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  1. After teasing it a few days ago, Microsoft has started rolling out its newly updated Photos app for Windows 11 Insiders. The app features new WinUI 2.6 controls, new Mica effects and new photo views. Other improvements include an improved cropping menu and easier access to the Information page. The new version of the app is being pushed out via a controlled rollout and can be identified by the version number 2021.21090.9002.0. via ALumia, WBI New Windows 11 Photos app now rolling out to Insiders
  2. Microsoft recently warned Windows 11 Insiders that Microsoft will soon start pushing out less stable and more experimental builds into the Dev channel, as the company starts testing features which are not intended for general release later this year. Microsoft suggested those who would rather stick to the current very stable builds switch to the Beta channel, but HTNovo reports that it seems for many this is not possible. Many Insiders are reporting that they are unable to switch from the Dev to Beta channel as those options are greyed out in the Windows Update Settings. It also appears the old registry trick to switch your channel is not working, and while you can switch out of the Dev channel you end up in the Release Preview rather than Beta channel. At the moment there appears to be no solution for the issue, with the window for making the switch closing rapidly. Some Windows 11 Insiders stuck in the Dev channel
  3. Panos has a special message for Windows Insiders While Microsoft announced Windows 11 today, much of the OS is well known to Windows 10 21H2, and the company will also be relying on Insiders to test the newly added features before it is released to consumers later this year. To that end, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay, has a special message to Windows Insiders. Microsoft has launched a new Windows 11 Insider site, and while that is pretty barebones now, it should become a hub of excitement over the next few months. Check it out here. Panos has a special message for Windows Insiders
  4. Microsoft release Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels Today Microsoft released Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels. This update only applies to Windows PCs that are on the latest 21H1 release in the Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel or the latest 20H2 release on the Release Preview Channel currently. The update includes the following improvement: Fixed an issue that would cause the touch keyboard to not display when invoked. Windows Feature Experience Pack updates are delivered to Insiders through Windows Update just like builds and cumulative updates are. This update will NOT be offered to commercial devices (which are AAD-joined and/or running the Windows 10 Enterprise edition) in the Release Preview Channel. For Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel, this will be an optional update. As a reminder – Microsoft is testing this new Feature Pack process out with Insiders to deliver new feature improvements to customers outside of major Windows 10 feature updates. Right now, Microsoft is starting out with a really scoped set of features and improvements. Over time, they hope to expand the scope and the frequency of releases in the future. Eventually, these Windows Feature Experience Pack updates will get folded into the already existing servicing process for Windows 10 and delivered to customers that way through Windows Update. Microsoft release Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels
  5. Office app for iOS adds the ability to merge PDFs and more for Insiders Office Insiders on iOS are getting a handful of new capabilities for the unified Office app as well as PowerPoint with the latest updates to the apps, which bring them to version 2.49. The unified Office mobile app has the most news, starting with the ability to merge multiple PDF files, either those stored on your phone or in the cloud. You can merge PDFs from the Actions menu, from the Most Recently Used list through the triple-dot button, or by selecting Merge from the menu while a PDF file is open. Another addition to the Office app is a new Shared view on the home screen, so you can more quickly find files that were shared with you but that are saved on someone else's account. This change also recently rolled out to the Office app on Android, though Microsoft hasn't made any mention of it in its changelogs. Finally, there's a new Read mode, which is now the default when opening documents. The goal is to prevent accidental changes to documents if you're just trying to read them on the go. As for PowerPoint, there's only one new feature, and that's the ability to select multiple slides in a presentation. You can tap and hold on the first slide you want to select, then tap all the subsequent ones. These Insider builds are usually previews of next month's update for general users, so if you don't want to join the preview program, you can just wait a little longer to try them out. Otherwise, you can sign up for the previews using the TestFlight app, assuming there's still space for you, since TestFlight programs are limited to 10,000 testers. Source: Office app for iOS adds the ability to merge PDFs and more for Insiders
  6. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.906, 19043.906 to Insiders Today, Microsoft is releasing a few cumulative update previews for Windows Insiders on the Beta and Release Preview channels. Or more specifically, it's just one cumulative update that applies to two versions of Windows 10. The cumulative update that's rolling out is KB5000842, which brings the build number to 19042.906 and 19043.906 on the Release Preview and Beta channels, respectively. Since it's a preview of this month's C/D week updates, it includes a ton of fixes. Here's the list of changes: We fixed an issue with zoom that occurs when using Microsoft Edge IE Mode on devices that use multiple high-DPI monitors. We enabled administrators to use a Group Policy to enable extended keyboard shortcuts, including Ctrl+S, for users in Microsoft Edge IE Mode. We fixed an issue that prevents the icon for a Toast collection from appearing in the Action Center if the icon file’s URI contains spaces. We fixed an issue that makes high dynamic range(HDR) screens appear much darker than expected. We fixed an issue that causes video playback to be out of sync in duplicate mode when you use multiple monitors. We fixed an issue that might cause applications to stop working while you type Japanese characters using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) in compatibility mode. We fixed an issue that might cause a device to stop responding during hybrid shutdown. We fixed an issue that prevents users from adjusting or turning off the touchpad because of administrative settings. We fixed a window rendering issue that causes content in a window to flash frequently when FlipEx is used. We fixed a window rendering issue that causes content in a window to flash frequently when multi-plane overlay (MPO) is used. We fixed an issue with Japanese input that occurs after focus changes between boxes in Microsoft Edge Legacy. We fixed an issue that displays nothing or shows “Computing Filters” indefinitely when you filter File Explorer search results. We fixed an issue that makes the split layout unavailable for the touch keyboard when you rotate a device to portrait mode. We informed users when a child account in the Family Safety plan has administrative privileges. We fixed an issue that prevents you from closing Toast Notifications using the Close button on touchscreen devices. We fixed an issue with a heap leak that might cause explorer.exe to consume high amounts of memory. We updated the Volgograd, Russia time zone from UTC+4 to UTC+3. We added a new time zone, UTC+2:00 Juba, for the Republic of South Sudan. We fixed an issue with the Windows Event Log Forwarding client, which returns the first matching certificate without checking private key permissions. With this update, the Windows Event Log Forwarding client selects the client’s certificate only if the Network Service has read permissions for the private key. We fixed an issue that causes PowerShell-based monitors to stop working when you enable transcription on the systems. We fixed an issue that stops BranchCache from working if you activate Windows using Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) license. We fixed an issue that prevents Windows 10 Home edition devices from upgrading to the Windows 10 Pro Education edition using mobile device management (MDM) services such as Microsoft Intune. We fixed an issue that prevents App-V applications from opening and generates error 0xc0000225. We fixed an issue in which some machines enrolled with an MDM service fail to sync if the device manufacturer’s name contains a reserved character. We fixed an issue with using a configuration service provider (CSP) policy to configure a custom setting for Audit Other Logon/Logoff events. The custom setting fails to take effect. We fixed an issue that causes a system to stop working when no Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is present in the system. The error code in TpmTasks.dll!TrackTPMStateChanges is c0000005. We fixed an issue that causes multiple instances of appidcertstorecheck.exe to run on a system when AppLocker is enabled and the system is not on the internet. We fixed an issue with credential roaming when Windows Hello for Business is enabled. We fixed an issue that prevents performance monitoring tools from displaying logged data for single instance counter objects. We fixed an issue that prevents the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge from working. This issue occurs when Microsoft Edge is used in combination with Microsoft App-V and fonts are enabled inside the virtual environment. We fixed an issue that might cause a black screen or delay signing in to Hybrid Azure Active Directory joined machines. Additionally, there is no access to login.microsoftonline.com. We fixed an issue that causes the system to stop working and generates error code 0xC9. We fixed an issue with 7.1 channel audio technology. We fixed an issue that turns on Caps lock unexpectedly when using RemoteApp. 31259510 We enabled Windows to retrieve updated printer capabilities to ensure that users have the proper set of selectable print options. We updated support for hole punch and stapling locations for print jobs with long edge first paper feed direction on certain printers. We fixed an issue with high memory usage when performing XSLT transforms using MSXLM6. We fixed an issue that might cause File Explorer and other applications to stop responding for several minutes. This issue occurs after a client reconnects to the corporate network and attempts to use mapped drives to access file shares on the corporate network. We fixed an issue that prevents Server Message Block 1 (SMB1) clients from accessing the SMB share after restarting the LanmanServer service. We fixed an issue that might cause the cluster network interface to stop working for a short time. As a result, the network interface controller (NIC) is marked as failed. When the network is operational again, the system might not detect that the NIC is working and the NIC remains in a failed status. We fixed an issue with signing in to a device that is in the current domain by using the default user profile of a device that is in a different, but trusted domain. The profile service of the current domain cannot retrieve the default user profile from the trusted domain and uses the local default user profile instead. We fixed an issue that causes a device to stop working if you delete files or folders that OneDrive syncs. We fixed an issue that prevents Windows from activating Windows 10, version 2004 using the OA 3.0 key after installing KB4598291. We fixed an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. We removed the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application that is out of support and installs the new Microsoft Edge. For more information, see New Microsoft Edge to replace Microsoft Edge Legacy with April’s Windows 10 Update Tuesday release. We fixed an issue that prevents users from using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to a Windows Server 2019 device that is in Desktop Experience mode. We fixed an issue to allow our enterprise partners to work with the Microsoft Support program to create customized mitigations. We fixed an issue that causes Remote Desktop sessions to end unexpectedly. We fixed an issue with an HTTP Keep-Alive connection in Azure Front Door. After completing a previous request and response to keep the connection open, Azure Front Door will try to reuse the connection. After an idle timeout, a race condition might occur that closes the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection. As a result, the client might fail with an invalid server response. We fixed an issue that might cause a blue screen when attempting to print to certain printers using some apps and might generate the error, APC_INDEX_MISMATCH. We fixed an issue that fails to print the graphical content in a document after installing the March 9, 2021 update. If you're on the Beta channel, you actually got most of these fixes in an earlier update, so the only change listed for you is the last one on the list. As usual, the update will arrive via Windows Update, and you can enroll in the Windows Insider Program through its tab in Settings. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.906, 19043.906 to Insiders
  7. Microsoft releases Windows 10 version 21H1 ISOs to Insiders If you've been waiting to test out Windows 10 version 21H1 previews but were waiting until you can do a clean installation, today is your day. Microsoft released ISOs of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19043 today, as that's the build that's in the Beta channel. But even to call this a "preview" of Windows 10 version 21H1 is a stretch. The feature update itself is an enablement package, which is this tiny file that bumps up the build number by one and lights up some features. The features themselves are not in the enablement package. In other words, with the exception of the enablement package, Windows 10 version 21H1 is the exact same bits as both versions 20H2 and 2004. In fact, every ring, Insider and production, is using the exact same build right now, last updated for this week's Patch Tuesday release. Unless something changes with the enablement package somehow, this is exactly what will ship as Windows 10 version 21H1. As for what's actually new in the update, there's really not much. It includes Windows Hello multicamera support, so you can set a default IR camera. There are Windows Defender Application Guard improvements, and Windows Management Instrumentation Group Policy Service improvements. As for why this is such a small update, Microsoft blamed COVID, saying that so many people are still working from home and it didn't want to disrupt their work flow. The actual truth is that it's a minor update because Windows 10X is going to RTM in H1, so that's the focus. That's why we got two minor updates in a row, because Windows 10X was supposed to RTM last fall, and then it was delayed until this spring. Anyway, if you want to do a clean installation of Windows 10 version 21H1, you can download the ISO here. Also available today are new preview builds (build 20308) of Windows Server, the Windows SDK, the Windows WDK, and the Windows EWDK. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 version 21H1 ISOs to Insiders
  8. Microsoft Edge is getting a new Extensions menu in the toolbar, now available for Insiders Microsoft recently introduced a bunch of changes to the Edge browser that were aimed at improving the usability of the offering. These include the revamped favorites and history menus, a streamlined downloads UI, and more recently, the enhancements to Collections. Today, the firm announced another change coming to select Dev and Canary channel users, and this time, it relates to extensions. Users that tend to use multiple extensions might have a cluttered toolbar owing to all the icons crowding the real estate next to the Omnibox. The only alternatives are to either move icons into the ellipsis menu or access them through the dedicated extensions page. Now, the Redmond firm is adding a dedicated Extensions menu in the toolbar that serves a flyout menu with the list of available extensions, similar to the history and Collections menus. Users can easily move the desired extensions by right-clicking on the desired icons and hide them from the toolbar. The Extensions menu – similar to the one present in Google Chrome – not only contains the available extensions but also a view/hide toggle that users can use to choose which shortcuts are needed to be displayed on the toolbar, helping reduce clutter and avoid displaying infrequently used extensions. The three-dot menu contains more options such as the ability to remove an extension altogether or navigate to granular settings for the selected offering. Lastly, the menu also contains quick links to the Edge Addons page and the dedicated extension settings page. While the change is currently rolling out to users running Dev and Canary channel builds, it is part of a Controlled Feature Roll-out (CFR), meaning that not every user running the test builds will receive the feature right away. Considering that the change is minor, it should not be too long before it makes it to more users. Interestingly, a listing in the Edge Feature Roadmap page suggests that the feature is slated for release with version 89, which is expected to be released to the stable channel this week. It is possible that the change will be released via a minor mid-stream update or a server-side switch after the firm completes testing it with Insiders. Microsoft Edge is getting a new Extensions menu in the toolbar, now available for Insiders
  9. Your Phone update for Insiders brings notification banner customization Microsoft’s Your Phone app has been receiving a few new features recently – at least for Insiders – in the form of support for multiple devices, the ability to control the phone’s media playback from the app, and more. The Redmond giant is also bringing the ability to run mobile apps on the PC, albeit only for select Samsung devices thanks to an expanded partnership with the South Korean firm. Now, another small but nifty addition making it to Windows Insiders is the option to customize the banner notifications served by the Your Phone app. A new update to the app adds a section in the ‘Notifications’ settings that lets users choose how much details the toasts should contain. The three options provided include hiding all notification content and only letting the app name come through, showing just the sender’s name, or the choice to have a preview of the content in the notification prompt. While the feature isn’t a huge addition, the ability to hide content is a welcome addition for those that rely on the app for phone notifications but would want the content to be hidden for security or privacy reasons. The feature is currently rolling out only to Insiders and should eventually make it to all users soon. It will be interesting to see if the company brings more features such as clipboard sync – which is currently limited to Samsung devices – to more phones. Your Phone update for Insiders brings notification banner customization
  10. Microsoft releases new Windows 10 October 2020 Update build to Insiders Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders on the Beta and Release Preview channels today, and it brings the build number up to 19042.541, up from the current 19042.508. As you'd expect at this point in development, there aren't any new features, but this build does include a ton of fixes to various aspects of the experience. Here's the full list: We have fixed the issue where WSL fails to start with an “Element not found” error. We added a notification to Internet Explorer 11 that informs users about the end of support for Adobe Flash in December 2020. For more information, see KB4581051. We enhanced the system’s ability to detect when Microsoft Edge IE Mode stops responding. We fixed an issue that, in some instances, prevents the Language Bar from appearing when the user signs in to a new session. This occurs even though the Language Bar is configured properly. We fixed an issue that fails to recognize the first East Asian language character typed into a Microsoft Foundation Class Library (MFC) DataGrid. We fixed an issue the prevents you from reconnecting to a previously closed session because that session is in an unrecoverable state. We fixed an issue that causes games that use spatial audio to stop working. We fixed an issue that prevents the deletion of stale user profiles when you configure a profile cleanup Group Policy object (GPO). We fixed an issue in which selecting I forgot my Pin from Settings>Accounts>Sign-in options fails in a Windows Hello for Business On-Premise deployment. We updated 2021 time zone information for Fiji. We fixed an issue that affects the Microsoft’s System Centre Operations Manager’s (SCOM) ability to monitor a customer’s workload. We fixed an issue that causes random line breaks when you redirect PowerShell console error output. We fixed an issue with creating HTML reports using tracerpt. We allowed the DeviceHealthMonitoring Cloud Service Plan (CSP) to run on Windows 10 Business and Windows 10 Pro editions. We fixed an issue that prevents the content under HKLM\Software\Cryptography from being carried over during Windows feature updates. We fixed an issue that causes an access violation in lsass.exe when a process is started using the runas command in some circumstances. We fixed an issue in which Windows Defender Application Control enforces package family name rules that should be audit only. We fixed an issue that displays an error that states that a smart card PIN change was not successful even though the PIN change was successful. We fixed an issue that might create duplicate Foreign Security Principal objects for Authenticated and Interactive users in the domain partition. As a result, the configuration files (.cnf) for the original objects are damaged. This issue occurs when you promote a new domain controller using the CriticalReplicationOnly flag. We updated the configuration of Windows Hello Face recognition to work well with 940nm wavelength cameras. We reduced distortions and aberrations in Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMD). We ensured that new Windows Mixed Reality HMDs meet minimum specification requirements and default to a 90Hz refresh rate. We fixed an issue that causes a stop error on a Hyper-V host when a virtual machine (VM) issues a specific Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) command. We fixed an issue that might cause attempts to bind a socket to a shared socket to fail. We fixed an issue that might prevent applications from opening or cause other errors when applications use Windows APIs to check for internet connectivity and the network icon incorrectly displays “No internet access” in the notification area. This issue occurs if you use a group policy or local network configuration to disable active probing for the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI). This also occurs if active probing fails to use a proxy and passive probes fail to detect internet connectivity. We fixed an issue that prevents Microsoft Intune from syncing on a device using the virtual private network version 2 (VPNv2) configuration service provider (CSP). We suspended uploads and downloads from peers when a VPN connection is detected. We fixed an issue that prevents Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) management tools, such as IIS Manager, from managing an ASP.NET application that has configured SameSite cookie settings in web.config. We fixed an issue with ntdsutil.exe that prevents you from moving Active Directory database files. The error is, “Move file failed with source and Destination with error 5 (Access is denied.)” We fixed an issue that incorrectly reports that Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) sessions are unsecure in Event ID 2889. This occurs when the LDAP session is authenticated and sealed with a Simple Authentication and Security Layer (SASL) method. We fixed an issue that might cause Windows 10 devices that enable Credential Guard to fail authentication requests when they use the machine certificate. We restored the constructed attribute in Active Directory and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) for msDS-parentdistname. We fixed an issue that causes queries against large keys on Ntds.dit to fail with the error, “MAPI_E_NOT_ENOUGH_RESOURCES.” This issue might cause users to see limited meeting room availability because the Exchange Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) cannot allocate additional memory for the meeting requests. We fixed an issue that intermittently generates Online Certificate Status Protocol (OSCP) Responder audit events (5125) to indicate that a request was submitted to the OCSP Responder Service. However, there is no reference to the serial number or the domain name (DN) of the issuer of the request. We fixed an issue that displays strange characters before the day, month, and year fields in the output from console commands. We fixed an issue that causes lsass.exe to stop working, which triggers a restart of the system. This issue occurs when invalid restart data is sent with a non-critical paged search control. We fixed an issue that fails to log events 4732 and 4733 for Domain-Local group membership changes in certain scenarios. This occurs when you use the “Permissive Modify” control; for example, the Active Directory (AD) PowerShell modules use this control. We fixed an issue with the Microsoft Cluster Shared Volumes File Systems (CSVFS) driver that prevents Win32 API access to SQL Server Filestream data. This occurs when the data is stored on a Cluster Shared Volume in a SQL Server failover cluster instance, which is on an Azure VM. We fixed an issue that causes a deadlock when Offline Files are enabled. As a result, CscEnpDereferenceEntryInternal holds parent and child locks. We fixed an issue that causes deduplication jobs to fail with stop error 0x50 when you call HsmpRecallFreeCachedExtents(). We fixed an issue that causes applications stop working when they use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop sharing APIs. The breakpoint exception code is 0x80000003. We removed the HTTP call to www.microsoft.com that the Remote Desktop Client (mstsc.exe) makes at sign out when using a Remote Desktop Gateway. We fixed an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. We added support for certain new Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. We fixed an issue that causes apps that use Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) to stop responding when you attempt to close the app. We added an Azure Active Directory (AAD) Device Token that is sent to Windows Update (WU) as part of each WU scan. WU can use this token to query for membership in groups that have an AAD Device ID. We fixed an issue with setting the “Restrict delegation of credentials to remote servers” Group Policy with the “Restrict Credential Delegation” mode on the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client. As a result, the Terminal Server service tries to use “Require Remote Credential Guard” mode first and will only use “Require Restricted Admin” if the server does not support “Require Remote Credential Guard”. Last week, Microsoft announced that it has begun preparing the Windows 10 20H2 update for a public release, bringing build 19042.508 to the Release Preview channel. As we've seen before, this update is a minor one. In fact, it's nothing more than an enablement package, which turns on certain features that are already packed into the current release, version 2004, but not enabled there. Windows 10 20H2 may be a minor update, but it does bring some notable changes. The Start menu has seen a bit of a facelift by making tiles transparent, among other things. The update should arrive later this year. Microsoft releases new Windows 10 October 2020 Update build to Insiders
  11. Skype 8.65 brings "raise hand" and plenty of improvements to Insiders Microsoft has begun rolling out an update to the Skype Preview apps on all platforms, bringing the app to version 8.65. The company has shared the release notes for this version, and there's a surprisingly long list of additions this time around. In fairness, a couple of the new features listed here were also mentioned in Skype 8.64. For instance, improvements to sharing on iOS should make it easier to send files directly to Skype contacts, and you can now customize the reaction picker in chats, but those features aren't completely new. However, there are some more notable improvements. Just like Microsoft Teams (and other meeting services), Skype now has a Raise Hand feature, so participants can ask for their turn to speak. Android users can also now use the background blur feature, which has been available on other platforms for a while. On macOS, the Meet Now feature now works with Apple's Safari browser, so you don't have to go out of your way to use something else. If you have Skype installed, though, there's another new capability, which lets you copy and paste the meeting link or meeting ID into Skype to join Meet Now meetings. Skype on Windows and Mac also now supports CallTo and Tel protocols. Finally, Microsoft says it has also updated Skype for Amazon's Kindle Fire devices, though it didn't say what, if anything, is new. Aside from that, the update includes the usual set of improvements and bug fixes. The company warns that the new features are rolling out over the next few days, so you may not see them right away. Skype 8.65 brings "raise hand" and plenty of improvements to Insiders
  12. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.782 to Insiders Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 build 19042.782, a new cumulative update for Windows Insiders on the Beta and Release Preview channels. Of course, there are now three places to get cumulative update previews, these two rings and you can opt into previews through Windows Update; however, this update will come through that latter channel a bit later. At some point, we'll also get something new in the Beta ring that isn't just yet another cumulative update that's slated to arrive in production. The Beta channel is supposed to be for testing out the next feature update to Windows 10, but Microsoft hasn't said anything about that, defying the transparency that it promiased when it started up the Windows Insider Program. Here's what's new in this update: We updated the default values for the following Internet Explorer registry keys: svcKBFWLink = “ ” (empty string) svcKBNumber = “ ” (empty string) svcUpdateVersion = 11.0.1000. In addition, these values will no longer be updated automatically. We enabled administrators to disable standalone Internet Explorer using a Group Policy while continuing to use Microsoft Edge’s IE Mode. We enabled you to configure certain policies that support Microsoft Edge IE Mode using mobile device management (MDM). We fixed an issue in the Universal C Run-time Library (UCRT) that causes printf() to incorrectly round floating point values. We fixed an issue that displays a User Account Control (UAC) dialog box unexpectedly when you turn on speech recognition. We fixed an issue that fails to notify the target application when you select the Copy link command on the Share menu. We fixed an issue that causes the 64-bit fmod() and remainder() functions to damage the Floating Point Unit (FPU) stack. We fixed an issue that causes a stop error or causes a device to stop responding when you play a game in full-screen or tablet mode. We fixed an issue with using Ctrl+Caps Lock and Alt+Caps Lock to switch to Hiragana or Katakana mode respectively after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004. We fixed an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop and generates the error, “The directory name is invalid.” This issue occurs after changing the desktop location in the Location tab of the Desktop Properties dialog box (File Explorer -> This PC -> Desktop). We fixed an issue that creates duplicate cloud provider folders in the File Explorer navigation pane. We fixed an issue that occurs when the Mandatory Profile check box is selected when you copy a user profile. We fixed an issue that might cause the Alt+Tab order to change unexpectedly and cause you to switch to the wrong window. We fixed an issue that prevents ImmGetCompositionString() from returning the white space for furigana when using the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME). We fixed an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. We fixed an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. We corrected historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. We added support for serial number control using the registry. We fixed an issue that incorrectly deactivates some Windows 10 Education devices after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004. We fixed an issue that causes the upload of diagnostic logs to a management service, such as Microsoft Intune, to fail. The failure occurs because of a network time-out on a slow network. We displayed a notification to a user when an administrator signs in to an MDM service, such as Microsoft Intune, to find the location of a managed device. We fixed an issue that prevents users from using their smart card credentials when the user hint is the domain credential name (domain\username). We fixed an issue in which using local Service for User (S4U) affects Data Protection API (DPAPI) credential keys and causes users to sign out unexpectedly. We fixed an issue that causes the silent mode deployment of BitLocker to fail with the error 0x80310001. This issue occurs when deploying BitLocker encryption to Hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) joined devices. We fixed an issue that might cause a black screen to appear or delay signing in to Hybrid Azure Active Directory joined machines. Additionally, there is no access to login.microsoftonline.com. We fixed an issue that might cause systems that use BitLocker to stop working with the error 0x120 (BITLOCKER_FATAL_ERROR). We fixed an issue that causes a device to stop working when deploying Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager if AppLocker is enabled on the device. We fixed an issue that cause the LSASS.exe process to leak memory on a server that is under a heavy authentication load when Kerberos Armoring (Flexible Authentication Secure Tunneling (FAST)) is enabled. We fixed an issue that causes LSASS.exe to stop working because of a race condition that results in a double free error in Schannel. The exception code is c0000374, and the Event Log displays Schannel event 36888, fatal error code 20, and error state 960. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates from September 2020 and later. We fixed a memory leak issue that occurs when you authenticate a client certificate on servers that are configured as domain controllers. We fixed an issue with Virtual Interrupt Notification Assert (VINA) interrupts. We fixed an issue with HTTP caching that interferes with kiosk mode that targets Azure AD groups. We fixed an issue that occurs when a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot triggers on virtual machines (VM) that contain Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes. The triggered VSS snapshot fails with a time-out and prevents access to the ReFS volume for 30 minutes. We fixed an issue that incorrectly logs Extensible Storage Engine Technology (ESENT) event 642 in the Application Event Log. We fixed an issue with Administrative Template settings you configure using a Group Policy Object (GPO). When you change the value of the policy settings to NOT CONFIGURED, the system fails to remove the previous settings. This issue is most noticeable with roaming user profiles. We fixed an issue that might cause a deadlock in Windows Virtual Desktop when a user disconnects before a driver fully loads We fixed an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. We updated the process for enrolling in online speech recognition. If you are already enrolled, you will see a message that asks you to review the new settings. If you choose not to contribute your speech data for human review, you can still use online speech recognition. The new settings contain one button to turn on online speech recognition and another button that turns on the collection of your voice clips. If you turn on the collection of your voice clips, you can turn it off at any time using the same button in the new settings page. We fixed an issue that prevents the Start menu, Cortana, and tiles pinned to the Taskbar from opening. This issue occurs when an administrator copies an existing profile that has the Mandatory Profile check box selected. As usual, it's a long changelog; that's not uncommon for these preview updates. If you're an Insider, you'll see this update in Windows Update. If not, it should appear as a preview update probably next week. And then if you don't take that, these fixes will be rolled into the mandatory Patch Tuesday update next month. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19042.782 to Insiders
  13. Edge's Password Monitor feature begins rolling out to Insiders Back in March, Microsoft announced a bunch of features coming to its Edge browser, including vertical tabs, Collections for the mobile client, and more. Another feature was Password Monitor, a nifty tool in the browser that scans users’ saved passwords against a database of “known breached credentials” to ascertain if the passwords face the risk of being compromised. Now, the company has announced (spotted by Techdows) that the tool is rolling out to users running Insider builds of the Edge browser. The Canary and Dev channels should be receiving the feature first, with the Beta channel following them. The rollout is staggered, meaning that not all users will see the feature show up right away and it might be a few days till it is deployed to everyone. Users will have to be logged in to their personal Microsoft accounts, or school or work accounts to be able to receive this feature. To check if the feature is live, you can head to the ellipsis menu (…) > Settings > Profiles > Passwords and look for a toggle that reads “Show alerts when passwords are found in an online leak”. Users can head to the Password Monitor dashboard by typing ‘edge://settings/passwords/PasswordMonitor’ in the URL and hitting enter. Any compromised credentials that are found by the tool in the dark web will be listed for users’ attention. The firm adds that the credentials are encrypted when being checked online and that the information about which passwords are affected are visible only to the user. Other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox too provide tools to ensure the integrity of users’ saved credentials. While Google’s solution was through an extension, the search giant recently announced that it will be building it into the Security Checkup tool for Google Accounts. Edge's Password Monitor feature begins rolling out to Insiders
  14. Microsoft might release the first 21H1 build to Insiders next week Last month, Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 May 2020 Update to all the users. While the update is still in the process of rolling out to the users, Microsoft might be planning to go ahead and start seeding the next major update to Windows Insiders. According to Aggiornamenti Lumia, Microsoft is currently testing Build 20141 for both Windows 10 and Windows 10x. This suggests that the company might go ahead and roll it out to the Windows 10 users next week. Previous rumours have suggested that Windows 10 20H2 will be a minor update just like Windows 10 v1809. The new leak firms the suspicion as the company is ready to test out 21H1 and is skipping 20H2 which is an incremental update and hence doesn’t require rigorous testing. Microsoft might release the first 21H1 build to Insiders next week
  15. Microsoft provides workaround for Windows 10 “We can’t sign into your account’ login issue Some Windows 10 Insiders on Build 20226 have reported not being able to log in to their user profile(s) as expected. Microsoft has now provided a work-around for help with the issue. It is only intended for build 20226 and will not apply to users on a different build. To bypass this issue, please complete the following steps: Note: the included steps assume your Windows installation is defaulted to the 😄 drive. If you have installed Windows on a different drive letter, please replace 😄 with the proper drive letter for your installation. If your account is an Administrator account on the affected device: When you see the “We can’t sign into your account” dialogue, click the Close button. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Enter and submit the following commands one line at a time: cd c:\users\%username% takeown /F ntuser.dat* icacls ntuser.dat* /reset icacls ntuser.dat* /setowner “SYSTEM” Sign out. You will stop seeing the above dialog on your next sign-in. If your account is NOT an Administrator account on the affected device: When you see the “We can’t sign into your account” dialogue, click the Close button. Open a standard Command Prompt window. Enter the following command: Echo %username% (Make note of the returned username, you will use it in step 6) Close the standard Command Prompt window. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Enter and submit the following commands one line at a time: cd c:\users\username takeown /F ntuser.dat* icacls ntuser.dat* /reset icacls ntuser.dat* /setowner “SYSTEM” Sign out You will stop seeing the above dialog on your next sign-in If these steps don’t resolve the issue for you on build 20226, you may also complete a rollback to your previous build to bypass. You may then reinstall build 20226 and you will not encounter the issue a second time. The cause for the bug has been identified and a fix is being developed. Microsoft provides workaround for Windows 10 “We can’t sign into your account’ login issue
  16. Win10 improvements in the last five years, based on Insider feedback The Windows Insider team just posted a fascinating list: As Windows Insiders your feedback has helped drive many changes over the years. From small fixes to big features, you’ve been a key part of helping us evolve Windows. In honor of our fifth anniversary year, we’re taking a moment to look back at some of our favorites. Here are the top picks: Emoji, kaomoji & symbols. Meh. OneDrive Files On-Demand. That was a Windows 8.1 feature, dropped in the first incarnation of Win10. Cursor & pointer size and color. I guess there are a few more options than those we had in Win 3.1. GPU performance in Task Manager. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Feedback Hub Collections. But Google still doesn’t index the Feedback Hub – and the Internet Archive doesn’t distill it. Sticky Notes updates. Now there’s a real barn burner. Anyway, take a look at the best of the best and tell me what you think. Source: Win10 improvements in the last five years, based on Insider feedback (AskWoody - Woody Leonhard)
  17. Microsoft's new Edge browser is now rolling out to Release Preview Windows Insiders On January 15, Microsoft officially released the new version of the Edge browser, based on the open-source Chromium project. On that day, the company also announced its plans to make the roll out the new browser automatically to Windows 10 users. Now, the first phase of this gradual rollout is underway, as Microsoft has announced that the new Edge browser is now starting to roll out to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring. The rollout will continue to expand to everyone in this ring, and at some point, it should be available to the general public. Enterprise and education users won't get the browser automatically, though, at least for now. Of course, if you don't want to wait for it to roll out automatically, you can always download the browser from the official website, and it will still replace the legacy version. Recently, Microsoft rolled out version 80 of the browser, meaning it now runs natively on ARM64 devices like the Surface Pro X. Benchmarks have also shown that the new browser is noticeably faster than the legacy version of Edge. The next version will naturally be number 81, which was released in the Beta channel last week. That means there are about five more weeks to go until it arrives in the stable channel. Source: Microsoft's new Edge browser is now rolling out to Release Preview Windows Insiders (Neowin)
  18. Microsoft releases ISOs for Windows 10 20H1 RTM build to Insiders Even though the RTM build for Windows 10 20H1, or version 2004, was released back in December, it's still not going to ship until the spring. Between when that build was released and when it ships to the public, there will be several cumulative updates, with the idea that it when it's generally available, it should be as stable as a feature update that's been serviced for a few months. If you were waiting for ISO images of the RTM build to install it, the time is now. Microsoft released ISOs of Windows 10 build 19041 on the Insider download page today. Oddly enough, it's listed as both the Fast and the Slow ring, as there still aren't any images of the current vNext builds. Being that the version number for 20H1 ended up being 2004, it's probably safe to say that it will be generally available. When that happens, you'll be able to get the ISO using the Media Creation Tool, but until then, the Insider download page is your best bet. If you want to download the ISO for Windows 10 build 19041, you can grab it here. Source: Microsoft releases ISOs for Windows 10 20H1 RTM build to Insiders (Neowin)
  19. Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19569 to the Fast ring with new icons Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19569 to the Fast ring today. Normally, new builds arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday, but things were delayed by a day due to the Presidents Day holiday in the United States. There aren't any new features in the build itself, but there are some new icons. Those were spotted earlier today though, so anyone in the Fast ring is getting them, even if you're not on build 19569. Microsoft announced the new Fluent Design icons a while ago, following the release of new icons for the Office suite. In fact, even when the Office icons got a refresh, the teaser video showed some of these new icons for other apps like Groove, Movies & TV, Mail & Calendar, and more. As always, there are a bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues to be aware of. Here's what got fixed and improved in build 19569: We fixed an issue resulting in OneDrive not working and using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU for some Insiders on the previous build. We resolved an issue where SCSI drivers weren’t being recognized with certain third-party virtual machines, which was causing c1900191 errors on these devices. We’re continuing to investigate additional c1900191 errors on other devices. We fixed an issue impacting Start menu reliability after upgrade for some Insiders. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen with a SYSTEMTHREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED error on recent builds. Here are the known issues: BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details. We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge. We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build. We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b. The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle). When you upgrade with certain languages, like Japanese, the “Installing Windows X%” page isn’t rendering the text correctly (only boxes are displayed). We’re continuing to investigate the issue where input stops working in some places if clipboard history (WIN+V) is dismissed without pasting anything. The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC. The team also noted that it will be doing its next webcast on March 3 at 10am PT. You can grab today's build via Windows Update. If you're not on the Fast ring yet, you can sign up via the Windows Insider Program tab. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19569 to the Fast ring with new icons (Neowin)
  20. Windows 10's colorful app icons are finally showing up for Insiders For months, dedicated fans have been discovering new icons for the built-in Windows 10 apps, but they actually haven't been available yet. The only time most of them have really been available to the public is if you installed the Windows 10X emulator, but now, they're making their way to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. First spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia, the apps getting the new icons include Mail and Calendar, Calculator, Groove Music, Movies & TV, Alarms & Clock, and Voice Recorder. Most of these icons had been spotted at some point over the past few months. It's not just the Fast ring that's getting a glimpse of these new icons though. Mail and Calendar are actually getting updated for Insiders in the Release Preview ring, bringing along the respective new icons. Of course, there are still a lot of apps that haven't received redesigned icons yet, even though we've seen them. Camera, Weather, Snip & Sketch, Maps, and many others have already been spotted. Now that they've started making their way to the public, though, maybe it won't be long before more apps follow suit. Microsoft's goal is likely to have these icons ready for the launch of Windows 10X, so they should be available to Insiders at some point before then. Source: Windows 10's colorful app icons are finally showing up for Insiders (Neowin)
  21. Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19559.1000 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here, including a list of new features and updates. Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC We fixed an issue with the IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) not opening sometimes on recent builds. We fixed an issue that could result in explorer.exe crashing when backing out of folders containing .heic or RAW files. We fixed an issue that could result in explorer.exe hanging when attempting to delete certain large .tif files. We fixed an issue resulting in the top few pixels of a window getting clipped when using WIN+Up and then snapping the window to the side using WIN+Left/Right). We fixed an issue resulting in Event Viewer crashing when selecting certain events recently. For any of our Insiders using an arm64 device, such as the Surface Pro X, running Enterprise or Pro edition, you’ll now be able to see and install Hyper-V features. We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a green screen in recent builds with error KMODE EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED. Known issues BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details. We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA, and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a beta of NVDA that resolves the known issue with Edge. Further information can also be found in the In Process blog post that goes into more detail about the beta. We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build. We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b. We’re looking into reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0xc1900101. East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and the Japanese IME) may be missing from the language/keyboard switcher (e.g. opened by Windows key + Space key) after upgrading from 20H1 Build 19041 or lower builds to Windows 10 Insider Preview build (19536 or later) if you have multiple languages/keyboards added. We are investigating the issue. In the meantime, please remove and re-add any keyboards that are missing from the keyboard switcher by going to Settings > Time & Language > Language > Preferred languages. It doesn’t happen if you updated from build19536 or later. The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle). We’re investigating reports that certain devices are no longer sleeping on idle. We have identified the root cause and are working on a fix for an upcoming flight. If your device is impacted, manually triggering sleep should work (Start > Power button > Sleep). WSL Issue 4860: Some Insiders are experiencing this error message when using WSL2: A connection attempt failed on Windows. Thank you if you were one of those who reported it on the previous flight—we have a fix ready which will be including in an upcoming flight. There’s an issue in this build where if you bring up clipboard history (WIN+V) and dismiss it without pasting anything, input in many places will stop working until you reboot your PC. We appreciate your patience. https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/02/05/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-19559/
  22. Windows Admin Center Preview 1910.2 is now available - here's what's new Following last year's release of Windows Admin Center version 1910, Microsoft today released a new preview build of Windows Admin Center for Windows Insiders. The new preview comes with version number 1910.2, so it's not a major update, but it still includes a handful of improvements. The release includes some new menu shortcuts in the Services and Files tools, in addition to a few other additions: Cut, copy, and paste in the Files tool When you select a folder or file in the Files tool, users have the option to cut or copy the file or folder. After the file or folder is cut or copied, the paste option will become available, and a user can paste the file or folder into a different path. Service restart When managing machines using the Services tool, there is now an option to restart a service. There is no longer a need to start and stop a service in order to restart it. Other major additions Cluster quick update – On the cluster dashboard, updates for connected nodes will appear under the “Alerts” section File upload – when a large file upload fails, you are now able to retry the file upload Virtual machine filters – When viewing a list of VMs with multiple filters applied, the VMs no longer disappear after some time Azure Update Management login – Users no longer receive a logon error when they try to setup Azure update management after setting up Azure monitoring Active Directory account creation – We’ve fixed an error in Active Directory Domain Services where accounts could be created with passwords that didn’t meet the complexity requirements In addition to the new features and fixes above, we are continuing to improve usability issues, focusing on making improvements to keyboard navigation and narrator support. We’ve also addressed reported bugs around CredSSP authentication. There are also a few updates on partner extensions for Windows Admin Center, such as the general availability of Azure Security Center. Here are the exntension updates for this release: Azure Security Center is now generally available The Azure Security Center extension is no longer in preview and is now generally available! This extension brings hybrid cloud security capabilities to the WAC-managed servers and allows them to be protected by ASC through a one-click setup. Users of this extension will also see security recommendations and alerts in an embedded view in Windows Admin Center. This integration is part of a larger WAC movement of bringing hybrid Azure services capabilities to on-premises environments. This extends on premise environments into Azure, allowing them to benefit from cutting edge cloud technologies on their on-premises workload, and is an important step as part of a lift and shift motion. HPE WAC extension is now generally available The HPE WAC extension combines the functionality of the HPE Server extension and the HPE Azure Stack HCI extension into a single extension for easier management. This extension utilizes HPE’ iLO technology to give users direct visibility into server inventory and diagnostics to manage and monitor HPE server infrastructure. Using this extension, users can: See the health of their servers and remediation options (if necessary) View the properties of server components (processor, memory, etc.) and BIOS settings Surface and highlight cluster health and node inconsistencies QCT Management Suite update The QCT Management Suite is designed to help users manage and monitor their Windows Server hyper-converged infrastructure and QCT system configuration information on a single dashboard. With the upgrade to version 2.0.0, fixes and additions include: Bug and typo fixes throughout the tool Support for HCI mode on the Overview, Disk, Firmware, and Settings tab Additional tooltips Addition of dialog panels and drop-down lists in HCI mode BMC account settings for Redfish support An updated project site URL Of course, as with any preview release, there are also a few known issues to be aware of. Some of these have persisted for a while, such as Chrome users getting a 403 error after upgrading. Virtual Machines tool performance line charts are styled incorrectly. This will be fixed in the next Release Candidate build. Azure Monitor onboarding – If you’re managing a server or a cluster using “manage as” credentials, the onboarding may fail. Network – If you have configured an Azure Network Adapter, the value under Microsoft Azure Virtual Network Gateway Address will be formatted as a hyperlink but leads to an invalid address. Chrome users may see 403 Forbidden response from WAC after upgrading. The workaround is to close *all* open chrome tabs (make sure there are no chrome.exe processes running). After restarting chrome, everything will function normally. We have an error message that makes this clear, but chrome users with multiple windows admin center tabs open during upgrade will not see the message. Performance Monitor has trouble loading certain v2 perf counter instances. Performance Monitor can slow down less powerful machines (especially client computers). Schedule restart tool in “Updates” restarts immediately The latest preview version can be downloaded from the Windows Server Insider page. You can also download the latest Windows Server preview build from there, though there hasn't been a new release since January's build 19551. Source: Windows Admin Center Preview 1910.2 is now available - here's what's new (Neowin)
  23. Microsoft getting ready to test Fluent Design rounded corners with Windows 10 Insiders Microsoft is currently in the process of updating the Windows 10 UI as part of their ‘Sun Valley’ update, which is expected to hit PCs at the end of this year. The update will bring over a number of improvements from Windows 10X, including more rounded corners fro the currently very sharp Modern UI of Windows 10. WindowsLatest reports that Microsoft has started to roll out a flag called “RoundedWindowCornersPrototype” which when activated is expected to bring the more rounded UI to the Modern parts of the Windows 10 UI. Apps which will benefit include the Start Menu, inbox apps, Action Center, Settings app, and other modern areas. The update will ironically modernize the Windows 10 UI, making it somewhat more MacOS-like. We have already seen other improvements come to Windows 10, including new Fluent Design icons and the removal of icon backgrounds from the Start Menu. Microsoft will presumably flip the switch on the new flag for some users in upcoming builds in the near future, and if successful roll it out to Windows 10 users at the end of the year. Microsoft getting ready to test Fluent Design rounded corners with Windows 10 Insiders
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