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Summary: Windows 10 Creators Update installation prompts to review and choose privacy settings

Comments:

  • Prior to upgrading and installing the Windows 10 Creators Update on a device the Creators Update setup will prompt/alert the user to review and choose their privacy settings
  • The review and choice selection is a required step prior to upgrading your device
  • Microsoft states this requirement is part of their continued commitment to ‘your’ privacy on Windows 10 and to make sure your privacy settings are also ready(for Windows 10)
  • The configured(chosen) privacy settings will be the privacy settings in effect after installing the Windows 10 Creators update(i.e. the choice is applicable only to the installed Windows 10 Creators Update)
  • Upon completion of the review, choosing, and saving the privacy settings the upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update will proceed on the device

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

April 13, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

April 15, 2017: Edited ‘Comments’ section for better clarity

Summary:  This article shows how to remove and recreate a HomeGroup on Windows 10 for multiple devices

Comments:

  • There may be occasions where removal and recreation of the Homegroup on Windows 10 is necessary
    • End-user desire to remove and recreate HomeGroup anew with different sharing options
    • End-user choice to reset HomeGroup to ‘off’ and require other devices to re-join the network
    • Corruption in the Windows HomeGroup service and/or related Peer Networking Service Profiles’ configuration files
    • Inadvertently deleting the HomeGroup system files (Note: Rare, but its occurred more than once)
    • HomeGroup does have a few requirements on Windows 10
      • IPV6 is required
      • Admin rights are required for the logged on user to create a Homegroup
      • Both of the Homegroup Windows Services must be running(HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider)

 

How-To:

On the computer that created the HomeGroup

  1. Navigate to c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking[1]
    – delete idstore.sst
  2. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – leave HomeGroup
  3. Go back to the above ‘ServiceProfiles’ path and delete the remaining files in that same folder
    – Repeat the exact same above steps(1, 2, 3) on any other machines on the HomeGroup network
  4. Shutdown all machines
  5. Power up the machine you wish to create the HomeGroup(leave the other devices powered down(Note: Only a machine with administrative rights [aka admin] can create a HomeGroup)
  6. Logon to Windows
  7. Open File Explorer/View/Options/View Tab
    – scroll down to ‘Use Sharing Wizard’, toggle off, Apply, toggle on, Apply, close File Explorer
  8. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – create the HomeGroup (follow the HomeGroup wizard instructions and configure sharing options to your personal preference)
    – The wizard will provide a password for HomeGroup access ==> Write the password down – you’ll need it on the other device(s) to join the HomeGroup
  9. Power up the other device(one at a time if more than one other device exists)
  10. Logon to Windows
  11. Open File Explorer/View/Options/View Tab
    – scroll down to Sharing Wizard, toggle off, Apply, toggle on, Apply, close File Explorer
  12. Navigate to Control Panel/HomeGroup
    – Join the HomeGroup – follow each step provided by the HomeGroup setup wizard, enter the password when requested)
  13. Shutdown the device (Optional, but if other devices exist, its best to configure each device with only the host device on the network).
  14. Repeat Steps 9 through 13 for any other devices
  15. Power up each device and verify access to the HomeGroup’s shares established by the host device.

 

Footnote: [1]  c:\windows\serviceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking is a Windows System/Hidden folder, it may be necessary, even with admin rights, to configure File Explorer to show ‘Hidden files’ and when accessing agree to the prompt to obtain permission to access the folder and its subfolders. (This is expected and routine in order to access and clear out any old HomeGroup service profiles

 

 

Revisions:

April 12, 2017: Initial Draft Date

April 13, 2017: Initial Publish Date

April 15, 2017:  Added note in Comments and How-To section – Admin rights for HomeGroup creation

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates for Windows 10 Version 1703 Creators Update

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1703(Creators Update) Build 15063 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build number.Subversion number
    • e.g. 15063.138 = Build number 15063 Subversion number 138  (Initial Release, April 11th, 2017)
      • Subsequent updates will be deployed via Windows Update and only modify the ‘Subversion number’
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information 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

 

 

Revisions:

April 11, 2017:  Initial Draft Date

April 12, 2017: Initial Publish Date

 

Summary:  Microsoft makes Windows 10 Creators Update available early on April 5th, 2017

 

Comments:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update, the next version major release for Windows 10, is now available as of April 5th
  • Microsoft previously announced the Windows 10 Creators Update would be rolled out in stages on April 11th
  • A variety of methods/options are available to obtain the Creators Update in advance of the previously announced scheduled deployment date.  The primary consumer methods are noted below. Also see the ‘How-To’ section for specific information on each method.
          • Media Creation Tool
          • Upgrade Assistant
          • Windows 10 Windows Update
          • Windows 10 Refresh option
  • The above methods are primarily intended for early adopters interested in installing the Windows 10 Creator’s update in advance of the scheduled staged rollout starting on April 11, 2017
      • Note: Staged rollout = Not everyone will receive the new Windows 10 Creator bits at the same time

 

How To:

  • Media Creation Tool – (Microsoft tool on the Windows 10 Software Download web page for creating Windows 10 USB/DVD media and optionally an ISO file for mounting or creating media)
  • Update Assistant
  • Windows Update
    • Windows 10 – Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update)
  • Windows 10 Refresh Option
    • Windows 10 – Settings/Update and Security/Recovery/More Recovery Options)

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

April 6th, 2017:  Initial Draft Date

April 7, 2017:  Draft Published

April 8, 2017:  Initial Publish date with final edits

Summary:    Microsoft will begin rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 11, 2017

 

Comments:

  • Microsoft will begin to deploy the Creators Update on April 11, 2017
  • The Creators Update will be deployed via Windows Update
  • Deployment will, as in the past for major o/s feature updates, be a measured/staged rollout
      • i.e. not everyone receiving the new bits at the same time
  • The Creators Update is Version 1703 with an expected Build.Sub-build Number of 15063.0
  • Installation of 1703 will most likely download additional fixes and patches(during or immediately after installation updating the Sub-build number e.g. 15063.11)
  • On or shortly after the April 11th rollout the Media Creation Tool should be updated to allow Windows 10 end-users to create USB/DVD installation media and/or an ISO file for creating DVD media or mounting
    • Note: (1) If creating USB media use an 8 GB USB Flash drive; (2)if creating a DVD then Dual Layer DVD media will most likely be required
  • Notable new features included in the Creators Update are Paint 3D, improved Start Menu, Windows Defender Security Center, and additional Personalization options
  • Highly recommended to backup your operating system and data prior to installing the Creators Update
        •  ===> Image your operating system and backup your data to external media

 

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

March 30, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

April 1, 2017:  Added comments on USB Flash drive size(8 GB)

Summary:  How to create Windows 10 installation media using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Comments:

  • This article provides a text and graphical overview of the steps to create Windows 10 USB installation media using the available (free) Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
  • The information shown is for using the latest available Windows 10 Version 1607 Media Creation Tool
    • The digital signature of the latest version is ‎Thursday, ‎December ‎8, ‎2016 1:14:04 AM
  • When creating Windows 10 Version 1607 media the following media capacities are required
    • USB Flash Drive – 8 GB
    • DVD disc – Dual Layer DVD – 8.5 GB
        • Note: When creating Windows 10 media containing both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) architectures for both both Home and Pro editions you should use USB media with a 16 GB minimum size
  • Windows 10 Version 1607 created media by design includes both Home and Pro editions
        • If desired, the option to create media for Windows 10 Home- Single Language is available, but only select this option is you are running Windows 10 Home Single Language
  • Direct link to download the Media Creation Tool (MediaCreationTool.exe)

 

Media Creation Process:

    1. Download and save the Media Creation Tool executable file (MediaCreationTool.exe)
    2. Right click the Media Creation Tool executable file and select ‘Run as Administrator’
    3. Connect a USB Flash Drive – As noted above an 8 GB size drive is required
    4. Accept the License Terms
    5. Choose ‘Create Installation media for another pc’; Click Next
    6. Choose a language, edition, and architecture; Click Next
    7. Select ‘USB Flash Drive’ on the ‘Choose which media to use’ page; Click Next
    8. Select and verify the correct USB Flash Drive; Click Next
    9. The tool will proceed to download, verify and create Windows 10 Version 1607 media
    10. Once Complete, the final screen will inform that your ‘USB Flash Drive ‘is Ready’

 

Graphical Overview of the Media Creation Process:

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Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

August 3, 2016: Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

October 31, 2016:  Added more detail for clarification in the ‘Comments’ section

January 31, 2017: Added ‘Graphical Overview’ section

March 28, 2017: Rewrote entire article, added and updated information, deleted original from blog, republished

March 31, 2017:  Corrected  link about Downloading ISO file (Rhonda, Thanks for the ping)

April 6, 2017: Updated Publicize options

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1607(Anniversary Update) Build 14393 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1607 Build 14393.10  (1607’s initial release)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information 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:

February 2, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

 

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1511(November Update) Build 10586 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1511 Build 10586.3  (1511’s initial release)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information 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:

February 1, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

 

Summary:  Microsoft web site for the latest and past released feature and security updates

Comments:

  • Reference site for Windows 10 Version 1507(RTM, Initial Release) Build 10240 updates
  • Contains updates for each  released KB(Knowledge Base) update by Build version.Subversion number
    • e.g. Version 1507 Build 10240.16405  (1507’s RTM, Initial release – July 2015)
  • Each KB contains(when applicable) a section describing:
    • Information 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:

January 31, 2017:  Initial Draft and Initial Publish Date

Windows 10 – Release Information

Posted: January 15, 2017 in Windows 10
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Summary:  Microsoft’s web site for current and past release information for all Windows 10 Versions and Builds

Comments:

  • Reference site for all released Windows 10 Versions and Build Numbers
    • Applicable to the following:
      • Creators Update Version 1703 Build 15063.xxx
      • Anniversary Update Version 1607 Build 14393.xxx
      • November Update Version 1511 Build 10586.xxx
      • Initial Release RTM Version 1507 Build 10240.xxx
  • Contains historical information in table format in chronological order
  • Routinely updated to reflect the latest feature and quality updates
  • Resource to determine if your installed version of Windows 10 is up to date with the latest feature and quality updates

Additional Information:

 

Revisions:

September 9, 2016: Initial Draft:

November 2,  2017:  Initial Publish Date(took a while, completely forgot until an ‘All Soul’ reminded me I)

January 15, 2017: Second Publish Date Deleted original, Rewrote article, added ‘Applicable to’ section

April 12, 2017:  Added ‘Creators Update Version 1703 Build 15063.xxx’ to Comments section