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KB4343909 For Windows 10

Microsoft has released KB4343909 on August 14.

Upon installing this update your Windows 10 will turn to  Build 17134.228.his release also contains updates for Microsoft HoloLens (OS Build 17134.228) released August 14, 2018.

“This update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:

  • Provides protections against a new speculative execution side-channel vulnerability known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) that affects Intel® Core® processors and Intel® Xeon® processors (CVE-2018-3620 and CVE-2018-3646). Make sure previous OS protections against Spectre Variant 2 and Meltdown vulnerabilities are enabled using the registry settings outlined in the Windows Client and Windows Server guidance KB articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions.)
  • Addresses an issue that causes high CPU usage that results in performance degradation on some systems with Family 15h and 16h AMD processors. This issue occurs after installing the June 2018 or July 2018 Windows updates from Microsoft and the AMD microcode updates that address Spectre Variant 2 (CVE-2017-5715 – Branch Target Injection).
  • Addresses an issue that prevents apps from receiving mesh updates after resuming. This issue occurs for apps that use Spatial Mapping mesh data and participate in the Sleep or Resume cycle.
  • Ensures that Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge support the preload=”none” tag.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents some applications running on HoloLens, such as Remote Assistance, from authenticating after upgrading from Windows 10, version 1607, to Windows 10, version 1803.
  • Addresses an issue that significantly reduced battery life after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Device Guard to block some ieframe.dll class IDs after installing the May 2018 Cumulative Update.
  • Addresses a vulnerability related to the Export-Modulemember() function when used with a wildcard (*) and a dot-sourcing script. After installing this update, existing modules on devices that have Device Guard enabled will intentionally fail. The exception error is “This module uses the dot-source operator while exporting functions using wildcard characters, and this is disallowed when the system is under application verification enforcement.” For more information, see and
  • Addresses an issue that was introduced in the July 2018 .NET Framework update. Applications that rely on COM components were failing to load or run correctly because of “access denied,” “class not registered,” or “internal failure occurred for unknown reasons” errors.
  • Security updates to Windows Server.

If you installed earlier updates, only the new fixes in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.

For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see the Security Update Guide”

This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Security Updates For Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1 Released

Microsoft has released  three security updates on August 14.

KB4343900 for Windows 7 SP1. This KB is also applicable for Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.

You can download this either via Windows update or via  Microsoft Update Catalog website.

The next security update is KB4343888.This is applicable for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.To know more and download manually visit here.

Finally KB4343896 is applicable for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Embedded 8 Standard.To know more and download manually visit here.

Fixing Slow Shutdown in Windows 10


This is a situation where Windows 10 takes a long time to shut down completely. A user can fix this issue by following the simple steps.

Steps to follow:

  • Open Settings
  • In Find a Setting box type Power and select Show all results.
  • Scroll down to Choose a power plan
  • Select Choose what the power buttons do
  • Select Change settings that are currently unavailable
  • Uncheck the box against Turn on fast startup (recommended)
  • Click Save changes.

Using A Surface Pro 4 Pen For PowerPoint Presentation

You can control your PowerPoint presentation remotely with a Surface Pro 4 pen.

Things you need:

  • Surface Pro 4 pen or, Wacom Bamboo Ink
  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
  • An Office 365 subscription with Office version 1709 or later.

How to pair:

  1. Press and hold the top button of Surface Pro 4 pen for about 7 seconds.
  2. Open Settings > Devices
  3. Select  Bluetooth & Other Devices
  4. If you already see your digital pen in the list, marked as “Connected,” then the pen is ready to use. Otherwise, continue to 5.
  5. Select Add Bluetooth or other device. Here you choose Bluetooth.
  6. Select Surface pen.
  7. Select Pen & Windows Ink
  8. At the bottom, select Allow apps to override the shortcut button behavior.

How to control presentation:

Open your presentation, start Slide Show , and start “clicking”:

  • Press the eraser button once to advance
  • Press and hold the button to go backward

Surface Pro 3 Firmware Update: 7th August,2018

The following firmware update for Surface Pro 3 released by Microsoft on 7th August,2018:

The following update is delivered to Surface Pro 3 devices on Windows 10 Creators Update, build 1703:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Surface – Firmware – 3.11.2450.0

Surface UEFI – Firmware

  • 3.11.2450.0 improves device security.

Value Indicator Score
Security +

Updates are installed automatically on Surface through Windows Update.

You can also install updates manually:

Go to Start , and select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
Select Check for updates. If updates are available, they will install automatically.
You may need to restart your Surface after the updates have installed.

Surface Go Firmware Update Released

Microsoft has just started selling Surface Go and the device got a firmware update immediately. Microsoft has released a firmware update for Surface Go on August 2.

The following updates are available for Surface Go devices:

Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name
Surface – Firmware – 1.0.3 Surface UEFI – Firmware

  • 1.0.3 improves system stability.

Surface Go Update History