I encountered some odd wireless network behaviors in Insider Preview build 18950. They were fixed in the successor build — 18956 — at the same time MS told the world they were changing “Network status” in the Network & Internet Settings page. Caution: Programmers at work!
Even though it’s not free, I find Gabe Topala’s System Information for Windows (SIW) indispensable. He does make a trial version available, so you can try it before you buy it.
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
In a soon-to-be-released Windows 10 Insider Preview Fast & Skipahead Build (18950, says the rumor mill) Windows 10 reset will add a “Reset from the cloud” option. This will install the latest, greatest Win10 image straight from the source.
LatencyMon, from Resplendence Software Projects, describes itself as a “real-time audio suitability checker.” Essentially, the software works by emulating an active audio playback session in Windows Vista (and newer versions, through Windows 10 and Server 2019). While it’s running the program measures various kinds of delays that occur on its host system and reports back
Windows 10 PC running Intel RST driver versions numbered 184.108.40.2062 through 220.127.116.113 won’t be able to upgrade to Version 1903 until they upgrade that driver first (current version is 18.104.22.1684 and is easily found & downloaded).
When the Windows Update service fails or hiccups, installing Windows 10 from an ISO is often the next step in upgrading the OS. Especially for Insider Previews (but also regular releases of all ages) the UUP Dump website is an absolute Godsend.
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.
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.