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Microsoft Fixes Explorer Crashes in Latest Windows 10 19H1 Build

07 January, 2019, 01:10 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • Windows 10 surpasses Windows 7 to become most popular desktop OS

Opinion: Microsoft needs to step off the new feature train, at least temporarily, and get Windows 10's reliability and fundamentals back on track.

However, if you're someone like an IT pro (or a friendly neighbourhood tech reviewer) who regularly has to wipe and configure a bunch of machines, Cortana's persistent blathering can drive you and everyone in your vicinity bonkers.

Why it matters: It's been more than three years since it launched, but Windows 10 has passed the milestone Microsoft has been waiting for: the platform is now the most popular desktop operating system, having finally grabbed a larger market share than Windows 7.

Beyond the changes involving Cortana and passwords, the latest build introduces a host of general changes, improvements, and bug fixes. The 19H1 builds are expected to be available to all Windows 10 users in the first half of 2019.

Microsoft's first move to reduce password use came with Windows Hello, introduced in Windows 10, which uses biometric sensors to verify a user's identity based on a fingerprint or face scan. The feature does let you set everything up with your voice, but honestly, it's just a lot easier to do everything manually.

That works by linking your Microsoft account to your phone, then setting up a "password-less phone number account", but the ability to do this was only available to testers running Windows 10 Home. This was also originally only for Windows 10 Home, but is now offered in all editions.


If you've set up a Windows computer in recent months, you've likely met Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana.

Add your account to Windows from Settings Accounts Family & other Users "Add someone else to this PC".

Moral of the story: Windows 10's setup experience is inconvenient and incomplete.

Preview Build 18309's other noteworthy additions revolve around security changes. During subsequent log-ins, you will be using Windows Hello to access your account.

The company has also added 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointer settings, taking the total number of sizes to 15.

According to a blog post from Microsoft's Japanese 'Ask the Network & AD Support Team, ' the built-in Windows 10 administrator account may be invalidated while upgrading to the version 1809. It now accounts for 39.22% of usage compared to 36.9% for Windows 7.

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