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  • Mary Branscombe: A deeper dive into Windows 10X

    Posted on February 28th, 2020 at 08:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    TechRepublic just published an excellent article by Mary Branscombe (@marypcbuk on Twitter) that digs into the internals of (what we know about) Windows 10X:

    Windows 10X is designed for security and isolation, running all traditional Win32 apps in a container (actually a lightweight VM), separating the state of apps and drivers from the OS itself (with all the system files, registry keys and other data for an app written to an app data folder in the Win32 container rather than into the OS), and making the OS read-only. That speeds up updates, and means you don’t need as much anti-malware scanning — which again improves performance.

    Windows Core OS. What might appear in the second 2020 update to Win10 (20H2) and the first update in 2021 (21H1). Small and large cores. Krypton Containers. WinUI 3.0. Updates to user interface controls that don’t require changes to the operating system. Good stuff.

    If you thought Win10X was just for Neo and Duo, arriving around Christmas time, this article should be a real eye-opener.

    (TechRepublic is a ZDNet property. Like ZDNet, it’s owned by CBS.)