mainly on the latest gen Radeon RX 6000 Navi (RDNA 2) GPUs. Aside from the major bug fix, the driver also adds support for Call of Duty Modern Warfare II, and introduces Radeon Boost support on Dying Light 2. The full changelog for the driver is given below: Highlights Support for: Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® II Radeon™ Boost using Variable Rate Shading in Dying Light 2™ Fixed Issues Elite Dangerous may crash upon launch on Radeon™ RX 6000 series GPUs. Black screen may occur during driver upgrade or settings reset using Microsoft® Windows® 11 version 22H2 on Radeon™ RX 6000 series GPUs. Lower than expected performance on Gotham Knights™ using AMD Processors on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon™ RX 6950 XT. Known Issues World Of Warships prediction lines may be missing on Radeon™ RX 6000 series GPUs. [Resolution targeted for 22.11.1] When Radeon™ Anti-Lag is enabled, a beep can be heard when pressing shift + back key. [Resolution targeted for 22.11.1] GPU utilization may be stuck at 100% in Radeon performance metrics after closing games on some AMD Graphics Products such as Radeon™ 570. Stuttering may occur during video playback using hardware acceleration with Firefox on some AMD Graphics Products such as the Radeon™ RX 6900 XT Graphics. Brief display corruption may occur when switching between video and game windows on some AMD Graphics Products such as the Radeon™ RX 6700 XT. The open issues lists a 100% usage bug in the case of Radeon cards, and something similar is also currently plaguing Nvidia GeForce cards too. To download the new AMD driver, head over to the official release notes page on AMD's official site. Since the new 22.10.3 driver is an optional beta update, you'll have to toggle the "Recommended + Optional" choice in case you want to download the driver using the Radeon software. AMD fixes infamous black screen issue on Windows 11 22H2 with latest driver
  17. The Moment 1 update for Windows 11 was launched just over a week ago on October 18th. You can discuss your thoughts about it on this ongoing thread in our forum. The Moment 1 release brought new features to Windows 11 that the 22H2 feature update did not bring in. These included tabbed File Explorer, Taskbar overflow, among others. There will also be a Moment 2 update rumored to hit the streets early next year. And just like Moment 1, we will be receiving more features in it. At this moment, though, what those features are going to be aren't fully confirmed. Earlier today, at its 8th Anniversary Webcast on the Windows Insider Program YouTube channel, the company was spotted running what appears to be an internal Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2 preview with build number 23003. It was a pre-recorded demo video of the touch-optimized Tablet taskbar, where Microsoft explained how the Taskbar goes from its 48pixel-tall normal state to an even taller state for touch-based UX. You can jump to 33:55 to see it in action. This is the second time references to the Moment 2 update have surfaced. The previous instance happened back in early September. At that time the internal build number was 22940. This means the company has had a few development builds since. Source: WIP Webcast (YouTube) via Xeno (Twitter) Microsoft gives an early brief glimpse of Windows 11 22H2 Moment 2 update
  18. Microsoft has released an optional update for users running the latest Windows 11 update. KB5018496 or Windows 11 build 22621.755 adds improved backup settings, "visual treatments" on the taskbar, better OneDrive subscription management, right-click to launch Task Manager (use our guide to force-enable this change), and more features alongside traditional bugfixes. Besides changes mentioned in the official release notes, Windows 11 22621.755 contains a couple of hidden features previously available only for Windows Insiders: the tablet-optimized taskbar, redesigned notification area, and improved File Explorer search. These additions are disabled by default, but you can enable them using the ViveTool app. Caution: Hidden features are often less stable than those publicly available. Back up important data before using the ViveTool app. Remember that waiting for Microsoft to deliver new features "organically" is the best way to ensure your system remains as bug-free as possible. We have dedicated guides that describe how to enable the tablet-optimized taskbar and new notification area. Still, before proceeding, you need to enable another ID; otherwise, you will not get the new features. Download ViveTool from GitHub and unpack the files somewhere convenient. Press Win + X and select Terminal (Admin). Switch Windows Terminal to Command Prompt profile by pressing Ctrl + Shift + 2 or clicking the arrow-down button at the top of the window. Navigate to the folder containing the extracted files using the CD command. For example, if you have copied ViveTool to C:\Vive, type CD C:\Vive. Type vivetool /enable /id:39281392 and press Enter. Restart your computer. Now proceed with the IDs for each feature you want to enable. It is worth noting that the redesigned notification area currently lacks some of the latest improvements Microsoft has introduced in Windows 11 build 25227, which means you will have to deal with minor UI glitches and broken icons. And before you blame Microsoft for releasing half-baked features, remember that those are hidden and turned off by default. As usual, kudos to @PhantomOfEarh for sharing the findings! Windows 11 22H2 gets tablet-optimized taskbar and redesigned notification area
  19. It is not unusual for Windows updates to be buggy, and the situation is especially pronounced when we are dealing with a massive feature update like the one for the recent Windows 11 22H2. Among the several issues, one of the more glaring ones has been related to Nvidia graphics cards. And the issues aren't exclusive to the new RTX 4000 Ada Lovelace GPUs, either, as older gen cards are also affected. In case you missed it, users began reporting about performance related bugs and problems almost immediately as Windows 11 22H2 hit general availability. Nvidia quickly released an emergency software update to fix the issue. The update was later bundled with the Game Ready driver. Since display drivers are cumulative, the fix is also present in the latest 522.25 update as well. However, even with the said fix in place, users and even reviewers are still finding issues. Some of them are related to performance of course, as the gaming performance can still be all over the place due to poor frametime and framepacing, something which has been a bug on 22H2 either due to Windows 11 itself, or for some incompatibility problem in Nvidia's own drivers. Aside from performance issues, there is another bug where the 3D readings for Nvidia GPUs in Task Manager is seemingly upside down. An idle graphics card will show close to 100% usage for its 3D section even though the card is actually doing nothing. This bug came to our attention when one of Neowin's readers, SoLiD_MasteR reported about it on one of the news stories. Here is a screenshot of the issue posted by a Reddit user, washed_king_jos on their RTX 3070 Ti: As you can see above, the apparent 3D usage for the GPU is 96% though the card itself is clearly idling at a pleasantly cool temperature of 39 °C. The readings appear to be inverted, which means the actual usage in this capture instance may be 4%. Nvidia readings on Task Manager are all topsy turvy in Windows 11 22H2
  20. It has been over a month now that Microsoft began to publicly roll out the Windows 11 22H2 feature update. And about a week ago, the company released an updated processor support page for the new 22H2 update. Although the system requirements of Windows 11 haven't changed (much) since the original 21H2 release, Microsoft has added a separate list of CPUs exclusively for Windows 11 22H2. So if anyone hopes that their currently unsupported hardware could suddenly appear on the supported list, that is simply not going to happen. But regardless, people have been running unsupported systems on Windows 11 22H2 as well, just like they were doing with the 21H2 version. Some users were even so impressed by their old hardware that they even exclaim it "runs like magic". However, it is not the old list either as new processor SKUs have been added. These include the 13th Gen Raptor Lake-S CPUs from Intel which was released at the end of last month. Over on the AMD side, the Ryzen 7000 series desktop CPUs has been added. You can view the updated Intel and AMD supported processor list for Windows 11 22H2 at the links below: Intel AMD An update for Qualcomm CPUs has also been made. Microsoft quietly updates Windows 11 22H2 AMD and Intel supported CPUs
  21. Following the rollout of the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2) last month, Microsoft began to make the version 2022 of Windows 10 available to consumers a few days ago too. Although it's supposed to be a feature update, there is very little fanfare surrounding it since development focus has shifted to Windows 11. While it's understandable that the update is a bit minor under the circumstances, what's really odd is that Microsoft doesn't have a proper changelog for it. The company has promised a faster update experience for versions 20H2 and above, but that's not really a surprise considering that it likely has very minor changes. In its announcement blog post, Microsoft's John Cable has also touted "a limited scope of new features and functionality delivered via a familiar, fast and reliable update experience", but does Microsoft actually explain what these "new features" are? Nope. And that has been bothering me a bit, it's like the company is ashamed that it hasn't added anything noteworthy to the OS even though I personally think it's completely understandable. As it currently stands, Windows 10 is kind of Microsoft's "support mode" for people who can't or won't upgrade to Windows 11, until they are forced to. So I started digging around a bit to try and figure what the update actually includes. I started with checking for the update on my device, and it did show up. Clicking on the "See what's in this update" button directed me to this dedicated page, but to my disappointment, it just reads: The Windows 10 2022 Update (Windows 10, version 22H2) delivers a scoped set of improvements in the areas of productivity and management. Next, I went through some Microsoft documentation. While the Health Dashboard references the update, it only highlights the known issues and associated mitigations. I also re-read John Cable's announcement blog to see if it had been updated or contained links to an actual changelog, but no luck. Then, I visited the official @WindowsUpdate account on Twitter, but that just had a very unhelpful tweet embedded below: After exploring all my first-party options, I fired some search queries on Google and that's when I finally struck gold. Although some media outlets had recent coverage for the Windows 10 2022 Update, most were uncertain what new features it packed, however, I found an article published in August by biscomputer.com, and it definitively stated the new features in the Windows 10 2022 Update. Its source? A KB5015878 cumulative update pushed to the Release Preview channel in July. This is also what led me to find the official blog post in which Microsoft emphasized that this is its first 22H2 build for Windows 10. And so, my search for what's new in the update has seemingly come to an end, here is what the Windows 10 2022 Update brings: New! Gives you the option to receive important notifications when focus assist is on. Focus assist is like a do not disturb mode that hides notifications. Addresses an issue that causes certain docking stations to lose internet connectivity when waking from Sleep mode. Adds functionality that improves the OS upgrade experience. Addresses an issue that might cause consecutive video clip playback to fail in games that use DX12. Addresses an issue that affects certain games that use the XAudio API to play sound effects. Addresses an issue that affects the height of the Search box when you use multiple monitors that have different resolutions. Addresses an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening. The same outlet has also referenced a Windows Autopilot enhancement for commercial customers, but some further sleuthing has led me to believe that this is actually a 21H2 feature, not 22H2. All in all, I'll emphasize once again that I don't find it surprising in the slightest that Windows 10 22H2 does not have a lengthy changelog. Despite being called feature updates, the last few updates to the OS have been enablement packages that only light up minor features. Instead, what does strike me as odd is that Microsoft doesn't seemingly want you to know what the changes in its latest OS update are. Maybe I missed something obvious and there is a clear as day blog post from Microsoft that says "We are releasing the Windows 10 2022 Update, here is what's new", but I don't think I did. I've always asked for transparency from Microsoft, and that's what I'll request again. A consumer should know or at least have a reference to what they're installing. Sure, the vast majority who do update don't actually care what's on their computer but for those of us who do, it really shouldn't be this difficult to find official documentation. I completely understand that a lot of changes with Windows 10 are usually backend since frontend development is being prioritized for Windows 11, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft should skimp over the details. Windows 10 version 21H2 was also an enablement package and was quite minor, but Microsoft did publish lots of details regarding it, I even wrote a full-length article about it. But for some reason, the Redmond tech giant has not been upfront about the details in this update. I'd love to be proven wrong, but our fellow media outlets and journalists have seemingly been unable to concretely and confidently describe what's new in this update too, which confirms that this is irregular behavior. Do better, Microsoft. Will the real Windows 10 2022 Update please stand up?
  22. Microsoft’s Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2) enables the Core Isolation’s Memory Integrity protection by default. However, if you are running an older version of the operating system like Windows 11 2022 Update (22H1), you’ll manually need to turn on this feature. Turn on Core Isolation’s Memory Integrity feature in Windows 11 For users who have no idea about Core isolation, it is a security process designed to protect essential core activities on Windows from malicious programs by isolating them in memory. The process in combination with the Memory Integrity feature keeps a system safe against attacks that aim to inject malicious code into processes. It also ensures that drivers loaded are safe and trustworthy. It's advisable to have the Memory Integrity option enabled, as leaving it disabled can expose your computer to unknown threats. To turn it on, do the following. Click the Windows icon on the Taskbar. Choose the Settings option visible as the cog-wheel icon. Scroll down to the Privacy & security option in the left panel of the Settings window. Switch to the right pane. Under the Security section, expand the Windows Security tab by clicking the side-arrow button. Then, under the Protection areas heading, go to the Device security option. Click it. In the new window that appears, click the Core isolation details link, as shown in the screenshot above. Just below the Memory integrity entry, you’ll find a toggle. If it is set to off, move the slider in the opposite direction to enable the feature. Once done, restart your system to allow the changes to take effect. How to enable Core Isolation's Memory Integrity feature in Windows 11
  23. Microsoft has announced a new productivity feature for users running the latest Windows 11 release. Those owning a Surface Pen with a shortcut button can use it to create quick notes in OneNote without reaching for an icon in the notification area or pressing Win + Alt + N. OneNote version 2211 and newer allows making quick notes by pressing a button on a Surface Pen. When invoked, the app displays a small window with a toolbar that lets you toggle between different tools and ink. Microsoft says customers can use the Quick Note features to create reminders, sketch concepts, annotate screenshots, or jot down notes. The updated Quick Note feature is rolling out to Office Insiders in the Beta Channel. It requires a computer with Windows 11 22H2 (2022 Update) that supports a Surface Pen with a shortcut button. Note that the rollout happens gradually to ensure things are stable and work smoothly. It is worth mentioning that the Quick Note feature works on any computer, and you can use it by pressing Win + Alt + N or clicking the OneNote icon in the notification area. You can learn more about the latest improvements for OneNote on Windows 11 22H2 in a blog post on the Office Insider website. Windows 11 2022 Update lets you create quick notes by clicking button on Surface Pen
  24. Windows Terminal is now the default console for Windows 11 22H2, marking a significant shift in how Windows users run their command line programs. Windows users have been running their console programs within the Windows Command Prompt for years. However, this changed in 2019 when Microsoft introduced its first version of the Windows Terminal tabbed console. For those who routinely worked in the command line, whether in WSL, PowerShell, or the regular Command Prompt, Windows Terminal brought a new customizable interface that catered to power users and developers. Using Windows Terminal, users could create profiles for various consoles, custom themes, and a Command palette that lets you quickly launch commands in a console. Windows Terminal with custom themes Today, Microsoft has announced that all Windows 11 console programs will now automatically launch by default in Windows Terminal. "The day has finally come! Windows Terminal is now the default command line experience on Windows 11 22H2!," announced Microsoft Program Manager Kayla Cinnamon. "This means that all command line applications will now automatically open in Windows Terminal." For Windows Terminal to become the default Windows 11 console program, you must be using version 1.15 or greater and have today's optional KB5019509 preview update installed. If you do not wish to use Windows Terminal as the default console program, you can go into Settings > Privacy & security > For developers and change the Terminal setting from 'Let Windows Decide' to 'Windows Console Host'. Modify the Windows 11 Terminal SettingsSource: BleepingComputer When you make this change, the Command Prompt will once again become your default Windows 11 console program. Windows Terminal is now the default Windows 11 22H2 console
  25. Earlier today, we reported about performance issues that AMD's recently released Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 desktop CPUs are having on Windows 11 22H2 during gaming. Funnily, the Ryzen 9 7950X, which is the flagship 7000 series SKU, is found to be losing performance when SMT and both its CCDs are enabled. While it is possible that drivers are causing the problem, the new Windows feature update is certainly a suspect regardless. The AMD Ryzen 7000 series is on the Windows 11 22H2 supported CPUs list (the system requirements are the same as on Windows 11 21H2) and these kinds of performance bugs, though not unexpected, are certainly undesirable on a supported CPU. Ironically, however, a 12-year-old Intel CPU, that's not officially supported by Windows 11, has been found to be running the new feature update like a dream. A Reddit user with the username "paul_is_on_reddit" found out their Core i5-580M, a two core four thread CPU from 2010, is working fine on the 2022 update. The user even claims that Windows 11 22H2 "runs like magic" on it. Rufus 3.20 was used to bypass the system requirements, like TPM among others, for Windows 11, a feature that was introduced with the previous 3.18 update. They write: Using Rufus 3.20, I was easily able to install Windows 11 on this Acer laptop (which was made in 2010). Notice the CPU is a first-gen intel i5-580m (3Mb L2, 2-cores, 4 threads, hyperthreading, 2.67Ghz-3.2Ghz). I used Rufus to remove all the TPM/RAM/CPU requirements. W11 runs like magic on it. What this suggests is that older hardware, which have been shunned by Microsoft mainly due to security-related reasons, are nearly perfectly capable of running Windows 11. Ironically, however, the company itself recommended disabling some of the security features to gain more gaming performance, as some of them have always been known to cause performance degradations even on supported CPUs. Interestingly, back in June, Microsoft had actually begun offering the 22H2 upgrade to users on unsupported systems. Though the company was quick to pull it, citing it as a bug. Source: paul_is_on_reddit (Reddit) Windows 11 22H2 "runs like magic" on 12-year-old unsupported Intel CPU, says elated user
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