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Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22635.3212 (Beta Channel)

Fixes gradually being rolled out to the Beta Channel with toggle on

  • Fixed an issue which was causing the taskbar to sometimes be very slow to appear sometimes after booting up and logging in for the first time.
  • Fixed an issue where if your taskbar was close to being full of app icons, when you tried to open search it would just open and immediately close.

New features rolling out for everyone in the Beta Channel

New notification badging for Widgets
We're beginning to roll out a new badging experience for Widgets. Widgets badges will notify you when you miss an important notification on your taskbar. Below is an example of a notification badge for Widgets that shows that there are three missed notifications.

When you open the Widgets board you can see details for the notifications you missed in the top left corner of the board.

[We are beginning to roll this out to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel today, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet.]

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment  > Widgets.

Changes and Improvements gradually being rolled out to everyone in the Beta Channel

  • We've made improvements to Widgets so that the icons on the taskbar no longer appear pixelated or fuzzy.
Web News / Re: Windows 12 Shift to 16 GB ...
Last post by Corrine - February 26, 2024, 07:26:45 PM
An option to consider is to add more RAM to your computer. See this article at How to Geek: How to Upgrade or Replace Your PC's RAM.
Web News / Windows 12 Shift to 16 GB RAM
Last post by Corrine - February 26, 2024, 06:38:40 PM
From Windows 12 Is Going To Make Some Significant Changes for New PCs:

QuoteRecent reports have shed light on Microsoft's ambitious plans for Windows 12, revealing a strategic move to increase the minimum specifications required to run the operating system. According to a detailed analysis by Trendforce, a notable shift is on the horizon with the base memory requirement set to soar to 16GB.

This adjustment is not merely a numbers game; it aligns with Microsoft's vision for integrating its AI assistant Copilot into the user experience, ensuring it operates with minimum efficiency.

This decision underscores a broader trend towards more powerful, AI-driven PCs. Historically, Microsoft's operating systems have maintained relatively low minimum requirements, with Windows 11 and Windows 10 requiring 4GB and 1-2GB of memory, respectively.

The leap to 16GB represents a significant escalation, reflecting the growing demands of advanced computing tasks and AI applications.

See the linked article for more information.
Adobe has released an optional hotfix patch for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader that addresses some important bug fixes for Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader.

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 23.008.20555 for Windows.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.

Reader DC and other versions are available here:

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

Security Software Programs / Re: Malwarebytes Version 4 Upd...
Last post by Corrine - February 23, 2024, 03:11:11 PM
Malwarebytes v4.6.9.314 component package 1.0.2276 released.

From Malwarebytes 4.6

Features and improvements
  • Minor updates to improve migration to Malwarebytes 5

At this time Malwarebytes 5 is also available directly from our download site.

  • Currently we are doing a slow rollout of Malwarebytes 5 via automatic updates as we are working on improving support for some non-standard licensing use cases before rolling out to a wider audience.
  • Please note that if the Malwarebytes Privacy VPN app is currently installed, the Malwarebytes 5 installer will only install Malwarebytes 4.
  • If you are using both Malwarebytes 4 and Malwarebytes Privacy VPN, and your products are activated with two different subscriptions or license keys, we recommend that you do not install Malwarebytes 5 at this time.
Windows Photos gets Generative erase, and recent AI editing features now available on Arm64 devices and Windows 10

We're excited to share with you our latest editing capability available for the Photos app, Generative erase. Plus, all our recently released AI edit features, including Blur background, Remove and replace background, and Generative erase, are also now available in the Photos app for Arm64 devices and Windows 10. This update is beginning to roll out to Windows Insiders in all channels today (including Windows Insiders on Windows 10 in the Release Preview Channel). Make sure to update your app to version number 2024.11020.21001.0 or higher.

Generative Erase
Our well-known Spot fix tool has received a boost with the help of AI and is now known as Generative erase in the app. This feature allows you to fix and remove distractions from your photos, like background objects or miscellaneous visual clutter. Compared to Spot fix, Generative erase creates a more seamless and realistic result after objects are erased from the photo, even when erasing large areas.

To use Generative erase, go to Edit Image and select the Erase option. Brush over the objects or areas you want to remove. Adjust the brush size to get the right level of precision you need.

For even finer control or removing multiple objects at once, you can disable Auto Apply to add or remove masks, where each mask represents an area that will be erased.

Other fixes and improvements
  • All of the current Photos app AI edit features, including Blur background, Remove and Replace background, and Generative erase are now available in the Photos app for Windows 11 for Arm64 devices.
  • For the first time, Windows 10 will be receiving all of the AI editing features that were previously available only on Windows 11, including Blur background, Remove and Replace background, and Generative erase.
  • Various stability fixes and improvements.
We appreciate your comments and suggestions, so please share your feedback with us!

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Apps > Photos.
[UPDATE 2/22] We are starting to roll out two servicing updates to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Both these updates do not include anything new and are designed to test our servicing pipeline for Windows 11, version 24H2. Most Insiders in the Dev Channel will receive Cumulative Update Build 26058.1300 (KB5036082). However, Insiders that have Virtualization Based Security (VBS) turned on will receive Build 26058.1400 (KB5036080) and may not experience a restart upon installing the update. Arm64 devices, even with VBS turned on, will only receive Build 26058.1300 (KB5036082).
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26063 (Canary Channel)

Note: This build still has the issue impacting Dev Drive users.

What's new in Build 26063

Wi-Fi 7
Following the announcement by the Wi-Fi Alliance, Windows is adding support for Wi-Fi 7 for consumer access points with the current Insider Preview builds in the Canary and Dev Channels. Wi-Fi 7, also known as IEEE 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT), is a revolutionary technology that offers unprecedented speed, reliability, and efficiency for your wireless devices.

Next Generation Wi-Fi 7 builds on the innovations of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E to provide enhanced user experiences through upgrades in all aspects of wireless connectivity – throughput, latency, efficiency, reliability, power, etc.

Highlighting some of Wi-Fi 7 new features:

  • Multi-Link operation (MLO) allows devices to use multiple bands (2.4 GHz, 5GHz, and/or 6GHz) simultaneously to avoid network congestion and maintain connectivity.
  • 320 MHz ultra-wide bandwidth in 6GHz doubles the speed to your devices and enables new possibilities for high bandwidth applications – and scenarios using such as AR/VR.
  • 4096-QAM modulation increases the data transmission by 20% and improves the quality of video streaming, video conferencing, and more.
With Wi-Fi 7, you can enjoy multi-gigabit speeds on your Windows PC and experience up to 4x faster speeds than Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, and close to 6x faster than Wi-Fi 5. You can also enjoy significantly lower latency, which improves the responsiveness and performance of real-time activities like gaming and video conferencing. Please note that performance may vary by manufacturer and hardware device capabilities.

To take advantage of Wi-Fi 7, you will need a Wi-Fi 7 capable consumer access point and PC, which many of our ecosystem partners have launched on the market.

Below is a screenshot from your Windows PC with this build when connected to the Wi-Fi 7 consumer access point.

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Network and Internet > Connecting to a Wi-Fi network.

Changes and Improvements

[Copilot in Windows]
  • You can now ask Copilot in Windows to do 16 new actions, adding to the 13 already live. With Power Automate Desktop, you can also automate tasks. We began rolling these improvements out for Copilot in Windows to Windows Insiders in the Canary Channel earlier this week and added the details into last week's blog post.
QuoteCopilot in #Windows just got smarter! You can now ask Copilot to do 16 new actions, adding to the 13 already live. With Power Automate Desktop, you can also automate tasks!
Rollout begins today in the WIP Canary Channel, check the blog post for details:
— Shilpa Ranganathan (@ShilpaRan) February 21, 2024
  • The new Copilot in Windows experience we began trying out with Build 26052 where the Copilot icon will change appearance and animate to indicate that Copilot can help when you copy text has temporarily been disabled. We will bring this back in the future after fixing some bugs. Thank you for all the feedback!
  • The widgets board improvements documented with Build 26058 have temporarily been disabled. We will bring this back in the future after fixing some bugs. Thank you for all the feedback.

Fixes for known issues
  • Fixed an issue causing some Insiders to experience an issue where the network icon in the system tray showed they didn't have an internet connection when connected to some VPNs even though the internet connection was working. Those impact may have also seen some apps think there wasn't an internet connection when there really was.
  • The fix for the issue causing Build 26058 to not be listed under Settings > Windows Update > Update history like it should is making its way out. It may take another flight or two for builds to properly show up under Update History.
  • Fixed a high hitting DWM crash in the last couple flights.
  • Fixed an underlying issue with plug and play which may have impacted audio device setup in the last 2 builds. If you're continuing to experience issues with audio not playing after this build, please file feedback under Devices and Drivers > Audio and sound in the Feedback Hub.
  • Fixed an issue where typing too quickly in the Settings search box could result in the results not loading completely.
  • Fixed an issue causing the three-finger touchpad gesture for middle mouse click (if you had enabled this in touchpad settings) to not work in some apps.
  • Fixed an issue where attempted to use the Move option when you pressed ALT + Space was causing a window to resize instead of move.
  • Fixed an issue for Insiders with multiple monitors, where opening a minimized window might result in the window appearing on the wrong monitor.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the clock in the taskbar to stop updating.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the taskbar icons to shift around under your mouse as you moved your mouse across the taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue where the "Notify when apps request location" option in Settings under Privacy & Security > Location was reset after reboot.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the Windows Update page in Settings to unexpectedly flash messages sometimes (too quickly to read) in the previous flight.
Security Software Programs / Malwarebytes Version 5 Updates
Last post by Corrine - February 22, 2024, 01:45:38 PM
From Announcing Malwarebytes 5.0

What's new
  • Unified user experience - For the first time, Malwarebytes now provides a consistent experience across all of our desktop and mobile products courtesy of an all new and reimagined user experience powered by a faster and more responsive UI all managed through an intuitive dashboard.
  • Modern security and privacy integrations - Our award winning antivirus and ultra-fast VPN come together seamlessly in one easy-to-use solution. Whether you're looking for a next-gen VPN to secure your online activity, or harnessing the power of Browser Guard to block ad trackers and scam sites, taking charge of your privacy is simple.
  • Trusted Advisor - Empowers you with real-time insights, easy-to-read protection score and expert guidance that puts you in control over your security and privacy.

To get started with the latest version of Malwarebytes, click here for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android
Web News / Windows 11 tips and tricks
Last post by Corrine - February 21, 2024, 03:10:11 PM
A handy link to bookmark whether new to Windows 11 or a long-time user: Windows 11 tips and tricks.