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  • How to force Windows 10 to download the Creators Update (for those who just can't wait)

    04/06/2017 9:26:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 34 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | Apr 5, 2017 | Emil Protalinski
    Microsoft is planning to start pushing out the free Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11. As is often the case, this will be a gradual rollout, meaning not everyone will get the update on day one. Microsoft will slowly ramp up the release — but starting today, you can get the latest build of Windows 10 without waiting.You can use the Windows 10 Update Assistant to avoid having to convince Windows Update to serve the Creators Update to you. On the Windows 10 computer you want to update, head to and click the blue “Update now” button. This...
  • 'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court (Win10 update suit filed)

    03/26/2017 8:29:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 59 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 24, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    'Dodgy' unwanted operating system update sparks potential class-action lawsuit Updated Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers.The complaint [PDF], filed in Chicago's US District Court on Thursday, charges that Microsoft Windows 10 is a defective product and that its maker failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risks posed by Windows 10 installation specifically system stability and data loss.Microsoft "failed to exercise reasonable care in designing, formulating, and manufacturing the Windows 10 upgrade and placing it into the stream of commerce," the...
  • Microsoft will kill some Windows 7 and 8.1 support in April (Apr 10 Patch Tuesday)

    03/23/2017 6:12:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 99 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Mark your calendar: Microsoft's promise to cut off Win7 and 8.1 support for the latest PCs will cause howls of pain next month Events of the past week have drawn into sharp focus the likely result of next month's patching cycle. If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC that you bought, built, or upgraded in the past year or so, it would behoove you to understand exactly what Microsoft plans. Many people -- I'll raise my hand here -- thought that Skylake-based computers would continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 patches until the respective end-of-life. We are...
  • Snake left behind on flight in Alaska (The snake is okay now)

    03/21/2017 6:39:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 83 replies
    Fox News Travel ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | AssPress
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska Anna McConnaughy was flying to Alaska's largest city when the announcement came over the intercom: a passenger on a previous flight had brought a pet snake on board. The passenger had gotten off the plane. The snake had not. "The pilot came, and said, 'Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don't know where it is,'" McConnaughy said Tuesday. Unlike the movie "Snakes On A Plane," this one wasn't venomous. Mostly, it was sleepy. A little boy, one of seven passengers on the Ravn Alaska commuter flight Sunday from the Alaska village of...
  • Stephen Hawking has plans to travel to space (invited by Virgin Galactic / Richard Branson)

    03/20/2017 9:27:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    Sky News (AU) ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | (none)
    Professor Stephen Hawking says he is planning to travel into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. The physicist and cosmologist, 75, said he had not expected to have the opportunity to experience space but that the Virgin boss had offered him a seat. Discussing the meaning of happiness on Good Morning Britain, he said: 'My three children have brought me great joy. 'And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. 'I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.'
  • Man burns down parents' house, kills pets while trying to exterminate ants

    03/20/2017 9:00:36 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Associated Press writer
    Maine's state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents' house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches. Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house. ...the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time... the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely.
  • Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

    03/16/2017 5:59:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 65 replies
    TechGage ^ | Mar 16, 2017 | Rob Williams
    Have you upgraded to Intels Kaby Lake or AMDs Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, thats going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that its cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration one that also includes Windows 8.1. In effect, this means that if you are running one of the newest CPUs and either Windows 7 or 8.1, Windows Update will refuse to update. You should still be able to upgrade straight to Windows 10, but as for those minor updates that get pushed through on...
  • Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

    02/27/2017 9:40:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Tim Anderson
    The Windows 10 Creators Update is set for release shortly, and comes with significant improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as Bash on Windows or Ubuntu on Windows.Just to remind you, this is not done via emulation, nor by running a virtual machine, but rather by redirecting system calls. Does Microsoft really love Linux? While that is hard to answer definitively, the company does see a lot of Linux in its future, and is smart enough not to resist it.Around a third of VMs on Azure run Linux; SQL Server for Linux is coming; the next-generation .NET...
  • Microsoft catches up to Valentine's Day Flash flaw massacre (but ignores Win7, wtf!)

    02/23/2017 10:35:21 AM PST · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 23, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Critical update deals with five ways to do remote code execution on Windows Microsoft's popped out a Security Update for Adobe Flash.Adobe did likewise last week, celebrating hackers' love for Flash by releasing it on Valentine's Day. That dump addressed no fewer than 13 CVEs that allowed code execution due to: Type confusion vulnerability Integer overflow vulnerability Use-after-free vulnerabilities Heap buffer overflow vulnerabilities Memory corruption vulnerabilities Microsoft's now caught up, issuing the Update to fix the mess on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016.The attack succeeds by poisoning...
  • Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more! (Windows10 2017 roadmap)

    02/22/2017 9:42:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 22, 2017 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft roadmap lays out second big update for 2017 Microsoft has confirmed it is planning a second major update for Windows 10, which is to be piloted this year, and is seriously considering releasing it before 2018.This is according to word out of Microsoft's Ignite partner conference in Australia, where the Redmond software giant revealed its map for upcoming operating system updates in a session.Software engineer Rafael Rivera posted online screenshots of the operating system's roadmap, which shows that following the Creators Update release due spring 2017 a second, unnamed major Windows 10 update is slated to arrive...
  • Dear Microsoft a sysadmin's wishlist (what could Microsoft do, or do better...?)

    02/09/2017 2:31:41 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 1, 2017 | Trevor Pott
    Sysadmin Blog I yell at Microsoft a lot. It's cathartic. Microsoft make several decent pieces of software and quite a few great cloud services, but for every awesome thing they create it seems they ruin something else. Over the past year I've developed a wishlist of changes. Dear Microsoft... Azure Stack I like Azure Stack. A lot. What I don't like is the price tag. The preview version was great. Unfortunately you removed our ability to roll our own. That's sad, but I understand that all your large partners are eager not to be put out of business by your...
  • Windows 10 will let you watch TV as you work (Insider Preview Build 15031 for PC)

    02/08/2017 7:38:16 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Stephen Shankland
    Multitaskers who need to watch video while crunching numbers in a spreadsheet will be delighted to know Windows 10 soon will be able to accommodate miniature video players better. A test version of Windows 10 released Wednesday comes with a feature called "compact overlay window" that will always float atop your other windows. That could be handy for holding Skype video chats, keeping an eye on political hearings and yes, watching Netflix or the big game when you're supposed to be at work.
  • Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers (for Windows, Mac, and Linux)

    02/06/2017 5:08:43 AM PST · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 6, 2017 | Team Register
    Mac and Windows (and Linux) Skype users given until March 1st to modernise themselves Microsoft's hurrying desktop Skype users to new client software. As revealed in a post late last week, Redmond's new plan will mean that come March 1st, users of “Skype for Windows desktop (7.16 and below) or Skype for Mac (7.0 to 7.18) will no longer be able to sign in.” To avoid that conversational crimp, you need merely update your Skype client before the due date. The change is necessary, Microsoft says, because the clients mentioned above were built for ye olde ſkype and its peer-to-peer...
  • Microsoft joins Amazon in lawsuit over Trump's immigration ban ("Happy to testify" against it)

    01/31/2017 9:23:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 50 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Ashley Carman
    Tech companies are joining forces with the Washington state government to fight against Donald Trumps recent immigration-related executive order. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against Trumps order, which bars legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. Now, at least three tech companies Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia are joining that legal fight. A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that the company is providing information about the effect of the order in order to "be supportive." They also would "be happy to testify further if needed." Both...
  • Microsoft's mysterious 'Windows Cloud' could be the second coming of Windows RT

    01/30/2017 8:03:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 30, 2017 | Mark Hachman
    Windows Cloud: That name has appeared in system files deep within some of the most recent Windows 10 Insider builds. While a few experts guess it could be a new version of Windows, what it actually is remains a mystery. As far as evidence goes, its pretty slim pickings. Two names, Windows Cloud and Windows Cloud N, appear in a list of Windows versions as early as the recent Windows 10 Insider Build 15002, as originally reported by the Walking Cat Twitter account. (The N designation likely refers to a version specifically designed for European countries.) ZDNets Mary Jo Foley,...
  • 17 Years Later, Microsoft Corp. Is Worth $500 Billion Again (Business is good, but different)

    01/29/2017 6:23:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | Jan 29, 2017 | Anders Bylund
    Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is putting some pep back in its step these days. On Friday, Reuters pointed out that the software giant's market cap has risen above $500 billion for the first time since March 2000. I'm all for celebrating neat milestones, including this 17-year benchmark. And it's no secret that Microsoft really is doing a lot of things right these days. Large-cap stocks don't post market-crushing 55% returns in two years for no reason. That being said, I would like to argue that the Microsoft you see today is miles removed from the $500 billion beast you knew 17...
  • Microsoft Creators Update Will Blur The Lines Between Xbox One And Windows 10 Gaming

    01/29/2017 10:21:32 AM PST · by dayglored · 5 replies
    iTech Post ^ | Jan 25, 2017 | Mandy Adams
    Microsoft has been keen on making doing a Creators Update to improve the Xbox's gaming abilities. The latest information reveals that the company plans to bring the same quality of gaming to Xbox and PC gamers. Xbox insiders who had the first dibs on the latest update already saw the changes brought about by the new update. Xbox UI Changes Microsoft received a lot of complaints on how complicated it is to navigate the Xbox home screen and the company already addressed this issue in their Creators Update. The main goal of this update is to bring Windows features to...
  • Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun (Insider)

    01/27/2017 7:38:47 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 27, 2017 | Mark Lachman
    The bugs could crash some popular games, but from Microsoft's perspective, it's all part of the beta-testing journey. The gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that Microsoft promised earlier this week, with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features, is rolling outbut with some game-breaking bugs, unfortunately. Whats officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring also includes a number of more general improvements, including a version of Edge that will read your ebooks aloud and a better out-of-box experience, complete with voice actors to guide you through the process. If youre hoping to try out the new PC-centric...
  • Windows code-signing tweaks sure to irritate software developers (Hardware Certs? Huh?)

    01/27/2017 5:17:17 AM PST · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 26, 2017 | John Leyden
    Changes that mean signing certificates for Windows can only be sold in hardware form or from an as-yet undefined cloud-based "service from the start of February are likely to have a big effect on software development. US trade body the Certificate Authority Security Council decided in December that "best practice" for code-signing certificates was to embed them in hardware devices, a policy endorsed with upcoming changes from Microsoft that kick in next week. This could present an upheaval for software developers, according to a Reg reader who flagged up the story and asked to remain anonymous. "ISVs who...
  • Microsoft fixes remote desktop app Mac hole (MS Remote Desktop app for MacOS/OSX)

    01/23/2017 8:34:42 PM PST · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Darren Pauli
    Full read/write access was there for the taking Microsoft has patched a code execution hole in its Mac remote desktop client that grants read and write to home directories if users do no more than click a link, says Italian security researcher Filippo Cavallarin. The hole was patched 17 January. Cavallarin says the flaw allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable machines if users did not more than click phishing links. From there, attackers would gain read and write access to Mac home directories. "Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X allows a malicious terminal server to...