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  1. You can get the Update Assistant and Media Creation Tool in the Anti-Malware Toolkit!

    The Windows 10 May 2020 Update has started to become available to customers around the world as a free update.

    Woman sitting on a couch with her 2 children and laptop

    Since the beginning of this year, we have seen the world significantly change all around us. People, families and businesses are adjusting to new ways of working, learning and connecting. For many, our dining rooms have become home offices, our living rooms have turned into classrooms, and our kitchens social gathering spots and breakrooms. Amidst these changes, our needs to connect with one another and be productive from anywhere have never been more critical.

    More than ever people are turning to Windows PCs to support fundamental human experiences. Students and professionals are using Office and Microsoft Teams for remote learning and collaboration, and whether they are down the street or across the world friends and families are celebrating accomplishments and holidays on Skype, even playing games together online to have fun.

    As the world and people’s routines change, it is important that we focus on meeting the over a billion people around the world relying on Windows where they are now. That next step comes today with the release of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. The May 2020 Update comes with feature improvements that will help save you time and maybe even be a source of fun. The new update is available today for those who want to seek it. You can get the update in a few different ways, visit this blog post to learn more about how to get the May 2020 Update today.

    Here’s what’s new in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update

    Faster and easier connections. We’re making it easier and faster to pair your Bluetooth devices to your compatible Windows 10 PC. Now you can take care of everything in notifications (instead of Settings) with fewer steps.

    Go passwordless. Did you know—for improved security and a simple sign-in experience, you can sign in with your face, fingerprint, or PIN? It’s easier than ever to enable passwordless sign-in for your Microsoft accounts: just go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options on your Windows 10 PC and select ‘On’ under ‘Make your device passwordless’. Note that this is hardware dependent.

    More ლ(╹◡╹ლ). We’re bringing the fun by making more kaomoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. To access you can use the shortcut, Windows key + Period key to access (⌐■_■).

    Name your desktops. Now instead of “Desktop 1” or “Desktop 2” you can give your Virtual Desktops more descriptive, clever, or amusing names. Using Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical limitations of the space, organize groups of related tasks, and easily switch between them. Tackling what you want to—when you want to—just got a whole lot easier. Visit this post to learn more on how to access Virtual Desktop in Windows 10.

    See gaming in a whole new light. New DirectX 12 Ultimate features provide smoother graphics with increased detail—all without sacrificing framerate*.

    Customization and utility at your fingertips. Xbox Game Bar now supports third-party widgets, helping you customize the overlay experience to fit with the way you game.

    Improvements to some go-to apps help make that job, assignment, side hustle, homework, workday, work week—all of it—just that much better

    Woman cheering what she's experiencing on her laptop and headphones

    Memory improvements in Microsoft Edge. The browser is the most used application and where people spend a large portion of their time on Windows. Segment heap has been the default heap for UWP apps for a while now. Windows is excited to announce that one of the first Win32 applications that will take advantage of segment heap capabilities is Microsoft Edge. The early internal testing results of devices on the May 2020 Update are showing a memory usage reduction of up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge. Individual device performance will vary based upon configuration and usage, but the lower memory usage could provide a better device experience because more memory would be available for apps to use. Microsoft will be opening this capability to more developers very soon with supporting materials. Developers that take advantage of the expanded availability of segment heap memory improvements can also optimize their Win32 app memory utilization on Windows. Please this page for the latest developer information.

    Stay on top of your numbers. Keep the calculator close by—now you can choose to keep the Calculator app on top of everything.

    Notepad newness. The beloved 30-year-old text editor has some small but mighty improvements. There’s now wrap around find/replace, quick text zooming, and when you see an asterisk in the title bar you’ll know you have unsaved changes.

    Phone calls displayed on a laptop

    Bringing your smartphone and Windows PC closer together. The May 2020 Update brings the popular Your Phone app’s Calls feature to ARM supported PCs from Microsoft and our OEM partners. You will now be able to place, receive, or text reply to your incoming phone calls directly on your PC without having your Android phone right next to your PC. That’s not all, with the Your Phone app, you can stay in your flow by sending or receiving texts, checking notifications and getting instant access to your Android phone’s photos and apps via your computer’s large screen and keyboard. To learn more about the Your Phone app visit this page.

    The new Cortana chat-based experience is here. Your personal productivity assistant now has an updated chat-based user interface where you can type or speak requests in natural language to save time finding what you need and stay on track. For the best experience, sign in with your work or school account and connect with people, check your schedule, add tasks, set reminders and more**. Visit our Microsoft 365 Blog for more information and select the Cortana icon to try out the experience for yourself with requests such as:

    Accessibility improvements in Windows 10 to help empower everyone, everywhere

    Man waving

    Narrator news. Narrator sounds have been revamped and are now more functional and responsive. There’s also a new command to summarize a webpage, and you’ll also hear some table reading improvements. Plus, Narrator will automatically start reading webpages and emails (when they’re opened in Outlook and the Mail app).

    Find that cursor faster. Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen, making it easier and smoother to type.

    More Eye Control. Drag and drop is now here! We’ve also made improvements to the pause experience and provided some new opportunities in Settings. Note that a third-party accessory is required to access this experience.

    Language learnings. The Global Language Experience team continues to revamp Language Settings, bringing you quick and easy ways to check your settings at a glance. You’ll also find improved typing experiences in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

    You can visit this blog post to learn more about the accessibility improvements coming in the May 2020 Update.

    We believe that Windows is the most powerful, productive and secure platform to help you do your best work, learn, connect with the ones you love, and have fun. We are excited to deliver the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to the over a billion people around the world using Windows today. And we want to extend a sincere thank you to our customers and the millions of Windows Insiders who have been on the Windows journey with us and helped provide important feedback throughout the development process. Windows will continue to get better and better. Today is just the next step in our journey. More to come.

    * DirectX 12 Ultimate available with supported games and graphics chips, and requires the latest Windows 10 update.

    **Cortana in Windows 10 productivity capabilities is currently available in English in the United States and will roll out in the coming months to more regions and languages with regular app updates through the Microsoft Store. Until then, international users and non-English speakers can use Cortana to get answers from Bing and chat with Cortana.


    Changes in Windows 10 May 2020 / Windows 10 2004

    Optional update experience

    Starting with Windows 10 20H1, you no longer need to access the Device Manager to manage your drivers and new devices drivers will not be installed automatically.

    Instead, new drivers will be detected as ‘Optional updates‘ and will be listed under the ‘View optional updates’ screen where they can be installed.

    This new page can be found under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

    Task Manager gets an upgrade!

    Windows 10’s Task Manager is getting two new features – the first one allows you to see the disk type and the second one lets you monitor the temperature of the graphics card.

    Reduced disk and processor utilization by Windows Search

    In the past, many users would disable the Windows Indexer feature used by Windows Search because it used up too much CPU or caused high disk usage.

    To prevent this from occurring, Windows 10 will use a new algorithm that detects high disk usage and activity, and if detected, will slow down the Windows Indexer.

    “Based on this, we’re introducing an algorithm that detects high disk usage and activity, so it can better identify peak usage times and manage the indexer accordingly. We’re also making changes for developers to prevent searches of certain repositories and project folders to improve disk usage.”

    Download throttling options for Windows Update

    Windows Update allows users to throttle bandwidth usage of Windows Update, but setting download throttling as a percent of available bandwidth isn’t enough and some users are unable to reduce the impact on their internet connection.

    Windows 10 20H1 introduces a new option that lets you set a specific speed that will be used to throttle Windows Update You can set this for both foreground and background downloads. This option also controls the bandwidth used by Windows 10 app store.

    Users can access this option via Settings > Update & Security > Delivery Optimization > Advanced Options.

    Passwordless experience

    Microsoft is introducing passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts to strengthen your device sign-in. This allows Microsoft accounts to use ‘modern multifactor authentication’ such as Windows Hello, Fingerprint, and a PIN instead of passwords.

    New Cortana experience

    Windows 10 comes with a new Cortana experience that features a brand-new chat-based UI and it gives you the ability to type to interact with the digital assistant.

    The updated Cortana supports both dark and light themes, Bing answers, Assistant conversations, allows you to open apps, set reminders, alarms, and timers as well. The firm has dropped jokes and other consumer-focused features.

    Redesigned Network Status page

    Microsoft has revamped the Network & Internet landing page in Settings. It offers more information about the network, so you can easily understand the connectivity of your device.

    The new Network page displays all available connection interfaces on the Status page and you can now see the data usage on this page as well.

    Windows Search improvements

    Windows 10 2004 brings improvements to Windows Search that include:

    Account picture in Windows

    You can now update the picture of your account that you use to sign in to Windows 10 quickly and the changes reflect across Windows, apps, and Microsoft sites that you use every day.

    This can be done from Windows 10’s Your info page with the ‘Create your picture’ option.

    Optional Features

    Windows 10’s Settings > Apps & Features > Optional Features is getting the following new features:

    Virtual desktops

    You can now rename your Virtual desktops to quickly organize your office and personal work or multiple projects.

    New Reset this PC from cloud feature

    Windows 10’s Reset this PC from Cloud is a new cloud recovery feature that allows users to reset their PC using Windows files downloaded from Microsoft’s servers.

    New tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertibles

    Windows 10 version 2004 offers a better tablet experience with increased spacing between Taskbar icons, the search box on taskbar collapsed into an icon and File Explorer with a touch-optimized layout.

    Windows Sandbox

    Windows Sandbox, which was introduced with the May 2019 Update, is getting accessibility improvements in this release. With Windows 10 May 2020 Update, Windows Sandbox is getting support for Microphone, audio input devices, and the following two keyboard shortcuts:

    SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence

    Microsoft recently introduced SwiftKey’s typing intelligence for Windows and Spring 2020 Update adds support for more languages:

    Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Basque (Spain), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Catalan (Spain), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), Galician (Spain), Georgian (Georgia), Greek (Greece), Hausa (Nigeria), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmal, Norway), Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Romanian (Romania), Serbian (Serbia), Serbian (Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Uzbek (Uzbek)

    Dictation support

    Microsoft is expanding Windows 10’s Dictation support to devices using English (Canada), English (UK), English (Australia), English (India), French (France), French (Canada), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil), and Chinese (Simplified, China) language.

    Dictation

    Users can access Windows 10’s new and improved Dictation feature with Win + H keyboard shortcut when the focus is set to a text field

    Language Settings

    Microsoft is updating the Language Settings to make it easier for you to understand the language pack you’ve enabled for your Windows 10 installation.

    This allows you to quickly find out the languages selected as default for Windows apps, display, websites, and as well as the Regional format and Windows Search.

    For anyone interested, the full list of changes for each Insider release can be found on Microsoft’s Insider Archive.

  2. Some time between now and the next month, we should be getting the next major update. Windows 10 2004, also known as 20H1. It's been rumored that it will be the May 2004 update. A few people are saying it needs to be delayed because of COVID-19, though I don't believe that will or should happen.

  3. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very unfortunate thing to be happening to all of us worldwide. Many have now been told to work from home, or simply quarantined. This may be for two weeks or even longer, the duration is unclear at this time.

    Working from home means using your tech to accomplish all kinds of tasks remotely, even meetings and conferences. If something was to go wrong and all non-essential stores are closed because of COVID-19, you may not be able to get your computer or devices fixed.

    This is a reminder that - as always - Lunarsoft offers completely free tech support, and most of the work can be done remotely too! Software level items are much easier to diagnose, though a hardware level issue isn't quite as simple though may still be possible.

    Do not hesitate to ask for help or assistance. These forums are monitored often daily. Should anyone need any help, ask! The Lunarsoft Wiki has numerous helpful articles and is always ready to be expanded to help further.

     

    Thank you all for reading this, and please stay safe!
    Tarun

  4. Microsoft will continue to issue updates for Windows Defender on Windows 7. That's really good news for those few that really don't want to take the free update to Windows 10, or are unable to due to hardware limitations.

    Nice thing is that Windows Defender is one of the top rated anti-virus products out there.

     

    Edit: It's now September 2020 and it's still the top rated anti-virus. As of the Windows 10 2004 update it's now called Microsoft Defender.

  5. Version 2 has been released!

    Changes:

    • [New] https support added.
    • [New] Support for modern security standards.
    • [New] OS detection for Windows 8.1, 10.
    • [New] Json support added.
    • [New] Standardized menu icons added.
    • [New] New menu items for faster access to common areas.
    • [New] Settings now accessible through Edit menu.
    • [New] About now accessible through Help menu.
    • [New] Numerous optimizations of code.
    • [New] User agent to identify Anti-Malware Toolkit.
    • [New] Skipping partially downloaded file will delete the partial download.
    • [Changed] Improved OS detection.
    • [Changed] Using .NET Framework 4.8, up from .NET 2.0.
    • [Changed] All links now use https.
    • [Changed] GUI improvements and changes.
    • [Changed] UAC now only prompts when necessary.
    • [Changed] Save location is now in Settings.
    • [Changed] Proxy settings now in its own tab, code refactored.
    • [Changed] Settings now save to the proper location in AppData.
    • [Removed] XML support removed.
    • [Removed] Unnecessary tabs removed from main UI.
    • [Removed] Support for x86/32-bit OS’ removed.
    • [Removed] Windows Vista and lower no longer supported.

    Read about it on the frontpage and download the new version!

    Also a warning, as Windows Vista and lower, along with x86 are not supported - use at your own risk!

  6. Hi @phk1 and welcome to the Lunarsoft Forums! This looks like a similar issue about the Anti-Malware Toolkit, so I've moved it to that forum. Apologies if that was a mistake.

    Please see the linked post below for an explanation regarding this issue.

     

  7. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, this is the smallest, quickest Windows 10 Update yet. It’s practically just a service pack.

    To install the update starting later today, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Click “Check for Updates.” You’ll see a message saying the update is available. Click “Download and install now” to get it.

    A “Less Disruptive Update” With Fewer Changes

    Microsoft’s John Cable explains that this update “will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements.” In other words, expect a select set of bug fixes, performance tweaks, and a handful of business features.

    If you’re sick of big Windows 10 updates every six months, Windows 10’s November 2019 Update (19H2) is the update for you! Installing this update will be more like installing a standard cumulative update like the updates that arrive on Patch Tuesday. It should be a small download with a fast installation process—no long reboot and purging of old Windows installations necessary.

    Computers with the May 2019 Update (also known as 19H1) installed will get a small patch via Windows Update and quickly update themselves to the November 2019 Update (19H2.) This will likely arrive sometime in November 2019, as the name suggests.

    With Windows 7’s end of life looming on January 14, 2020, Microsoft clearly wants to avoid a repeat of last year’s buggy October 2018 Update.

    It’s already out there and being tested. As of September 5, Microsoft says every Windows Insider in the “Release Preview” ring has been offered Windows 10 version 1909. A year ago, Windows 10’s October 2018 Update was released without any testing in the Release Preview ring at all. On October 10, Microsoft said Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring already had what Microsoft expects is the final build.

    Online Search in File Explorer

    File Explorer's new online file search showing OneDrive files.

    File Explorer has a new search experience. When you type in the search box, you’ll see a dropdown menu with a list of suggested files. It will also search for files in your OneDrive account online—not just files on your local PC. You can also right-click one of the search results here to open the file’s location.

    You can still access the more powerful, classic search experience by pressing Enter. This will allow you to search non-indexed locations, for example.

    This feature was initially added to Windows 10’s 20H1 update but was moved to the 19H2 update.

    Other Voice Assistants on the Lock Screen

    Alexa saying "I'm ready" on Windows 10

    In current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to be giving up on Cortana as a consumer product. It’s fitting, then, that Cortana is making way for other voice assistants. A change will allow other voice assistants—like Amazon Alexa—to run on Windows 10’s lock screen.

    This is a small feature that should work automatically once Amazon has added it to Alexa. You can talk to your voice assistant, and it can hear you even while you’re on the lock screen, providing an answer.

    Or, as Microsoft puts it, this is “A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.”

    Calendar Event Creation From the Taskbar

    Adding a calendar event from Windows 10's taskbar calendar panel
    Microsoft

    If you use Windows 10’s calendar application, it just got better. If you don’t, it’s easier to start. You can now create calendar events directly from the taskbar. Just click the time on the taskbar to open the calendar view. From here, you can now click a date and start typing in a text box to create a new calendar event. You can specify a name, time, and location from here.

    Before this update, the calendar “flyout” on the taskbar displayed calendar events—but you had to create those events in the Calendar app. Any events you add here will still appear in Windows 10’s Calendar app, too.

    Notification Management Improvements

    Notification demonstration graphics on Windows 10
    Microsoft

    Microsoft spent some time on notifications in this update. When configuring notifications for an application, there are now images that show exactly what “notification banners” and “notifications in action center” are.

    Windows 10 will now let you disable the sounds that play when a notification appears. This setting is available on the Settings > System > Notifications & Actions pane. Previously, you could disable notification sounds—but you had to disable them separately for each app that shows notifications.

    The Settings > System > Notifications & Actions pane will now default to sorting applications by most recently shown notification rather than name. This will help you find the applications sending the most notifications and configure them.

    You can now configure notifications directly from the notification, too. Both banner notifications and Action Center notifications have options to configure or turn off notifications—right in the notification. The Action Center pane now also has a “Manage Notifications” button that appears at the top of the Action Center, offering easy access to the Notifications & Actions pane for configuring your notifications.

    Performance Improvements

    This update brings a few performance improvements. Some systems will see battery life improvements, better scheduling of CPU resources, and lower-latency digital inking.

    Microsoft says it’s “made general battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.” That’s vague, but some PCs should see longer battery life.

    This update features some improvements to scheduling on computers with multi-core CPUs, too. As Microsoft puts it: “A CPU may have multiple “favored” cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favored cores.”

    Finally, computers with digital inking features will see lower latency for more responsive drawing. Windows 10 will now let manufacturers “reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices.” Before this update, Windows 10 systems with inking hardware were “stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.” That sounds pretty crazy—Microsoft should have made this update years ago.

    Start Menu Tweaks

    Start menu navigation bar in Windows 10 19H2.

    The Start menu is now a bit more user-friendly. Now, when you hover over items in the navigation pane at the left side of the menu—for example, the Settings, Power, and Documents icons—it will automatically expand to show you what you’re about to click on.

    Previously, it just showed tooltips, and you had to click the menu icon at the top-left corner of the Start menu to see these labels. Now, it’s easier to understand what all these icons do.

    Narrator Can Learn About Your Function Key

    Microsoft has been making Windows 10’s assistive technologies better with every update. 19H2 is smaller, so there aren’t quite as many improvements, but Microsoft says it has made it possible for Narrator and third-party assistive technologies to read where the FN key is located on computer keyboards and what state it’s in—locked or unlocked.

    Future laptops and desktop keyboards can provide more information about the location of the Fn key and its state to people who can’t easily see the keys. That’s a great improvement.

    Other Minor Changes

    This update features some other minor changes, too. Courtesy of a Microsoft blog post:

    • We have updated search in File Explorer to show web-powered suggestions in addition to files locally indexed on the PC.
    • We have added the ability for Narrator and other assistive technologies to read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked).

    Enterprise Changes

    Microsoft promised some enterprise improvements, too, but we haven’t seen many yet. Here’s the full list of improvements, courtesy of several Microsoft blog posts:

    • Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
    • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from Microsoft Intune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
    • We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against credential theft for enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
    • We have enabled the ability for enterprises to supplement the Windows 10 in S Mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune.
    • We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.

    Recent Improvements Haven’t Required an Update

    The new Windows Terminal with a space-themed background
     

    Microsoft has made some improvements to Windows 10 that haven’t been part of huge updates. For example, if you have an Android phone and a Windows 10 PC, you can now use the Your Phone app to mirror your Android notifications to your PC. This feature began “rolling out broadly” in early July.

    An early preview of the new Windows Terminal app featuring tabs, customizable background images, and other new features is available from the Store, too. It works on the current Windows 10 May 2019 Update (also called 19H1), so you don’t need a big operating system update to try it out.

    Stay Tuned For Windows 10 20H1

    Linux's Tux mascot on Windows 10

    This seems like a short list of features for an update that’s only a few months from release—and that’s the point. We’ll likely see a few smaller changes, but you’ll have to stay tuned for Windows 10 20H1 in the first half of 2020 for larger changes. That update will feature the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL 2) with a Linux kernel and an accessibility feature that lets you drag and drop with your eyes, for example.

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