Given that Windows Activation is almost (I repeat: almost) foolproof in Windows 10, there isn’t much reason to find, know or use OS keys anymore. But sometimes — especially when activation problems present, perhaps with a suggestion that a key is invalid or suspect — a Windows OS keyfinding tool is essential. No self-respecting Windows
A name change from Windows Defender to Microsoft Defender and at least one MacOS Defender offering (Advanced Threat Protection, or ATP) strongly suggest that Defender has cross-platform tendencies if not yet a definite roadmap and timeline.
Everybody, even Microsoft, knows that the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 fall far short of providing a positive user experience. Another, new MS Docs item provides more useful guidance on minimum hardware configs. Let’s compare and contrast them, OK?
Here’s an interesting note from the Windows Support team. Dated June 11, 2019, it coincides with the “Patch Tuesday” updates for Windows 10 that month. The title explains things: “Some Bluetooth devices may fail to pair or connect after applying June 11, 2019 or later updates.” In simpler terms, this means that recent security updates
Seems like China is looking for ways to do its own computing thing, independent of the west. Some of this is being forced upon them, as with Huawei’s recent decision to accelerate development of a Windows replacement code-named Hongmeng (see Week 22 Newsbytes for more info).That move comes as Microsoft has stopped licensing Windows to
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.
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
Microsoft third company to pass $1 trillion market value On Thursday, April 25th, Microsoft became the third US company to cross the $1 trillion (£774 billion / €897) market value threshold , after Apple and Amazon. Here’s more from BBC Business News on this topic: Microsoft hits $1 trillion market valuation New Security Baseline for
Since forever, MS has enabled security & privacy policies for passwords that include password expirations. I remember this stuff from the NT 4 days, circa 1994, when I was writing training materials about admin topics for the MCSE exams. You can read about this ancient and soon-to-be-defunct stuff at MS Docs: Set the password expiration
In a joint press release on March 4th, 2019, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the FIDO Alliance announced that the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification is now an official web standard. WebAuthn is at the moment supported by Windows 10 and Android operating systems, as well as major browsers. Quote from press release: W3C’s