Archive for the ‘Windows 10’ Category

Summary:

Timeline for removal of Flash from Microsoft Edge, Edge Chromium and Internet Explorer Browsers

Comments:

  • Microsoft will remove Flash support in Edge, Edge Chromium, and Internet Explorer browsers and entirely from Windows in 2020
  • Removal will occur in December 2020 and is expected prior to the end of the 2020 Calendar Year
  • Adobe(Flash application creator/owner) previously announced in 2017 that Flash would no longer be supported after 2020
  • Flash limitation will occur prior to full removal, initially disabling Flash and requiring users to enable Flash on a site-by-site basis.
  • After removal of Flash in Microsoft Edge, Edge Chromium, and Internet Explorer across all supported versions of Windows end users will no longer have any ability to enable or run Flash.
  • Removal of Flash in Edge Chromium will be consistent with removal of Flash in other ‘Chromium’ based browsers(e.g. Google Chrome, Opera, Brave, etc.) and also consistent timeline-wise with other non-Chromium based browsers(e.g. Firefox where Flash support will be completely removed from consumer versions in December 2020).
  • Links for the original and current timeline removal of Flash for Edge, Edge Chromium and Internet Explorer for supported Windows version are provided below in the ‘Additional Information’ section of this article.

Additional Information:

Revisions:

Sept 5 2019: Initial Draft

Sept 7 2019: Original Publish Date

Summary:

  • Installation of Windows updates may fail with the message – "Updates Failed’ with ‘Error 0x80073701’

 

Comments:

  • This article applies to Windows 10 Version 1903
  • This article applies to Windows Update
  • The failure to update is suspected to be caused by KB4497935 May 29, 2019 Quality Update(an optional non-security update that included a number of ‘quality’ fixes)
    • Unknown at this time if the issue is related to Windows Update, Window 10 or Windows 10 Component Store/Image
  • This issue does not impact all Windows 10 devices having first appeared in isolated cases when attempting to install Windows updates automatically or manually in June through July 2019

Editor Note: This issue is now resolved by installing KB4524570 and applicable to Windows 10 1903(and 1909). If the issue still persists see Recommendation #3 below(or optionally see/reference KB4528159)

Recommendations:

  1. Use the Windows 10 Troubleshooter for Windows Update. The Windows 10 Troubleshooter is located  in ”Settings/Update and Security/Troubleshoot/Windows Update’
  2. Use the DISM’s tool command line interface to Check, Scan, and Restore Windows 10 System Image (
  3. Use the DISM’s tool command interface for Analyzing and Cleanup of the Windows 10 Component Store

Revisions:

Aug 15 2019: Initial Draft Date

Aug 18 2019: Original Publish Date

Nov 14 2019: Added Editor Note in Comments – Issue resolved by KB4524570

Summary:

  • How to find the Version and Build number of the current installed Windows 10 operating system

 

How To:

  • Three different method to find Windows 10 current installed Version and Build number
    • Start button/Settings/System/About/Windows Specifications
    • Start Button/Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update, then scroll down and click on
      ‘OS Build info’ then look for the section ‘Windows Specifications’

The third(below) is my preferred route since it’s usually accomplished faster than navigating(click-tap using finger/mouse) via ‘Settings’

    • Press and hold the ‘Windows key’ then press ‘R’ to open the Run Dialog box
      • In that dialog box enter =>      winver
            • A new window will open showing the version and build.

 

Revisions:

July 3 2019: Initial and Final Draft

July 4 2019: Original Publish Date

July 7 2019: Corrected typo/grammar [its=>it’s] (Thanks for the email/ping Wendy!)

Summary:

  • Release Information for Windows 10  by OS Version, Build, Latest Revision Date, and End of Service/Support Date

 

Comments:

Additional Information:

  • Windows 10 Version(Feature Updates) are/have been released twice(2X) per Year
  • The twice per year(Feature Updates) releases are called the Semi-Annual Channel
    • Each Semi-Annual Channel is identified with a new ‘Version’ number
      • Each ‘Version’ is updated/serviced monthly with a new ‘Build’ number
    • Each Semi-Annual Channel is normally serviced/supported for a period of 18 to 30 months depending upon life cycle policy. 
      • Consumers editions(Home and Pro) normally have the 18 month servicing
      • Business and Educational editions(Enterprise, Education) have the longer 30 month servicing

 

Revisions:

June 5 2019: Initial Draft

June 6 2019: Original Publish Date

June 9 2019:  Added time frame to better explain servicing/support for different editions

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:   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