Weekly Digest: Windows 10 updates, Surface price drop, tech tips

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft releases yet another emergency update (KB4078130) to disable the latest Intel’s patch to mitigate the Spectre vulnerability as a result of a firmware bug that could result in problems and even data loss.

Also, the company made available update KB4058258 (build 16299.214) for PCs running the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that addresses a number of issues, including the bug that was causing problems with older AMD processors.

A new version of the Microsoft Launcher for Android released this week adding Cortana integration without the need to install both apps separately.

Windows 10 brings native support of tar and curl command-line tools, which means that you no longer need to install Ubuntu or another Linux distribution in Windows 10 uncompressed tarballs or transfer files between servers.

Microsoft introduces an entry-level model of its Surface Laptop using an Intel Core m3 processor that brings the price down to $799, and the company also drops the price of its Surface Book 2 by $300 that includes a 128GB storage drive.

The first wave of Xbox games that you’re getting in February through the Games with Gold Program are now available. And in case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Hearts in Nature to refresh your desktop.

Additionally, don’t forget to read the guide that highlights all the new features and changes Microsoft has already added to the next version of Windows 10 (Redstone 4) coming sometime in spring 2018.

Tech tips

This week, you also learned a number of tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to download a preview of the OS if you’re new to the Windows Insider Program.

In preparation to the Redstone 4 update, we looked into the steps to install and uninstall new font families, and you also learned the steps to stop Windows 10 from syncing Timeline activities to the cloud.

If you’re having any tech problems, remember that you can submit your questions in the Pureinfotech forums.

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