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Updates Talk / Re: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: November 14, 2018, 12:51:19 am »
While the April Update had the fastest Windows 10 update rollout velocity, we are taking a more measured approach with the October Update, slowing our rollout to more carefully study device health data. 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. 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. For those advanced users seeking to install the update early by manually using “Check for updates” in settings, know that we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback.

See the complete article at Resuming the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog

There are additional links to information in the Windows 10 update history for Versoin 1809.

Windows Defender Antivirus has hit a new milestone: the built-in antivirus capabilities on Windows can now run within a sandbox. With this new development, Windows Defender Antivirus becomes the first complete antivirus solution to have this capability and continues to lead the industry in raising the bar for security.

Putting Windows Defender Antivirus in a restrictive process execution environment is a direct result of feedback that we received from the security industry and the research community. It was a complex undertaking: we had to carefully study the implications of such an enhancement on performance and functionality. More importantly, we had to identify high-risk areas and make sure that sandboxing did not adversely affect the level of security we have been providing.

While it was a tall order, we knew it was the right investment and the next step in our innovation journey. It is available to Windows Insiders today. We encourage researchers and partners to try and examine this feature and give us feedback, so we can fine-tune performance, functionality, and security before we make it broadly available.

More at Windows Defender Antivirus can now run in a sandbox.

Updates Talk / Re: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: October 06, 2018, 02:30:53 pm »
Rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) paused for all users while isolated reports of users missing some files after updating is investigated. See known issues in

Updates Talk / Re: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:22:04 pm »
I haven't found anything showing how much free space is needed for the version 1809 update.  Earlier articles indicated that 16G was needed.

If, after following all of the suggestions in the Microsoft Support document, additional space is still needed you could also delete the software distribution folder.  (See How to rename or delete Software Distribution folder in Windows 10/8/7.

Interesting that Free up space to install the latest Windows 10 features update was updated 02Oct2018, the same day Windows 10 version 1809 was released. 

Updates Talk / Re: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:15:56 am »
The version update process has been changed along the way.  The object is that you can continue working while the update continues in the background -- reducing the off-line time.  Then, depending on your WU setting for active hours, you can still continue working without being interrupted for the offline part of the version update.

Updates Talk / Re: Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: October 03, 2018, 01:30:49 pm »

Updates Talk / Windows 10 October 2018 Update Released
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:19:36 pm »
The October 2018 Update has been released.  Note, however that it is in a phased and controlled rollout. 

While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates. In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process. We are also streamlining the ability for users who seek to manually check for updates by limiting this to devices with no known key blocking issues, based on our ML model.  If we detect that your device has a compatibility issue, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you “Check for updates.”  You can also watch this video that outlines how to get the October 2018 Update.

See How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update - Windows Experience Blog for additional information about the update, including "Improving the update experience".

The above BC article was updated with a response from an Avast spokesperson.

"We introduced a critical update feature in CCleaner version v5.36. The critical update is designed to protect our users against security threats and to provision critical software updates to avoid scenarios such as loss of data or severe software/hardware conflicts. This is different from the automatic updater that CCleaner Professional users can opt out of (automatic updates is not currently a CCleaner Free feature).

The response includes the explanations on why they determined it a critical update.  Additionally, with regard to privacy, the Avast spokesperson said,

To answer your final question, during this update privacy settings were not restored to default. Over the course of the last few months, due to GDPR requirements and as a result of user feedback, privacy-related requirements have changed. As a result, the options available have been updated to reflect current legislative and user needs.

Perhaps "improved" but it appears all is still not well with CCleaner. 

Reports are coming in that Piriform is forcing CCleaner to update to the latest 5.46 version even when users had configured the program to not perform automatic updates. To make matters worse, once the users were upgraded to the latest version, their privacy settings were reverted to default, which is to allow anonymous usage data to be sent to Avast/Piriform.

See Lawrence Abrams latest post about CCleaner at CCleaner Disregarding Settings and Forcing Update to 5.46.

No, read Ed's update.  It is not going to be included in the October, 2018 update.

Update by Ed Bott at In latest Windows test builds, Microsoft discourages alternate browsers:

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that this is indeed a test:
We've tested this functionality with Insiders only - The Windows Insider Program enables Microsoft to test different features, functionality and garner feedback before rolling out broadly. Customers remain in control and can choose the browser of their choice.
In earlier preview builds, Microsoft has used A-B testing to try out new features on subsets of its Insider test group. The company has also postponed and even killed features that received negative feedback. Update: Since the initial publication of this post, I have confirmed that this feature will not be in the October 2018 Update when it is publicly released next month.

I guess we know now why Google dropped the "Don't Be Evil" motto.

Over a week after Google admitted the company tracks users' location even after they disable location history, it has now been revealed that the tech giant has signed a secret deal with Mastercard that allows it to track what users buy offline.

Google has paid Mastercard millions of dollars in exchange to access this information.

Full story at Google Secretly Tracks What You Buy Offline Using Mastercard Data

This week users of Avast's antivirus product have reported Internet problems after performing an upgrade of a product. If users also have Malwarebytes installed, reports are coming in that Avast is causing conflicts with that program as well.

See the complete article at BC, Avast Users Having Internet Issues & Malwarebytes Conflicts After Upgrade.

Posting Practice / Re: anim ation test
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:48:53 pm »
Fixed thanks to Dr.
We probably should have asked Panos what he used to resize the image.

Posting Practice / Re: anim ation test
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:49:00 pm »
The GIF is much larger than the maximum allowed size.  As a result it is resized when uploaded and resizing changes it from a GIF to a PNG>

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