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  1. How to block the Windows 11 update Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system will be released later this year and systems that are compatible with the new version of Windows may be upgraded to it free of charge. Administrators have a choice when it comes to the Windows 11 update: keep a device on Windows 10, which is supported until 2025, or update to the new operating system. Microsoft revealed that Windows 11 won't be pushed forcefully to systems running Windows 10 via Windows Update. Administrators need to seek for the update actively using Windows Updates. Whether the process is going to change in the future remains to be seen. Microsoft did tighten the screws back when it released Windows 10 as an optional update. It is possible that Windows 11 will be pushed more aggressively the closer Windows 10's end of service date approaches. The easy way The easiest option, for now at least, is to avoid the "check for updates" button in Settings > Update & Security. If you don't activate the button, Windows 11 won't be offered via Windows Updates. The option may be temporary, but it should work for the foreseeable future. Blocking the Windows 11 update Blocking the update is not as straightforward as blocking feature updates for Windows 10. Up to Windows 10 version 21H1, there is only an option to delay feature update installations. Problem is: if you activate the option using the Group Policy Editor or Windows Registry, you will also block the upcoming Windows 10 version 21H2 update. If you don't mind delaying the installation, which may help avoid any bugs and issues discovered in first couple of months, then this works right now. Using the Group Policy Editor The Group Policy Editor is only available in Professional, Education and Enterprise editions of Windows 10. Open the Start Menu. Type gpedit.msc and load the Group Policy Editor once it is displayed in the search results. Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business Double-click on "Select the target feature update version". Set the policy to Enabled. Type 21H1 into the field. Close the Group Policy Editor. Note: You may switch to 21H2 once it is added to the release information page on Microsoft's Docs website. You may also wait a couple of months as Windows 11's release is months away. Using the Registry Open the Start Menu. Type regedit.exe and select the Registry Editor search result. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate. Set the Dword TargetReleaseVersion to 1. If the value does not exist, right-click on Windows Update, and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Set the value of TargetReleaseVersionInfo to 21H1. If the value does not exist, right-click on Windows Update, and select New > String Value. Restart the PC. Again, replace 21H1 with the new version of Windows 10 once it is listed on the Docs website. From Windows 10 version 21H2 onward Microsoft changed the policy in preview versions of its Windows 11 operating system, and it is likely that the updated policy will also be introduced on Windows 10 devices. Administrators may specify a Windows version and a feature update version in the updated policy. Using it, you may select Windows 10 as the version and then a feature update version for the operating system, e.g. 21H2. Open the Group Policy Editor again (as described above). Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Manage updates offered from Windows Update. Double-click on "Select the target feature update version". Enable the policy. Set the target version of the operating system to Windows 10. Set the target feature update to 21H2 or another. Using the Registry Editor Open the Registry Editor on the system. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate. Set TargetReleaseVersion to 1. If the value does not exist, right-click on Windows Update, and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value. Set ProductVersion to Windows 10. If the value does not exist, right-click on Windows Update, and select New > String Value. Set TargetReleaseVersionInfo to 21H2. If the value does not exist, right-click on Windows Update, and select New > String Value. Restart the PC. How to block the Windows 11 update
  2. Windows 11: one feature update per year and longer support cycles Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 operating system will receive one feature update per year and each version will be supported for a longer period. Windows 11 shares many features with Windows 10, but there are also fundamental differences between the two operating system versions. One of the core differences is the switch from releasing two feature updates per year for Windows 10 to releasing a single feature update for Windows 11. The feature update for Windows 11 will always be released in the second half of the year, and it will be supported for 24 months on the consumer side and for 36 months on the Enterprise. Compared to Windows 10, Home users and Enterprise customers do get an extra 6 month of support, when compared to the second feature update release of the year. Edition Servicing timeline (one release per year) Windows 11 Enterprise Windows 11 Education Windows 11 IoT Enterprise 36 months from release date Windows 11 Pro Windows 11 Pro Education Windows 11 Pro for Workstations Windows 11 Home 24 months from release date Home editions are the only edition of Windows 11 that don't support the deferral of feature updates. Microsoft notes in its Lifecycle FAQ that these "receive a new version of Windows 11 prior to the end-of-servicing date shown". User feedback and a change to Microsoft's overall update approach were the main drivers for extending the servicing period and the switching to a single feature update per year release schedule. The upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 on consumer devices is only available to systems that meet the new hardware requirements. Updates are made available to administrators who check for updates manually. Microsoft did not reveal if it plans to change the upgrade process closer to Windows 10's end of servicing. While updates using Windows Update are out of the question for devices that are not compatible, it may be possible to update these using other means, e.g. direct installations. Enterprise customers will be able to use the same tools and services that are available on Windows 10 when it comes to Windows 11. Tools like Windows Update for Business, Microsoft Endpoint Manager or Windows Autopilot are available for use in these environments. Microsoft will release Windows 10 version 21H2 in the second half of the year. A new Windows 19 LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) edition will be released as well around the time. Windows 11 will also be released in the second half of 2021, likely in October 2021. Closing Words Longer support periods and less frequent feature updates make the administration of Windows 11 devices less stressful. Windows 11: one feature update per year and longer support cycles
  3. Microsoft will release future PowerShell updates via Windows Update Microsoft is making it easier to update PowerShell on Windows 10 and Windows Server devices by releasing future updates through the Microsoft Update service. PowerShell provides users with a command-line shell, a scripting language focused on automation, and a framework for processing PowerShell cmdlets. It runs on all major operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and macOS, and it allows working with structured data such as JSON, CSV, and XML, as well as object models and REST APIs. Microsoft has already started working on a PowerShell release that will upgrade 7.2 preview.5 and later to 7.2 preview.7 through Microsoft Update. Still, it will only be pushed after releasing an update on GitHub due to the significant changes to the update process and the additional validation required. "In the past, Windows users were notified in their console that a new version of PowerShell 7 is available, but they still had to hop over to our GitHub release page to download and install it, or rely on a separate package management tool like the Windows Package Manager, Chocolatey, or Scoop," said PowerShell Senior Software Engineer Travis Plunk. "But with Microsoft Update, you’ll get the latest PowerShell 7 updates directly in your traditional Windows Update (WU) management flow, whether that’s with Windows Update for Business, WSUS, SCCM, or the interactive WU dialog in Settings." PowerShell command-line shell How to upgrade PowerShell via Microsoft Update To update PowerShell via Microsoft Update, your computer needs to run Windows 10 RS3 (10.0.16299) or later together with PowerShell 7.2 (preview 5 or 6). You're also required to configure your device to receive updates for Microsoft products. You can enable to feature by going to Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options and toggling on "Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows." You also need to opt-in to use Microsoft Update for PowerShell 7 updates by running a script available here. Once the PowerShell team releases the PowerShell 7.2 preview.7 update, you will be able to upgrade through the standard Windows update process. To keep PowerShell up to date, you will need to go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and then click Check for updates. "With today’s announcement, you’ll soon be able to try this new update process for yourself on the latest PowerShell 7.2 previews," Plunk added. Microsoft provides more info on how to test new installs of PowerShell 7.2 preview and to report any issues you encounter in today's announcement. Microsoft will release future PowerShell updates via Windows Update
  4. Microsoft pushes Windows 10 KB4023057 again to fix update issues Microsoft is rolling out the KB4023057 update again to all versions of Windows 10 to ensure that devices can successfully install new updates as they are released. KB4023057 is being released to offer "reliability improvements to Windows Update Service components" in Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1803, 1909, 2004, 20H2, and 21H1. Windows 10 KB4023057 update offered in Windows Update Microsoft routinely re-releases the KB4023057 to improve the reliability of the Windows Update process. "This update includes files and resources that address issues that affect the update processes in Windows 10 that may prevent important Windows updates from being installed," explains the KB4023057 support bulletin. "These improvements help make sure that updates are installed seamlessly on your device, and they help improve the reliability and security of devices that are running Windows 10." As part of the installation, the update may free up disk space by compressing files in the User Profile directory so Windows 10 can properly install future updates. When files are compressed, they will be displayed with two blue arrows overlaid on the file's icon, as shown below. Compressed files in Windows 10 After the update has finished installing, the files will be uncompressed, and the arrows will disappear. Microsoft states the KB4023057 update may perform the following when installed: This update may request your device to stay awake longer to enable the installation of updates. Note The installation will respect any user-configured sleep configurations and also your "active hours" when you use your device the most. This update may try to reset network settings if problems are detected, and it will clean up registry keys that may be preventing updates from being installed successfully. This update may repair disabled or corrupted Windows operating system components that determine the applicability of updates to your version of Windows 10. This update may compress files in your user profile directory to help free up enough disk space to install important updates. This update may reset the Windows Update database to repair the problems that could prevent updates from installing successfully. Therefore, you may see that your Windows Update history was cleared. This update will be automatically installed via Windows Update and is only available from the Microsoft Update Catalog for Windows 10, versions 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803. Microsoft pushes Windows 10 KB4023057 again to fix update issues
  5. Firefox now autoupdates on Windows even when not running The Windows version of Firefox can now automatically upgrade itself to the latest version in the background when the web browser is not running. "Background Update is now available on Windows. This feature will allow Firefox to update, even if it is not running," the Firefox 90.0 Beta release notes read. "Until now, Firefox has only downloaded and installed updates when the user runs it. This means that users that use Firefox infrequently are often out-of-date," according to Kirk Steuber, Platform Engineer at Mozilla. "It also means that if they open Firefox again in response to a marketing campaign, they may not immediately get the features advertised. "Background Update aims to address this problem by allowing updates to be downloaded and installed, even when the user doesn't run Firefox." How the background update feature works Firefox background updates will be scheduled for the default profile every 7 hours when the browser is not running to check for new updates, download them, and install them without requiring user interaction. The underlying mechanism behind the OS-level scheduled update tasks is Firefox running in a stripped-down headless "Background Task Mode." While you are using Firefox, the headless Firefox process will not check for updates to avoid affecting the user experience by inadvertently forcing restarts. "If you need to disable this functionality, about:preferences should show a checkbox in the 'Updates' section for you to disable, or you can set the BackgroundAppUpdate Firefox policy to false," Mozilla's Nick Alexander said. Rolling out to all Windows users This new feature was first rolled out to Windows Nightly users on April 12 in the form of a Background Update Agent. Background Update is now part of a staged rollout to all Windows users over the next few months, as part of the Beta 89 and the Release 89 cycles. However, Mozilla first announced that the feature was under development more than four years ago as a background process designed to check for updates and apply them for users with slow Internet connections and/or who don't run Firefox daily. While background updates have already been announced for Windows, there are no immediate plans to implement the feature for macOS and Linux. On a related note, Firefox also installs an optional service named Mozilla Maintenance Service that only launches in the background when updates are downloaded. This service is designed to allow updates to be installed without requiring the user to click "Yes" in the Windows User Account Control (UAC) dialog. Firefox now autoupdates on Windows even when not running
  6. Microsoft releases May firmware update for the Surface Studio 2 Microsoft has released a new firmware update for Surface Studio 2, along with a new driver update for the discrete GPU in the device. The new updates improve system stability and addresses security updates. Recently, the Redmond giant also released firmware updates for a bunch of Surface devices including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Laptop 1, 2 and 4. The updates included general stability and performance improvements as well as device-specific patches for critical vulnerabilities. You can check out the full changelog for the update below: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Surface – Firmware – 532.3681.768.0 Surface UEFI - Firmware 532.3681.768.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. NVIDIA – Display – 27.21.14.6205 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – Display adapters NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – Display adapters 27.21.14.6205 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. As usual, the new firmware update is rolling out to the Surface Studio 2 users in phases so you may not see them right away. Moreover, firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted so it may be best to wait before installing them. To install the updates manually, you will have to head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click "Check for updates" to start downloading them. Source: Microsoft releases May firmware update for the Surface Studio 2
  7. Nvidia suggests uninstalling latest Windows 10 updates to fix gaming issues This month’s first mandatory cumulative updates were released in the second week with the promise of fixing problems that had been plaguing many users. However, despite the changelog says there are no critical issues, the list of issues in Windows 10 KB5001330 is growing steadily longer, with Nvidia now looking into the reports. A lot of users have reported that having installed Windows 10 KB5001330 cumulative update, they have also experienced some bad stuttering and FPS drop when playing games. “Previously ran Warcraft on a solid 140 FPS, now it’s stuttering occasionally and FPS has dropped to about 90 FPS,” one user wrote in the Feedback Hub. “Call of Duty Cold War and Warzone dropped down to 1 FPS and are completely unplayable. When running other games in fullscreen windowed the performance in Chrome on my secondary monitor is taking a massive hit too,” another user noted. Others have observed issues with Windows 10’s general performance and various crashes, but Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the reports. In a forum post, Nvidia employee has now recommended uninstalling the latest Windows Updates if you have gaming issues. “If you are seeing lower performance in games, check if rolling back Windows 10 Update KB5000842 solves the issue,” Nvidia said. To be clear, issues were first spotted in Windows 10’s March optional update KB5000842, but the bug appeared to have somehow slipped through the gaps to also appear in KB5001330 (April Patch Tuesday Update), which was pushed to users as a mandatory update this month. In short, April 2021 Patch Tuesday release seems like an odd update with some pretty wide-ranging problems. Some users have also reported that they cannot access the documents, pictures and other user folders because the operating systems boots with a temporary user profile. How to fix gaming issues after the update The only certain cure for the gaming and other issues reported in the cumulative update seems to be rolling back to the older version. Obviously, that’s far from an ideal solution, especially when we consider the important security fixes included in the latest update. If you’ve performance issues after the latest updates, you’ve two options – uninstall the patch or wait for next month’s update. To uninstall the updates, click the Start button, then click the Settings cog. Click Update & Security. On the next window, click “View update history,” then “Uninstall updates” in the top-left corner and look for the update in Control Panel that you want to remove. Source: Nvidia suggests uninstalling latest Windows 10 updates to fix gaming issues
  8. Surface Pro 7 gets a new firmware update to improve camera experience and more Microsoft has released a new set of firmware updates for the Surface Pro 7 users. The new update brings improvements to the camera experience as well power consumption during camera usage. Apart from that, the update also brings stability improvements to both WiFi and Bluetooth. Lastly, it also improves system security and integration between system and pen inking. You can head down to check out the changelog of the update: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Rear - System devices 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Rear Extension 42.18362.3.3541 Improves integration between system services. Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Front - System devices 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera Front Extension 42.18362.3.3541 Improves integration between system services. Intel Corporation - System - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera IR -System devices 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – Extension - 42.18362.3.3541 Surface Camera IR Extension 42.18362.3.3541 Improves integration between system services. Intel – Camera – 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) AVStream Camera 2500 – Camera 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – System – 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) Control Logic – System devices 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel Corporation – System - 42.18362.3.3541 Intel(R) Imaging Signal Processor -System devices 42.18362.3.3541 Improves camera experience and power consumption during use. Intel - net - 22.20.0.6 Intel(R) WiFi 6 AX201 160MHz - Network adapters 22.20.0.6 Improves Wi-Fi stability. Intel - Bluetooth - 22.20.1.1 Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth - Bluetooth 22.20.1.1 Improves Bluetooth stability. Surface - Security - 7.2.2.0 Surface Trusted Platform Module 2.0 - Security devices 7.2.2.0 Improves system security and stability. Surface – Firmware – 14.312.139.0 Surface System Aggregator – Firmware 14.312.139.0 Improves battery performance, system stability, and system telemetry reporting. Surface – Firmware – 9.104.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 9.104.140.0 Improves system stability and system USB port identification. Surface - System - 21.31.139.0 Surface Integration - System devices 21.31.139.0 Improves integration between system and pen inking. Earlier this week, Microsoft also released firmware updates for a bunch of Surface devices including the Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2, and Surface Book 2. Surface Pro 7 users can head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to download the latest firmware updates. Do note that Microsoft seeds firmware updates in batches so you may not see the new updates right away. Alternatively, you can manually download and install the latest firmware and driver package from here. The latest updates are available for users running Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) or higher. Source: Surface Pro 7 gets a new firmware update to improve camera experience and more
  9. Surface Pro 6 gets new driver and firmware updates to improve stability A handful of Microsoft's Surface devices have already received firmware and driver updates over the past few days, and today, it's time for the Surface Pro 6 to join the fray. The 2-in-1 tablet first released over two years ago is getting a set of updates focused on improving stability and security. Most of the updates seem to be Intel-related, including a new graphics driver. Here's the full list: Windows Udpate History Name Device Manager Name Update Intel Corporation – Display – 27.20.100.8681 Intel(R) HD Graphics – Display adapters Improves graphics and system stability. Intel Corporation – Extension - 27.20.100.8681 Intel® Display Graphics Adapter Driver Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 11.8.82.3838 Surface ME - Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability. The updates for the Surface Pro 6 come very shortly after the Surface Studio 2 got its own set of updates. The two devices were announced at the same event in late 2018, and while the Surface Pro 6 has already received a few successors, we have yet to see a follow-up to the Studio 2, so that's still Microsoft's flagship all-in-one. As usual, you'll need to be running Windows 10 version 1903 or newer to get the updates, but since that version is no longer supported by Microsoft, you should already be using something newer. You can find the updates in the Settings app under Windows Update. Alternatively, you can download the latest driver package from here. Source: Surface Pro 6 gets new driver and firmware updates to improve stability
  10. Surface Studio 2 gets updates with general improvements Today, Microsoft is releasing a round of driver and firmware updates for its Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC. There's nothing wildly exciting about them, as they include security updates and system stability improvements. As usual, they're available for anyone running Windows 10 version 1903 or higher. Here's the full list of updates: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension 1952.14.0.1470 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices 1.62.321.1 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices 2040.100.0.1029 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 11.8.82.3838 Surface ME - Firmware 11.8.82.3838 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Microsoft first announced the Surface Studio 2 back in October 2018, about two and a half years ago. It was at the same event where the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 were announced. But while those portable PCs have been refreshed since, the Surface Studio hasn't, still being sold with seventh-generation processors that are four generations old, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, which are two generations old. In fact, there aren't even any rumors or leaks around a new Surface Studio. Anyway, if you've got a Surface Studio 2, you can grab these updates through Windows Update. You can also download the drivers and firmware bundle for the device here. Source: Surface Studio 2 gets updates with general improvements
  11. LG Pledges To Update Phones For 3 Years Despite Quitting Smartphone Business LG has just released a new press release in which it pledges to update its smartphones for the next three years. This wouldn’t be so odd if LG did not announce its departure from the smartphone business. LG Electronics announced, a couple of days ago, that LG Mobile is shutting down, essentially. The company won’t be making any more smartphones moving forward. The company has been experiencing operating losses since 2015, and has decided to call quits. The company did promise, initially, that it will continue updating its phones, but we did not know the details, until now. LG has pledged to do so for the next three years, by announcing a “three-year pledge”. Premium LG smartphones will receive up to three iterations of Android OS Do note that this concerns only premium LG smartphones, though. LG said that its premium phones will receive “up to three iterations of Android operating system updates from the year of purchase”. This applies to LG premium smartphones that have been released in 2019 and later. So, it includes the LG G series, V series, Velvet, and Wing devices that fit in that time period. Some non-premium, 2020 models will also get updates moving forward Certain 2020 models, such as LG Stylo and K series, will also receive updates. LG says that those phones will receive two OS updates, in case you were wondering. LG will also continue manufacturing phones through the second quarter of 2021. Why? Well, in order to meet contractual obligations to carriers and partners. So, you’ll still be able to purchase LG’s smartphones, if you want. LG also said that you’re free to contact LG customer service support in your area, in case you have any specific questions about your smartphone, and what comes next. LG has a sketchy history when it comes to updates, so… let’s see what happens This is a huge promise by LG, and it will be interesting to see what will happen moving forward. LG was far from being timely with updates in the past. It took the company quite a bit of time to bring new iterations of Android to its smartphones. The company was well-known for it, unfortunately, so it will be interesting to see what will happen here. LG did commit to updating quite a few devices in its press release, so let’s hope it will stick to that promise, and that the updates will arrive in time. Source: LG Pledges To Update Phones For 3 Years Despite Quitting Smartphone Business
  12. Surface Book 2 gets updates for graphics improvements and more It's once again time for some Surface updates from Microsoft, and this time, it's the Surface Book 2 that's getting some fresh firmware and drivers. The date on the updates is April 2, and they're for anyone that's running Windows 10 version 1903 or higher, as usual. The main improvements found in the updates seems to be improvements for Intel UHD Graphics, although there are also promises of security updates in the new firmware. Here's the full changelog: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel Corporation - Display – 20.100.8682 Intel(R) UHD Graphics 620 (15") – Display adapters 20.100.8682 Improves graphics and system stability. Intel Corporation - Display – 27.20.100.8682 Intel(R) HD Graphics 620 (13") – Display adapters 27.20.100.8682 Improves graphics and system stability. Surface – System – 8.99.139.0 Surface ACPI Notify Driver – System devices 8.99.139.0 Improves the graphics driver update experience. Intel - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension 1952.14.0.1470 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices 1.62.321.1 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices 2040.100.0.1029 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – System – 6.105.139.0 Surface Integration Service Device – System devices 6.105.139.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 11.8.82.3838 Surface ME - Firmware 11.8.82.3838 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – Firmware – 390.3440.768.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 390.3440.768.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. As always, these are just going to show up in Windows Update. You can manually check for updates and install them, or they'll be installed in the background at some point and your PC will reboot overnight. You can also download the Surface Book 2 Drivers and Firmware bundle here. Source: Surface Book 2 gets updates for graphics improvements and more
  13. Almost all of LG’s Android 11 updates aren’t coming until the end of 2021 At least, according to the company’s German website Photo by Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge LG’s German website has revealed its Android 11 update roadmap — at least for Europe — and the news isn’t too encouraging. With the exception of the LG Velvet 5G, most of the company’s phones won’t get Android 11 until the back half of 2021, with the vast majority of devices not seeing the update until at least Q4 2021 (long after Android 12 should be available, if Google’s release schedule is similar this year). It’s worth noting that the released schedule is only from LG’s German site. It’s possible that time frames will be different in other regions, that LG could add more devices over time, or that the updates will simply take less time to develop than the company expects. The slow update speed isn’t entirely surprisingly, though. LG’s phone business has been struggling for years, prompting reports that the company is considering exiting the smartphone space entirely this year, although the company told The Verge in January that nothing has been finalized yet. LG has also denied rumors that its next major smartphone, the LG Rollable, has been canceled, although there’s still no firm release date for that device either outside of a vague 2021 window. Source: Almost all of LG’s Android 11 updates aren’t coming until the end of 2021
  14. Samsung fixes critical Android bugs in March 2021 updates This week Samsung has started rolling out Android's March security updates to mobile devices to patch critical security vulnerabilities in the runtime, operating system, and related components. This comes after Android had published their March 2021 security updates bulletin, which includes patches for critical vulnerabilities impacting the latest devices. As observed by BleepingComputer, Samsung Galaxy devices are automatically pulling updates released on March 5, 2021, this week. These updates mainly comprise significant security fixes with a couple of enhancements across Samsung Galaxy built-in apps like Calendar, Display, Social Platform, and SmartThings. Samsung Galaxy S10 prompting users to get March 2021 updates Source: BleepingComputer Every vulnerability addressed by this update, has either a 'High' or 'Critical' severity rating, making this update a must for Android users so that their devices remain protected. From RCE via Bluetooth to Privilege Escalation There's the critical vulnerability, CVE-2021-0397 lurking in the Android System arising from a null pointer, which has been fixed by this update. The vulnerability in Android's Bluetooth Service Discovery Protocol (SDP) implementation, called Fluoride Bluetooth stack could let an attacker perform remote code execution (RCE) attacks via a specially crafted Bluetooth transmission. Fix made for CVE-2021-0397, critical RCE vulnerability Source: Google Source for Android Additionally, Google Play Protect has stepped up protections and made exploitation of Android vulnerabilities more challenging by adding security enhancements. "Exploitation for many issues on Android is made more difficult by enhancements in newer versions of the Android platform." "We encourage all users to update to the latest version of Android where possible," stated this month's Android advisory. Other flaws impacting components like Framework, System, and Android runtime could allow sensitive information disclosure and privilege escalation by attackers. The list of vulnerabilities patched by this update includes: Android runtime CVE References Type Severity Updated AOSP versions CVE-2021-0395 A-170315126 EoP High 11 Framework CVE References Type Severity Updated AOSP versions CVE-2021-0391 A-172841550 EoP High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0398 A-173516292 EoP High 11 System CVE References Type Severity Updated AOSP versions CVE-2021-0397 A-174052148 RCE Critical 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2017-14491 A-158221622 RCE High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0393 A-168041375 RCE High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0396 A-160610106 RCE High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0390 A-174749461 EoP High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0392 A-175124730 EoP High 9, 10, 11 CVE-2021-0394 A-172655291 [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] ID High 8.1, 9, 10, 11 Google Play system updates Component CVE WiFi CVE-2021-0390 Some bugs may still be exploitable On select Samsung Galaxy devices, the updates pushed this week have their latest "security patch level" dated "2021-03-01." This implies the high and critical severity vulnerabilities yet to be fixed by the "2021-03-05 security patch" could still be exploitable. Users are advised to update their Android devices immediately to safeguard against these bugs, and ensure their devices have the "auto-update" settings enabled. A full description of enhancements and optimizations this update brings is provided on Samsung's website. Source: Samsung fixes critical Android bugs in March 2021 updates
  15. Microsoft release new Surface Pro 7 firmware updates with Surface Pen improvements, more Today Microsoft released new system updates for all Surface Pro 7 devices running Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903 or greater. These updates will improve graphics and Surface Pen performance. Find the full changelog below. Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel Corporation – Display – 27.20.100.8681 Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics – Display adapters 27.20.100.8681 Improves system graphics performance, stability, and security. Intel Corporation – Extension – 27.20.100.8681 Intel(R) Iris(R) Plus Graphics Extension 27.20.100.8681 Improves integration between system services and stability. Surface – Firmware – 2.12.139.0 Surface Pen 0953 Firmware Update – Firmware 2.12.139.0 Improves Pen inking and pressure precision. Surface – Extension – 2.9.139.0 Surface Pen 0953 Firmware Update Extension 2.9.139.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – Firmware – 9.102.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 9.102.140.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. The Surface Pro 7 is powered by the 10th Generation Intel Core processors for improved performance. And it comes with a USB-C port and support for Fast Charging. Find it at Microsoft here. via WBI Source: Microsoft release new Surface Pro 7 firmware updates with Surface Pen improvements, more
  16. Surface Duo gets February Android security patch and other improvements It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft rolled out a software update for the Surface Duo, since the December and January updates got pushed back and ended up releasing at the end of last month. Now, it's time for the February update, and it comes with the usual monthly Android security patch, in addition to some other improvements. This week, Microsoft released the Surface Duo in Europe, and that means the update is rolling out to users in both markets. While the updates in the U.S. and Europe have the same changelog, they have different software versions. Here's what's new: Software version Update info 2021.115.52 (North America) 2021.115.54 (Europe) This update: Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin - February 2020. Improves Surface Duo UI stability. Improves single tap touch experience. If you're one of the early European adopters, you'll notice there are actually two updates rolling out, because the December/January update is also available now. The changes are all the same as the North American patch from last month, but they come with version 2020.1211.87 instead. As usual, the update is available for unlocked devices first, so if you bought your Surface Duo from AT&T, you'll need to wait a little longer. It usually takes about a week for the rollout to begin for the carrier-locked version, though it could always vary. Aside from the delayed update in January, Microsoft has been servicing the Surface Duo every month, and the company promises three years of security and feature updates, so improvements will keep coming over time. One thing that's worth noting is that the Duo is still running Android 10, which is starting to fall behind especially as Google has begun testing Android 12 this week. The Duo has been reported to be getting Android 11 in the summer, which will be close to the official release of its follow-up. Just yesterday, Microsoft also updated the Surface Duo emulator for PCs with new sample apps that make use of its dual screens. Source: Surface Duo gets February Android security patch and other improvements
  17. AMD-based Surface Laptop 3 updates improve graphics and stability It's once again time for a new batch of updates to make their way to Surface devices, specifically the Surface Laptop 3 with AMD chipsets. Microsoft is rolling out a set of driver and firmware updates that improve the overall stability and performance of the device, just a week after similar updates were rolled out to the Intel variants. As a reminder, AMD processors are found in the consumer variants of the Surface Laptop 3 15-inch, while the 13.5-inch models and business variants of the laptop all use Intel processors. The list of updates includes a new AMD graphics driver and new firmware. Here's the full list: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Display - 26.20.12063.1003 AMD Radeon (TM) Vega 9 Graphics - Display Adapter / AMD Radeon (TM) Vega 11 Graphics – Display adapters Improves system graphics performance, stability, and security. Surface - HIDClass - 4.27.139.0 Surface TCON device -Human Interface Devices Resolves system bugcheck while resuming from sleep. Surface - System devices - 6.105.139.0 Surface Integration Service Device - System devices Improves integration between system services and resolves an issue with telemetry reporting. Surface - Firmware - 16.407.139.0 Surface System Aggregator - Firmware Improves system stability and system telemetry reporting. Surface – Firmware –1.2746.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware Addresses security updates and improves system stability. If you happen to be using an Intel-based variant of the Surface Laptop 3 and you missed last week's updates, here's what they added: As usual, the updates require a recent version of Windows 10, specifically the May 2019 Update or newer. They may also be rolling out gradually, so not everyone will see them right away. The Surface Laptop 3 was the first time Microsoft introduced AMD-based versions of Surface products, but it was only for the 15-inch variant. Microsoft is expected to give consumers the choice between AMD and Intel processors in both 13.5- and 15-inch variants with the Surface Laptop 4, which is reportedly coming in April. The refresh should also feature the latest processors from both companies. Source: AMD-based Surface Laptop 3 updates improve graphics and stability
  18. Surface Laptop Go receives February 2021 firmware update Microsoft has released the February 2021 firmware Update for Surface Laptop Go. The update includes audio performance improvements, improved integration between system services and stability, improved Bluetooth stability, Wi-Fi stability improvement, security updates, and more. You can read the full official changelog below. SURFACE LAPTOP GO FEBRUARY UPDATE CHANGELOG Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Realtek – SoftwareComponent – 11.0.6000.92 Realtek Hardware Support Application – Software devices 11.0.6000.92 Improves audio performance while streaming content. Realtek Semiconductor Corp. – extension – 6.1.0.8 Realtek High Definition Audio (SST) Extension – no Device Manager notes 6.1.0.8 Improves integration between system services and stability. Realtek Semiconductor Corp. – media – 6.0.9014.1 Realtek High Definition Audio(SST) – Sound, video, and game controllers 6.0.9014.1 Improves audio performance and resolves the associated system bugcheck. Surface – Batteries – 2.56.139.0 Surface Battery – Batteries 2.56.139.0 Resolves the issue where the battery icon is not available in the taskbar. Surface – System devices – 6.105.139.0 Surface Integration Service Device – System devices 6.105.139.0 Improves integration between system services and resolves an issue with telemetry reporting. Intel – net – 22.0.1.1 Intel(R) WiFi 6 AX201 160MHz – Network adapters 22.0.1.1 Improves Wi-Fi stability. Intel Corporation – Bluetooth – 22.00.3.1 Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth – Bluetooth 22.00.3.1 Improves Bluetooth stability. Surface – Firmware – 8.15.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 8.15.140.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. To download and install Microsoft’s latest February firmware update on your Surface Laptop Go, you can head over to Windows Settings> Update & Security> Check for updates. Source: Surface Laptop Go receives February 2021 firmware update
  19. Microsoft fixes PowerPoint crashes in Office February updates Microsoft released the February 2021 non-security Microsoft Office updates with improvements and fixes for issues and crashes impacting Windows Installer (MSI) editions of Office 2016, Office 2013, and Office 2010 products. Multiple updates (KB4493164, KB4493169, and KB4493179) have been released to address issues that may lead to a PowerPoint crash when opening documents containing diagrams. KB4493190 fixes another issue that causes Outlook reminders to behave unpredictably on systems whose time zones change regularly. February 2021 Office non-security update list Three of the Office February 2021 non-security updates apply to the entire Microsoft Office 2016, Microsoft Office 2013, and Microsoft Office 2010 software suites, while four others address issues affecting the PowerPoint and Outlook apps. The February 2021 updates can be manually installed from the Download Center or by using the Microsoft Update service for automatic installation. They apply to Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based Office products only and do not apply to Office subscription or Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions like Microsoft Office 365 Home. The full list of updates and the Office product they apply to is embedded below. Office Product Knowledge Base article Microsoft Office 2016 KB4493189 Microsoft Office 2013 KB4486684 Microsoft Office 2010 KB4493180 Microsoft Outlook 2016 KB4493190 Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 KB4493164 Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 KB4493169 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 KB4493179 Some updates may need a reboot After installing some of the Microsoft Office updates released, you may also be required to reboot your computer. If your Office installation starts misbehaving after applying an update, you can uninstall it using the following steps: Go to Start, enter View Installed Updates in the Search Windows box, and then press Enter. In the list of updates, locate and select the offending update, and then select Uninstall. Depending on the installed Office update, you may also need to deploy other updates for the issue to be completely fixed on your Windows computer (for instance, KB4493189 requires installing KB 4493164 to fully fix the issue ). Source: Microsoft fixes PowerPoint crashes in Office February updates
  20. Microsoft rolling out new driver and firmware updates for the Surface Laptop 3 Microsoft has released a set of driver and firmware updates for the Surface Laptop 3. The updates are rolling out for devices sporting Intel processors, which are Ice Lake parts that are housed in the 13.5-inch variant and the 15-inch variant sold to business users. The Laptop 3 comes in both Intel and AMD flavors. The latter ships in the consumer-focused 15-inch version. As for the updates themselves, it is a modest one with a bunch of Intel-specific fixes that focus on the security and stability of various components. There are also the usual stability and reliability improvements brought by the UEFI firmware updates and the like, for the device. Here is the complete changelog with the list of fixes: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.61.251.0 Intel® iCLS Client - Software components 1.61.251.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – System - 2031.15.0.1743 Intel® Management Engine Interface -System devices 2031.15.0.1743 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel® - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 (Intel® Management Engine Extension) - no Device Manager notes 1952.14.0.1470 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – HIDClass - 3.31.139.0 Surface Hid Mini Driver - Human Interface Devices 3.31.139.0 Improves system stability and addresses system bugcheck. Surface - System - 6.105.139.0 Surface Integration Service Device - System devices 6.105.139.0 Improves integration between system services and addresses system bugcheck. Surface – Firmware – 13.0.1594.2 Surface ME – Firmware 13.0.1594.2 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – Firmware – 9.101.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 9.101.140.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. The update is available for devices running Windows 10 version 1903 – the May 2019 Update – or newer. This means that it applies to all Laptop 3 devices since they shipped with that version of the OS in late 2019. However, with version 1903 now officially out of support, most devices should have already been served a newer version. As usual, these updates will be delivered automatically to all users via Windows Update. However, you can manually head into the settings and check for updates to see if the release is ready to be downloaded and installed. Considering that firmware updates roll out in a staggered manner, it might be a while before all devices receive the bits. Source: Microsoft rolling out new driver and firmware updates for the Surface Laptop 3
  21. Surface Duo begins receiving its first firmware update for 2021 Microsoft is rolling out a new firmware update for the Surface Duo, making it the first update in over two months. While the firm had been serving monthly updates for the dual-screened Android device, it skipped the December update owing to the holidays and reportedly due to a tricky bug. Today’s release brings with it a bunch of improvements along with the December and January Android security patches. What it does not bring is the Android 11 update, of which there is no information from the company. As has been the case for the past few months, the Duo is getting improvements to address stability issues with touch, possibly still ironing out issues pointed out by early reviewers. There are also improvements to the UI stability, likely to fix crashes or issues with features like App Pairs and the overall stability of the software when moving apps across screens. The changelog is generic in nature and does not divulge much information about the details of the updates. Here is the complete changelog of the January 2021 update that brings software version 2020.1211.85: Addresses scenarios outlined in the Android Security Bulletin - December 2020 and January 2021. Improves Surface Duo UI stability. Adds the ability to add a caller to conference calls in certain conditions. Improves audio quality when using speaker mode. Improves touch stability. As usual, this release only applies to the unlocked version of the device and is rolling out gradually, meaning it will be a while before all users see the update hit their devices. Users that own the AT&T version of the Duo might have to wait slightly longer for these updates. Usually, updates for the carrier variant are served within a week, so the wait should not be too long. The company is also slated to make the Surface Duo available to more markets soon. It will be interesting to see what the timeline is for the release, and if the device gets an update to Android 11 by then or even ships with the updated software in those regions. Source: Surface Duo begins receiving its first firmware update for 2021
  22. Surface Pro 7+ gets its first round of firmware and driver updates Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 7+ a couple of weeks ago, being a relatively small upgrade over the existing Surface Pro 7. Now, the company has added the device to the Surface update history page, and there's already a set of firmware and driver updates available. The updates are dated back to January 20, but the changelog has only now been posted, so we get an idea of the improvements included with them. This batch includes four different updates, but they're mostly focused on addressing issues with the display, as well as improving performance. Here's the full list: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Update Surface - HIDClass - 160.146.4.0 Surface TCON device -Human Interface Devices Resolves screen refresh issues. Surface - Monitor - 6.12.139.0 Surface Panel - Monitor Resolves the adaptive brightness issue. Surface – Firmware – 10.24.139.0 Surface System Aggregator – Firmware Improves the power and graphics performance; resolves the USB-C issue. Surface - HIDClass - 160.146.3.0 Surface TCON device -Human Interface Devices (For LTE Advanced) Resolves screen refresh issues. Microsoft doesn't list any known issues with the Surface Pro 7+ after these updates. The updates should be installed automatically eventually, but if you'd rather not wait, you can check for updates manually in the Settings app. You'll need to be running Windows 10 version 20H2, the October 2020 Update, in order to get the updates. This shouldn't be much of a problem since the Surface Pro 7+ likely already ships with this version installed out of the box. While the Surface Pro 7+ is branded as a minor refresh, it does get its own separate sets of updates, since there are some significant hardware changes on the inside. If you have a regular Surface Pro 7, a batch of updates was released a couple of weeks ago with general security and stability fixes. Source: Surface Pro 7+ gets its first round of firmware and driver updates
  23. Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 18363.1350, 17763.1728 - here's what's new After taking December off from releasing optional Windows 10 cumulative updates, Microsoft is back. Today, the team is releasing its preview updates for Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1809. There was also one released for version 20H2, but that's just for Windows Insiders right now. If you're on Windows 10 version 1909, you're going to get KB4598298, bringing the build number to 18363.1350. Normally, this update would be for version 1903 as well, but that version is unsupported. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Updates an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop and generates the error, “The directory name is invalid.” Updates an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Adds a notification that tells you when your device is close to end of service (EOS). At EOS, your device will stop receiving important quality and security updates. Updates an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. Here's the full list of fixes: Enables administrators to disable standalone Internet Explorer using a Group Policy while continuing to use Microsoft Edge's IE Mode. Enables you to configure certain policies that support Microsoft Edge IE Mode using mobile device management (MDM). Addresses an issue that displays a User Account Control (UAC) dialog box unexpectedly when you turn on speech recognition. Addresses an issue that fails to notify the target application when you select the Copy link command on the Share menu. Changes the way DirectX 12 runtime components load by splitting the d3d12.dll binary into two pieces: d3d12.dll and d3d12core.dll. This change improves versioning and updating for these components. Addresses an issue that prevents JumpList items from functioning. This occurs when you create them using the Windows Runtime (WinRT) Windows.UI.StartScreen API for desktop applications that are packaged in the MSIX format. Addresses an issue that occurs when the Mandatory Profile check box is selected when you copy a user profile. Addresses an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Addresses 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). Addresses an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Addresses an issue with German translations of Central European Time. Adds support for serial number control using the registry. Addresses 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. Displays 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. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that causes an unexpected system restart because of exception code 0xc0000005 (Access Violation) in LSASS.exe; the faulting module is webio.dll. Addresses an issue that might cause systems that use BitLocker to stop working with the error 0x120 (BITLOCKER_FATAL_ERROR). Addresses an issue that causes a device to stop working when deploying Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager if AppLocker is enabled on the device. Addresses 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. Addresses 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. Addresses a memory leak on Windows servers that are configured as Active Directory domain controllers. This issue occurs when the Key Distribution Center (KDC) attempts to fetch the Service for User (S4U) client name during certificate authentication. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue in which a principal in a trusted MIT realm fails to obtain a Kerberos service ticket from Active Directory domain controllers (DC). This occurs on devices that installed Windows Updates that contain CVE-2020-17049 protections and configured PerfromTicketSignature to 1 or higher. These updates were released between November 10, 2020 and December 8, 2020. Ticket acquisition also fails with the error, “KRB_GENERIC_ERROR”, if callers submit a PAC-less Ticket Granting Ticket (TGT) as an evidence ticket without providing the USER_NO_AUTH_DATA_REQUIRED flag. Addresses an issue with HTTP caching that interferes with kiosk mode that targets Azure AD groups. Addresses an issue with using Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) and running a file while Managed Installer (MI) or Intelligent Security Graph (ISG) is enabled. You can now use fsutil to look for the $KERNEL.SMARTLOCKER.ORIGINCLAIM extended-attribute (EA) on a file. If this EA is present, then MI or ISG can run the file. You can use fsutil in conjunction with Enabling ISG and MI diagnostic events. Addresses an issue that allows an app that has been blocked from hydrating files to continue hydrating files in some cases. Addresses an issue that prevents access to a Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot of Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes for 30 minutes. This occurs when the ReFS volumes contain 100,000 or more concurrently open files. As a result, a time-out occurs, which causes backups of the first and third applications to fail. Adds a notification that tells you when your device is close to end of service (EOS). At EOS, your device will stop receiving important quality and security updates. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. Updates 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. There's also one known issue to be aware of: Symptom Workaround System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version 1809 or later to a later version of Windows 10. Devices will only be impacted if they have already installed any Latest cumulative update (LCU) released September 16, 2020 or later and then proceed to update to a later version of Windows 10 from media or an installation source which does not have an LCU released October 13, 2020 or later integrated. This primarily happens when managed devices are updated using outdated bundles or media through an update management tool such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. This might also happen when using outdated physical media or ISO images that do not have the latest updates integrated. Note Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted. Any device connecting to Windows Update should always receive the latest versions of the feature update, including the latest LCU, without any extra steps. If you have already encountered this issue on your device, you can mitigate it within the uninstall window by going back to your previous version of Windows using the instructions here. The uninstall window might be 10 or 30 days depending on the configuration of your environment and the version you’re updating to. You will then need to update to the later version of Windows 10 after the issue is resolved in your environment. Note Within the uninstall window, you can increase the number of days you have to go back to your previous version of Windows 10 by using the DISM command /Set-OSUninstallWindow. You must make this change before the default uninstall window has lapsed. For more information, see DISM operating system uninstall command-line options. We are working on a resolution and will provide updated bundles and refreshed media in the coming weeks. If you're on Windows 10 version 1809, you'll get KB4598296, bringing the build number to 17763.1728. Naturally, this is only available for Windows 10 Education ansd Enterprise SKUs. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Updates an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Updates an issue that prevents you from opening a document that is on the Windows desktop and generates the error, “The directory name is invalid.” Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Updates an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. Here's the full list of fixes: Enables administrators to disable standalone Internet Explorer using a Group Policy while continuing to use Microsoft Edge's IE Mode. Addresses an issue that occurs when the Mandatory Profile check box is selected when you copy a user profile. Addresses an issue with some special key combinations used in DaYi, Yi, and Array IMEs that might cause an application to stop working. Addresses an issue that displays a blank lock screen after a device wakes up from Hibernate. Addresses 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). Corrects historical daylight savings time (DST) information for the Palestinian Authority. Addresses an issue with German translations of Central European Time. Adds support for serial number control using the registry. Displays a notification to a user when an administrator signs in to an mobile device management (MDM) service, such as Microsoft Intune, to find the location of a managed device. Addresses an issue that causes an unexpected system restart because of exception code 0xc0000005 (Access Violation) in LSASS.exe; the faulting module is webio.dll. Addresses a memory leak on Windows servers that are configured as Active Directory domain controllers. This issue occurs when the Key Distribution Center (KDC) attempts to fetch the Service for User (S4U) client name during certificate authentication. Addresses 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. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that causes a device to stop working when deploying Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager if AppLocker is enabled on the device. Addresses 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. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that might cause systems that use BitLocker to stop working with the error 0x120 (BITLOCKER_FATAL_ERROR). Addresses an issue in which a principal in a trusted MIT realm fails to obtain a Kerberos service ticket from Active Directory domain controllers (DC). This occurs on devices that installed Windows Updates that contain CVE-2020-17049 protections and configured PerfromTicketSignature to 1 or higher. These updates were released between November 10, 2020 and December 8, 2020. Ticket acquisition also fails with the error, “KRB_GENERIC_ERROR”, if callers submit a PAC-less Ticket Granting Ticket (TGT) as an evidence ticket without providing the USER_NO_AUTH_DATA_REQUIRED flag. Addresses an issue with Task Manager that incorrectly indicates that twice the number of CPUs (socket count) are present in the system. Addresses an issue with HTTP caching that interferes with kiosk mode that targets Azure AD groups. Improves the ability of the WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service to ignore invalid Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Protocol (WPAD) URLs that the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server returns. Addresses an issue with insertion rule flooding in the software-defined networking (SDN) service. Addresses an issue with using Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) and running a file while Managed Installer (MI) or Intelligent Security Graph (ISG) is enabled. You can now use fsutil to look for the $KERNEL.SMARTLOCKER.ORIGINCLAIM extended-attribute (EA) on a file. If this EA is present, then MI or ISG can run the file. You can use fsutil in conjunction with Enabling ISG and MI diagnostic events. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that allows an app that has been blocked from hydrating files to continue hydrating files in some cases. Addresses an issue with web applications that use cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) pre-flighting against Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) token endpoints. These web applications might suddenly stop working when they call AD FS from external networks. Addresses 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. Addresses an issue that fails to show Extract all on the shortcut menu when you right-click an online-only ZIP file. This one also has one known issue: Symptom Workaround After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, "0x800f0982 - PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND." Uninstall and reinstall any recently added language packs. For instructions, see Manage the input and display language settings in Windows 10. Select Check for Updates and install the April 2019 Cumulative Update. For instructions, see Update Windows 10. Note If reinstalling the language pack does not mitigate the issue, reset your PC as follows: Go to the Settings app > Recovery. Select Get Started under the Reset this PC recovery option. Select Keep my Files. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. As usual, you can grab this update through Windows Update. It's an optional update though, so you don't have to take it. If you don't, these fixes will be rolled into next month's Patch Tuesday update. Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 18363.1350, 17763.1728 - here's what's new
  24. Microsoft releases new Surface Pro 7 system updates to improve system stability Over the last weekend, Microsoft releases new system updates for all Surface Pro 7 devices running Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903 or greater. These updates will improve overall system stability. Find the full change log below. Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel – SoftwareComponent – 1.61.251.0 Intel® iCLS Client – Software components 1.61.251.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – System – 2031.15.0.1743 Intel® Management Engine Interface -System devices 2031.15.0.1743 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel® – Extension – 1952.14.0.1470 (Intel® Management Engine Extension) – no Device Manager notes 1952.14.0.1470 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – HIDClass – 3.31.139.0 Surface Hid Mini Driver – Human Interface Devices 3.31.139.0 Improves system stability and addresses system bugcheck. Surface – System – 6.105.139.0 Surface Integration Service Device – System devices 6.105.139.0 Improves integration between system services and addresses system bugcheck. Surface – Firmware – 13.0.1594.2 Surface ME – Firmware 13.0.1594.2 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface – Firmware – 9.101.140.0 Surface UEFI – Firmware 9.101.140.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. The Surface Pro 7 is powered by the 10th Generation Intel Core processors for improved performance. And it comes with an USB-C port and support for Fast Charging. You can now save up to $330 on this new Surface Pro 7 device, find the deal here from Microsoft Store. Source: Microsoft Microsoft releases new Surface Pro 7 system updates to improve system stability
  25. Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 19042.746, 18363.1316 - here's what's new Today is the second Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means. It's Patch Tuesday, so as long as you're on a supported version of Windows, you're getting an update today. And if you're not on a supported version, well, you should be. For consumers, that includes Windows 10 version 1909 and up, and if you're on something earlier, Windows Update should be trying to push you to something newer. If you're on Windows 10 version 20H2 or 2004, you're going to get KB4598242, bringing the build number to 19042.746 or 19041.746, respectively. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates to improve security when using external devices, such as game controllers, printers, and web cameras. Updates to improve security when Windows performs basic operations. Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses a security vulnerability issue with HTTPS-based intranet servers. After installing this update, HTTPS-based intranet servers cannot, by default, use a user proxy to detect updates. Scans using these servers will fail if you have not configured a system proxy on the clients. If you must use a user proxy, you must configure the behavior using the policy “Allow user proxy to be used as a fallback if detection using system proxy fails.” To ensure the highest levels of security, also use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate pinning on all devices. This change does not affect customers who are using HTTP WSUS servers. For more information, see Changes to scans, improved security for Windows devices. Addresses a security bypass vulnerability that exists in the way the Printer Remote Procedure Call (RPC) binding handles authentication for the remote Winspool interface. For more information, see KB4599464. Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, and Windows Hybrid Storage Services. There are also a couple of known issues: Symptom Workaround System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version 1809 or later to a later version of Windows 10. Devices will only be impacted if they have already installed any Latest cumulative update (LCU) released September 16, 2020 or later and then proceed to update to a later version of Windows 10 from media or an installation source which does not have an LCU released October 13, 2020 or later integrated. This primarily happens when managed devices are updated using outdated bundles or media through an update management tool such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. This might also happen when using outdated physical media or ISO images that do not have the latest updates integrated. Note Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted. Any device connecting to Windows Update should always receive the latest versions of the feature update, including the latest LCU, without any extra steps. If you have already encountered this issue on your device, you can mitigate it within the uninstall window by going back to your previous version of Windows using the instructions here. The uninstall window might be 10 or 30 days depending on the configuration of your environment and the version you’re updating to. You will then need to update to the later version of Windows 10 after the issue is resolved in your environment. Note Within the uninstall window, you can increase the number of days you have to go back to your previous version of Windows 10 by using the DISM command /Set-OSUninstallWindow. You must make this change before the default uninstall window has lapsed. For more information, see DISM operating system uninstall command-line options. We are working on a resolution and will provide updated bundles and refreshed media in the coming weeks. When using the Microsoft Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to enter Kanji characters in an app that automatically allows the input of Furigana characters, you might not get the correct Furigana characters. You might need to enter the Furigana characters manually. Note The affected apps are using the ImmGetCompositionString() function. We are working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release. If you're on Windows 10 version 1909, you'll get KB4598229, bringing the build number to 18363.1316. Note that this update is not being released for version 1903, as support for that ended last month. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights: Updates to improve security when using external devices, such as game controllers, printers, and web cameras. Updates to improve security when using Microsoft Office products. Updates to improve security when Windows performs basic operations. Here's the full list of fixes: Addresses a security vulnerability issue with HTTPS-based intranet servers. After installing this update, HTTPS-based intranet servers cannot, by default, use a user proxy to detect updates. Scans using these servers will fail if you have not configured a system proxy on the clients. If you must use a user proxy, you must configure the behavior using the policy “Allow user proxy to be used as a fallback if detection using system proxy fails.” To ensure the highest levels of security, also use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Transport Layer Security (TLS) certificate pinning on all devices. This change does not affect customers who are using HTTP WSUS servers. For more information, see Changes to scans, improved security for Windows devices. Addresses a security bypass vulnerability that exists in the way the Printer Remote Procedure Call (RPC) binding handles authentication for the remote Winspool interface. For more information, see KB4599464. Addresses an issue that might damage the file system of some devices and prevent them from starting up after running chkdsk /f. Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Kernel, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Peripherals, and Windows Hybrid Storage Services. There's also one known issue to be aware of: Symptom Workaround System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version 1809 or later to a later version of Windows 10. Devices will only be impacted if they have already installed any Latest cumulative update (LCU) released September 16, 2020 or later and then proceed to update to a later version of Windows 10 from media or an installation source which does not have an LCU released October 13, 2020 or later integrated. This primarily happens when managed devices are updated using outdated bundles or media through an update management tool such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. This might also happen when using outdated physical media or ISO images that do not have the latest updates integrated. Note Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted. Any device connecting to Windows Update should always receive the latest versions of the feature update, including the latest LCU, without any extra steps. If you have already encountered this issue on your device, you can mitigate it within the uninstall window by going back to your previous version of Windows using the instructions here. The uninstall window might be 10 or 30 days depending on the configuration of your environment and the version you’re updating to. You will then need to update to the later version of Windows 10 after the issue is resolved in your environment. Note Within the uninstall window, you can increase the number of days you have to go back to your previous version of Windows 10 by using the DISM command /Set-OSUninstallWindow. You must make this change before the default uninstall window has lapsed. For more information, see DISM operating system uninstall command-line options. We are working on a resolution and will provide updated bundles and refreshed media in the coming weeks. Below are the updates that are not available for general consumers, but are available for some SKUs. Version KB Build Download Support 1809 KB4598230 17763.1697 Update Catalog Enterprise and Education SKUs 1803 KB4598245 17134.1967 Update Catalog 1703 KB4599208 15063.2614 Update Catalog Surface Hub only 1607 KB4598243 14393.4169 Update Catalog Long-Term Servicing Branch 1507 KB4598231 10240.18818 Update Catalog As always, these updates are mandatory. That means that while you can install them through Windows Update, if you don't, they'll be installed automatically at some point. Source: Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 19042.746, 18363.1316 - here's what's new
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