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Smart App Control on Windows 11 Now Offers Better Malware Filtering

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Back in March, Microsoft added a Smart App Control feature to Windows 11 previews for the 22H2 build. As we get closer to the full end-user launch of Windows 11 22H2, Microsoft is now expanding the capabilities of the feature. Specifically, the tool will now block malware across a wider range of file formats.

Smart App Control (SAC) is a new security ability that blocks apps that are potentially dangerous or untrusted for another reason. It is available through Windows Security in the App & Browser Control menu.

SAC is off by default, so you will need to enable it. Furthermore, it only works on devices that have a clean install, and that Windows 11 preview build 22567 or newer. That means it will not work unless you re-install or reset Windows.

In an update for the feature, Microsoft’s David Weston took to Twitter to say Smart App Control now blocks more file types:

“Windows 11 with smart app control blocks iso and Ink files that have the mark of the web just like Macros.”

Blocking

This basically means Smart App Control will now block dangerous Ink and ISO files. Those formats now sit alongside other file types the service blocks: is .appref-ms, .bat, .cmd, .chm, .cpl, .js, .jse, .msc, .msp, .reg, .vbe, .vbs, .wsf files. Even IMG, VHD, and VHDX files (via BleepingComputer).

It is worth noting SAC does not just block these files. It simply prevents them from opening automatically, giving users the choice if they want to take the risk. It is worth noting Microsoft does not currently list all formats of the tool blocks. According to the company, a full list will be given close to full release.

Tip of the day: Windows now has a package manager similar to Linux called “Winget”. In our tutorial, we show you how to install and use this new tool that allows the quick installation of apps via PowerShell or a GUI.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Windows 11 Update Adds Ability to Install Updates on Startup

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Microsoft is rolling out an update for Windows 11 which is in its band C release channel. This means it is a non-security release that is focused on features, whether adding or fixing. This time, Microsoft is making a couple of interesting changes for Windows 11 users.

By the way, this update is Windows 11 Build 22000.832, rolling out under KB5015882.

In terms of the new features, the most interesting is the ability to update Windows 11 on startup. Microsoft says users can choose to update to new versions of the OS when they start up their eligible device.

Next, the update provides users with the ability to get urgent notifications when the focus assist feature is running. If you are unfamiliar with focus assist, it is a do not disturb feature on Windows 11.

Full Changelog

“Highlights

  • New! Gives you the option to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on. Focus assist is like a do not disturb mode that hides notifications.
  • New! Gives you the option to update to a newer Windows 11 version at the very first startup of Windows if your device is eligible.
  • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
  • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the Start menu’s context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a blank window that you cannot close when you hover over the search icon on the taskbar.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening.

And here is the full list of changes:

Improvements

This non-security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:

  • New! Provides the ability for you to consent to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on.
  • New! Provides the option for eligible devices to update to a newer Windows 11 version during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) when you first sign in. If you choose to update to a newer version, the update process will begin shortly after the update is installed on the device.
  • New! Restores functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios that are affected by the security mitigation for hardware reuse. This update removes the one-time use restriction for self-deploying mode (SDM) and pre-provisioning (PP). This update also re-enables any User Principal Name (UPN) display in user-driven mode (UDM) deployments for approved manufacturers.
  • Addresses an issue in UIAutomation() that causes an application to stop working.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents the Startup Task API from working as expected for certain apps.
  • Improves the reliability of a push-button reset after an OS upgrade.
  • Addresses an issue that makes the tenant restrictions event logging channel inaccessible if you remove the EN-US language pack.
  • Addresses an issue that causes certificate-based machine account authentication to fail in some circumstances after you install the May 10, 2022 security updates on domain controllers.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Arm64EC code you build using the Windows 11 software development kit (SDK).
  • Updates the Remove-Item cmdlet to properly interact with Microsoft OneDrive folders.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening.
  • Addresses an issue that causes port mapping conflicts for containers.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Code Integrity to continue trusting a file after the file has been modified.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Windows to stop working when you enable Windows Defender Application Control with the Intelligent Security Graph feature turned on.
  • Deploys search highlights to devices. To access the policy for search highlights (on a device that has installed the June 2022 Cumulative Update Preview or July 2022 monthly quality update), go to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and locate Search.admx. For your convenience, we will be publishing an updated version of the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 11, version 21H2 to the Microsoft Download Center soon.
  • Addresses an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
  • Addresses an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when you use the Start menu’s context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a blank window that you cannot close when you hover over the search icon on the taskbar.
  • Reduces the overhead of resource contention in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios that have many threads contending on a single file.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Windows profile service to fail sporadically. The failure might occur when signing in. The error message is, “gpsvc service failed to sign in. Access denied”.”

Tip of the day: Windows Update downloads can often be frustrating because they are several gigabytes in size and can slow down your internet connection. That means your device may work with reduced performance while the update is downloading. Our guide shows you how to limit bandwidth for Windows Update downloads, so they won’t bother you again.

Source  Winbuzzer

 

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Windows Subsystem for Android Lands Huge Update on Windows 11

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Microsoft is rolling out its July update for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), the service that allows Windows 11 to run Android applications. With this release, the subsystem is moving to version 2205.40000.14.0.

This is an important update because it makes a bunch of changes to the Windows Subsystem for Android.

Among them is advanced networking. Microsoft says app access on local networks for ARM machines will be available. Furthermore, the company is allowing VPN and IPv6 connectivity. Other changes include AV1 support and new settings.

If you are unfamiliar with WSA, it is the system that allows Windows 11 to support Android apps natively.

When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, the company’s latest effort to address the App Gap. This is thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft and the Amazon App Store. While apps show up on the Microsoft Store, clicking them sends users to the Amazon App Store to download and install.

Full Update Notes

“What’s News

Advanced Networking

We’ve made a huge change to networking! We’re now introducing advanced networking, which enables app access to local network devices for ARM computers, allowing apps to take advantage of this functionality. We’ve also enabled IPv6 and VPN connectivity, enhancing the networking functionalities of the subsystem.

Settings App Update

We’ve updated the Windows Subsystem for the Android Settings app to now account for advanced networking. This means the IP address has been removed from the Developer section in the Settings app as the subsystem no longer has a different IP from your computer.

Full Changelog

  • Enabled Advanced Networking functionality, including app access to local network devices for ARM
  • VM IP address removed from the Settings app. With Advanced Networking, now the IP address of the VM is the same as the host/computer IP.
  • Fixes for non-resizable app content on maximizing or resizing
  • Fixes for scrolling with mouse and trackpad in apps
  • Android May Kernel patches
  • Android windows marked secure can no longer be screenshotted
  • Improve web browser launching
  • Enable doze and app standby while charging for improved power saving
  • ADB debug prompts redirected to Windows for improved security
  • Updated to Chromium WebView 101
  • Fixes for graphics including app flickering and graphics corruption
  • Fixes for video playback
  • AV1 Codec support
  • Enabled IPv6 and VPN Connectivity
  • Increased the performance and reliability connecting to virtual WIFI in the container
  • Video playback apps can now prevent the screen from turning off in Windows

Sadly though, the new update is the U.S. only for now. Here are the known issues in this new WSA version 2205.40000.14.0 update:

Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app”

Tip of the day: Did you know you can use Windows built-in antivirus Microsoft Defender also with scheduled scans? In our tutorial, we give you step-by-step instructions on how to program your personal scan schedule to keep you free of malware.

Source  Winbuzzer
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Windows 11 Privacy Auditing Brings App Access Information on Devices

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For modern software and hardware, privacy remains one of the biggest challenges. Specifically, how to balance the privacy needs of customers with functional devices that often tap into multiple services. It is a universal problem all Big Tech providers face, whether on Android, iOS, Windows, or any other platform.

Microsoft says it is now working on a new auditing tool that gives users information when apps use hardware that may hold sensitive information. Known as Privacy Auditing, the feature will be available in Windows 11.

According to Microsoft, Privacy Warning will give Windows 11 users the ability to see which applications have been accessing hardware such as the camera and microphone. The feature is a suite of tools that tell the user when apps are potentially accessing devices that are “sensitive”. Furthermore, alerts are sent when apps access the hardware.

There are hints that Privacy Auditing will go beyond these abilities and also bring permissions control to Windows. Mobile platforms like Android and iOS have extensive settings for permissions, allowing users to control what data, features, and options installed apps can see. For some reason, Windows 11 does not have the same level of control.

In Preview

A tweet from David Weston, Microsoft’s VP for OS Security and Enterprise, showed the Privacy Auditing feature, with the tool located in the Privacy & security part of the Windows Settings application. As you can see, the tool will provide users with a way to see screenshots of app access, location data, messages, and more.

Privacy Auditing remains in development but is available in preview on the Dev Channel (Preview Build 25140). You can use it through the latest Windows preview build ahead of a wider Stable Release channel update in the future.

Tip of the day: Windows lets you use Cortana to translate sentences, words, or phrases, with the results read back to you automatically. This makes it particularly useful for group scenarios, but you can also type if you’re unsure about pronunciation. Cortana translation sports an impressive 40 languages and utilizes machine learning to provide natural results in many cases. Check our full guide to learn how to use Cortana for quick translations.

Source   Winbuzzer

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Windows 11 File Explorer Tabs Closing in on Wide Release

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Microsoft’s plan to bring tabs to the File Explorer on Windows 11 is getting closer to reality. Last week I reported on the feature landing on a preview build on the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. It seems File Explorer tabs are moving fast through the preview chain and are now landing on Beta channel builds.

When a feature rolls to the Beta channel, it is usually just a couple of months from the full release. Maybe Microsoft is moving quickly to launch File Explorer tabs as part of the upcoming Windows 11 22H2 update.

Either way, it seems the feature is coming soon.

Tabs are a much-anticipated tool that Microsoft has been teasing for years. The company has been testing this feature since Windows 10. At first, the ability was known as Windows Sets and was much more ambitious than just the File Explorer. Sets were a tabbing system that would work across Windows 10. Essentially a universal tab ability for applications.

Tabbing System

Microsoft took Sets off development in 2019 but there was evidence in 2020 that it was back in development, at least in some capacity. While tabbing in File Explorer may not be Sets, it is very similar. While it will transform the way the File Explorer works, Microsoft is not overhauling the interface of the app.

Tabs in the File Explorer will work in a very similar way to tabs on a website browser. Windows 11 users will be able to open multiple file tabs at once and switch between folders and files more seamlessly without needing to close documents.

Tip of the day: Do you sometimes face issues with Windows search where it doesn’t find files or return results? Check our tutorial to see how to fix Windows search via various methods.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Windows 11 22H2 Reaches Release Preview Ring

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We already know that Microsoft is preparing to release Windows 11 22H2 in the coming months. The launch of the first major feature update for Windows 11 is taking another step towards arriving this week. Microsoft has now moved the Windows 11 22H2 update to the Release Preview ring on the Insider Program.

This means the update is entering final testing on the inside. This is a release-ready version of the update that is stable and functional. In other words, it is not the relatively unstable builds that would be available through other Insider channels.

If you want to try Windows 11 22H2 early but do not necessarily want to deal with unstable builds, now is the time to get on board. Of course, you will need to be a member of the Windows Insider Program to install this update.

You can do that by heading to Windows Update on your Windows 11 PC and clicking the Window Insider option. Follow the instructions to sign up for the Insider Program and then choose the Release Preview as your preferred channel. The update you want is Windows 11 Preview build 22621.

Alternatively, you can wait the couple of months it takes for Microsoft to roll out the update to end-users, and then also wait through the staggered release structure the company uses.

Upcoming Features

Microsoft has already confirmed most of the new features coming to the 22H2 update:

For example, the ability to turn on Do Not Disturb directly in the Action Center. This setting provides users to choose which notifications they want to show.

Focus session is a new feature that sets up to give users more productivity on Windows 11. Specifically, it automatically triggers Do Not Disturb and turns off taskbar notification badges. Sessions also have a timer on them to remind users to take a break. Microsoft has built an integration for Focus in Spotify and the Windows Clock app.

Elsewhere, Microsoft is adding live captions for audio content across the entirety of Windows 11. This means the platform as a whole can transcribe captions from any audio. Microsoft points out that this ability even works offline.

Tip of the day: Need to reduce the picture size of several images, but don’t have the time to edit every one? Microsoft’s PowerToys image resizer can batch-resize your photos with just two clicks.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Windows Autopatch Brings Automatic Updates to Enterprise Customers in Preview

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Back in April, I reported on Windows Autopilot, a new patching program for Windows 11 and Windows 10 enterprise users. Microsoft is now rolling out a public preview for the feature, changing the Patch Tuesday landscape for a subset of users.

When introducing Windows Autopilot in April, Microsoft claimed the program would make Patch Tuesday a regular event. If you’re unfamiliar with Patch Tuesday, it is a cumulative update/patch cycle held on the second Tuesday of each month.

Microsoft says Autopilot will lessen the impact of Patch Tuesday:

“This service will keep Windows and Office software on enrolled endpoints up-to-date automatically, at no additional cost. IT admins can gain time and resources to drive value. The second Tuesday of every month will be ‘just another Tuesday’,” Microsoft says.

Windows Autopilot is available for Microsoft 365/Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 customers. In a public preview, Microsoft says it expects a full launch in July.

Details

Autopatch is a managed service that links to Patch Tuesday but provides automatic patches when needed. This includes for Windows 10 and Windows 11 covering firmware and drivers, as well as Microsoft 365 apps like Word, Teams, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

“Windows Autopatch applies updates to your Windows operating system and configures automatic updates for Office applications,” Microsoft explains.

Microsoft was Windows Autopatch to do the heavy lifting so organizations can remove many manual elements of the update process. According to the company, Autopatch will fill in gaps that currently exist when a patch is released and the time it takes for an organization to install it.

“Office rollouts follow a unique, fixed schedule – they do not make use of ring-based progressive deployment and are not controlled by Autopatch,” Microsoft adds.

The company points out that Autopatch works differently with Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Edge:

“The Microsoft Teams client application is synchronized with changes to the Teams online service. As a result, updates to this client occur on a different cadence than general Windows or Office updates. Microsoft Edge also has its own update channel to facilitate frequent revisions to the browser. Windows Autopatch progressive deployment is not used for either Teams or Edge updates, nor do they pause or rollback actions apply to either application”.

Tip of the day: File History is a Windows backup feature that saves each version of files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Desktop, and Offline OneDrive folders. Though its name implies a primary focus on version control, you can actually use it as a fully-fledged backup tool for your important documents.

Source   Winbuzzer

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Windows 11 Could Be Coming to Apple M1 Machines Soon

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Windows 11 on Apple’s M1 platform is not really a thing, or at least not natively. Microsoft has been clear it will not provide the OS for Mac machines running on the M1 CPU. Users have alternatives, such as running Windows 11 on M1 machines through Parallels or hacking through Windows 10. However, an independent developer is working on a way to run Windows 11 natively on Apple M1.

Arminder Singh says he is working on a project that will make Windows 11 on Apple machines a reality. However, he admits the solution is in its early days and he faces a number of obstacles to overcome before it is ready.

“Contrary to how it may appear on the surface, Apple’s chips are architecturally very different from standard ARM64 chips from companies like Qualcomm or MediaTek and a lot of hardware enablement needs to be done as a result. Thankfully a lot of work has already been done in this area for Linux through the Asahi Linux project

This is not going to be a trivial project to finish, there are a lot of Apple-specific oddities I must account for and things I need to do to ensure the M1 is able to boot Windows in a stable way.”

Challenges

Asahi Linux is a pointer to this kind of project that can be successful. If you are unfamiliar, the Asahi Linux project allows users to run Linux on Apple machines.

Of course, Apple doesn’t really like this sort of thing on its mostly closed ecosystem. As such, there are certain obstacles inherent in Apple hardware that pose challenges to developers. Singh points to the Apple Interrupt Controller (AIC) as a primary issue. Furthermore, he points out that the Input-Output Memory Management Unit (IOMMU) of the M1 supports just 16K pages and not 8K.

Singh is honest and says while he will push on with development, the project mail fails at some point. That is why he is holding off providing a launch date for his Windows 11 on the M1 project.

You can read more on the development of Arminder Singh’s blog post here.

Tip of the day: File History is a Windows backup feature that saves each version of files in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Desktop, and Offline OneDrive folders. Though its name implies a primary focus on version control, you can actually use it as a fully-fledged backup tool for your important documents.

Source  Winbuzzer

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 “Designer” App Leaks Online

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It seems that Microsoft is developing a new app for Windows 11 known as “Designer”. Thanks to leaked images, it seems the app is both real and at an advanced enough stage to look nearly complete.

Designer was found by WalkingCat, and there is also an accompanying URL (designer.microsoft.com). So, if you want to see for yourself, you can right there now. Although, you will need a Microsoft Account to get in.

Unfortunately, it is not entirely clear what the Designer app is. You may remember Microsoft has used the new Designer before, specifically for a feature in PowerPoint. Microsoft has maintained the feature since then with regular updates.It is unclear if the new app is related to this feature. If it is, it could be Microsoft bringing tools from Designer in PowerPoint to the wider Window 11 ecosystem. Alternatively, the new Designer app may be something new entirely.

Windows 11 22H2

Earlier in the month, Microsoft started splitting Insider Windows 11 previews, suggesting the first major update for the platform is nearing completion.

Microsoft has now officially split Windows 11 test releases between the Dev and Beta channels. What this means is Windows Insiders can no longer move between channels. Although, Microsoft is giving users 10 days to roll back to the Beta channel if they accidentally install the more unstable Dev channel update.

Tip of the day: After years of hefting a laptop around, you inevitably build up a menagerie of Wi-Fi networks. For the most part, they’ll sit on your PC, hardly used, but at times a change in configuration can make it difficult to connect to a network your computer already remembers. At this point, it can be beneficial to make Windows forget a Wi-Fi network and delete its network profile.

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Microsoft Releases Two Windows 11 22H2 Previews, Splitting Updates Between Insider Channels

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Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 11 preview build, marking the first time the company is splitting test updates across the Dev and Beta channels. This essentially means Microsoft is preparing to finalize Windows 11 22H2 for full release. Specifically, the Dev Channel is getting Windows 11 preview build 25115, and the Beta Channel has preview build 22621.

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft has published a blog post detailing what new features will be coming with Windows 11 22H2.

On the Beta channel update, Microsoft is focusing on fixing problems and confirming known issues. The company says preview build 22621 is available to download through ISOs now. For new features, the Dev Channel build (25115) is the release to check out. However, it is currently not available for ARM64 machines.

This build comes with a tool known as Suggested Actions, a new feature that gives users prompts for steps they may want to take on Windows 11. Microsoft explains the feature in its accompanying blog post:

“Windows Insiders can try out a new feature in this build for making everyday tasks quicker in Windows 11 through inline suggested actions. When you copy a date, time, or phone number, Windows will suggest actions relevant to you such as creating calendar events or making phone calls with your favorite apps.”

Splitting Channels

Microsoft has now officially split Windows 11 test releases between the Dev and Beta channels. What this means is Windows Insiders can no longer move between channels. Although, Microsoft is giving users 10 days to roll back to the Beta channel if they accidentally install the more unstable Dev channel update.

Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

Source  Winbuzzer

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