Here's how Microsoft judges a 'highly secure' Windows 10 device

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update causing serious issues with Surface Pen

The standards for a highly-secure Windows 10 PC

Microsoft also says systems must have 64-bit instruction set support, but good luck buying a CPU that doesn't have 64-bit support anymore.

You shouldn't worry about the geekier stuff such as the virtualization specs, TPM version, UEFI version, as it would be the PC makers who would have to make sure the devices stick to all the requirements.

Microsoft today rolled out Redstone 4 Build 17035 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. UEFI is a BIOS and EFI replacement that properly interfaces with Windows 10 security features like Secure Boot, Windows Defender, and Device Guard.

Microsoft appears to be doubling down on its belief that up-to-date hardware requires an updated operating system, and vice versa. They also have Microsoft 365 Enterprise, which is a bundle of Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise, and Enterprise Security + Mobility.

As for what's coming next for the tools, Shepard said Microsoft is working on adding an application reliability check to Device Health, which shows which apps are crashing the most "so you can optimize your app and OS combinations".

An option to limit the foreground downloads bandwidth for Windows Update downloads has been added as well to the Settings. It's US-only at this time and you need to opt-in. However, there's now also a simpler option.

An Intel processor of 7th generation or newer or an AMD processor of 7th generation or newer. To that end, Microsoft has published a document aimed at helping users "highly secure" their electronics running the Fall Creators Update version 1709.

There are some additional feature enhancements, including a new Mute-a-Tab feature in Edge and support for saving EPUB books.

You may have been wary of upgrading your Windows PC to Windows 10 in the past, but the OS has received its fair share of media-oriented updates and bug fixes since its 2015 release. You can see the full list on Brandon LeBlanc's post on Windows Blogs.

The company moved some of the Sound settings from the Control Panel to Settings. "Navigate to this page in the Store: http://aka.ms/ShopSurfaceOnWin10".

What is slightly embarrassing is that the Surface Pro 4 does not meet those specifications.

Work on the Settings application continues.

Platform boot verification. This prevents the loading, or booting, of any third-party firmware onto a device. Microsoft also is planning to add a new capability in that tool called "Login Health".

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