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.



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.


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].


How to turn off Airplane Mode in Windows 10 when it doesn’t want to turn off

There is an occasional time when with Windows 10, “Airplane Mode” is turned on and can’t be turned off no matter what you do.

What is Airplane Mode? Airplane mode gives you a quick way to turn off all wireless communications on your PC.  This would include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, cellular, and Near Field Communication (NFC).

Note: Some older Dell Inspiron laptops seem to have this issue. You can’t turn off Airplane Mode.

Normally, to turn airplane mode on or off, select the Network Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar, then select Airplane mode. You can also turn it off [or on] in Settings, then Network & Internet. Click on Airplane Mode on the left column. Move the Airplane Mode slider to off [or on].

If this is where you can’t turn off then try one of the options below:

  • Press the Fn key [bottom left of the laptop keyboard] and the Print Screen [could be PrtSc on some keyboards] until the mode is turned off.
  • Strange but true, you can try unplugging anything USB like portable drives and then rebooting the computer.
  • Some laptops have a physical button to enable or disable the Airplane Mode.
    Turning the Wi-Fi button on the keyboard [or maybe a physical button] off or on.

If the above do not work, then try this one:

Go to the Control Panel. [If you see 8 icons, in the upper right corner of the window change view to large or small icons.] Find Device Manager. Click and expand Network Adapters. Look for something that says “Wi-Fi” and/or “802.11” in the name. This is your wireless card. Once found, right click on that device and select Properties.  Click on the Power Management tab. Uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click on OK and exit the Device Manager. Try turning off Airplane Mode [or try after rebooting].
One final option [which may work] is to get the latest software for your wireless card. While finding the wireless card in the paragraph above, try Update Driver Software instead of Properties. Follow the directions. [You can also get the latest from the manufacturer but you probably need some professional assistance for this.]

Should Microsoft ditch feature upgrades twice a year?

Since the summer of 2015, when Microsoft released Windows 10, Microsoft has been sending out feature updates [roughly] every 6 months.

Some background first. A feature update is that huge update that is release every six months. It includes new features to Windows plus enhancements to current features as well as security updates.

But as you probably noticed, you need to download this huge update [2 GB or greater]and wait anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours until the update is finished. A small business can’t sit around while one or more computers are being updated.

[And if you have a system like mine, any time a feature update is installed, it botches up several settings that you probably painstakingly have configured only to have to redo them in 6 months because Microsoft doesn’t seem to care about our settings.]

This also causes developers to fix/correct problems that will occur with a feature update.

Large businesses have to decide which feature edition to base their Windows 10 deployment on, only to find out that after building the image and doing pilot test runs, another feature edition is around the corner. These businesses will most likely base their deployment on the latest feature edition and not worry about the next feature edition when released – or even the one after.

After speaking with some people – both novices and technical – I think most would be happy with one feature upgrade per year. Windows 10 is mature enough. Even Apple doesn’t have major updates not more than once per year.

There will be some issues that would need to be somehow updated. For example, Edge, the web browser. It is still far from being perfect and strong enough to compete the other web browsers. [It is last among the major web browsers that works with Windows 10. One in ten people use it.] It needs to be updated more than twice a year. Chrome and Firefox are constantly being updated and enhanced.

There isn’t a competing Windows operating system but there is for web browsers. When Windows 10 was originally released [and even now], Microsoft was foolish to hide Internet Explorer in the “Start” menu system. After using Edge, which was more like a beta version when released in the first few feature editions, most Windows 10 users headed straight to Google or Mozilla’s web site to download their web browsers – not knowing Internet Explorer was still there.

Warning about a silent Windows 10 driver update

Over the last few days there has been a few cases where Windows 10 [I am guessing v1703 at the very least] has silently installed an update.

That update actually butchered [in these 3 cases that I know of] the video card drivers. Instead of 1920*1080, the highest display dropped to 1280*1024 as the video card wasn’t supported in Windows 10 but somehow, it did install some decent drivers originally.

If you have this problem, use the System Restore to go back to a date prior to the installation. Then apply the 6 steps at the bottom.

If System Restore doesn’t work, the follow these steps, rebooting at the end if needed:

  1. Go to Device Manager in the Control Panel.
  2. Select Display Adapter and then choose the display adapter shown.
  3. Right click and select Update drivers.
  4. Then Browse my computer for driver software and then Let me pick from a list of device drivers.
  5. Choose the drivers probably with a date from 2015 [may be just one].

If your computer is using old hardware, you may want to disable the option to let Windows automatically update hardware drivers.

To turn off Windows checking for hardware drivers via Windows Update:

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Click System.
  3. Click Advanced system settings from the left sidebar.
  4. Select the Hardware tab.
  5. Press the Device Installation Settings button.
  6. Choose No, and then press the Save Changes button.

A negative issue turning this option off is that you will have to update drivers on your own and if you add any hardware, there may be some issues adding the hardware.