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Weekly Digest: Windows 10 news, Surface Duo, tech tips

In case you missed it, Windows 10 gets new updates, Surface Duo gets a price cut, Microsoft edge legacy is dead, and more tips to get the most out of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: The February 2021 Patch Tuesday update (KB4601319) began rolling out to devices running Windows 10 version 20H2, 2004, and older versions with several fixes and improvements. The company also released the out-of-band update KB5001028 for Windows 10 version 1909 to address a critical problem with Wi-Fi connections using Protected Access 3 (WPA3).

Windows 10 build 21313 was made available in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. Among the changes, the company revealed that this flight removes the legacy version of Microsoft Edge and replaces it with the Chromium version of the browser.

Microsoft also said that it will be replacing the legacy version of the browser with the Chromium version on the devices using Windows 10 version 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004, and 20H2 with the April 2021 cumulative update.

The AT&T locked variant of Surface Duo received an update to improve stability and audio quality. It also brings a new calling feature and patches security vulnerabilities with the Android operating system. If you are in the market for a Surface Duo, the Microsoft Store, Amazon, and Best Buy are currently selling the dual-screen device with a $400 discount.

In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Sun and Sand to refresh your desktop.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned several tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to optimize a storage pool and remove a drive from an existing pool when using Storage Spaces.

We looked into the steps to use File History to backup files to an external drive or network shared folder and the instructions to reset the Windows Update components to fix stuck updates trying to install on your computer.

If you use Microsoft Edge, you now know the steps to clear the cache and cookies from the browser, use Collections to collect links, text, and images from the web, and enable IE Mode to load legacy pages with the modern version of the browser.

On Windows Subsystem for Linux, we looked into the steps to shut down one or all Linux distros with a simple command and the command to confirm the version of WSL installed on your computer.

You now know the steps to change the Windows 10 Mail app background image and uninstall the suite of Office from Microsoft 365, Office 2019, or an older version.

If you are still on Windows 7, you can use these steps to upgrade to Windows 10 properly.

Also, we looked into the difference between Xbox Game Pass for Console, PC, and Ultimate, and which one you should get.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.