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Windows 7 Bug Prevents Users From Shutting Down Their Device

A bug that has hit Windows 7 devices has been preventing users to shut down their computers. As of now, the origin and the cause of the bug are not known. Windows 7 users for the last few days, are getting a popup message at the time of shutting down or rebooting their system that reads, “You do not have permission to shut down this computer”. Multiple people using Windows 7 on their systems raised this issue on Reddit.

Users also took to micro-blogging site Twitter to raise the same concern. A user said, “@BillGates Sir windows 7 shows shutdown issue. it shows ” you don’t have permission to shut down this pc” any solution or patches?? Many users are suffering the same problem”

Other people using Windows 7 have also posted tweets on similar lines:

Recently, Windows 7 users faced an issue pertaining to the wallpaper display. Microsoft made an exception and rolled out an update for its users. Officially, Microsoft had ended support for Windows 7 on January 14 this year. However, as of now, the company has not given an official statement regarding this issue nor is there any news regarding an update to fix this.

 

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Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within Control Panel and File Explorer.

Latest Windows 10 Update Improves Accuracy of Windows Hello Face Authentication
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Microsoft has released a new update with version number KB4532695, which applies to Windows 10, version 1903, Windows Server version 1903, Windows 10, version 1909, Windows Server version 1909. According to Microsoft, Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 have a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. The new update will improve the accuracy of Windows Hello face authentication and will also help fix several bugs.

The new update will also deal with an issue causing a grey box to appear when you search within the Control Panel and File Explorer. Besides, it will help solve the problem of incorrect indicators for offline and online files. It will prevent File Explorer’s search bar from receiving user input and it will also handle the issue that sometimes caused an error when a user unplugged a USB Type-C hub or flash drive.

Microsoft has recommended installing the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for the operating system before putting in the latest cumulative update (LCU). SSU upgrades the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the LCU. Users can update the new feature through Windows Update. To do so, users have need to go to the Settings option and then navigate to the Update and Security option. Under Update and Security, head to Windows Update. Users will get the link to download and install the update in the Optional Updates section.


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Microsoft Issues 'Final Patch' to Fix a Bug in Windows 7's Last Update

Microsoft had already ended support for the ageing operating system, but had to issue an out of time system patch for the software.

Microsoft Issues 'Final Patch' to Fix a Bug in Windows 7's Last Update
Microsoft had already ended support for the ageing operating system, but had to issue an out of time system patch for the software.

Microsoft had officially ended support for Windows 7 on January 14, but has now also issued a new update for the same. This was apparently done after a bug was reported in its ‘final patch’. As per a report by BBC, the earlier final update had led to wallpaper issues for those who configured their computers with the stretch option for the desktop background. This had apparently led to a plain black screen, which was shown each time when the Windows 7 PCs were restarted.

Cyber security expert Graham Cluley took to micro blogging site Twitter to inform about the fix. In a tweet directed to the concerned users, he said, “That didn’t take long. Microsoft backs down on ‘no more updates for Windows 7’ in order to fix stretched wallpaper bug.”

The company had stated in the past that it would issue any new fixes only to those who have subscriptions to Microsoft’s paid only extended security updates programme. This makes it a limited group as only a select group of enterprise users are part of the Microsoft extended updates programme. However, Windows 7 still remains a popular choice. According to data by StatCounter, one in four Windows users are still running Windows 7.

Keeping in line with patches for bugs introduced during updates, a recent Windows 10 patch, with key number KB4532695, has fixed an issue that came up with the Windows 10 November 2019 update. In the November update, Microsoft had introduced a new quick-search bar to the File Explorer that was basically meant to help users find files on their computer. However, the bug prevented it from working flawlessly. It is only recently that the issue sought the brand’s attention, and has been fixed in the latest patch. For concerned users, the latest Windows 10 patch can be downloaded by going to settings, clicking on Update and Security, selecting Windows Update, and clicking ‘download’.


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Windows 10 November 2019 Update Now Available to All Users

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for all users. The company confirmed the news on Twitter saying that version 1909 is available for all users and one can manually check by clicking “Check for updates” under Windows Update in Settings.

The Windows 10 November 2019 Update features all the services that were available on the previous version, the May 2019 Update. Here are a few new features on Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Following the update, users can create new events in the Calendar app on their devices by clicking the date and time on the Taskbar.

• The update brings Cloud Clipboard that will allow users to copy text, links, graphics and more from one device and paste it onto another. History of what was copied recently can also be checked now.

• The update brings a CPU rotation policy that will distribute the work “more fairly among the favoured cores”.

• Several improvements have been made to manage as well as configure notifications. These include a “Manage Notifications” button at the top of Action Centre, users can now configure and turn off notification both from the banner and from Action Centre, the default sorting for notification senders will now be by most recently shown notification instead of sender name.

• The update has added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors.

• The update will enable users to activate third-party digital assistants above the Lock screen using voice commands.

Here’s how to download Windows 10 November 2019 Update:

• Go to ‘Start’ menu

• Click on ‘Settings’

• Select ‘Update & Security’

• Tap on ‘Windows Update’

• Click on ‘Check for updates’

• Users would get to see ‘Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909’, select ‘Download’ to install it.

In December last year, Microsoft had announced that it had started rolling out the Windows 10 November 2019 update to those who are still using the October 2018 Update.

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Microsoft May Have Started Rolling Out its Modern Icons for Windows 10

As of now, only the latest Windows 10 Insider Build has got the redesigned icons.

Microsoft May Have Started Rolling Out its Modern Icons for Windows 10
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In December last year, Microsoft announced that it will launch more than 100 redesigned product icons for Windows 10. According to reports, the wait for the revamped icons would not be for long. A Reddit user has shared the news that Microsoft may have started rolling out random tests for the new icons with Windows Insiders. Right now, only the Windows 10 taskbar has received the redesigned icons which are based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design System.

The user posted the news in a group on Reddit. However, later it was found that the user could have activated the new icons manually by using a tool called ‘StartIsBack’.

For now, these icons are only available for Windows Insiders, who are running the latest Insider Build. Also, all the icons were not pushed for the modern touch just yet. For starters, the Windows Start logo remains unchanged. Most likely, however, all the icons would be available for Windows Insiders within a week or two, as per the report. Following these phases of testing, Microsoft is likely to receive feedback about the new icons and might make some minor changes on the basis of the received feedback. After the tests, the new modern icons will be introduced for general users.


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Google Chrome Users May Soon Get Better Battery Life on Windows 10 Laptops

As per reports, Google Chrome is planning to begin experimenting with Microsoft’s power saver feature soon.

Google Chrome Users May Soon Get Better Battery Life on Windows 10 Laptops
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It is a well-known fact that Google’s web browser Chrome is quite notorious when it comes to consuming battery, especially on Windows 10 devices. The browser is both resources and energy-intensive. Recently, Microsoft proposed a solution that can probably address the battery backup concerns of Chrome users. In August last year, Microsoft had stated that there is a possibility to reduce Chrome’s battery usage which can be done by eliminating unrequired disk caching while watching videos.

Another thing that the company has revealed is that it will add a check to verify that the device is running on battery. Another change is to compare the HTTP response content size to the backend maximum file size. This will not cache the content when size is larger than the maximum file size, according to reports.

The report asserts that Google Chrome is planning to begin experimenting with Microsoft’s power saver feature after a Google Chrome engineer, on the Chromium platform, confirmed that the search giant is indeed planning to do so. However, as of now, it is not known how the brand plans to test the battery saver feature.

 

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This is How And When Microsoft Will Roll Out The New Edge Browser to Your Windows PC

Google Chrome finally has competition. Most of will purely be relieved that our PCs can now breathe a bit easier, considering the resource intensive nature which Chrome had adopted over time. The much-awaited Chromium based Microsoft Edge web browser is now available for download for Windows and Apple macOS computing devices. In a way, this works the same way as a Chrome web browser would, because the foundations are the same. That helps, primarily with website compatibility, availability of extensions if you need those, and a general sense of familiarity which most PC users wouldn’t want to give up. However, what Microsoft has in store for the Chromium based new Edge web browser is a bit more elaborate.

The first rollout phase, which began yesterday, sees the new Edge browser available as an optional download, in the standalone format, from the official Microsoft Edge website. At this time, you can choose to manually download this on any computing device running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 as well as the Apple macOS powered MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac Mini. On Windows machines already running the previous generation of the Edge browser, downloading and installing the Chromium based Edge will replace the older browser. All the data that you may have stored there, including bookmarks and login details, will be carried forward to the new version. There is also the option to import data from any other web browser you may be using at the time—Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera, for instance.

The next stage involves Microsoft pushing the new Edge browser as an update via Windows Update. This is a multi-stage process, which first sees the update being rolled out to a limited number of devices in the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program as a final check, before the larger roll-out to all users. Microsoft suggests that once the new Edge browser is installed on your Windows 10 PC, it will continue to get regular updates adding new features or fixing bugs or performance issues independently and not necessarily via Windows Update.

Microsoft has also made the new Edge browser available to OEMs, who will now painstakingly integrate it with the Windows 10 which they will ship with new PCs in the coming months. Chances are, sometime in the next few weeks, PC makers will ship new devices with the new Edge browser preinstalled.

As for the rollout of the Edge browser via Windows Update, Microsoft confirms that PCs running the Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 for Education and Windows 10 on Workstations will not get this automatic update. The idea is to give the organization’s IT administrators full control over whether they want to, and if as well as when, they want to install the new Edge browser on the systems in use in their organization.

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Microsoft Edge Based on Chromium is Now Available to All; Google Chrome Finally Gets Competition

Microsoft has built the new version of its Edge web browser upon the open-source Chromium project, like Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge Based on Chromium is Now Available to All; Google Chrome Finally Gets Competition
Microsoft has built the new version of its Edge web browser upon the open-source Chromium project, like Google Chrome.
Microsoft has launched the much awaited final version of the new Edge web browser, which is based on the Chromium platform. The browser is available for Windows and macOS, and a Linux version is likely to arrive soon. This comes just an year after Microsoft confirmed its plans to make a Google Chrome like version of the Edge web browser, based on Chromium. At this time, Windows 10 and Apple macOS users on MacBooks and iMacs will need to manually download the new Edge web browser. However, Microsoft intends to push this update to all Windows 10 users in the coming months, as part of a Windows 10 Update, to fully replace the current Edge browser. Microsoft is also releasing this version of Edge to OEMs now, which means new PCs and laptops being launched in the coming months will integrate the Chromium-based Edge Browser on Windows 10 by default.

This Edge is built upon the open-source Chromium project, like the very popular Google Chrome. At this time, if you are upgrading the previous version of Edge with the new Edge web browser, you will be able to move your data along seamlessly. If you are installing this for the first time on a macOS machine, for instance, you can import data from the Google Chrome web browser. This includes your browser history, open tabs, passwords and saved payment details. Microsoft says that a more detailed sync set-up will be launched later this year. The privacy and data security features have been enhanced as well and the Microsoft Defender SmartScreen will scan for malware and phishing schemes.

The new Microsoft Edge browser will also support Netflix 4K playback with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, on computing devices that support these formats.

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Microsoft Releases Security Patch for Spoofing Flaw Reported by NSA

The Windows bug reported by the NSA allowed attackers to run malicious software by imitating legitimate software on a vulnerable system.

Microsoft Releases Security Patch for Spoofing Flaw Reported by NSA
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Microsoft recently released a security patch for a dangerous ‘spoofing vulnerability’ that could potentially impact the Windows operating system. The bug was discovered and reported by the US National Security Agency NSA and revealed by NSA Director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger in a press conference. According to Microsoft, the spoofing vulnerability exists in the way “Windows CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificates”.

Reports have highlighted the fact that bug may allow attackers to run malicious software by imitating legitimate software on a system that is vulnerable. The tech website further reported that the National Security Agency confirmed to reporters via a call that it discovered the vulnerability and forwarded the details to Microsoft for it to build a fix.

“The user would have no way of knowing the file was malicious because the digital signature would appear to be from a trusted provider,” Microsoft said on its webpage, revealing that the attacker could exploit the vulnerability by using a “spoofed code-signing certificate,’ allowing the attacker to decrypt confidential information on user connections. An advisory by Carnegie Mellon University said that the bug could also be used to intercept and modify HTTPS or TLS communications, which are used for secure communication over a computer network.