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Ransomware has seen an abrupt rise in the recent years, and the present-day developments are only making this threat more infamous. If you love to keep yourself updated with the latest developments in the tech world, you might have heard about the notorious WannaCry ransomware, which is locking down people’s computers. It also goes by the other names like WannaDecrypt0r, WCry, and Wanna Decryptor.

What is WannaCry ransomware?

Till now, more than 150 countries have been affected by WannaCry ransomware, which exploits EternalBlue vulnerability and uses phishing emails. The NSA was the first to discover this flaw, and it was made public by ShadowBrokers in April.

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Microsoft first introduced the functionality to use an USB drive or SD card as a memory cache in Windows Vista in the form of a feature known as ReadyBoost. The feature was also inherited to Windows 7 and later, but with the ability to configure more than one USB drive for ReadyBoost.

Why ReadyBoost?

ReadyBoost was intended to supplement RAM in the case of slow hard drives. Almost a decade ago, when the feature was launched, the flash storage USB drives could offer a faster alternative when transferring data to and from the RAM.

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On the first day of Microsoft’s Build 2017 developer conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced the numbers for Windows 10 and related products.

Nadella told the audience that Windows 10 has now reached a count of 500 million monthly active users. These numbers are accompanied by 100 million monthly Office 365 users and 140 million monthly users of their Cortana digital assistant.

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While Windows Phone might be called a thing of the past, a Windows Phone OEM named Coship, also known as Moly, has confirmed that it’s planning something unique. The company is working to create a device that runs two operating systems.

This setup will be just like the dual-OS installation in computers. This means that you can select which operating system you wish to boot in. The operating systems being worked upon are Android and Windows 10 Mobile. For the Windows 10 Mobile lovers, it must be an exciting update.

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Everyone wants their system to be free of unwanted apps, commonly known as bloatware. Even Microsoft has realized this, and they have included the Fresh Start feature in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The Fresh Start feature reinstalls Windows 10 Creators Update and removes all the software included by the manufacturer. But for some people, even the inbuilt apps are a kind of bloatware. That’s why a NotebookReview forum member Pheonix has created a completely stripped ISO of the Windows 10 Creators Update 1703.

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After almost two weeks since the Creators Update rollout began, Microsoft still feels there are improvements to be done. In a recent blog post, the company said they had received the first batch of feedback from their OEM partners and customers regarding the update.

Microsoft is also keeping an eye on the Feedback Hub app where users can post about issues in Windows 10 and upvote the existing ones.

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With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time and many rejoiced. But now that the update has started rolling out, it’s become apparent that there are still some stability issues and performing a manual installation isn’t recommended right now.

In a blog post, Microsoft’s director of program management explained that the latest update has been rolling out slowly because there are known issues that could be a problem for anyone who isn’t an advanced user.

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Microsoft has quietly confirmed it is working on another Windows 10 update, and it will arrive later this year, following the Creators Update.

The company hinted last summer that it would release two major Windows 10 updates in 2017. We know that the first update is the Creators Update, which is currently being tested by Windows Insiders (aka beta testers), but we haven’t heard anything about the second one.

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When extolling the virtues of Windows 10, Microsoft is keen to stress how much safer the new OS is.

The problem, of course, is that the weakest link in any security chain is pretty much always the user. Microsoft is introducing a new feature to Windows 10 that will make the OS more secure, and help users make better decisions.

The Windows Defender Security Center will be introduced in the Windows 10 Creators Update, but Insiders on the Fast ring can already try it out by launching it from the All Apps menu in Build 15014.

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