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Insider Preview 18950 Brings Possible WiFi Issues

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!

Toolkit Item: ShowKeyPlus

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

Win10 Reset Gains Cloud-Based Option

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.

Toolkit Item: LatencyMon

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

Older Intel RST Drivers May Block 1903 Upgrade

Windows 10 PC running Intel RST driver versions numbered 15.1.0.1002 through 15.5.2.1053 won’t be able to upgrade to Version 1903 until they upgrade that driver first (current version is 15.9.6.1044 and is easily found & downloaded).

When 18922 Won’t Upgrade, UUP Dump to the Rescue!

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.

Windows, Web and password security

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.

MS Readies Defender Name Change

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.

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