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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. LineageOS Picks Up Some New Features And Also Adds A Few New Devices To Its Roster It has only been a few months since its debut, but LineageOS has been making some excellent progress by providing consistent updates for a broad roster of phones that is now over 80 units strong. More recently, the team celebrated a million installations of the OS and, not one to rest on its laurels, has pumped out another update. Over the past couple of weeks, there hasn't been much added in terms of features, but anything new that improves the experience is always welcome. The team has added a new gallery app, making it easier to navigate between a user's timeline, albums, and videos, along with the ability to play videos in fullscreen. In order to prevent issues while updating, the LineageOS Updater has been made more reliable and should encounter fewer occurrences when downloads are broken or corrupted. There is also a new floating button in the screen recording app that will allow users to choose when to begin recording. Naturally, there have been devices added to the roster, with a couple also having been dropped, which you can find in detail down below: If you're interested in trying out LineageOS, be sure to check out the source link below. More Info: LineageOS Source
  4. Everyone who knows anything about computers knows that Windows won the war for the desktop a long time ago. Even today, it holds an impressive 84.1 percent of that market. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the battlefield has shifted. In 2012, Android could claim just 2.2 percent of the total OS market (desktop PCs, laptop PCs and smart devices), compared to a hefty 82 percent market share for Microsoft’s Windows. Fast forward to 2017, and the picture is startlingly different. Windows’ market share has dropped to 38.6 percent, with Google’s Android rapidly closing the gap, claiming 37.4 percent. Apple’s iOS comes in a distant third with 12.99 percent. If the trend continues, then by next year, Android will surpass Windows as the most used OS in the world. Microsoft was slow to realize the seismic shift in the marketplace, and once it did, the company’s initial forays into the newly emerging market were clumsy with a number of false starts. The release of Windows 10 represents the company’s latest effort and is their strongest offering to date. At this point, despite the strength of Microsoft’s latest offering, it is all but certain that Android will overtake Windows as the dominant OS. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Windows 10 will allow Microsoft to reclaim the throne. If you look at the numbers from just five years ago, suggesting that Android would one day dominate Windows would have been laughable. It was simply unthinkable, and yet, this is the current state of the market. It matters because it underscores the significance of the shift away from PCs and laptops to handheld devices. That shift will alter, perhaps significantly, the shape and functionality of software for years, if not decades to come. Since computers first entered our homes, Microsoft has been firmly in the driver’s seat. That is about to change. It’s a brave new world. By dstech http://www.dstech.net/2017/03/25/windows-slated-to-get-surpassed-by-android-as-most-used-os/
  5. Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says Avast provides Windows usage data in latest report While it’s important to note that these figures come from computers running Avast, they do align with the statistics provided by research firms whose main activity is monitoring operating system usage, so there’s a good chance these are accurate. First and foremost, there’s leader Windows 7. According to Avast, the operating system launched in 2009 is currently powering more than 56 million computers where its antivirus product is installed, and this means a share of no less than 48.35 percent. Windows 10 is growing, the security firm says, and it managed to reach a share of 30.46 percent, which accounts for a little over 35 million devices running Avast security software. Windows XP still a super-popular choice But what’s a little more worrying for everyone, including here Microsoft, users, and Avast itself, is that Windows XP, which was launched in 2001 and no longer receives security updates since April 2014, is still running on more than 6.5 million computers. This means that it has a share of 5.64 percent, more than Windows 8 (2.51 percent) and Windows Vista (2.08 percent) combined. Windows 8 was launched in 2012 as Microsoft’s new revolution, but its small market share is mostly the result of most people choosing the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. The OS launched one year later has a share of 10.96 percent, which represents 12.7 million PCs running Avast. For what it’s worth, Windows Vista is also reaching end of support next month, so users who are still running this OS, and there are at least 2 million according to Avast, should already start planning the upgrade. Windows 10 is the safest bet right now, as Windows 7 itself is also projected to reach EOL in January 2020. Source
  6. LineageOS Reaches Over A Million Installations, Adds More Devices To Its Roster After the collapse of Cyanogen, LineageOS rose from its ashes to create a new community and alternative Android OS. For the past several months, the team has been busy, releasing builds for an immense amount of devices. Now, it has been revealed that the team has hit a milestone with over one million installations. To be clear, the team did state that this doesn't necessarily mean that LineageOS has been installed on over a million devices, but that the OS itself has been installed over a million times. In addition to the announcement, it was revealed that there would be some updates to the OS which are listed below. Per usual, devices have been added to the 14.1 roster like the international and Verizon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the international version of the LG G5, and the LG V20 for T-Mobile. As for 13.0 devices, you'll be looking at mainly Motorola handsets with the Droid 4, Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and Photon Q. More Info: LineageOS Source
  7. Canonical announces Ubuntu Linux 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance) On April 25th, Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS will no longer be supported by Canonical. Why? That is the 5 year anniversary of the release, which is the amount of support time given to an LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Linux distribution. For many home users, this really doesn't matter, as they have probably already upgraded to a newer version. Unfortunately, some businesses do not upgrade as regularly. In fact, some organizations may not be ready to move on from Ubuntu 12.04. Tough luck? Not at all. Today, Canonical introduces Ubuntu Linux 12.04 ESM. This "Extended Security Maintenance" release is not free, however -- organizations must pay for the extended support. "Following the end-of-life of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Canonical is offering Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance), which provides important security fixes for the kernel and the most essential user space packages in Ubuntu 12.04. These updates are delivered in a secure, private archive exclusively available to Ubuntu Advantage customers," says Canonical. The company further says, "All Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users are encouraged to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. But for those who cannot upgrade immediately, Ubuntu 12.04 ESM updates will help ensure the on-going security and integrity of Ubuntu 12.04 systems". If you are interested in leveraging this ESM version of the Linux Distribution, you must become a paid Ubuntu Advantage member. To check out pricing, just head over to the website here. While using this ESM version is certainly a smart move, businesses should also consider upgrading to a newer version of the operating system -- after extensive testing, of course. Source
  8. Adguard Website: Download Windows And Office ISO Images Adguard is a third-party web service that allows you to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office ISO images from Microsoft services directly. Microsoft makes it quite difficult for the average user to download ISO images of Windows or Office. While you can grab some ISOs from Microsoft directly, it gets quite complicated if you need ISO images of older Microsoft products. One of the better options to get those is provided by the Windows ISO Downloader program for Windows. You may use the program to grab ISO images of Windows or Office versions or editions straight from Microsoft servers. The program is available for Windows only however, so that you cannot really use it if you happen to use a different operating system. Adguard: Download Windows and Office ISO images The Adguard website offers an alternative. If's biggest advantage over Windows ISO Downloader is that it is a web service. You need a modern web browser to access it, but don't need to install programs or plugins to make use of it. All you have to do is pick an interface language at the top, and select the product that you want to download using the menus provided. The following five menus determine the product: Type: Windows RTM, Windows Insider, Office, Other. Version: depends on type, includes Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2011 for Mac, and recent Windows 10 Insider Preview builds. Edition: depends on type and version. Windows editions include Home, Pro, Enterprise, Office include Home,Personal, Professional, and more. Language: lists all supported languages based on the type, version and edition. File: usually 32-bit or 64-bit, if provided. Once you have made the last selection, the file download link is provided right away. The listing includes the file size of the download, and the SHA1 hash. Downloads, at least those that I have tested, originate from Microsoft servers. It is recommended that you check the download link before you start it. The Adguard site seems to be powered by Microsoft TechBench, the same source that the Windows ISO Downloader is also getting its files from. Closing Words Adguard offers another method of downloading Windows and Office ISO images to the local system. Since it relies on TechBench, it is equally dependent on Microsoft not shutting down access to older ISO images. The service works well right now, and downloads are quite fast considering that they are served directly from Microsoft servers and not third-party servers. (via Born) Source Tips: Download RTM only ISO versions from here. Choose proper listing and right ISO[x86 / x64] before download. Check d/w link and Checksum. Optionally, You can directly download the ISO using Direct Links without filling the form here. Make sure you choose the right ISO and Checksum. This direct-download will also help those who use ancient browsers. Alternate site for similar Downloads: TechBench Dump(GitHubGist) - [Updated - 2017-03-20T16:20:00+0100]
  9. what linux os is your favorite!? or the OS you tried before and present!
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  11. The Document Foundation: Munich Returning to Windows and Office a Step Backwards Munich exploring a potential switch back to Windows The Document Foundation, which is also the maker of LibreOffice, the productivity suite that’s being used on Munich’s computers powered by LiMux, says in a statement that returning to Windows and Microsoft Office is a step backwards for the city because of a number of factors that include Microsoft’s proprietary formats. In a statement released today, The Document Foundation explains that the proposal that’s being discussed today by Munich authorities actually ignores the main reason the city abandoned Microsoft software in the first place: “independence from a single software vendor and the move from proprietary to standard document formats.” Document issues when upgrading Microsoft Office “Although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the ‘industry standard’ concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO,” the organization explains in a press release that you can read in full below. The Document Foundation then goes on to point to a series of issues that might arise from moving back to Microsoft Office, such as document problems when upgrading from a previous release of Redmond’s productivity suite. Costs would also be substantially increased and the decision would be against the current trend of adopting open document standards in countries like the UK, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. “The Document Foundation thinks that the proposal to be discussed on Wednesday, February 15, represents a significant step backwards for the City of Munich, with a substantial increase in expenditure, an unknown amount of hidden cost related to interoperability, and a questionable usage of taxpayers money,” the press release also states. Microsoft hasn’t yet issued a statement on Munich’s possible return to Windows and Office, but given that the proposal will be discussed in just a few hours, expect all the involved parties to release comments shortly after that. Press Release Source
  12. Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Version Is Malware, Epic CEO Says Tim Sweeney can’t stop his rant against Windows 10 Cloud In a series of tweets, Sweeney calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware,” a form of malware that compromises computers by locking down files and asking for a ransom to restore access. “Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro,” he said in a tweet dated February 7. “Firefox blocked. Google Chrome blocked. Google search blocked as web browser search option. OpenGL, Vulcan, OpenVR, Oculus VR blocked,” he continued. “Microsoft is making a huge move against the whole PC ecosystem: @Adobe, @Autodesk, #Valve, @EA, @Activision, @Google, @Mozilla. All blocked. Windows Cloud will steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you...for a price.” The Windows 10 Cloud story So is this thing true? Not at all, and it all starts with the purpose of Windows 10 Cloud, which by the way, is not yet confirmed and we don’t even know if everything we heard about it is true. First and foremost, Windows 10 Cloud appears to be a version of the Windows 10 operating system that exclusively focuses on Store apps, just like Windows RT did when it was launched in 2012 with the Surface RT. There is a good chance that Windows 10 Cloud would be offered to OEMs completely free to install it on their devices, and this contributes to lower prices when these models hits the shelves. Microsoft is expected to offer a built-in upgrade option that would allow Windows 10 Cloud users to switch to Windows 10 Pro, and thus get Win32 app support, should they pay for a license. This is pretty much what Sweeney is criticizing, claiming that once users pay for the upgrade, they get access to Win32 apps (this is also most likely the reason he calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware”). And yet, this is by no means ransomware, but only a way to bring cheaper devices to the market and boost adoption of UWP apps. The Epic CEO, however, is also criticizing Microsoft’s aggressive push for universal apps, claiming that the company is actually trying to destroy the Win32 ecosystem by forcing users to switch to Store apps entirely. Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro. — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2017 Source
  13. Windows 10 Had More Vulnerabilities than Windows 7 Last Year This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less secure though Specifically, the study shows that last year, Microsoft addressed a total of 729 vulnerabilities in its software, more than the 703 confirmed for 2015. What’s a bit worrying, however, is that this is nearly the double of the vulnerability count in 2014, when Microsoft found and fixed 383 security flaws. The research also indicates that Internet Explorer continues to be the Microsoft application with the biggest number of vulnerabilities, with an all-time chart indicating that the browser was affected by no less than 1,261 flaws. Surprisingly, however, Windows 10 is the runner-up, with Microsoft’s latest operating system getting the second spot with 705 vulnerabilities. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and 2016 was its first full year on the market. Windows Server 2012 is third with 660 vulnerabilities, while Windows 7 comes next with 647 flaws. Windows Vista is fifth with 621. Users not exposed despite the bigger number of vulnerabilities What’s essential to know is that although the number of vulnerabilities increased in Windows 10, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the latest operating system is less secure than its predecessors. Most of these vulnerabilities were privately reported to Microsoft and they were fixed before any exploits went public, so users weren’t exposed to any attacks. At the same time, Microsoft is also paying particular focus to making Windows 10 capable of mitigating zero-day vulnerabilities even when no patch is available. Recently, the company revealed that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was launched in August 2016, managed to cope with attacks aimed at exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in the operating system, keeping users secure until Microsoft actually delivered a fix. Furthermore, Microsoft has already started downplaying Windows 7, explaining that it’s less secure than Windows 10 and pointing to the security features that its latest operating system has and which are missing because of the obvious technical limitations on its predecessors. Source
  14. Tails 3.0 Anonymous Live OS Enters Beta, Ships with Linux 4.9 and GNOME 3.22 It will only work on 64-bit desktop and laptop computers The next version of the Tails 2.x series will be 2.11, currently scheduled for launch in early March, but it looks like the development of the Tails 3.0 major release continues in the background, and now users can get their hands on the Beta build. Tails 3.0 Beta comes two and a half months after the Alpha milestone released last year in November, when the project's developers announced that they would drop support for 32-bit systems, allowing the amnesic incognito live system to run only on 64-bit PCs. As usual, we took the Beta version of Tails 3.0 for a test drive to see what's new, and we can report that it's based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system and it's powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel. GNOME 3.22 is the default desktop environment with redesigned Greeter However, probably the coolest new features of Tails 3.0 is the revamped Tails Greeter, a small dialog that will pop-up when you run the live system for the first time on your computer, helping you set up the default language, keyboard layout, formats, and other settings. Of course, Tails 3.0 will come pre-installed with all the anonymity tools that you love, including the recently introduced OnionShare utility for anonymous file sharing. The latest Tor and Tor Browser applications are also included to keep your identity safe from hackers and hide from government agencies. Numerous bugs have been squashed in this new pre-release version of Tails 3.0, but many known issues remain unresolved, and you can read all about them before jumping on the beta testing bandwagon in the official release notes. Without further ado, you can download the Tails 3.0 Beta Live ISO image right now, write it on a USB flash drive, and take it for a test drive on your modern, 64-bit computer. If you decide to stick with it, please keep in mind that it's a pre-release version, not suitable for production use, despite the fact that it will receive security updates. Source
  15. Linux Mint 18.1 Released The Linux Mint team has just released the long term support release Linux Mint 18.1 as a KDE and Xfce edition to the public. The new version of Linux Mint brings software updates and refinements mostly. First, some information on Linux Mint 18.1 being a long term support release. The Mint team will support Linux Mint 18.1 with security updates until 2021. Future versions of Linux Mint will use the same base package as Linux Mint 18.1 until 2018. This ensures that it is easy to update to new versions. Starting in 2018, the Linux Mint team will work on a new base package and focus its efforts on it. The previous versions of Linux Mint will be supported until 2017 (Linux Mint 13), or 2019 (Linux Mint 17.x). Linux Mint 18.1 Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon, released earlier this month If you are upgrading from Linux Mint 18, you can use the built-in Update Manager for that as it offers the most convenient experience: Select Menu, and there Administration > Update Manager. Click on Refresh once the Update Manager interface has loaded. Click on "install updates" afterwards to start the process. Check out our detailed how to upgrade Linux Mint guide for additional information on the process. Some features of the new Mint version are available in the KDE and the Xfce release. Many are edition specific however. Linux Mint 18.1 What's New The Update Manager may display the Origin of an update in the latest version. You need to enable it under View > Visible Columns > Origin in the Update Manager menu before it becomes available. Kernel updates are highlighted better in the Update Manager, and when you open the kernel window, kernels are now sorted by version and recommendations are given for the most stable, and the most secure kernel. The Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce edition ships with updates to built-in applications, and even some changes. Xed for instance saw improvements to the on-page search functionality. Search opens at the bottom now instead of the top so that it does not obstruct part of the text anymore. It is real-time now as well as it finds text while you are typing, and you may tap on the Enter-key at any point in time to jump to the first result quickly. The editor supports dark themes fully in the latest version, and highlights to you if it is run with administrative privileges. Xplayer, the media player, may blank secondary displays now when playing a video in full screen. Other improvements include full compatibility with EXIF orientation tags, and that the rotation plugin and the subtitle plugin are enabled by default. The media player Banshee was replaced with Rhythmbox in Linux Mint 18.1. The reason given was that Banshee "suffered many regressions lately". Other improvements in Linux Mint 18.1 Software Sources supports anycast now which picks an appropriate server near your physical location automatically when selected opposed to selecting one of the available mirrors near your location manually. New selection of background desktop images. KDE Only: KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. Xfce Only: You can navigate categories in the application menu using the keyboard now. The menu supports web search actions, for instance !w Ghacks to search Wikipedia for the term Ghacks. Xfce Only: Language settings checks are improved, as localized versions of "a lot more" packages are now installed. The Input Methods configuration screen has been improved to make the selection easier and better understandable for novice users. You can check out the release notes for Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce and KDE here. Download links for the latest ISO image of Linux Mint 18.1 are provided on the official site. This is useful if you want to test the new version in a Live CD or virtual environment first, or install it from scratch. Source
  16. Microsoft Shows Windows 10 Market Share Growing Steadily, But The Numbers Are Fake Microsoft’s own Windows 10 share numbers have always seemed a little, well, generous. While NetMarketShare’s OS usage share figures show the new operating system doing fine, but lagging some distance behind Windows 7 (as you'd expect), Microsoft’s figures paint an entirely different picture. Five months ago, the software giant showed Windows 10 hitting 50 percent in the US, and two months ago, it had the new OS overtaking Windows 7 globally. Today’s update though stretches the believability just a little too far. Unlike NetMarketShare which updates its usage share numbers monthly, Microsoft's Windows Trends page is updated every 2-3 months. So while in a couple of days’ time NetMarketShare will report the numbers for January, Microsoft is only just now posting figures for November. That means that when Microsoft showed Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7, this apparently happened in August last year. Most other analysts don’t see that seismic shift happening globally until December 2017, at the earliest. There are other differences in what NetMarketShare and Microsoft report too. NetMarketShare gathers usage data -- the number of people using the OS -- while Microsoft records the number of devices the OS is installed on, including (presumably) unsold devices. NetMarketShare shows all flavors of Windows, from XP up, as well as other operating systems, while Microsoft only records Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. According to the latest figures from Microsoft, in November 2016 Windows 10 had 46 percent of the global Windows market. In the same time, Windows 7 declined to 39 percent (in contrast, in that month NetMarketShare had Windows 10 on 23.72 percent and Windows 7 on 47.17 percent). Microsoft's update shows steady, and I guess fairly believable, growth for the new OS. The last time the figures were updated, Windows 10 had 43 percent share in August, and Windows 7 had 42 percent. So why do I say the numbers are fake? Well, the growth of Windows 10 and the decline of Windows 7 is just way too neat to be real. According to the Windows Trends figures, Microsoft grew by exactly one percentage point a month, every month from July to November (42 percent, 43 percent, 44 percent, 45 percent, 46 percent). At the same time, Windows 7 declined by exactly the same amount. And if that doesn’t sound unlikely enough, Windows 8.1’s share went up one percentage point in August (to 13 percent) and hasn’t changed since. Windows 8’s share (2 percent) hasn’t wavered either. And that's ridiculous. Windows 8.x is an OS in decline. It’s possible the new numbers are just placeholders, and Microsoft has dropped them in while awaiting the real figures (although why it would do that I have no idea). But if that's not the case, then I call BS. Microsoft’s Windows share numbers have been raising eyebrows for a while, but this latest lot smacks of just being made up. I’ve asked Microsoft for comment, and will update the story when I hear back. Source
  17. No Kidding: Windows XP Has Just as Many Users as Windows 10 in China StatCounter shows Windows XP is shockingly popular in China China is one particular market where Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular desktop operating systems, despite the obvious security risks that increase every new day without patches. Statistics provided by third-party research firm StatCounter provide us with a worrying look at how widely-adopted Windows XP continues to be in China, even though users are strongly recommended to switch to a newer OS version, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, all of which are still supported. And what’s even worse is that despite the fact that Windows 10 was available free of charge for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Microsoft was so aggressive in moving users to its latest OS, Windows XP continues to be super-popular. And StatCounter claims that XP has almost as many users as Windows 10. Windows 7 still number one Specifically, Windows 7 is leading the pack (no surprise here) with 49.36 percent share, followed by the Windows 10 - Windows XP duo with 18.52 percent and 18.36 percent, respectively. Windows 8.1 is so far behind that it’s almost not even worth mentioning in these stats, as it’s powering only 3.35 percent of the desktop computers in the country. MacOS is very close with 3.16 percent, while Windows 8 is installed on only 1.02 percent of the PCs in China. It goes without saying that convincing users to migrate to the latest version of Windows is more difficult in China than anywhere else, and with Windows 7 still powering nearly 1 in 2 PCs in the country, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the software giant will once experience a Windows XP moment. There are voices who claim that old Windows remains particularly popular in China because of pirated versions, but at this point, it’s as easy to find a pirated copy of Windows 10 as it is for Windows XP. In other words, piracy can hardly be considered a reason for sticking with Windows XP, but rather outdated hardware that doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 10. Source
  18. Tails 2.10 Amnesic Live System Adds OnionShare Tool for Anonymous File Sharing Includes Tor to 0.2.9.9 and Tor Browser 6.5 If you want to stay hidden online and you are on the go, the best way is to use Tails. The Debian-based Live ISO images can be easily written on a USB flash drive that you can carry with you anywhere, connect it to your computer, and access all your favorite websites through the Tor anonymity network. The latest version, Tails 2.10, has been in development for the past five weeks, since Tails 2.9.1, and a first Release Candidate arrived only ten days ago. New features include the OnionShare tool that lets you share files anonymously, circuit view functionality in the Tor Browser, as well as support for exFAT file systems. The OnionCircuits tool that lets users view the status of Tor has now been made compatible with the popular Orca open-source screen reader and magnifier utility, and Tails 2.10 comes packed with all the latest security updates from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" software repositories. Tor to 0.2.9.9, Tor Browser 6.5, and Linux kernel 4.8 The new Tails version is using the latest Tor 0.2.9.9 and Tor Browser 6.5 technologies, along with a completely revamped Tor control port filter, allowing users to safely share files anonymously using OnionShare and use the new circuit view of Tor Browser. The Icedove 45.6.0 email and news client is also present in Tails 2.10. Under the hood, we can't help but notice that Tails 2.10 is powered by the Linux 4.8 kernel series, which should improve the hardware support, but, unfortunately, it reached end of life earlier this month. We do hope that the next Tails release, versioned 2.11, will come with the long-term supported Linux 4.9 kernel. Among other noteworthy changes, Tails 2.10 replaces the AdBlock Plus add-on with uBlock Origin on Tor Browser, uses Debian GNU/Linux's Onion services, renames the "Live" bootloader menu entry to "Tails," removes Nyx (arm), and replaces the "failsafe" bootloader entry with "Troubleshooting Mode." If you're using Tails on a newer AMD Radeon GPU, you should know that Tails 2.10 comes pre-installed with the open-source AMDGPU graphics driver. Existing users can upgrade to the new version as we speak, if they're using Tails 2.7 or 2.9.1. The rest of the world can download the new Tails 2.10 32-bit ISO image right now with install instructions. Tails 2.11 is currently scheduled to land on March 3, 2017. Source
  19. How to Opt Out of iOS Beta Updates and Reinstall iOS 10.2.1 on Your iPhone/iPad The tutorial also applies to iPod touch devices iOS 10.2.1 is the first point release to the iOS 10.2 series. It received a total of four Beta/Public Beta versions during its entire development cycle since mid-December last year. The last one was seeded only ten days ago. Like many of us running the iOS 10.2.1 Public Beta 4 release, it turns out you'll not receive the final version of iOS 10.2.1, which some will say it's identical with the last Beta, but what if your device is not working properly and you are still experiencing bugs. For example, we found out that, since we've installed the last Public Beta versions of iOS 10.2.1 on our iPhone 6 device, some applications were very slow to load and not so responsive like they used to be. Also, we noticed major battery drains. Removing the iOS Public Beta profile If you're experiencing the same issues on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device, it's time to refresh it by reinstalling the operating system. First off, make sure that you have a recent iCloud backup, or at least a local backup in iTunes. It's time to remove the Public Beta profile (you can always reinstall it at a later time if you still want to use upcoming Beta versions), so open the Settings app, go to General, scroll down to the Profile section and click it. Then, remove the iOS Beta profile by pressing the red "Delete Profile" button. Restoring the device and reinstalling iOS Connect your device to your personal computer, where the latest version of iTunes needs to be installed (make sure you have the latest version installed, 12.5.5 at the moment of writing). With the device connected to your PC, enter DFU mode. Entering DFU Mode is as simple as pressing and holding both the Power and Home buttons on your device until you see the Apple logo on the screen. Release the Power button but keep holding the Home one until the "Connect to iTunes" logo appears. iTunes will soon offer you the option to "Restore and Update" the device. Click the "Restore and Update" button and the application will tell you that iOS 10.2.1 is available. Click OK and let it download the update. Once iTunes completes downloading iOS 10.2.1 from Apple's servers, it will soon begin installing it on your device. You don't have to do anything at this point, just don't touch anything and make sure your computer has enough battery or that it's plugged in. Reset and erase the device to restore it from a backup Just before iOS 10.2.1 finishes installing, iTunes will display a message saying "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked. To set up and sync this iPhone, click Continue." Click the "Continue" button and iTunes will immediately detect your device. At this point, you need to set up your device by pressing the Home button. Choose your preferred language and region. On the next screen, you'll have to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Then, enable the location services, or simply don't. It doesn't matter, because we're going to reset and erase the device anyway, so there's no need to set up Touch ID now. When you reach the home screen, open the Settings app, go to the Reset section and press on "Erase All Content and Settings." Erase your device, which will bring you to the setup screen again. So, this time, make sure that you set up everything correctly, including Touch ID, location services, etc., and, after entering your Apple ID, you can finally choose to restore from a backup. Select the restore method you want (we prefer the iCloud backup) and let your device restore the backup, which can take a few good minutes. Once everything is restored, you can unlock your device and access the home screen. Most of the apps will continue to download and install in the background, so you'll have to wait a little longer for everthing to be exactly like it was before you've started all this. Congratulations, you refreshed your device and have the final iOS 10.2.1 installed, too. Source
  20. Windows 7 (Not Windows 10) Wins 2016 Stats show Windows 7 dominated the past year And while Microsoft itself also admitted that it was wrong to become so pushy on Windows 10 upgrades, statistics show that despite all of these, it’s still Windows 7 the desktop operating system that was number one last year. NetMarketShare data for 2016 shows that Windows 7 clearly dominated the year despite Microsoft’s push for Windows 10, despite the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and despite the so many new devices launched with Windows 10. Windows 7 clearly survived the Windows 10 offensive and according to this data, it achieved a market share in 2016 of no less than 49.10 percent, which means that it was running on 1 in 2 PCs across the world. Windows 7 has long powered 50 percent of the world’s PCs, but everyone expected it to collapse following the release of Windows 10. Small impact following free Windows 10 upgrades Windows 7’s performance throughout the year was full of ups and downs, but the lowest market share it dropped to was 47.01 percent in July, so it didn’t actually collapse as so many people projected to happen. The biggest market share was in February when it was at 52.34 percent. Without a doubt, Windows 10 did have an impact on Windows 7’s market share, but its effects were pretty limited. Windows 10 benefitted from the huge adoption boost generated by the free upgrade, but as this promo ended, Windows 7 also started recovering. For example, in July 2016 when Microsoft ended the free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, Windows 7 was running on 47.01 percent of desktop computers across the world, but next month it started increasing by achieving 47.25 percent. The biggest market share post-free Windows 10 upgrades was recorded in October - 48.38 percent. Support for Windows 7 comes to an end in January 2020, and it goes without saying that Microsoft will have a super-difficult job to convince users to upgrade. The next few OS upgrades, such as the Creators Update and the Redstone 3, will be essential for Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, as they have the impossible mission of moving users from Windows 7 to the latest OS. Source
  21. How To Fix Any DLL Error In Any Windows Version Fix any DLL Error in any Windows version using this tutorial DLL error is one of the most common errors that you will face when using any Windows version. Sometimes you want to open an App or a game and the Windows throws up a DLL error message leaving you no alternative but to uninstall and reinstall the App. You will be surprised to know that you can cure this DLL error malady without uninstalling your App or game. To overcome this we have a tutorial for How To Fix Any DLL Error in Windows PC/laptop. You just need to follow some simple method below. How To Fix Any DLL Error In Your Windows Computer Step 1. The most common reason for the DLL error is that particular file getting corrupt. Firstly you have to copy or note down the filename given in the DLL error message that is occurring while running any App or game on your Windows PC. Once you have noted down the file name, go to this website dll-files.com. dll-files.com is a great repository of Windows DLL files and has almost all the DLL files that are existent on Windows. Step 2. Now type there your DLL error in the search window of the website. Step 3. DLL-Files.com will immediately list out the zip file containing that particular DLL file. Download this zip file to your computer and extract it. The extracted folder will contain the DLL error file. Step 4. Copy the download DLL file (Only that file) and paste this file in your default system folder based on your operating systems below. C:WindowsSystem (Windows 95/98/Me) C:WINNT\System32 (Windows NT/2000) C:\Windows\System32 (Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7/Windows 8.1/Windows 10) Windows will ask you whether you want to replace the existing DLL file with the new one. Say yes and let Windows copy the file. Restart your computer and voila, you can now run the game/app that was not opening and giving the DLL error, easily. There are many other websites which will give you DLL files that you want. Similar Websites for your DLL files: Fix4Dll fix4dll.com is a similar website which has tonnes of DLL files. If you’re facing some issue downloading any missing DLL files from dll-files.com then fix4dll.com is the first alternative place you should search. To download DLL files from fix4dll.com you have to follow the same procedure as on dll-files.com. DLLDump DLL Dump has largest collections of .dll files available on the Internet. DLLme DLLme is another great free service that helps restore missing or corrupted .DLL files. It is one of the largest DLL collections site available on the internet. Users just need to search for their DLL file and can download it for free. DLL Downloader The DLL Download is a relatively new website with a new database which offers multiple download servers just to make sure that you can download all the DLL files offered. Each and every website shown above offer FREE DLL files without user registration or details. You can download the DLL files from these websites without fear of trojans, worms or other malware. Source
  22. Antivirus Firm Kaspersky launches Its Own Secure Operating System The popular cyber security and antivirus company Kaspersky has unveiled its new hack-proof operating system: Kaspersky OS. The new operating system has been in development for last 14 years and has chosen to design from scratch rather than relying on Linux. Kaspersky OS makes its debut on a Kraftway Layer 3 Switch, CEO Eugene Kaspersky says in his blog post, without revealing many details about its new operating system. The Layer of 3-switch is the very first tool for running the Kaspersky OS, which is designed for networks with extreme requirements for data security and aimed at critical infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. What's new in Kaspersky OS than others? Kaspersky OS is based on Microkernel Architecture: The new secure OS is based on microkernel architecture that enables users to customize their own operating system accordingly. So, depending on a user's specific requirements, Kaspersky OS can be designed by using different modifications blocks of the operating system. Kaspersky OS is non-Linux: Yes, one of the three major distinctive features of the new OS mentioned by Kaspersky is that the GUI-less operating system has been constructed from scratch and does not contain "even the slightest smell of Linux." But what makes Kaspersky OS Hack-Proof? It is the operating system's inbuilt security system. Yes, Kaspersky OS inbuilt security system has the ability to control the behavior of applications and the OS modules. Kaspersky OS claims itself as practically unhackable OS, because for gaining unauthorized access, any hacker would need to break the digital signature of an account holder, which is possible only with a quantum computer. Kaspersky talked about the recent DDoS attacks that affected numerous websites in past few months. He guaranteed that Kaspersky OS would protect devices, such as industrial control systems, SCADA or ICS, and IoTs, from cyber attacks. The most severe one was the recent massive DDoS attack on Dyn's DNS servers, which knock down popular sites like Amazon and Twitter. The attack was carried out by Mirai botnets that had infected smart devices like security cameras. So, Kaspersky says it is mandatory to protect the IoT and other critical infrastructure (like industry, transport, and telecoms) from IT threats. More details about Kaspersky's secure operating system is coming soon. Stay Tuned! Source
  23. Tails 2.7 Anonymous Live CD Ships with Let's Encrypt Certificates, Tor 0.2.8.9 Also brings Tor Browser 6.0.6, Linux 4.7, and Icedove 45.4.0 Tails 2.7 has been in development for the past one and a half months, during which it received numerous security fixes and updated components. However, the most important change implemented in this version is support for Let's Encrypt SSL certificates. "This release fixes many security issues and users should upgrade as soon as possible," reads today's announcement. "[We] ship LetsEncrypt intermedite SSL certificate so that our tools will be able to go on authenticating our website when its certifcate will be updated." Tor 0.2.8.9 and Tor Browser 6.0.6 have been included As for the updated components and applications included in today's Tails 2.7 release, we can mention the latest stable Tor 0.2.8.9 anonymity network and Tor Browser 6.0.6 web browser for surfing the Internet via the Tor network, as wel as the Icedove 45.4.0 email and news client. Under the hood, Tails 2.7 appears to be powered by a kerne from the Linux 4.7 series, which, unfortunately, reached end of life last month. Tails 2.7 also addresses an issues with the Synaptic Package Manager to allow the installation of packages with the correct architecture, and sets the default spelling to en_US in Icedove. As nothing is perfect in this world, Tails 2.7 ships with a known issue, which could affect those who set the security slider of the Tor Browser to High, as they'll need to click on a link to view the result of the search executed using the search box. Tails 2.7 is available for download right now. Source
  24. Ubuntu Budgie Is Now an Official Ubuntu Flavor The distro features the Budgie desktop environment That's right, after two successful major releases, budgie-remix has finally been accepted as an official Ubuntu flavor, earlier today during a meeting where four members of Canonical's Ubuntu Technical Board voted positive. As such, we're extremely happy to inform our readers that the new Ubuntu flavor is called Ubuntu Budgie. In April this year, when budgie-remix hit the road towards its first major release, versioned 16.04, we reported that David Mohammed was kind enough to inform Softpedia about the fact that he got in touch with Ubuntu MATE leader Martin Wimpress, who urged the developer to target Ubuntu 16.10 for an official status. budgie-remix 16.10 arrived as well this fall shortly after the release of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), and the dream of becoming an official Ubuntu flavor is now a reality. "We now move full steam ahead and look forward to working with the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board to examine and work through the technical aspects [...] 17.04 will be our first official release under the new name," said David Mohammed in the announcement. Budgie 11 desktop environment is coming soon to Ubuntu Budgie 16.10 After this major announcement, most probably the budgie-remix developers will have a lot of work on their hands with the rebranding of the entire project from budgie-remix to Ubuntu Budgie, including the website and other components of the distribution, but we don't know yet if existing users will receive the changes. However, we know for sure that when the Solus Project releases the Budgie 11 desktop environment later this year, Ubuntu Budgie users will receive the major update as well through the official channels. In the meantime, you can start using Ubuntu Budgie right now by downloading the latest release from budgie-remix. In related news, the Ubuntu Budgie developers have recently discussed with Solus Project leader Ikey Doherty to ensure an effective and positive collaboration between the two teams, which means that any improvement made by Ubuntu Budgie devs to the Budgie desktop will also land for Solus users, or users of other distros using Budgie. "I look forward to working with you all in attaining that goal of making Budgie the number one go-to desktop, and honestly, us all enjoying it on an equal peer footing, is the most important part to me," said Ikey Doherty, who is currently working hard on re-architecting the Budgie desktop environment as detailed in our exclusive story. Source
  25. Microsoft Under Fire for Buggy Windows 10 Upgrade Consumer rights group criticize the firm for OS issues Consumer rights group Which? issued a public statement regarding the way Microsoft handled the Windows 10 upgrade, pointing out that there were plenty of users in the United Kingdom who complained not only of problems that showed up after installing the new OS, but also of the support services that Microsoft offered post installation. “Once installed, people reported various problems, including printers, wi-fi cards and speakers no longer working with their PC; instances of lost files and email accounts no longer syncing; and, most significantly, their computer encountering such problems that they had to pay someone to repair it,” Which? Was quoted as saying by BBC. “There have also been complaints about poor customer service from Microsoft when users contacted the company about the problems they are having,” the group added, explaining that they expect Microsoft to be doing a lot more to ensure a smooth transition to Windows 10. The Windows 10 criticism Microsoft launched Windows 10 in July 2015, and the company has often been accused of becoming very aggressive with its upgrade campaign, as many users complained that they ended up running the operating system without them specifically asking for it. Furthermore, the software giant was under fire for alleged privacy violation with Windows 10 due to the data collected from users’ PCs. There were claims that Redmond shipped Windows 10 with options to collect user information enabled by default, but Microsoft has always denied them, explaining that only anonymous data was submitted to its servers in order to improve performance and analyze crash logs. In the meantime, however, Windows 10 adoption figures increase and the operating system has already reached 20 percent market share, going after Windows 7, which continues to be number one with a little over 45 percent share. Source