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Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

Windows 11 release date effectively leaked by Intel

This week the folks at Intel effectively leaked the release date for Windows 11. In support documentation for a variety of Intel processor hardware, Intel suggests that Microsoft Windows 11 (64-bit) will appear in an October 2021 update. This information may have been a placeholder for dates that've changed since this document was released, as it also points to a build date for driver 30.0.100.9684 back on July 9, 2021.

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Now there’s a new Windows Print Spooler vulnerability: Here’s what to do

Now there’s a new Windows Print Spooler vulnerability: Here’s what to do

Microsoft is warning Windows users of yet another Print Spooler vulnerability, again threatening the potential for hackers to take control of your PC, install apps, and steal or delete data. It's the third such vulnerability impacting the Windows Print Spooler service, after two high-profile PrintNightmare bugs which left the software giant floundering to figure out a fix.

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Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

With the announcement of Windows 11, some people might presume that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Windows' next big installment, and they'd be right and wrong at the same time. Microsoft still has a commitment to service Windows 10 users, and not just with its usual security patches and bug fixes. In fact, the company just announced the existence of a Windows 10 21H2 feature update coming later this year. Don't expect big changes, though, as it will only have a scoped set of features delivered using "servicing technology."

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Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Windows 365 launches as the Xbox Cloud Gaming of PCs

Microsoft has launched Windows 365 today, putting Windows 10 and - eventually - Windows 11 into the cloud. The natural next step after remotely-hosted applications, this new "Cloud PC" category, Microsoft claims, will become instrumental in hybrid workplaces, as businesses try to grapple with employees working remotely and the practical and security challenges that brings.

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Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Windows 11 hack to bring back Windows 10 Start Menu is gone

Changing the Windows Start Menu has always proven to be a controversial move, and no version has ever been universally accepted by users. From Windows XP dual-pane layout to Windows 8's tablet-like Start Screen to Windows 10's amalgamation of designs, users have always been split on whether the new Start Menu is better or worse than before. It seems that Windows 11 won't be different, and, unfortunately, Microsoft has apparently removed the workaround that brings back the old Windows 10 style Start Menu for those who dislike the newest style.

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Microsoft: Install the PrintNightmare fix right now – then check this PC setting

Microsoft: Install the PrintNightmare fix right now – then check this PC setting

Microsoft is warning Windows users to update their systems as soon as possible, taking the unusual step of releasing PrintNightmare security patches for even out-of-support versions of the OS. The potential hack, described as "critical" by Microsoft, is already believed to have been actively exploited in the wild.

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Microsoft: Install this new “critical” Windows PrintNightmare patch ASAP

Microsoft: Install this new “critical” Windows PrintNightmare patch ASAP

Windows users should install Microsoft's emergency patch for the "PrintNightmare" vulnerability, the software giant is recommending, after acknowledging last week that the critical software flaw was being actively exploited. At the time, Microsoft admitted, it had no simple fix for the problem, which could allow hackers to remotely take control of a PC, install their own code, and delete legitimate user data.

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HP Pavilion Aero 13 is the Windows 11 upgradeable laptop to beat

HP Pavilion Aero 13 is the Windows 11 upgradeable laptop to beat

The HP Pavilion Aero 13 was revealed this week for the 2021 season claiming it's HP's "lightest consumer laptop". This machine weighs in at less than 1 kilogram (less than 2.2 pounds) and comes in a variety of fashionable colors. This is also the company's first laptop with a 13.3-inch display with a 16:10 Aspect Ratio, 2.5k resolution, and a potential 400 nits of brightness.

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Xbox Cloud Streaming lands on iOS and Windows 10 with some big upgrades

Xbox Cloud Streaming lands on iOS and Windows 10 with some big upgrades

Microsoft made a couple of big announcements regarding Xbox Game Pass Ultimate's cloud streaming service today. For starters, Xbox Cloud Streaming is rolling out to a much larger group of subscribers beginning today. While that's big enough news on its own, Microsoft also discussed a big upgrade it's making to its cloud streaming datacenters.

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Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

Windows 11 update for Windows 10 isn’t coming this year

There has been an unsurprising amount of lively discussion about Microsoft's next big Windows release, and, also unsurprisingly, even Windows fans seem to be split on Windows 11's value. Just like the operating itself, Windows 11 is complicated in more ways than one, and nothing is perhaps more complicated than its compatibility with existing Windows PCs. While that story seems to continue evolving, Microsoft is putting its foot down on at least one aspect of that narrative, giving Windows 10 users until next year to make up their minds about Windows 11.

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Some Windows 11 feature updates may be optional

Some Windows 11 feature updates may be optional

Big changes in Windows 11 can be reverted at will, according to early testers of the operating system. Early leaks of this newest version of Windows suggest that the Start Menu and the taskbar, central to operations in Windows 11, will both be literally centered on the users' screen, too. Thankfully, it would appear that this major change can be reverted with relative ease.

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Valorant Episode 3 Act 1: Update reducing “spaminess”

Valorant Episode 3 Act 1: Update reducing “spaminess”

Today we're taking a peek at the latest Valorant update, bringing Episode 3 Act 1 into play. The updates made in this update could change the way you play the game. As Max Grossman and Sal Garozzo, Co-Lead Designers for Valorant at Riot said this week, "Game-spanning changes like these can be painful as we are asking you all to relearn many things that you’re now comfortable with." They've asked gamers to find comfort in the fact that "your enemies are facing the same challenges."

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