Connect with us

Windows

Windows 11 Insider 25206 update improves SMB servers service security

Published

on

Window 11 insider update 25206

Windows 11 are now significantly improved over the past year, to the point where updates feel like their arriving monthly now. Here we come up with the new update for Windows 11 Insider Preview 25206 build, which offers a vast changelog including new features, fixes, graphics, and more.

This new version of Windows 11 includes SMB authentication rate limiter behavior and a set of fixes to improve the overall experience for Windows Insiders. Alongside you can search from file explorer Home will show recent file activity for the cloud files in the details view.

Let’s explore the changelog for this new 25206 update of Windows 11 Insider to improve the overall experience for the Windows Insiders:

What’s New

The SMB authentication rate limiter in Insider Preview builds has added an additional protection mechanism to the SMB server service: it implements a delay between each failed NTLM authentication. This means if an attacker previously sent 300 brute force attempts per second from a client for 5 minutes (90,000 passwords), the same number of attempts would now take at least 50 hours.

Advertisement

The goal here is to make a Windows client an unattractive target either when in a workgroup or for its local accounts when joined to a domain. Even though the SMB server runs by default in all versions of Windows, it’s not accessible by default unless you intentionally open the firewall or create a customer SMB share that opens the firewall.

Starting in Build 25206, it is on by default and set to 2000ms (2 seconds). Any bad usernames or passwords sent to SMB will now cause a 2-second delay by default in all editions of Windows Insiders. When first released to Windows Insiders, this protection mechanism was off by default. This behavior change was not made to Windows Server Insiders, it still defaults to 0.

Window 11 insider update 25206

Changes and Improvements

[General]

  • The updated “Open with” dialog box is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

[Graphics]

  • Windows Insiders can now save power by using Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) on external displays! To enable this setting, you must have a 120+Hz monitor with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support, as well as a WDDM 3.1 driver installed. To select a dynamic refresh rate, go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced display and make your selection under Refresh rate.

[File Explorer]

  • Search from File Explorer Home will show recent file activity for cloud files in Details View.

[Input]

  • Microsoft beginning to roll out a change to support the use of clipboard history (WIN + V) on password fields. Microsoft is beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders just yet.

Fixes

[General]

  • OneDrive setup should no longer unexpectedly ask for permission to set up every time your PC reboots.
    Fixed a high-hitting explorer.exe crash which was impacting some Insiders.

[Settings]

  • Fixed a Settings crash which could happen when searching and selecting certain Narrator-related settings.

[Search]

  • Fixed a high-hitting search crash that was impacting some Insiders in the last few flights.

[Other]

  • The Windows Sandbox window should now resize correctly if you snap it to the side of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue that could lead to a memory leak in Windows Error Reporting after certain crashes.
  • If the focus is on the desktop, then pressing ALT + F4 and Enter should now shut down your PC, rather than having to move the keyboard focus first (as was needed in the last few flights).
  • The computer icon is now showing again in the Shutdown Windows dialog.

Known issues

[General]

  • [NEW] Microsoft are investigating an issue where a “date, time, and time zone settings are incorrect” message is improperly displayed and prevents the installation from proceeding further.
  • [NEW] Using the “Reset this PC” option to reset your PC will break UWP apps post-reset. If you need to reset your device on Builds 25201 or higher, please back up your files manually and use the latest ISO available from aka. ms/WIPISO to complete a clean install.
  • Microsoft looking into reports that audio stopped working for some Insiders after upgrading to the latest flights.
  • Microsoft investigating reports of a few different apps having started crashing in recent builds.

[File Explorer]

  • Microsoft working on the fix for an issue where command bar items like a copy, paste, and empty recycle bin may unexpectedly not be enabled when they should be.

[Settings]

  • Microsoft investigating some issues where uninstalling certain apps using Settings > Apps > Installed apps isn’t working correctly.

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

  • The taskbar sometimes flashes when transitioning between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • The taskbar takes longer than expected to transition to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • Using the left or right edge gestures can result in the Widgets or Notification Center (respectively) overlapping with or looking truncated by the taskbar.
  • When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes stays stuck in the expanded state, instead of dismissing to the collapsed state.
  • When there are no running windows on the desktop, the taskbar can sometimes collapse, when it should be expanded.

[Widgets]

  • In right-to-left display languages like Arabic, content animates out of view before the widgets board resizes when clicking to an expanded view of the widgets board.
    The notification badge number may appear misaligned on the taskbar.

(Source)

Advertisement

I like to listen to music, sing, dance, and play outdoor games. I have a huge interest in reading novels and cooking. I'm good enough as a speaker. Besides, I have the willingness to learn new things and increase my knowledge in different aspects with full dedication and determination.

Windows

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 released

Published

on

Huawei Windows 11

Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 to the dev channel and it brings changes and improvements along with fixes for various components.

TL;DR

  • This build has a set of improvements as well as some additional known issues – please be sure to read through the blog post below.
  • Insider Windows 11 Season 2 continues with episode 2 featuring the latest security features in the Windows 11 2022 Update.
  • We are rolling out a new Microsoft Store update with several improvements – details below.

Check out the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25236 changelog below.

General:

To improve the value of Search shortcuts and reduce friction in the broader Windows Search experience, Microsoft are trying out different ways to provide tips on how to use Windows Search via the taskbar. Only some English-speaking Windows Insiders in the U.S. will see this. If you do, be sure to give us feedback on what you think in Feedback Hub.

Advertisement

Fixes:

[Narrator]

It fixed the issue causing natural voices such as Guy or Jenny to not speak in Narrator.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

Advertisement
  • Fixed an issue where if you opened the hidden icons flyout, it caused a File Explorer entry for it to appear in the taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the taskbar previews to freeze or show as blank and not open when using Windows key + (#) key commands to try and switch between windows.
  • The show hidden icons flyout in the system tray should now responsively resize with changes again to prevent empty spaces and columns.
  • Fixed multiple issues related to the taskbar which were impacting explorer.exe reliability.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the volume icon in the system tray to incorrectly show as muted.
  • Fixed a GDI handle leak related to updating the notification center icon in the taskbar, which would eventually lead to an explorer.exe crash for people who received a large number of notifications.
  • Narrator will now announce the pinned and unpinned status of apps in the taskbar.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue that was making File Explorer crash when closing tabs for some people.
  • Made another fix for an issue that could cause errant divider lines in File Explorer’s navigation pane.

[Settings]

  • Made a change to hide the battery graph on the Power & Battery page if a UPS is connected, as the capacity information it displayed, in that case, wasn’t correct.
  • If you don’t have a kiosk set up, we’ve now updated the text on Accounts > Other Users > Kiosk to make it clearer you need to do that, so it doesn’t appear to be a dead end.
  • Fixed an issue where if you went into the properties for an audio device, this could make it unexpectedly show in the output devices list on System > Sound although it was actually an input device.
  • In the accessibility settings for color filters, the inverted option should work correctly again now and not just set your PC to grayscale colors.

There are a bunch of issues that have been fixed in the build, you can read it here.

Continue Reading

Windows

Windows 11 adds iCloud Photos support for Photos app

Published

on

Windows 11 iCloud Photos app

Microsoft is bringing iCloud Photos integration directly to the updated Photos app which began rolling out to Windows 11 Insiders a few weeks ago. Today, The company has now begun to roll out an update to the Photos app (version 2022.31100.9001.0) to Windows 11 Insiders with iCloud photos support in the Dev Channel with this new integration.

The Microsoft Photos app enables you to view, organize and share photos from your PC and OneDrive. With this update, you’ll now be able to add and access your iCloud Photos directly from within the app as well.

Your iCloud Photos will appear alongside photos from other sources in the redesigned “All Photos” gallery view, as well as on a separate page you can access from the side navigation pane.

To start, follow the quick setup steps in the Photos app! You’ll need to sign into the iCloud for Windows app on your PC and confirm the photos selection.

Advertisement

Windows 11 iCloud Photos app

Continue Reading

Windows

Windows 11 Insider Preview 22621.675 update rolling out with new features

Published

on

Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 update

Microsoft is back on the platform with a new version for its consumers. Currently, Windows 11 Insider Preview is getting the 22621.675 (KB5019509) update with some wonderful enhancements to the file manager and taskbar menu.

Notably, the latest update brings some reflective and comprehensive features to Windows 11. It includes a revamped file explorer, new Suggested Actions, an efficient taskbar overflow menu, and facilities to easily connect and share essentials with other devices.

It’s worth mentioning that this update is following the lead of the previous 22621.608 beta build. The company has already released these features to the high-end operating system. However, at that time, the update was only open to a handful of users.

As of now, with a slight change in the version, the company has brought the beta build features to its general consumers in a stable avatar. Consequently, this update will gradually make its path to all Windows 11 Insider operators.

Advertisement

Till then, you can have a detail look at the features through the given changlog.

Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 Update: Changelog

Enhanced File Explorer.

  • It now includes tabs to help you organize your File Explorer sessions as you do in Microsoft Edge.
  • On the new File Explorer homepage, you can pin important files for quick and easy access.
  • Using the power of Microsoft OneDrive, you can view your colleagues’ actions on your shared files.
  • The addition of personalized suggestions, based on your Microsoft 365 account.

Suggested Actions

  • Added a feature called Suggested Actions for items that you copy.
  • For example, when you copy phone numbers or future dates, the respective feature will provide suggestions, such as making a call with Teams or Skype or adding an event in the Calendar app.

[Note: This is available for customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.]

Taskbar Overflow menu

  • The addition of a taskbar overflow menu.
  • The taskbar will offer an entry point to a menu that shows you all your overflowed apps in one space.

Easy Sharing

  • You can now share to more devices.
  • You can discover and share to more devices, including desktops, using a nearby sharing.

You can enjoy the above-listed features on your system by installing the latest firmware. For doing so, go to the Settings menu and select the Windows Update option. Further, click on the Check for Updates button, and hit the Download tab.

Windows 11 Insider 22621.675 update

[Source]

Advertisement
Continue Reading