Virtual IT Pro Insights – June Edition

With the Corona crisis being the new normal, we have decided to commit our self to deliver the same rich content as ever! This is why we have decided to bring the next session as a virtual event.

Our next event will be on the 9th of June (09/06), with again two sessions full of interesting content.

This is a placeholder for that date, we will announce the speakers and sessions soon!

Afterwards we will open a Virtual Teams Café for socializing! (Thanks to @Johan Delimon for the idea.)

Agenda:

• 20h00: Welcome

• 20h10: Session 1 – To be defined

• 20h55: Virtual Coffee Break

• 21h05: Session 2 – To be defined

• 21h50: Q&A

• 22h00: Virtual Teams Café

When: 09/06/2020 @YourPlace

Location: Microsoft Teams Event

Technine is part of the Belgian ICT Communities: https://belgianictcommunities.be

Registration link

#MSBuild: WinGet – Windows Command Line App Installer

At Build Microsoft released their own package repo accessible from any device to facilitate easy deployment of packages & applications

How do you get this on your device?

Step 1

Open the Windows Store to grab your copy of App Installer

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/app-installer/9nblggh4nns1?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

If you already have it installed make sure you get it updated to the latest version (1.0.41331.0 or higher)

Step 2

Fire up a PowerShell window & run Winget Show to list all available packages

The 1st time I ran this on May 19th, the listing had 146 packages, only 2 days later…

Today May 21st we’re up to 194!

Example: to install Power Toys

run WinGet install ‘Power Toys’

Easy!

The build in search option make sit easier to find the package you need n this rapid growing repo

Enjoy!

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628

Hi All, last Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19628 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

General changes & improvements

  • We’re adding initial support for DNS over HTTPS, so that you can opt into using encryption when Windows makes DNS queries. Follow the instructions in this blog post to opt in as it will be off by default.
  • Thanks everyone who shared feedback about the updated version of Korea Microsoft IME introduced with Build 18941. For the moment, the IME version will be returning to the previous one while we take your feedback into consideration.

Fixes

  • We’ve fixed an issue causing some devices fail to update with error code 0xc0000409. If you continue to experience this error, please let us know by filing new feedback in Feedback Hub.

Known issues

  • We’re aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re working on fixing an issue for a future Insider Preview build where in Settings > Privacy the Documents and Downloads sections show a broken icon next to their page name (just a rectangle).
  • We’re looking into reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
  • We’re looking into reports that taskbar preview thumbnails aren’t rendering consistently (showing a blank area).

source: Windows Blogs

Releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19041.264 to the Slow & Release Preview rings

Hi All, Microsoft has released 20H1 Build 19041.264 (KB4556803) to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings. This Cumulative Update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:

  • We have fixed a performance issue in Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) that prevents it from working correctly for many users.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents cleaning tools, such as Disk Cleanup, from removing previously installed updates.
  • We have updated the 2020 start date for daylight saving time (DST) in the Kingdom of Morocco. For more information, see KB4557900.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Microsoft Xbox, Microsoft Edge, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Authentication, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, Windows Update Stack, Windows Core Networking, Internet Information Services, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Active Directory, Windows Server, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, please refer to the Security Update Guide.

source: Windows Blogs

How to Set Default Sign-in Option in Windows 10

At the logon screen by default the last used sign in method is shown

You might have many options to choose from,
– Pin
– Password
– Picture
– Microsoft account
– Face Recognition
– Fingerprint (Helo)

If you want to set a default logon method for your users, a reg tweak can do this for you:

It’s stored per user in the Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\UserTile key

key examples, 1st is set to Face, 2nd & 3rd to Password

There are 2 parts to these keys, the Name part is the user’s SID – the Data part the actual selected option

getting a user’s SID can be done by using the following command in an elevated command prompt

wmic useraccount, get name, sid

To set the default logon type for an account, edit the corresponding key with:

  1. PIN: {D6886603-9D2F-4EB2-B667-1971041FA96B}
  2. Picture: {2135F72A-90B5-4ED3-A7F1-8BB705AC276A}
  3. Password: {60B78E88-EAD8-445C-9CFD-0B87F74EA6CD}
  4. Microsoft Account: {F8A0B131-5F68-486C-8040-7E8FC3C85BB6}
  5. Face Recognition: {8AF662BF-65A0-4D0A-A540-A338A999D36F}
  6. Fingerprint Logon: {BEC09223-B018-416D-A0AC-523971B639F5}

There are more types possible, if the one you want to set is not in this list, you can find it under the Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\Credential Providers\ key.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19624

Hi all, last week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19624 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

A few small tweaks on this one, running very smoot though 😉

Let me know if you find more !

General changes & improvements

  • We’re temporarily turning off the new search box in the default apps Settings pages while we work on improving performance and reliability.
  • We’re updating the VPN connection logic based on feedback, so that if you disconnect from a VPN network, it will now uncheck the option to auto-connect (similar to how it’s handled for Wi-Fi).
  • Based on feedback we’re updating the text of the Add a Device dialog so the list of examples under Bluetooth includes controllers.
  • We’re updating the Optional Updates Available section that appears in Windows Update settings, so that you will now be able to copy the text in case you need it.

Fixes

  • We’ve fixed an issue that was causing unexpected flickering across Windows shell surfaces and apps in the last two builds.
  • We’ve fixed an issue causing IIS configuration to be set to default after taking a new build.
  • We’ve fixed an issue causing a transient access error when quickly switching between WSL distros using the File Explorer integration.
  • We fixed an issue impacting explorer.exe reliability for some Insiders recently.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Settings and the taskbar volume flyout crashing recently when selecting certain endpoints from the audio endpoint list.
  • We fixed a race condition that could result in VPN not auto-connecting (if it was set up to do that) after upgrade.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where the battery icon on the lock screen always shows close to empty, regardless of actual battery levels. If you’re still experiencing this issue, please report it in the Feedback Hub.
  • We fixed a recent issue where if you opened your laptop after it’d been asleep, and it was connected to an external monitor with an external camera, Windows Hello would recognize you but not dismiss the lock screen.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in your device bug checking after it’d been asleep.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain Bluetooth mice being very slow to reconnect to your device after it’d been asleep.
  • We fixed an issue preventing you from navigating out of the Connect app’s settings dialog using a mouse.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Security’s Core Isolation feature failing to enable on certain devices recently.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Update failing with error code 0x800700b7.
  • We fixed a deadlock that could result in Windows Update’s checking for updates not completing and showing as in progress until Settings was closed and reopened.
  • We fixed an issue where some of the buttons and links on the Language Settings page weren’t the correct color when using high contrast.
  • We fixed an issue where the text in the Optimize Drives window under Scheduled Optimization section would be truncated in a number of different languages and at certain text scaling levels.

Known issues

  • We’re aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into an issue where some may devices fail to update to this build with error code 0xc0000409. If you experience this error, you may consider pausing updates until a future flight.
  • We’re working on fixing an issue for a future Insider Preview build where in Settings > Privacy the Documents and Downloads sections show a broken icon next to their page name (just a rectangle).

source: Windows Blogs

Get Windows 10 2004 (20H1) Early

Want to grab your update to Windows 10 2004 early?

Note: make sure your 3rd party software is ready for the new build, if you’re running a 3rd party Antivirus solution that’s not signed of for the release yet, you might want to wait for that.

Release is almost here, but for those who want to grab it now, set your Insider settings to Release Preview to get the bits early.

Open Settings, go to Update & Security / Windows Insider Program and select Release Preview

Now Check for Updates & the build will show up, Enjoy upgrading!

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19613

Hi all, last Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19613.1000 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Few new tweaks & Fixes, more language expansion for the Cortana features, sooth upgrading on all devices here, only thing I ran into since last build, is when a device is low on storage & the upgrade request an external drive for temp upgrade storage, this causes the upgrade process to halt on reboot asking to re-insert the external media.

Happy Upgrading!

Other updates for Insiders

Cortana app update

We’re starting to roll out a Cortana app update for Insiders in the Fast ring that will turn on Bing Answers and Assistant Conversations for the following regions and languages:

  • Australia: English
  • Brazil: Portuguese
  • Canada: English/French
  • France: French
  • Germany: German
  • India: English
  • Italy: Italian
  • Japan: Japanese
  • Mexico: Spanish
  • Spain: Spanish
  • United Kingdom: English

If you use Windows in one of these languages, here are some examples to try with the update:

  • What’s the weather?
  • What can you do?
  • Convert one inch to centimeters

Look for version 2.2004.1706.0 to know you’ve received the update. This is a staggered rollout, so you may not see it right away.

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue that was causing app icons in the taskbar to not display correctly, including defaulting to the .exe icon. This issue may have also caused some Insiders to have more reliability issues with explorer.exe.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Windows Forms applications where the ImmSetOpenStatus() API wasn’t changing the IME mode correctly when setting focus to text fields while using the new Japanese or Chinese IMEs.
  • We fixed an issue from recent builds for Insiders with multiple monitors, resulting in Visual Studio sometimes not responding to clicks.
  • We fixed an issue where the doskey / listsize command had no effect.
  • We fixed an issue where the doskey /reinstall command killed the commandline session rather than reloading doskey.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when uninstalling a font.
  • We fixed an issue impacting some users that could result in Task Manager always showing 0 seconds for Last BIOS Time. 
  • We’ve made some improvements to address an underlying issue that could result in a black screen for some users for a while after logging in. If you continue seeing this issue, please try pressing WIN+Shift+Ctrl+B and then log feedback in the Feedback Hub

Known issues

  • We’re aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re investigating reports that the battery icon on the lock screen always shows close to empty, regardless of actual battery levels.
  • We’re investigating reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
  • Quickly switching between WSL distros using the File Explorer integration could cause a transient access error. We’ve identified the cause of this issue and are releasing a fix soon.
  • We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are experiencing unexpected freezes and bugchecks with error DPC WATCHDOG VIOLATION in the last few builds.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19608

Hi all, Wednesday Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19608 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Happy to see the Explorer crashes are fixed 🙂

April 17th Cumulative Update Build 19608.1006 (KB4557426) was released that contains a single fix to improve overall reliability of the OS.

What’s new in Build 19608

Improving your default apps experience

Over the years, we’ve made a number of improvements to Settings based on your feedback, and we’re happy to share the next one is starting to roll out. We’re adding the ability to search the lists of file types, protocols, and apps when setting a default.

Showing the Choose default apps by file type Settings window, now with a search box.

This change is currently available for 50% of Insiders in the Fast ring as we evaluate the quality. We’ll let you know when that rollout increases. Please give it a try once it’s available on your device, and let us know what improvements you’d like to see next!

Other updates for Insiders

Your Phone app updates

Seamlessly Drag and Drop files between your devices with the Your Phone app

Continuing our partnership with Samsung, we’re excited to bring you an early preview into the newest feature for the Your Phone app—file drag and drop. This feature allows any Samsung smartphone that supports phone screen to wirelessly drag and drop files from their phone to their PC and vice versa without having to dig for cables. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Illustration highlighting file transfer between PC and Phone.

Drag and Drop feature requirements

Known issues

  • Drag and drop of folders is currently not supported in either direction.
  • Transferring files from the My Files folder on your phone to PC on devices other than the S20 series and the Z flip requires an update to the My Files app, which Samsung is gradually rolling out this month.
  • Dragging images from the Gallery app on your phone to PC is supported on all phone screen capable devices.
  • If you drag a file too quickly from the phone, it may result in transfer failure.
  • Minimizing the Your Phone app during transfer will cancel the transfer in progress. Feature requires Your Phone app to be open during the entire transfer.
  • Maximum number of files per transfer is limited to 100. Only one transfer at a time is allowed.

This feature is gradually rolling out, so it may take few days to show up in the Your Phone app (YP version 1.20032.104).

Cross-device Copy & Paste feature now available on additional Samsung Galaxy devices

The Cross-device Copy and Paste feature, which allows you to seamlessly copy text and images between devices, is now rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S10e/S10/S10+, Note 10, and Fold devices.

Illustration highlighting Copy/Cut and Paste between devices.

Messages node

Compose new messages, within the Messages node, is getting a brand-new rounded user interface (UI). Check it out and let us know what you think!

Screen highlighting Compose new message rounded icon at the bottom.

UI updates

We recently introduced a number of UI changes to improve the overall look and feel of the Your Phone app. Updates include:

  • The option to match your app’s background with your phone’s wallpaper. This not only complements the look and feel of the app, but it makes it more personal.
  • The app background color in dark mode is now lighter tone of gray.
  • Typography of headers is more modern and prominent.
  • Improvements to app-wide padding and responsiveness to work better for different sizes of the app window as you navigate across nodes.
Settings screen that highlights our UI improvements, like the header typography and background color.

These features are gradually rolling out to the public, so they may take few days to show up in the Your Phone app. We value your feedback, so give these features a try and let us know what you think! You can give us feedback in the Your Phone app under Settings > Send Feedback or directly in the Feedback Hub.

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where Sticky Notes windows couldn’t be moved.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in language packs failing to install on the previous build. Anyone impacted by this may have noticed some parts of the UI weren’t displaying in your preferred language.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager showing an incorrect icon for Microsoft Edge Canary.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Snip & Sketch App launching in the background instead of foreground (on top of all windows) when the app was invoked via pen click.
  • We fixed an issue where using the arrow keys in the taskbar volume flyout was unexpectedly backwards in Arabic, inconsistent from the direction it went in other slider controls.
  • We’ve done some work to improve the performance when loading the Windows Update history page.

Known issues

  • We’re aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • The Documents and Downloads sections under Privacy show a broken icon next to their page name (just a rectangle).
  • We’re investigating reports that app icons in the taskbar are having rendering issues, including defaulting to the .exe icon.
  • We’re investigating reports that the battery icon on the lock screen always shows close to empty, regardless of actual battery levels.
  • We’re investigating reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
  • Quickly switching between WSL distros using the File Explorer integration could cause a transient access error. We’ve identified the cause of this issue and are releasing a fix soon.

source: Windows Blogs

How to get the May 2020 Update from the Release Preview ring

For those who are not already on the Release Preview ring – you can get the May 2020 Update today by joining the Windows Insider Program with your Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory (AAD) account and joining your PC to the Release Preview ring using the following steps.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.

Step 2: Link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 2: Link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 3: Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the May 2020 Update.

Step 3: Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the May 2020 Update.

Step 4: Confirm the legal stuff.

Step 4: Confirm the legal stuff.

Step 5: Press “Restart Now” to ensure your PC is now in the Release Preview ring. Without restarting your PC, your PC won’t be fully be joined. A restart is required.

Step 5: Press “Restart Now” to ensure your PC is now in the Release Preview ring. Without restarting your PC, your PC won’t be fully be joined. A restart is required.

Step 6: After rebooting your PC, double-check your Windows Insider Program settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and make sure it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.

Step 6: After rebooting your PC, double-check your Windows Insider Program settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and make sure it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.

Step 7: If you go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and press the “Check for updates” button – your PC should receive the May 2020 Update.

Once your PC is on the May 2020 Update, we will continue to release Cumulative Updates as you normally would that improve your experience.

source: Windows Blogs