After the installation, the update will be started like a normal program

After the installation, the update will be started like a normal program

In addition, the photo app now has a folder view in which images stored locally on the smartphone or notebook can be displayed. The updated app should also appear for PCs with Windows 10.

Microsoft will deliver the mobile sister of Windows 10 in the fall and distribute it as an update for selected Lumia smartphones. The Windows makers have invited to New York for October 6th, where company boss Satya Nadella "exciting news" want to announce. In addition to a Surface Pro 4, new Lumia models are also expected.

Microsoft doesn’t like foreign browsers

September 10, 2015: There are increasing reports that Microsoft is taking aggressive action against the competition in the Windows 10 browser Edge. Large warnings are intended to prevent the user from switching browsers. So far, however, this information has only been displayed in the USA.

When searching for Firefox or Chrome for the first time via Windows 10 with the pre-programmed search engine Bing, the user is presented with a large warning message with a thick exclamation mark. "Microsoft recommends Edge for Windows 10!", is there in large letters. A symbol was placed next to it in which "Learn more" stands. With one click you land on a page that highlights the advantages of the in-house browser Edge.

The clues only appeared the first time they looked for the competition, not the second time. It remains to be seen whether German users will soon come into contact with such overlays.

+++ Windows update grants users more freedom +++

September 1, 2015: Users of Windows 10 Home in particular complain about the update requirement and insufficient freedom of choice within the operating system. A new update for Windows 10 ends the update requirement for installed apps. From now on, the automatic updates of apps can also be deactivated in the Home Edition. So far, this was only possible with Windows 10 Pro.

As usual with Microsoft, there is hardly any official information about the changes that the cumulative update KB3081448 brings with it. The Windows developers only speak of "Functionality improvements" as well as the usual bug fixes. Nevertheless, a function has now made it into the app marketplace.

This change is effective after the installation and a subsequent restart of the Store app. This can be found by clicking on your own profile picture at the top right. In the following settings, the switch for "Deactivate apps automatically" be turned over. The user then decides when and whether the app should be updated

In future, a small update symbol will show in the top right next to the profile picture whether updates are available for the installed apps.

+++ Pictures supposedly show Windows 10 smartphones +++

August 27, 2015: A blogger prematurely published press photos that allegedly show the much-anticipated Windows smartphones Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (Cityman). Details of the technical equipment leaked to the public weeks ago; Pictures have been in short supply so far. The pictures were taken by blogger Evan Leaks and published on Twitter. Accordingly, Microsoft will stay true to the striking design of the Lumias. In contrast to earlier top smartphones from this brand, however, the metal frame is missing. The exact name of the product name does not seem to have been determined either: It is still puzzled whether the devices will be called Lumia 940/940 XL or rather Lumia 950/950 XL. But it won’t be long before the devices are officially announced.

The Windows 10 Mobile operating system is due to appear this autumn and "Cityman" such as "Talkman" should arrive in stores as new devices at the same time. So it remains to be seen when the final mysteries will be revealed and whether all of the unofficial reports are true. 

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+++ Windows 10: German data protectionists check legality +++

August 25, 2015: After reports of the Windows 10 collecting frenzy, privacy advocates have started to scrutinize Microsoft. While the authorities in Germany and Switzerland are still examining possible violations of data protection law, politicians in Russia are already calling for a ban on the new Windows.

Microsoft actually made it quite clear what user data Windows 10 collects, said Thomas Kranig, President of the Bavarian State Office for Data Protection Supervision, the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The Edge browser, the Cortana language assistant and the Windows Store in particular create extensive user profiles. Microsoft reserves the right to pass on the data to advertisers, for example.

In detail, however, some things are still unclear. That is why Microsoft was asked a few questions that the software company had to answer by an unspecified deadline. However, Kranig did not reveal which questions were involved.

The top data protection officer in Switzerland also took action and checked whether Microsoft might violate the right to informational self-determination with Windows 10. It is not known what sanctions are to be expected in the event of violations of data protection law in Switzerland or Germany.

Windows 10 fuels fears of surveillance

In Russia, the Duma deputy spokesman even called for a Windows 10 ban for authorities, state-run companies and state-supported research institutions, reports "Russia Today". According to the Russian newspaper "Gazeta" Vadim Solovyov, chief lawyer of the Communist Party faction, instructed the attorney general to examine the legality of Windows 10.

The operating system collects browser histories, saved passwords and other sensitive data. Solovyov even warned against espionage in connection with Windows 10 on state computers.

+++ Windows 10: First build after market launch is here +++

August 21, 2015: Microsoft has released the first new test version after the market launch of Windows 10. With Build 10525 there are some functional innovations with which the appearance of the desktop can be made more diverse. Microsoft also explains why Windows 10 appears to use more memory (RAM) than its direct predecessors.

According to Microsoft, many Windows testers wanted more color options for the start menu, the info center and the taskbar. With build 10525 this is now possible. However, Microsoft advises that the new color management is still in the early stages of development. The functions can be found under Settings => Personalization => Colours. What is new, for example, is that the title bars of program windows can be colored and Windows can automatically adapt its colors to a background color.

Microsoft explains how Windows 10 uses the RAM

After switching to Windows 10, numerous users noticed an increased load on their PC. In addition to the processor, the main memory also shows higher values ​​in the Task Manager. Microsoft promises improved memory management with build 10525, but also explained how the increased RAM values ​​come about. If an open application is not used for a long time, Windows 10 does not move its data from the main memory to the hard drive as usual, but compresses the data in RAM.

In this way, actively used programs would get the main memory they need. At the same time, however, switching between many different applications is more fluid, according to Microsoft. The compressed memory that is put on hold is assigned to the process of its application in the Task Manager. So the displayed RAM value climbs quickly.

+++ Update flood: Windows 10 is permanently patched +++

August 17, 2015: Two and a half weeks after Windows 10 started, Microsoft has already released the third patch for its new operating system. The company did not reveal in detail which improvements the cumulative update KB3081438 brings. However, after upgrading to Windows 10, users complained of several very different problems – including with the Windows Store.

According to Microsoft, update KB3081438 should optimize the performance and stability of Windows 10. Previously, some users reported that they could not access the Windows Store. Other users complained about higher resource consumption by the processor and RAM and shortened battery life. Problems with graphics card drivers from Nvidia also occurred several times. Whether and which of these problems have been resolved remains unclear for the time being.

Windows 10 private users cannot turn off the automatic updates. Among other things, this should prevent computers with security vulnerabilities from being operated. In view of the latest flood of updates – the previous version was only from August 11th – the procedure is causing increasing skepticism. In addition, the first cumulative update sent KB3081424 into a restart loop.

+++ Windows 10 runs on every tenth computer +++

August 17, 2015: Two and a half weeks after the release of Windows 10, Microsoft’s new operating system is running on almost every tenth computer in Germany. As of August 15, the analysis firm StatCounter calculated a market share of 9.93 percent for Windows 10. This puts Germany above the global average of 6.19 percent.

Windows 7 is still the most widespread in Germany with 51.38 percent; Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 together make up 17.75 percent. Apple’s Mac system OS X achieved a share of 8.84 percent.

According to StatCounter, the figures look similar worldwide; Windows 7 is also installed on 53.61 percent of computers internationally. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 still achieve a share of 18.63 percent.

+++ Windows 10: Deactivate update KB3081424 +++

August 10, 2015: The first cumulative update for Windows 10 apparently triggered a restart loop for several users. As angry users report in Microsoft’s Windows forum, the installation of the update with the number KB3081424 aborts at a certain point. Since Windows 10 Home users cannot refuse the updates by default, the faulty process starts over and over again. A registry hack and Microsoft tool could help.

Already with the first update for Windows 10, the prophecy of the critics about Microsoft’s forced update came true: users are confronted with a faulty patch, but cannot stop the installation routine. Microsoft had pushed the first functional improvement for the new operating system with the service update KB3081424 a week after the market launch of Windows 10.

Tricky registry hack

Instead of improving stability, the patch sent several users into a boot loop. On many of the affected computers there are apparently SIDs in the registry for user accounts that have already been deleted. These are security numbers with which users can be uniquely identified by the system. Anyone who has some experience with the Windows registry can start the computer in safe mode and the superfluous SID entries under the path "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList" Clear.

However, extreme caution is required – The SID entries of folders 18 to 20, for example, are required by Windows. In addition, users without redundant SIDs also reported problems.

Disable auto updates in Windows 10

A tool from Microsoft promises a safer method for breaking out of the update spiral: the Troubleshooter "Show or hide updates". The small program has the update number KB3073930 and can be downloaded directly from Microsoft. Before this, the key combination Ctrl + F8 should be pressed when restarting the PC before the Windows logo appears. This is how Windows starts in Safe Mode. After the installation, the update will be started like a normal program. Then individual updates "hide" and thus exclude them from the compulsory auto-update.

+++ Download option in Windows 10 causes trouble +++

August 5, 2015: Many users are bothered by a download setting for Windows 10. Because the several gigabyte upgrades for the new Windows are not only downloaded from Microsoft servers, but also from other users’ hard drives – the data packets take one with them Abbreviation. This can speed up downloads considerably, but leads to increased data traffic on home PCs.

"The PC connects to the Microsoft servers, downloads a list of the files required for current updates and then asks around the network whether these files are already available somewhere on the network", explains Chester Wisniewski from IT security provider Sophos. This means that users exchange data packets with one another, similar to a torrent network. This measure will hardly noticeably slow down a single PC.

This behavior can be turned off: Under Start / Settings / Update and Security / Windows Update / Advanced Options you can choose to have the PC only download updates directly from Microsoft or to use the distribution function only between computers in your own network. However, deactivation can mean that update downloads take longer.

It would have been desirable if Microsoft had deactivated the distribution function in the delivery state or at least had asked Windows users beforehand. In the opinion of the security expert, however, there is no need to fear legal or security-critical concerns due to access to third-party computers. The process is unproblematic, says Wisniewski.

+++ Screen flickering and crashes with Nvidia graphics cards +++

July 29, 2015: Microsoft introduces compulsory updates with Windows 10. In addition to new functions and security patches, hardware drivers are also automatically updated using them. With graphics cards from Nvidia there were obviously considerable problems.

In user forums for Geforce graphics cards, complaints about picture disturbances and computer crashes increased after Windows 10 (the beta version) installed the hardware drivers for the Nvidia graphics card without asking. Some users report screen flickering, others of crashes when the graphics cards are working in SLI mode with the combined power of the graphics chips.

The problem: Windows 10’s forced update function not only installs security updates or new operating system functions, but also new drivers for the hardware. If the driver, which Windows automatism considers to be the right one, is not fully compatible with the installed hardware, the mentioned problems arise.

Remedy by switching off the automatic update

With older Windows versions, the user could decide whether to install new drivers or not.