Issue with latest Windows 10 v1703 update

You may want to hold off on updating to the latest [patch Tuesday] monthly update released on October 10th if using the v1703 edition (Build 15063; “Creator Update”, Redstone 2) of Windows 10.

Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated.

Microsoft has yet to release a fix but the temporary solution is to disable UCSI in the computer system’s BIOS. This will also disable UCSI features in the Windows operating system.

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Upgrading to Windows 10 Creator Update? My thoughts

So this past weekend I upgraded Windows 10 from v1607 to v1703.

Everything was straight forward. Within 30 minutes I was at v1703. Nothing looked odd or anything. So far so good. [Yes, just 30 minutes. I have a Core i7 with a SSD but the system itself is 3.5 years old.]

That wouldn’t last.

Unsure why Microsoft does this. Why can’t they leave our settings alone. For example:

  • I like my Caps Lock disabled. It’s back to enabled. [Note that this isn’t surprising. A while ago with Windows 7 installed, I couldn’t install a security update until I enabled the Caps Lock!]
  • I added some settings to enable the command prompt and an elevated command prompt if I right click on a folder. Those disappeared.
  • Setting in File Explorer such as Details Pane was disabled.
  • I had to disable again a bunch of telemetry settings that I enabled.
  • Audio dropped from 5.1 to 2.1.
  • Internet Explorer history is gone.
  • There is a “fix” in v1607 that enabled the “classic” User Access Control you saw in Windows 7. Now the fix does nothing. It’s gone.

There always seems to be stuff like this. Why can’t Microsoft just leave it, if it has been set.

 

Kaspersky versus Microsoft on security

Kaspersky Lab complained recently that Microsoft uses “underhand tactics” to remove third-party antivirus where in June took its complaints over Windows 10’s handling of third-party antivirus to the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office.

One of the key complaints is that Windows 10 uninstalls Kaspersky antivirus without the consent of users and enables the built-in Windows Defender, which could happen during major Windows updates if a third-party security product is incompatible with the latest version of Windows.

Microsoft replied that with the Windows 10 Creators Update, the customer will be advised to install a new version of their security application right after the update completed. To do this, the software upgrade first temporarily disabled some parts of the security software when the update began. Microsoft claims they worked with anti-virus partners. Maybe Kaspersky wasn’t included.

Kaspersky founder Eugene Kaspersky has accused Microsoft of using shady methods to “fiercely promote its own inferior” product, Windows Defender, over third-party antivirus already installed on Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft claims its Windows Defender is a strong security product. {Security testers say not really.]

Kaspersky also complained that security vendors have little time to make their product compatible, compared with previous versions of Windows [since Windows 10 gets upgraded every 6 months]. ESET is cited with similar compatibility problems with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

But with the number of security vendors, two [the known vendors that have complained] is very small. In addition, there is a few weeks before the “RTM” and the actual release date. How come others security vendors aren’t having compatibility problems? Not McAfee, not Symantec, not Avast, not AVG, …. [As far as I know.]

If an security subscription expires, only then will Windows Defender begin providing protection.

Kaspersky complained that Windows users don’t need to pay for third-party antivirus because of Windows Defender. As well, they claim that Microsoft’s tech support staff have advised users to uninstall Kaspersky.

You can put a big chunk of the blame on Kaspersky themselves. Has any other security vendor complained? So why just them? Maybe Kaspersky has a grudge going on with Microsoft.

Does Kaspersky bother to tell those with Kaspersky software installed that if they have a valid subscription they can upgrade to the latest version? I guess not. This alone makes their clients less secure.

The only alternative is for Microsoft to have a pop-up window with something like:
“Your crappy security software is unsupported. Please upgrade to the latest version. Alternatively, with your approval, Windows 10 will be upgraded and your crappy security software will be removed and replaced by Windows Defender. You can then upgrade your crappy security software following the upgrade.”

In a virtual machine of mine, my Panda Free-AV was upgraded for me automatically yesterday. Shouldn’t be too hard for Kaspersky to do this.

Someone I know has a 3 years subscription to Kaspersky Total Security. Something went wonky and the computer wouldn’t update anymore. Chatted online and was told it would be escalated. Didn’t hear from them and they closed the incident after a week. Contacted them again and was told an email was sent out with a new activation code. Never got it. It was resent. Damn thing expires in 3 months when the old key had 16 months left. Really crappy support.

 

How to fix VMware Tools and black screens with Windows 10 Creator Update

At “press time”, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 Creator Update [i.e. Redstone 2, a.k.a. build 15063, a.k.a. v1703] has been released. Those on the technical side probably know how to get it. For the rest, it will be on or after April 11th.

This article deals with VMware Workstation 11 [and probably older] as well as VMware Player. So most likely the audience are those who are technical.

If you are like me and are using an unsupported VMware Workstation or Player and get a black screen for the video [or at least that] after upgrading Windows 10 or installing VMware Tools in a fresh Windows 10 installation, the following may make Windows 10 Creator Edition [a.k.a. blah, blah, blah] run better with VMware Workstation or Player:

Go here and download either the ISO image or the applicable EXE for the architecture. You probably want the ISO as you may not be able to copy over the executable but you can attach the ISO. Tested with version 10.1.5 build 5055683.

What you are doing is installing the VMware Tools for the latest version of VMware Workstation 12.5. The video issue gets corrected. I am guessing you can install any VMware Tools for your product [and not VMware Tools for ESX].

I tested this on two VMs, one upgraded from v1607 to v1703 and a fresh installation of v1703 and both worked but I recommend removing the current VMware Tools first.

Prior to trying this, I would suggest you take a snapshot [applies to Workstation only] or back up your VM.

[Update 2017/07/19:] Installing Windows Server 2016 also works in the same method. Install and then download and install the ISO file for the VMware Tools associated with VMware Workstation 12.5.

Updated features in the Windows 10 Creator Update

The list below is based on the latest Windows Insider build that beta testers are using [and may change] when Windows 10 v1703 is released in the spring. It is being dubbed the Creator Update by Microsoft. It is not the complete list but highlights some of the updates.

  • You can now to organize and personal your tiles in Start menu into folders.
  • OneNote 2016’s popular screen capture feature is built into Windows 10. Use Win+Shift+S to capture a region of your screen and copy it to anywhere. It is expected to be removed as a feature of OneNote 2016. [Note: If using OneNote but not using windows 10, there is a registry fix to bring it back].
  • PC’s health section includes more options for Device performance and extra health scans for an in-depth report.
  • When running Windows for the first time [after an upgrade or a new computer], a female voice will guide you and exclaim some options. The voice can be disabled.
  • Added is an option that will enable you to pause updates on your computer for up to 35 days and allow you to decide whether or not to include driver updates. This capability will not be available on the Home edition.
  • Also added is logic to better detect if the PC’s display is actively being used for something, such as projecting, and avoid attempting to restart.
  • Home edition of Windows will now have Active hours increased to up to 18-hour maximum.
  • You will now be able to change resolution straight from the main Display Settings page.
  • An improved performance and smoothness when resizing GDI-based Desktop applications [such as File Explorer, Notepad, Task Manager, ….] and UWP apps [such as Outlook Mail, Photo]. When resizing UWP apps, the window frame background will be transparent as the app adjusts.
  • The new device settings combine the Bluetooth and Connected devices pages to offer a single place to manage all of your devices/peripherals. They can all now be discovered and managed from the same place using the same UI. You can also disconnect and reconnect your Bluetooth audio devices directly from the settings page.
  • High DPI support will be enabled for GDI-based applications.
  • Settings pages now contain additional information on the right or bottom [depending on the window size} that will provide feedback, support links, etc.
  • App related settings have moved out of System into a new category called Apps.
  • The header on the landing page for each Settings category will now stay in place as you pan the page.
  • You can easily pick between the colors you’ve decided on in the past on some screens.
  • The Settings app now contains the theme management [formerly in the Control Panel.