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You can’t use Windows Mixed Reality headsets with Windows 11 24H2

Late last year Microsoft announced it would be ending support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets (and associated software). Now the company has taken the first steps toward pulling the plug. Windows Insider Preview Build 26502 was released to members of the Windows Insider Preview program this week, and users running this build who plug in […]

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Microsoft is testing a Windows 11 Repair option that reinstalls the OS without removing apps, files, or settings

If you run into problems that you cannot easily fix on a computer running Windows 11, there’s a not-quite-nuclear option built into the operating system that lets you “Reset this PC” by reinstalling Windows. But doing that will remove all of your personal apps and settings (and files if you choose the “remove everything” option). […]

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Lilbits: Windows Updates for outdated versions of the OS, Android 14 Beta 4, and MediaTek Dimensity 6100+

One of the least fun things about installing Windows using the original installation media is waiting for the operating system to download and install all the updates that were released after the installation media was created. It’s even more frustrating if you’re trying to install a version of Windows that’s no longer support by Microsoft. […]

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Windows 10 May 2021 Update is now available, but you might not notice anything different

Microsoft has released the first major Windows 10 update of 2021. Windows 10, version 21H1, also known as the May 2021 Update, begins rolling out today to some computers, and it should be available more widely in the coming weeks. For the most part this isn’t a particularly flashy update – this fall we’re likely […]

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Microsoft releases first Windows Feature Experience Pack update

Microsoft is starting to test a new method for releasing software updates to Windows users more quickly. The Windows Feature Experience Pack is a bundle of Windows features that can be updated outside of the regular Windows Feature updates — meaning that instead of releasing updates twice a year, Microsoft can push updates on a rolling […]

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Lilbits 6-28-2020: Hacking the PS2, updating Windows, and unboxing the OneGX1

Twenty years after the PlayStation 2 was released, folks are still finding new things to do with the aging game console. While hackers have found a number of ways to run homebrew code (like unsupported games) on the PS2 over the years, most have involved things like mod chips or memory cards set up to […]

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Windows 10 20H2 beta begins rolling out, will be first version of Windows to ship with the new Edge browser

The next major Windows update is currently scheduled for sometime later this year, and it’ll be the first version of the operating system to ship with Microsoft’s new Edge web browser based on Google’s Chromium. While the browser has been available for months, users have had to download and install it manually to use it. […]

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Windows 10 November 2019 Update is here (and it’s intentionally boring)

The latest major update for Windows 10… doesn’t really seem all that major if you’re looking for new features. But the Windows 10 November 2019 Update should bring a handful of performance improvements, some new enterprise features, and a number of tweaks to the Start Menu, File Explorer, and some other aspects of Windows. Windows 10 […]

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available (version 1903)

Right on schedule, Microsoft has released the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Among other things, latest version of Windows 10 includes a number of new features including support for viewing your Android phone’s screen on a PC, syncing Android notifications to your desktop, a new update mechanism that won’t force you to install every update, a […]

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Windows 10 won’t automatically install every feature update

Microsoft’s Windows Update utility automatically downloads… well, updates to Windows. Up until now that’s generally included security updates, bug fixes, and major feature updates including, most recently, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update… which hit a bit of a rough patch when it turned out that the update caused some users to lose files, prompting […]

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now available for anyone who wants it

Microsoft’s October 2018 Update for Windows 10 has had a rocky road to release. But now it’s finally available for anyone who wants it… sort of. The company actually released the update in October, pulled the update after users reported it was deleting files from their PCs, and then re-released it last month after Microsoft decided […]

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Microsoft thinks it knows why Windows 10 October 2018 update was deleting user files

This weekend Microsoft paused its rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after multiple users reported that the update was deleting documents, photos, music, and videos from their computers. Now Microsoft says it thinks it’s identified the issues causing files to be deleted and it’s assisting affected customers to recover their data. Before rolling […]

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Microsoft puts Windows 10 October 2018 Update on hold

A few days after starting to roll out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to users, Microsoft has temporarily stopped distributing the latest feature update for its desktop operating system. The company says it’s “paused the rollout … for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.” Update 10/09/2018: […]

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Microsoft is trying to reduce unexpected Windows Update-induced reboots

For the most part if your Windows 10 computer downloads an important update, a message will pop up asking you if you’d like to install it right away or delay installation until a more convenient time. But if you don’t respond promptly, your computer may reboot to apply the update… which can be a problem […]