New Year Brings New Windows 10 October Update Issues

Monday, 07 Jan, 2019

It was introduced last month for Windows 10 Home to all editions of the operating system.

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 19H1 build 18309 earlier today, and while the bigger improvements were mostly focused on making certain features available in all SKUs, there are smaller refinements here and there that many users may found helpful.

Microsoft has announced that it is disabling its assistant's voice-over during the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education setup processes.

Elsewhere in Build 18309 of the Win 10 Insider Preview, Microsoft is adding its streamlined PIN reset experience to all versions of Windows 10, while also pushing people towards password-less sign-on options with the expansion of Windows 10 phone number accounts across all versions of Win 10. These accounts were also introduced with Preview Build 18305; they too were exclusive to Windows 10 Home until now.

Microsoft baffles Windows 10 users by apparently collecting data about recently opened websites and apps when users have opted against sharing that information.

If you were seeing random yet frequent explorer.exe crashes with Build 18305, Microsoft made a server-side change to resolve this over the break. The feature does let you set everything up with your voice, but honestly, it's just a lot easier to do everything manually. An SMS code is then used to sign in and set the thing up for Windows 10. The reason for this, presumably, is that while Home users will likely only be setting up one PC, enterprise IT professionals could very well be treated to the full Cortana choir. It's now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password. It is also working with the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) working group to update Windows Hello with physical FIDO2 security keys that allow for more secure authentication. During subsequent log-ins, you will be using Windows Hello to access your account. According to New Marketshare, in November past year Windows 7 held 38.89 percent of the market while Windows 10 was second with 38.14 percent. The report adds that Windows 10 on 39.22% of all the Windows desktops in December 2018, while Windows 7 is on 36.9%.