Patch Tuesday & More Updates

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Microsoft’s patch Tuesday had a lot of fixes this week, a couple patches for zero day updates, and more – a total of 78 CVE’s and two advisories. The biggest zero day is CVE-2019-1132, with a good write up from ESET here, which can lead to a local privilege escalation within Windows.

Before you patch, either with Windows Update or manually, be sure to grab KB4509096, which is a servicing stack update that according to Microsoft “Addresses an issue with a Secure Boot feature update that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode because of a race condition.”. This is recommended to be installed before the cumulative updates that Microsoft has released as part of Patch Tuesday’s group of updates.

A good overview of the patches released this round of updates is available at Zero Day Initiative.

Download Windows 1.11 App from Windows Store

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In partnership with Netflix’s latest release of Stranger Things Season 3, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 app for Windows Version 1.11. I remember back in the 80’s wanting Windows 1 & 2, but I was stuck with DOS until Windows 3.0. There is definitely some nostalgia in this app.

Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that’s been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it’s basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer.

New Fast Ring Build Released – Build 18932

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The Windows Insider team has released a new build to fast ring insiders ahead of the US Independence Day holiday. This brings us to build 18932 of version 20H1. Some new features, improvements, and a bunch of fixes. A few issues are still present, so make sure to check those out before you update to make sure you’re not running into a show stopper.

Known Issues

  • If you’re seeing failures installing games via the Xbox app, you can retry the install. If it continues failing, you may want to roll back to Build 18922.
  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.

New Fast Ring Insiders Build

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Microsoft has released a new build for the fast ring insiders, build 18922. A few new changes in this build, and a few known issues (similar to previous builds).

Known Issues

  • This update might fail the first time you try to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.

  • For Home editions, some devices might not be able to see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.

  • We’re investigating an issue where some users are reporting that File Explorer search is rendering in an unexpectedly small area and clicking it results in a crash.

New Windows 10 Fast Ring Build – 18895

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The latest Windows 10 Fast Ring Insiders build is out, bringing us to 18895. This is a small update, bringing just a single fix (the Your Phone app works again). Get in there and grab it. A few caveats for some users, though.

This flight won’t be available for the following editions:

  • Windows 10 Home N x64 in HU-HU and PT-PT.
  • Windows 10 Home x64 in CS-CZ, ES-ES, and KO-KR.
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 in LV-LV and ES-MX.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
  • The Your Phone app now works again! We have fixed the issue from Build 18894 causing Your Phone to not work.

Windows 10 Insider Build 18894 Released

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The latest build of Windows 10 for the Fast Ring has been released, this time bringing the build number to 18894. Part of the 20H1 update, it has a few improvements and a bit of known issues to check out before updating.

Known Issues

  • Due to an OS bug, the Your Phone app will not work on this build (20H1 Build 18894). This issue does not impact the Your Phone app if you are in the Slow and Release Preview rings. We expect to have this issue resolved in the next flight to the Fast ring. Appreciate your patience.

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart searchui.exe.

  • We’re investigating reports that on certain devices if fast startup is enabled, night light doesn’t turn on until after a restart. (Note: The problem will occur on a “cold” reboot or power off / power on. To work around if night light doesn’t turn on, use Start > Power > Restart.)

  • There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.

  • Some features on Start Menu and in All apps are not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.

  • In the Ease of Access settings, selecting a color filter may not take effect right away unless color filters option is turned off and back on again.

  • The IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) may not open sometimes. We are investigating the issue. In the meantime, going to Task Manager and ending the “WindowsInternal.ComposableShell.Experiences.TextInput.InputApp.exe” task from the from the Details tab should unblock you if you experience this issue.

  • We are aware of an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width is suddenly changed to Full width from Half width and are investigating.

New Windows Insider Fast Build

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The Windows Insiders team has released the latest build of Windows 10 to the fast ring, build 18885. For those that had issues updating to 18875 previously, an additional update will be required (details at the blog post linked above). Some cool new features and as always – check the known issues before updating so you don’t hit a major snag that will affect your experience.

Known Issues

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart explorer.exe.

  • We’re investigating reports that on certain devices if fast startup is enabled night light doesn’t turn on until after a restart. (Note: The problem will occur on a “cold” reboot or power off / power on. To work around if night light doesn’t turn on, use Start > Power > Restart.)

  • There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.

  • Some features on Start Menu and in All apps are not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.

Windows 10 Fast and Skip Ahead Merge for Build 18875

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A new build has been released to the Fast Ring as well as for Skip Ahead users, as the builds are now merged and will be receiving the same builds going forward. Build 18875 is the latest build with a few new language improvements, some fixes and changes. As always, make sure and read the known issues before updating as they may be a show stopper. The latest being the GSOD with games that use anti-cheat software. Things have been improving on this front, so make sure you update your games (Steam and others can automatically do this for you) before playing as they may have already been fixed.

Known Issues

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds, and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. Creative has released updated drivers for some affected X-Fi sound cards. Please refer to Creative’s website for details on your particular hardware and any available updates.

Windows XP Has it’s Final Day Today

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The final Windows XP product that was supported, Windows XP Embedded POSReady 2009, ends it’s support today, marking the final nail in the coffin for the 17 year old operating system, which was released in October of 2001. Some have used registry tweaks to continue to get Windows XP patches, but those are coming to an end as well. The longest running supported operating system from Microsoft is now considered a dead OS. As expected, they are suggesting users to migrate to Windows IoT Enterprise or Windows 10 Professional.

Microsoft would like to remind users that support for Windows Embedded Standard 2009 ended January 10, 2019 and that support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 will end on April 9, 2019.

For customers still maintaining these platforms, Microsoft recommends that you consider moving to Windows 10 IoT Enterprise or Windows 10 Pro. If you are an Enterprise Customer and need information on upgrading, please contact your Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Microsoft Authorized Distributor. If you are an OEM and need additional information, please contact your Microsoft sales representative or Distributor.

 

Windows 10 Makes USB Drive Removal Safe Again

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In Windows 10 version 1809 and later, a change in the default behavior for USB storage devices will allow you to remove your device without using the “Safely Remove Hardware” procedure. Yes, you’ll be able to just remove your USB drive without any data corruption. This is due to the change in the default setting for USB storage devices. Rather than using the Better Performance policy, they are now using the Quick Removal. This does lower the performance of the device for the ease of use by turning off the cache disk write setting. This just changes the default setting and it can be changed at any time.

Windows defines two main policies, Quick removal and Better performance, that control how the system interacts with external storage devices such as USB thumb drives or Thunderbolt-enabled external drives. Beginning in Windows 10 version 1809, the default policy is Quick removal.

In earlier versions of Windows the default policy was Better performance.

You can change the policy setting for each external device, and the policy that you set remains in effect if you disconnect the device and then connect it again to the same computer port.