Managing Windows 10 updates will always be a struggle for Microsoft Microsoft is overhauling how it delivers Windows 10 updates. But the almost infinite variation of PCs will make that an uphill struggle. Microsoft has published a support document today warning Windows 10 users that the impending May 2019 Update may not install on their systems if they use external USB storage devices or SD cards.The OS maker cited problems with "inappropriate drive reassignment" as the main reason for blocking the May 2019 Update."Inappropriate drive reassignment can occur on eligible computers that have an external USB device or SD memory card attached during the installation of the May 2019 update," the company said. "For this reason, these computers are currently blocked from receiving the May 2019 Update."The following error message will be shown for Windows 10 users where the May 2019 Update has been blocked because of problematic external USB storage devices or SD cards.Fortunately, there's a … [Read more...] about Microsoft blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on PCs that use USB storage or SD cards
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Windows Update problems: What went wrong? Microsoft says Windows Update DNS outage is fixed and things should return to normal for all customers soon. Microsoft recently encouraged all its 800 million Windows 10 users to bookmark the Windows 10 update history page. The company now wants to know what users think of its one-stop page, which details all major bugs, blocks, and broken updates. Just as Microsoft announced that Windows 10 1809 was finally ready for business to widely deploy, the company put out its feelers for user feedback about the dedicated page it's been using to explain why version 1809 hasn't been available.Windows 10 version 1809 was initially released in early October but was pulled after a week because it was destroying users' files. After resolving several bugs, Microsoft rereleased the update on November 13 but only made it available to 'seekers' who manually install it. Microsoft promised quality improvements to Windows 10 updates and vowed to … [Read more...] about Microsoft to Windows 10 users: Are we doing a good job warning you on update bugs?
Windows Update problems: What went wrong? Microsoft says Windows Update DNS outage is fixed and things should return to normal for all customers soon. Microsoft is asking its Windows 10 general users and preview testers, aka Windows Insiders, to book in a 10-minute chat with Microsoft developers to discuss the app-switching shortcut Alt+Tab. The company is sending notifications to Windows 10 users requesting help with research about the shortcut with a link to a page detailing Microsoft's user-experience (UX) research. "Talk to engineers live about how you use Alt+Tab to switch apps," Microsoft says. The calls are taking place today, 12 March between 9:30am and 11:30am Pacific Standard Time. The research is being carried out by Microsoft product teams who want to "unlock the power of user feedback to create products that delight our customers".It's not clear exactly what Microsoft's product teams want to know about the Alt+Tab app-switch shortcut. The Alt+Tab … [Read more...] about Microsoft to Windows 10 users: Call, tell us what you think of Alt+Tab shortcut
Microsoft has resumed providing Windows 10 installation numbers on a more regular basis. On March 7, Microsoft officials said that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 800 million "active" devices, up from 700 million as of last fall. Thank you to all our customers and partners for helping us achieve 800 million #Windows10 devices and the highest customer satisfaction in the history of Windows," Mehdi tweeted on March 7. That tweet points to this screen shot (which I've embedded in this post) on the Microsoft Story Labs site. Microsoft's Windows 10 installation count was stalled at "nearly 700 million." Word is (from Petri.com's Brad Sams) the reason Microsoft stopped providing regular updates to that number was because officials had been counting Windows 10 installations in virtual machines. Once they corrected for this by no longer counting Windows 10 running in VMs, the tally of Windows 10 installations began again.more than half of all Windows enterprise devices were running … [Read more...] about Microsoft says Windows 10 is now on more than 800 million devices
Apple has released a new version of iCloud for Windows, fixing the compatibility issue that had prompted Microsoft to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update for some users. The compatibility issue affected users on Windows 10 version 1809 with iCloud for Windows version 22.214.171.124. The issue caused problems syncing Shared Albums after users updated to Windows 10 1809. To avoid problems, Microsoft last week blocked Windows PCs with that version of iCloud from updating to Windows 10 1809. It also prevented users already on 1809 from installing iCloud until Apple released a fix. Apple has now released iCloud for Windows 7.8.1, which Microsoft has confirmed resolves the compatibility issue and means users on Windows 10 1803 can once again upgrade to Windows 10 1809. However, Microsoft is advising users to update to the new version of iCloud for Windows before upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10. "We recommend that you update your iCloud for Windows to version 7.8.1 when … [Read more...] about Microsoft lifts Windows 10 1809 block after Apple fixes iCloud for Windows