Tag: Windows

Windows 10 will start blocking drivers if it can’t verify software publisher

With yesterday’s Patch Tuesday security update, Microsoft has flagged a change in the way Windows verifies driver software that could spur a rise in driver errors for Windows 10 users. 

Microsoft details the two driver-related error messages users of all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server might see after installing the October Patch Tuesday security update. 

The errors will happen if Windows can’t verify the publisher of the driver software or if the driver lacks a signature. 

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

“When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. You might also see the error, “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer,” Microsoft explains under known issues with this update for Windows 10 version 2004. 

According to Microsoft, the error occurs when an

Read More

Microsoft Scores Another Windows 10 ARM Success

I’m told there was an Apple event today. I’m told it was one of the biggest moments of its year. Yet the event was for this year’s tweak of the iPhone, not Apples’s big moment of innovation. That’s coming later this year, when Tim Cook’s team reveal a new MacBook that will be running on ARM-based architecture, rather than Intel. While some hand-picked developers have had access to a Developer Transition Kit, presumably under heavy NDA, the project has been shrouded in darkness, with only the occasional leak of online benchmarks and to-be-expected hyperbole from the geekerati.

It’s in stark contrast to Microsoft’s approach.

With far less pomp and circumstances, the Windows 10 on ARM project made

Read More

Best Prime Day deals 2020: Windows 10 laptops

Amazon’s Prime Day event, taking place over 48 hours this year, is a time when you can snap up bargains on PCs, laptops, and mobile devices ahead of the holiday season.

Whether you are in the market for a laptop refresh, you need a new PC now you are working remotely and from home, or you are looking for a device as a Christmas gift, there is a range of Windows 10 laptops available. 

Below, we have compiled some of the best deals to suit a variety of budgets. We will be updating our top picks throughout the event.


$300 off

3.jpg

A great deal on Amazon Prime Day for a premium gaming laptop is the discount on offer for the Razer Blade 15. The base model features a $300 discount for a Windows 10 device complete with a 10th-gen Intel i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics, a 15.6-inch

Read More

Windows 10 graphics: GPU-powered AV1 video compression coming soon, says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that graphics processor partners Intel, AMD and Nvidia are bringing hardware-accelerated AV1/AVIF video compression to new Windows 10 systems this fall. 

To benefit from the latest AV1 royalty-free video-compression codecs, Windows 10 users will need a computer with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, or AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics. 

Unfortunately, these are all high-end, expensive and recently released components, so the people who get hardware accelerated AVIF video compression will be limited in the near future. 

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

For example, Nvidia’s graphics cards with AVIF support range from $499 to $1,500. But, as Microsoft points out, the AV1 codec can deliver 50% better compression than H.264 and 20% better compression efficiency than VP9 for the same video content. 

AV1, also known as AVIF or AV1 Image File Format,

Read More

How to update or reinstall your drivers in Windows 10 to keep your computer running smoothly



an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: You'll need to manually update your drivers in Windows 10 if automatic updates aren't enabled. Hollis Johnson


© Hollis Johnson
You’ll need to manually update your drivers in Windows 10 if automatic updates aren’t enabled. Hollis Johnson

  • To update your drivers in Windows 10, open the Device Manager and right-click the device you need to update.
  • The most important drivers on your computer will likely be updated automatically along with other Windows updates, but you can still check for updates manually.
  • Drivers are essential software that keep the various devices and components in your Windows computer working properly.
  • Visit Business Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories.

Drivers are software that various devices on your Windows computer, such as the sound and graphics cards, rely on to work properly. Without these drivers, most of your computer would break down.

Loading...

Load Error

And like other pieces of software, they occasionally need to be updated. However, it’s not always easy to figure out how to update them.

Many drivers

Read More

Windows 10: Microsoft fires shot at Apple with new principles for treating developers right

Microsoft’s latest move in its war on Apple’s App Store rules is a list of 10 principles outlining what the Redmond company will and won’t do to developers who publish apps for Windows 10 and distribute them on the Microsoft Store. 

Microsoft says it will not block competing app stores on Windows and will not block apps because of a developer’s business model, such as whether an app’s content is installed on a device or streamed from the cloud. 

Microsoft published the 10 principles a day after Congress released a damning report into anticompetitive practices at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. The EU opened its investigation into Apple’s App Store rules this June.  

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“Apple’s monopoly power over software distribution to iOS devices has resulted in harms to competitors and competition, reducing quality and innovation among app developers, and increasing prices and reducing

Read More

WISeKey Secures Ensurity’s Passwordless Access to Microsoft Windows and Azure AD

WISeKey Secures Ensurity’s Passwordless Access to Microsoft Windows and Azure AD

While the popularity of remote working is rising, organizations are struggling to maintain a consistent digital security to protect their sensitive data in transit. Ensurity has selected WISeKey’s certified cybersecurity solutions to secure digital credentials of geographically distributed workforces.

Watch the WISeKey x Ensurity Times Square Nasdaq tower campaign

Geneva, Switzerland – Hyderabad, India – October 8, 2020: WISeKey International Holding Ltd. (“WISeKey”) (SIX: WIHN, NASDAQ: WKEY), a leading global cybersecurity and IoT company, announced today that Ensurity Technologies (“Ensurity”), a Hyderabad, India-based cybersecurity company and a member of Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA), has selected WISeKey’s Common Criteria certified secure microprocessors to design its ThinC-AUTH FIDO2 certified biometric key to access Microsoft® Windows® and Azure® AD.

For more than two decades, WISeKey has been one of the very few recognized providers of hardware and software, first-in-class digital

Read More

Microsoft hits out at Apple with its new Windows app store policies

Microsoft is making some firm commitments to the future of app stores on Windows today. The software giant has published 10 principles it’s adopting as promises to app developers, including that it won’t block competing stores on the platform or block specific business models an app may use to make money.

The principles also cover Microsoft holding its own apps to the same standards as competing apps and a commitment to “charge reasonable fees” that are reflective of rival app stores on Windows. Microsoft also says it won’t block apps on Windows based on a developer’s choice of in-app payment systems.

These new principles are a clear response to app store issues surrounding both Apple and Google — in particular, Epic Games’ ongoing legal battle with Apple. Epic Games implemented its own payment system inside Fortnite on both iOS and Android, breaching Apple and Google’s policies and forcing developers

Read More

Windows 10: This handy new feature will warn if your drive is about to fail

Windows 10 will soon alert users if their SSD is at risk of breaking down, and advise them to back up their data pronto.

6-istock71807779medium.jpg

Microsoft wants to make sure you don’t end up looking like this guy.

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We’ve all been in the unfortunate situation of desperately trying to recover important data from a storage drive that’s met an untimely end. Fortunately, Microsoft is now working on a new feature that will help warn users of an impending drive failure before the dreaded event occurs.

The new feature comes packaged as part of the latest
Windows 10

Insider Preview Build 20226, and is designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSD and provide a heads-up when it detects a risk of imminent failure. If a problem is detected, Windows will provide a notification recommending that users immediately back up their data – immediately being the key word, here.

Read More

Microsoft releases tool to update Defender inside Windows install images

microsoft-defender-atp-now-scans-windows-5eef8de69c89f47042ec66fd-1-jun-23-2020-12-00-14-poster.jpg

Microsoft has released on Friday a new tool that will allow system administrators to update the Defender security package inside Windows installation images (WIM or VHD supported).

The new tool was created for enterprise environments where workstations and servers are serviced or mass-installed using installation images.

Some of these images are reused for months at a time, and the Microsoft Defender (default antivirus) package found inside would usually end up being installed using an out-of-date detection database.

The newly installed Windows operating systems would eventually update the Defender package, but Microsoft says that this creates a “protection gap” during which systems could be easily attacked and infected.

Microsoft’s new tool is intended to allow system administrators to update their WIM or VHD installation images to contain the most recent Defender component before deploying it on their device fleet.

The new tool was provided for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and

Read More