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How to stop failing Windows Updates from bothering you


There's a bug going around that's affecting some Windows 10 Anniversary Update users (including me), making it impossible to install update KB3194496 from September. Microsoft says it's working on a fix that will roll out soon. Until then, I'm stuck as Windows will try and download and install the update every time I want to reboot or shut down my laptop. Luckily, there's an easy way to hide that Windows update until Microsoft gets its act together. First download the Show or hide updates troubleshooter from Microsoft.

Microsoft cuts off 40 percent of Windows phones with Creators Update shift


Our review of the Creators Update for Windows 10 Mobile may have shown it to be a half-hearted update at best, but a substantial portion of Microsoft's base of installed phones won't even have a chance to experience it. A report by AdDuplex, an ad network running on top of Windows devices, found that four of the top ten Windows phones won't be allowed to upgrade to Microsoft's latest feature update. That works out to about 40 percent of all Windows phones already in the hands of users. Only 6 out of the top 10 best-selling phones are eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update, AdDuplex found. Just thirteen phones are eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update: some recent Lumias (the 550, 640/640XL, 650, and 950/950XL), two Alcatel phones (the IDOL 4S and OneTouch Fierce XL), the HP Elite x3, and a few others.

Microsoft to make saying no to Windows 10 update easier


Microsoft plans to change the Windows 10 update prompt to make it clearer and easier for Windows 7 and 8.x customers to schedule or decline the offer. The new'Get Windows 10' update prompt, coming later this week Microsoft officials said late on June 27 that the new update experience -- with clearer "upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer" -- will start rolling out this week. Microsoft also will revert to making clicking on the Red X at the corner of the Windows 10 update box dismiss the update, rather than initiate it, as it has done for the past several weeks. Microsoft officials said they are making the change "in response to customer feedback." Microsoft also will provide free tech support to those having problems with their Windows 10 update, according to a Microsoft Senior Director for Windows, including support in rolling back from Windows 10 to their previous version of Windows.

KRACK Wi-Fi attacks shouldn't harm updated Windows PCs


The bad news: A severe WPA2 protocol vulnerability dubbed KRACK holds the potential to break Wi-Fi security for virtually all wireless devices or networks, allowing attackers to snoop on your Internet traffic or even inject malicious code into websites you visit. The good news: If you're running a Windows PC, you're already safe--at least if you automatically apply new updates. Microsoft quietly released a KRACK-smashing update as part of last week's Patch Tuesday blitz, the company confirmed to Windows Central and other websites. Here is the company's statement: "Microsoft released security updates on October 10th and customers who have Windows Update enabled and applied the security updates, are protected automatically. We updated to protect customers as soon as possible, but as a responsible industry partner, we withheld disclosure until other vendors could develop and release updates."

Microsoft starts testing Windows Feature Experience Pack updates with Windows Insiders


On November 30, Microsoft released for the first time a test build of the Windows Feature Experience Pack to Insider testers. Version 120.2212.1070.0 of the pack is available to testers in the Beta Channel. Microsoft execs have declined, until today, to talk about what the Windows Feature Experience Pack is. I reported earlier this year that the Feature Experience Pack is a collection of features that can be updated independently of the Windows 10 operating system itself. In today's blog post about the pack, officials confirmed that this is what the Windows Feature Experience Pack actually is.