Microsoft to launch new feature in Windows 10 to prevent unwanted installations

01 March, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Windows 10 will soon let you block desktop apps from installing

The new Windows 10 Creators Update will have a feature that is created to prevent users from installing classic Win32 apps.

The company says this protection will help keep your PC "safe and reliable".

The feature appears in a new preview build of Windows 10 that'll be rolling out to all users this spring - perhaps as soon as April.

At its October Microsoft Event in NY this morning, Microsoft revealed the next update to Windows 10, the Creators Update, which will release in early 2017 for free. The install ban isn't on by default, so users must turn it on first.

From a user's perspective, Windows Insider Bug Bashes are fun events that provide users with quests to check out new features and functionality and to interact with various Microsoft engineers.

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In addition, in the Windows Store there is also a feature called Desktop App Converter that allows the conversion of Win32 applications to universal applications. Unsandboxed Win32 apps are the main source of viruses and malware on Windows 10.

As you likely know, rumors show that Microsoft is planning to release Windows 10 Cloud, which is essentially a "locked down" version of Windows 10 that only allows you to only install apps seen in the Windows Store. It also mentions tilting, which could refer to moving a Windows 10 tablet around to view the 360-degree footage.

More information about the new update is expected to be revealed at Microsoft's Build conference in May, but Redstone 3 is expected to bring a number of much-needed updates for Windows 10.

After the release of Windows 10, Microsoft continued to support older Win32 apps, so as not to kill its entire apps ecosystem in one blow, something that would have been catastrophic and deterred many users from migrating to Windows 10, to begin with.

You will be greeted by a familiar voice, Cortana, who is apparently going to be our guide through our virtual and mixed reality environments in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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