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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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Windows 10 Redstone 3 Builds Coming Soon - Get Your Devices Ready

The job of a Windows Insider never ends, but thats the fun reality of being one. While the vast majority of the general population of computer users will be experiencing the Windows 10 Creators Update for the first time, on April 11th, millions of Windows Insiders will be preping their devices for the next revision. The next version of Windows 10 that follows the Creators Update is rumored to be called Redstone 3 or RS3. Anything can change, but for now, we will go with that. Here is a list of previous codenames used for Windows 10: Windows 10 1507 - Threshold Windows 10 1511 - Threshold 2 Windows 10 1607 - Redstone Windows 10 1703 - Redstone 3 Microsoft's Dona Sarkar, Software Engineer within the Windows Devices Group, announced on the Windows Blog today, Insiders should prepare for the next cycle. The announcement lets users know that the next revision of Windows 10 won't be feature rich initially, as the engineers will need time to optimize the software code so developers can prepare to build new features on top. It is likely these early builds will be a bit buggy too, so, if you prefer waiting a bit, you can do so by pausing Windows Insider Updates until the code stabilizes. Dona goes on to give instructions how Windows Insiders can stop or pause updates: I plan to pause Windows Insider builds a bit until the dust settles. There is still a lot of stuff to discover in the Creators Update and I want to share my experiences with them. That doesn't mean I want to stop being on the bleeding edge. I have a spare machine to test and hopefully the new version will work in a virtual machine. Not much is known about Redstone 3, but some features promised for the Creators Update that were dropped, might finally show up. The new My People app, which lets you share and communicate with family and friend and a Capture app for recording content you can import to apps such as the new Paint 3D. When will Windows 10 Redstone 3 be released? On average, each revision takes at least 6 to 8 months to complete. Microsoft first announced Redstone in December of 2016, which launched in August of 2016. Redstone followed up a couple weeks later and was completed in March of 2017, so we can probably put Redstone 2 release somewhere in the fall (October - November).  

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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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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Apparently Still Available

There is some confusion right now about the Windows 10 Free Upgrade. Is it still available or is it not available? Yesterday, came a glimmer of hope for many who were still in limbo. Microsoft found out and immediately clarified; the Microsoft Answer Desk Tech who indicated the free upgrade offer would still be available for two more weeks, made a mistake. The issue is, there is wide open information on Microsoft's website that says otherwise. The Windows 10 Accessibility Page, provides a link to an updated Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, which lets you upgrade for free. It is no different from the regular Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft's official stance remains, the free upgrade offer has ended. The new Upgrade Assistant found here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade
It is version 1.4.9200.17343 opposed to 1.4.9200.17332 The website Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide, provides more information regarding Windows 10 availability.
  Phillip Yip goes on further to say: So, it looks like the cat is out of the bag, Windows 10 is still available for free, its now an open secret. Is Microsoft likely to close this loophole? They sure can, but for users who missed the fantasy deadline, they can grab the upgrade for free while they can.  

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What to do if Your Windows 10 OEM Product Key Sticker is Damaged?

A number of users have been reporting issues recently removing the protective seal on Windows 10 OEM System Builder product key stickers. Unlike retail Windows 10 licenses, which come on a business size card in the box; the OEM Windows 10 System Builder product key is located on the certificate of authenticity sticker on the outside or inside of the package. To prevent theft, a protective seal covers the product key. Similar to a pay as you go phone card, users can utilize a sharp instrument such as a knife, scissor or even a coin to remove protective seal. See below: Credit: Microsoft Sometimes, if too much pressure is applied or liquid comes in contact with the sticker, this can damage the product key characters. When this happens, your best course of action is to return it to the reseller for a replacement or refund; since it might be a defective product. Contacting Microsoft might be an option, although the software firm has no responsibility for damaged product keys; since production is handled by a third party source. If vendor is able to provide a replacement, ask them to remove the protective seal for you, so you are not liable for damage if it happens again. If you are unable to get any assistance from the vendor, contact Microsoft support and they might be able to replace it for you. http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support#tab0 What if Microsoft can't help either? Your options are limited, you might have to cut your losses, or try salvaging the key yourself. The first option you can try using is a magnifying glass to enlarge the characters. If you don't have a magnifying glass, you can use digital camera or your smart phone to take a picture then blow it up on your computer. Below is a list of characters used and not used in Microsoft product keys: Characters and numbers used:
2346789BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY

Characters and numbers not used:
015AEILNOSUZ Sometimes a 6 could be easily mistaken for a G or a B for an 8, so look carefully. If the product key sticker is smudged, you could try using a damp Q-Tip to gently scrub the smudge covering the letters.

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What is the Difference Between the Media Creation Tool and the Windows 10 Retail Package?

Windows 10 is distributed through multiple market channels. You can acquire it as a digital download or as a retail full package product. What are the differences between the two? Both are the same product in some respects, the only difference is the method of acquisition and installation. The physical retail package is stuck at build 10240, which you have to update to the latest version (14393.726) through Windows Update. The digital download through the Microsoft Store using the Media Creation Tool includes the latest release (14393.0), which is updated to .726 either during the installation (if connected the Internet) or through Windows Update after completing the installation. With the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, the Media Creation Tool will be updated to download and install the latest version only.   The Media Creation Tool can be used to perform direct upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8, or you can use it to create a bootable copy on an empty USB thumb drive or blank DVD. You can also use the Media Creation Tool to also download an ISO image, which you can use to manually create a bootable copy on a blank DVD or USB using your favorite program. The retail Windows 10 box license is the same, but the install media comes in the form of a small USB thumb drive and only in one specific edition based on your purchase (Home or Pro). When you boot from it, you will have to choose which architecture of Windows 10 you want to install (32 or 64 bit). Another difference with the Media Creation Tool, it lets you specify which editions and architecture you want to download. In fact, you can download all architectures and edition, which you can use to upgrade a mixture of versions and editions. This normally requires a larger thumb drive.

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UPDATE: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Extended for 2 More Weeks

Update: Apparently, the support agent provided incorrect information. Technology journalist, Ed Bott, ZDNET, confirmed with Microsoft, the free upgrade offer has indeed ended. Source Procrastinators can breath a sigh of relief. A reply from a community forum participant, Martmcd, confirmed in a chat session with a Microsoft Answer Desk agent; the Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer has been extended for 2 more weeks. The free upgrade launched on July 29, 2015, provides a full version Windows 10 upgrade for PC and devices running a qualifying, genuine, activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 license. The free upgrade was scheduled to last for one year. This week many users started scrambling at the last minute to grab the upgrade. Users who started the upgrade began hitting a widespread 99% hang using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft Forum Moderators reassured users who started the upgrade before the deadline, could contact chat support to get a reprieve. Todays news gives users a little more breathing room to sort out whatever problems might be preventing successful upgrades. This should also give many users the chance to skip Windows 10 November Update and head straight to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update set for August 2.  

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Troubleshoot Windows Update Problems in Windows 10 Using These Five Tips

Windows Update is a key part of maintaining your computer. New operating system versions, application updates, security updates and even firmware updates are released through it. Sometimes, when you are experiencing problems downloading apps from the Windows Store, the Store app might be outdated and needs an update. The only way to get it, is through Windows Update. These five tips can help resolve some of the most common problems associated with Windows Updates in Windows 10. 1. Windows Update Troubleshooter The first troubleshooting option you can try is Microsoft's own Windows 10 Troubleshooter for Windows Update. In the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can find it in Start > Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot, click Windows Update then click Run the troubleshooter. If you are running Windows 10 Anniversary Update or an earlier version of Windows, click Start, type: troubleshooting, hit Enter then launch the Windows Update troubleshooter. You can run the troubleshooter a couple times to see if it helps. 2. Media Creation Tool or Windows 10 Setup Media If the troubleshooter does not resolve the problem, then, the next option you can try is using the the Media Creation Tool or Windows 10 Setup install media to check for and install updates. Simply download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or if you have a Windows 10 ISO, double click it to mount it, then start up. Choose the Download and Install Updates (recommended). If setup successfully completes this step, close the wizard then restart your computer. 3. Deployment Image Servicing and Management The Deployment Image Servicing and Management can be used to resolve issues with the integrity of your Windows 10 installation, this includes: corrupt or damaged system files. Press Windows key + X Click Command Prompt (Admin) Type in at the prompt OR Copy and Paste these one at a time : (Hit enter after each)

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Exit the command prompt, restart your computer then try running Windows Update again.   4. Delete the Software Distribution Folder If you have reached this far and Windows Update is still not working, then this likely calls for some advanced tinkering. Before carrying out this procedure, disconnect from the Internet. That means turning off Wi-Fi and disconnecting from a wired connection. If you don't, Windows 10 will indicate some files are in use and cannot be modified or the command will be non-responsive. Also, you should restart your computer after disconnecting from the Internet. The easiest way to do it is to enable Aeroplan mode from the Action Center. 1. Press Windows Key + X on the keyboard and then select “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the menu. 2. Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt. Press the “ENTER” key after you type each command.                            net stop wuauserv                            net stop cryptSvc                            net stop bits                            net stop msiserver 3. Now rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder. You can do this by typing the following commands in the Command Prompt. Press the “ENTER” key after you type each command.                           ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old                           ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old 4. Now, let’s restart the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer and the Windows Update Services. Typethe following commands in the Command Prompt for this. Press the ENTER key after you type each command.                         net start wuauserv                         net start cryptSvc                         net start bits                         net start msiserver 5. Type Exit in the Command Prompt to close it and then restart the computer. 5. Perform a Repair Upgrade If you have carried all the above but Windows 10 Update remains stubborn, then a repair upgrade is the best option. For this step, you should reconnect to the Internet. During installation, before reaching the desktop, Windows 10 will perform some post installation tasks such as downloading the latest Windows Updates. A repair upgrade can be done by downloading the latest ISO file for Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool. Mount the ISO file by double clicking it, start the installation then install over your current installation on the drive. Your personal files, applications and settings will be preserved. Bonus. Download Stubborn Cumulative Updates Using Microsoft Update Catalog. Sometimes a stubborn cumulative update can be problem, it sits there for hours and won't budge. If none of the above helps, you can try downloading the update directly using the Microsoft Update Catalog then install it manually. Learn more about how to install Cumulative Updates manually at the following link: Manually Install Standalone and Cumulative Updates ... - groovyPost If this still does not work, I recommend you try performing a repair upgrade. Learn how at the following link: How to Perform a Repair Upgrade in Windows 10 - groovyPost    

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Troubleshoot connecting to a Wireless Network in Windows 10

I share my iPhones Internet connection as a wireless network. Recently, I started experiencing difficulty connecting to my mobile hotspot, with a generic error displayed 'cannot connect to this network. I tried a few things such as: Restarting my phone. Change the password. Restarted Windows. Interestingly, my Lumia 625 mobile hotspot connection worked just fine. So, isolated the problem and the mobile hotspot worked on my Surface Pro. The next thing I tried, turned out to be solution, delete and add the wireless connection again. To do that, click Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Select your wireless network, then click Forget. Click View Available Network icon in the Notification Area, then connect again. You will be prompted to enter your password.

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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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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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Second and Third Cumulative Update for the Windows 10 Creators Update Released

Following up on last weeks cumulative release (15063.11); Microsoft released the second and third cumulative updates for its latest revision of Windows 10, called the Creators Update. The new updates iron out some last minute bugs for devices such as Printers and the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. The third cumulative update (15063.14), available only in the release preview channel, fixes an issue where non-suspendible processes would suspend after waking from sleep. Source: Windows Insider Hub Microsoft will give users early access to Windows 10 Creators Update starting on April 5th 2017. The official launch is actually on April 11th, but users interested in upgrading early will get the chance to do so. If you want to get it even earlier, follow our guide at the following link: Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703 ISO Files Now Available for Download The new version includes a lot of new features and refinements such as Paint 3D; improved Microsoft Edge Web Browser; Night Light; improved Start menu and Cortana; better touchpad gestures; Dynamic Lock; Windows Defender Security Center; Hyper-V Quick Create and more personalization and color options.   Windows 10 Creators Update also include a new Out of Box Experience, be sure to check that out: How to Setup and Configure a New Windows 10 PC

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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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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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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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PSA: Create Backup Reinstall Media for Your Current Version of Windows 10 Before Upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update

With the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft will remove access to previous versions of the operating system from regular channels such as the Media Creation Tool and the Software Download page. In case something goes wrong or it turns out your system is not working well with the Windows 10 Creators Update, you need a sure way to go back to your previous version. Yes, Windows 10 does include the Rollback option, which you must perform within 10 days of upgrading, but not a lot users will know this. The best thing you can do right now, is prepare reinstall media for your current version. Users running older releases such as Windows 10 1507 and 1511 will need to use the Recovery Drive option in current versions. Microsoft no longer host install files for those versions. If you are currently running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, you have time. Volume License Customers and active MSDN subscribers need not worry about this; you can still download older versions if needed from those respective services at anytime. Create Recovery Drive - versions 1507, 1511 and 1607 Windows 10 includes a Recovery Drive Creator, which copies install files for your current version to a USB thumb drive. This thumb drive can be used to perform a clean install only. What you will need? USB thumbdrive with 8 GBs of space or more Your computer running Windows 10 Click Start and type: create recovery then Enter on your keyboard You can also find the Recovery drive creator by opening Control Panel (Windows key + X) Open Recovery Click Create Recovery drive Make sure your thumb drive is connected then click Next. Use the Media Creation Tool to Create Reinstall Media for Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607). Since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is the current commercial release of Windows 10, users can download and create a backup copy using the Media Creation Tool; or download ISO media from the Software Download page. Remember, on the day Microsoft officially launches the Windows 10 Creators Update (1703), you won't be able to download older versions. Microsoft recently refreshed the install files for Windows 10 Anniversary Update, so, your install media will need to be a dual layer DVD or a USB thumb drive with 8 GBs of space. Download the Media Creation Tool Now Right click the MediaCreationTool.exe file then click Run as administrator. Choose Create installation media for another PC then click Next

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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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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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Microsoft Update Catalog Now Works with Edge and Other Web Browsers

Until recently, if you wanted to download individual updates, especially if you experienced a problem installing a particular update through Windows Update; you could do it through the Microsoft Update Catalog. One minor issue though, you had to use Internet Explorer in Windows 10. Microsoft's reasoning for requiring Internet Explorer to download updates from the Update Catalog depended on a unique technology called, ActiveX Controls. ActiveX is the descendant of a 90's technology called Object Linking and Embedding, which made it easy to incorporate content from different applications. Today, Microsoft announced you can now download updates from the Update Catalog using popular third party web browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Also, Microsoft Edge users access the site too.    

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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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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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Microsoft Releases Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update with Battery Fix

Back in July, users in the Surface forums, on the Microsoft Community, started reporting issues regarding battery life rapidly depleting on some Surface Pro 3 devices. A forum participant, Kridsada Thanabulpong, described a fully charged battery degrading by 80% just within a few weeks of charge. Of course, this got me quite concerned, since I am a proud owner of a Surface Pro 3 device myself. It is quite normal for battery life to eventually loose charge over time, especially taking into account normal usage and recharge cycles. In the case of this particular Surface Pro 3, battery life should not degrade only after one year of use. Battery Life on Certain Surface Pro 3 Devices Rapidly Depleting Quite a number of users are reported similar behaviour with their Surface Pro 3 devices. SIMPLO, the manufacturer of the battery cell used in the in the affected Surface Pro 3, seems to be at fault. Thankfully, not all Surface Pro 3 devices use the same brand battery cells. You can check your battery manufacturer by running the powercfg /batteryreport command. Press Windows key + X, click Command Prompt (Admin), type powercfg /batteryreport at the command prompt then hit the Enter key. The report will be saved under C:\Windows\System32 as battery-report. Lucky for me, the battery in my Surface Pro 3 is manufactured by LION. So that’s one less thing to worry about. Unfortunately, for Surface Pro 3 owners with affected batteries, whose device might be out of warranty; it will cost more than $500 to fix.   Today, Microsoft released a Firmware Update with a fix for the Battery problems. Affected users can grab the firmware update from Windows Update. The Surface Pro 3 is a great device, but it’s not without its troubles. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a power cord power cord recall program for Surface Pro 3. This was due to the neck of the adapter being prone to wear and tear. I experienced a bit of difficulty qualifying for the program since Jamaica is not a supported region. A friend in the US was able to help me out and had it shipped to Jamaica.

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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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Microsoft Modifies Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to Prompt for Product Key

It looks like Microsoft is starting to make some attempt at closing the Windows 10 Free Upgrade loopholes. The Media Creation Tool, which provides detailed options for upgrading, now prompts Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems for a product key. The Media Creation Tool takes into consideration, users, who might have downgraded a previously installed and activated Windows 10 installation; by giving them the option to reinstall Windows 10, exempting them from the product key requirements. The new Digital License function attaches a Windows 10 license to the machine, permitting unlimited reinstalls without the need to have a product key or contact support to get the software reactivated. When users download the download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, they will see the following screen as usual. If the option to Upgrade this PC now is selected, the user will be prompted the enter a valid Windows 10 product key. Any attempts to enter a Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key will be invalidated: A new option has been added to the setup screen for users reinstalling Windows 10 on a previously installed and activated system. If your system has a Digital License attached to it, Windows 10 will automatically upgraded: Users can still circumvent the prompt for a product key by selecting the option Create installation media for another PC. There is another step users will have to follow in order to avoid being prompted to enter a product key. Even when installing from ISO, users can be prompted for a product key if the option Download and install updates (recommended) is selected. Instead, users should select the option Not at the moment. This will permit the upgrade to continue. I am sure Microsoft is working on a more concrete solution to ultimately end the free upgrade offer. In the mean time, you can still get it while door slowly closes. Thanks to Philip Yip of DellReinstallGuide for the tip!

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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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