It is somewhat surprising to think that there are still private users and businesses continuing to use Windows 7 only because they need a free Windows XP Mode virtual machine to run important legacy software. Upgrading to Windows 10 would render XP Mode useless, and requires that new XP virtual machine to be set up,
Posts by: Kari Finn
New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18963 (August 16) Build 18963 changes one of the most iconic legacy Win32 apps in an interesting way. From now on, Notepad will be updated through Microsoft Store.Port of a legacy app to a PWA is not the only notable change in this build; Task Manager can
The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) reported this week about serious vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Services. Here’s a quote from MSRC: A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – when an unauthenticated attacker connects to the target system using RDP and sends specially crafted requests. This
The latest Fast Ring Windows Insider build (18956) has some weird issues. First, not all users have issues. Second, those who do have issues, might have totally different gotchas at work on their PCs. The “Getting things ready – Downloading – Installing” cycle repeating a few times that some users are seeing is old news.
New Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast Ring Build 18956 Insider build 18956 was released August 7. Most significant new feature is a completely redesigned Network Status page in Settings. Based on your feedback, we’re revamping the Network & Internet landing page in Settings to provide more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining
Newsbytes for Week 31 2019 is pretty limited, reflecting the summer holiday season. Beyond Insider Previews, Office udpates, and so forth, the only newsworthy item is the scheduled cessation of MSDN Magazine’s publication with the November 2019 issue.
Back in 2015, Microsoft in a joint operation with German Telecom launched Microsoft Cloud Deutschland (MCD) to keep data belonging to German residents in Germany, protected by local privacy laws. This satisfied local regulators, who announced that because the data of German residents will remain in Germany, it would be safe to use Microsoft products
Checking my Twitter feed today, I noticed some quite worrying tweets from Zac Bowden, a senior editor at Windows Central: Windows 10 build 18947 is being pushed to Insiders in *ALL RINGS* on 32-bit machines. 18947 is a canary build, and has not been tested internally yet (it was compiled less than a day ago.)
A few months ago, my Win10.guru partner Ed wrote about Windows 10 version 1903 dropping password expiration policies: MS tackles the change in policy in detail in the 1903 security baseline document, which is well worth reading through. Simply put, forcing frequent password changes on users often makes them pick weaker passwords than they otherwise might.
Over the past few months, Windows Insider Fast Ring upgrades have been almost exclusively bug fixes. Thus, it would have been easy to deliver them through cumulative updates instead of full feature upgrades. That’s because the 20H1 Insider builds have contained practically no new features. What makes this problematic is that at the same time,