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  • Creators Update supports multiple partitions on removable drives – but not very well

    Posted on April 22nd, 2017 at 15:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    New report from Günter Born about multi-partition support on USB drives, in the new Win10 Creators Update:

    we have an extension allowing Windows 10 Version 1703 to mount multiple partition on removable media and show the logical volumes within file manager. But the tools required to create such media structures are not updated in a proper way.

    I wonder what other wonders await?

  • The best of the best FREE Windows 10 tools

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 09:02 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    See my InfoWorld slideshow for the Top 30. It was hard narrowing down the choices!

    Do you have a favorite I missed? Post it in the Tools forum.

  • Ongoing list of bugs in Win10 Creators Update

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 05:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Creators Update has all the problems you’ve come to expect from Windows 10 version upgrades — freezes, rollbacks, wonky user interface elements and the like. There are good general lists on WindowsReport and DigitalTrends and plenty of ancillary material here in the Lounge comments (link above). Also check my Windows 10 install problems — and how to solve them.

    I’m particularly looking for bugs that are a bit meatier.

    As you hit bugs, please post them on the AskWoody Lounge (link above). I’ll give them a quick once-over and promote the best ones to the main blog.

    Creators Update breaks Logitech BRIO camera (the one that’s supposed to support Windows Hello). Fix on Logitech web site.

    Intel Clover Trail processors (Atom Z2760, 2520, 2560, 2580) are not supported. Post from MS on the Microsoft Answers Forum.

    From Softpedia (I haven’t been able to confirm independently): Windows 10 Creators Update Installation Blocked by Toshiba Display Utility . But may not be a problem (@rpodric).

    Moved Special Folders again appearing to cause W10 upgrade problems, this time it’s only dupes/ghosts appearing (@satrow)

    Anonymous complaint that System Restore is disabled.

    Windows 10 CU doesn’t remember WPA2-Enterprise WiFi credentials

    Stuck “Low Battery” notification window

    Various Night Light problems.

    Green screen when upgrading a fresh Win10 Anniversary Update machine to Creators Update. @teroalhonen.

    DISM doesn’t work, throws error 0x800f081f.

    Persistent yellow warning triangle on Defender.

    Edge crashes (many and various).

    Odd one-off report of 8 GB Verbatim Store ‘N’ Go USB drive failure.

    Surface Bluetooth Arc Touch mouse problem. Thx @barbbowman

    When installing the Windows ADK on 1703, if SecureBoot is enabled, you get a bogus warning that a “digitally signed driver is required.”

    Gibberish in many applications.

    Nahimic audio software doesn’t work.

    Driver incompatibilities: older NVIDIA, new NVIDIA driver 381.65 is buggy, so use 378.92. DTS encoding on Realtek. Wi-Fi drivers on Dell Inspiron 640m, Lenovo t500. Note that Creators Update does not work on many older systems — even systems that worked with Anniversary Update. (Thx, EP) Broadcom Bluetooth LE driver problem. Broadcom 440x 100/Integrated Ethernet/LAN Controller Network Adapter, Microsoft’s Bluetooth Arc Touch mouse.

    Third party program incompatibilities: Explorer crashing/black screen with  UxStyle, MacType, Grand Theft Auto V, MSI Afterburner, Rivatuner,

  • HIPAA compliance using Win10 Enterprise

    Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 06:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s an excellent article about walking the thin line between modern technology and HIPAA (think: keeping private information private in the US — if that isn’t an oxymoron). From HIPAA One, Steven Marco, Arch Bear, and Markus Muller have put together an insightful analysis. From the introduction:

    In today’s computing environment, record-breaking data breaches (e.g. Premera Blue Cross with 11+ Million members breached in 2015) that include healthcare identity theft have increased by over 20% year-over-year between 2012 and 2014

    1. It is no surprise most of us feel we have lost control of our personal data

    2 . This is especially true in the healthcare industry in the form of data breaches and HIPAA Privacy violations.

    Simultaneously, massive populations of users are fully-embracing new mobile applications to store and share data across platforms. As a result, cloud computing has bridged the gap between consumer devices and sensitive data. Is there a price to pay for our love affair with cloud-based apps and mobile devices?

    As a cloud-based technology user, have you ever wondered about the safeguards protecting your personal and health information? Ever contemplated how modern operating systems like Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows 10 access your data to provide cloud
    powered features?

    For example, Siri, the Dragon dictation cloud, Google Voice search and Docs all send voice recordings to the cloud and back while other built-in OS features share contacts between apps. How do these cloud-powered features impact these risks?

    If a medical facility utilizes voice-to-text technology (e.g. by saying “Hey Cortana”, “Siri” “OK Google”, or “Alexa”) to dictate notes about a patient, that information is automatically exchanged with the cloud. Without a business associate agreement, that medical facility could
    face a HIPAA violation. How do we combine the past 30 years of email-use, file and print sharing with today’s cloud-enabled apps securely?

    These questions and concerns are currently top-of-mind for IT and legal professionals responsible for managing electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) while ensuring and maintaining HIPAA compliance. In light of the recent focus on HIPAA enforcement actions, hospitals, clinics, healthcare clearinghouses and business associates are trying to understand how to manage modern operating systems with cloud features to meet HIPAA regulatory mandates. Additionally, many of these healthcare organizations are under pressure to broadly embrace the benefits of cloud computing.

    Microsoft has invested heavily in security and privacy technologies to mitigate today’s threats.

    Lounger zero2dash, who posted the original link to this story, says:

    They configured the heck out of 10 AU Enterprise to not phone home, and it did it anyway. Very interesting to see all the settings they tweaked in GP but still saw all the traffic going to MS.

    Having to deal with PCI Compliance is bad enough for me; I’m glad I don’t have to try to keep our environment HIPAA compliant.

    Well worth reading (PDF).

     

  • Patch Tuesday patches are up

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 at 12:48 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a massive list of updates to Vista, Win7 and 8.1 on the Windows Update page.

    I don’t see any mention of Security Bulletins, but the Security Update Guide database list has been updated.

    Win10 RTM (1507), 1511 (Fall Update), 1607 (Anniversary Update) and 1703 (Creators Update) have all been patched.

    The documentation for Win10 Anniversary Update is weird, with two build numbers, and the difference between the builds hasn’t been explained as yet: April 11, 2017—KB4015217 (OS Build 14393.1066 and 14393.1083)  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4015217/windows-10-update-kb4015217. Update: Looks like 14393.1083 is for HoloLens.

    The Creators Update is now up to its fifth release: 15063.0 was the first released version on March 30. Then we saw 15063.11 on March 31, 15063.13 on April 3, and 15063.14 on April 5.

    The latest Creators Update took a big jump in build numbers, to 15063.138. Look for April 11, 2017—KB4015583 (OS Build 15063.138) at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4015583/windows-10-update-kb4015583

    If you haven’t figured out why you don’t want Creators Update just yet, look at this list from Microsoft: What’s new in the Windows 10 Creators Update

    There’s a list of Office security patches here.

    UPDATE: Great overview by Martin Brinkman at ghacks.net.

    Still haven’t seen a wushowhide screenshot for “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1703”

  • Thurrott: Fact-check: Microsoft’s Creators Update introduction video

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 at 12:06 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A good one from Paul on Thurrott.com that I missed…

    Microsoft was somehow able to pack 12 peeks at new Creators Update features into just 20 seconds. And of those 12 items, 8 are completely fake. Two depict features that existed previous to the Creators Update. One is something very few people will ever use.

    Microsoft still pushes the video.

    In fact, if you look at the March 29 official announcement, a brief clip at the beginning includes all sorts of marketing doublespeak. Hard to imagine Microsoft can pack so much deceit into an 8 second clip.

  • First look at Redstone 3

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 17:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    When you first run the first public build of Redstone 3 — which is to say, Windows 10 build 16170 — Edge pops up with a speed diagram.

    See anything weird about the speed dials?

    They aren’t zero-based. They aren’t logarithmic. They’re just, simply, deceptive. Unabashedly so.

    I don’t care if Chrome is 8.3% slower than Edge. I don’t care much that Firefox is 17.1% slower. Do you?

    And why the deception?

    C’mon Microsoft. We aren’t that stupid.

    UPDATE: So I ran the Octane 2 test using this new Edge on build 16170. The graph says 31,586. My machine says 22,381. Then I re-started Edge, using the default Start page, created a new tab and ran the test again. Score 17,227. So I re-started Edge, navigated from the default Start page to the Octane 2 page, ran the test again. Score 22,779.

    Clean run of freshly installed Chrome on the same machine: 23,383.

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Edge again. 19,446

    Rebooted. Ran the test on Chrome again. 21,522

  • Windows 10 beta build 16170 arrives. If you want to stay on 1703, opt out of Insider

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 at 13:21 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’re currently running a Windows Insider beta test machine and you want to catch your breath while MS rushes on to Redstone 3, it’s easy to opt out.

    Otherwise, you Fast Ringers are about to get the first Redstone 3 beta build.

    Details in InfoWorld Woody on Windows.