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  • Here’s what’s really new in the next version of Win10, probably called version 1903

    Posted on January 28th, 2019 at 14:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek has a very thorough review of the new features coming in the next version of the last version of Windows 10.

    The coming version has been known as “version 19H1,” as the “April 2019 Update,” and as “Gravestone 6” (OK, I made that one up – long ago it was called Redstone 6, but there aren’t any more Redstones). There’s no official name yet, but internal hints point at “version 1903.” (Thx, @teroalhonen)

    Here’s the shortlist:

    • Less obtrusive Spectre Fixes
    • 7 GB reserved for updates on all machines
    • Win10 Home gets “Pause updates” — not much but arguably better than nothing. “Pause updates” isn’t all that useful — you have to know in advance that you want to pause; you only get 7 days — no extensions — after which all of the pending patches install in a whoosh; and there’s no warning that the storm’s coming. A sop to Cerberus. Microsoft hasn’t announced the feature, but it’s still in the beta, which is now long in the tooth.
    • Sandbox – which is great if you’re testing software, but I doubt that it’ll see much use for normal people.
    • Redesigned Start menu – Candy Crush is still there.
    • The ability to uninstall a few more built-in apps without using PowerShell
    • Cortana and Search are getting a long-overdue divorce.
    • Phone based 2FA for logins
    • Better Mary Jo mode. Er, Notepad.

    … and at that point I fell asleep.

    Take a look and tell me, honestly, if this list of features is worth the pain of a complete re-install.

  • Microsft to Claim 7GB of space (maybe more) on Windows 10 devices for updating

    Posted on January 11th, 2019 at 18:05 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you with a small storage space (32GB or 64GB) on your device, beware. Microsoft intends to make the storage space you can use even smaller. Beginning with Windows 10 version 1903 (currently Beta version known as 19H1), Microsoft will start reserving 7GB (maybe more) of a device’s storage for updating purposes. Windows doesn’t check for the necessary available free space ahead of time, so the space is to be reserved on the device’s hard drive.

    Back in March, 2018, Susan Bradley needed to upgrade a 32gig HP Envy 8 Note 5000 from Win10 v1703 to v1709. Her trials are recorded here. She finally had to delete a bunch of files, download the ISO to a media card on another computer, then mount the media card as a CD drive on the computer to be updated, in order to run the setup.

    Economy devices with 32GB storage, even ones with 64GB, have difficulty (or fail) installing the Cumulative Updates. Feature Upgrades every six months can cause more havoc. In an attempt to avoid this. Microsoft is building into Win10 a Reserved space to store temporary files to insure Windows installs more easily.

    @dph853 has this to say about Microsoft’s use of his device’s storage.

    I am relieved to read that MS does not intend to grab yet another partition for their proposed servicing “use” but at the same time, I do not particularly appreciate being locked out of areas of my HD. I generally know what I can mess with and what I should leave alone. There is no reason for this “temporary file space” to not be accessible and at least read only so as to confirm that what is being stored here are in fact temporary files rather than a long term repository for telemetry and data MS wishes to have access to but does not wish to send to themselves and store on their own servers. Who knows what the future holds for this scalable reserved space. If its purpose creeps over time, will the user be told of these new uses? I do believe in inspect and verify when it comes to the claims of Microsoft these days.

    Whatever happened to, “You do not have enough disk space to proceed. Please free up 7 GB and try again”?


  • Hassan: Windows 10 Won’t Waste Your Time With Unexpected Updates Anymore

    Posted on July 26th, 2018 at 06:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Every time I see that hed I chuckle. The author of a story frequently doesn’t write the headline, so I’m not blaming Mehedi Hassan. I just find the whole concept … very funny.

    I won’t bore you with a recounting of the past year of Windows updates. Suffice it to say that we’ve seen patches, re-patches, pulled patches, re-re-patches and undocumented random re-issues of patches on roughly half of all workdays this year.

    Hassan’s assertion is that, in the new (1903?) beta version, Microsoft:

    is implementing a new cloud-based logic for the Windows Update system, in order to avoid unexpected updates when you really need to get work done on your computer. The update utilizes a predictive model that will improve over time in order to better understand when you are going to use your device. This way, Windows can make sure it’s not disrupting your work and install the update when you are actually expecting it to. It will consider contextual things like if you were currently using your device before restarting or try to predict when you move from your device to grab a coffee, etc.

    Let’s just say I’m a tad skeptical. And I would note that delaying a reboot until Microsoft thinks I’m ready would be fine — if I just had a hand in the decision, and could delay as long as I wanted.

    Thanks to all of you who sent me a link.