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Microsoft Rolls out a Fix for Windows 10’s Connectivity Issues


Microsoft has released an optional update that should resolve a recent connectivity issue. The problem appeared to be rooted in Windows 10’s proxy handling, with users utilizing a VPN or proxy experiencing connection loss even when they switched it off.

The bug additionally led to the inability for some applications to use WinHTTP and WinINet, which rendered Halo: The Masterchief Collection and Bleeding Edge players unable to connect.

“An out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog to address a known issue whereby devices using a proxy, especially those using a virtual private network (VPN), might show limited or no internet connection status,” said Microsoft in its documentation.
However, it’s still recommended that you don’t install this update unless you’re actually experiencing options. Due to the severe hampering of productivity, Microsoft has been forced to rush out a patch, and that could mean other unexpected problems. There are currently no known issues with the patch, but you never know.
Microsoft recommends you install the latest service stack update (SSU) before this fix to further avoid issues. You can then grab the optional update by heading to the Windows Update > Optional Updates Available > KB4554364.
Considering the global pandemic, the company has been quick to react to this problem. This fix rolled out before its planned window of early April, which is always a pleasant surprise. You can install it on Windows 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, and even 1709, thanks to its revised end of service date. If you can’t download the update due to the connection issues, Microsoft says restarting your device should temporarily mitigate the problem.

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Some PCs Are Freezing after Windows 10’s Latest Optional Update


Several users are reporting installation issues and crashes when attempting to install Windows 10’s latest optional update. As spotted by WindowsLatest, customers on the Feedback Hub and Reddit are reporting issues with KB4541335.

The problem appears to occur for those on Windows version 1903 and 1909, with some receiving ‘There were problems installing some updates’ messages, and others experiencing freezing and other instabilities during mouse or keyboard input.

“The 2020-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems (KB4541335) gets to about 90% before it says “We couldn’t complete the updates Undoing Changes” then it just restarts and doesn’t update. I have tried to install the update 8 times over the course of about 2 weeks and the same thing happens every time,” explains one Reddit user.
“It reached 74% installed and then anything I’d send input to would stop working,” said another, according to WindowsLatest.
Others say they’re unable to play games like Bleeding Edge or the Halo Masterchef Collection on Steam. This issue is caused by a known problem with Windows 10 proxies that is affecting applications that use WinHTTP or WinInet.
Unfortunately, those wanting to jump into the Microsoft published shooters may have to wait a little while longer. Though the company is working on a fix, it says it won’t roll out until early April. You may get some relief by restarting your PC, but this appears to be only a temporary fix at this time.
The installation issues sadly don’t appear to have a fix just yet, but it’s worth noting that this is an optional update. It holds minor bug fixes and improvements and can be skipped until it rolls out with Next month’s Patch Tuesday, which will also contain a fix for a critical security flaw.

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Windows 10 Preview Brings Back New Tablet Mode


Throughout the preview phase of Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft has been testing a new Tablet Mode UI for the platform. We first spotted this UI back in August and then it surface again in later previews. However, in recent months testing of the Tablet Mode ceased. Now, Microsoft is backing testing it with the latest Fast Ring preview on the Inside.

Functional on 2-in-1 convertible PCs, the UI lets you enter tablet mode without interruption. So, if you want to flip the device from a laptop to tent triangle stance, you will see no interruption as Windows 10 switches to tablet mode.

In Windows 10 Preview build 19592.1001, Microsoft discusses how Tablet Mode is evolving.
“After some refinement, we’re reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update,” the Windows Insider team said today.
Elsewhere, this new Windows 10 Preview is important because it is the first under the helm of new Insider chief Amanda Langowski. The Microsoft veteran recently replaced Dona Sarkar as the head of the division.
Fixes and Known Issues

We’ve fixed the issue causing ARM devices to receive a bugcheck and have removed the block with this build.
We fixed an issue that could result in the Optional Features page in Settings appearing blank.
Fixed an issue where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process stopped at 84.9%.
We fixed an issue where, after successfully completing installation of an update and rebooting the device, the Start menu Shutdown button still showed Update and Shutdown and Update and Restart.
We fixed an issue that could result in Windows updates failing with error 0x80070003.
Fixed an issue that could sometimes result in Settings crashing when pausing updates or the Windows Update settings page not loading.
We fixed an issue from the previous flight that was resulting in extra lines appearing in the taskbar jumplist.
We fixed in an issue resulting in a black window, with only a mouse being visible to others, when sharing a single app over Microsoft Teams.
Known issues
BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
Some devices may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) during the reboot to install this update. If this happens, log in, schedule a time for the update to install, and then log off all user profiles before the scheduled install time. The install will then proceed as expected.
The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
Sticky Notes windows can’t be moved. As a workaround, when you set focus to Sticky Notes, press Alt + Space. This will bring up a menu that contains a Move option. Select it, then use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move the window.
We’re looking into reports of some Insiders receiving driver compatibility warnings when attempting to update to a newer build in certain virtual environments.
Postponed Optional Updates
Earlier today, Microsoft announced it will postpone all optional Windows 10 updates starting in May. This means Windows 10 Version 2004 (May 2020 Update) won’t launch on schedule. The company took the decision to help ease demands on users amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Microsoft Teases a Windows 10 UI Overhaul as It Hits 1 Billion Users


2020 may be the year Windows 10’s UI finally becomes beautiful. In a video celebrating the OS’s 1 billion user milestone, Surface architect and chief product officer Panos Panay shared glimpses of new designs.

First up is the Windows logo itself. The start of the video flashes through all the old start menus, before settling on a gradient Windows 10 variant. It’s clearly a reference to the new icons we’ve been seeing of late, which utilize gradients and depth for a unique but modernized look.

We then get a glimpse at the lock screen, which has also seen some changes. The Windows Hello symbol appears more prominently, while a bolder font for the time should make it easier to see at a distance.

The Start Menu, it seems, will see changes beyond its icons. The video shows it slowly desaturating as the new icons roll in, removing the ugly mishmash of bright colors we can see today. There’s even a glimpse at a new context menu.

Still, perhaps the most striking are the changes to some of its app. A brief glimpse at file explorer sees it completely overhauled. Microsoft has tied marries its Fluent Design efforts and some of the changes coming with Windows 10X, to great effect. In the teaser, File Explorer no longer looks like a piece of legacy software.

Unfortunately, we’re yet to see most of this in official code. The revamped Start Menu was teased in a Windows Insider webcast, so hopefully, that will be coming soon. However, given Microsoft’s previously slow progress with Fluent Design, it’s anyone’s guess when the entire concept will be complete.

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Windows 10: How to Enable the Hidden Administrator Account


Windows 10 has a hidden administrator account with extended system privileges that can be valuable to you in certain cases.

In Windows 10, individual users can be given different rights for handling files, folders and certain functionalities.

By default, accounts can be given limited rights or set as administrator with unlimited system access.

For the highest possible level of security in everyday operations, it is advisable to use a hidden administrator account which is available in Windows 10.
You can use this account for all critical system operations instead of giving your normal user account admin rights.
Before getting started, you will need to activate this disabled admin account first. We will show you two methods how to do this.

While being more comfortable, the first method is not available under Windows 10 Home. The second method can be used with all Windows 10 editions.

I. How to enable the hidden administrator account in Computer Management

Right-click the Start button to open the context menu and select “Computer Management”.

Windows 10 - Computer Management

On the left, switch to “System Tools – Local Users and Groups – Users” to display all existing user accounts and double-click on the account named “Administrator”.

Windows 10 - Computer Management

In the account properties, uncheck “Account is disabled” and click “OK”.

Windows 10 - Computer Management - Administrator Properties

Right-click on the account named “Administrator” and select “Set Password”.

Windows 10 - Computer Management - Users - Administrator

Windows 10 will warn you with a security prompt. Click “Proceed”.

Windows 10 - Set Password for Admin account

Then give your activated Administrator account a secure password and click “OK”. You now have activated the hidden administrator account of Windows 10 which you can now also use on the login screen.

Windows 10 - Set Password for Administrator - Enter password

II. How to activate the hidden administrator account with Windows 10 PowerShell

Right-click on the Start button to open the context menu and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)”.

Windows 10 - Windows PowerShell (Admin)

Run the command “net user administrator /active:yes” to enable the usually hidden administrator account of Windows 10. Windows 10 - Activate Powershell Administrator

By running the command “net user administrator [password]” you can assign any password to the administrator account. Instead of [password] just enter the desired character string for your login password.Windows 10 - Powershell Administrator - Activate password

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Windows 10: How to Take Ownership of Files and Folders or Change Permissions


To safeguard and assign files and folders to specific users, Windows 10 uses the concepts of file ownership and permissions for certain actions such as reading, modifying, and writing.

The owner of a file or folder is automatically granted full access to all possible actions.

Users marked as system administrators also have such extended rights. Additionally, you can revoke or grant certain permissions to other users or make them the new owner.
We will show you how this works with the example of folders.
All files in the folder and subfolders will automatically “inherit” what you define for each folder.
With single files this works in the same way. To change the owner and permissions of files and folders in Windows 10, you must be logged in as administrator.

Here are the two main methods to set file and folder permissions and to take ownership of files and folders in Windows 10.

How to set file and folder permissions in Windows 10

Right-click on the file or folder icon in File Explorer and select “Properties”.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Folder - Properties

Then switch to the “Security” tab.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Folder - Properties - Security

In the upper part of the window you can select the name of a user or a user group and the lower part of the window will show the respective file or folder permissions. In addition to the owner of the folder or file, also user groups “SYSTEM” and “Administrators” are displayed here. Click on “Edit” to change the permissions for the folder or file.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Authorizations

If the user you are looking for is not listed, first click “Add”. Otherwise you can ignore this and continue directly with the next but one step.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Add User

Now enter the username you want to add in the white text field and click “OK”. For users connected with a Microsoft account you would have to enter the corresponding email address.

Windows 10 - File Permissions - Select Users or Groups

To adjust the permissions for a user, select the user in the upper part of the window and check either “Allow” or “Deny” for each permission. Click “OK” to accept the changes which will close the settings window.Windows 10 - File Explorer - Permissions

How to Take Ownership of Files and Folders

As shown in the first step above, first open the file properties and then the “Security” tab. There you click on “Advanced”.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Security - Advanced

In the now shown dialog click on “Change” right next to the current file owner`s name.Windows 10 - Advanced Security Settings - Change

Now, Windows 10 will ask you for your admin credentials (username and password) before you can proceed. After doing this, enter the user name of the new file owner in the white text field and click “OK”. For users connected with a Microsoft account, you must enter the corresponding email address.

Windows 10 - Advanced Security Settings - Select Users or Groups

If you want to change the owner of all files and subdirectories of a folder at the same time, check the box “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” . After clicking “OK” you will have successfully changed the ownership of the the given file or folder.

Windows 10 - Advanced Security Settings - Replace owner on subcontainers and objects

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Windows 10: How to Screen Record for Free without Recording Tools


With the built-in Windows 10 screen recorder you can capture the on-screen content of applications together with system audio as a video on your hard drive.

We show you how to create such a “screencast” using Windows 10 without additional screen capture software.

To record screencasts of applications and games as video, expensive software was still needed a few years ago.
Today you can just record your screen for free with Windows 10 by itself.
This is made possible by the so-called Windows 10-“Game Bar” which is actually a set of tools and no real bar anymore like in earlier versions.
Here we show you how to use this built-in Windows 10 screen recorder to capture the visible content and audio from apps or the entire screen.

How to screen record Windows 10 apps and games

Give the application you want to record focus by clicking its title bar once or activating full-screen-mode.

Then press the hotkey “Windows + G” to activate the Windows 10 Game Bar which is now called Xbox Game Bar.

Windows - Open Game Bar - Windows+G Hotkey

Unlike earlier versions, the Xbox Game Bar app now consists of several widgets that will be shown using a darkened overlay-screen. The audio widget allows you to set system audio or microphone as audio source and to adjust the desired volume level of all apps currently running on your system – just like in the normal Windows 10 audio mixer.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - Choose Audio-Source

To start your Windows 10 screen recording, just click the round button in the capture widget.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - start screen capture

Once screen recording has started a small counter widget will appear. In game bar view you can toggle audio on or off and leave the Game Bar clicking somewhere while your screen capture is running.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - screen capture

The screen capture counter widget will stay visible even after leaving Windows 10 game bar view,  but won´t show up in your screen recording video file later. Using the screen caputure widget you can stop the recording anytime and toggle sound on and off.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - screen capture widget

You will find the recording made with the Windows 10 screen recorder with File Explorer in your document folder under “\Videos\Captures”.

Windows 10 - File Explorer - Game Bar screen recordings

Alternatively you can access your Windows 10 screen recordings inside Game Bar view clicking on “Show all captures”.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - Show all captures

This will open a small gallery with an integrated player where you can quickly replay any of your Windows 10 Game Bar screen recordings.

Windows 10 - Game Bar - screen captures gallery

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Windows 10: Equalizer for Better Sound – Here Is How to Use It


Where is the Windows 10 Sound Equalizer? Well, the answer is – there is none – with a big BUT.

Because on most Windows 10 systems, you CAN actually use an equalizer to adjust the system sound to your liking. It´s just not a native Windows 10 audio equalizer. But let me explain.

If you search for a music equalizer in the audio settings of Windows 10, you won’t find anything there at first sight.
Whether in Windows Mixer, Sound Settings, or Audio Options – Windows 10 itself doesn’t have an equalizer.
However, this usually doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on sound adjustments for more or less bass and treble.
The driver for the Realtech chipset, which is installed in the vast majority of Windows 10-systems luckily comes with a sound equalizer of its own.

Before you can use it, the corresponding Realtek driver must be installed on your system. If this is not the case, you can download a current version for many Realtech sound chips here.
If your computer uses other audio hardware, you may be lucky to find a sound equalizer in the corresponding driver on your system. The following instructions refer to PCs with Realtech-hardware only as this applies to the majority of users out there.

How to open the Windows 10 equalizer for Realtech audio chipsets

After a right mouse click on the speaker icon on the right side of the taskbar you can directly open the “Sound Settings” from there.

Windows 10 - Open Sound settings

Then click on “Device properties” just below the selector of your output device.

Windows 10 - Settings - Sound - Device properties

Open “Additional device properties”.

Windows 10 - Settings - Device properties - Additional device properties

This opens the driver options for your Realtek driver software. There you switch to the “Enhancements” tab.

Windows 10 - Speakers properties - Enhancements

There you can activate various sound effects and also the Windows 10 equalizer. Using “Setting” you can select different predefined sound profiles for music types such as Pop, Live, Club, Rock, Bass, Treble, Vocal, Powerful Dance, Soft, Party, Classical an Jazz.

Windows 10 - Speakers properties - Enhancements - Setting

Clicking the button to the right wiht three dots you can alternatively open a graphic aound equalizer with the familiar sliders for different frequency ranges.

Windows 10 - Speakers properties - Enhancements - Graphic EQ


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LinkedIn Moves Closer to Modern Social Media with Snapchat-like Stories


LinkedIn has announced the trial of Snapchat-like stories on its platform as it evaluates new ways to engage its network of professionals. The company says it’s currently testing the functionality internally and will roll the functionality out to community testers in good time.

Though the short video clip feature is most often associated with Snapchat, Instagram, or TikTok, LinkedIn is emphasizing the professional context. This could be a quick way to share key moments at conferences and work events, or quick tips relevant to the industry. Whether the platform maintains its professionalism will ultimately depend on how its users utilize the feature. However, director of product management Pete Davies doesn’t expect it to be all suits and PowerPoint presentations.

“Stories first appeared on Snapchat, with other platforms like Instagram and Facebook adopting them soon after. They spread for a good reason: they offer a lightweight, fun way to share an update without it having to be perfect or attached to your profile forever,” he said in a blog post. “Does that exist in the business world? I’d hope that most of my interactions in the break room or passing people in the hall are similarly ephemeral and light. The same holds true for cubicle and coffee shop banter around the world: sometimes we want a way to just make a connection, have a laugh with our colleagues and move on.”
As well as catering to different styles, LinkedIn sees Stories as a form of future-proofing. Many children have grown up with such features as one of their primary methods of communication and implementing Stories may help them to find a home there. At the same time, this could also mean users don’t clog up their feeds as much with content that’s only relevant for a short period. The feature will be rolling out to community testers “in the coming months”, so we should get a better idea of exactly how it functions then.

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Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop on Windows


Microsoft has rolled out an update for its Remote Desktop app. This release is focused on the Windows version of the tool. There are some interesting new features on board this bump, including the ability to copy files.

Remote Desktop is now on Version 10.1.1149.0. As mentioned, the standout new feature is the ability to copy files. Specifically, users can now copy files from local and remote PCs.

Elsewhere in the update, Microsoft has opened the app to allow users to access remote resources with their email address. It is worth noting this feature will only be allowed with admin permission.
Other new abilities added to the app include a choice to change the account assigned to a resource feed. As always, Microsoft has also squashed some bugs and focused on performance issues. You can check out the full changelog below:
You can now copy files between the local and remote PCs.
Your email address can now be used to access remote resources, if enabled by your admin.
The user account assigned to a remote resource feed can now be changed.
When assigning .rdp files to this app, a proper icon will be shown in File Explorer instead of a blank one.
Additional bug fixes.
If you want to check out the Remote Desktop app on Windows, you can grab it from the Microsoft Store here.
Recent iOS Updates
Recently, Microsoft has been showing the iOS version of Remote Desktop plenty of love. Back in November, Microsoft issued its first update for Remote Desktop on iOS in over a year. Since then, the company has continued its renewed commitment to the app. Last month, an extensive update was rolled out for iOS.

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