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Windows 11 Update Helps Prevent Accidental USB Drive Encryption

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Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 Preview Build 22579 to Insiders on the Dev Channel. Leading the changes on this release is a feature that will help users avoid accidental encryptions on USB drives.

BitLocker – the in-built encryption tool on Windows – has the annoying habit of encrypting drives when the user doesn’t want to. Of course, this is an issue and not a feature Microsoft has purposely added.

As such, the company is adding a new policy in Window 11 that fixes the problem. Admins can now exclude devices from BitLocker.

“This will solve the problem of automatic or accidental encryption of storage built into specialized devices like video cameras, voice recorders, conferencing systems, medical devices and many more,” Microsoft explains in the release notes.

A list of external USB drives and other similar devices means admins can choose to “Deny write access to removable drives not protected by BitLocker.” Essentially, users will not be able to encrypt the storage on the drive across any device the admin chooses.

Well, eventually any device. As the moment, the policy only configures through mobile device management (MDM) solutions, such as Microsoft Intune.

Other Changes

That is not the only change of note landing with Windows 11 Preview build 22579. Microsoft is releasing an overhaul of the Print Queue tool. Specifically, it can now shows the “modern print dialog” for win32 apps on CPrintDialog.

On the developer side, Windows Terminal accessibility. A new WIN + X bind will send the user to Windows PowerShell is Terminal is not installed. Users can open PowerShell directly in Windows Terminal if they want but setting Terminal as the default app via Settings > Privacy & Security > For Developers.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

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Microsoft Test for Windows 11 File Explorer Ads Leaks Online

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Microsoft has a few plans for the File Explorer on Windows 11, such as a new tabs feature that is currently in development. While that tool will expand the functionality of File Explorer, Microsoft has another change in the works that is more controversial. Specifically, the company seems to be testing ads within the Windows 11 File Explorer.

Windows watcher Florian Beaubois found the ad in the newest Windows 11 preview. Showing the result on Twitter, other users went to the Microsoft Editor to see if they seen the same. Some users did see the ad while others didn’t.

Microsoft says the fact anybody seen the ad is a mistake because the test is currently internal:

“This was an experimental banner that was not intended to be published externally and was turned off,” says Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for Windows, to The Verge.

It is clear Microsoft is at least considering the idea of putting ads in the File Explorer. In fact, that consideration is far enough along that the company is actively testing the concept.

Microsoft Ads

I should point out that the ads in this case will be to Microsoft’s own products and not third-party advertising like on Google. Even so, adding ads to File Explorer will frustrate some people who have spent decades using Windows as an ad-free platform.

As the ads will be for Microsoft services, I presume they will be easy to dismiss. Certainly, this is not the first time the company has placed ads on the OS. Currently you can see ads in the Start Menu and other areas of the platform. Microsoft was forced to remove ads it placed on Windows apps in 2019. Back in 2017, the Window 10 File Explorer picked up some ads for OneDrive.

I’ll watch this one closely as it will be interesting to see if this File Explorer ad idea makes its way to Windows 11 in the future.

Tip of the day: Windows sometimes refuses to delete certain folders or files. In our tutorial we show you how to take action in such a case and still erase the affected files from your hard drive.

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Windows 11 File Explorer Getting Tabs Feature

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Microsoft has been making changes to the File Explorer in Windows 11 that make it generally more user-friendly. Next on the agenda for the app is the inclusion of tabs. According to a developer for the EarTrumpt Windows app has found File Explorer tab support within this week’s Windows 11 preview release.

As you might expect, the concept of tabs in the Windows 11 File Explorer work much like they do in a web browser. So, users will be able to open multiple folders at once. Microsoft has been testing this feature since Windows 10.

Back then it was known as Windows Sets and was much more ambitious than just the File Explorer. a tabbing system that will work across Windows 10. Essentially a universal tab ability for applications. 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. Yes, the good old general design of the File Explorer – a design that has been ever-present since Windows 95 – will remain.

Other Changes

Despite keeping the UI the same, Microsoft is working to make the File Explorer more useful. Previews came to the app recently, while last month Microsoft added new Quick Access settings. Users  pin individual files and Office.com files to the Quick Access section of Windows 11 File Explorer.

Tip of the day: Having problems with pop-ups and unwanted programs in Windows? Try the hidden adware blocker of Windows Defender. We show you how to turn it on in just a few steps.

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Apple Studio Will Work with Windows 11

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Earlier this week, Apple announced its new Studio Display. A 27-inch 5K display monitor designed for the new Mac Studio, one of the questions at launch was will the display work with Windows. On its website, Apple has given an answer to the question, and it is yes. That means Windows 11 and Windows 10 customers can use the new Apple Studio Display.

Following up on that confirmation, the company spoke to The Verge and said the display will work on Windows PC. However, there are some caveats worth knowing about. Most notably – but also predictably – macOS apps will not be available. That include Center Stage, the “Hey Siri” ability, and Spatial Audio.

Apple says at the core is simply a display that works like any normal PC monitor that has integrated speakers and webcam.

The webcam was one area where compatibility was in question. Apple says that to provide firmware updates to the webcam, connection to a Mac device is necessary. Speaking to The Verge, spokesperson Alex Bender says the 12-megapixel lens will work on any PC. Again, this does not really clear up the question of firmware updates.

Windows Functionality

While the Apple Display is a 5K 60Hz screen, not every Windows PC will be able to support that performance. So, the resolution will depend on your system. Of course, that’s the case with any monitor you use on Microsoft’s platform.

It is good that Apple Display works on Windows, I guess, but it would be a bad buy for any Windows 11 user. This is very much a product created to be primarily compatible with other Apple devices. On Windows, there are more affordable options that deliver the same or even better specs. Let’s not forget the Apple Studio starts at an eye-watering $1,600.

Tip of the day: Having problems with pop-ups and unwanted programs in Windows? Try the hidden adware blocker of Windows Defender. We show you how to turn it on in just a few steps.

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Clipchamp Becomes Windows 11 Default Video-Editing App

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If you’re like me and crave the days of the epic Windows Movie Maker, let it go folks. While that app is consigned to history, Microsoft is today debuting a new default video-editing tool for Windows 11. Well, new is not really a good description because the app is Clipchamp, a company Microsoft acquired last year.

At the time of the acquisition, Microsoft’s interest in Clipchamp was folding the app into Microsoft 365. It would give enterprise users a method to access web-based video editing without using a third-party solution.

It was never an amazing fit because the app is for non-creatives and non-professionals. That means it is a rather muted experience the productivity focused Microsoft 365 package.

It now seems Microsoft is extending Clipchamp into the consumer space by bundling it with Windows 11. According to the company, Clipchamp is an “inbox” app on the OS. This essentially means it comes with all new Windows 11 hardware.

Features

Clipchamp provides editing tools such as filters, styles, templates and more all available online. Thanks to features like stock media, styles, transitions, and a timeline, it does retain some pro-grade abilities. Alongside the video creation and multi-track audio capabilities, Microsoft is adding a new Azure-powered feature.

Specifically, a text-to-speech editor that allows users to create voiceovers in over 70 languages. As you might expect, the app also integrates directly with OneDrive for file sharing and cloud storage.

Clipchamp is an online app. Microsoft has not said if there will be an offline mode available for Windows users who don’t want to be attached to the cloud all the time.

At the moment, the change is on the Dev Channel for Insiders.

Tip of the day: Having problems with pop-ups and unwanted programs in Windows? Try the hidden adware blocker of Windows Defender. We show you how to turn it on in just a few steps

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Windows Subsystem for Android Gets Windows 11 Preview Update

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Last month, Microsoft finally brought Windows Subsystem for Android to wide release in the US, giving users Android apps on Windows 11. However, the framework is far from finished with only around 1,000 apps available. Microsoft will continue to work on the subsystem in preview, which brings us to version 2203.40000.1.0.

This is a major update of Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. In fact, it is rolling out simultaneously to all Insiders across the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels. Included in the package are important security updates, but also some fun stuff like Windows integration and important changes to video playback.

In terms of Windows integration, Microsoft says Windows email clients now work better with mobile applications. For example, they will launch a mail client from a message link. As for video changes, Windows Subsystem for Android can now tap into hardware accelerated H.254 decoding.

Changelog

Microsoft also has some other changes landing in preview. Below is the full release notes:

“H.264 Video Hardware Decoding
This update allows Windows Subsystem for Android™ to take advantage of hardware accelerated H.264 decoding. This should enable a better experience on several apps in the current app catalog that take advantage of high-definition video playback.”

Fixes/Improvements:

“Networking Changes
With this update comes networking changes in the platform to enable future improvements. To help us improve networking features in Windows Subsystem for Android™, we encourage Insiders to file feedback for any network issues encountered in supported apps.

Mail Integration
We’ve made improvements to Windows integration with Windows Subsystem for Android™! In this update, the integration between Windows email clients and mobile apps has been improved. Apps that take advantage of launching a mail client or message should benefit from this change immediately.

MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing) Changes
While MSAA is a useful feature for several game apps, users were reporting that 4X MSAA could not be disabled. We were previously force-enabling anti-aliasing, which has now been fixed.

Improvements to Input
We’ve made improvements to general input in Windows Subsystem for Android™, including improved scrolling in the Amazon Appstore and Kindle apps.”

When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June 2021, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, finally adding mobile apps to the platform.

Tip of the day: If your PC keeps connecting to the wrong WiFi network, you can set WiFi priority to avoid the need to manually select access points over and over again.

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Patch Tuesday Fix Solves Windows 11/10 Files Data Reset Issue

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It’s that time of the month again. Microsoft yesterday sent out its March 2022 Patch Tuesday cumulative updates. As usual, the release covers a bunch of fixes across a range of Microsoft’s services. Among the most notable patches is a fix for a Windows 11 and Windows 10 reset issue where some files would remain following a reset.

You may remember we discussed this problem back at the end of February. It is a cross-OS problem that was affecting both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Specifically, versions Windows 11 21H2, Windows 10 version 21H2, Windows 10 version 21H1, and Windows 10 version 20H2.

The issue stems from a Windows reset. When the OS starts up again, files and folders would still be present even though the reset should delete them. At the time of confirming the problem, Microsoft gave the following explanation:

“When attempting to reset a Windows device with apps which have folders with reparse data, such as OneDrive or OneDrive for Business, files which have been downloaded or synced locally from OneDrive might not be deleted when selecting the “Remove everything” option. This issue might be encountered when attempting a manual reset initiated within Windows or a remote reset.”

Fix

It seems this problem is a local files-only issue, so files held exclusively on the cloud are not affected. Microsoft told anyone resetting their Windows that downloaded and local files would remain when restarting the OS.

Microsoft offered a couple of workarounds to tide users over until a permanent fix was available. That solution is now here through the March 2022 Patch Tuesday updates. However, in the its release notes for the fix, Microsoft says this is a slow burner to initiate:

“Some devices might take up to seven (7) days after you install this update to fully address the issue and prevent files from persisting after a reset. For immediate effect, you can manually trigger Windows Update Troubleshooter using the instructions in Windows Update Troubleshooter.”

If you are running Windows 11, the fix shows as KB5011493 (OS Build 22000.556).

Tip of the day: If your PC keeps connecting to the wrong WiFi network, you can set WiFi priority to avoid the need to manually select access points over and over again.

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Windows Subsystem for Android Gets Windows 11 Preview Update

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Last month, Microsoft finally brought Windows Subsystem for Android to wide release in the US, giving users Android apps on Windows 11. However, the framework is far from finished with only around 1,000 apps available. Microsoft will continue to work on the subsystem in preview, which brings us to version 2203.40000.1.0.

This is a major update of Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. In fact, it is rolling out simultaneously to all Insiders across the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview channels. Included in the package are important security updates, but also some fun stuff like Windows integration and important changes to video playback.

In terms of Windows integration, Microsoft says Windows email clients now work better with mobile applications. For example, they will launch a mail client from a message link. As for video changes, Windows Subsystem for Android can now tap into hardware accelerated H.254 decoding.

Changelog

Microsoft also has some other changes landing in preview. Below is the full release notes:

“H.264 Video Hardware Decoding
This update allows Windows Subsystem for Android™ to take advantage of hardware accelerated H.264 decoding. This should enable a better experience on several apps in the current app catalog that take advantage of high-definition video playback.”

Fixes/Improvements:

“Networking Changes
With this update comes networking changes in the platform to enable future improvements. To help us improve networking features in Windows Subsystem for Android™, we encourage Insiders to file feedback for any network issues encountered in supported apps.

Mail Integration
We’ve made improvements to Windows integration with Windows Subsystem for Android™! In this update, the integration between Windows email clients and mobile apps has been improved. Apps that take advantage of launching a mail client or message should benefit from this change immediately.

MSAA (Multisample anti-aliasing) Changes
While MSAA is a useful feature for several game apps, users were reporting that 4X MSAA could not be disabled. We were previously force-enabling anti-aliasing, which has now been fixed.

Improvements to Input
We’ve made improvements to general input in Windows Subsystem for Android™, including improved scrolling in the Amazon Appstore and Kindle apps.”

When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June 2021, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, finally adding mobile apps to the platform.

Tip of the day: If your PC keeps connecting to the wrong WiFi network, you can set WiFi priority to avoid the need to manually select access points over and over again.

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Microsoft Reaffirms App Assure Committment to Improve Windows 11 Apps

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Microsoft has this week published a post reminding everyone its App Assure program is alive and well on Windows 11. This means developers can check compatibility and make steps to make their apps work on Microsoft’s new OS.

First announced in 2018 and then released in 2019 as support for Windows 7 came to a close, App Assure was originally to bring Win7 apps up to speed on Windows 10.

When Microsoft transitions from one OS to the next, in this case Windows 10 to 11, some apps are not compatible with the new software. App Assure is a compatibility assistance solution that allows developers to work directly with Microsoft engineers to solve issues with bugs and other compatibility problems.

Still Around

Those will compatibility issues will be prioritized via the FastTrack program. As App Assure is the kind of program that goes silent in-between new OS launches or end of support, Microsoft is reminding developers it is still available:

“Whether you are a large enterprise or a small business, App Assure can provide application compatibility assistance and help you feel confident upgrading your devices to Windows 11. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to app compatibility, the goal is that all of your apps simply work after the upgrade to Windows 11, with no changes required. If you do encounter a compatibility issue on Windows 11, though, App Assure engineers will work with you to help resolve the issue in addition to working with engineering teams to find and fix the root cause.”

App Assure for Windows 11 was first confirmed in October 2021, shortly after the launch of the OS. It is probable a vast majority of Windows 10 apps are compatible with Windows 11. When Microsoft handled Windows 7 apps moving to Windows 10, the company said only 41 apps needed App Assure assistance.

Tip of the day: Do you know that Windows 11 / Windows 10 allows creating PDFs from basically any app with printing support? In our tutorial, we show you how this works via Microsoft Print to PDF and Bullzip PDF Printer to save a PDF from any app, even with advanced options like adjusted quality, multi-page printing, and password protection.

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Windows 11: Latest Preview Adds Smart App Control

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Microsoft is rolling out the latest Windows 11 preview build for Insiders. This new update adds some new features, most notably the Smart App Control tool and account management changes for Microsoft 365 subscribers.

These new additions are part of Windows 11 Preview build 22567, which is now available to testers on the Dev Channel.

Smart App Control (SAC) is a new security ability that is arriving on Windows 11. It will block apps that are potentially dangerous or untrusted for another reason. Insiders can now turn on Smart App Control via the Windows Security app 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 of course run build 22567 or newer. Microsoft has not said much about the feature just yet, but will release more details in the future.

Other Build 22567 Changes

Elsewhere in the latest preview, Microsoft 365 account management is now more efficient. Options to manage a subscription are now easier to see through the Settings > Accounts section. For the subscription card, users can see payment information and receive notifications when payment details need an update.

On the “Your Microsoft Account” page, the company is adding information about free services and tools that are available. For example, Office web apps and OneDrive storage. Of course, this is really a side entrance advertisement for getting the full M365 subscription.

Finally for this build, the Your Phone app is getting an update to add support for QR code scanning during device setup (OOBE) on Windows 11. As always, this preview also comes with fixes and known issues, which you can see in full on Microsoft’s blog post.

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. In our guide, we show you how to limit bandwidth for Windows Update downloads, so they won’t bother you again.

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