A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Windows 10 users were starting to complain about their wood-burners starting to emit black smoke.
But that was all speculation, as no official information was provided by Microsoft to back up the rumors.
We finally received an official statement from Microsoft that confirmed the issue, and said the company had taken steps to address the issue.
“Windows 10 supports two types of smoke, which can be distinguished by their characteristics, such as the time they’re in the room, whether they’re burning or not,” Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich said.
“If you have a burning wood-fired stove, then it may emit smoke, but it won’t be as intense as if it were a regular wood-fire stove.”
The statement added that the company has also “enhanced the design and design-specific controls for wood-smoke-resistant technology that are part of the Windows Firewall to address it.”
So, how did Microsoft get around the problem?
Microsoft didn’t specify how long it takes for the smoke to appear, or what kind of controls it used to mitigate the problem.
But it does say that “Windows Firewall can reduce the intensity of this smoke,” which means it could be worth trying to remove the wood burner before it starts to emit smoke.
Windows Firewhisper, a program that you can download for free, is designed to tell Windows 10 if it’s experiencing any black smoke or burning.
But we weren’t able to test this program on our Windows 10 device, and Microsoft says it is currently working to improve the program.
We’ll update this article when we hear more information.
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