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On Saturday, we reported that there was a major RedSn0w update on the way. Dev Team frontman MuscleNerd told the Twitter nation that a new version of the popular jailbreak tool would be hitting the web in the very near future.
As promised, the team once again made Sunday ‘Funday’ by releasing the software late last night. While the update doesn’t add support for new firmware, it does come with a host of new features. Hit the jump to see the change log…
• uses DFU mode to try to automatically determine which device and FW you have
• fetches pieces of public IPSWs from Apple (once). Non-public IPSWs must be provided manually (once). It then caches those pieces for future use.
• “Just boot” is a tethered boot. Uses whatever “Preferences” you’ve set for boot logo and kernel boot-args
• “Pwned DFU” puts your device in a pwned DFU state for some of the iTunes stuff detailed below
• “Recovery fix” gets past 1015 types of errors (when baseband portion of restore fails). Should work on iOS5 beta too
• “Select IPSW” is for picking non-public IPSWs, or overriding auto-detection
•“SHSH blobs” has a bunch of options…
• “Fetch” – fetch current PARTIAL blobs on device. Should complete in under 10 or 15 seconds. Puts the set of PARTIAL of blobs on your computer as a plist. Checks if Cydia already has a full set for this device and build. If not, it submits this PARTIAL set and returns Cydia’s acknowledgement or rejection
• ”Verify” – cryptographically verifies existing blob files from either redsn0w, TinyUmbrella, or Cydia server. You can select a whole bunch of blobs to verify at once if you want (like the TinyUmbrella directory)
• “Submit” – both verifies and submits one or more blob files to Cydia. This lets you copy your entire TinyUmbrella cache of blobs up to the Cydia server
• ”Query” – queries the Cydia server for all available FULL or PARTIAL blobs for a given set of ECIDs
• “Stitch” – stitches either FULL or PARTIAL blobs to a STOCK or CUSTOM IPSW
1. FULL blobs stitched to a STOCK IPSW gives you a completely self-contained signed IPSW that iTunes will accept without any tricks (no need to go into pwned DFU mode, no need to start TinyUmbrella TSS server, no need to redirect to Cydia server for blobs).
2. PARTIAL blobs stitched to any IPSW requires you to go into pwned DFU mode before running iTunes. No need to start TU or use Cydia though.
3. stitching either FULL or PARTIAL blobs to a CUSTOM IPSW also requires a pwned DFU start before iTunes restores. No need to start TU or use Cydia though.
4. stitching is NOT yet supported on iPhones (well, at least not tested). Need to work out the baseband part of the restore process.
5. will eventually support fetching the blobs directly from Cydia instead of a file on your computer.
Confused? Head on over to our RedSn0w page for a step-by-step guide on how to jailbreak your iDevice using this software (hint: it’s easy).
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The popular quick reply tweak Auki has been updated to version 1.2, and it brings some notable new features to the table. The big feature with version 1.2 is without a doubt the new dark mode, which is great when texting in low light conditions.
While it’s possible to toggle directly between dark and light mode via Auki’s settings, the tweak also features the ability to schedule when dark mode is enabled and disabled, which its designer, Surenix, subtly hinted to in this clever tweet.
But that’s not all of the new features that you should expect from the new Auki. The update includes a variety of bug fixes and a few subtle additions as well. Check out our video as we walk through Auki 1.2’s new features…
Auki 1.2 contains four notable features, and I already mentioned one of them—the new dark mode. The remaining three features that I’d like to discuss are pretty important in their own right.
Users can now mark a message as read by using a tap-and-hold gesture on the Cancel button found on the Auki quick reply interface. This makes it possible to remove a badge and mark a message as read even if you decide not to reply to the message. You can also choose to send a message as an SMS message by using a tap-and-hold gesture on the Auki interface’s Reply button.
Auki’s updated preferences
For those of you who want a way to invoke Auki’s quick compose feature, but aren’t too satisfied with the idea of assigning it to an Activator gesture, Auki 1.2 will make you happy. The tweak now includes a handy Flipswitch toggle that can be easily placed into Control Center.
Guess which toggle works with Auki?
Of course, there are additional fixes and features that you’ll find in Auki 1.2. The team comprised of Surenix and Bensge have obviously been hard at work stamping out bugs and providing some of the most requested features for its users. Here is an exhaustive list of all of the new items that you can expect to find in the latest Auki update:
New dark mode (with scheduling)!
New long hold on cancel button to mark as read
New long hold on reply button to reply as SMS
Fixed high CPU usage bug (thanks Beta382 for providing us with a crash log)
Fixed picture messaging from not sending/delivering issue
Fixed crash on iOS < 7.0.3
Fixed keyboard bug
Fixed crash in attachment view
Fixed contact picture related issues
Compatibility with Coono
Improved Spanish translation
Added FlipSwitch toggle to activate compose
Added hardware keyboard support
Added language support for Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Slovakian, Turkish and Vietnamese (thanks to all our translators!)
Of all of Auki’s new features, I definitely like the new dark mode scheduling the best. It’s pretty awesome, and because the mode can be manually scheduled, you don’t have to worry about any location data overhead adding drain to your battery.
The new dark mode scheduler
Auki 1.2 is available for download right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. If you already own Auki, this is a free upgrade. If you haven’t purchased Auki as of yet, you can do so for $3.99.
Last Updated on July 22, 2023
Microsoft released Windows 10 update KB5005611 to its insider ring last week but has now pushed the update to its public channel. The KB5005611 update for Windows 10 contains a series of important fixes you can read about below.
Addresses an issue that changes the device’s current UI language. This occurs during an unattended out-of-box experience (OOBE) language pack installation scenario on a desktop.
Addresses an issue that causes the system time to be incorrect by one hour after a daylight saving time (DST) change.
Addresses an issue that causes the Server Manager application to disappear after you use it to remove Hyper-V features on Windows Server 2023.
Addresses an issue with parsing time formats in event logs. This issue occurs when you exclude milliseconds.
Addresses an issue that causes the DnsCache service to increase the CPU usage to 100% utilization. As a result, the device stops responding.
Provides administrators the option to reset the zoom to the default for HTML dialogs in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
Addresses an issue with Enterprise Mode Site List redirection from Internet Explorer 11 to Microsoft Edge. In certain circumstances, the redirection opens a site in multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge.
Addresses an issue with PropertyGet in chúng tôi .
Addresses an issue that stops calls to the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) minidriver for Windows Portable Devices (WPD) devices that you access using WIAMgr.
Addresses an issue that causes applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, to suddenly stop responding during normal use. This occurs if the application created and removed UI elements on a background thread that is no longer receiving messages.
Addresses an issue with the Microsoft Outlook Add-in that prevents you from providing input after you select Reply.
Addresses an issue that fails to keep the NumLock state after a Fast Startup restart.
Addresses an issue with sharing a screen using Microsoft Teams. Protected content, such as a digital rights management (DRM) email, appears black for the presenter, but appears transparent for everyone else.
Addresses an issue that might prevent drawing on the screen using Windows Context::UpdateRgnFromRects from working.
Addresses an issue that always reports the update build revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device during enrollment to mobile device management (MDM) service.
Addresses an issue that might cause distortion in the audio that Cortana and other voice assistants capture.
Removes the limitation of 25 maximum Traffic Selectors in the Windows native Internet Key Exchange (IKE) client and server.
Addresses an issue that fails to display the smart card PIN dialog when you are connected to a virtual private network (VPN). This issue occurs after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004.
Addresses an issue that causes a memory leak in lsass.exe when the pTokenPrivileges buffer is not released.
Addresses an issue with a non-paged pool (NPP) leak from the UxSF pool tag. This leak occurs when lsass.exe stops processing asynchronous Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI) calls.
Addresses an issue that prevents the chúng tôi driver from loading. As a result, some games cannot run when you enable Hypervisor-Protected Code Integrity (HVCI).
Addresses an issue that causes Windows to stop working if you deploy a Code Integrity policy without user mode rules.
Improves the performance of chúng tôi in environments with User Datagram Protocol (UDP) applications that require high amounts of bandwidth.
Addresses an input method editor (IME) mode instability in the RemoteApp scenario. You must install this update on the Remote Desktop server and Remote Desktop client.
Addresses an issue that causes blurry News and interests icons when you use certain screen resolutions.
Addresses a paged pool memory leak of the registry keys for the Virtual Desktop ID that occurs in chúng tôi .
Removes a hyperlink that might cause the Input app to stop working when you first enter fuzzy pinyin content.
Addresses an activation issue for the Input application.
Addresses an issue that causes chúng tôi to stop working because Direct Manipulation fails to start.
Addresses an issue that causes News and interests to appear in the context menu even when you have disabled it on a device.
Addresses an issue that causes the configuration for multiple artifact DB support across datacenters to fail for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) artifacts.
Addresses an issue that causes the LsaLookupSids() function to fail. This occurs when there are security identifiers (SID) for users that no longer exist in a group that contains cross-domain trusted users.
Addresses an issue that fails to apply the post_logout_redirect_uri= parameter when you use an External Claims Provider.
Addresses an issue with a deadlock in the WebDav redirector that occurs when it attempts to read a file from the local TfsStore. As a result, the system stops responding.
Addresses an issue that causes a stop error after a restart.
Addresses an issue that causes apps to lose focus when the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen.
Implements a Group Policy setting for the following registry value:Registry location: HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftWindows NTPrintersPointAndPrintValue name: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministratorsValue data: 1For more information, see KB5005010.
Adds the ability to configure period or dot (.) delimited IP addresses interchangeably with fully qualified host names in the following Group Policy settings:
Package Point and Print – Approved Servers
Point and Print Restrictions
You can download the update via Windows Update and Microsofrt Update Cltalog. It is in Preview mode at the moment but will be pushed on Patch Tuesday even if you do not install it manually.
Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 build 16226 for testers with PCs enrolled in the Fast ring. The new release is part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and it delivers a new set of features and enhancements over the previous build.
Windows 10 build 16226, according to the company, adds a slew of improvements for Microsoft Edge, updated emojis, and improvement for OneDrive Files On-Demand. The Touch Keyboard and handwriting experience get updated. The Settings app introduces more options and changes. Task Manager now shows GPU performance, and the Windows 10 shell gets more tweaks, including Reveal Highlight, updated File Explorer context menu, and a lot more.
Here are all the new features and improvements included in this new pre-release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update expected to arrive later this year.Start menu, Taskbar, Action Center
In this flight, the Start menu and Action Center deliver new features, but Microsoft made some Fluent Design tweaks to be a little more transparent and let more of the underlying color through. Additionally, Action Center now uses a new conscientious XAML scrollbar design.
Perhaps one of the best addition on this release can be found in the Task Manager that now tracks GPU performance over time.Windows Shell
On Windows 10 build 16226, the new Reveal Highlight behavior is an interaction visualization that helps guide users, and it’s now enabled by default on ListView and other XAML collection controls.Windows 10 Emoji
In this flight part of the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 introduces updated emoji with support for the latest Unicode updates, including new snacks, actions, dinosaurs, and even fantasy characters like genies, fairies and zombies.
The update also enables the emoji pickers to access the profession emoji and gender diverse options.
The Emoji Panel has also been updated to have a dark background when the dark theme is enabled on Windows 10.Touch Keyboard
In this Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release, shape writing and text prediction are available not only in English, but on more than 25 languages, including English (United Kingdom), French (Canadian), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), German (Germany), and many more. Additionally, the new Touch Keyboard is available on East Asian languages such as Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
If you have text copied to the clipboard, you’ll now see a clipboard icon in the touch keyboard candidate pane. Tapping it will paste the clipboard contents.
You can now use the Shift key to cycle between capitalization states, and the settings flyout has been updated to make it easier to access Language Settings, Keyboard Settings, or help.Handwriting and pen
You can now erase words in the handwriting panel with the back of your pen. The handwriting panel now draws using Microsoft’s Segoe UI font. And pen scrolling now works with traditional desktop apps, in addition to Windows Store apps.OneDrive Files On-Demand Windows Sonic spatial sound Settings improvements
In the Settings app, the Gaming section gets a new Xbox Networking page, which aims to help to troubleshoot and fix issues preventing you from using voice chatting and playing multiplayer games with other Xbox Live users.
Inside the System section, the Storage page includes an updated Storage Sense page with a new look and the option to Delete your previous versions of Windows straight from Storage Sense.
Additionally, this page includes related settings like sleep (Keep my PC awake for connections when it is plugged in) and PC discoverability to help you know if your PC is remotely accessible. The new Remote Desktop page also displays your computer name, which you will need to connect from the remote desktop client applications.
On Windows Update, if an update has failed the problem description is easy to understand with an error code, which you can copy to research a fix.Microsoft Edge
On Windows 10 build 16226, Microsoft Edge gets a lot of new features and improvements.
In a continue effort to make tabs more useful now closing a window always remains an available option, and you can also access many browser features, such as favorites bar and settings, while a dialog is showing.
When moving from Google Chrome your Cookies and settings will also be imported to Microsoft Edge.
Starting with Windows 10 build 16226, Microsoft Edge introduces a new Favorites experience that let you see your favorites as a directory tree when you save new favorites, and collapse or expand folders from within the Add to favorites dialog.Additional improvements
In this Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release, there is an updated version of the calculator app with support to convert currency, which also includes an offline mode when you need to do conversion on the go and you don’t have internet access.
Narrator can now use artificial intelligence to generate descriptions for images that lack alternative text. In addition, the feature has ability to extract text from images using optical character recognition.
Snipping tool is now natively per-monitor DPI aware.
Alongside the slew of improvements and new features, Windows 10 build 16226 also includes various changes for Japanese Input Method Editor (IME), including Enhanced learning for predictive input, English predictive candidates with spelling correction, and search from Japanese IME Candidate List.How to download Windows 10 build 16226
Microsoft is listing the complete set of fixes and known issues for Windows 10 build 16226 at the Windows Blog. In case you missed it, you can read all the changes for Windows 10 build 16215 in this article.
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Now, as you might had already found out, Windows XP will no longer receive official support starting from this year (learn how to keep using Windows XP anyway) so a new update for the Windows 8 platform has been already rumored and also expected by all of us. Of course when talking about an OS update we are talking about new features, stability improvements and other capabilities designed to make the firmware more stable and also better. In that matter, during the following review I will detail the features which have been added to the Windows 8.1 system.
So, with that being said, let’s actually see what’s new in Windows 8.1 release.Improved accessibility
Shutting down your computer will be easier with the new update of Windows 8.1. Furthermore, accessing and searching for your favorite apps and programs can now be made from the main Windows 8 panel. The new user interface is placing near upper-right corner – just near your account picture, the Power and Search keys. Moreover, using your apps is easier and faster since you can pin your tools (both desktop and Windows store programs) right on your taskbar, which can be accessed with ease by placing the mouse to the bottom edge of your screen.Great features for the mouse and keyboard Windows 8 experience
On the new Windows 8.1 update Microsoft added new features for those who are using their devices along with a mouse and keyboard. These improvements are including classic “close” and “minimize” buttons near each app you cross with your mouse. Of course, now by using the mouse you can access the taskbar and your apps which are being already saved there. Furthermore, with your mouse you can decide what to do with the start screen apps – un-pin, uninstall, add to taskbar, resize and so on. There are many other features added in order to improve the mouse and keyboard user experience, so don’t hesitate and test the same in order to make a proper idea about it.Find and install new Windows 8 apps using the Windows Store default icon
Expert tip:Internet Explorer is now more “intelligent”
With new Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer has been also updated. With IE 11 you will be able to use an intuitive user interface that adapts depending on the device you are using – for example, on a Windows 8 powered tablet, Internet Explorer will be modified in order to provide better touch-based features, while on laptops the platform will offer great support for mouse and keyboard.New features for the business field
Even though most of the features added on Windows 8.1 are dedicated to regular users, there are some important improvements that aims the business field. In that matter we must mention Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE) and extended Mobile Device Management (MDM). With EMIE you can run apps which are compatible with Internet Explorer 8 on latest version of the web browsing platform – thus you will be able to run and use older apps on your Windows 8.1 device. MDM is basically introducing new policy settings that can be used by enterprise companies in order to develop and manage their own market strategies.Windows 8.1 on affordable devices
Yes, that’s true; from now on you will be able to buy affordable Windows 8.1 powered devices, since the new platform can smoothly run on laptops, desktops or tablets with lower performances. So, now starting from now Microsoft will try to address its firmware for more customers and will try to keep this customers up to date – another reason for you to forget about Windows XP and another market strategy implemented by Microsoft in that matter if you ask me.
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The Fall Creators Update (version 1709) is out and brings a new set of features and changes to Windows 10. This is the fourth major feature update Microsoft is making available for desktops, laptops, tablets, Xbox One, and other devices with a new set of features and improvements focus on security, new experiences, and expanding functionalities to iOS and Android devices.
The next version of Windows 10 includes a slew of new features and tweaks, but Microsoft is touting some key additions, including a new interface design using Microsoft’s new Fluent Design System, My People, OneDrive File On-Demand, Windows Defender’s Controlled folder access, Settings tweaks, new cross-device experiences, new version of Microsoft Edge, and a lot more.
How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? Starting October 17, if your device is compatible, the new version will automatically download through Windows Update. Alternatively, you can install the update using the Media Creation Tool to do a clean or in-place upgrade, Update Assistant, or you can also download the ISO file to create a USB bootable media.
It’s expected that Microsoft will refer the update as “Windows 10 version 1709” following the same version scheme we’ve been seeing with the previous versions, including the Creators Update (version 1703) and the Anniversary Update (version 1607) indicating the year and month of the release.
Version 1709 will be offered as a free update for devices already running Windows 10.
Formerly known with the Windows 10 “Redstone 3” codename, this is a continuation of the work introduced with the first Creators Update, and it’ll continue the quest to help consumers to spark creativity.
Here are all the most exciting new features coming to Windows 10 in the second Creators Update arriving this fall.Microsoft Fluent Design System
As part of the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 will introduce a new design system. You heard it before as Project Neon, but it’s now officially known as “Microsoft Fluent Design System”.
Microsoft is focusing this new design system on light, depth, motion, material, and scale to deliver a more intuitive, responsive, and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions.
In this update, we’ll begin to see these changes on apps and throughout the OS, such as in the Start menu, Action Center, built-in apps (e.g., Photos, Calculator, Clock, and People), Microsoft Edge, and on the Windows Store. However, it’s something that the company plans to implement gradually on Windows 10 and other products.Microsoft Graph
You probably never heard of it before, but Microsoft Graph is a technology to access data in the Microsoft Cloud for both, consumers and commercial users, data across Windows, Office, and many other services hosted by Microsoft.
Previously, it was a cloud service for commercial used as part of the Office 365 offering, but now it’ll also be available for Windows 10 users.
An easy way to put it: Microsoft Graph is the connectivity glue that will help Windows 10 to seamlessly connect with other devices, including iOS, Android, and other Windows 10 devices.
On the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Microsoft Graph will allow to implement new features, including Timeline (coming in 2023), pick up where you left off, Clipboard, and OneDrive File On-Demand.OneDrive File On-Demand
Another new feature coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is OneDrive File On-Demand. It’s like placeholders, but it works in a different way.
As before, you’ll be able to browser your files stored in OneDrive without having to download them first, but the feature will work more intelligently. For example, if you recently opened a file online, then it’ll sync to be available offline. Opening files on your computer will also sync them to be available without an internet connection. Otherwise, you’ll still need to configure a folder or file individually to make them available offline.My People
While the “My People” feature was expected in the first Creators Update, it’ll roll out with the new feature update arriving this fall.
This is a new experience to easily connect with people close to your circle. Using My People, you can pin contacts to the right side of the taskbar and quickly send messages and files.
Just to be clear, it’s not another communication service, instead it’s a feature that connects with other services and apps, including Skype, Mail, and People, and simplifies the way you contact other people using one interface.
My People includes the following features:
Pin contacts to the taskbar.
View multiple communications in one interface.
Drag-and-drop files to pin contact to share files.
Send files to any contact using the new Windows Share experience.
Badge notification to see the number of unseen messages from a contact.Lock screen
If you ever forget your PIN or password, it’s now possible to recover your credentials from the Lock screen. This feature is available for users using a Azure AD Premium (AADP) or Microsoft account.Start menu
The Start menu isn’t getting big changes, but now it uses the Acrylic Material backdrop part of Fluent Design. You can resize the layout diagonally, and resizing horizontally is now a lot smoother than before.Action Center
Action Center is also getting the Fluent Design treatment with Acrylic Material and Reveal Highlight. In addition, toast notification banners include a new arrow button instead of an X to make it clear you’re dismissing the alert, and not deleting it.Cortana
Cortana is also being updated with a few new features, including the ability to use voice commands to turn off, restart, lock, or sign-out your PC using Cortana.
Here is the list of voice commands you can use:
Hey Cortana — restart PC.
Hey Cortana — turn off PC.
Hey Cortana — sign out.
Hey Cortana — lock PC.
If you have Cortana enabled above the Lock screen, you can also ask the assistant to execute the commands above the Lock screen.
Starting with version 1709, Cortana can show web result snippets without opening the web browser. As you type a question, the Cortana pane will expand automatically, quickly showing you exactly what you need to know. If Cortana doesn’t have a quick answer for your query, the pane won’t automatically expand.Desktop and File Explorer
The Settings app continues to improve, and on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you’ll not only find new options, but the experience will be more useful.
In this release, the Settings app includes tips and videos in the right side, where you only were able to find related settings links.
For example, if you play the video in the Multitasking page, you’ll get a few tips when working with multiple applications. The tips are related to the Multitasking options, but actually shows you how to use Task View and Snap View.Display Storage sense
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update redesigns the page by adding check mark boxes to select the items you want to delete, and adds the ability to free up space by deleting the previous installation of Windows 10.Remote Desktop About
On the Settings app, the About page gets redesigned to be simpler and to give you more valuable information at glance.
In this version, the About settings app, includes three sections. One to show your device’s health information generated by Windows Defender Security Center, including virus protection, firewall, performance, and an app control status.
Then there is a section that gives you a summary of the hardware specifications of your PC, such as processor, memory, and system type. Finally, there is a section where you’ll be able to find the edition, version, and build number of Windows 10.Phone
Phone is a new section in the Settings app that is currently in development, but you’ll find a Phone page with an option to link your Android or iPhone device to your computer through Cortana to enable cross-device web-browsing. This means that after linking your phone using the same Microsoft account, you can use the share experience on your phone to send web links and pick up where you left off on your PC using Microsoft Edge.Network & Internet
The Network & Internet page updates the network adapter properties to make easier to change network profiles to Private or Public.
Inside the properties for a Wi-Fi and Ethernet network adapter, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now allows you to change network profiles more clearly. This feature allows you to make your device invisible or discoverable in a local network.
Also, only in the properties for a Wi-Fi network, you’ll find a new “IP Settings” section that allows you to exit the IP address assignment for the adapter. You can set a network connection use an automatic configuration using DHCP, and you can also set up an static IP address.Data usage
The Data usage settings page adds a new option that allows you to reset data usage stats from apps at any time.Start menu
While the Fall Creators Update isn’t adding new options to the Start settings page, you’ll notice that the page has been updated, and now it no longer shows a preview found in the Themes page.My People
My People and its feature comes enabled by default, but the Settings app adds a new “People” section inside the Taskbar settings page to enable or disable the feature.
In addition, you get two options, including “Show My People notifications” and “Play a sound when a My People arrives” to control animated emojis and message sounds.Apps & features
Microsoft Edge is now part of the apps list, and accessing the Advanced options page, you can repair or reset the browser to fix any issues.Default apps Video Playback
In the Apps section, you’ll now find a new Video playback page to control video settings for applications that use Windows 10’s video playback features.
On HDR displays, it’s also possible to change video stream settings with the option to lower the resolution to reduce network bandwidth usage and battery.
This page even includes a setting to optimize video streaming for quality or to save battery life.Sign-in options
Inside the Sign-in options page, you’ll find a new option under Privacy described as Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart. In order to speed up the update process Windows 10 already automatically signs you in after a restart and finish setting up your device, but now the same functionality has been expanded to regular reboots and shutdowns when using the Start menu or other locations.
In addition, this feature will restore your accessibility apps and other apps that have registered to restart automatically.Broadcasting
The Broadcasting page has been improved to offer smoother and seamless game experience, and it’s now possible to select a language during the broadcast.
Additionally, you can now choose Per-app audio to broadcast using only the game’s audio on Mixer as opposed to the audio for your entire PC.Game Mode
In Game Mode, the page no longer includes a toggle switch to enable or disable the feature, and under-the-hood, the performance has been improved for six-core and eight-core processors.TruePlay
The Gaming section also introduces a new page called TruePlay with an option to turn on an anti-cheating functionality to make sure everything runs the way it was meant to.Xbox Networking
The Settings app introduces a new Xbox Networking page to help users troubleshoot and fix problems that may be preventing users from playing multiplayer game or using voice chat on Xbox Live.Color and high contrast
The Color and high contrast page now introduces a color filtering feature to help users with color blindness to distinguish between colors like green and red.Magnifier
On the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is also working on improving the Easy of Access features, and one of these new improvements are happening in the Magnifier page.
In the update the Magnifier page, you’ll find new controls and options to control magnification zoom levels, inverted colors, new magnifier mode, and a handy list of all the keyboard shortcuts you can use with the magnifier.
And there is a new option to enable bitmap smoothing when using the magnifier.Cortana
Cortana is moving to the Settings app. In order to make Microsoft’s digital assistant more discoverable starting with the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 is migrating the Cortana settings to the Settings app.
The new Cortana section features four new pages, including Talk to Cortana, Permissions & history, Notifications, and More details.
These new pages don’t introduce new options to use the assistant, instead Windows 10 is reorganizing all the existing settings into four different pages.
On this page, you can control your search filters, device history, and search history.Windows Update
In the Advanced options page, it’s now possible to enable an option to allow Windows 10 to download updates even when a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network connection is set to metered.
In the new Advanced options page for Delivery Optimization, you can now control how much bandwidth you want to reserve for system and apps updates.
There is also an option to set in percentage, exactly how much bandwidth you want to dedicate for upload updates for other devices — if you’re allowing to download updates from other devices.
Additionally, there is also a slider to set the monthly upload limit in gigabytes, up to 500GB.
In this new version, Windows 10 is also replacing the previous modal dialog with a new interactive toast notification, which makes much easier to be aware of an available update without interrupting your work.What’s new on Windows Defender
Windows 10 is now a bit more secure. Starting with version 1709, the Windows Defender Security Center dashboard introduces Controlled folder access, a new feature designed specifically to protect your data from malicious programs, such as ransomware.
When enabled it monitors the changes apps are trying make to your files. If a blacklisted app is the one trying to modify files inside the protected folders, the app will be blocked, and you’ll get a notification of the suspicious activity.
By default, Controlled folder access monitors your files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Movies, and Desktop folders. While you can’t remove the default folders, it’s possible to add other locations.
The feature is disable by default, but you can use this guide to set Controlled folder access on your device.
In addition, Windows 10 is introducing a new security feature to audit, configure, and manage Windows system and apps exploit mitigation settings using the dashboard, and this feature works even if you use a third-party antivirus.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also brings new apps experiences, such as Story Remix on a new version of Photos, View 3D, and most built-in apps (if not all of them) like Mail & Calendar, Paint 3D, People, Alarms & Clock, Maps, Groove Music, Movies & TV, Windows Store, and others will start getting the Fluent Design System treatment.Photos & Story Remix
The Photos app is getting an overhaul with Microsoft Fluent Design System and tweaks throughout the interface, and it also integrates Story Remix (shown as Video Remix).
Story Remix is a new experience built into a new version of the Photos app, which is essentially Windows Movie Maker, but recreated for Windows 10.
The new experience makes it easier to create videos using photos and videos in your collections.
Photo’s Story Remix uses Microsoft’s deep learning technology and artificial intelligence to find relevant content in your collections to create videos automatically with transitions, themes, and soundtracks. Of course, you can always keep suggested videos or edit them any way you like.
Other features in Story Remix includes automatically content tagging, which helps you to easily find things and people. You’ll get a new discovery feature to give you quick access to common tasks and past memories of people, places, and things. Additionally, you can also upload your videos to YouTube and Facebook, or share them via OneDrive or email.
Microsoft is also integrating Remix 3D and Paint 3D into Story Remix, letting you import 3D projects into movies.
And because Story Remix is powered by the Microsoft cloud, the experience will be available not only on Windows 10, but on iOS and Android as well.View 3D Windows Store
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also bring a few new surprises to the Windows Store. Starting with this update, Microsoft will be making available its suite of Office desktop applications in the Windows Store.
Apple will bring its full-blown version of iTunes to the Windows Store, and Spotify already have its popular music service to the Store too.
Additionally, the Fall Creators Update promises to be even more Linux friendly. While you can already use Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10, in the next major update, you’re also getting SUSE Linux, and Fedora Linux in the Windows Store.
While we’re waiting for Microsoft Edge to start getting updates using the Windows Store instead of on every feature update, the web browser continues to improve with the Fall Creators Update.
Currently, the default web browser for Windows 10 includes PDF reader functionalities, but it’s quite limited. However, in this new update, Microsoft Edge is adding a bunch of new improvements, including the ability to edit, save, and print PDF forms on the web or locally stored on your computer.
When you come across PDF files like scanned documents without proper orientation, you can use the rotate button from the toolbar to rotate the document. Using the Layout flyout menu, you can now switch from one-page to two-page layout, and change to page-wise scrolling for a better navigation experience.
On this updated version of Microsoft Edge, you can have the browser to read PDF documents aloud using the option in the toolbar (or invoking the Ctrl + Alt + R keyboard shortcut). Accessing the settings for Read aloud, you can change the voice and speed, and controls to play/stop, and jump to the previous and next paragraph.
Other improvements working with PDF files include a new context menu with options to use highlighter, copy text, interface with Cortana, and add notes to the document.
Starting with the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft Edge allows to quickly pin sites to the taskbar, and users finally have a button to use the browser in full-screen mode from the main settings menu.
Perhaps one of the most noticeable changes in addition to Acrylic Material (an element part of Fluent Design) that adds a new form of depth and transparency. You’ll see this new look in the tab bar and other controls.
Windows Defender Application Guard is a feature aimed for Windows 10 Enterprise, which sandboxes web pages on Microsoft Edge to offer maximum protection level from malware and zero day attacks.
When the security feature is enabled, you can select the “New Application Guard window” option from the Microsoft Edge menu to open any website in an isolated environment.
Additional improvements include new “Show search history” and “Show sites I frequently visit in Top sites”, and importing settings from Google Chrome will also import settings and cookies.
On the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is also focusing on improving performance and responsiveness.
Windows 10 is also improving the way you use input devices, whether you use natural handwriting using a pen, dictation, or typing using the on-screen keyboard.Handwriting
In the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 is introducing a new handwriting panel that offers overflow writing. This means that as you write and the panel fills up and lift your pen off the screen, the text will shift to make room to continue writing.
While writing you can select text to edit, and you can write on top of a letter to correct it. There are also a few new writing gestures that you can use, including strikethrough, scratch, join, and split.
Alongside these improvements, Windows 10 adds new changes to better recognize handwriting input, there are more enhancements for palm rejection, and you can use the top of the pen as an eraser.Emoji
You’ll now find a new emoji panel that support light and dark theme, and best of all, you can input emojis on your messages using a hardware keyboard using the Windows key + “.” or Windows key + “;” keyboard shortcuts.
As you open the panel, you can continue writing to search the emoji you want, or you can use the Arrow keys, Tab / Shift + Tab, Enter, and Esc key to navigate emojis. In addition, it’s now possible to change skin color of emojis.Touch Keyboard
Windows 10 now brings the Windows 10 Mobile touch keyboard experience to the desktop, which also enables a new one-handed keyboard experience, very similar to the one available for mobile devices.
In addition, this new experience includes Microsoft’s shape writing to use swipe over the keys to input text faster.
Other improvements, include easier to work with emoji and clipboard, you can quickly switch between the handwriting and keyboard experience, using the Shift key to switch between capitalization states, and more.Volume Mixer
On the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the Volume Mixer will include volume controls for Windows Store apps, such as Groove and Microsoft Edge. This new addition will allow you to control volume without impacting the system audio.Power Throttling
Microsoft is reintroducing Power Throttling, which is a feature to improve battery life on devices.
The idea behind Power Throttling is to reduce the amount of processor cycles for apps in the background, prioritizing apps working in the foreground, and certain other apps. As a result, users should see an increase of up to 11 percent of battery life saving.Task Manager
Task Manager now tracks GPU performance over time and display information about DirectX version and the physical location of your GPU.Virtualization
Hyper-V, Microsoft’s virtualization technology, is also getting Revert VM, a feature that allows you to quickly undo changes on a virtual machine. This basically means that you can always revert to the last time you started a virtual machine if you make a mistake or for any reasons you want to undo changes.Windows Console
Microsoft is also updating the Windows Console (Command Prompt) to support 24-bit RGB colors. The default color values have been changed to improve legibility of darker colors on modern screens, and to give the experience a more modern look and feel.Eye Control
Starting with the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 is introducing Eye Control, which is a new feature that allows the OS to be more accessible for people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech using only their eyes.
Currently only the US English language keyboard layout is supported, but Microsoft is planning to add more layouts in the future.Other changes
Windows 10 now detects new connected storage with content, and it’ll make the sources available when browsing files using Windows Store apps.
You no longer need to enable developer mode to install Linux distros on Linux.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, improves the DPI handling on High-DPI monitors and on multiple monitor setups. This only means that you’ll see less blurry elements on high-resolution displays using traditional desktop applications.Wrapping things up
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is expected to launch on October 17, 2023, but remember that not every device will get it on day-one. Microsoft will begin the rollout with devices known to work with the update, and as the update gets mature, it’ll continue to roll out to other devices.
Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 16299.20. It should be noted that this guide focuses on features for consumers, as Microsoft is also adding other features aimed for enterprises, which aren’t included here (except for Windows Defender Application Guard).
Original published in June 2023, updated in October 2023.
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