I am happy to announce that Winaero content is now accessible via Telegram! If you are a user of Telegram Messenger, you might find it useful and convenient to read our articles and news there.
Microsoft is releasing a new build from the development branch (the next Windows 10 version, currently known as version 1903, or 19H1). Windows 10 Build 18317 features a number of improvements made to Windows Console, a new separated UI for Cortana and Search, and a refreshed look of certain pages in Settings.
Sometimes you need to reset custom NTFS permissions applied to a file or a folder in Windows 10. After performing this operation, all custom access rules will be removed, and inherited permissions will be restored.
Cortana is a virtual assistant bundled with Windows 10. Cortana appears as a search box or an icon on the taskbar and comes with tight integration with the Search feature in Windows 10. Signing in to Cortana with your Microsoft account allows it to keep track of what interests you, save your favorite places to its Notebook, collect notifications from other devices, and sync your data between all your devices with Cortana enabled. By default, Cortana is able to read your browsing history in Windows 10. If you are not happy with defaults, here is how to change browsing history permissions for Cortana.
If you are a Firefox user, you may already know that the browser shows hints and tips about Firefox and Mozilla on the New Tab page. For certain users, it also shows a number of third-party ads. If you are not happy with this behavior of the browser, here is how to disable ads on the New Tab page.
As of this writing, users of Windows 10 Home cannot put updates on pause. This feature is exclusive to the Pro edition, or higher. There is a chance that this may change with Windows 10 1903, code name "19H1".
A new cumulative update is out to Insiders who have configured Windows 10 to receive updates from the Fast ring. KB4487181 raises the OS version to Build 18312.1007.
Microsoft today released cumulative updates for certain Windows 10 versions, including 1703, 1709, and 1803. Here is the change log for the updates.
Windows provides both a device-based speech recognition feature (available through the Windows Speech Recognition Desktop app), and a cloud-based speech recognition service in those markets and regions where Cortana is available. You can create multiple profiles for Speech Recognition to store information about how to recognize your voice. Also, switching between profiles allows recognizing a different voice.
The Redmond software giant is ending support for its most popular product ever - Windows 7. An update on the Windows lifecycle fact sheet page points that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will stop receiving updates on January 14, 2020.
Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 come with Client Hyper-V so you can run a supported guest operating system inside a Virtual Machine. Hyper-V is Microsoft's native hypervisor for Windows. It was originally developed for Windows Server 2008 and then ported to Windows client OS. It has improved over time and is present in the latest Windows 10 release as well. You can use the import-export feature to move a virtual machine between your Hyper-V host machines. Also, by importing a previously exported virtual machine, you can restore it from backup.