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What is the latest security update for Windows 10?

Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) Version 20H2, called the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, is the most recent update to Windows 10. ComputerworldWindows 10: A guide to the updates

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The security flaw, known as PrintNightmare, affects the Windows Print Spooler service. ... Microsoft warned that hackers that exploit the vulnerability could install programs, view and delete data or even create new user accounts with full user rights. abc7chicago.comMicrosoft issues urgent security warning: Update your PC immediately to avoid Print-Nightmare

Windows 11 Build 22000.65 adds search to Start, brings back performance booster

PCWorld 08 July, 2021 - 07:54pm

Microsoft has tweaked the way the Start menu works in Windows 11’s latest beta build, an update which also adds the performance power slider back into Windows 11.

Windows 11’s latest Insider build, Build 22000.65, is available through the Windows Insider Dev Channel for those who wish to download Windows 11. (Do you? Here’s how to get the Windows 11 Insider builds.) While the build will download automatically, it can also be requested via Windows Update.

We’ve already looked at this build and can tell you what we’re seeing. Interestingly, on our test system the update appeared as a “Cumulative Update” for Windows 11, rather than as a traditional Insider build. Microsoft appears to be referring to these incremental updates as “quality updates” in the Windows Update history.

Microsoft detailed its latest changes in a blog post, which includes both some “new” updates as well as a chance to add in features that were left out in the original Windows 11 official Insider preview. More Windows 11 features have been announced, but they haven’t been officially previewed yet. 

It would be true to say that the Start menu within Windows 11 now includes a search box, but not entirely. Clicking the new Search box within Start now just opens the Search box... which is located right next to the Start menu icon anyway. It feels less like a bait-and-switch and more like your cursor simply walked through a teleporter within Windows. In any event, this is a new change to Windows 11.

Start now includes a Search bar.

It’s worth noting that there’s another search bar at the top of the Widgets menu, as before.

If you’re like us, Windows 10’s performance power slider is one of its more intriguing features for laptops. It makes a difference, as simply dialing up the performance slider, hidden within the battery icon on the Windows 10 taskbar, can increase your laptop’s performance for free. (Dialing down the power/performance slider can also extend your laptop’s battery life.) For an example of what it can do, see our Surface Pro 7 review, specifically the performance section.

Windows 11 refers to the Windows 10 power/performance slider as “power mode”.

In Windows 11, however, clicking the battery icon on the taskbar simply opens the Quick Settings menu. The slider itself was removed from the first official Windows 11 build. Now it’s back, sort of: In the Settings > System > Power & Battery menu, there’s a drop-down where you can select different performance levels, depending upon how your laptop’s OEM configured the system. There’s no explanation of how it will affect your laptop’s battery, however—it’s just a performance booster. Also, there’s no slider, per se—it’s just a drop-down menu under power mode.

We haven’t yet tested what effects the power mode or performance slider has, but we’d expect them to be the same as in Windows 10.

One of the neater features in Windows 11 has been the new PowerToys-style Snap layouts, which allow windows to be arranged in columns as opposed to corners. Microsoft has tweaked those, so tablets held in a vertical orientation should display new vertical Snap options. In trying out the new build, we couldn’t make those work, however—the cursor simply disappeared when we tried to hover over the “maximize window” icon.

Here’s a smaller change: Right-clicking the volume icon on the Taskbar includes an option to troubleshoot sound problems.

If you’re a fan of GIFs and kaomoji within Windows 10, then you may be happy to hear that Microsoft is partnering with a Chinese GIF creator, weshineapp.com, to offer GIFs to the Chinese audience.

Microsoft has a few more tweaks to Windows 11, plus some bug fixes—“show desktop,” for example, should work properly now. Microsoft has a full list in its blog post. 

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats.

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XDA Basics: How to upgrade from Windows 11 Home to Pro

XDA Developers 08 July, 2021 - 07:24pm

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When Windows 11 arrives later this year, it will come in a few different editions. Just like with previous Windows versions, different editions contain certain different features, which make the operating system more tailored for different users. For the general public, there are two main editions you’ll find — Windows 11 Home and Windows 11 Pro. As the name suggests, Windows 11 Pro is the more feature-rich edition, but most laptops come with the Home edition. Even Microsoft’s own Surface devices come with Windows 10 Home, with the exception of the Surface Pro 7+. In this guide, we’ll show you how to upgrade from Windows 11 Home to Pro, and why you might want to.

If you’re looking to learn a bit more about different editions, you can check out our article about Windows 11 SKUs. In addition to Home and Pro, there are numerous editions for business and education users. There are also specific editions for different kinds of devices.

As we mentioned, Windows 11 Pro contains certain features that the Home edition doesn’t have, but what exactly are you missing? Well, for most users, you’re probably just fine with Windows 11 Home. As the name suggests, the features in the Pro edition are more geared towards professionals and enterprise-managed PCs. Still, there are valid reasons to want it.

One of the Pro-exclusive features is BitLocker encryption, which helps protect the data on your PC from external attackers. Encrypting your data means only you can access it, and that’s important if you’re worried about data privacy and security.

Another exclusive feature is support for Remote Desktop. This lets you remotely connect to your PC and control it from anywhere, which can be very useful for PCs you leave at the office, for example. There’s also support for Hyper-V virtualization. This lets you create and run virtual machines, so you can test specific environments or risky software without damaging your host PC.

However, it’s worth noting there are a few apps that offer similar tools if you have Windows 11 Home. VMware Workstation Player is an example of an app for running virtual machines, and TeamViewer is good for accessing remote PCs.  You don’t need the Pro edition necessarily.

More niche features for Pro include the ability to join Azure Active Directory or a business domain. You may also like that you can set up Windows 11 Pro with a local account right away, although you can also do that on Windows 11 Home with some trickery. We have a guide on how to do just that if you’re interested.

If you’re set on upgrading from Windows 11 Home to Pro, here’s what you need to do:

Windows 11 Home and Pro are actually based on the same installation files, so you don’t have to reinstall Windows or anything to upgrade. A simple restart will configure your version of Windows, and you’ll be good to go the next time you use your PC.

If you’re looking to buy a new Windows laptop that can upgrade to Windows 11 later this year, you can check out our list of best laptops. Most of them are running Windows 10 Home, which means you’ll also get Windows 11 Home when you get the update. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 would be an exception, since it ships with Windows 10 Pro and will get Windows 11 Pro after the update.

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