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  1. Trekstor's previous Windows phone launched in 2015 There aren’t too many OEMs out there supporting Windows 10 Mobile right now, and this is actually one of the biggest problems of the platform, but hopefully, another company would launch a device running the operating system in the coming months. A report coming from WindowsUnited reveals that German phone manufacturer Trekstor is pondering a return to Windows phones sometime soon possibly with a model that supports Continuum. Little is known at this point about this new phone, but the existing speculation seems to point to a mid-range device that could be powered by the already-outdated Snapdragon 617 processor. The target for Trekstor seems to be offering an affordable Windows 10 Mobile device that works with Continuum, though it’s not yet clear how affordable the company wants this model to be. Microsoft phone also possibly coming Given the lack of specifics, it’s better to take this report with a grain of salt, but Trekstor launching a new Windows phone wouldn’t be very surprising, especially because adoption of Microsoft’s operating system has always been bigger in Europe than in other markets across the world. And yet, Trekstor is very likely to make the phone available in just a handful of markets and not sell it worldwide, with Germany obviously the first one to get it. As far as other Windows phones are concerned, the eagerly-awaited Surface Phone is very unlikely to see daylight this year, but there’s a rumor swirling around out there that Microsoft could in the end launch a new device in 2017 anyway. People with knowledge with the matter said that Microsoft could releases a “regular” Windows 10 Mobile device this year, possibly to keep the platform alive until the Surface Phone eventually gets the go-ahead. This new phone would be based on the same approach as the current models and would be limited to Windows Store apps, support Continuum, Windows Hello, and all the other signature features of the platform. The debut could take place in the fall if it really gets the green light. Source
  2. Windows 10 Creators Update is expected on April 11 Microsoft is now finalizing the Windows 10 Creators Update and there’s a good chance that build 15063, which was released to the Fast ring of the Windows Insider program last week, is the RTM version that’s projected to ship to everyone next month. Today, Microsoft pushed the very same build to insiders in the Slow ring, a step that brings us closer to the public launch of the Creators Update expected to take place on April 11. Microsoft only releases Windows 10 builds for Slow ring users when they’re more stable and the major bugs reported by Fast ring users are fixed. In conclusion, even if Windows 10 build 15063 is not the RTM, it’s certainly a candidate, though there’s a good chance this is the final version. Public launch on April 11 Previous rumors indicated that Microsoft planned to compile Windows 10 Creators Update RTM in mid-March and ship it to insiders later the same month, so 15063 being the final build certainly aligns with all the speculation. At this point, there are no new ISOs available for this build, but Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, said they could be released next week. Microsoft is reportedly planning to start the Creators Update rollout on April 11, but not all devices are getting it at the same time. PCs will be Microsoft’s priority, and smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile are projected to receive the update at a later time. The rollout would take place in stages, and it’s believed that Microsoft wants to complete it by the end of May. Between this moment and April 11, Microsoft would continue working on fixes and improvements, so when Windows 10 Creators Update gets the go-ahead for retail users, the company is likely to ship a cumulative update including all these refinements. Given that April 11 is also Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, cumulative updates are to be expected, so all these rumors just seem to make sense for now. Source
  3. Windows 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 RS2 Info: Announcing Windows 10 Build 15063 for PC and Mobile What's New (PC) ========================================================================== English en-US Direct Download Links : Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfy5/raw Other Available Languages Direct Download Links: Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dt7sw/raw ========================================================================== 15063 Language Packs by DiamondMon [x86/x64] Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfb2/raw ========================================================================== Other Download Links: Abbodi1406 uup-converter-wimlib_6.7z SDK 15063 Mobile Emulator 15063 A tool for you to easily share ESD Url to others by Accelerator ========================================================================== ACTIVATION: Via KMS --> OR Via Permanent Phone Activation --> ========================================================================== Important info/tools/topic replies: ============================= How to Covert from .esd to DVD ISO File How To Restore Control Panel on Windows Start Menu How To Make a "your language" ISO Using En-US ESD's and language packs
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Windows 10 RTM [Activation Via Phone Or KMS] Windows 10 Activation Via KMS --> Download Links: Windows 10.0.14393.447 Version 1607 RS1 (Updated January 2017) MSDN - VLSC ==================================================================== Windows 10 Version 1607 RS1 (Anniversary Update) RTM ISO l Permanent Activation Windows 10 Via Phone l Win 10 PRO Retail & VL Digital Entitlement Activation Useful Tool/Tips: l Activation Backup/Restore l [How To Change Installation ID Without Changing Product Key] l WebAct By Ratiborus **Retail Keys Only** l Troubleshoot for those can not get Installation ID right for successful activation with working keys l Check the key before install [MSAct Plus v1.0.x] l How to Upgrade Target Windows 10 via DISM l ============================================= Windows 10 Phone Activation MAK-Retail Keys I suggest check the activation keys whether they are still available or blocked in first place.! --- MSAct Plus v1.0.x By Ratiborus or l KeyCheck 1.0.3.6 RU, EN, ES By Ratiborus l ====================================================== Permanent Activation Windows 10 Via Phone =========================================== november_ra1n 13 Aug 2015 Upgrading from Windows 10 Home Edition to Pro Edition & From Both Edition To Enterprise --- see post reply #1004 >>> ====================================================== Windows 10 KMS Activation: ========================== See under the post reply #2 >>> KMSAuto Net 2015 v1.x.x ML Portable by Ratiborus Manual KMS Activation Via cmd Windows 10 KMS Client Setup Keys ====================================================== Upgrade to Windows 10 For Free https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgradehttp://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq *This means, as long you upgrade within the first 12 months (July 29th 2015 to July 29th 2016), you will not have to pay for Windows 10 at all.* More Info & Step By Step Instruction: --- ## How to Upgrade from Windows 7-8/8.1 or Windows 10 IP to Windows 10 RTM ## ====================================================== Backup/Restore Activation Backup/Restore Activation [updated to Windows 10 & Server 2016] -- see other topic there #1 >>> ====================================================== Troubleshooting & FAQ: ====================== Activating MS Product Via Online Microsoft Answer Tech Dark Windows 10 Anniversary Themes from gsw953onDA --> deviantart WinPE 10-8 Sergei Strelec (x86/x64/Native x86) 2017.02.26 [EN] Microsoft Software Repair Tool How to re-activate Windows 10 after a hardware change Activation backup & restore Instruction by jovelash How to Directly Clean Install Windows 10 without having to Upgrade First New Windows 10 feature – DISM Windows 10 Edition Upgrade Via ChangePk.exe Windows 10 Enterprise & Enterprise 2016 LTSB Digital Entitlement Activation Via Online Activation Keys Win 10 PRO Retail & VL Edition Digital Entitlement Activation INSTRUCTION II Via Phone Activation MAK Keys Windows 10 Updates Installer abbodi1406 Microsoft Toolkit 2.6.2 Stable by CODYQX4 Windows 10 edition upgrade Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 (Latest Build) How to Dual Boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or Windows 8 10 Tools to tweak Windows 10 Privacy settings and fix privacy issues Reactivating Windows 10 after hardware change WinPE 10-8 Sergei Strelec (x86/x64/Native x86) 2017.01.25 English Win 10 PRO Retail & Volume License Edition With a Digital Entitlement Activation Windows Update MiniTool MSAct Plus v1.0.7 By Ratiborus AAct v3.2 Portable by Ratiborus MSActBackUp Portable v1.0.9 by Ratiborus PIDKey Lite v1.43a Portable by Ratiborus PIDKey v2.1.2 Build 1017 by Ratiborus Office 2013-2016 C2R Installer v5.9.3 By Ratiborus - 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  5. The new update is aimed at Windows 10 version 1607 Microsoft has recently released another cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Version 1607), as the company is once again trying to fix some of the bugs caused by a Patch Tuesday update. The new cumulative update is KB4016635, and it bumps Windows 10 version to 14393.970, with Microsoft shipping it to Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016. There are just two fixes included in this cumulative update and both of them are aimed at addressing bugs that were introduced by KB4013429, the original cumulative update that the company rolled out on Patch Tuesday this month. KB4013429 has until now proved to be quite a fiasco, as it did more harm than good on Windows 10 computers, and now Microsoft is working on fixing all these bugs with other cumulative updates. Just two bug fixes KB4016635 itself addresses a known issue caused by KB4013429 and which led to form display issues with CRM 2011 on Internet Explorer 11. Additionally, Microsoft says that this new cumulative update is also pushing a workaround for the bug preventing users from updating apps from Windows Store and causing error 0x80070216, once again due to the botched KB4013429. At this point, there are no known issues and Microsoft says that all you get are “quality improvements,” with no new features included, as it’s the case of every single cumulative update. Just like before, you can get this new cumulative update via Windows Update and a system reboot is required to complete the install. We’re not aware of any installation issues for the time being, but as it happened before, it remains to be seen if the process goes smoothly for everyone or not. Previous cumulative updates caused a series of issues on Windows 10 computers, from installation problems to bugs that crashed apps, broke down network connectivity, or even slowed down the system for no clear reason. Creating a system restore point before installing this CU might thus be a good idea. UPDATE: If this new release does not show up in Windows Update on your PC, you can download Windows 10 cumulative update KB4016635 manually here. Source
  6. No delta updates this time for Windows 10 users It’s Windows 10 cumulative update day, as Microsoft has released new updates not only for systems running the Anniversary Update (1607), but also for those on the original Windows 10 (1507). The latter is provided with KB4016637, a new cumulative update that replaces KB4012606 released to users on Patch Tuesday. KB4016637 doesn’t bring too many changes, but only a bug fix, with Microsoft explaining that it addresses a known issue with KB4012606 that caused form display issues with CRM 2011 on Internet Explorer 11. Other than that, there are no other fixes and no new features, even though you might be tempted to think otherwise given the fact that the update is quite large in size. You can download cumulative update KB4016637 from Microsoft’s Update Catalog, and as you can easily notice, the x86 version has 502 MB in size, while the x64 sibling is even bigger at 1074 MB. There are no delta updates this time to download only the different bits, so you have to get the full package. Microsoft is not currently aware of any issues with this update and there’s a good chance that everything is running smoothly, as botched cumulative updates typically affected systems running the Anniversary Update. The few users who are still running Windows 10 version 1507 are obviously recommended to download and install this cumulative update, especially if they see the issue mentioned above and which is supposed to be fixed with this release. Source
  7. Windows 7 SP1 [Phone Activation, Download Links & Repository] Windows 7 All Online/Offline [Retail-MAK] Activation Keys =================================================================================== Download Links: Windows 7 Official Direct Download Links Via Java Scrip from Microsoft Tech Bench [All Editions/Languages] Windows 7 SP1 All Edition MSDN Eng Untouched FTP Direct Download Links >>> l Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (All Languages)MSDN Magnet Link >>> Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate & Enterprise with SP1 (All Languages) MSDN Direct Download Links >>> =================================================================================== Windows 7 Phone Activation: ======================================================================================================================= Windows Loader 2.2.2 by DAZ [OEM Activation] ======================================================================================================================= Backup/Restore Windows 7 Activation - Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3
  8. Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 Pro Plus Activation Guides & Tools Microsoft Office 2010 Pro All Product MAK Keys Download Links: Microsoft Office 2010 With SP1 RTM VL EN ISO Original From VLSC-FTP Direct Download Links l Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 with Service Pack 1 VL Original From VLSC (x64 / x86) MULTI l Office 2010 SP1 VL EN-US Direct Download Links l Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 With Service Pack 1 Volume License Edition (x64/x86) [MULTI LANGUAGES] - Torrent Download Link Checksums: ================================================================================================================= Convert The Activation From Retail Into Volume What it doesn't Guide Supported products Other info Changelog 1.4.2 -> 1.4.3 - Fixed a bug when using multiple installers with SP1 integrated. If more than 1 installer of 1 architecture had SP1 already integrated, only the files from the first processed one would make it into the iso. So please avoid using olde versions when working with SP1 integrated installers. - Fixed a cosmetic imperfection: the groupbox for the output file wasn't aligned properly. MD5: B1322D44A55985DB2CE22AA08B7A57A7 SHA-1: 0AE46DDE574D4E3BBB28E11023163E7C3191AA02 ================================================================================================================= How To Activate Microsoft Office 2010 ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Name: Microsoft Toolkit.exe Size: 25.5 MB CRC32: C6710609 MD5: E9164FBDE6BC0A0047F4D18D671E941C SHA-1: C7E2CCD61F6B51F0DF1D17F07F88572D5BE720FA Credit: CODYQX4 [MDL] ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Features: Using This Program: Latest Release Changelog: Homepage - http://www.joshcellsoftwares.com/2011/09/AdvancedTokensManager.htm Name: Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3.exe Size: 3.17 MBCRC32: 573B78D5 MD5: 20ACC86957A0DE7C9BBD66116F4F27FF SHA-1: AE76D74879F5BC87CDF7D9906CA0F8E750F2BBF9 ================================================================================================================= Additional Tools & Info ================================================================================================================= Requirements NET Framework 3.5 (or higher versions) Version 1.0.0.8 Improvement: Supports Office 2013 IUpdate: Updated update check Download Link http://pxc-coding.com/downloads/office-key-remover/Office-Key-Remover-1.0.0.8-Setup.exe ================================================================================================================= Usage System Requirements Changelog Homepage - http://janek2012.eu/ Pkeyconfigs from few leaked builds: Download Download Link http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0FR84TQJ/PID_Checker_v1.1.3.590.rar_links Virustotal result 0/ 45 =================================================================================================================
  9. Microsoft faces a metric mess of Windows and Office bugs after last month's respite Credit: Pixabay On Tuesday, March 14, Microsoft released a big crop of patches for every version of Office since 2007 and every version of Windows since Vista. Many of those patches are broken. We're only beginning to document the fallout. Recall that Microsoft officially cancelled Patch Tuesday in February. There were a couple of updates for Win 8.1 and Win 10 to incorporate Adobe's Flash fixes into Internet Explorer 11, but other than a handful of tiny, ancillary patches, the automatic update well ran dry in February. I still haven't heard why the patches stopped -- Dan Goodin at Ars Technica has a well-reasoned rant. This month, the problem bucket runneth over. The day after, we started seeing reports about a handful of Windows patches that break Microsoft's Dynamics CRM 2011 and CRM 2013 OnPremises. Installing any of these security patches causes severe problems with formatting certain CRM reports: KB 4013429: The Win10 1607 cumulative update for build 14393.953 KB 4013198: The analogous Win10 1511 cumulative update, build 10586.839 KB 4012606: The analogous Win10 1507 (LTSB) cumulative update, build 10240.17319 KB 4012215: The Monthly Rollup ("Security Monthly Quality Rollup") for Win7 and Server 2008 R2 KB 4012216: The Monthly Rollup for Win 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 KB 4012204: MS17-006, the March cumulative Internet Explorer patch Any of those patches. As I reported on March 17, they also break Telerik RadListBox controls. Gavin Clarke at The Register reported yesterday that the patches break Telerik RadWindow controls as well. There are even reports of problems with various Internet Explorer compatibility modes. There's a list of workarounds to the CRM 2011 problems on the AskWoody Lounge, that involve adding strange commands to the global.css.aspx file. The only real fix is to disable the offending security patch(es). Microsoft has not confirmed the problem, to the best of my knowledge, or offered a solution. However, Microsoft pushed out another Windows 10 1607 cumulative update, KB 4015438, bringing the build number up to 14393.969. That's two Win10 1607 cumulative updates in less than a week, an unprecedented pace for the Anniversary Update. In theory that second, rushed cumulative update fixes two very obscure bugs in the week-earlier cumulative update. I wonder if the real reason is that the 14393.969 version makes it easier to upgrade to the forthcoming Win10 Creators Update, due Real Soon Now. Then we saw reports of the Excel 2010 security patch, KB 3178690, freezing and crashing Windows. Microsoft confirmed the bug and stopped pushing the patch as a Recommended fix, which is automatically installed on many Win 7, 8.1 and 10 machines. The latest status: "We are urgently working on a fix and I will keep this thread updated when we have more information." With that track record, you might think Microsoft would lay low. Not a chance. On Monday, Microsoft re-re- ... released our old favorite Windows snooping patch, KB 3150513. Cue the moans and groans. Other problems have come creeping out of the woodwork. On the Microsoft Answers forum, ThomasSpero reports: I am getting a note at the bottom of the Microsoft Security Essentials page that says "Preliminary scan results show that malicious or potentially unwanted software might exist on your system. You can review detected items when the scan has completed. That problem is apparently linked to the March Monthly Rollup for Win7. The Word 2016 KB 3178674 Security Update unexpectedly messes with the appearance of some characters, particularly with the Microsoft Equation editor and MathType equations. Office Click-to-Run breaks Outlook search when running on a POP3 connection. Poster egnatius on the Answers forum says: Outlook 2016 MSO (16.0.7830.1013) 32-bit, as part of a Office 365 Home Premium subscription that I recently updated to Version 1702 (Build 7870.2024)… Since I updated to the latest version, whenever I attempt to search my inbox I get no results. This happens whether I select the current folder, the current mailbox, subfolders or all Outlook items. That's quite a kit of problems, one week after release, wouldn't you say? Keep me posted on your Windows and Office problems on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: March madness: Microsoft's terrible month of Windows and Office patches (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  10. Microsoft Office 2013 SP1 RTM [Activation Via Phone Or KMS, Download & Repository] Office 2013 Retail-VL MAK Keys *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Download Links: Microsoft Office 2013 With SP1 RTM VL ISO [Original VLSC]-FTP Direct Download Links l Other Languages Magnet Download Links l Office 2013 Individual Component with SP1 VL English Microsoft Office 2013 With SP1 RTM Volume License ISO [Original From VLSC] - Magnet Links [Digital River] Download Office 2013 Disk Images and Language Packs >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Phone Activation Method 2 [using Command Prompt +Admin]: cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dinstid cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dinstid CScript.exe "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus Activation Backup Solution C:\Windows\system32\spp\store\data.dat andC:\Windows\system32\spp\store\tokens.dat C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dinstid cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dinstid cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx How to delete your block keys in Office 2013 cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /dstatus cscript "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /unpkey:KEY-VALUE cscript "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\OSPP.VBS" /unpkey:KEY-VALUE How to change the product key of Microsoft Office Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features select change Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs>Change Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features select change C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15>cscript OSPP.VBS /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15>cscript OSPP.VBS /inpkey:xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15>cscript OSPP.VBS/act C:\Program Files\Program Files (x86)\Office15>cscript OSPP.VBS/act Manually Convert Office/Visio/Project 2013 Retail DVD to Volume DVD proprww.cab to propsww.cabproprww2.cab to propsww2.cab visprorww.cab to visproww.cab prjprrww.cab to prjproww.cab Uninstall Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365 Convert Installed Office/Visio/Project 2013 Retail to Volume Via Batch Files *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Activation Office 2013 Via Phone november_ra1n 15 Aug 2015. : ) *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Activation Office 2013 Via KMS Online KMS Server List [updated Regularly]: *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Office 2013 Manual Online KMS Activation VIA Command Prompt *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Microsoft Toolkit 2.5.3 *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMS ACT Windows 8.1 and Office15 Portable by Ratiborus *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMSAuto Net 2015 v1.x.x ML Portable by Ratiborus --- see other topic posted there #2 >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Activation Backup And Restore Section I create this topic about manually backup and restore Windows 8.1 for you guys you do not need rely on any third party software when you need to reinstall your Windows copy, you can easily do it yourself. Other reason is still early age of Windows 8.1 RTM non of the backup and restore software not functioning at the moment. See the link below for the screenshots detail instruction. How To Manual Or Automatic Backup/Restore Activation On Windows 8.1 RTM, Server 2012 R2 & Office 2013 posted there >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***
  11. The Surface Studio is likely to be the next-generation PC Microsoft is referring to Microsoft is looking for testers for what it calls a next-generation PC, with the company inviting the Insider community in Spain to register for a program that could give them the chance to try out the device for one full month. The program’s presentation page calls for insiders to complete a form, respond in an original way to those questions and then pray, as Microsoft will pick 10 lucky winners “based on your originality.” The company says that these 10 winners will get 2 wireless Xbox controllers and a PC to test for a month, with Microsoft adding it’s particularly interested in social networks, YouTube, blog posting, and other typical activities that most users do these days. Microsoft claims the 10 users will also get a “last-generation PC” as a gift that the company itself will choose based on the quality of feedback they submit. Since there are no details as to the next-generation PC that Microsoft is referring to, rumor has it that this device is the Surface Studio, which the company could launch in more markets very soon. The Surface Studio is an all-in-one PC introduced in late 2016 which comes with super-advanced specs and a design that allows it to be used as a tablet thanks to an innovative hinge and touchscreen. If you live in Spain and want to participate in this program, make sure that you fill in that form, but without rushing your answers as only the most creative 10 users would be picked. Source
  12. Windows 8.1 RTM [Activation Via Phone Or KMS, Download & Repository] *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Windows 8.1 Phone Activation MAK-RETAIL Keys ******** Windows 8.1 November 2014 Update Download Links: ******** Download Links: Microsoft Windows ISO Download Tool l Online TechBench Link Generation by adguard MSDN DVD ISO [Nov 2014 Rollup] Download Links: Windows 8.1 l Windows 8.1 with Update [November 2014] MSDN (English) - Magnet Link l Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update MSDN -MULTI l Windows 8.1 with Latest ESDs -Original Windows Store Edition l *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Section Via Phone ******** Upgrading Windows 8.1 Windows Media Center From Activated Windows 8.1 Pro *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Section Via KMS ******** Online KMS Server List [updated Regularly]: *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Manual Online KMS Activation VIA Command Prompt *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Microsoft Toolkit 2.5.3 Developer: CODYQX4 *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMS ACT Windows 8.1 and Office15 Portable by Ratiborus *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMSAuto Net 2015 v1.x.x ML Portable by Ratiborus --- see other topic posted there #2 >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMSpico By Heldigard *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Backup And Restore Section ******** I create this topic about manually backup and restore Windows 8.1 for you guys you do not need rely on any third party software when you need to reinstall your Windows copy, you can easily do it yourself. Other reason is still early age of Windows 8.1 RTM non of the backup and restore software not functioning at the moment. See the link below for the screenshots detail instruction. How To Manual Or Automatic Backup/Restore Activation On Windows 8.1 RTM, Server 2012 R2 & Office 2013 posted there >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.!
  13. Hijacked Norton antivirus using DoubleAgent Security company Cybellum discovered a new zero-day attack that makes it possible for hackers to take control of the antivirus software running on a Windows system using a vulnerability that exists in all Windows versions out there, starting with Windows XP and ending with the most recent build of Windows 10. The company explains in a blog published today that most major antivirus solutions are affected by this vulnerability, Including Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, Trend Micro, Comodo, ESET, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Panda, Quick Heal, and Norton. Called DoubleAgent, the exploit relies on a legitimate tool that Microsoft itself is offering in Windows and is named “Microsoft Application Verifier.” Built to help developers find bugs in their applications, this tool can be hijacked to replace the standard verifier with a custom verifier, which enables an attacker to take full control of the app. The next step is to register a compromised DLL for a process belonging to security software, which in turn opens the door to more malicious activities, such as installing backdoors, add exclusions, delete files or even encrypt them in the typical ransomware attack. Only two companies patched their antivirus software Cybellum says it has already notified the affected security companies, but until now, only Malwarebytes and AVG released a patch. “The sad, but plain fact is that the vulnerability is yet to be patched by most of the antivirus vendors and could be used in the wild to attack almost any organization that uses an antivirus. Once the attacker has gained control of the antivirus, he may command it to perform malicious operations on behalf of the attacker,” the firm says. What’s worse is that DoubleAgent has the capabilities of injecting code even after users reboot the systems or install patches and updates, making it very difficult to remove the malware. “Once a persistence technique is well-known, security products update their signatures accordingly. So once the persistence is known, it can be detected and mitigated by the security products.Being a new persistence technique, DoubleAgent bypasses AV, NGAV and other endpoint solutions, and giving an attacker ability to perform his attack undetected with no time limit,” the blog post reads. A video demonstration shows how the DoubleAgent malware works in an attack against Norton Antivirus and you can watch it in full below. Source
  14. IE11 seems to be the version affected by the botched patch Microsoft’s March 2017 Patch Tuesday updates are slowly becoming a huge fiasco, as more and more users are now reporting issues after the install. This time, it turns out that a Patch Tuesday update is breaking down Windows dialog boxes created with Telerik, with the company already acknowledging bugs that were reported by users. As The Reg points out, it turns out that the cumulative update for Internet Explorer that was released this month is breaking RadWindow and RadListBox, with Telerik advising customers to switch to Microsoft Edge or adopt some other workarounds, such as the Lightweight Render Mode or replacing the div tag with span in website templates. Microsoft is reportedly aware of the problem and is already developing a fix, though it’s not yet clear when this could be released. It’s possible that Microsoft waits until the next month’s Patch Tuesday to address the bugs, or the company could also launch a new cumulative update in the meantime with this purpose. No ETA just yet Earlier this week, the company published a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update computers that fix problems experienced after installing the March 14 updates. “Bugs like this are common occurrences when tweaks are made to a browser. We have identified and reported the issue to Microsoft, who is addressing it and will provide the fix,” a Telerik spokesperson was quoted as saying by the source mentioned above. Microsoft has already confirmed a bug in IE11, but the company says that it’s only experienced when running the browser in IE8 compatibility mode. “The latest IE11 security update KB4012204 introduces a regression bug (maybe due to included fix KB4015241) with element height calculation in table cells in IE8 compatbility mode / DOCTYPE HTML 4. If an element has its height set to 100% and the parent table / row / cell has an explicit or inherited height, then the element should size itself to the parent cell instead of only to its content,” it says. For the moment, there’s no ETA as to when the fix could be shipped to users, but given that the issue is public and Microsoft is already aware of it, we shouldn’t wait too long before getting it. Source
  15. New chips only support Windows 10 Earlier this month, it has emerged that Microsoft would block Windows updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems with latest-generation processors, and now it turns out that the software giant is getting ready to enforce this restriction in the two operating systems. This month’s preview updates, which are supposed to allow IT managers to test updates before they are shipped via Windows Update, include two patches that enable what Microsoft calls “processor generation detection” in Windows 7 and 8.1. The two updates are KB4012218 and KB4012219, respectively, and are currently available via the Microsoft Update Catalog, as they’re still offered with a preview tag. As gHacks reports, the changelog is huge, but also includes a reference to Microsoft’s new policy. “Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update,” one of the lines in the changelogs reads. Updates to ship to Windows 7 and 8.1 next month Microsoft has already confirmed that the latest-generation processors, including here AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s Kaby Lake, would only be supported by Windows 10, so these new updates do not come as a big surprise. Especially given the recent news that updates would be blocked for systems running the newer chips, that is. Redmond’s announcement was made by Terry Myerson in January 2016, who explained that Windows 10 was the only OS version coming with features to take full advantage of the technology bundled in the latest processors. “Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon,” he said. These two updates are projected to be pushed to all Windows 7 and 8.1 systems next month as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle on April 11. Source
  16. Microsoft tight-lipped on what caused the downtime Microsoft experienced another major outage a few hours ago, with services like Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, Xbox Live, and the Windows Store going down for more than 60 minutes due to an unknown issue. The Microsoft Account services made it impossible for users to log in with their usernames and passwords, leading to other issues on Windows devices, including phones, PCs, and Xbox consoles. Microsoft did not explain what happened this time, but the company has already managed to address the problem and bring all services back online. In a statement on the Xbox Live service status page, the company confirmed the outage and provided a generic comment that promised a fix as fast as possible. “Our engineers and developers are actively continuing to work to resolve the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content. Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience,” the firm said. Second outage of the month The first outage was experienced on March 7, when Microsoft’s services also went down and remained unavailable for more than an hour. The company has never discussed the outage to explain what went wrong, but with more downtime experienced this week, Microsoft might not have any other option than to share more details on the outages. Previously, the software giant decided to stick with vague statements that acknowledged the problems, but without providing too many specifics on what exactly happened that its servers were knocked offline. “We are aware that some members may be having problems signing in to Xbox Live. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, and we will be sure to provide you with frequent updates,” Microsoft said in early March when the first outage occurred. The company is yet to detail this week’s issues, so we’ve reached out to Microsoft to ask for more information, though we expect the firm to spill the beans in a blog post sometime soon. Source
  17. Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Creators Update preview builds Microsoft Edge, the new default browser in Windows 10, was designed by the Redmond-based software giant as a faster, more reliable and more secure successor to Internet Explorer with the goal of becoming a worthy alternative to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. But as far as security goes, there’s still plenty of room for improvements, it seems, as Microsoft Edge was hit hardest at the Pwn2Own hacking competition this month. Specifically, Microsoft Edge was hacked no less than 5 times, as most of the teams participating in the contest focused on Redmond’s new browser. For what it’s worth, Google Chrome was also a target, but the browser was almost impossible to hack in the allocated time. The Microsoft Edge war In the two days of the contest, five different teams managed to break into Microsoft Edge, one on the first day and another four on the second Team Ether from Tencent Security was awarded $80,000 for hacking Microsoft Edge with arbitrary code in the long-praised Chakra JavaScript engine. Team Lance and Team Sniper, also from Tencent Security, received another $55,000 each for hacking the browser on the second day of the contest with use-after-free (UAF) vulnerabilities in the Chakra engine. Independent research Richard Zhu also discovered two UAF security flaws in Edge and in Windows kernel which he used to build an exploit for hacking the browser, securing a $55,000 reward as well. A team from 360 Security hacked Microsoft Edge with what is called a virtual machine escape using a cocktail of bugs in Microsoft software, including a heap overflow in Edge, a Windows kernel flaw and an issue in VMWare Workstation. For what it’s worth, Google Chrome proved to be the hardest to break into at Pwn2Own this year, as only one Team Sniper from Tencent Security got close to hacking it, but failed to because it ran out of time. This doesn’t necessarily mean that users are exposed to attacks, as Microsoft is expected to fix all these flaws with Edge updates before the Windows 10 Creators Update launches next month. Source
  18. Norton antivirus UI modified via DoubleAgent attack A new technique named DoubleAgent, discovered by security researchers from Cybellum, allows an attacker to hijack security products and make them take malicious actions. The DoubleAgent attack was uncovered after Cybellum researchers found a way to exploit Microsoft's Application Verifier mechanism to load malicious code inside other applications. DoubleAgent attack leverages Microsoft's Application Verifier The Microsoft Application Verifier is a tool that allows developers to verify code for errors at runtime. The tool ships with all Windows versions and works by loading a DLL inside the application developers want to check. Cybellum researchers discovered that developers could load their own "verifier DLL" instead of the one provided by the official Microsoft Application Verifier. Simply by creating a Windows Registry key, an attacker could name the application he wants to hijack and then provide his own rogue DLL he'd like injected into a legitimate process. Several antivirus makers affected Cybellum researchers say that most of today's security products are susceptible to DoubleAgent attacks. The list of affected products includes: Avast (CVE-2017-5567) AVG (CVE-2017-5566) Avira (CVE-2017-6417) Bitdefender (CVE-2017-6186) Trend Micro (CVE-2017-5565) Comodo ESET F-Secure Kaspersky Malwarebytes McAfee Panda Quick Heal Norton "We have reported [DoubleAgent to] all the vendors more than 90 days ago, and worked with [a] few of them since," Michael Engstler, Cybellum CTO, told Bleeping Computer in an email. At the time of writing, "the only vendors that released a patch are Malwarebytes (version number: 3.0.6 Component Update 3), AVG (version number: 16.151.8007) and Trend-Micro (should release it soon)," Engstler added. DoubleAgent morphs security products into malware The DoubleAgent attack is extremely dangerous, as it hijacks the security product, effectively disabling it. Depending on an attacker's skill level, he could use the DoubleAgent flaw to load malicious code that: Turns the security product off Makes the security product blind to certain malware/attacks Uses the security product as a proxy to launch attacks on the local computer/network Elevates the user privilege level of all malicious code (security products typically run with the highest privileges) Use the security product to hide malicious traffic or exfiltrate data Damage the OS or the computer Cause a Denial of Service By design, the DoubleAgent attack is both a code injection technique and a persistence mechanism, as it allows an attacker to re-inject the malicious DLL inside a targeted process after each boot, thanks to the registry key. DoubleAgent attack affects all software Even if the Cybellum team has focused their research on antivirus software, don't think as DoubleAgent as a threat to security products alone. The vulnerability behind DoubleAgent, and especially its ability to inject code into any process, makes it a threat to any application, even the Windows OS itself. Engstler, who found the flaw and has been working with security vendors to patch their products, says DoubleAgent is a universal threat. "This technique can be used to hijack ANY application, even the applications of the operating system itself," the expert told Bleeping Computer. "There is no need to alter our POC code in any way, you just execute it with the requested application name, and it would automatically attack it, no matter if it's an antivirus or a different application." The proof-of-concept code he's referring to is available on GitHub. Two blog posts detailing the attack, in general, and at a technical level, will be published tomorrow, March 22. The YouTube video below shows a DoubleAgent attack in action. Video: DoubleAgent Zero-Day Attacking Norton Antivirus Cybellum recommends that security vendors use Microsoft's Protected Processes mechanism, which the company introduced with Windows 8.1. Protected Processes is a security system that Microsoft specifically designed for anti-malware services, and which works by wrapping around their processes and not permitting other apps to inject unsigned code. Of all security products, only Windows Defender currently uses Protected Processes. Article source
  19. Abusing users via in-OS ads, secretive monitoring, and iffy upgrades is a bad strategy, especially given the doubts fostered by Windows 8 and Vista Credit: Stephen Lawson Windows 10 is a good operating system, the first one since Windows 7. But Microsoft seems determined to penalize users who adopt it. The latest beta version of the forthcoming Creators Update due this spring is getting attention because it places even more ads in Windows. Windows 10 is already annoying users with ads on the lock screen and in the Start screen, but Microsoft has decided to annoy users even more by bringing ads to File Explorer. This stupidity will create a backlash if not reversed. Silicon Valley has an obsession about forcing advertising down users’ throats. The “intelligent” voice assistant Google Home got in trouble last week for advertising a Disney movie to its users. And you know that Amazon Alexa’s real purpose is to promote products, once it gets you hooked on its minor conveniences. This model of free services in exchange for deep spying on your activities to advertise or otherwise promote products is after all the basis of Google Search, Facebook, and most consumer technology services. But you can choose not to opt in to the commercial spy bots that are Alexa and Home. The same is not so true for a computer operating system. It’s a core appliance, like a car, a water meter, or an oven. It needs to stay that way, not become distracting or confusing through unrelated purposes. Ads in Windows 10 are what might finally drive people away from the Microsoft operating system. But Microsoft has been living dangerously in other regards as well: The degree of data collection on your activities is troubling, and Microsoft is very secretive about it. Most people end up not really caring about such corporate spying because they don’t understand the harm, but enough do where it becomes an additional justification to stay away. Likewise, Microsoft has been ham-handed with its updates. In adopting the Apple model (from iOS and MacOS), Microsoft’s aggressive plan for Windows 10 will keep users safe—if the updates work. Also, let's hope they aren't adware and spyware in disguise, which has happened before. Too often, a Windows 10 update makes it worse for the customer and leads to disabling all updates for fear of the next one. Alternately, users have to play a cat-and-mouse game with Microsoft over who controls the updates. The complexity of the Windows ecosystem means that no update is completely safe. The hardware makers are often to blame for bricked PCs and other update-triggered flaws, but users see Windows 10 as the culprit and get skittish about new versions on their PCs, even if they have complete faith in the iOS and Android revisions on their mobile devices. Forcing updates over metered (paid) internet connections and making it hard to manage their schedule and rollbacks gives users even more reason to distrust Windows 10. Of course there was the original sin in Windows 10: forcing upgrades on users without their consent. That can certainly destroy the customer relationship. Obnoxious advertising, concealed snooping, and iffy upgrades together give users a strong reason to avoid Windows 10. And they will, especially because the first two factors are completely optional activities for Microsoft to undertake, nakedly craven ventures unfriendly to users’ interests. Microsoft has done serious damage to itself with the Windows Vista and Windows 8 debacles, so knowledgeable users are a bit distrustful about Windows 10. Microsoft has only itself to blame for fanning the flames of distrust. Only Microsoft can change that unfriendly behavior. As frustrated I’ve become with Apple resting on its laurels and investing in ivory-tower capabilities, one fact has remained true: iOS and MacOS don’t abuse me or get in my way, and Apple has held to the principle that it won’t do so. This is another Apple attribute Microsoft should copy. Source: Microsoft, stop sabotaging Windows 10 (InfoWorld)
  20. The answer to the question is actually yes and no. Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 for PC and Mobile devices, which was released late Monday night here in the U.S., is likely the final full build in the Redstone 2 development branch. This build, the 28th for PCs and 19th for Mobile devices - 47 overall, puts both platforms on the same base build number which is exactly how Microsoft handled the release of their Windows 10 Anniversary Update last August. Windows Insiders received build 14393 at that time just a couple of weeks ahead of its public release so that final testing and analysis could be completed. During the course of that two week period Microsoft moved that build from the Fast Ring out to the Slow Ring and then eventually in the Release Preview Ring while they collected telemetry on its performance. Prior to its release Microsoft did issue a Day 1 update for Insiders to test and it fixed a couple of final known issues and tweaked system performance. When the Anniversary Update was released on 02 August 2015, that same Day 1 update was then pushed out to everyone running the freshly installed Anniversary Update. Well, I expect history to repeat itself with the Creators Update. Barring a major blocking issue popping up as Windows Insiders install Build 15063 from the Fast Ring over the next day or so, Microsoft should move this build to Slow and then ultimately to the Release Preview Ring. A final cumulative update could be issued about 7 to 10 days before General Availability to test any required fixes prior to the public gaining access to the third feature update for Windows 10. There is also no reason to believe that Microsoft will not roll this update out on a staggered schedule so they can monitor the upgrades along the way. This is exactly how they handled the roll outs for the Anniversary and November Updates. Of course, just like with those updates, there will be methods to immediately upgrade a Windows 10 Anniversary Update system to the Creators Update by using the Media Creation Tool (MCT). The MCT will create media that can be used to perform an in-place upgrade or a clean install on any Windows 10 Anniversary Update system. As I monitored social media throughout the day yesterday it was obvious the Windows Team was making a strong push to get this final build out for both PCs and Mobile devices. It is indeed rare to see a Monday build release to Windows Insiders and to see it released so late at night. The download for Build 15063 hit Windows Update at 10 PM Eastern Time (7 PM Pacific) and for many in Europe it was in the middle of the night. Of course, testers on the other side of the world received a rare daytime release of a new build. This build has all the indicators that would point towards it being the final step in the Redstone 2 development journey. No desktop watermark in Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 This indicator is no longer fool proof as we had builds a couple of weeks ago that also did not have the desktop watermark and they ended up not being the final builds. No expiration date for Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 Here is another one we have seen in past Redstone 2 builds over these last couple of weeks that ended up being a false indicator. Note: I honestly believe that Microsoft had every intention to make those builds from a couple of weeks ago that had no watermark or expiration the final build for the Creators Update. However, that was also around the time they had those upgrade and other issues which likely blocked those builds from their intended destiny and why the watermark and build expiration returned a couple of builds later. Windows Insider Program Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 One thing that has appeared in Build 15063 that we have not yet seen in the last several builds is the option to place the device in the Release Preview Ring. The normal options for Fast Ring builds that are being tested is just Fast or Slow Rings. Under normal build releases in the Fast or Slow Ring a system can be easily moved back and forth without requiring a reinstallation of the operating system. However, a move to Release Preview for those builds would almost always mean the installation of a different build to get properly synched with the Release Preview Ring so it is simply not available as a choice. Now that the Release Preview Ring is an option in the Windows Insider settings menu in Build 15063, that would indicate there is no need for that system reset/clean install to a different build. That is normal behavior for Current Branch releases of Windows 10 feature updates and a good indicator that Microsoft intends this build to be the final. Of course, under the premise of Windows as a Service (WaaS), Windows 10 is constantly being checked for fixes, updates, and tweaks for the standard monthly cumulative update releases so nothing is ever really final. So just to summarize - what should we expect to see as we get closer to the General Availability of the Creators Update in the next few weeks? 1. Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063 should move to the Slow Ring over the next few days and then to the Release Preview Ring afterwards. 2. A cumulative update will then likely be made available to address final concerns and known issues in this build so that Insiders can test it prior to availability of the feature update to all users. 3. Several inbox app updates, which have not been rolling out to Fast Ring builds over the last few weeks, should finally begin arriving on Windows Insider devices so those teams can collect telemetry and make sure everything is working as planned. 4. An official announcement from Microsoft about the availability date for the Creators Update and how they plan to conduct the roll out to Windows 10 Anniversary Update users should surface soon. Like I said earlier, it will most likely be a staged rollout so it can be monitored by the Windows Team to make sure no issues are cropping up along the way but it will be good to hear from Microsoft on the plan. So are you ready for the Creators Update? By Richard Hay http://winsupersite.com/windows-10/does-windows-10-creators-update-build-15063-pc-and-mobile-mark-end-redstone-2-development
  21. Is this new update installing fine? KB4015438 is the most recent cumulative update released by Microsoft for Windows 10 Anniversary Update systems and, unfortunately, it appears to suffer from the exact same problems as its predecessors. There are reports out there, some of them on Microsoft’s Community forums, claiming that cumulative update KB4015438 fails to install as well, though it’s not yet clear whether the update gets an error or it just takes forever to complete as we’ve told you earlier today. What’s worse, however, is that although it was supposed to address problems experienced by the previous cumulative update (KB4013429), there is almost no difference after installing the new patch, as it’s also causing problems too. “Previously, the problem was with KB 4013429, but after some days and Four Hours wasted, finally it is replaced by KB4015438. HOWEVER, the new one begins to fail again!” one user explains. At this point, there is no workaround from Microsoft, but if you’re also experiencing freezes during the install, you better wait because this time it looks like the process is taking longer than expected. If no error is provided whatsoever, KB4015438 is very likely to install correctly, with everything happening in the background. Additionally, you could also try downloading cumulative update KB4015438 manually, as this little trick sometimes fixed all issues with the previous updates that failed to install or caused other bugs. Source
  22. Tim Cook and his Microsoft Surface Microsoft and Apple are fierce rivals in a wide variety of product categories, and more recently, the companies have started competing against each other in 2-in-1s as well, even though Cupertino originally downplayed this new form factor. Apple CEO Tim Cook himself laughed off the Surface, saying that putting a keyboard on a tablet is just like mixing a toaster and a refrigerator, but it looks like that he who laughs last, laughs best. Cook was one of the tech executives that attended the China Development Forum 2017 in China this week to discuss a series of topics with officials and media representatives, and as part of the gear he received to remain connected during the event, there was also a Microsoft Surface Pro 4. As you can see in the photo here, the Surface Pro 4 was the device provided to Tim Cook as well, although there’s no other picture that can be used as evidence that he even touched the keyboard. New Surface on the way Truth be told, we’re pretty sure Tim Cook is no strange of the Surface Pro, and he truly knows its capabilities, but it’s very clear that he would rather not be seen using a product developed by a rival company when he needs to promote his own. Adoption of iPad Pro for such events, however, isn’t quite impressive, and Surface models, or Windows 10 devices in general, are far more popular among event organizers looking to provide attendees with an easy and efficient way of working or staying connecting for various purposes. For what it’s worth, rumor has it that Microsoft is getting ready to unveil a new generation of toasters + refrigerators, with the Surface Book 2 said to be redesigned to get closer to a traditional laptop approach. Microsoft could give up on the hinge and even on the touchscreen for a regular laptop running Windows 10. Source
  23. Audacity for Windows Audacity was, is, and there’s a good chance it’ll continue to be one of the most popular audio editors out there, so every time new updates come out, users rush to give them a try. This time, however, the new version of Audacity comes with mixed news for Windows users. As our resident Linux expert Marius Nestor told you a few hours ago, Audacity 2.1.3 is bringing tons of improvements, but as far as Windows systems are concerned, there are two very important changes. First and foremost, this new version officially introduces support for Windows 10. The audio editor was already working on Windows given the fact that it fully supported previous versions of the operating system, but with this update, it’s fully compatible with Windows 10 and no bugs should exist anymore. “Windows 10 is now supported (there should be no ‘Internal PortAudio Error’ or failure to find any devices as long as the built-in audio devices are enabled),” the change log reveals. Waving goodbye to Windows XP Additionally, this new version is also said to be the last one shipped for Windows XP users, though information here is a little scarce. Basically, Audacity 2.1.3 is the last official update for Windows XP systems, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that future versions would no longer work on Microsoft’s OS launched nearly 16 years ago. The bigger problem is with bugs or new features that won’t work correctly with Windows XP, as the developing team would no longer address problems that users experience on this OS version. Unfortunately, there still are plenty of users running Windows XP out there, with stats putting this old version at about 8 percent market share, and there’s a good chance some of them rely on Audacity for audio editing too. Sooner or later, everyone on Windows XP might have to upgrade given that most applications abandon this OS version, so you should consider this option for your PC as well. As always, if you want to give a try to this new version, you can download Audacity for Windows right now to see all the improvements in action. Source
  24. Microsoft wants to re-enter China with custom version of Windows 10 Microsoft has completed development of a Windows 10 version specifically tailored for the Chinese market, a company official revealed, as the software giant has been working with local authorities to address security concerns in the operating system. Alain Crozier, CEO of Microsoft Greater China, explained in a recent statement that Microsoft’s local joint venture, C&M Information Technologies, which was formed in September 2016 with state-owned China Electronics Technology Group Corp, developed a Windows 10 version with custom security features in order to comply with the country’s requirements. This Windows 10 version makes it possible for Microsoft to install the operating system on government computers, after Windows was banned by local authorities following information leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden in the United States. “We have already developed the first version of the Windows 10 government secure system. It has been tested by three large enterprise customers,” Microsoft’s official was quoted as saying by China Daily. “We have worked extensively to make it secure and controllable. We are now ready to serve the market.” Microsoft in China Microsoft’s operations in China hit several roadblocks, mostly after the government accused the company of trying to spy on users and country officials with its software. Windows 8 was banned on government computers due to concerns that the operating system could hide backdoors used as part of surveillance programs, while the company’s offices in the country were raided by prosecutors as part of anti-trust investigations whose purpose remained vague. Microsoft, on the other hand, has always expressed its intention to work with Chinese authorities on addressing these concerns, and the custom version of Windows 10 boasting security features specifically tailored to meet China requirements is living proof that the software giant doesn’t want to stay away from of the largest markets worldwide. If the government approves this version of Windows 10 and installs it on its systems, adoption of the operating system is very likely to increase in the country, as most agencies would most likely do the same and migrate to Windows 10 in the next months. Source
  25. Bill Gates, 61, is the world's richest person Bill Gates remained the richest person in the world in 2016, according to new rankings from Forbes, with total worth of $86.8 billion, $9 billion more than runner-up Warren Buffet. Microsoft’s co-founder is number one for the fourth consecutive year, and he’s been the richest person on the planet for 18 of the past 23 years. What’s very interesting, however, is that not Microsoft makes Bill Gates the richest man out there, even though he still owns 174,992,934 shares in the company estimated at more than $11 billion, or approximately 13 percent of his fortune, Forbes says. “He also has investments in Canadian National Railway, tractor maker Deere & Co. and car dealer AutoNation. In December 2016, Gates announced the creation of a $1 billion Breakthrough Energy investment fund with about 20 other people - including Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and Alibaba founder Jack Ma - to invest in new forms of clean energy,” the site says in today’s report. Steve Ballmer also super rich Warren Buffet is runner-up with a net worth of $77.1 billion, while Amancio Ortega reached the third place with $74.1 billion. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is fourth with $73.8 billion, followed by former number 2 Carlos Slim with $59.5 billion. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is on the sixth position with $58.6 billion. Steve Ballmer also made the list on position number 21 with $30.1 billion. Ballmer is currently the largest individual Microsoft shareholder and owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team which he purchased in 2014 for $2 billion, while also holding 4 percent of Twitter. For what it’s worth, Bill Gates regularly sells Microsoft shares, and he is currently holding just 2.5 percent of the company shares. Former CEO Steve Ballmer owns 333,252,990 shares of Microsoft after previously serving as CEO of the company for more than 13 years. World's top 5 billionaires Source