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Most users don’t know it, but the Windows registry contains many low-level settings that control various aspects of the OS. And usually Microsoft is pointed in the settings the ability to create a backup of the registry by default. They are saved in the RegBack folder. But everything changed in October last year.
Then Windows 10 stop the automatic backup of the registry, although the system has announced the completion of the procedure. And the RegBack folder “weighed” 0 KB. And until recently it was assumed that it was only a mistake. But now Microsoft has added a new support page that explains the decision on termination of creation of automatic backups, starting with Windows 10, version 1803.
According to Redmond, ending the backup of the registry is a way to reduce the total amount of disk space occupied by Windows 10. And this is a very clumsy explanation. After all, on most systems, the backups of registry entries occupy hundreds of megabytes, but hardly more. Given the capacity of modern drives is a drop in the ocean. Most likely, business in other. Many users simply never created a backup of the registry and system error can lead to an increase in the size of the folder with corrupted backups. And then the problems of lack of space may indeed become relevant.
At the moment, it seems that Microsoft wants users to rely on restore points is a backup of the registry. The company recommends that you create them before you install programs or other actions that could potentially damage the OS. However, the function is not removed, but only disabled.
To activate you need to go to the registry editor, select branch HKLMSystemCurrentControlSetControlSession ManagerConfiguration Manager. It create a new parameter, “Dword” with the name “EnablePeriodicBackup” and set the value to 1 then restart the system. Then, Windows will again begin to backup the registry.
Microsoft has announced that the blocked update of Windows 10 version 1903 on older Mac or a newer Mac with outdated software Apple Boot Camp. This affects the owners of Windows 10, which installed the operating system on a Mac made before 2012.
According to the official support page, which for some reason was pretty well hidden from search engines, this is done because of compatibility issues. When I try to install it this message appears: “Mac HAL Driver – machaldriver.sys your computer has a driver or service that is not ready for this version of Windows 10”.
Specifically, it concerns the file MacHALDriver.sys 24 Sep 2011 or older drivers in the Windowssystem32. The company said that the new Mac upgrade FOR Apple Boot Camp through the App Store. But owners of older Apple desktops and laptops will have to wait at least until the end of July. The company already stated that they are working on a fix and it is expected that during the summer the problem will be removed.
Recall that Boot Camp allows you to install on Macintosh computers with Intel processors the whole range of Microsoft operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 to Windows 10. The first release version of Boot Camp was included in Mac OS X v10.5 (Leopard).
A couple of years ago in the industry have observed considerable enthusiasm for virtual technology and augmented reality. Even Microsoft updates Windows 10 Update Creators equipped with a built-in Windows image editor Paint enabled work with 3D models. At the same time was presented the platform Remix 3D, designed to give the community an opportunity to share their models to Refine or to print on a 3D printer.
But today the enthusiasm for 3D is again diminished. Another reflection of this trend will be folding 3D Remix. Microsoft announced that 10 January 2020 close Remix3D.com. Moreover, on 7 August 2019 to submit a new three-dimensional models on the site will be blocked as an alternative to exchange, the company proposes to use OneDrive.
Microsoft says: “We recommend that all users who wish to keep their uploaded content, to take action and to download three-dimensional model Remix3D.com to another file storage and sharing platform files as soon as possible, since the service Remix3D.com will be available after January 10. …After the closure of the site Remix3D.com we hope to optimize our offers in this field and provide you with a more consistent experience. We appreciate your support and your patience during this transition process”.
In addition, the company will soon release updates, after which users Remix 3D will no longer be able to log in to your account from Paint 3D, 3D Builder, the Photos app and from PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook. While support for inserting 3D models in these programs will be saved.
Download your three-dimensional model, you can go to the website Remix 3D and clicking the “My content” in the upper left corner of the page. On this new page you should choose a three-dimensional model you want to download and click “Download model.” After the site is closed Remix 3D Microsoft will remove all user-created three-dimensional models and associated metadata from their systems, and users will no longer be able to download or request copies.
At the time there were rumors that Microsoft is preparing a Windows 10 build Home Ultra for enthusiasts. But it was only a dream. A special version is still there. But, as expected, it can appear in the edition of the Windows 10 Pro.
Version Pro have filled the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 10 Enterprise Home, but it is more oriented to system administrators than home users. Functions like BitLocker and RDP important to them, not the enthusiasts. But recent changes in the “top ten” indicate that it is still possible.
As you know, the operating system from Redmond appeared sandbox Windows Sandbox essentially a virtual machine built-in system that allows you to run Windows inside of Windows. Moreover, it is embedded in Windows 10 Pro. It is logical to assume that in the future there may be other technologies relating to virtualization and beyond.
In addition to the “sandbox” it is worth mentioning a Windows Device Application Guard (WDAG), which isolates the browser from the main Edge operating system. This allows to protect the underlying OS from viruses, pop UPS and so on.
You can still add to Windows 10 Pro other technologies of the Enterprise edition. For example, this UE-V — technology transfer user settings from one computer to another. The beginnings of this technology is on Pro and Home, but only in the enterprise version, it works fully. Maybe someday Microsoft will take this system to the other journals, because it allows to implement the so-called “quick start” system with a ready set of applications and settings.
Finally, you can use virtualization for USB flash drives which often contain viruses with the startup. If they start in a virtual environment, it will not cause damage to the host OS.
In addition, the company can develop the theme of the applications that are run from the cloud or another PC. In this case, you will need a cheap laptop and a channel of communication, everything else will be implemented in the form of streaming. In the end, movies and games are already available in this format. Why not work with the same Photoshop?
Of course, this is only a theory, but maybe in the future the company’s engineers implement any of the above.
Microsoft recently confirmed that it is working on a new feature which will allow users to reinstall Windows 10 using a system image that is stored in the cloud. The Corporation stated that references to the option of booting Windows 10 from the cloud can be found in the preliminary builds of Windows 10 20H1, but this feature is not yet available for beta testing.
The Network has published some screenshots of this feature, because you can make the first conclusions. It seems that the new feature added to the recovery partition along with diagnostic tools and other features.
It should be noted that the option of cloud download is not completely new because it is already offered on some devices Microsoft Surface, including the Surface Hub. If the opportunity to appear in a release, Windows 10 20H1 will bring this feature to all devices.
Note that in the present time to restore “factory settings” of the system requires a dedicated recovery partition on the hard disk. If it is damaged “roll back” the system will fail. But in a future version is expected to be able to reinstall the OS without having to burn it to a disc or USB flash drive. However, this will require an Internet connection to download the image from the cloud.
In Windows 10 20H1 Build 18950 option of reinstalling from the cloud, as reported, loads Build 14393, suggesting that this feature originally was supposed to be part of Windows 10 Redstone 1.
As expected, the release of new feature will appear in the spring of next year.
The following two major functional updates for Windows 10 code-named 19H2 and 20H1 reflect the recent decision by Microsoft to separate the major releases of its OS into two parts: a full update with new features and minor. In the early summer was already deployed a major update 19H1, officially known as the May 2019 Update, so now we are waiting for a relatively small issue 19H2, and then in 2020 — the next major update 20H1.
As reported in 19H2, the developers will focus on improving the quality, but 20H1 will offer a more significant improvement. If Microsoft will stick to the usual schedule, then 20H1 will be released in March-April of 2020. The interim Assembly will give additional ideas about the innovations, but now we can talk about some of them.
New features for Windows 10 19H2
Microsoft 19H2 focused primarily on enterprises which actively move from Windows 7 to the latest version of the OS. Two interesting potential of the latest builds that will be useful also for common users.
First, it is a change that will allow third-party digital assistants to activate voice commands on top of the lock screen. Previously voice control of Windows 10 was the Cortana patrimony. But with the integration of Amazon Alexa in Windows as skills to Cortana, users will be able to use PC to smart dynamics.
Secondly, it will be amended to reduce delays handwriting depending on the capabilities of the device. According to Microsoft, the operating system put the delays handwriting, focusing on typical configurations of devices and functionality. It was a strange solution, but it will probably be fixed in 19H2 OEMs will be able to adjust these values.
New features in Windows 10 20H1
Windows 10 May 2019 Update were relatively few new features compared to previous releases. This time 20H1 one gets a similar picture. However, Microsoft has still plenty of time to pursue innovation, especially because currently most developers are still busy fixing bugs to build 19H2. At the moment, already have a set of expected improvements and new additions, although this is certainly not a definitive list.
Powerful new command-line application Terminal
The first day of the Build developer conference 2019 software giant has introduced a powerful new command-line application for Windows 10 is called Windows Terminal. It includes tabs, shortcuts, text emoticons, supports themes, extensions, and text rendering based on GPU. The application is designed to access these environments like PowerShell, Cmd, and WSL. This is another step by Microsoft, designed to simplify the interaction of developers with Windows 10. It is not tied to specific builds, but the final version probably will be closer to 20H1. A preliminary version is already available in the Windows Store.
Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2
WSL 1 is a compatibility layer, essentially an emulator to run Linux binaries (ELF) in the environment of operating system Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. This, for example, has allowed in recent years to migrate to Windows Bash shell, add support for OpenSSH, and include Ubuntu, SUSE Linux and Fedora in the app store Microsoft Store. At the same conference Build 2019, the company announced the creation of its own version of the Linux kernel, which will be part of Windows 10 and will provide the basis for the architecture of Microsoft Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2. For the first time a full-fledged Linux kernel will be built-in component of Windows. This will improve compatibility and multiple improve the performance of a number of Linux applications under Windows, will allow to speed up I / o file system and launch Docker containers directly and not through the emulator. Feature is already added to the test build of Windows 10 Pro.
By the way, access drives using a Linux file system, will now also possible without extra utilities directly from Windows Explorer.
Improved support of Unicode emoticons 12.0
Currently, all leading computer companies (e.g. Google and Apple) are working to create new icons and smileys on the basis of the approved characters in Unicode 12.0. Microsoft is also in the framework of the May 2019 Update announced not only about the integration of kaomoji, but also about compatibility with pre-Unicode 12.0. And 20H1 will be implemented full support for new characters.
Support Android notificationsin Your Phone
App Your Phone is currently characterized by a narrow device support. Its holders can use almost all Microsoft Surface devices and some phones like Samsung Galaxy S10, Note 8 and Note 9, OnePlus 6 and 6T. In 20H1 device support greatly expand.
Windows application Inkbe associated with the Whiteboard
Microsoft have released several excellent apps for drawing (think Fresh Paint), but the Windows tool Ink drawing in the screenshots were generally ignored, because Microsoft is focused in his promotion to business users. Now Windows Ink is directly related to the Microsoft Whiteboard and be able to perform as a full-screen capture screenshots and certain parts of the screen.
Add events directly from the drop-down list of Windows Calendar
Instead of having to open the Mail app or Calendar, you can add events to the Calendar application directly from the pop-up menu in the lower right corner, next to the notification Action Center. However, it is not too great innovation: after May 2019 Update from the same drop down menu you can launch the Calendar by pressing the “+”.
Before starting 20H1 many more months, so it’s certainly not all.
Monitoring the GPU temperature, and updated the search and change of names of the virtual desktops — what’s new in Windows 10 (18963)
Recently released a fresh insider build of Windows 10 number 18963, which is now available within the Fast Ring. And it turned out to be a lot of interesting. In particular, innovations include temperature monitoring of the GPU directly in task Manager, and some other aspects.
It is reported that this feature is only works for discrete graphics cards. However, the mere fact of its appearance is quite remarkable, because now it is not necessary to put third-party software to track the heating. A convenient detail.
Another novelty is the improvement of search in Windows 10. Now the system became smarter and learned how to identify and correct spelling errors when entering the name of a file or folder. For example, the system could not accept the requests view “powerpiont” and “exce;,” but now the search is automatically corrected them into “powerpoint” and “excel”, respectively. Interestingly, this feature is available not only for testers but also for the retail version of Windows 10 in English-speaking countries. However, this change on the server side, because it requires access to the Internet.
Finally, in the Assembly 18963 added ability to rename virtual desktops. Yet it is available for approximately half of the participants in the testing program, but in the future it will change. There are also many minor changes, including modifications that are designed to simplify the process of changing the Windows account. And in our article you can learn what other innovations are being prepared for future release builds of Windows 10.
Apparently, the designers at Microsoft are working on new icons for the main applications of Windows 10, including Windows Explorer. On this point, numerous leaks, and early actions of the company.
Earlier this year, Microsoft has started to update the logos for various office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and OneDrive. New icons alleged to reflect a more modern aesthetic and meets the new requirements of branding Fluent Design.
Now, reportedly, the company is preparing a new icons for apps such as file Explorer, Groove Music, Movies & TV, Microsoft Solitaire, and Mail & Calendar. We should note that the information about the new badges yet comes from insiders and observers. Official statements on this account yet.
As expected, Microsoft may create these new icons for the start menu in the Windows build Lite. It is assumed that this Assembly would be deprived of “live tiles” for a minimalist design. However, it is likely that the developers will also update the icons in all editions of Windows 10.
According to leaks, Microsoft is planning to introduce a new start menu not only in Windows Lite, but also in updating to Windows 10 20H1. Although it is unclear whether it is available by default or as an option, as is done with the new tablet mode. Although before the release situation can change.
In the end, the leak of information about the new “start menu” came from the bowels of the company in error when the build was uploaded on the update servers. It is not excluded that in Redmond are not ready yet so radically update start.
More than 40% of Windows users still use Windows 7, despite the fact that at the beginning of next year the operating system will stop receiving security updates.
It was hoped that the approaching time of the end-of-support operating system will encourage companies to upgrade PCs, and the latest data released by officials, indicate that this is what happens.
In September last year, Microsoft officially confirmed that Windows 10 is installed on 700 million computers are actively used. In March of this year, it was announced that the distribution of Windows 10 reached 800 million computers. Now Microsoft has confirmed that there are currently 900 million active users of Windows 10.
#Windows10 is on more than 900M devices! Thanks to our customers, we added more new Windows 10 devices in the last 12 months than ever before. From PCs to the Xbox to to HoloLens Surface Hub, Windows continues to power innovation—with more to come next week! https://t.co/G3CRdkFoPT pic.twitter.com/38fKk50IEH
— Yusuf Mehdi (@yusuf_i_mehdi) September 24, 2019.
Information was confirmed by corporate Vice President of Windows division and Device Group Yusuf Mehdi (Yusuf Mehdi), who published in Twitter message. “Windows 10 installed on over 900 million devices! Thanks to our customers we have added more new devices on Windows 10 over the last 12 months than ever before. From HoloLens to PC, from Xbox to Surface Hub, Windows continues to innovate, and next week they will be even more, “said Mr. Mehdi in his message.
It is worth noting that despite the impressive result, Microsoft is still not possible to reach the previously planned targets. According to initial plans, in 2018 the distribution of Windows 10 was to reach 1 billion devices.
Microsoft launched its service Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), which allows you to literally use a Windows Azure virtual machine. The idea of “virtual desktop”, in fact, develops fashion trend games and streaming video services, where the client need only low-power terminal and Internet access.
As noted, the project was launched right around the world. If you are using Windows, the Virtual Desktop will monitor the user’s location to data processing was to near to it data centers.
Originally it was planned that the launch will take place in the United States, and then gradually be connected other countries. But it seems that the situation has changed. As stated by the chief engineer WVD Scott Manchester (Scott Manchester), only for the preview service, the orders came from more than 20 thousand companies. In addition, the service Microsoft Teams received enhanced support in the framework of the WVD.
As noted, many companies are somehow moving their resources to cloud. This allows you to save on specialists in the field, because you need only once to configure the system. Otherwise, everything falls on the shoulders of Microsoft support. On the other hand, the availability of the WVD and other services is critically important, as any disruption in the Internet connection or the cloud automatically leaves users without the ability to work.
We should note that “virtual desktop” allows you to use Windows 10 in multisession mode. And at the moment WVD — the only option for such work. It is also noted that businesses can get access to Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 7 Enterprise on WVD without additional licensing costs (though for using Azure will have to pay) if they have the proper license to Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365.