Microsoft Windows 10 Launch

By Team Block697

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update left many disappointed with the lack of innovation in the new computer operating system. The update included many quality improvements, as well as bug fixes, but failed to add any new bold Windows features. 15063.1112 for Windows 10 1703 and 14393.2273 for Windows 10 1607, includes fixes to bugs in the operating system that were launched in previous content updates but had yet to be added to older builds.

Overview

Since Windows 10 was initially released in 2014, it would take over as Microsoft’s main operating system and the major focus of updates and overhauls. These include the celebratory Anniversary Update in 2016, the creative-focused Creators Update of April 2017, the Fall Creators Update of October 2017 and most recently, the April Update of April 2018.

What's new in the April Update?

The most vaunted update you stand to gain from installing the Windows 10 April Update is the new Timeline feature. This allows you to go back up to 30 days on your computer to locate missing files, documents or projects. If you’re using the Edge browser or Office 365, this will also work on other platforms. 

Within the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Focus Assist is the rebranded version of Quiet Hours, with controls added to the feature with substantially more power. The ability to turn off all notifications while working on a project, as well as the ability to duplicate your screen during presentations are by far the most important new controls added to the feature. 

Nearby Sharing is also a new feature that allows Windows PCs to share files and URLs with nearby PCs, assuming both have authorized the exchange. (Apple’s similar AirDrop feature debuted several years ago.) The Edge browser and File Explorer already include “Share” options, which would normally limit you to routing that data via Mail, Facebook, Twitter, and other apps. Now, directly connecting to nearby PCs is an additional option. 

Ultimately, the Windows 10 April 2018 update was an ensemble show, with a supporting cast of a few minor enhancements.

This continued failure to innovate and structured obsolecence is going seriously damage Microsoft in the long run. You can only coast off customers retained through past successes for so long before a disrupter comes along or they lose market share to a youthful Apple.
Windows 10 Update Bricking Some PCs

News of the issue first surfaced on Microsoft's official forums, where users complained of a KB4103721 update bug that sends some PCs spinning in a loop of failed boots. The bug doesn't affect all PCs, and Microsoft detailed which models are affected. 

In response to user complaints, Microsoft took to its forums and expanded its KB4103721 patch notes to mention that some PCs with Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series or Intel SSD 600p Series might be affected by this bug, which causes them to stop working or puts them in a UEFI screen loop after the system restarts. 

Microsoft has yet to offer more comments or solutions for this situation, so users took it upon themselves to find temporary workarounds until Microsoft fixes the problem. One such workaround would be to roll back to a previous Windows 10 version, unaffected by this bug. 

To enter the ASO screen, restart your PC and press F11 as soon as it starts powering up before it gets to display the Windows logo. If you missed this window, restart the PC again and repeat the move until you manage the ASO screen. If you can't access the ASO, check the website of your PC maker - some change the F11 default key to something else. 

Once you've accessed the ASO screen, select Advanced Options > Go back to previous build. Windows should restart, roll back to the previous version before the buggy update, and start fresh. 

To avoid the hassle, however, those with PCs equipped with the aforementioned Intel SSDs are advised to wait for a fix from Microsoft and only then install the latest update.