Windows 10 spring update still delayed

Microsoft discovered a serious flaw for the feature update [the one that is released every 6 months and takes usually over an hour and multiple reboots] to Windows 10. Because of the flaw, the update with the fix will not be released to the public until early May at the earliest [depending on current testing].

The current tested build is 17134.1. A potential new name is Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

 

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Windows 10 v1803 Delayed

Seems that Windows 10 v1803 [a.k.a. Redstone 4, a.k.a. Spring Creator Update] has been delayed.

Must be something big enough that they will also have a new build – build 17134 – released for it. Rumors say, over the weekend Microsoft may have found a blocking bug which has enough impact to hold the release until the issue is fixed.

Adding to the weirdness, sounds like Microsoft is ditching the name Spring Creator Update. They already said they would ditch the code name [Redstone 4] after this release.

 

What is new in the Windows 10 Spring Creator Update

With Windows 10 Spring Creator Update [a.k.a. Redstone 4, a.k.a. 1803, a.k.a. build 17133] about to be released, the following are some of the new or updated features:

  • For anyone concerned about exactly what data is being sent to those telemetry servers, the Diagnostic Data Viewer utility offers full transparency.
  • Most of the updates will now take place in the background as well as additional options such as scheduling the updates to be installed at a convenient time.
  • You can now share using WiFi connections or Bluetooth such as contacts, files, web pages and other supported data types. Both sender and receiver must agree to the connection.
  • You can now set upload and download limits to cumulative and feature updates when you do not have the bandwidth.
  • If you are using a local account instead of a Microsoft account, you now have the options to set password recovery options.
  • Using Hyper-V virtualization, Windows Defender Application Guard offers a way to access the web in a secure and isolated session which won’t allow ransomware or otherwise to compromise the system.
  • Microsoft Edge allows the option to turn off the sound to tabs that are playing sounds. Edge also includes clutter-free printing, more extensions support and includes a dedicated tab for extensions in the Microsoft Store
  • Video editors can always use high-powered GPU, regardless of the impact on battery life.
    A new option enhances the start-up apps from the Task manager but elsewhere in PC Settings plus other options.
  • You can now install fonts from the Microsoft Store. Initially there will be a limited selection of free fonts but eventually more fonts [only some free] will be added.
  • Cortana connects to more home automation services, making it possible to control those devices using voice commands from a PC.

 

Intel not releasing microcode for some CPUs

Intel has decided that it won’t release microcode updates for certain CPUs to fix the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Many are Xeon processors. The document in the link mentios Intel’s excuses.

Click here for the list.

Note that if this link becomes bad, change the “04” to the current month. The list gets updated.

 

Windows 10 Spring Creator Update has been released

According to sources Windows 10 Spring Creator Update has been released. It is build 17133.1.

It will probably not show up on the Microsoft web site at least until Patch Tuesday if you are an IT professional.

When you will get it depends primarily on how well the initial installs work for those with the newest computers. In general, those with the newer or most compatible [i.e. newer technologies] computers will get it first.

Those with older or least compatible computers may take at least a month before a notification is received [Microsoft may release further updates to make sure the upgrade works].

 

Windows Server 2019 announced

Microsoft has released the first test build for Windows Server 2019 due sometime in the late fall. See here. [Note: Do not install at work!]

There will be Windows Server Semi Annual Chanel (SAC) releases twice a year. identified by their date of release [i.e the first SAC was 1709 (for September 2017)]. The Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will be released every two to three years, this follows the previous Server release cycle of 2003 then R2, 2008 then R2, 2012 then R2. There will be no more R2 releases, and there will be two different focuses for the two different channels.

The LTSC will be available in all editions and deployment models [Core, Nano, GIU] Standard, Datacenter, Essentials, etc. The SAC will be only a core release and only in Standard and Datacenter.

Project Honolulu [the codename for the new Server Manager] will be included in the LTSC build as will the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.

Microsoft acknowledges that the price of Windows Server 2019 will be higher due to CAL price increases.

Intel to release updated microcode going back at least 5 years

To fix the problems associated with the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, Intel will be releasing microcode [i.e. BIOS] updates going back quite far. How far? Initially they said going back to the 4th generation Core processors but now they are planning to go even farther. At least back as far as Core 2 Duo days. Updates will be available from OEMs and not Windows Update.

You can find the announcement here.

[Update 2018/03/05:] Microsoft will slowly be offering microcode update though Windows Update Catalog. One update will cover them all. If your CPU is not supported at the time, it will notify you.

The catch is that the update will not be through Windows Update but through the Windows Update Catalog. So you will have to manually download the update.

[Update 2018/03/16:] Microsoft added more CPUs (6th through 8th generation) now to the update. Updated 8th generation as well as the upcoming 9th generation CPUs will have the fix in addition to other protections, so Intel says.