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Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 (Creators Update) RS2 MSDN / VLSC Info: ========================================================================== Announcing Windows 10 Build 15063 for PC and Mobile What's New (PC) What's new in Windows 10, version 1703 IT pro content Windows 10 All Version Update History ========================================================================== Download Links: MSDN ISO's Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 (Updated March 2017) RS2 MSDN [All Official ISO's] Windows 10 version 1703 (updated march 2017) All Other Available ISO's ========================================================================== Windows 10 v.1703 32 ISO: 28 MSDN + 4 TECH BRENCH RTM: 15063.0.RS2_RELEASE.170317-1834 EN-RU by W.Z.T ========================================================================== VLSC ISO's Windows 10 Build 15063 Version 1703 (Updated March 2017) RS2 Volume License (EN-RU) Cheksum: Windows 10, Version 1703 (VL) VLSC All Language Checksum by adguard Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 (Updated March 2017) VLSC EN [Google Drive Links]: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 10.0.15063.0 Version 1703 (Updated March 2017) VLSC [Magnet] ========================================================================== Windows 10 Creators Update (RS2) MSDN EN [Version 1703 Build 15063] - 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  2. The Storage Spaces feature built into Windows allows you to combine multiple hard drives into a single virtual drive. It can mirror data across multiple drives for redundancy, or combine multiple physical drives into a single pool of storage. Storage Spaces is similar to RAID or LVM on Linux. This feature was added in Windows 8, and was improved in Windows 10. It’s available on all editions of Windows 8 and 10, including Home editions. What Are Storage Spaces? To create a Storage Space, you need at least two physical drives on your PC. These can be internal drives or external drives connected via USB. Storage Spaces allow you to create a “storage pool” of two or more physical drives, grouping them together. Once you’ve created a storage pool made up of two or more physical drives, you can create three types of “spaces” using that pool: A simple space is designed to give you the most storage possible, but doesn’t provide any protection against drive failure. Windows will store only a single copy of your data across all the drives. If one of these drives fails, your data will be lost and corrupted. This is ideal for temporary data. A mirror space is designed to protect you from drive failure by storing multiple copies of your files. A single drive—or more than one drive, depending on how you configure things—can fail and you won’t lose any data. This is ideal for protecting important data from hardware failure. A parity space is designed as a compromise. Windows will keep a single copy of your data along with parity information. You’ll have more space and you’ll be protected if a single drive fails. However, parity spaces are slower than simple and mirror spaces. This solution is ideal for data archival, and not data you use frequently. If you choose to format a mirror or parity space with the Windows Resilient File System (ReFS), Windows will automatically monitor and maintain file integrity to prevent file corruption. How to Create a Storage Space You can create a Storage Space from the Control Panel. First, connect the drives you want to group together to your computer. Then, head to Control Panel > System and Security > Storage Spaces. You can also just search for “Storage Spaces” in your Start menu. Click the “Create a new pool and storage space” link to get started. Select the drives you want to add to the pool and click “Create Pool” to create a storage pool from those drives. Warning: All data on the drives you select will be erased, so back up any important data before continuing! After creating a pool, you’ll be prompted to configure your new storage space. Type a name for the storage space and select a drive letter. The storage space will appear with this name and drive letter in Windows. You can select either the standard Windows NTFS file system or ReFS, the new resilient file system. If you’ll be using mirroring or parity to protect against data loss, we recommend choosing ReFS for its file integrity protection features. You’ll need to choose a resiliency type. Select “Simple (no resiliency)” for a large pool of storage that provides no protection from drive failure. Select “Two-way mirror” to store two copies of your data across the drives or select “Three-way mirror” to store three copies of your data across the drives. Select “Parity” to be protected from a single drive failure and have more space, but remember that a parity space is noticeably slower than the other options here. You’ll also need to choose the size of your storage space here. The interface will show you the maximum available amount of storage you have, which will vary depending on the type of space you create. This interface allows you to create pools of storage larger than the amount of physical storage space you have available. When the physical storage fills up, you can plug in another drive and take advantage of it with no additional configuration required. Click “Create storage space” when you’re done configuring your storage space. How to Use Storage Spaces The storage space you created will appear as a standard drive under This PC, with the name and drive letter you configured. It appears no different from a normal, physical drive to Windows and the desktop programs you use. You can do anything you’d do with a normal drive with the storage space. For example, you can even enable BitLocker drive encryption for it. How to Manage Storage Spaces After creating a storage space, you can head back to the Storage Spaces pane in the Control Panel to manage it. To create a new storage space, click “Create a storage space”. You can create as many separate storage spaces as you like. You’re only limited by how many physical drives you have available. To rename a storage pool, click “Rename pool” under that storage pool. To rename a storage space, change its drive letter, or specify a different size, click “Change” to the right of the space. If you originally created a storage pool with Windows 8, you’ll see an “Upgrade pool” link you can click to take advantage of the new features in Windows 10. The upgraded storage pool will only be compatible with Windows 10, and Windows 8 won’t be able to use it anymore. After upgrading the pool, you’ll be able to remove drives from pools and optimize drive usage. To add drives to an existing storage space, click “Add drives” and choose the drives you want to add. Select the “Optimize drive usage to spread existing data across all drives” option to have Windows intelligently rearrange the data. If you didn’t select this option while adding a drive, you can click “Optimize drive usage” afterwards. The “Optimize drive usage” option is new in Windows 10. You should also run the “Optimize drive usage” option after upgrading a pool originally created on Windows 8. To remove a physical drive from a storage pool, expand the “Physical drives” section under that storage pool and click the “Prepare for removal” link next to the drive you want to remove. Windows will move the data from the physical drive onto the other physical drives in the storage space. The drive will then be listed as “Ready to remove” and you can click the “Remove” link to remove the drive from the pool. You can then use the Disk Management tool to partition and format the empty drive. You can also choose to delete a storage space or storage pool from here by clicking “Delete” to the right of the storage space. Warning: If you delete a storage space, you’ll lose all data on the storage space, so back up any important data first! After deleting the storage space, click the”Delete pool” option to the right of the storage pool to delete the pool of drives. Guide source
  3. Earlier this month, during the company's Build 2017 developer conference, Microsoft announced that it would be expanding SoC and processor support in Windows 10 IoT Core to Intel's full range of Core, Pentium, Celeron, and Atom lineups. While it was promised at the time for the "near future", the firm updated the Windows 10 minimum hardware requirements today. Previously listed were the following: Broadcom Intel Qualcomm BCM2837 BCM2836 Intel® Joule™ Intel® Atom™ processor E3900 series (Apollo Lake) Intel® Celeron® processor N3350 (Apollo Lake) Intel® Pentium® Processor N4200 platform (Apollo Lake) Intel® Atom™ processor E3800 Product Family (Bay Trail-I) Intel® Celeron® Processor N and J Series (Bay Trail-M/D) Intel® Pentium® Processor N and J Series (Bay Trail-M/D) Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 212 (APQ8009) Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 (APQ8016) Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 (APQ8052) That list has now been removed from the page itself, only offering the basic processor requirements, which were there before: There is a link to a page with Microsoft enabled SoCs, which has some new additions. The two Broadcom and three Qualcomm options remain the same, but Intel has a few new ones: None of the other minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 IoT Core have been modified since April 5, when they were updated for the Creators Update. Microsoft added a note that a future release of the OS will require TPM 2.0, and it also included a section for an optional discrete GPU, which if included, needs to support DirectX 9 or later. Microsoft didn't list anything in the change history for the hardware requirements, so if we spot anything else that's different, we'll let you know. Source
  4. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 Windows 10 was developed from the very beginning with customer feedback in mind, and the Windows Insider program was an essential tool for the company to test-drive new features and get reports from users trying them out. Today, the company reveals CLIP, which stands for the Customer Listening and Improvement Program, a new effort that groups a large team whose purpose is to handle customer feedback and then improve the operating system based on suggestions received from testers. In the video you can watch below, Per Farny, the Windows CLIP Program Lead, explains that the CLIP team monitors all feedback channels, including not only the Feedback Hub and the Community forums but also social media like Facebook and Twitter where most insiders discuss about the operating system and propose improvements for the next builds. After that, engineers organize daily meetings to discuss ways to manage user suggestions, with the CLIP team proposing fixes and improvements that are then prioritized depending on a series of factors. Microsoft: We’re listening Microsoft puts the emphasis on the listening part of its collaboration with users across the world, explaining that all feedback is received and taken into consideration by the Windows team. And truth be told, there are indeed features that were implemented in Windows 10 based on user suggestions, such as OneDrive placeholders, which are coming back in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, but at the same time, there are also suggestions that were completely ignored until now. The best example here is the tab support for File Explorer, a feature that users have been asking for since Windows 8, but which for some reason Microsoft still doesn’t want to make part of Windows 10. At this point, however, a new touch-optimized File Explorer is in the works, and there’s a good chance it sees daylight in September when the new OS version goes live. Source
  5. Bundles browser, group policy templates and legacy browser switching tool Google on Tuesday rolled out an enterprise bundle that packages Chrome, management templates and an add-on for dealing with legacy sites and apps, building on the chokehold its browser has on the web. The collection -- prosaically dubbed "enterprise bundle" -- includes a Chrome installer (in .msi format), the Legacy Browser Support (LBS) add-on, and a set of templates for applying group policies to Chrome within the company. It was essentially a convenience, since all its components have been available separately. "The new bundle includes multiple tools in a single download that IT admins need for a simple, managed deployment," boasted Matt Blumberg, a Chrome product manager on Google's enterprise and education team, in a post to a company blog. "Every couple of years, Google makes noise about Chrome in the enterprise," said Gary Schare, president of Browsium, a maker of browser management tools. Schare was formerly the head of product management for Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). "This looks like Google is trying to make Chrome a better citizen in the enterprise." Schare applauded the group policy templates, noting that because Microsoft's own browsers, IE as well as Windows 10's Edge, have traditionally been the best equipped for enterprise management, any help from Google on Chrome would be welcome. The LSB add-on has long been available from the Chrome Web Store, Google's authorized mart for browser extensions. Once configured by company IT administrators, LSB will automatically open IE11 when links clicked within Chrome lead to websites, web services or web apps requiring, for example, an ActiveX control or Java, neither of which Google's browser supports. "When they're done with the legacy app and type in other URLs that are not specified by the admin, LBS will switch the user back to Chrome," Blumberg explained. Browsium calls that "traffic routing," the purpose of the Redmond, Wash. firm's first app, Catalyst. Schare acknowledged that Google's free LSB is similar to Catalyst, but argued that the latter offers more granular control over what version of the IE rendering engine is called up in specific circumstances. According to every available metric, Chrome is the most popular browser on the planet. Analytics vendor Net Applications, for instance, pegged its user share, a proxy for the percentage of the world's desktops that opened Chrome during April, at 59%, a record. As recently as a year ago, Microsoft's duo of IE and Edge topped the user share chart; Chrome's share exploded in 2016, largely because Microsoft gave users a Hobson's choice of upgrading to a newer version of IE. Instead, millions decided to switch browsers. But Schare said IE is still king of the enterprise browsers. "IE is still the primary browser," he asserted, even though Microsoft has reduced it to legacy status. "It's still an IE world in the enterprise, although there have been dramatic increases in Chrome." The reason? Schare cited the huge number of web apps and intranet websites designed for old, now-defunct versions of IE. Because IE11 is -- more or less -- backwards compatible, and rivals like Chrome or Mozilla's Firefox are decidedly not, companies stick with Microsoft's browser rather than spend money to rewrite the apps and sites. But Gartner Research disagreed with Schare's contention that IE remains top dog. "Chrome is the de facto standard in the enterprise," said Michael Silver, a Gartner analyst, in a Tuesday interview. "Yes, IE is still in use, but because it has to be." Two years ago, Gartner forecast that Chrome would surpass IE in enterprise usage by the end of 2015. That, in fact, came to pass. Like Schare, whose company's business model is predicated on multiple browsers within enterprises, Silver and Gartner have long recommended a two-browser strategy: One to handle legacy apps and sites, the other for everything else. Doing so lets employees access the old but does not punish them by making them access the web with a creaky, sub-standard browser. In that model, whether Schare's or Silver's, IE clearly plays the legacy role. "Enterprises need both the legacy browser and a modern one," Silver said. It was only in 2015 that Microsoft offered its own "modern" browser, Edge, and pitched dual workplace browsers. But because Edge runs only on Windows 10, and because Windows 10 has yet to make a meaningful appearance on corporate PCs, the pair are unavailable to most customers. Thus, Chrome's climb. "We really don't see Edge yet [used by our customers], because we really don't see Windows 10 yet," Schare said. Silver echoed that. "We don't find enterprises defaulting to Edge," he said of those that have moved to Windows 10. "They're more likely to let users pick whatever they want to use" for the "modern" half of the browser duo. Google's Chrome enterprise bundle can be downloaded from the company's website. Chrome and the group policy templates can also be downloaded separately from the same site. Article source
  6. Windows 10 Creators Update adoption going well Adoption of the Windows 10 Creators Update is going well, according to new data provided by AdDuplex, with 18 percent of all Windows 10 devices already running it. Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) remains the number one version at this point with a share of 75.4 percent, and the Creators Update has already become the second most widely used version in just a month on the market. Windows 10 version 1511 (November Update) is third with 4.6 percent, while the original Windows 10 version is next with 1.6 percent. 0.5 percent of the Windows 10 computers out there are already running Windows 10 Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) builds as part of the Windows Insider program. AdDuplex says adoption of the Windows 10 Creators Update is going well and “is comparable to the rollout velocity of the previous Anniversary Update.” Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update adoption As far as mobile devices are concerned, the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is now running on 55.9 percent of the phones, while the Anniversary Update is next with 34.4 percent. “Mobile Creators Update was released much later than on the desktop, but propagated much faster and is now on almost 56 percent of Windows 10 phones. This could be attributed to the likely enthusiast nature of most people still using Windows 10 Mobile or much more limited variety of hardware,” AdDuplex explains. Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update is available for only 13 models, with Microsoft again taking the controversial decision to leave some phones behind despite running preview builds smoothly as part of the Insider program. Phones like the Lumia 930 and 1520 aren’t eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update and can only get the new OS version as part of the Release Preview ring in the Windows Insider program. Users who want to stick with a stable OS version, however, need to continue running the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. More than half of eligible phones already running the Creators Update Source
  7. Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1703 -- the Creators Update -- yesterday evening through Windows Update. The update raises the build version of Windows 10 to 15063.332 once it is installed. It fixes errors and issues in previous versions of the Windows 10 Creators Update operating system. The update has a size of about 350 Megabytes (32-bit) or 550 Megabytes (64-bit) depending on its architecture target. The issues that the update fixes are for the most part affecting low number of Windows 10 users. It includes fixes that patch non-Unicode font artifacts rendering in some situations, audio output to external audio devices not working anymore after installation of the Creators Update, and an issue where the installation of network printers fail if the manufacturer's software is used, and if the PC in question has less than 4 Gigabytes of RAM. KB4020102 Full Changelog Addressed issue where NTLM fails to generate a challenge response when CredGuard is enabled, NTLMv2 is used, and no target information is provided by the server. Addressed issue where Internet Explorer does not respect the “Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge” policy when opening favorites. Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a non-administrator user is not able to install an ActiveX control. Addressed issue where, after starting Split View, some apps (Microsoft Edge, Hub, Cortana, etc.) no longer receive input when multiple displays are in use. Addressed issue with an unnecessary scrollbar in the logon credential provider dialog, which may block use of other fields when the dialog has multiple fields. Addressed issue where, during a VM reset, the VM goes into Second Level Paging (SLP) even if there is enough balancer available memory on the host. Addressed issue where some non-Unicode fonts (Courier, MS Sans Serif, etc.) do not render characters correctly on non-Latin, single-byte system locales (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.). Black bars or other artifacts appear instead. Addressed issue with an SMS/messaging app that stops working when attempting to delete messages. Addressed issue where, after installing the Creators Update, audio output through external decoders no longer works. Addressed issue where the IoT shell fails to keep monitored background applications running. Addressed issue with high latency when using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) MIDI API. Addressed issue where network printers may fail to install when using the printer vendor’s setup software on machines with less than 4GB of RAM. These printers will install if you install from the Settings app or from Devices and Printer in Control Panel. Addressed issue where PrintBRM fails to restore the Print Queue Configurations when printer names are identical and a port is set to FILE:. Addressed issue with per user proxy settings not migrating to machine proxy settings. You can download the cumulative update KB4020102 through Windows Update. Do the following to check for the update and install it. Note: We suggest you create a backup of your operating system prior to installing any Windows Updates. While Windows comes with its own recovery options, it is better to be prepared for situations where those won't work correctly. Tap on the Windows-key, type Windows Update, and hit the Enter-key afterwards. Click on the check for updates button, or watch as the check is performed automatically. Depending on how Windows Update is configured on the machine, the update will either be downloaded automatically, or after you hit the download button. A restart is required to complete the process. Microsoft published update information on the official Microsoft Support website. Article source
  8. Window Media Center for Windows 10 8.81 [x64-86] ML Credit:abbodi1406 & T-S (MDL) for some changes.. Window Media Center for Windows 10 is a collection of files and scripts to get Windows Media Center (WMC) back on Windows 10. Windows Media Center isn't included in Windows 10 and was removed when you upgraded to Windows 10 leaving you with the mediocre Windows DVD Player. Window Media Center for Windows 10 fixes that by restoring Windows Media Center. Window Media Center for Windows 10 has been updated numerous times. It was originally a lot trickier to install, but over time it has gotten better and better. We were able to install it in a matter of minutes. It will go through a series of steps to get Windows Media Center running again. It will copy included files, set attributes, delete unwanted WMC languages, install assemblies, create three services, update registry settings, create scheduled tasks, access permissions, unblock files, enable MPEG2 codecs, and finally, install the app. You can now press enter, or close the window. Look on your desktop for the familiar Windows Media Center icon to launch. You can also copy it and place it anywhere you like or pin it to the Start Menu. It's nice to see Window Media Center back. It even made us smile when we saw it running for the first time, however, since Microsoft has abandoned Windows Media Center, we're not sure how secure it is. Instruction: ============== 1: Right-click and run _TestRights.cmd, then close that window. 2: Right-click on InstallerBLUE.cmd or InstallerGREEN.cmd if you prefer blue or green. Testimonial: Successfully installed on Virtual Box Windows 10 1703 RS2 Screenshots: Download Links [x64-x86]:
  9. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Windows 10 Lite v7.1 Destroy Windows Spying v1.6 Build 722 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Blackbird v6 v0.9.98 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.5.1390.1 Spybot Anti-Beacon v1.6.0.42 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v2.4.0.0 Win.Privacy v1.0.1.5 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.0.1 iSpy Privacy-X v3.0.0.0
  10. There are a lot of things on the way in the Fall Creators Update, but none of them are quite as enticing as the new Fluent Design interface that Microsoft seems to be adopting in most facets of the operating system. While elements of Fluent Design have already spread to other key core apps in Windows 10, the latest update to Windows Store for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring also now gives Windows 10’s digital app store a brand new acrylic coat of paint. The new design is great, and offers exactly what Microsoft is promising for the Acrylic focus of the Fluent Design language: backgrounds with a little bit of transparency, making your windows feel more like, well, acrylic windows. It’s a slick look, and while we’ve only been able to see it in the Windows Store, that’s enough to get a good understanding of what Microsoft is trying to get Windows 10 to look like. We’re excited to see how the design translates to other applications. If Microsoft has already started deploying Fluent Design to things like the Windows Store in their Insider builds, we can expect a big uptick in more Fluent Design in the near future. With a general uniformity between the Microsoft apps already existing, the acrylic windows here should be pretty simple to adapt into all manner of programs. If you want to try out the fancy new Windows Store, you should be able to download it from the Windows Store updates menu now – given you’re on the latest Insider build in the Fast Ring. Article source
  11. Middle Kingdom mandarins get their own OS Windows 10, the Chinese government-approved version While much attention has been focused on the new Surface Pro laptop Microsoft has launched in Shanghai on Tuesday, the company also announced a special build of its operating system for China. Dubbed the Windows 10 China Government Edition, the new OS is a product of over a year of collaboration with local trader China Electronics Technology Group Corp (CETC) to build a version of Windows that the Chinese government would feel comfortable using. "The Windows 10 China Government Edition is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition, which already includes many of the security, identity, deployment, and manageability features governments and enterprises need," said Windows boss Terry Myerson. "The China Government Edition will use these manageability features to remove features that are not needed by Chinese government employees, like OneDrive, to manage all telemetry and updates, and to enable the government to use its own encryption algorithms within its computer systems." Details are very thin about what else is missing compared to the Windows 10 builds available in the West. Presumably a lot less information is collected by the notoriously data-hungry OS, and little of it is likely to flow to Redmond's servers. Any info that is extracted is almost certainly staying in China. In the wake of the Snowden revelations, China demanded to see the source code of some computer products sold within its borders, including those from Microsoft. Redmond refused, but the new joint venture appears to have found favor with the Middle Kingdom mandarins by letting them add their own security code. It's a market Microsoft is desperate to stay in. A lot of Chinese government offices use Windows, and most of them now pay for it. In the past, China was a hotspot for pirated versions of the operating system. However, a sustained campaign by Microsoft and the Chinese government has ensured that most copies of the OS used are now legal. There's no firm release date yet for the new operating system, but Lenovo will be including it in its offerings and trials have been announced at China Customs, the Shanghai local government offices, and state-owned enterprise Westone Information Industry. Article source Other source: Announcing Windows 10 China Government Edition
  12. Malware authors have a new UAC bypass technique at their disposal that they can use to install malicious apps on devices running Windows 10. Responsible for discovering this new UAC bypass method is a German student that goes online by the name of Christian B., currently working on his master's thesis, centered on UAC bypass techniques. The technique he came up with is a variation on another Windows 10 UAC bypass method discovered by security researcher Matt Nelson in August 2016. While Nelson's method used the built-in Event Viewer utility (eventvwr.exe), Christian's UAC bypass uses the fodhelper.exe file, located at: C:\Windows\System32\fodhelper.exe If this file name isn't familiar to you, this is the window that appears when you press the "Manage optional features" option in the "Apps & features" Windows Settings screen. Both techniques work in the same way and take advantage of what's called "auto-elevation," which is a state that Microsoft assigns to trusted binaries (files signed with Microsoft certificate, and located in trusted locations such as "C:\Windows\System32"). Just like eventvwr.exe, fodhelper.exe is also a trusted binary, meaning Windows 10 won't show a UAC window when launched into execution, or when other processes spawn from the fodhelper.exe parent process. UAC bypass piggybacks registry key What Christian discovered was that during the execution of the fodhelper.exe binary, Windows 10 would look at two registry keys for additional commands to execute when launching the file. Because he could edit the value of one of those registry keys, the researcher was able to pass on custom commands that would be executed in the elevated context of the fodhelper.exe file. That registry key is: HKCU:\Software\Classes\ms-settings\shell\open\command\(default) This technique could be weaponized if malware gains a foothold on a user's computer. The malware could use scripts to edit that specific registry key, start the fodhelper.exe file, which would then read the malicious commands passed inside the registry key and execute them behind the user's back. Because the fodhelper.exe is an auto-elevated and trusted binary, Windows 10 would not show a UAC prompt, thinking the file executes trusted commands. The researcher has released proof of concept (PoC) code on GitHub. His method doesn't drop files on disk, executes only in the computer's memory, and doesn't hijack any DLLs. UAC bypass can be stopped via one simple step Despite this, Christian's UAC bypass is not universal, as users need to be part of the operating system's administrator group. While on paper this sounds like a huge restriction, this isn't actually such a big issue on Windows, where most users utilize an admin-level account to manage their PCs. To prevent malware from exploiting this UAC bypass technique, the security researcher recommends that users stop using administrator accounts as their default users, and set the UAC level to “Always notify,” just to be on the safe side. There are obvious advantages to not using administrator accounts as default Windows profiles. A report published by Avecto in February 2017 has revealed that by removing admin rights, a user's computer would be protected from all the security bugs discovered in 2016 in IE, Edge, and Office, all which work only from admin-level accounts. Exploitation of this UAC bypass is to be expected In a private conversation with Bleeping Computer, Christian says he only researched this UAC bypass for his master's thesis, and that he has no other plans, for the time being, to explore other similar techniques. After fellow researcher Nelson had published several UAC bypass techniques in 2016 [1, 2] and 2017 [1], miscreants added those methods to their malware. Christian fears his research will have the same fate. "It was not developed to harm anybody. Unfortunately, I think my PoC could be attractive for malware authors," the researcher told Bleeping Computer. "It is naive to believe that nobody would use this to do bad things, but I am surprised that [my PoC] spreads so fast, although there are other working UAC bypasses out there." The researcher pointed Bleeping Computer to a pull request that aims to integrate a version of his UAC bypass PoC in the Metasploit Framework, used by pen-testers and malware authors alike. Once the PoC is added to the Metasploit Framework, Christian's UAC bypass technique will gain even more visibility that it has now. "I hope that people begin to understand that they should not login with a local administrator account for daily usage," the researcher said, echoing the recommendation from his research. Source
  13. Another research done by an independent IT security analyst shows a number of privacy issues in Windows 10. Even after you have properly configured Windows 10 Creators Update using Group Policy in the Enterprise edition, the operating system may disregard these settings and continue to utilize your bandwidth and "phone home" to send data. Many users use various tricks to turn off telemetry and data collection in Windows 10 which is sent back to Microsoft servers. Once these tweaks are applied, such users feel themselves relatively safe from being spied on. However, it has come to be known that even after you disable telemetry using the official settings, Windows 10 continues to connect to Microsoft's servers and sends plenty of data there. This new finding is something to worry about. The research was performed by Mark Burnett. Mark Burnett is a security consultant, author, and researcher who specializes in application security, authentication, and hardening Microsoft Windows-based servers and networks. Since 1999 he has worked in numerous areas of IT security, developing unique strategies and techniques for protecting critical assets. Mark is author and coauthor of a number of security books and publishes security articles for several web sites, newsletters, and magazines. Microsoft has three times recognized Mark’s contribution to the Windows community with the Windows Server – IIS Most Valued Professional (MVP) award and four times with the Windows Security MVP award. Mark set up a virtual machine with the Enterprise edition of Windows 10 and tracked the operating system's traffic. According to him, there was no third-party software installed, the telemetry options were disabled, all built-in UWP apps were removed and no apps were running during the test. His observations are as follows. With IPv6 and Teredo tunneling disabled, Windows 10 is still connecting out to do IPv6 teredo tests. Even with Smart Screen disabled, Windows 10 continues to connect to SmartScreen. The same is true for Telemetry - regardless of the Group Policy state and Registry tweaks, it is still active and sends some data. Even if you have not configured OneDrive Sync, there will be a lot of connections to its servers. The same is true for error reporting. Even when the service is disabled, Windows 10 makes connections to the related servers. Also, Windows 10 connects to KMS validation services regardless of the Group Policy configuration. Finally, Windows 10 makes dozens of ad-related connections even in its Enterprise version. Mark notes that he removed the Paint 3D app but it was silently reinstalled. The operating system even re-created a firewall rule to allow the app automatically! So, even if you followed the official guide and configured the OS properly, you can't be sure that you control it. It is not known which data exactly Windows 10 is sending to Microsoft's servers after everything mentioned above is disabled, but it is obviously expected that disabled areas should not produce traffic. Mark is going to re-verify and repeat his results. Once this is done, he may share more interesting details about his findings. Windows 10's Privacy related settings are just a ruse to throw unsuspecting users offguard so they think their privacy is being maintained. Repeatedly, it has been demonstrated by various researchers that they are meaningless and do not fully prevent your PC from doing unwanted communications with numerous Microsoft and third party computers. Source: Mark Burnett. Article source
  14. 8GadgetPack makes it possible to use gadgets on Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8. Version History: Version 23.0 released. Made some usability tests and quite some issues came up! Added newsletter option so you can get notified about updates via mail. Fixed rare crash in Clipboarder when opening a link. Added workaround for a bug in MS Word when copying a formula while Clipboarder is running (Word crashes when the user copies a formula and then the textformat of the clipboard is requested. Clipboarder detects this now and skips the text formats). Added also another workaround for a minor bug in Word: When a certain clipboard format is requested Word adds a favorit inside the document. That format is now skipped as well. Fixed a bug with the "Enable unformatted paste" option in Clipboarder when used with the right shift-button. Clipboarder now handles images with transparency copied in browsers correctly. Added Date Time, Digitalclock, Turn off PC, CPU and Network Utilization Gadgets. Removed Google Mail gadget (it no longer works). You can place gadgets on the sidebar whereever you want now without snapping while holding Shift. Added workaround for a bug that caused several gadgets to fail sometimes during startup. Fixed a bug that caused gadgets to go behind the sidebar sometimes. Fixed many minor issues. Homepage: http://8gadgetpack.net/ Download: http://8gadgetpack.net/download230/8GadgetPackSetup.msi
  15. Windows 10 S does not allow command-line tools to run Windows 10 S is an operating system that’s limited to Windows Store apps, but although at first glance it looks like everything that’s published in the Store should work on it, that’s not necessarily true. In a blog post today, Microsoft’s Rich Turner explains that just because an app is published in the Windows Store, this doesn’t necessarily mean “it’s safe and suitable for running in Windows 10 S.” As a result, there are apps that won’t be allowed on Microsoft’s new OS, and these include command-line apps, shells and consoles. It’s not hard to see where this is going. Linux distributions, even though they will be published in the Windows Store, will not be allowed to run on Windows 10 S because they are treated like command-line tools that are blocked by default due to security concerns. Linux distros getting broader access to the OS UWP apps run in a secure sandbox, while applications that are ported to the Windows Store with Project Centennial are provided with broader access to the operating system, but they are closely verified by the company before getting the go-ahead. Linux distributions, however, are part of a different category. “Linux distro store packages are an exotic type of app package that are published to the Windows Store by known partners. Users find and install distros , safely, quickly, and reliably via the Windows Store app,” Turner explains. “Once installed, however, distro’s should be treated as command-line tools that run outside the UWP sandbox & secure runtime infrastructure. They run with the capabilities granted to the local user - in the same way as Cmd and PowerShell do.” This basically means that Linux distributions won’t be allowed to run on Windows 10 S, as the simple fact that they are treated as non-UWP command-line apps provides them with more access to the system and therefore could create additional security risks that Microsoft does not agree with. As a result, users who want to run Llinux distributions on their devices shouldn’t stay with Windows 10 S, and in case of buying the Surface Laptop, upgrading to Windows 10 Pro is the thing to do. Source
  16. Microsoft accidently teases existence of a new "Control Center" in the works for Windows 10. Here's a first look. With the launch of Windows 10 build 19199 for PC, Microsoft unveiled a plethora of new changes and features for Insiders to begin testing. In the announcement post for the build, the Redmond giant included images of some of the new features, including a screenshot from an internal build that appears to reveal an interesting "settings cog" icon in the system tray. That settings icon doesn't appear to be present in the latest Insider Preview builds, and the Windows Blog has since deleted the image, so I decided to do some digging. According to my sources, Microsoft is testing a new feature called "Control Center", which will house all of the Quick Actions available in the Action Center today, plus a few additional toggles and options such as a brightness slider. In the screenshot above, you can see that Control Center basically does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing the user to control system actions via one convenient control center. The Control Center is entirely customizable, allowing the user to change what shows up there, with additional options that allow you to reorganize some of the settings to your liking. Sources say that moving Quick Actions to the Control Center means they will no longer be present in the Notification Center, as having them in both locations would be confusing. It appears Microsoft will be turning the "Action Center" into a pure notification center with the Fall Creators Update, moving out all the Quick Action stuff into the Control Center instead. Now, as with all features that haven't been announced, Microsoft may decide to postpone or cancel this feature before it reaches the public for testing. Right now however, it appears to be present in some of the latest internal Windows 10 builds, and continues to be worked on. Article source
  17. These are the active bug bounty programs right now Microsoft is betting big on bug bounty programs to bolster the security of its software, and the company has just announced that a similar effort for Edge browser has been expanded to June 30. The Microsoft Edge Bug Bounty program was originally launched in August last year and was supposed to come to an end on May 15. The company, however, decided to give security researchers more time to break into its browser by expanding the program to June 30, with the same payments to remain available. Specifically, hackers who find a way to hack the browser and provide a proof of concept, along with a high-quality report, can receive as much as $15,000 if what they discover is a remote code execution flaw in Microsoft Edge on recent builds of Windows 10 preview builds in the Slow ring. Next big update in September On the other hand, those who find violations of W3C standards that compromise privacy or integrity of important user data are eligible for payments up to $6,000, this time with no functioning exploit required, but with a proof of concept included in the report. You can have a look at all the bug bounty programs that Microsoft is running right now on this page, and make sure that you have a look at the requirements and terms of each program to make sure that you are eligible for the payments. Microsoft Edge is Redmond’s new default browser in Windows 10, and with these bug bounty programs, the company is trying to make it more secure by patching vulnerabilities before they are discovered and used in attacks against its customers. The next big update for Edge is projected to ship with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update due in September, as Microsoft is not yet ready to deliver updates through the Windows Store, as is the case with the other universal apps on Windows 10. Source
  18. Microsoft has announced details of accessibility improvements coming to Windows 10 as part of the Fall Creators Update, which is expected to arrive in September. The enhancements and additions are focused on three key areas. Narrator Microsoft said today that its Narrator team "continues to focus on making a screen reader that is both easy to learn and use, and powerful enough to support learning, working and playing on Windows 10 devices including PCs, phones and Xbox." In the Fall Creators Update, Narrator users can look forward to the following improvements: Improvements for users with vision impairments Enhancements to the reading and writing experience Microsoft said that the Fall Creators Update will bring improvements "to make it easier to read and write" in Windows 10: The new Learning Tools in the Edge browser will be a very welcome addition. Microsoft has already built some of these tools into its OneNote app, and a recent trial by the British Dyslexia Association found that using those resources resulted in significant improvements in reading comprehension and classroom behavior for students with learning differences. The new features outlined above will join a range of accessibility improvements that Microsoft delivered in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is currently rolling out to PCs and phones around the world. Microsoft also revealed today that customers who use assistive technologies will be able to upgrade from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro free of charge. Windows 10 S is a new edition of the OS, which is limited to running apps downloaded from the Windows Store, and by offering the free upgrade to Pro, Microsoft will enable those users to install software not available from the Store onto their devices without paying the $49 upgrade fee that will apply to other Windows 10 S users. Source
  19. Microsoft's Fluent Design in Calculator app Microsoft announced at Build today that Windows 10 Redstone 3, officially called the Falls Creators Update, will come with a new design language that the company calls “Fluent Design System.” For long-time Microsoft watchers, the Fluent Design System is the official name of Project NEON, a feature that’s already in development and which we’ve seen in several Windows 10 app. Project NEON is a major visual overhaul of the operating system that includes new animations, visual effects, and other interface improvements like transparency and blur. Microsoft has already started work on Project NEON and several pre-installed Windows 10 apps have already received updates in this regard, though the new feature is supposed to become widely available with the release of the Redstone 3 update in the fall. Apps like Calculator and Groove Music already come with transparency and blur effect, but as work on Windows 10 Falls Creators Update advances, Microsoft will also add new animations to make the interface of the operating system look and feel more modern. The next OS update is projected to launch in September, at least for insiders when the final RTM build should be shipped. The production ring should get it shortly after that, most likely in October. Insiders will get a taste of the Fluent Design System in the coming builds of Windows 10, as Microsoft has started work at full speed on new features. Source
  20. Windows 10 comes with a number of “optional” features that you can turn on or off through the Windows Features dialog. Many of these features are intended for business networks and servers, while some are useful to everyone. Here’s an explanation of what each feature is for, and how to turn them on or off. All these Windows 10 features take up space on your hard drive whether you have them enabled or not. But you shouldn’t just enable every feature–that could result in security problems and slower system performance. Only enable the features you need and will actually use. Windows 10 doesn’t offer a way to manage these features from the new Settings application. You’ll have to use the old Windows Features dialog, available in the Control Panel, to manage features. From this Windows Features dialog, you can enable features like Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization tool, the Internet Information Services (IIS) web server and other servers, and the Window s Subsystem for Linux. You can also remove access to some default features–for example, you could disable Internet Explorer to hide that legacy web browser from Windows 10. The exact features available to you here depend on the edition of Windows 10 you’re using. To launch the Control Panel, right-click the Start button or press Windows+X on your keyboard, then select “Control Panel” from the menu that pops up. Please read the rest of the article <here>.
  21. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is due in September Microsoft has started the first Bug Bash for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, asking users participating in the Windows Insider program to try out and send feedback on a series of new features, all of them projected to debut in the upcoming OS update. The new Bug Bash program runs from May 15 to May 21, and insiders running build 16193 on PC and 15213 on Mobile can all participate. Microsoft says that the focus should be on the new My People experience, on the PDF Reader options in Microsoft Edge, and on the Story Remix tool integrated into the Photos app. Story Remix is one of the biggest improvements coming in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and it was presented by Microsoft at the Build developer conference last week. Try out the new Fluent Design There are also a number of features that Microsoft is particularly interested in, including the Magnifier Settings page, the new Cortana Settings app, the Windows Defender Application Guard, and the VM reverting features. Of course, Fluent Design is also a key part of this Bug Bash, and Microsoft wants to hear from insiders who try out the Photos app, Groove Music, Movies & TV, Calculator, Maps, and People to find out if the new look is good enough or it still needs some improvements. A series of quests will be added as the Bug Bash advances, and Microsoft says it’ll hold two webcasts on May 18 at 10 AM and 5 PM Pacific Time. This is the very first Bug Bash that Microsoft starts as part of the Windows Insider program for the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is projected to launch in September for all users. Other bug hunting programs are likely to be announced as work on the new OS update advances, and it’s critical for the company to have a growing number of insiders participating and sending feedback. Source
  22. Ubuntu in the Windows Store Microsoft took everyone by surprise today when it announced at the Build developer conference that Apple is bringing iTunes in the Windows Store, but it now appears that the company has more unexpected news to share. Ubuntu is also launching in the Windows Store, while both Fedora and Suse are coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Basically, the debut of the new Linux distros in the Windows Store make it possible for users to install them as apps on their Windows 10 devices, which means they will be able to run Windows and Linux applications side by side without having to create a dual-boot configuration. “Windows 10 is the first system that allows you to do that,” Microsoft said today at the build developer conference. Ubuntu in the Windows Store This functionality will become available with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September, but Ubuntu is already available in the Windows Store, while Suse and Fedora will be released at a later date. The WSL update will also go live at a later time. Microsoft has once again reiterated that it loves Linux, leaving behind all the criticism that even its leaders threw at the open-source world. Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, once called Linux a cancer, but with today’s announcement, it becomes more than obvious that the Redmond-based software giant is now all-in on Linux and open source. “Windows 10 will be the most productive working environment ever,” Microsoft said at the show. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Ubuntu Windows Store listing looks similar to any other app that is available in the Store, and everyone will be available to download and install it free of charge. Since the new Linux distros are published in the Windows Store, it means they will also run on Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s Windows 10 version limited to Store apps and specifically aimed at the education sector. Source
  23. WannaCry ransom dialog on infected computers Microsoft rolled out the first Windows XP update after three years in an attempt to protect customers from getting infected with WannaCry, and now the company says governments should treat vulnerabilities in a different way because civilians are the very first ones affected every time such an accident happens. Thousands of computers across the world were infected since Friday with a new ransomware called WannaCry which locks down PCs and asks for a $300 ransom to restore access to files. The infection is based on a vulnerability that was stolen from the NSA earlier this year and which was published online by hacking group Shadow Brokers. The affected organizations include state departments in several large countries, as well as health institutions like the British NHS. Microsoft said on Friday that systems running fully up-to-date versions of supported Windows were protected, and decided to also release an update for computers with older Windows versions, like XP and Server 2003, to block the ransomware. In a statement today, Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft, confirms that the exploit was patched on March 14 for Windows users, confirming that attacks are based on the NSA vulnerability that got leaked accidentally. Update, update, update Smith emphasizes that it’s critical for customers worldwide to update their systems to remain protected, explaining that while some organizations need time for testing, Microsoft is also spending more time to certify updates before shipping them. “As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is simply no way for customers to protect themselves against threats unless they update their systems. Otherwise they’re literally fighting the problems of the present with tools from the past,” Smith explained. Eventually, Smith also calls for governments to treat these issues seriously, pointing out that agencies should no longer create a “stockpile of vulnerabilities,” but instead report them to the vendor. “This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage,” he said. One possible solution to prevent these cases in the future is to adopt the Digital Geneva Convention that would make it a requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, “rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them.” Source
  24. If you check the c: drive on a Windows 10 PC you may notice the hidden folders $GetCurrent, $SysReset, $Windows.~WS and $Hyper-V.tmp sitting there. Depending on the state of the system, you may also see Windows.~BT listed there. If you don't see these folders, chance is you have not enabled the display of hidden operating system folders on the computer system. To do that, open File Explorer, and select File > Options from the menu at the top. Switch to the View tab when the Folder Options open, and enable the "show hidden files, folders, and drives" option there. When you return to the root of drive c:, you may see those folders now. The questions that may come up now are about the purpose of these folders, and whether you can safely delete them to free up disk space or improve usability. $GetCurrent, $SysReset, $Windows.~WS and $Hyper-V.tmp First thing you may want to do is check how big those folders are. The $Windows.~WS and $Windows.~BT folders can be quite large -- Gigabytes of data -- which you may need elsewhere. Simply right-click on one of the folders and select properties from the context menu. Windows highlights the space it occupies on the disk when the properties window opens. If the folders occupy just a couple of Kilobytes, then you may not want to go through the trouble of deleting them as you won't gain much by it. Still, if they do occupy a sizeable amount of space, or if you want them gone anyway, read on to find out how to do that. $Windows.~WS and $Windows.~BT These two folders are created by Windows during upgrade to a new version. They may occupy a lot of space on the drive. Microsoft never really released information on these folders, but they are created by Windows during the upgrade process to a new version. The folders are not use when you run the new version of Windows on the computer, but are required when you decide to roll back the upgrade and return the system to the previous version. This means, that you should not delete the folders if you A) plan to go back, or B ) don't know yet if you need to go back to the previous version. Note: You can create a system drive backup just in case, and delete the folders once you have done so. This allows you to restore the state before the deletion of the folders, and roll back if the need arises. You may delete the folders using Disk Cleanup, a built-in tool of the Windows operating system. Tap on the Windows-key, type Disk Cleanup, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key, and hit the Enter-key. Locate "temporary Windows installation files" and "previous Windows installation files" there and check the entries. Note the size of them, and check any other item there that you may want to delete. Select ok when you are done. Windows may notify you at this point that deleting old Windows installation date will prevent you from going back to the previous version. Accept that, and continue with the deletion of the data. It is recommended to run this process after the upgrade to a new version of Windows once you know that you won't need to roll back anymore. Check out the guide Free up Gigabytes of disk space after Windows 10 Creators Update installation for additional information on the process. If you cannot use Disk Cleanup, for instance because it won't delete the folders regardless of what you select, you may delete the folders and files inside manually instead. Brian N. posted a batch file on the Microsoft Answer site that deletes the folders when run. @echo off @echo "This will delete the folder C:\$Windows.~WS and C:\$Windows.~BT after an update to reclaim space. Windows 10 only." @echo -------------------------------- @echo If you get message "The system cannot find the file specified" it means the folder is already deleted. @echo -------------------------------- PAUSE RD /S /Q "C:\$Windows.~WS" RD /S /Q "C:\$Windows.~BT" @echo -------------------------------- @echo All done @echo -------------------------------- PAUSE NULL We have created the batch file for you, and uploaded it to your own server. You can download it wiht a click on the following link: delete-windows-ws-bt-folders.zip What about $SysReset then? The folder $SysReset is a hidden folder at the root of drive c: that is created when a reset or refresh operation fails. When you open the folder you will find a logs folder in it that contains an .etl file (PushButtonReset.etl), and logs. The file setuperr.log may highlight why the reset or refresh operation failed to execute. Additionally, Windows creates an etl named sysreset_exe_BootUX.etl in c:\recovery\logs. The information may be useful when it comes to the system's refresh or reset functionality. If you don't require the information anymore, you may delete the folder as it is not required for system operation. You can delete the $SysReset folder directly in File Explorer if you have elevated rights. Select it in File Explorer and hit the Delete key on the keyboard. Accept the prompt that requires elevation, and wait for the process to complete. The folder is deleted, but it may show up again in the future when a refresh or reset operation fails. What about $GetCurrent? $GetCurrent is also created during the upgrade process. If you open the directory you find a logs directory inside with information on the upgrade process. The folder does not occupy a lot of disk space, and it is unclear whether it is needed after the upgrade. Information on it is very scarce, and my suggestion would be to keep it if there is a chance that you will roll back to a previous version of Windows. If you don't, create a backup of the folder first, and delete it afterwards. You can delete it by selecting it and selecting the delete key on the keyboard, or right-clicking it and selecting delete from the context menu. $Hyper-V.tmp No information is found online about the folder, but the .tmp part of it is a clear indication that it is used to store temporary files. It is probably safe to delete, as it will likely be created again when it is required. Either back it up before you delete it, or keep it around as it does not really occupy much disk space wise. Guide source
  25. Today, Microsoft announced details of its next major update to Windows 10, which is due to arrive later this year. The somewhat unimaginatively named Fall Creators Update will introduce the company's new Fluent Design System, formerly known as Project NEON, along with a wide range of new cross-platform capabilities; the return of OneDrive placeholders; and a versatile new creative app that will enable users to "transform their photos and videos". However, there was one announcement that we were expecting the company to make today which didn't pop up. A couple of weeks ago, sources at Microsoft told us that it was planning to 'unbundle' its Edge browser from Windows 10. That would have been a significant move, enabling the browser to break free from the operating system's biannual update cadence, and helping Edge to narrow the feature gap with rival browsers. But today, Microsoft told us that Edge unbundling is not part of its current roadmap. Following a session on Edge at the company's Build 2017 developer conference today, a member of the Edge team told us that there are "no plans for [unbundling] right now, but never say never." The news will come as a disappointment to some, who were eagerly anticipating more regular updates to Edge, and more frequent rollouts of new features. But Microsoft made it clear today that it's current plan for Edge is to strengthen the browser by "doubling down on the fundamentals: security, reliability and performance". Source