This week on 10Alert: Microsoft resumes the Windows 10 testing program by releasing the first Insider preview (build 14901) part of the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update coming in early 2017.
The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is out with great changes, but not everyone is having a smooth upgrade. Many users have been complaining of Windows 10 freeze after installing the new update. Microsoft said that is looking into the problem, and recommends a workaround that not everyone will be happy to do.
On Tuesday, Microsoft released three new updates to address a number of issues on Windows 10. Update KB3176495 rolled out to everyone running Windows 10 version 1607, while KB3176931 released only for computers enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, and cumulative update KB3176493 was released for Windows 10 version 1511.
Along with the new cumulative updates, Surface 3 received a new firmware update to improve battery life, graphics, and sensors.
This week we also looked at the difference between doing an upgrade of Windows 10 keeping your files and apps and doing a clean install, and why you should always pick a clean installation.
On Help & How-To, this week I added new guides help you disable the Lock screen on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. You also learned what’s a clean boot on Windows 10 and when to use it.
In addition, you now know how to disable the new File Explorer notifications coming in Windows 10 Redstone 2.
Finally, in a new comprehensive guide I detailed all the steps to disable Cortana on Windows 10, if it’s a feature you don’t want in the operating system.
If you missed any of the new stories, you can catch up with everything that happened this week and past articles here.
Tech news around the web
Here are a few other things that happened this week around the web.
Microsoft acquires Beam
Early this week, Microsoft announced that it has acquired Beam, which is an interactive live-streaming service that let gamers watch and play with the person hosting the stream.
Microsoft will support Windows 7/8.1 a little longer on new hardware
Previously, the company announced that computers using Intel’s 6th generation Skylake processors must use Windows 10 to stay supported. On certain devices running Windows 7/8.1 would continue to be supported until 2018.
Now the software giant says that all Skylake computers will be supported until 2020 for systems running Windows 7 and until 2023 on machines running Windows 8.1.
Seagate unveils 60TB SSD
Seagate has unveiled a new solid-state drive (SSD) with 60TB (terabytes) of storage on a single 3.5-drive. Unfortunately, the company is not targeting the drive to home users, instead it’s been designed for data centers. Also, there is no pricing on the new drive, but be sure it won’t come cheap.
Surface devices ready for refresh and Surface AiO may include a 4K display
It’s been reported by Windows Central this week that Surface Book is likely to get a hardware refresh with the new Kady Lake processor from Intel, native support for USB 3.1, and new graphics processor for 3D and 4K graphics.
Microsoft is also rumored to redesign the hinge of the Surface Book to remove the gap after user complains.
Previously, we have also heard of Microsoft working on an elegant Surface All-in-One PC, and while we still don’t have much information it has been suggested that the new Surface AiO will release in three models: 21-inch with 1080p resolution, and 24-inch and 27-inch with 4K resolutions.