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Microsoft Brings Windows 11 Android Apps to Dev Channel

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Microsoft has now opened its support for Android apps on Windows 11 to Insiders on the Dev Channel. With this expansion, more Windows Insiders can access Android apps on their PCs. Until now, Android app support has been limited to the Beta Channel.

While Microsoft did not make a separate announcement, the company did update the blog post on Android support for Windows 11 to reflect availability on the Dev Channel. Specifically, this is Windows Subsystem for Android, which underpins the support of apps from the Amazon App Store.

When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June, one of the big new features was support for Android apps, the company finally allowing mobile applications without an emulator. However, when Windows 11 started rolling out in October, Android apps were not available.

Microsoft said it needed a little more time, and started the preview for Windows Subsystem for Android last month. The preview allows Windows Insider Program members to download applications directly form the Microsoft Store. It seems the preview remains limited to users with AMD, Intel, or Qualcomm chipsets.

Availability

It is also still in early development because there are only 50 or so apps currently available for testing. We guess Microsoft is willing to develop the Windows Subsystem for Android slowly. The most likely timeframe for wide release to all Windows 11 users is through the 22H1 update early next year (likely in May).

While apps show up on the Microsoft Store, clicking them sends users to the Amazon App Store to download and install. Of course, the Amazon App Store features a fraction of the number of apps on the Play Store, including Google’s native applications.

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.

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Microsoft Offers Workaround for Windows 11 Digital Certificate Issue

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One of the early problems for some Windows 11 users has been compatibility issues with the Touch Keyboard, Snipping Tool, Emoji Panel, and Voice Typing. It seems a Microsoft digital certificate is causing these services not to open or function properly. Microsoft is now providing a workaround until a fix is available.

According to Windows Report, the problem comes from a Windows 11 certificate that expired without renewal on Oct 31, 2021. That means from Nov 1, some users on the platform have been unable to open some native apps.

Microsoft has confirmed the issue and details a workaround on its Windows 11 known issues page. Essentially, the company is advising users to install Cumulative Update KB5006746:

“Workaround: To mitigate the issue with Snipping Tool, use the Print Screen key on your keyboard and paste the screenshot into your document. You can also paste it into Paint to select and copy the section you want.

To mitigate the following issues, install KB5006746 released October 21, 2021. For instructions on how to do this, please see Update Windows:

  • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing and Emoji Panel
  • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and Tips”

Fixes

Microsoft says it is working on a fix for some of the apps, such as the Snipping tool, but does not have fixes for all affected applications. It seems the company is waiting for November 2021 Patch Tuesday to roll out wider fixes that address the whole problem.

Patch Tuesday this month will arrive on November 15.

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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Windows 11 Online Service Experience Packs Further Microsoft’s Goal to Change Windows Updates

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Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 Build 22489, a preview release available to Windows Insiders. Leading the changes in the release were the Online Service Experience Packs and Your Microsoft Account page, both of which we covered at the time.

It now seems Microsoft’s growing interest in service experience packs means the company wants to provide updates to Windows 11 out of schedule. This could also include bringing features to the platform without waiting for major twice-annual updates.

This shift predates Windows 11. Microsoft’s first Windows Feature Experience Pack was confirmed for Windows 10 back in December 2020.

Essentially, the ability brings updates for individual apps.  Windows apps that don’t update as part of wider automatic platform updates. This means Microsoft can update then in-between twice annual feature updates. For example, if Setting receives a new feature, users could be able to install it independently of any other wider update.

Online Service Experience Packs

And this leads to the Online Service Experience Packs. Like the Feature Experience Packs, this system allows for out-of-scheduling updating. Instead of for app features, the tool allows updates for individual services.

For example, if a hardware management page gets an update, Microsoft can roll out the release specifically for that service.

Whereas Feature Experience Pack is available on Windows 10, it seems Online Service Experience Packs are exclusive to Windows 11. It is also worth noting that the feature does not mean Microsoft is ditching its twice-annual major upgrades for the platform.

Instead, this is a further of example of Microsoft tweaking its update models and cycles in pursuit of more efficiency.

Tip of the day: Having problems with pop-ups and unwanted programs in Windows 10? 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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Microsoft Defender Preview for Windows 11 is Now Available

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Last week, Microsoft Defender got a new preview app for Windows 11. However, that was just a leak with no official release. Fast forward a little and Microsoft has now rolled out the app for Insiders.

Available now in the new Microsoft Store for Windows 11, the Microsoft Defender preview is still only available for some users. In other words, this is a limited preview right now and not available to all members of the Windows Insider Program.

However, Ahmed Walid was able to get the installer and posted the following images of the new Microsoft Defender experience.

It seems users are able to get quite far into the installation process before being shut out. For example, I was able to “Get” the Microsoft Defender preview from the Microsoft Store and install it on my machine. However, when I linked my account to the app, I got the message “your account isn’t authorized to use Microsoft Defender yet.”

Oh well.

New Experience

Of course, the big change here compared to the Windows 10 app is the faithfulness to the Windows 11 Flow aesthetic. That means rounded corners and a generally softer look compared to before. It also seems Microsoft Defender on Windows 11 is putting more emphasis on managing security on all devices across platforms.

Microsoft has been developing the app under the codename GibraltarApp, building it on WPF and XAML. On the Microsoft Store, the company says the following about the app:

“Security, simplified. Microsoft Defender is your personal defense against digital threats. Secure your devices across operating systems including Windows, Apple, and Android.”

Tip of the day: Having problems with pop-ups and unwanted programs in Windows 10? 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 11 Preview Build Makes Settings App Changes

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Earlier today, we reported on the new Online Service Experience Packs, a new out of schedule way to update Windows 11 that are currently part of the Dev Channel via Windows 11 Build 22489. It is worth taking a closer look at that update because it delivers a few changes.

Those Online Service Experience Packs are part of a new Settings app section called Your Microsoft Account. This is similar to the account page on the web, but built directly into Windows 11. Users can see details on subscriptions, payment history, and so on.

Microsoft is making some other changes to the Settings app on build 22489. Specifically, the app now splits the Apps & Features page into two separate pages (so, an Apps page and a Features page). Furthermore, the Connect app is now known as “Wireless Display”.

The company also confirms support for Discovery of Designated Resolvers, and explains what this allows in the official changelog:

  • “We’ve added support for Discovery of Designated Resolvers which allows Windows to discover encrypted DNS configuration from a DNS resolver known only by its IP address. See this blog post for more details.
  • To improve consistency, we’re updating the name of the Connect app to now be “Wireless Display”. This app is a feature-on-demand (FOD) and can be enabled by going to Settings > Apps > Optional features > Add an optional feature.
  • We’re splitting up “Apps & Features” in Settings into two pages under Apps, “Installed Apps”, and “Advanced app settings”.
  • In case you missed it last week, just a reminder that Windows Sandbox now works on ARM64 PCs!”

Fixes

As always, this preview release also brings fixes for a bunch of issues on Windows 11. This is an extensive list of problem solving:

[Taskbar]

  • App icons on secondary monitors should draw more reliably now instead of being blank.
  • Stopped an explorer.exe crash that was happening sometimes when using the Desktops flyout context menu.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash that was happening sometimes when dismissing the Desktops flyout.

[File Explorer]

  • Pin to Quick Access is a top-level option now when right clicking a drive in File Explorer.
  • We improved context menu launch performance.
  • Made a few fixes to help improve explorer.exe reliability when using File Explorer.

[Windowing]

  • Closing windows in Task View should look less jumpy now.
  • Did some work to help address an issue that was causing flickering in the app window when resizing certain apps in recent Dev Channel builds.

[Settings]

  • Addressed an issue that was causing Settings to crash in certain cases after going to Windows Update.
  • Added a space that was missing in the search results when searching for Touch Keyboard settings.
  • Fixed a Settings crash when trying to customize options in Wheel Settings.
  • If animations are turned off, dismissing a notification using the X will no longer have an animation.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the media controls to not show up in Quick Settings sometimes when music was playing recently. Also believed to have impacted hardware media key usage.
  • The tooltip for the Wi-Fi option in Quick Settings should no longer fly to the top of the screen.

[Other]

  • Mitigated an underlying issue that was causing the Processes tab in Task Manager to be blank sometimes. This is also believed to be the same root cause causing UAC to open very slowly recently.
  • Addressed an issue Xbox Game Pass games are failing to install with error 0x00000001.
  • Fixed an issue where get-winevent in PowerShell was failing with an InvalidOperationException (Issue #60740).
  • Mitigated a high hitting mousocoreworker.exe crash in the last few flights.
  • Did some work to try and improve the layout of the text in notification buttons in cases where there’s both an icon and text.
  • The Get Started app will no longer crash if the Tips app has been uninstalled.
  • Fixed an issue causing some devices to bugcheck with SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCPTION when updating on previous builds.
  • Made an underlying change to help fix an issue causing some users to see an unexpected “bad image” error message dialog on boot.”

Tip of the day: Do you know the built-in repair tools SFC and DISM of Windows 10? With many problems they can get you back on track without loosing data and using third-party programs. In out tutorial we show you how to use them.

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Windows 11 Gets Online Service Experience Packs for Updates Outside Major OS Releases

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This week’s Windows 11 Build 22489 for Insiders is now available on the Dev Channel. Included in the package is yet another update method for Windows 11. Specifically, a new patch for upgrading outside normal OS update that Microsoft is calling “Online Service Experience Packs”.

Microsoft seems to be testing this update patch, which will likely be released alongside Windows 11 22H1 next year. It is part of the Your Microsoft Account page in settings and is now available to a limited number of Insiders on the Dev Channel.

Here users can see information about their individual Microsoft Account, such as subscriptions to Microsoft services like Xbox or Microsoft 365, Microsoft Rewards, and payment history. Yes, there is already a portal similar to this for the web, but this update will integrate it directly into the Windows 11 Settings app.

This preview update does not go into great details, but Online Service Experience Packs will be part of the Your Microsoft Account page. It seems users will be able to update Windows 11 outside of the regular update cycle:

“Over time, we plan to improve the Your Microsoft account settings page based on your feedback from Feedback Hub via Online Service Experience Packs. These Online Service Experience Packs work in a similar way as the Windows Feature Experience Packs do, allowing us to make updates to Windows outside of major OS updates,” Microsoft says in a blog post.

The difference between the two is that the Windows Feature Experience Packs can deliver broad improvements across multiple areas of Windows, whereas the Online Service Experience Packs are focused on delivering improvements for a specific experience such as the new Your Microsoft account settings page.”

Update Methods

Microsoft has been rolling out several methods to update Windows 11. Earlier this month, the company debuted Update Stack Packages. Again, this is another way to grab Windows updates outside the regular cycle.  Microsoft will use the feature to add improvements to the update pipeline before installation on a PC.

Despite all these update paths, Microsoft is still not addressing Windows 11 compatibility properly. Specifically, how it will handle users who upgrade without TPM 2.0. Even if your PC lacks this feature, there are ways to upgrade to Windows 11.

In fact, our complete tutorial shows you how to download Windows 11 to a PC without TPM but with a compatible CPU in minutes. If you are having trouble with Microsoft’s compatibility blocks, this is the tutorial for you.

Tip of the day: Do you know the built-in repair tools SFC and DISM of Windows 10? With many problems they can get you back on track without loosing data and using third-party programs. In out tutorial we show you how to use them.

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Microsoft Defender for Windows 11 Gets New Preview App

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Microsoft could be set to roll out a new version of its Microsoft Defender application for Windows 11. This would only be the Windows version of the cross-platform anti-virus suite, which was previously known as Windows Defender.

According to Microsoft watcher Alumia, a new Microsoft Defender Preview app includes the new version of the tool for Windows 11. Currently, Microsoft’s new OS is running the same Defender app as Windows 10.

As for the new app, it is previewing under the codename GibraltarApp and is built with XAML and WPF. In a screenshot for the app, we can see Microsoft is promising “simple’ seamless and personalized protection”.

There is no indication of when the app will launch. We guess it will be brought to Windows Insiders in preview soon. As for a full release, the most likely timeframe is for Windows 11’s first major feature upgrade, which should land around May next year.

Updating

Windows Defender became Microsoft Defender with the launch of Windows 10 20H1. Microsoft originally made the name change when Defender first became available on Apple’s Mac. It made little sense calling it Windows on Apple’s platform.

The tool is also available on Android these days.

Microsoft incrementally updates the Defender tool. For example, earlier this year the company added the ability to block potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

PUAs are apps that have been installed on a machine without the knowledge or consent of the user. An example of a potentially unwanted app is an application that has been bundled in with a program you may want to download.

Tip of the day: Headsets are a vital tool for communication and can cause stressful moments when they don´t work as planned. In our tutorial we are showing you how to properly set up a headset on your Windows 10 PC so this will be a thing of the past.

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Microsoft’s Windows 11 Fix for AMD Processors Reaches General Availability

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Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out a Windows 11 patch that brough a fix to one of the two issues causing compatibility problems with AMD Ryzen processors. However, that release was only available in preview. Microsoft is now moving it to general availability.

Two problems have been causing compatibility issues between Windows 11 and AMD CPUs. The first Is found in the “preferred core” tech used in Ryzen chips. This feature is supposed to move threads to whatever is the fastest core on the CPU. However, it seems this is malfunctioning on Windows 11 and performance issues could be the result for some users.

It is this one that Microsoft is fixing with Window 11 build 22000.282, which is now available to all Windows 11 users. Unfortunately, this patch does not fix the second AMD-related issue in Windows 11.

That second problem stems from Windows 11 pushing the L3 cache latency to triple when running on Ryzen processors. AMD points out this would result in performance drops between 3 and 5 percent on applications, while games could see a drop of up to 15 percent.

Microsoft has not said when a fix this the L3 cache problem will come, but we presume it will be next week.

Other Fixes

Windows 11 build 22000.282 also solves a few other problems on Windows 11. For example, some users were unable to open the Start menu after installing the platform. That issue has now been fixed.

Another fix solves input delays with Bluetooth keyboards and mice. And finally, Microsoft has also solved a weird bug that was causing some users to see the Windows 10 taskbar on Windows 11.

Tip of the day: Do you sometimes face issues with Windows 10 search where it doesn’t find files or return results? Check our tutorial to see how to fix Windows 10 search via various methods.

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Windows 11: Microsoft Brings Windows Subsystem for Android to Preview

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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. However, when Windows 11 started rolling out earlier this month, Android apps were not includes. Another broken promise from Microsoft? No, and now the company is previewing Android app support on the Inside.

Back in September, Microsoft accidentally placed the Windows Subsystem for Android page onto the public Microsoft Store. It was assumed this was a pointer towards an imminent preview of Android apps on Windows 11. That never happened, but over a month later the Windows Subsystem for Android is now reaching Windows Insiders.

Microsoft’s preview of the service started running on the beta tester channel in preview yesterday. It allows Windows Insider Program members on that channel to download applications directly form the Microsoft Store.

It seems the preview is limited to users with AMD, Intel, or Qualcomm chipsets. Instead of using an emulator, apps will run on Windows, including appearing in the Start menu and Taskbar.

Amazon Partnership

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. Of course, the Amazon App Store features a fraction of the number of apps on the Play Store, including Google’s native applications.

Still, it is a step in the right direction for Windows and users will now have more app access. Microsoft has yet to say when Windows Subsystem for Android will become available widely on Windows 11.

Tip of the day: When using your Windows 10 laptop or convertible with a mobile hotspot you might want to limit the Internet bandwidth your PC uses. In our tutorial we are showing you how to set up a metered connection in Windows 10 and how to turn it off again, if needed.

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Windows 11 on Mac: Parallels Desktop 17 Now Have Virtual TPM Support

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Parallels Desktop for Mac is moving to version 17.1, bringing better support for Windows 11 virtual machines with it. With this release, users will be able to access Virtual Trusted Platform Mobile (vTPMs) as a default for Windows 11 VMs on Apple Mac devices.

This is important because it means Parallels Desktop is taking an important step towards the compatibility requirements for Windows 11.

While Microsoft requires TPM, there are ways to install Windows 11 without needing TPM. Our complete tutorial shows several methods for installing Windows 11 without TPM 2.0.

For Mac users running Apple’s M1 processor, this is big news, because Parallels is currently the best way to get Windows 11 running on those machines. As we reported in September, Microsoft is so far not supporting Windows 11 on M1 Macs.

This was also limiting or Parallels Desktop, as only the Windows on ARM version was compatible with the service. Users have needed to have a virtual hard disk file of Windows 11 to run it with Parallels 17.

Update

Parallels has taken matters into its own hand and added a virtual TPM chip. You may remember Microsoft says devices must have TPM as one of the requirements to run Windows 11. By adding the feature in virtual form, Parallels Desktop 17 now basically runs Windows 11 with full support.

As mentioned, this is as good as it gets because it looks like Microsoft will not be offering official Windows 11 support to M1 Mac’s anytime soon.

As for Parallels, it remains there for users who simply must have Windows 11 on their Mac device, for whatever reason. Desktop 17 is now available and costs $79.99 per year for the standard version. If you want a perpetual license, or the Business/Pro versions, it will cost you $99.99 each year.

Tip of the day: Due to the various problems that arise with microphones, it can often be necessary to perform a mic test, but those wondering how to hear yourself on mic in Windows 10 are often left stumped. Microsoft’s OS doesn’t make it especially intuitive to listen to microphone playback or play the microphone through speakers. In our tutorial we show you how to hear yourself on mic with just a few clicks.

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