Category: white papers

GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1709

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Windows 10 version 1709 has exhibited many issues with games on our machines. In many cases the game remains in the task list in Windows after exiting the game. Far less often there is a crash. Updates have fixed many of the problems experienced as this list has been updated to reflect it. Age of Empires …

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WINDOWS MIXED REALITY

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Windows Mixed Reality headsets are a new capability added to Windows 10 version 1709. Microsoft’s range of headsets are similar to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and many manufacturers are selling bundles that include touch controllers. The primary difference between the HTC Vive / Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality is that the headsets …

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WINDOWS 10 1709 ACCEPTS WINDOWS 7 & 8 KEYS

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We refurbish machines in the shop a lot of game testing and we noticed that Windows 10 1709 will activate with a valid Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 key. Microsoft is behind on their goal for 1 billion machines running Windows so to reduce costs for consumers Microsoft is allowing every holdout to …

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HDR DISPLAYS AND WINDOWS 10

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High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a marketing term for advanced displays that have better than 8-bit per color RGB. Deep color was previously used to market displays with 10-bit per color RGB and better. Displays are now available that support 8-bit and 10-bit RGB color for professional studios. HDR mostly works with luminance which seeks …

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WINDOWS 10 1709 MEMORY MANAGEMENT BUGS

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Windows 10 1709 has some serious problems with memory management. We have noticed problems with Google Chrome and many games would remain in memory after being closed. Games usually will not load as they detect an existing instance running. Some might call this a memory leak, more accurately, Windows is not properly terminating a program. …

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WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1709

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Windows 10 version 1709 also known as the Fall Creators edition was released on October 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM PT. It is being delivered as a feature update for Windows 10. Installing the update is slow on hard disks and SSDs alike, Windows 10 version 1709 is code named Redstone 3. For gaming, TruePlay is …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4041676

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Windows 10 KB4041676 was released on October 10, 2017. Lots of fixes as Microsoft gets ready to roll out the fall Creators Edition next week. This update managed to mangle Origin forcing us to uninstall it and install it over make it work properly. Bluetooth sync with a Garmin Vivofit 2 stopped working. We have also noted …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4040724

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Windows 10 KB4040724 was released on Monday September 25, 2017. Build 15063.632 fixes cellular connectivity problems fixes a problem with Edge fixed problems with HP machines that froze for as much as 10 minutes (KB4043292) For some peculiar reason, older updates have disappeared from the update history. The microsoft KB article was basically empty. A large csv …

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WINDOWS 10 FALL CREATORS UPDATE CHANGES

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Microsoft has now announced that the Fall Creators update will being to be rolled out on October 17, 2017. Microsoft is cleaning up some old baggage with Windows 10 at long last. HDR updated and disabled by default. The TPM management is being replaced. 3D Building is now moved to the Store. Mitigation Toolkit is …

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WINDOWS 10 KB4038788

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This update on September 12, 2015 made a few changes that did not all make their way into the manuals. WIndows 10 Cumulative update: KB4038788 Build 15063.608 For some peculiar reason, older updates have disappeared from the update history. Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Windows shell, Microsoft Uniscribe, Microsoft Edge, Device Guard, Windows …

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THE DECLINE OF DLC

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Recently Doom moved to make the core game and all DLC available to all players. For those who are new to the game it meant a big jump in value. Even more the publisher also reduced the price for the game. Some publishers tried to cash-in with DLC but many found it did not pan …

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WINDOWS 10 AND INTEL CLOVER TRAIL

Machines with the Intel Clover Trail processors were sold from 2012 to 2015, typically with Windows 8.0 or 8.1 installed. In January 2015, Windows boss Terry Myerson said “This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the …

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WINDOWS 10 ONEDRIVE DROPS FAT32

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud service for sharing photos and documents. Recently Microsoft dropped support for FAT32 and now requires NTFS for hosting OneDrive local copies. We noticed this with our HP Stream 7. We use a microSD card for supplemental storage and the default format for 32GB is FAT32. If you need to change to …

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AMD RYZEN & WINDOWS 10

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We have seen several reports recently that Windows 10 does run well on some AMD Ryzen platforms. We believe it could be some driver issues for motherboards and the processor. WIndows 8.1 seems to work better with some motherboards. Windows 10 Creators Edition may work on some. It seems to be hit or miss with …

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CONTENT CREATION TOOLS & DX12

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Steam distributes Blender and Autodesk distributes 3D Studio, Maya and AutoCAD. These tools are the most widely used ones for creating 3D game worlds. Blender is open source and it has a large community of contributors. Many game studios have used Blender successfully. DX12 uses multiple GPU cards to manage rendering and this makes it …

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