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  1. Is there a recent summary/review of available "methods" for new Windows 10 installations; comparing the pros and cons of each method. I am currently using windows 7, and want to install a stable Windows 10 version, without extra "features", controlling the updates (if any), no telemetry (https://github.com/Nummer/Destroy-Windows-10-Spying) or other privacy breaches; Basically working as Windows 7 with updates turned off.. I thought that Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB and turning of telemetry might be the simplest way to do this? I found this Guide, but it seems that the original post has been deleted (only the comments are left): https://www.reddit.com/r/Piracy/comments/6dvkbt/full_guide_installing_activating_windows_10_ltsb/
  2. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that just under 700 million devices now run Windows 10. Almost exactly a year ago, that number stood at 500 million. In addition, the company also today noted that Office 365 now has 135 million monthly active commercial users, up from 120 million last October. Update: An early press release we saw said Windows 10 now had 700 million users. Today, the company corrected this down to ‘nearly 700 million.’ We’ve changed this post to reflect that. Back in 2015, when Windows 10 launched, Microsoft’s original goal was to hit a billion devices by 2018. It quickly became clear that this was a bit too optimistic. While Windows 10 usage clearly continues to grow at a decent speed, we’re not likely to see it hit a billion users soon. What Microsoft is probably more excited about anyway is the fact that its Office 365 and related Microsoft 365 subscription plans seem to be doing quite well. Over the course of the last couple of financial quarters, Office 365 seat growth typically increased around 30 percent year over year, with revenue well outpacing that number. We don’t yet have numbers for Microsoft 365, a relatively new subscription service that combines access to Windows 10, Office 365 and a number of mobile device management and security tools for businesses. But at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft is strongly emphasizing this new service and we’ll likely hear some subscriber numbers soon. Source
  3. Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 crafted a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10. Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule - Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded - business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events. To keep up with 10's WaaS schedule, pencil in these dates. July 31, 2018 By this date Microsoft will proclaim 1803, aka the "April 2018 Update," as suitable for broad deployment across the enterprise. The update, which began reaching consumer customers April 30, will start landing on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs that use Windows Update for Business (WUfB) to download and install feature upgrades. Oct. 9, 2018 Microsoft retires Windows 10 1703, the early-2017 feature upgrade labeled Creators Update, for customers running Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. For Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, today is the end of support for version 1607, aka the Anniversary Update from 2016. Those customers must migrate to a newer version – 1703, 1709 or 1803 – by this date to continue receiving security patches. Jan. 15, 2019 Around this date, Microsoft will declare 1809 as thoroughly tested by consumers, and thus, ready for wide deployment throughout the enterprise. The September update will start appearing on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs that rely on Windows Update for Business (WUfB) March 12, 2019 Windows 10 1903 launches between this date and late April. April 9, 2019 Microsoft removes Windows 10 1709, aka 2017's Fall Creators Update, from the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro support lists, halting security and non-security updates to devices running those editions. icrosoft's latest moves have established that the company starts counting the months of support from the actual launch of the feature upgrade, not from the supposed March and September release targets. Microsoft sets the end-of-support date on the first Patch Tuesday – the second Tuesday of the month – following the 18th or 24th month anniversary of release. For example, Microsoft started shipping 1803 on April 30, 2018, making the 18th-month anniversary Oct. 30, 2019. But the stop-support date for Windows 10 1803 has been penciled in as Nov. 12, 2019, the next Patch Tuesday. Clear? Good. July 15, 2019 Around this date, Microsoft will notify customers -- on a post to a company blog -- that Windows 10 1903 is stable enough to deploy to all corporate PCs and will simultaneously begin seeding Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs with the upgrade via Windows Update for Business (WUfB). Sept. 10, 2019 Windows 10 1909 begins reaching users at some point between this date and the end of October. Nov. 12, 2019 Microsoft halts support for Windows 10 1803, putting an end to security and non-security updates to devices running the feature upgrade. All editions of Windows 10 – Home, Pro, Enterprise and Education – will exit support on this date, according to the definitive "Windows lifecycle fact sheet." As of the 1709 feature upgrade, Microsoft has dropped the extra six months of support for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers. Microsoft was cagey when it first announced the extra six months earlier this year; it specifically called out the feature upgrades issued up until then – 1511, 1607, 1703 and 1709 – but said nothing about an extension for, say, 1803. At the time, Computerworld expected that the support addendum would be made permanent for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, in part because research analysts confirmed that many of their corporate clients hoped for a 24-month support lifecycle. Microsoft didn't agree. This is also the date when Microsoft retires Windows 10 Enterprise 1709 and Windows 10 Education 1709 from support. Customers running those must upgrade to version 1809, 1903 or 1909 by this date to continue receiving security patches and non-security bug fixes. Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will retire Windows 7 from support on this date, marking the general deadline for enterprises to replace that OS with Windows 10. There will undoubtedly be laggards, and some companies will probably pay to extend support, assuming Microsoft offers something for Windows 7 that resembles the "Premium Assurance" for Windows Server and SQL Server. What with Windows 7 expected to remain on huge numbers of PCs come the 2020 retirement – perhaps on as up to 42% of all Windows personal computers – Computerworld believes it's inevitable that Microsoft will dangle a more-money-for-more-support deal. How much time? Computerworld's bet is just 12 months, the same stretch Microsoft offers Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education volume licensees when they pay for what it calls "paid supplemental servicing," a new program the company kicked off in February. Jan. 15, 2020 Somewhere near this date, Microsoft will proclaim 1909 as sufficiently tested (by consumers) and ready for wide deployment (by commercial customers). The September update will begin appearing on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise PCs that rely on Windows Update for Business (WUfB). March 10, 2020 Windows 10 2003 releases some time between this date and late April. April 14, 2020 Microsoft strikes Windows 10 1809 from the support list on this date or later, stopping security and non-security updates to devices running the edition. (The most likely alternate stop date would be May 12, 2020, which could come into play if Microsoft releases 1809 after Oct. 31, 2019.) Source
  4. Microsoft’s rapid-fire announcement and release of Win10 1803 left many Win10 1709 users — and me — wondering why they were upgraded so soon. There’s an answer, but you probably won’t like it. Microsoft / IDG One of the endearing qualities of Windows 10 is its redefinition of common household terms. Case in point: In Windows Update, clicking “Check for Updates” doesn’t just, you know, check for updates. It checks, queues them up, and installs them, bam-bam-bam, with no emergency escape switch to block the inexorable progress. Once you’ve clicked “Check for updates,” your only opt-out is to pull the plug on the internet connection. That’s how it’s been forever — and will, no doubt, continue until Windows freezes over. What’s changed is the cutover point at which a new version of Windows is pushed, automatically, when you click “Check for updates.” In the past, when a new version of Windows rolled out, Microsoft approached it cautiously. Those who went to the Download Windows 10 page could manually install the latest version, of course. After the release date, and at an undocumented pace, Microsoft would gradually roll out the new version to machines that, based on telemetry, were most likely to tolerate the jolt to the system. The rollout took months. During the rollout period, you could click “Check for updates” for a substantial period of time — days, weeks, months — before the new version would appear. It all depended on whether your machine’s telemetry identified the machine’s inner workings as being new-version-tolerant. Machines were upgraded to the new version when Microsoft’s matching algorithm determined they were ready. Some people found themselves on the new version after clicking Check for Updates. Most were just updated overnight. That all went out the window this week. Now there’s a new term — “seeker” — and a new behavior. At least, I’ve never heard the term “seeker” before. If you’re running Win10 1709 and you click on “Check for updates” any time after version 1803 was released midday on Monday, you become a seeker. Lucky you. Microsoft had a hard time getting version 1803 out the door. Build 17133 shipped on March 27. Most people expected that to turn into the final version of 1803, but it was usurped on April 16 by 17134 with vague mumbles about blue screens. Build 17134.1 got a cumulative update on April 27 that turned it into 17134.5. Yusuf Mehdi announced the release of Win10 1803 on the same day. But the version that’s being pushed right now is the older one, 17134.1. There’s been very little time to think, much less explain. ‘Softie John Cable alluded to the seeker change in one sentence of a Windows blog post on April 30, the release date, the day the seeker behavior changed: The April 2018 Update is available today if you go to Windows Update and manually check for updates. We will begin the global rollout out via Windows Update on May 8. As with previous rollouts, we will use real-time quality feedback to smartly update your device when we have data that shows your device is ready and will have a great experience. You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device. There’s no official definition of the “seeker” term that I can find, and no definitive explanation of the behavior. But as best as I can tell, unless you have Windows Update set to defer updates (a complex, mashed-up mesh of settings), when you become a seeker, you become fair game. Microsoft pushes 1803 onto your machine. It isn’t clear if there’s some sort of seeker safety net. If you become a seeker but your machine is clearly version-1803-intolerant (or perhaps it’s not sending enough telemetry), I’ve seen no reticence. Your machine gets it. If you know of a counterexample, I’d sure like to hear about it on the Lounge. AskWoody poster dononline echoes the call for truth in advertising: How would it affect your user experience if “Check for Updates” meant check for updates instead of “Install all Available Updates and Upgrades”? How would it affect your user experience if updating and upgrading was a two-step process: 1) Check for Updates/Upgrades, and 2) Download and Install Updates/Upgrades? And Noel Carboni adds: The button DOES say “check for updates” instead of “install available updates now”. This sure smells like an outright attempt at deception, presumably to enlist more unpaid testers sooner. It’s just one more example of patching changes without warning. Oh, just a little ginger ale, dear. Are you an involuntary seeker? Join us on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Win10 1803 pushy upgrades: Never give a seeker an even break (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  5. Not even a week has passed since Microsoft released Windows 10 April 2018 Update to their customers around the globe. Early adopters have started to report some Windows problems as they get their hands-on the feature update. The Windows 10 version 1803 issues known so far range across hardware and software. A popular among them is April Update users experiencing Chrome freezes (via MSPUser) more than ever. The cause of the freeze is yet to be known and there is no comment from Microsoft regarding the same. There are a number of components and features that people are unable to use or facing problems with after installing the April Update. Windows United has compiled a list of the known issues in Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Windows 10 April Update problems: Delayed mouse reactions: Some people are observing mouse movements and cursor speed different than before. The cause of this Windows April Update issue is not known. Unusable microphone In case you aren’t able to use the mic on the device, go to Settings > Privacy. See if microphone access is allowed for apps. If you suspect there is something wrong with the hardware, the Sound also includes a tool to test the microphone. Context menu doesn’t appear For some Windows 10 users, the taskbar context menu is missing. No solution for this Windows bug is available. Edge browser can’t start On some PCs, Edge doesn’t start even after doing a reset. The cause and solution of the problem are yet to be known. Delay in Alt +Tab There is a delay when people use Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut to switch between active apps. Fixes for Spectre and Meltdown Spectre fixes are already out for version 1709 (and earlier) in the form of microcode updates. But in April Update, it’s unclear up to what extent these microcodes are available. It’s suggested you should use a tool called InSpectre to review the same. Diagnostic data Some users see “Windows Insider Program manages this option” when they try to change the diagnostic data upload options in Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback. While this is normal in the case of Insider builds, it is also happening on the machines which were never a part of the Insider program. No solution to this Windows April Update problem is known. However, the situation isn’t much different than the past; that’s why people are advised to keep their horses calm for a few days after a Windows 10 update releases. What’s wrong/broken in April Update’s user interface? Michael West, a concept designer, has spotted some inconsistencies in different areas of the Windows 10 after installing April Update. Issues in the Settings app The Settings app’s new App volume and device preferences page has some weird issues. West says it feels like it got “half designed and then forgotten by its team.” When the window is at its default size, the way the content wraps is a bit odd. On some pages in the Settings app, there are huge gaps between the title and the content. For instance, here is a screenshot of the Shared Experiences page. Another unusual thing in Windows 10 April Update is the standalone Phone page in the Settings app with just one category. It could easily be added to the Devices page. One possible explanation for this is Microsoft might want to promote their cross-device sync feature that lets people receive smartphone notifications on their PC. Windows Defender problems The Windows Defender Security Center (WDSC) has a “glaring bug” that makes it look like some poor HTML website. When you hover the mouse over a tile, other tiles get displaced. Also, when you change the system theme with the WDSC window open, the hamburger menu behaves unexpectedly with the text becoming practically illegible. It seems the Windows system doesn’t change the color of the text, no matter you switch from Light to Dark or Dark to Light. Windows Shell issues West has also noticed that the shadow effect is missing for many flyouts in Windows 10 April Update, including Battery, Network, Volume, Ink Space, Action Center, and Clock. An April Update bug, although it has been fixed in the release preview builds, has managed to get shipped with the final build pushed to the users. The Reveal effect often breaks for certain UI elements, leading to no borders showing up. There is a fluent design-related issue in the Start Menu and Action Center as well. The two tend to lose their acrylic effects as they’re opened and closed. This Windows design problem is visible when the content behind is “busy.” For instance, when open/close the Action Center when a video is playing. Chrome issues It appears there are some issues that have cropped up, with some users finding that the Chrome internet browser becomes unresponsive and crashes after installing the update. The issue has been posted by users on Reddit, and it appears that Microsoft is aware of the issues, with the Microsoft Support Twitter account replying to one user who experienced the issue by saying “it appears that some users are experiencing the same concern as yours. We'll be checking our internal bug report for this. Please let our developer know this as well by posting it on the Feedback Hub. Update us if you needed further assistance. All the best.” Hopefully Google, the company behind Chrome, updates the browser so that it is stable with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Some people are reporting that installing the 17134.5 update via the cumulative update KB4135051 and then running the Command Prompt as an Administrator and entering the following helps: dism /online /add-package /packagepath:%homepath%\downloads\Windows10.0-KB4135051-x64_22fd6a942c7b686a5434bcc8dfc87f3379c99437.cab Otherwise, you may need to hang tight until a patch for Chrome is released, and for the moment use a different web browser such as Edge or Firefox. How is your experience with Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Sources: Fossbytes & TechRadar
  6. Most of us were expecting the big push to 1803 to start May 8, but many Win10 1709 users are getting upgraded now. The only trigger? They clicked on Check for Updates. Microsoft As announced, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, became available for download on April 30. If you really want to install version 1803, just go to the download page and click Update now. Fair enough. What we didn’t expect was an immediate move to push Win10 1803 onto PCs. It now appears that many people, from all over the world, have been upgraded to 1803 — their only transgression being a click on the “Check for updates” button in Windows Update. The original announcement, from April 27, says simply: The April 2018 Update will be available as a free download beginning Monday, April 30. A subsequent official post, dated April 30, says: The April 2018 Update is available today if you go to Windows Update and manually check for updates. ...which is precisely what happened. Many of us were expecting Microsoft to hold off on the full-court press until next Tuesday. For example, Mary Jo Foley in her ZDNet article on the rollout said: Q: When will existing Windows 10 users be able to get the April 2018 update? A: Tech-savvy users who are interested in proactively grabbing the April 2018 Update can get it starting on April 30 by downloading it. Microsoft will start rolling it out to other Windows 10 users via Windows Update on Tuesday, May 8. It ends up we were wrong. On the afternoon of April 30, Abbodi86 posted: Win10 1803 is already released to Windows Update. As a matter of fact, it’s released to all channels (Windows Update, MCT, ISO, Update Assistant), except the update server WSUS channel and the enterprise VLSC channel. That came as something of a shock to many of us. What it means is that unless you’ve taken precautions to make sure that 1803 won’t install, if you click on Check for Updates (Start, Settings, Update & security), you may find yourself in the upgrade tar pit. Or maybe not. Microsoft’s methods for choosing suitable machines remains inscrutable. There’s no official update page for Win10 1803 just yet, but the reports I’ve seen say people are being upgraded via Windows Update to Win10 1803 build 17134.1. That’s odd because beta testers running Win10 1803 received a cumulative update on April 27 that brought 1803 up to build 17134.5. What's the difference? Who knows? PKCano says: I am guessing that MS was in such a hurry to get 1803 out the door that they released the Insider version 17134.1 with the Insider restrictions still present— ie, you can't touch the telemetry settings and limit the data scooping ... it was grayed out like in Insiders. In the past, new versions of Win10 were accompanied by an immediate update to the latest build. This time, it doesn’t look like that’s happening. The forced recruits are working with the intentionally restricted beta version. What to do if 1803 installs and you don't want it Assuming you don’t want to move to 1803 just yet — Preston Gralla’s review isn’t exactly glowing, and as you can see from Martin Brinkmann’s post on ghacks, problem reports are just starting to pile in — there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, if you find yourself in the middle of an unexpected upgrade, just disconnect from the internet. From a different computer (or your phone), take a look at the detailed instructions posted by AskWoody Lounger mcbsys to use wushowhide to stop the upgrade dead in its tracks. Second, if you find yourself upgraded and you want to go back, you’ll have that option for at least 10 days. Just don’t change anything after you’re on 1803. To go back, click Start, Settings, Update & Security, on the left choose Recovery, then under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 choose Get Started. Most of all, there’s no reason to leave your machine exposed to Microsoft’s upgrade whimsy. There’s a series of steps you can follow right now to protect yourself from the upgrade — and wait until you’re good 'n ready to let 1803 in the door. Got upgraded? Tell us about it on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft unexpectedly starts pushing Win10 version 1803 through Windows Update (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  7. The next Windows 10 update is set to arrive on Monday, April 30. Most Windows updates are pretty boring affairs, consisting mainly of security and reliability tweaks, but next week Windows 10 users will get some interesting new features including the ability to go back in time. The focus of the update is time and the efficient use of it. The first new feature is called Timeline, and it allows you to go back in time up to 30 days to find your unfinished stuff. By that, Microsoft means anything you do using Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on your Windows 10 PC, iOS, or Android device while logged in to a Microsoft account. If you are part way through an online order, or wrote a document on your smartphone and want to finish it on your PC, Timeline is meant to make searching for and accessing that content seamless across devices. The ability to retrieve stuff up to 30 days in the past is a nice added feature. Next up is Focus Assist, which is all about removing distractions when trying to work or relax. With Focus Assist turned on in Windows 10, all social media updates and notifications in general will be muted. When turned off, a summary of what you missed is presented as a quick recap to see if you care. It's also possible to automatically turn Focus Assist on for regular periods of the day when you don't want to be distracted. Microsoft Edge is also receiving new features which aren't exactly new. Audio can now be muted per tab by clicking an audio icon, there's a full-screen distraction-free reading mode for web pages, e-books, and PDFs, and Edge will offer to save your address and payment details securely for easier online shopping. You'll also see a new Grammar Tools button, which can help with text comprehension by breaking down words on a page into syllables as well as highlighting nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Finally, we have improved voice control in two forms. The first is Cortana, which once the April 2018 update is installed can control your smart home if compatible devices are present. Smart home appliances from ecobee, Honeywell, and Nest should all carry out the commands you give them via Cortana. Then we have Dictation, which has been much improved for recording your thoughts. Pressing Win+H allows you to talk and everything you say is written down. Microsoft is confident everyone will be impressed with how accurate Dictation has become. If your Windows 10 computer seems to be working harder than usual on Monday, that's probably the April 2018 Update downloading and installing in the background. It may not happen until later in the week, though. Source
  8. It seems that Microsoft is working on yet another version of Windows, and this time it's called Windows 10 Lean. It was spotted in the ISO for the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 17650. Of course, Windows 10 Lean won't be its official name when it launches. It's more likely that this is similar to when Windows 10 Cloud showed up, and that ended up being Windows 10 S. Spotted by Lucan on Twitter, the OS is slimmed down, with an installation size that's about 2GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro. It's also missing about 50.5k files that are in Pro, including things like wallpapers, the Registry Editor, and MMC management console, and more. Other inbox apps, like the legacy Internet Explorer, Paint, Photos, Maps, Groove Music, Movies & TV, and more, are also gone. At first glance, this might seem like an early version of Windows Core OS, the more modular version of Windows 10 that would only install components as necessary. It is not. In fact, this slimmed down version of the OS still has Win32 support, something that you probably wouldn't see from a base installation of a more modern version of Windows. This is more likely to be a slimmed down version of Windows 10 that's made for devices with low storage. Microsoft still lists 16GB as the minimum amount of storage for a 32-bit installation of Windows 10, and 20GB as the minimum for 64-bit. There are still plenty of devices that ship with 32GB, and that still leaves very little room for actual use after Windows is installed. The Redstone 5 update won't be finalized until this fall, so it will be a while until we see Windows 10 Lean in action. Hopefully, Microsoft will tell us more sooner rather than later. Neowin.net
  9. It was with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that Microsoft decided to add a dark theme to Windows 10, as it had been doing on Windows Phone for years. Last fall, Xbox users got a light theme option, as the ability to choose between color schemes has become more popular. Now, the dark theme option is being extended to the File Explorer, as first discovered by Thurrott's Rafael Rivera. The feature is hidden in Windows 10 build 17650 - which is only available to Insiders on the Skip Ahead option of the Fast ring - and as you can see from the image above, it seems to be early on in development. Once it's available to everyone, it can be toggled on and off using the system-wide theme setting. Historically, the system-wide theme setting has controlled various elements of the general Windows 10 UI, as well as various UWP apps. This might be the first time that the setting has touched a Win32 app like File Explorer. It's good news though, as dark themes have been a fan favorite. Of course, the feature is unannounced, so it's possible that it could be scrapped at some point, or that it could be delayed until a later update. If all goes well though, File Explorer will get its dark theme when Redstone 5 is available this fall. Neowin.net
  10. It appears that the name of the upcoming feature update for Windows 10 is finally known through the official Edge browser landing page which is shown upon completing the update to build 17134, and that is - as shown above - named as the 'April update', I stumbled on it when updating my laptop to build 17134, which was released to the Slow and Release Preview rings on Friday. An earlier report here on Neowin had suggested the official name would be the "April 2018 update", because a Microsoft employee says it in a video that was discovered by Twitter user WalkingCat earlier this week. Video: hear Microsftie say "Windows 10 April 2018 Update" pic.twitter.com/H4WPkCC3sA — WalkingCat (@h0x0d) April 17, 2018 Over on WindowsLatest, Mayank Parmar discovered that the Microsoft Edge browser recently received a server-side update in the Redstone 4 builds, with the browser now displaying the updated welcome page, confirming the 'April update' nomenclature. The welcome page promotes features of the April update, including Windows Timeline. You can view it yourself here. In any case, Microsoft still hasn't announced the official name in any official blog posts for Redstone 4 build announcements. As a reminder, previous suggestions of the name for this update were: Spring Creators Update, Spring Update, and most recently, the April 2018 Update. The last time Microsoft used a month name in a feature update for Windows 10 was with the first major feature update for the OS, version 1511, which ended up being called the November update, released in 2015. Neowin.net
  11. It seems Microsoft is working on a cut down version of Windows 10 for the next major release of Windows 10. As spotted by Lucas on Twitter, Windows 10 Lean’s installer is 2 GB smaller than Windows 10 Pro and is missing basics such as wallpaper, drivers for CD and DVD Drives and even apps such as RegEdit. Interestingly these apps are however not restricted, and once imported you can run RegEdit without any issue, meaning while being smaller the OS is not restricted in any way. It launched by default in Windows 10 S mode however and also identifies as Windows 10 CloudE. It is not clear what Microsoft plans to do with the SKU. It may simply be intended for virtual machines, or Microsoft may be looking to make another go at a version of Windows for really low-powered devices. Keep an eye on the site for the latest developments in this story. source regards
  12. 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 3.1.0.0 (17.04.2018) - Add additional privacy settings, as well as a setting for the search function and Cortana - Supplement to the options "retrieve search suggestions and web results disable through Bing" and "disable Windows smart screen" for more Registry Keys. These setting have been set, these will be displayed, now with the new W10Privacy Version first as inactive. The settings are enable again. Removal of one of the two options regarding the refusal to grant the App access to the diagnostic functions ("_app_zugriff_diagnose"). Due to a typing error, the second setting was listed as a separate setting. Many thanks to Joachim for the hint! Homepage Download page Download SHA256-Hash: d892fa2ec007ad20c85c33edea60bf9e26aa8bf5416a98afaa6bd3389726f943 @Geez Portable Online - Mirror: First screen enter: 1523363058 Site: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/1AG4NUKR/W10Privacy_Portable_x.x_Rev1_Multilingual_Online.exe_links
  13. Many Microsoft watchers were expecting the company to launch Windows 10 version 1803 to the general public this week, but the company apparently hit a blocking bug which ended up holding back the release. Anyway, what many believed to be the final version of the big update did roll out to all Windows Insiders via Insider build 17133, but new evidence suggests that this might not be the final Redstone 4 build after all. According to Microsoft watcher Zac Bowden, Microsoft has compiled a new Redstone 4 build which is currently above the 17133 build number. This is not uncommon, and BuildFeed also confirms this, but it puts into question if this latest Redstone 4 build will actually be considered RTM. There’s no telling what is going on at Microsoft, but it is highly possible that this new Redstone 4 build is coming out soon to address the blocking issues. Redstone 4 release has already been delayed, so Windows Insiders might have a few more days of testing at least one more build ahead, followed by a general rollout of a post-17133 build to the public. Source
  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 3.0.0.0 (10.04.2018) - Add additional options for Windows 10, 1803, and the adjustment of existing settings, so that these are to be formally published Version compatible. - Add additional options, which versions are in some cases also for older Windows valid. - All App-related settings are now found in the newly created "Apps". - small improvements Homepage Download page Download SHA256-Hash: 4a531da2f9b0c97fc0aad4bdef2106b51889a8407e2478915467b5b1c7e6060a @Geez Portable Online - Mirror: First screen enter: 1523363058 Site: https://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/1AG4NUKR/W10Privacy_Portable_x.x_Rev1_Multilingual_Online.exe_links
  15. Waiting for Windows 10 1803 / RS4 / Spring Creators Update final? Sounds like nope, not today Although it’s been widely reported that the ready-for-the-world Windows 10 Redstone 4 (1803) release would begin today, it’s now appearing that it’s not to be, not today anyway. Both Paul Thurrott and Zac Bowden have tweeted today that the release has been “delayed,” although the April 10 release date has come from Microsoft watchers and not Microsoft itself. Normally these announcements would come with a 6am blog post, which did not happen. One possible reason for the “delay” may well be all in a name. A number of Microsoft watchers have been tweeting in recent days and weeks that the almost foregone conclusion name “Spring Creators Update,” which was mentioned in a Feedback Hub reference and also showed up in at least one of the latest RS5 builds. However, and possibly with the reorganization of the Windows teams within Microsoft, the “Spring Creators Update” name appears to be out. Nobody seems to know what the new name is, and it could well be that getting marketing materials together for a new name could be slowing things down. It’s even possible that Microsoft has hit a last minute bug or two, either in the OS release itself or in the release mechanism for rolling out the latest Windows 10 update around the world. Last week, Microsoft announced that a version of Windows 10 build 17133, thought to be the final build, was released first to the Slow Ring and then to the Release Preview Ring, a signal that the build was at least a candidate for an “RTM” version. The Release Preview was slated to have completed rollout by yesterday, but as you can see by these updates to that blog post, those plans have changed: Releasing an update to millions and millions of daily driver PCs can be a daunting task, and it’s not surprising that everything’s not running like clockwork. Of course Microsoft could surprise us all and release 1803 today after all, but our Magic 8 Ball signs point to no. Of course we want Microsoft to release Windows 10 1803 when it’s ready, and not before. We’d also like to see a well thought out, updatable naming convention, where we’re not held back waiting for marketing to get the signs made. If those take some time, so be it, and we’ll be waiting and watching to bring you all the latest when Windows 10 version 1803 / Redstone 4 / Spring Creators Update is actually released. Source
  16. Windows 10 spring update bug

    So if you installed Windows 10 spring update better not enable Memory integrity of core isolation feature which is part of the new Windows defender (Prevents attacks from inserting malicious code into high-security processes). no don't get it wrong, it's not a bad feature at all, just there is a bug that you won't be able to disable it once you enable it. after you enable it it asks you to restart and after that a message next to it appears saying "this setting is managed by administrator". I needed to disable it because Ghost recon wildlands (Steam game) uses easy anti cheat and that tool kinda acts like a rootkit so I ended up reinstalling the Windows to be able to run the game again. let us know if you ever find a way to disable that option, because: no group policy object is modified after enabling it no matter you're admin or not, you still can't disable it. system restore fails to restore the PC to a state when that option was disabled.
  17. It appears ads, which are becoming increasingly pervasive on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, have now reached the Windows 10 Mail app. Users on Reddit are now reporting that a banner has shown up in the Windows 10 Mail app in a space above the Mail, Calendar and People buttons. The banner cannot be removed except by closing the menu, and currently advertises the Office 365 subscription service. The ads in the mail app are somewhat ironic, given Microsoft’s ad campaign against Google a decade ago, criticising the company for reading user’s email and showing them ads appropriate to the content of the email. Gmail is, of course, a free service, while most users pay for Windows 10 when they purchase their PC, making the operating system ads a deal Windows 10 users have not really signed up for. The current ads appear to be a test at present, and it is not clear how Microsoft is targeting them, though of course Windows 10 does include a privacy control related to Microsoft collecting data specifically for targetted ads, suggesting these ads are not being shown randomly. How do our readers feel about this latest move by Microsoft to monetize Windows? Let us know below. Source: Microsoft start testing ads in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar app ( MSPoweruser)
  18. StopUpdates10 is a free program for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that modifies some system settings to block Windows Updates on the target device. While it is usually not a good idea to block the installation of updates, as you'd block non-critical and security updates alike, doing so may sometimes be necessary as a temporary measure. The new cumulative nature of updates introduced an all or nothing approach to updates; it is no longer possible to block specific updates with issues. The only option users and administrators have is to block all updates temporarily until issues are resolved. Doing so is far from ideal as you may block important security updates when you block updates. Note: Microsoft changed the update scheme to rollup updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems in 2016 as well (and Server variants). Windows 10 comes with options to delay the installation of updates. You may use the Settings app, Group Policy, or Registry for that. StopUpdates10 StopUpdates10 creates Registry keys that are created when you set update related policies to block Windows updates on the device the application is run on. The application checks the current status of the system on launch and displays either the "stop Windows Updates" or "Restore Windows Updates" button in the interface based on that initial test. A click on the stop Windows Updates button writes data to the Registry that blocks updating functionality. You can verify this by opening Windows Updates in the Settings app and clicking on the "check for updates" button. It returns an error when you do so after you block updates. You may restore updating functionality at any time by selecting the "restore Windows Updates" option that the program comes with. Another option that you have is to uninstall the program as it will reset the settings during removal on the system. Administrators may run the program with command line parameters. StopUpdates10.exe /disable StopUpdates10.exe /restore Both need to be run with elevated rights. Ghacks.net
  19. Windows 10 "Spring Creators Update" Official 17133.1 (PC) [RS4_Release] ESD Format Products_RS4_03_30_2018.xml https://download.microsoft.com Share code: /download/7/0/9/70920B5A-1589-4C13-838E-A85E4FAA5CDD/Products_RS4_03_30_2018.xml ======== LET US NOW TO DELETE THIS POST
  20. Windows 10 BUG in 7-Zip

    Windows 10 works incorrectly with Large memory pages (2 MB) This message contains information about very critical problem in some versions of Windows. If you have any contacts with Microsoft, please notify them about this problem. Description of problem Windows supports small (4 KB) pages and large (2 MB) memory pages. Most of programs use only 4 KB pages. And it works correctly. So there is no any problem for most programs. But there is Windows API that allows to use 2 MB pages. And 7-Zip uses that API, if special "Large pages mode" option is enabled in 7-Zip settings. When 7-Zip uses 2 MB pages, 7-Zip can work incorrectly, or Windows system can crash. How to reproduce the problem NOTE: If you use "Large Pages" now, your system can work incorrectly and you can lose some data. DON'T TRY IT, if you don't want to take these RISKS. If you use "Large Pages", your system can be in CORRUPTED STATE, and you MUST REBOOT after each experiment to reduce the risk to lose your data. 1) "Large Pages" feature requires special "LockMemory" privilege. So you need to run 7-Zip File Manager with administrator rights at least once and reboot system after that. Then you can use "large pages" without administrator rights in Windows 10. But some previous versions of Windows require administrator rights also for programs that just use "large pages". 2) The commands with "Large Pages" for crash: 7-Zip 18.01 (x86 or x64): 7zG b -mmt1 -slp -md21 7z b -mmt1 -slp -md19 -bt 10 >19.txt 2>19_2.txt 7z b -mmt1 -slp -md22 -bt 10 >22.txt 2>22_2.txt If you use Windows 7, you must call these commands with administator rights. So create bat files and run them with administator rights. If 7-Zip benchmark works incorrectly with large pages, you can get - "Decoder error" message - 7-Zip program crash - Windows system crash When you run these benchmark commands, you can see "LP" string in "Memory usage" values. It means that 7-Zip uses "Large Pages". If you don't see "LP", then probably you have no rights to use "Large Pages". For 7-Zip users: If you are ready to test it, please call those benchmark commands and write report here in this forum thread: 1) Exact windows version. You can call "Run" (Windows+R): "winver" to get version number. 2) Exact name of CPU 3) If there are no errors for commands, then show 22.txt 4) If there is any error/crash, write about that error 5) REBOOT YOUR SYSTEM after commands to flush possible system corruptions. We need to get answers for the following questions: 1) what Windows versions (and revisions) are affected with that problem? 2) what Windows versions allow to use "Large Pages" without administrator rights? 3) what another programs also use "Large Pages"? And are there any reports about problems with these programs? Technical description 7-Zip benchmark allocates 2 (two) buffers of large pages. Then probably it still can work OK. But 7-Zip or system can work incorrectly after Free() operations. It's possible that it still can work correctly, if we allocate only 1 (one) buffer with large pages. Notes It's possible that there is some bug in 7-Zip. But I've seen system crashes also. So I suppose that it's bug in Windows. And we need wide investigation of that problem. There are no error reports for Windows 7 still. Now we have error reports for Windows 10 only. Also there were similar error reports in May-June 2017 for old revisions of Windows 10 (Version 1703). So probably it is not new BUG of latest Windows patches. And Windows 10 contains that BUG for one year at least. If you have test systems with all Windows 10 revisions, please check all of them. But check that you see "LP" string in "Memory Usage" string in tests. For 7-Zip users It's recommended to switch off the option "Use large memory pages" in 7-Zip / Tools / Options / Settings, if you switched it before. Source & Source
  21. Custom Themes for Windows 10.

    Hello. I’ve been searching for a Windows 10 custom theme ‘applier’ tool, but have failed to find one that works flawlessly. Any suggestions besides Ux Theme. Hope it’s not illegal.
  22. Microsoft will release the next feature update for the Windows 10 operating system, called the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, in April 2018. The company releases feature updates twice a year; these updates introduce new features and bigger changes to the operating system opposed to cumulative updates which tend to focus on security updates and bug fixes. Feature updates take longer to install as it is closer to installing Windows from scratch than installing a smaller update. Microsoft improved the time it takes to install feature updates, but it is still a lengthy process even if the feature update installs without complications. While the upgrade should install fine on most Windows 10 systems, users and administrators may have good reasons for wanting to delay the installation of the new feature update: Features introduced in the Spring Creators Update are not interesting or useful. The current system works well and changes introduced in the new version change workflows or introduce other issues. There is always the chance that updates fail, and it takes time to roll back or find out why it failed and how to resolve the issue. It is often a good idea to wait a couple of weeks to see if users and admins report issues. Feature updates are rolled out gradually to the entire Windows 10 population. Microsoft releases new feature updates to systems with modern, compatible hardware first before it makes the update available to systems with older hardware. It is still possible to install the update right away, by downloading an ISO image and using it to install the update and through other means. Note: The following instructions are for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Older versions of Windows 10 may offer similar functionality. Microsoft introduced new options to defer feature updates in the Windows 10 Creators Update. Some options are only available if you are signed in with an account with elevated privileges. Delay the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update You have two main options to postpone the next feature update for Windows 10: Defer the feature update using the Windows Update settings or Group Policy. Change the branch readiness level. Defer Windows 10 feature updates using the Settings app You can defer feature updates by up to 365 days on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education systems. Step 1: Advanced Windows Update options Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application. Locate Updates & Security to open Windows Update. Activate the "Advanced options" link on the page. Step 2: Select the delay period for the feature update On the page that opens, locate "a feature update includes new capabilities and improvements. It can be deferred for this many days". Select the time in days that you want Windows 10 to block the installation of the feature update. Tip: You may also pause updates for up to 35 days using the same menu. Defer Windows 10 feature updates using the Group Policy You may set policies to defer feature updates: Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu. Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter-key to open the Group Policy Editor. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business. Double-click on "Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received". Select "enabled" to enable the policy. Change the number of days under "After a Preview Build or Feature Update is released, defer receiving it for this many days" from 0 to a number between 1 and 365. Click ok. Tip: You may use "Pause preview builds or feature updates starting" to pause the installation of feature updates from a specific data for up to 35 days. Delay Windows 10 Feature updates by switching to the Semi-Annual Channel Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education systems may be switched over to the Semi-Annual Channel from the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted). Microsoft changed the terminology recently; the channels were known as Current Branch and Current Branch for Business previously. Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) systems receive feature updates as soon as they become available. Semi-Annual Channel systems receive them about four months after general availability which usually means that some bugs and issues discovered after the release are fixed. Settings App You may use the Settings application to switch between supported channels: Use Windows-I to open the Settings application on the device. Go to Updates & Security. Click on Advanced options. Locate "choose when updates are installed". Select "Semi-Annual Channel" instead of "Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted)" to postpone updates by four months. Group Policy If you prefer to use Group Policy for that, do the following: Tap on the Windows-key to open the Start Menu. Type gpedit.msc and hit the Enter-key to open the Group Policy Editor. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business. Double-click on "Select when Preview Builds and Feature Updates are received". Select "enabled" to enable the policy. Select Semi-Annual Channel under "Select the Windows readiness level for the updates that you want to receive" Click ok. And Windows 10 Home? Windows 10 Home settings come without options to defer updates or switch to another release channel. One of the better options on these devices is to set the connection to metered. You need to make sure that you set it to metered for all types of connections you use (Ethernet and WiFi). Microsoft promises that it will only download updates "required to keep Windows running smoothly" and up to this day, it blocked feature update installations. The downside to this is that you will block any update, not just feature updates. A way around this would be to download cumulative updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog website whenever they are released to install them manually. Note: You need to be signed in with an account with elevated privileges to change the connection type. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application. Go to Network & Internet. Select Ethernet on the left, select the Ethernet connection, and flip the "set as metered connection" switch to on. Select WiFi on the left afterward, then the connected WiFi network, and on the page that opens flip the "set as metered connection" switch to on. You need to repeat this for any network you connect to. Ghacks.net
  23. Microsoft has whittled down its major Windows 10 upgrade installation process to an average of 30 ‘offline’ minutes through its Windows Insider Preview builds of Redstone 4, the codename for the next marquee Windows 10 update. So, if you’ve held off from installing previous titled Windows 10 updates on account of their lengthy installation times, Microsoft wants to do better by you. The company made the announcement as part of a Windows Insider blog post, showcasing gradual improvement over the past few major Windows 10 updates. For instance, Microsoft admitted a total ‘offline’ installation time of 82 minutes on average back when the Creators Update of April 2017, which improved to 51 minutes with the Fall Creators Update of October 2017. Now, within Insider Preview builds, the company says to have pared this down time to just 30 minutes on average. Offline time goes online To explain why we’re quoting the word ‘offline’ here, Microsoft looks at operating system (OS) installations occurring in two different states: online and offline. What you might consider the OS installation, the growing percentage atop a blue screen, is just this ‘offline’ state – a considerable amount of installation is done while you’re still using the computer, before it restarts. ‘Online’ in this context includes anything that’s done in the background while the computer is still in use, before the restarts begin. Meanwhile, ‘offline’ includes everything that’s done either just before or after the computer restarts, usually on a blue screen. To achieve these faster installation times, Microsoft has gradually moved more of these ‘offline’ processes into the ‘online’ category, particularly now that ‘user content is prepared for migration’ and the ‘new operating system is placed into a temporary working directory’ during this first phase, as per Microsoft’s blog post. So, if you – like most of the world – consider the ‘offline’ state of an OS installation the whole kit and kaboodle, then Windows 10 installations just got a helluva lot faster. As Microsoft likes to brag, these changes have reduced the overall ‘offline’ – again, the time in which you cannot interact with the computer – installation time to not much longer than, yes, making a sandwich. So, prepare yourself accordingly for the forthcoming Redstone 4 update. This is all we know about Windows 10 S right now Techradar.com
  24. WARNING Released by Microsoft without documentation, it's safe to hide this patch if you don't want Windows 10 or its related updates There are reports this morning about a new patch, KB 3150513, appearing on Windows 8.1 systems -- and probably lurking on Windows 10 systems, too. Microsoft has not posted a KB article, and there's no notification about the patch in the official Windows Update list. Sound familiar? [ Your one-stop shop for Microsoft knowledge: Everything you need to know about Windows 10, in a handy PDF. Download it today! | Survive and thrive with the new OS: The ultimate Windows 10 survivor kit. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows newsletter. ] Fortunately, poster PeterBisco on the Microsoft Answers forum, has an explanation (originally posted on the Polish forum): I have made a look into Windows8.1 version of this update and found this: This update doesn't contain binary code. It just contains new data for AppRaiser (Windows 10 Compatibility tool). It contains files as: hwcompat_th1.txt hwcompat_th2.txt hwexclude_rs1.txt hwexclude_th1.txt hwexclude_th2.txt wucompat.txt appraiser.sdb hwcompat_rs1.txt appraiser_data.ini appraiser_telemetryrunlist.xml So if you want to upgrade to Windows 10, and you have all the Windows 10 related updates installed (e.g. KB3035583, KB2952664, etc.) then you are safe to install this patch. If you don't want Windows 10 or its related updates and you have hide them, you can hide this one as well, if you wish. AppRaiser is the Windows 10 compatibility appraiser, which you can download and run manually. It's the program that's supposed to tell you if you're running any software or have any hardware that will mess with the Windows 10 upgrade. Hiding this patch sounds like good advice to me. Source: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3065380/microsoft-windows/mystery-solved-kb-3150513-is-another-windows-10-update-enabling-patch.html
  25. When Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17623 to Skip Ahead today, one of the "changes, improvements, and fixes" listed was that the company is going to start testing a feature that will force users of the Windows 10 Mail app to open links in the Edge browser. Dona Sarkar, who wrote the blog post, said that Edge "provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices." The only problem is that not everyone feels that way. Many users have Chrome, Firefox, or something else set as their default browser, and Microsoft wants to subvert that in order to get them to use its own in-house solution. Luckily, Windows 10's default Mail app isn't the only email client that you can use. This isn't the first time that Microsoft has done something like this with Windows 10. In April 2016, it announced that Cortana will be locked down so that it will only work with Bing and Edge. Then, last May when the company launched Windows 10 S, it confirmed that users won't even have the option to switch their default browser or search engine on the new SKU of the OS. Luckily, Microsoft is only testing the feature, and it will take feedback from the Windows Insider community. Depending on how that goes, it may decide to push the feature. But make no mistake, despite the fact that this showed up in a Redstone 5 build, it will be made available through a Mail & Calendar app update, meaning that this could be pushed through at any time. If you're in the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring and you want to leave feedback on the new feature, you can do so via the Feedback Hub. Source
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