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  1. Today, Microsoft announced new badges for Microsoft Store apps and games, which can be embedded in websites. The new badge will automatically pull in your app logo, pricing, ratings, and artwork from the Store listing. This includes sale pricing, so the badge on your website will automatically be updated with the price of your app. Previously, developers have had to use a static image on their sites that would say something like "Get it from Microsoft", or the older "Download from Windows Store". Now, the badge will be dynamic, meaning that it can change as the app listing is changed. Microsoft didn't say in its blog post if it will continue promoting the old badges for those that want to use them, or if the new ones will completely replace the old ones. We've reached out to the company for clarification. If you want to see the new badges in action, the Major Nelson blog is already using them. You can find an example right here. Source details < Clic here >
  2. Earlier this week, we learned that Microsoft was working on a controller specifically designed for accessibility. Today, the company is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day by fully unveiling the controller. As showcased in the video above, the controller features two large remappable buttons, and it also features a series of 3.5mm connectors on the back and a USB Type-A connector on each side. There is a 3.5 mm port for every button on a regular Xbox One controller, and users with disabilities can connect a wide variety of switches and accessories which allow them to trigger those buttons as if they were using a regular controller. The USB ports on the sides are used for connecting joysticks, which emulate the functions of the left and right joysticks on the Xbox Wireless Controller. Even the input on these ports is customizable, and users can change how any given switch or button behaves through the Xbox Accessories app. These ports allow for accessories of all kinds that can be used by people with various disabilities. Players can attach foot pedals to play with their feet, or even controllers that can be used with their mouth. In a blog post related to the announcement, Microsoft also showed off some accessories that can be connected to the Adaptive Controller, but there are likely to be many more. On top of all the customizability allowed by the Adaptive Controller, there's also support for Microsoft's Copilot technology, which links two controllers together to act as a single input in games. This means users of the Adaptive controller can play with someone else who is using the regular Xbox Wireless Controller to assist them. Microsoft is pricing the Adaptive Controller at $99.99, which it claims to be a fair price considering that accessibility technology is typically very expensive. Users will still need to consider the price of the switches which connect to the controller, however. Source microsoft
  3. Microsoft publishes update notes, support articles, and other information in English and in other languages. The main language for all content is English but content may also get translated into other languages to inform users who don't understand English or prefer information in their native language. Articles may be translated by humans or machine-translated. While some information may be lost in translation, it is sufficient usually to understand the content. Users and administrators who read localized support pages may want to change the behavior, however, as they may miss out on information that only the English version provides. One example: The German support page for KB4103718, the monthly rollup update for the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 operating system for May 2018, lists just one known issue. It highlights that a stop error may occur on systems after installing the update if SIMD or SSE2 are not supported. A stop error occurs on computers that don't support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2). If you check the English version of the very same support article, you will notice that it lists a second issue under known issues that the German version does not inform users and admins about. It highlights the network connectivity issues that some users noticed on Windows 7 systems after installing the update. Microsoft is aware that some customers have reported that network drivers are intentionally uninstalled, then fail to reinstall after applying the May 8, 2018 update. This can result in the loss of network connectivity. Microsoft publishes update dates on support pages; the English page was last updated on May 12, 2018, the German page on May 10, 2018. It appears that Microsoft forgot to add the update to the German page. A quick check revealed that the page was update for other versions of English, e.g. UK and Canada, but not for non-English languages such as French or Spanish. In other words: while you may access support pages in any language, you may want to check the English support page as well if you did not access the English version of the page originally. I cannot say how widespread the issue is; it appears limited to updates that are published after the original page gets published by Microsoft. One possible explanation for the discrepancy is that it takes time to translate the text before it gets published on the non-English versions of a page. You can switch between different locales on Microsoft's Support website by scrolling all the way down to the end of the page. There you find listed the current locale the page is displayed in. A list of all supported languages is displayed when you click on the locale. You may change the language part of the URL directly as well, for instance by using en-us instead of another locale to display the U.S. English version of the support page. Source ghacks
  4. There are now two versions of Ubuntu available to download from the Microsoft Store. Adding to the existing Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04 has also now arrived. The addition comes just weeks after the official launch of Ubuntu 18.04, and it gives Windows 10 users the option of working with the new LTS (long term support) build of Ubuntu. The older version remains supported for the time being as well. See also: Canonical finally comments on Ubuntu Linux Snap Store security failure Ubuntu Snap Store app contained cryptocurrency miner Ubuntu Linux 18.04 Bionic Beaver is here -- download it now! Weighing in at a little over 210MB, Ubuntu 18.04 provides access to the Ubuntu Terminal, as well as the latest version of command line utilities such as bash, ssh, git, apt and so on. In order to install the software, you'll need to enable Windows Subsystem for Linux, and you will find that 16.04 and 18.04 will install happily alongside each other if you would like to have access to both of them. In a blog post over on MSDN, Microsoft's Tara Raj says: We're happy to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 is now available in the Microsoft store. You might be asking why there are a couple different Ubuntu apps and what we plan to do with those. The Ubuntu apps you see in the Store are published by Canonical. We partner with them to release the apps and test them on WSL. As per Canonical's LTS schedule, both Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 are supported for 3 years. Keeping this overlap in support in mind, "Ubuntu" is still 16.04 and "Ubuntu 18.04" is as named. We will be Updating the Store descriptions and such shortly. You can download Ubuntu 18.04 from the Microsoft Store Source: betanews
  5. In Europe, the information technology of every state administration and its institutions – military, police, fiscal authorities etc. – is based on Microsoft programs. This exposes us to a high technical and political security risk. Is our digital sovereignty at stake? Microsoft is generally considered the dinosaur of the digital age, lagging behind data giants Google, Facebook and Amazon. However, the US corporation is more powerful today than ever before. The power of its monopoly is nowhere more apparent than in Europe: from Finland to Portugal, from Ireland to Greece, the information technology of every state administration and its institutions – military, police, fiscal authorities etc. – is based on Microsoft programs. But since digital systems are constantly expanding and increasing in importance, countries are becoming more and more dependent on this single company; and increasingly vulnerable to the weak points inherent in Microsoft. The worldwide “WannaCry” cyberattack, for example, occurred as a result of security vulnerability at Microsoft. This dependence causes continually rising costs – around €50 billion in licensing fees every year – and prevents technical progress in state authorities. It systematically undermines European procurement and competition laws, and leads inevitably to the company having an overwhelming political influence. It also exposes state IT systems, along with citizens’ data, to a high technical and political security risk. Is Europe’s digital sovereignty at stake? Due to copyright restrictions, this video can only be viewed on RT’s live feed. Time of broadcast is available on RT’s schedule page. Source
  6. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that just under 700 million devices now run Windows 10. Almost exactly a year ago, that number stood at 500 million. In addition, the company also today noted that Office 365 now has 135 million monthly active commercial users, up from 120 million last October. Update: An early press release we saw said Windows 10 now had 700 million users. Today, the company corrected this down to ‘nearly 700 million.’ We’ve changed this post to reflect that. Back in 2015, when Windows 10 launched, Microsoft’s original goal was to hit a billion devices by 2018. It quickly became clear that this was a bit too optimistic. While Windows 10 usage clearly continues to grow at a decent speed, we’re not likely to see it hit a billion users soon. What Microsoft is probably more excited about anyway is the fact that its Office 365 and related Microsoft 365 subscription plans seem to be doing quite well. Over the course of the last couple of financial quarters, Office 365 seat growth typically increased around 30 percent year over year, with revenue well outpacing that number. We don’t yet have numbers for Microsoft 365, a relatively new subscription service that combines access to Windows 10, Office 365 and a number of mobile device management and security tools for businesses. But at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft is strongly emphasizing this new service and we’ll likely hear some subscriber numbers soon. Source
  7. The move came with the release last week of the Windows 10 April 2018 feature upgrade. What Redmond giveth, Redmond taketh away. Microsoft ended a six-month support extension for enterprise users of Windows 10 with the feature upgrade released last week. All editions of Windows 10 1803, aka the "April 2018 Update," will be provided security patches and other bug fixes until November 2019, or for the standard 18 months. That will be in contrast to the four previous feature upgrades, designated as 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 in Microsoft's yymm format. Customers who licensed Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education received 24 months of support for those versions. The elimination of the additional six months, which Microsoft had taken to calling "supplemental servicing," was quietly revealed in online documentation, including the Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheet. There, version 1803 was not flagged as one of those receiving the added support. "Windows 10 version 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 will continue to receive monthly servicing updates at no-cost for a period of 6 months past the end of service dates," Microsoft stated in the fact sheet, referring to the standard 18-month support timetable. Microsoft initiated supplemental servicing in November 2017, when it announced that Windows 10 version 1511, a November 2015 feature upgrade originally slated to drop off the support list on Oct. 10, 2017, would instead receive some security fixes until April 10, 2018. At the time, Microsoft said it would only add support to 1511. Three months later, however, the company added 1607, 1703 and 1709 to the supplementary servicing list. As with 1511, Microsoft restricted the extra support to Enterprise and Education licenses and provided only those security patches rated "critical" and "important" to those customers. Although industry analysts reported that their corporate clients want, even need, more than 18 months between feature upgrades - a consensus was building that a 24-month interval would be acceptable - Microsoft eliminated supplemental servicing. Or it killed the free extended support. In February, Microsoft said that it would offer "paid supplemental servicing" starting in April, when organizations running Windows 10 Enterprise 1607 (as well as Education 1607) would see patches dry up. "Volume License customers who need more than the additional six months of no-cost servicing beyond April 10, 2018 can alternatively secure 12 months of additional servicing (starting from April 10, 2018) with paid supplemental servicing," wrote John Wilcox, principal program manager, in a post to a company blog. Microsoft has not disclosed the cost of Windows 10 paid supplemental servicing, nor whether it will be offered to versions other than 1607 when their support, supplemental or otherwise, expires. (The next retirement date on Windows 10's calendar is October 9, when 1703 is slated to exhaust the additional six months of updates.) However, it's unlikely that Microsoft would create a temporary for-fee program for only one version of Windows 10; the company hasn't made a practice of leaving money on the table. Instead, expect it to offer the same 12-month support extension to Enterprise and Education customers for all feature upgrades, thus providing a total of 30 months of free and paid support for each. Customers who need more information about paid supplemental servicing, including costs, should contact their designated account team, Microsoft said. Source
  8. Microsoft's patches for the Meltdown vulnerability have had a fatal flaw all these past months, according to Alex Ionescu, a security researcher with cyber-security firm Crowdstrike Only patches for Windows 10 versions were affected, the researcher wrote today in a tweet. Microsoft quietly fixed the issue on Windows 10 Redstone 4 (v1803), also known as the April 2018 Update, released on Monday. "Welp, it turns out the Meltdown patches for Windows 10 had a fatal flaw: calling NtCallEnclave returned back to user space with the full kernel page table directory, completely undermining the mitigation," Ionescu wrote.
  9. Microsoft released an out of band update to address a critical remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Host Compute Service Shim library (hcsshim). Microsoft announced that it has issued a security update to address a critical remote code execution vulnerability in the Windows Host Compute Service Shim library (hcsshim). The Windows Host Compute Service (HCS) is a low-level container management API in Hyper-V, Microsoft implemented two open source wrappers to invoke HCS functions using higher level programming languages. The Windows Host Compute Service Shim wrapper, introduced in January 2017, allows the launch of Windows Server containers from the Go language. “We’ve released two wrappers thus far. One is written in Go (and used by Docker), and the other is written in C#.” reads a blog post published by Microsoft. “You can find the wrappers here: https://github.com/microsoft/dotnet-computevirtualization https://github.com/microsoft/hcsshim The security expert Michael Hanselmann discovered that hcsshim fails to properly validate input when importing a container image, the vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-8115, could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the host operating system. “A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Host Compute Service Shim (hcsshim) library fails to properly validate input while importing a container image.” reads the security advisory published by Microsoft. “To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would place malicious code in a specially crafted container image which, if an authenticated administrator imported (pulled), could cause a container management service utilizing the Host Compute Service Shim library to execute malicious code on the Windows host.” While US-CERT has released an alert urging to update the library, Microsoft tried to downplay the problem explaining that it is unlikely that the flaw could be exploited in attacks in the wild. Microsoft addressed the vulnerability with the out-of-band update hcsshim 0.6.10 that is available on GitHub. Source
  10. The FTC says that if companies don't change their warranty practices, it may take 'legal action.' The Federal Trade Commission put six companies on notice in early April for illegally telling customers that getting third-party repairs voids the warranty on their electronics. You’ve seen the stickers before and read the messages buried in end user license agreements. Plastered on the back of my PlayStation 4 is a little sticker that says “warranty void if removed.” That’s illegal. Motherboard has obtained copies of the letters via a Freedom of Information Act request and has learned the names of the six companies that were warned. They are Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Hyundai, HTC, and computer hardware manufacturer ASUS. The letters were sent by Lois Greisman, the FTC’s associate director of marketing practices, on April 9; the FTC has given each company 30 days to change its official warranty policies and says that it may take legal action against the companies. “This letter places you on notice that violations of the Warranty and FTC Acts may result in legal action,” the letters state in bold, adding that the FTC had reviewed warranty language on each manufacturers’ websites and found it to be infringing. “ FTC investigators have copied and preserved the online pages in question, and we plan to review your company's written warranty and promotional materials after 30 days. You should review the Warranty and FTC Acts and if necessary, revise your practices to comply with the Acts' requirements. By sending this letter, we do not waive the FTC's right to take law enforcement action and seek appropriate injunctive and monetary remedies against [company name] based on past or future violations.” The FTC believes all six companies are violating the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which states that no manufacturer charging more than $5 for a product may put repair restrictions on a device its offering a warranty on. Despite being illegal, many companies have such restrictions. Apple, noticeably absent in this round of of warning letters, often steers customers away from third-party repair services. “Warranty language that implies to a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances that warranty coverage requires the consumer to purchase an article or service identified by brand, trade or corporate name is similarly deceptive and prohibited,” the FTC letters said. The only difference between the letters is that each calls out the specific language from each manufacturer that violates federal law, for example, Microsoft’s Xbox One warranty states “Microsoft is not responsible and this warranty does not apply if your Xbox One or Accessory is...repaired by anyone other than Microsoft.” The FTC letter specifically states that this type of language is illegal. In three cases, the letters also specifically say that the use of warranty-void-if-removed stickers or “seals” break the law; language in the Playstation 4, HTC, and Asus warranties mention that the warranties are void if a seal is removed, something that the FTC mentioned it is “particularly concerned” about. Nintendo, HTC, Microsoft, HTC, ASUS, Hyundai, and the FTC did not immediately respond to our request for comment. Full Document By the FTC Source
  11. Microsoft brings Windows Defender browser extension to Google Chrome Microsoft prides itself on the security provided in its Edge browser, as well as that offered by Windows Defender to protect Windows against cyberattacks. Now, the company is combining its browser-based security with Defender by bringing Windows Defender Browser Protection to Google Chrome. Windows Defender Browser Protection extension is available as a free download from the Chrome Web Store. According to the listed description, the extension protects your computer against threats such as phishing and websites that trick your machine into downloading and installing malicious programs which can harm it. Microsoft accomplishes this by checking the URL of an opened website with its own database of malicious links. If the URLs match, Windows Defender Browser Protection presents a red warning screen to the user and offers them "a clear path back to safety with one click." It is important to note that given the extension's ability to check every URL with Microsoft's database, it is essentially sending your entire browser history to the company in real-time. That said, this shouldn't be a cause of worry to most because Microsoft's business isn't built on advertising, and the extension itself will likely be beneficial for your computer. You can download the Windows Defender Browser Protection extension from the Chrome Web Store here. Neowin.net
  12. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dropped Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) privacy fight with the Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed legislation that resolved the dispute. The justices heard arguments in the high-profile case on Feb. 27, but President Donald Trump on March 22 signed legislation into law that makes clear that U.S. judges can issue warrants for such data while giving companies an avenue to object if the request conflicts with foreign law. “No live dispute remains between the parties over the issue,” the court said in an unsigned opinion, declaring the case moot. Microsoft and the Justice Department had been locked in a dispute over how U.S. prosecutors seek access to data held on overseas computer servers owned by U.S. companies. The case involved Microsoft’s challenge to a domestic warrant issued by a U.S. judge for emails stored on a Microsoft server in Dublin relating to a drug-trafficking investigation. The bipartisan new law, known as the Cloud Act, was supported by Microsoft, other major technology companies and the Trump administration but opposed by civil liberties groups that said it lacked sufficient privacy protections. “We welcome the Supreme Court’s ruling ending our case in light of the Cloud Act being signed into to law. Our goal has always been a new law and international agreements with strong privacy protections that govern how law enforcement gathers digital evidence across borders,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Microsoft, which has 100 data centers in 40 countries, was the first American company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the United States. The Microsoft customer whose emails were sought told the company he was based in Ireland when he signed up for his account. During arguments in the case, which had been one of the most closely watched of the court’s current term, some justices urged Congress to pass a law to resolve the matter. Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican led the efforts to pass the new law, attended the arguments. The Trump administration had appealed a 2016 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016 that found that the emails in the Microsoft case were beyond the reach of domestic search warrants obtained under a federal law called the 1986 Stored Communications Act. < Here >
  13. StopUpdates10 is a free program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that modifies some system settings to block Windows Updates on the target device. While it is usually not a good idea to block the installation of updates, as you'd block non-critical and security updates alike, doing so may sometimes be necessary as a temporary measure. The new cumulative nature of updates introduced an all or nothing approach to updates; it is no longer possible to block specific updates with issues. The only option users and administrators have is to block all updates temporarily until issues are resolved. Doing so is far from ideal as you may block important security updates when you block updates. Note: Microsoft changed the update scheme to rollup updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems in 2016 as well (and Server variants). Windows 10 comes with options to delay the installation of updates. You may use the Settings app, Group Policy, or Registry for that. StopUpdates10 StopUpdates10 creates Registry keys that are created when you set update related policies to block Windows updates on the device the application is run on. The application checks the current status of the system on launch and displays either the "stop Windows Updates" or "Restore Windows Updates" button in the interface based on that initial test. A click on the stop Windows Updates button writes data to the Registry that blocks updating functionality. You can verify this by opening Windows Updates in the Settings app and clicking on the "check for updates" button. It returns an error when you do so after you block updates. You may restore updating functionality at any time by selecting the "restore Windows Updates" option that the program comes with. Another option that you have is to uninstall the program as it will reset the settings during removal on the system. Administrators may run the program with command line parameters. StopUpdates10.exe /disable StopUpdates10.exe /restore Both need to be run with elevated rights. Ghacks.net
  14. Rar! That's a scary bug A remote-code execution vulnerability in Windows Defender – a flaw that can be exploited by malicious .rar files to run malware on PCs – has been traced back to an open-source archiving tool Microsoft adopted for its own use. The bug, CVE-2018-0986, was patched on Tuesday in the latest version of the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (1.1.14700.5) in Windows Defender, Security Essentials, Exchange Server, Forefront Endpoint Protection, and Intune Endpoint Protection. This update should be installed, or may have been automatically installed already on your device. The vulnerability can be leveraged by an attacker to achieve remote code execution on a victim's machine simply by getting the mark to download – via a webpage or email or similar – a specially crafted .rar file while the anti-malware engine's scanning feature is on. In many cases, this analysis set to happen automatically. When the malware engine scans the malicious archive, it triggers a memory corruption bug that leads to the execution of evil code smuggled within the file with powerful LocalSystem rights, granting total control over the computer. The screwup was discovered and reported to Microsoft by legendary security researcher Halvar Flake, now working for Google. Flake was able to trace the vulnerability back to an older version of unrar, an open-source archiving utility used to unpack .rar archives. Apparently, Microsoft forked that version of unrar and incorporated the component into its operating system's antivirus engine. That forked code was then modified so that all signed integer variables were converted to unsigned variables, causing knock-on problems with mathematical comparisons. This in turn left the software vulnerable to memory corruption errors, which can crash the antivirus package or allow malicious code to potentially execute. In other words, Redmond pulled a fork-and-bork. Among those marveling at the bug was Flake's fellow Google researcher Tavis Ormandy: Needless to say, users and admins should be looking to update their copy of Windows Defender and the Malware Protection Engine as soon as possible. Source
  15. Forget the old case, DoJ tells Supremes, all hail CLOUD Act The US government has issued Microsoft with a new warrant to get access to emails held on the firm's Irish servers, while asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the existing legal battle. The long-running wrangle began back in 2014, when Microsoft was taken to court by American prosecutors who wanted access to suspects' emails that Microsoft had stored overseas. The Feds demanded the private messages under section 2703 of the US Stored Communications Act, but Redmond refused, saying that the search warrant couldn't extend beyond US borders. In July 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Microsoft's favour – a decision the Department of Justice is in the process of appealing against in the Supreme Court. However, the passage of a new law, signed off last week, known as the CLOUD Act (Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) has thrown a huge question mark over the dispute. In contrast to existing laws, the CLOUD Act specifies that authorities can demand that firms pass on data, even if it's held outside the US. And so the DoJ has filed a motion (PDF) with the Supreme Court saying that, given the passage of the CLOUD Act, the court should vacate the judgment made by the Court of Appeals and dismiss the case as moot. The DoJ's argument is that the CLOUD Act now directly governs the warrant that is at the heart of the dispute, which it said settles the dispute. The US government insisted it was still possible for Microsoft to fully comply and disclose the information in question under the existing warrant, but complained Microsoft wasn't playing ball. "Microsoft has refused to acknowledge either that the CLOUD Act applies to the Section 2703 warrant at issue in this case or that Microsoft plans to disclose the required information under the original warrant," the document stated. As such, the DoJ said it had decided "the most efficient means of acquiring the information sought is through a new warrant under the CLOUD Act" – and did so on 30 March – even though it maintains it shouldn't have had to issue one. The government is "unquestionably entitled" to the information, the filing stated, adding: "Microsoft no longer has any basis for suggesting that such a warrant is impermissibly extraterritorial because it reaches foreign-stored data, which was the sole contention in its motion to quash... There is thus no longer any live dispute between the parties, and the case is now moot." We asked Microsoft to comment, but a spokesperson said the company had "nothing to share". However, president Brad Smith has previously issued broadly supportive statements about the CLOUD Act. When it was passed last week, Smith blogged to say it was a "critical step forward in resolving an issue that has been the subject of litigation for over four years". It remains to be seen whether the new law is quite as water-tight in its ability to force firms to hand over any and all data as the government wants. Frank Jennings, cloud lawyer at Wallace LLP, said that although the CLOUD Act offers useful clarity for providers, it might not be the end of the dispute. "The CLOUD Act requires a provider to preserve, backup or disclose data even if the data is outside the USA. This clarity is useful... Cloud providers can now point to a clear obligation to comply with an up-to-date law," he said. "However, the battle is not over yet." Jennings said the next stage "will be for US providers to show that data outside the US is not in their 'possession, custody, or control' but that of someone else", possibly the customer or a third party. They could also offer data encryption as standard, with the customer holding the decryption keys, he said. "This is the 'You can have it but we don't know what it says' approach." The passage of the CLOUD Act and the access it grants to data held on EU servers – which has been condemned by campaign groups in the bloc – might also lead to other battles, he said. For instance, it may give new impetus to those seeking to challenge the transatlantic data transfer deal Privacy Shield, and it isn't yet clear what the EU's data protection agencies will make of it. "We await to see whether the new European Data Protection Board [which will come into being with the General Data Protection Regulation] will recognise this as a 'necessary and proportionate measure... to safeguard national security' or an attempt to overreach and undermine GDPR from afar," said Jennings. Source
  16. https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=248256 - Not updated regualrly - Old version v18.044.0301.0006 https://oneclient.sfx.ms/Win/Prod/18.044.0301.0006/OneDriveSetup.exe Changelog: v18.044.0301.0006 (Released March 26, 2018) Bug fixes to improve reliability and performance of the client. New features gradually rolling out to users: Added icon overlays to indicate folders that have been shared. Whenever the device connects to a metered network, OneDrive sync client now automatically pauses sync giving the user the ability to overwrite that behavior, if desired. Improvements to sync client user experience when users are attempting to sync file(s) that are locked by an application and cannot be synced. Now this state is more apparent and includes clear action around how to “unblock” the sync of those files. Right-clicking the OneDrive cloud now opens the context menu within the activity center.
  17. Microsoft issued today an out-of-band security update for 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The security update —KB4100480— addresses a security bug discovered by a Swedish security expert earlier this week. The bug was caused by a patch meant to fix the Meltdown vulnerability but accidentally opened the kernel memory wide open. According to Ulf Frisk, Microsoft's January 2018 Meltdown patch (for CVE-2017-5754) allowed any app to extract or write content from/to the kernel memory. This all happened because the Meltdown patch accidentally flipped a bit that controlled access permissions to kernel memory. Frisk said that the March Patch Tuesday appears to have "fixed" the issue, as he was not able to interact with kernel memory. But today, Microsoft released KB4100480 to make sure the vulnerability was closed for good. The accidental bit flip bug now has its own CVE identifier of CVE-2018-1038. The flaw is not remotely exploitable, and attackers need either physical access to a PC, or they need to infect the PC with malware beforehand. Besides KB4100480, Microsoft released another out-of-band security update last Friday, March 23. KB3203399 resolved a vulnerability (CVE-2017-8551) in Microsoft Office that could lead to remote code execution and was meant for Microsoft Project Server 2013 Service Pack 1 users only. Source
  18. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday morning announced a sweeping executive reshuffling. The biggest change: Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of Windows, will leave “in the coming months.” The leader of Microsoft Office, Rajesh Jha, will take control of a new group that encompasses Windows and Office. Other executive moves include a new title for Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s cloud boss, as the company increases its emphasis on artificial intelligence for business software. Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Windows who has long been a leader at Microsoft, will leave the company “in the coming months” as part of a big reshuffling of executive leadership announced on Thursday. “His strong contributions to Microsoft over 21 years from leading Exchange to leading Windows 10 leave a real legacy,” CEO Satya Nadella wrote of Myerson in an email to employees announcing the changes. “I want to thank Terry for his leadership on my team and across Microsoft.” As part of the reorganization, Rajesh Jha, the executive VP of Microsoft Office products, will expand his responsibilities to encompass Myerson’s role. Jha will become the leader of a group called Experiences and Devices, bringing Windows and Office together under a single banner. “The purpose of this team is to instill a unifying product ethos across our end-user experiences and devices,” Nadella said. “Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go.” Myerson sent his own email to employees about the change, saying that he plans to take time off before his next opportunity. “[It’s] time for me to take a break, and then look forward to my own next chapter. I’m excited to see what’s next professionally. In the meantime, I can’t wait to spend quality time with my family and pursue a few big life goals,” Myerson wrote. Other changes include: Scott Guthrie, Nadella’s right-hand man who’s the executive VP in charge of Microsoft’s fast-growing enterprise cloud business, will lead a new group called Cloud and AI Platform. Jason Zander, a major leader on the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing platform, will be promoted to executive VP, though he will not join Nadella’s senior leadership team, a council of top managers from across the company. Harry Shum will stay in his role as Microsoft’s research boss, but he will work more closely with Guthrie’s and Zander’s teams to help bring more artificial intelligence into the Azure platform. Panos Panay, the exec in charge of Microsoft Surface, will be the chief product officer overseeing the company’s hardware businesses. Alex Kipman, the creator of the Microsoft HoloLens holographic goggles and the Xbox Kinect sensor, is now the leader of a new group called AI Perception and Mixed Reality. In the email, Nadella frames the changes as crucial to the continued growth of Microsoft by bringing together experts in different areas to work more closely with one another. “It will take courage to keep learning and growing together – encouraging one another’s individual strengths, building more diversity and inclusion across our teams, and collaborating as One Microsoft,” Nadella said. Here’s Nadella’s full email announcing the changes: Team, Today, I’m announcing the formation of two new engineering teams to accelerate our innovation and better serve the needs of our customers and partners long into the future. Over the past year, we have shared our vision for how the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge will shape the next phase of innovation. First, computing is more powerful and ubiquitous from the cloud to the edge. Second, AI capabilities are rapidly advancing across perception and cognition fueled by data and knowledge of the world. Third, physical and virtual worlds are coming together to create richer experiences that understand the context surrounding people, the things they use, the places they go, and their activities and relationships. These technological changes represent a tremendous opportunity for our customers, our partners – everyone. With all this new technology and opportunity comes a responsibility to ensure technology’s benefits reach people more broadly across society. It also requires that the technologies we create are trusted by the individuals and organizations that use them. Today’s announcement enables us to step up to this opportunity and responsibility across all our Solution Areas. With change comes transition, and one transition we have been planning for is for Terry Myerson to pursue his next chapter outside Microsoft. Terry has been instrumental in helping me arrive at this new organizational structure, and I deeply appreciate his leadership and insight as we’ve worked through the opportunity that lies ahead. Over the past several years, Terry and the WDG team transformed Windows to create a secure, always up-to-date, modern OS. His strong contributions to Microsoft over 21 years from leading Exchange to leading Windows 10 leave a real legacy. I want to thank Terry for his leadership on my team and across Microsoft. He will work with me on the transition over the coming months. Moving forward, Rajesh Jha will expand his existing responsibilities to lead a new team focused on Experiences & Devices. The purpose of this team is to instill a unifying product ethos across our end-user experiences and devices. Computing experiences are evolving to include multiple senses and are no longer bound to one device at a time but increasingly spanning many as we move from home to work and on the go. These modern needs, habits and expectations of our customers are motivating us to bring Windows, Office, and third-party applications and devices into a more cohesive Microsoft 365 experience. To further this vision, we are making the following leadership changes: Devices: Panos Panay will now serve as our Chief Product Officer and will lead our devices vision and further our product ethos across hardware and software boundaries for our first-party devices, while creating new categories and opportunities for the entire ecosystem. He will be the key leader ensuring end-to-end devices business execution excellence. Windows: Joe Belfiore will continue leading our Windows experiences and will drive Windows innovation in partnership with the PC and device ecosystem. The future of Windows is bright as we continue to innovate across new scenarios and device form factors, and more deeply connect to our Microsoft 365 offerings. Joe will share more about the Windows roadmap at Build. New Experiences and Technology: Kudo Tsunoda will continue to lead this team to define how we engage users with high-value experiences to help them achieve more. Enterprise Mobility and Management: Brad Anderson will continue to lead our Windows Enterprise deployment and management efforts with even tighter alignment across Microsoft 365 and will partner closely with the EMS teams within Cloud + AI Platform. Second, Scott Guthrie will expand his existing responsibilities to lead a new team focused on Cloud + AI Platform. The purpose of this team is to drive platform coherence and compelling value across all layers of the tech stack starting with the distributed computing fabric (cloud and edge) to AI (infrastructure, runtimes, frameworks, tools and higher-level services around perception, knowledge and cognition). To facilitate these new capabilities, we are making the following leadership changes: Azure: Jason Zander is being promoted to executive vice president, Azure, and will lead this team. The Windows platform team led by Harv Bhela, Henry Sanders and Michael Fortin will join Jason’s team. Windows platform is already a core part of Azure across both the cloud and edge, and this shift will enable us to accelerate our efforts to build a unified distributed computing infrastructure and application model. Roanne Sones will continue to lead our technical engagement with OEMs, ODMs and silicon vendors, and her team will also join Jason’s team. Business AI: The Customer Service, Marketing and Sales Insights teams, previously led by Gurdeep Singh Pall, will join James Phillips’ Business Applications Group. I am thankful for Gurdeep’s leadership in building these new AI solutions that are going to help differentiate Microsoft in this area. This is a notable example of taking research breakthroughs to start new product efforts grounded in customer needs and then mainstreaming them. Universal Store and Commerce Platform: Eric Lockard and his team will also join the Cloud + AI Platform team to both help with our own digital transformation and add new capabilities to our business application efforts. AI Perception & Mixed Reality (MR): Alex Kipman will lead this new team, which brings together all our speech, vision, MR and additional perception capabilities into one team. This team will continue to build first-party products and the core building block cloud services for third parties on Azure. XD Huang, Yu-Ting Kuo and their teams will join this group, as well as Gurdeep’s Ambient Intelligence team. Alex and team will take guidance on all AI-related areas from Harry Shum and work very closely with AI + Research (AI+R). AI Cognitive Services & Platform: Eric Boyd will lead this new team and drive our AI Platform, AI Fundamentals, Azure ML, AI Tools and Cognitive Services. Joseph Sirosh and team will join this new group. Eric and team will take guidance on all AI-related areas from Harry Shum and work very closely with AI+R. Harry Shum will continue to lead our third engineering team, AI + Research, which is instrumental in the key technology advances required across all our product teams. When we established AI+R nearly two years ago, our primary goal was to accelerate the adoption of AI innovations from research into product, and the changes we are making today reflect our strong progress. In fact, just yesterday I spent time at TechFest and came away inspired by all the innovations and most importantly how quickly they were making their way into our products. We will continue to drive investments in AI+R across research and AI breakthroughs that are key to our long-term success. As we make technological progress we need to ensure that we are doing so responsibly. To this end, Harry and Brad Smith have established Microsoft’s AI and Ethics in Engineering and Research (AETHER) Committee, bringing together senior leaders from across the company to focus on proactive formulation of internal policies and how to respond to specific issues in a responsible way. AETHER will ensure our AI platform and experience efforts are deeply grounded within Microsoft’s core values and principles and benefit the broader society. Among other steps, we are investing in strategies and tools for detecting and addressing bias in AI systems and implementing new requirements established by the GDPR. While there is great opportunity, ensuring we always act responsibly for our customers and partners will continue to be a hallmark of our work. To truly get the best impact from our efforts, we will have to push ourselves to transcend Conway’s law. Having a deep sense of customers’ unmet and unarticulated needs must drive our innovation. We can’t let any organizational boundaries get in the way of innovation for our customers. This is why a growth mindset culture matters. Each one of us needs to push on what technology can do for people and for our world. It will take courage to keep learning and growing together – encouraging one another’s individual strengths, building more diversity and inclusion across our teams, and collaborating as One Microsoft. It’s amazing what we have been able to accomplish together, and yet I still believe we are in the very early days of what is possible. We’ll talk more about these changes at the Q&A next week and the important work ahead. Satya Here’s Myerson’s memo to employees: Team, It is an emotional day for me as I look toward starting my next chapter outside of Microsoft in a few months. We’ve been discussing this for some time, but today it becomes real. Satya’s leadership and insight in defining a Microsoft 365 experience, built on top of an intelligent edge/intelligent cloud platform is inspiring. I believe in it, and that these changes are great for Microsoft. Change can be invigorating for us all and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with Satya on helping define this new structure. I will be around as we work through this transition, and then I will continue to root on Satya and this team every day. Microsoft has been my work, my team, and my purpose for 21 years. Over the years I have worked with so many of you to take on big challenges and serve our customers. I’ve learned so much. We’ve accomplished so much together. And I have had so much fun. Your passion, commitment, and sheer brilliance has kept me inspired. You have taught me new ways of looking at the world. You made me a better leader. And together, we have delivered products that positively changed the way people work and live. I am grateful for each of you. Most recently, with Windows 10 we set out to restore the trust of our consumer and business users and set Windows up to be a key part of the new Microsoft. With us now approaching 700M active Windows 10 users, commercial usage growing 84% YOY, Xbox One running a Windows 10 core, Surface innovation highlighting the Microsoft 365 experience, HoloLens bringing breakthroughs in computer vision, a universal store enabling GamePass, Azure reserved instances, and Office distribution, and a revitalized partner ecosystem – we’ve made incredible progress, and set the foundation for a new chapter to begin. But it’s time for me to take a break, and then look forward to my own next chapter. I’m excited to see what’s next professionally. In the meantime, I can’t wait to spend quality time with my family and pursue a few big life goals. While today I have many emotions, I’m mostly filled with gratitude and optimism – gratitude for the experiences I have had and optimism for the future ahead. Sincerely, thank you for all the incredible experiences we’ve had together. Source
  19. Adults-only Xbox games are OK – but you can't publicly tell Cortana to go screw itself Microsoft has advised customers that offensive language on Skype, in an Outlook.com email, or in an Office 365 Word document is a potentially account-closing offense under its updated terms of use. The tweaked services agreement, which comes into effect on May 1, 2018, now includes the following code-of-conduct item: And if you disobey? If you violate these Terms, we may stop providing Services to you or we may close your Microsoft account. We may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason. When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue. However, we cannot monitor the entire Services and make no attempt to do so. Microsoft lists its online services covered by the agreement here. To save you the click, the list includes: Skype Windows Live Mail Office 365 Bing Cortana OneDrive.com OneDrive OneNote.com Outlook.co There’s some sense behind the new rules, because the roster also includes things like Xbox Live, which has chat features that are used by morons to bully and harass fellow gamers. Smut and foul language also have no business at education.minecraft.net, the classroom-friendly edition of the uber-popular Minecraft. The Register asked Microsoft if the new legalese was intended to stop people swearing on Skype or in Word or OneDrive files. A Redmond spokesperson sent us the following answer: El Reg understands that the key part of that mostly non-answer is the language about “how we respond to customer reports of inappropriate public content,” as Microsoft’s intention is to give netizens a way to complain about nasty behaviour by other Redmond subscribers. Microsoft told The Register it does not listen to Skype calls, which is good to know. But the Windows giant added that it may examine private files and conversations that potentially breach the code-of-conduct if the biz receives a complaint from someone, be it a Skype chat or an email, etc. The long, long list of online services covered by the updated service agreement means millions of users need to take note of the tweaked legalese. If you subscribe to a Microsoft service, make sure you stay within the code of conduct. Microsoft insisted it won't actively police its services and randomly delve into your stuff – but, beware: it will investigate complaints from people offended by what you do on Redmond's platforms in public. On The Register’s reading of the rules, a profanity-laden file written in Office 365, or an email with a nude selfie attached sent using Outlook.com, fall on the wrong side of the code, if reported to Microsoft by someone. As would asking Bing to look up “Simon Sharwood of The Register is sh*t” or telling Cortana to “f*ck off” if it somehow caused offense. And then there’s the absurdity of a ban of graphic violence or nudity, given that many Xbox games have attracted America's Entertainment Software Rating Board’s Adults Only 18+ rating covering games that “include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.” Even the board’s “mature” rating, applied to games suitable for players 17 years or older, warns that such software “may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.” The Register understands the legalese needs to be broad so that Microsoft bods can step in when there’s genuine abuse or harassment being thrown around on its services. But the new agreement is problematic because it hints at far broader and frankly creepy interventions involving rifling through people's private files, if someone is upset at another user. Which in light of recent revelations about abuse of personal data on the internet, just isn’t a good look no matter that the agreement was probably drafted with good intentions. Source
  20. When Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17623 to Skip Ahead today, one of the "changes, improvements, and fixes" listed was that the company is going to start testing a feature that will force users of the Windows 10 Mail app to open links in the Edge browser. Dona Sarkar, who wrote the blog post, said that Edge "provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices." The only problem is that not everyone feels that way. Many users have Chrome, Firefox, or something else set as their default browser, and Microsoft wants to subvert that in order to get them to use its own in-house solution. Luckily, Windows 10's default Mail app isn't the only email client that you can use. This isn't the first time that Microsoft has done something like this with Windows 10. In April 2016, it announced that Cortana will be locked down so that it will only work with Bing and Edge. Then, last May when the company launched Windows 10 S, it confirmed that users won't even have the option to switch their default browser or search engine on the new SKU of the OS. Luckily, Microsoft is only testing the feature, and it will take feedback from the Windows Insider community. Depending on how that goes, it may decide to push the feature. But make no mistake, despite the fact that this showed up in a Redstone 5 build, it will be made available through a Mail & Calendar app update, meaning that this could be pushed through at any time. If you're in the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring and you want to leave feedback on the new feature, you can do so via the Feedback Hub. Source
  21. Court docs reveal women filed over 230 internal complaints of discrimination, harassment More than 230 internal complaints of harassment and discrimination within Microsoft were handled in a “lackluster” way by the business, according to documents made public yesterday in a class action lawsuit. The case was first filed in 2015 and the lead plaintiffs, Katherine Moussouris and Holly Muenchow, are seeking approval to bring the suit as a class action covering more than 8,600 women. They have accused Microsoft of running a “common, discriminatory pay and promotions process” that is “unreliable” and “based on invalid criteria”, resulting in lower pay and fewer promotions for women. The plaintiffs argue (PDF, 51 pages) that the process operates “within the context of a corporate culture that systematically devalues women’s contributions”. Their latest filing, submitted to the Washington Western District Court yesterday, aims to demonstrate this culture is leading to widespread complaints, revealing there were 238 internal complaints made to Redmond between 2010 and 2016. Of these, 108 were of sexual harassment, 119 of gender discrimination, eight of retaliation and three of pregnancy discrimination. The plaintiffs claimed Microsoft “does not properly investigate or redress” such complaints, and note only one of the gender discrimination complaints was “founded”. Microsoft had argued the numbers shouldn’t be released as they might deter it from reporting future abuses, but Reuters reported that a court-appointed official said this was “far too remote a competitive or business harm”. In the latest document, which is a motion to bring the case as a class action, the plaintiffs claimed Microsoft’s investigations team is “notorious… for ‘rubber-stamping’ management”, while employees have “little faith” in investigations. “While 238 complaints lodged with HR by professional women making careers at a Fortune 50 company is shocking enough, what is even more disappointing is the lackluster response to the issues raised by the Microsoft team (“ERIT”) tasked with investigating complaints of Microsoft’s anti-discrimination and antiharassment policy,” the document said. Furthermore, the plaintiffs alleged there isn’t a monitor for repeat offenders or retaliation against the complainant, and Redmond doesn’t mandate training in discrimination, anti-harassment or complaint handling. However, Microsoft’s opposition to the motion said that it spends $55m a year on “innovative diversity and inclusion programs”. It added it had introduced “mandatory company-wide unconscious bias training, and created a robust internal investigation process to address employee concerns”. Microsoft said in yesterday's filing that the plaintiffs’ claims were “simply not the stuff of which class actions are made”. It argued that the plaintiffs “seek to certify a class of extraordinary breadth” and fail to challenge “an identifiable discriminatory practice”, with the claims lacking “the hallmark of typicality” needed for a class action suit. There is no trial date for the case, and judge James Robart has yet to rule on a whether the plaintiffs will be allowed to bring a class action case against Redmond. Source
  22. Users complain of static IP issues, world of admin pain Microsoft’s Tuesday patch-fest may have reacted quite negatively with Windows Server 2008 R2 running VMware, leaving servers offline and administrators scrambling to recover IP addresses. Twitter user @Sikorsky78 noted the problem just after the patches hit: Before long, the forums were alive with harassed sys admins dealing with similar problems, with a number of Reddit threads springing up discussing the issue. The problem appears to afflict machines configured with static IP addresses. During the installation of the update the NIC is replaced by another configured for DHCP, potentially knocking the machine off the network. Administrators are reporting that rectifying the problem requires a little more effort than simply switching back from DHCP since the original NIC may still be present, just hidden. Microsoft has remained tightlipped on the issue, leaving it to users to work out what part of the update borked their carefully crafted networks. Reddit user “insufficient_funds” told The Register that test servers had been affected and posted a log file showing the NICs disappearing with the installation of KB4088875. Comment from discussion Patch Tuesday Megathread (2018-03-13). KB4088875 is a patch targeting systems running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 and, as well as Internet Explorer fixes, includes Spectre and Meltdown patches and security updates for Microsoft’s virtualisation technology, Hyper-V. Users are also reporting issues with KB4088878, which is a security-only update targeting the same configurations. The issue appears isolated to Windows Server 2008 R2 installations, with those running VMware VMs particularly hard hit. There are unconfirmed reports of Windows 7 users also experiencing problems with lost static IP addresses. It all sounds worryingly familiar to the first known issue with Microsoft’s inconvenience update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 when Microsoft said: The bulletin went on to provide a vbscript file for administrators to run. Because administrators just love running vbscript files on their installations. “We’re aware of reports and are working to address,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us. In the meantime, probably best to think very carefully before allowing these patches anywhere near a production environment, m’kay? Source
  23. A massive malware outbreak that last week infected nearly half a million computers with cryptocurrency mining malware in just a few hours was caused by a backdoored version of popular BitTorrent client called MediaGet. Dubbed Dofoil (also known as Smoke Loader), the malware was found dropping a cryptocurrency miner program as payload on infected Windows computers that mine Electroneum digital coins for attackers using victims' CPU cycles. Dofoil campaign that hit PCs in Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine on 6th March was discovered by Microsoft Windows Defender research department and blocked the attack before it could have done any severe damages. At the time when Windows Defender researchers detected this attack, they did not mention how the malware was delivered to such a massive audience in just 12 hours. However, after investigation Microsoft today revealed that the attackers targeted the update mechanism of MediaGet BitTorrent software to push its trojanized version (mediaget.exe) to users' computers. Researchers believe MediaGet that signed update.exe is likely to be a victim of the supply chain attack, similar to CCleaner hack that infected over 2.3 million users with the backdoored version of the software in September 2017. Also, in this case, the attackers signed the poisoned update.exe with a different certificate and successfully passed the validation required by the legitimate MediaGet. Once updated, the malicious BitTorrent software with additional backdoor functionality randomly connects to one (out of four) of its command-and-control (C&C) servers hosted on decentralized Namecoin network infrastructure and listens for new commands. It then immediately downloads CoinMiner component from its C&C server, and start using victims' computers mine cryptocurrencies for the attackers. Using C&C servers, attackers can also command infected systems to download and install additional malware from a remote URL. The researchers found that the trojanized BitTorrent client, detected by Windows Defender AV as Trojan:Win32/Modimer.A, has 98% similarity to the original MediaGet binary. Microsoft says behavior monitoring and AI-based machine learning techniques used by its Windows Defender Antivirus software have played an important role to detect and block this massive malware campaign. Source
  24. WUMT Wrapper Script 2.2.5

    WUMT Wrapper Script is used to launch Windows Update MiniTool and disable Windows Updates until you run it again avoiding unwanted reboots. The script auto-elevates and makes sure the Windows Update service is running, then runs the correct version (x86 or x64) of Windows Update MiniTool in "auto-search for updates" mode. After you close Windows Update MiniTool, it stops and disables the Windows Update service, and it won't run again until you run WUMT Wrapper Script next time. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Microsoft has once again removed Group Policies and registry tweaks on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home to protect Windows Updates from being disabled, among other things. As you're well aware, Windows Updates are important so this script, and the Windows Update MiniTool should be used by advanced users. This is distributed as text that you place in Notepad and save as a .cmd. Then you need Windows Updates in the same folder. We have done all of this for you, so all you need to do is download WUMT Wrapper Script.zip, extract to a folder and run Windows Update MiniTool.cmd as needed. Author's Desc + Script + Install Notes v2.2.5: Changes March 10, 2018 Script updated to v2.2.5 Improvements since v2.2.4 Fixed logic of rempl folder renaming in case of re-creation of rempl folder by subsequent updates. Changed order: now usoclient is disabled first, then remsh.exe Homepage Changelogs WUMT Wrapper Script @ Majorgeeks.com Download from Majorgeeks - WUMT Wrapper Script[Only latest build] + Windows Update MiniTool MajorGeeks - Mirror 1 MajorGeeks - Mirror 2
  25. Project Only Works In OOBE Mode. Recommend running the Query Tool "first" before installation, (See Notes below). 100+ OEM's: OEM included: • Acer • Advent • Action • Alienware • AOC • Aquarius • ASI •ASRock • Asus • ATcomputers • ASI • Bangho • Beko • BenQ • BGH-SA • ByteSpeed • Casper • CCE • chiliGREEN • Compaq • crea • CZC • Dell • Depo • digimix • ECS • eMachines • Epson • Equus • Everex • Excimer • EXO • Exper • Extra • Founder • FSC • Fujitsu • Gateway • Genuine • Gericom • Gigabyte • Greatwall • Haier • Hannspree • Hasee • Hampoo • HCL • Hedy • Higrade • HP • Hyrican • IBM • Impression • Infinity • Insys • Intelbras • iQon • Itautec • Jetway • JooyonTech • Kohjinsha • Kouziro • Kraftway • KSystems • Lanix • Lenovo • LG • M&A Technology • Maxdata • Mecer • Medion • Megaware • Mesh • Mitac • Mouse • MSI • NEC • Nokia • Olidata • Olivetti • Onkyo • OQO • Packard Bell • Panasonic • Paradigit • Paragon • Philco • Positivo • PowerSpec • Prolink • qbex • Quanmax • RMplc • Rover • Samsung • SCC • Semp Toshiba • Seneca • Sharp • Sony • Stone • Synnex • Systemax • Tangent • Targa • Tarox • TCL • TTL • Tongfang • Toshiba • Trigem • Twinhead • Velocity • Vestel • Viewsonic • viliv • WD Corporation • Wortmann • xplore • Zoostorm • ZT ~incl. Branding only: BioStar • Foxconn • Intel • M$ $urface • Novatech • VirtualBox • VMware • Hyper-V • Supermicro • XEN • QEMU • ZOTAC OEM's Branded = 130~ • BIOS Mode supported: Legacy MBR and/or UEFI GPT • You can force install 'ANY' brand theme by reading and using the Force_Theme_[readme].txt Editions supported for OEM Activation: • Server 2008 • Server 2008 R2 • Server 2012 • Server 2012 R2 • Win10... • Home • Pro • Win8.x... • Core • Pro • Win7..... • Starter • Home Basic • Home Premium • Pro • Ultimate • Vista..... • Starter • Home Basic • Home Premium • Business • Ultimate These should all brand providing DMI information is present. (N/KN/K/E/S/SN/G/GN and a few others.) Core, CoreN, CoreSingleLanguage, CoreConnectedSingleLanguage, SingleLanguage, CoreConnected. Cloud, CloudN (Windows 10 S) - Note needs special attention to work! Education, EducationN, EducationE, EducationK, EducationKN. Enterprise, EnterpriseN, EnterpriseE, EnterpriseSN, EnterpriseSN, EnterpriseK, EnterpriseKN, EnterpriseSubscription, EnterpriseSubscriptionN, EnterpriseG, EnterpriseGN. Ultimate, UltimateN, UltimateE, UltimateK, UltimateKN. Business, BusinessN, BusinessE, BusinessK, BusinessKN. Professional, ProfessionalWMC, ProfessionalN, ProfessionalE, ProfessionalK, ProfessionalKN, ProfessionalEducation, ProfessionalEducationN, ProfessionalCountrySpecific, ProfessionalSingleLanguage, ProfessionalWorkStation, ProfessionalWorkStationN. PPIPro - For Surface Pro. HomePremium, HomePremiumN, HomePremiumE, HomePremiumK, HomePremiumKN. HomeBasic, HomeBasicN, HomeBasicE, HomeBasicK, HomeBasicKN. Starter, StarterN, StarterE, StarterK, StarterKN. Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2, 2016 now branding, also some can now be OEM SLP activated!, see Server-ReadMe.txt for more details in MRP archive. Note: Some SKU/Editions may not 'exist' as such but have included them for conformity. Evaluation versions can be branded only. They cannot be activated. Objective - add $oem$ folder to .iso /usb. • $oem$ method can be used to apply activation & manufacturer brand to your Win10 • Win 8.x • Win 7 • Vista '.iso'/usb • NOTE:- PC needs (Win8.x and Win10 'OEM-DM' • Win7 '2.1 slic' • Vista '2.0 slic') bios to apply genuine oem activation. • Project includes optional Telemetry disabling, (WinTel.cmd), for all supported OS's and adds domains to block through Route commands. • Optional Retail activation method via online, if needed. How To: Win8.x|Win10 Place the downloaded '$oem$' folder in the 'sources' folder of your 'clean' iso, and add custom 'ei.cfg' file to the same 'sources' folder and edit|save iso. Windows will install the edition identified from 'ei.cfg' file. (Project 'Options' folder includes 'ei.cfg' instructions). OOBE.cmd will call tool that will extract embedded 'OEM-DM' key from bios (if exists), and apply the serial during installation. Note: Win8.x login background limitation, you cannot change system login background color to an external image. Note2: Win10 Login background is limited to user sign off only, not system wide. Win7 Place the downloaded '$oem$' folder in the 'sources' folder of your 'clean' iso, and delete the 'ei.cfg' file from the same 'sources' folder and edit|save iso... during install you will have option to select the edition of 'Win7' you want installed (ie. Starter • Home Basic • Home Premium • Pro • Ultimate)... if you don't delete 'ei.cfg' file, that's OK, just means whichever version the ISO was for will install by default, (Home/Pro etc). Vista Place the downloaded '$oem$' folder in the 'sources' folder of your 'clean' iso, and delete the 'PID.txt' file (if exists) from the same 'sources' folder and edit|save iso... during install you will have option to select the edition of 'Vista' you want installed (ie. Starter • Home Basic • Home Premium • Business • Ultimate)... if you don't delete 'PID.txt' file, that's OK, just means serial used on that file will determine edition installed. Server Editions Place the downloaded '$oem$' folder in the 'sources' folder of your 'clean' iso, and edit|save iso... during install select the edition of 'Server' you want installed making sure it has the GUI installation, NOT the core only version! • Please read the 'Server-ReadMe.txt' file included in the download folder, for additional information. • Please read the 'readme' files included in the downloaded archives for additional information. • "UltraISO" recommended to edit|save your .iso, preserving 'bootable' image. Screenshot - shared by hacker7: Result: in Vmware VirusTotal Results: OEM Query Tool: (Due to compilation method. False positive, it is safe) Multi OEM Project: (Due to extraction method. False positive, it is safe) 'IMPORTANT - Read Me.txt' file within the project's folder for any latest changes etc. Credit: Special thanks to mxman2k for making this happen -The_Guardian for allowing me to keep the project alive. -Collaborative effort for Win 10 telemetry. -Alphawaves = Creating needed tools and advice. -alexwilson = Sharing Win10 logon background method. -Daz = Help and advice. -xinso = Scripting help and testing. -abbodi1406 = Scripting help with project and query tool. -FreeStyler = Cert Collection. -s1ave77 = Scripting help, MSDM key information/scripting. Many thanks. -hmmurdock = Scripting advice. -elnenedelinares = OEM contributor. -ZerOx16x = OEM contributor. -Baltagy = OEM contributor and BETA testing many project revisions. -555LE = OEM contributor. -M&J = Testing. -EFA11 = Additional reg file for Win10 f8 function. {R.I.P EFA11}. -l30 = Testing. -Snuffy = Testing. -apologized = Testing. Server branding beta testing/reports, many thanks for your help. -Mr.X = Testing, OEM contributor, Glitch finder!, Beta tester. -Tito = Vmware bios help. -rockyanexpert = Testing and useful info regarding Win10 Anniversary Builds. -user_hidden = For 7zip compression information. -Enthousiast = Testing, reports, more testing. -MMIKEE = Bug hunting, testing and reports. -twiztidwolf = OEM contributor. -mad_max = Reporting the critical dummy/corrupt MSDM table bug, feedback. -tcntad = Reporting the Server 2016 Desktop Experience error. -b01m = Reporting a glitch in the "Switched Edition's" area in the Query Tool, also for testing the QT. -JanCerny = Supermicro OEM theme set. -bhtbht - Bug report. -Other MDL members who contributed to the original and new project. -Bob 65536 for the KeyInfo.xx.exe program that made the MSDM check/info happen. Many thanks Bob. And finally a big thanks to you for using the OEM Project and to those that give reports and feedback. Note: Important: If you use a 3rd party 'homebrew' ISO for installing Windows from such groups as Gen2 please be aware that due to their 'pre-activation' and 'OEM additions' this may cause your install to fail or 'hang' due to conflicts with MRP. Changelog Summary: + Updated quite a few bits of code. Error checks and some routines adjusted. + Updated the BIOS/BOOT mode line with more accurate detection information. + Enhanced PID.TXT and Retail.txt detection's. For more detailed information see the Changelog. Got to test stage 10 as always thanks to @Enthousiast for helping test MRP85, this one was fun. Released earlier than mentioned as only a few little refinements was needed. Mainly in error checking and a few re-wordings here and there. Download+source: Site: https://justpaste.it Sharecode[?]: /1i3p9 Update with info: