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Electronic Punk aka Patrick

Electronic Punk aka Patrick

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Windows 11 Build 25151 released to the Developer Channel

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Microsoft have released what is effectively their latest weekly snapshot of their Windows 11 playground for features that may or may not make it into future releases as they gradually refresh all parts of Windows 11 from the frankly unfinished operating system that made its debut a year ago.

A smaller release this week, buit certainly larger than the beta releases which has largely remained quiet for the last month with the only update being A/B testing on a tabbed File Explorer that I haven't seen anyone become officially a part of, so we are hopefully due for some love their as similar builds are in the release preview channel now so general availability is not far away, but here is what is new in this release:


This build includes a small set of fixes that improve the overall experience for Insiders on their PCs.

Fixes

[File Explorer]


Fixed a scaling issue which could result in the tabs being unexpectedly large.
Right clicking a tab and then clicking somewhere else in File Explorer should dismiss the context menu more reliably now.

[Other]
  • We believe an underlying fix in Build 25145 addressed the recent issue where shutting down via the Start menu wasn’t working for some Insiders (unexpectedly rebooting instead), and as such are removing this from the known issues list. If you are continuing to encounter this issue with the latest updates, please report it in the Feedback Hub.
  • Fixed a high hitting Windows Security app crash.
  • Updated the Exclusions page in the Windows Security app so that file paths now make better use of the available space rather than truncating when space is still available.
  • Fixed an underlying issue which was causing a crash when trying to delete ports in printui /s.
  • Fixed an issue causing printing to not work from UWP apps for some Insiders in the last 2 flights.
  • NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.
Known issues

[General]

  • We are working on a fix to address reports that the Mica material and Acrylic blur effect is not rendering correct in OS surfaces like the Start menu, Notification Center and other areas.
  • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck.
  • [NEW] We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are experiencing bugchecks with error message KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED in NetAdapterCx.sys starting with Build 25145.

[File Explorer]
  • The up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
  • We’re investigating reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) is showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
[Widgets]
  • We’re working on the fix for an issue causing Widgets preferences (temperature units and pinned widgets) to unexpectedly get reset to default.
[Live captions]
  • Certain apps in full screen (e.g., video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
  • Certain apps positioned near the top of the screen and closed before live captions is run will re-launch behind the live captions window positioned at top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the app has focus to move the app’s window further down.

As usual users in the developer channel can check for updates, new testers will need to sign up within the Windows Update settings.

Official WHQL NVIDIA 516.59 Display Driver

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NVIDIA have released new drivers for their Geforce powered cards adding official game ready support for F1 2022, Loopmancer and Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak.

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Additionally, there’s support for 5 new GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Settings profiles, and for the new GeForce GTX 1630. It also fixes the following bugs:


  • [Red Dead Redemption][Vulkan]: Some objects may flicker when player is indoors.
  • [OpenGL] Minecraft Java Edition may display artifacts when using Optifine shaders.
  • [OpenGL] Artifacts may appear in Second Life when connecting using third party viewers.
  • Neverwinter Nights] Light sources not rendering correctly.
  • [Vulkan] Path of Exile displays flashing black textures.
  • [G-SYNC] Games may stutter when bringing up the Xbox app overlay.
  • [UE5] General UE5 stability improvements.

I have been advised that Destiny 2 players should basically avoid 516 releases at this point.

Software Software 64bit NVIDIA 516.59 desktop drivers or NVIDIA drivers page
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Official WHQL NVIDIA 452.06 Display Driver

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NVIDIA have released new drivers for their Geforce powered cards adding official game ready support for the new Microsoft Flight simulator due for release later, Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Total War, World of Warcraft and wait, what year is this?

It also supports a number of newly validated G-Sync Monitors, some new game profiles and fixes the following bugs:

  • [Shadow of the Tomb Raider][DirectX 12]: The game may crash when launched if Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling is enabled.
  • [Death Stranding]: Texture corruption may be observed during gameplay on GeForce GTX 16/RTX 20 series GPUs.
  • [Path of Exile]: Black square corruption appears around characters.
  • [Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed]: The game crashes when playing in a water level.
  • [Forza Motorsport 7]: The game starts to stutter after racing a few laps.
  • [Zhan Ge Jing Ji Chang]: Corruption occurs in the game when played in the Tencent mobile game simulator.
  • Several games randomly freeze for a few seconds during gameplay. Affected games include Assassin's Creed Origins, Planetside 2, Assassin’s Creed III, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.
  • The NVIDIA Control Panel does not display the native resolution of some HDTVs if the timings are invalid.
  • Some displays may show a green tint when Windows Night Light is enabled.
  • Snow appears on the display upon waking up the HDMI monitor.
  • [Notebook][Turing] Display may show pixelated corruption on waking notebook from long display off

Thanks to Tom Warren for the heads up!

Software Software 64bit NVIDIA 452.06 desktop drivers or NVIDIA drivers page
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Fortnite pulled from Google and Apple app stores for policy violation!

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Fortnite.pngQuite a fast moving and bizarre day in the world of Fortnite which started with Epic enabling a new payment method in their latest update that allows users to pay for 20% cheaper microtransactions by bypassing the devices official app stores thus denying them their 30% cut of the profits.

Great news for users (who still seem to be paying 10% more than Epic would have received), bad news for Google and Apple who have responded by preventing new downloads and updates via their respective stores.

Tim Sweeney, the Epic CEO, has often weighed in his thoughts of gated stores, so frustrated with Steam that Epic of course launched their own Epic store, but that isn't something that is possible on Apple devices. I think ultimately he did have positive things to say about Microsoft's Windows 10 store although of course on a PC there are many places to get applications.

An Apple statement said:
Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their Fortnite app has been removed from the store. Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.

Epic has had apps on the App Store for a decade, and have benefited from the App Store ecosystem - including its tools, testing, and distribution that Apple provides to all developers. Epic agreed to the App Store terms and guidelines freely and we’re glad they’ve built such a successful business on the App Store. The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users. We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.

Clearly Epic was ready for the response from Apple, as soon as it was pulled they not only filed a lawsuit - https://cdn2.unrealengine.com/apple-complaint-734589783.pdf - but also uploaded a parody of Apple's own 1984 advert:


It wasn't long after that Google also removed Fortnite (as it gradually disappears), citing a violation of Play store policy but hoped there would be positive discussions.

With the EU Already in the midst of an antitrust investigation with Apple and the recent news around Microsoft's XCloud being locked out of the platform, things are likely to get very interesting!

Source Source    Apple just kicked Fortnite off the App Store | The Verge

Windows 10 Insider Developer Build 20180

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I think I missed a build, but Microsoft have once again released a new Wednesday build of their latest development work on Windows 10.

Highlights this week include a post-update experience that didn't pop up for me so I guess I have it turned off.
There are also some new options for graphics cards to pick the one that is used in performance situations (gaming) or on an app-by-app basis, useful for someone I guess.
There are of course a number of other fixes and changes, although now limited to this development environment as features will now seep back into the beta and then production builds.

Source Source    Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20190 | Windows Insider Program

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Also Hi EP and people. I found this place again while looking through a oooollllllldddd backup. I have filled over 10TB and was looking at my collection of antiques. Any bids on the 500Mhz Win 95 fix?
Any of the SP crew still out there?
Xie wrote on Electronic Punk's profile.
Impressed you have kept this alive this long EP! So many sites have come and gone. :(

Just did some crude math and I apparently joined almost 18yrs ago, how is that possible???
hello peeps... is been some time since i last came here.
Electronic Punk wrote on Sazar's profile.
Rest in peace my friend, been trying to find you and finally did in the worst way imaginable.

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