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Windows 10 will soon allow you to access your Linux files

Windows 10 will soon allow you to access your Linux files

Windows Subsystem for Linux update will allow you to access Linux files from Windows 10

Microsoft yesterday announced in a blog post that Windows 10’s April 2019 Update will bring in some new features to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in version 1903. The changelog for build 18836 has also been updated to reflect the changes.

In the past, one couldn’t launch Windows applications from a Linux terminal. But now you can easily access all the files in your Linux distros from Windows. All you need to do is open your favorite distro, and type in explorer.exe. This will open a File Explorer window, located inside of your Linux distro.

“From here you can access whatever Linux files you would like, just like you would any other file through File Explorer. This includes operations such as: dragging files back and forth to other locations, copy and paste, and even interesting scenarios like using the context menu to open VSCode in a WSL directory!” reads the blogpost.

Currently, the path will look something like \\wsl$\<running_distro_name>\. Microsoft’s Craig Loewen says developers are “actively investigating ways to improve the discoverability of your Linux files inside of File Explorer” in the future.

Since this is a new feature, there are some known issues such as your Linux distro needs to be running for you to access the files. However, that may change in a future update. Further, Linux files is treated the same as accessing a network resource, which means any rules for accessing network resources will still apply. Lastly, Microsoft warns that you should not access your Linux files inside of the AppData folder.

Microsoft has also made some improvements to the command line by consolidating their commands to wsl.exe and adding more command line functionality. The tech giant has also added some new commands that will give you more functionality when using wsl.exe. You can now run commands as different users, terminate running distributions, and even export and import different distros!

You can read more about the latest changes to the WSL here.

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Microsoft releases Windows Template Studio 3.0 – here’s what’s new

Microsoft releases Windows Template

Microsoft’s Windows Template Studio 3.0 released!

Microsoft yesterday released its version 3.0 of Windows Template Studio, which is its first major update since version 2.0 was released in April last year.

For those unaware, launched in 2017, Windows Template Studio is kind of replacement for the Windows App Studio and the company has been working continuously on improving it since its launch. Template Studio, an open-source project, makes it easier for developers to build full-fledged UWP (Universal Windows Platform) apps without writing a line of code.

Yesterday’s update includes a variety of enhancements in this version, which are:

  • Code now generates as a multi-project solution. This will enable better reuse and separation of code logic. This now will output a UWP project and .NET Core project.
  • Support adding new projects on right click
  • Horizontal Navigation View has replaced the Pivot navigation pattern.
  • Update MVVMLight to use .NET Standard library
  • Bug fixes

Dev platform updates:

  • AdaptiveCards to v1.1.2
  • Analytics to v 1.12.0
  • Crashes to v 1.12.0
  • Store.Engagement to v10.1810.16002
  • Xaml to v2.0.181018003.1
  • Json to v12.0.1
  • UniversalWindowsPlatform to v1.0.1.3

Further, there are also known issues with the Windows Template Studio 3.0 that one must be aware of.  One can experience issues while using this with Visual Studio 2019, as preview support for multi-project is showing a NuGet reference failure for the Core project. Also, Feedback Hub has been removed for now until a bug has been fixed in their SDK.

Microsoft is also currently building on few things that it plans to include in future builds, such as Menubar navigation pattern template (ETA is v3.1), Identity Login (ETA is v3.1), Improved Visual Studio 2019 support, Azure features starting to be added in (v3.1 and beyond), and Unit Test projects.

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Microsoft issues warning about Windows 10 update

Microsoft issues warning about Windows 10 update

Future Windows 10 updates to eat up more storage space on your computer

Microsoft in a blog post announced that future Windows 10 OS updates will now utilize more of your computer’s storage space in addition to the regular storage space reserved for the OS. The company is taking measures to ensure that Windows 10 computers will always be able to upgrade automatically.

The feature dubbed as ‘Reserved Storage’ will be introduced with Windows 10 Build 1903 (April 2019 update). However, this feature will use a lot of storage from the users’ hard drive which “cannot be removed from the OS.”

Microsoft program manager Jesse Rajwan in a blog post said that the additional storage exclusive for OS update would be taken from Windows 10 users’ hard drives, which will be around 7GB. This will be in addition to over 20GB of storage space that the OS version usually takes for storage.

“Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space,” says Rajwan.

“When it’s time for an update, the temporary unneeded OS files in the reserved storage will be deleted and update will use the full reserve area. This will enable most PCs to download and install an update without having to free up any of your disk space, even when you have minimal free disk space,” Rajwan added.

“If for some reason Windows update needs more space than is reserved, it will automatically use other available free space. If that’s not enough, Windows will guide you through steps to temporarily extend your hard disk with external storage, such as with a USB stick, or how to free up disk space.”

In addition, the reserved storage feature will be “introduced automatically on devices that come with version 1903 pre-installed or those where 1903 was clean installed.” However, the reserved storage will not apply to those updating to 19H1 from a previous version.

In the blog post, Microsoft also suggests two methods that users can use to reduce the amount of reserve storage on Windows 10 PCs and laptops once the feature is rolled out. First, users can opt to uninstall optional features by going to Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features. Second, users can opt to uninstall language that they don’t need by going to Settings > Time & Language > Language.

The Windows 10 update announcement is certainly not good news for users as it comes after the failure of October 2018 update 1809. Back in October 2018, Microsoft had to pause rollout of update 1809 after users had started complaining of data loss. Further, in November 2018, Windows 10 Pro users reported being downgraded to Windows 10 Home after downloading an update.

What do you think about the Reserved Storage feature? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 October Update Enters New Year With New Problems

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October Update

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October Update deactivates built-in Administrator account, breaks FLAC support

2018 was certainly not a good year for Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), as it was plagued with issues such as automatic deletion of files, ZIP files overwrite confirmation bug, font and display problems. To fix these problems, Microsoft had re-released the Windows 10 version 1809 in November last year.

However, it looks like problems surrounding the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is far from over. Windows 10 October 2018 Update has entered the new year with two new issues.

To start with, in a blog post by Microsoft’s Japanese Network & AD support team, the company has acknowledged that upgrading from Windows 10 version 1803 to version 1809 is inadvertently invalidating the built-in Administrator account if it has been previously activated.

This problem is known to occur during the upgrade process when (1) the built-in Administrator account is valid and (2) there are other accounts that also have Administrator permissions.

Microsoft who is aware of the problem is looking to release a fix in late January 2019. Meanwhile, the company is suggesting users to give Administrator privileges to another user account when upgrading to the October 2018 Update.

For those who have already upgraded and are looking to re-activate Administrator account, can do so by going to Computer Management >Local Users and Groups > Users.

Another issue plaguing Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the broken FLAC support in Windows 10. Apparently, users are complaining that upgrading from Windows 10 April 2018 Update to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is breaking FLAC support in Windows 10. In other words, metadata for FLAC audio files are being truncated or cut off while using File Explorer and other locations such as Groove Music or Windows Media Player.

It appears that Microsoft is aware of the issue, as it had acknowledged and addressed the issue in the latest Windows 10 19H1 preview builds.

“We fixed an issue resulting in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and other locations, the company writes in a blog post.

However, the fix hasn’t been brought to the October 2018 Update and has not been listed as a known issue. Hence, it is unclear when the issue will be fixed.

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Download And Install Internet Explorer For Windows 10

Download And Install Internet Explorer For Windows 10

Internet Explorer is one of the oldest web browsers that allowed users to access the internet. Launched in 1995, Internet Explorer outperformed every web browser in multiple aspects and gained 95% usage share by 2003.

Alongside the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft also introduced its new web browser Microsoft Edge. Consequently, Internet Explorer was discontinued and the browser hasn’t received any updates for quite some time now.

Well, if you don’t prefer using Microsoft Edge and want to download internet explorer for Windows 10, then you are reading the right article.

So here’s a detailed guide on how to download and install Internet Explorer on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

ALSO READ: 20 Of The Best Windows 10 Themes For 2018 With Download Links

Download And Install Internet Explorer: Windows 10 And Windows 8.1

It is worth noting that, that latest version of Internet Explorer, i.e., Internet Explorer 11 comes preinstalled with both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Consequently, if you are using Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, then there’s no need to download Internet Explorer.

Now to find and use Internet Explorer on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 type and search “Internet Explorer”. You can now use Internet Explorer on Windows 10.

The initial startup might take up some time, but soon the browser will be fully functional.

Download And Install Internet Explorer: Windows 7

For Windows 7 its necessary to manually download and Install Internet Explorer 11. You can download Internet Explorer based on your Windows 7 version from Microsoft’s official website. Once downloaded install the exe file and you are good to go.

Internet Explorer: Pros And Cons

Internet Explorer is a fully functional web browser that works flawlessly even on underpowered Windows computers. Power saving features, stats about the performance impact of add-ons, and visual search providers are some of Internet Explorer’s nifty features.

That said, it’s not the most feature-rich web browser. Furthermore, due to discontinuation and lack of updates, Internet Explorer is not the most secure browser. Lately, Microsoft has been focusing on improvising Microsoft Edge and its the default web browser since the advent of Windows 10.

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Microsoft Releases The New Light Theme In Windows 10 19H1 Insider Build 18282

Microsoft Releases The New Light Theme In Windows 10

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 19H1 build 18282 to Insiders with a new light theme

Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring on November 14. While the next Windows 10 iteration 19H1 includes several improvements and bug fixes, it also introduces a true Light theme for the Taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, and more.

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Previously, if elements like the Taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, etc., would be left out if one selected the Light theme. However, this changes with the new build.

“Ever since we introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10, we’ve heard feedback asking for a truer separation between the two options,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

To enable light theme in Windows 10, you need to go to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Then, click the drop-down under ‘Choose your color’ and select Light. The new theme changes many elements of the OS UI, including the taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard and more. If you select the Light mode in the Settings app, all system UI elements will look lighter.

“When you update to this build, your system color won’t automatically change to the new light system color. This is because we want everything to be exactly as you left it before you did the update. We’re leaving the choice up to you,” Microsoft added.

As part of this new Light theme, Microsoft is also adding a new default wallpaper highlighting Windows Light. Go to Settings > Personalization > Themes and select Windows Light to apply it. This will change your PC to be light themed.

The UI change to Light theme is not ready yet. Microsoft is likely to introduce the new Light theme in the upcoming Windows 10 19H1 feature update due in Spring 2019.

The other notable changes in Windows 10 19H1 update are improved Action Center, dark themed OneDrive and more. Furthermore, there is also a new window snip option for Snip & Sketch, improvements to the printing experience, and more. Check out the general changes, improvements, and fixes for build 18282 here.

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Microsoft finally re-releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft resumes rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 (version 1809)update

Microsoft has finally re-released its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) that was delayed by more than a month after users started complaining of data loss that forced the company to pull the update offline.

“Based on (telemetry) data, today we are beginning the re-release of the October Update by making it available via media and to advanced users who seek to manually check for updates,” John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, said in an announcement in a new blog post.

According to Microsoft, the so-called October 2018 Update that was delayed due to “data destroying” bug has been thoroughly investigated and all related issues have been resolved. The decision to re-release the update was reached after the careful study of diagnostic data from millions of Windows Insiders showed no further evidence of data loss.

Unlike the April Update which had the fastest Windows 10 update rollout rate, the company is taking a more measured approach with the Windows 10 October Update. The update is available to download for advanced users straight away via media and manual updates. However, those who receive the update automatically through Windows Update will see a slower rollout.

The update will be offered to users via Windows Update when data shows their device is ready. However, the update might not get installed in a user’s system if an issue is detected.

“We will offer the October Update to users via Windows Update when data shows your device is ready and you will have a great experience,” Cable continued.

“If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you ‘Check for updates’, so you avoid encountering any known problems.”

Microsoft has promised a renewed focus in the way it approaches quality issues, including better communication with customers.

Michael Fortin, Windows corporate Vice President said: “While we do see positive trends, we also hear clearly the voices of our users who are facing frustrating issues, and we pledge to do more.”

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update’s ZIP Data-Loss Bug Could Delete Your Files

Windows 10 October 2018 Update's ZIP Data-Loss Bug Could Delete Your Files

Windows 10 October update ZIP files overwrite confirmation bug spotted months before release

Microsoft has started the month of October on a rocky note, to say the least. First, it was the file deletion bug in the Windows 10 October 2018 update (version 1809) that forced Microsoft to pause the rollout until it could fix the issue after users started complaining of data loss. The Redmond giant received a lot of flak for not being able to fix the bug that was already spotted in its preview stages.

According to some users who did get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update have now found another bug that does not allow the system to display the ZIP files overwrite confirmation popup when copying files.

One 1809 user reported on Reddit, that the version of Windows 10 is missing the “Do you want to replace these files” dialog box while copying from a ZIP archive to another folder containing another file with the same file name. Although the file is not replaced, it instead modifies the date of the destination folder file. This bug just affects the built-in ZIP tool in Windows File Explorer, it has no impact on third-party programs.

Another Reddit user added that the bug also has Windows File Explorer show file transfer progress when copying from ZIP to show as if files are being copied.

A thread dedicated to the issue has been created on the Feedback Hub, where Microsoft employees normally respond to complaints and other bugs.

While the ZIP bug is in no way as severe as the file deletion bug, it can cause users to inadvertently remove or delete files. It also misinforms users into believing there was no file in the destination folder that was identical to the files in the ZIP archive.

Apparently, a Windows Insider Preview tester had spotted the presence of ZIP file bug three months ago and reported it to the Feedback Hub. However, this report failed to attract more than a few upvotes and was overlooked by Microsoft when collecting the Windows 10 October 2018 (version 1809) Update.

BleepingComputer points out this bug was fixed in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18234 (19H1) that was released on September 6, a month before the public rollout of the October 2018 Update, confirms an engineer for Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.

This means that the next patch for Windows 10 October 2018 Update will probably have a fix for the new bug. However, there is no word yet from Microsoft on when the update will be publicly rolled out.

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Following Microsoft’s 1809 data-loss bug, the company has updated its Feedback Hub that will allow bug reporters to add a severity rating to grab the attention of Microsoft’s Windows engineers over severe issues.

“We believe this will allow us to better monitor the most impactful issues even when feedback volume is low,” Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager on the Windows Insider Program Team said in a blog post.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 17763.104 released to Insiders with fixes

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 17763.104 released to Insiders with fixes

Patched Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 17763.104 Released To Slow And Release Preview Rings

Microsoft is currently rolling out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) Build 17763.104 (KB4464455) to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings.

This cumulative update KB4464455 that brings the build number up to 17763.104 comes after the file deletion bug that saw Microsoft pausing the rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 update to the public.

The new update adds no new features. According to Microsoft, the Cumulative Update contains the following fixes:

  • We have fixed the issue where the incorrect details were being shown in Task Manager under the “Processes” tab.
  • We fixed an issue where in certain cases IME would not work in the first process of a Microsoft Edge user session.
  • We fixed an issue where in some cases applications would become unresponsive after resuming from Connected Standby.
  • We fixed several issues causing application compatibility problems with 3rd-party antivirus and virtualization products.
  • We fixed several issues with driver compatibility.

While the new update adds no new features, it, however, does fix the bug in Task Manager in Windows 10 October 2018 Update that caused it to incorrectly report CPU usage. It has also fixed driver compatibility issues and capability issues with 3rd-party antivirus product experienced by some users.

Currently, Microsoft has paused the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and it is unclear when it would re-release the final patch that has fixed all the critical issues.

Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview Ring can install the latest updates by opening Settings, then navigating to Updates & Security and tapping on check for updates button.

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Blue Screen Windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION Error After Update- Fix October 2018

When it comes to updates, then we are sure that some of you will agree with us on a point that windows have a very bad reputation of ruining the user’s experience. It’s a reality. First, we faced the file deletion bug in October 2018 windows 10 update, and now fresh reports are saying that HP workstations and laptops are receiving the blue screen of death (BSOD). This crashes the display with a WDF_VIOLATION error message after installing all the latest Windows 10 updates.

While Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION stop code error is mostly seen in HP PC’s. Some other brand PC users are also reporting the same error after the Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 (KB4462919).

The actual reason for this error is still not confirmed by any official source and it looks like the windows 10 blue screen crash is caused by the file located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\HpqKbFiltr.sys which most probably is HP keyboard driver.

Microsoft has temporarily paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October update. But the users who received it might have noticed a blue screen on windows 10 with an error message STOP CODE- WDF_VIOLATION.

So, how to fix it?. is there any way to fix it?. The answer is yes.

How to Fix Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION error after October 2018 update

Firstly, we all should know when a user attempts to install KB4462919 update, then HP laptop or computer gets crashed by stating “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart ” error and with the stop code of WDF_VIOLATION which is shown in the figure below.

luckily for HP PC users, there is an easy fix that is working for most of the users.

In order to fix the Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION stop code error, you need to rename the HpqKbFiltr.sys driver which of course you can’t do as your PC keeps crashing before you can enter the system and delete or rename any file.

Step 1-

So, In order to fix it, you need to wait for the recovery screen to appear on your Windows 10 PC. Which will surely appear after the crash.

How to Fix Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION error after October 2018 update- step 1
Then Choose the troubleshoot option

Step 2-

In the following Troubleshoot screen choose the advanced options

How to Fix Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION error after October 2018 update- step 2
Step 3-

How to Fix Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION error after October 2018 update- step 3

In the following screen click on the command prompt option.

Step 4-

In the command prompt option, you need to be sure which drive is associated with your computer’s driver.

If it is the C drive Navigate to- C:\Windows\system32\drivers and rename the HpqKbFiltr.sys file to HpqKbFiltr.sys.bak.

after renaming it click exit and just reboot your PC.

Or, Instead of the above navigation procedure starting step 4. Type the following command-

bcdedit | find “osdevice”

cd c:\windows\system32\drivers

ren c:\Windows\System32\drivers\HpqKbFiltr.sys HpqKbFiltr.sys_old

It was C drive for us (Be sure which drive your driver is in.)

What if your PC does not have any file with name HpqKbFiltr.sys. How to fix WDF_VIOLATION blue screen windows 10 stop code error in that case?

While this error is not only limited to HP PC. Dell and some other PC brand users are also facing the same error after windows 10 October update. In that case, to fix it they should try restoring their windows 10 PC using System Restore.

In order to do it. You need to enter the boot manager settings.

For which, You need to directly follow step 1, 2 and in step 3 select system restore instead of command prompt and then select a saved previous restore point from your PC which will undo the latest changes in your PC and fix the problem.

Some of the Windows 10 users are also facing audio related error after the October 2018 update. here’s how to fix No Audio Output Device Is Installed error In Windows 10

Also Read- How to fix Windows 10 taskbar not working?

So this was how you can fix the Blue screen windows 10 WDF_VIOLATION stop code error in windows 10. do let us know of any other solution you know about and if it is working for you or not.

Stay tuned for more.

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