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Andre lives on the beautiful island of Jamaica (yeah, mon). Andre can best be described as friendly, passionate about technology, a lover of nature and enjoys sharing his views on topics he is highly interested in.

His journey into blogging started in 2004 when Microsoft introduced their online blogging service, MSN Spaces. Like many, Andre was enthralled by the excitement surrounding the development of Windows ‘codename’ Longhorn, which eventually became Windows Vista. From then on his enthusiasm for Windows grew into a passion. Throughout those years he was able to expand his reach through the opportunity of writing reviews and articles for ActiveWin.com.

The opportunity for him to start his own blog and share his opinions with readers about technology allows him to help and learn from so many in return. “It has been one of the great aspects of blogging. That’s one of the key things about technology and the essence of the MVP Program itself, the opportunity to share and learn.”

You can often find Andre publishing his latest articles at http://www.groovypost.com

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How to Submit a Suggestion or Bug Report in Windows 10 Using Feedback Hub

The Internet and Social Media have changed the development process for many of the products we use. Windows 10 in particular has embraced the benefits of these modern day platforms to help improve and bring new releases to market approximately every six months. When I participated in Microsoft Beta Programs (remember Microsoft Betaplace and Connect) more than a decade ago, it was sort of an exclusive club of maybe few thousand or more. Although both had its benefits, with the significant growth of Windows and Office, there had to be change to make feedback represent the billions of users who use both. Since Windows 10 launched in October of 2014, Microsoft has made submitting suggestions and problem reports about Windows open to the general public and not just a controlled group. Instead of just getting an acknowledgement your bug has been received, there is tremendous opportunity to actually have engineers act on your problem and to engage with them intimately. This results in timely fixes not just in the next release but also the interim.   Submit a Bug Report About a Problem in Windows 10 In this article, we show you the basic steps to submit a bug and get it acknowledged and potentially fixed in a cumulative update. Included with Windows 10 is an app called Feedback Hub. You can launch it by opening Start, type: feedback or scroll down to ‘F’ then click Feedback hub. After launching Feedback hub, click the Feedback tab. Choose the kind of report you want to send to the Windows Engineers. This is important, because there is a difference between tweeking something versus fixing a bug.   A suggestion could be add the option to have different mouse pointer colors. A bug could be, every time you click the Start button, it does not open or the Microsoft Store app presents an error every time you launch it. Error codes and the ability to reproduce the error you are experiencing is important. Some issues you might experience in Windows 10 could be attributed to anomalies or network problems. So, make sure you have exhausted all the troubleshooting options before you submit a report. For instance, if you are unable to connect to the Internet, make sure your drivers updated; you have ran the built in troubleshooters (Start > Setting > Update & security > Troubleshooter) and even Restart the device. When you have decided which one you would like to submit, choose the appropriate radio box. For this article, I am going to submit a ‘Problem’. Below that, enter a descriptive title for your problem. Next, click in the details box and enter some details of the problem. Be clear about the problem, what happens when you click XYZ. Include the error code if there is one. Along with that, include details about the system you are using, such as the make and model. Here is a basic run down of what you can provide to help engineers diagnose the problem:   What is the exact make and model of your computer? Open Start, type: system information Hit Enter Click System summary Look in the right pane   What have you done so far to troubleshoot the problem? How long has this been happening? Have you installed any new software or hardware drivers since you started experiencing this problem? If so, what are they and are they designed for Windows 10? Have you checked the manufacturers website or contact support to find out about compatibility, updates or support for Windows 10? Do you have a system restore point created you could go back to? Does the problem occur in other user accounts on the computer? Which version of Windows did you upgrade from: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709? Please avoid rants, off topic discussion, profanity and insults – be respectful. Engineers are reading your feedback and instead of telling them about your history in computing and personal problems, they would rather know about the problem concerning Windows 10 at hand. You will also have the opportunity to provide follow up replies. Choose the category the problem relates to. Since my problem affects the desktop, I will choose the ‘Desktop environment’, specifically ‘Windows Spotlight’. If your issue relates to Microsoft Edge, choose that and the area of Edge affected. Next, add evidence of the problem. The Feedback Hub makes it easy to add examples of the problem you are experiencing. This is especially great for reproducible bugs. You can attach a screen capture, file or recording. For my bug, I will go with with Recreate my problem. When you are ready, click Start capture button, then go through the steps to reproduce the problem. When complete, click Stop capture. The information will be attached automatically. You can still remove or review the recorded screenshots used in your recording. You can also keep a copy of the feedback if you want or go ahead and immediately Submit it for review. If you want to review your report, click the ‘Continue using Feedback Hub button’. Click the My feedback tab, then click on the report, which should be at the top of the list. Get Your Bug Report Some Attention Here is how you can make some noise and give your report the attention it deserves. You can share the report with family and friends or even key folks on the Windows Engineering team. Click the Share menu at the top right hand corner of the Feedback hub screen; a Short Link will be generated. Click Copy Link, which you can send in an email or instant message; or click Share for more options. If you have Twitter installed, you can launch that app. You can tweet the problem to key folks on the Windows Engineering team or find folks who work on specific parts or apps bundled with Windows such as Photos. Not everyone is on social media, so this is completely optional on your part.   https://twitter.com/donasarkar https://twitter.com/brandonleblanc https://twitter.com/jenmsft https://twitter.com/northfacehiker https://twitter.com/windowsinsider Enter a short description, a few hash tags and Tweet it out. Get a Windows Insider MVP on Your Side If you know a Windows Insider MVP, you can share your feedback with them and let them vote on it for you too. Windows Insider MVP’s are considered as customer advocates and represents a small group of enthusiastic Windows 10 users who love helping fellow users get the most out of Windows. There you have it, an easy way to get your Windows 10 problems acknowledged and potentially fixed.  

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How to Install Windows 10 1803 (Spring Creators Update) Using Windows Update

A new version of Windows 10 is upon us containing exciting new features to make users more productive and secure. The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update version 1803 builds on the Fall Creators Update launched last October. New features include: Time Line for managing apps and activities across devices; redesigned settings app, new user experiences for installing fonts, using Bluetooth, Audio and whole lot more. In this article, we look at how to upgrade from a previous version using Windows Update. Its not that different from previous versions, but users will note how much faster and stable the process is. Anyway, lets dig in. Step 1: Open Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update then click 'Check for Updates' Step 2:  Windows Update will scan for a new version then begin downloading the feature update. Step 3:  The download can take some time, so be patient. If you don't see any progress after an hour, try disconnecting from the Internet temporarily, then reconnect to see if it progresses. If not, restart your computer then try again. Step 4: After the update is finished downloading, it will begin installing. Step 5: When the installation is ready, Windows Update will notify you and ask if you would like to install now, choose a time or set a reminder. If you are not ready to install yet, click 'Pick a time'. This will open the Restart options setting in Windows Update. Proceed to choose an appropriate time and day that is suitable for you. Check out the following article to learn more about how to use Active Hours and Restart Options to manage how and when updates are installed:   Step 6: When you are finally ready to install the feature update the update will begin automatically or you can open Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update then click Restart now: After the restart, this will be your screen for a while: When complete, you can sign into your account and check Windows Update. Thats it, you don't even see the old installing apps screen anymore. Backup Before Upgrading Please be advised some devices might experience issues upgrading to Windows 10 1803. Here are a list of things you can do to ensure your upgrade is successful or you can return to your previous version. Make sure you backup before attempting to upgrade: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/create-windows-10-system-image-best-free-alternatives/ How to block it if you don't want to upgrade: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/block-windows-10-feature-update-why/ What is the make and model of your computer? Have you checked the manufacturers website to determine compatibility? Check this List to Determine if Your Computer is Compatible with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 1803
     Perform the following tasks:     12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1803)
     Let us know in the comment how your upgrade goes.  

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A List of Systems that Support the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) So Far

Below are direct links to vendor support pages where you can check the make and model of your computer to find out if it is compatible with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or earlier versions. If its not, don’t force it, stick with your current version, contact the vendor by telephone or support forum to find out about support.The list will be updated as soon as other OEMs update their support pages.  Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) Toshiba Panasonic Hewlett Packard (HP)/Compaq Dell Inc Lenovo Samsung   If there are no plans to support the a Feature Update, your options includes: sticking with the current version of Windows 10 or backup then attempt a clean install. Some users have reported a clean install works sometimes, even though the manufacturer does not support it; or you can downgrade to the original version you were running such as: Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Update 1. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with Update will continue to be supported until January 2020 and January 2023 respectively. Microsoft also noted systems with Intel Clover Trail processors can use and receive updates for Windows 10 1607 until January 2023.

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Microsoft OneDrive Stuck at OOBE During Windows 10 Setup

Earlier today, some users started reporting issues trying complete Windows 10 setup during the Out of Box Experience. If OneDrive is selected as the default location to save files, setup becomes non-responsive. Microsoft said in a tweet they are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. They recommend users experiencing this problem file a report at the given link: https://t.co/SWI0nIX0Pz   In the mean time, If you are setting up/signing into a Microsoft Account during installation, we recommend you setup a Local Account instead, then connect to a Microsoft Account after setup in Start > Settings > Accounts > Your info. Users will need to perform a cold reboot in order get Windows 10 responsive again.   https://www.groovypost.com/howto/setup-configure-new-windows-10-pc-clean-installation/

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Why does Windows 10 say 'Your license will expire soon' and How to Fix It

Warning: There are "Tech Support Scams" pretending to be Windows 10 Activation Technologies. Please be vigilant. Microsoft never calls users to inform them their license is expiring. Neither should you get an email. Learn more in the following article:   PSA: Beware of Windows 10 Activation Tech Support Scams Are you seeing a strange error message on your screen insisting your license will expire soon? Well, it could be for a variety of reasons. In this article we find out why and how you can correct it. I notice some of these errors are occurring in mostly on computers running Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions. Both Pro and Enterprise are licensed to large organizations that deploy Windows 10 in bulk to hundreds or thousands of computers. Volume License clients such as Pro and Enterprise (as they are technically known), can also use different methods of activation. For mass activation, KMS licensing (Key Management Server) provides centralized management of activation requests for each client. This is also used to handle activation because KMS clients are not setup for permanent activation, since they expire every 180 days (6 months). This requires client computers to maintain in contact with organization server in order not go into reduced functional mode and result in errors like the above.   Overall, this reduces piracy of organization keys that was common in the past and also gives organization the right to reassign licenses easily. The problem is, organizations will sometimes list their organization keys on their websites for employees to copy to upgrade their clients to a organization supported edition. In fact, Microsoft even publicly list these activation keys where anyone can find and use. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj612867.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396     So, this can occur depending on how Windows 10 was setup on your computer. If you took your computer to a repair shop, they might have installed a non-genuine Windows 10 license. Either the repair technician didn't know which edition originally came preinstalled or made an assumption; or installed a copy that bypasses Windows 10 activation technologies. You copied a Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise key off the Internet (usually a volume license - organization key) and changed on a Windows 10 Home or another edition. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise are not free. If this is what you did, you will need to reinstall the previous edition or version you were running. You inadvertently installed the wrong edition. The copy of Windows 10 you download and upgrade from should often correspond with the edition of Windows you have installed, if it does not, this is why you might be experiencing problems activating:   Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 8.0 Core, Windows 8.1 Core will install Windows 10 Home    Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.0 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro will install Windows 10 Pro   To find out if you have the right edition installed: Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Edition.   If the edition of Windows 10 installed does not correspond with the edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you were previously running, then you need to reinstall the right edition.   Windows 10 Home Edition also Reports Organization Activation Service   Windows 10 Home is not immune from the organization key errors too. The error can occur for a number of reasons. It is possible, the OEM vendor might have used a OEM volume key to mass activate each machine imaged at the factory with Windows 10 Home. Users can try recovering the OEM Marker key embedded in the motherboard then use it to update the product key values.   Press Windows key + X Click Command Prompt (admin) Enter the following command:   wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey Hit Enter The product key will be revealed, copy the product key then enter it   Click Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation > Change the product key then enter the new product key then click Next to Activate   If you are unable to activate Windows 10, try chat support:   Activate Your Windows 10 License via Microsoft Chat Support

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Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Creators Update for Mobile

In early April, Microsoft launched the Windows 10 Creators Update for desktop PCs. The mobile version was delayed while Microsoft continued development to refine some features. Today, the company launched the RTM build for select devices. On the Microsoft Community forums, an article was published detailing instructions how to upgrade and which devices are supported.
   

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Pictures of Microsoft Surface Laptop for Education Appears Early

Microsoft’s line of computers consist of several form factors: Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio launched in October of 2016. The company has been pushing the innovation button regularly, introducing major designs, inspiring and encouraging hardware vendors to push the limits of the PC form factor into new experiences. Now it looks like Microsoft is expanding the family by going back to a familiar design. Pictures of the new laptop, which looks almost like a MacBook Air, showed up this evening, thanks to serial leaker walkingcat on Twitter. Below are some pictures of the new device. Update: You can now pre-order the new Surface Laptops here. The new Surface laptop comes in several colors: graphite gold, burgundy, colbalt blue and platinum.   Using a tapered design, the Surface laptop features a standard USB A (no USB-C unfortunately), mini-display port, audio jack and SD card reader.   Rumors suggest the Surface laptop has a 13.5 inch pixel sense display. It's likely Microsoft will include support for standard Windows 10 hero features such as Windows Hello, Touch Support and inking. Its a part of the family, so, users shouldn't expect anything less.   Sparking of Windows 10, the new Surface laptop is expected to come preinstalled with a special edition of Windows 10 based on the Creators Update called Windows 10 Cloud. This release is engineered to compete with Chrome OS in several areas such as fast boot, long battery life and easier management for school administrators. Yes, the Surface laptop is expected to target the education market, where Google Chromebooks have made significant inroads since their launch in 2010. Unique to Windows 10 Cloud is its inability to run classic desktop apps out of the box. Instead, users will be directed to the Windows Store to download apps only. Users not receptive to the change will be able to perform an Easy Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for more functionality.   There still some unknowns, yes, it will likely come standard with flash storage, but how much? Price is always an issue and Chromebooks have been very attractive due to their pricing.   Microsoft will live stream tomorrows education event revealing all the details. The laptops look good and it further shows Microsoft’s commitment to hardware and I don’t blame them in an industry where once loyal OEMs now produce Chromebooks. This is Microsoft showing that Windows 10 laptops can look just as good, include innovative features and offer more value in comparison to a MacBook.

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New Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build - 16184 and Windows 10 Mobile 15208 Released

Another week, another build, but this one is exciting due to the inclusion of the My People app. My People was originally planned for the Windows 10 Creators Update, but didn't make it in time. Windows Insiders will be the first to try out the new feature, which centralizes contacts and communications to the Notification Area of the Taskbar. Users will be able prioritize their contacts, easily share content and start conversations using apps and services such as Mail, Skype and People.   Insiders can also expect the usual collection of bug fixes and feature improvements.     Windows 10 Mobile - which is on life support - also got an update to build 15208 in the fast ring.    

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Third Cumulative Update Released for Windows 10 Creators Update 15063.250

Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Creators Update, 15063.250. The update includes a list of fixes for apps and components such as Internet Explorer, Virtual Machines, Group Policy Editor and Direct 3D. Users should start seeing some of the performance benefits of the new differential updates mechanism in Windows Update with 15063.250; where only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed. Here's a list of whats included:  

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Its Official Windows 10 Redstone 3 Launching September 2017 - Predictable Schedule for Future Releases

Microsoft revealed today it is changing the release schedule for its desktop operating system and productivity suite, along with with its system management software. Instead of a when its ready approach, Microsoft will release new versions of Windows 10 and Office 365 in March and September each year. The Windows 10 Creators Update released last month is the first to be part of the new schedule. Redstone 3, currently in development, will be released in September 2017. The schedule is slightly similar to Canonicals Ubuntu Linux, which are released twice per year, April and October. The schedule promises to make it easier for businesses to embrace the release cadence and provide a predictable and manageable path to new upgrades. The release primarily is geared towards Microsoft's enterprise customers, but it will also apply to regular consumers and small business users. I appreciate the clarity on support for each feature release, now defined as 18 months.

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Missing Icon Labels, Text and Icons in Windows 10 Creators Update Due to Comodo Antivirus and Incompatible Intel Atom Processors

If you recently upgraded to the Windows 10 Creators Update, and you are experiencing graphical glitches such as: missing icon labels, corrupted icons or text; this is likely due to compatibility problems associated with a series of Intel Atom processors and the Comodo Antivirus utility. Prior to launch, Microsoft Support had published an advisory letting users know of a compatibility issue with Intel's Clovertrail series of Atom processors. A couple days ago, Microsoft updated their post on the Microsoft Community; including Comodo Antivirus as another cause for graphical issues some users have been experiencing.
  Comodo recently published an advisory informing users to remove or update their Antivirus utility before upgrading to the Windows 10 Creators Update. Version 1703 has not been smooth sailing for everyone. Microsoft also advised Toshiba users were advised to remove the Display utility software; computers with the Broadcom 440x series LAN adapters should also remove the adapter before upgrading. Some apps have also been affected by the Creators Update, Quark Inc, released an update to fix compatibility problems with version 2015 and 2016. Mac users were also advised to first upgrade to the Anniversary Update (1607), before updating to 1703. Before upgrading, users should take the time to backup and check the manufacturers website to find out about support. Check the following links for resources: Lenovo, Acer and Samsung List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update Dell, HP and Toshiba List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update Check this List to Determine if Your Computer is Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update or Anniversary Update or Not  12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703) 

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Quark Inc Releases Compatibility fix for QuarkXpress Users Upgrading to Windows 10 1703

Last week, Quark Inc, developers of the popular page layout app, QuarkXpress, advised users to delay their upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update until a fix was released to resolve compatibility issues. The fix is now available and applies primarily to versions 2015 and 2016 of QuarkXpress running on Windows 10; earlier versions are not affected.
  If you use QuarkXpress versions 2015 or 2016, leave a comment and let us know if it works. Also remember to backup your registry before applying these changes.

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Microsoft Rolls Out Third Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16179 and 15205 for Mobile

Early features and functionality are starting to appear in the latest Windows 10 Redstone 3 builds; the next major revision of Microsoft's client operating system. Microsoft is currently working on the core of the operating system to support new features that will define this release. Two new features focus on performance, mobility and IT-Pro's.   Build 16179 includes the usual assortment of bug fixes users have diligently reported using the Feedback app. Windows 10 Mobile also received a new build, 15205, which is still on the Redstone 2 branch.   Its a long road ahead, but we should get a clearer picture about Windows 10 RS3 at Microsoft's developer conference, next month.

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Comodo Antivirus Users Advised to Update or Remove Software Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update

Developers of the Comodo Antivirus utility are advising users to ensure they update before attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703. Comodo say's users running the latest version of Windows 10 can experience  severe graphical issues if used with product versions older than those listed above. More details below:     Some users have reported issues with font rendering problems in applications and even the command prompt. Users who didn't apply the update but already installed the Creators Update, should remove the software or install the latest version. One of the important steps we recommend in our 12 step prep guide for the Windows 10 Creators Update is removing the Antivirus utility completely before upgrading.

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Computers with Broadcom 440x LAN Adapters Should Disable Device Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update

Users attempting to upgrade computers to the Windows 10 Creators Update with a Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller LAN adapter device installed, should either block the device or refrain from upgrading. It turns out the adapter can be a major blocker or cause stability problems during or after the upgrade. A forum participant on the Microsoft Community forum is recommending fellow users block the device within their BIOS in order guarantee a successful upgrade. A Microsoft employee, Travis [MSFT], confirms the bug in the Creators Update affecting the Broadcom 440x driver. Here is what he had to say: As with every release since build 1507, Windows 10 has not been smooth sailing for everyone. One way users can ensure their system is ready for the Windows 10 Creators Update is by checking the hardware vendors support pages. Review the following links for popular OEM vendors: Lenovo, Acer and Samsung List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update Dell, HP and Toshiba List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft has also published information about unsupported processor models from Intel and Display Adapters from Toshiba. Intel Clover Trail processors are not supported on Windows 10 Creators Update Mac Users who need to run Windows 10 will need to take some extra steps too, in order to get the Creators Update installed: Microsoft Informs Mac Users to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update Before Installing Creators Update Users planning to upgrade, should check out our 12 step guide, which ensures your device is backed up in addition to conflicting software and hardware disabled: 12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10 Creators Update (Version 1703)

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Microsoft Rolls Out Second Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16176 and 15204 for Mobile

The second build for Microsoft's next major update to Windows 10, codenamed, Redstone 3, build 16176 was released today. Similar to the first release, there is not much to see yet; the platform is being setup for the new features to show up. For now, enthusiast can upgrade if they are interested and play with it. Here are some additional details: The Windows Blog notes one feature improvement in the latest RS3 build though, but this is more of interest to users utilizing the Windows 10 Subsystem for Linux.
  Windows 10 Mobile devices also received an update. The device support list for the Creators Update in particular has been shortened. Its all relative though. Apple's iOS 10 for instance supports only seven models of iPhone; six if you take into account iOS 10.2's requirement for a 64 bit device. As for Redstone 3, I recently installed the first build, as expected, there really isn't anything new; it's basically the Creators Update at this point. Going forward, I might just limit it to a partition on one of my devices and occasionally install builds. These updates take bandwidth, which I have very little of, so, I would rather spend that 4 GBs downloading cumulative updates and app updates for commercial releases and my other devices.

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Lenovo, Acer and Samsung List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update

OEM vendors Lenovo, Acer and Samsung have published list of systems compatible with the latest revision of Windows 10 called the Creators Update, version 1703. Dell, HP and Toshiba recently published their list of compatible systems. As with every new version of Windows 10 coming to market, some models are likely to no longer be supported by the manufacturer. This can be due to a number of reasons, including end of life, incompatible components or warranty obligations have ended. Even if this is the case, it doesn't necessarily mean you can't install the Windows 10 Creators Update. In fact, users have been able to upgrade or perform a clean install without issue on systems no longer supported by the manufacturer. What I have witnessed in support forums where users experience problems upgrading, the upgrade routine doesn't work at all, but a clean install works just fine. That said, instead of burning your bridges, users should ensure they create a backup of their current installation before attempting to install Windows 10 1703. Below are links to systems supported by each vendor: Lenovo Acer Samsung Vendors such as Packard Bell, MSI and ASUS are yet to publish any list. Sony does not have a list with specific version compatibility, users will just have to search their database find out about general support.

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Quark Inc Advising Customers Not to Upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update Yet

Quark Inc, developers of the popular page layout software, QuarkXpress, is advising customers not to upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703 yet. In a Facebook post on the company's official support page, Matthias Guenther, Global Director at Quark, warned users running versions 2015 and 2016 of the software about serious issues without any specifics.  Matthias further commented the company is investing problem and is working on a solution.

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Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 Now Available

Customers running the Windows 10 N variant of the Fall Creators Update will need to install the latest version of the Media Feature Pack. The Media Feature Pack adds media related technologies removed due to European anti-competitive laws established years ago between Microsoft and the European Union. Microsoft has released a Media Feature Pack Update for each release of Windows 10 since it was launched in 2015. Users can download the latest version for Windows 10 1709 now. Version 1709: Media Feature Pack for N versions of Windows 10 Version 1703: Download the x86-based version of Media Feature Pack update package now.
Download the x64-based version of Media Feature Pack update package now. Users can find older versions here

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Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16170 Released

The Windows 10 Creators Update is not even generally available yet, but the Windows Insider Program surprised enthusiast today with an early build of the next version of company's flagship operating system. Only the PC build has been released in x86 and x64 architectures. The latest build number is 16170, a major jump from the RTM release, 15063, for the Creators Update. As noted, early adopters likely won't see anything new, but for users anxious to participate in the development of Windows 10, this is the place to be. If you are not ready to start playing with a new build, especially a buggy early build such as Redstone 3, you should switch to the slow or release preview rings or stop Windows Insider Builds all together. To do that, click Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program and moving to the Slow or Release Preview rings. It will probably be a while before we start seeing anything substantially new. Some features that did not make it in the Creators Update such as the My People app, 3D Capture app are likely to show up this time. Rumor is a new user experience is planned for Redstone 3, called Project Neon. Expect Microsoft to double down on flagship features and technologies such as Cortana, Gaming and Mixed Reality. I'll be loading up this build in a VM just to see what its like. If I find anything interesting, I will let you know.

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Remix 3D Preview and Xbox Live Profiles Will be Merged

Microsoft is modifying changes to its 3D community for creators called Remix 3D. Starting April 30th, 2017, all Remix 3D preview profiles will become Xbox Live profiles. The decision doesn't put an to the Windows 10 Creators Update efforts, but further reduces the need for users to create another profile for another community. Here are some more details: Remix 3D is the social aspect of Paint 3D, where you can publish your completed projects and also find content you can incorporate into your project. Members can view existing 3D models from other community members, upload their own or search for something they need. Models can be saved to a project board for use in future projects. Resources: Microsoft Paint 3D reference guide

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List of all Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 Download Options

Microsoft has begun rolling out the latest version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update, version 1709. The new update includes new features and improvements that make Windows more productive, fun and easier to use. Microsoft Edge includes better support for working PDF's and EPUB files, more Control Panel settings have been modernized, you can command Cortana to shutdown, restart or lock your device and whole lot more.   Below is a list of some of the ways you will be able to get Windows 10 Fall Creators Update today. Some options are still coming online, so periodically keep checking, but the primary channels are Windows Update and the Update Assistant. Please keep in mind, if you don't immediately see it in Windows Update, Microsoft might be phasing in the upgrade for your device. If you are sure your device is compatible, you can manually download the ISO file then upgrade offline.   Upgrade Assistant – this light, 5 MB installer starts the upgrade to Windows 10 right away. It lacks many of the advanced options, such as choosing a partition, creating a bootable copy or selecting a particular edition.   Media Creation Tool – this small app offers a number of options including in place upgrades, building install media on a blank DVD; or USB thumb drive; or downloading the ISO image. Users can also select different editions and architectures or a combination of both.   Refresh Tool – also known as Start Fresh, this is another variant of the Media Creation Tool. The Refresh Tool is suitable for users who want to perform a clean install, while installing the latest version of Windows 10; users can only keep personal files. Applications, OEM bundled drivers and software will also be removed. It’s perfect for users who want to start a clean system either to resolve performance or health issues wth their system.   Windows Update – Windows 10 is part of Microsoft’s strategy to deliver Windows as a service. Since its release in 2015, Microsoft has delivered the bulk of upgrades to new revisisions of Windows 10 through Windows Update.   ISO Media An ISO file is a virtual replica of a DVD or CD. In order to use an ISO file, you must first intialize it by burning to a blank DVD or copy the install files to an empty USB thumb drive (8 Gbs in size). The ISO file is available through several channels for download. Once downloaded, users can mount the ISO file on devices running Windows 8 or later then start the upgrade. Here is how you can download the ISO file.   Software Download Page – for users running alternative operating systems such as macOS or Linux, the software download page lets you download and create a bootable copy.   Microsoft Academic Download – students who need to download a back copy of Windows 10 Education using their issued product key from their institution of higher learning.   MSDN Subscriber Download – if you are a developer or IT professional with an active subscription, you can log in and download Windows 10 ISO images, which you can then create bootable copies from.   Volume License Service Center – for large organizations that deploy Windows 10 in bulk to hundreds or thousands of computers. Specific editions such as Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise are normally available here. The Creators Update won’t officially be available until May 1 (as of this writing).   Windows Insider page – If you are a member of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Program, you can download ISO media for the latest version from within the Windows Insider Advanced page.      

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Toshiba Display Utility is currently not supported on Windows 10 Creators Update

If you have a Toshiba system, make sure you remove the Toshiba Display Utility before attempting to upgrade. A Microsoft Community Forum posts notes the utility is currently not compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update. How to uninstall the Toshiba Display Utility Press Windows key + X then click Programs and Features Scroll down, then select the Toshiba Display Utility in the app list, then click Change/uninstall on the command bar. Follow the on screen instructions to remove the software. A number of OEM's, Toshiba among them have published lists of systems tested for the Creators Update. Users should periodically check the manufacturers website to find out about Windows 10 support. Dell, HP and Toshiba List Systems Compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update  

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Microsoft Informs Mac Users to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update Before Installing Creators Update

If you use a Apple Macintosh and plan to install the Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703; you should first install the previous release called the Anniversary Update or version 1607. Users attempting to install the Creators Update directly through the Boot Camp software, will encounter an error. Microsoft is still offering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update as an available download. After installing the Anniversary Update, users can then use the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to upgrade to Creators Update. For instructions how to setup Windows 10 on your Mac using the Boot Camp software, see the following article: How to Install Windows 10 On Mac OS X Using Boot Camp - groovyPost

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