Information How to enable File Explorer tabs in the Windows 11 2022 Update right now
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:45 - Forum: Tips and tricks - No Replies

Quote:Microsoft released the Windows 11 2022 Update this week and revealed plans to push the first feature drop in October. Included in the October feature drop is the long awaited support for tabs in the default file manager of the operating system, File Explorer.

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Users with NVIDIA hardware may want to postpone the installation of the first feature update for Windows 11, as several users reported performance degradations after installation of the update.

Windows 11 users who have updated to the new version of Windows 11 already or bought a device with the update installed, may enable the October 2022
feature drop functionality already on those devices.

Word of warning: while we did not notice any issues after enabling File Explorer tabs on a test system, the content should be considered in development. It is not advised to enable it on production machines. In any case, it is advised to create a full system backup to be on the safe side of things.

How to enable File Explorer tabs and other October 2022 feature drop features right now on Windows 11

Microsoft has a habit of including future updates on Windows systems already to speed up the installation once the updates are released officially.

For this to work, it is necessary that Windows 11 build 22621 or newer is installed. One easy way to check the version is to open Start, type winver and check the version listed in the About Windows window.

To enable the features right now, do the following:

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  1. Download the latest version of the command line utility ViveTool from GitGub.
  2. Extract the downloaded ViVeTool zip archive to the local system.
  3. Remember the path of the folder or copy it to the Clipboard. Tip: you can use the new keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-C to copy the path of the folder (by selecting the ViVeTool folder and then using the keyboard shortcut).
  4. Select Start, type cmd.
  5. Select Run as administrator to launch an elevated command prompt window.
  6. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  7. Type cd and paste the copied path or type it. In our case, the command was cd "C:\Users\Martin\Downloads\ViVeTool-v0.3.1"
  8. Now run the following commands to enable the new functionality:
    1. File Explorer:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:39145991
      2. vivetool /enable /id:37634385
      3. vivetool /enable /id:36354489
    2. Suggested Actions:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:34592303
    3. New "Open With" interface:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:36302090
    4. Taskbar Overflow:
      1. vivetool /enable /id:35620393
  9. A restart of the system is required to finalize the changes.
Once restarted, the new features are available. Open File Explorer and you should see the new tab bar at the top. Just activate the plus icon to add a new tab to File Explorer. The other features are available as well, if activated using the tool.

Again, most Windows 11 users may want to wait until next month, when the first Moments update is released; this update will enable the features officially on the operating system.

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Information Mozilla reaffirms that Firefox will continue to support current content blockers
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:43 - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

Quote:From next year onward, extensions for Google Chrome and most other Chromium-based browsers, will have to rely on a new extension manifest. Manifest V3 defines the boundaries in which extensions may operate.

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Current Chromium extensions use Manifest V2 for the most part, even though the January 2023 deadline is looming over the heads of every extension developer.

Google is using its might to push Manifest v3, and most Chromium-based browsers, including Microsoft Edge, will follow. From January 2023 on, extensions need to support Manifest v3 exclusively to be listed in the Chrome Web Store. There is an Enterprise policy to extend the blocking of Manifest v2 support in Chrome by six months, but Google announced already that it won't extend that, despite delays in getting all APIs out in the open for developers.

By June 2022, Chrome and most Chromium-based browsers won't support Manifest v2 extensions anymore. Those installed will be disabled automatically, because they are no longer compatible. Those offered on the Chrome Web Store will vanish, unless their developers published an update to make them compatible with the new Manifest v3.

Mozilla announced early on that it will support Manifest v3 as well, but that it would continue to support important APIs that Google limited in Manifest v3. Probably the most important of them all is the WebRequest API. Used by content blockers extensively to filter certain items, it has been replaced by a less powerful option in Manifest v3.

While Manifest v3 does not mean the end for content blocking on Chrome, Edge and other Chromium-based browsers, it may limit abilities under certain circumstances. Users who install a single content blocker and no other extension that relies on the same relevant API may not notice much of a change, but those who like to add custom filter lists or use multiple extensions that rely on the API, may run into artificial limits set by Google.

AdGuard launched a Manifest v3 compatible ad-blocker recently, and it will display warning prompts if its operation is limited in the browser.

Mozilla reaffirmed this week that its plan has not changed. In "These weeks in Firefox: issue 124", the organization confirms that it will support the WebRequst API of Manifest v2 alongside Manifest v3.
 
Quote:Again, a reminder that Mozilla plans to continue support for the Manifest v2 blocking WebRequest API (this API powers, for example, uBlock Origin) while simultaneously supporting Manifest v3.

That is good news for users of the web browser who use content blockers such as uBlock Origin. The extension, which its developer claims operates best under Firefox, is the most popular extension for Firefox based on the number of installations and ratings.
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Information Firefox 105.0.1 restores focus behavior on startup
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:26 - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

Quote:Mozilla plans to launch a small update for the stable version of the organization's Firefox web browser later today that restores the original focus behavior on startup.

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Firefox users who installed Firefox 105, either as this week's stable release or a development release, may have noticed that the browser's startup behavior changed in that release. Firefox would focus the address bar on startup, which it did not do in previous versions of the browser.

The automatic selection of the address bar caused issues in several use cases, for instance when a search engine website was loaded in the active tab. The search engine's search field was focused in previous versions of Firefox, but in Firefox 105, the address bar was focused instead.

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Firefox users who wanted to search had to activate the search field to do so. Similarly, input fields were not selected on other sites automatically. Another related issue was that users could not use keyboard shortcuts to scroll or interact with the active webpage anymore, as Firefox was focusing the address bar and not the webpage. Keyboard shortcuts such as down-arrow or up-arrow may be used to navigate sites without use of the mouse or touch.

The changed behavior required an extra click or action from the user to use webpages affected by the change.

Firefox 105.0.1 is a bug fix release that restores the original behavior of the browser. Users who have not updated to Firefox 105 yet may never experience the issue; those who have updated may download and install the update to resolve it.

Mozilla notes in the official release notes: "Reverted focus behavior for new windows back to the content area instead of the address bar".
Additional information is available on Bugzilla.

Mozilla plans to launch Firefox 105.0.1 later today. A check for updates via Menu > Help > About Firefox displays the current version and installs the update once it is released.

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Exclamation NVIDIA is investigating Windows 11 2022 Update game performance issue
Posted by: harlan4096 - Yesterday, 08:24 - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Windows users with NVIDIA powered graphics cards may want to skip the upgrade to the Windows 11 2022 Update feature update for now, as several, who have made the plunge, reported that game performance has dropped significantly on their systems.

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Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the issue officially on the Windows 11 22H2 health dashboard. Nvidia, on the other hand, asked several users to report the issue and provide additional details on the systems they experience the issue on.

Most users affected by the issue noticed that CPU usage dropped significantly while playing games on Windows 11 version 22H2. Compared to the release version of Windows 11, CPU utilization dropped from values beyond 50% to a mere 5%. Other users reported frame drop issues, even on powerful gaming systems.

This is not the first time that Windows 11 is causing performance issues for gamers. The release version of Windows 11 impacted performance for AMD-powered systems significantly as well.

On Reddit, Nvidia employee Manuel Guzman, asked several users, who reported performance issues after updating to the Windows 11 2022 Update, to report the issue using NVIDIA's official driver feedback form.

A fix or workaround for the issue is not yet available. Those who experienced the game related performance issues after the installation of the Windows 11 2022 Update confirmed that a rollback to the original release version of Windows 11 fixed the issue on their end.

Microsoft introduced several game related improvements in Windows 11 version 22H2. Among them support for system wide Variable Refresh Rate and windowed gaming improvements. It is unclear at this point if these improvements introduced a bug or if the bug has been caused by something else.

For now, Nvidia users may want to postpone the installation of the Windows 11 2022 Update until the issue is resolved. Users may want to keep an eye on the official list of issues by Microsoft and Nvidia driver updates. The issue seems widespread enough for the companies to react swiftly to it.

It is quite ironic that Microsoft highlighted the game and performance improvements that it integrated into the first feature update for Windows 11, when some users experience quite the contrary.

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Information Kaspersky\VPN\KSOS 21.8.4.347 beta
Posted by: harlan4096 - 23 September 22, 06:49 - Forum: Kaspersky - No Replies

Quote:A new beta build is available.

You can download the distribution kit by the link:

Kaspersky — Download
VPN — Download
KSOS — Download

To test the application, activate the license embedded in the distribution kit.

You should only use the beta build with this license provided for testing.

If you use your existing commercial license to activate the beta version of the application, the term of the license spent on the beta-testing will not be compensated. 
  
Useful info:
  • DRV  verifiers are turn off by default now. App - are ON! 
  • Kaspersky is presented in three tiers: Basic, Standard, Plus
  • To activate the trial beta key on the screen with a proposal to enter My Kaspersky, click "Skip"
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Information AV1 Update Reduces CPU Encoding Times By Up To 34 Percent
Posted by: harlan4096 - 23 September 22, 06:19 - Forum: Tech News - No Replies

Quote:AV1 content creation will become very important, now with RTX 40-series GPUs supporting the new standard.
 

According to Phoronix, (opens in new tab) Google has released a new AOM-AV1 update - version 3.5, that drastically improves encode times when streaming, rendering, or recording from the CPU. At its best, the update can improve encoding times by up to 34%. 

It is a fantastic addition to AV1's capabilities, with the encoder becoming very popular among powerful video platforms such as YouTube. In addition, we are also seeing significant support for AV1 hardware acceleration on modern discrete GPUs now, such as Intel's Arc Alchemist GPUs and, most importantly - Nvidia's RTX 40-series GPUs.

Depending on the resolution, encoding times with the new update have improved by 20% to 30%. For example, at 1080P, encode times featuring 16 threads of processing are reduced by 18% to 34%. At 4K, render times improved by 18% to 20% with 32 threads. Google could do this by adding Frame Parallel Encoding to heavily multi-threaded configurations. Google has also added several other improvements contributing to AV1's performance uplifts in other areas - specifically in real-time encoding.

In other words, CPU utilization in programs such as OBS has been reduced, primarily for systems packing 16 CPU threads. As a result, they are allowing users to use those CPU resources for other tasks or increase video quality even higher without any additional performance cost. If you are video editing and are rendering out a video in AV1, processing times will be vastly reduced if you have a CPU with 16 threads or more.

AV1's Performance Improvements Come At The Perfect TimeAV1's speed improvements couldn't have come at a better time. The video industry is aggressively moving to AV1 more than ever this year, thanks to the introduction of AV1 hardware acceleration engines and allowing content creators to use discrete GPUs to record and stream content with the AV1 codec.

AV1 came on the scene in 2018 as a newer potential alternative to the H.264 video codec. It has become a mainstream item due to its very attractive feature set; for one, it is entirely open-source, allowing anyone to use it for free. It provides up to 50% higher compression ratios than H.264. In addition, it is drastically reducing AV1 video file sizes.

This year we saw our first AV1 hardware acceleration engine in the Intel Arc A-series GPUs, providing drastic video quality improvements over its competitors, including Nvidia's legendary NVENC H.264 encoder. But now, Nvidia has finally entered the game with its RTX 40-series GPUs supporting AV1 encoding for the first time - thanks to the brand-new 8th generation NVENC engine.

It sets up the stage for AV1 to become a complete replacement for H.264, now that we have AV1 encoding present in both discrete GPUs and via software encoding on the CPU, which will make AV1 encoding very accessible to the public. The new AV1 performance update is just the cherry on top and will provide greater flexibility for users running the AV1 codec on live streams and within video editors.
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Information Ryzen 9 7950X Hits 7.2 GHz on One Core, 6.5 GHz on 16 Cores Under LN2
Posted by: harlan4096 - 23 September 22, 06:15 - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

Quote:Remarkable overclocking results

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Zen 4 CPU (Image credit: AMD) AMD's Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) processors will be out soon, but the chipmaker has wasted no time showing off the Ryzen 9 7950X's overclocking prowess. Famed hardware detective Tum_Apisak (opens in new tab) has dug up some hidden CPU-Z submissions that showcase the Ryzen 9 7950X under liquid nitrogen (LN2), and the results are simply remarkable.

Leading AMD's Ryzen 7000 army and potentially one of the best CPUs, the Ryzen 9 7950X wields 16 Zen 4 cores, 32 threads, and a 4.5 GHz base clock. The 16-core flagship has a boost clock speed up to 5.7 GHz. However, under the right thermal conditions, the Ryzen 9 7950X can boost up to 5.85 GHz since that's the Fmax (maximum frequency limit) that AMD programmed into the chip.

The first of the two submissions showed the Ryzen 9 7950X attaining a single-core boost clock up of 7,247 MHz at 1.506V. It's a spectacular feat no doubt, but it's still leagues away from breaking the world record. The FX-8370 is the current world record holder with a clock speed of 8,722 MHz.

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For comparison, the Ryzen 9 5950X only got to 6,350 MHz, so the Ryzen 9 7950X posted a 14% higher clock speed than the Zen 3 flagship. Of course, we cannot judge a whole microarchitecture based on a single sample, but Zen 4 appears to be a good overclocker. However, the Ryzen 9 7950X still lagged behind Intel's Core i9-12900K by 5% as the Alder Lake hit 7,600 MHz.

The second CPU-Z submission showed the Ryzen 9 7950X at 6.5 GHz across all 16 cores with a 1.465V voltage. Sadly, we have screenshots with no performance data to show how much of an uplift a 16-core chip can provide at 6.5 GHz. Then again, this is extreme overclocking where getting the highest clock speed is more important than everything else.

Intel's 13th Generation Raptor Lake processors have good overclocking headroom too. For example, a Bilibili user has overclocked the Core i9-13900KF to 6.1 GHz with conventional liquid cooling. Of course, extreme overclockers will have much fun with Zen 4 and Raptor Lake, so we expect to see more results when the next-generation chips launch.
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Lightbulb Invert Files to select files faster on Windows
Posted by: harlan4096 - 23 September 22, 05:59 - Forum: Tips and tricks - No Replies

Quote:When it comes to selecting files in File Explorer, Windows users have plenty of options. From left-clicking to selecting individual files to drawing a rectangle around files for selection. Keyboard shortcuts help further: holding down the Shift-key while left-clicking on files allows Windows users to select multiple files at once from a selection of files in the active directory.

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Sometimes, it may be faster to select files that you don't need and use the invert selection option of the operating system to have all files selected that you do need. A basic example where this may be faster than other methods is the following one.

Microsoft's PowerToys tools collection comes with a resize tool. It is configured by default to keep the original images and create new resized images in the same folder. If you run the operation on all images in the folder, you will notice that they remain selected after the operation. To select the resize images, you could use the invert feature as it is faster than all other options available.

Here is how you activate the invert selection feature on Windows 10 and Windows 11:

On Windows 10:
  • Open the directory with files that you need to select.
  • Select the files that you do not need in the directory.
  • Select Home and then the Invert selection option.
On Windows 11:
  • Open the directory in File Explorer and select the files that you do not need.
  • Select Menu > Invert selection.
In both cases, the selection of files is inverted, which means that all files that were not selected initially are now selected.

Invert selection is a useful option, but it has its shortcomings. It is always necessary to select all files that you do not want selected. While that works well if there are only a handful of those in a directory, it falls short if there are dozens or more.  In this case, it may be faster to use specialized programs such as File Sieve (commercial now) or Smart Copy Tool.

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Exclamation Here is the fix for Windows 11 2022 Update error 0x800f0806
Posted by: harlan4096 - 23 September 22, 05:57 - Forum: Microsoft Windows News - No Replies

Quote:Some Windows administrators who tried to update their Windows 11 devices to the newly released Windows 11 2022 Update reported  that they have received the error code 0x800f0806 during the process.

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The error is thrown by the cumulative update KB5017321, which Windows 11 attempts to install via Windows Updates. It is a download error, but it is unclear why downloads are blocked with the error code on some systems but not on others.

According to the reports, the error is only thrown on inplace upgrades, but not when the update is installed using other ways.

The solution, therefore, is to pick one of the following update options instead to resolve the update error:
  1. The cumulative update KB5017321 is hosted on the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Download the cumulative update for the correct Windows 11 version and run it after it has been downloaded. The download has a size between 223 and 302 Megabytes, depending on the operating system version.
  2. Download and run the Windows 11 Installation Assistant. It is an official Microsoft program to update to the latest version of the Windows 11 operating system. Note that it requires installing and running Microsoft's PC Health app to check for compatibility. Once that is out of the way, you may hit the refresh button in the Windows 11 Installation Assistant program window to start the update to the Windows 11 2022 Update.
The manual installation option listed under (1) is the easier option in most cases: it does not require the downloading of two Microsoft programs to run the update. Windows 11 administrators who run into different kinds of errors when downloading the update files manually may still switch to the Windows 11 Installation Assistant method to resolve the issue.

In any event, it is probably best to wait a month or two before firing up the update engines, as more bugs will likely surface in that time. Ashwin's guide on upgrading Windows 11 using an ISO image is also a good read in the meantime.

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