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  1. According to a formal complaint filed last week on February 14, Frank K. Dickman Jr. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is accusing Microsoft because of a brute forced Windows 10 upgrade. “I own an ASUS 54L laptop machine which has an OEM license for Windows Version 7,” Dickman’s case reads. “The machine was upgraded to Windows Version 10 and grew non-functional immediately. The upgrade removed the cached, or backup, version of Windows 7.” Dickman states that the laptop’s genuine OEM vendor is “irresponsible,” hence, he cannot obtain a valid copy of Windows 7 to downgrade his laptop. Attempts to reach a new Windows 7 account from Microsoft have failed, per the plaintiff’s claim. “Microsoft Corporation protests to replace their licensed Operating system for this laptop and requires that the machine vendor replace it,” the lawsuit reads. Dickman wants Microsoft to provide a “the OEM version of its Windows 7 operating system” for download via its standard website so he can download and install it on his bricked laptop. The angry plaintiff wants the authority to force Microsoft to comply with his request in 30 days or pay up $600 million in damages albeit the judge may evaluate the damages as $6 billion due to a redaction error, as the charge reads “$6,000,000,000.00.” Dickman’s legal effort may fall flat on its face, but he’s not the only one suing the company. In March 2017, various users filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Microsoft, also soliciting monetary damages after admitting botched Windows7-to-Windows10 forced grades that left many unable to use their computers. Microsoft’s controversial forced Windows 10 upgrade practice has also gotten the company in trouble with German authorities, but the company withdrew any penalties after it reached an agreement to stop forced upgrades. < Here >
  2. Microsoft hides details of how Windows 10 on ARM is more restrictive than first thought This was certainly an odd move by the firm over the weekend… Over the weekend, Microsoft published an online document detailing the limitations of Windows 10 on ARM – clarifying some known restrictions, and revealing a couple of fresh ones – but the software giant subsequently pulled that document down, and it’s no longer available. Of course, that didn’t stop folks managing to copy the text before it was whipped away, as the Register spotted. The document made it clear that Windows 10 on ARM will be a more limited experience than we previously thought, in some respects at least. For starters, the Windows Hypervisor Platform isn’t supported on ARM, meaning that it won’t be possible to run virtual machines using Hyper-V on an ARM device. Microsoft also warned that: “Apps that assume that all ARM-based devices are running a mobile version of Windows may not work correctly,” adding that such apps “may appear in the wrong orientation, present unexpected UI layout or rendering, or [fail] to start altogether when they attempt to invoke mobile-only APIs without first testing the contract availability.” Storm cloud As Thurrott.com further observed, apps which modify the Windows interface – such as shell extensions and cloud storage apps like Dropbox – won’t work with Windows 10 on ARM unless they are recompiled for the OS. Those are the most major issues highlighted, save for the stuff we already knew about, like the fact that 64-bit apps won’t work, only 32-bit ones (at least not to begin with, although this may change down the line). Of course, x86 drivers will also need to be rewritten for ARM, so again initial hardware support is likely to be something of a rocky issue. Older games and apps that use hardware-accelerated OpenGL or older DirectX versions (previous to DX9) also won’t work, which could throw up the odd legacy issue. Microsoft has unsurprisingly copped some flak online for the way this page has been yanked down, and also because the company has previously been building up Windows 10 on ARM as a no-compromise full-fat version of the OS (with monster battery life for laptops). SOURCE
  3. Video games pirates have reason to celebrate today after scene cracking group CODEX defeated Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform system on Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection. While the game it was protecting isn't exactly a fan favorite, it was reportedly protected by five layers of DRM within the UWP package, including the Denuvo-like Arxan anti-tamper technology. As the image on the right shows, Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a system that enables software developers to create applications that can run across many devices. “The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is the app platform for Windows 10. You can develop apps for UWP with just one API set, one app package, and one store to reach all Windows 10 devices – PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, HoloLens, Surface Hub and more,” Microsoft explains. While the benefits of such a system are immediately apparent, critics say that UWP gives Microsoft an awful lot of control, not least since UWP software must be distributed via the Windows Store with Microsoft taking a cut. Or that was the plan, at least. Last evening it became clear that the UWP system, previously believed to be uncrackable, had fallen to pirates. After being released on October 31, 2017, the somewhat underwhelming Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection became the first victim at the hands of popular scene group, CODEX. “This is the first scene release of a UWP (Universal Windows Platform) game. Therefore we would like to point out that it will of course only work on Windows 10. This particular game requires Windows 10 version 1607 or newer,” the group said in its release notes. CODEX says it’s important that the game isn’t allowed to communicate with the Internet so the group advises users to block the game’s executable in their firewall. While that’s not a particularly unusual instruction, CODEX did reveal that various layers of protection had to be bypassed to make the game work. They’re listed by the group as MSStore, UWP, EAppX, XBLive, and Arxan, the latter being an anti-tamper system. Arxan features “It’s the equivalent of Denuvo (without the DRM License part),” cracker Voksi previously explained. “It’s still bloats the executable with useless virtual machines that only slow down your game.” Arxan’s marketing comes off as extremely confident but may need amending in light of yesterday’s developments. “Arxan uses code protection against reverse-engineering, key and data protection to secure servers and fortification of game logic to stop the bad guys from tampering. Sorry hackers, game over,” the company’s marketing reads. What is unclear at this stage is whether Zoo Tycoon Ultimate Animal Collection represents a typical UWP release or if some particular flaw allowed CODEX to take it apart. The possibility of additional releases is certainly a tantalizing one for pirates but how long they will have to wait is unknown. Whatever the outcome, Arxan calling “game over” is perhaps a little premature under the circumstances but in this continuing arms race, they probably have another version of their anti-tamper tech up their sleeves….. Source
  4. It has been something of a common theme since Microsoft launched Windows 10 back in 2015, with several people suing the company after its aggressive upgrade push. However, a man from Albuquerque, New Mexico has taken this to the next level, and has sued Microsoft - and Satya Nadella for some reason - for damages amounting to $600 million (PDF). To point out, the claim made a significant error, with it quantifying the amount mentioned as $6,000,000,000.00, which is actually $6 billion. Hilarious errors aside, the problem started for Frank Dickman - according to his legal filing - when his ASUS 54L laptop was upgraded to Windows 10. The device shipped with a copy of Windows 7, however, after the update was done it allegedly became 'non-functional' with the backup being deleted in the process. After contacting Microsoft's customer care line, he was referred back to the OEM - in this case, ASUS - to replace the copy of Windows 7 he had lost during the upgrade. Dickman - per his Statement of Claim - refused this solution since the 'original supplier is untrustworthy', claiming that the only way he could be certain that a 'quality' copy would be supplied to him is by way of Microsoft. The Register contacted Microsoft for comment, with the spokesperson reacting confused by such a claim. Microsoft has made it quite easy for users who want to revert back to Windows 7, which can be accessed with a mere search online. Not to mention the fact that Windows 10 itself offers a roll-back option if you want to revert within 30 days after installation. With that said, Microsoft's customer care could have pointed this out to the user, possibly negating the need on his part to sue the company. Dickman is seeking compensatory damages within 30 days if the Redmond giant should fail to supply the option to gain access to 'quality' copies of Windows online, for use with the original OEM key, of course. Source
  5. Microsoft bans store apps using ‘Windows’ in name Currently, developers of various apps that are available in the Microsoft Store received a mail from a lawyer who is on behalf of Microsoft. The mail requests, that the developer has to remove his app from store because of an copyright infringement of the name’ Windows’ in the app name. Legally ok – but it sounds like Microsoft is eagerly fishing for a Streisand effect. Microsoft suddenly bothered by app names The topic is currently under discussion at German web sites WindowsArea.de and Dr. Windows. Both sites has an app, using the site name, in the Microsoft Store. The first joke on that whole thing is: The app of WindowsAerea has been available in the store since 2012, as you can read within this WindowsArea.de article. And the app by Martin Geuß and his Dr. Windows community has probably been in the store since then, six years ago, as Martin writes at Dr. Windows. And if I’m not completely wrong, Microsoft granted a Windows Insider MVP to both site owners for their sites and the community activities related to this site (Martin Geuß was awarded also as a real Windows Consumer MVP before Windows Insider MVP has been created). Mail on weekend, deadline 1 day to react The two mentioned site owners received the mail on Saturday. Microsoft’s lawyers set a deadline of one day to rename or remove the app. Otherwise, Microsoft will remove the app due to copyright infringment from Microsoft store. And they say, the developer account may be shut down. Lawyers obviously don’t know the details The real grain of salt in the soup may be found within the letter, send from Microsoft’s lawyers. Here is an excerpt: The friendly lawyers didn’t realize that Microsoft’s marketing department had long ago renamed the Windows Store to “Microsoft Store”. If somebody is legally subtle – and Microsoft was it probably with the legal battle initiated from German consumer right activists due to the Windows 10-forced update, see my German blog post Windows 10 Gratis-Upgrade: Unterlassungserklärung wirksam, dealing with the dirthy details of a cease-and-desist declaration – could argument: The lawyers demand something that is not given, because the app isn’t in Windows Store, it’s in the Microsoft Store. The joy of operating with Microsoft … Of course, the site owners are more than happy, to change or remove an app, where they spend many hours and money to develop. And I’m curious to see if Microsoft asks legal departments to request websites to change the name’ Windows’ within their site title. The URL from my website isn’t in danger – and I’m able to changed the name of this blog quickly to Born’s IT- and Linux-Blog. Final remarks Many years ago, Microsoft people offered to me to create an app for Windows 8 that should displays my blog posts. They would have paid for everything, only the developer account I would have had to pay for. I then took a closer look at it and found that hundreds of scrap apps has been in the store, subscribing to nothing but an RSS feed and then displaying it. My decision at that time was: You don’t spend a penny for this crap, let them take their apps and the Windows store to where the pepper grows. Anyone who wants to visit my blogs should use a browser – like our ancestors have done since the last millennium. My web search within my blog brought my rant Der Windows 8 Store und der App-Müll from 2012 to light. It was the year, where the apps mentioned above has been landed in the ‘Windows’ store. The fact that the left hand at Microsoft doesn’t know what the right hand is doing is already part of the program. Microsoft USA is attacking Dr. Windows and other sites, due copyright infringement the their apps. But Microsoft Germany, on the other hand, organizes the Dr. Windows Community Day. It seems, that Microsoft is no more in need for community support. That’s feels like ‘the 50 shade of gray’ in cooperating with Microsoft, I guess? Or what’s your opinion? Source: Microsoft bans store apps using ‘Windows’ in name (Born's Tech and Windows World)
  6. 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: + Tweaked the MSDM routine that i wasn't 100% happy with as well as some other areas. They worked before but could glitch on some VM's, rare, but it could happen. Thanks Enthousiast for finding that obscure bug! + Added a new Option, 'Block Cortana'. While MRP does NOT remove any files related to that process it does however block its output to anywhere. Firewall blocks are in place and also turns it off on the lock screen and no longer chimes in when unexpected! The search box is changed to a magnifying glass icon and any searches are LOCAL to your PC only and does not do any online searches via Bing etc. In testing (for past couple of months) the Cortana block has worked on my personal computers and even monthly CU updates not reset it back on. A major OS update such as from RS2>RS3 or RS3>RS4 etc would probably reset all the settings as it does for most of the OS, because it technically is a whole new OS install. The process of Cortana is still present this is to allow the search feature to still work, (not that the Windows search is that great anyway!), but any 'chatter' is reduced to virtually nothing i cannot say it is 100% blocked as there could be a sneaky way it 'leaks' something beyond the known tweaks/firewall blocks used. + Quite a lot of work has been done in the code sections, making sure Error checking is up to date and working as it should, if it is triggered. Most of the changes you won't notice as the areas may not output anything into the saved log. This is why it looks the same as v82.0, there may be the odd clue of a change, more so if an error occurred. + A few minor changes to some wording here and there. + Config Creator v2.3 has had a little makeover as well as adding the Cortana Block Option and other bits... Download+source: Site: https://justpaste.it Sharecode[?]: /1gy3n
  7. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.4.1 for Windows 10 Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 - This tweaking software adds several new tweaks for the new operating system. Those of you who have upgraded to Windows 10, would definitely want to use it to judiciously tweak your Windows 10 and personalize your computing experience. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, personal and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. Features: Easy to use user interface Tool tips offer you guidance as to what the tweak does. Offers accessible buttons to create a system restore point and restore default values Tiny tool, super lightweight at just around 495 KB Power-packed with 200+ meaningful tweaks Portable tweaker. Does not require to be installed. To uninstall it simply delete its program folder Does not contain any adware, nor does it push crapware and we promise not to, ever! Report Bugs by simply using the button in the About tab. Else visit this page. Support available at TWC Forum. Checks for available update. Click the button in the About tab to do so. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.4 for Windows 10 has been developed by Paras Sidhu, for TheWindowsClub.com. It supports Windows 10, 32-bit & 64-bit and Internet Explorer 11. It requires.NET Framework 4 to work, which comes pre-installed in Windows 10. NOTE: Windows 7 & Windows Vista users should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3. Changelog: 4.4.1 (2018-02-06): Includes a bug fix that cause UWT to crash on some systems. 4.4.0 (2018-02-03): New favorites feature lets you access many sections easily This PC -> Remove 3D Objects Include In Library, Restore Previous Versions Give Access To, Share File Explorer Startup Remove Duplicate Drive Letter Entry Phone, Gaming in Settings Better support for Fall Creators Update and bug fixes 4.3.0 (2017-07-21): Introducing the search functionality to easily locate your desired tweak. View detailed information about Windows Experience Index including all scores. Customization->Windows 10) - Disable Windows Ink Workspace - Enable "Do you want to close all the tabs?" prompt in Edge - Hide Windows Defender Icon From Notifications Area - Show Seconds In Taskbar Clock (Customization->Taskbar) - Disable All Live Tiles (Customization->Universal UI) Customization->File Explorer - Enable Auto-Complete And Auto-Suggest - Disable Taskbar And Start Jumplists - Check By Default "Do this for all current items" - Change Default Behaviour For Drag-Drop In Explorer Context Menu->Other Context Menus - Remove 3D Print With 3D Builder - Remove Scan With Windows Defender - Remove Edit With Paint 3D - Remove Cast To Device - Extended Info Bar to show full description of the tweak - New Desktop Context Menu Tweaks -> Character Map, Control Panel and Windows Update - Many design improvements and lots of bug fixes 4.2.2 (2016-11-04): Due to some Windows 10 update, "Remove Shortcut Arrows From Icons" tweak stopped working. We've modified the tweak and it should work now. Fixed: DISM and SFC scan not working in some cases NEW: Enable Share Page In Settings (In Customization->Windows 10). Several bug fixes and improvements 4.2.1 (2016-09-18): Fixes some bugs Homepage: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-4-windows-10 Release Date: 2018-02-03 OS: Windows 10 Language: English DOWNLOAD: =========== Portable (680 KB): https://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/UWT4.zip BugFix Release 4.4.1:
  8. The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind. Thinkstock In late January, Microsoft embarked on a PR blitz to reassure Windows users that the company has their privacy in mind. To prove what it called its continuing devotion to privacy, it announced a new tool for Windows, the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, that will be available in the operating system’s next semiannual update. The tool, Microsoft said in a blog post by Windows Device Group privacy officer Marisa Rogers, is part of Microsoft’s commitment to be “fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data.” A beta of the tool was made available for anyone who signs up to be a Windows Insider and downloads the preview version of the next Windows update. Microsoft got plenty of kudos for the new tool. For the company, that was mission accomplished. But it was anything but that for users. The Diagnostic Data Viewer is a tool that only a programmer could love — or understand. Mere mortals, and even plenty of programmers, will be baffled by it, and they won’t gain the slightest understanding of what data Microsoft gathers about them. First, a bit of background. Microsoft gathers diagnostic data about the way people use Windows and then uses that information to improve the way Windows works. Nothing nefarious there; it’s a good way for the company to make Windows better for everyone. The issue for privacy advocates and many individual users is control and transparency. Those advocates want people to know exactly what data is being gathered and sent to Microsoft, and they want users to be able to control that. Microsoft claims that’s what the Diagnostic Data Viewer tool does. But that’s not quite true, for several reasons. The first, as already noted, is that the tool is exceedingly difficult to understand. You can’t, for example, ask it to show you detailed, easy-to-understand information about the data being sent to Microsoft about your hardware and the way you use it — model and make of devices attached to your PC, your app and Windows feature usage, samples of inking and typing output, the health of your operating system and more. Instead, you scroll or search through incomprehensible headings such as “Census.Flighting,” and “DxgKrnlTelemetryGPUAdapterInventoryV2,” with no explanation of what those headings mean. And then when you view the data in any heading, you see an even more incomprehensible, lengthy listing, such as this tiny excerpt from “Census.Hardware”: “cV: “zNWezO9CsEmjb5B,0”, “cV: :y7iOzuVXL)mj+F9j,0”, Each listing has lines and lines like that, all in a code to which users have no key. Will such listings help you know what information Microsoft is gathering about your PC and Windows use? Unless you’re privy to what those codes mean and can decipher the format they’re in, the answer is no. That’s just the beginning, though. Because even if you could understand the information Microsoft gathers about you for diagnostic purposes, there’s not much you can do to stop the company from gathering it. Like it or not, it grabs the information, and you can’t stop it. OK, there is one small loophole. Currently, if you want to control what diagnostic information Microsoft gets about your use of Windows 10, you go to Settings > Privacy > Feedback & Diagnostics. At the top of the screen, under the Diagnostic Data setting, you have two choices: Basic or Full. When you choose Basic, only “data necessary to keep Windows up to date and secure,” is sent, in Microsoft’s description. If you choose Full, much more information is sent, including “additional diagnostic data (including browser, app and feature usage, and inking and typing data).” But there’s no way to exclude even the Basic data from being sent. That one small loophole? If you use the Enterprise Edition of Windows 10, you can stop all data from being sent. But all other Windows 10 users are out of luck. Microsoft should change this. It should release a simple-to-use tool that shows in granular detail and in plain English exactly what diagnostic information is being sent to Microsoft. People should then be allowed to opt in or out for every type of diagnostic information that is sent. And everyone should be able to do that, not just those who have a specific version of Windows 10. Microsoft already has a very useful model for doing this. Its web-based Privacy dashboard lets you view and clear your search history, browsing history, location history and information gathered by Cortana. The dashboard is simple, clearly designed and takes only a few minutes to use. There’s no reason the company can’t give you the same kind of control over the information that Windows gathers about you. If Microsoft truly wanted to be seen as a company that cares about your privacy, that’s exactly what it would do. Here’s hoping that when the final version of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer is released, it will do just that. Source: Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype (Computerworld - Preston Gralla)
  9. It isn’t exactly a secret that the Xbox One is playing second fiddle to the PlayStation 4 this generation. Part of that probably has something to do with Microsoft’s disastrous E3 reveal of the Xbox One all those years ago, but more recently, the problem seems to stem from a lack of exclusive games. Though Microsoft has a few exclusive franchises like Forza, Halo, and Gears of War, Sony has managed to secure many more exclusives for the PlayStation 4. Since both platforms share a lot of similarities, barring any feelings of brand loyalty, the decision about which to buy ultimately comes down to exclusives for many people. In the end, all we have to do is look to sales numbers to determine how each console is doing. The PlayStation 4 is far and away the leader in sales for the current generation, and though the Xbox One has little hope of surpassing the PS4 before we’re onto the next round of consoles (whenever that will be), that doesn’t mean Microsoft can’t improve its fortunes right now. If it wants to see immediate improvement, Microsoft will have to look at what it can do on the exclusives front. A new write-up from Polygon examines the struggles Microsoft has had with third-party developers, and while the entire article is definitely worth a read, there’s one part in particular that stands out. According to “a reliable source close to Microsoft,” Polygon says that the company has been mulling an acquisition of Electronic Arts, with other potential targets being Valve and PUBG Corporation. That’s a whopper of a rumor right there, because Electronic Arts is usually the company doing the buying. It doesn’t seem like EA would be a target of many other companies, but with Microsoft’s war chest, it could potentially happen. Buying out EA would be a massive move for Microsoft, as EA is one of the biggest publishers in the world, second only to Activision. That, in turn, means a lot of potential exclusives for Microsoft and the Xbox One. If such an acquisition were to actually happen, does that mean we’d see EA’s entire library of franchises become Xbox exclusives? Not necessarily – remember, Microsoft purchased Minecraft developer Mojang back in 2014, and in the time since then, it’s made no indication that it will turn Minecraft into an Xbox-exclusive game. However, key releases in franchises like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Battlefield, and Star Wars could make for tempting Xbox One exclusives. At first blush, it seems like a deal so big it would never happen, but in its quest for more market share, we shouldn’t consider any acquisition to be automatically off limits. We’ll keep an eye out for more details on this rumor, but for now, head down to the comments section and let us know what you think of Microsoft potentially buying Electronic Arts. source
  10. Microsoft has been forced to issue a second out-of-band security update this month, to deal with the issues around Intel’s Spectre firmware updates. Intel warned last week that its own security updates have been buggy, causing some systems to spontaneously reboot. Intel then buried a warning in its latest financial results that its buggy firmware updates could lead to “data loss or corruption.” Intel has been advising PC makers and customers to simply stop updating their firmware right now, until properly tested updates are available. Microsoft has gone a step further, and is issuing a new software update for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 systems to disable protection against Spectre variant 2. Microsoft says its own testing has found that this update prevents the reboots that have been occurring. Microsoft has issued the update as part of its Windows Update catalog, which means you’ll need to download it manually for now. It’s worth applying it to systems that are experiencing the issues since Intel’s buggy firmware updates. Microsoft is also releasing a new registry key setting for impacted devices, allowing IT admins to manually disable or enable the Spectre variant 2 protections. Intel says it has identified the issues behind the unexpected reboots on Broadwell and Haswell processors and is working toward releasing an update that addresses the exploits without causing random reboots and data loss. Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake, and Kaby Lake processors are also affected, and Intel says it’s “actively working on developing solutions” for those platforms too. It’s clear patching for Spectre variant 2 has been a mess, fuelled by how quickly the software updates needed to be built and distributed. Buggy Intel firmware updates, problems on some AMD machines, and two emergency Windows updates in a month is strong evidence that these patches weren’t tested widely enough before their release. Let’s hope the updates currently in development aren’t “complete and utter garbage.” Source
  11. Microsoft Toolkit 2.6.3

    This is a set of tools and functions for managing licensing, deploying, and activating Microsoft Office and Windows. All output from these functions is displayed in the Information Console. All functions are run in the background and the GUI is disabled to prevent running multiple functions, as they could conflict or cause damage if run concurrently. The Microsoft Office Setup Customization Functions (Customize Setup Tab), AutoKMS Uninstaller (if AutoKMS is installed), AutoRearm Uninstaller (if AutoRearm is installed), Office Uninstaller and Product Key Checker work even if Microsoft Office or Windows is not installed/supported. For information about individual functions, see the program readme. Requirements: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.X (Not 3.5) Microsoft Office 2010 or Later for Office Toolkit Support Windows Vista or Later for Windows Toolkit Support Credits: -Bosh for the original GUI Design and co-development of Office Toolkit -ZWT for the original KMSEmulator -letsgoawayhell, Phazor, nosferati87, and mikmik38 for KMSEmulator fixes and improvements -MasterDisaster, FreeStyler, Daz, nononsense, and janek2012 for work on Key Checker Official Thread : https://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/microsoft-toolkit-official-kms-solution-for-microsoft-products.28669/ Changelog 2.6.3 : -Support KMS Keys for Project and Visio 2016 C2R-P. -Updated KMS Keys v2.6.3 EXE MD5: e01d03275b9be77dd08e7f141efbe059 EXE SHA-1: c422fe44f61b234235e1bed793aefa88826275d6 Magnet : magnet:?xt=urn:btih:EC0F513C3E2184BCC629B41AF4B3ADB179571454 Mirror : Site: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode: /files/0IC3UVXO/MTKV263.zip_links
  12. Microsoft OneDrive 17.3.7074.1023 https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=248256 - Not updated yet https://oneclient.sfx.ms/Win/Prod/17.3.7074.1023/OneDriveSetup.exe Changelog: v17.3.7074.1023: New features and updates: Bug fixes to improve reliability and performance of the client. v17.3.7073.1013: New features and updates: Bug fixes to improve reliability and performance of the client. OneDrive Files On-Demand support for Windows Fall Creators Update (version 16299.15). Users are notified when a syncing library becomes read-only or when it becomes editable. New Group Policy to control which organizations are allowed to sign in to OneDrive. New Group Policy to control which organizations are blocked from signing in to OneDrive. New Group Policy for controlling maximum upload and download throughput. Preview: New Group Policy for silent account configuration.
  13. Google has been one of the most vocal companies lately when it comes to security flaws in Microsoft products, with members of its security team disclosing vulnerabilities in a series of Windows-related programs, including Edge browser. And now here’s Microsoft finding a security flaw in Google Chrome and posting an analysis of a remote code execution exploit trying to emphasize how secure its Edge browser actually is. Discovered by Microsoft’s Offensive Security Research (OSR) team, the vulnerability is documented as CVE-2017-5121 and could allow attackers to access online services that are being used by the victim, including email, documents, online banking, while also exposing saved credentials. Microsoft criticized the way Google handles security in its browser, pointing out that “Chrome’s relative lack of RCE mitigations means the path from memory corruption bug to exploit can be a short one.” To discover the vulnerability, Microsoft turned to a method called fuzzing and often used by Google engineers to look for security flaws in Microsoft’s own products. “Microsoft Edge the more secure option” Google awarded Microsoft’s security team with a bounty of $15,837 for this security flaw and other bugs that weren’t disclosed, and the company also matched the payment and issued a $30,000 donation for the Denise Louie Education Center. Of course, Microsoft couldn’t miss the occasion to praise its Edge browser, explaining that its significantly different approach makes the Windows 10 default substantially more secure and harder to compromise, even when vulnerabilities are discovered. “Neither of those techniques would be directly applicable to Microsoft Edge, which features both CFG and ACG. ACG, which was introduced in Windows 10 Creators Update, enforces strict Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and moves the JIT compiler to an external process. This creates a strong guarantee that attackers cannot overwrite executable code without first somehow compromising the JIT process, which would require the discovery and exploitation of additional vulnerabilities,” Microsoft explained pointing to its mitigation tech bundled into Windows 10. < Here >
  14. Today, Mozilla is announcing a plan that grows collaboration with Microsoft, Google, and other industry leaders on MDN Web Docs. The goal is to consolidate information about web development for multiple browsers – not just Firefox. To support this collaboration, we’re forming a Product Advisory Board that will formalize existing relationships and guide our progress in the years to come. Why are we doing this? To make web development just a little easier. “One common thread we hear from web developers is that documentation on how to build for the cross-browser web is too fragmented,” said Daniel Appelquist, Director of Developer Advocacy at Samsung Internet and Co-Chair of W3C’s Technical Architecture Group. “I’m excited to be part of the efforts being made with MDN Web Docs to address this issue and to bring better and more comprehensive documentation to developers worldwide.” More than six million web developers and designers currently visit MDN Web Docs each month – and readership is growing at a spectacular rate of 40 percent, year over year. Popular content includes articles and tutorials on JavaScript, CSS and HTML, as well as detailed, comprehensive documentation of new technologies like Web APIs. Community contributions are at the core of MDN’s success. Thousands of volunteers have helped build and refine MDN over the past 12 years. In this year alone, 8,021 users made 76,203 edits, greatly increasing the scope and quality of the content. Cross-browser documentation contributions include input from writers at Google and Microsoft; Microsoft writers have made more than 5,000 edits so far in 2017. This cross-browser collaboration adds valuable content on browser compatibility and new features of the web platform. Going forward, Microsoft writers will focus their Web API documentation efforts on MDN and will redirect relevant pages from Microsoft Developer Network to MDN. A Broader Focus Now, the new Product Advisory Board for MDN is creating a more formal way to absorb all that’s going on across browsers and standards groups. Initial board members include representatives from Microsoft, Google, Samsung, and the W3C, with additional members possible in the future. By strengthening our relationships with experts across the industry, the Product Advisory Board will ensure MDN documentation stays relevant, is browser-agnostic, and helps developers keep up with the most important aspects of the web platform. “The reach of the web across devices and platforms is what makes it unique, and Microsoft is committed to helping it continue to thrive,” said Jason Weber, Partner Director of Program Management, Microsoft Edge. “We’re thrilled to team up with Mozilla, Google, and Samsung to create a single, great web standards documentation set on MDN for web developers everywhere.” Mozilla’s vision for the MDN Product Advisory Board is to build collaboration that helps the MDN community, collectively, maintain MDN as the most comprehensive, complete, and trusted reference documenting the most important aspects of modern browsers and web standards. The board’s charter is to provide advice and feedback on MDN content strategy, strategic direction, and platform/site features. Mozilla remains committed to MDN as an open source reference for web developers, and Mozilla’s team of technical writers will continue to work on MDN and collaborate with volunteers and corporate contributors. “Google is committed to building a better web for both users and developers,” said Meggin Kearney, Lead Technical Writer, Web Developer Relations at Google. “We’re excited to work with Mozilla, Microsoft, and Samsung to help guide MDN towards becoming the best source of up-to-date, comprehensive documentation for developers on the web.” MDN directly supports Mozilla’s overarching mission. We strive to ensure the Internet is a global public resource that is open and accessible to all. We believe that our award-winning documentation helps web developers build better web experiences – which also adhere to established standards and work across platforms and devices. MDN Board Members Ali Spivak, Chair, Mozilla Daniel Appelquist, Samsung Internet Dominique Hazael-Massieux, W3C Meggin Kearney, Google Patrick Kettner, Microsoft Christopher Mills, Mozilla Erika Doyle Navara, Microsoft Robert Nyman, Google Kadir Topal, Mozilla Source Alternate Source - BleepingComputer
  15. Size: 65.6 MB License: Freeware Supported Operating System Windows 10 , Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64) Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64) Windows 10 Anniversary Update (x86 and x64) Windows 10 Creators Update (x86 and x64) Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64) Windows Server 2012 (x64) Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) Windows Server 2016 (x64) Minimum Hardware Requirements: 1 GHz or faster processor 512 MB of RAM 4.5 GB of available hard disk space (x86) 4.5 GB of available hard disk space (x64) What Is New Homepage - Download Center (Web Installer) v4.7.1 or here Homepage - Download Center (Offline Installer) v4.7.1 or here Download From Microsoft Language Packs - Download Center (Offline Installer) v4.7.1 Language Pack Offline Installer KB Details Windows 7/8/8.1 supported! Read Download Center Pages from links above. FYI: The D3DCompiler Update (KB4019990) is not a prerequisite any more on the affected systems. It's included in the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.1 offline installer (NDP471-KB4033342-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe). .Net Framework 4.7 Installation Only: Reason for Fail in Win 7: It is clearly mentioned in Download Center -> Details: AIO RePack by Diakov:
  16. Blue screens, bungled releases, stealthy .NET upgrades, CRM blocks and complex manual fixes. October is shaping up to be one heck of a patch-encumbered month. Thinkstock We’re sitting at PT+2 — two days after Patch Tuesday — and the problems continue to roll in. Here are the latest mug shots in a rapidly devolving rogue’s gallery. If you’ve been following along, you know about the initial problems I reported on Tuesday — the Word zero-day, TPM patches that don’t patch, known and acknowledged bugs in Windows patches. You saw the late bloomers I reported on Wednesday — delayed, failed and rolled back Windows patches, a non-existent Flash update, confusingly no .NET security patches, an incorrect description of the CVE-2017-11776 fix, and more TPM follies. You ain't seen the half of it yet. Delta Updates and Cumulative Updates On Tuesday afternoon, @mobartz reported on AskWoody: For the first time, I’m seeing Delta Updates for Win 10 1607 and 1703 along with the regular Cumulative Updates. This is on our WSUS server. I thought the deltas were only for non-WSUS environments… Then on Wednesday morning: The delta updates KB4041676 and KB401691 for Windows 10 version 1607 and 1703, as well as Windows Server 2016, were all expired some time after the initial release to WSUS. So it looks like it was a mistake that Microsoft corrected. @derzeitgeist has the details, quoting a Microsoft account rep: Somehow they [Microsoft] published both the cumulative update, and the delta (express) update to both WSUS and SCCM. This should never happen. There is no issue with the Windows 10 or 2016 Cumulative but only an issue when both the Cumulative and Delta are installed on a machine together. All customers should re-synchronise their WSUS / SCCM server and the Delta Updates Binaries will be expired. He then says: Even though they say SCCM should have been affected, for some reason only pure WSUS-based systems seem to have been affected here. We are migrating to a SCCM SUP, and the Automated Deployment Rule that I’ve been testing didn’t hose any of the potentially vulnerable systems. Since WSUS is used by either method, I’m not sure what the difference was. All I can say is that it behaved differently with pure WSUS vs. SCCM. Early Thursday morning, Microsoft re-posted a mea culpa, called Windows devices may fail to boot after installing October 10 version of KB4041676 or KB4041691 that contained a publishing issue, in which the powers that be fessed up to the mayhem they created. They describe three different scenarios — depending on whether WSUS/SCCM was synced before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and whether you can boot — with manual workarounds for each. Those of you who face hundreds or thousands of machines with blue screens and INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE have a Herculean task ahead. If you have to manually remove installation packages from a machine (“Scenario 3”), derzeitgeist’s final recommendation may help: One or more of the “remove-package” commands may fail. Just move on to the next one if that happens until all 3 packages have been addressed. Reboot and wait for Windows to try to load. If some part of the packages couldn’t be removed, the system will try to complete the process. Be patient while it tries to complete, and everything should be restored to working order. This thread on the Microsoft Answers forum contains several additional suggestions. There’s a general overview of Monthly Delta Updates on Microsoft’s docs site. It lays out, in black and white, why you can’t install both the Cumulative and the Delta updates on the same machine. Pity the folks who fed WSUS didn’t read the article. Think of it as the admin full employment effort. It’s important to note that these problems only affect sites using WSUS or SCCM to control rollout of Windows patches. For those of you admins who let this one through, now you know why I don’t recommend setting your servers to automatically approve updates. There’s a good discussion about rollout strategies in this Reddit thread. I can’t imagine any admin trusting Microsoft after this blargefest. But that’s not all. Oh, no. .NET 4.6 If you’re trying to hold onto .NET 4.6, you’re losing the battle. Microsoft's moved your cheese, without telling you. According to @abbodi86: Starting July 2017, all .NET 4.6/4.6.1/4.6.2/4.7 updates have been reconciled into one rollup update that is based on 4.7 binaries version — meaning, your .NET 4.6.x version is transforming into 4.7 under the hood… so [if you want to stay patched,] the best decision would be to install 4.7 itself or install .NET 4.5.2, which is still [getting updates] separately Problems importing XLS files If you’re seeing problems importing XLS files into your applications, you aren't alone. See this anonymous post on AskWoody: I have to report a bug, or is it a “feature” maybe, with the 2017-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems KB4041681 and 2017-10 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems KB4041678. Yesterday we got bombarded with the problem that we can not import an xls file into our application, which we have been doing since forever. It gives an error: Unexpected error from external database driver (1). We dug deeper and discovered Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source={0};Extended Properties=\”Excel 8.0;HDR=Yes;IMEX=1\” Doesn’t work anymore. After we removed both updates, everything was back to normal. Lost network connectivity Then there’s the one about getting kicked off the network, from @AlexEiffel: Last month after the automatic patching of Windows Server 2012 R2, my domain got unassigned from the network card and I lost all possibility to connect to the SQL database for the accounting package. This month, same thing, right after the automatic patching during the night. Nobody able to work in the morning. I don’t manage this server. I don’t know Windows Server, I don’t use it. The trick was to simply disable the network card, then reenable it. Quickly realizing the network was public and not domain, I tried things for an hour with a consultant last time before finding that: restarted, registry tricks, manually assigning the domain to the private network… More problems Then there’s this report, also from an anonymous poster: I installed KB4041689 last night — against Woody’s advice. [ahem - Ed] But I thought, last update for 1511, gonna have to do it sometime, why not now? Screwed up everything. Dialog boxes in file explorer buggered. Uninstalled it less than an hour after it finished. Back to normal. Why does MS do this to us? Even Microsoft’s own Dynamics CRM got hit. The official CRM support site includes this post from jsrobertso: Getting an error when using the Outlook Add-In for Outlook 2013. Retrieval of a page from a CRM server failed due to an error. RedHermit says: I encountered this same problem. Functionality was restored after removal of KB4011178 in my testing. Issue seen in the following environment: Outlook 2013 32bit / CRM Server 2011 / Various CU's for Outlook client testing And flyingflea points at a different patch: Uninstalling Security Update for Microsoft Outlook 2010 (KB4011196) fixed MS Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Outlook 2010 for us. Ready to install the October Windows and Office updates? Blerg. There's a reason why I recommended, and continue to recommend, that you hold off. Avoid the rush to patch. Wait for Microsoft to get its act together — or, at the very least, wait for folks to identify the most offensive patches so you can avoid them. It’s so bad I started a new thread on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft patch problems persist: bad release sequences, CRM blocks and more (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  17. The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and install Windows 10 on a different PC. Use Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to Create Installation Media or Upgrade PC Along with making the download of Windows 10 ISO file, Microsoft has also made available Windows 10 Installation Media Tool. This Media Creation Tool helps you download Windows 10, and provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows 10 Installation Media Tool To download the Windows 10 Installation Media Tool, visit Microsoft.com and scroll down till you see two purple Download Tool Now buttons. The Windows Media Creation Tool will allow you to download the Windows 10 ISO directly from Microsoft, without having a product key. You can use it to clean install or Upgrade to Windows 10. It can be used to download the following editions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 Pro and Windows Pro N. The tool includes file formats optimized for download speed, built-in media creation options for USB & DVDs, and allows for optional conversion to ISO file format. There are two versions of the tool available – a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Download the appropriate version of the tool and run it. When you run the tool, it creates two directories on your system partition – $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS. These folders contain the downloaded setup and installation files, and an option to resume the creation process if it fails. When you click on it to run the tool, you will see the following screen asking you if you want to Upgrade this PC now or Create installation media for another PC. Download: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209 https://download.microsoft.com/download/0/B/2/0B2BC253-367A-48C3-A25D-402F123676D3/MediaCreationTool.exe https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/8/9/38926395-6FB1-4487-83DF-4241D2EA79F7/products_20171005.cab rename file products_20171005.cab to products․cab, put file products․cab in the same folder where the file MediaCreationTool.exe and run MediaCreationTool.exe /selfhost save boot ISO .. More Details Credits : WZor FYI: The above steps are shared by @Recruit Optional Workaround by @VIKTOR PAVEL: if you use Media Creation Tool and is not work do this: you need download small help file to lead program to correct download server https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/8/9/38926395-6FB1-4487-83DF-4241D2EA79F7/products_20171005.cab - rename help file "products_20171005.cab". to : products.cab - put it in same folder with media creation tool - run as admin : MediaCreationTool.exe /selfhost (or download bat i have make and put it in same folder and run as admin) https://www.upload.ee/files/7549469/MediaCreationTool_Selfhost_Batch.rar.html - done @Recruit Don't make fun when you are the one who made mistake. I searched before posting and none found related to this version post. You should've opened a new thread. It isn't my fault. Also, I'm not using Win10. @[email protected]@Lite and nsane team: Don't you understand the repeated actions without politeness/help from @Recruit? Many others are affected by his rude behavior in many comments. Please do what needs to be done. Don't show mercy for repeated trolls like him/her!
  18. Microsoft buys 65 acres in heart of Silicon Valley, eyes cloud and internet expansion Microsoft has purchased 65 acres of land in the heart of Silicon Vally, and according to Mercury News, is eyeing a cloud and internet expansion. The company reportedly paid $73.2 million for the space running along State Route 237 between Alviso and Milpitas, soon joining other tech giants like SanDisk, and Polycom in the area. Judging from proposals submitted to the local government, Microsoft could be opening up a 437,000 square feet facility. Based on local zoning laws, this means that about 2,200 people could be working in the new building. This is great news for the citizens in the area looking for work, since according to the original report, amenities in the area have also recently been constructed, including new stores and hotels. Microsoft has not yet announced any official plans, but Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations issued the following statement: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, meanwhile, welcomed Microsoft to the area: Although Microsoft is based out of Washington, the company still has a campus in Silicon Calley, nearby to Google’s headquarters. It’s great to see Microsoft expanding, as its Azure cloud services are becoming ever so popular.
  19. Windows 10 Pro Permanent Activator Ultimate 1.8 (September) Windows 10 Pro Permanent Activator is a program that finder for mak and retail key in different servers for Windows 10 pro. The Keys are automatically updated daily. This software is one of the best for Windows 10 Activators with daily mak and retail key updates. Its a best program in order to permanently activate your Windows 10. In addition to it its easy to use and does not require experience to bring the activation keys to use when trying to activate the program. Features: -Update Daily Mak and Retail Keys -Clean Activation History -KMS Activation -Windows Unlock Features (Working in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10) Screenshot: Remember:Digital Entitlement Activation only works for following Editions of Windows 10: Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro VL Testimonial: Testimonial: Experienced on Clean Installation Virtual Box Win 10 Volume License x64 RS1 Anniversary Update –> : ) Requirements: Net Framework 4.5 Internet Connection Note: To work correctly you need to run as administrator. Windows Defender off and adding activator folder to exceptions. WARNING : For education purposes only! I’ll be not responsible for the way you use this tool. Hint : If you like MS products please buy legal and original copies. This program help to test these products, but its highly recommended to buy legal versions from creators! How to Activate Windows 10 Pro? Make sure you have installed or Update Win 10 TH2 or Anniversary Update! Install or update version (10586) or above.. Disable any Anti-virus (Windows Defender) Program Temporarily Install the Program first Then Run that program as administrator Click on “Clean Activation History” Select Your Windows Click on “Update Keys” Click on “Install Mak Key” Click on “Install Retail Key” (PS:There are some certain keys aren’t perform to activate to someone for some reason. Take your time try every key till you find the key you will be activated!) Click on “Get Digital Rights Activation” Click on “Check Activation” (Check your Windows Permanent Activation) Enjoy. Instructions For KMS Activation Click on “KMS Activation Now!” Activate for: Windows Vista Bussines/Enterprise Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise Windows 8/8.1/10 All Office 2010/2013/2016 Preview Windows Server 2008/2008R2/2012/2012R2/2016 (Theorically) Enjoy. What’s new in v1.8 (September 07 2017) -Can Activate Windows 10 Enterprise & Enterprise LTSB 2016 -Can Activate Windows 10 Creators Update Redstone 2 -Fixed For All Bugs. Download: Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/7431963/WPPAU-1.8.rar.html or Site: https://dbr.ee Sharecode[?]:/Dw7B Mirror: Site: https://www.multiup.eu/en Sharecode[?]: /download/d1eb6edefc977c5bafd549cc9ca4530a/WPPAU-1.8.rar
  20. Data reveals that Linux increased 0.84 percent last month Despite Microsoft’s Windows 10 push, the desktop operating system has actually recorded the biggest drop in a long time last month, while rival Linux managed to post the most substantial market share increase in the last 12 months. NetMarketShare reveals that in August 2017, Microsoft’s Windows declined to 90.70 percent market share, down from 91.45 percent the month before. The 0.75 percent drop is the biggest Windows had recorded since April 2016 when its market share collapsed from 90.45 percent to 88.77 percent (-1.68 percent). This performance is particularly surprising because it comes at a time when Microsoft completes the rollout of the Windows 10 Creators Update and, at the same time, it’s also finalizing development of another version of its operating system scheduled to go live on October 17. Linux adoption on the rise, macOS still declining What’s a bit more worrying is that Linux, which has long been considered a rival to Windows, has experienced the biggest growth in the last 12 months in August. Linux improved its share from 2.53 percent to 3.37 percent last month. Linux appears to be the preferred choice for users who are stepping away from Windows, as Apple’s macOS declined in August from 6.02 percent to 5.94 percent. The growth experienced by Linux, however, was impressive, as in just four months, the open-source platform has managed to jump from less than 2 percent to 3.37 percent. Back in May this year, Linux was running on just 1.99 percent of the world’s desktop systems. The only good news for Microsoft is that Windows hasn’t dropped below the 90 percent market share, so it’s still powering more than 9 in 10 PCs out there. The last time when Windows declined to less than 90 percent share was in July 2016 when it was running on 89.79 percent of the PCs worldwide, growing to 90.52 percent the next month. Source
  21. Last Friday it was reported that Microsoft has agreed to stop forcibly downloading operating system upgrades onto computers in Germany. We would like to clarify that the agreement applies to new versions of the operating system, not to fixes to the current versions. NOTE: Even this statement leaves wiggle room. Since it is only new versions, the updates to Windows 10, the current version, can still continue because it is not a version upgrade, it is still Windows 10. At least that is the way it appears to be interpreted. Article Update
  22. Dear Microsoft, You know what's annoying? When you have 8GB of RAM, an i7 processor and 2x NVIDIA GPU's with an SSD... and your game or photoshop crashes BECAUSE YOU RAN OUT OF MEMORY. Opening task manager, only 3 GB used but 5 F***ng GB of memory is in standby. I know you're going to hit me bullshit about how it theoretically speeds up app opening for apps you're LIKELY to use, but what's the sense when THE APP YOU'RE 100% USING RIGHT NOW crashes because ohh, that program you have a 10% chance of using needs the memory more. I don't care how's it's SUPPOSED to work, IT DOESN'T FREE THE STANDBY MEMORY WHEN YOUR APP NEEDS RAM!!! It doesn't work like you intended it to! It causes crashes!! Programs see FREE MEMORY ONLY and crash with out of memory errors because AN APP I USED A WEEK AGO IS in standby. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, BEFORE I GO INSANE, please, I want to DISABLE STANDBY MEMORY. I have an SSD. I will load the program when I launch it from disk. Give me the option to disable standby memory. Just put the feature in and see how many of us users will disable it. We are the free thinkers of the world. We don't use facebook/chrome and youtube exclusively all our life. Sincerely, A frustrated gamer/programmer
  23. I recently read an article about another Microsoft layoff and came across this fact in it Almost half their workforce is not working on software but on selling the crap the other half is producing. Obviously they aren't doing a very good job because the 3000 current layoffs are coming out of the sales and marketing services. You can read the whole article here.
  24. Size: 58.7 MB License: Freeware Supported Operating System Windows 10 , Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64) Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64) Windows 10 Anniversary Update (x86 and x64) Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64) Windows Server 2012 (x64) Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) Windows Server 2016 (x64) Minimum Hardware Requirements: 1 GHz or faster processor 512 MB of RAM 4.5 GB of available hard disk space (x86) 4.5 GB of available hard disk space (x64) What Is New Homepage - Download Center (Web Installer) v4.7 Homepage - Download Center (Offline Installer) v4.7 Download From Microsoft Language Packs - Download Center (Offline Installer) v4.7 Language Pack Offline Installer KB Details @ahmedkamatso @vlefterissWindows 7/8/8.1 supported! Read Download Center Pages from links above. Reason for Installation Fail in Win 7: It is clearly mentioned in Download Center -> Details: RePack by BALTAGY:
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