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  1. 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 >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***
  2. Windows 10 RTM [Activation Via Phone Or KMS] Windows 10 Activation Via KMS --> Download Links: Windows 10 Version 1607 RS1 (Anniversary Update) RTM ISO ==================================================================== 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 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) 2017.01.08 [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 AAct v3.2 Portable by Ratiborus MSActBackUp Portable v1.0.9 by Ratiborus Reactivating Windows 10 after hardware change WinPE 10-8 Sergei Strelec (x86/x64/Native x86) 2017.01.08 English Win 10 PRO Retail & Volume License Edition With a Digital Entitlement Activation Windows Update MiniTool Office 2013-2016 C2R Installer v5.9.1 By Ratiborus - [Office Retail Edition Customization Tool] KMS Tools 12.01.2017 Portable By Ratiborus KMSAuto Net 2016 1.4.9 Portable by Ratiborus Troubleshoot for those can not get Installation ID right for successful activation with working keys How System Restore & Factory Reset Work in Windows 10 PIDKey Lite v1.28a Portable by Ratiborus RU EN PIDKey v2.1.2 Build 1017 by Ratiborus How to download optional file (s) from multiple Magnet Link Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 10 USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10 How to Enable / Disable Windows 10 Windows Automatic Updates ShowKeyPlus v. 1.0.5835 Quick Reminder ** For those who fails Windows / Office restore activation All Windows  Keys Activation Suitability List WebAct By Ratiborus [MS Online **Retail Keys** Activation Application Alternative To Skype Call] All Microsoft Product Phone Activation [How To Change Installation ID Without Changing Product Key] How to complete Uninstall KMS Activator & KMS Server If you have already change Installation ID via same key use this work-around KeyCheck By Ratiborus Instruction and Download Link When I execute slmgr /ato, it shows Error:0xC004C003 The activation server determined the specified product key is blocked" Windows 10 - Clean Install Step by Step full instruction Install Windows 10 with a local account Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 How To Automatically Login In Windows 10 Windows Defender - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 Upgrading from Windows 10 Home Edition to Pro Edition & From Both Edition To Enterprise Windows 10 notify you before downloading or installing Windows Updates Skype for mobile -Download Links How to Delete Windows & Office Key(s) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How to clean install Windows 10 directly without upgrade Reminder --- UK Call Center operation system slightly has changed Download, Install And Register Skype & Calls are Worldwide Free To MS Activation Center Some Tips and Guide About Requesting Confirmation ID Calling UK getting error `System could not process your entry` Alternative USA Number Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers Simple Practice Calling Microsoft & Activating Your Product Via Phone Some of the English Speaking Microsoft Product Activation Toll Free Number Windows Media Center on Windows 10 - x86-x64 %5BUnofficial%5D Configure telemetry and other settings in your organization WICleanup – Windows Installer unused files cleanup tool Self Service Online Confirmation ID Verification Via Microsoft Mobileweb Windows 10 Default Installation Keys How to create and open Sharecode.! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- .. november_ra1n 02 August 2015 ..
  3. 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] Supported operating systems Windows 7 Ultimate Windows 7 Ultimate E Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Professional E Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 7 Home Premium E Windows 7 Home Basic Windows 7 Starter Windows 7 Starter E Windows Vista Ultimate Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Business N Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Basic N Windows Vista Starter Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (Without Hyper-V) Windows Server 2008 Foundation Windows Server 2008 Standard Windows Small Business Server 2008 Windows Storage Server 2008 Standard Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Windows Home Server 2011 Windows Server 2012 Standard Windows Server 2012 Essentials Windows Server 2012 Foundation Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Standard Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Premium Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard What is new: Version 2.2.2 (04/02/2014) * Added support for Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems * Added a valid OEM SLP key for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (it was taken from a Dell server) * Added a warning for virtual machines created in VirtualBox that are using Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 (use ICH9 for the loader to work) * Allowed the loader to be installed onto Xen again (if it doesn't work for you then it can't be fixed) * Added lots of new keys, SLIC's and certificates * Cleaned up the UI * Other minor tweaks and fixes * Other minor tweaks and fixes EXE MD5: 323c0fd51071400b51eedb1be90a8188EXE SHA-1: 0efc35935957c25193bbe9a83ab6caa25a487ada http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/1RTQXFOX/Windows_Loader_v2.2.2-Daz.rar_links ======================================================================================================================= Backup/Restore Windows 7 Activation - Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3 Using This Program: Advanced Tokens Manager, is very simple to use, you simply have a folder with the program, run it, press Backup button, wait for the return of success After the procedure, save the folder, and make sure that the following files Executable Backup Folder It's necessary to restore activation at a future installation * For silent restore, put /S argument and check the following files are saved in the Backup folder, the silent backup is working only with windows activation config.ini tokens.dat "BBBBB" Product Key is shown, What ? This is return, is an MAK Key, or other key hidden in the Registry, and not has been decoded by application No problems, the application will shown an window for you enter the correct product key for an trusted backup Please have sure of input product key If received key is wrong, the restore can't work Is shown the last 5 characters of real product key for you input Error extracting product key at the kernel ? - You can receive this return when backup any activation, probably 2 problems: You not have any product key installed on the product Your install is corrupted and impossible to extract the product key - How can I solve ? Try restart the system Repair your installs Latest Release Changelog: v3.3 [2011/10/29] - Solid Hybrid Core Code, really, all is worked without any system file dependency [ Before, it needs of the Slmgr.vbs and Ospp.vbs, not needed more ] - Hard worked all application, Fixed all detected bugs, tested with many OS Versions and Licenses - By improvements, the estimated time for Windows Restore is ~ 5min and ~ 1min for Office - If detected key match with decoded found key, you not need to enter the real pkey - Using advanced Config.ini file detection, and return code for invalid file - Improved the compatibility with Office 2010 family [ Project / Visio ] - Full-Written based in WMI Console, not depends of any script - Added backup checks for the sure of the backed-up files - Added Pkey check after install, for better return code - Now refresh directly with kernel all activation system - Solved the problems with missing script file - Added return codes for Registry Restore - Improved GUI with 120 DPI Display mode - Reworked backup / restore modules - Optimized thread calls structure - Clean the memory after restore - Optimized new code-structure - Improved restore timeload - Improved Backup detection - Optimized backup time - Corrected UI Errors - Improved APP-Load - Fixed core code Name: Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3.exeSize: 3.17 MBCRC32: 573B78D5MD5: 20ACC86957A0DE7C9BBD66116F4F27FFSHA-1: AE76D74879F5BC87CDF7D9906CA0F8E750F2BBF9 Download Link http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/CISZFWBJ/Advanced_Tokens_Manager_v3.3.rar_links Detail Instruction Of Advanced Tokens Manager
  4. 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: ******** *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** 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.!
  5. MSDN

    Update : This Post is Active Now ! No doubt november_ra1n is Awesome and i am also a BIG FAN of HIM but sometimes, it feels that my download links should be directly from the Developer. So, here anyone can request MSDN's Original Downloads Links for almost all Microsoft Products (except some VL Editions) and anyone can provide Download Links only via PM [Private Message] directly to requester. Edit-3 : Time for some more instructions as the thread is GROWING so the headache is. Please Visit the following link and find your desired content then make a request in the given example format only : MSDN Product Download Library Page Example Correct Request Format : ============================================================================= How to find desired M$ product in MSDN Download Library : ================================================================================================================== How to find desired M$ product's #FileID in MSDN Download Library : ========================================================================================================================================= Bonus Tip : Update : Since anyone can Download Most of Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 & 10's editions from Microsoft's Official TechBench program Webpage with a Little Exercise, i ADDED the asf's Thread because this one is also providing Direct Download Links (identical to MSDN) from the Developer itself..Remember !! that was the MAIN PURPOSE behind this thread. It will help some requesters as well as me also (because of Lack of Time, i am unable to reply most of time). CREDITS : @asf PS :
  6. Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 Pro Plus Activation Guides & Tools Microsoft Office 2010 Pro All Product MAK Keys Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 Download >>> Microsoft Office 2010 With SP1 RTM VL EN ISO [Original From VLSC]-FTP Direct Download Links Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 with Service Pack 1 Volume License Edition (x64/x86) [MULTI LANGUAGES] - Torrent Download Link >>> Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 With Service Pack 1 Volume License Edition (x64/x86) [MULTI LANGUAGES] - Torrent Download Link ================================================================================================================= 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: B1322D44A55985DB2CE22AA08B7A57A7SHA-1: 0AE46DDE574D4E3BBB28E11023163E7C3191AA02This hashes are hashes of the rar file, not of the files inside the rar. Download Link http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/1KZ3JN6I/O2K10ICS143.zip_links ================================================================================================================= How To Activate Microsoft Office 2010 ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Credit: CODYQX4 [MDL] ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Features: Using This Program: Latest Release Changelog: v3.3 [2011/10/29] - Solid Hybrid Core Code, really, all is worked without any system file dependency [ Before, it needs of the Slmgr.vbs and Ospp.vbs, not needed more ] - Hard worked all application, Fixed all detected bugs, tested with many OS Versions and Licenses - By improvements, the estimated time for Windows Restore is ~ 5min and ~ 1min for Office - If detected key match with decoded found key, you not need to enter the real pkey - Using advanced Config.ini file detection, and return code for invalid file - Improved the compatibility with Office 2010 family [ Project / Visio ] - Full-Written based in WMI Console, not depends of any script - Added backup checks for the sure of the backed-up files - Added Pkey check after install, for better return code - Now refresh directly with kernel all activation system - Solved the problems with missing script file - Added return codes for Registry Restore - Improved GUI with 120 DPI Display mode - Reworked backup / restore modules - Optimized thread calls structure - Clean the memory after restore - Optimized new code-structure - Improved restore timeload - Improved Backup detection - Optimized backup time - Corrected UI Errors - Improved APP-Load - Fixed core code Homepage - http://www.joshcellsoftwares.com/2011/09/AdvancedTokensManager.htm Name: Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3.exeSize: 3.17 MBCRC32: 573B78D5MD5: 20ACC86957A0DE7C9BBD66116F4F27FFSHA-1: AE76D74879F5BC87CDF7D9906CA0F8E750F2BBF9 Download Link http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/CISZFWBJ/Advanced_Tokens_Manager_v3.3.rar_links Detail Instruction Of Advanced Tokens Manager ================================================================================================================= Additional Tools & Info ================================================================================================================= Requirements NET Framework 3.5 (or higher versions) Version Improvement: Supports Office 2013 IUpdate: Updated update check Download Link http://pxc-coding.com/downloads/office-key-remover/Office-Key-Remover- ================================================================================================================= 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 =================================================================================================================
  7. Microsoft Reduces the Amount of Telemetry Data Collected from Windows 10 PCs Other privacy changes implemented for Microsoft users First and foremost, Microsoft is introducing a new privacy dashboard on the web that lets users see and manage privacy data, including search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook - information that the digital assistant requires to provide a more personal experience. In order to access this dashboard, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account and connect to account.microsoft.com/privacy, with Redmond promising to add more functionality and categories over time. Windows 10 changes As far as Windows 10 is concerned, Microsoft is announcing a new setup experience for users who install the new OS. The new option replaces the previous Express settings presented during the Windows 10 install, Microsoft says. Those upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8 or performing a new clean install should be able to see what Microsoft describes as “simple but important settings,” while those who are already on Windows 10 will be asked to update privacy settings with a notification. These new settings will make their debut with the Creators Update, and will be integrated into an insider build shipping soon. The telemetry settings in Windows 10 will be simplified from three different levels to just two, namely Basic and Full. The Enhanced level will no longer be offered, and users who picked this one will be prompted to switch to Basic or Full after installing the Creators Update. But what’s more important is that the Basic level will collect a reduced amount of telemetry data from Windows 10 computers, according to Microsoft. “This includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows. We use this data to help keep Windows and apps secure, up-to-date, and running properly when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also includes basic error reporting back to Microsoft,” the firm says. Users will be given full control over their privacy settings and will obviously be allowed to change them at a later time from the Settings app in Windows 10. Source
  8. No Kidding: Windows XP Has Just as Many Users as Windows 10 in China StatCounter shows Windows XP is shockingly popular in China China is one particular market where Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular desktop operating systems, despite the obvious security risks that increase every new day without patches. Statistics provided by third-party research firm StatCounter provide us with a worrying look at how widely-adopted Windows XP continues to be in China, even though users are strongly recommended to switch to a newer OS version, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, all of which are still supported. And what’s even worse is that despite the fact that Windows 10 was available free of charge for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Microsoft was so aggressive in moving users to its latest OS, Windows XP continues to be super-popular. And StatCounter claims that XP has almost as many users as Windows 10. Windows 7 still number one Specifically, Windows 7 is leading the pack (no surprise here) with 49.36 percent share, followed by the Windows 10 - Windows XP duo with 18.52 percent and 18.36 percent, respectively. Windows 8.1 is so far behind that it’s almost not even worth mentioning in these stats, as it’s powering only 3.35 percent of the desktop computers in the country. MacOS is very close with 3.16 percent, while Windows 8 is installed on only 1.02 percent of the PCs in China. It goes without saying that convincing users to migrate to the latest version of Windows is more difficult in China than anywhere else, and with Windows 7 still powering nearly 1 in 2 PCs in the country, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the software giant will once experience a Windows XP moment. There are voices who claim that old Windows remains particularly popular in China because of pirated versions, but at this point, it’s as easy to find a pirated copy of Windows 10 as it is for Windows XP. In other words, piracy can hardly be considered a reason for sticking with Windows XP, but rather outdated hardware that doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 10. Source
  9. I think I repaired Outlook to work correctly with no crashes. I navigated to here: X:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 X is your location drive, usually C. In search I typed Scanpst.exe and then ran this software. It gave me this: C:\Users\Lee\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\[email protected] [email protected] is an example of an email, not an actual email account. I ran it and it either repaired the email account or told me it did not need a repair. So I did them all and it also pastes a .bak also in case you change your mind or does still cause errors. I got a fault when opening Outlook, said something wrong with an email .ost so I cancelled repairing it again, removed it and then reinstalled the email. I still have around twenty (20) emails to add, soon as I have sorted out that I will also check if they need a repair. So that's what I did to sort out my problems.
  10. Windows 10 Share “Soon With” Ads Microsoft plans to roll out the upcoming Windows 10 feature update Creators Update with a new Share UI, and will push ads in that UI. Microsoft is working on the next feature update for Windows 10 called the Creators Update. The new version of Windows 10 will be made available in April 2017 according to latest projections, and it will introduce a series of new features and changes to the operating system. The built-in Share functionality of Windows 10 will be updated in the Creators Update as well. We talked about this when the first screenshots of the new user interface leaked. The core change is that the Share user interface will open up in the center of the screen instead of the sidebar. Along with the change come ads. If you take a look at the following screenshot, courtesy of Twitter user Vitor Mikaelson (via Winaero), you see the Box application listed as one of the available share options even though it is not installed on the device (and never was according to Vitor). The suggested app is listed right in the middle of the share interface, and not at the bottom. Microsoft uses the Share UI to promote Windows Store applications. This is one of the ways for Microsoft to increase the visibility of the operating system's built-in Store. The Share UI is not the first, and likely not the last, location to receive ads on Windows 10. Ads are shown on Windows 10's lockscreen, and in the Windows 10 start menu for instance. While it is possible to disable the functionality, it is turned on by default. Ads in the Share UI will likely be powered by the same system which means that you will be able to turn these ads off in the Settings. Microsoft is not the only company that uses recommendations in their products to get users to install other products. I'm not fond of this as I don't like it that these suggestions take away space. While I don't use the Share UI at all, I do use the Start Menu. The recommendations there take away space from programs and applications that I have installed or am using. Yes, it is easy enough to turn these off, and that's what I did as I have no need for them. Should I ever run into a situation where I require functionality, say sharing to Box, I'd search for a solution and find it. I can see these recommendations being useful to inexperienced users however who may appreciate the recommendations. There is a debate going on currently whether to call these promotions advertisement, or recommendations / suggestions. Now You: What's your take on these? How do you call them? Source
  11. Windows 7 (Not Windows 10) Wins 2016 Stats show Windows 7 dominated the past year And while Microsoft itself also admitted that it was wrong to become so pushy on Windows 10 upgrades, statistics show that despite all of these, it’s still Windows 7 the desktop operating system that was number one last year. NetMarketShare data for 2016 shows that Windows 7 clearly dominated the year despite Microsoft’s push for Windows 10, despite the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and despite the so many new devices launched with Windows 10. Windows 7 clearly survived the Windows 10 offensive and according to this data, it achieved a market share in 2016 of no less than 49.10 percent, which means that it was running on 1 in 2 PCs across the world. Windows 7 has long powered 50 percent of the world’s PCs, but everyone expected it to collapse following the release of Windows 10. Small impact following free Windows 10 upgrades Windows 7’s performance throughout the year was full of ups and downs, but the lowest market share it dropped to was 47.01 percent in July, so it didn’t actually collapse as so many people projected to happen. The biggest market share was in February when it was at 52.34 percent. Without a doubt, Windows 10 did have an impact on Windows 7’s market share, but its effects were pretty limited. Windows 10 benefitted from the huge adoption boost generated by the free upgrade, but as this promo ended, Windows 7 also started recovering. For example, in July 2016 when Microsoft ended the free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, Windows 7 was running on 47.01 percent of desktop computers across the world, but next month it started increasing by achieving 47.25 percent. The biggest market share post-free Windows 10 upgrades was recorded in October - 48.38 percent. Support for Windows 7 comes to an end in January 2020, and it goes without saying that Microsoft will have a super-difficult job to convince users to upgrade. The next few OS upgrades, such as the Creators Update and the Redstone 3, will be essential for Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, as they have the impossible mission of moving users from Windows 7 to the latest OS. Source
  12. Windows XP Is Growing Bigger Again (No, Seriously) Stats show Windows XP increased its share in December For some users out there, Windows XP seems to be just like a bottle of fine wine: the older it is, the better is gets, and people somehow still find a good reason to install it. Living proof is the latest batch of statistics provided by NetMarketShare for the month of December 2016, which shows that Windows XP actually recovered last month and is again running on more than 9 percent of the world’s desktop computers. Specifically, Windows XP continues to be the world’s third most popular desktop OS, but what’s more worrying is that it’s actually increasing its market share, so instead of giving up on it, some people actually decide to deploy this OS on their computers. Ups and downs (but mostly ups) Windows XP no longer receives support since April 2014, which means that Microsoft is no longer patching vulnerabilities that it finds in the operating system. Instead, users who are still running Windows XP become vulnerable to attacks, as cybercriminals can always attempt to exploit vulnerabilities that they discover in the OS and which are left unfixed. For what it’s worth, Windows XP has been on a declining trend ever since Microsoft pulled support, but there were months when it actually recovered for reasons we can’t actually understand. For example, Windows XP dropped from 10.09 percent in May 2016 to 9.78 percent the next month, before growing to 10.34 percent once again in July. Declines were recorded until November when it recorded a growth from 8.27 percent the month before to 8.63 percent. And this growth continued in December to reach 9.07 percent. This means that in just two months, an operating system that no longer receives updates since 2014 increased from 8.27 percent to 9.07 percent, in a time when Microsoft is pushing for everyone to adopt Windows 10. It goes without saying that everyone on Windows XP should consider updating to newer Windows as soon as possible because the security risks are obvious. And yet, we’re pretty sure that Windows XP will continue to be around for a while. Source
  13. Windows 7 Now Growing Faster than Windows 10 Windows 7 once again heading back to 50 percent market share NetMarketShare data for the month of December 2016 shows that Windows 7 not only that remains the leading operating system for PCs, but it’s also increasing its market share. And what’s worse for Microsoft is that it grows at a faster pace than Windows 10. Last month, Windows7 remained the leading desktop operating system with a market share of 48.34 percent, followed by Windows 10 with 24.36 percent. Windows XP was third with 9.07 percent, while Windows 8.1 was next with 6.90 percent. Specifically, Windows 10 improved its share from 23.72 percent in November to 24.36 percent in December, which means that it posted a growth of 0.64 percent. Windows 7, on the other hand, recorded an increase of 1.17 percent from 47.17 percent to 48.34 percent. Slower upgrade pace The results are particularly worrying for Microsoft especially because these stats were collected in December, a month when new device activations typically increase during Christmas. If Microsoft wants to see the glass half full, then Windows 10 clearly keeps growing, although it’s very obvious that it does it at a slower pace than before. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and it experienced a huge boost in adoption trends from the very beginning thanks to the free upgrade offer aimed at Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but also due to what many described as a too aggressive upgrade campaign. Now that Windows 10 is no longer offered free of charge, the pace at which users upgrade to the new OS has clearly slowed down, but the worst news for Microsoft comes from the Windows 7 front. At this point, Windows 7 should become Microsoft’s main concern, as the operating system will reach end of support in 2020 and there’s a good chance that millions of users will still be running it at that point. Source
  14. Update: An earlier version of this story reported that Capossela was interviewed by Softpedia. While Softpedia was reported elsewhere as originating the story, the actual interview was done by Windows Weekly. ExtremeTech regrets the error. From mid-2015 to 2016, Microsoft ran two simultaneous experiments. First, it made Windows 10 free and available to anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Second, it began an aggressive campaign to push people to upgrade. First Windows 10 became a “Recommended” download instead of an optional one. As time passed, reports of people being ‘accidentally’ upgraded to the new OS increased, while Microsoft made various changes to the “Get Windows 10” app that emphasized the need to upgrade and downplayed the idea that customers had a choice. The issue came to a head when Microsoft issued a Get Windows 10 update that completely changed how the program worked. For the previous 10 months, declining an upgrade was as simple as clicking on the red X in the upper right-hand corner of the message box. After Microsoft’s update, clicking the red X did nothing. Users who thought they had dismissed the upgrade option woke up a few hours or days later to find their systems running an operating system they hadn’t intended to install. The people most likely to be affected by the problem were those who had spent 10 months actively avoiding Windows 10, which only added fuel to the fire. This was the GWX.exe screen that got the company attacked for malware-like behavior. An earlier version of the Get Windows 10 application. Clicking the X in this version was treated as notification that the user did not wish to upgrade. Microsoft changed course within a month, but the company took a PR beating. Now, even Microsoft executives are agreeing that their update was more than a bridge too far. In an interview with Windows Weekly, Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, called the weeks between Microsoft’s initial patch update and the eventual decision to reverse course on the malware-like installer “very painful.” He continues: We know we want people to be running Windows 10 from a security perspective, but finding the right balance where you’re not stepping over the line of being too aggressive is something we tried and for a lot of the year I think we got it right, but there was one particular moment in particular where, you know, the red X in the dialog box which typically means you cancel didn’t mean cancel. And within a couple of hours of that hitting the world, with the listening systems we have we knew that we had gone too far and then, of course, it takes some time to roll out the update that changes that behavior. And those two weeks were pretty painful and clearly a lowlight for us. We learned a lot from it obviously. I think Capossela might be surprised at how many people viewed the previous iterations of Get Windows 10 as ‘going too far,’ but that’s beside the point. The larger question is why Microsoft ever thought it would be ok to switch how the application functioned after 10 months. Either Capossela is lying about Microsoft’s internal discussion of the topic or Microsoft doesn’t allow criticism of its decisions to percolate high enough in the company to inform its executive teams. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that changing how the “Do not install Windows 10 on my computer” process would inevitably result in a great many unwanted upgrades. The claim that it takes weeks to test an update to Windows Update is disingenuous as well. First, Microsoft could’ve fallen back to the old, previously-approved update and pulled the malware-style version of Windows 10 immediately. The company allowed the situation to go on for several weeks because it wanted to push as many people as possible on to Windows 10. Second, there’s the idea that Microsoft “learned a lot from it.” Microsoft has been writing software literally longer than I’ve been alive. Throughout the past year, we’ve seen repeated problems with the Windows 10 patch cycle. When Redmond launched Windows 10, it initially planned to kill patch notes altogether until pushback from enterprise customers forced the company to change its plans. It beggars belief that Microsoft just realized that people actually find patch notes useful given that the company has decades of experience writing software for large enterprises. It’s all well and good for a corporation to promise that its learning from mistakes, but it’s awful hard to believe such promises when the mistakes in question violate basic principles of software design and customer service. It’s not hard to realize that changing how a program works without fully informing the end user will lead said users to be unhappy with your product. Source: Microsoft finally admits that its malware-style Get Windows 10 upgrade campaign went too far (ExtremeTech) Poster note: Changed Windows Weekly link at top of article to actually point to Windows Weekly. Original link was to a Carry Fisher heart attack story on Gizmodo
  15. All Microsoft Product Phone Activation [How To Change Installation ID Without Changing Product Key] Why and when we need to change Installation ID 1. When you make activating Windows during call via Skype cause you may be given wrong answer one of the question you have been asked, your Installation ID will be blocked there is no way you can activate unless you change the Installation ID. Changing the key automatickly gives you different Installation ID but there are times there is only one key available to activate your Windows. 2. Since MS announce Windows 8.1 RTM looks they have tighten the security specially activating Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition can be problematic activation only one Installation ID and you have only one key. It sound weird but there is a time using same installation ID you can get verified or not verified depends on the calling center you are using or you calling them different time, its like luck or your chance. Here is the Instruction you can get second or even third Installation ID using same Product Key. Here is the usual way how to get First Installation ID you all probably know about it i repeat for the reference: 1. Use daily updated working Product Keys... [Posted on first page] 2. Type this script and hit Enter slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 3. Right click the start menu and choose "command prompt (admin) Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. 4. UK Activation Center: [+448000188354] - I suggest use UK Call Center cause i am getting better success result using this number.....! 5. You probably succecsfully getting verified with first attempt but if you fail with first ID NO PANIC.....! ======================================================================================== Getting Second Installation ID with same Product Key: 2.1. Right click Windows start button select Run or WIN + R 2.2. Type devmgmt.msc 2.3. When you come to the Device Manager Disable Network Adapters 2.4. Go back to Command Prompt With Admin Type this script and hit Enter slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 2.5. Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. After this you will get different Installation ID with same Product Key then you can carry on dialling Microsoft Call Center to get Confirmation ID 2.6. After activation you can re enable Network Adapters back again ======================================================================================== Getting Third Installation ID with same Product Key: 3.1. This time we are going to Disable Sound Card Driver on Device Manager to order to get third Installation ID 3.2. Once Again: slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 3.3. Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. 3.4. Finally you can call MS again try your luck Third time. Note: I only test Network Adapter & Sound Card you may even find more Device to disable to get some more installation ID..... : ) 3.5. Re enable Sound Card Driver back again. ======================================================================================== Getting Fourth Installation ID with same Product Key: Disable& Uninstall IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers and getting another Installation ID There is one more way getting different installation ID using same Microsoft Product Key. 1. Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\ Device Manager >>>> Click IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers 2a. Right click the device driver if you see Disable Option click 2b. If there is no Disable Option available then Uninstall Option [No Panic after activation DONE you can re install again] 3. After Disable / Uninstall Driver get another ID and finalize the activation... 4. After successfully activate you can unable the driver if you uninstall then go to the Action Tub then Click Scan for hardware changes you will see driver will re install again after scan done. Best Of Luck. *** If you have tried both option still can not get verify last option TRY TO DISABLE BOTH INTERNET ADAPTER AND SOUND CARD....!! *** Thanks for MasterZeus tips for getting different installation ID. november_ra1n 25 September 2013
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  17. KB 3201845 isn't listed on the Win10 update history page, but the cumulative update can still be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog Credit: Kate Ter Haar This past week has seen a bizarre turn of events for those who are using the most recent version of Windows 10, the Anniversary Update, version 1607. On Friday, Dec. 9, Microsoft released a cumulative update for version 1607. As I described last Friday, cumulative update KB 3201845 brings Windows 10 version 1607 up to build 14393.479. I installed it through Windows Update on two Win10 1607 machines (see screenshot). But for reasons unknown, Microsoft didn't update its official Windows 10 update history page to mention the new version. KB 3201845 was, and is, available for download from the Microsoft Update Catalog. But the associated KB article was pulled down last night. Going to the KB location brings up a "This page doesn't exist" notification. When KB 3201845 was first released, many of us wondered why Microsoft would push out a cumulative update just a few days before Patch Tuesday (or the "B Week Tuesday" in Microsoft-speak). It doesn't make any sense, even though KB 3201845 has been around in the Windows Insider Preview Release ring since Nov. 30. Now, it appears references to the patch have simply been swept away. KB 3201845 has a bad rap. Many "news" sites report that it causes the "Wi-Fi doesn't have a valid IP configuration" internet disconnect bug when, in fact, the patch has nothing to do with the bug. I see reports even today that the patch caused IP addresses to be reassigned to 196.x.x.x, but that isn't the case. What happened to KB 3201845? I doubt that we'll ever know. But tomorrow expect a Patch Tuesday cumulative update for version 1607 that will obviate the need for KB 3201845. Let's see how history is re-written. As for the internet disconnect bug -- I still don't have any idea what caused it, or why Win10 1607 machines suddenly started spontaneously disconnecting on Dec. 7. Microsoft has posted a banner on every support.microsoft.com page saying "If you are experiencing issues connecting to the internet we recommend you restart your PC," but there's been no mention of why or how the problem started, and when or if it will be fixed. Source: Microsoft pulls KB article 3201845 for Windows 10 14393.479 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard) Microsoft pulls the KB article for last week’s Win10 1607 cumulative update, KB 3201845, version 14393.479 (AskWoody) UPDATE: The article is back up again! It’s been down all day, but suddenly re-appeared late Monday afternoon. It still isn’t listed on the Win10 update page. Does anybody know what’s going on???
  18. Scammers Can Use Microsoft Edge Security Feature to Display Fake Warnings Security researcher finds way to abuse SmartScreen Manuel Caballero explains in a blog post that Microsoft Edge has a vulnerability that allows ms-appx: and ms-appx-web: commands to generate fake alerts very similar to the one issued by SmartScreen and which could be used in more complex schemes. For example, the attackers can use these warnings to convince unsuspecting victims to call a phone number, where phone scammers would attempt to steal users’ information. “As a bonus, when we place a telephone-like number, a link is automatically created so the user can call us with a single click. Very convenient for these scammers,” the researcher notes. Microsoft’s SmartScreen SmartScreen is a feature that’s available in both Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer, but this bug has been demonstrated only in the default Windows 10 browser. In essence, SmartScreen is a super helpful feature that keeps users protected from websites that could be used to spread malware. “SmartScreen checks the sites you visit against a dynamic list of reported phishing sites and malicious software sites. If it finds a match, SmartScreen will show you a warning letting you know that the site has been blocked for your safety,” Microsoft explains. Microsoft is working hard to improve browser security in Edge, so it goes without saying that this is going to be fixed for sure in the coming updates. Edge receives updates on a regular basis and large OS updates, such as the upcoming Creators Update, bring a plethora of improvements for the browser, including features and fixes that are specifically supposed to make the app faster, more reliable and secure. Source Dear $h*t MS & Sh*tya Nudella, Don't ever tell Win 10 is secure than older or other OS'.
  19. Dropbox Comes To Xbox One Dropbox is one of my favorite services -- something I am happy to pay for monthly. There are many cloud storage solutions out there, but I chose it for a very specific reason -- cross-platform compatibility. On a daily basis, I use iOS, Fedora, and Windows 10. Heck, I just ordered one of those fancy new MacBook Pro laptops too. Regardless of the operating system I choose, I know Dropbox will work for me. Today, Dropbox comes to another platform and it is rather exciting. The Xbox One gets an app for the storage platform, letting you view photos and videos. If you own Microsoft's console, and back up your family photos to Dropbox (as I do), you can now easily view them on your big TV screen. How cool is that? "We've made it easy to access all of your files from your computers, phones, and tablets. Today, we're bringing Dropbox to the biggest screen in your house with our new app for Xbox One. It’s the first universal Windows app for cloud storage on the gaming console, letting you view and share your photos, videos, and other files from the cloud -- right on your TV", says Dropbox. The company shares the following capabilities of the app. Manage all of your files with a new interface optimized for TVs, using a gamepad or media remote Upload and comment on files, and easily share them with friends Stream your home videos directly from the Dropbox app, without downloading them, saving space on your hard drive As someone who owns an Xbox One -- and has it hooked up in my living room -- this is great news. The next time I have friends or family over, we can view photos and videos without passing around a phone or tablet. This should contribute to a much more communal experience. If you want to give it a go, you can download it on your Xbox One today. Sorry, Xbox 360 owners, it looks like you'll have to sit this one out. Source
  20. Tests Reveal the Best Antivirus to Clean Up an Infected Windows PC AV-TEST reveals most effective security products in case of a malware infection on a Windows 7 computer Security institute AV-TEST has posted the preliminary results of an endurance test that’s supposed to help determine the most efficient security products that can repair an infected system and remove malware. The tests were performed on Windows 7 and they will continue for another six months, so these are just preliminary figures collected from the first part of the research. Two security solutions managed to remove all samples of malware and achieve a total system repair score of 100 percent: Avira Antivirus Pro and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Kaspersky Internet Security 2016 and Symantec’s Norton Security were next with a clean-up rate of 99.2 percent, as they removed 39 samples of malware from the infected systems. Microsoft’s Security Essentials got the worst score Unfortunately for those who rely on Microsoft’s freeware Security Essential antivirus tool, the score it got puts it at the bottom of the pack with a system repair rate of 86.7 percent. Security Essentials was capable of removing only 32 of the 40 samples of malware. AV-TEST has also conducted tests on some special malware removal tools and while they were also efficient, the preliminary data shows that fully featured antivirus apps are at least as good. “It is already striking that security solutions are finishing ahead of the special tools. This is the case, regardless of whether the security packages were installed after the systems were infected or were already installed and only deactivated for the infection,” the testing institute notes. “The latter scenario simulates the case where the attacker was previously unknown to the security package. This also underscores the quality of a security solution. Even if it did not know the latest attacker, it retroactively corrected this error.” Source
  21. Microsoft Fixes problems With Win7/8.1 “Group B” Security-Only Patching Method Yes, MS has acknowledged the problem with fixing security-only bugs in non-security monthly rollup patches. And, yes, they say they’re going to fix it. Big news. Tell your Win7 friends. InfoWorld Woody on Windows UPDATE: It pains me to say that my interpretation of Microsoft’s post may be overly optimistic. See the comments here for details. It’s possible that the fix will only be made to the supersedence chain – not to the underlying patches. Sigh. Source - AskWoody Microsoft fixes Windows 7 'Group B' security-only patching method Great news: TechNet blog eschews fixing Win7/8.1 security-only bugs with monthly rollup patches In what may be the most important news for ongoing Windows 7 customers since the patchocalypse, Microsoft field engineer Scott Breen has both analyzed the key problem with "Group B" security-only patching in Windows 7, and has promised a solution. Don't be put off by the title -- Update to Supersedence Behaviour for Security Only and Security Monthly Quality Rollup Updates. The underlying message is crucial for Win7 and 8.1 users who aren't connected to a corporate update manager. The crux of the matter lies in the way Win7 (and 8.1) users update their machines, starting last October. I divide the patching universe into two hemispheres: Group A is willing to take all of Microsoft's new telemetry systems, along with potentially useful nonsecurity updates. It installs the Monthly rollup (in Microsoft parlance the "Security Monthly Quality Rollup" patch). Group B doesn't want any more snooping than absolutely necessary and doesn't care about improvements like daylight saving time zone changes. But it does want to keep applying security patches. It installs Security-only patches (Microsoft-speak "Security Only Quality Update"). The key problem arises when Microsoft introduces a bug in a Security-only patch and then fixes that bug in a Monthly Rollup patch. By forcing Security-only updaters to install a non-security rollup, Microsoft effectively bars customers from only installing security patches. Breen illustrates the problem with this graphic. A bug in an October Security-only patch was fixed in a November monthly rollup. (I believe he's referring to the MS16-087 print spooler bug.) Says Breen: It also threw the Win7 (and 8.1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2) patching community into a black hole. Although few people realized it, the integrity of the security-only patching method was at stake. Many knowledgeable Win7 patchers simply threw in the towel: If Microsoft was going to force them to install the non-security (read: telemetry) patches, they didn't want any of it. They didn't sign up for Windows 7 snooping, so they stopped patching entirely. I'm very happy to report that Microsoft has acknowledged the error of its ways. Starting this month, Breen says, bugs in Monthly Rollup patches will be fixed in Monthly Rollup patches, and bugs in Security-only patches will be fixed by changing the metadata in those patches. Those of you who deal with WSUS or SCCM can read his article and see how that key change will ripple into the WSUS listing. For those of you who just worry about patching Windows 7 (or 8.1, Server, etc.), you can stick to your guns. If there's a bug in a Security-only patch, it'll get fixed in a Security-only patch -- possibly the same Security-only patch will be re-issued, perhaps a subsequent patch will just roll over the bad one. It's a great day for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers. Source - InfoWorld Woody on Windows Alternate Source - gHacks - Changes to Windows Update supersedence
  22. Windows 8 RTM Download, Activate Via KMS & Phone, Backup Solution Windows 8 PRO/ENT & WMC Phone Activation MAK-RETAIL Key Windows 8 PRO/ENT & WMC Online/Phone Activation MAK-RETAIL Keys Microsoft Windows 8 RTM x86-x64 AIO English- CtrlSoft: http://bit.ly/ZlpV5Y Windows 8 All Version & Languages MSDN DVD ISO [HTTP & Magnet Links] >>> #1080 Windows 8 Language Packs (x86 / x64) Official Direct Download Link 1.Microsoft Windows 8 All Version MSDN Download [HTTP Links] http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/#searchTerm=&ProductFamilyId=481&Languages=en&PageSize=10&PageIndex=0&FileId=0 2.Microsoft Windows 8 All Version MSDN Download [Torrent Links] http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/#searchTerm=&ProductFamilyId=481&Languages=en&PageSize=10&PageIndex=0&FileId=0 3. 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Instructions: You must have the correct SLIC (Software Licensing Description Table) for OEM activations. Online and Phone activations will be instantly activated after restore. Don't have major changes on the hardware. Windows 8 and Office 2013 have the same activation system, so the backup is saved in one place called of 'Activation Backup', that stores all license data for Windows and Office. For the Windows 8 and Office 2010 or Windows 7 with the Office 2013 or 2010, the backup is made separately called of 'Windows Activation Backup' and 'Office Activation Backup' respectively. Is needed to install the Windows and Office 2013 for restore their activation on a Windows 8 system. * All backup data is stored on the root of the application in folders separately. * Limited activations that have grace period isn't supported. 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Sorry, the Product Key not match error: The application haven't detected the correct Product Key on the registry and you need to enter manually. Is necessary for the correct Activation Restore, the Product Key is stored on Config.ini file. If the error appears, is needed to enter manually the Product Key for an safe restore. Primarily occurs with MAK Product Keys that is hidden from the Registry. Is shown the last 5 characters of the real key detected. The Backup Compatibility is: Windows 8.1 Family *** Windows 8 Family Windows 7 Family Windows Vista Family Windows Server 2008 / 2011 / 2012 Family Microsoft Office Family from 2010 to 2013 * All editions, versions and Service Packs. * Requires .NET Framework v4.0. *** WARNING ABOUT WINDOWS 8.1 COMPATIBILITY *** *** Windows 8.1 is * NOT * fully supported. All the activation data can be saved, but only those that were activated by * Phone * will be restored properly. In other words, the Online activated backups can not be restored until now, * ONLY * if your OS is the Windows 8.1 – Other OS(es) are NOT affected ! We are working to discover why. *** You can * NOT * restore the Windows 8 activation on Windows 8.1. Microsoft was made hard changes on the Windows 8.1 activation system, so we are unable to port the Windows 8 activation to Windows 8.1 without brick the system. Latest Release Changelog: v3.5 RC 5 [2013/09/29] Homepage - http://joshcellsoftwares.com/products/advancedtokensmanager/ Name: Advanced Tokens Manager v3.5 RC 5.zipSize: 1.12 MBCRC32: 290E0B88MD5: 48DBDD504662C0D48984D70B79931C79SHA-1: 4DE6AC70767BA77D80E9272716C69A0A7AA37E3B Screenshots Instruction 1. Backup 1.1. Hit Activation Backup 1.2. When you see the Warning Page read and click yes 1.3. When you asked product key you need to enter inside the box full product key related wit Edition usually Office 2013 key will be asked Tick i have checked this in my product key then click Continue 1.4. Wait till Advance Token Manager Backup then save it for the Restore process. 2. Restore 2.1. Click Activation Restore then when you asked restore now enter YES. 2.2. Wait till Advance Token Manager disable internet connection and reinstall the activation the end you will see Success! Testimonial Tested VMware Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit and Office 2013 Pro Plus, Visio & Project Pro working like a charm! *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***
  23. How Windows 10 Data Collection Trades Privacy For Security Here's what data each telemetry level collects and the price you pay to send the least telemetry to Microsoft Windows 10’s aggressive data-collection capabilities may concern users about corporate spying, but enterprises have control that consumer-edition Windows users do not: Administrators can decide how much information gets sent back to Microsoft. But enterprises need to think twice before turning off Windows telemetry to increase corporate privacy. That’s because doing so can decrease the effectiveness of Windows 10’s security features. Microsoft isn’t merely hoovering up large amounts of data because it can. The company has repeatedly reiterated its stance that Windows 10 does not collect the user’s personal data, but rather anonymized file data that is then used to improve overall user experience and Windows functionality. With the current shift to Windows-as-a-service, Microsoft plans to release more updates to the operating system more frequently, and it will use telemetry data to understand how people are actually using Windows and applications. Microsoft can use the information to figure out what new features are needed or to prioritize changes to existing components. For Microsoft, more data means more security But the telemetry data is used for more than how to improve or evolve Windows. There is an actual security impact, too. Knowledge is power, and in the case of Windows 10, that usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security. The information collected is used to improve various components in Windows Defender, such as Application Guard and Advanced Threat Detection (these two features are available only to customers with Windows 10 Enterprise with Anniversary Update and Enterprise E5 subscriptions). As Windows 10’s built-in security tool, Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything downloaded or run on the PC. The information from these scans is sent back to Microsoft and used to improve protection for everyone else. For example, Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge will put the Edge browser into a lightweight virtual machine to make it harder to break out of the browser and attack the operating system. With telemetry, Microsoft can see when infections get past Application Guard defenses and improve the security controls to reduce recurrences. Microsoft also pulls signals from other areas of the Windows ecosystem, such as Active Directory, with information from the Windows 10 device to look for patterns that can indicate a problem like ransomware infections and other attacks. To detect those patterns, Microsoft needs access to technical data, such as what processes are consuming system resources, hardware diagnostics, and file-level information like which applications had which files open, Lefferts says. Taken together, the hardware information, application details, and device driver data can be used to identify parts of the operating system are exposed and should be isolated into virtual containers. How Windows 10 telemetry levels affect security and administration IT admins can control what telemetry is sent back to Microsoft using group policy objects—if they are using an enterprise version of Windows 10 and a Microsoft administration tool, of course. (Consumer versions of Windows don’t provide this capability, which is why there are now third-party telemetry blockers on the market, though not all telemetry can be blocked.) The Privacy option in Settings lets administrators choose one of three telemetry levels: Basic, Enhanced, and Full. Windows 10 Home and Pro are set by default to Full. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education are set by default to Enhanced. But there’s a fourth level called Security available only in Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions, and only through group policies (not via Settings). Available to admins only, Security level sends the least data. The Security level sends less telemetry to Microsoft than the Basic level does. And it collects enough technical data about Windows’s Connected User Experience and Telemetry component settings, the MSRT (Malicious Software Removal Tool), and Windows Defender to keep Windows, Windows Server, and System Center secure. At the Security level, only OS information, device ID, and device class (server, desktop, mobile device) are sent to Microsoft, along with the MSRT report that contains information about the infection and IP address. Windows Defender and System Center Endpoint Protection provide diagnostic information, user account control settings, UEFI (Unifieid Extensible Firmware Interface) settings, and IP addresses. (If this latter information shouldn’t be sent, then turn off Windows Defender and use a third-party tool instead.) If the goal is to not have any data go to Microsoft, using the Security level is the best option. But it has one big drawback: Windows Update won’t work, because Windows Update information—such as whether the update installation succeeded or failed—does not get collected at the Security level. MSRT also won’t run if Windows Update is not working. Thus, it requires a lot of IT involvement to keep the systems updated and secure if the telemetry level is set to Security. Basic level is the least a user can choose within Windows. For most users focused on privacy, the Basic level is probably the best option for limiting what gets sent to Microsoft. The Basic level sends device information like application compatibility and usage information in addition to the information sent from the Security level. This can include the number of crashes and the amount of processor time and memory an application used at a time. System data can help Microsoft know whether a device meets the minimum requirements to upgrade to the next version. Data from the Basic level helps identify problems that can occur on a particular hardware or software configuration. The types of data collected include device attributes, such as camera resolution, display type, and battery capacity; application and operating system versions; networking devices, such as the number of network adapters; IMEI number (for mobile devices) and mobile operator network; architecture details, such as processor, memory type, and firmware versions; storage data, such as number of drives, type, and size; and virtualization support. The Basic level also collects and transmits compatibility details, such as how add-ons work with the browser, how applications work with the operating system, and whether peripherals like printers and storage devices would work with the next version of the operating system. Enhanced level aids user-experience improvements. The Enhanced level, the default setting for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, also sends data on how Windows, Windows Server, System Center, and applications are used; how they perform; and their reliability. This includes operating system events, such as those from networking, Hyper-V, Cortana, storage, and file system; operating system application events, such as those from Server Manager, Mail, and Microsoft Edge; device-specific events such as data from Microsoft HoloLens; and all crash dumps. Data collected from the Enhanced level helps Microsoft improve user experience because the company can use the detailed information to find patterns and trends in how the applications are being used. Enhanced is the minimum level needed for Microsoft to identify and address Windows 10, Windows Server, and System Center quality issues. The Full level makes your PC an open book. The Full level—the default for consumer versions of Windows—is the free-for-all level that has privacy folks worried, because it includes significant technical data, which Microsoft claims is “necessary to identify and help to fix problems.” At the Full level, devices send information related to reliability, application responsiveness, and usage along with all crash dumps. Data collection has changed in Windows Telemetry data is not new to Windows 10. Microsoft used telemetry in previous versions of Windows and Windows Server to check for updated or new Windows Defender signatures, verify Windows Update installations, and gather reliability information through the RAC (Reliability Analysis Component) and Windows CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program). What’s changed is that Windows 10 has expanded the scope to better understand the type of hardware being used, basic system diagnostics, logs of how frequently features are being used, what applications have been installed, how users are using those applications, and the reliability data from device drivers. Microsoft says it tries to avoid collecting personal information, but it can happen. For example, crash dumps can contain the contents of a document that was in memory at the time of the crash. The news that Microsoft would include threat intelligence content such as indicators and reports of past attacks from FireEye’s iSight Intelligence product into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, there were concerns that FireEye would gain access to some of the telemetry data. But Microsoft says that is not part of the FireEye deal. Microsoft’s plan to put advertising on users’ lock screens and Start screens—and block IT admins from disabling them—has also fanned the flames of security fear. After all, similar advertising from the likes of Google ad Facebook relies heavily on the intense collection of personal data to target the ads. It’s worth noting that Windows is not intentionally collecting functional data, such as the user’s location when the user is looking at local weather or news. The application may collect such data, but not the Windows 10 operating system—and thus not the Windows 10 telemetry. Of course, Microsoft collects personal information from its own applications. Cortana is such an example, but users can turn off Cortana completely. Overall, IT organizations should be able to find a telemetry level they’re comfortable with in terms of privacy, while not sacrificing the core security of Windows. They may have to pay the price of higher admin costs if they use the lowest telemetry level (Security), but only if they choose to do so. Source AskWoody's Word On This Article
  24. MS-DEFCON 2: Make Sure Automatic Update Is Turned Off We’ll see a bunch of Office patches on Tues, Dec. 6, so now would be a good time to make sure you have Windows Automatic Update turned off. If you’ve been following my instructions, it’s already turned off, but if you’re not sure, see the “Automatic Updates” tab at the top of this page. Yes, that applies to Windows 10 as well. You Win10 Home users would be well advised to switch over to a Wi-Fi connection and set it to metered. If you’re using Office Click-to-Run (from Office 365), you should switch its automatic updating off, too. Microsoft describes how in KB 2753538. Source