Just yesterday, MS pushed a new set of Windows 10 ISOs to the former MSDN, known now as Microsoft Visual Studio Subscriptions. Looks like general availability for Windows 10 version 2004 really will pop next week!
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The new Windows Package Manager (available through the MS Store, GitHub, and other means) makes it super-fast and easy to manage applications at the command line. Check it out!
If you install the latest PowerShell version 7.0.1 onto a customized WinKey+X menu set-up, it will keep working through that menu as before. I’m jazzed!
Because I check over my Reliability Monitor errors frequently, I notice this week that Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant startup item has started throwing “stopped working” errors. I don’t need this, so I disable that item immediately. You might do likewise.
Microsoft dropped what will likely be its last Insider Preview/Slow Ring release on May 12, along with a raft of Windows 10 2004 downloads to the Visual Studio Subscriptions page. All signs are still “Go!” for the upcoming end-of-month feature upgrade.
An ingenious graduate student at Eindhoven University explains how an attacker can totally bypass OS and hardware security, given physical access to a Thunderbolt 3 port and the right tools. You’ve been warned!
Microsoft’s Shiproom Schedule pinpoints the planned release window for the May 2020 Windows 10 Feature Update from May 26-28. Get ready!
OK then: I have to thank one of our eagle-eyed readers. On April 29, I posted that you can now forcibly upgrade your Intel GPU drivers for 6th generation processors and newer. I also reported that such drivers wouldn’t over-write OEM customizations, either. As it turns out, I was ALMOST right. There is a catch:
On systems with Secure Boot enabled and BitLocker encrypted system boot drives, it’s necessary to turn off Secure Boot to start up from alternate media (like a USB Flash drive). When that’s over and done with, you have to turn Secure Boot back on to avoid being forced to enter the 40-charactrer BitLocker key. Sigh.
With the latest version of PowerToys, Microsoft has added a “check for updates” button to its Settings page. This makes it easier than ever to keep the toolset current. I’m a proponent of even further automation, as I explain further…