Wednesday Newsbytes – News for You – 022322
Every day we scan the tech world for news that affects all of us who use Windows computers. Today, we’re featuring three news articles that grabbed our attention over the past week. We had a lot of positive feedback and excellent readership for our first two “Wednesday Newsbytes” so we are going to make “Wednesday Newsbytes” a regular feature — as long as you continue to enjoy it.
Watermark warning on desktop now in testing
Windows 11 has been changed so that it now presents a more visible warning, using a watermark on the desktop to caution those running the OS on an unsupported PC that the device doesn’t meet its system requirements – although this move is only in testing right now.
It follows a previous tweak whereby Microsoft placed a cautionary ‘system requirements not met’ message within System Settings, again only in preview builds of Windows 11, but the watermark – which appears above the system tray (where the clock is, bottom-right) – is a far heavier-handed warning.
Plus a revamped Task Manager and new touch gestures
Microsoft has begun rolling out Windows 11’s Insider Preview Build 22557 to testers, and there’s a handful of helpful new features that should please those who have already made the upgrade from Windows 10.
For the majority of testers, the most pleasing of these will be the ability to customize the pinned part of the Start menu with folders. Simply drag one app on top of another and a folder will be created, with the option to rearrange the apps within. Right now, there’s no option to name folders, but Microsoft says that’s coming in a future test build.
Windows 11 is all the rage right now, with Microsoft dropping features and improvements for this latest operating system outside of the annual update cadence. But, if you still haven’t upgraded to Windows 11 or can’t due to minimum system requirements or any other reason, the Windows maker does continue to deliver updates for Windows 10, as well.
Microsoft has released KB5010415 for the newer versions of Windows 10. Build 19042.1566 is available for version 20H2, 19043.1566 for version 21H1, and 19044.1566 for version 21H2. Do note that this is a “Preview” non-security release, which means this isn’t a mandatory update, and you don’t have to actually install it until the next month’s Patch Tuesday update.