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Mozilla announced a while ago that it plans to improve the quality of the Firefox browser through a new initiative that it called Great or Dead internally.

The basic idea behind the initiative is to take a good close look at Firefox features that need improvement and decide whether to spend the time improving them or removing them from the web browser.

Features that get removed are not necessarily gone completely as add-ons may be used to re-integrate them into Firefox so that users who rely on them can still make use of them.

The organization has not revealed a list of Firefox features up for inspection yet and it may take a while before it does so publicly.

This article is hypothetical. It lists features that I think Mozilla considers for the initiative and whether it plans to improve or remove them from the browser.

Add-ons Manager and Add-ons

add-ons manager

The add-ons manager is a core feature of the Firefox browser. It lets users manage installed add-ons, themes, plugins and other components added to the browser.

While the add-ons manager could use a modern interface, the core issue with it right now is that it does not give Firefox users the power to manage all installed add-ons and plugins.

One requested feature in this regard is the ability to remove all components using the add-ons manager, and to display prompts when third-party programs attempt to install new plugins or add-ons in the browser to get consent from the user before that happens.

Where is it? Accessible through the main menu, with the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-a, by loading about:addons directly and with a tap on the Alt-key through the Tools > Add-ons menu.

Great or Dead? Great

Bookmarks Manager

bookmarks manager

There is nothing inherently wrong with the bookmarks manager in Firefox but it feels somewhat out of place and messy when you open it.

Where is it? Accessible via the shortcut Ctrl-Shift-b, a tap on Alt and the selection of Bookmarks > All Bookmarks, and a toolbar button.

Great or Dead? Great

Developer Tools

developer tools

Most Firefox users don’t use Developer Tools. While they have certain an appeal for web developers and users interested in finding out more about sites they visit, they have virtually any use for regular users.

Mozilla could remove them from Firefox Stable and keep them integrated in other versions of the browser.

Where is it? Open via F12, or by tapping on Alt and selecting one of the modules under Tools > Web Developer.

Great or Dead? Great

Hello

firefox 34 hello

Hello is a new chat component that Mozilla added to Firefox recently. While Hello certainly has its uses for Firefox users who make use of it, it is likely that it is not used by the majority of users of the browser.

The most likely scenario is that Hello is turned into a browser add-on that users interested in it can install in Firefox to add chat capabilities again to the browser.

Where is it? Displayed as a toolbar icon by default in Firefox.

Great or Dead? Dead, see https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Go_Faster#Component:_Hello_as_add-on

Pocket

pocket

Pocket is a third-party “read it later” service that Mozilla integrated natively in Firefox recently. The organization was criticized heavily for the integration for several reasons including Pocket’s privacy policy, that Pocket itself is proprietary and not open source, that Mozilla is working on a comparable native service, and that Pocket could have been integrated better as an add-on.

Where is it? Displayed as a toolbar icon by default in Firefox.

Great or Dead? Dead

Private Browsing

private browsing

Firefox’s Private Browsing mode is identical to the mode in competing browsers. Mozilla could improve the mode to set itself apart from others and confirm that Firefox is the browser when it comes to privacy.

It seems that the company will add its Tracking Protection feature in private browsing mode in the near future.

Other improvements could include re-adding private browsing modes for tabs.

Where is it? Open via Ctrl-Shift-p, or by hitting Alt, and selecting File > New Private Window.

Great or Dead? Great

Profiles

firefox profile manager

Profiles are a core feature of the web browser as they enable users to create profiles for different tasks. While that is the case, it is not visible at all and the management of profiles is not handled well by Firefox.

Mozilla tried to address this by launching the external profile manager years ago but the project seems to have received no love in recent time.

Mozilla could integrate the profile manager in Firefox directly so that users of the browser can manage and configure profiles right from the UI.

Where is it? Load Firefox with the parameter -p

Great or Dead? Great

Tab Groups

tab groups

The feature was launched a long time ago and went through several name changes before it stopped receiving any love from Mozilla. It enables Firefox users to create groups of tabs to work only with certain groups and not all tabs open in the browser.

It may improve accessibility of open tabs in Firefox as it reduces the number of tabs displayed at the same time in the browser.

Where is it? Only accessible via the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-e or a toolbar icon that needs to be discovered and dragged first.

Great or Dead? Likely dead

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The developer of the hardware monitoring and reporting program HWiNFO32 and HWinFO64 has released an update for both applications that brings their version to 5.0. The free programs, available as portable and installed versions, enable you to monitor system hardware of machines running Windows. The three big areas the applications cover are monitoring, reporting and […]

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The developer of the hardware monitoring and reporting program HWiNFO32 and HWinFO64 has released an update for both applications that brings their version to 5.0.

The free programs, available as portable and installed versions, enable you to monitor system hardware of machines running Windows.

The three big areas the applications cover are monitoring, reporting and analysis.

Monitoring refers to using built-in sensors to monitor hardware components, for instance their temperature, clock speed, status or timings.

The programs support the creation of extensive hardware reports that list detailed information about the installed hardware.

Both programs displays three windows on start. The first offers a summary of the system displaying important information about core hardware components such as the cpu, gpu, motherboard and hard drives.

hwinfo64

The second displays the core speed of the processor, and the third the main program interface with detailed hardware information and options to create reports and check out all sensors.

So what is new in version 5.0 of HWiNFO32 and HWiNFO64?

Information about the update to version 5.0 have been published on the official website of the application.

The majority of enhancements and feature additions add or improve support for specific hardware, for instance AMD’s 3xx series of GPUs, AMD Radeon R9 recognition, or performance limit reasons monitoring for Haswell, Skylake and Knights Landing processors.

One feature that all users benefit from is the option to enable remote sensor monitoring in local networks.

This is done by selecting Monitoring > Sensor Status in the main program window, and clicking on “manage network connections for remote monitoring” at the bottom of the sensor status window that opens up.

hwinfo remote monitoring

This opens the remote center. You need to assign a server role to a machine before you can receive data from it.

To do that check the “server role” box at the top on machines that you want to monitor remotely. A click on the “enumerate network” button on the main machine lists the computers of the local network afterwards.

remote sensor monitoring

There you may select a machine that you want to connect to and monitor. If everything turns out to be okay, you should see connected under connection status and a green checkmark next to the computer name.

The information are added to the sensor status window so that you can access information from all sensors on the local machine.

remote monitoring

You may enable alerts for sensors just like you can do for the local machine. This is done with a click on the configure button and the selection of alerts in the window that opens when you make the selection.

There you find listed the remote machine and all if its sensors, so that you can configure alerts for individual sensors you are interested in.

You may use alerts to receive notifications about temperatures, drive failures or warnings, network upload and download rates, or clock speeds.

remote machine

Closing Words

The introduction of remote sensor monitoring improves HWiNFO significantly as it allows you to monitor remote machines that are connected to the same local network from a single device.

The program is free and the installer itself is clean. There is virtually nothing bad to say about the program. It is excellent.

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system ships with Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as the main browser on Windows 10 and while it is still possible to load Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s main focus is on Edge now. Edge is rather bare bones at the moment which may be suitable for […]

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system ships with Microsoft Edge as the default browser. Microsoft Edge replaced Internet Explorer as the main browser on Windows 10 and while it is still possible to load Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s main focus is on Edge now.

Edge is rather bare bones at the moment which may be suitable for light web browsing but when it comes to customizing or extending the browser, it is probably not first choice due to a lack of options to do just that.

For instance, you cannot replace the default search engine Bing with any search engine but only those that support the OpenSearch search standard. And even that is well hidden under advanced settings and requires that you have visited the page of the other search engine at least once.

Microsoft Edge on top of that does not support extensions, and privacy conscious users will have a hard time finding settings that improve their privacy while using the browser.

If you prefer to use a different web browser, be it Firefox, Chrome, Pale Moon, Opera or Vivaldi, then you may also want to make that browser the default browser on Windows 10.

If you don’t do that, links in third-party applications such as email clients or chats will open in Microsoft Edge and not in the web browser you are actually using.

Most third-party browsers display a prompt on start when a scan determines that they are not the default system browser.

Firefox does that for instance and when you select the option, you are taken to the “Default Apps” page in the Windows 10 Settings.

firefox default browser

Since some browsers may not do that properly or at all, you may want to follow the guide below which guarantees that you can set another browser as the default system browser on Windows 10.

To change the default web browser via the “Default Apps” do the following

Tap on the Windows-key, type default app settings and hit enter.

default app settings

Locate Web Browser on the page that opens up.

Click on Microsoft Edge (or the name of the browser listed there if it is another one), and select one of the available browsers displayed in the overlay.

system browser windows 10

You may select any installed browser including Internet Explorer at this point in time.

It seems impossible however to make a portable browser the default one currently, as the only other option available is to look in the Store for suitable apps.

The name of the new browser is listed as the new default application right away. You may use the reset button to reset all custom programs set on this page or switch to another browser with a click on the name of the current default one.

This is not the only option Windows 10 provides right now to set the default web browser. The current version of Windows 10 ships with the classic Control Panel which you can use to set default programs as well.

Using the classic control panel to change the default browser on Windows 10

Tap in the Windows-key, type default programs and hit enter to start the process.

default programs

This brings up the classic control panel, more precisely the “choose the programs that Windows uses by default” applet of it.

set default programs

Select “set your default programs” when the window opens up and wait until the list is populated. Microsoft displays programs on the page, and when you select a program there, options to make it the default for all or some of the file types it supports.

default browser

Locate your web browser of choice there and click on “set this program as default” to make it the default browser for all protocols and files that it can open.

file associations

You may choose the defaults alternatively if you want full control over the file types and protocols that you want opened in the browser.

Note: Microsoft has expressed the intention of removing the classic control panel in future versions of Windows 10. Most — if not all — applets will be integrated into the operating system’s Settings application instead.

We will update the guide to reflect that change when it happens.

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Hooks is a free application for Android devices that you configure to receive custom alerts and notifications for things you are interested in. The application offers more than 100 different channels that include sports, music, TV, movie, gaming, weather, event, news or tech information. Setup is easy and straightforward. A tap on the add alert […]

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Hooks is a free application for Android devices that you configure to receive custom alerts and notifications for things you are interested in.

The application offers more than 100 different channels that include sports, music, TV, movie, gaming, weather, event, news or tech information.

Setup is easy and straightforward. A tap on the add alert button in the main interface on first run displays the notification creation dialog.

There you can browse all available channels either directly, by search, or by using popular or suggested filters.

Once you have selected a channel, for instance videogame by score, you are taken to the configuration page. There you make selections to customize alerts, for instance platform and score, city and weather conditions, or genre and keyword for new movies on Netflix.

hooks android

Each alert comes with two notification settings that are both enabled by default. The first activates push notifications, the second audio alerts.

Once you have set up an alert you are taken to a page with suggested alerts immediately. If you have set up a TV show alert for instance, then you will receive other TV show suggestions on that page which you can add to Hooks with just a tap on the add button.

One focus of the app is entertainment but there are other interesting channels available that you may find interesting. This includes Amber alerts, a stock watcher, currency exchange alerts, Horoscopes, online courses or new top articles on popular sites such as Reddit or Hacker News.

There is even an option to add RSS feeds to the app to keep track of sites such as ours (http://www.ghacks.net/feed/) to it to receive information about new articles posted on the site.

hooks alerts

Once you have set up your alerts you start to receive them as things happen based on how you configured each individual alert. For instance, you may receive alerts 24 hours before your favorite TV show airs, immediately after a site publishes a new article, or when weather conditions change.

Closing Words

Hooks’ greatest strength is the sheer number of channels that it makes available. While you may like its strong focus on entertainment news and notifications, it has a lot more to offer making it an interesting application for all Android device owners.

Alerts are set up easily in the app and there is little that can go wrong during the process. If that happens, you may edit or delete alerts at any time with just a couple of taps in the interface.

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Tab Origin is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that provides you with the means to return to pages you came from even if you have closed them already. Maybe you have encounter the following issue before: after browsing a page for a while you clicked on a link on it which took you […]

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Tab Origin is an add-on for the Firefox web browser that provides you with the means to return to pages you came from even if you have closed them already.

Maybe you have encounter the following issue before: after browsing a page for a while you clicked on a link on it which took you to a new website or a page on the same domain. Maybe by loading it in the same tab or by loading it in a new tab.

Maybe you closed the originating tab afterwards, for instance because you thought you did not need it anymore.

After a while though you realize that you want it back. Maybe you have used the undo close tab feature of the browser then to get the tab back, or the browsing history if it is recorded as it holds records of your visits in its database.

tab origin

The add-on Tab Origin adds an easier practicable solution to the browser. It keeps track of originating tabs for each website that is opened in the Firefox browser so that you can go back when the need arises.

This works very similar to Firefox’s Undo Tab feature but with the difference that it is linked directly to the active tab.

This means that the order of restoration is not based on the chronological order of closed tabs. To restore the closed originating tab of a website open in Firefox hit Ctrl-Shift-u on the keyboard.

This works for as long as the parent window remains open. Once it is closed, information about originating tabs are lost as well so that the feature cannot be used anymore.

You may right-click on a tab and use the “Back to Origin Tab” context menu option instead if you prefer to use the mouse for that.

Tab Origin ships with a single option that enables you to change the keyboard shortcut used to invoke the extension’s functionality.

Closing Words

The Firefox add-on Tab Origin can be a useful addition to the web browser. While it may not have much appeal to the majority of users, it may prove useful to Firefox users who sometimes need to reopen the originating tab after it has been closed.

While you may achieve the same goal with other methods, for instance by using the undo tab feature of Firefox or looking for the page in the browsing history, it is often not as comfortable as if you’d be using Tab Origin for that.

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Microsoft released a Fix It solution for all current versions of Windows that diagnoses the performance of the system to improve it if issues are found during the scan. Microsoft Fix It solutions are small programs that Windows users can run on their machines to diagnose and repair certain issues they experience. Microsoft released lots […]

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Microsoft released a Fix It solution for all current versions of Windows that diagnoses the performance of the system to improve it if issues are found during the scan.

Microsoft Fix It solutions are small programs that Windows users can run on their machines to diagnose and repair certain issues they experience.

Microsoft released lots of Fix It programs over the years for dozens of common issues that fix those with minimal user interaction.

The “Speed up your computer” Fix It is a one-click solution to improve the performance of computers running pre-Windows 10 versions of Windows (this might change with the release of Windows 10 later this month).

The Fix It has not yet been released for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 which means that it can be run only on systems running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

As always, options are provided to let the program handle the fixing automatically or to verify fixes before they are applied. It is suggested to pick the manual option to retain full control over the process.

performance fix it

A list of fixes is displayed after the diagnosis. You may check or uncheck fixes for issues there, or click on the detailed report link on the same page instead which opens an HTML report in the default browser that offers additional scan details and descriptions of issues.

performance diagnosis fix it

The Fix It checks the following issues:

  • Are multiple antivirus programs running on the system?
  • Is more than one user logged in?
  • Are devices running in PIO mode?
  • Is the power plan set to Power Saver?
  • Are too many programs loaded on Windows start?
  • Are visual effects impacting system performance?
  • Checks for temporary files.
  • Data corruption.
  • Hard disk fragmentation and space.
  • Outdated drivers and missing Windows updates.

The Microsoft Fix It download page offers manual repair instructions as well. This can be useful if the Fix It won’t run or if you prefer to run fixes manually on your system.

Closing Words

The Performance Fix It is has been designed to address and fix performance issues on Windows machines. While it may have its uses, especially when run by non-tech savvy users, it is unlikely that experienced users will find it useful as it is easy enough to spot most of the issues that the Fix It detects manually.

The instructions on the Fix It website can be quite useful however as they walk you through the process of fixing issues manually-

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This week’s deal of the week offers 2-years of access to an online video learning platform that teaches Ruby on Rails using a project-focused approach. The online course features more than 30 hours of content currently. You build four web applications during the course which teach you important Ruby on Rails skills including programming topics, […]

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Welcome to the July 2015 patch overview that reviews all security and non-security patches that Microsoft released this month for Microsoft Windows and other company products. This is the last Patch Tuesday before the release of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10. The guide starts with an executive summary that provides you with a quick […]

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Welcome to the July 2015 patch overview that reviews all security and non-security patches that Microsoft released this month for Microsoft Windows and other company products.

This is the last Patch Tuesday before the release of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10.

The guide starts with an executive summary that provides you with a quick overview of the most important information.

It is then followed by information detailing which Microsoft products and versions are affected by security patches, and then the list of security patches and security advisories.

Afterwards, we list non-security patches that may be of interest and how to download and deploy the updates.

Executive Summary

  • Microsoft released a total of 14 different security bulletins in July 2015.
  • Four of the bulletins have received the highest aggregate severity rating of critical.
  • All client and server operating systems with the exception of Server Core are affected by at least one critical bulletin.
  • Software affected by vulnerabilities this month include Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Server and SQL Server.

Operating System Distribution

Windows Vista is affected by two critical bulletins while all other client operating systems are only affected by one. The bulletin that affects Vista but no other client operating system is MS15-066 which patches vulnerabilities in the VBScript Scripting Engine.

The server side shows a similar picture, only that Server 2003 and 2008 are affected by the same vulnerability while newer Server versions are not.

  • Windows Vista: 2 critical, 2 important (MS15-065, MS15-066, MS15-072, MS15-073)
  • Windows 7: 1 critical, 2 important (MS15-065, MS15-072, MS15-073)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1: 1 critical, 2 important (MS15-065, MS15-072, MS15-073)
  • Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1: 1 critical (MS15-065)
  • Windows Server 2003: 1 critical, 2 important, 1 moderate (MS15-065, MS15-072, MS15-073, MS15-066)
  • Windows Server 2008: 1 critical, 2 important, 1 moderate (MS15-065, MS15-072, MS15-073, MS15-066)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2:  2 important, 1 moderate (MS15-065, MS15-072, MS15-073)
  • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 2 important, 1 moderate (MS15-072, MS15-073, MS15-065)
  • Server Core: 2 important (MS15-072, MS15-073)

Other Microsoft Products

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 3, Service Pack 4: 1 important (MS15-058)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2, Service Pack 3: 1 important (MS15-058)
  • SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2: 1 important (MS15-058)
  • SQL Server 2014: 1 important (MS15-058)
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2013 RT, Office for Mac, Excel Viewer 2007, Word Viewer, Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3: 1 important (MS15-070)
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, 2010, 2013: 1 important (MS15-070)

Security Bulletins

  • MS15-058 – Vulnerabilities in SQL Server Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3065718) – Important – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-065 – Security Update for Internet Explorer (3076321) – Critical – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-066 – Vulnerability in VBScript Scripting Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3072604) – Critical – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-067 – Vulnerability in RDP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3073094) – Critical – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-068 – Vulnerabilities in Windows Hyper-V Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3072000) – Critical – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-069 – Vulnerabilities in Windows Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3072631) – Important – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-070 – Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3072620) – Important – Remote Code Execution
  • MS15-071 – Vulnerability in Netlogon Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3068457) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-072 – Vulnerability in Windows Graphics Component Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3069392) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-073 – Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3070102) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-074 – Vulnerability in Windows Installer Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3072630) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-075 – Vulnerabilities in OLE Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3072633) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-076 – Vulnerability in Windows Remote Procedure Call Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3067505) – Important – Elevation of Privilege
  • MS15-077 – Vulnerability in ATM Font Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (3077657) – Important – Elevation of Privilege

Security Advisories and updates

  • Security Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3065823) – Microsoft security advisory: Update for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer: July 8, 2015
  • Security Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3074219) – Microsoft security advisory: Update for vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer: June 23, 2015
  • MS15-057: Security Update for WEPOS and POSReady 2009 (KB3033890) – MS15-057: Vulnerability in Windows Media Player could allow remote code execution: June 9, 2015
  •  Microsoft Security Advisory 2974294 – Vulnerability in Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool Could Allow Elevation of privilege
  • Microsoft Security Advisory 3057154 – Update to Harden Use of DES Encryption

Non-security related updates

  • Update for Windows 7 (KB2952664) – Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7
  • Update for Windows 8.1 (KB2976978) – Compatibility update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (KB3035583) – Update installs Get Windows 10 app in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1
  • Update for Windows 7 (KB2977759) – Compatibility update for Windows 7 RTM
  • Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3065987) – Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: July 2015
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3065988) – Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: July 2015
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3013791) – “DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION (0x133)” Stop error when there’s faulty hardware in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3018467) – Items in the navigation pane of File Explorer may disappear in Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3029438) – Can’t open Windows Store applications in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 (KB3029606) – Update to improve Bluetooth driver diagnosis in Windows 8.1
  • Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3040272) – Start time increases after another language pack is added to Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3049989) – HKSCS characters are displayed incorrectly by PDF APIs in Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3053863) – Windows 8.1 can’t discover Samsung TV as wireless display device
  • Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3054203) – Update for SIP to enable WinVerifyTrust function in Windows Server 2012 R2 to work with a later version of Windows
  • Update for Windows Server 2012 (KB3054204) – Update lets the WinVerifyTrust function in Windows Server 2012 work with a later version of Windows
  • Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3054205) – Update for SIP to enable WinVerifyTrust function in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to work with a later version of Windows
  • Update for Windows Server 2008 (KB3054206) – Update for SIP to enable WinVerifyTrust function in Windows Server 2008 SP2 to work with a later version of Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3054256) – Reliability improvements for Windows 8.1: June 2015
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 (KB3056347) – Location feature is not turned off after you enable “Turn off location” policy setting in Windows RT 8.1 or Windows 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3058163) – Activation doesn’t work if the sppsvc.exe process doesn’t start automatically in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3058168) – Update that enables Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 KMS hosts to activate a later version of Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3059316) – You cannot move the scrollbar on Windows by dragging the mouse
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB3060383) – Decimal symbol and digit grouping symbol are incorrect for the Swiss language locale in Windows
  • Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3060681) – SIL hourly task fails to forward complete data over https in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3060793) – “0x0000001E” or “0x00000133” Stop error when you transfer data through a USB-based RNDIS device on Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows RT (KB3061421) – Updated APN database entry for Northern Michigan University (NMU) for Windows 8.1 and 8
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3061468) – June 2015 compatibility update for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB3063843) – System takes too long time to log on to a computer because of large numbers of WNF state name registrations in Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 (KB3064059) – Explorer.exe process crashes after File History item in Control Panel is opened in Windows 8.1
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB3064209) – June 2015 Intel CPU microcode update for Windows
  • Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP Embedded (KB3065979) – “GsDraw error (1): GenericError” error occurs and application crashes when you create text outline in Windows
  • Update for Windows 8.1 (KB3064683) – Windows 8.1 OOBE modifications to reserve Windows 10

How to download and install the July 2015 security updates

windows updates july 2015

Updates are provided via Windows Update if automatic updates are enabled. Updates are not picked up in real-time by Windows which is why you may want to run a manual check for updates to download and deploy them as soon as possible.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key.
  2. Type Windows Update and select the right result.
  3. When the new window opens, click on “check for updates” to run a manual check.

Windows users who don’t want to download updates automatically find them listed on Microsoft’s Download Center as well.

There they are offered as individual downloads and as a monthly security ISO image.

Last but not least, several third-party programs exist that you can use to download all patches in one operation without using Windows Update.

Additional information

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Microsoft Windows 10 will be released in two week’s time to Windows Insiders and users who have accepted the free upgrade promotion that Microsoft ran on Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices. While Microsoft revealed a lot about the upcoming operating system, the company has been tight-lipped about some important aspects of it. In addition […]

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Microsoft Windows 10 will be released in two week’s time to Windows Insiders and users who have accepted the free upgrade promotion that Microsoft ran on Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices.

While Microsoft revealed a lot about the upcoming operating system, the company has been tight-lipped about some important aspects of it.

In addition to that, a few PR and announcement blunders along the way caused extra confusion that Microsoft has not yet addressed fully either.

This article looks at questions (inspired by this article on Forbes) that every user interested in Windows 10 should be interested in before taking the plunge to run an upgrade of an existing system, set up the operating system on a new PC, or buy a device running the new operating system.

What does Free really mean?

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be free under certain circumstances. The company rewrote the announcement several times and communication on other channels did add to the confusion that users have with it.

If you read comments and ask users right now, you get different answers when it comes to free. Some users believe it is free for life, others for the lifetime of the device while others expect Microsoft to introduce a subscription-based services along the way.

What we know is that Windows 10 is free for the lifetime of the device. There are two issues though with the statement that Microsoft has not addressed yet.

First, Microsoft did not define device in the context. Windows may under certain circumstances identify a device as new after hardware upgrades. It is not clear if Windows 10 can be re-activated again on an upgraded device or if customers would need to purchase a license in this case.

Major upgrades are the second issue. Are those, something like the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 free as well or do they require a license?

According to Computerworld, Microsoft may provide free updates to Windows 10 only for 2-4 years. The different support periods are determined by “customer type” according to Microsoft which according to Computerworld means that Home customers are on the lower end of the support scale while business (Pro) customers on the higher end.

estimated device life

If you read the statement carefully, you may come to another conclusion. Microsoft simply estimated the average device lifetime for devices running Home and Pro versions of Windows 10 and came up with the 2-4 years range for those.

If the conclusion is true, customers would be able to use Windows 10 on the device for the lifetime of it.

How long will Microsoft support Windows 10?

windows support

Information about how long Windows 10 will be supported with feature upgrades and security patches have not been revealed by the Redmond company.

If you take past support cycles into consideration, Window 10 mainstream support would end in 2021 and extended support in 2026.

But Microsoft mentioned already that Windows 10 would be a new chapter, that it would deliver Windows as a service, and that it would release “new features when they’re ready” to systems and not via major releases like it did in the past.

Fact is, Microsoft has not revealed information about how long it will support Windows 10.

Forced Update questions

Microsoft announced previously that some Windows editions would ship with mandatory updates but failed to reveal additional information about the process.

Current Windows versions allow users to configure the operating system’s update behavior. Users who don’t want automatic updates can disable those to test and deploy updates manually.

There are valid reasons why users would want to block updates from being installed automatically. The past has shown for instance that updates have rendered systems unbootable or caused other issues that users and system administrators avoided by blocking them from being installed.

It seems right now that Windows 10 Home users won’t have the option anymore to delay or block updates from being deployed on their devices.

Pro users on the other hand get time-limited options — eight months it seems — before updates can no longer be blocked.

Questions that Microsoft has not addressed include:

  1. What happens when updates are blocked using other ways (e.g. through hosts file or other blocking options)?
  2. Can Microsoft be held responsible if forced updates render systems unusable?
  3. Can updates be removed from systems with forced updates?

Now You: Do you have questions about Windows 10 that have not been answered yet by Microsoft?

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