One of the most important features of Microsoft Windows 10, going back to when it was first released back in 2015, is that Microsoft promises to continue pushing out major feature updates every 6 months or so. This appears to be the case as over the last few years the operating system has seen some very interesting updates, features and add-ons. This article will explore each of the most recent updates and what they mean for the information technology professional. 1709: The Fall Creators Update, or update 1709, introduced Windows Autopilot. Windows Autopilot streamlines the Windows client deployment process. It is used by creating a settings and configuration profile. When a new computer is deployed with Windows 10 on the domain, Autopilot allows the IT professional to automate the Windows setup process. New and expanded Windows analytics tools allow mre clarity and control over operating system functionality, such as driver compatibility, post upgrade health reports, and advanced report filtering capabilities. Device Health is a new device analytics app that, among other things, identified which apps and drivers crash frequently. Microsoft with 1709 also released new Windows Security baselines, which are recommended default security settings. 1803: S mode is a feature in this version of Windows update that removes a large deal of functionality from the operating system, essentially “locking” it, preventing users from negatively affecting performance. In S mode, users can only download and install approved apps form the Microsoft Store. Windows Kiosk deployment allows IT pros to set up windows-based kisosks much more easily. Windows 10 subsrictopn activation now allows a virtualized machine to inherit activation from the...
Windows 10 continues to gain more features with updates that thankfully have some substance it would appear. There quite a few updates that are streamlining many processes for IT Professionals as well as ensuring that Windows 10 is a more secure browser. Security is a vital feature of any OS and Update 1803 certainly ensures that improvements continue to be made. With 1803, S mode will now be possible on the Enterprise edition of Windows 10. S mode is a mode that is noted for it being streamlined, with better security and better speed. S mode for example boots up 15 seconds faster than standard Windows 10. In addition, S mode only allows apps from the Microsoft Store to be added, reducing the risk of infection to a PC, in addition S mode only allows Edge to be used as the web browser until other browsers are available in the Windows Store. Update 1803 now allows for S mode to be available on Enterprise editions of Windows 10, through activating Pro in S mode first and then upgrading to Enterprise edition. Continuing with security, Windows Defender now shares information with Microsoft 365 services and allows both to communicate with each other about threat detection. Windows Defender Exploit Guard is now also extended to support Microsoft Office software. There is also additional for those using virtualization to now include VBS and HVCI to be possible now truly on Windows 10. For those who don’t like that their PC is sending diagnostic data to Windows can now delete such data. Protection of the user and enterprise is one the pillars of...
Microsoft Windows 10 version 1809 Features Review Set up a Kiosk What is it? This is a very helpful feature to help admin quickly set up a PC as a kiosk that can be used by customers. It supports two kiosk types: Digital / Interactive signage and Public browsing. Digital / Interactive signage is displaying a specific website in full screen and it runs InPrivate mode. Public browsing allows users to have multiple tabs on the browser but users cannot change the window size. However, users can clear browsing history and end session to start a new session. This also runs InPrivate mode and admin can configure auto start of a new session after inactivity. How to configure it: There are 4 ways to configure Set up kiosk: locally, powershell, Windows Configuration Designer and MDM provider kiosk configuration. Local setup is a quick way to set up individual PC as a kiosk. It can be found at Settings > Accounts > Family & Other users > Set up a kiosk > Assigned access > Get started Notes: Only apps that can run above the lock screen can be configured as a kiosk app. UAC needs to be enabled to use kiosk mode. Kiosk mode is not supported over remote connection. Needs to create a local account without password to work Allows the kiosk to auto boot without prompting for username and password to reduce confusion and create seamless experience of kiosk Helpful Links: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/configuration/kiosk-single-app Wireless Projection What is it? This new feature adds the wireless projection toolbar onto the top of the computer screen like remote desktop connection. Its...
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