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  2. Windows 8.1 RTM [Activation Via Phone Or KMS, Download & Repository] *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Windows 8.1 Phone Activation MAK-RETAIL Keys ******** Windows 8.1 November 2014 Update Download Links: ******** Download Links: Microsoft Windows ISO Download Tool l Online TechBench Link Generation by adguard MSDN DVD ISO [Nov 2014 Rollup] Download Links: Windows 8.1 l Windows 8.1 with Update [November 2014] MSDN (English) - Magnet Link l Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update MSDN -MULTI l Windows 8.1 with Latest ESDs -Original Windows Store Edition l *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Section Via Phone ******** Upgrading Windows 8.1 Windows Media Center From Activated Windows 8.1 Pro *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Section Via KMS ******** Online KMS Server List [updated Regularly]: *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Manual Online KMS Activation VIA Command Prompt *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Microsoft Toolkit 2.5.3 Developer: CODYQX4 *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMS ACT Windows 8.1 and Office15 Portable by Ratiborus *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMSAuto Net 2015 v1.x.x ML Portable by Ratiborus --- see other topic posted there #2 >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** KMSpico By Heldigard *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ******** Activation Backup And Restore Section ******** I create this topic about manually backup and restore Windows 8.1 for you guys you do not need rely on any third party software when you need to reinstall your Windows copy, you can easily do it yourself. Other reason is still early age of Windows 8.1 RTM non of the backup and restore software not functioning at the moment. See the link below for the screenshots detail instruction. How To Manual Or Automatic Backup/Restore Activation On Windows 8.1 RTM, Server 2012 R2 & Office 2013 posted there >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.!
  3. 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 >>> *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ***
  4. 13 phones getting the upgrade to the Creators Update Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is now live, but unfortunately, only a few phones are actually getting it, as Microsoft is leaving nearly 40 percent of its devices behind due to compatibility issues. Oddly enough, many of the phones that are getting the Creators Update were able to run preview builds just fine, including here the Lumia 930 and 1520, and it looks like Microsoft itself knows this very well. So today, Microsoft rolled out the Creators Update RTM to the Release Preview ring for mobile, giving users who aren’t eligible to upgrade to the final build the chance to get the stable release as well. The software giant explained in an announcement published in the Feedback Hub that this workaround comes with a risk, because the operating system is not supported and any bugs or issues won’t be fixed. “If you are a Windows Insider on an unsupported device, you can stay on the Windows 10 Creators Update and receive Cumulative Updates via the Release Preview ring. However, you do so at your own risk as it’s unsupported. If you are on one of these unsupported devices and in the Fast or Slow ring, you will need to switch to the Release Preview ring,” the company explains. 13 phones officially supported As for the reasons why some phones aren’t getting the Creators Update, Microsoft says it’s all because of the feedback it received from insiders, as it helped them determine that a number of devices aren’t really running the new OS version quite smoothly. “We looked at feedback from our Windows Insiders and realized that we would not be able to provide the best possible experience for our customers on many of these older devices. That helped us determine which devices we support for the Windows 10 Creators Update,” Microsoft says. For what it’s worth, below are the devices that are getting the Creators Update with full support from Microsoft: HP Elite x3 Microsoft Lumia 550 Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL Microsoft Lumia 650 Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL Alcatel IDOL 4S Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL SoftBank 503LV VAIO Phone Biz MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601 Trinity NuAns NEO Source
  5. Microsoft has already made some changes to address complaints, Kaspersky says Security vendor Kaspersky Lab won’t file a complaint against Microsoft for its antivirus practices in Windows 10, as the software company has made changes to address a number of reported problems, founder and Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky was quoted as saying by Reuters. In a blog post published last November, Kaspersky accused Microsoft of abusing its dominant position in the software market to push Windows Defender as the preferred antivirus solution in Windows 10, while also explaining that users end up being exposed to security risks due to some third-party security products being removed when updating to newer OS releases. Kaspersky called Microsoft’s approach abusive, describing how Windows Defender is automatically enabled on a Windows system when licenses for their third-party antivirus are close to coming to an end. “It’s a big deal because this is the crucial period during which a significant number of users seek extensions of their security software licenses. And if a user forgets to renew a license, then Microsoft deactivates the existing AV, and turns on Defender,” he said. Microsoft makes changes to address complaints It turns out, however, that Microsoft has contacted Kaspersky and the two companies worked together on a number of improvements that are already implemented, though no specifics on this have been provided. “They are listening to us and they made a few changes. It's an ongoing process. Of course if Microsoft agrees to all our requests we will not file it,” Kaspersky said. Although Kaspersky now says that no antitrust complaint would be submitted to the European Commission, his initial announcement in late 2016 revealed some antitrust bodies had already been notified. “We’ve taken the decision to address official bodies in various countries (including the EU and Russia) with a request to oblige Microsoft to cease its violation of anti-competition legislation and to remove the consequences of that violation,” he said at that point. Microsoft hasn’t yet issued a statement on the possible collaboration with Kaspersky, and the European Commission also refused to confirm whether a complaint was received or not. Source
  6. Windows 95 still powering Pentagon PCs The United States Department of Defense is now migrating to Windows 10 as part of a broader effort announced in collaboration with Microsoft, and the transition to the new operating system is projected to be finalized in the fall of this year. In the meantime, however, there are lots of computers operated by the Pentagon that are still running older Windows versions, and according to officials, some are even powered by Windows 95 or 98. Speaking about Pentagon’s efforts to boost security of its systems, Daryl Haegley, program manager for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, has revealed that many of the critical computers are currently powered by unsupported Windows versions, including not only Windows XP (which is no longer getting updates since April 2014) but also releases that are more than 20 years old. “About 75 percent of the devices that are control systems are on Windows XP or other nonsupported operating systems,” he said, adding that these stats were collected after visits to different 15 military sites. Don’t worry, be happy Haegley says there’s no reason to worry, though, adding that all these computers do not have an Internet connection, so they are harder to hack. This isn’t impossible, though, especially if these systems are part of larger networks where other computers are connected to the web. “A lot of these systems are still Windows 95 or 98, and that’s OK—if they’re not connected to the internet,” Haegley explained. DefenseOne says that systems running Windows 95 or 98 feature sensors that connect to the Internet anyway, so they’re more or less vulnerable to attacks, and running old operating systems certainly doesn’t help. In the end, Haegley calls for the US DoD to expand its bug bounty programs and call for security researchers to look for vulnerabilities not only in its websites but also in critical systems that could be exposed to cyberattacks launched by other states. Source
  7. The Creators Update launched earlier this month Microsoft launched the Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this month, and today the company has provided a quick glimpse at how the upgrade process is going, explaining that “millions” have already performed the switch to the new operating system. Without providing any specifics on how many users actually completed the upgrade, Microsoft suggests the Creators Update already shows signs of success, though it’s clearly too early to discuss about adoption figures, especially because not everyone can get it at the moment from Windows Update. What Microsoft does say, however, is that it sticks with its initial approach of blocking the upgrade on systems where feedback points to various issues, in an attempt to provide a smooth experience to as many users as possible. Blocking the upgrade The company points to a recent bug hit by some users who installed the Windows 10 Creators Update, revealing that it decided to block the upgrade until a fix is provided. “Our feedback process identified a Bluetooth accessory connectivity issue with PCs that use a specific series of Broadcom radios, ultimately resulting in devices not reconnecting as expected. Once identified, we posted this issue to our Windows community forum, provided user guidance on troubleshooting, and blocked additional devices with these specific Bluetooth radios from updating. Once a solution is available, we will update our forum post and remove the block,” Microsoft explains. Once the upgrade is blocked on Windows Update, users can no longer install the new operating system automatically, though the Windows Upgrade Assistant tool remains available for those who want to perform the whole thing manually. In this case, however, any compatibility checks are bypassed, so if there are known issues with some of the hardware or software running on your system, the upgrade is still being offered and the experience with the Creators Update might not be entirely the best. Users are obviously recommended to send feedback after installing the Creators Update, especially if any bugs are discovered, as Microsoft promises it’ll keep an eye on the Feedback Hub app to improve the experience for everyone. Source
  8. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 Microsoft has been pushing hard for consumers to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10, and after the free upgrade promo has ended, all eyes are now on enterprises, who are also projected to begin the transition to the latest OS these days. And according to a research conducted by analyst firm Gartner, no less than 85 percent of enterprises plan to start deployment of Windows 10 by the end of the year. The research involved more than 1,000 decision-makers in six countries like the United States, the UK, France, China, India, and Brazil, and was conducted before September and December last year. “Organizations recognize the need to move to Windows 10, and the total time to both evaluate and deploy Windows 10 has shortened from 23 months to 21 months between surveys that Gartner did during 2015 and 2016,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Large businesses are either already engaged in Windows 10 upgrades or have delayed upgrading until 2018. This likely reflects the transition of legacy applications to Windows 10 or replacing those legacy applications before Windows 10 migration takes place.” Security for the win As far as the reasons for moving to Windows 10 are concerned, nearly half of the respondents (49 percent) pointed to the security of the new operating system as the main improvement driving the migration to the operating system, while cloud integration was the runner-up. Enterprises typically wait for one or two major OS releases before beginning the deployment of a new operating system, and with the Creators Update now up for grabs, the upgrade pace is projected to accelerate towards the summer. Furthermore, Microsoft is also projected to release the new Windows 10 Redstone 3 in September, so enterprises completing the upgrade after the fall will receive another significant upgrade for the operating system before deployment is complete. Source
  9. Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 (Creators Update) RS2 MSDN Info: ========================================================================== Announcing Windows 10 Build 15063 for PC and Mobile What's New (PC) What's new in Windows 10, version 1703 IT pro content Windows 10 All Version Update History ========================================================================== Download Links: ISO's Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 (Updated March 2017) RS2 MSDN [All Official ISO's] Windows 10 version 1703 (updated march 2017) All Other Available ISO's ========================================================================== Windows 10 v.1703 32 ISO: 28 MSDN + 4 TECH BRENCH RTM: 15063.0.RS2_RELEASE.170317-1834 EN-RU by W.Z.T ========================================================================== Windows 10 Creators Update (RS2) MSDN EN [Version 1703 Build 15063] - Magnet Links ========================================================================== Windows 10 Creators Update (RS2) MSDN EN-RU [Version 1703 Build 15063] - FTP Links ========================================================================== Media Creation Tool Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 Media Creation Tool ========================================================================== Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 Upgrade Assistant http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/4/7/047889D0-578C-4A44-A38F-7F30A6CB3809/current-version/Windows10Upgrade9252.exe ========================================================================== ESD's Windows 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 RS2 (All Languages) .ESD http://pastebin.com/raw/19FJrVGm Windows 15063.0.170317-1834 RS2 Release (All Languages) .esd (Enterprise VL, Education VL, Pro VL, Pro Retail) https://pastebin.com/raw/63AM8Nqr Credit: abbodi1406 (MDL) ========================================================================== Windows 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 RS2 (All Available Languages) Enterprise .ESD Site: http://pastebin.com Sharecode[?]: /raw/6DPiW6Ke ========================================================================== English en-US Direct Download Links : Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfy5/raw ---------------------------------------------------------------- Other Available Languages Direct Download Links: Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dt7sw/raw ========================================================================== Decrypt-multi-release by adguard https://s1.rg-adguard.net/dl/decrypt/decrypt-multi-release.7z ========================================================================== Windows 10 Update Assistant (Upgrade from Win 10 Anniversary Update 14393.0 to Win 10 RS2 15063.0) https://download.microsoft.com/download/0/4/7/047889D0-578C-4A44-A38F-7F30A6CB3809/current-version/Windows10Upgrade9194.exe ========================================================================== Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core 1703 (15063) ========================================================================== 15063 Language Packs by DiamondMon [x86/x64] Site: http://textuploader.com Sharecode[?]: /dtfb2/raw ========================================================================== Other Download Links: Abbodi1406 uup-converter-wimlib_6.7z Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 1703 Windows SDK 10.0.15063.137 Mobile Emulator 15063 A tool for you to easily share ESD Url to others by Accelerator ========================================================================== ACTIVATION: Via KMS --> OR Via Permanent Phone Activation --> ========================================================================== Important info/tools/topic replies/links: ============================= Windows 10.0.14393.447 Version 1607 RS1 (Updated January 2017) MSDN - 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  10. The update is only aimed at Creators Update systems Microsoft has just released a new cumulative update for Windows 10, this time exclusively for systems running the Creators Update - PCs still on the Anniversary Update, as well as those running version 1511 and the RTM build, aren’t getting any cumulative updates. Windows 10 cumulative update KB4016240 bumps OS version to 15063.250 and includes only bug fixes and performance improvements, with no new features being added - this is the case of every cumulative update, as Microsoft uses them to address the most recent issues in the operating system. What’s new in cumulative update KB4016240? First and foremost, Microsoft says that KB4016240 includes a fix for virtual machines that are losing network connectivity while provisioning IP addresses, while also addressing bugs in Internet Explorer not saving JavaScript files when exporting to MHT. In terms of security improvements, Internet Explorer users are again targeted by the cumulative update, as KB4016240 fixes a memory leak experienced with cross-domain content. Microsoft has also managed to repair a bug experienced by Windows 10 users after upgrading to the Creators Update with system language set to Chinese. The company says some of these users were hit by a bug causing the progress page to display geometric shapes instead of localized strings. As for gaming, KB4016240 address an issue “where running Win32 Direct3D applications or games in full-screen exclusive mode causes the system to become unresponsive when resuming from Connected Standby,” as the company explains today. And last but not least, there are some goodies for other applications, including Microsoft Edge, which is the new default browser in Windows 10. As is the case with every cumulative update for Windows 10, a reboot is required to complete the install, so make sure you save your work before anything else. Also, we are not aware of any failed installs so far and Microsoft says that everything is working correctly for most users, but we’ll keep an eye out on reports and we’ll let you know if any bugs are discovered. Windows 10 CU KB4016240 Source
  11. Webroot antivirus on Windows Security software developed by Webroot mistakenly flagged critical Windows files as infected and quarantined them after a bad update released by the company on April 24. According to the security vendor itself, the update was pulled after approximately 15 minutes, but this still hasn’t stopped some computers from receiving it, with thousands of systems said to be broken down after antivirus software flagged Windows files signed by Microsoft as malicious. Furthermore, the buggy update also incorrectly blocked access to Facebook after flagging the social network as a phishing website. At the time of publishing this article, Webroot is still working on addressing the issue, though the company has already provided workarounds to prevent the antivirus from re-detecting files as infected. “We are still working to resolve this issue through the night and will keep you updated as soon as more information becomes available,” the company said a few minutes ago. 30 million users in 2016 Webroot emphasizes that the false warnings do not come as a result of being hacked, adding that both consumers and businesses are affected and a workaround for MSPs (managed service providers) is still in development. “Webroot has not been breached and customers are not at risk. Legitimate malicious files are being identified and blocked as normal. We continue to work on a comprehensive resolution, but a live fix has been released for the Facebook issue and is propagating through to customers now,” the company said, explaining that the whole thing happened because files were flagged as W32.Trojan.Gen. While it’s not yet clear how many users were affected by this bad update, Webroot reported 30 million customers last year, out of which a big part accounted for businesses who are still waiting for a fix at this point. Furthermore, Webroot says that its servers are also working a bit slower than expected because of the big number of requests after the faulty update shipped. “For those that reported that agent commands were not working or were very delayed, that backlog of requests has processed and we are told that it has caught up. For anyone that had failures, please try again,” the firm says. Source
  12. Windows 7 SP1 [Phone Activation, Download Links & Repository] Windows 7 All Online/Offline [Retail-MAK] Activation Keys =================================================================================== Download Links: Windows 7 Official Direct Download Links Via Java Scrip from Microsoft Tech Bench [All Editions/Languages] Windows 7 SP1 All Edition MSDN Eng Untouched FTP Direct Download Links >>> l Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (All Languages)MSDN Magnet Link >>> Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate & Enterprise with SP1 (All Languages) MSDN Direct Download Links >>> =================================================================================== Windows 7 Phone Activation: ======================================================================================================================= Windows Loader 2.2.2 by DAZ [OEM Activation] ======================================================================================================================= Backup/Restore Windows 7 Activation - Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3
  13. The app runs in the background and can be launched from the system tray The recently-launched Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a blue light filter called Night Light, which is essentially a built-in feature that does the same thing as the super-popular f.lux third-party app: it reduces eyestrain by controlling display temperature profiles at night. And while the addition of a blue light filter to Windows 10 is a helpful improvement for the majority of users, others prefer to stick with third parties, which in most of the cases provide more options that aren’t yet available in Microsoft’s operating system. While f.lux is clearly the top option at the moment, users can also try out a more lightweight alternative called LightBulb, which incorporates the essential feature package in a tiny window that can be launched from the system tray icon. Open-source alternative With an approach that’s similar to f.lux, LightBulb lets users adjust night and day-time color temperature, set the transition duration and enable an automatic mode that has the blue light filter kick in by configuring sunrise and sunset times. You can configure your location, use Internet synchronization, and toggle features like gamma polling and temperature smoothing. “When it gets late, due to bright blue light emitting from the screen, looking at your PC monitor can become very straining on the eyes. This program sits in the background and continuously changes the gamma using temperature profiles, making the colors appear warmer at night. You can customize it in any way you like, including changing the day-time and night-time color temperatures, transition duration, sunrise and sunset times, temperature smoothing and a lot more,” the developer of the app explains. We’ve already tried out the app on Windows 10 Creators Update and everything works pretty smoothly, with no bug discovered whatsoever. Running it on Windows 10 without the Creators Update installed brought similar results, so this is clearly an app to try if you don’t like Night Light or you are running a previous Windows version. It comes with the essential feature package, including location detection The app is light on system resources and features a straightforward UI LightBulb Homepage LightBulb Download Article Source
  14. This is the Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft has recently confirmed issues experienced by users with their Bluetooth devices after installing the Windows 10 Creators Update, and the company says that it’s already working on a fix for affected systems. While little is known about what’s going wrong with Bluetooth in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft says that it discovered issues with Broadcom and Realtek radio. Impacted Bluetooth devices, like mice and keyboard, typically take much longer to reconnect than before the install of the Windows 10 Creators Update, while some users are complaining that their accessories lose connection after an idle time. The troubleshooter should be your first option The Redmond-based software giant explains that running the Bluetooth troubleshooter in Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot under Find and fix other problems is the first thing everyone impacted by this issue should do, though it’s very clear that nobody expects these troubleshooters to actually make a difference. “We are aware that some users with Broadcom radios may experience Bluetooth LE device connection issues (while Settings is open) after upgrading to Windows 10 Creators Update. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible,” Microsoft said in one statement, while then confirming at a later time that issues with Realtek radio are also acknowledged. “If you have a Realtek radio and experience connectivity issues, such as losing your mouse input after an idle period, try running the Bluetooth troubleshooter. The Bluetooth troubleshooter should reconnect your mouse, however you may again lose connectivity the next time your system idles. We are aware of this issue in the Creators Update, and are working on a fix that will be included in a future driver update.” For the moment, there’s not much you can do right now if your system is hit by the same issues, and in case your Bluetooth mouse no longer works, switching to a wired one at least temporarily is the only workaround. There’s no ETA as to when the fix could go live for Creators Update users. Source
  15. Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 15205 to the Fast ring. 15205 was the second build to emerge from the new 'feature2' development branch, after Microsoft split development of its Mobile OS from the main Redstone 3 branch, which is currently available to PCs. Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile build 15207 to the Fast ring, but there's not a great deal to get excited about. Windows Insider Program chief Dona Sarkar described it as "exactly the same as Build 15205 released last week but with one additional fix we would like extra coverage on from Insiders": As with the previous feature2 releases, build 15207 is only available to the 13 Windows 10 Mobile handsets that Microsoft is now supporting on the Insider Program. The same 13 devices will be the only ones eligible to upgrade to the new Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update, which will begin rolling out tomorrow. Source
  16. Microsoft announced last week that starting October 13, 2020, customers who purchased a copy of a standalone Office product — such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016 — will have their access revoked to Skype for Business and OneDrive for Business accounts. Access to these accounts came with the perpetual license customers bought for the standalone Office copy. Microsoft says that when mainstream support ends for Office 2016, on October 13, 2020, so does this access, but that customers can regain it by ditching standalone Office suites and moving to a cloud-based Office 365 ProPlus account. "We’re providing more than three years’ notice to give IT time to plan and budget for this change," Microsoft said in a statement. "Until this new requirement goes into effect in 2020, Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 2016 perpetual clients will still be able to connect to Office 365 services [Skype and OneDrive for Business]." Experts say this is a veiled attempt to force customers to move to its Office 365 paid service. Last year, Microsoft boasted of having more than 85 million Office 365 customers. Just like Adobe, Microsoft is trying to move away from the classic license-based purchase model to a monthly subscription service, known to bring in stable revenue and a quicker return for any investments in new features. Also this past week, Microsoft announced that major updates for Office 365 ProPlus and the Windows 10 OS will be synchronized and delivered at the same time, twice per year, one update in March, and one update in September. The company said it took this decision to make the upgrade process easier for companies and sysadmins. Source
  17. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 With Update New Features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 MAK / Retail Keys Windows Server 2008 R2 MAK Keys [standard-Ent-Datacenter] ================================================================================= ******** Download Section ******** ================================================================================= ******** Activation Section ******** 4. Right click the start menu and choose "command prompt (admin) Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. 5. Next you will get installation ID in this step. 6. Use Skype Free Microsoft Call Center to Get Confirmation ID.... **Make sure have a microphone plugged into your pc in order for the dial pad to work!** Step By Step Dealing Activation Center and Answering the Question Right..... Use USA Activation Center - [+18885712048]: During call these is all Question you will be asking: Q: Are you calling to activate windows xp [Even you are not on XP say yes to all other home user MS Product activation] A: Dial 1 with your touchpad / keypad Q: Are your computer with activation windows open A: Dial 1 with your touchpad / keypad Then Robot will ask your Installation ID Q: Please say or enter the digit in group one.. A: Just enter 7 digit and 9 group using your keypad one at the time just after the command of Robot! Group 1: XXXXXXX till group 9. Q: Are you ready for me to give you first part of Confirmation ID A: Dial 1 with your touchpad / keypad 7. Just type Confirmation ID giving by Robot into Windows Wizard on Confirmation ID Screen from A Till H without making any mistake 8. Click Activate Windows Server 2012 R2....... 9. Right click the start menu and choose "command prompt (admin) Other Command Activation Check Prompt Check Activation remain grace period:slmgr.vbs /dlvCheck Volume activation expireslmgr /xpr ================================================================================= ================================================================================= ******** Activation Section Via KMS ******** *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** 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 Name: Microsoft ToolkitCRC32: 1E685813MD5: CA61FAAEFCC6189CE7C77C9B3DB98156SHA-1: D17087DF35A2CF867BB6A1C1605970014A3AE036Size: 49.5 MB Developer: CODYQX4 *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** .Using the program: Requirement Additional Information: Changelog: v1.3.4 -Changes in program for compatibility with antivirus softwa Name: KMSAuto Net.exeCRC32: 9846D9EFMD5: 11D5507C8770EB6BF95E1924C83955A9SHA-1: 723209AE8ACB8FAF520CA1271505A8E6737154C9Size: 5.00 MB Download Link: http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0L76VOY2/KMSAuto_Net_2014_v1.3.4_Portable_0.zip_links *** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *** ================================================================================= ******** 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 >>>
  18. Windows Digital Rights Update Tool Removes WMA DRM Protection Digital Rights Update Tool is a new application for Windows 10 by Microsoft that allows you to remove DRM protection from WMA audio files. Windows users who use Windows Media Player to rip audio CDs to WMA audio files on devices running Windows may notice one day that DRM protection was added to the audio files. The same may be true for WMA songs or albums acquired on the Internet, as they make use of DRM as well usually. Note that you may select mp3 as the output format in the options instead of WMA. DRM is added automatically to the audio files when they are downloaded after the purchase, or during the audio CD ripping process. While that means that the audio files can be played on the system they have been downloaded to or ripped on, problems may occur when the audio files are moved to another machine. The DRM of the audio files may have been linked to a particular machine, or a particular version of Windows Media Player. This led to all kinds of issues, for instance after Windows Media Player updates, Windows upgrades, or the transfer of the audio files to another Windows PC. This meant for some users that they could not play the ripped or purchased audio files anymore because of DRM issues. Digital Rights Update Tool Microsoft has released an application for Windows 10 that takes care of DRM related issues. The Digital Rights Update Tool was designed to remove the copy protection from WMA files. Microsoft notes that it works only for WMA audio files, and even restricts this to ripped audio files, and not those that have been purchased online. I never purchased WMA audio files online, and cannot test whether the Digital Rights Update Tool works with purchased WMA files as well. The tool has a basic interface. Simply click on the folder icon of the tool to open a file browser and add WMA audio files to the application. Once done, click on the play button to start the process. You may create backups of the original files, but need to enable the option in the preferences before you start the process. Closing Words Microsoft released the Digital Rights Update Tool exclusively for Windows 10 devices. While it is not available for devices running older versions of Windows, you may run Windows 10 in a virtual machine to use the application on those devices as well. The tool, at least, seems to work well for audio files that you ripped using Windows Media Player. (via Born) Now You: Is audio ripping still a thing? Source
  19. Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 Pro Plus Activation Guides & Tools Microsoft Office 2010 Pro All Product MAK Keys Download Links: Microsoft Office 2010 With SP1 RTM VL EN ISO Original From VLSC-FTP Direct Download Links l Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 with Service Pack 1 VL Original From VLSC (x64 / x86) MULTI l Office 2010 SP1 VL EN-US Direct Download Links l Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 With Service Pack 1 Volume License Edition (x64/x86) [MULTI LANGUAGES] - Torrent Download Link Checksums: ================================================================================================================= Convert The Activation From Retail Into Volume What it doesn't Guide Supported products Other info Changelog 1.4.2 -> 1.4.3 - Fixed a bug when using multiple installers with SP1 integrated. If more than 1 installer of 1 architecture had SP1 already integrated, only the files from the first processed one would make it into the iso. So please avoid using olde versions when working with SP1 integrated installers. - Fixed a cosmetic imperfection: the groupbox for the output file wasn't aligned properly. MD5: B1322D44A55985DB2CE22AA08B7A57A7 SHA-1: 0AE46DDE574D4E3BBB28E11023163E7C3191AA02 ================================================================================================================= How To Activate Microsoft Office 2010 ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Name: Microsoft Toolkit.exe Size: 25.5 MB CRC32: C6710609 MD5: E9164FBDE6BC0A0047F4D18D671E941C SHA-1: C7E2CCD61F6B51F0DF1D17F07F88572D5BE720FA Credit: CODYQX4 [MDL] ================================================================================================================= ================================================================================================================= Features: Using This Program: Latest Release Changelog: Homepage - http://www.joshcellsoftwares.com/2011/09/AdvancedTokensManager.htm Name: Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3.exe Size: 3.17 MBCRC32: 573B78D5 MD5: 20ACC86957A0DE7C9BBD66116F4F27FF SHA-1: AE76D74879F5BC87CDF7D9906CA0F8E750F2BBF9 ================================================================================================================= Additional Tools & Info ================================================================================================================= Requirements NET Framework 3.5 (or higher versions) Version 1.0.0.8 Improvement: Supports Office 2013 IUpdate: Updated update check Download Link http://pxc-coding.com/downloads/office-key-remover/Office-Key-Remover-1.0.0.8-Setup.exe ================================================================================================================= Usage System Requirements Changelog Homepage - http://janek2012.eu/ Pkeyconfigs from few leaked builds: Download Download Link http://www.mirrorcreator.com/files/0FR84TQJ/PID_Checker_v1.1.3.590.rar_links Virustotal result 0/ 45 =================================================================================================================
  20. Bypass For Windows Update Lock For Next-Gen Processors Found A first workaround for the blocking of Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with next-generation processors has been discovered. Microsoft blocked the delivery of Windows Updates recently to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices powered by a next-generation processor. The company announced the support change in January 2017. Broken down to the essentials, it means that Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge processors are only support by Windows 10, and not older versions of Windows. To hammer that home, Microsoft made the decision to block Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with those next generation processors. The company introduced patches, KB4012218 and KB4012219 for instance, which introduced process generation and hardware support detection on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. Windows users who run Windows Update get the unsupported hardware error prompt when they try to scan for and download the latest patches for their -- still supported -- operating system. Bypass for Windows Update lock for next-gen processors GitHub user zeffy made the decision to take a closer look at how the actual blocking is done on the operating system level. What he did was the following: Download the Patch KB4012218 from Microsoft. Extract the content of the MSU file using the expand command line tool. Expand basically extracts all files that are part of an update file so that you can analyze each individually. This resulted in a long list of files. He used PowerShell to filter the files for anything starting with "wu" to filter out Windows Update related files. He then ran diff tools to compare the binaries of the files in the new update file with those on the actual operating system. He discovered the dynamic link library wuaueng.dll, and found the two functions IsCPUSupported(void) and IsDeviceServiceable(void) in it. Now that he found the culprits that blocked the installation of updates on machines with next generation processors, he came up with a solution for that. His preferred solution jumps over the whole "IsDeviceServiceable(void)" body so that Windows Update is notified that the CPU on the machine is supported. The solution requires the patching of the dll file. He has uploaded the patched files for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to the GitHub project page. The source code has been made available there as well for you to check. The patches come as scripts that you just need to run to make the necessary changes. Windows Update should work just like before then even on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems with next generation processors Attention: it is recommended that you create a backup of the wuaueng.dll file before you patch it. Even better, create a backup of the system partition just to be on the safe side of things. One caveat of the method is that any new version of wuaueng.dll that Microsoft releases requires new patching. Microsoft may device other means to block updates on those systems as well in the future. (via Sergey) Now You: What's your take on Microsoft blocking updates for customer systems? Source
  21. Windows XP: Why It Won't Die For Years To Come Old versions of Windows are sticking around longer than you might think, in unexpected places. Old versions of Windows just won't go away. Earlier this week Microsoft ended its support for Vista, which means the decade-old operating system will no longer get security updates. And while this may spur some companies to finally kick out their old devices, there are still plenty still holding onto Vista and XP -- and perhaps even older versions of Windows. "I think if you dug down deep you'd find some Windows 98 in places too," said Stephen Kleynhans, research VP at analyst Gartner. Just how much old Windows is in use is actually unclear: according to research by Spiceworks, just over half of businesses still have at least one PC running Windows XP and nearly one in 10 still have Windows Vista running somewhere too. Spiceworks calculates that Windows XP is running on 14 percent of all PCs in businesses worldwide, while Windows Vista is only running on one percent. In contrast, Windows 7 has the highest share, running on 69 percent of business PCs. Windows 10 currently has nine percent of the overall share, followed by Windows 8 at five percent, according to Spiceworks. It's worth noting these numbers for XP are higher than other sources which paint a slightly different picture: NetMarketShare says that Windows XP makes up around seven percent of PCs accessing the internet (Vista is a rounding error at less than one percent), with Windows 7 accounting for half and Windows 10 a quarter. And other stats show XP with a much lower share still, as my colleague Ed Bott has explored elsewhere. Not in front of the users Still, considering that nearly 90 percent of IT professionals surveyed by Spiceworks said they are concerned about the risks of running unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista, why are they still being used at all? "The reality is we tend to think of PCs as devices that sit in front of users. If you look at that class of device there's practically no XP left, but there are PCs used in all kinds of different scenarios in companies," said Gartner's Kleynhans. That might be a Windows XP PC running a security system and monitoring the card swipes at all the doors in an office, or a PC monitoring elevators and recording a log. If those PCs don't have new applications installed on them, and are not connected to the internet, most companies don't see good reasons to replace them. "Those machines might have been there 10 years, and they're running Windows XP, and they will probably run that until the day they're finally disposed of because there's no reason to spend any money or any effort to change it," said Kleynhans. For example, Kleynhans encountered one organization using heavy equipment that needed to set up using software tools that only ran on Windows XP. "Most larger companies probably have one or two things like that hanging around in the periphery. It's not an indication they are strategically sticking with XP. That's a tactical reality," he said. However, that doesn't mean it's would be a good idea to use an out-of-support version of Windows on a PC used for standard office work. "That would just be dumb, quite frankly," said Kleynhans. "That would be a bad thing to be doing because there is no security left, no fixes coming down the pike. You should at least be trying to keep somewhat up-to-date with a machine that some individual cares about to do their daily job." One area where XP has a stronghold is perhaps with consumers, Kleynhans said, who don't think about security issues, and are more concerned with the few dollars it will cost them or the time and effort to do an update rather than the potential problems. And chances are nothing will make them upgrade. "If you haven't converted by now there's nothing that will force you to convert at this point until the hardware physically dies." XP has stuck around so long because it was an extremely popular version of Windows -- certainly compared to its successor, Vista. And Windows 7 is similarly popular, which means it may also be with us for quite some time. "There will be similar cases to the ones we see with XP where the machine is doing its job sitting in a corner, so why would we ever touch it? Seven years from now, 10 years from now, we'll probably be looking at some survey and it says look at all this Windows 7 that's still out there," said Kleynhans. "It's not that companies will say en-masse that they are not going to Windows 10 -- in fact we are seeing the exact opposite: we are seeing a very positive response. But there will be some places in the company where they decide, for whatever reason, to keep some Windows 7 in that corner." Source
  22. Comodo Internet Security needs to be fully up-to-date before installing the Creators Update Software developed by Comodo appears to be hit by some compatibility issues with Windows 10 Creators Update, so all users are urged to install the most recent versions before performing the upgrade to the latest OS release pushed by Microsoft earlier this month. In an advisory posted on its website, Comodo says that Comodo Internet Security (CIS) / Comodo Firewall / Comodo Antivirus must be updated to version 10.0.1.6209 or higher, while in the case of Comodo Cloud Antivirus, the installed version must be 1.10.413855.478 or higher. It appears that some of the users who don’t install the latest versions of Comodo software are experiencing what the security vendor describes as “severe graphical issues,” so everyone is strongly recommended to update the applications before anything else. “Do not install the Windows 10 'Creator' upgrade until you have confirmed your Comodo product is updated to one of the versions listed above. Please postpone the Windows update until you have made this check,” Comodo says in a warning. Too late? No problem In case you’ve already installed the Creators Update with the old Comodo software running on your system and you experience the glitches mentioned above, there’s no other workaround that removing the antivirus completely. If the operating system performance returns to normal, you can then re-install the latest version of Comodo to see if it makes any difference. To update Comodo Antivirus, all you have to do is to launch the app and hit the Update button, but the whole thing is a little bit better in the case of Comodo Cloud Antivirus where a manual update system is not available. In this case, the only way to go is to launching Settings > General Settings > Updates and configure the option to “Check for program updates every” to 1 day, while also enabling “Automatically install program updates.” The application should then perform an update check at a later time and offer you the newer version that’s working correctly on the Windows 10 Creators Update. Source
  23. This pack is aimed at Windows 10 N Windows 10 N edition is one very special version of the operating system that doesn’t include the media apps and functionality that you typically find on Microsoft’s platform, and this not only means that users are lacking essential tools for working with media files but also that some apps cannot be launched. Fortunately, Microsoft does provide separate download links for the Media Feature Pack, which brings all the media functionality to N edition, and recently, the company rolled out the dedicated pack for computers updated to the Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703). Features missing, apps not working For background, N editions of Windows 10 do not come with Windows Media Player (and all associated modules), Windows Media DRM, media sharing and Play To options, Windows 8.1 Portable Devices (WPD) infrastructure, audio codecs, Groove Music (which is Microsoft’s most recent big bet in the media business), Video, Voice Recorder, and Skype. “Some websites and software, such as Windows Store apps or Microsoft Office, use Windows Media-related files that are not incorporated into these editions of Windows. Users can make these websites and software work correctly by installing the Media Feature Pack for N editions of Windows 10,” Microsoft itself explains. As a result, there are lots of Windows 10 features that are not available in these N editions, including here Windows Hello, Windows cameras, Alarms and Clock, OneDrive and Photos (both of them unable to play videos), webcam, and even Cortana, as speech interaction is not working. Users running Windows 10 Creators Update N edition whose policy allow the installation of this add-on can download the Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703) from Softpedia right now. Keep in mind that a system reboot is necessary and creating a backup always comes in handy, especially because this pack modifies system files and this kind of modifications can have an impact on system stability. Source
  24. Microsoft never shied away from claiming that Edge is a much more secure browser than Chrome. Even some third-party tests have sustained its claims. Nonetheless, there are currently three different issues affecting Edge, which Microsoft might not like you knowing about. The first two were discovered by Argentinian security researcher Manuel Caballero, a man that has previously found other issues in Edge in the past [1, 2]. Detecting a user's Edge extensions The first of these relates to user privacy, and more precisely to a flaw that a threat actor can exploit to detect a list of the user's installed Edge extensions. While knowing which Edge extension a user is using can be used to leverage vulnerabilities in that extension and hack a target, a more down-to-Earth scenario would be that advertisers could leverage that information to create more accurate user fingerprints, and use these fingerprints to track users across different sites. The researcher said that the first method used to exploit this flaw was mitigated with the release of Windows 10 Creators Update, but he pointed out that there are two other ways this can still be exploited. A proof-of-concept demo page is available here. Using Edge's new Reading Mode to bypass SOP filters The second flaw Caballero discovered was in Edge's "Reading View," which is a browser feature that strips away all the ads and images and leaves only a page's title and text, similar's to Firefox's Reader View. The security researcher found a way to leverage to force a page to load into Reading View, even this isn't possible for all URLs. Because of a bug in Reading View, the attacker can load JavaScript code on this page that redirects the user to a new page, while the original URL remains in the address bar. Caballero weaponized this bug by taking the URL from Google search results, which start with google.com but are actually redirects, to load that link in Reading View, but send users to malicious pages. Second and third Reading View bugs the researcher discovered allowed him to load and execute code in this Reading View page, bypassing SOP (Same Origin Policy). The ability to execute code is dangerous, as the attacker could re-shape the page to look like the real Google login page but secretly record the user's login credentials, all the time while showing google.com in the address bar. This issue is not yet fixed. A demo page is here, and a YouTube video is available below. Edge leaks user data via AJAX requests The third and final major Edge bug was discovered by security researcher Ariel Zelivansky. According to the researcher, the flaw resides in how Microsoft implemented the Fetch API, a new standard for dealing with AJAX requests, meant to replace the older XMLHttpRequest (XHR). Zelivansky says Edge's JavaScript fetch() requests leak data on the fetched URL. The researcher argues that this issue could be used to harvest data on users or to unmask unknown visitors of a site and link their IP to sites where their persona might be logged in, such as Facebook, Twitter, Slack, etc.. A demo is available here. When accessing this demo, the page will list links to the user's Facebook, YouTube, and Docs.com profiles, all without any user interaction. Just like the two attacks discovered by Caballero, this is also currently unpatched. Zelivansky said Microsoft didn't determine this to be a security issue but said they plan to fix it in a non-security update in the coming future. Source
  25. How To Manage Power Throttling In Windows 10 (Redstone 3) Microsoft's work on a new power saving technology called Power Throttling continues in the latest Windows Insider builds. The feature is designed to improve the power consumption of a battery-powered device running Windows 10 by handling the power consumption of background tasks better. Note: Power Throttling is a temporary name for the feature. The current iteration works only on systems with Intel's 6th-generation or later Core processors. The company plans to improve support in the coming months. Most Windows users run multiple programs at the same time. A web browser and video player, multiple browsers, an email client, image editor, games, image viewers, and a lot more. All of these programs drain power, even if they run in the background. Microsoft's first batch of experiments showed that Power Throttling could save up to 11% in CPU power consumption. While the actual mileage may vary depending on the programs that are run and throttled, it is quite useful for battery powered Windows devices. Windows 10 Power Throttling Microsoft's describes Power Throttling in the following way: Microsoft built a detection system into Windows 10 to automate the functionality of the feature. This algorithm detects important work, and protects it from being throttled. Work that is deemed important may include foreground programs, but also background apps such as music players and apps you interact with regularly. All other applications and programs may be throttled to decrease the device's power consumption. Managing Power Throttling While the system worked well during tests, errors may be made in determining whether programs should be throttled or not. Windows 10 users have two main options to handle issues that they may run into while Power Throttling is applied to processes on the system: Switch the Power mode to Best Performance This turns off Power Throttling completely, but it will increase the power consumption significantly as power saving functions are disabled as well in that mode. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Go to System > Power, and click on Additional power settings. Switch the power plan to high performance on the page that opens. Blacklist apps to exclude them Use a new blacklist setting in the Battery Settings to opt-out individual applications. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Go to System > Battery, and click on Battery Usage by App. Select the application you want to blacklist, and toggle the Managed by Windows preference to off. Next, remove the checkmark in Reduce work app does when in background as well. Closing Words Power Throttling is designed to save power on Windows 10 devices. It remains to be seen how much power Windows 10 users will save with the feature enabled on the release channel. Microsoft plans to release APIs for developers to give developers "more fine grained control" over the throttling. Now You: Which power plan do you run on Windows, and why? Source