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  1. In yet another demonstration of the demise of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released new cumulative updates for both Win10 1607 and 1703 on Thursday. A similar update for 1709 is likely due soon. Thinkstock Microsoft last night released a flood of unexpected patches. Yes, that’s a Thursday night dump. No, there weren’t any pressing security fixes – at least, none that were advertised. I have no idea why Microsoft’s pushing this offal out the Automatic Update chute. In addition to a scattering of Preview patches for Win7, 8.1 and Server 2002 – which are usually posted on the third “Week C” Tuesday of the month – and the Surface Pro 3 firmware patch that was announced, but not delivered, Wednesday, we have two new cumulative updates: one for Win10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) and one for Win10 Creators Update (version 1703). Susan Bradley has a full list with links on the AskWoody site. The two cumulative updates are: KB 4077525 - The Feb. 22 cumulative update for Win10 version 1607 and Server 2016 brings the build number to 14393.2097. This is the second cumulative update for 1607 in the past nine days. There’s no mention of any security patches. It looks like a big, big bug fix. KB 4077528 - The Feb. 22 cumulative update for Win10 version 1703 brings the build number to 15063.936. Again, it’s the second cumulative update for 1703 in the past nine days and, again, there don’t appear to be any security patches. It’s a relatively small bug fix. It isn’t at all clear why there’s no fix for Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709. That’s the Windows version that had all sorts of problems with this month’s first round of cumulative updates. The expectation is that a similar big cumulative update for 1709 is due any time now – possibly today or next Tuesday. I have no idea if it’ll have security components, but it sure as shootin’ better fix the USB problems widely reported with last week’s cumulative update. As of last night, these patches hadn’t apparently been sent out to WSUS servers, but they were available through Windows Update. In fact, if you have Automatic Update turned on, you may have received the patches overnight. Lucky you. As I’ve said, it’s still too early to install the February patches, unless you’re very concerned about drive-by infections in Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016. And once again, for emphasis, there are no known Meltdown/Spectre exploits in the wild. None. Thx @abbodi86, SB Help us follow the patching pilgrims’ progress on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: New non-security patches arrive for Win10 1607 and 1703; 1709 update likely soon (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  2. The February patch for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, has drawn criticism and problem reports of many shades, from many corners. Thinkstock/Microsoft At least it isn’t as bad as last month’s three cumulative updates for the bestest version of Windows 10 — on Jan. 3, Jan. 18, and Jan. 31 — but many people running the latest version of Windows 10, version 1709, are wondering why and how this month’s 1709 cumulative update is messing things up. Broken USB ports By far, the most common problem involves broken USB ports: Install this month’s cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Udpate, and your USB-connected devices stop working. There’s a lengthy discussion on AskWoody. One anonymous poster says: Been dealing with this on several machines today. I uninstalled the update, reboot (Which resolves the issue) then I re-apply the update, reboot and the USB devices work normally. It seems to effect random PCs. I see it more with USB devices that require 3rd party drivers. Rhherren goes on to say: Same issue here for us. Our team is having reports of USB devices not working after the login screen. The devices work fine in BIOS. Still no fix yet here for us. And many more. On the MSI (gaming notebook) forum, trongod says: I thought I would pass this information along. Tonight I had to reboot my laptop. After rebooting I lost my usb mouse and any device plugged into the USB ports. I went into my device manager and saw 3 devices that said drivers could not be found: MSI EPF USB USB Receiver USB Receiver I knew the night before a Windows 10 update was installed so I looked up the last update which was KB4074588. According to this site LAPTOPNINJA, it says the following: Addresses issue where the certutil.exe -MergePfx feature couldn’t produce a merged EPF file for multiple V1 certificates. Addresses issue where booting with Unified Write Filter (UWF) turned on may lead to stop error 0xE1 in embedded devices, particularly when using a USB HUB. Since both of those particular updates had both EPF and USB involved, I uninstalled the update. After that everything was working again. Looks like Microsoft is breaking stuff again and I don’t see any updated chipset drivers on the MSI site since the original. I may have to see if I can find something more up to date, try those and then attempt the update again. On Reddit, there are a few posts about the USB issue. Over on the Microsoft Answers forum, Damian Twyman reports a different problem: My PC did an automatic update this morning which took nearly 2 hours. In completion, I am finding minimised windows are repainting top-down when maximising and I no longer can drag windows across the screens without momentary freezing.... The whole computer is really slow...like it's thinking about things....shouldn't do because it's a oct core I7. This has annoyed me no end and really don't want these updates anymore because have lost many hours of trying to fix updates There’s a steady stream of non-replies from Microsoft that have infuriated more than a few. Context menus don't display text The litany of problems with KB 4074588 continues: Context menus don’t display text, the cmd window opens as a tiny window without any displayed text, various changed settings, no text under desktop icons, and on and on. Michael Cifuentes said it best: Got a new laptop with i7 because I needed some speed, no I need to finish some work and just can't thanks to your update, the laptop is running very slow and becoming impossible to use, When are you going to provide a solution? Can you at least acknowledge problem? Inaccessible boot device There’s yet another report concerning our old friend, the blue screen “Inaccessible boot device,” per VladeB: after installing KB4058258 I'm getting blue screen with Inaccessible boot device error. I was able to narrow it down to this servicing stack: C:\windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_10.0.16299.212_none_17098c7c31fd065f It was installed by KB4058258 KB 4058258 is the Jan. 31 cumulative update for 1709. There’s one proposed, lengthy, workaround on AskWoody, but it’s complex, with four different scenarios: Some methods may have to be performed remotely because your USB ports aren’t working. Method 4 is the method for when nothing else can be done. ‘Softie Christopher Leung has asked for help in narrowing down the problem. Would it be possible for you to use these instructions and provide us with the necessary log to analyze the bug? We will try to get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible. Clicking the link, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Microsoft has a feedback procedure specifically for USB devices. If you’re having a USB problem after installing KB 4058258 (or January’s KB 4058258), please follow Leung’s procedure and submit your feedback to Microsoft. To my point of view, this big bug speaks volumes about Win10 Fall Creators Update suitability for deployment anywhere — not just in the enterprise. Pundits like to parrot Microsoft’s line that 1709 has been rolled out faster than any other version of Windows 10. This incident makes me think that 1709 just isn’t there yet. Let’s see what happens with the next 1709 cumulative update. In the meantime, I continue to recommend that you stay with Win10 Creators Update, version 1703. Assuming that you’re using Win10, anyway. Many thanks to Christopher Leung. Join use for finger wagging and head shaking on the new, souped-up AskWoody Lounge. Source: Buggy Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4074588 redlining, bluescreening, borking USB (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  3. All Activation Windows 7-8-10 v19.3 - 2018 All methods of activation in the hand tested after the "anti-piracy" KB971033 update DG Win & Soft offers you a complete collection of programs and ways to Activate Windows. All methods and programs personally verified by us many times and we can safely recommend them to you. NOTE: All programs must be Run as Administrator! Additional Information: - If you have a direct hand, you want to activate in the Off-line mode and no longer bother to search for keys every six months, then you are prepared activation via firmware BIOS. But be careful, because if your not the right things, you have a chance to bungle the operation and will have to contact the service center. And keep in mind that for every BIOS (AMI, Award, Phoenix) has its own specific program (AMI - amitool, etc.), what is your BIOS can see when you boot the computer. - If you do not want to make any changes either in your "iron", or in the Windows itself, and that your activation is not distinguished by anything from legal activation, your choice of KMS server. With the use of virtual machines, this method can also be called Off-line. But you should know that this method of activation for six months and 180 days, you again have to repeat it. Also, this method only and Professional version Enterprise - If you did not accept neither the first nor the second of our suggested methods you can use the activators. Without going into too much detail, we can say that activators emulate the BIOS with slicom 2.1. But no one gives a guarantee that Microsoft will not release a patch or update that will detect the presence of emulation and reset the activation. We recommend to start with Windows 7 Activator Loader eXtreme Edition (Napalum), because He has a huge number of settings and features and good will activate automatically What's new in the assembly: Updated KMS section All new marked as (New) Added build option in the form of installation executable file List of programs: Office 2013-2016 C2R (New) Office 2013-2016 C2R License v1.04 (New) Garbage Collector v1.3.4 (New) PIDKey v2.1.2.1017 MSActBackUp v1.2.3 Microsoft Product Keys 2.6.3 Re-Loader Activator 3.0 Beta 3 KMS Tools 08/07/2018 by Ratiborus (New) KMSAuto Lite 1.3.4 KMSAuto Net 2016 1.5.3 KMSmicro WO w7 v1.0.1 KMSpico 10.2.0 Final SuperMini_KMS AAct v3.8.4 (New) AAct Network 1.0.1 (New) Windows 7 Loader eXtremev3.503 Re-Loader Activator 2.6 Final Microsoft Toolkit 2.6.2 ODIN 1.3.7 by secr9tos GUI MBR SLIC Loader 0.621 v1.2 Windows Loader v2.2 WindSLIC-UEFI-SLIC-injector SLIC 2.1 BINS FAQ on creating firmware SLIC_ToolKit_V3.2 Programs for firmware Resetting the trial period (rearm) Three-component activation What's New in Build v19.3: • Added a new language to the shell • Now you can switch the language to English (US) and back to Russian (RU) (the switch is in the top panel) • A new kind of activator for the office + Garbage Collector • Updated other KMS • All marked with (New) Language: Russian, English OS: Windows (XP), Windows (Vista), Windows (7), Windows (8), Windows (10). Download - 326 MB: Site: https://sendit.cloud Sharecode[?]: /paezalxzmnzl Site: https://www.multiup.eu/ Sharecode[?]: download/bdd2bb77d29465432d86ac72a2b664c3/all-activation-windows-7-8-10-v19-3-20_-p2p.rar
  4. Welcoming Progressive Web Apps to Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 A little over a year ago, we outlined our vision to bring Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to the more than half a billion devices running Windows 10. We believe PWAs are key to the web’s future, and couldn’t be more excited about their potential to enable more immersive web app experiences across all device form factors. Today, we’re excited to take a major step from vision to reality, starting with some updates on previewing PWAs in Windows and our roadmap to bring PWAs to the Microsoft Store. Beginning with EdgeHTML 17.17063, we have enabled Service Workers and push notifications by default in preview builds of Microsoft Edge—you can learn more about those features in Ali’s post, “Service Worker: Going beyond the page.” This completes the suite of technologies (including Fetch networking and the Push and Cache APIs) that lays the technical foundation for PWAs on Windows 10. Over the coming weeks, we’re also kicking off some experiments with crawling and indexing quality PWAs from the Web to list them in the Microsoft Store, where users can find them just like any other app on Windows 10. In this post, we’ll give a quick introduction to Progressive Web Apps – what they are, the problems they solve, and how we’ll be enabling them across Windows 10. We’ll explore how our indexing experiments will ramp to an end-to-end PWA discovery experience later this year, and how we’ll empower developers to differentiate their PWAs on Windows – including allowing developers to claim and monetize their PWAs in the Store, interact with customers via reviews and telemetry, and enhance the app with WinRT capabilities. Let’s dive in! (Poster's Note: Lengthy, please use link below for full article) Source: Welcoming Progressive Web Apps to Microsoft Edge and Windows 10 Further reading: Microsoft tees up Windows 10 support of Progressive Web Apps (ZDNet - Mary Jo Foley)
  5. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.4.1 for Windows 10 Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 - This tweaking software adds several new tweaks for the new operating system. Those of you who have upgraded to Windows 10, would definitely want to use it to judiciously tweak your Windows 10 and personalize your computing experience. With judicious tweaking, it can make your system faster, more stable, personal and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. Features: Easy to use user interface Tool tips offer you guidance as to what the tweak does. Offers accessible buttons to create a system restore point and restore default values Tiny tool, super lightweight at just around 495 KB Power-packed with 200+ meaningful tweaks Portable tweaker. Does not require to be installed. To uninstall it simply delete its program folder Does not contain any adware, nor does it push crapware and we promise not to, ever! Report Bugs by simply using the button in the About tab. Else visit this page. Support available at TWC Forum. Checks for available update. Click the button in the About tab to do so. Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.4 for Windows 10 has been developed by Paras Sidhu, for TheWindowsClub.com. It supports Windows 10, 32-bit & 64-bit and Internet Explorer 11. It requires.NET Framework 4 to work, which comes pre-installed in Windows 10. NOTE: Windows 7 & Windows Vista users should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3. Changelog: 4.4.1 (2018-02-06): Includes a bug fix that cause UWT to crash on some systems. 4.4.0 (2018-02-03): New favorites feature lets you access many sections easily This PC -> Remove 3D Objects Include In Library, Restore Previous Versions Give Access To, Share File Explorer Startup Remove Duplicate Drive Letter Entry Phone, Gaming in Settings Better support for Fall Creators Update and bug fixes 4.3.0 (2017-07-21): Introducing the search functionality to easily locate your desired tweak. View detailed information about Windows Experience Index including all scores. Customization->Windows 10) - Disable Windows Ink Workspace - Enable "Do you want to close all the tabs?" prompt in Edge - Hide Windows Defender Icon From Notifications Area - Show Seconds In Taskbar Clock (Customization->Taskbar) - Disable All Live Tiles (Customization->Universal UI) Customization->File Explorer - Enable Auto-Complete And Auto-Suggest - Disable Taskbar And Start Jumplists - Check By Default "Do this for all current items" - Change Default Behaviour For Drag-Drop In Explorer Context Menu->Other Context Menus - Remove 3D Print With 3D Builder - Remove Scan With Windows Defender - Remove Edit With Paint 3D - Remove Cast To Device - Extended Info Bar to show full description of the tweak - New Desktop Context Menu Tweaks -> Character Map, Control Panel and Windows Update - Many design improvements and lots of bug fixes 4.2.2 (2016-11-04): Due to some Windows 10 update, "Remove Shortcut Arrows From Icons" tweak stopped working. We've modified the tweak and it should work now. Fixed: DISM and SFC scan not working in some cases NEW: Enable Share Page In Settings (In Customization->Windows 10). Several bug fixes and improvements 4.2.1 (2016-09-18): Fixes some bugs Homepage: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/ultimate-windows-tweaker-4-windows-10 Release Date: 2018-02-03 OS: Windows 10 Language: English DOWNLOAD: =========== Portable (680 KB): https://www.thewindowsclub.com/downloads/UWT4.zip BugFix Release 4.4.1:
  6. Today is the 15th day this month that we’ve seen Windows patches, yanked patches, patches of patches and re-re-re-patches. Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 Fall Creators Update this month. Thinkstock/Microsoft Microsoft told us three weeks ago that Win10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, was ready for enterprise deployment. Since then, we’ve seen the early January patch yanked because it tanked AMD machines. Then, after the first patch was reinstated, we got two more cumulative updates. In the past three weeks. I guess that’s what Microsoft now means by “Current Branch for Business” and/or “Semi-Annual Channel.” The latest salvo in the story arrived today with KB 4058258, which brings Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, version 1709, to build 16299.214. It’s headed out the Windows Automatic Update chute right now. Along with the 1709 cumulative update, we’re getting another “WaaSMedic” Remediation Shell, KB 4074608 — a Servicing Stack update released yesterday that, per @abbodi86 on AskWoody: Fixes and resets update-related parts to their “supported” configuration. It restores registry settings, services statuses, schedule tasks, it clears out disk space, and launches UpdateAssistant.exe if installed. Mainly it’s meant to pave the way to receive the latest updates, whether quality updates, or feature update to latest Windows 10 version It’s an MSI package not a regular update, doesn’t require a reboot. It has more than 12 releases so far. He goes on to say: Servicing Stack updates are bundled with cumulative updates in version 1709. You may notice that the 1709 SSU has a distinguished version (i.e. 16299.122.1.0), not the generic version like other updates before (i.e. Servicing Stack updates won’t be listed in Windows Update history, but you can find it in Installed Updates Here’s this month’s hall of patching shame: Jan. 3 — The initial round of Meltdown/Spectre patches Jan. 4 — A re-issue of several Meltdown/Spectre patches Jan. 8 — Microsoft decides to pull Meltdown/Spectre patches for some AMD machines and releases a Win8.1/Server 2012 R2 Monthly Rollup Jan. 9 —56 “Patch Tuesday” patches arrive, many of them flawed Jan. 11 — New Meltdown/Spectre patches get released to some AMD machines, with no details on which ones Jan. 12 — “Unbootable state” patches for Win7, 8.1 (KB 4073578, etc.) show up Jan. 17 — 14 patches, mostly previews, arrive — along with two new Win10 cumulative updates Jan. 19 — Win10 cumulative update metadata changes (to alter installation logic) appear, along with a Win10 1709 preview Jan. 22 — There’s a fix for Outlook 2016 that lets you forward files attached to plain text messages Jan. 23 – The Win8.1 Preview Monthly Rollups are modified, apparently to avoid installing them on Win8.1 PCs running both PIC and APIC controllers. Jan. 24 — Standalone Win8.1 patch to fix crashes on PCs running both PIC and APIC controllers and a standalone Win7/.NET 4.7.1 patch to fix crashes using Windows Presentation Foundation. Jan. 26 -- .Net Quality Rollup preview KB 4054992 Jan. 29 -- Win10 1703 update component update KB 4073543 Jan. 30 -- Win10 1709 Servicing Stack Update KB 4074608 Jan. 31 -- Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update KB 4058258 There’s also a newly updated KB article, KB 4073757, that covers many details with Windows, Meltdown and Spectre. It has lengthy lists of links to Security Advisories — Microsoft, Intel, AMD, Nvidia and more — guidance for all sorts of different kinds of hardware, a list of computer manufacturers — Acer, Dell, Epson, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba and Vaio — with links to their advisories, and a promise of patches yet to come for Server 2012 and Server 2008 SP2. Something to look forward to. Join us for a CBB break on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Perfect end to a perfect month: Yet another Win10 1709 cumulative update, KB 4058258 (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  7. Beginning with the April 2018 feature update, Microsoft will release a tool that allows Windows 10 users to inspect diagnostic data collected and sent to Microsoft's telemetry servers. Windows Insider Program members can test the app starting today. Earlier this week I noted a pair of mysterious (and inactive) links in the Privacy settings of recent preview releases of Windows 10, apparently offering the ability to view and delete telemetry data. Today, Microsoft officially confirmed that the next public release of Windows 10 will include a Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer utility. The app will allow anyone with an administrator account to inspect the telemetry data being collected from a device and sent to Microsoft through the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component, also known as the Universal Telemetry Client. Microsoft's enterprise customers have had this capability for some time, using a bare-bones tool available to IT professionals. The new viewer is considerably more polished and intended for use by nontechnical Windows 10 users. Members of the Windows Insider Program will have access to the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer app in a new build scheduled to be delivered later today. Although the app will be delivered through the Microsoft Store, users won't be required to sign in with a Microsoft account to download and install it. In a blog post published today, Marisa Rogers, Privacy Officer in Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, positioned the new tool as a way to be "fully transparent" about what data is collected from a device. I haven't been able to use the tool yet, but a pair of screenshots Microsoft released confirm that most of this data is intended to give Microsoft details about the type of hardware and apps in use by the 600 million-plus Windows 10 devices. Article
  8. Win10 Fall Creators Update has a nasty habit of re-launching programs on reboot. In spite of repeated, pointed criticism, Microsoft is digging in its heels — or just ignoring the problem and hoping it'll go away. Thinkstock Here’s a quick question. In Windows, if you have a program running when you reboot your machine, does Windows: Start up clean, regardless of what was running at the time of shutdown? Boot, then automatically launch all of the previously running programs? Give you an option, to choose between 1 and 2? The answer? In every version of Windows that I’ve used (going back to Windows 286), it’s clearly the first option. Of course you don’t want your old junk to come back. Cleaning out and starting fresh is a, uh, time-honored Windows tradition. But in Win10 Fail Creators' Update — version 1709 — the answer is 2. I have no idea why Microsoft made that change. The only time I want to reboot, these days, is when Windows is horrendously clogged up. Granted, your results may vary: You may want to have that YouTube video to reappear at full volume, you may expect your VPN to jump back up and reconnect, you may enjoy getting Firefox stuck in a malvertising loop. But for most of us, I daresay, having the programs come back from the dead is absolutely what we don’t want. I could cut Microsoft some slack if it had documented this “feature” in a way that makes some sense, and I’d certainly appreciate an Option C. But that isn’t happening. Many people, including most gurus I know, have no idea why it happens — or how to turn it off. Complaints about reawakening the 1709 dead surfaced on the Microsoft Answers forum way back on Aug. 10 of last year. Poster antonio8909 explained: In this build I have a problem with Chrome and NordVPN. When I turn off the PC and I log in the next day, it recovers the lastest pages visited in Chrome and it open automatically NordVPN I have fast startup disabled and the option "use my login info for complete updates" disabled and the problem is still here. Worth noting: That complaint predates the release of 1709 by more than two months. The thread goes on for 37 pages — hundreds of entries. Old procedures to prevent programs from launching don't work Most of us who have used Windows know how to stifle programs that start when Windows boots. But the old procedures don’t work in the new 1709 world. Starting with the Fail Creators' Update, running apps are flagged internally by Windows, then brought back on reboot — there’s no \Start folder, nothing hidden in Run or RunOnce registry keys, no autostart entries. It’s a hugely unpopular setting, for those who have been bitten by it. Microsoft sorta announced it back last July, as part of the beta build 16251 documentation: Use sign-in info to apply settings after a restart or update: The advanced Windows Update feature to use your sign-in info to automatically finish setting your device after an update has been extended to regular reboots and shutdowns. When you log in and initiate a reboot or a shutdown through power options available on the Start Menu and various other locations, Windows will automatically setup your account after it has booted back up. This will help you sign-in faster and will restore your accessibility applications and any other application that has registered for application restart. Which, judging from this lengthy Feedback Hub post, is exactly what many people don’t want. Poster AOMC, on the Microsoft Answers forum, puts it simply: Another really big UX issue with the new app-auto-restart behavior is that it conflicts and creates confusion with the idea of "apps that start with Windows". In other words, when should I worry about the checkbox in the app that says "Start with Windows" vs just leaving the app open and expecting it to auto-restart in any case? Previously it used to be very clear to me which apps start with Windows — the ones in which I toggle that setting for "Start with Windows" and the ones that I manually drag and drop into the auto-start folder (or for which I manually add registry entries). Now, it's a combination of that plus SOME apps that manage to auto-restart with Windows if they were open during shutdown. So if I restart Windows and see that Spotify automatically starts blasting music for some reason (especially when Windows Update sometimes resets my volume level to 100%), I'm confused about WHY. I go into Spotify's settings and see that I don't have it set to start with Windows. Then I scratch my head and wonder why in the world Spotify and Chrome both auto-restart automatically if many of my other apps don't auto-restart. And then I'm totally confused about what to do and who in their right mind came up with this logic. The odd, unexpected behavior has stumped many Windows experts. Having an internal secret checklist of programs that reopen on boot sounds to me like an ideal way to make malware persistent. Who in the blue blazes comes up with this stuff? IctToolBox has a registry hack to circumvent the bad behavior, but it’s likely to have all sorts of unintended consequences. I wish I could tell you that Microsoft is coming up with an Option C — a simple setting that lets you choose one behavior or the other. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. In its place, we’re being offered yet another obfuscated kludge, which is on track to appear in Win10 1803 in March or April. According to the official announcement for Win10 beta build 17040, stuck at the end of a long list of General changes, Based on your feedback, the feature to restore applications that have registered for application restart after you reboot or shutdown (through power options available on the Start Menu and various other locations) has been set to only occur for users that have enabled “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting my device after an update or restart” in the Privacy section under Sign-in Options Settings. It isn’t clear to me if Microsoft is switching 1803 to Option A or Option B by default. Clearly the Win10 gods intend to piggyback on an existing setting to confuse the bewilickers out of everybody. It’s precisely the wrong way to handle something that affects every single Windows 10 user. Thx to @b. Join us for more Monday morning quarterbacking on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Win10 1709’s most irksome ‘feature’: Programs come back from the dead (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
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  10. Free Windows 10 upgrade offer’s days are numbered The 'assistive technologies' based free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 has just received an expiration date. Dan Masaoka/IDG One of the best known nudge-nudge-wink-wink features of Windows 7 and 8.1 is about to fade into the sunset. As of Dec. 31, the offer to upgrade from either version of Windows to Win10 for free will end. At least, it looks like the offer will end. With no clear announcement from Microsoft, the nods and winks seem more furtive than ever. At the core of the conundrum: Microsoft has officially permitted “genuine” Windows 7 and 8.1 machines to upgrade to Win10 for free, long after the original free upgrade program expired on July 29, 2016. The trick? You had to verify by asserting, “Yes, I use assistive technologies.” You might think that “assistive technologies” would encompass all of the parts of Windows that help those with disabilities cope with their computers. It does. But, by Microsoft’s definition, it also includes features that many folks use every day. For example, if you use Ctrl + Alt + scroll to adjust your screen magnification, that’s an assistive technology. So is Reading view in Edge. If you follow the links in Microsoft’s description, any keyboard shortcut (including, say, Ctrl + C) is an assistive technology. Windows is full of assistive technologies, and if you use any of them, you qualify for a free upgrade from Win7 or 8.1 to 10. Per the official upgrade page: We are not restricting the upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer. A year ago, Microsoft posted a retraction — or perhaps it was a clarification — on Reddit. Swaggy_McSwagSwag, in a thread marked “Official," wrote: Please do not use the "Assistive Technologies" webpage tool to late upgrade to Windows 10 if you have missed the free upgrade offer. It is only for those with disabilities, and is being changed soon to prevent abuse of the system. That's quite a change from the statement on the official upgrade page. The official page says the upgrade offer is available to anyone who uses assistive technology, while Swaggy on Reddit says that it isn’t. You be the judge. As I said at the time: I’m 100% convinced that the brass at MS knew about the loophole long before it was set up. It’s very likely that this is a nod ‘n a wink pressure relief valve for those who forgot to upgrade for free. But you have to wonder: Is there one, single Windows 7 or 8.1 user on the face of the planet who doesn’t know that the free upgrade period expired on July 29? At any rate, sometime after Oct. 20, Microsoft inserted one line on its official upgrade page. On Oct. 20, the page said: If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. Today, the page says: If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. Please take advantage of this offer before it expires on December 31, 2017. A very astute observer, Jürgen, on German-language site deskmodder.de, discovered the change and it was translated/amplified by Martin Brinkmann on ghacks.net. As Brinkmann notes: Windows users who are not sure if Windows 10 is right for them can take advantage of the offer, and roll back their systems afterwards. The license is linked to the Microsoft Account if you use it, or the hardware ID, so that you have it in case you want to upgrade to Windows 10 in the future. It’s important to note that this new deadline applies to one, specific upgrade path — in order to take advantage of the “assistive technologies” offer, you have to upgrade from the official upgrade page. But that isn't the only free upgrade method in town. As Paul Thurrott noted yesterday on Thurrott.com, Microsoft still allows you to perform a clean install of Win10 on any machine and validate it with an unused Windows 7 or 8.1 product key. Says Thurrott: Microsoft first introduced this capability over two years ago, and in doing so it erased what had been one of the early install/activation issues with the then-new Windows 10. Almost a year later, I reported that this capability–which was supposed to be temporary, by the way–still worked. Since then, I’ve tested this scenario on a very regular basis, probably roughly once a month. And as people have asked me about it, on Twitter or via email, I’ve told them that it still works. Of course, it’s in Microsoft’s best interests to get every Win 7 and 8.1 (and XP!) machine onto Win10 -- whether you want to or not. It’s not at all clear why it's being so coy about it. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Join the discussion on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Free Windows 10 upgrade offer’s days are numbered (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  11. A week after version 1709 hit the waves, reports of success — and some screams of pain — accompany the latest, greatest, bestest version of Windows Dan Masaoka/IDG A week ago today, Microsoft rolled out the “RTM” build of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU), version 1709, build 16299.15 – which should’ve been immediately upgraded to 16299.19. At least anecdotally, the initial push brought in far more Win10 machines than any previous rollout. I’ve seen few reports of problems from those who had FCU thrust upon them, but there are plenty of problems among those who installed the upgrade manually. Yesterday, Windows servicing and delivery director John Cable talked about the phased rollout approach on the Windows Blog. Cable said: "By starting with machines which we believe will have the best update experience, we are able to get focused feedback on application compatibility and how Windows works with the rich ecosystem of available peripherals like Bluetooth devices or cameras. Additionally, we closely monitor feedback from fans and early adopters, through programs like Windows Insiders and Windows Insider for Business, in addition to feedback from our OEM device partners, and customers like you! This helps us determine when to accelerate the release to additional devices." … which sounds to me like every other Win10 rollout. We also have a marketing graph (screenshot below) without x- or y- axis labels that certainly looks convincing but somehow doesn’t communicate anything. Microsoft If you haven’t yet devoured the information about all of the (New! Improved!) features in Win10 FCU, Preston Gralla’s Review: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from A to Zzzzzzzz takes you through the highlights. To be sure, there are improvements in security, notably Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which replaces the long-in-the-tooth EMET tool (details posted yesterday on the Windows Security blog), and Controlled Folder Access, an anti-ransomware tool that adds an extra authorization level for folders you specify (more details were posted yesterday). And after a couple of years’ hiatus, Microsoft brought back OneDrive placeholders (“files on-demand”), improving on the Windows 8 feature. After that, the feature list seems to me to stumble off a cliff, bouncing like a Fluent Design glow bubble. But you may find a gem or two in the list. I’ve been keeping a running list of known problems with FCU, and it’s pretty lengthy. Of course there’s the usual failures to install, rollback, freezes, which many people manage to knock loose using Windows 10 install issues -- and what to do about them. Highlights: Weird audio driver problems: Restart your PC and a seemingly random audio device will become the default. Lots of reports of re-assigned default apps, and deleted built-in apps that make a remarkable re-appearance. Reports of messed up monitor colours that are fixed by turning off the Night Light app. Citrix XenDesktop agent VDA 7.15 doesn’t install. (Thx ch100) If your older versions of .NET aren’t working, you have to manually enable them (Thx, Noel Carboni) Old Intel network drivers have problems on reboot or awaking from sleep. You should update all of them. (Thx NetDef) The sign-in screen may show the Administrator account. Fixing it requires a manual registry change. (Thx MrBrian) An older game engine triggers crashes when running full screen. (Thx NetDef) And there’s a handful of identified hardware problems: HP print drivers, Beats Audio, Razer laptops. Several high profile bugs have been fixed: the “Something bad happened” bug in Windows Store was fixed, accompanied by a new Store icon and rebranding to "Microsoft Store." There’s a lengthy manual workaround for the bug that removes references to built-in programs and jumbles tiles on the Start menu. My old advice stands: Wait. There’s nothing in 1709 that you absolutely have to have right now. In the past, Microsoft had businesses wait four months or so before installing a new version of Win10. In the new world of Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) and Semi-Annual Channel (Nailed) releases, business are supposed to figure it out for themselves. But the old four-month wait seems to be just as valid now as it was three months ago, when Microsoft suddenly withdrew the "Current Branch for Business" designation. I continue to recommend that you actively block the 1709 upgrade. When you're ready to throw yourself at Microsoft’s mercy, you can take off the safety belt, remove the block and let Microsoft upgrade your machine on its time schedule. But don’t install 1709 manually before Microsoft figures that you’re ready for it. There’s a reason Microsoft controls the horizontal. Hit a bug that’s bugging you? Post it on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Win10 Fall Creators Update’s rapid, rocky rollout (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  12. I am sure some know already, however sleep function seems to have been modified in the newest Windows Ten (10) version, 1709. Before, I would put P.C. into sleep, then when I wanted it out of sleep, I depress the touch space bar (or another key) and my desktop would appear after sign in. However, it now goes through a modified boot sequence avoiding for example the screen for Macrium Reflect that offers to restore or boot into windows and then desktop appears quickly and all startup items are there ready. Anyone else found this has happened and is there a way to stop the new sleep mode?
  13. Hello friends, As in title, I have some questions about Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB N activation. I'm sorry if this has been already answered on other threads. I don't know much about this topic and any help will be much appreciated. So I'm a Windows 10 Pro user that I upgraded it from my Windows 8 which I had a legit key that I bought a few years ago. When I need to format my computer and install a fresh Windows 10 Pro copy it will be automatically activated as soon the installation is complete. No need any kind of 3rd party activators. I really would like to use the LTSB N version since it has no unnecessary apps/programs that I don't need and don't want on my computer. I have a few questions regarding that LTSB N version. 1- If I get a legit LTSB N copy, by buying it as an example and install it, will my computer also be automatically activated after further fresh Windows 10 LTSB N installs just like the Pro version? Also if for some reason I want to go back to Pro version on the same computer, will my old Pro key stay available? I mean will the keys overwrite each other? 2- Is there any way to permanently activate this LTSB N (or maybe just the regular LTSB - non N edition) with that Skype tutorial I saw somewhere in the forums or any other similar way, for free, without using activators? 3- If the only way to activate the LTSB N version for free is using 3rd party activators, could you guys recommend me a good/safe one, please? Thanks in advance.
  14. The by default highly questionable set options concerning privacy and data protection in Windows 10 brought me to the idea for the development of this little program. Microsoft generously enables everybody to change the concerning settings, but hides them in countless menus, where a normal user does not want to search for! The program should therefore be a help, to display the available settings relatively clearly and to set the desired options if necessary. The primary focus is on settings for Windows 10 and its apps (for example the new browser "Edge"). The program will be expanded gradually, if possible and available, with the corresponding Windows 8.1 features in the future. W10Privacy is certainly no programming masterpiece, but meets my envisaged purpose. The software is still in an early development phase: suggestions and requests will be gladly accepted and considered, if necessary, in the further development! Manual/Instructions + Screenshots - EN Manual/Instructions + Screenshots - DE Changes in (20.10.2017) - The list of telemetry-IP addresses contained two invalid IP-addresses, which meant that the Firewall-rule 19 was not. Homepage Download page Download SHA1-Hash: 29bcc435bd37084566e08a26ebe2a9c78e009397 SHA256-Hash: e40d69a70cf7aeb35dc4d2b1f567b4edaecb10afdd94173980011e8ed9f5c92a .paf Portable Online Installer by @Geez - Updated - New Due to constant changes to download path by developers, updated the installer to read the last number added to the download page to get the latest version. The last installer was unable to get the last version. First screen enter: 1508535683 Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/7578959/W10Privacy_Portable_x.x_Rev1_Multilingual_Online.exe.html
  15. WPD v1.1.582 Hi there! If you are here you have probably heard about rather tricky and complex Windows 10 privacy settings and how much data it can collect without user’s knowledge or consent. So, we have tried to resolve this problem and created WPD – a tweaker that contains all main settings in one place! You can customize Group Policy, Services and Tasks, responsible for data collection and sending, as you like. And furthermore, if you want, you can block a bunch of Microsoft's ip's to which data is sent. Disable Windows features and make various tweaks Wrapped in a clean and attractive interface, this program provides you with intuitive and practical options for tweaking your computer, whether you're running Windows 7 or 10. It doesn't require installation so you can copy the downloaded package to a USB flash drive to directly launch it on any PC without setup. Administrative rights are required, though. The main app menu is brought up to the screen at startup, allowing you to access the privacy-related features, firewall settings, apps to uninstall, or other tweaks to make. Configure privacy, firewall and app settings When it comes to privacy matters, you can deactivate the steps recorder, advertising ID, search companion, telemetry, Windows Error Reporting, handwriting auto learning, OneDrive (for file storage), and others. Some of the options displayed here might seem confusing. However, you don't have to look up definitions on the web since WPD shows descriptions in tooltips next to each option. Otherwise, you can disable everything listed here with the click of a button. As far as firewall settings are concerned, Windows Privacy Dashboard can be instructed to block Windows telemetry, third-party apps and Windows Updates from establishing Internet connections. If you change your mind and wish to reset these options to default, you can simply delete the newly created rules. Uninstall unwanted apps and perform tweaks Only Modern UI apps can be uninstalled with the aid of this utility, whether they came bundled with the operating system or got installed from other sources. Lastly, the tweaker gives you the possibility to hide sync provider notifications, allow the swap file to be cleared during restart, and prevent apps from using your camera, microphone and other devices. Taking everything into consideration, WPD turns out to be a straightforward and useful system tweaker. It enabled and disabled system settings without any issues on Windows 10 in our tests. WPD is free, totally portable, has a nice user-friendly interface, and doesn't contain any advertisement or malicious code. Currently we don't have a code signing certificate, so Widnows SmartScreen might be little nervous, just skip it. Supported OS: Windows 10 Enterprise 1709, 1703, 1607 Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016, 2015 Windows 10 Pro 1709, 1703, 1607 Windows 10 Home 1709, 1703 Windows 8-8.1 Windows 7 Screenshots: Changelog: 1.1.582 - 10/18/2017 Added Fall Creators Update support. Added command line arguments. For more info check Readme file inside the archive. Added warning dialog box when trying to delete all apps. Fixed work on Windows 7 and Windows 8 Home. Updated build-in firewall rules. Firewall notification icon now requires only the first rule to be applied. Added notification label showing the date of the latest available rule (built-in or online). User interface improvements. Bug fixes. 1.1.512 - 08/09/2017 Updated build-in firewall rules. Minor fixes. Preparing for the Fall Creators Update. 1.1.475 - 07/03/2017 Appx package errors no longer terminate WPD. 1.1.474 - 07/02/2017 Added ability to create system restore point. Added new settings to the Tweaker tab. Added Windows 8-8.1 support. Updated build-in firewall rules. Better error handling. Minor fixes. 1.1.451 - 06/10/2017 Updated firewall rules. User interface improvements. 1.1.435 - 05/24/2017 Added new firewall tab. Added feedback button. Updated firewall rules. User interface improvements. 1.0.395 - 04/14/2017 Code has been rewritten and optimized. New UI. Added ability to delete built-in Windows Store apps. Added Switch All button to the privacy tab. Added full support of Windows 10 Home. Added new settings to the tweaker tab. Home: https://getwpd.com/ Download: https://getwpd.com/get/latest.zip Firewall rules: Oct 17, 2017 CRC32: 0FF17F90 gHacks.net Review: Control Windows 10 Privacy with WPD
  16. DoNotSpy10 v3.0 Final Overview: DoNotSpy10 is the world’s first antispy tool for Windows 10. Its straight-forward user interface allows you to manage how Windows 10 respects their privacy. Microsoft introduces many new “diagnostic” features with Windows 10. These services help Microsoft collect usage data and thus to provide a better service. However, collecting and sharing your data with one of the world’s leading technology companies puts your privacy at risk. There are services which are able to record your keyboard input, your speech and any other actions of the user. Others share your WiFi credentials with your contact or connect you to networks shared by your contacts. DoNotSpy10 provides you with the opportunity to easily manage what you want to share and what not. While many of the settings represent what you can configure using the Settings and various other apps, there are also tweaks that are not easily accessible through the apps Windows provides. DoNotSpy10 combines them all in one application – it’s time to protect your privacy, let’s start! Requirements: .NET Framework 4.5 or higher Changelog: - https://pxc-coding.com/blog/donotspy10-3-0-fall-creators-update/ Downloads: Direct-Download(Inc Ads): https://pxc-coding.com/downloads/donotspy10/DoNotSpy10-3.0-Setup.exe Installer MD5: 6F3812E499EE6B1D4DA8B94E8191DF04 Installer SHA1: A90FC45BEFF0648B9EB7E232C965F5C96151CB5E DoNotSpy10 v3.0 Portable (PAF) by @DoomStorm Offline installer - shared by @GlacialMan Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode[?]: /files/7571379/DoNotSpy10Portable_3.0.0.0.paf.exe.html Mirrors: Site: https://www.multiup.eu/en Sharecode[?]: /download/1323cbbe3dc6eace288c8f8883d94000/DoNotSpy10Portable_3.0.0.0.paf.exe Site: https://dbr.ee Sharecode[?]: /uYa0
  17. All Activation Windows 7-8-10 v17.0 - 2017 All methods of activation in the hand tested after the "anti-piracy" KB971033 update DG Win & Soft offers you a complete collection of programs and ways to Activate Windows. All methods and programs personally verified by us many times and we can safely recommend them to you. NOTE: All programs must be Run as Administrator! Additional Information: - If you have a direct hand, you want to activate in the Off-line mode and no longer bother to search for keys every six months, then you are prepared activation via firmware BIOS. But be careful, because if your not the right things, you have a chance to bungle the operation and will have to contact the service center. And keep in mind that for every BIOS (AMI, Award, Phoenix) has its own specific program (AMI - amitool, etc.), what is your BIOS can see when you boot the computer. - If you do not want to make any changes either in your "iron", or in the Windows itself, and that your activation is not distinguished by anything from legal activation, your choice of KMS server. With the use of virtual machines, this method can also be called Off-line. But you should know that this method of activation for six months and 180 days, you again have to repeat it. Also, this method only and Professional version Enterprise - If you did not accept neither the first nor the second of our suggested methods you can use the activators. Without going into too much detail, we can say that activators emulate the BIOS with slicom 2.1. But no one gives a guarantee that Microsoft will not release a patch or update that will detect the presence of emulation and reset the activation. We recommend to start with Windows 7 Activator Loader eXtreme Edition (Napalum), because He has a huge number of settings and features and good will activate automatically What's new in the assembly: Updated KMS section All new marked as (New) Added build option in the form of installation executable file List of programs: PIDKey v2.1.2.1017 MSActBackUp 1.1.0 Microsoft Product Keys 2.6.3 Re-Loader Activator 3.0 Beta 3 KMS Tools 12/10/2017 by Ratiborus (New) KMSAuto Lite 1.3.3 KMSAuto Net 2016 1.5.1 2017 KMSmicro WO w7 v1. 0.1 KMSpico 10.2.0 Final SuperMini_KMS AAct v3.7 (New) Windows 7 Loader eXtremev3.503 Re-Loader Activator 2.6 Final Microsoft Toolkit 2.6.2 ODIN 1.3.7 by secr9tos GUI MBR SLIC Loader 0.621 v1.2 Windows Loader v2.2 WindSLIC-UEFI-SLIC-injector SLIC 2.1 BINS FAQ for creating the firmware SLIC_ToolKit_V3.2 Programs for the firmware Reset of the trial period (rearm) Three-component activation Language: Russian, English OS: Windows (XP), Windows (Vista), Windows (7), Windows (8), Windows (10). Download - 490.6 MB: Site: https://www.multiup.eu/en Sharecode[?]: /download/00334f75cc207f13a42d28f9a05454eb/All.activation.Windows.7-8-10.v17.0-P2P.iso
  18. Microsoft's update servers are pushing out a new Photos Add-on app, with no explanation of what it does. Windows 10 users aren't taking it well. Microsoft's update servers began pushing out a mysterious new app recently, and the unexpected arrival is stirring up suspicion and anger among some Windows 10 users. The new app is called Photos Add-on, and its entry in the Windows Store offers few clues about what it is or does. This mystery app has drawn caustic reviews from suspicious Windows 10 users. On my test systems, the new app appeared as part of Windows updates delivered on October 10. Based on ratings and reviews in the Store, other Windows 10 users saw the update as early as October 1. The listing says it's compatible with Windows 10 release 14393 (the Anniversary Update) or later, although it probably requires a new version of the Photos app to work. More than 70 percent of the early reviews have given the mystery add-on a 1 star rating, with reviewers adding comments like these: Installed without permission I didn't ask for this, I didn't approve this, I didn't even know you were planning on installing this. When will you get it that people don't want YOU to decide what gets installed on MY computer. Stop it already. Forced install Not cool, MS. Don't install without asking I have no idea what this even does. Why do I have it and why didn't I have a choice? So, what is the mystery app? The answer turns out to be relatively innocuous. It is indeed an update for the built-in Photos app, included with every copy of Windows 10. Its official name is Photos.DLC.Main (DLC apparently stands for "downloadable content"), and it's listed in Settings > Apps > Apps & Features. Find the Photos app, click Advanced Options, and look under the App Add-ons & Downloadable Content heading: The Photos add-on can be uninstalled, although there's no reason to do so. As far as I can tell, this is the first public release of a feature that was announced 18 months ago, as part of a Windows 10 preview build delivered in April 2016: You will also be able manage app add-ons and downloadable content [in Settings] if the app supports this capability as discussed at Build 2016. While there are currently no apps that support add-ons or downloadable content in the Store, please stay tuned for availability of apps that do once they are released. The add-on model is documented in this reference page for the Universal Windows Platform API. A source with knowledge of this add-on told me that it's part of an architectural change that will allow Microsoft to deliver new functionality and content updates to the Photos app, including 3D effects, filters, and text. More importantly, it allows UWP apps to communicate with one another. In fact, we may already be seeing the first example of this add-on in action. This morning, I opened the Photos app on a machine running a near-final Insider build of the Windows 10 Fail Creators' Update and was greeted with this message: Via Twitter, my colleague Richard Hay of the Windows Supersite reported seeing the same dialog box, as did Tero Alhonen. Ginny Caughey, a developer with deep experience in UWP apps, notes that this is "not something to worry about - just an add-on to an app that comes with the OS." She's right, which is why this roll-out is so frustrating. It's yet another example of an unforced error on Microsoft's part. Even a tiny amount of documentation in the listing for this add-on would have tamped down the suspicion. Instead, they've provided fresh fuel for conspiracy theorists. Source: Microsoft's mystery update arouses anger, suspicion among Windows 10 users (ZDNet - Ed Bott)
  19. The media creation tool can be used to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or to create a USB or DVD and install Windows 10 on a different PC. Use Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to Create Installation Media or Upgrade PC Along with making the download of Windows 10 ISO file, Microsoft has also made available Windows 10 Installation Media Tool. This Media Creation Tool helps you download Windows 10, and provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows 10 Installation Media Tool To download the Windows 10 Installation Media Tool, visit Microsoft.com and scroll down till you see two purple Download Tool Now buttons. The Windows Media Creation Tool will allow you to download the Windows 10 ISO directly from Microsoft, without having a product key. You can use it to clean install or Upgrade to Windows 10. It can be used to download the following editions of Windows 10 – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Home N, Windows 10 Home Single Language, Windows 10 Pro and Windows Pro N. The tool includes file formats optimized for download speed, built-in media creation options for USB & DVDs, and allows for optional conversion to ISO file format. There are two versions of the tool available – a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Download the appropriate version of the tool and run it. When you run the tool, it creates two directories on your system partition – $WINDOWS.~BT and $Windows.~WS. These folders contain the downloaded setup and installation files, and an option to resume the creation process if it fails. When you click on it to run the tool, you will see the following screen asking you if you want to Upgrade this PC now or Create installation media for another PC. Download: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=691209 https://download.microsoft.com/download/0/B/2/0B2BC253-367A-48C3-A25D-402F123676D3/MediaCreationTool.exe https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/8/9/38926395-6FB1-4487-83DF-4241D2EA79F7/products_20171005.cab rename file products_20171005.cab to products․cab, put file products․cab in the same folder where the file MediaCreationTool.exe and run MediaCreationTool.exe /selfhost save boot ISO .. More Details Credits : WZor FYI: The above steps are shared by @Recruit Optional Workaround by @VIKTOR PAVEL: if you use Media Creation Tool and is not work do this: you need download small help file to lead program to correct download server https://download.microsoft.com/download/3/8/9/38926395-6FB1-4487-83DF-4241D2EA79F7/products_20171005.cab - rename help file "products_20171005.cab". to : products.cab - put it in same folder with media creation tool - run as admin : MediaCreationTool.exe /selfhost (or download bat i have make and put it in same folder and run as admin) https://www.upload.ee/files/7549469/MediaCreationTool_Selfhost_Batch.rar.html - done @Recruit Don't make fun when you are the one who made mistake. I searched before posting and none found related to this version post. You should've opened a new thread. It isn't my fault. Also, I'm not using Win10. @[email protected]@Lite and nsane team: Don't you understand the repeated actions without politeness/help from @Recruit? Many others are affected by his rude behavior in many comments. Please do what needs to be done. Don't show mercy for repeated trolls like him/her!
  20. 8GadgetPack 24.0 Final

    8GadgetPack makes it possible to use gadgets on Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8. 8GadgetPack - a tool that will help bring back the familiar gadgets on the desktop in Windows 8, which will help you quickly get the right information (clock, calendar, weather, currency exchange rates, system, and so on). Gadgets are installed in the same simple manner as earlier. Included with the program are 45 gadgets (official from Microsoft, as well as the most popular), also included is a gadget 7 Sidebar, which mimics the Sidebar gadgets Windows Vista. The program has a set of standard and some additional gadgets, and also supports the installation of new ones. Feature of the program: handy window c settings "8GadgetPack Tools", which contains the following options: - Disable startup programs; - Reset all the gadgets (back to how things were after the installation); - Visit the website of the program; - Leave a review; - Uninstall applications Version History: 2017/10/07: Version 24.0 released. Some compatibility bugfixes for the upcoming Windows 10 version in October. Also fixed some bugs that might occur if you use Clipboarder and Word/Excel (it's actually not Clipboarders fault, but I guess MS will never fix these bugs. So I added a workaround.). Updated some gadgets. Homepage: https://8gadgetpack.net/ Download: https://8gadgetpack.net/download230/8GadgetPackSetup.msi
  21. If you got suckered into installing this month’s Windows 10 Creators Update cumulative update KB 4038788, there’s a fix for some of the bugs it introduced. Thinkstock/Microsoft Those of you who cringed after installing Patch Tuesday’s missive for Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, can breathe a small sigh of relief. Two of the known bugs in that patch — one that scrambled Edge, another that black-screened HP computers for 10 minutes at a stretch — have been fixed, almost two weeks later. Microsoft also says it fixed cellular connectivity problems. If all of the buggy cumulative updates make you feel a bit creepy, compare and contrast the reality to last week’s announcement that Windows 10 Creators Update is the “best and most reliable” version of Windows 10. Microsoft fixed the HP mix-up last week with a one-off, manual hotfix called KB 4043292. The description of that update (which has been modified) now says: When restarting Windows 10 Version 1703 after a Windows Store application update is installed, some Windows 10 devices may experience a black screen for 5-10 minutes. This occurs because the devices have OEM factory images that were released with registry keys that conflict with the app readiness service. On some OEM systems, registry keys conflict with the app readiness service. After 5-10 minutes of black screen, the user regains control of their device. This issue is triggered each time Windows is restarted. The problems with Edge weren’t nearly so easily described. I’ve seen reports of Edge not starting, freezing and behaving irresponsibly in many other ways. Now, it seems, those problems have been fixed: Addressed issue in Microsoft Edge where on first launch after installing KB4038788, or periodically thereafter, users may observe performance issues or unresponsiveness until the next launch of the browser. Does anybody really test this stuff? And why does it take two weeks to fix? Is Win10 Creators Update the best and most reliable version of Win10? Ping us on the AskWoody Lounge Source: Microsoft releases KB 4040724 fix for bugs introduced in this month's Win10 1703 patch (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  22. Sometimes I get notifications when new files are added, sometimes I don't. How do I fix it ? It's driving me nuts ! I have googled but nobody else seems to have the same problem, which is weird
  23. Microsoft is trumpeting Windows 10 Creators Update as the best and most reliable version of the operating system for business. Microsoft Just weeks before it releases the next upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft is trumpeting last spring's version, claiming that the latter is "the most performant and reliable" ever. The drum beating for Windows 10 Creators Update, aka 1703 in Microsoft's yymm format, comes less than four weeks before the slated Oct. 17 launch of its successor, titled "Fail Creators' Update" and numbered 1709. On reliability, Microsoft asserted that 1703 is much more stable than its mid-2016 predecessor, known as both "Anniversary Update" and 1607. "Our close collaboration with our ecosystem partners has resulted in a 39% total reduction in operating system and driver stability issues between the Anniversary Update and Creators Update," John Cable, director of program management in the Windows Servicing and Delivery group, contended in a post to a company blog Friday. Of course, Microsoft's praise of 1703 fit its long-standing message that Windows 10's speedier release schedule results in incremental improvements that reach customers faster than the traditional upgrade-every-three-years model. But it also may have been meant to prod enterprises, which must adopt Windows 10 before the current OS standard-bearer, Windows 7, is tossed from support in early 2020. "Microsoft is encouraging [enterprise] customers to move to [Windows 10] 1703," Stephen Kleynhans, an analyst with Gartner Research, said in an interview. Kleynhans explained that while enterprise early adopters selected 1511, the November 2015 upgrade, to deploy, most now rolling out Windows 10 have selected last year's edition, 1607. But 1607 will drop off support -- meaning Microsoft will stop providing security patches, bug fixes, and minor improvements -- in March 2018. That's just six months away. "From Microsoft's point of view, this is an interesting issue," said Kleynhans. "They have a lot of customers running Windows 10, but many of them are running the 'wrong' version," he added, referring to editions such as 1607 with impending retirement dates. By plugging 1703's improvements over 1607, Microsoft has given a nudge to IT professionals involved with Windows 10 migrations, implicitly urging them to move to the later version. (Microsoft is to provide support for Windows 10 1703 until September 2018, half a year longer then 1607. Under Microsoft's current scheme, each upgrade is supported for 18 months.) Among the praises sung to 1703, Microsoft cited stability and reliability, and claimed a concurrent decline in support requests for both itself and the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) partners that produce Windows-powered personal computers. (Under Microsoft's rules, OEMs are responsible for Windows support if the PC was sold with the OS pre-installed.) "Our internal customer support teams are reporting significant reductions in call and online support request volumes since the Anniversary Update," said Microsoft's Cable, naming inquiries about OS installation and troubleshooting the update process as taking the biggest dip. Microsoft's efforts to pump up 1703's prowess probably won't meaningfully change enterprise plans, said Kleynhans, the Gartner analyst. "They're still heads down [with rolling out 1607]," he said. "When enterprises are focused on a goal, it's hard for them to see a slightly different goal on the side. By the time companies can pop their heads up, 1709 will be stabilizing and they will just skip 1703 and go straight to 1709." If Microsoft follows past practice, it will announce that 1709 has finished in-customer-hands testing several months after its release, likely in the early part of 2018. That would give firms now running 1607 just a couple of months to get onto 1709 before the former version's support expires. It's possible, said Kleynhans, that Microsoft may extend the lifecycle of Windows 10 1607 beyond March 2018 if corporate customers demand more time. The Windows 10 servicing model, which relies on a nearly constant pace of OS upgrades in the enterprise, remains a work in progress, he said. "The best-laid plans won't always work out perfectly," Kleynhans argued. "It may all work out in the future, but it will take some give and take on both sides." Source: Microsoft stumps for Windows 10 1703 to get enterprises on the right release train (Computerworld - Greg Keizer)
  24. In the first year after releasing Windows 10, Microsoft seemed hellbent on pushing its new operating system onto every device it saw. That strategy turned out to be counterproductive, with some customers howling in pain over forced upgrades that caused compatibility problems. The blowback from a German consumer agency was serious enough that Microsoft issued a rare formal apology and promised never to do it again. To add insult to injury, that aggressive approach still left the Windows 10 installed base short of its ambitious goal of 1 billion devices. For the big Windows 10 feature update that arrived in mid-2016, Microsoft adopted the same aggressive approach, and the result was once again far from problem-free. The initial rollout of the Anniversary Update caused some PCs to freeze after completing the upgrade, resulted in reboot loops for others, and broke an important enterprise feature. Those negative experiences apparently led to some soul-searching and some much-needed process changes in Redmond. As Windows 10 enters its third year, Microsoft is taking a far more deliberate approach to delivering feature updates. Exhibit A is Windows 10 version 1703, the so-called Creators Update. Although it was officially released in April, Microsoft has been rolling it out in much more measured fashion. On two test devices in my office, for example, I wasn't offered the Windows 10 Creators Update until early September. That's no accident. The new goal for Windows 10 feature updates, according to people involved directly with the Windows Update infrastructure, is to roll them out "as fast as is safe." The end result is that Microsoft is being far more selective about the rollout process for the Creators Update and its successor, the Fail Creators' Update. John Cable, Director of Program Management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, told me the goal for both of 2017's feature updates is to use Microsoft's telemetry information and an expanded regimen of testing with OEMs to sort PCs into groups based on their likelihood to upgrade properly. "We won't roll out [a feature update] until we are certain you will have a positive experience," Cable told me. Problems arise because the universe of Windows PCs is so diverse that it's literally impossible to test every combination of hardware and software to identify issues. Using telemetry data, Cable said, "We can tell which apps, hardware drivers, and firmware will cause certain issues." Armed with that knowledge, Microsoft can prevent an update from going to certain machines until that issue is resolved. The listening process also includes problem reports from other channels, including Twitter, Reddit, and Microsoft's own Feedback Hub app, which is included with every copy of Windows 10. Anecdotally, I can confirm that I've heard far fewer complaints about Windows 10 issues this year than I did following the initial rollout and the Anniversary Update. And Microsoft says that its new, more measured approach to updates is paying off in performance and reliability improvements. Through "operating system efficiencies," Microsoft claims to have improved battery life in the Creators Update, with a 2.5 percent increase in online video streaming and extending playback of offline video files by 5 percent. On performance metrics that directly affect perceived user experience, Microsoft claims to have made improvements in version 1703. Booting up a device is now 13 percent faster, according to the company's measurements, and logging in after boot is up to 18 percent faster. The Windows Hello facial recognition feature is up to 30 percent faster. The company also claims a 17 percent improvement in battery life with the built-in Windows 10 browser, Microsoft Edge. Performance improvements, too: "Microsoft Edge is also up to 53 percent faster in the Creators Update thanks to efficiency improvements that make scrolling pages and loading pages faster, and website rendering and interaction more responsive." In terms of reliability, Microsoft says working more closely with hardware manufacturers to test drivers has paid off, with PCs running the Creators Update seeing a 39 percent total reduction in operating system and driver stability issues compared to the Anniversary Update. The most direct measure of improved reliability is in support requests, with the ratio of customer support requests (phone and online) dropping steadily over the past year, even as the Windows 10 installed base rose by approximately 150 million. A less aggressive approach to updating Windows 10 is paying off in lower support request volumes. Image credit: Microsoft In releasing its Windows 10 reliability data now, Microsoft has a twofold goal. First, it's trying to convince skeptical enterprise managers that Windows 10 is ready for business. Windows 7 is still running on the vast majority of business PCs, even as its end-of-support deadline of January 2020 looms. Second, Microsoft is determined to prove that its unprecedented collection of telemetry data is paying off in terms of reliability and performance improvement. Earlier this year, the company published a detailed list of what types of information are included in its diagnostic reports. It also scaled back the volume of data collected and improved procedures for obtaining user consent. Even with the new, gentler upgrade cycle, Windows 10 users can still expect some unwelcome surprises. Just this week, for example, Microsoft released a support note documenting a bug in some OEM factory images that causes some PCs to display a black screen for 5-10 minutes after every reboot. Source: Facing complaints, Microsoft adopts a kinder, gentler Windows 10 upgrade pace (Ed Bott - ZDNet)
  25. Apparently there was no reboot testing on SP3 with the latest Win10 beta, and the SP3 bricks on reboot. Some SP4 owners have complained, too. Thinkstock Those of you with a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 who are running Windows Insider beta builds, sit up and take note: Don’t turn off your machine. Somehow Microsoft managed to release the latest beta build, 16288.1, to both the Fast and the Slow ring. If you install it on your Surface Pro 3 and try to reboot, you’ll see a “Surface” on a black screen, the dot-chasing “working” icon, and exactly nothing else. My SP3 has been bricked since yesterday, and the dots are still chasing each other. How, you might question, could this have happened? Certainly anybody who installed 16288.1 on an SP3 machine didn’t ever get it to reboot. The build was pushed out to the Fast ring on Sept. 12. It went out on the Slow ring on Sept. 15. And I didn’t see any mention of the bug until Sept. 16. Is it possible that nobody inside or outside Microsoft rebooted a beta-enhanced Microsoft SP3 between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16? There’s a report of a similar bug on the Microsoft Answers forum, dated Sept. 14, but that appears to be caused by having an SD card installed. The Surface Pro 3 won’t reboot if there’s an SD card in the slot. There’s also a thread on Reddit with a similar complaint, but it concerns build 16362, the “Skip Ahead” (read: version 1803 or RS4 or Spring After Fail Creators' Update) channel. That thread, though, drags the Surface Pro 4 into the bricked tar pit. What to do if your Surface Pro 3 won't boot up The only solution being proposed is a full reinstall from a bootable USB drive. There’s a monstrous string of Surface Pro 3 laments attached to Dona Sarkar’s tweet from Sunday, promising us “more info on Monday.” Monday’s here, and there’s no notice as yet. Of course, you shouldn’t run beta builds on hardware that you need to use. But … Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 3, this late in the beta testing cycle — and released to both Fast and Slow rings, fer heaven's sake? You have to wonder who’s running the show. We’ll keep you posted on the latest missives from Microsoft on the AskWoody Lounge. In the interim, don’t shut down. Source: Running a Win10 beta build on a Surface Pro 3? Don’t shut down. (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)