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Windows 10 Setup is Still Too Incomplete

Windows 10 Setup is Still Too Incomplete

Those who buy gadgets with Windows 10 Home pre-installed will still be greeted by the voice assistant upon initial startup, but at least the problem's being improved for those who are the most annoyed by it.

The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 (19H1) features support for new 'password-less'login.

Sadly, there's no indication that the most popular version of Microsoft's OS-Windows 10 Home-will see any changes to its install process, so if you want Cortana to pipe down, you can do what I do and keep in mind to turn the volume down prior to a wipe or install, or just plug in a pair of headphones. The OS version was launched at a time when Windows 7 was still the most used and popular OS version.

And let's be honest, the Windows 10 setup experience itself isn't particularly well designed.

To start with, in a blog post by Microsoft's Japanese Network & AD support team, the company has acknowledged that upgrading from Windows 10 version 1803 to version 1809 is inadvertently invalidating the built-in Administrator account if it has been previously activated. Instead, you will have to wait for it to finish talking instead of being able to just skip a certain part. This was also originally only for Windows 10 Home, but is now offered in all editions.

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"If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10", Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explained.

You can now enjoy the benefits of signing in to Windows with your password-less phone number account. Users can also name tile folders on Windows 10 devices.

This big story from today's build is the company is pushing to eliminate passwords during the sign-in experience all while keeping your accounts safe. For now, you'll need to use the command line if you want to see them.

This feature is available now in Insider build 18309.

Also on the ease of access front, Microsoft has added 11 new mouse pointer sizes under Cursor and Pointers settings, to make for 15 choices in total. It posits that Windows 7, long-time OS overlord, now holds 36.9% of the worldwide install base, while Windows 10 has, as of last month, finally plucked up courage for a cheeky little overtake - it now sits at 39.22%.