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Microsoft’s New Surface Laptop 7 and Surface Pro 11 Copilot+ PCs Now Available

Microsoft has officially launched its new Copilot+ PCs today, which are now available for purchase at the Microsoft Store and other leading retailers. The Surface Pro 11 and Surface Laptop 7, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X Elite and Plus chips, support advanced AI-powered experiences across the operating system. Surface Pro 11 Microsoft claims that its...

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Windows File Sharing with SMB: Port 445, 139, 138, and 137 Explained

Last Update: Jun 18, 2024

Many IT pros probably take for granted sharing files on their predominantly Windows environments and local area networks. Although several protocols are available, Server Message Block (SMB) is clearly the most prevalent. This article examines how Windows file sharing works over ports 445, 139, 138, and 137. How does file sharing via the SMB protocol…

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Microsoft to Retire DirectAccess in Favor of Always On VPN

Microsoft has unveiled its plans to phase out DirectAccess in future Windows versions, urging commercial users to switch to Always On VPN for improved security and performance. This change aims to leverage the advanced capabilities of Always On VPN, ensuring a more robust and seamless remote access experience. What is DirectAccess? Microsoft introduced DirectAccess in…

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Windows Autopatch Gets Policy Conflict Alerts and Post-Update Reliability Reports

Microsoft has announced the public preview of alerts for policy conflicts in Windows Autopatch. The Windows Autopatch service is designed to simplify the update management process for Windows, Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has enhanced the update reports feature to help administrators identify devices with conflicting policies, which could…

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First Ring Daily: Recall Needs More Work

On this episode of First Ring Daily, Brad Sams and Paul Thurrott discuss Microsoft’s decision to delay the release of Recall, the company’s flagship new AI feature that was set to launch on new Qualcomm-powered Copilot+ PCs next week.

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Microsoft Delays Recall AI Feature for Copilot+ PCs to Address Privacy Concerns

Microsoft has postponed the rollout of its controversial Recall feature for Copilot+ PCs, and it will now be released first in preview to members of the Windows Insider Program in the coming weeks. This AI-powered tool will undergo additional testing to address privacy and security concerns. Last month, Microsoft unveiled the AI-based Recall feature for…

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Microsoft Releases June 2024 Patch Tuesday Updates

Microsoft released yesterday the June 2024 Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices. This month, the company has released security patches to address 49 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, and other components. On the quality and experiences update front, Microsoft has released a couple of improvements for the Windows Share menu in Windows…

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Microsoft to Disable Windows Recall By Default Amid Security Concerns

Microsoft has committed to making changes to Recall before its launch on new Copilot+ PCs later this month, opting to disable the AI-powered Copilot feature by default for all Windows users. This decision follows privacy and security concerns raised by researchers regarding the potential misuse of the controversial Recall feature. Last month, Microsoft announced the…

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How To Use The DISM Command to Repair Windows 10: A Step-By-Step Guide

Last Update: Jun 06, 2024

In this Ask the Admin, I’ll show you how to fix corrupt system files when System File Checker isn’t up to the job.

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Microsoft Shifts from NTLM to Kerberos to Strengthen Windows Authentication

Last year, Microsoft detailed plans to phase out NT LAN Manager (NTLM) user authentication to promote the adoption of the more robust Kerberos protocol. Now, the company has taken a definitive step by officially deprecating NTLM authentication in both Windows and Windows Server environments. NTLM is an authentication protocol that enables a client to connect…

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