Windows 11 22H2 blocked due to blue screens on some Intel systems

Sep 29, 2022 - 6:37 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft is now blocking the Windows 11 22H2 update from being offered on some systems with Intel Smart Sound Technology (SST) audio drivers.

Redmond also put a safeguard hold in place because this known issue triggers blue screens of death (BSODs) on affected systems.

"Intel and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues with certain versions of drivers for Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) on Intel 11th Gen Core processors and Windows 11," Microsoft said in a Windows Health dashboard update.

"Windows 11 devices with the affected Intel SST driver might receive an error with a blue screen."

Intel SST is an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) that enables the company's latest Core and Atom processors to handle audio, voice, and speech interactions without a performance hit.

Microsoft recommends not to manually update affected systems to Windows 11 22H2 using the Media Creation Tool or the 'Update now' button until the problem is addressed and the safeguard is removed.

"The affected driver will be named Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) Audio Controller under System Devices in Device Manager and have the file name IntcAudioBus.sys and a file version of or," Microsoft explained.

The same issue is behind a compatibility hold blocking customers from upgrading to Windows 11 21H2 since November 2021.

Microsoft added that some of the impacted Windows 11 customers might be able to work around this issue by checking if Intel has an updated driver for their systems.

"To mitigate the safeguard, you will need to check with your device manufacturer (OEM) to see if an updated driver is available and install it. This issue is resolved by updating the Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers to a version and later or and later," Microsoft said.

"Once you have updated to a compatible version of the Intel Smart Sound Technology drivers, you should be able to upgrade to Windows 11."

If you cannot find an updated driver that addresses this issue, you need to contact your device manufacturer (OEM) for more information.

After updating the affected Intel SST audio driver, it can take up to 48 hours before you can install the Windows 11 2022 Update.

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Tesla ordered to recall more than a million US cars

Sep 26, 2022 - 8:50 AM - by Reverend
Tesla is recalling nearly 1.1 million cars in the US because the windows might close too fast and pinch people's fingers. Documents produced by American regulators show the windows may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk criticised the description as a recall calling it "outdated and inaccurate".

The car giant says a software update will fix the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the fault is a safety-standards violation.

The world's largest electric-vehicle manufacturer has had repeated run-ins with federal safety regulators, whom Mr Musk calls "the fun police".

Previous recalls have been due to:
  • rear-view cameras
  • bonnet latches
  • seat-belt reminders
  • sound-system software

The latest recall covers all four Tesla models, specifically 2017-22 Model 3 sedans and some 2020-21 Model Y SUVs (sports utility vehicles), Model S sedans and Model X SUVs.

Tesla discovered the problem with the automatic windows during production testing in August.

Owners will be notified by letter, from 15 November.

Company documents indicate vehicles made after 13 September already have the updated software needed to remedy the issue.

Tesla said it was not aware of any warranty claims, crashes, injuries, or deaths related to the recall.

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Microsoft will host its next Surface event on October 12th

Sep 22, 2022 - 6:17 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft isn't going to be left off the fall hardware event calendar. The company will hold a Surface event on October 12th at 10AM ET. While it's not completely clear what Microsoft plans to show off beyond "devices," we may get our first official look at the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 in a few weeks. Some details about the upcoming products emerged this week via retailer leaks.

According to WinFuture, the devices will likely use 12th-gen Intel CPUs, though the Surface Pro 9 may have an ARM-based processor option with 5G support. Microsoft may offer up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM in both devices. It seems there are new color options too.

Microsoft is adding its name to a busy event schedule. Amazon will hold a hardware showcase on September 28th, while Google has set a Pixel event for October 6th. Apple is also expected to run a Mac- and iPad-focused event in October.

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Grand Theft Auto VI footage leaked after hack, developer Rockstar confirms

Sep 19, 2022 - 7:07 PM - by Reverend
More than 90 videos and images from the next edition of the Grant Theft Auto franchise have been leaked online by a hacker, the game's developers say.

The leaked content was posted on Sunday after what is being described as one of gaming's biggest security breaches.

Rockstar Games said it remained unclear how the "network intrusion" occurred, but confirmed "early development footage" from GTA VI had been stolen.

The footage was put on the GTAForums site by a user called teapotuberhacker.

The hacker claimed to have gained access to the data by breaching Rockstar's internal feed on the Slack messaging app, and invited executives to negotiate to avoid further leaks.

Additional revelations could include source code, assets, and testing builds from both GTA 5 and GTA 6, which could be damaging to the company's operations.

While the original post has since been removed by moderators, it has been spread widely on social media. Rockstar has reportedly issued takedown orders to remove the footage from YouTube and Twitter.

The footage showed animation tests. level layouts and some gameplay demonstrations, and it appeared to confirm a long-running rumour that the game will feature the series' first playable female protagonist.

They also revealed the game's setting in a fictionalised version of Miami which was also the setting on 2002's GTA: Vice City.

In a statement on Monday, the company said it was "extremely disappointed to have any details of our next game shared with you all in this way".

"Our work on the next Grand Theft Auto game will continue as planned and we remain as committed as ever to delivering an experience to you, our players, that truly exceeds your expectations," it added.

Rockstar confirmed it was developing the game earlier this year, with industry insiders anticipating a 2024 or 2025 release date.

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Intel Ditches Pentium and Celeron Chip Branding

Sep 16, 2022 - 6:31 PM - by Reverend
Intel has decided to drop the Pentium and Celeron branding it has been using for the past four decades.

The announcement was made today by Josh Newman, Intel vice president and interim general manager of Mobile Client Platforms, who said:

"Whether for work or play, the importance of the PC has only become more apparent as the torrid pace of technological development continues to shape the world. Intel is committed to driving innovation to benefit users, and our entry-level processor families have been crucial for raising the PC standard across all price points. The new Intel Processor branding will simplify our offerings so users can focus on choosing the right processor for their needs."

So gone is Pentium and Celeron, to be replaced with a "streamlined brand architecture" that will see all 2023 laptops with budget processors called "Intel Processor" instead. Higher end processors will continue to use the Intel Core (i3, i5, i7, and i9) branding. Intel is planning the same branding change for desktop PCs and sees it as a way of "simplifying the purchasing experience for customers."

The Pentium name was first used in 1993, and was followed by the Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium 4, and Pentium M. More recently the brand has been used by Intel to signify entry-level processors. The Celeron brand is a little younger, having only been introduced in 1998 when it was used to signify low-end processors, typically including less cache, lower clock speeds, and some of the more advanced features disabled.

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This Windows Bug Is So Bad Even Windows 7 Is Getting a Patch

Sep 16, 2022 - 6:28 PM - by Reverend
The regular updates your PC gets might seem annoying occasionally, but theyíre critical to keep your PC safe online. Case in point: Microsoft has released a patch for a zero-day vulnerability affecting all Windows computers.

The newest security update by Microsoft affects every recent version of Windows. Itís currently rolling out to Windows 11, 10, and 8/8.1, as well as all Windows Server versions going back to Windows Server 2008. Itís also rolling out to Windows 7, even though security updates were supposed to end on January 14, 2020.

The vulnerability in question is identified as CVE-2022-37969, and itís a bug that allows for elevation of privilege in the Windows Common Log File System Driver, which an attacker can exploit to obtain system-level privileges on a vulnerable device. The attacker would need access to a compromised machine and the ability to run code on it, so this vulnerability could be exploited through something like a virus or an otherwise malicious file.

Microsoft gave credit to four different teams of researchers from CrowdStrike, DBAPPSecurity, Mandiant, and Zscaler for reporting the issue, perhaps signaling that this vulnerability was already being exploited in the wild ó something that could also explain the urgency towards fixing the issue on even deprecated, unsupported operating systems like Windows 7.

The security patch is rolling out to PCs now.

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