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By Abhay V
Nvidia to drop Game Ready Driver updates for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 starting this October
by Abhay Venkatesh
Nvidia today detailed its plans for Game Ready Drivers upgrade support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The company posted a support article that states that it will cease to provide Game Ready Driver updates for its graphic cards for the mentioned versions starting October 2021. However, it does note that it will continue to serve “critical security updates” for systems running those operating systems until September 2024.
Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020, while Windows 8 lost its support in January 2016 – a short life span for the OS thanks to Windows 8.1 and the debacle that Windows 8 was. However, while Windows 8.1 reached the end of mainstream support back in 2018, the OS is still being serviced with security updates and will be till January 2023.
Nvidia, says that a “vast majority” of its GeForce customers have migrated to Windows 10 and that it aims to provide the “best possible security, support, and functionality” for those users, which is why it is focusing on Windows 10 alone. In the FAQ section, it adds that it will ship the last Game Ready Driver that supports the three operating system on August 31, with the first drivers to drop support for the versions completely expected to ship in October.
The change might not be a major one considering that most users are running the latest offering from the Redmond giant. However, for those that are still on older versions, they can rest assured that their GPUs will be served with updates to address any critical vulnerabilities. However, they will lose out on upgrades with performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes, Nvidia says.
By Abhay V
Teams Public Preview users can now have two 7x7 video grid pages during a call
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft introduced the Teams Public Preview program late last year to let businesses test features before they are rolled out to the public. The firm has since been testing a few updates, including UI changes, through the program. Today, another new change that the company is beginning to test is that of a paging feature for Large Gallery views. The firm detailed the change in a Tech Community post.
The Redmond firm introduced Large Gallery view early last year, bringing a 7x7 grid for video calls. However, meetings with a higher number of attendees would mean that not all participants could be viewed simultaneously. Of course, though the use cases for such meetings might be remote, the company is adding the option to create a secondary page with video feeds for meetings of more than 49 participants. The feature will allow up to 98 participants to be viewed across the two pages on 7x7 grids.
The feature is rolling out to all users who are enrolled in the Public Preview program and does not need any user action to enable it. Once enabled, new navigation controls to switch between these feed pages appear at the bottom of the gallery view, allowing users to select between the pages that they would like to view.
Paging in Large Gallery view is currently available for Windows and macOS users, but there is no word on whether it will be made available to other platforms once it is out of the preview form. Microsoft is expected to roll out Large Gallery view for iOS and Android this month, bringing a nifty way for users to view more participants on a smaller screen. The paging feature does seem apt for a smaller display, so it will be interesting to see if the feature indeed ends up making it to the mobile clients first.
By Abhay V
Microsoft releases optional Windows 10 updates to fix game installation issues
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is today releasing an out-of-band update (KB5004476) to the three most recent versions – which are the only supported ones for consumers – of Windows 10. These include versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1, bumping them up to builds 19041.1055, 19042.1055, and 19043.1055, respectively. These updates – which are separate from this week’s Patch Tuesday releases, are aimed at delivering a fix for the Game Pass install issue that the firm posted a workaround for, which we covered yesterday.
As a refresher, the said bug caused some Xbox Game Pass users to be redirected to the Microsoft Store’s Gaming Services page when trying to open or install a title included in Game Pass. In other instances, users would be served with error codes 0x80073D26 and 0x8007139F, preventing them from installing games. The issues were also reported on Microsoft’s forums recently, though there are mentions of the exact error codes in the forum posts from as early as 2019.
Considering that this is an out-of-band update, the firm has made it an optional one, meaning it will explicitly show up as an optional install in Windows Update and will not be automatically downloaded. For those that installed the Patch Tuesday updates from earlier this week, the build will only apply the single fix for the Game Pass issue. However, if you choose to skip this update, the fixes will be rolled into the next month’s mandatory patches.
Here is the official changelog from the firm:
If you are facing the mentioned Game Pass issues, it is best to install this update since it automatically applies the fix without users having to tweak the registry – which can be a tricky business. You can head into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for updates to pull the patch.
By Abhay V
Apple adds Windows Precision Touchpad gestures' support to BootCamp on macOS
by Abhay Venkatesh
In what will be a welcome addition for Mac users that leverage BootCamp to run Windows 10 on macOS, Apple is finally adding support for Microsoft Precision Touchpad drivers to the software. This brings a native solution to use Windows-specific gestures on not just on MacBook trackpads, but also on external offerings such as the Magic Trackpad, negating the need to install third-party drivers and software.
The update to BootCamp bumping the version up to 6.1.15 was spotted by Reddit user ar25nan (via PiunikaWeb). The release notes suggest that “some settings” will use Precision Touchpad defaults, so it is not clear if those who prefer third-party solutions will be affected by the update. The change enables support for three- and four-finger swipe gestures, the ability to right click by tapping the lower right corner, and more.
However, the addition of support for Precision Touchpad gestures is limited to devices with Apple’s T2 security chip, according to the support article posted by the firm. The article also provides a way for users to check if their devices support the drivers. This means that devices introduced since 2018 with the chip will be eligible for the update. Those interested can check out the complete list of supported devices here.
While Precision drives have been around since 2013, there hasn’t been a native solution on the Mac to leverage the benefits of the drivers when using Windows on BootCamp. While third parties such as Trackpad++ have provided viable alternatives, it is good to finally have Apple support the drivers natively, especially for Intel Macs running BootCamp – considering that the firm is slowly transitioning to Apple Silicon powered Macs.
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