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May 2019 Update Shows Improved Installer

When I decide to forcibly upgrade a couple of PCs to the May 2019 Update, I experience first-hand that the latest installer is much more resilient and robust, as it stands up to and overcomes multiple failures.

UEFI Secure Boot Ins and Outs

Because Secure Boot blocks unrecognized software elements from loading during the boot process (before Windows starts running), it may interfere when you’re installing or updating boot-related software, firmware or drivers.

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 20/2019

New Insider build On Wednesday, May 15, the Windows Insider team released a new Fast Ring build. Apart from Task Manager now showing the disk type (SSD or HDD), build 18898 does not contain any notable changes or new features. Read more on Ten Forums: https://www.tenforums.com/windows-10-news/132640-new-windows-10-insider-preview-fast-skip-build-18898-20h1-may-15-a.html Insider Dev Tour 2019 dates & locations announced The

PowerToys Returning to Windows 10

Last week, Ms unveiled a GitHub repository named PowerToys. Though that repository has no releases just yet, the overview mentions (and links to) the Windows 95 era PowerToys project (Wikipedia), and announces a planned reboot for later this year (Summer 2019). First in the planned series of upcoming PowerToys rebooted will be: + Maximize to

Intel Discloses Another Serious Chip-Level Vulnerability

At the outset of 2018, the Windows community reeled in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Recently, Intel has disclosed a new set of chip-level vulnerabilities. On May 14, the company published a support bulletin entitled “Side Channel Vulnerability Microarchitectural Data Sampling.” According to many security experts and Windows watchers — see this

Weekly Windows Newsbytes — Week 19/2019

New Insider Builds 18894 and 18895 This week, we saw an unexpected flurry of Insider Preview releases, including Fast Ring + Skipahead Build 18894 on Wednesday, May 8, followed in short order by Build 18895 on Friday, May 10. But where 18894 brought lots of changes, 18895 brought only a few. Looks like the pace

Working with Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

There’s another version of Windows 10 that’s always around, different from the base version you boot when you fire up the normal operating system. It’s somewhat misleadingly called the Windows Preinstallation Environment. And indeed, it does provide a basic runtime environment during Windows installation that takes over from the primary OS when a new OS

Windows 10: An Always-Moving Target

I had an interesting interaction with Kari today. I found myself trying to get around a problem in remoting into one Skip Ahead Insider Preview PC from another PC running the same OS. No problems getting from other Windows builds into the target PC. Only problems getting from one Skippy PC to another (see my

Microsoft Build 2019

Today, May 6th, 2019 marks the start of Microsoft Build 2019, the biggest annual developer conference around Windows, Azure and other Microsoft technologies. The agenda this year is extensive, as evidenced in the session catalog: Build 2019 sessions. Build 2019 will take place in Microsoft’s “backyard”, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. It

Toolkit Item: Microsoft Download Manager

One of the small, free Microsoft tools I use and like very much is Microsoft Download Manager. It is quite old, and hasn[t been updated since 2011. But because it is so simple, it works well even in the latest 20H1 prerelease Insider buillds. I am sure that it will work in in future Windows

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