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Windows 10 October Update Finally Launching to Public

Windows 10 October Update Finally Launching to Public

Although the release of the October 2018 Update has only just resumed, Microsoft has already detailed a huge new feature set to arrive in the next substantial upgrade for Windows 10. Even though dark mode is all the rage these days, I like the light theme look and can't wait to run it on my PC. Well, not so much, apparently.

Ever since we introduced the ability to choose between light and dark in Windows 10, we've heard feedback asking for a truer separation between the two options.

Pulling 1809 also meant that some systems with Snapdragon 850 CPUs and Intel 9th generation Core processors weren't officially supported, though Microsoft has changed that for Snapdragon 850 on the Windows 10 datasheet. When you select Light under Settings Personalization Colors, the expectation is that the system color would be lighter too. There'll be no nag messages (hooray!) and so users will need to check Windows Update to see if it's even available - don't mistake it for the Patch Tuesday updates. Microsoft doesn't make it easy for Windows 10 users to change this setting, but it is possible.

Here's the control to turn on Intelligent Active Hours.

Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative's Dustin Childs flagged CVE-2018-8450, a Window Search RCE flaw, as critical (although Microsoft does not). It appears that the updates didn't end there as the Windows maker has also rolled out a cumulative update to those testing Windows 10 19H1.

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This is also good news for anyone who bought the new Galaxy Book 2 from Samsung, and the Yoga C630 from Lenovo, which are now fully optimised for the processor.

In either case, it's a good idea to get in the habit of backing up your data before installing Windows updates.

One of the oddities about Windows is that sometimes the brightness will change when you switch between AC power and your laptop's battery. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. The only exception will be the battery saver mode, where your screen may dim if you've configured it to reduce the brightness to save battery.

Microsoft is now planning to launch a Windows update status dashboard that will help users and the company to easily identify the latest versions of the software. In other words, numerous Windows 10 elements remained Dark colored even after choosing the Light mode.


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