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Windows 10 WinRT API Pack lets developers add WinRT features to WPF and WinForms
by João Carrasqueira
Last week, Microsoft released .NET Core 3.0 along with a plethora of updates for its developer tools. Now, to go along with that, the company has announced the release of the Windows 10 WinRT API Pack.
Thew new API pack lets developers add features that have typically been exclusive to WinRT (including UWP) apps to WinForms and WPF. These include geolocation, Windows AI, machine learning, the WebView feature for web content, and XAML controls.
The API pack is available as a NuGet package on nuget.org, and it supports Windows 10 version 1803 and above. To add it to your project, you'll first need to set it up to support Package Reference. Then, select the package that applies to the version of Windows 10 you want to target, and you'll be able to use WinRT features in either WPF and WinForms apps.
To see an example of WPF or WinForms app using WinRT features, you can check out Microsoft.Toolkit on GitHub. The toolkit is using controls for features such as WebView, XAML, inking, and geolocation data. You can also download the Windows Community Toolkit Sample App from the Microsoft Store to see the controls in action without getting into the code.
By Richard C.
Windows Update essentially just says "checking for updates" forever even overnight and never finds any. While doing so the Windows Update Service is constantly eating 15-20% of my cpu resources.
I am concerned I will no longer get updates as a result of this
Things I have tried
1. Malware / AV Scan (nothing found)
2. Using Microsoft's Windows Update Troubleshooter
3. Using System Restore to a time it last worked
4. Re-installing the Windows Update Client
5. Re-registering the DLL files for the BITS service
6. Clearing out the Windows Update cache
none of these solutions seem to have helped, can anyone think of anything else that might work?
OS: x64 8.1 Pro
Note: Upgrading the machine to Windows 10 is not an option, or I would of done so.
By Usama Jawad96
An official Steam Authenticator app could be in the works for Windows devices
by Usama Jawad
Steam Authenticator is an application that Valve introduced to increase the level of security for Steam accounts. It generates a code every time a user logs in to their Steam account. This code can only be used once, changes every 30 seconds, and according to Valve, is "unguessable". While this method of two-factor authentication made its way to Android and iOS users, Windows users were left out in the cold - and had to resort to third-party alternatives.
However, now it appears that an official app could be in the works for Windows devices. The source code for the app which can be found on GitHub (via Reddit), contains numerous references to "WinRT" and "WinRT clients", leading many to believe that they could soon get their hands on the Steam Authenticator app.
With that being said, it is important to note that there is still a line of commented code which states "// no version minimum for Windows phones", while correctly indicating that mobile clients for Android and iOS exist, so it probably isn't a good idea to get your hopes up too soon.
Similarly, there has been no official statement from Valve as of yet regarding Steam Authenticator being developed for Windows devices. But while Windows Phone may only command a measly 0.7% market share, it is notable that Windows 10 is on over 300 million devices, so a UWP Steam Authenticator app possibly isn't off the table as well.
Source: Reddit via MSPoweruser
on my laptop i have w8.1 pro 64bit and on my desktop i have w7 64bit pro
i don't want to upgrade them to w10
i know GWX Control Panel ,i know the option in policy
Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update &
but is there a list of update important and optionals (mosty optional ) to hide ?
i don't want to have nasty surprice
i looking for a list of these updates to hide
can you help me please?
I decided to move to from Windows 7 to 8.1 today on my laptop, and cannot figure out how to stop the Silverlight Update Express that keeps rolling in! There are 9 optional updates for Silverlight, and I keep hiding them, and hiding them, but they won't stop. Why do they have nine separate optional updates for the same damn thing? Are they trying to drive me crazy? I thought Microsoft was killing off Silverlight anyway?
Oh, and you don't even want to know how many Office updates that keep showing up for the parts that didn't even get installed... well, ok since you asked nicely, 32 updates for the parts that didn't even get installed.
On the plus side, wow, compared to the Windows 7 updates, this thing flew! So it wasn't all bad!
Thanks for listening!