Articles about Windows 10

Spotify is forcibly installing on Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems

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If you have noticed the appearance of the Spotify app on your computer but you don't recall installing it, you are not alone. There are multiple reports -- or complaints, even -- from users of Windows 10 and Windows 11 that the app has installed itself without permission.

It is certainly not unknown for Microsoft to forcibly install apps on computers, but on previous occasions when apps have been foisted onto people, there has been some sort of announcement or notification. This has not happened this time around, so it is not quite clear what is going on. One thing is undeniable though: people are not happy.

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Best Windows apps this week

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The Windows 11 2022 Update has been out of a while and Microsoft confirmed several issues plaguing some users already. One of the issues affected gaming performance on Nvidia-powered systems. Nvidia released an updated driver that addresses these performance issues.

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Best Windows apps this week

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Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 11 this week. The new version improves the usability of existing features, such as Snap Layouts or the Start Menu, and adds a number of new features to the system next to that.

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Best Windows apps this week

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Microsoft 365 apps can now be updated without user interruption, thanks to the new "update under lock" feature.

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You can now play Lunar Lander in the Windows copy dialog box -- here's how

Copying a large file from one drive to another, or over a network, can take quite a while, and there’s nothing you can do in that time, but wait.

However, an enterprising developer has found a way to make the copy dialog more interesting -- he’s added a fully playable version of the arcade classic Lunar Lander to it. And this is no basic addition -- you can choose your difficulty level and there are multiple worlds to play, including lush green forests and frozen ice planets.

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Microsoft plans to push smaller updates, called Moments, to Windows 11 installations after the release of Windows 11 version 22H2.

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Best Windows apps this week

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Microsoft released optional updates for Windows 10 and 11 this week that address a large number of issues.

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Microsoft releases KB5016688 update to fix a slew of Windows 10 problems

Microsoft's focus may well be Windows 11 and the upcoming Windows 12, but that does not mean that people who have opted to stick with Windows 10 have been forgotten. Having released a preview of the KB5016691 update for Windows 11, the company has also released KB5016688 update for Windows 10.

Available for Windows 10 versions 20H2, 21H1 and 21H2, the KB5016688 update is a preview of the cumulative update that will be released next Patch Tuesday. Although this is a non-security update, it fixes a large number of issues with Windows 10

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Best Windows apps this week

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The first feature update for Windows 11 is likely called the Windows 11 2022 Update. Whether that is Microsoft's new naming scheme for future Windows 11 updates remains to be seen though.

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KB5015878 update broke audio in Windows but Microsoft has a fix... of sorts

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One of the most recent updates released by Microsoft that has had something of an unwanted payload is the KB5015878 update for Windows 10. Many people installing the update found that it broke audio on their systems.

Microsoft has not only acknowledged the problem, it has also issued a fix. The company is using a once-rare-but-becoming-increasingly-common Known Issue Rollback (KIR) to recall the update. Sadly, it will be of no use to people who are experiencing audio problems!

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Best Windows apps this week

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Microsoft may release the first feature update for Windows 11, version 22H2, as early as next month, according to a new rumor.

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Microsoft published a warning this week that a recent update has broken XPS viewing. Microsoft also released a new Windows 11 build; this one enabled File Explorer tabs for all users.

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Microsoft warns Windows users that a recent update has broken XPS viewing

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Craving another problem caused by an update to Windows? Microsoft is happy to oblige! The company has issued a warning that users who install the KB5014666 update -- yes, the same update that caused printing problems and issues with the language bar -- may experience difficulties with XPS files.

The problem means that XPS documents with non-English language characters might not open, and it is not limited to those who have installed the KB5014666 update.

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Best Windows apps this week

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Universal Print, a solution for organizations to manage their print infrastructure through serverless cloud services from Microsoft, is now also available on Windows 10.

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Microsoft 'fixes' language bar problems caused by KB5014666 update

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It has not gone unnoticed that Microsoft's quality control for updates for Windows has been found somewhat wanting of late, particularly when it comes to Windows 11. We have reported numerous times about problems caused by updates, and then the subsequent fixes -- and, sometimes, additional issues they cause -- that Microsoft releases.

Windows 10 users are also affected by problematic updates, and the recently released KB5014666 update caused issues with printing. But this was not the only problem caused by this devilish update; it was also found to lead to problems with the Input Indicator and Language Bar. Now Microsoft has issued a fix -- of sorts.

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