MICROSOFT has stopped the rollout of the latest Windows 10 update, after multiple reports that it was deleting users' files. The tech company will freeze the update until it has resolved the problem, and is currently advising people to "minimise" their use of affected computers and to contact Microsoft customer support directly. Microsoft released the update - version 1809 - last week, all with the promise of "empowering a new era of personal productivity". But despite enabling greater connectivity between users' various devices, some customers have complained that the update has deleted all the files in their Documents and Pictures folders. Microsoft is describing such reports as "isolated," and assure customers that they will provide an update on the situation once they continue rolling out version 1809. "Microsoft has paused the rollout of the update while we continue to investigate reports from some customers," a spokesperson for Microsoft told the Sun. Microsoft is also advising … [Read more...] about Microsoft kills Windows 10 update that ‘deleted’ users’ files – did you download THIS version?
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The latest Windows Insider Build, number 17763, has been out with the intrepid testing community for the last week, and it looks like it’s the update build which will bring real-time ray tracing to Windows 10 in early October. And if Microsoft follows its previous updating plans then we could see the Windows 10 October 2018 Update land on October 9. The build, code-named Redstone 5, brings such wonders as a dark theme for File Explorer, new emojis, new Storage Sense control, the death of Snipping Tool, Edge updates, and SwiftKey support. But the most exciting thing for us gamers is that the October Update also brings with it one of the most significant updates to DirectX in a long while – DXR, or DirectX Raytracing. This is the API update which will provide integration of Nvidia’s RTX technology and allow us to use the full feature set of the new Turing GPUs and their real-time ray tracing capabilities. That should also kickstart the patch for Shadow of the Tomb … [Read more...] about The Windows 10 ray tracing update could drop October 9, delivering Nvidia RTX support
You wimp! Readers as old as our executive editor, Alan, will know that Windows Icons Menus and Mouse Pointer (WIMP) is the ancient acronym that describes the original mouse-driven graphical interfaces that spawned out of Xerox labs. Despite a messy attempt with Windows 8, Microsoft was never able to kill off the classic icon-based desktop that most PC users know and love.We should admit to the truth, though: The classic desktop isn't so great. It’s as bad as a real desktop. You’ll leave your garbage scattered all over it—empty coffee mugs, Oreo crumbs, and worse. It is, however, a little draconian to utterly ban the ability to keep recent items left handily on your desktop. Surely there’s a helpful middle ground?The smart news is there’s a host of clever, useful, and possibly silly add-ons for Windows that push the desktop to the next level of functionality. We’re going to quickly run through what we think are the best five(ish) that are worth your … [Read more...] about How to enhance your Windows desktop
Microsoft is pushing out a new test build of Redstone 5, the next major upgrade to Windows 10 that will likely release this fall, to members of its Windows Insider program. The latest preview build (17672) is relatively minor in terms of new features, though it does contain a host of bug fixes.In case you're not familiar, Microsoft's goal is to upgrade Windows 10 twice a year with major updates. Here is a list of the major builds that have been released to date, starting with the launch of Windows 10 three years ago:Windows 10 (Threshold 1): July 29, 2015November Update (Threshold 2): November 10, 2015Anniversary Update (Redstone 1): August 2, 2016Creators Update (Redstone 2): April 5, 2017Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3): October 17, 2017April 2018 Update (Redstone 4): April 30, 2018Redstone 5 is the codename of the next big update to Windows 10, and based on the release cadence above, it should arrive around October or November. In the meantime, Microsoft is already pushing out … [Read more...] about Windows Insiders can already download the next big update to Windows 10
Windows 10 was a real overhaul of the way Microsoft handles various elements of the traditional operating system, with better support for modern hardware, but it's still built on the legacy of the past. There are underlying features and bits of code dating back to XP and 2000 and beyond.That's why you'll sometimes run into features like Windows SuperFetch which have been around for years, and they still have their part to play in the modern Windows experience.What is Service Host SuperFetch? What does it do? And how do you fix it when it goes wrong?What is Service Host SuperFetch? Windows SuperFetch was originally introduced with Windows Vista as a successor to PreFetch. It's a process which analyzes your system—specifically your RAM usage—to generate a profile of the programs and applications you run most often. As you use your system, SuperFetch gradually learns what you run most often and will pre-emptively load elements of those applications onto your RAM so … [Read more...] about What is Windows Service Host SuperFetch and how do you fix it?