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By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft quietly fixes weird Windows 10 drive corruption bug, but only in Insider build
by Usama Jawad
Last month, it was revealed that Windows 10 contains a weird bug in which the OS throws an error message that the drive is corrupted and that you should reboot the system, when a certain location is accessed via the Command Prompt or a browser. While Microsoft appears to have quietly fixed the issue in the latest Insider Preview build 21322, it still appears to be present in other versions of Windows 10.
Bleeping Computer reports that when you run the change directory "cd" command on the Command Prompt with a specific location, Windows warns that "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable", recommending that you reboot the machine with chkdsk to fix the drive. This happens even when users with low privileges access the NTFS volume. Microsoft had previously stated that the corruption message is inaccurate and the drive isn't actually corrupted, but another report from OSR claims that in its testing, one instance of Windows 10 failed to reboot even after repeated chkdsk.
Microsoft has fixed the issue in its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21322 pushed out a few days ago, and it does not allow users to access the problematic location as can be seen below:
Naturally, we tested accessing the location on our virtual machines powered by other, older versions of Windows too. On Windows Vista, the location in question is not accessible either:
However, when we tried to access the location via Command Prompt on an old machine with Windows 10 Pro version 1803 - which is an older version of the operating system that is no longer supported. True to reports, there is an error message that the "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable", and the system recommends that you close all apps, restart the PC, and repair drive errors to fix the issue:
In our case, Windows 10 fortunately did manage to reboot with chkdsk and did not get stuck in a loop. We expect other versions of Windows 10 prior to Insider build 21322 to behave in the same way, barring any serious anomalies:
It's a six-year-old PC! It is important to note that other vendors and companies are trying to block access to the problematic location from their end. Mozilla Firefox 85.0.1 has a check which disables access to locations with the ":$" symbol, while OSR has released an unofficial patch which disallows access to the path. That said, it is rather strange that Microsoft is not pushing out a hotfix for older versions of Windows 10. We have seen similar issues with other operating systems such as iOS in the past, and while they may not be dangerous in most cases, it is always worth fixing these issues to prevent viral pranks that can be a nuisance for PC owners who are not tech-savvy.
By Usama Jawad96
A canceled Windows Core OS build has reportedly leaked online
by Usama Jawad
Back in 2018, it was reported that Microsoft is building a new, modern version of Windows 10 for PCs, codenamed Polaris. This would be under the Windows Core OS umbrella which also included Andromeda as the operating system for foldable mobile devices. It was rumored that this flavor of the operating system will strip much of the legacy code and compatibility issues that the OS is currently encumbered with. While Microsoft canceled both Polaris and Andromeda in 2018, and tapped Windows 10X as their replacement, a build of the former has now leaked online.
Windows Central reports that an old build of Polaris - the modular flavor for traditional PCs - has leaked online, but unfortunately, there's not much to be excited about. The leak is a very early build from 2018 and contains no shell or apps. This essentially means that it has no GUI either and is just the bare OS package.
While there's not much that can be messed around with in the build, some interesting tidbits are that it is an RS3 RTM build and is compatible with ARM32 architecture. This means that it can be booted up on the age-old Surface RT.
Polaris was supposed to be a modular version of Windows, offering better flexibility, power management, and performance. However, it is important to emphasize that the OS is no longer in development, and has been superseded by Windows 10X, which is slated to arrive in spring later this year. As this is a leaked build of the software and could contain undisclosed issues, we would advise against trying to tinker around with it on your primary machine.
Source: Windows Central
By Usama Jawad96
Steam will apparently stop working on Windows XP and Vista after today
by Usama Jawad
Back in June, Valve made a surprise announcement stating that it is dropping support for Windows XP and Vista on January 1, 2019. The number of Steam gamers using these aging operating systems has been decreasing consistently and purportedly occupies less than 1% of the platform's user base.
With 2018 almost at an end, it is important to note that the Steam client will stop functioning for Windows XP and Vista gamers soon.
As noted by Valve in June:
Valve claims that the latest features in Steam rely on the embedded version of Google Chrome, which is unsupported on older versions of Windows such as XP and Vista, and as such, it can no longer provide support to gamers using these operating systems. Additionally, the company also noted that future versions of Steam will require Windows 7 and above.
Windows XP was released in 2001, followed by Vista in 2007, so after more than ten years of support for a measly user base, it is perhaps understandable that Valve wants users to upgrade to later versions of Windows. We have reached out to Valve for further information regarding this discontinuation of support, and will provide an update if the company responds.
Source: Valve via MSPoweruser
By Timi Cantisano
BlackBerry Ghost could hit the market with 4,000mAh battery
by Timi Cantisano
Source: Evan Blass It was several months ago when we reported on a handset that could become one of the sleekest BlackBerry smartphones to date. While it has yet to make an official appearance, a new piece of information has been leaked regarding the BlackBerry Ghost.
Today, Evan Blass provided a new piece of information, stating that the Ghost will include a 4,000mAh battery. This would make it one of the largest batteries found in a recent BlackBerry handset. While we have seen a few BlackBerry devices come to market over the past year, for the most part, these units were produced and released by TCL. But the BlackBerry name isn't just licensed by TCL and includes two others: BB Merah Putih and Optiemus Infracom. If rumors are to be believed, the Ghost could be the first device released by the latter.
Unfortunately, there still isn't much known about the Ghost, but if prior information is accurate, it should arrive sometime in the summer and will have a dual camera setup on the rear. Hopefully, we will see this unit announced soon and revealed in an official manner.
Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)
Steam will stop working on Windows XP and Vista at the start of next year
by Boyd Chan
Valve's Steam software has been around for almost 15 years and has arguably come a long way from its somewhat humble beginnings. In fact, the company just announced a complete overhaul to its built-in chat client, now available via the beta channel, foreshadowing some marked improvements over the fundamentals currently offered. Now, there's another big change set for Steam on the horizon, impacting users of older versions of Windows.
In an announcement posted on the Steam website, Valve said:
The primary reason cited for the cessation of Windows XP and Vista support was attributed to the "embedded version of Google Chrome, which no longer functions on older versions of Windows". In addition, future versions of the Steam client will need access to security updates and features that only exist in Windows 7 and later editions of the operating system.
If your gaming rig is still running Windows XP or Vista then you've still got the best part of six months before the client will stop working on your system. While you will still be able to launch games from your library in the interim, new enhancements such as the upgraded Steam Chat experience, will not be made available.
As of the most recent Steam hardware and software survey published for May 2018, a meagre 0.22% of participants were running the 32-bit edition of Windows XP with no entries whatsoever for Windows XP 64-bit, Vista 32-bit, and Vista 64-bit.
Source: Valve via On MSFT