BetaNews: Microsoft preparing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update for release — with at least one known issue

BetaNews: Microsoft preparing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update for release — with at least one known issue. “It won’t come as any surprise to most of you to hear that the next big feature update for Windows 10 is very nearly ready for release. Microsoft believes that Build 19042.508 (KB4571756) is the final release for Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update as it’s also known) and is going to begin rolling it out to those users on the Release Preview Channel from today.”

Microsoft: This free Windows 10 app lets developers express themselves in pixels (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Microsoft: This free Windows 10 app lets developers express themselves in pixels. “Microsoft Research has released a new app called ‘Expressive Pixels’ that gives makers a new tool to create animations for LED displays or to insert as animated GIFs into emails. The free Microsoft app is available now from the Microsoft Store and offers technically adept Windows 10 users a new way to create animations like Emojis to display on LED screens. “

Neowin: New finding says custom Windows 10 themes can be used to steal users’ credentials

Neowin: New finding says custom Windows 10 themes can be used to steal users’ credentials. “A new finding shared on Twitter by security researcher Jimmy Bayne points towards a loophole in Windows 10’s themes settings that can let bad actors steal users’ credentials by creating a specific theme to carry out a ‘Pass-the-Hash’ attack. The ability to install separate themes from other sources lets attackers create malicious themes files that when opened, redirect users to a page that prompts users to enter their credentials.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases two new PowerToys builds and adds new ‘Video conference global mute’ utility

BetaNews: Microsoft releases two new PowerToys builds and adds new ‘Video conference global mute’ utility. “It seems like it has been a little while since Microsoft made any significant changes to PowerToys for Windows 10, but now the company has pushed out a pair of new releases. For people who want to stick with the more stable releases, there is PowerToys v0.21.1 which is largely about bug fixes and addressing stability issues. For anyone looking for new PowerToys utilities, however, there is the ‘experimental’ version 0.22.0 which features a new ‘Video conference global mute’ tool.”

BetaNews: Microsoft pushes out KB4023057 yet again to force Windows 10 feature updates

BetaNews: Microsoft pushes out KB4023057 yet again to force Windows 10 feature updates. “KB4023057 has been pushed out by Microsoft several times before, and the company has just started to push it again. The aim of the patch is to address issues that have been preventing some people from upgrading to newer versions of Windows 10, and also override any blocks that users have put in place to stop feature updates from being installed. The problem is that there are many people with good reason to stick with an older build of Windows 10, but KB4023057 is ready to ride roughshod over such plans.”

BetaNews: Quickly manage Windows 10’s privacy and security settings with the open source Privatezilla

BetaNews: Quickly manage Windows 10’s privacy and security settings with the open source Privatezilla . “We’ve covered Spydish on BetaNews before. The tool is great if you want to boost your privacy and security in Windows 10. Today Belim, the program’s developer, announces that Spydish has undergone a name change, becoming Privatezilla, and that’s not all. The program is also becoming open source. In order to achieve this, some important changes have been made, which includes replacing certain features.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4566116 patch for Windows 10 to fix unlock bugs, system crashes and more

BetaNews: Microsoft releases KB4566116 patch for Windows 10 to fix unlock bugs, system crashes and more. “Microsoft has pushed out a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 (builds 18362.1049 and 18363.1049). KB4566116 is also the update that sees the company backporting WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to these versions of Windows. But for many people it is the bug fixes that the update brings that are of more interest — and this update addresses a large number of problems with Windows 10.”

BetaNews: Windows 10 0x800f0988, 0x800f081f or 0x800f08a errors? You are not alone

BetaNews: Windows 10 0x800f0988, 0x800f081f or 0x800f08a errors? You are not alone. “The August security updates for Windows 10 released by Microsoft last week are causing issues for people running the November 2019 Update (version 1909) and the May 2020 Update (version 2004). Released last Patch Tuesday, 11 August, the KB4565351 and KB4566782 updates are causing various issues, ranging from failed installations, through error messages and BSoDs to problems with audio.”

BetaNews: Windows 10 has a dangerous print spooler bug, and there is no fix

BetaNews: Windows 10 has a dangerous print spooler bug, and there is no fix. “An unpatched vulnerability in the Windows Print Spooler exists that could be exploited by an attacker to run malicious software with elevated system privileges. The issue affects Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 as well as versions of Windows Server. It is being tracked as CVE-2020-1048 and CVE-2020-1337 and has a severity rating of ‘Important’.”

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported

BetaNews: Microsoft blocks users from upgrading to Windows 10 May 2020 Update because their PC settings aren’t supported. “We’ve already seen Windows 10 May 2020 Update causing a range of problems for users, including login issues, problems with Storage Spaces and issues with OneDrive. But there are also some people for whom even the installation is problematic.”

BetaNews: Windows 10’s Mail app is deleting Gmail users’ emails

BetaNews: Windows 10’s Mail app is deleting Gmail users’ emails. “The bug causes sent emails to be deleted, meaning there is no way to check past correspondence. While numerous people have used Microsoft Answers to report the issue, Microsoft is yet to acknowledge the problem. There are, however, a couple of workarounds you can try if you are affected.”

The Register: Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

The Register: Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers . “Windows 10 users woke up to borked printers following the monthly Microsoft bugfix party, Patch Tuesday. The issues appear connected to KB4557957 and KB4560960 for Windows 10 2004 and 1903/1909 respectively.”

BetaNews: Microsoft releases emergency patch for critical SMB vulnerability in Windows 10 and Windows Server

BetaNews: Microsoft releases emergency patch for critical SMB vulnerability in Windows 10 and Windows Server. “Earlier this week, Microsoft inadvertently released details of a critical vulnerability in the SMBv3 protocol in Windows 10 and Windows Server. While there was no fix available at the time, the company did provide suggestions about how to mitigate against attacks. With the information out in the wild, Microsoft was under pressure to get a patch released to customers — and now it has managed to produce such a fix.”