Windows 10 Build 15055 is Out For Insiders, Here is Everything That is Changed

With Windows 10 being much better than Windows 8 and the Creators update coming soon, the Redmond giant is definitely not fooling around with bug fixes and performance improvements. The company just rolled out a new Insider Preview for the fast ring members of Insider Programs. The new update does not bring any major new feature, but it has many improvements under its hood. The company shared some details about the update in its blog post, following are some important improvements in the build 15055.

From Microsoft’s blog post:

FOR PC:

  • If you have Symantec/Norton anti-virus software installed on your PC, you should no longer get an 0x80070228 error when attempting to download this build. Symantec released updated anti-virus definitions last week that fixes this issue. – Please make sure your Symantec/Norton anti-virus software has the most up-to-date anti-virus definitions BEFORE taking trying to install today’s build.
  • PCs should no longer fail to update to this build at 71% and roll-back to the previous build.
  • If you have additional language packs installed, this build should install just fine.
  • We fixed an issue where sometimes the context menu when right-clicking a misspelled word in Microsoft Edge would launch in an unexpected place or under the Edge window.
  • When using “Cast media to device” in Microsoft Edge, it will now open the Connect pane (also seen when using Win + K).
  • We fixed an issue from recent builds where Microsoft Edge might immediately show a “Not responding” state after opening a link or pasting a URL in a new tab.
  • We fixed an issue where sometimes the tab mouse-over description tooltips in Microsoft Edge would stay on the screen even after closing the relevant tab.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly attempting to download certain webpages rather than navigating to them when the uBlock Origin extension was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to use touch to set focus to text boxes in Microsoft Edge’s Web Notes in order to enter text.
  • We fixed an issue where, after using Ctrl + W to close multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge at once, the active tab might lose focus and keyboard shortcuts would stop working until moving focus away from and back to the tab.
  • We fixed an issue recently where if you have selected text in Microsoft Edge, moved focus away from the window, then returned focus using Alt + Tab or the mouse, trying to copy the selected text wouldn’t work. We also fixed a recent issue where if you used Ctrl + C to copy selected text in the Edge URL bar, and then Ctrl + Shift + P to open a new InPrivate window or Ctrl + N to open a new regular window, using Ctrl + V to paste the copied URL into the new window’s address bar wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders where, if focus was set to a Microsoft Edge window, touchpad and keyboard input might periodically stop working for a few seconds at a time.
  • We fixed an issue for Insiders with multiple monitors resulting in flickering and rendering issues when the Hub button in Microsoft Edge was pressed.
  • We fixed an issue where Insiders with multiple monitors might find one of their monitors would stop rendering (with the exception of the mouse).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Groove sometimes no longer rendering correctly after snapping the app to one side of the monitor and changing the size.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in the taskbar getting into a state where many of the thumbnail previews would be unexpectedly blank.
  • We fixed an issue for certain USB-powered monitors where the taskbar clock would sometimes stop rendering for a few minutes (seemingly stuck, but would refresh on mouse-over).
  • We fixed an issue where the battery flyout would crash the second time the battery icon in the taskbar was clicked.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in OneDrive.exe unexpectedly sometimes running with a high percent CPU for a long time.
  • We fixed an issue that Insiders may have experienced resulting in paste not working if the copied content was from a UWP app that was currently suspended.
  • We fixed an issue where certain devices were unexpectedly not being discovered when searching for available pairings to add in Bluetooth & Other Devices Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where for those with certain printers, clicking on “More settings” in the UWP app print dialog would result in the print dialog hanging.
  • We fixed a recent issue where many of the advanced settings dialogs, such as the one seen when searching for driver updates, were gray or had gray components instead of the expected white.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Defender Antivirus notifications not opening Windows Defender Security Center when clicked.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library error dialog citing a TabTip.exe runtime error unexpectedly appearing on the login screen for some Insiders.

For Windows Mobile:

  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where the volume control might stop working when listening to music in Groove after an endpoint change (for example plugging in headphones).
  • We’ve improved speech reliability by fixing a bug where Cortana was unexpectedly failing with a connection error.
  • We fixed an issue where multi-turn Cortana speech interactions weren’t working (for example, when creating a reminder in multiple parts, as opposed to doing it in a single sentence).

You can see the full changelog for more details here.

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Windows 10 is Getting A Floating Video Player Mode

Managing open Windows on PC has never been easier before, but when it comes to Windows that should stay on top so that you can glance at them when working on other apps, there has been a lot left to be desired.

Well, Microsoft is fixing some of that, at least.

The latest insider build of Windows 10 (it has a build number of 15031) includes a new compact overlay tool that any developer can use. This tool will let you always have an on top floating video Windows just like MacOS, iOS and in some cases, Android tablets.

There are already third party solutions to the problem, VLC has an Always On Top Mode, so does Microsoft’s own Windows Media Player and some other popular media players, but it is great that Microsoft is adding first party support considering third-party solutions are not always bug-free.

Microsoft said that it will be included in the new Movies & TV app and the Skype video chat client in upcoming weeks. Let’s just hope that edge is on the support list too as watching YouTube videos when working on spreadsheets will be cool.

Apart from the picture to picture mode, Microsoft is also adding a new feature called Dynamic lock which will introduce the ability to automatically lock your computer when a Bluetooth connected device goes out of range. So, if you get a call on your workplace and you had to go outside for a moment, the PC will lock automatically, and your coworkers won’t be able to see how bad you are at writing those fan fictions.

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Microsoft is Making A New OS Version Called Windows 10 Cloud

Since Google launched its browser-based operating system a few years ago, Microsoft has had a strong challenge in schools and colleges. Not only Chromebooks have proved to be cheaper, but their simplicity has made them a better choice for more than half schools in the US.

It looks like Microsoft is ready to fight with Chromebooks with a new version of its OS. ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that a new version of Windows 10 is in works, it will be called Windows 10 Cloud and Microsoft is designing the new OS so that it will only run apps available on Windows Store.

Apps on Windows Store are usually lighter than the traditional apps written in win32, and because Microsoft controls what apps appear on the Windows Store, it is far unlikely for users to get infected by malware via Windows Store than downloading them from different websites.

There is no official word about the release date of Windows 10 cloud by Microsoft. But the latest builds of Windows 10, which are now available to Windows Insiders, have references to the new OS version which suggests that it could arrive soon.

If you recall, Microsoft has tried and failed to do something similar with Windows RT. It was a locked down version of Windows that ran on ARM processors, and it only supported Windows Store apps, the reception of Windows RT was probably the worst among other OS releases in recent years, and Microsoft had to kill Windows RT in just a couple years.

Since then, the number of UWP apps have increased significantly and if Microsoft makes Windows 10 Cloud cheap or free for OEMs to install, maybe Microsoft has a chance of beating Chromebooks.

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How To Add More Options in Right Click Menu in Windows 10

Contextual menus can save a lot of time. In this post, we will discuss how you can Add More Options in Right Click Menu in Windows 10.

Having a convenient Right Click Menu anywhere is one of the joys of using Windows on PCs. These menus can save you the hassles of moving the mouse on the top of the Window to pick options and thus, can save a lot of your time. Application makers have the ability to add different commands on right-click menus in Windows to integrate their apps better. For example, Dropbox and Google Drive can add an entry to add a Send to Dropbox or Send to Google Drive option. In this post, we will discuss how you can Add More Options in Right-Click Menu in Windows 10.

Adding More Options in Right Click Menu

Since a few years in past, users have been able to edit right click entries using registry hacks, they are possible, but they are a hassle to manage if you are not a seasoned Windows user. Instead, you can use Right Click Enhancer, a free utility from rbsoft that lets you modify and add new entries on the right click menu of Windows 10.

Right Click Enhancer  for Windows
Right Click Enhancer for Windows

RightClick Enhancer is a collection of some mini-programs that let you modify the contextual menu in Windows. Simply Download it, Install it and you will be good to go with the small application.

Among the eight available modules in the program, probably the most useful is the first one called Right Click Tweaker. After clicking on it, you will be able to add and remove entries on the right click menu.

Modifying Right Click Menu in Windows 10
Modifying Right Click Menu in Windows 10

In the list of options, you should pay close attention to some frequently used options such as Copy as path, Copy to and Move to. There is an option called Print File List that sends a list of all items in the folder to your printer.

Once you have made all the changes, simply close the window and exit the application. There is no need to save, log-off or restart unlike making registry edits.

I have used the application on two PCs and in both computer, most options ran fine, apart from installing the application once, you don’t have to keep it running in the background which is great.

There is a Professional version of Right Click Enhancer on the site too which costs almost $10. If you don’t need the ability to create submenus or other advanced features, you will probably be fine with the free version.

Do you know of any other way of adding Add More Options in Right-Click Menu in Windows 10? Share with us in the comments below.

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You Can Try Windows 10’s New Gaming Mode Now

As Microsoft promised a few days ago, the new game mode on Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insiders, and if you want, you can try the new performance enhancement mode on your PC too.

The new Game Mode is not yet pushed to every Windows 10 user -it will take a few more weeks for the public release, but the newest build of Windows 10 (15019) has the new feature with some other changes coming to the OS.

The idea of Game Mode is simple: it helps you in improving gaming performance of a PC by disabling background processes and by prioritizing the Game for more GPU and CPU resources.

Microsoft has a little explainer video, that talks about the new game mode and how it can be enabled:

While the game mode is better than nothing, don’t expect your frame rates to skyrocket. Microsoft only estimates that you will get 2 to 5 percent increase frame rates. But maximum frame rate is not the most important part for most people. The game mode could be a real game changer if it can help gamers in increasing average frame rates.

Turning on the Game Mode

Microsoft will maintain a list of whitelisted games for Game mode, and you can enable the list by going to Settings and then Games, here you can toggle the game mode on or off.

If a game is not on the whitelist, you can turn on the Game mode manually for any game (it supports Win32 and UWP games both) simply press Win+G on your keyboard to open the Game bar and then click on the settings icon. From the new dialog box, you will be able to enable the mode.

Game Mode might be a great selling point for Windows 10 in future, but one should also keep in mind that the feature is still under testing and there might be bugs or crashes in the games occasionally. If you are a PC gamer, I have talked about some other ways to improve gaming performance of your PC that you should defiantly check out.

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How To Use YouTube TV Mode On Windows 10

YouTube TV mode Windows 10Google has made YouTube apps for both major mobile platforms, but the search giant has been too lazy to create an official YouTube app for Windows 10. You may find some on Windows Store but compare to how Official apps are for Android or iOS; they seem like garbage. This is especially annoying when you are using a PC on your home theater system, and you want to navigate around youtube using a remote or keyboard rather than a mouse.

The text is too small from a distance and navigation can be annoying as you will have to use the mouse to navigate and search the site.

YouTube TV Mode

Luckily, YouTube now has a TV mode that works under any desktop browser, and it has a TV-optimized UI so that you can use it from a distance. I f you have an HTPC plugged into your entertainment system, it is defiantly a better way to watch YouTube from the couch.

Accessing YouTube TV Mode

Getting the TV mode of the site is not complicated at all, simply add /tv at the end of URL, and you will be switched to the TV mode. As you will notice, the TV mode will not have any full-screen button in the video player, to toggle between full screen and windowed mode, you can press F11 on your keyboard.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to see your YouTube library or subscription without logging into it using your Google Account.

To log into your Google Account, follow these steps:

  • Go to youtube.com/tv
  • Press right arrow key on your keyboard to open menu and select Sign In
  • On the popup, you can find a code, write it down somewhere as we will need it later.
setting uo youtube tv on Windows
Write down the key as you will need it soon
  • Open a new tab on your web browser and go to youtube.com/activate
  • Once you are there if asked log-in to your Google Account using your Gmail ID and Password.
  • Select YouTube accounts from the screen and then enter the code to log-in to YouTube TV mode.

  • In the next screen click on Allow and then you will be good to go.

Once you have logged-in you can browse your YouTube library by going to Menu>Library

Using YouTube TV mode

The TV mode works a lot like Windows Media Center; you can use a remote connected to your PC to navigate. In case you don’t have a remote, a keyboard will work too.

To navigate around the UI and select/change videos using Arrow keys on the keyboard. To choose any option, press Enter and to get back to the previous screen, press ESC key on your keyboard.

If you need to search, you can do so on almost any screen by pressing

Conclusion

While it is not as good as using YouTube on Android TV or Apple TV, the YouTube TV mode is still better than browsing full version of the site from 6 feet distance.

Have you tried the mode? How do you use it on your setup? Share with us in the comments below.

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Windows 10 Will Have a Game Mode To Increase Gaming Performance

While Windows 10 improves over Windows 7 regarding performance in many factors, gaming was not one of the best plus points to upgrade when the OS was released back in 2015. Many PC gamers refused to upgrade citing no increase (or slight decrease) in performance with the new operating system. It looks like Microsoft is taking some interesting steps to deal with the problem and improve the gaming performance of Windows 10.

Platform Engineer for Xbox, Mike Ybarra today confirmed that the Creators Update of the OS will bring a Game Mode to all users later this year.

The Game Mode will optimize the PC for increased performance in gaming, and it will support all (Win32 and UWP) games made for the OS. Mike did not go into details about how it will work, but considering how Gaming performance actually works it can be understood that the Game Mode will probably prioritize the running games and will disable/ stop background processes in the PC.

This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing

– Mike Ybarra

Microsoft already has a power saver mode to increase battery life that can be activated by going to Notifications and clicking on Battery Saver. However, apart from adding an energy plan, Microsoft has never made any performance mode dedicated to gaming. Considering PC’s are one of the best (at least for millions of people) devices to play games, adding a dedicated gaming mode can be a great selling point for the OS.

It may take a few months for everyone to get the update, in the meantime, you can follow some simple steps to improve gaming performance of your PC.

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How To Make The Taskbar Translucent/Transparent in Windows 10

Microsoft used Windows Aero design language in Windows 7 that allowed the taskbar to be transparent on the computer, with Windows 8, the Aero was replaced with Microsoft’s new design language with bolder UI and less transparency.

In Windows 10, the taskbar can be made somewhat transparent from the settings, but you can’t make any changes to it except for changing taskbar color and toggling it on and off. To deal with this, Reddit user /u/IronManMark20 wrote a small program that lets you make the taskbar in transparent and make some other nifty customizations to it.

Making Taskbar Transparent /Translucent

make taskbar transparent in Windows 10

Here is how you can do it:

If you don’t have 7zip installed on your computer, download it from here. After downloading the application, install it. If you have 7zip already, you can skip this.

  • Download the TranslucentTB from here.
  • Open the downloaded file using 7zip and extract all its contents anywhere on your PC.
  • Open the extracted folder and right click on TranslucentTB.exe

  • Click on Create Shortcut and then cut the shortcut file.
  • Open Run by pressing WIN+R on your keyboard.
  • Paste the following in the text box and press Enter:
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • Drag and drop the shortcut file to Startup folder.
  • In the end, double click on the Shortcut to launch the application.

After following the above, the TranslucentTB will launch automatically every time you start your computer. To toggle between transparent and translucent just right click on its icon in your system key and select the appropriate option.

Taskbar with 'Clear' option enabled.
Taskbar with ‘Clear’ option enabled.
Taskbar with 'Blur' option enabled.
Taskbar with ‘Blur’ option enabled.

Do you know of any other way to make the taskbar transparent on Windows 10? Share with us in the comments below.

PS: Before anyone asks, you can download the wallpaper from here.

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How to Disable Automatic Brightness Changing in Windows 10

I received a mail from Getting Geek reader Akriti recently in which she asked about how she can turn off automatically brightness adjustment on her laptop.


Hey, Saurabh!

I have an HP laptop that has a Core i3 Processor, 4 GB RAM, and 15.6” Display. Since I have upgraded the computer to Windows 10, the brightness keeps changing automatically even though I don’t remember making any changes to the settings.

I observed that when the colors in the screen are dark, the brightness turn itself low and when there are bright colors on the screen, the brightness is increased. It is distracting for me and even after spending hours in the settings, I could not find out how to disable it.

Is there any way to disable it?
TIA

Akriti

(if you have a question related to tech, you can ask them here)


The automatically brightness changing is because of a built-in feature called Adaptive Brightness. It is intended to improve battery life, but it can be annoying to many people. Luckily, you can turn it off in just a couple of minute. Let’s discuss how you can turn off automatic brightness adjust in Windows 10.

  • Click on Cortana icon in the taskbar and search for Power Options.

change display brightness Windows 10

  • Once the search is complete, press Enter to open Power Options in the control panel.
  • From the next Window, see which power plan is active (it will have an active radio button) next to it you can find “Change Plan Settings” Click on it.
Power Options in Windows 10
Power Options in Windows 10
  • From the next screen, select Change Advanced Power Settings.
  • A new dialog will appear, in this dialog scroll down to Display and click on little plus (+) sign to reveal other sub-items.
Changing Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10
Changing Adaptive Brightness in Windows 10
  • Under Enable Adaptive Brightness, select Off for “On Battery” and “Plugged In” both.
  • Hit OK to save the settings

If you follow the above, the problem must be solved, if the brightness is still changing automatically, you should take a look at your graphics card settings and other display related programs that came pre-installed on your computer.

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This is How Windows 10 Will Look in 2017

Upcoming Windows 10 UI | Credit: MSPoweruser

Microsoft has continually been working on improving the operating system since it was launched in 2015. The company is preparing to launch an update with a game mode and some other new features, but Microsoft has something bigger in its mind.

MSPoweruser found some leaked images of Microsoft’s upcoming design language which is codenamed Project NEON.

Unlike the shift from Aero to Metro, the design overhaul will be more iterative than something of evolution, and it will replace the current Microsoft Design Language (MDL2) which is being used in the latest version of operating system.

Credit: MSPoweruser

As the screenshot above shows, the update in design emphasis more on text and images over the other elements on the screen. Apart from that, the software elements will also get smooth animations across the board.

Microsoft is also adding translucent elements on the app Windows that will show blurred and unfocussed desktop backgrounds in-app sidebars and other elements. The company has the component as ‘Acrylic’

The Redmond giant will implement the Project NEON later in the year with an OS update codenamed Redstone 3. It will be launched later in the year after the Redstone 2 (Creators Update) will be launched in April.

What do you think about the design upgrade? Share with us in the comments below.

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