This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft rolled out a new nearly complete build of Windows 10 version 2004 in the Slow ring of the Windows Insider Program with minor fixes to keep readying the feature update for the spring release.
If you want to try the upcoming version of Windows 10 using a clean installation, the company also made available for download the ISO file for build 19041.
Windows 10 version 1909 and 1903 received a new cumulative update to fix problems with battery performance for devices using Modern Standby mode, unwanted keyboard layout as the default after an upgrade, and image quality in the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) home environment. In addition, Windows 10 version 1809 and older versions received a new quality update to also fix battery performance when using Modern Standby mode, and Windows Hello, network printers, and Windows 10 activation.
According to sources, Microsoft may be working on replacing the Start menu on Windows 10 with a new menu that ditches live tiles in favor of traditional icons like in Windows 10X.
Also, this week, the software giant announced that is refocusing Cortana as a productivity assistant, and as a result, the assistant is dropping music, smart home, and skills support.
Microsoft revealed new technical specifications about its Xbox Series X console confirming 12 teraflops of graphical power and new quick resume that will allow gamers to resume multiple games even after a console reboot. In addition, the Xbox One February Update is now rolling out to everyone with new features and changes.
The new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine is now rolling out automatically for devices enrolled in the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program.
In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Colorful Boats to refresh your desktop. Also, Microsoft unveiled the titles that subscribers will receive for free on Xbox as part of the March 2020 Games with Gold program.
Tech tips roundup
This week, you also learned a few new tips to get the most out Windows 10, including the steps to prevent version 2004 from installing automatically on your device.
You now know the steps to delete network folders containing thumbs.db files using File Explorer on Windows 10, and the steps to bring back the legacy search box in File Explorer.
Also, if you use Microsoft Azure, you can use these steps to use the Windows Terminal to connect to Azure Cloud Shell.
If you’re having any tech problems, remember that you can submit your questions in the Pureinfotech forums.