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The acronym DRM (Digital Rights Management) does not bring good impressions to users. And if you’ve already bought digital content like eBooks, music or movies on the Internet you’ve probably had contact with DRM. Understand now why getting to know this concept is important to you. Of course you can skip this and start using […]

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The acronym DRM (Digital Rights Management) does not bring good impressions to users. And if you’ve already bought digital content like eBooks, music or movies on the Internet you’ve probably had contact with DRM. Understand now why getting to know this concept is important to you. Of course you can skip this and start using DRM removal tool but getting a new knowledge is always good.

What is DRM?

DRM is a digital content access control that implements restrictions on the use, copying and manipulation of the content in question. The purpose for which it was created is to protect the copyrights of such content.

Through DRM the copyright owner can control what you can do and how. For example, you can control how many copies of content you can simultaneously use, on what systems you can use it, and so on. DRM is most commonly used in books (eBooks), music and videos / movies sold in digital format, DVDs and also in smartphones (as is the case of the Apple iPhone).

You can see DRM in action when buying, for example, an eBook at most of the online stores we have today, such as Amazon, iBookstore, Culture Bookstore, etc. You get a file that contains the book you bought, but you can’t open it in any eBook reader or even lend it to your friends. Also, in most cases you can’t print it.

The DRM is generally viewed negatively

For those who were accustomed to using analogue media (such as older CDs, videotapes, and paper books) the use of digital media with DRM brings unwanted control. Before, you could loan your paper book to a friend. He would read and then return you. You could rip your CD, put the files on your MP3 player, the computer, borrow the CD to your friend, etc.

In the case of digital media with DRM, only you can use that content, and only the way the company releases it. For example, if you bought a DRM eBook, read it and liked it, you can’t lend that book to your friend (unless the bookstore / store / publisher somehow provides this functionality). If you copy the file to your friend, it will not be able to open it because of DRM.

You don’t have the content you buy in digital format

However, you do not have the content you buy in digital format. It is true! The eBook is not yours, so you can’t do with it what you want. Just read the terms of use of online stores, software, etc.

The nightmare of DRM

DRM was created to stop piracy, but in practice who it harms the most, in my opinion, is the honest user who buys digital content. I want to make it clear that I do not approve piracy, and in my opinion the copyright holder has the right to protect his work against copying and illegal use. But the way DRM was implemented more annoys the user than the pirate.

Is it possible to remove DRM from digital content?

In most cases, it is possible to remove DRM from digital content, and there are several applications that do this in music files, movies, eBooks, smartphones (also known as jailbreak), etc. If you work on Windows, you should use the suitable one like DRmare DRM Audio Converter for Windows.

But there is a great deal of controversy surrounding this subject. Most websites that sell digital content make it clear in terms of usage that the user can’t remove the DRM from the files. In addition, the use of the file from which the DRM was removed may be characterized as piracy or copyright infringement, depending on the circumstances of this use (you need to study the laws of your locality in this regard). If you live in the United States, the mere removal of DRM is already characterized as an infraction, as there is a law against it.

Therefore, however well-intentioned the person may be, they may be breaking any law by removing DRM and using the unlocked files, especially if you distribute them, be careful with that.

Concluding …

The fact is that DRM can’t be effective in its goal, which is to inhibit piracy. Who wants to pirate, ends up getting illegal access to digital content in one way or another. But DRM really bothers the honest user, and in my opinion may even discourage the adoption of digital content.

 

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Windows Insider – Build 18342 Now Available for Slow Ring https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/02/27/windows-insider-build-18342-now-available-for-slow-ring/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/02/27/windows-insider-build-18342-now-available-for-slow-ring/#respond Wed, 27 Feb 2019 21:34:00 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=35171 Windows 10 19H2

Microsoft’s 19H1 build, the 18342, is now available for slow ring Insiders as well. Do note that PCs with the language ZH-CN will not receive this update due to an issue that’s causing many common Chinese games to crash on launch. What’s New in Build 18342:   Improving Gaming on Windows 10 With today’s new […]

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Microsoft’s 19H1 build, the 18342, is now available for slow ring Insiders as well. Do note that PCs with the language ZH-CN will not receive this update due to an issue that’s causing many common Chinese games to crash on launch.

What’s New in Build 18342:

 

Improving Gaming on Windows 10

With today’s new build (Build 18342), Microsoft has some fixes that Microsoft can’t wait to have folks try out: the game now runs correctly with parental controls enabled, and the install process is more stable (including a fix for the game being stuck in “Pending” instead of downloading).

  • If you have already tried State of Decay and everything worked: Microsoft would appreciate you uninstalling State of Decay and then trying the install again, to make sure everything still works.
  • If you have already tried State of Decay and something didn’t work: please try again and see if your issue has been addressed. If not, it would help Microsoft a lot if you let Microsoft know using the Feedback Hub in Windows (instructions here in this post). Even if you already sent feedback on the issue before, it’s very helpful to know that it’s still happening on a new version of Windows.
  • If you were not able to get a slot for State of Decay: Microsoft is opened up more slots now, so just go to the Xbox Insider hub and click Insider content to join. NOTE: Microsoft is still limiting availability as Microsoft rolls out, so Microsoft recommend joining right away. If you miss out this time, don’t worry, Microsoft will be adding more again soon!
  • If you are trying State of Decay for the first time: just do the following:
    1. Install the Xbox Insider Hub app on the PC you’ll be fighting on.
    2. Sign in to the Xbox Insider Hub with your Gamertag. If you don’t have a Gamertag, see instructions.
    3. Select Insider Content in the upper left.
    4. Scroll to the bottom and select the Windows Gaming program (in the System section).
    5. Join the program.
    6. Follow the instructions in the previous post, skipping any steps you’ve already completed above.

If you see any problems downloading or installing the game, or if important functionality like game saving isn’t working, please be sure to use the Feedback Hub to tell Microsoft.

Linux Files inside of File Explorer

Microsoft added the ability for users to access Linux files in a WSL distro from Windows. These files can be accessed through the command line, and also Windows apps, like File Explorer, VSCode, etc. can interact with these files. Access your files by navigating to \\wsl$\<distro_name>, or see a list of running distributions by navigating to \\wsl$. You can learn more about this here.

Screenshot of File Explorer showing Linux files.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The new tamper protection setting in the Windows Security app protects your device by helping to prevent bad actors from tampering with the most important security settings. The setting is now on by default for Insider Preview builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where Windows Sandbox would not start on localized builds.
  • Microsoft has done some work to improve error reporting in Windows Sandbox. Now the error dialog includes the error code and a link to the Feedback Hub.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where Windows Sandbox was unexpectedly throwing an error due to referencing a deleted file under Windows.old.
  • Windows Sandbox now captures hotkeys in full screen.
  • Windows Sandbox now supports configuration files! These files allow users to configure some aspects of the sandbox, such as vGPU, networking and shared folders. A blog post to explain this new feature will be available here.
  • Microsoft improved the capabilities of the wsl.exe command line interface, by adding new features such as importing and exporting distros and consolidating existing features from wslconfig.exe, such as listing distros and setting defaults.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where if the Magnifier was enabled and set to docked mode, a machine would crash and reboot on sign-in creating a boot loop.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in build unable to log into WinRE with an admin account in the last couple of flights.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where if you unpinned groups from Start, apps might end up thinking their tiles were still pinned.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in being unable to re-arrange pinned folders in Start’s tile grid.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the text explaining the Downloads section of Storage Sense had unexpected characters in it.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where Settings would sometimes crash when opening “Advanced Display Settings” from Display Settings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where after changing an app’s audio endpoint, it might no longer follow master volume changes.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to add a drive to the list of folders to exclude when setting up Enhanced Search in Settings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue with the Settings header at certain window sizes where long names might be truncated in the middle, rather than wrapping properly.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue from the previous flight where right-clicking the desktop would bring up a light colored context menu in the dark theme.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue impacting Emoji Panel and Clipboard History reliability.
  • Microsoft has made another fix to address reports of devices getting stuck with “Hibernating…” text on the screen on resume from hibernate.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could cause Windows login to forget the last logged on user, and instead would display the sign-in prompt for the default user from the list after dismissing the lock screen.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where an issue where some of the Real-Time Protection options for Malwarebytes Premium are not able to be turned on.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Internet Explorer’s menu bar not always appearing if enabled.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in CDPUserSVC using an unexpectedly large amount of CPU for prolonged periods of time.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in DWM crashing frequently for some Insiders on the previous flight.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in certain games recently going into a black screen/not responding state if their resolution was lower than 1920*1080 and the game entered fullscreen.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in certain games no longer rendering UI updates (appearing visually stuck) after using Alt + Tab to quickly switch away and back to the game.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in significant video and audio lag when projecting videos from certain devices on recent builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where turning off Location from the Action Center might take multiple clicks to react.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in single Unicode character insertion failing for IMEs, the touch keyboard, and the Emoji Panel in certain types of edit controls recently.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the left and right arrows on the touch keyboard inserting 4 and 6, respectively, in certain languages.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where newly installed apps might not show up in search results.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the Search pane becoming truncated if launched after rotating the device orientation from horizontal to vertical.
  • Microsoft fixed a high impact issue resulting in a decrease in Start reliability in the last couple of flights.
  • Microsoft fixed a recent issue where if you hid the search icon in the taskbar, a number of win32 apps would unexpectedly redraw when opening the Start menu.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in unexpected flickering if you used a pen or touch in certain win32 apps to launch a second instance of the app when in tablet mode.
  • Have a need to create a file that starts with a dot? File Explorer will now allow you to rename a file to be something like “.gitignore” – previously there would be an error siting that you needed to provide a name.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer potentially hanging when trying to rename, delete, or move MKV files in the previous flight.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders not being able to open Cortana when in Tablet Mode.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar blinking if an AC adapter was attached when the device had less than 20% battery.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar disappearing for a second when dismissing Start/Cortana/Search on a secondary monitor.
  • We’re updating the name of the “Windows Light” theme to now be “Windows (light)”.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where Cortana’s icon on secondary monitors wouldn’t update colors after switching between light and dark theme.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where when using light theme + small icons + a vertical taskbar orientation, text written on the taskbar would stay white and thus wouldn’t be readable.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in open apps not being shown on the taskbar (but being visible in Alt + Tab).
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in greys having an unexpected slight pinkish/purple-ish tinge on some devices in recent flights.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in DWM crashing after enabling high contrast.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue in Ease of Access’s Cursor and pointer settings, mouse pointer size, and color are now retained on upgrade. There is a remaining issue with mouse pointer showing white color instead of the selected color after signing out and signing back in.
  • When using the Magnifier with larger pointers, it pans smoothly as the pointers change shape.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where navigation mode on Orbit display could not be changed.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the Narrator paused unexpectedly when reading through a PDF.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where users were unable to join or switch between Winds Insider rings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly.

 

As always you can read known features and full changelog hereWindows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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You Can Now Skip Ahead to Test New Windows 10 19H2 Builds https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/30/you-can-now-skip-ahead-to-test-new-windows-10-19h2-builds/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/30/you-can-now-skip-ahead-to-test-new-windows-10-19h2-builds/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2019 21:14:45 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34777 Windows 10 19H2

Microsoft is bringing back Skip Ahead to Windows 10 insiders, this time to test 19H2 builds. The update will launch this Fall. The almost completed update, the 19H1, will be rolling out this Spring. Hello #WindowsInsiders, have opened up Skip Ahead again so those Insiders interested in trying out super-early builds from our dev branch. […]

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Windows 10 19H2

Microsoft is bringing back Skip Ahead to Windows 10 insiders, this time to test 19H2 builds. The update will launch this Fall. The almost completed update, the 19H1, will be rolling out this Spring.

If you want to enroll for Skip Ahead, make sure you do it now. You can do that by heading to your Windows Insider Program settings and choosing “Skip ahead to the next Windows Release.” If you opt to stay on the Fast or Slow rings, you’ll continue to test 19H1 builds until its broad release.

 

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Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 are Getting Better Dark Mode Support https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/24/mail-and-calendar-dark-mode-support/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/24/mail-and-calendar-dark-mode-support/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 22:41:56 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34708 Mail calendar Dark

Reports suggest that Microsoft was previously working to bring better dark mode support on apps. Seems like we are now finally seeing the results. Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 are getting improved dark mode. This works in the form of a toggle, directly in the app. With this toggle, you can switch between dark […]

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Mail calendar Dark

Reports suggest that Microsoft was previously working to bring better dark mode support on apps. Seems like we are now finally seeing the results. Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 are getting improved dark mode. This works in the form of a toggle, directly in the app.

With this toggle, you can switch between dark and light modes instead of going into Settings and then changing it. Also, users can switch to dark mode just on the right panel of the app. It will be good for those who want the best of both worlds.

Neowin reports that the update is rolling out to Fast Ring Insiders. It will be followed by Slow Ring insiders before finally making its way to all the users.

Do you like using Mail and Calendar for Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 18317 – Cortana Separated from Search https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/16/cortana-seach-build-18317/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/16/cortana-seach-build-18317/#respond Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:55:29 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34620

Microsoft is finally separating Cortana and Search in the latest Windows Insider Build 18317. The update adds many more under-the-hood changes regarding Search, Fonts and Windows Console. What’s new in Build 18317 The Big Change – Separating Search and Cortana Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience […]

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Microsoft is finally separating Cortana and Search in the latest Windows Insider Build 18317. The update adds many more under-the-hood changes regarding Search, Fonts and Windows Console.

What’s new in Build 18317

The Big Change – Separating Search and Cortana

Going forward, we’ll be decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases. Some Insiders have had this update for a few weeks now, and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve received about it so far! For those new to this update, when it rolls out to you, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.

The next step in improving Start reliability

As some of you may already know, up until now Start in Windows 10 has been hosted by something called ShellExperienceHost.exe. In order to provide you with the best possible Start experience, we’re separating it into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces. This has been running as an experiment for a few weeks now and we’ve seen measurable improvements in the reliability amongst those that have the change, so we’re rolling it out to everyone.

We’re also making a change so that Start no longer suspends, which improves launch time.

A Better Font management experience in Settings

Insiders today can now drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the modern Settings > Fonts page to install them. After installation, click on the font in the Font page, to view the different font faces associated with the font and all the details of the font. You can also uninstall the font from this font details page. Drag and drop font installation by default is installed as a per-user font which does not require elevation, hence it will not be available for other users. To install the font for all users in the device, use the “Install for all Users” option by right-clicking the font on file explorer.

Windows Console Updates

We’ve made several fixes & improvements in Windows Console in and leading up to build 18317, including:

  • Fixed GitHub issue 296 where the incorrect mouse button ID was being reported when a mouse button was released, resulting in an “unexpected mouse-drag behavior” regression
  • Fixed GitHub Issue 313, enabling colors above index #15 to be set via VT OSC 4
    • Colors <= 99 fixed in this build
    • Colors > 99 fixed in up-coming build
  • Corrected sizing issues for Linux alt-buffer apps (e.g. vim, emacs, etc.) resulting in more reliable resizing
  • Fixed some issues with Consoles growing in height if scroll-forward is disabled
  • Fixed ConPTY, enabling underline VT sequences to now pass correctly, allowing ConPTY-enabled apps (e.g. VSCode’s integrated terminal) to correctly receive and display underlined text
  • Made ConPTY flush its output buffer before terminating ensuring apps receive all input and display correct output
  • When running Tmux, correctly restore state after Win + D, resulting in Tmux’s last line of text rendering correctly
  • Fixed Console to preserve a Console window’s currently colored text when executing Cmd.exe
  • If using raster fonts, Console now correctly preserves the user’s font after running .NET Core code (which defaults to UTF-8 codepage 65001)
  • Correct how Console scrolls text region, fixing how text is rendered in Linux’ `screen`
  • Significantly improved performance of ConPTY – perf now very close to “raw pipe”

So these were the key features of Build 18317. As always, you can read about General changes, improvements, and fixes on the Windows Experience Blog!

 

 

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Cortana Will Remain Silent During Windows 10 Setup https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/04/cortana-silent-windows-10-setup/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/04/cortana-silent-windows-10-setup/#respond Fri, 04 Jan 2019 17:27:57 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34484 Cortana Windows 10

Having Cortana introduce herself was a welcome as well as horror for Windows 10 users, setting up their devices. But with the latest Insider Build 18309, things have changed. Microsoft has silenced Cortana by default on the  Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows. (via Windows Central) Here’s what the Build’s changelog notes – Based on feedback, […]

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Cortana Windows 10

Having Cortana introduce herself was a welcome as well as horror for Windows 10 users, setting up their devices. But with the latest Insider Build 18309, things have changed. Microsoft has silenced Cortana by default on the  Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows. (via Windows Central)

Here’s what the Build’s changelog notes –

Based on feedback, if you clean install Pro, Enterprise, or Education editions of Windows, the Cortana voice-over will be disabled by default. Screen reader users can still choose to start Narrator at any time by pressing WIN + Ctrl + Enter.

However, for those using Windows 10 Home, you can still enjoy the takeover of Cortana during setup. Enjoy this video of many PCs reciting the same Cortana phrases.

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Windows 10 is Now On More Devices than Windows 7 https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/02/more-windows-10-devices/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2019/01/02/more-windows-10-devices/#respond Wed, 02 Jan 2019 18:47:41 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=34429 Windows 10 Devices

Not only did Microsoft become the world’s most valuable company in December 2018, but Windows 10 devices also surpassed the number of Windows 7 devices. Windows 10 has beaten the market share of Windows 7, according to Net Applications. Windows 10 held 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share in December 2018, compared to 36.9 percent […]

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Windows 10 Devices

Not only did Microsoft become the world’s most valuable company in December 2018, but Windows 10 devices also surpassed the number of Windows 7 devices. Windows 10 has beaten the market share of Windows 7, according to Net Applications.

Windows 10 held 39.22 percent of desktop OS market share in December 2018, compared to 36.9 percent for Windows 7. Windows 7 was launched 10 years ago and is popular ever since. It took Microsoft three and a half years to achieve to goal.

Windows 10 is now running on more than 700 million devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, and even Xbox One consoles. Windows 7 will officially be going to end its support next year on January 14th, 2020. Microsoft has been pushing hard to increase the number of Windows 10 devices, and the number is growing ever since.

Which OS do you use? Let us know in the comments below.

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Microsoft Responds to Windows 10 Update Problem https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/06/microsoft-responds-to-windows-10-update-problem/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/06/microsoft-responds-to-windows-10-update-problem/#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 15:22:20 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=33166

Microsoft has finally responded to the latest Windows 10 (version 1809) update problem. The update reportedly deleted data of many users. Yesterday, we posted a solution for this problem too. Microsoft confirmed that it is looking into the issue by posting on their support website. We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October […]

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Microsoft has finally responded to the latest Windows 10 (version 1809) update problem. The update reportedly deleted data of many users. Yesterday, we posted a solution for this problem too.

Microsoft confirmed that it is looking into the issue by posting on their support website.

We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.

Until the issue is fixed, the October 2018 update has been pulled. That means it is no longer available to download officially. We don’t know when Microsoft will push the update again.

If you have already upgraded to the October update, we suggest you to go back to the previous stable version. To do so, head towards Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.

If you have already upgraded and find that your files are missing, Microsoft recommends you contact their support hotline at 1-800-MICROSOFT.

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Latest Windows 10 Update Wiping Off User Data? https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/05/windows-10-update-wiping-off-user-data/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/05/windows-10-update-wiping-off-user-data/#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 03:09:45 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=33162 Latest Windows 10 Update

A couple of reports are claiming that the latest Windows 10 update is wiping off data such as documents, music, and pictures (via The Verge). These reports have appeared on Reddit and even Microsoft’s own support forums. The October Update (1809) has wiped off user data and many of the users haven’t been able to […]

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Latest Windows 10 Update

A couple of reports are claiming that the latest Windows 10 update is wiping off data such as documents, music, and pictures (via The Verge). These reports have appeared on Reddit and even Microsoft’s own support forums. The October Update (1809) has wiped off user data and many of the users haven’t been able to recover deleted files as well.

The solution? Locate and disable a group policy that deletes user profiles when they reach a certain age. This has to be done by running the gpedit command in the Windows search bar and navigating to Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles and disabling the Delete user profiles older than a specified number of days on system restart feature.

The October update isn’t public yet so the only people experiencing these issues are the Fast Ring / Skip Ahead Insiders. It seems that, under given circumstances, not viable to update your PC and wait for Microsoft to address the issue.

We will give you an update once Microsoft responds.

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Microsoft is bringing “Your Phone” App, your Android phone’s companion https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/03/microsoft-is-bringing-your-phone-app-your-android-phones-companion/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2018/10/03/microsoft-is-bringing-your-phone-app-your-android-phones-companion/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:02:23 +0000 https://www.onetechstop.net/?p=33128

Microsoft is making it easier to use your Windows PC to access the photos and messages on your Android phone. The company’s new Your Phone app, included in the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 update, displays recent photos and texts from your phone — which you can drag, drop, copy and paste on to your desktop or into other applications. […]

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Microsoft is making it easier to use your Windows PC to access the photos and messages on your Android phone.

The company’s new Your Phone app, included in the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 update, displays recent photos and texts from your phone — which you can drag, drop, copy and paste on to your desktop or into other applications. Initially, the app will support phones running Android 7.0 or newer versions of Google’s mobile operating system. (The company did not specify whether or when it would make the feature available to iOS users.) The Your Phone feature will roll out to all Windows users on or around Oct. 9.

If you have an iPhone, you lose some of the benefits of the Your Phone app. For iPhone users, the only supported feature at the moment is the ability to send a webpage link from your PC to your phone. Still handy, but less so.

But wait, there’s more: Microsoft also used its event to tease another forthcoming new feature. At some point, you’ll be able to mirror your Android phone to your PC’s desktop, so you can use any app without leaving your keyboard.

For now, if you want to try out the SMS and photo mirroring portion, you can install the Your Phone app (WindowsAndroid) on your Windows machine and also on your Android device.

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