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HP Z-Series Serves Up New Laptop Workstations, Displays, And A Thunderbolt Dock For 2022
It's been one year since HP announced its ZBook G8 series laptops, which notably featured powerful Intel 11th-Gen H-series CPUs and RTX A5000 graphics chips. Right on cue, HP has officially announced its ZBook G9 laptop lineup via a press release on May 12, 2022, and it sounds like the popular computer manufacturer has come armed with a few extra tricks up its sleeve. There are two new premium displays for sale, and there's also a brand new Thunderbolt G4 Dock. HP claims the new additions are "built for professional creators," and this is visibly reflected by the inclusion of powerful 12th-Gen Intel CPUs in each laptop.
Departing from the G8 series, it looks like both G9 laptop sizes cap out at around 16 inches. As it stands, there are more discrete details about the ZBook Studio G9 than there are about the ZBook Fury G9, but it bodes well that there's an option to add an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU to the former model. That likely adds a steep premium to whatever the base price for the ZBook Studio G9 ends up being, but this is still promising for creatives who need to do serious video editing or GPU-heavy design work in resolutions up to 8K while on the go.
Without additional details on GPU specifics, the ZBook Fury G9 seems like an iterative improvement over the ZBook Fury G8, though the upgrade to 12th-Gen Intel CPUs and Windows 11 is nothing to scoff at.
HP Z-series pricing and availability
According to HP's press release on May 12, 2022, the computer manufacturer has yet to list the MSRP information for any of its new laptops. In fact, the only products in the new lineup that contain pricing information at this moment are HP's external Z24q G3 QHD Display, which is expected to become available in May (at a starting MSRP of $374,) and the two HP Thunderbolt G4 Docks that are expected to begin selling in May for $329 (120W) and $439 (280W). Aside from those items, it sounds like everything else will become available over the course of the summer.
Both the new ZBook Studio G9 and ZBook Fury G9 laptops are set to become available for purchase at some point in June 2022 from the HP website. The Z24m G3 QHD Conferencing Display is set to arrive even later in July 2022. Once again, no further pricing information about either of the ZBook laptops or the Z24m G3 QHD Conferencing Display has been disclosed, but HP's press release states that such info will become available closer to the aforementioned time periods.
It's worth noting that previous ZBook models are priced around $2,000 or higher. Some laptop loadouts are priced at up to roughly $6,000. For instance, the HP ZBook Fury 17 G8 – Wolf Pro Security Edition currently costs $5,734 on HP's website. Given that, it's likely that HP's new models will also be similarly expensive, especially due to the ongoing electronics chip shortage.
How To Fix Windows 11's Most Common Issues
Arguably, Microsoft jumped the gun with Windows 11, which had its share of issues and bugs at launch. Some of them were fixed in consequent updates, while others persist even today. Window 11 cannot be called flawless after months of tinkering around since some issues still persist and are reported by users on forums from time to time.
A few bugs that have come up are a result of settings malfunction at a deeper level while some prop-up due to anomalies in the software code. Earlier we narrowed in on the Windows 11 problems and their easy fixes. Now we've dug up more common issues that have been bugging users lately, and detailed solutions to make the overall user experience on your Windows system smoother for you.
Windows 11 slowing down SSD
Some users who have upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 are experiencing reduced performance with their computers' solid-state drives (SSD). Reddit communities and Microsoft's support forum are filled with complaints of the upgrade affecting SSD write speeds. According to BetaNews, the drop in performance has been verified by benchmark tests like CrystalDiskMark. The results show reduced random write speed approaching 50 percent that of earlier performance with Windows 10 with the same hardware.
Thankfully there's a very easy fix to this head-scratching problem courtesy of an official patch from Microsoft: the KB5007262 patch. The update will not be automatically pushed out to all the Windows 11 systems – so it'll have to be installed manually. Anyone experiencing the issue with SSD speed can head over to the Microsoft Update Catalog and download the patch. The description of the update says the update patches the issue with NVMe, SSD, and hard drive performance which occurs due to NTFS USN journaling being enabled. Apparently, the USN journal on disk C: is enabled by default.
Error 0x80070070 while upgrading
For users upgrading from Windows 10 to the new operating system, an irksome error can be a roadblock. We are talking about the error code 0x80070070, which occurs when there isn't adequate space to install the required setup on your system. It pops-up mostly as an error code with string 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000. Rather than removing apps and software to make up for space, an easy fix (via Windows Central) can make things easier for you.
Removing temporary files from your system will (quite possibly) deliver the space you'll need to continue operating your PC. To remove temporary files from your PC, go to Settings, click on System and then click on Storage. Here you'll find a section called Temporary files. Clicking on it further opens up a section where you can choose which temporary files to get rid of. Make sure you do not remove the "Windows Setup temporary files" or "Windows ESD installation files", these are upgrade files of the OS.
Google Chrome not working
If you're unable to use Chrome on Windows 11, this could be due to a wide number of reasons. It could be due to compatibility issues, corrupted files, or conflicting app behavior. To troubleshoot, you can restart your system and check back on Chrome to see if it is working fine. Else head over to the Google Chrome icon, right-click on it and select Properties. Then click on the Compatibility tab and select Run compatibility troubleshooter. At your own risk, you may also want to try to disable any antivirus program you have installed on the system – or whitelist Google Chrome from its settings.
If this doesn't fix the problem, you may need to delete the folder containing the profile data for Google Chrome. To do this, press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box; here enter "%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data" and trace the Default folder and create a copy of it to backup files. Then delete the folder. No success yet? You may have to flush the DNS cache (via Guiding Tech) by opening Terminal with the shortcut Window key + X. Here type the command "ipconfig/flushdns" and press Enter.
If the issue persists, you may be required to reset the network setting by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut. In the window select "Network & Internet" and click on the Advance network settings. Under the "More Settings" tab select the Network reset option.
Search not working correctly
Windows 11 has a strange bug that freezes the search bar, resulting in your inability to type addresses or search queries. Users have also reported being unable to see files and apps when typing in the search bar. If none of the obvious fixes such as restarting the PC or Search and Indexing troubleshooter have worked for you, then the first option is to restart the SearchHost.exe manually. To do this, open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del and look for the "SearchHost.exe" file. Then select End Task and click on End Process.
Alternatively, you can restart the Windows Search service (via Make Use of) by pressing Win+R to open the Run dialog box. Thereafter enter "services.msc" to open the Services console, and seek out Windows Search. Double click on it to launch the Properties window. Now click the Stop button and then click on Start.
For users who are having difficulty with the search queries, the best option is to rebuild the search index. Open Settings by pressing Win+I, click on Privacy & Security, and then on the right pane select Searching Windows. In the window that opens, select Advanced indexing options at the bottom, thereafter, select the Advanced button. Here click the Rebuild option; this will fix the indexing issue and the files or apps should now show up as usual.
Color rendering bug
Some users have been reporting a very strange bug (via Windows Latest) with an upgraded Windows 11 package that renders colors on HDR screens incorrectly. This is utterly frustrating for editors or professionals who have to frequently use third-party image editing software. This is most noticeable when white colors are shaved or white or lighter backgrounds are added. The offset hues look bright yellow when they are supposed to be pure white.
Microsoft has publicly acknowledged this bug, detailing the reason. It happens when the Win32 APIs return unexpected information or errors under a certain set of conditions on a few displays.
Microsoft has emphasized that the bug does not affect all color profile management programs, and claims that they are working on the color issue affecting the Windows 11 version 21H2. The fix is expected to roll out in late January. Users who are experiencing this issue may have one choice: remain patient and install the Windows update patch as soon as it arrives. Microsoft suggests (in official documentation linked above) that they expect an update and fix by "late January."
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