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Microsoft Patches One AMD Ryzen Bug on Windows 11

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At the end of last week, a leak suggested Microsoft and AMD were preparing to roll out a fix for a Windows 11 compatibility bugs for Ryzen processors. While the report pointed to a release this week, the companies were ahead of schedule and sent out the fix over the weekend (starting October 15). Well, at least a fix for one of the two issues. s

The fix is a part of Windows 11 preview build 22000.282, which also includes fixes for other problems, including users seeing the Windows 10 taskbar. So, Microsoft is handling some of the most notable Windows 11 bugs in one update.

Of course, this is still a preview so it will not solve the issues immediately for users running non-Insider Windows installations. Still, the fixes should move swiftly through preview channels towards a wider release this week or next.

Bugs

Two issues having been causing compatibility issues between Windows 11 and AMD CPUs.

First up, Windows 11 has been causing 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.

As for the other problem, Microsoft and AMD say there is an issue on Windows 11 with 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.

While the new patch does fix the L3 caching problem, it does not handle the preferred core bug. Microsoft is not saying when a fix for that issue will drop.

Tip of the day: The Windows 10 Clipboard history feature provides the functionality across device, space, and time, letting you copy on one computer and paste the text days later on a different PC. All of it is possible via the Windows 10 clipboard manager, which lets you view, delete, pin, and clear clipboard history at will.

In our tutorial we show you how to enable the feature, clear clipboard history, and enable/disable clipboard sync to meet your preferences. You can also create a clear clipboard shortcut for quick removal of stored content.

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Microsoft Previews Windows 11 Fix for File Explorer Bug

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Before the weekend, Microsoft sent out Windows 11 preview build 22000.282, which squashed a few bugs causing issues on the platform. However, there are still some problems on the OS that have not been addressed. Among them is a File Explorer bug that reduces PC performance and seems to be widespread.

The problem stems from the new command bar in the Windows 11 File Explorer. It allows users to copy, rename, share, delete and cut folders and change the view. Microsoft says the new tool has a bug that is impacting performance through a memory leak.

This bug is caused by the command bar making calculations that are not needed when users jump between folders. Microsoft says this means there is a dip in performance. This problem is also observable when selecting a file using drag.

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 build 22478 to Insiders to fix this problem. This means end users on the RTM build will get the fix in the coming weeks. In the package, Microsoft says there is a fix for the “root cause of performance issues”.

Details

As this is still a Dev Channel update, it will not arrive to the stable channel until November, and it could be later. Unfortunately, there is no active workaround for the problem. So, until the fix is widely available affected users should revert to Windows 10.

As for Preview build 22000.282 that rolled out last Friday, Microsoft has solved an issue where the Windows 10 taskbar randomly appeared in Windows 10. Furthermore, the company squashed one of a pair of bugs causing issues on devices running AMD processors.

Tip of the day: The Windows 10 Clipboard history feature provides the functionality across device, space, and time, letting you copy on one computer and paste the text days later on a different PC. All of it is possible via the Windows 10 clipboard manager, which lets you view, delete, pin, and clear clipboard history at will.

In our tutorial we show you how to enable the feature, clear clipboard history, and enable/disable clipboard sync to meet your preferences. You can also create a clear clipboard shortcut for quick removal of stored content.

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Users Can Now Play Windows 95’s Space Cadet on Linux and Windows 11

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Space Cadet Pinball is a 25-year-old game that many will remember was available as an app on Microsoft’s Windows 95 and Windows XP operating system. Now, a developer has recompiled the game to work on Linux.

Andrey Muzychenko decompiled Space Cadet Pinball and recompiled it for Linux. Importantly, it would also work on any platform because the code is portable. However, there are no original data files, so users looking to install the game will need to use a Windows 96 or Windows XP disk or ISO image.

While Space Cadet pinball was available on both Microsoft Windows platforms, the recompilation for Linux was done from the Windows 95 32-bit version. Specifically, the original EXE of the game. After doing some maintenance, the file is ready to be recompiled on Linux and other platforms.

That it is possible to also run the game on modern Windows 11. Think of it like this, the EXE comes from Windows 95, it is recompiled for Linux, you can access Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 11, and play the game. That is quite a unique connection between Windows platforms that were released over 20 years apart.

WSL App

Speaking of Windows Subsystem for Linux, Microsoft has recently announced the service is becoming a dedicated app on Windows 11.

That means users will be able to download and install WSL directly from the new Microsoft Store. One of the benefits of this approach is the app will receive independent updates that are not tied to wider Windows 11 feature updates.

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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Microsoft Brings Update Stack Packages for Updating Windows 11

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Microsoft is launching a new way to update Windows components. This week, the company announced Update Stack Packages, that are now rolling out to Windows 11. Specifically, preview builds running on the Dev Channel.

Packaged with Windows 11 Preview build 22478, the update also makes some other important changes. For example, fixes for emojis in Fluent Design.

Still, it is Update Stack Packages that is the main addition. However, Microsoft has not offered a lot of detail on the service. What the company does say is the packages are a method to “deliver update improvements outside of major OS updates, such as new builds.”

Microsoft will use the feature to add improvements to the update pipeline before installation on a PC. At the moment, the new tool “is limited to a very small set of update-related system files that are developed independently of the OS,” officials said.

At some point, the company will expand beyond the preview base to a wider Insider access before full release on Windows 11.

“The Update Stack Package will help ensure that your PC has the highest likelihood of successfully installing new updates with the best and least disruptive experience available,” Microsoft adds.

Insiders can now opt into getting the packages on the Windows servicing updates from Preview Build 22478 and onwards.

Support

In other Windows 11 update news, we yesterday reported Microsoft seems to be allowing unsupported devices to receive security patches. While the company said incompatible PCs would not be eligible for security fixes, users on unsupported devices were able to install updates from October Patch Tuesday.

Tip of the day: Whether you’re planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it’s handy to know information about your RAM. In our tutorial, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows 10 tools.

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Microsoft Confirms 3 New Windows 11 Printer Flaws

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Microsoft has confirmed that vulnerabilities that have been affecting printing on Windows are now causing issues on Windows 11. Specifically, the patches the company has rolled out are causing compatibility issues with printing. Microsoft says there are now three new printer problems, which are also affecting Windows 11.

The company says printers may fail when installation on some networks. This seems to be happening when a printer is connecting to a network for the first time. To workaround this issue, IT admins should install printer drivers through other methods. That is because the problem only affects automatic and installation processes.

Next, Microsoft confirms some printing properties are not properly transferring to print servers. This is specific to print servers and does not stop printing operations. Admins can work around this problem by installing drivers through other methods.

Finally, Windows 11 and Windows 10 users may also see printer fail to install via Internet Printing Protocol (IPP).

PrintNightmare

Microsoft has had its share of Windows printing issues this year through the PrintNightmare problem.

PrintNightmare started as From an exploit PoC accidentally leaking online in June, to Microsoft later issuing an emergency out of band patch.

It was spotted by security researchers at Sangfor, the flaw became active when the group accidentally released the proof-of-concept (PoC). This gave attackers the knowledge of how to exploit the flaw, meaning they could conduct remote execution code attacks to gain system-level privileges.

Despite patches, PrintNightmare returned in August, prompting Microsoft to take action again. As we reported in September, those new patches also caused issues.

Tip of the day: Whether you’re planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it’s handy to know information about your RAM. In our tutorial, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows 10 tools.

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Microsoft Brings Update Stack Packages for Updating Windows 11

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Microsoft is launching a new way to update Windows components. This week, the company announced Update Stack Packages, that are now rolling out to Windows 11. Specifically, preview builds running on the Dev Channel.

Packaged with Windows 11 Preview build 22478, the update also makes some other important changes. For example, fixes for emojis in Fluent Design.

Still, it is Update Stack Packages that is the main addition. However, Microsoft has not offered a lot of detail on the service. What the company does say is the packages are a method to “deliver update improvements outside of major OS updates, such as new builds.”

Microsoft will use the feature to add improvements to the update pipeline before installation on a PC. At the moment, the new tool “is limited to a very small set of update-related system files that are developed independently of the OS,” officials said.

At some point, the company will expand beyond the preview base to a wider Insider access before full release on Windows 11.

“The Update Stack Package will help ensure that your PC has the highest likelihood of successfully installing new updates with the best and least disruptive experience available,” Microsoft adds.

Insiders can now opt into getting the packages on the Windows servicing updates from Preview Build 22478 and onwards.

Support

In other Windows 11 update news, we yesterday reported Microsoft seems to be allowing unsupported devices to receive security patches. While the company said incompatible PCs would not be eligible for security fixes, users on unsupported devices were able to install updates from October Patch Tuesday.

Tip of the day: Whether you’re planning an upgrade, tuning CPU timings, or just curious, it’s handy to know information about your RAM. In our tutorial, we show you how to check RAM speed, type, and size using several built-in Windows 10 tools

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Microsoft and AMD Ready Windows 11 Compatibility Fixes for Ryzen CPUs

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Back last week, we reported on a performance issue facing Windows 11 machines running some AMD Ryzen processors. The problem occurs in official AMD chipsets on the Zen+ and newer architecture. It now seems Microsoft and AMD will roll out patches to shore up the bug next week.

Both companies have been working on a fix. Last week, the duo said a fix would come “later this month”. While the official line has not changed, Wccftech reports it has information stating the patch will start rolling out next week.

Firstly, Windows 11 could be causing the L3 cache latency to triple. 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.

Secondly, Microsoft and AMD say there is also a problem on Windows 11 with 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.

Incoming Patches

Both companies have now addressed the issues with fixes. The report shows an AMD drivers power profile is in the release preview for a rollout on October 21. AMD says customers can ask for the update on request before this date.

As for the L3 cache issue, Microsoft has drafted a fix that will arrive with the 10C Windows Update on October 19.

Tip of the day: Windows Aero Shake is a handy feature that lets you quickly reduce screen clutter with a shake of an app’s title bar. Doing so minimizes all windows other than the one in focus, allowing you to focus solely on what’s at hand. Another wiggle lets you undo Aero Shake, maximizing the other Windows again so you can continue working.

Unfortunately, the feature can also have unintended consequences. Those who move their windows about or have dual monitors may notice that they’re accidentally activating Windows shaking. Luckily, enabling or disabling Aero shake isn’t too hard.

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Microsoft Halts Windows 11 Upgrade for Users with Non-ASCII Registry Characters

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Microsoft says it is aware of a new issue with Windows 11 for some users installing the recently launched platform. Specifically, it seems like when there are non-ASCII characters in the registry, Windows 11 gets confused.

That means if an app uses non-ASCII characters in the subkeys or registry, Windows 11 has compatibility problems with the app. This then leads to the apps crashing or not opening at all. Some users are reporting Windows will misbehave and sometimes even throws up a blue screen error.

When there is a problem in the registry keys, it may not be possible to repair them under current conditions.

If you are unfamiliar with non-ASCII keys, it is said like ask-ee and is short for the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. It is based on the 128 characters that make up the English alphabet and related characters (A-Z, punctuation, spaces, 0-9, and control codes) on a standard keyboard.

Each character is assigned a number between 0 to 127 that shows what they are when data is transferred. Non-ASCII characters are any letters, symbols, numbers, that are not within in the 128 characters of ASCII. A notable example is the Chinese or Japanese characters.

Upgrade on Hold

It is these that Windows 11 is currently having compatibility issues with. Microsoft acknowledges the problem and is investigating. An update will come to solve the issue, but in the meantime users with registries with non-ASCII characters will not get Windows 11 for now. The company says users should avoid manually upgrading.

Tip of the day: To prevent attackers from capturing your password, Secure Sign-in asks the user to perform a physical action that activates the sign-in screen. In some cases, this is a dedicated “Windows Security” button, but the most common case in Windows 10 is the Ctrl+Alt Del hotkey.

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Microsoft Commits to Easier Surface Repairability for Consumers in 2022

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If you are a consumer with a broken Surface product, repairing it is far from easy. Doing it yourself is out of the question without expert knowledge because Surface devices are some of the least repairable ever. Microsoft is now “deciding” to give customers more options for repairing their devices.

When I say “decide”, it may be more accurate to say “forced” or “compelled” to make changes. A resolution filed by shareholders to give them the “right to repair” their Surface devices. Microsoft says it will give more options by the end of 2022 if shareholders end their resolution.

Microsoft proposes three changes to give owners of Surface devices more repairability. None of these will include making the devices themselves easier to fix, so DIY will still not be possible for more.

The first of Microsoft’s proposals is to allow an independent study to evaluate the social and environmental impact of allowing customers more repair solutions. This will also include Xbox consoles as well as Surface hardware.

Next, Microsoft will increase availability of some Surface parts and documentation on repairs beyond the company’s Authorized Service Providers. Finally, Microsoft says it will create more local repair options around the world.

Response

The original resolution was filed by As You Sow on behalf of Microsoft shareholders. According to the non-profit, Microsoft’s action is an important first step, but just a first step. In response to As You Sow, Microsoft wrote the following:

“Microsoft has a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. We also have a longstanding commitment to building high-quality, innovative, and safe devices that customers love. We have been taking steps for years to improve device repairability and to expand the available choices for device repair. As You Sow asked us to investigate the connections between our sustainability commitments and device repairability. It was a productive discussion, and we have agreed to undertake that important study, the results of which will be used to guide our product design and plans for expanding device repair options for our customers. For more information on our work around sustainability, including repairability, please consult the Microsoft Devices Sustainability Report.”

Tip of the day: It’s a good idea to backup your computer on a regular basis, and the most fool-proof way is to manually create a disk image in Windows 10 and save it to an external hard drive.

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Microsoft Brings Windows 11 to Windows Desktop-As-a-Service Products

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Windows 11 is now rolling out, and Microsoft is opening support for its desktop-as-a-service products. First among those services to get the support are Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 Enterprise. Users on those products now get Windows 11 in preview.

You may be wondering why only a preview when Windows 11 is available generally for normal PCs. This is because the desktop-as-a-service products require Windows to run on Generation 2 virtual machines (VMs) to be able to support Trusted Launch security tools. Because Trusted Launch is still in preview, Windows 11 must be too.

If you are unfamiliar with Trusted Launch, Microsoft said the following in an Azure Virtual Desktop  document:

Trusted launch is currently in public preview. This preview version is provided without a service level agreement, and it’s not recommended for production workloads. Certain features might not be supported or might have constrained capabilities.”

The product is basically a suite of Microsoft security tools such as Secure Boot.

Previews Now Available

Microsoft confirmed the preview for its desktop-as-a-service products through a Twitter post by Jim Gaynor, who works as an analyst for Directions on Microsoft.

Call Windows 11 in W365 and AVD “Generally Available” all you like — it still relies on an Azure Gen 2 VM feature (trusted launch) that is in public preview, has no SLA, and is not recommended for production use.”

It is worth noting Microsoft is currently only supporting Windows 11 on Windows 365 Enterprise, with support for Windows 365 Business coming in the future. This is Microsoft’s new Cloud PC offering that allows users to run Windows in the cloud.

“In the coming weeks, we will release full Windows 11 support for Windows 365 Business, our service for small and midsized businesses, along with a new admin and management experience that enables the selection of Windows 10 or 11,” the announcement confirms.

Tip of the day: It’s a good idea to backup your computer on a regular basis, and the most fool-proof way is to manually create a disk image in Windows 10 and save it to an external hard drive.

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