The purpose of this blog is to provide information (Technical, How-To, Help, Product Notices) about Microsoft operating systems and services with a focus on Windows 10, Windows Insider Program, Microsoft Accounts, Outlook.com, OneDrive, and Windows Essentials.

Additionally, my maintenance approach to many of these blog post is to update the article(post) with additional and new information whenever applicable to ensure a continuous improvement timeline which provides greater flexibility as a resource for end users(and of course myself) references.  All articles have a ‘Revision’ category with notes on changes/edits/content.

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Summary:

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Version 1903 May 2019 Update on May 21 2019

Comments:

  1. Microsoft released the latest major feature update(named May 2019 Update) for Windows 10 Version 1903 Build 18362.116 today(May 21, 2019)
  2. Windows 10 Version 1903 is now available to mainstream consumers and business users that wish to manually install the feature update via Windows Update ‘Check for Updates’
  3. Windows 10 Version 1903 is also available via The Windows 10 download site, and via the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.  (Note: Not all devices may be deemed ready to install Windows 10 1903)
  4. Windows 10 Version 1903 will be deployed/rolled out automatically via Windows Update(not all devices will receive the feature update at the same time)
  5. Windows 10 Version 1903 will update a Windows 10 device from the installed prior version of Windows 10(e.g. Windows 10 Version 1809, 1803, etc.)

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

May 15 2019:  Initial Draft Outline

May 21 2019: Final Draft

May 21 2019: Initial Publish Date

Summary: Actionable messaging feature now available for Outlook for iOS mobile app

Comments:

  • Microsoft announces support for actionable messaging in the Outlook for iOs mobile app
  • Provides the ability to take action on request in an email without leaving your Inbox or switching apps
    • Examples of actions are requests for Group Approval, Feedback Surveys, Approval requests(timesheets)
  • Availability of the feature is now being rolled out with completion in the next few months

Additional Information:

Revisions:

May  7 2019:  Initial Draft and Publish Date

Summary:   Intel Processor(CPU) microcode update for Windows 10 Version 1809 addressing Spectre and Terminal Fault security vulnerabilities

 

Comments:

    • This Intel Microcode update for Windows 10 Version 1809 address 3 security vulnerabilities
        • Two Spectre variants(3a and 4) and the L1 Terminal Fault(L1TF)
    • Windows 10 Version 1809 Intel microcode updates are stand-alone updates and currently only available in the Microsoft Catalog though in the future it may also be deployed through Windows Update
    • This Microcode updates include previous released microcode updates
    • Applicable to Windows 10 Version 1809 and noted in the Knowledge Base(KB) article section
    • Applicable to specific Intel CPU’s as noted in the Knowledge Base article
      • Note: Install the update for the applicable processor

 

Microsoft Knowledge Base(KB) article:

 

How to Obtain:

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Additional information::

Revisions:

Apr  5 2019: Initial Draft Date

Apr  6 2019: Initial Publish Date

Apr  9 2019: Added pic(snapshot/graphic) of KB4465065 in Microsoft Catalog

Apr 10 2019: Added ‘Additional Information’ section

Summary:  Windows 10 Servicing Stack Updates

Comments:

  • Servicing Stack Updates for Windows 10  (also known as SSU)
  • Servicing Stack Updates make improvements to the Windows 10 component that installs updates for Windows 10
  • Applicable to Windows 10 Versions 1809, 1803, 1709, 1703 and 1607 and 1507-LTSB
    • For 32 bit(x86), 64 bit(x64), and ARM(only 1709, 1803, 1809)
    • Servicing Stack Updates are deployed automatically via Windows Update
    • Servicing Stack Updates are also available via the Microsoft Catalog
    • Microsoft Comment (Editor Note: Important if manually installing cumulative updates and SSUs)
          • "Microsoft strongly recommends you install the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system before installing the latest cumulative update (LCU). Installing servicing stack updates (SSU) ensure that you have a robust and reliable servicing stack so that your devices can receive and install Microsoft security fixes."

 

Revisions:

Mar 15 2019: Initial Draft and Publish Date

April 20 2019: Updated to reflect latest 1809 SSU

Summary:  How to use the Microsoft DISM Tool to Analyze and Clean the Windows 10 WinSxS folder (Component Store)

Comments:

  • DISM(Deployment Image Servicing and Management [DISM.exe]) is a command-line tool that can be used to analyze and clean up the Windows 10 Component Store
  • The Windows 10 WinSxS folder typically hosts all the Component Store files
  • Using the DISM command-line tool for analyzing the Windows 10 Component Store will show the following details of the components present in the WinSxS folder:
    • Actual size of the components in the WinSxS folder and also broken down into three sub-sections
        • How much of the actual size is shared with Windows 10
        • How much of the actual size is dedicated to Backups and Disabled features
        • How much of the actual size is used for Cache and Temporary Data
    • The number of reclaimable packages
    • Component Store Cleanup Recommendation (Yes or No)
  • Using the DISM command-line tool for cleaning up Windows 10 Component Store may recover some space of the hard drive(or SSD) and reduce the size of the WinSxS folder recovering a few GB’s of storage capacity.  Editor Note:  Normally Windows 10 will clean the Component Store when necessary thus clean up may not always be required, but if your system indicates otherwise(**After analysis**) follow the cleanup instructions below.

How To:

  • Using DISM’s /AnalyzeComponentStore
    • Open an Elevated Command Prompt => Press Windows key + X ] then select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option
    • At  command line prompt enter
            • · DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore

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          • The above is an example(snapshot/picture) that shows for a device tested(a recent clean install of Windows 10) that no Reclaimable Packages are present and also Component Store Cleanup is not recommended. (Note: The size of a component store can vary – normally about six(6) to ten(10) GB)
              • The analysis may take a few minutes. Do Not interrupt the process.
              • If your system indicates that Component Store Cleanup **IS** Recommended the DISM tool  /StartComponentCleanup command-line option can be used(instructions below)
  • Using DISM’s /StartComponentCleanup
    • Open an Elevated Command Prompt => Press Windows key + X ] then select the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ option
    • At  command line prompt enter
            • · DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

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          • The Component Store cleanup  may take a few minutes. Do Not interrupt the process. Once complete it will report "The operation completed successfully. Once complete, the Command dialog box window can be closed(Click ‘X’ in the upper right).  To finalize the cleanup process => Restart Windows 10

 

Revisions:

Jan  2  2019:  Initial Draft Date

Jan  6  2019: Initial Publish Date

Apr 20, 2019: Added graphics/pictures examples

Summary:  Microsoft’s Quick Start Guides for Windows 10

Comments:

  • Microsoft provides a variety of ‘Quick Start’ guides to help learn Windows 10
  • Guides are in the form of standard PDF Documents
  • Guides are intended to be overviews yet provide sufficient detail to shorten the learning curve
  • Links(below) to Quick Start Guides will automatically open the respective guide’s PDF file in a new window in your default PDF viewer or browser

Windows 10 Quick Start Guides:

  • Desktop   (8 pages)
    • Start Menu options(Start Button, Accessing Documents and Pictures folder, Settings, Power Options, Grouping programs and apps on the Start Menu);
    • Task Bar features(Start Button, Search, Task View, File Explorer, Microsoft Store, Edge Browser OneDrive, Audio/Volume settings, Network Connection(LAN/Wi-Fi));
    • Action Center(Notification and Actions to settings and common configurable settings)
    • Windows Settings(System, Devices, Personalization, Apps, Accounts, Network and Internet, Privacy, Updates and Security, Ease of Access, Cortana, Gaming, Phone)
    • Cortana(Microsoft’s digital assistant)
    • Task View(feature providing the ability to group app by type or desire in multiple accessible virtual desktop views)
  • Windows Defender  (7 pages)
    • Taskbar Icon, Protection Status, Security Center, Settings
  • Connect to a network printer (8 pages)
    • Adding a network printer
        • Note: Windows 10 will recognize and setup almost all printers when connected to the device or identified when present on a local network connected via LAN or Wi-fi, if not,  the guide can provide useful tips.
  • Photos App   (9 pages)
    • Menu, Features, Organization, Editing Photos and Videos
  • Movies & TV App   (4 pages)
    • Menu, Types of Content – Movies, TV, Videos; Default Settings configurable options
        • Note: Movies and TV are Microsoft Store and Microsoft Account based; Videos are what you made yourself
  • Maps App  (6 pages)
    • Location, Directions, Destination, Traffic, Road view, Aerial view, Street side, Zoom
  • Microsoft Store  (5 pages)
    • Accessing the Store, Available Content(Apps, Games, Books, Movies/TV, Themes, etc.), Content from any device

Revisions:

Dec  3 2018: Initial Draft Date

Dec  8 2018: Initial Publish Date

Dec 10 2018:  Added Editor Note and additional Notes for clarification

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates for Windows 10 Version 1809 October 2018 Update

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1809(October 2018 Update) Build 17763 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build number.Subversion number
    • e.g. 17763.1 = Build number 17763 Subversion number 1  (Initial Release, October 2, 2018)
      • Subsequent updates will be deployed via Windows Update and only modify the ‘Subversion number’
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Improvements and Fixes
    • Known issues
    • How to obtain the update (including Update Replacement and File Information)
      • Update Replacement identifies if the KB replaces or doesn’t replace a prior update
      • File Information is provided by linking to a downloadable *.csv file

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

Nov  2 2018: Initial Draft

Nov 15 2018: Initial Publish Date

Summary:  How to Install Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 10

Comments:

  • Installation on Windows 10 requires the Windows Essentials 2012 Full Version Installer
    • The web based installer version can not be used since the install will attempt to download files from a no longer existent server and the installation will fail in a few seconds.
    • If not having previously archived the Windows Essentials 2012 full version installer your only options are to obtain the full version installer from an alternate source(friend, neighbor, colleague, 3rd party site on the internet that may be hosting the full version installer)
    • The full version installer:   (English version)
            • Filename is wlsetup-all.exe
            • File version is 16.4.3528.331
            • File Size is 134, 112 KB(130MB)
            • Digital signature date‎  is Monday, ‎April ‎7, ‎2014 12:09:33 PM
  • Requires .NET 2.0
  • If installing the English version in a country different than the United States see the precautionary ‘Special Instructions:’ Note(in red) below.

Procedure:

  1. Obtain the full version installer
  2. Install .NET 2.0 by enabling .NET 3.5 in Windows 10 Program and Features/’Turn Widows features on or off ‘ then Check the box adjacent to .NET Framework 3.5(includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0).  Click OK.  Close Programs and Features. This step is mandatory — .NET 2.0 must be installed prior to running the installer program executable.
  3. Run the full version installer in Administrator mode(Rt. Click and choose ‘Run as Administrator’
  4. When prompted – Select the option titled – ‘Choose the programs you want to install’
  5. Select ‘Mail’
  6. Click ‘Install.   Do not interrupt the installation. 
  7. Once the installation is complete, the program will/may run and prompt to setup an email account. Set up your email account or cancel and setup later.  When setting up an email account it would be prudent to do it manually by choosing the ‘Manually configure server settings’ option.   Important -  if setting up an Outlook.com type email account(Outlook/Live/Hotmail/MSn.com) ensure setup is done manually and only choose the IMAP or POP protocol. Do not choose/use the ‘Windows Live Hotmail’ option since that choice will attempt to use the Http(DeltaSync) protocol which is no longer supported by the backend Office 365 Platform server.

 

Special Instructions:

  • Note:  Using the English language full installer version in a country different than the United States
        • If installing the English language version in a location(different country) than the U.S. additional steps  must be taken for a successful installation
        • Disconnect from the Internet
        • Navigate in Windows 10 to Settings/Time and Language/Region and change to U.S.
        • Post installation return you Region to your location
        • Reconnect to the Internet

 

 

Revisions:

October 5, 2018: Initial Draft Date

October 8, 2018: Initial Publish Date

Summary:  Windows 10 Version 1809 October Update has been temporarily delayed.

Comments:

  • Microsoft announced on October 6, 2018 that deployment and release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is temporarily delayed
  • The reason for the delay as reported by Microsoft is due to issues(isolated) related to missing files after installing the update
  • At the time of this article’s publication the root cause of the missing file(s) issue(problem) is still undetermined
  • Windows 10 1809 October 2018 Update until further re-release from Microsoft will not be deployed(offered) through Windows Update for Windows 10 devices.

 

Recommended Action:

  • Until more information is known it is probably prudent for end-user consumers to not install Windows 10 1809 October2018 Update at this time
  • From an end-user Consumer standpoint the best plan of action is to wait until the Windows 10 October 2018  Update is available via Windows Update instead of any other available means for installing the October 2018 Update.
      •  Editor Note(Nov 15th): For most users waiting for a Windows Update to offer a Windows 10 feature update  to their device is standard-operating-procedure and continues, as it has been in the past,  to be sound and recommended advice

 

 

Revisions:

Oct 6 2018:  Initial Draft and Publish Date

Oct 9 2018:  Added Recommended Action section

Nov 15 2018:  Added Editor Note to Recommended Action section