Thursday, February 29, 2024

February 2024 Windows 11 Non-Security Preview Update

 Microsoft released KB5034848 (OS Builds 22621.3285 and 22631.3235) today for Windows 11 23H3 and Windows 11 22H2. 

IMPORTANT:  The date for optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2 has been extended from February 27,2024 to June 25, 2025. 

Highlights included in the update:

  • New!  The Phone Link settings page has a new name: Mobile devices. Go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices.

  • New! You can now use the Snipping Tool on your PC to edit the most recent photos and screenshots from your Android device. You will get an instant notification on your PC when your Android device captures a new photo or screenshot. To turn this on, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices. Choose Manage devices and allow your PC to access your Android device.

  • New! This update adds support for the USB 80Gbps standard. It is the next generation of USB4 that has twice the bandwidth of USB 40Gbps. To use USB 80Gbps, you must have a compatible PC and USB4 or Thunderbolt™ peripheral.

  • This update affects games you install on a secondary drive. Now, they remain installed on the drive.

  • This update addresses an issue that affects long-edge fed printers. The alignment of stapling or hole punch locations is wrong.

  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Windows Settings Home page. It randomly stops responding when you go to the page.

  • This update addresses an issue that affects networking. A device fails to make the automatic switch from cellular to Wi-Fi when it can use Wi-Fi.

  • This update addresses an issue that stops a system from going to sleep. This occurs when you connect an external device to the system.

  • This update affects the Windows Backup app. It will no longer show on the user interface in regions where the app is not supported. To learn more, see KB5032038.

See the KB article for a separate list of quality improvements included in the update for Windows 11 23H3 and Windows 11 22H2. 

Update:  To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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Windows 11 update history


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February 2024 Windows 10 Non-Security Preview Update

 Microsoft released KB5034843 for Windows 10 version 22H2 optional non-security release preview (Windows monthly updates explained).

Highlights included in the update:
  • New! Using Windows share, you can now directly share URLs to apps like WhatsApp, Gmail, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Sharing to X (formerly Twitter) is coming soon.

  • This update affects games you install on a secondary drive. Now, they remain installed on the drive.

  • This update affects the Windows Backup app. It will no longer show on the user interface in regions where the app is not supported. To learn more, see KB5032038.

See the KB article for the list of quality improvements included in the update.

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. Servicing stack updates (SSU) ensure that you have a robust and reliable servicing stack so that your devices can receive and install Microsoft updates. For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

Update:  To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 10 update history



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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pale Moon Version 33.0.1 Released with Security Updates

  Pale MoonPale Moon has been updated to version 33.0.1.  This is a bugfix and security update.

Changes/fixes:

  • Removed site-specific override for Amazon.com due to breakage.
  • Fixed script timeout values that were inadvertently overridden in branding.
  • Fixed an issue where empty MIME type registrations would break some parts of the UI.
  • (Linux only) Pasting URLs to content now by default does not navigate to that URL.
  • If content-paste-navigation is enabled (via middlemouse.contentLoadURL), navigation is now restricted to pasting to active body type elements (to prevent unwanted navigation when pasting URLs to input boxes, for example).
  • Fixed a problem with JS modules preventing ExportEntries from working.
  • (Linux only) Fixed a build issue when building with a system-supplied cairo library (unsupported).
  • Fixed an issue where workers could lock up the browser with SetInterval with an out-of-bounds (too small) value. This is now clamped to 4ms matching the HTML spec.
  • Fixed a few usability issues with the built-in developer tools.
  • Fixed a potential crash in web workers.
  • Fixed a potential overflow issue in image maps.
  • Fixed a potential security issue with multi-part/mixed content (CVE-2024-1551).

Notes:

*DiD This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.

Rejected security patches: This means that patches were theoretically applicable to our code but considered undesirable, which could be due to unwanted changes in behavior, known regressions caused by the patches, or unnecessary risks for stability, security or privacy.

From this point forward, UXP Mozilla security patch summaries will no longer be listed as they are mostly irrelevant.

Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows: Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

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