Patchwork: Fourth Edition
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the fourth edition of Patchwork! We have some stunning new developments in the way of Windows Updates, so without further ado, let’s dive in!
The End of an Era, and a New Direction for Microsoft
A Windows 10 May 2020 Update is sunsetting its support for the 32-bit architecture of the operating system for all third-party computer manufacturers, both laptop and desktop. To put this another way, the 32-bit architecture will no longer be available on the next generation of Windows 10 computers across the board. Now, in truth, many computers sold in the last decade or so, including the most recent years, are already running on a 64-bit architecture. If Microsoft statistics are to be believed, only 20% of its users on Windows 10 are running the 32-bit OS, but for a company dealing in such large scales as Microsoft, this is still a significant amount. People may still require the use of some 32-bit applications (not reliant upon the architecture itself) such as education or audio production tools. Microsoft intends to continue support for these apps, but the slow sunset on the overarching 32-bit OS is a clear message as to Microsoft’s new direction.
Breaking your Magnifying Glass: Windows Search Errors
And now, to bring back Microsoft’s old direction, no one is better at breaking Microsoft software, than Microsoft themselves. With the advent of their monthly security update, which included such crucial fixes as preventing hackers from deleting files off your computer (a very important update), some people have caught Windows Search in a loop, which fails to load. One fix that some IT professionals on Reddit came up with, is repairing the system image. While this is drastic, and one should try to refresh the Search page first to see if one can indeed break the loading loop, if the error persists, a drastic but reliable fix may be necessary.
It’s Not All Bad: New Security Features!
Windows 10 has a genuinely nice set of default security features already, but recently they added one more onto their already impressive tally. The Windows 10 May 2020 Update introduced a new reputation-based protection feature within the Windows Security app. It includes protection against PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Applications), but it is not enabled by default. The steps to follow are easy, though (Open Start Menu, go to Settings, Update & Security, Windows Security, App & browser control page, Reputation-based protection settings). Once this feature is enabled, Windows Security will now block adware and other unwanted elements bundled together when downloading free software.
Wrapping Up: Taking the Good with the Bad
Despite the negatives, Microsoft is still taking steps in the right direction toward protecting their own software and their own capabilities. Obviously, another form of malware and antivirus protection will most likely be necessary no matter what, but as a default, Windows is becoming more and more protected by its own default options, not just relying entirely on external options.
And until next time, fellow Windows users, here’s to another episode of PatchWork, helping your Windows Patches work for you!