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 1 
 on: September 22, 2018, 11:15:06 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Microsoft has been releasing frequent cumulative updates for Windows 10 updates. The company went on and released cumulative updates for Windows 7 users today.

The update (KB4457139) comes with bug fixes and improvements for Windows 7. You can check out the changelog for the update below.

• Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

•Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows
Analytics
when the CommercialID registry key, “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection” is present.

• Addresses a memory leak issue that occurs when a device with a multilingual UI calls the LoadString API.

• Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

The update comes with a couple of known issues as well. You can take a look at the known issues below.



You can head to Settings > Update and Security >Windows Update to download the latest update. Alternatively, you can also download it manually from the Windows Update Catalog as well.

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 on: September 22, 2018, 08:17:12 PM 
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Meet the world's top ethical hackers and explore the tools of the trade

Hacking the Hacker takes you inside the world of cybersecurity to show you what goes on behind the scenes and introduces you to the men and women on the front lines of this technological arms race. Twenty-six of the world's top white hat hackers, security researchers, writers, and leaders, describe what they do and why, with each profile preceded by a no-experience-necessary explanation of the relevant technology. 

Dorothy Denning discusses advanced persistent threats, Martin Hellman describes how he helped invent public key encryption, Bill Cheswick talks about firewalls, Dr. Charlie Miller talks about hacking cars, and other cybersecurity experts from around the world detail the threats, their defenses, and the tools and techniques they use to thwart the most advanced criminals history has ever seen.

Light on jargon and heavy on intrigue, this book is designed to be an introduction to the field; final chapters include a guide for parents of young hackers, as well as the Code of Ethical Hacking to help you start your own journey to the top.

Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly critical at all levels, from retail businesses all the way up to national security. This book drives to the heart of the field, introducing the people and practices that help keep our world secure.

Go deep into the world of white hat hacking to grasp just how critical cybersecurity is Read the stories of some of the world's most renowned computer security experts Learn how hackers do what they do—no technical expertise necessary Delve into social engineering, cryptography, penetration testing, network attacks, and more

As a field, cybersecurity is large and multi-faceted—yet not historically diverse. With a massive demand for qualified professional that is only going to grow, opportunities are endless. Hacking the Hacker shows you why you should give the field a closer look.

Download Hacking the Hacker here.

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 on: September 22, 2018, 07:51:42 PM 
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In a support document, Microsoft has acknowledged that Windows Update may fail on devices with low storage space.

The support document was quietly published by Microsoft earlier this week and it could be a advice for the users who are planning to install Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Microsoft explains that the systems that have limited storage space may fail to install updates. Basically, Windows Update may fail to check systems for storage space requirements before it begins the initialization process.

You can easily address this problem – by expanding the storage capacity of the device or by deleting the unused, system generated and temporary files.

“We recommend a regular regimen of system maintenance to help ensure that updates are successful. This includes deleting unnecessary and temporary files. It also includes maintaining awareness of available and allocated storage on systems. To free up disk space in Windows 10, use the following tasks,” Microsoft explains.

You can easily fix the Windows Update initialization problem

Microsoft has also listed the workarounds that you should apply if your device is running low on storage. It could be a big issue if your PC is low on storage and Windows Update kicks off as it could cause the upcoming feature update to repeatedly fail.

Microsoft hasn’t said exactly how much space the upcoming feature will require but you’re always recommended to keep at least 30GB of free storage for a smooth upgrade experience.

Dealing with the low storage problem

You can use the legacy disk cleanup tool and the new free up space tool on your Windows 10 device to delete the junk files.

Free up space is a Windows 10 feature that basically lets you delete unnecessary or temporary files from your device.

Here’s how you can delete junk files from your PC:

• Open the Start menu and select Settings.

• Navigate to System > Storage

• Select Free up space now under Storage Sense.

• The system will determine what files and apps are taking up the most space on your PC.

• You can then select the items (for example Temporary files) and click Remove files to start the process.

Microsoft has fixed most of the bugs in Windows 10 October 2018 Update and the RTM candidate will be announced soon. It is likely that Microsoft will deliver the RTM build to the Release Preview Ring Insiders by the next week.

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 on: September 22, 2018, 07:40:40 PM 
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The resolution of virtual images in your field of view is a major element of what makes mixed reality convincing and immersive.

Many Mixed Reality systems use laser scanning via MEMS mirror systems to generate images, but the physics of these systems make it difficult to create high-resolution images, with the resolution of the image depending on how rapidly the mirror reflecting and directing the laser light can move.

In the patent Microsoft explains:

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However, current MEMS technology places an upper limit on mirror scan rates, in turn limiting display resolution. As an example, a 27 kHz horizontal scan rate combined with a 60 Hz vertical scan rate may yield a vertical resolution of 720p. Significantly higher vertical resolutions (e.g., 1440p, 2160p) may be desired, particularly for near-eye display implementations, where 720p and similar vertical resolutions may appear blurry and low-resolution.

While an increase in the horizontal and/or vertical scan rate would increase display resolution, the former may be technologically infeasible while the latter increases power consumption. Further, high scan rates may at least partially constrain mirror scan angle and aperture, where larger values are also desired.

Additionally, supporting higher resolution also may require a larger mirror size due to the diffraction limit associated with smaller “pixel” sizes. The use of such a larger mirror may further increase the difficulties in achieving higher resolutions with scanning displays, as the larger mirror leads to a lower scanning frequency.

Microsoft has a novel solution for the problem – instead of trying to vibrate the mirror faster, Microsoft proposes to simply use a second, offset laser, allowing it to address double the resolution without upgrading the mirror hardware.



They write:

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As described below, an interlaced mode of operating multiple lasers may be combined with variable scan rates and/or phase offsets between interlaced frames to achieve the desired spacing between laser output, in turn yielding desired image pixel spacing and resolution. The use of multiple lasers allows multiple lines to be scanned per mirror period, thereby allowing a higher resolution to be achieved without increasing mirror scan frequencies, and also permits larger mirrors to be used, which may help to avoid issues with pixel size imposed by diffraction limits.

Microsoft also promises to use eye tracking so Microsoft can concentrate on the higher resolution output on the part of the image the user is actually looking at, which saves power and computational work.

The technology is applicable to a variety of output methods, including waveguides such as in the HoloLens, but also laser projection TVs and other systems which uses lasers and MEMS.

Microsoft is expected to release their successor to the HoloLens early next year, and it remains to be seen if they will implement some of these technologies in their new headset, particularly now that Magic Leap has released a device which has improved somewhat on the HoloLens 1, with features such as improved field of view.

The full patent can be seen here.

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 on: September 22, 2018, 05:58:57 PM 
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If you’re trying to download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft but the company’s official website is forcing the Media Creation Tool, here’s what you can do.

There are many reasons why you might want to download Windows 10 ISO images. For example, you can use ISOs to create a bootable USB drive and use it to recover your computer in case it fails to load Windows.

The ISOs also allow clean-installs or upgrades and can help you deal with issues that sometimes hard reset can’t fix. Microsoft has a website where the company offers the ISOs and Media Creation Tool.

The company publishes new images whenever a new Windows 10 feature update reaches the consumer PCs (that happens twice a year). At the moment, Microsoft’s official website is offering the ISOs of Windows 10 April 2018 Update but downloading an ISO directly from Microsoft is not an easy task.

When you access Microsoft’s website, the company offers the Media Creation Tool instead. For those unfamiliar, the Media Creation Tool is as an application that would download the ISO file for you and create a bootable drive or upgrade your current PC.

Media Creation Tool is indeed a better solution for creating a bootable drive. Nevertheless, if you don’t agree with this, you can always trick Microsoft’s website and download the ISO files directly.

In short, to download ISOs:

► You would need to open emulation tab in Edge or Chrome.

► Change the user agent string to a non-Windows 10 device.

► Open Microsoft’s download page and the ISOs will show up.

If you’re still confused, follow the below guide and download Windows 10 ISO images officially from Microsoft.

Download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft

First and foremost, make sure you’re connected to a high-speed internet connection and you have a web browser window open.



Launch Microsoft Edge and open the ISO download page from here. As you can see in the above screenshot, the download page is opened but there’s no mention of ISO files.



Open developer tool by pressing F12 and tap on ‘Emulation’. You’re basically going to make the website believe that you’re using a non-Windows 10 device.

To do this, you need to change the user agent in Microsoft Edge. From the emulation tab, change the user agent string to Microsoft Edge – Windows 10 Mobile or Apple Safari (iPad).



The page will refresh and the ISOs download link will now show up on your screen. Microsoft’s website will help you make sure that you choose the right ISO version. For example, you’ll be asked to choose the language and the Windows 10 version. You can confirm whether your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit from Settings -> System -> About. You can also open the language and region settings to find the correct language.



The download will start and you can open, save and cancel the process anytime. The download speed is up to your system and network speed.



If you’re not familiar with Edge browser, you can also download the ISOs using Google Chrome browser. To do this, open the Microsoft’s page from above link and access the developer tool by pressing F12 and change the user agent to iPhone or Pixel 2/2XL.

As noted above, ISOs of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not yet available. According to reports, the official ISOs of the final version of the October update will be published next month.

Keep in mind that this tutorial will also work for the upcoming Windows 10 version 1809 Update. If you can’t wait, you can join the Insider program, download the Windows 10 preview build 17758 ISO images and upgrade your PC to October update right now.

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 on: September 22, 2018, 05:20:32 PM 
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Virtual reality (VR) can do some amazing things, whether that’s immersive video game entertainment, traveling the world, connecting with friends or holding a meeting in virtual spaces and much more. Yet there’s one inherent cravat with the technology, and that’s using a keyboard.

Developers tend to either avoid requiring keyboard inputs in their software but there are times when all those buttons are needed, for example going online in VR, and having a headset on your face while typing can prove awkward. Enter Tap Systems with its new Tap Wearable Keyboard and Mouse device.

As you can see from the images Tap is designed to fit comfortably around a users fingers and thumb, connecting to any Bluetooth enabled device.

Tap allows users to compose text, play video games, point, click and scroll using just about any available surface. When it comes to VR, the device removes the need to see what your hands are doing as tapping does not require the user to aim for keys, so they can edit documents, create spreadsheets, compose emails and texts all within a virtual environment.

So how does it work? Well, Tap doesn’t use the traditional QWERTY keyboard, instead, users create letters by tapping one or more fingers onto a surface. So, for example, tapping your thumb would create the letter A, and so on. Of course with only five sensors there’s going to be quite a few combinations, which is why the company has created a teaching tool to help users become acquainted with the system.

Compatible with Microsoft’s virtual desktop environment for Windows Mixed Reality, Tap can also be used with virtual desktop applications running on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Additional features include a battery that can provide 8 hours of use and 7 days standby, full customization for video games and apps, adjustable ring sizes plus a recharging case (seen below).

“Strong efforts are been made to bring desktop productivity and communication tools to immersive environments,” said Dovid Schick, CEO, and Co-Founder of Tap Systems, Inc in a statement.

“Until now the methods available to input data have made these systems difficult to use. With Tap, users can, for the first time, reap the benefits of extended reality work environments without being slowed down by the cumbersome input.

This is a game changer for the adoption of VR/MR systems for enterprise, communications, productivity, and social networking.”

The Tap Wearable Keyboard is currently on sale through Tap Systems store for $179 USD.



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 on: September 22, 2018, 03:49:20 AM 
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Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10, which allowed users more insight and control over their privacy, the concern that Windows and other third-parties gather too much information has been growing.

Although Microsoft increased the transparency of privacy policies that doesn’t mean you should leave it at that because there are some important settings to consider. In this article, I’ll show you 5 ways to regain control of your privacy in Windows 10.

1. Disable Advertising ID

An important privacy setting you should disable is all the advertising settings that are integrated with Microsoft and third-parties collaborating with Windows.

Every Windows 10 user has a unique advertising ID that allows Microsoft to collect information about you in order to create a "profile" that can be used by advertising agencies to show you personalized ads. You’ll see these ads in applications within Windows 10 and sometimes even in the Start menu or other tabs.

Here’s what you can do to disable Windows 10 from creating a unique profile about you for personalized ads:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Then, locate "General" and click

4. Disable the toggle "Let apps use my advertising ID to make ads more
    interesting to you"

5. This step will "reset" your ID to blank

Note: you’ll still receive ads, however, these ads won’t be personalized but less relevant. Also, visit Microsoft’s privacy page to and toggle off "Interest-based ads: This browser."

2. Disable Cortana

Cortana is a virtual personal assistant or digital agent that was introduced with Windows 10. "The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be," says Microsoft on their website.

Cortana monitors your activities in order to improve the overall user experience, which can be an advantage, but the flipside is that Cortana is collecting a lot of data about you such as data generated by your calendar, contacts, location and browsing history.

Here’s how you need to do:

1. Search for Cortana in the start tab and open the program

2. Click the "Settings" icon

3. Then, locate "Permissions & History"

4. Tab "Manage the information Cortana can access from this device"

5. In the pop-up that appears, toggle off "Location"

Wait, there’s more!

1. Also, toggle off "Contacts, email, calendar & communication history"

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and toggle off "Browsing history"

3. Lastly, head over to "Cortana’s Notebook"

4. Click "Clear Cortana Data" to fully erase all the data gathered by Cortana

3. Disable Location Tracking

It’s important to turn off location tracking because not only Microsoft has access to this information, but also third-party apps can access your location data.

If turned on, Windows 10 keeps track of your exact location and stores your location history in your account. By disabling the location tracking feature, Windows 10 and any third-party app won’t have location-based data on you.

Here’s how to disable location tracking:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Find "Location"

4. Toggle off "Location for this device is on"

Windows 10 does also allow you more control over location settings on a per-app basis, which means that you can allow some apps to track your location and disallow others.

You can change these settings by scrolling down on the same page as shown above and select "Choose apps that can use your location."

In the next window, you can toggle on/off the settings to your personal preference.

4. Change Application Permissions

There are quite a lot of third-party applications that are integrated into Windows 10. Many of these apps collect data about you and have access to a bunch data such as your camera, microphone, background apps, pictures and videos.

In order change the access permissions of third-party applications follow the these steps:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Find "Apps"

3. Click "Apps & features"

One-by-one you can click on apps installed on your device and find the "Apps permissions" section. Here you can toggle off access to your camera, for example.

Important to know is that not all apps have this option, which means these apps don’t allow you to customize their permissions. I would delete those entirely.

5. Disable Diagnostics & Feedback

Microsoft claims to do the following when it comes to Windows 10 diagnostics and feedback settings:

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As you use Windows, we collect diagnostic information which helps us find and fix problems, improve our products and services, and provide you with personalized experiences.


If it was up to me, I’d definitely disable this function as this means Windows is still building a profile of its users.

Here’s how you can disable it:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Find "Diagnostics & Feedback"

4. Toggle "Basic" on

As you see, there’s no way you can disable this function completely. However, the basic option is still acceptable to privacy.

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 on: September 21, 2018, 11:00:27 PM 
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Nearly every Linux distro is already available in the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use Linux scripting and other tools running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Now another distro has popped up in the Store, and unlike the others it claims to be specifically optimized for WSL, meaning a smaller and more appropriate package with sane defaults which helps developers get up and running faster.

WLinux is based on Debian, and the developer, Whitewater Foundry, claims their custom distro will also allow faster patching of security and compatibility issues that appear from time to time between upstream distros and WSL.

WLinux features:

■ A fast Linux terminal and development environment for developers and pro-users built on Windows® Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10.

■ Popular development tools, including git and python3, are pre-installed. Additional packages can be easily installed via the apt package management system.

■ Out-of-the-box support for most Linux graphical apps with no need to configure display or libGL settings. Note: Requires a Windows-based X client, such as X410.

■ Pre-installed with wslu, a set of useful open-source utilities for interacting between Linux and Windows 10.

■ WLinux offers faster patching than any upstream Linux distro for WSL-specific bugs.

■ New features are actively added based on community interest, including paid bug and feature bounties.

■ A handful of unnecessary packages, such as systemd, have been removed to improve stability and security.

In return for saving developers, time Whitewater Foundry is charging $19.99 (though the app is currently 50% off and the distribution can be downloaded from Github for free).

If that sounds like a good deal grab the distro from the Store here.

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 on: September 21, 2018, 02:35:13 PM 
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Today, Stardock Entertainment released the highly anticipated science-fiction adventure game, Star Control: Origins. Take command of Earth’s first and only interstellar starship and save the world...at all costs and by any means necessary. Explore the galaxy, investigate new worlds, contact new civilizations and battle hostile aliens in this open universe space-adventure role-playing game.

Set in the year 2088, humanity has discovered that it is not alone in the universe. Worse, it is catastrophically unprepared to deal with what's out there. In response, Star Control is formed, and the player is selected to command the crew of the U.E.S. Vindicator.

"In many respects, your starship is your character," said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock Entertainment, adding:

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"You and your crew are up against alien civilizations that have walked amongst the stars for a millennium. But humans are very resourceful in their ability to adapt alien technology when the situation calls for it."


Players will find their time split between exploring distant solar systems, landing on exotic planets, navigating hyperspace, and interacting with alien species. "This really is about exploring unique new worlds and discovering incredible new civilizations," said Wardell. "This is a game that focuses on telling stories and giving players meaningful ways to engage with those stories."

Besides the primary mission of saving Earth from destruction at the hands of hostile aliens, players will find a universe that is filled with history and lore as they encounter civilizations in various stages of development who have their own tragedies and ambitions.

"Star Control isn't a game that tells you what to do" said Derek Paxton, General Manager of Stardock Entertainment. "Where you go and what you do is up to you. Your decisions can affect the shape and direction of galactic events."

To deliver the unique gameplay of Star Control: Origins, Stardock developed the new Cider game engine on top of Oxide Interactive's Nitrous. With Cider, Stardock was able to build its RPG on top of a galactic simulator, run by its own artificial intelligence.

"When you fly your ship into an alien empire's territory, you're going to not just see one type of ship. You'll find freighters, transports, survey ships, mining ships, security forces, etc. all going about their business and reacting you based on what makes sense under the circumstances," said Wardell. "The Cider engine made it practical for us flesh out the game's universe with exquisite detail."

In addition to the main adventure game, Star Control: Origins also includes a combat game called Fleet Battles. Players assemble a fleet of ships and then take them into combat against an AI fleet or fleets controlled by others either next to them or via the Internet.

The game also includes a crafting system to allow players to design their own ships, create their own adventures and planetary structures, then share them with other players. Stardock's goal with Star Control: Origins is to combine space exploration and compelling stories together into a game experience people will love.

"In Star Control, exploration has a purpose," said Wardell. "You aren't just landing on planets or exploring new star systems for their own sake. You are The Captain and we have thousands of stories we're excited to tell you in this universe."



Star Control: Origins is now available for $39.99 through Stardock, Steam, and GOG. For more
information, visit www.starcontrol.com.

The Star Control: Origins Original Soundtrack also released today, featuring 45 tracks of over two hours of new music from and inspired by the Star Control: Origins game. The music is available on all major stores for $9.99 USD including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Steam, and can be streamed by subscribers to Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Slacker Radio and more.

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 on: September 21, 2018, 12:27:39 PM 
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Earlier this week, Microsoft released a round of cumulative updates, which arrived just six days after Patch Tuesday. Here we are just four days later, and four different versions of Windows 10 are once again getting new updates.

You might recall that this week's updates and the Patch Tuesday updates didn't really include a lot of improvements. They were mostly just security fixes. If you were wondering where the long changelogs were, they're here now.

If you're on the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or version 1803, you'll get KB4458469, which brings the build number to 17134.319. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue that causes the prompt “You'll need a new app to open" to appear. This occurs when reloading a website on a non-standard port by pressing Enter.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to fail because Mark of the Web (MOTW) isn't supported at the download location.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the DefaultSearchProvider policy from working when the FirstRunPage policy is in use.

■ Addresses issue that causes the address bar to lose focus when a new tab is opened and the Allow web content on New Tab page policy is off.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the Microsoft Edge Configure Password Manager policy from suppressing the Save password prompt when the policy is disabled.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to WebDAV locations to fail.

■ Addresses an issue with the file previewer for .html, .mht, and email (MIME) attachments in Microsoft Outlook.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when applications call the EnableEUDC API.

■ Addresses an issue in multi-monitor scenarios that causes a spell checker context menu to appear on the wrong monitor. This issue occurs when the customer right-clicks a misspelled word in Internet Explorer.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when entering Japanese characters in a remote desktop session (mstsc.exe).

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using low-level mouse hooks with high integrity-level processes.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents custom keyboard layouts from working correctly.

■ Makes the visibility policy for the Settings Page available under User Configuration. The GPO is at the following path: User  Configuration/Administrative Template/Control Panel/Settings Page Visibility

■Addresses an issue that prevents some Bluetooth devices from pairing with Windows.

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that returns the expected output or a null character when calling _getch().

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that returns unexpected characters when calling the _findfirst() or _findnext() functions.

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that prevents some functions from accepting narrow input or producing proper output with certain ANSI Code Pages. This issue affects setargv.obj when using wildcard parsing and calls to get the current module name for debug windows. The issue also affects the following functions:

   ○ _chdir()

   ○ _exec()

   ○ _fullpath()

   ○ _loaddll

   ○ _popen()

   ○ _system()

   ○ _spawn() (and variants)

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the Commercial ID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from syncing if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes a delay in unlocking or signing in to a computer that was moved to a different network. For example, a delay occurs when moving from a corporate LAN or WLAN to a home LAN where domain controllers can't be reached.

■ Addresses an issue on some laptops that prevents sign-out from completing. The issue occurs when a customer signs out and immediately closes the laptop. As a result, when the laptop is reopened, the device must be restarted.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when enabling BitLocker from a local administrator account.

■ Addresses an issue on devices with fingerprint sensors that were upgraded from Windows 10, version 1709. After the upgrade, users can't use the fingerprint sensor to log in.

■ Addresses an issue that causes some systems to take as much as 60 seconds longer to start. This occurs on systems that don't have a smart card reader installed.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents customers from logging in to a Windows 10S device with a PIN after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803. Customers see the error “Your PIN is no longer available due to a change to the security settings on this device.”

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a third-party VPN provider's user interface to stop working after dynamically unloading Cryptui.dll.

■ Addresses an issue that causes logging on to a Remote Desktop Session Host Server to occasionally stop responding.

■ Addresses an issue that causes printing to an open or existing file to fail without displaying an error. This issue occurs when using Microsoft Print to PDF or XPS Document Writer.

■ Addresses an issue where a daily, repetitive task starts unexpectedly when the task is first created or starts when the task is updated.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents running subsequent actions when you create multiple actions in a task using Task Scheduler and the task is scheduled under the Stop the existing instance rule.

■ Addresses an issue with a task that has a repetition sets. The task fails to be scheduled and doesn't start after disabling and re-enabling the task. The Next Run Time in Task Scheduler displays the correct time, but the task doesn't start at that time.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the debugging of minimized UWP applications.

■ Addresses an issue with Visual Studio UWP Deployments that displays the error "The operation could not be completed because an unexpected host ID was encountered".

■ Addresses an issue that ignores the MM_DONT_ZERO_ALLOCATION flag. This issue leads to degraded performance, and, occasionally, error 0x139 appears.

■ Addresses an issue that causes NTLTEST, DCLOCATOR, or joining an Active Directory and SAMBA domain to fail when using the NetBIOS domain name. The error is “An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain %domain% could not be contacted”.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first asked for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the Microsoft Help Viewer from rendering HTML content inside a Windows Help .chm file when the .chm file is stored on a network location.

■ Addresses an issue in which the lock screen shows a solid color instead of an image specified by a policy before a customer signs in for the first time.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Edge to stop working when printing a PDF in a size 0 window.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Edge to stop working and to close associated webpage tabs. This occurs when certain PDF documents have timing issues when loading.

■ Addresses an issue with a scheduled task that has an indefinite duration. The task starts immediately after it is created instead of starting at the time specified in the Triggers tab.

■ Addresses an issue where GetSystemTime() may sometimes return an invalid value after using SetSystemTime() immediately before.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using the “X509HintsNeeded” group policy to prepopulate the Username hint field. The Username hintfield is unexpectedly empty when unlocking a machine after a successful logon. Username hint caching is expected to only work for lock and unlock scenarios and is not designed for logoff and logon scenarios.

■ Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the tile layout after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803 from Windows 10, versions 1703 and 1607.

■ Addresses an issue that returns temporary values for the new Japanese Calendar Era.

■ Addresses an issue in which Background Apps settings the user configured are lost when the device restarts because of incorrect registry ACLs.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Centennial apps and some OS apps from displaying toast notifications.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

There are no known issues with this update.

Those on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or version 1709, will get KB4457136, which brings the build number to 16299.697. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue with the file previewer for .html, .mht, and email (MIME) attachments in Microsoft Outlook.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to WebDAV locations to fail.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to fail because Mark of the Web (MOTW) was not supported at the download location.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from accessing the contents of Windows Security dialogs displayed by a low integrity level process.

■ Addresses an issue that, in some cases, prevents installing encrypted .appx packages.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when applications call the EnableEUDC API.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when entering Japanese characters in a remote desktop session (mstsc.exe).

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the CommercialID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from synching if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that causes login to fail when using a smart card to log in to a Remote Desktop Server. The error is “STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE”.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a delay in unlocking or signing in to a computer that was moved to a different network. For example, a delay occurs when moving from a corporate LAN or WLAN to a home LAN where domain controllers aren't reachable.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first asked for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue on some laptops that prevents sign-out from completing. The issue occurs when a customer signs out and immediately closes the laptop. As a result, when the laptop is reopened, the device must be restarted.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes logging on to a Remote Desktop Session Host Server to occasionally stop responding.

■ Addresses an issue that causes printing to an open or existing file to fail without displaying an error. This issue occurs when using Microsoft Print to PDF or XPS Document Writer.

■ Addresses an issue with scheduled tasks that don't start at the time that they are configured to start on a specific day of the week.

■ Addresses an issue with a scheduled task that has an indefinite duration. The task starts immediately after it's created instead of starting at the time specified in the Triggers tab.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the running of subsequent actions in a task. This issue occurs when you create multiple actions in a task using Task Scheduler and the task is scheduled under the Stop the existing instance rule.

■ Addresses an issue with a task that has a repetition setting. The task fails to be scheduled and doesn't start after disabling and re-enabling the task. The Next Run Time in Task Scheduler displays the correct time, but the task doesn't start at that time.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause Service Control Manager (SCM) and Netlogon to stop working when one or more services are configured to run with domain credentials (service accounts).

■ Addresses an issue where a daily, repetitive task starts unexpectedly when the task is first created or starts when the task is updated.

■ Addresses an issue in which GetSystemTime() may sometimes return an invalid value after using SetSystemTime() immediately before.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using the “X509HintsNeeded” group policy to prepopulate the Username hint field. The Username hintfield is unexpectedly empty when unlocking a machine after a successful logon. Username hint caching is expected to only work for lock and unlock scenarios and is not designed for logoff and logon scenarios.

■ Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the tile layout after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1709 from Windows 10, versions 1703 and 1607.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.



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