Tech Advisor October 2021

Every issue of Tech Advisor is packed with the latest news, reviews and features plus comprehensive and impartial buying advice as well as easy-to-understand tutorials and workshops to help you to get the most from your PC. Whether you want to buy the best value equipment or make the most out of equipment you already own, Tech Advisor delivers expert advice you can trust.

United Kingdom
IDG Communications - UK
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
windows 10 isn’t dead yet, as microsoft reveals ‘21h2’ feature update

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 21H2, the latest Windows 10 feature update and evidence that it isn’t dead yet. With Windows 11 on the horizon, however, it was reasonable to expect that Windows 10 21H2 wouldn’t have much to offer. And that’s true: Microsoft has identified three key features that Windows 21H2, probably none of which will especially appeal to mainstream users. The tech giant says that Windows 10 21H2 is available to Windows Insider preview members as part of Windows 10 Build 19044.1147, which will essentially be the ‘release build’ of Windows 10 21H2. (Microsoft typically finds and patches bugs up until the last minute, so the absolutely final release of 21H2 will likely carry a slightly different build number). Essentially, 21H2 is being offered as a ‘seeker’ experience to those…

5 min
windows 365 launches microsoft’s cloud pc era

Windows 365 is Microsoft’s name for the Cloud PC, a new Microsoft service that will stream Windows in the cloud to Android phones, tablets, and more. Windows 365, available to businesses now, was announced recently at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft’s partner conference. The concept is simple: just like you can now stream Xbox games from Microsoft’s Azure cloud to either your phone or your browser, now you can do the same for Windows 10 and eventually Windows 11. The Cloud PC won’t depend on local hardware to run Windows; instead, you’ll need a dependable, persistent Internet connection to reach Windows 365. For now, Windows 365 will be a business offering, though you’ll be able to run it on personal devices – just like you can access your company’s SharePoint files via your own,…

2 min
the printnightmare exploit is so scary, even windows 7 got a fix

Microsoft typically releases updates for Windows as part of its monthly ‘Patch Tuesday’ blitz, but the company took the unusual step of releasing an emergency out-of-band security update recently to fix the critical ‘PrintNightmare’ vulnerability published (and deleted) by researchers – even for Windows 7. Bottom line? Update your Windows PC pronto. But the patch won’t fix all PCs if you’re connected to a local network. PrintNightmare attacks the Windows Print Spooler service, which runs by default. “A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations,” Microsoft’s executive summary states. “An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.” In…

11 min
hands-on: windows 11

In the September issue, we went hands on with an unofficial leaked build of Windows 11. Now, Microsoft has officially released Windows 11 to Windows Insiders, with many brand new features we haven’t seen before, including entirely new looks for the gorgeous Settings app, File Explorer, the Notification Centre, and more. Behind the scenes, there’s even more. If you’re interested in downloading Windows 11 for yourself, the process is simple: join the Windows Insider programme (see page 38), make sure that your PC meets the Windows 11 compatibility requirements, and then download the Windows Insider beta. In this report, we’ll show you what we saw in the official build, and what’s really new from the leaked beta. Microsoft has also indicated additional features that will show up under specialized conditions, such…

2 min
windows 11 will give you 10 days to roll back to windows 10

If you don’t like Windows 11, you’ll have a 10-day windows to roll back to Windows 10, according to Microsoft and its customers. So far, what we’ve seen of Windows 11 feels surprisingly good, though Windows 10 users may be surprised by the sparser interface. We know Windows 11 removes a number of Windows 10 features. The official preview build of Windows 11 does away with dynamic Live Tiles, replaces the Start menu with rows of simplified icons, and more. We also know that Microsoft plans to add more Windows 11 features into future beta builds, such as Teams integration into the Taskbar, and PC gaming features like Auto HDR. This all assumes that you’ll want to use Windows 11 when it rolls out. Fortunately, you can try the final version of…

3 min
microsoft releases windows 11 build 22000.65

Microsoft’s has tweaked the way the Start menu works in Windows 11’s latest beta build, an update which also adds the performance power slider back into Windows 11. Windows 11’s latest Insider build, Build 22000.65, is available through the Windows Insider Dev Channel for those who wish to download Windows 11. While the build will download automatically, it can also be requested via Windows Update. We’ve already looked at this build and can tell you what we’re seeing. Interestingly, on our test system the update appeared as a ‘Cumulative Update’ for Windows 11, rather than as a traditional Insider build. Microsoft appears to be referring to these incremental updates as ‘quality updates’ in the Windows Update history. Microsoft detailed its latest changes in a blog post (see, which includes both some ‘new’…