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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Gets a New Cumulative Update

9cd46_windows-10-redstone-4-hero Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Gets a New Cumulative Update

Windows 10 is getting the December Patch Tuesday update today. Microsoft has released Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build 16299.125 with the latest cumulative update KB4054517 which includes the usual security patches and bug fixes. Last month’s Patch Tuesday fixed an interesting Start Menu bug, but this month’s update isn’t anything too interesting.

The only notable change in this month’s Patch Tuesday is the removal of the Edge button from Internet Explorer. Microsoft no longer shows a button to open Edge besides the New Tab button on Internet Explorer, and that’s an interesting change, to say the least.

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Here’s the changelog:

  • Updates Internet Explorer’s default visibility for the button that launches Microsoft Edge.
  • Addresses issue where Windows Defender Device Guard and Application Control block some applications from running, even in Audit-Only Enforcement Mode.
  • Addresses issue to reset PLC bit on U0/U3 transitions.
  • Addresses issue with personalized Bluetooth devices that don’t support bonding.
  • Addresses issue where the touch keyboard doesn’t support the standard layout for 88 languages.
  • Addresses issue where the touch keyboard for a third-party Input Method Editor (IME) has no IME ON/OFF key.
  • Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Addresses issue where, when using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), the user can’t copy or clone virtual machines (VM). The error message is “0x80070057- Invalid parameter”. This issue affects the VMM UI and PowerShell scripts used for VM cloning and copying.
  • Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, and Windows Server.

The new Windows 10 update is available right now from Windows Update, and your PC should update automatically as long as you have auto updates enabled — which, by the way, you should never disable.

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Expect Windows Timeline, but not Sets, in Windows 10 RS4

Windows Timeline and Sets are indeed two of the most anticipated Windows 10 features in a very long time. Terry Myerson previously detailed the two features would be coming in future Windows Insider builds, but today during the Windows Insider webcast things were clarified a bit more. Microsoft’s Jason Howard confirmed you can expect Windows Timeline, but not the Sets feature, once RS4 hits the mainstream public.

Though it might be shocking for some, this was in fact previously hinted in the original blog post by Terry Myerson which announced the Sets feature. Windows Insiders can instead expect for the Sets feature to be A/B tested in upcoming RS4 builds, and see the feature get pushed out, then reappear in time for the following RS5 release.

Windows Timeline though, will stand, and Windows Insiders can expect to try out the feature in upcoming new builds. You can tune into the Windows Insider Podcast now for a deeper look at Windows Timeline.

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Windows 10 Feedback Hub picks up comment reply feature

Microsoft recently pushed out an update for the Feedback Hub on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, adding in a new comment reply for Fast Ring Windows Insiders (via Aggiornamenti Lumia.) This much-needed feature was long requested by Windows Insiders, helping make the Feedback Hub a social hub for users to communicate about issues with Windows 10.

Along with the usual bug and other fixes, the reply feature is rolling out to Fast Ring Windows Insiders in version 1.1711.3412.0, and you can expect it to come to the other rings soon. Have a look at the changelog below, roughly translated from Italian.

  • It is now possible to reply to specific comments: In the feedback section you can now reply to an existing comment and the response will be displayed just below
  • Miscellaneous improvements and fixes

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The reply feature

Though the reply feature is much appreciated, it’s one small step forward for a better Feedback Hub. How do you think Microsoft should improve the Feedback Hub? Be sure to check out the update now in the Windows Store, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Windows 10 classes start Thursday at Ridgefield Continuing Education

Windows 10 Basics is a two-hour Ridgefield Continuing Education workshop that will teach you how to customize your Start menu and desktop, how to use the Windows 10 Edge browser, how to personalize Windows 10 though its array of settings, how to speak to Windows 10 using the Cortana voice assistant, and how to shop for apps at the Windows Store. Bring your laptop (let us know if you need to use one of ours).

The class meets Thursday, Dec. 14, from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Venus Building (old high school). Cost is $44. Advance registration required. Information at or Peggy Bruno at 203-431-2812.

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Here’s How to Enable the Built-In Windows 10 OpenSSH Client

With each new release of Windows 10, we see more and more useful tools being ported from Linux. First, we had the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is awesome, and now we have a built-in OpenSSH client and server, which uses version 7.5p1 of OpenSSH.

While the Windows 10 OpenSSH software is currently in Beta, it still works really well. Especially the clientas you no longer need to use a 3rd party SSH client such as Putty when you wish to connect to a SSH server.

For this article, we are going to focus on the OpenSSH Client because Windows does not need another method to gain remote access and configuring a SSH server deserves its own article. Installing the OpenSSH client is easy, but you need to know where to look and it does require a reboot. So make sure its a good time to reboot your computer before following these steps.

First, click on the Windows Start Menu (d300f_windows-flag Here's How to Enable the Built-In Windows 10 OpenSSH Client) and then in the search field type option.  A search result labeled Manage optional features will be displayed, which you should click on.  This will open up the Manage optional features screen as shown below.

Manage Optional Features screen

This screen shows all the currently installed optional Windows features. Now click on the Add a feature button as indicated by the red arrow above. This will open up a list of optional features that can be installed. Most of them are font packs, but if you scroll down, you will see the OpenSSH Client (Beta) and OpenSSH Server (Beta).

Install OpenSSH Client Beta for Windows 10

To install the SSH client, or server, simply select it and click on the Install button. Once you click on the Install button, you will see the feature disappear from the list. This is normal and nothing to be worried about. Just click on the back arrow in the upper left of the window and you will be back to the list of installed features. 

Now, though, you will find that the OpenSSH Client is installed.

OpenSSH Client Installed

You can now close the Manage option features Window and reboot the computer. Rebooting the computer is important in order to finish the installation. Otherwise, Windows wont find the SSH command when you use it in the command prompt.

Now that your computer is rebooted, simply open a command prompt and type ssh and press enter.  If the OpenSSH Client was properly installed, you will see the help file that displays all of the command line arguments. For information on what each command line argument means, you can reference this man page for SSH.

SSH command line arguments

The current list of arguments are:

usage: ssh [-46AaCfGgKkMNnqsTtVvXxYy] [-b bind_address] [-c cipher_spec]
           [-D [bind_address:]port] [-E log_file] [-e escape_char]
           [-F configfile] [-I pkcs11] [-i identity_file]
           [-J [user@]host[:port]] [-L address] [-l login_name] [-m mac_spec]
           [-O ctl_cmd] [-o option] [-p port] [-Q query_option] [-R address]
           [-S ctl_path] [-W host:port] [-w local_tun[:remote_tun]]
           [user@]hostname [command]

To connect to a remote server you simply use the command line ssh [user]@[host]. For example, to connect to a test Ubuntu server I have setup, I would type ssh bleeping@ub-test. If it’s your first time connecting to a particular SSH server it will display a host key fingerprint and ask you to confirm if you want to connect. If you type yes, this hosts’s key will be saved in the %UserProfile%.sshknown_hosts file and you will not be asked again when you connect to the same server.

You will then be prompted to enter the password for the user account on the remote server that you are logging into as shown  below.

Login via SSH from Windows 10

If you enter the correct password, you will be logged into the remote server and presented with a shell.

Logged into SSH Server

When you are done using the remote server and would like to disconnect the SSH session, simply type exit and press enter. You will then be logged out, the SSH client will state “Connection to [server] closed.”, and you can close the command prompt.

Ninja Cat embarks on a ‘Holiday Escape’ with new Windows 10 theme

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Ninja Cat has been on several adventures this year, but now he’s looking to get a break for the holidays.

Following up on two other Windows theme packs released earlier in 2017, Microsoft is taking its insider mascot, Ninja Cat, on another set of adventures for the holidays. The new theme, called “Ninja Cat Holiday Escape”, sees our furry feline friend embarking on another set of wintery adventures with 13 new backgrounds.

There’s a good amount of variety here, ranging from a snowboarding excursion and a dangerous ice-fishing trip to a sleigh ride under the northern lights. There are even a couple of ugly Christmas sweater patterns with Ninja Cat’s face front and center.

If you want to add a little extra Ninja Cat flair to your desktop for the holidays, grab the free theme on the Microsoft Store now. Be sure to check out the other Adventures of Ninja Cat themes as well.

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Run Your Favorite Windows Apps and Games Directly on Your Mac or Linux OS


It’s almost 2018, and for some reason there still exists an obnoxious barrier between Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems when it comes to running apps and playing games.

CrossOver 17 for Linux was designed to break that tedious barrier down, by allowing you to run your favorite Windows apps and games directly on your Mac or Linux computer, and it’s available for over 50% off at just $19.

Consider how much time and money you’ll save by not having to buy a separate Windows license, reboot your computer, or use a virtual machine every time you just want to enjoy some cross-platform gaming or software on your Mac or Linux machine.

CrossOver 17 for Linux lets you run practically any Windows program quickly and easily without having to worry about separate installations or hauling around another computer. You’ll be able to operate your Windows software at native speed (without any performance barriers) and launch your Windows programs directly from the Dock.

Don’t be weighed down by operating system limitations. CrossOver 17 for Linux brings your operating systems together with a single click, and it’s on sale for just $19.

Windows 10 could introduce smart tricks for ‘always connected’ laptops

The next major update for Windows 10 (likely to emerge next spring) may well yield better power management functionality – and therefore boosted battery life for notebooks. On top of that, it’s expected to enable seamless set-up of a mobile data plan on a laptop that boosts cellular connectivity.

The latter will obviously be a boon when it comes to the ‘always connected’ Qualcomm-powered notebooks (powered by Snapdragon 835 chips with integrated LTE) which were unveiled earlier this week.

As ZDNet reports, all this comes from slides revealed at the recent WinHEC workshop in Taipei. Some LTE-toting notebooks already come with bundled SIM cards (or options for them), but the idea with the next version of Windows 10 will be to introduce a full ‘consumer eSIM’ capability. (An eSIM is an embedded SIM card, built into the device so you don’t have to mess around swapping fiddly little bits of plastic as per the traditional SIM model).

What that means is you’ll be able to seamlessly hook up your Windows 10 tablet or laptop with a data plan from your mobile carrier, with the ability to grab an eSIM profile straight from the cloud. As ZDNet clarifies, you won’t need any in-store activation to use this functionality, and it sounds like it’ll be a truly no-fuss procedure.

It’s certainly a neat idea, although there will be caveats, such as it only being available in certain geographical markets, and it will also be dependent on mobile carriers as well.

On the business front, an enterprise eSIM will also be piloted, allowing companies to purchase bundled-together subscriptions for multiple staff members, utilizing device management capabilities for easy deployment across the workforce.

Power to the people

As we mentioned at the outset, the other interesting development unearthed pertains to power management, and a considerable boost is expected on this front in the next big update for Windows 10.

Specifically, Microsoft said that it was working closely with Intel (note that there will be ‘always connected’ PCs built around Intel chips as well as Qualcomm) to push forward with driving the ‘accelerated readiness’ of Modern Standby devices.

Any power-efficiency improvements will obviously be very welcome for all notebooks in terms of extending battery life. Qualcomm-powered ‘always connected’ laptops are already set to offer a claimed battery life of up to 20 hours when these devices launch in the spring of next year, possibly to coincide with 2018’s first big Windows 10 update.

Apparently both Microsoft and Intel are also keen to get Modern Standby going on desktop PCs and not just laptops, with a ‘Wake-on Remote Desktop’ feature planned for jolting your machine into action in order to use it from a remote location.

Just a few months ago, Microsoft was pushing to boost battery longevity for portables with Windows 10. So, this news that said laptops should last even longer should come as music to users’ ears.

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.

Microsoft has previously shown Photoshop running on an ARM version of Windows 10, and the company has developed a special emulator to run traditional x86 apps on these new devices. These devices look and feel like normal laptops, and will run most of the software you’d expect to see on a laptop. HP and Asus are announcing their devices today, and Lenovo is expected to follow in the coming weeks.

The obvious question is why do these devices even exist? Microsoft has worked with Qualcomm to create these “always-on” PCs so that they’re always connected to LTE connections, and work more like an iPad than a traditional Windows laptop. That means you open the laptop up and it should instantly resume, or you close the lid and never have to worry about the battery draining. These devices should have battery benefits and the type of LTE connectivity that we haven’t seen regularly in Windows laptops.

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HP’s Envy x2 device.

HP and Asus’ devices will include Windows 10 S, designed to only run apps from the Windows Store, but users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro free of charge (for now) to get access to the full desktop apps. Microsoft has natively compiled Windows 10 to run on ARM chipsets, so all Windows processes, Edge, and the shell all run natively without emulation. Microsoft has also looked at the top third-party desktop applications and natively recompiled a set of system DLLs that they rely on to ensure performance is solid.

Microsoft’s emulation work does mean that you’ll be able to download most 32-bit exe files from the web and install them on ARM-powered laptops. There are a few exceptions, though. 64-bit Windows apps aren’t supported yet (developers will be able to recompile them in the future), and Microsoft isn’t supporting apps that use kernel mode drivers. That means most third-party antivirus software won’t be compatible, and the vast majority of games that use anti-cheat software will also not work correctly.

Everything else should run just fine, including apps like Photoshop, Office, and Chrome. Performance is obviously still the big question around these devices vs. Intel-based ones, but the idea is that all-day battery life and not having to charge your device regularly might make up for a slight hit to performance. The first devices should run for around 20–22 hours of active use, but if those estimates are anything like what we see with Intel-based laptops then the reality could be a lot less. We’ll be testing them heavily to find out.

There are obvious concerns around Microsoft and Qualcomm’s ARM on Windows efforts. We’ve seen similar promises of the “connected mobile PC” before, and they’ve flopped. Microsoft worked with Nvidia to produce Windows RT tablets five years ago, but the performance and battery life claims never lived up to reality and the operating system didn’t run traditional desktop applications. It was a mess that looked like a bad engineering project, rather than an operating system for consumers, students, and businesses.

Microsoft isn’t working with Nvidia yet on this new effort, and the company won’t say if it plans to in the future. Either way, it’s clear from the emulation software that Microsoft has learned some valuable lessons from the Windows RT disaster. These new laptops look like any regular device you’d see in a retail store today, and they’re designed to be thinner and lighter while improving battery life and maintaining app compatibility. They don’t include the typical fans you’d find in a laptop, so they’ll also be silent to use.

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Asus’ NovaGo 2-in-1 device.

Asus’ NovaGo 2-in-1 includes a 13.3-inch HD display, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. There’s even stylus support, and two USB 3.1 ports, a HDMI port, and a microSD reader. Asus’ NovaGo will be priced starting at $599 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A $799 model will include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. HP’s Envy x2 is a slightly smaller 2-in-1 with a 12.3-inch display, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. HP’s device also supports a stylus, and both of these will come with LTE connectivity. That should be something we’ll see on most, if not all, ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops, enabling connectivity away from Wi-Fi hot spots. HP’s Envy x2 will be available in Spring next year.

These first devices lay the foundations for the future of what’s to come from this new Windows 10 on ARM effort. We could see tablets, and more hybrid devices running on this new software. One thing we’re unlikely to see is phone hybrids for now, as Microsoft tells me the current wave of devices doesn’t support a telephony stack.

If the battery life and performance live up to Microsoft and Qualcomm’s claims, then it could be an exciting upcoming year for Windows laptops. Microsoft is also rumored to be creating its own special notepad-like device with an ARM chipset, and if the company goes ahead with it then we’ll likely see it appear next year. For now, we’ll have a closer look at the new ARM-based Windows laptops and performance shortly from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit, so stay tuned to The Verge.

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Whiteboard is in preview on Windows 10 and shows promise for collaboration

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Microsoft’s Whiteboard app was released in preview last week and it shows a lot of promise for online collaboration.

Microsoft has added the ability to collaborate in real time over the internet to a number of their apps and services. Last week, Microsoft released Whiteboard in preview which allows users to ink on a digital whiteboard with multiple users from different devices. We took a hands-on look of the app earlier this year before it was available to the public and now have some more thoughts after using it some more in its public preview release.

Since the app is in preview it wouldn’t be fair to do a complete review, but here’s what stands out and what we hope to see in the future. The app is free but to use multi-party collaboration at least one person needs to have an Office 365 personal, work, or school account.

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A natural evolution

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The concept of Whiteboard just works. Sure, there are some performance hiccups but the app is in preview so that isn’t an issue. Being able to draw on a virtual whiteboard and have others join in with very little delay seems like something that should have been a key feature on tablets years ago.

Whiteboard supports multiple ink colors, tools that help you draw shapes and charts, and the ability to type notes. These options make it easy to work together on math problems or any type of handwritten work or just play tic-tac-toe with a friend. Whiteboard will fit in very well in classrooms, workplaces, and could even be used for games and doodling with friends.

The app also lets you insert photos and galleries which help it be more versatile. Whiteboard combines the standard inking tools from many other Microsoft apps such as OneNote and brings in real-time collaboration. Eventually, it might even work as a baked-in part of other Microsoft apps.

A wish list

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Whiteboard already has a good set of features in its preview form. Over time it’s certain to grab some more. There are a few specific features we’d love to see added in the future as the app comes out of preview and is developed over time. First up is releasing the app on other platforms. Whiteboard feels handmade for tablets and the reality is that while tablets powered by Windows 10 are popular, the iPad is still a major player in the tablet space. Being able to collaborate in real time using a Surface Pro, an iPad, and a Surface Hub would be a very attractive option for schools and businesses using a number of devices. Microsoft has a plethora of apps on iOS and Android so it’s certainly a possibility that Whiteboard will come as well.

Another feature that would help would be some orientation markers. When drawing on my device and sharing it with my friend, it opened to a different part of the same digital whiteboard. This could be a bug of being in preview but even if it that’s the case, having some markers to make sure you can find an area on the page would be nice. A potential solution would be the option to have the whiteboard be marked with rows and columns. For example, you could tell your coworker to jump to C7 on the grid.


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Whiteboard feels very natural and makes working with other people easier. It supports some nice inking features and the delay between you writing on your device and a friend seeing it is very low.

It’s a very promising preview and it’ll be exciting to see what Microsoft does with it in the future.

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The Mirabook is a £200 laptop powered entirely by a Windows 10 Mobile phone

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile could be making a comeback in 2018 thanks to the Mirabook laptop that uses the Continuum feature to power it.

One of the better features of the rather lacklustre Windows 10 Mobile platform was Continuum, which allowed users to run a desktop-like version of the mobile operating system when connected to a monitor or dock, effectively bridging the gap between mobile and desktop Windows 10 experiences in a rather basic fashion.

Originally teased at CES back in January, the Mirabook builds upon that idea but essentially uses Continuum to pipe Windows 10 Mobile into it while providing a 1080p 13.3-inch display, a backlit keyboards and a whole range of connections running from USB Type-C to HDMI and the faithful 3.5mm audio jack.

Essentially, the Mirabook provides all the additional kit you need to get the most out of Continuum, wrapped up in a aluminium chassis and offering a 10 hour battery life, without the need for extra docks, breakout boxes and peripherals. And it does this for a reasonable $249/£186.

The Mirabook offers a fairly affordable way to access mobile Windows 10 apps in laptop form without the need to wrangle with web or Android versions of them on a Chromebook, which have previously offered cost-effective alternatives to Windows 10 machines.

But there doesn’t appear to be a huge amount of people using Windows 10 Mobile phones; look around any public area and you’ll spot iPhones and Android handsets but not many Windows-based phones.

This doesn’t appear to be a concern for the Mirabook as it also offers support for Android devices that offer desktop experiences, notably Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 through Samsung’s DeX interface, and the Huawei Mate 10 via it’s EMUI desktop user interface.

As such, the Mirabook could be the device you’ll want if you fancy getting more out of your Windows 10 Mobile device or a compatible flagship Android phone. Pre-orders of the Mirabook are live with units expected to ship around May next year.

Related: Best laptops of 2017

Can the Mirabook breath life into a flagging Windows 10 Mobile? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or tweet @TrustedReviews.

How to manage Power Throttling on Windows 10

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Power Throttling is a feature to improve battery life on Windows 10, but if it’s not working as expected, you can use this guide to manage its settings.

On Windows 10, you typically work with multiple applications, and even though you may not be actively using them at the same time the background processes can still consume a significant amount of power.

In order to optimize power usage, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduced “Power Throttling,” a feature that leverages the power-saving capabilities on modern processors to limit resources for background processes, while still allowing them to run, but only using a very minimal amount of power.

Using this technology, Windows can automatically detect which applications you’re actively using and throttle any other processes that are identified as not important, which can result in up to 11 percent of battery life saving to help you get more work done on a single charge.

The only caveat is that the detection process may not always work as expected, and in these cases, you can always monitor which apps are being throttled and configure Windows 10 to prevent putting certain apps into a low power state.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to check, control, and completely disable Power Throttling on your mobile PC.

  • How to see which processes are being throttled
  • How to disable Power Throttling using power settings
  • How to disable Power Throttling using Group Policy
  • How to disable Power Throttling using Registry
  • How to disable Power Throttling for processes individually

How to see which processes are being throttled

You can use Task Manager to see which processes Windows 10 is throttling to conserve battery life on your device.

  1. Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  2. Click the More details button if you’re using the Task Manager in compact mode.
  3. Click the Details tab.
  4. Right-click one of the column header and click Select columns.

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  5. Scroll down and check Power Throttling.
  6. Click OK.

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Once you’ve completed the steps, a new Power Throttling column will show you which processes are in a power throttling state.

On a laptop, tablet, or other form factor running on battery, you’ll expect to find some processes with Power Throttling set to “Enabled” and some others will show as “Disabled.”

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You can always see this feature in action when opening and minimizing an application. When you’re actively using an app, or it’s on focus, you’ll notice that its processes in the Task Manager will appear as “Disabled,” but as soon as you minimize the app the state will change to “Enabled.”

If you see every process with the “Disabled” state, then your device is probably connected to a power source, or it’s using the “Best performance” power mode.

How to disable Power Throttling using power settings

Power Throttling activates automatically when your mobile device isn’t charging, which means that quickest way to disable the feature is to plug it into a power source.

You can also control Power Throttling across your system by clicking the power icon in the notification area and using the “Power Slider” to change the power mode.

  • Battery saver — Enables Power Throttling.
  • Better battery — Enables Power Throttling.
  • Better performance — Enables Power Throttling, but it’s a more relaxed option.
  • Best performance — Disables Power Throttling.

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How to disable Power Throttling using Group Policy

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, it’s possible to disable Power Throttling using the Group Policy Editor.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration Administrative Templates System Power Throttling Settings

  4. Double-click the Turn off Power Throttling policy.

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  5. Select the Enabled option.

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  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

Once you’ve completed the steps, Windows 10 will no longer limit power usage on any application, regardless to which power mode you’re using on your device.

At any time, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No.5, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

How to disable Power Throttling using Registry

You won’t have access to the Local Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 Home, but if you must disable Power Throttling in the entire system, you can modify the Registry to accomplish the same result.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.
  3. Browse the following path:


  4. Right-click the Power (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

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  5. Name the key PowerThrottling and press Enter.
  6. Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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  7. Name the key PowerThrottlingOff and press Enter.
  8. Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

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  9. Click OK.

After completing the steps, Power Throttling will be completely disabled on Windows 10.

In the future, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but on step No. 4, right-click the PowerThrottling key and select Delete to remove it.

How to disable Power Throttling for processes individually

Windows 10 works intelligently to determine which processes need to be throttled to conserve battery life. However, there will be special cases when an app may get throttled by mistake which can result in unwanted performance issues.

In these situations, it’s possible to disable Power Throttling per application without having to disable the feature entirely.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Under “Overview,” click the Battery by app link.

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  4. Select the app you want to change its settings.

    Quick Tip: The apps labeled “Decided by Windows” indicate that the OS is controlling the power consumption, and those labeled “Decided by me” are the apps you’ve configured manually.

  5. Clear the “Let Windows decide when this app can run in the background” option.
  6. Clear the “Reduce the work app can do when it’s in the background” option.

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Once you’ve completed the steps, Power Throttling for that particular application will be disabled.

Wrapping things up

Power Throttling is a feature designed to optimize battery life on mobile devices with virtually no drawbacks, as such it’s not recommended to change its settings unless you’re having issues with applications as a result of this feature being active.

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Every year around this time, I make a list and check it twice.

I’m referring, of course, to the reports generated by the elves in ZDNet’s analytics engine, who know exactly which posts you’ve been most interested in.

In 2017, Microsoft hit the accelerator on Windows 10, delivering the fourth and fifth major feature updates as part of the “Windows as a service” makeover to its flagship operating system.

You, dear readers, were intensely interested in details about how the new operating system works, with Windows 10-related topics dominating my list of most-read articles. Here, in order, are the topics you found most interesting.

Can you still get a free Windows 10 upgrade?

My most popular post of 2017, by far, was this one: “Here’s how you can still get a free windows 10 upgrade.”

I originally wrote it in 2016, shortly after Microsoft ended its year-long free upgrade offer for Windows 10, and then updated the post several times over the course of the following year.

More than a year after that offer supposedly ended, Microsoft is still giving away upgrades to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to anyone who downloads the installation files and runs Setup. And there’s even an official extension for anyone who uses “assistive technologies.”

That last loophole is closed as of New Year’s Day 2018, as we found out earlier this year (see “Microsoft quietly announces end of last free Windows 10 upgrade offer”). But it’s still an open question whether anyone in Redmond will reset those activation servers.

What’s the best way to install Windows 10?

Late this year, Microsoft announced that the number of monthly active users of Windows 10 had climbed past the 600 million mark, an increase of more than 100 million since the installed base hit 500 million a mere six months earlier, in May.

With that backdrop, it’s no surprise that readers of this column have a voracious appetite for information about setting up Windows 10. These three posts were all popular in 2017:

When will Windows 7 go away?

More than eight years after its release date, Windows 7 is perhaps Microsoft’s greatest success story ever. Its success, in fact, probably keeps a few Microsoft executives awake at night: Will it become another Windows XP, so popular that businesses continue using it even after its onrushing end-of-support date in January 2020?

This year I looked at the sometimes-problematic business of calculating Windows market share (“Windows 10 versus Windows 7: Whose numbers do you trust?”) and updated an evergreen post on Microsoft’s support deadlines (“When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?”)

But perhaps the most interesting indirect data point is that after seven years at the top of my year-end most-read list, “Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)” finally slipped to number three.

How can I lock down Windows 10?

The Windows 10 installed base continued to climb in 2017, and so did the audience for my weekly series of Windows 10 tips. The most popular of all was this how-to article on how to prevent friends, family members, and employees from inadvertently installing malware or crapware on PCs you support: “Windows 10 tip: Keep unwanted software off PCs you support.”

For more tips, see these collections:

Is it possible to get a free upgrade to Pro edition?

If there’s a consistent theme in these questions, the quest for value is probably involved. A less charitable soul might suggest that readers of these pages are, um, cheapskates.

But it’s undeniable that a two-year-old post, “How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro without hassles” was the fifth most-read posts here, thanks in no small measure to its instructions on how to accomplish that upgrade using an old product key from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

(PS: I just checked. Yes, that trick still works.)

How do I turn off Cortana?

Not everyone loves the idea of having a personal assistant embedded in their person computer, especially when said assistant has a perky personality that can be grating if you haven’t had enough coffee yet.

For those of you who share that churlish outlook on computing, I present the ever-popular instructions in this Windows 10 tip: “Turn off Cortana completely.”

What’s Windows 10 S, and should I care?

Normally, the introduction of a new edition of Windows would be headline news. For Microsoft, the headlines associated with its May launch of Windows 10 S, a Chromebook competitor, were uniformly negative. You can read them all in “Reviewers give a giant thumbs-down to Windows 10 S.” (Spoiler alert: They hated it. They really, really hated it.)


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The biggest objection: “Google Chrome won’t be allowed on windows 10 S.” And with less than three weeks to go in 2017, iTunes still hasn’t made its promised debut in the Microsoft Store, although its archrival Spotify is there.

For a full backgrounder, see “What is Windows 10 S?”

Is the PC dead yet?

The year started out on a grim note for PC makers, as Gartner noted in January that global shipments of PCs had fallen for the fifth straight year in 2016.

Thanks to increasingly powerful smartphones (and, to a lesser extent, tablets), the consumer PC market has shrunk, perhaps irreversibly. But there are a few bright spots at the high end of the market, notably from Microsoft’s Surface line.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Microsoft should be blushing at the sheer number of hardware makers that are borrowing its ideas, as I noted in “Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes.”

One cautionary tale, however, occurred when Microsoft abruptly cut off feature updates for the first generation of 2-in-1 PCs based on Atom Clover Trail series CPUs. (See “Microsoft cuts off Windows 10 support early for some PCs.”) The company modified its decision after a couple days, announcing that it would continue to deliver security updates for another five years.

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Cortana gets a new feature on Windows 10

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Microsoft has been working on improving the reach of its Digital Assistant Cortana to by adding various services for Windows 10 users. The Digital Assistant now gets a new mail account to its list of connected services.

Users can now connect Gmail to Cortana on Windows 10. Connecting provides access to all aspects of your Gmail account with Microsoft’s Digital Assistant. The connection will allow you to use Cortana for quick access information, support for calendar, mail and contacts.

To Connect, you would need to click on the Windows 10 search bar and navigate to the Cortana Notebook section. Then click on the “Connected Services” and “Add a Service” option. Users will find Gmail listed with other services, select Gmail and click on Connect.

Clicking on Connect will prompt you to a new window to sign into your Gmail account and provide access to permission requests for Cortana to manage your email, Google Drive, Contacts and Calendars.

The Digital Assistant already has several other connected services like Knowmail, LinkedIn, Outlook, Skype and more. Adding Gmail to the list is another step by Microsoft to encourage more and more users to install Microsoft’s latest Operating System Windows 10 and enjoy Cortana on their PCs.

The official Moleskine Notes app launches on Windows 10 PCs

The official Moleskine Notes app has finally launched in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 devices most major regions. The free app works in conjunction with the Moleskine Pen+ smart pen/stylus device and allows for the digitisation and cloud storage of physical notes as they’re written down or drawn.

The Windows 10 Moleskine Notes app will also sync with Google Drive and the Moleskine mobile apps and content can be pasted into programs like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Evernote. Here’s the official list of app features.

  • Digitalization and storage: Your handwritten notes with Pen+ are digitized and stored on PC. From now keep not only digital documents, but also your handwritten notes on PC.
  • Backup and restore: Backup your important handwriting contents in Moleskine Note Windows to Google Drive. Once you backup to Google Drive, you can edit your handwriting in the mobile App.
  • Full-screen mode: Choose Full-screen mode to see your note pages at a look. What you see on the screen is what you write on the notebook.
  • Export: You can record and save the writing or drawing process as a video. You can also save notes voice memo while recording.
  • Copy: Copy what was transferred to the app as an image or text file and paste it to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Evernote. It will help your work flow better.
  • Ideation: If you want to share your ideas with others, please choose Ideation function. With one PC, you can connect up to 7 Pen+ at the same time and check your writing on the screen in real-time.
  • Tag and search: Place a tag on your important notes. You can search important notes by tags quickly and easily.

Have you been waiting for this official Moleskine app to launch on Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.

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