January Windows Update

You may have noticed your Windows machine installing a large update. This update is MOSTLY said to be in prerelease. But, I’ve seen some machines update. Also, there is some confusion as what the actual release build is named, 17083 or …

Here are some of the changes.

My main machine has not updated yet. I’m still on 160xx.xxx something.

Nothing Earth shaking.

Will Win 10 Creators Update Kill Second Life?

There is some consternation about a Windows 10 update: Creators Update. It is a free Win 10 update. My headline is hype. Nobody seems to know how it will work with Second LifeTM. However, the new features are a combination of interesting and OMG more advertising built into Windows.

Whatever, the new features are:

  • 3D in Windows 10
  • Built-in game broadcasting
  • New tab management in the sucky MS Edge and more…
    • Microsoft Edge is faster
    • Tab preview bar
    • Set tabs aside
    • Jump List
    • More extensions
  • Enhanced security features – MS Privacy Dashboard
  • Paint 3D
  • Remix3D.com access
  • Game streaming with Beam
  • Gaming settings: Game bar, GameDVR, broadcasting, and Game Mode
  • Improved Windows Store – They added e-books, whoop whoop
  • Dolby Atmos – Adds Dolby audio via an app
  • Cortana can do more… like control music by mood.
    • Language compatibility for iHeartRadio and TuneIn
    • Music recognition support for the Chinese
    • Full screen Cortana when computer idle
    • Carry sessions across devices
  • Mixed Reality in Photo, Maps, Music, Movies, & TV
  • Mini View Feature
  • …and more.

So, how is it going to work with SL? No one in the forums is writing about their experience. May be everyone is waiting for someone else to go first. In general we are currently clueless.

I plan to install it on my laptop first. It runs SL at medium settings and produces 10 to 20 FPS. I want to see if adding Win 10 Creators Update with a “Gaming Mode” improves its performance. For now I will avoid the update on my main machine.

I’ll get back to you.

Windows 10 Lock Screen Images

Win 10 has three settings for how your Windows lock screen displays; Windows Spotlight, Picture, and Slideshow. The Spotlight option provides a parade of images from all over the world. Before you login you often have the option to click on an ‘about’ type link. After login it takes you to a web page explaining where in the world the image was taken and something about it.

Lock Screen Settings - Win 10

Lock Screen Settings – Win 10

Along with the pictures you occasionally get an ad. I am guessing about 1 in 10… But, the images are worth the occasional annoyance. Some of the ad pictures are pretty neat. Whatever, I have Spotlight on.

Windows caches these images in the system. So, you can find and save them for later use. They are well hidden and the names are disguised. If you want to save the images, check out the article: How to Save Windows 10’s Lock Screen Spotlight Images to Your Hard Drive.