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Microsoft Considering Flighting Windows Server Updates like Windows Update

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Microsoft is reportedly considering flighting Windows Server previews to customers in the same way it does normal Windows Insider builds. At the moment, the two sides of Windows have differing update strategies, even though they are on similar release patterns. Microsoft may be looking to change that.

When I say update pattern, I mean that both Windows consumer and Windows Server previews receive regular updates on the Insider program. However, Microsoft uses two distinct approaches in flighting updates to users.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 consumer builds arrive on channels for the Windows Insider Program through Windows Update. For Windows Server preview releases, Microsoft sends out ISO files to registered users.

However, a Tech Community post from Microsoft suggests the company may be looking to move Windows Server previews to the Windows consumer update model. The company posted a survey for Server admins to provide feedback on if they would prefer to receive previews through Windows Update instead of ISO files.

Potential Change

This means Microsoft is at least considering making this shift and is courting admin feedback. I guess if admins look at this option favorably, the company will look towards implementing it. However, Microsoft points out there are some caveats to taking the Windows Update approach:

  • Windows Server update instances would need to be online and connected to the internet.
  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) does not support flighting updates.

If Microsoft does change the way Server updates are provided, the company says it will still keep ISO files as an option. It will be interesting to see the result of the survey and how it will inform Microsoft’s decision moving forward.

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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Microsoft Pauses January 2022 Patch Tuesday for Windows Servers

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Microsoft is no longer rolling out January 2022 Patch Tuesday updates to Windows Server. The company has taken the decision to pull the cumulative updates following critical bugs the patches were causing.

Users were reporting bugs causing domain controllers to reboot, ReFS colume to go missing, and functionality issues in Hyper-V. During this month’s January 2022 Patch Tuesday, Windows Server go the following updates:

KB5009624 for Windows Server 2012 R2, KB5009557 for Windows Server 2019, and KB5009555 for Windows Server 2022. All of these releases have now been removed.

Microsoft reacted to reports from system admins who found major issues causing critical failures. The company decided the best course of action was to stop those updates from reaching other customers.

However, that does mean users are left with the security vulnerabilities the updates were meant to patch. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common occurrence in Microsoft’s update cycle. Multiple times over the years Patch Tuesday updates have caused wider issues in Microsoft services.

Patch Tuesday

Microsoft handled 97 bugs and flaws in its services during this month’s Patch Tuesday updates, which went live earlier this week. Nine of them the company rates as critical, while six of them are zero-days.

In this package are patches for Windows, Microsoft Edge, Windows Components, Microsoft Office, .NET Framework, Exchange Server, Hyper-V, Microsoft Dynamics, Windows Defender, Open-Source Software, Windows Defender, and more.

Microsoft says none of the six zero-days that it is patching this month are being actively exploited.

The company has not said when it will restore the KB updates for Windows Server.

Tip of the day: Do you often experience PC freezes or crashs with Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)? Then you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to test your computers RAM for any problems that might be caused from damaged memory modules. It is a tool built which can be launched at startup to run various memory checks.

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Windows “RemotePotato0” Zero-Day Gets Unofficial Patch following Microsoft Refusal

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Microsoft’s January 2022 Patch Tuesday has just passed, but one flaw has slipped through the net. A new zero-day vulnerability affecting all supported versions of Windows known as “RemotePotato0” did not get a fix. In fact, Microsoft is refusing to patch the issue. In response, third-parties have released multiple fixes for the issue.

SentinelOne researchers first discovered RemotePotato0 and informed Microsoft about the vulnerability back in April 2021. While Microsoft confirmed the flaw as a zero-day, the company has not released a fix. In fact, Microsoft has not even given the bug a CVE ID, almost like the company is completely ignoring it.

RemotePotato0 uses NTLM relays to attack Windows. Threat actors can exploit the vulnerability to start RPC/DCOM calls. Relaying NTLM authentication to their own protocols, an attacker could give themselves escalated privileges on a domain.

0patch has now released an unofficial patch for the bug. Co-founder Mitja Kolsek explains how the flaw works:

“It allows a logged-in low-privileged attacker to launch one of several special-purpose applications in the session of any other user who is also currently logged in to the same computer, and make that application send said user’s NTLM hash to an IP address chosen by the attacker. Intercepting an NTLM hash from a domain administrator, the attacker can craft their own request for the domain controller pretending to be that administrator and perform some administrative action such as adding themselves to the Domain Administrators group.”

Microsoft Refusal

Microsoft’s unwillingness to patch the vulnerabilitiy is a mystery, but it could be because NTLM (NT LAN Manager) is an authentication protocol for Windows that is now old. Microsoft has replaced the protocol with Kerberos some time ago.

Even so, NTLM is still widely used on Windows servers. Microsoft’s refusal does seem to be because NTLM is obsolete. In fact, the company says users should just configure their Windows servers to block NTLM relays.

It’s a strange choice because RemotePotato0 is dangerous because it does not require a user to interact to initiate an attack. Luckily, 0patch is on hand with the unofficial fix.

Tip of the day: Do you often experience PC freezes or crashs with Blue Screens of Death (BSOD)? Then you should use Windows Memory Diagnostic to test your computers RAM for any problems that might be caused from damaged memory modules. It is a tool built which can be launched at startup to run various memory checks.

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Microsoft Releases Windows HoloGraphic 21H2 for HoloLens 2

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Microsoft is sending out a major update for its mixed reality platform. With the release of Windows HoloGraphic version 21H2, Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 MR headset will get some interesting new abilities.

As the 21H2 number shows, this is still Windows HoloGraphic based on Windows 10. Microsoft has not yet said when the mixed reality platform will move to Windows 11.

Looking at the new features, Microsoft has a few new tools landing with Windows HoloGraphic version 21H2. First up is Moving Platform Mode, which adds new locations for tracking with dynamic motion. Available in preview, Microsoft says will expand the update soon.

This new update also adds more options for IT admins who use HoloLens. Specifically, they can now block public apps, meaning users cannot install such apps. Thanks to a new policy, users can now choose apps that are available from their own company through the Microsoft Store for Business.

More Changes

With Windows HoloGraphic 21H2, Microsoft is also adding PFX certificate support alongside notifications for diagnostics notifications. Elsewhere, Microsoft is changing restarting, allowing to schedule updates.

Finally, Microsoft has also made general improvements to the platform, such as advanced diagnostic logs on HoloLens. Windows HoloGraphic 21H2 is available to HoloLens 2 customers now. Users and admins can get it by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

Back in May, Microsoft launched Windows HoloGraphic 21H1. Windows Holographic 21H1 adds a Power menu to the Start Menu of Windows 10. Users can access the new menu via the profile icon. Here options include shutting down the headset, sing out, and restart the HoloLens 2.

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 Edge Testing Wikipedia-Backed Site Information Pop-Ups

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Microsoft wants to provide wider tools alongside the lock icon to give users of Microsoft Edge more knowledge of website security. Specifically, the company is developing a solution that shows more details about a site in the information in a pop up.

Security is important, especially when browsing online. Many users are at risk from attack, so understanding if a website you visit is safe or not. A lock icon is a solid first step, showing that the site uses HTTPS and security tools like SSL encryption. However, it is no guarantee that the site is overall safe or not trying to scam you.

Moving forward, the pop up will show wider information about a site you are visiting, with details from Wikipedia. Ok, Wikipedia is hardly the final word in legitimate information, but the details should give users a solid knowledge of a site’s security.

However, it is easy for someone not associated with the website to edit a Wikipedia entry. There is some concern that the website may not agree with their depiction on Wikipedia. In other words, the information Microsoft presents may be incorrect or simply made up.

More Details

Microsoft has baked in a toggle to Microsoft Edge Dev and Edge Canary in testing. However, it is currently only available to select testers. As well as information from Wikipedia, the pop-up also shows social media pages associated with the site.

Also in Microsoft Edge Canary, the company is working on an “underside panel” that highlights the more important information from the site.

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 10 to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.

 

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Microsoft Start Replaces Microsoft News on Windows 11, Android, iOS, and the Web

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When Windows 11 launches on October 5, it will come with plenty of new features. Among them is Microsoft Start, a tool that is launching today and is also available for iOS and Android. Microsoft Start is a dedicated news feed that is personalized to the specific user, similar to the MSN feed in Microsoft News.

In fact, Start is a rebranding of these tools, effectively replacing Microsoft News and becoming available in the Microsoft Start menu. It will also be available in the Windows 11 widgets service. We have already seen the news and weather ticker as a widget on Windows 10.

More importantly, Microsoft Start is also replacing Microsoft News on mobile devices. In terms of how the service functions, not much will change. Sure, Microsoft Start gets the new UI design language from Windows 11, but it is still the same service at its core.

Publishing

It hosts over 1,000 news publishers and Microsoft taps into its AI and machine learning tech to present personalized news items to users. Microsoft has made a big deal of how its news platform is better than others at avoiding fake news. In fact, the company points to a unique publishing model that removes fake news entirely.

For example, using human checkers as well as AI, although Microsoft did lay off dozens of workers from its editorial team last year. With that in mind, it is unclear how much of a role editors play moving forward or whether Microsoft Start relies entirely on AI.

As well as the Windows 11 integration and mobile apps, a web portal (MicrosoftStart.com) is also available on modern web browsers. You can check out Microsoft Start on your browser now, or on iOS and Android.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 runs into serious problems, 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 10 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 10 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 Says Windows 11 Updates and Patches Will Be Withheld on Incompatible PCs

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When Windows 11 was announced back in June, Microsoft said it was a free upgrade for Windows 10 users… with some caveats. Specifically, it quickly became clear it would only be available for laptops with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 or higher chips. Microsoft is now doubling down on this demand and saying unsupported PCs risk being cut off.

There was thought to be a loophole in Microsoft’s TPM 2.0 demand. While the restriction means automatic updates to Windows 11 are not possible, it was through users could still manually install the platform via an ISO file.

However, speaking to The Verge, Microsoft now says that is not the case. The company now says it could withhold Windows 11 updates for users who take advantage of this technicality. Furthermore, Microsoft points out if may also withhold security and driver updates.

I am skeptical about the last threat. It is very unlikely Microsoft will not roll out security patches platform-wide just to ensure stability across the ecosystem. However, not being able to receive feature updates seems a more credible threat.

Moving Forward

Still, if you are going to the length of installing Windows 11 via an ISO, you could just do the same again for feature updates. Sure, it would be mildly annoying to have to re-install the whole OS again, but a workable solution.

It is clear Microsoft is being a little mean to users with older PCs in an effort to boost sales of new hardware, whether its Surface devices or OEM laptops. It will be interesting to see how this plays out once Windows 11 launches.

Will most of those people fulfil Microsoft’s wish and make PC sales trend upwards for the next year or two? Or are all those people locked out of the Windows 11 experience going to find loopholes or simply sit on Windows 10, which Microsoft is supporting until 2025?

Tip of the day: Tired of Windows 10’s default notification and other system sounds? In our tutorial we show you how to change windows sounds or turn off system sounds entirely.

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Windows Server – Migrating DHCP Scopes

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Problem

Normally you can just create a new scope on your new DHCP server, but if you have a lot of reservations that you don’t want to have to recreate (for printers network devices etc), then it’s a better option to migrate/copy the scope to the new server.

Solution

1. Copy all the DHCP settings to a text file with the following command;

netsh dhcp server export C:\dhcp.txt all

2. Stop and disable the DHCP Server service on the OLD DHCP server.

3. Move the text file to the NEW server, and import the settings with the following command;

(netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcp.txt all)

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New Microsoft Whiteboard Coming to Windows 10, iOS, and Surface Hub

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Microsoft Whiteboard is coming to more apps to expand the app’s new goal. In June, Microsoft revealed Whiteboard was getting an overhaul. Specifically, the focus was on bringing workers together on project, with Microsoft describing the app as the “visual collaboration workspace” for Microsoft 365.

Now that the new Whiteboard app is rolling out on the web and Microsoft Teams, the focus is on bringing it to more native applications on Windows 10, iOS, and Surface Hub. The new tools are also coming to the Android preview, thanks to Microsoft Whiteboard making its debut on the platform in March.

Teams and web users are already using Whiteboard with the following new features:

  • Sticky note colors: 10 colorful sticky note shades to choose from.
  • Note grids – insert a grid of sticky notes in one of 12 available colors to help in workshops and ideation sessions.
  • View objects created in native apps – Objects such as lists & templates inserted on native apps can be viewed on web and Teams as well.
  • Ink pen colors: 15 new ink pen color options with a range of thicknesses to help visualize your content and bring your text to life.
  • Highlighter colors: – 15 new highlighter color options enable users to emphasize content on the board.
  • Ink shape recognition: – draw shapes with ink and then watch them straighten automatically.
  • Improved mouse inking: – create smoother ink lines, making your strokes easier and cleaner when drawing with a mouse or trackpad.
  • Read only mode for education accounts: – as a meeting facilitator or an educator, determine when and how students participate and collaborate by enabling or disabling their editing capabilities.”

More Features Coming

As the new Whiteboard heads for iOS, Surface Hub and Windows 10, Microsoft has plans for more features. The company points to a new UI for the app, laser pointer support, object alignment, collaborative cursors, customizable templates, and more. According to the company, these tools should drop during September.

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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Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.160

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Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.160 to everyone in the Dev and Beta Channels!

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are in the Dev Channel, now would be the right time to consider switching to the Beta Channel if you want to stay on more stabilized builds of Windows 11. For those of you who are new to the Windows Insider Program and flighting of OS updates – check out this article for how flighting works. (We use the term “flighting” for the activity of releasing new OS updates to Insiders.)

ISOs now available

Today we are releasing the ISOs for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.132 to our Windows Insider Preview Downloads page. You can use these ISOs to do a clean installation or in-place upgrade.

As you use these ISOs to install Windows 11, you will go through the new Windows 11 setup experience (often referred to as the “out of box experience” or OOBE for short) which is designed to build excitement for Windows 11 right from the moment you turn on a new Windows 11 PC for the very first time. Based on your feedback, we have added the ability to name your PC during the setup experience too. After running through the setup experience, the Get Started app is a new first run experience app that will help you quickly get setup on a new PC. Try these things out and let us know what you think!

You can now name your device directly within the Windows 11 setup experience (OOBE).
You can now name your device directly within the Windows 11 setup experience (OOBE).

Changes and Improvements

  • The new Clock app for Windows 11 with Focus Sessions has begun rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. See this blog post for all the details!
  • We have been testing the ability to see estimates for how long a restart for updates would take in places like the power menu under Start, in restart notifications, on the Windows Update Settings page and inside the Windows Update icon that shows up at the lower right of Taskbar. We are making a small adjustment for this feature so that it only shows on PCs with SSDs. If your PC has a standard HDD, you will no longer see estimates. We hope to bring estimates back to PCs with HDDs once we iron out a few more bugs.

Fixes

  • Taskbar:
    • We fixed an issue where the “location in use” icon was showing in the Taskbar sometimes even though the usage was blocked by your preferences.

Known issues

  • [REMINDER] When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here.
  • We’re investigating an issue where on some devices, when going to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program, only the “Stop getting preview builds” option is visible. This prevents Insiders from selecting a channel. We have posted a workaround on Answers.
  • [BETA CHANNEL] We’re investigating reports from Insiders in the Beta Channel where after upgrading to Windows 11, they are not seeing the new Taskbar and the Start menu doesn’t work. To workaround this if you are impacted, please try going to Windows Update > Update history, uninstalling the latest cumulative update for Windows, and the reinstall it by checking for updates.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue that is causing some Surface Pro X devices to bug check with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.
  • Start:
    • In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
    • System and Windows Terminal is missing when right-clicking on the Start button (WIN + X).
  • Taskbar:
    • The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
  • Search:
    • After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
    • Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.
    • On pen enabled devices, apps may not launch from the Search panel. If you experience this issue, please log out and back in to resolve the issue.
  • Settings:
    • Certain searches using the search box in Settings may crash Settings.
  • Bluetooth:
    • We’re investigating reports from Insiders with paired Bluetooth LE devices that are experiencing an increase in Bluetooth reliability issues and bugchecks after resume from hibernate or when Bluetooth is turned off.
  • Widgets:
    • The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again.
    • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors.
    • [Family widget] Some users may see a ‘connect a device to see screen time activity’ message even with screen time settings enable.
    • [Family widget] Location information may not be available for some users on iOS.
  • Store:
    • We are working to improve search relevance in the Store including resolving an issue where in some cases the ordering of search results is inaccurate.
    • The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios.
    • Rating and reviews are not available for some apps.
  • Windows Sandbox
    • Within Windows Sandbox, the language input switcher does not launch after clicking the switcher icon on the Taskbar. As a workaround, users can switch their input language via any of the following hardware keyboard shortcuts: Alt + Shift, Ctrl + Shift, or Win + Space (the third option is available only if Sandbox is full-screened).
    • Within Windows Sandbox, the IME context menu does not launch after clicking the IME icon in the Taskbar. As workarounds, users can access the functionalities of the IME context menu with either of following methods:
      • Accessing the IME settings via Settings > Time & language >  Language & region > (e.g. Japanese) three dots > Language options > (e.g. Microsoft IME) three dots > Keyboard options.
        • Optionally, you may also enable the IME toolbar, an alternative UI to quickly invoke specific IME functions. Continuing from above, navigate to Keyboard options > Appearance > Use IME toolbar.
      • Using the unique set of hardware keyboard shortcuts associated with each IME-supported language. (See: Japanese IME Shortcuts, Traditional Chinese IME Shortcuts).
    • Localization
      • There is an issue where some Insiders may be some missing translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this Answers forum post and follow the steps for remediation.
    • Chat from Microsoft Teams
      • Experience is localized for English (US) only. Additional languages and locales forthcoming.
      • When you make an outgoing call, while you do not hear a ring tone, the user interface shows that the call is getting connected.
      • In a video call, sometimes people videos freeze or display a black image. There is a workaround to this issue, which is to pin the video that freezes and unpin it to fix the problem.
      • When switching between calls, the previous call is not automatically put on hold, so audio and video streams continue on both calls. Be sure to complete a call before taking another.

For developers

You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. The Windows Insider SDK will be continuously flighting with corresponding Windows 11 Insider Preview builds, and the latest Windows Insider SDK for Build 22000.160 is now available.

Important Insider Links

You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Are you not seeing any of the features listed for this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re in the Dev Channel. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.

If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider channel, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated.

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