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  1. 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 1.1 - 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 ==========================================================================
  2. Mozilla Firefox 51.0 RC 2 Windows en-US: x86: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe x64: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/en-US/Firefox%20Setup%2051.0.exe Windows All languages: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win32/ https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/win64/ Other OS: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/firefox/candidates/51.0-candidates/build2/ Checksum: SHA512SUMS SHA512SUMS.asc Firefox for Android 51.0 RC: https://download-installer.cdn.mozilla.net/pub/mobile/candidates/51.0-candidates/
  3. The bad patches include Windows 7 security-only KB 3205394 and Windows 10 cumulative updates KB 3206632, KB 3205386 Credit: Thinkstock It's been three weeks since Microsoft released its December security patches, and a bad conflict with the Active Directory Admin Center (and, by some accounts, SCCM) is only now reaching the mainstream. Those of you running Active Directory take note. The good news: Uninstalling the wayward patch solves the problem. The bad news: Nobody seems to know exactly which patches trigger the crash. Back on Dec. 27, poster Paul on AskWoody reported a troubling conflict for Windows admins: Did the security only update (KB3205394) break anyone else’s applications? In an enterprise environment, it broke AD Admin Center console when trying to edit any object’s properties, and it also broke SCCM consoles. Removing just this patch resolved both situations. KB 3206632 – Win10 v 1611 Dec. 13 cumulative update 14393.576 KB 3205386 – Win10 v 1511 Dec. 13 cumulative update 10586.713 KB 3205400 – Win 8.1 Dec. 13 Security-only patch KB 3205394 – Win7 Dec. 13 Security-only patch I haven't seen any reports yet for the following patches, but wouldn’t be surprised if they move into the “bad” box as well, sooner or later: KB 3205383 – Win10 “v 1507” Dec. 13 cumulative update 10240.17202 KB 3205401 – Win 8.1 Dec. 13 Monthly Rollup (presumably includes the bad bits in 3205400) KB 3207752 – Win7 Dec. 13 Monthly Rollup (guilty by association with 3205394) If you can verify problems with any of those, please hit me in the comments. Based on the crashing module name, kernelbase.dll, I would point the finger at MS 16-151, the “Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers,” which has become a monthly recurring theme of late. I haven’t seen any acknowledgment of the problem from Microsoft. Given the new patching method that was set in place by the patchocalypse, admins have a straightforward choice: Use Active Directory Admin Center to edit users/groups, or remove all December security patches. Rock, meet hard place. Thanks to Paul and MH. Source: December Windows security patches crash Active Directory Admin Center (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard) Security patches KB 3205394, 3206632, 3205386 crash Active Directory Admin Center (AskWoody.com)
  4. Hello everyone, i'm looking for an android database app builder (desktop based and no/less coding software) . Please, if someone knows this kind of software, let me know. thanks
  5. 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.
  6. Bitdefender 2017 Build 21.0.23.1101 Overview: The Bitdefender proprietary technologies, based on innovative ideas and leading trends in the information security industry, continue to be internationally recognized as the best Internet security software. The independent organizations which reward BitDefender outstanding results through numerous prizes and certifications are: Av-Test.org, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Lab, Checkmark, PC World Top 100, just to name but a few. Homepage: https://www.bitdefender.com/ Changelog: https://forum.bitdefender.com/index.php?/topic/74787-latest-changelog/ A new Bitdefender Classic Line product update has been released with the following details: Affected software: Bitdefender Total Security 2017 Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 Platform: x86, x64 Version: 21.0.23.1101 This version fixes the following issues: Fixed a crash caused by the Update module Fixed a rare crash caused by SafePay Fixed a issue with the Firefox extension signatures Fixed a issue causing the Bitdefender window to shift to the right Fixed a issue causing the Wallet to prompt for the account on the same browser session Fixed a issue where the Agent failed to stop Fixed a issue where the Wallet would display empty lists when scrolling down the menu Fixed a rare crash causing vsserv to crash Fixed a crash caused by SafePay Fixed a crash caused by the Agent Fixed a issue causing the Agent not to deploy properly Fixed a issue where the Custom Scan would not start at the proper time Fixed a issue where the email archives would be purged from the Quarantine Fixed a rare issue causing the Uninstaller to crash Fixed a issue where the Security Report would show the improper period Fixed a issue where the product would revert the default language to English after a repair Fixed a issue where SafePay would not keep the zoom settings from the previous session Fixed a issue causing SafePay to be unable to open PDF files The following improvements were included: The product now complies with the Microsoft DSA requirements Several improvements to the install engine Improved repair process Several improvements to the On-Access engine Product interface fixes and improvements Improved SafePay's functionality Several improvements to the product's self-defense mechanism Improved the way the Support Tool gathers Bitdefender related information Improvements to the Firewall engine Improved Wallet's compatibility with several websites Added support for the polish language Some improvements to the event engine Improved the way the product handles remote tasks (example : system scan from Central) Improved the way the product integrates with the Windows start-up process Some improvements to the Update engine KB is unavailable at this time. Downloads: Online Installers: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017 21.0.23.1101 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_antivirus.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_antivirus.exe Bitdefender Internet Security 2017 21.0.23.1101 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_isecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_isecurity.exe Bitdefender Total Security 2017 21.0.23.1101 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe Offline Installers and Install Guide: Checksum - 19 Jan 2017 Offline Installer Update: bitdefender_ts_21_32b.exe (application/octet-stream) - 386983608 bytes MD5: 0444b93b3942f8f08a3cace4915290b3 SHA-1: d868a81dd02632716216671da19b928bc20fe91c SHA-256: f9f6c543d7e31c3289f43e0e9f85e279c0825a3df66eb7639ba496ba49535189 SHA-384: d5e643be48251de5dd77bb52318b6e1028668161630e51b1d1695864b52c469b3af02ff04e05c4d7ae3c2c89e026b8aa SHA-512: b612ff33eb172ff7ce2978399fc706aa91fee712124ed7a91c17bf52c183a1aeda1901c2558945462271e44261b2e86187b27082fb5b35f4363f4ede78fb5474 bitdefender_ts_21_64b.exe (application/octet-stream) - 428227776 bytes MD5: d9640741f295a8f4830b193108a164f6 SHA-1: 81906a9ade33889f2ccb1c2c0b2e0939ff1fe9ef SHA-256: c225869fd8175ccd8dfa1c9226ed466ec3795c5049dfed5e99e2cfaa871e47f2 SHA-384: 0057846870499ceb5407a81a8ff883c1f46c18afcc911b277b8f68ef02c1dff3f1cba479e9a5b61fe2a033de6c273e02 SHA-512: b0211315a8418fa7115a354db61b50a73d522ef3b6404f7cfd6cf0e7651b987dd9656fe8db9d680ee31f93048f1f5bcd47dccb34f42cf174a9e8a62597b3bc25 Bitdefender 2017 Offline Installation Guide:
  7. Microsoft Reduces the Amount of Telemetry Data Collected from Windows 10 PCs Other privacy changes implemented for Microsoft users First and foremost, Microsoft is introducing a new privacy dashboard on the web that lets users see and manage privacy data, including search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook - information that the digital assistant requires to provide a more personal experience. In order to access this dashboard, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account and connect to account.microsoft.com/privacy, with Redmond promising to add more functionality and categories over time. Windows 10 changes As far as Windows 10 is concerned, Microsoft is announcing a new setup experience for users who install the new OS. The new option replaces the previous Express settings presented during the Windows 10 install, Microsoft says. Those upgrading from Windows 7, Windows 8 or performing a new clean install should be able to see what Microsoft describes as “simple but important settings,” while those who are already on Windows 10 will be asked to update privacy settings with a notification. These new settings will make their debut with the Creators Update, and will be integrated into an insider build shipping soon. The telemetry settings in Windows 10 will be simplified from three different levels to just two, namely Basic and Full. The Enhanced level will no longer be offered, and users who picked this one will be prompted to switch to Basic or Full after installing the Creators Update. But what’s more important is that the Basic level will collect a reduced amount of telemetry data from Windows 10 computers, according to Microsoft. “This includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows. We use this data to help keep Windows and apps secure, up-to-date, and running properly when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also includes basic error reporting back to Microsoft,” the firm says. Users will be given full control over their privacy settings and will obviously be allowed to change them at a later time from the Settings app in Windows 10. Source
  8. No Kidding: Windows XP Has Just as Many Users as Windows 10 in China StatCounter shows Windows XP is shockingly popular in China China is one particular market where Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular desktop operating systems, despite the obvious security risks that increase every new day without patches. Statistics provided by third-party research firm StatCounter provide us with a worrying look at how widely-adopted Windows XP continues to be in China, even though users are strongly recommended to switch to a newer OS version, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, all of which are still supported. And what’s even worse is that despite the fact that Windows 10 was available free of charge for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Microsoft was so aggressive in moving users to its latest OS, Windows XP continues to be super-popular. And StatCounter claims that XP has almost as many users as Windows 10. Windows 7 still number one Specifically, Windows 7 is leading the pack (no surprise here) with 49.36 percent share, followed by the Windows 10 - Windows XP duo with 18.52 percent and 18.36 percent, respectively. Windows 8.1 is so far behind that it’s almost not even worth mentioning in these stats, as it’s powering only 3.35 percent of the desktop computers in the country. MacOS is very close with 3.16 percent, while Windows 8 is installed on only 1.02 percent of the PCs in China. It goes without saying that convincing users to migrate to the latest version of Windows is more difficult in China than anywhere else, and with Windows 7 still powering nearly 1 in 2 PCs in the country, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the software giant will once experience a Windows XP moment. There are voices who claim that old Windows remains particularly popular in China because of pirated versions, but at this point, it’s as easy to find a pirated copy of Windows 10 as it is for Windows XP. In other words, piracy can hardly be considered a reason for sticking with Windows XP, but rather outdated hardware that doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 10. Source
  9. For the patches and latest version, please see the thread at: Each version will be posted as a different thread as per forum guidelines.
  10. Bitdefender 2017 - Stable - Final - Offline Standalone Installers For Windows[x86 & x64] Bitdefender 2017 AV Plus / Internet Security / Total Security - Standalone Installers [Windows]: 32bit [x86] - [Size: 369.06 MB]: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/desktop/connect/cl/2017/all/bitdefender_ts_21_32b.exe 64bit [x64] - [Size: 408.39 MB]: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/desktop/connect/cl/2017/all/bitdefender_ts_21_64b.exe Bitdefender Agent - 2017 - Universal [Same Agent for AV Plus / IS / TS]: Screenshots: Install Notes: Precaution Note: If you've already installed older version of Bitdefender[incl. 2016 version], we are sure that you'll lose your settings. Please take note of configuration, settings. whitelisted files and links Download and Install Bitdefender Agent. When it starts downloading the install files, Stop/Close it immediately. Note: Check whether there the Agent is installed only once in "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs & Features". Note: Check in "Program Files" for folder named "Bitdefender Agent". Now, start installing offline installer and proceed with installation. Note: Please choose respective download link based on architecture x86/x64 for smooth installation. Note: Don't worry about AV Plus/IS/TS. The installer automatically modifies the installation depending on the license you entered. Once installation is done, configure accordingly for best protection and to avoid files from getting deleted. Configure Whitelist files and links if you have any. It is better to keep note of the configured settings for future use. User Guide: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2017: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2017/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_av_2017_userguide_en.pdf Bitdefender Internet Security 2017: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2017/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_is_2017_userguide_en.pdf Bitdefender Total Security 2017: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2017/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_ts_2017_userguide_en.pdf Uninstall Tool: Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2017 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/Bitdefender_2017_UninstallTool.exe NOTE: Bitdefender 2017 Uninstall Tool require KB2999226. If you didn't install, you'll get error "api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll" missing. You can download it here - KB2999226 Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2016 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/Bitdefender_2016_UninstallTool.exe Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2015 / 2014 / 2013 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/The_New_Bitdefender_UninstallTool.exe Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2012 Products and Earlier: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/BitDefender_Uninstall_Tool.exe
  11. I think I repaired Outlook to work correctly with no crashes. I navigated to here: X:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16 X is your location drive, usually C. In search I typed Scanpst.exe and then ran this software. It gave me this: C:\Users\Lee\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\[email protected] [email protected] is an example of an email, not an actual email account. I ran it and it either repaired the email account or told me it did not need a repair. So I did them all and it also pastes a .bak also in case you change your mind or does still cause errors. I got a fault when opening Outlook, said something wrong with an email .ost so I cancelled repairing it again, removed it and then reinstalled the email. I still have around twenty (20) emails to add, soon as I have sorted out that I will also check if they need a repair. So that's what I did to sort out my problems.
  12. !!!LOOK OUT!!! If you like MS Windows and MS Office please buy legal and original copy. This tools can be used for evaluation purposes ONLY. I recommend to buy a legal copy of the product. I will not encourage piracy and misuse of it. Some techniques used can make your antivirus alert. [Multi20*] Re-Loader v2.6 Final * Requirements .NET 4.0. - Install OEMLogos; - Activate Windows XP/Vista/7/8.x/10/Server 2008 (R2)/Server 2012 (R2)/Server 2016 RTM; - Activate Office 2010/2013/2016; * Before post a question, please read the FAQ. OEMLogo Pack 121 [09/03/2015]: Site: http://pastebin.com Sharecode[?]: /raw.php?i=rSP5spZg Re-Loader v2.6 Final [14/08/2016]: Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/MWGZUCFF/ Office Pre-Activation Pack v1.6 Final [10/10/2015]: Site: http://pastebin.com Sharecode[?]: /raw.php?i=L6c2ye7B *The interface of this program is available at: Italian, English (tnx to azroach), Slovenian (tnx to CraftByte), Persian (tnx to Behdad Boujari), Portuguese (tnx to roonney), Vietnamese (tnx to vanhoivo), Deutsch (tnx to Ripdevil), Albanian (tnx to BL3D1), Arabic (tnx to alnaloty), Russian, (tnx to Phobos) French (tnx to jordan4x), Romanian (tnx to WebMan), Hebrew, Chinese (tnx to zihan), Serbian (tnx to agasoft), Korean (tnx to mireado), Indonesian (tnx to GlgApr), Polish (tnx to Mr. T), Spanish (tnx to -=4lfre1re=-). on Twitter: @Ra1nReLoader: Be good it is for fun. I'm back on Twitter with the account @Ra1nReLoader This is my original account! other accounts are fake! be careful!
  13. Want to upgrade a computer with Windoz XP to Win 7. As there is no direct upgrade path, the only way to do it without formatting is to use PC Mover or upgrade to Vista then upgrade again to Win 7. Just wondering want the general consensus might be or if NE1 might have previously taken these paths and what their experiences were like. The box is heavily customized so formatting & starting from scratch is really a last resort for me. TIA
  14. Windows 10 Share “Soon With” Ads Microsoft plans to roll out the upcoming Windows 10 feature update Creators Update with a new Share UI, and will push ads in that UI. Microsoft is working on the next feature update for Windows 10 called the Creators Update. The new version of Windows 10 will be made available in April 2017 according to latest projections, and it will introduce a series of new features and changes to the operating system. The built-in Share functionality of Windows 10 will be updated in the Creators Update as well. We talked about this when the first screenshots of the new user interface leaked. The core change is that the Share user interface will open up in the center of the screen instead of the sidebar. Along with the change come ads. If you take a look at the following screenshot, courtesy of Twitter user Vitor Mikaelson (via Winaero), you see the Box application listed as one of the available share options even though it is not installed on the device (and never was according to Vitor). The suggested app is listed right in the middle of the share interface, and not at the bottom. Microsoft uses the Share UI to promote Windows Store applications. This is one of the ways for Microsoft to increase the visibility of the operating system's built-in Store. The Share UI is not the first, and likely not the last, location to receive ads on Windows 10. Ads are shown on Windows 10's lockscreen, and in the Windows 10 start menu for instance. While it is possible to disable the functionality, it is turned on by default. Ads in the Share UI will likely be powered by the same system which means that you will be able to turn these ads off in the Settings. Microsoft is not the only company that uses recommendations in their products to get users to install other products. I'm not fond of this as I don't like it that these suggestions take away space. While I don't use the Share UI at all, I do use the Start Menu. The recommendations there take away space from programs and applications that I have installed or am using. Yes, it is easy enough to turn these off, and that's what I did as I have no need for them. Should I ever run into a situation where I require functionality, say sharing to Box, I'd search for a solution and find it. I can see these recommendations being useful to inexperienced users however who may appreciate the recommendations. There is a debate going on currently whether to call these promotions advertisement, or recommendations / suggestions. Now You: What's your take on these? How do you call them? Source
  15. Windows 7 (Not Windows 10) Wins 2016 Stats show Windows 7 dominated the past year And while Microsoft itself also admitted that it was wrong to become so pushy on Windows 10 upgrades, statistics show that despite all of these, it’s still Windows 7 the desktop operating system that was number one last year. NetMarketShare data for 2016 shows that Windows 7 clearly dominated the year despite Microsoft’s push for Windows 10, despite the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and despite the so many new devices launched with Windows 10. Windows 7 clearly survived the Windows 10 offensive and according to this data, it achieved a market share in 2016 of no less than 49.10 percent, which means that it was running on 1 in 2 PCs across the world. Windows 7 has long powered 50 percent of the world’s PCs, but everyone expected it to collapse following the release of Windows 10. Small impact following free Windows 10 upgrades Windows 7’s performance throughout the year was full of ups and downs, but the lowest market share it dropped to was 47.01 percent in July, so it didn’t actually collapse as so many people projected to happen. The biggest market share was in February when it was at 52.34 percent. Without a doubt, Windows 10 did have an impact on Windows 7’s market share, but its effects were pretty limited. Windows 10 benefitted from the huge adoption boost generated by the free upgrade, but as this promo ended, Windows 7 also started recovering. For example, in July 2016 when Microsoft ended the free upgrade campaign for Windows 10, Windows 7 was running on 47.01 percent of desktop computers across the world, but next month it started increasing by achieving 47.25 percent. The biggest market share post-free Windows 10 upgrades was recorded in October - 48.38 percent. Support for Windows 7 comes to an end in January 2020, and it goes without saying that Microsoft will have a super-difficult job to convince users to upgrade. The next few OS upgrades, such as the Creators Update and the Redstone 3, will be essential for Microsoft’s Windows 10 strategy, as they have the impossible mission of moving users from Windows 7 to the latest OS. Source
  16. Now that the dust has settled on December’s patches, it's a good time to get caught up Credit: Pixabay December was a difficult month for Windows patches, full of all sorts of shenanigans. Microsoft rang out 2016 with the following: Odd Windows driver updates have been distributed through Windows Update, including a Realtek Windows 10 driver being pushed onto Windows 7 PCs Undocumented rollbacks of “INTEL – System” drivers, with a specific recommendation to avoid the “INTEL – System – 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM 10.1.2.80” patch. The driver updates released in the past couple of weeks are aimed at easing in-place upgrades to Win10 – which, presumably, you don’t want. There have been a lot of problems with the new drivers. An Active Directory Admin Center console conflict with the Win7 December security-only patch. I’ve seen reports of the same bug with Win10/KB3206632 and with 2012R2 and SCCM. A hotfix for Windows 10, build 14393.577, that isn’t available through Windows Update – or even acknowledge on the Win10 update page Conflicts between the .Net Security/Quality rollups and SQL Server and Veritas An enormous amount of misinformation (not Microsoft’s fault) about the way the Win10 1607 cumulative update solved the “dropped internet connection” bug In the emperor-has-no-clothes department, Abbodi reported on the AskWoody forum that the .Net 4.6.2 security-only patch is a sham: “Both .Net 4.6.2 updates [Security-only and Rollup] are identical. It seems Microsoft created the security-only update just to comfort the non-security haters. Apparently it didn’t feel the same or have the time to do that with other .Net versions.” By my count, there were nearly a hundred Office patches in December, for Office 2003 (!), 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Enough time has elapsed that I think we know about the major problems with the December patches, and you should get Windows and Office patched. Here are instructions for the various versions of Windows. Windows 7 and 8.1 Windows 7 or 8.1 users need to decide if they’re in Group A (those who will take all the changes Microsoft has to offer, telemetry-laden or not) or in Group B (those who only want security updates). It’s not an easy choice. Details are in my patchocalypse article. For those in Group A: Step A1. Get your settings right. In Win7, click Start > Control Panel. In Win 8.1, press Win+X and choose Control Panel. Click System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the link marked “Turn automatic updating on or off.” Make sure Windows Update is set to “Never check for updates (not recommended),” then check the boxes marked “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” and “Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows.” Click OK. Step A2. Check for updates. Back in the Control Panel, under Windows Update, click the link to Check for Updates. (You may have to click Check for Updates a second time.) The check takes many minutes. If it takes many hours, see the steps suggested here. DON’T check any unchecked boxes. (You may see a driver update distributed as “Recommended,” and it thus has a check in the Optional category. That’s OK. Leave it checked. But if any driver updates aren’t checked, DON’T check them.) Step A3. Install the patches. Click the button marked Install Updates and follow the instructions. You’ll end up with the monthly rollup, all of your Office patches, your .Net patches, possibly Adobe Flash fixes, the MS Security Essentials, and the usual MSRT scanner. After rebooting, everything will be set to block automatic updates. You’re all set – just be sure to watch this column later this month, to see when the unpaid beta testers are done. For those in Group B: Step B1. Get the security-only patch. If you want security patches only, you have to reach out and grab them. Assuming you’ve already installed the October and November security-only patches (which are not rollups, not cumulative), you can download the December patches using the following links: Windows 7 64-bit (KB 3205394) Windows 7 32-bit Windows 8.1 64-bit (KB 3205400) Windows 8.1 32-bit Step B2. Install the security-only patch. With the method varying, depending on which browser you used to download the patch, you need to run the MSU file and restart. At that point, you have the security-only patches, but you need to pick up other key patches, including the .Net update, Flash, and Office patches, and others. Which means you get to run Windows Update, just like the Group A folks, but be more selective in what you install. Step B3. Get your settings right. In Win7, click Start > Control Panel. In Win 8.1, press Win+X and choose Control Panel. Click System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the link marked “Turn automatic updating on or off.” Make sure Windows Update is set to “Never check for updates (not recommended),” then check the box marked “Give me updates for Microsoft products and check for new optional Microsoft software when I update Windows.” UNcheck the box marked “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates” (yes, Group B is different from Group A), and click OK. Step B4. Check for updates. Back in the Control Panel, under Windows Update, click the link to Check for Updates. (You may have to click Check for Updates a second time.) The check takes many minutes. If it takes many hours, see the steps suggested here. Step B5. Get rid of the monthly rollup. Click the links to look at the Important and Optional updates. DON’T check any unchecked boxes. If you’re running Win7, UNcheck the box marked “December, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 (KB3207752).” If you’re running Win 8.1, UNcheck the box marked “December, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 (KB3205401).” Those are the monthly rollups, which include all of the non-security patches Microsoft is rolling out the chute. If you’re in Group B, you don’t want them. Leave the “Security and Quality Rollup for .Net Framework” box checked – as noted by Abbodi (see above), it’s the same as the security-only .Net patch this month. For heaven’s sake don’t ever check anything marked Preview. You shouldn’t have seen any preview rollups in December – Microsoft was on vacation, it seems – but if you do see one, don’t check it. Step B6. Get rid of the problematic driver updates. Look for driver updates, especially those marked “INTEL – System” followed by a date, and if you see any that are checked, UNcheck the box. There are better ways to get the latest drivers. Step B7. Install the patches. Click the button marked Install Updates and follow the instructions. You’ll end up with Office patches, .Net patches, possible Adobe Flash fixes, Security Essentials update, and the usual MSRT scanner. After the reboot, you’re done. Pat yourself on the back, and watch this column later this month for the all-clear. Windows 10 December was an odd month for Windows 10. The latest patch for the Anniversary Update (version 1607) pushed through Windows Update is KB 3206632, build 14393.576. But there’s a hotfix that only applies in weird situations (conflict with virtualization-based security) that’s available for download as KB 3213522. The hotfix brings the build number up to 14393.577. Also, a setting that’s supposed to block driver updates for Windows 10 – the “Do not include drivers with Windows Updates” group policy and ExcludeWUDriversInQualityUpdate registry key that Shawn Brink describes in detail on TenForums – doesn’t seem to be working. Windows 10 also seems to be subject to dicey driver updates, particularly the “INTEL – System – 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.2.80” patch. With that in mind, it’s time to update Windows 10 version 1607. Follow the steps in my Windows 10 Tip: Apply updates carefully, paying particular attention to any driver updates you may see. If you find KB 3199986, the “Servicing stack update for Windows 10 Version 1607: October 27, 2016,” you want to install it. Likewise any Office, Flash, MSRT or .Net updates. Many people find that the cumulative update for 1607, KB 3206632, hangs at 45 percent. If that should happen to you, ch100 on the AskWoody forum recommends that you manually download and install the hotfix version, KB 3213522. I haven’t heard of any problems with the latest patches to earlier versions of Windows 10. Having any problems or contrarian experiences? Give me a shout on AskWoody.com. Source: Time to update Windows and Office (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  17. Windows XP Is Growing Bigger Again (No, Seriously) Stats show Windows XP increased its share in December For some users out there, Windows XP seems to be just like a bottle of fine wine: the older it is, the better is gets, and people somehow still find a good reason to install it. Living proof is the latest batch of statistics provided by NetMarketShare for the month of December 2016, which shows that Windows XP actually recovered last month and is again running on more than 9 percent of the world’s desktop computers. Specifically, Windows XP continues to be the world’s third most popular desktop OS, but what’s more worrying is that it’s actually increasing its market share, so instead of giving up on it, some people actually decide to deploy this OS on their computers. Ups and downs (but mostly ups) Windows XP no longer receives support since April 2014, which means that Microsoft is no longer patching vulnerabilities that it finds in the operating system. Instead, users who are still running Windows XP become vulnerable to attacks, as cybercriminals can always attempt to exploit vulnerabilities that they discover in the OS and which are left unfixed. For what it’s worth, Windows XP has been on a declining trend ever since Microsoft pulled support, but there were months when it actually recovered for reasons we can’t actually understand. For example, Windows XP dropped from 10.09 percent in May 2016 to 9.78 percent the next month, before growing to 10.34 percent once again in July. Declines were recorded until November when it recorded a growth from 8.27 percent the month before to 8.63 percent. And this growth continued in December to reach 9.07 percent. This means that in just two months, an operating system that no longer receives updates since 2014 increased from 8.27 percent to 9.07 percent, in a time when Microsoft is pushing for everyone to adopt Windows 10. It goes without saying that everyone on Windows XP should consider updating to newer Windows as soon as possible because the security risks are obvious. And yet, we’re pretty sure that Windows XP will continue to be around for a while. Source
  18. Windows 7 Now Growing Faster than Windows 10 Windows 7 once again heading back to 50 percent market share NetMarketShare data for the month of December 2016 shows that Windows 7 not only that remains the leading operating system for PCs, but it’s also increasing its market share. And what’s worse for Microsoft is that it grows at a faster pace than Windows 10. Last month, Windows7 remained the leading desktop operating system with a market share of 48.34 percent, followed by Windows 10 with 24.36 percent. Windows XP was third with 9.07 percent, while Windows 8.1 was next with 6.90 percent. Specifically, Windows 10 improved its share from 23.72 percent in November to 24.36 percent in December, which means that it posted a growth of 0.64 percent. Windows 7, on the other hand, recorded an increase of 1.17 percent from 47.17 percent to 48.34 percent. Slower upgrade pace The results are particularly worrying for Microsoft especially because these stats were collected in December, a month when new device activations typically increase during Christmas. If Microsoft wants to see the glass half full, then Windows 10 clearly keeps growing, although it’s very obvious that it does it at a slower pace than before. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and it experienced a huge boost in adoption trends from the very beginning thanks to the free upgrade offer aimed at Windows 7 and 8.1 users, but also due to what many described as a too aggressive upgrade campaign. Now that Windows 10 is no longer offered free of charge, the pace at which users upgrade to the new OS has clearly slowed down, but the worst news for Microsoft comes from the Windows 7 front. At this point, Windows 7 should become Microsoft’s main concern, as the operating system will reach end of support in 2020 and there’s a good chance that millions of users will still be running it at that point. Source
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  21. I’m seeing complaints all over the web from people who installed a bad Windows driver update. Typically, they ran Windows Update earlier this month and checked the box next to an Optional update that looked like: INTEL – System – 1/4/2013 12:00:00 AM – 0.0.0.1 Intel – System – 3/13/2016 12:00:00 AM – 11.0.0.1010 INTEL – System – 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.2.80 INTEL – System – 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.1.38 Realtek Semiconduct Corp. – USB – 5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.0.10586.31225 and several others. Installing those driver updates (which look like patches without KB numbers) has been blamed for various ills (i.a., see this Reddit thread), including touchpad failures, USB port failures, reports of missing system files, blue screens… the usual halt and catch fire stuff. The usual admonition applies: Ain’t broke, don’t fix. If you discover that you have one of these updates installed, and you aren’t experiencing any odd problems, don’t touch anything. If something doesn’t work right… If you can’t get back into your computer, your best bet is to roll back to a restore point, if you have one. (There’s a good explanation by Walter Glenn at How-To Geek.) If you can get into your computer, and you suspect an Intel system driver is at fault, the safest approach is to download and run the Intel Driver Update Utility. As Intel says: Intel provides generic versions of drivers for general purposes. Your computer manufacturer may have altered the features, incorporated customizations, or made other changes to your driver. Intel recommends you contact your computer manufacturer for the latest system specific updates and technical support information. Of course, the drivers installed by Windows Update are generic versions, so you aren’t going to dig yourself into a deeper hole by running the Intel Driver Update Utility. If you suspect a driver other than the Intel system driver, your first course of attack should be rolling back the bad driver. Here’s how. Step 1. Get into Device Manager. There are quick ways to do that in each Windows version, but it’s simplest to just type Device Manager in the Start search (or Cortana) box. Step 2. Find the bad driver. If you’re trying to roll back the Realtek USB driver, look under Mice and other pointing devices, then Realtek PCIE Card Reader. Video drivers are under Display Adapters. Step 3. Roll back. Click the Driver tab then click the button marked Roll Back Driver. You’ll likely have to restart your machine. If that doesn’t fix the problem, follow the procedure again but in Step 3 click Update Driver and pray that Windows can find a driver for your computer that works. There are lots of third party tools that help you maintain drivers. I don’t use any of them, but if you have good experiences with one of them, feel free to post here. Some folks hide the offensive updates. I generally don’t recommend that you hide unwanted updates in Win7 and 8.1. Just ignore them. With Windows 10, the updating takes place automatically when you “check” for updates – so to be sure, run wushowhide to block any pernicious driver updates. If you’re on version 1607, the Anniversary Update, there’s a better way to block Driver updates, fully explained by Shawn Brink on TenForums (thanks, b). Then tattoo this inside your eyelids: DON’T install Optional Windows patches. Source: How to roll back a bad driver update (AskWoody) Poster's note: In my Windows 8.1, only one driver update was Optional (unticked), the rest were Recommended Important (ticked). So it's not just Optional updates to avoid, it's Windows Update driver updates generally.
  22. Today, Stardock announced the release of WindowBlinds 10.5, the latest iteration of its popular desktop customization software. WindowBlinds allows users to completely customize their desktop interface by choosing from unique skin options for their Start panel, taskbar, window frames, control buttons, and more. What’s new in 10.5: Apply skins to universal applications! Blur the area behind skinned areas (Windows 10 Anniversary [and later]) Taskbar preview skinning on Windows 10 Skin OS ribbon controls and blend in better with titlebars Completely hide the Windows Explorer ribbon Improved handling of high and mixed DPI settings Option for using standard Windows menus which skin better on desktop Option for applying system accent color based on the skin selected (either auto generated or via AccentColour setting under System Colours) Improved skinning for Mozilla applications "We are excited to be able to create a more seamless desktop environment for our users," said Angela Marshall, Stardock COO and Vice President of Software. "We are always looking for ways to improve WindowBlinds so skinning Universal applications was a natural fit. We are also happy to bring back blurring for users with the Anniversary Update of Windows 10." WindowBlinds is available as a standalone application or through Stardock's comprehensive Object Desktop service. Through Object Desktop, users will be able to access the latest versions of WindowBlinds, Start10, Fences, Deskscapes, and more. WindowBlinds supports Microsoft Windows 10 and is available to download now for $9.99, and those who own a previous version can upgrade for just $4.99. For more information about WindowBlinds 10, visit www.windowblinds.net Article source
  23. (Poster's note... reported to be breaking systems (read comments), so beware) I’ve seen a long line of complaints about Windows Update’s patches called “INTEL – System” followed by a date and time. My original beef was with “INTEL – System – 8/19/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.2.80.” As I described in my InfoWorld post last week, Günter Born tore apart that patch and concluded that they installed “null” (do-nothing) drivers as placeholders for different motherboard components. He also warns against installing the patches – which are coming down the Automatic Update chute. Since then, there have been many reports of another INTEL – System driver, this one “INTEL – System – 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM – 10.1.1.38” and a wide variety of driver updates have appeared, documented here. Poster jmwoods here made some more experiments, looking inside those patches, and another “INTEL – System” patch, dated 3/13/2016. Here’s what he reports: Set up a test environment, installed the 2 new Intel driver updates, and ran DISM to get the list of all drivers for the online OS… dism /online /get-drivers /all /format:table > “%userprofile%\Desktop\drivers.txt” The output will be created in the file “drivers.txt” on your desktop. The Intel driver INF files affected…by date – 3/13/16 – iccwdt.inf – version 11.0.0.1010 8/19/2016 – haswellsystem.inf – version 10.1.2.80 lynxpointsystem.inf – version 10.1.2.80 10/3/2016 – haswellsystem.inf – version 10.1.1.38 lynxpointsystem.inf – version 10.1.1.38 (appears to be a rollback) He also speculates: Could have something to do with this big list of bugs for 4th Gen Haswell chipsets… http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/specification-updates/4th-gen-core-family-desktop-specification-update.pdf See the Errata section. ch100 has speculated that the patches might be related to the Bluetooth problems with the KB 3172605 patch – the key July speed-up patch. http://www.infoworld.com/article/3136677/microsoft-windows/how-to-speed-up-windows-7-update-scans-forever.html He also speculates that: It may also mean that those somehow newer drivers can facilitate a better upgrade experience from lower versions of Windows to Windows 10 by having dual compatibility. Just speculation, I don’t know about anything documented in that sense. So my question is… does anybody know what’s going on? It took Microsoft more than a year to fix the driver/firmware bugs in the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, and that debacle is widely attributed to bugs in the 2015-vintage Skylake chipset. Are we seeing something similar for the older (2013) Haswell chipsets? If so, it doesn’t inspire confidence in the recently announced Kaby Lake chips, which will be at the center of a new round of Windows PCs that are just appearing on the market. Source: What’s going on with the “INTEL – System” patches? (AskWoody)
  24. Hello Everyone!, So today I found a new Windows Privacy Tool called Win.Privacy. After some research about it I finally decided to actually test it. Everything seem alright till now. However, the reason I am here is to collect some more opinions about this program. Thanks for your time!
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