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  1. Well I know enough about the HomeGroup it's problems and how to make sure services run correctly. However, this is one that might tickle your fancy. I (as mentioned) am using my daughters P.C. due to my computer dying. I reinstalled Windows seven (7) pro and some applications, I also added the previous hybrid drive into a caddy so I can access the partions on it for files. Problem is the partition Windows drive runs the homegroup. Everyone removed themselves from HomeGroup on the home network and I removed myself from the HomeGroup, even though I set up the HomeGroup on this P.C. Problem is it still says do I want to join the HomeGroup. I removed caddy, rebooted without it and Windows still sees it as a viable HomeGroup. I cleared out service profile, files on this P.C. and the partion. Any ideas on how to solve this problem, thanks in advance for replies.
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud & Acrobat DC ML [Windows-Mac] Download distributions Adobe CC 2017 ML Direct Download Links: Download Creative Cloud 2017 Apps [Download Links & Instruction ] ** Free Sign-in required** https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/creative-cloud-apps-download.html ================================= Troubleshoot download and install errors https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/troubleshoot-download-install-log-files.html Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems [Windows-Mac] https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html Adobe CC 2017 ML Direct Download Links: CCMaker 1.2.1 - Utility for downloading and or installing products from Adobe the Creative Cloud Adobe CC 2015 ML Direct Download Links: Adobe CC 2014 ML Direct Download Links: Products not included in the CC [Captivate 8] Method To Download Adobe CC Adobe CC Useful Utility Tools Adobe CC 2015 Alternative Trials Direct Download Source - Windows Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Trials Direct Download Source - Windows ========================================================================== Product Updates Adobe CC 2015 Product Updates Direct Download Links: Adobe CC 2014 Product Updates Direct Download Links: ADOBE Update Management Tool 8.0 by PainteR WIN | MACOS Adobe Application Manager 9.0 Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Update Direct Download Source - Windows Adobe CC 2014 Alternative Update Direct Download Source - Mac OS ========================================================================== Medicines Windows: Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2015 -2017: AMT Emulator v0.9.2 by PainteR [Support Adobe CC 2017] Adobe Universal Patcher v2.0 By Painter'S [Windows] + Instruction [Support Adobe CC 2017] ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2014 ADOBE CC v2015 XFORCE-KEYGEN Windows + Instruction ADOBE_TECHNICAL_COMMUNICATION_SUITE_V2015_MULTI-XFORCE ADOBE CC v2015 KEYGEN MACOSX XFORCE OR Adobe Universal Patcher v2.0 By Painter'S [Windows] + Instruction OR amtlib 2015 adobe snr patch painter fix By Painter'S ============================================= Windows XP Adobe XP Support Patch [x86] v0.8 By Painter'S - Beta ============================================= Adobe Acrobat DC ADOBE_ACROBAT_PRO_DC_V2015_MULTI-XFORCE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MAC OS X: AMT Emulator v0.8.1 for Mac by PainteR [Support Adobe CC 2017] ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Creative Cloud CC 2014 ADOBE CC v2015 XFORCE-KEYGEN [Windows - Mac OS] + Instruction ============================================= Medicine For Adobe Acrobat DC ADOBE_ACROBAT_PRO_DC_V2015_MULTI_MACOSX-XFORCE ============================================= Importand Topic Replies: Run the Adobe CC Cleaner Tool to resolve some Creative Cloud or Creative Suite installation issues. Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool for Mac ==========================================================================
  3. After announcing last week that February's patches would be delayed until March, Microsoft alerts large customers that security patches are due today--but details remain sketchy Credit: Thinkstock Microsoft sent an email to its largest customers on Monday, alerting them that Adobe Flash Player patches for Internet Explorer and Edge will be coming today. Apparently Microsoft's announcement last week that it would delay February patches until March 14 didn't tell the whole story. Yesterday's email says in part: Microsoft is planning to release security updates for Adobe Flash Player. These updates will be offered to the following operating systems: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2016... No other security updates are scheduled for release until the next scheduled monthly update release on March 14, 2017. These Flash patches are important for those who still use Flash with IE or Edge. There must be three of you out there, somewhere. For those who don’t use Flash-- or who only use Flash from inside Chrome or Firefox or a different browser--the fixes aren’t important. This is a particularly odd situation. The bundled Windows 7 and 8.1 “patchocalypse” patching method has been amended, with Microsoft declaring last month that starting in February, IE patches won’t be included with the monthly Win7 and 8.1 security-only patch: Starting with February 2017, the Security Only update will not include updates for Internet Explorer, and the Internet Explorer update will again be available as a separate update for the operating systems listed above. Of course, we didn’t have a security-only patch in February. In fact, we didn’t have any security patches in February. With Internet Explorer patches being yanked out of the Win7 and 8.1 security-only patches, it’s hard to guess what form these new Win7 and 8.1 patches will take. Adding to the confusion: Microsoft needs to patch Windows Server 2012, which is still stuck on Internet Explorer 10. Perhaps we’ll see a return to the old KB patches for IE10 and 11? Will there be Security Bulletins tying all of this together? The Windows 10 situation is even more obtuse. We have two dangling Win10 hotfix patches – 14393.726 and 14393.729 – which, much to Microsoft’s credit, were released and fully documented but not rolled out the Win10 Automatic Update chute. Will the IE11 and Edge patches for the various versions of Win10 take the form of a cumulative update? And if so, will that cumulative update be issued as a hotfix or will it be pushed onto all Win10 PCs? Will the fix go to 1507 and 1511 systems, in addition to the latest version, 1607? Microsoft hasn’t released corresponding hotfixes for Win10 1507 and 1511. If this patch goes out to 1507 and 1511 PCs, will the analogous hotfixes be issued for those versions? It’s a tangled web Microsoft has woven. Its move to bunch together all patches on all versions of Windows -- and its subsequent backtracking to accommodate well-founded complaints -- increases the complexity enormously. Bunched patches may be part of a “cloud first” future, but they’re hell to install and manage. There’s one point that sticks in my craw: All of this was foreseeable. Adobe has always released its patches on Patch Tuesday, and Microsoft always has to roll those patches into IE11 and Edge. Didn’t somebody see this train wreck coming? Source: Surprise! Microsoft issues Flash patches for Internet Explorer, Edge (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard) Flash patches for Internet Explorer and Edge due today (AskWoody forums)
  4. Looks like KB 2952664 (for Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win 8.1) are back These are the two patches implicated with various snooping proclivities, and tied into upgrading from Windows 7 to Win10, or Win8.1 to Win10 — which should be a non-starter tat this point. I can see them in the Microsoft Update Catalog: KB 2952664 KB 2976978 They’re both listed as “Last Updated 2/17/2017.” They aren’t listed on the Windows Update official page, but PKCano reports that she’s seeing the Win7 patch, released today, optional and unchecked. Of course you should avoid them. Source: Looks like KB 2952664 (for Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win 8.1) are back (AskWoody) Looks like KB 2952664 (for Win7) and KB 2976978 (Win 8.1) are back (AskWoody forums)
  5. Krebs on Security Released the following information on this vulnerability: Vulnerability Note VU#867968 Microsoft Windows SMB Tree Connect Response denial of service vulnerability Original Release date: 02 Feb 2017 | Last revised: 03 Feb 2017 Print Document Tweet Like Me Share Overview Microsoft Windows contains a memory corruption bug in the handling of SMB traffic, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to cause a denial of service on a vulnerable system. Description Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle traffic from a malicious server. In particular, Windows fails to properly handle a specially-crafted server response that contains too many bytes following the structure defined in the SMB2 TREE_CONNECT Response structure. By connecting to a malicious SMB server, a vulnerable Windows client system may crash (BSOD) in mrxsmb20.sys. We have confirmed the crash with fully-patched Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 client systems, as well as the server equivalents of these platforms, Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Note that there are a number of techniques that can be used to trigger a Windows system to connect to an SMB share. Some may require little to no user interaction. Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available. Impact By causing a Windows system to connect to a malicious SMB share, a remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service by crashing Windows. Solution The CERT/CC is currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds: Block outbound SMB Consider blocking outbound SMB connections (TCP ports 139 and 445 along with UDP ports 137 and 138) from the local network to the WAN. Sans released the following note on the delay of the February Updates because of this specific vulnerability which Microsoft had not been able to satisfactorily fix. Microsoft product security updates originally scheduled for release on February 14, 2017 will be included in the March 14, 2017 batch instead. Microsoft made the decision to delay the release due to "a last minute issue that could impact some customers." Users had been expecting a fix for a zero-day Windows SMB vulnerability that has been exploited in the wild. CERT has suggested a workaround for the issue in its Vulnerability Note. John Pescatore made the following comment after the RSA Conference: Microsoft made the right decision: one bad patch that disrupts business operations can be a huge setback in making progress to shorten the time between patches come out and when operational systems are updated. The irony is that this announcement came on the same day that Microsoft President Brad Smith was speaking at the RSA Conference, where he never once mentioned anything Microsoft was doing to increase the quality of patches, let alone have a month (or more) with no patches... Krebs Source Microsoft Blog Arstechnica Article
  6. Mozilla Firefox 52.0 Beta 8 Download Page-Beta: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/all/ Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win32/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b8.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win64/en-US/Firefox Setup 52.0b8.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/releases/52.0b8/win64/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Release Notes[Beta]: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/beta/notes/ Firefox for Android 52.0 Beta 8: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/releases/52.0b8/ To download beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/52.0b8-candidates/build1/ Android beta candidates(build 1): https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/52.0b8-candidates/build1/
  7. SSD modules like this one are being abused by Spotify For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren't uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn't storing any songs locally. The behavior poses an unnecessary burden on users' storage devices, particularly solid state drives, which come with a finite amount of write capacity. Continuously writing hundreds of gigabytes of needless data to a drive every day for months or years on end has the potential to cause an SSD to die years earlier than it otherwise would. And yet, Spotify apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux have engaged in this data assault since at least the middle of June, when multiple users reported the problem in the company's official support forum. "This is a *major* bug that currently affects thousands of users," Spotify user Paul Miller told Ars. "If for example, Castrol Oil lowered your engine's life expectancy by five to 10 years, I imagine most users would want to know, and that fact *should* be reported on." Three Ars reporters who ran Spotify on Macs and PCs had no trouble reproducing the problem reported not only in the above-mentioned Spotify forum but also on Reddit, Hacker News, and elsewhere. Typically, the app wrote from 5 to 10 GB of data in less than an hour on Ars reporters' machines, even when the app was idle. Leaving Spotify running for periods longer than a day resulted in amounts as high as 700 GB. Spotify officials hadn't responded to Ars questions more than two days after they were sent. According to comments left in the Spotify forum in the past 24 hours, the bug has been fixed in version 1.0.42, which is in the process of being rolled out. The update remains unavailable to many users, this reporter included. And that means Spotify's drive-assaulting behavior continues unabated for many. According to posts in the Spotify forum (see pages here and here, for instance), the massive data writes are tied to one or more database files with titles that include the string Mercury.db. Users have proposed several manual techniques that are supposed to correct or mitigate the problem, but the most preferable solution is for Spotify developers to fix this bug and to make the update available to all users immediately. The performance of millions of storage drives may count on it. Article source
  8. Actions is an automation program and file launcher for the Windows operating system that is provided as a free limited version and a commercial version. The main idea behind the program is to provide you with a recipe-based system of tasks that you can run with the mouse or by using hotkeys. The program ships with a set of default actions that are useful in understanding how the program works. The "ask for text and encrypt it" action for instance consists of five steps that include asking the user for text, encrypting the text, and showing the encrypted text to the user. Actions The program interface looks noisy at first, but it is well thought out actually once you understand how the different panels work. The top left pane lists the tasks that are available at the time. You can run any task with a double-click of the mouse, or by using the hotkey instead if one is mapped to the action. New actions are created here as well. Once you select an action, all of its current steps are listed on the right. You may add or remove steps there, or reorder them. Another useful feature you find listed there is the ability to run the action step by step which can be useful for debugging purposes to make sure it works correctly. The step chooser pane lists the available steps that you can add to an action. More than a hundred steps are listed there that allow you to manipulate files and windows, work with strings, or use the mouse or keyboard. Some steps support variables which you can -- and often need to -- make use of. The settings pane finally lists variables or parameters that some steps make use of. You may add a "from" email address there for instance, or change date and time variables. I suggest you check out the library on the official website first before you start creating your own custom actions. You find dozens of actions there created by users of the app that you can add to your own actions or use on their own. Here is a short selection of available templates: Save the clipboard text to the desktop Save a screenshot to the desktop immediately Open calculator on top of other windows at 75% transparency Add a quick note to a file on my desktop Remind me to go to bed at 10pm Search Google for the clipboard text To import a template, copy the steps listed on the library page to the clipboard first, and use the import icon afterwards (or Ctrl-i) to create a new action using the steps you just copied to the clipboard. Free vs. Paid The free version of Actions has a limitation of 10 actions, and can only be used in non-commercial environments. There is no way to increase that limit for free, but you may remove some of the default actions to make room for others. Still, ten actions may not be enough to make real use of the application. Closing Words Actions is an interesting, well designed program. It has a learning curve when it comes to the creation of custom tasks though. It is probably a good idea to analyze some of the default tasks or actions from the library to get a feel for the program before you start creating custom actions. AlomWare Actions Article source
  9. As far as I know, this is unprecedented. MSRC just posted a blog that says we won’t have Patch Tuesday today. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today. After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. Don’t know about you, but I think that’s great. Better to be a day or two – or even a week – late, than to send out bad patches. It’s not clear to me if this includes Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, .NET and other patches. We’ll find out in a few hours. Source: Microsoft calls off Patch Tuesday (AskWoody) Microsoft calls off Patch Tuesday (AskWoody foriums)
  10. Screenshot: Changelog: Patch changed to offline patch only. no online servers for this patch. Links: ProPresenter Homepage: http://www.renewedvision.com/propresenter.php Download Page: http://www.renewedvision.com/pro_download.php Instructions: Download the bundle above, extract using WinRAR or 7zip Install ProPresenter 6 , but DO NOT launch ProPresenter 6 after install. Run Patch as Administrator Run the local webserver by running launch.bat The webserver is required for activation to work Run ProPresenter Updating your ProPresenter to the latest version: Each version will have a separate thread, as it is not encouraged here to edit threads. Modules: Modules are pre-registered with the patch. Use them in the preferences pane. DO NOT CLICK demo modules or buy. Bibles: To Install Bibles: Click the Bibles Icon on the ProPresenter Toolbar Click the GEAR icon on the Bibles Window Click the Bibles Tab Click the Free Bibles Tab Install the bible you need. Local webserver must be running if the Offline Patch is made, otherwise patch the program to download from the web. ProPresenter version 6 for Mac SEE Kataklop's Thread on MacSerialJunkie (google is your friend) He regularly updates as the Mac version also updates. His links are being removed by RenewedVision and maybe mine would be gone too Good luck getting the patch for new versions Blame those guys who post contents of this forum elsewhere.
  11. The Document Foundation: Munich Returning to Windows and Office a Step Backwards Munich exploring a potential switch back to Windows The Document Foundation, which is also the maker of LibreOffice, the productivity suite that’s being used on Munich’s computers powered by LiMux, says in a statement that returning to Windows and Microsoft Office is a step backwards for the city because of a number of factors that include Microsoft’s proprietary formats. In a statement released today, The Document Foundation explains that the proposal that’s being discussed today by Munich authorities actually ignores the main reason the city abandoned Microsoft software in the first place: “independence from a single software vendor and the move from proprietary to standard document formats.” Document issues when upgrading Microsoft Office “Although the proposal associates MS Office document formats with the ‘industry standard’ concept, it should be clear that all MS Office documents are proprietary and obfuscated, and therefore inappropriate for interoperability, even when they have been recognized by international standard bodies such as ISO,” the organization explains in a press release that you can read in full below. The Document Foundation then goes on to point to a series of issues that might arise from moving back to Microsoft Office, such as document problems when upgrading from a previous release of Redmond’s productivity suite. Costs would also be substantially increased and the decision would be against the current trend of adopting open document standards in countries like the UK, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. “The Document Foundation thinks that the proposal to be discussed on Wednesday, February 15, represents a significant step backwards for the City of Munich, with a substantial increase in expenditure, an unknown amount of hidden cost related to interoperability, and a questionable usage of taxpayers money,” the press release also states. Microsoft hasn’t yet issued a statement on Munich’s possible return to Windows and Office, but given that the proposal will be discussed in just a few hours, expect all the involved parties to release comments shortly after that. Press Release Source
  12. Screenshot: Changelog: Patch changed to offline patch only. no online servers for this patch. Links: ProPresenter Homepage: http://www.renewedvision.com/propresenter.php Download Page: http://www.renewedvision.com/pro_download.php V.6.0.4.1: http://www.renewedvision.com/downloads/pc/ProPresenter6_Win_6041.zip Instructions: Download the bundle above, extract using WinRAR or 7zip Install ProPresenter 6 , but DO NOT launch ProPresenter 6 after install. Run Patch as Administrator Run the local webserver by running launch.bat The webserver is required for activation to work Run ProPresenter Updating your ProPresenter to the latest version: Each version will have a separate thread, as it is not encouraged here to edit threads. however, due to recent events, I chose to edit this thread. Modules: Modules are pre-registered with the patch. Use them in the preferences pane. DO NOT CLICK demo modules or buy. Bibles: To Install Bibles: Click the Bibles Icon on the ProPresenter Toolbar Click the GEAR icon on the Bibles Window Click the Bibles Tab Click the Free Bibles Tab Install the bible you need. Local webserver must be running if the Offline Patch is made, otherwise patch the program to download from the web. ProPresenter version 6 for Mac SEE Kataklop's Thread on MacSerialJunkie (google is your friend) He regularly updates as the Mac version also updates.
  13. At a meeting next week, city leaders are expected to back proposals to switch to Windows 10 by 2021. The city of Munich made headlines for its decision to start the move away from Windows in 2004. Politicians at open-source champion Munich will next week vote on whether to abandon Linux and return to Windows by 2021. The city authority, which made headlines for ditching Windows, will discuss proposals to replace the Linux-based OS used across the council with a Windows 10-based client. If the city leaders back the proposition it would be a notable U-turn by the council, which spent years migrating about 15,000 staff from Windows to LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu desktop OS, and only completed the move in 2013. The new plan, put forward by officials in the CSU and SPD parties, states a Windows 10 client has to be ready for use across the council by 2021 at the latest. "The proposal aims to ensure that no later than by the end of 2020, a new Windows Basic Client should be the standard city client," a Munich city council spokesman said. However, it seems as if LiMux and other open-source software could still be used until the Windows client is in place. "In the transitional period, departments and business units can use this newly developed Windows-based client with standard products or can continue using a mixed client architecture of Windows and Linux depending on their individual circumstances," the proposal states. The use of the open-source Thunderbird email client and LibreOffice suite across the council would also be phased out, in favour of using "market standard products" that offer the "highest possible compatibility" with external and internal software. The full council will vote on whether to back the plan next Wednesday. If all SPD and CSU councillors back the proposal put forward by their party officials, then this new proposal will pass, because the two parties hold the majority. Dr Florian Roth, leader of the Munich Green Party, said he expected the council to back the proposal, given the greater number of SPD and CSU members. "The direction is back to Windows," he said. "Years ago, the CSU were against the LiMux project and now they are in charge with the coalition. Now they have succeeded, I think, in going back to Microsoft." In 2014, mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter said abandoning open-source software and moving back to Microsoft products would cost more than €17m, about €3.15m of which was the price of new PC hardware and €14m was for work to support LiMux and open-source software that would have to be written off—although these costs were for Windows 7 and will likely have increased further. The figure also did not include software licensing and new infrastructure costs. Roth said the move will cost "many millions of euros" and lost time. Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), questioned the logic of mayor Reiter and the wider SPD party pushing for a return to Windows. "The current proposal is a bad joke. They do not know how what exactly would be involved if they drop LiMux," he said. "They do not know how long it would take and how much it would cost. But nevertheless the OB [Oberbürgermeister] Reiter wants to move to Microsoft, no matter what." The SPD and CSU proposal is based on recommendations in a report released by Accenture and German consultancy arf. However, while the consultants' report only recommended investigating "whether it makes economic sense to continue using Linux as a client operating system", this new proposal goes further, suggesting a wholesale move away from Linux. "Reiter is even ignoring their recommendations, and pushes even harder to drop LiMux," said Kirschner, adding the proposals "did not make sense" and urging councillors to withhold their vote until they had a better idea of the consequences of swapping back to Windows. At the time Munich began the move to LiMux in 2004 it was one of the largest organizations to reject Windows, and Microsoft took the city's leaving so seriously that then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich to meet the mayor. More recently, Microsoft last year moved its German company headquarters to Munich. Why Windows? Councillor Anne Hübner, IT spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, explained why her party had proposed moving back to Windows, alongside a wider revamp of IT at Munich City Council. "At the moment in many cases it just takes far too long and costs far too much for the city to implement software that's available as standard on the market. This must change, so that the city remains competitive in an increasingly digital service society," she said. In the early days after the move to LiMux was completed, the council said the bulk of users had no significant issues with the OS, however some of city's departments were critical of LiMux when questioned last year. The city's human resources department (POR) said that since 2006 when the POR started using LiMux and OpenOffice, later switching to LibreOffice, that "the efficiency and productivity of the POR-supported workplaces has decreased noticeably" - referencing crashes, display and printing errors. The FSFE's Kirschner pointed out that the consultants' study highlighted mainly organizational issues as being at the root of problems with the council's IT, rather than issues with open-source software. Paradoxically, given the appetite for returning to Windows, the proposal also states that the ultimate goal should be for software used by the city to run "independently of the operating system of the end user's machine", suggesting the use of web applications, virtualization and remote desktop services. Currently the council's policy is to keep the use of the Microsoft OS to a minimum, only running it where line of business software is incompatible with LiMux. The consultants report said the move to roll out Windows would be part of a larger €18.9m 'architecture and client' project. The four year project would see Munich city council take on two new "Windows experts", who would help develop a "powerful" new Windows client for use by staff, it said. At the time the report was released, the FSFE questioned why Accenture was commissioned to co-author a report assessing the use of Microsoft software, when the consultancy runs a joint venture with Microsoft called Avanade, which helps businesses implement Microsoft technologies. For its part, Accenture said it has an "independent view of the technology landscape". By Nick Heath http://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-pioneer-munich-poised-to-ditch-open-source-and-return-to-windows/
  14. Thought I would share a little trick I have been using to stop Windows 10 on my test systems from updating when a new version comes out or installing any of the cumulative updates. This does not work in a VM but only on a live system with two drives. I normally install the OS on an SSD, drive C, but install programs and and all the libraries (documents, music video, pictures) on a HDD that is drive D. You do that by changing several keys in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion and change the Program Files and Program Files (x86) locations from C to D. You change the libraries by going into their individual properties, select the location tab, and change the drive from C to D. I do this immediately after installing Windows from a DVD/USB before installing any additional drivers or software. Then I install any drivers, updates or other items I want on the system before I apply the next fix. The secret to stopping all the Windows updates is the hidden Program Data folder on the root of C. Once that folder is moved from C to D Windows can no longer install new versions of itself nor can it update itself. (Reference TechNet Article 949977) To change the Program Data folder from C to D use the following commands. robocopy "C:\ProgramData" "D:\ProgramData" /MIR /COPYALL /XJ rmdir "C:\ProgramData" /S /Q mklink /J "C:\ProgramData" "D:\ProgramData" NOTE: I have extra systems I play with. I do use these settings on my game machines because I don't want windows to update anything and screw them up. These work in windows 7 and 8.1 as well as 10. I have never tried to reverse the Program Data folder location to see if I could make windows update again since I have no desire for it to do so. I have to add the caveat, USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK and NOT SAFE FOR NOOBS.
  15. All Microsoft Product Phone Activation [How To Change Installation ID Without Changing Product Key] Why and when we need to change Installation ID 1. When you make activating Windows during call via Skype cause you may be given wrong answer one of the question you have been asked, your Installation ID will be blocked there is no way you can activate unless you change the Installation ID. Changing the key automatickly gives you different Installation ID but there are times there is only one key available to activate your Windows. 2. Since MS announce Windows 8.1 RTM looks they have tighten the security specially activating Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition can be problematic activation only one Installation ID and you have only one key. It sound weird but there is a time using same installation ID you can get verified or not verified depends on the calling center you are using or you calling them different time, its like luck or your chance. Here is the Instruction you can get second or even third Installation ID using same Product Key. Here is the usual way how to get First Installation ID you all probably know about it i repeat for the reference: 1. Use daily updated working Product Keys... [Posted on first page] 2. Type this script and hit Enter slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 3. Right click the start menu and choose "command prompt (admin) Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. 4. UK Activation Center: [+448000188354] - I suggest use UK Call Center cause i am getting better success result using this number.....! 5. You probably succecsfully getting verified with first attempt but if you fail with first ID NO PANIC.....! ======================================================================================== Getting Second Installation ID with same Product Key: 2.1. Right click Windows start button select Run or WIN + R 2.2. Type devmgmt.msc 2.3. When you come to the Device Manager Disable Network Adapters 2.4. Go back to Command Prompt With Admin Type this script and hit Enter slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 2.5. Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. After this you will get different Installation ID with same Product Key then you can carry on dialling Microsoft Call Center to get Confirmation ID 2.6. After activation you can re enable Network Adapters back again ======================================================================================== Getting Third Installation ID with same Product Key: 3.1. This time we are going to Disable Sound Card Driver on Device Manager to order to get third Installation ID 3.2. Once Again: slmgr.vbs -ipk <Windows Product Key> 3.3. Type slui 4 in the command prompt then click NEXT. 3.4. Finally you can call MS again try your luck Third time. Note: I only test Network Adapter & Sound Card you may even find more Device to disable to get some more installation ID..... : ) 3.5. Re enable Sound Card Driver back again. ======================================================================================== Getting Fourth Installation ID with same Product Key: Disable& Uninstall IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers and getting another Installation ID There is one more way getting different installation ID using same Microsoft Product Key. 1. Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\ Device Manager >>>> Click IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers 2a. Right click the device driver if you see Disable Option click 2b. If there is no Disable Option available then Uninstall Option [No Panic after activation DONE you can re install again] 3. After Disable / Uninstall Driver get another ID and finalize the activation... 4. After successfully activate you can unable the driver if you uninstall then go to the Action Tub then Click Scan for hardware changes you will see driver will re install again after scan done. Best Of Luck. *** If you have tried both option still can not get verify last option TRY TO DISABLE BOTH INTERNET ADAPTER AND SOUND CARD....!! *** Thanks for MasterZeus tips for getting different installation ID. november_ra1n 25 September 2013
  16. Microsoft Re-Releases Snooping Patches KB 2952664, KB 2976978 Earlier versions of the Win7 and 8.1 patches kicked off enhanced snooping routines, and there's no indication what's changed in these versions We don't know what KB 2952664 (for Windows 7) and KB 2976978 (for Windows 8.1) actually do. But both patches have been shown in the past to trigger a new Windows task called DoScheduledTelemetryRun. The patches appeared in the Automatic Update chute earlier todayas Optional, so they won't be installed unless you specifically check and install them. But in the past, the Optional versions have been converted rapidly to Recommended, and thus installed on most machines. The last release of KB 2952664 went from Optional to Recommend in a week. Microsoft's descriptions of the patches are quite bland: GWX, of course, is Microsoft's malware-like "Get Windows 10" campaign that plagued Windows 7 and 8.1 users last year. I last wrote about the patches on Oct. 5, 2016: The revision dates on the KB articles don't instill any confidence. When I wrote about KB 2952664 last October, I noted that the KB article was up to revision 25, dated Oct. 4, 2016. The current KB article, dated Feb. 9, 2017, is at revision 11. I have no idea what's up. Why is Microsoft releasing this CEIP diagnostic program on a Thursday? Why isn't it being held for next Tuesday's Monthly Rollup? Why does it fall outside the announced schedule of Security Only and Monthly Rollup patches? Why did the revision numbers change? But I do know that earlier versions of these patches triggered new snooping scans, whether the Customer Experience Improvement Program is enabled or not. And I do know that Microsoft hasn't documented much at all. Discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. AskWoody Lounge - Comments Source Alternate Source: Windows KB2652664 And KB2976978 Telemetry Updates Re-Released (Again)
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  19. The man who developed a bot that frustrates and annoys robocallers is planning to take on the infamous Windows support scam callers head-on. Roger Anderson last year debuted his Jolly Roger bot, a system that intercepts robocalls and puts the caller into a never-ending loop of pre-recorded phrases designed to waste their time. Anderson built the system as a way to protect his own landlines from annoying telemarketers and it worked so well that he later expanded it into a service for both consumers and businesses. Users can send telemarketing calls to the Jolly Roger bot and listen in while it chats inanely with the caller. Now, Anderson is targeting the huge business that is the Windows fake support scam. This one takes a variety of forms, often with a pre-recorded message informing the victim that technicians have detected that his computer has a virus and that he will be connected to a Windows support specialist to help fix it. The callers have no affiliation with Microsoft and no way of detecting any malware on a target’s machine. It’s just a scare tactic to intimidate victims into paying a fee to remove the nonexistent malware, and sometimes the scammers get victims to install other unwanted apps on their PCs, as well. “I’m calling it a ‘Broadside’ campaign against Windows Support and the fake IRS.” Anderson plans to turn the tables on these scammers and unleash his bots on their call centers. “I’m getting ready for a major initiative to shut down Windows Support. It’s like wack-a-mole, but I’m getting close to going nuclear on them. As fast as you can report fake ‘you have a virus call this number now’ messages to me, I will be able to hit them with thousands of calls from bots,” Anderson said in a post Tuesday. “It’s like when the pirate ship turns ‘broadside’ on an enemy in order to attack with all cannons simultaneously. I’m calling it a ‘Broadside’ campaign against Windows Support and the fake IRS.” The Windows support scam is an old one, much like the fake IRS phone scams that have been victimizing consumers for several years. They typically involve large call centers and multiple layers of workers making the calls, transferring victims, and setting up new schemes. Anderson has posted several example recordings of the Windows scammers hitting his Jolly Roger bot and becoming increasingly agitated. Anderson said he’s still working out the details of how the operation will work and is hesitant to reveal too much about it. He said he did a test run recently and called a specific scammer’s number several hundred times via 20 separate lines and the scammers turned off the target number quickly. “I do not want to expose too much about what I’m doing because obviously it can be used for mischief or malice. This is likely why Microsoft or Apple don’t do anything about this. It will take a pirate,” Anderson said via email. Article source
  20. Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Version Is Malware, Epic CEO Says Tim Sweeney can’t stop his rant against Windows 10 Cloud In a series of tweets, Sweeney calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware,” a form of malware that compromises computers by locking down files and asking for a ransom to restore access. “Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro,” he said in a tweet dated February 7. “Firefox blocked. Google Chrome blocked. Google search blocked as web browser search option. OpenGL, Vulcan, OpenVR, Oculus VR blocked,” he continued. “Microsoft is making a huge move against the whole PC ecosystem: @Adobe, @Autodesk, #Valve, @EA, @Activision, @Google, @Mozilla. All blocked. Windows Cloud will steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you...for a price.” The Windows 10 Cloud story So is this thing true? Not at all, and it all starts with the purpose of Windows 10 Cloud, which by the way, is not yet confirmed and we don’t even know if everything we heard about it is true. First and foremost, Windows 10 Cloud appears to be a version of the Windows 10 operating system that exclusively focuses on Store apps, just like Windows RT did when it was launched in 2012 with the Surface RT. There is a good chance that Windows 10 Cloud would be offered to OEMs completely free to install it on their devices, and this contributes to lower prices when these models hits the shelves. Microsoft is expected to offer a built-in upgrade option that would allow Windows 10 Cloud users to switch to Windows 10 Pro, and thus get Win32 app support, should they pay for a license. This is pretty much what Sweeney is criticizing, claiming that once users pay for the upgrade, they get access to Win32 apps (this is also most likely the reason he calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware”). And yet, this is by no means ransomware, but only a way to bring cheaper devices to the market and boost adoption of UWP apps. The Epic CEO, however, is also criticizing Microsoft’s aggressive push for universal apps, claiming that the company is actually trying to destroy the Win32 ecosystem by forcing users to switch to Store apps entirely. Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro. — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2017 Source
  21. Last weekend a security researcher publically disclosed a zero-day vulnerability in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Server editions after Microsoft failed to patch it in the past three months. The zero-day memory corruption flaw resides in the implementation of the SMB (server message block) network file sharing protocol that could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to crash systems with denial of service attack, which would then open them to more possible attacks. According to US-CERT, the vulnerability could also be exploited to execute arbitrary code with Windows kernel privileges on vulnerable systems, but this has not been confirmed right now by Microsoft. Without revealing the actual scope of the vulnerability and the kind of threat the exploit poses, Microsoft has just downplayed the severity of the issue, saying: "Windows is the only platform with a customer commitment to investigate reported security issues, and proactively update impacted devices as soon as possible. We recommend customers use Windows 10 and the Microsoft Edge browser for the best protection." However, the proof-of-concept exploit code, Win10.py, has already been released publicly for Windows 10 by security researcher Laurent Gaffie and does not require targets to use a browser. The memory corruption flaw resides in the manner in which Windows handles SMB traffic that could be exploited by attackers; all they need is tricking victims to connect to a malicious SMB server, which could be easily done using clever social engineering tricks. "In particular, Windows fails to properly handle a server response that contains too many bytes following the structure defined in the SMB2 TREE_CONNECT Response structure," CERT said in the advisory. "By connecting to a malicious SMB server, a vulnerable Windows client system may crash (BSOD) in mrxsmb20.sys." Since the exploit code is now publicly available to everyone and there is no official patch from Microsoft, all Windows users are left open to potential attacks at this time. Until Microsoft patches the memory corruption flaw (most probably in the upcoming Windows update or out-of-band patch), Windows users can temporarily fix the issue by blocking outbound SMB connections (TCP ports 139 and 445 and UDP ports 137 and 138) from the local network to the WAN. Source
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  23. Last month Windows 7 usage share went down in concert with the Windows 10 uptick Credit: Eliot Phillips via Flickr Windows usage numbers for January are in, and they aren't surprising. Depending on whether you trust StatCounter's or NetMarketshare's numbers, Windows 10 usage in January was up 0.6 or 0.9 percentage points, respectively, compared to December. At the same time, Windows 7 usage decreased by 0.2 (see screenshot) or 1.1 percentage points, respectively. InfoWorld Of course, those numbers should be taken with several heaping teaspoons of salt. As I explained a couple of months ago, there are major faults in the companies' measurement methods. The best that can be said is that their numbers are more-or-less comparable when taken month to month. The unexplained six-month bump in StatCounter’s “Unknown” operating system count seems to have leveled off again. Meanwhile, the browser wars have turned into a mop-up operation, with Chrome far out ahead and increasing its lead. Month-to-month, Chrome saw increases of 0.7 (StatCounter) or 1.5 (NetMarketshare, screenshot) percentage points. Microsoft’s browsers continued to muddle along. According to StatCounter, Edge use increased 0.1 points, while NetMarketshare pegged it at 0.15 points. IE usage was up 0.3 per StatCounter, and down 1.1 points, according to NetMarketshare's measurements. InfoWorld I draw a couple of conclusions from these numbers. Windows 10 adoption, which stalled completely after the free upgrade disappeared in August, has resumed a very slow increase in usage. Windows 7 continues to run on roughly half of all PCs, although its use is slowly declining. And Microsoft’s browsers are getting trounced, with no improvement in sight. The lack of movement doesn’t bode well for Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform--the Windows Store apps that continue to underwhelm. As Mary Jo Foley reported in ZDNet, Microsoft seems to be betting on Universal apps to drive a distant-future operating system, “a simplified version of Windows 10 that will be able to run only Unified Windows Platform (UWP) apps installed from the Windows Store.“ With Windows 10 usage increasing at a snail’s pace and Edge barely registering on the meter, you have to wonder where Microsoft will come up with compelling UWP apps for this new “Windows 10 Cloud” operating system. Steve Ballmer has left the field, but his “Developers, developers, developers!” exhortation still resonates. Where have they all gone? The discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Windows 10 usage rises slightly, Edge still floundering (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
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  25. Windows 10 Had More Vulnerabilities than Windows 7 Last Year This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less secure though Specifically, the study shows that last year, Microsoft addressed a total of 729 vulnerabilities in its software, more than the 703 confirmed for 2015. What’s a bit worrying, however, is that this is nearly the double of the vulnerability count in 2014, when Microsoft found and fixed 383 security flaws. The research also indicates that Internet Explorer continues to be the Microsoft application with the biggest number of vulnerabilities, with an all-time chart indicating that the browser was affected by no less than 1,261 flaws. Surprisingly, however, Windows 10 is the runner-up, with Microsoft’s latest operating system getting the second spot with 705 vulnerabilities. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and 2016 was its first full year on the market. Windows Server 2012 is third with 660 vulnerabilities, while Windows 7 comes next with 647 flaws. Windows Vista is fifth with 621. Users not exposed despite the bigger number of vulnerabilities What’s essential to know is that although the number of vulnerabilities increased in Windows 10, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the latest operating system is less secure than its predecessors. Most of these vulnerabilities were privately reported to Microsoft and they were fixed before any exploits went public, so users weren’t exposed to any attacks. At the same time, Microsoft is also paying particular focus to making Windows 10 capable of mitigating zero-day vulnerabilities even when no patch is available. Recently, the company revealed that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was launched in August 2016, managed to cope with attacks aimed at exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in the operating system, keeping users secure until Microsoft actually delivered a fix. Furthermore, Microsoft has already started downplaying Windows 7, explaining that it’s less secure than Windows 10 and pointing to the security features that its latest operating system has and which are missing because of the obvious technical limitations on its predecessors. Source