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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Windows 11 Insider Beta Channel
« Last post by Corrine on October 15, 2021, 04:20:10 PM »
Releasing Windows 11 Build 22000.282 to Beta and Release Preview Channels

Note:  This is release is for both Beta and Release Preview. 

See the referenced blog post for the very long list of improvements.
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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Microsoft Edge Preview Builds
« Last post by Corrine on October 14, 2021, 05:06:16 PM »
Dev channel update to 96.0.1043.1 is live

Added features:
  • Added Share support to Windows 7.
  • Enabled Picture in Picture support on Windows.
  • Finished rolling out the ability to search the web for an image in the sidebar from the context menu.
  • Management policies (note that updates to documentation or administrative templates may not have occurred yet):
    • Added a policy to control if the Typosquatting Checker is Enabled, which is a feature that warns if the website being navigated to isn’t the one that was intended because the address was mistyped.
    • Added a policy to control if Renderer App Container support is Enabled, which controls if tab processes are created with extra security.
    • Added a policy to control if Application Guard Upload Blocking in Enabled, which controls if files are allowed to be uploaded from Application Guard window.
    • Added a policy to control when Efficiency Mode is active.
    • Added a policy to control if the New SmartScreen Library is Enabled, which will be deprecated and removed along with the legacy SmartScreen library.
    • Added a policy to control if Shared Links are Enabled, which controls access to the list in History of links shared by or to the user from other Microsoft 365 apps.
    • Added a policy to configure Force Sync Types, which determines which types of data are required to be synced.
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General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Re: Windows 11 Insider DEV Channel
« Last post by Corrine on October 14, 2021, 04:14:43 PM »
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22478 | Windows Insider Blog

Note The build expiration for Dev Channel builds starting with Build 22468 to be 9/15/2022 continues. Previous Dev Channel builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch will expire on 10/31/2021.

Fixes

[Start]
  • Keyboard focus will no longer get lost if you press ESC after opening the user profile flyout in Start.
  • Updated the prompt text when pinning something from a UWP app to Start, so it now says simply “Do you want to pin this to Start?”.
[Taskbar]
  • Addressed an issue that was causing Notification Center to get stuck in a state in recent builds where it would stop launching.
  • The plus icon for adding a new Desktop will now display properly when hovering over the Task View icon in the Taskbar when using Arabic and Hebrew languages.
  • After bringing up an app’s jump list from the Taskbar, right clicking on the app name should now show the correct icon for Pin to Start (a pin icon).
  • Left and right clicking Taskbar at the same time should no longer crash explorer.exe.
[File Explorer]
  • Fixed an issue where the command bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected increase in performance. This is also believed to be the root cause of performance issues when using drag to select files, as well as using the arrow keys to navigate in certain folders.
  • The “Show hidden items” option should no longer get out of sync when multiple File Explorer windows are open.
[Widgets]

The following two issues have been addressed with Microsoft Edge version 95, currently live for Microsoft Edge Insiders, and as such we’re removing them from the known issues list:
  • The widgets board may appear empty.
  • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors.
[Search]
  • The recent searches flyout when hovering over the search icon in the Taskbar should no longer immediately dismiss on invocation if an admin window is in focus.
[Input]
  • Setting focus to the search box in File Explorer shouldn’t make the touch keyboard invoke and immediately dismiss now when using a tablet with the Taskbar set to auto-hide.
  • Fixed an issue causing the handwriting panel to not insert text when using it to write Chinese.
  • Mitigated a memory leak that could occur in ctfmon, causing unexpected resource usage over time.
  • Addressed an issue for a small number of users that was causing TextInputHost.exe crashes when setting focus on any text field.
[Settings]
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Settings to crash when radio buttons were updated, for example if you connected an additional audio endpoint while the Sound page in Settings was open.
  • Improved performance of loading the themes displayed in Personalization Settings.
  • If a non-admin user changes their display language in Language Settings, we’ll no longer show the clickable sign-out button there as it was popping a UAC dialog and causing confusion.
  • The Windows Update entry at the top of the System page in Settings should no longer be misaligned with the other options (when shown) in languages like German.
  • The Braille options in Settings for Narrator users should now be in sync with the actual state of the Braille input/output mode.
  • Made a change to help address an issue where “Media streaming options” in the Network and Sharing Center would unexpectedly revert to default settings after an upgrade.
  • Improved Quick Settings launch reliability. This change should also help address the issue causing the window to not fully render (just a thin rectangle).
  • Addressed an issue where if you clicked on the media controls area in Quick Settings, it wasn’t bringing the app displayed to the foreground in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where the colors for items in Quick Settings could get stuck and not reflect the proper color for that state, particularly when using a contrast theme.
  • Updated the Quick Settings page for managing audio endpoints from “Volume” to “Sound output”.
  • Opening the page for managing audio endpoints in Quick Settings should no longer cause a brief cut in audio playback when multiple devices are listed.
[Windowing]
  • Mitigated an issue related to using ALT + Tab very quickly that could make explorer.exe crash.
  • Holding down ALT and pressing F4 after pressing ALT + Tab will no longer crash explorer.exe.
  • When using the Arabic or Hebrew display languages, dragging an app window to a different Desktop should show the thumbnail moving in the correct direction now.
[Other]
  • Fixed a casing issue that was causing LP.cab files to be unexpectedly removed in certain cases, which could lead you your display language changing until you added the desired display language back in Settings.
  • Addressed an issue that was causing some users to see a bugcheck with error “KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ERROR”.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing the SysMain service to use an unexpected amount of power in recent builds.
  • If the display order is missing in BCD settings that should no longer cause an upgrade failure.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing captions to draw at the wrong offset in certain apps.
  • Mitigated an issue that was causing crashes related to audiosrv.dll.
  • If going through OOBE with an Arabic or Hebrew display language, the volume and accessibility buttons should display on the correct side of the screen now.
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Security Alerts & Briefings / Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC Security Updates Released
« Last post by Corrine on October 12, 2021, 05:43:42 PM »
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS. These updates address multiple critical and moderate vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.
 
Release date:  October 12, 2021
Vulnerability identifier: APSB21-104
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Update or Complete Download:  Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 21.007.20099.  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: https://get.adobe.com/reader/

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

References:

PSIRT
Release Notes
Security Bulletin
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Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft October 2021 Security Updates
« Last post by Corrine on October 12, 2021, 05:03:35 PM »
The Microsoft October 2021 security updates have been released and consist of 71 CVEs. Of these CVEs, 2 are rated Critical, 68 are rated Important, and 1 Low in severity.

For new Windows 11 adapters, note that the update today includes the first "Update Tuesday" update.

The updates apply to the following long list of products: .NET Core & Visual Studio, Active Directory Federation Services, Console Window Host, HTTP.sys, Microsoft DWM Core Library, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based), Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office SharePoint, Microsoft Office Visio, Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Windows Codecs Library, Rich Text Edit Control, Role: DNS Server, Role: Windows Active Directory Server, Role: Windows AD FS Server, Role: Windows Hyper-V, System Center, Visual Studio, Windows AppContainer, Windows AppX Deployment Service, Windows Bind Filter Driver, Windows Cloud Files Mini Filter Driver, Windows Common Log File System Driver, Windows Desktop Bridge, Windows DirectX, Windows Event Tracing, Windows exFAT File System, Windows Fastfat Driver, Windows Installer, Windows Kernel, Windows MSHTML Platform, Windows Nearby Sharing, Windows Network Address Translation (NAT), Windows Print Spooler Components, Windows Remote Procedure Call Runtime, Windows Storage Spaces Controller, Windows TCP/IP, Windows Text Shaping, and Windows Win32K.

See the KBs listed at October 2021 Security Updates - Release Notes - Security Update Guide - Microsoft for information regarding known issues with the security updates as well as the CVEs with FAQs, Mitigations and/or Workarounds.

Recommended Reading: See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative -- The October 2021 Security Update Review.
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This isn't something new with Windows 11.  It started quite a few years ago.  See, for example, this reddit discussion: Windows use first 5 letters of our e-mail addresses as the name of our user account folders. Please can you give us an option to change it?

As to having the same username on two devices using the same Microsoft Account, when I had two PC's, both my laptop and desktop had the same username folder. 
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So, if I understand correctly, if one has a desktop and a laptop and uses the same email on both then the user folder on both devices would be exactly the same. Truthfully, I wouldn't like that. All our computers have different usernames.
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Thank you, Panos, for letting me know her decision not to attempt changing the folder name.  I was surprised by the name of the user folder when I got my new laptop since previous devices used my name from my Microsoft Account but got used to it after a while so it doesn't bother me now.
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+1

+1000 actually, as always.  :)

Corrine,

I passed your advice along and, as a result, the lady is leaving the user folder name as it is. Although she doesn't like that.  :D
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