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By Jay Bonggolto
Microsoft is rolling out News and Interests on the Windows taskbar in the coming weeks
by Jay Bonggolto
Earlier this year, Microsoft began testing a new feature on the Windows taskbar with Windows Insiders on the Dev channel. It's called News and Interests, which is basically a widget where you can glance at personalized content including weather updates and the latest news based on your interests.
Today, Microsoft announced that it's rolling out the new feature to some consumers over the next few weeks. A wider rollout is also scheduled in the coming months. The feature allows you to quickly gain access to news, sports, traffic, and stocks from various sources. And if you hover over the weather icon, you'll see the latest weather info in your area without having to open your browser or launch an app.
The widget sits in the taskbar and it's automatically updated. This means all topics of interest to you will show up in the taskbar without you manually finding these pieces of information in disparate places.
You can also choose what type of information appears in the widget. To personalize your content, you can pick the topics you'd like to see or select the sources you trust. You can also adjust the weather update display type as either an icon only or an icon with text. There's an option, of course, to disable the icon.
Microsoft previously released improvements and fixes to the News and Interests widget as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21292 a few days after putting it to the test.
by Razvan Serea
StartIsBack++ restores original Windows 10 start menu with all its features: search, pinned and recently used apps, fully customizable settings. Start button and Start menu look and behave exactly as they used to in Windows 7.
StartIsBack is lightweight and secure: it does not require administrator rights to install, consumes minimal amount of system resources, does not run additional processes or services.
What's hot about StartIsBack on Windows 10 now:
Live badges for modern apps on taskbar and Start menu! Ability to reduce resource usage by disabling newer Start menu and Cortana processes from prelaunching Ability to use adequately sized (32x32) large icons and larger start menu button on taskbar Modern icon glyphs on Start menu right hand pane Modern blur, drop shadow and immersive context menus for start menu Fully dynamic DPI aware start menu and configuration app New modern style with round user picture Lots of new minor additions and tweaks Changes in StartIsBack++ 2.9.10:
Support for KB5001391. This upcoming Windows update (currently Insider only) may cause older StartIsBack versions to crash.
Download: StartIsBack++ 2.9.10 | 1.4 MB (Free to Try, $3.99 to Buy)
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By Steven P.
How to block KB5001330 Patch Tuesday update affecting game performance
by Steven Parker
Just over a week ago on Patch Tuesday, KB5001330 was released for the most recent production build of Windows 10, which is version 20H2. If you’re still on Windows 10 version 1909, it’s KB5001337. However it seems that the internet is awash with people having issues with game stutters and performance related issues with these updates.
In our own testing on an Intel Core i9-9900K, 32GB RAM system we were experiencing mouse lag in certain conditions with video playback, and stutter in gameplay through various Steam titles. A quick Google search reveals the extent of the problem.
Even Nvidia suggests uninstalling the KB5001330 update, but as you may or may not know it is near impossible to opt out of updates like these, whenever you uninstall "Quality Updates" the next time you boot, it will be automatically installed again.
However, there is a way. First of all you should download the wushowhide tool that allows you to hide and disable pending Windows updates, it is only available on third party websites because the official Microsoft download link is broken. We have chosen MajorGeeks as a trusted host for the tool, which you can download here. Then you'll need to uninstall the update:
Go to All settings -> Update & Security -> View update history, Click on Uninstall updates, an old fashioned Control Panel will open, Find Cumulative Update (KB5001330 or KB5001337), right click on it and select Uninstall, Reboot Windows when prompted.
At the first opportunity after rebooting, run the wushowhide tool -> select Next to scan for updates, then click on Hide updates (Windows will not install hidden updates) in the list that appears, find the KB5001330 or KB5001337 update and select it, then click Next, after that you can close the tool.
Now Windows will be blocked from installing that update until you run the wushowhide tool again and select the other option to "Show hidden updates" and deselect the KB5001330 or KB5001337 update, after which it will present itself in Windows Update again.
Hopefully, Microsoft will simply offer a new update to solve the issues that are present in this buggy Patch Tuesday one, if Nvidia is already suggesting to uninstall the update we can only assume that Microsoft is fully aware of the problem and will address it in due course.
By Steven P.
Microsoft is working on a fix for KB5001030 install fail in Windows 10 build 21364
by Steven Parker
Yesterday, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 21364 to Windows Insiders in the dev channel, the build brought quite a few new features such as support for Linux GUI apps, an Eco mode in Task Manager, as well as Task Manager improvements for Microsoft Edge, and more. However, as is common with preview builds, there were also a few known issues to consider.
One such issue was added to the Windows Insider Blog post announcement after the build was released stating that some Insiders were reporting error 0x80092004 when installing KB5001030 – 2021-02 Cumulative Update Preview for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 after updating to the build. As such, it doesn't affect everyone. In our own testing, the Cumulative Update installed before build 21364 did and we have not run into any problems.
Microsoft says they are working on a fix for KB5001030 for a future build, until then there isn't much that people can do since it is no longer possible to officially disable and hide individual updates. However if it bothers you that much, the tool can still be downloaded on third party sites, which will enable you to scan and hide the update so that Windows Update doesn't try to install it each time.
Windows 10 build 21364 is now available with support for Linux GUI apps
by João Carrasqueira
With another Wednesday comes yet another build of Windows 10 for Insiders enrolled in the Dev channel. This time, we're getting build 21364, and just like we've seen for the past couple of weeks, this is coming from the co_release branch.
While that would suggest new features aren't being added as quickly in the immediate future, there's quite a bit packed into this one. For example, you can now run Linux GUI apps through the Windows Subsystem for Linux, instead of being limited to command line interfaces. There are also Task Manager improvements for Microsoft Edge, and more. Here's the full list:
There are also a couple of smaller changes in this build, such as Night Light enabling or disabling immediately when toggled manually:
As usual, you'll also find a long list of fixes in this build, though some other improvements are hidden in Microsoft's list, like support for out-of-process x64 shell extension on ARM64 devices:
Finally, the list of known issues is fairly small this time around and it seems like Microsoft is ironing out a lot of the problems in these builds, maybe because the update should be nearly finalized. Here's what you need to look out for:
As usual, you can download the update from Windows Update manually by checking manually, but it should be installed sooner or later if you're enrolled in the Dev channel. It's still unclear if all these changes will make their way to a full feature update later this year or if plans have changed in light of the reported Windows 10X delays.