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  1. Today, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview for PCs, bringing the build number to 17741. It doesn't contain much in the way of new features, but one thing that's changed is the version number. Redstone 5 is now officially Windows 10 version 1809. Windows 10 version numbers are based on the date that the update will be released to the general public. The first two digits are the year, and the last two are the month. 1809 means September 2018, so that's when you can expect Insiders to receive the final build for the update. Of course, that doesn't mean that's when it will be publicly released. Non-Insiders will probably see the update in October. While this doesn't really mean anything to the end user, it's a small milestone in the development cycle. After all, Redstone 5 has been developed under version 1803 for months. It will be interesting to see what the next version of Windows 10 will be. Microsoft is ditching Redstone codenames in favor of those that reflect the date, similar to version numbers, but a bit more vague. The next update will be 19H1, meaning the first half of 2019. It seems likely that that will eventually go to the same naming scheme that we all know, and will be called 1903. But for the time being, we finally have a version number for Redstone 5, which is 1809. Neowin.net
  2. I IN NO WAY TAKE ANY CREDIT FOR THIS IT WAS TAKEN FROM MDL FORUM AND SOME POSTS MY MEMBERS ON THIS FORUM! Manual: Tools: Windows 10 Lite v8 Destroy Windows Spying v1.0.1.0 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] Blackbird v6 v0.9.98 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] O&O ShutUp10 v1.6.1396 WPD - Windows Privacy Dashboard v1.2.777 WindowsSpyBlocker v4.10.4 Spybot Anti-Beacon v2.1 [Works with Win 7/8/8/1/10] W10Privacy v3.1.0.1 Disable Windows 10 Tracking v3.2.1
  3. =============================================================================================== # About: - W10 Digital License Activation Script Activate the Windows 10 permanently with digital License. =============================================================================================== # Remarks: - This script does not install any files in your system. - For Successful Instant Activation,The Windows Update Service and Internet Must be Enabled. If you are running it anyway then system will auto-activate later when you enable the Windows update service and Internet. - Use of VPN, and privacy, anti spy tools, privacy-based hosts and firewall's rules may cause (due to blocking of some MS servers) problems in successful Activation. - You may see an Error about 'Blocked key' or other errors in activation process. Note that reasons behind these errors are either above mentioned reasons or corrupt system files or rarely MS server problem. 'Blocked key' error appears because system couldn't contact MS servers for activation, This script activation process actually doesn't use any Blocked Keys. - In same hardware, after activation, if user reinstall the same windows edition then 'Retail (Consumer)' version of Windows 10 will auto activate at first online contact, but in case of 'VL (Business)' version of Windows 10, User will have to insert that windows edition product key to activate the system. You can insert the product key manually or you can use tool's option "Insert Product key".It saves the Activation process. =============================================================================================== # Windows 10 Preactivate: - To preactivate the system during installation,Do the following things. Use option No. 6 in script and extract the $OEM$ Folder to Desktop. Now copy this $OEM$ Folder to "sources" folder in the installation media. The directory will appear like this. iso/usb: \sources\$OEM$\ Now use this iso/usb to install Windows 10 and it'll auto activate at first online contact. If you want Digital + KMS Preactivation for Windows 10 then go here https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/318518-online-kms-activation-script-v40/?page=3&tab=comments#comment-1358422 =============================================================================================== # Fix Tip: If you having activation errors, try to rebuild licensing Tokens.dat as suggested: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2736303 launch command prompt as admin and execute these commands respectively: net stop sppsvc ren %windir%\System32\spp\store\2.0\tokens.dat tokens.bar net start sppsvc cscript %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs /rilc then restart the system twice, afterwards, run the script to activate. =============================================================================================== # Supported Windows 10 Editions: Core (Home) and (N) CoreSingleLanguage and (N) Professional and (N) ProfessionalEducation and (N) ProfessionalWorkstation and (N) Education and (N) Enterprise and (N) EnterpriseS (LTSB) 2016 and (N) (This activator does not support Windows 10 1507 version) =============================================================================================== # Credits: s1ave77 - Original Author of Digital License Generation without KMS or predecessor install/upgrade mephistooo2 - Repacking s1ave77's earlier cmd version in 'KMS-Digital-Activation_Suite' WindowsAddict - Repacking mephistooo2's Repack to make a clean, separate, and improved W10 Digital License Activation Script rpo - Providing Great support in correction and improvements in this script =============================================================================================== # Homepages: W10 Digital License Activation Script __ W10 LTSB 2015 Digital License Activation Script https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/316668-w10-digital-license-activation-script/ Online KMS Activation Script https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/318518-online-kms-activation-script/ Digital + KMS Preactivation Script https://www.nsaneforums.com/topic/318518-online-kms-activation-script-v40/?page=3tab=comments#comment1358422 =============================================================================================== File Details and Download Links: W10 Digital License Activation Script W10 LTSB 2015 Digital License Activation Script Site: https://tinyurl.com Sharecode: /y7u7y84z Site: https://pastebin.com Sharecode: /raw/XNy5xYh9 ChangeLog:
  4. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it wouldn’t push Win10 1803 upgrades onto 1709 machines if the machine has a .Net app (such as QuickBooks Desktop) that relies on TLS 1.2 security. Now it looks as if there’s a fix — but there’s no documentation. Thinkstock/Microsoft Microsoft’s KB 4458166, released on Tuesday, explains that the push to Win10 version 1803 has been halted for machines running .Net applications that use the TLS 1.2 security protocol. Presumably, effective Tuesday, if you have a Win10 1709 or 1703 machine that’s running one of those programs (including, notably, QuickBooks Desktop), Microsoft won’t try to push 1803 on it. It isn’t clear if the bug arose from the recent .Net updates to Win10 1803 or if it’s been there all along and Microsoft’s testers took four months to figure out that upgrading to 1803 hoses QuickBooks. Late last night, without fanfare, Microsoft put two “Critical Updates” in the Windows Update Catalog that likely solve the problem. Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x86-based Systems (KB4458166) appears to be a solution for 32-bit 1803. Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 for x64-based Systems (KB4458166) appears to solve the problem for 64-bit machines. I say “appears” because, other than the title of those (obscure!) Microsoft Catalog entries, I don’t see any indication what they’re supposed to do. The KB article, in particular, has not been modified to point to the new patches. It still says: Microsoft is working on a resolution, and will provide an update in an upcoming release. We have temporarily suspended offering the Windows 10, version 1803 update to customer systems that run applications for which this is known to be an active problem. Do you still think Win10 1803 is ready for businesses? Thx to an anonymous AskWoody poster. Join us on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: 2 undocumented patches from Microsoft may solve the 1803 TLS 1.2 blocking problem (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  5. StopUpdates10 makes it easy for you to allow or block Windows 10 updates anytime. This app is perfectly timed for us. Our VMware started installing updates causing slowdowns and lag and aggravating us even though we had used similar apps to block Windows Updates previously. Microsoft has again changed how Windows Updates works, and most apps that prevent updates are now broken. Enter StopUpdates10. Now you can once again block or allow Windows Updates. Typically, it would be difficult to test how effective this app is, but we're in the unique position of knowing Windows Updates keeps running within five minutes of booting VMware. We're happy to report that it did stop updates. We waited 30 minutes to be sure. StopUpdates10 does require installation but is simple to use. By default, you should see "Windows Updates is not blocked" in red letters and a red button that says "Stop Windows Updates!" Once blocked, everything is reversed and in green letters with text that says "Windows Updated is blocked!" and a button that reads "Restore Windows Updates." Additionally, Greatis offers links to their other freeware programs including UnHackMe, BootReacer, Anti-WebMiner, and Edge Reset Button. Changelog: Version 1.10.19 Added Greek translation. Redesigned. Version 1.10.18 Added Czech translation. Version 1.10.17 Added Korean translation. Version 1.10.16 Added Italian translation. Version 1.10.15 Added translation to German language. Version 1.10.14 Added Brazilian Portuguese translation. Version 1.10.13 Added French translation. Version 1.10.12 Added Spanish translation. Version 1.10.11 Added “Chinese Traditional” localization. Home: https://greatis.com/blog/stopupdates10 Download: https://www.greatissoftware.com/stopupdates10.zip Portable: https://www.greatissoftware.com/stopupdates10portable.zip No adware/malware/spyware VirusTotal stopupdates10setup.exe (0/62) VirusTotal StopUpdates10.exe (0/65)
  6. Windows 10, Microsoft’s current version of its operating has long tormented users with a hard-to-bypass policy of forced updates. It will soon try to take the edge off by using machine learning to determine whether a user is actually using a computer when it updates. In 2017, Microsoft introduced a snooze option in which it asked users whether or not they actually wanted Windows to proceed with an update. This year, Microsoft announced that it had both implemented new logic designed to optimize which parts of the update process it handled during online and offline phases, supposedly speeding up updates dramatically. Now, per the Verge, it has a “predictive model” that will study user habits to determine when is the best time to launch an update. In a blog post, Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar and Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc wrote the new model takes into consideration cloud data and is intended to respond to user criticism over the forced-update policy: Sarkar and LeBlanc added that Microsoft had tested the process on internal hardware and seen “promising results upon rollout.” The update is currently available to participants in its Windows Insider pre-release testing program. It’s arguable that, despite the continual complaints from users who are interrupted in the middle of work or come back to their PCs to find it has shut down without saving work, forced updates are better in the aggregate—the alternative is that a significant percentage of users will put off critical updates or simply forego them altogether. (This is the price of sharing a networked OS with millions of rubes.) The counterpoint to that is that the forced updates sometimes break machines or have been forced through despite explicit user opt-out, or have seemed like pretexts to force users to adopt software like its pre-installed Edge browser. This seems like an attempt to meet users midway, though complaints about forced updates will presumably continue forever unless Microsoft caves on the policy altogether. More at [The Verge/Windows Insider] Source
  7. Susan Bradley's open letter to Microsoft gets a non-response from Microsoft that shows that the company is not really interested in feedback. Susan Bradley, a well known Windows administrator and contributor on various forums and sites including Patch Management, wrote an open letter recently to Microsoft in which she summarized results of a Windows survey on update quality and releases in general. Users had to answer five simple questions using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 meaning "very much not satisfied" and 5 meaning "very satisfied". The questions were: Satisfaction with Microsoft patching (overall Windows 7 to Windows 10). Satisfaction with the quality of Windows 10 updates. Windows 10 feature updates useful to business needs. The cadence of feature releases. Is Microsoft meeting business needs with Windows 10. Susan asked an open-ended question as well in which participants could provide their opinion on what needed to change to make Windows 10 better for business. Survey results indicate that many users who filled out the survey are not satisfied with the current quality of updates, patch releases and general update behavior. Almost 70% of respondents stated that they were not satisfied with the quality of update releases. Susan mentioned that 47 of the updates that Microsoft released in July 2018 had known issues associated with them, some of them very serious such as "stop issues". Windows patching issues She identified several underlying issues; first, that relying solely on Insiders to test releases before release to the stable population is not sufficient in regards to quality control as July 2018 and previous months have shown. When your own products break with these releases, it is clear that current testing processes are not good enough. We reported on this in the past as well, e.g.here and here. Second, that the two feature releases per year cause "patch fatigue". The operating system needs to do a better job of communicating to the end user and especially to the patching administrator when a machine will receive an update. The addition of the Windows Update for Business settings that often conflict with other group policy settings cause confusion, not clarity. See, too many Windows 10 feature updates for our take on this. Third, that patch communication needed a lot of work. Starting in January of this year with the release of Spectre/Meltdown patches, there have been numerous instances where patching communication has been wrong, registry entries detailed in Knowledge Base articles regarding registry key application was initially incorrect and later updated, or vendor updates had to be stopped and in general patching communication has been lacking. We mentioned a lack of communication as well previously, for instance, when Microsoft published support pages after releasing updates. Microsoft responded to Susan Bradley's open letter twice. The first response was just an acknowledgement that the letter has been received by the company. A Customer Relationship Manager stated in it that Microsoft was "working on finding the best venue to bring your concerns to our leadership team who would be better equipped in making any decisions that need to be made". The second letter, again sent by the same Customer Relationship Manager, is a non-saying letter that shows that Microsoft has no intention to follow-up on the described problems. Microsoft does not address any of the concerns brought forward. The paragraphs look like a copy and paste job that talk about Windows 10 updates in general and how it is different from previous versions. Microsoft then asks Susan Bradley to leave feedback using the Feedback Hub (which she did three months ago but with little success). Your letter clearly states the concerns that you have due to the quality and timing of Microsoft updates. I would like to add that with Windows 10 Microsoft decided to be more proactive. This has always been the way we keep commercial versions of Windows on the market current. There are also bug fixes. These updates can be vital. The Windows software environment and its associated hardware is incredibly complex. When these bugs are fixed, updates have to be issued to move them out to users. You want these updates to make sure everything works as expected. Windows 10 is very different from earlier versions of Windows. Earlier versions of Windows consisted of a single product which was updated over time. Windows 10 consists entirely of a base install and then fluid updates. The updates aren't add-ons from which to pick and choose but are part of the operating system. I have provided a link below to our Feedback Hub. In the future you could use the link to provide feedback and share your suggestions or comments on issues with Windows products. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/feedback-hub/9nblggh4r32n?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab Again, thank you for all the feedback. Is there anything else I can do to help? Did you have any other questions or concerns you wanted to discuss? If there are none I will go ahead and close out of your service request. The response is corporate-speak for "thanks, but no thanks". It is almost insulting and in my opinion worse than having not responded at all to the open letter. Now You: What's your take on this? Source PS: This is the reality of MS. I hope Win 10 users who upgraded would finally understand the Micro$h*t, Sh*tty Nudella its team & devs.
  8. Microsoft published master lists of endpoint connections that recent versions of the company's Windows 10 operating system make recently. Microsoft released the first version of Windows 10 three years ago and privacy has been a hot topic ever since. We published Windows 10 and Privacy back in 2015 to highlight privacy issues such as the inability to turn off Telemetry collection and transfers in the user interface. Microsoft was criticized by government agencies in various countries such as France or the Netherlands for privacy issues, and a rising arsenal of privacy tools for Windows 10 promised users protection against the data hunger of Microsoft. One option that Windows users and administrators have is to block endpoints so that connections can't be established. The method requires extensive testing as critical functionality may become unavailable when connections are blocked. If you block Windows Update endpoints, you should not be surprised that you cannot use the automatic updating system anymore to keep the operating system up to date. Default Windows 10 systems, those installed using default settings and left untouched, make a large number of connections automatically for a variety of purposes. Windows 10 checks for updates regularly, checks new files against Windows Defender databases, or submits telemetry data to Microsoft. While some connections are required for the operating system to work properly, others may be disabled without noticeable impact in functionality; the latter is true especially if features are not used on the system. Microsoft released a master list of Windows Endpoints for non-Enterprise and for Enterprise editions of Windows recently. The non-Enterprise listing is available for Windows 10 version 1709 and 1803, the Enterprise-specific listing for Windows 10 version 1709. Tip: Check out my side-project Privacy Amp for detailed lists and other privacy related topics. Without further ado, here are the connection endpoints of Windows 10 version 1803 (non-Enterprise). Windows 10 Family Destination Protocol Description *.e-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. *.g.akamaiedge.net HTTPS Used to check for updates to maps that have been downloaded for offline use. *.s-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. *.tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com/filestreamingservice/files/ HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. arc.msn.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. arc.msn.com/v3/Delivery/Placement HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. client-office365-tas.msedge.net* HTTPS Used to connect to the Office 365 portal’s shared infrastructure, including Office Online. config.edge.skype.com/config/* HTTPS Used to retrieve Skype configuration values. ctldl.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update* HTTP Used to download certificates that are publicly known to be fraudulent. cy2.displaycatalog.md.mp.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. cy2.licensing.md.mp.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. cy2.settings.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. displaycatalog.mp.microsoft.com* HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. dm3p.wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used for the Windows Push Notification Services (WNS). fe2.update.microsoft.com* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. fe3.delivery.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. g.live.com/odclientsettings/Prod HTTPS Used by OneDrive for Business to download and verify app updates. g.msn.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. geo-prod.dodsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. ipv4.login.msa.akadns6.net HTTPS Used for Microsoft accounts to sign in. licensing.mp.microsoft.com/v7.0/licenses/content HTTPS Used for online activation and some app licensing. location-inference-westus.cloudapp.net HTTPS Used for location data. maps.windows.com/windows-app-web-link HTTPS Link to Maps application. modern.watson.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. ocos-office365-s2s.msedge.net* HTTPS Used to connect to the Office 365 portal's shared infrastructure. ocsp.digicert.com* HTTP CRL and OCSP checks to the issuing certificate authorities. oneclient.sfx.ms* HTTPS Used by OneDrive for Business to download and verify app updates. query.prod.cms.rt.microsoft.com* HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. ris.api.iris.microsoft.com* HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. settings.data.microsoft.com/settings/v2.0/* HTTPS Used for Windows apps to dynamically update their configuration. settings-win.data.microsoft.com/settings/* HTTPS Used as a way for apps to dynamically update their configuration. sls.update.microsoft.com* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. storecatalogrevocation.storequality.microsoft.com* HTTPS Used to revoke licenses for malicious apps on the Microsoft Store. storeedgefd.dsx.mp.microsoft.com* HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. tile-service.weather.microsoft.com* HTTP Used to download updates to the Weather app Live Tile. tsfe.trafficshaping.dsp.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS Used for content regulation. ip5.afdorigin-prod-am02.afdogw.com HTTPS Used to serve office 365 experimentation traffic. watson.telemetry.microsoft.com/Telemetry.Request HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. Windows 10 Pro Destination Protocol Description *.e-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. *.g.akamaiedge.net HTTPS Used to check for updates to maps that have been downloaded for offline use. *.s-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. .tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com/ HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. *geo-prod.dodsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. arc.msn.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. au.download.windowsupdate.com/* HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. ctldl.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/* HTTP Used to download certificates that are publicly known to be fraudulent. cy2.licensing.md.mp.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. cy2.settings.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. dm3p.wns.notify.windows.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used for the Windows Push Notification Services (WNS) fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. g.msn.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. ipv4.login.msa.akadns6.net HTTPS Used for Microsoft accounts to sign in. location-inference-westus.cloudapp.net HTTPS Used for location data. modern.watson.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. ocsp.digicert.com* HTTP CRL and OCSP checks to the issuing certificate authorities. ris.api.iris.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. tile-service.weather.microsoft.com/* HTTP Used to download updates to the Weather app Live Tile. tsfe.trafficshaping.dsp.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS Used for content regulation. vip5.afdorigin-prod-am02.afdogw.com HTTPS Used to serve office 365 experimentation traffic Windows 10 Education Destination Protocol Description *.b.akamaiedge.net HTTPS Used to check for updates to maps that have been downloaded for offline use. *.e-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. *.g.akamaiedge.net HTTPS Used to check for updates to maps that have been downloaded for offline use. *.s-msedge.net HTTPS Used by OfficeHub to get the metadata of Office apps. *.telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. .tlu.dl.delivery.mp.microsoft.com HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. .windowsupdate.com HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. *geo-prod.do.dsp.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. au.download.windowsupdate.com* HTTP Enables connections to Windows Update. cdn.onenote.net/livetile/* HTTPS Used for OneNote Live Tile. client-office365-tas.msedge.net/* HTTPS Used to connect to the Office 365 portal’s shared infrastructure, including Office Online. config.edge.skype.com/* HTTPS Used to retrieve Skype configuration values. ctldl.windowsupdate.com/* HTTP Used to download certificates that are publicly known to be fraudulent. cy2.displaycatalog.md.mp.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. cy2.licensing.md.mp.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. cy2.settings.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. displaycatalog.mp.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Used to communicate with Microsoft Store. download.windowsupdate.com/* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. emdl.ws.microsoft.com/* HTTP Used to download apps from the Microsoft Store. fe2.update.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. fe3.delivery.dsp.mp.microsoft.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. fe3.delivery.mp.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and the online services of Microsoft Store. g.live.com/odclientsettings/* HTTPS Used by OneDrive for Business to download and verify app updates. g.msn.com.nsatc.net HTTPS Used to retrieve Windows Spotlight metadata. ipv4.login.msa.akadns6.net HTTPS Used for Microsoft accounts to sign in. licensing.mp.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Used for online activation and some app licensing. maps.windows.com/windows-app-web-link HTTPS Link to Maps application modern.watson.data.microsoft.com.akadns.net HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. ocos-office365-s2s.msedge.net/* HTTPS Used to connect to the Office 365 portal's shared infrastructure. ocsp.digicert.com* HTTP CRL and OCSP checks to the issuing certificate authorities. oneclient.sfx.ms/* HTTPS Used by OneDrive for Business to download and verify app updates. settings-win.data.microsoft.com/settings/* HTTPS Used as a way for apps to dynamically update their configuration. sls.update.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Enables connections to Windows Update. storecatalogrevocation.storequality.microsoft.com/* HTTPS Used to revoke licenses for malicious apps on the Microsoft Store. tile-service.weather.microsoft.com/* HTTP Used to download updates to the Weather app Live Tile. tsfe.trafficshaping.dsp.mp.microsoft.com HTTPS Used for content regulation. vip5.afdorigin-prod-ch02.afdogw.com HTTPS Used to serve office 365 experimentation traffic. watson.telemetry.microsoft.com/Telemetry.Request HTTPS Used by Windows Error Reporting. bing.com/* HTTPS Used for updates for Cortana, apps, and Live Tiles. Source PS: I'm sure there would be much more connections not revealed due to privacy issues with MS. Hope will be revealed by any whistle-blower or someone like Woody/abbodi/.... soon to demolish Win 10 & MS - the day I'm feel much more joyful.
  9. Manage and prevent the automatic updates from Windows 10 from running at the most inappropriate moments using this straightforward tool Despite the fact that it looks better and packs several handy features compared to its previous versions, Windows 10 can be quite a nuisance when it comes to updating. To put it simply, the operating system enforced automatic updates that sometimes roll at the most inopportune moments. Wu10Man is a tool designed to help you manage the irritating automatic updates by configuring the group policy or disabling various services and URLs. Seamlessly disable the downloading links and services associated with updates The program comes with a user-friendly interface that displays the three ways you can manage and prevent the automatic updates, namely Windows Services, Windows Update Group Policy and the host services from where the patches are typically downloaded. Generally speaking, there are two services responsible for running the updates, Windows Update Service and Windows Module Installer. What the app does is also disable the tasks associated with them and hence, you can be sure they are not turned on after reboot. Considering that you are writing to the registry, changing host files and altering services, it goes without saying that you need to be logged in with Administrative Rights. At the same time, you should be aware the certain antiviruses can pick it as potential malware. A handy utility for managing the automatic updates specific to Windows 10 While you can argue that you can achieve the same results by disabling some services and setting a group policy, this is not always enough to prevent the updates. Besides, let's not forget that accessing the Group Policy Editor is not possible for Windows 10 Home for instance. All in all, Wu10Man is a handy application that allows you to access and make the necessary modifications to the group policy and disabling the services that activate automatically whenever an update is released for Windows 10. Changelog: v1.2.2: Fixed issue where application incorrectly labels service as Enabled when it's still Disabled. v1.2.1: Fixing bug with getting registry permissions #4 Created installer #3 v1.2: Bug #4 Updating to get "Local Service" user dynamically Adding code to create registry key if missing before writing value. v1.1: Fixed issue with Admin access for UAC which was causing application not to close correctly. #1 Added logging v1.0 - Initial Release: 1.0.0.0 Merge branch 'develop' Home: https://github.com/WereDev/Wu10Man Download Page: https://github.com/WereDev/Wu10Man/releases Download: https://github.com/WereDev/Wu10Man/releases/download/1.2.2/Wu10Man.msi https://github.com/WereDev/Wu10Man/releases/download/1.2.2/Wu10Man.zip
  10. Migration watch: Windows 10 in July saw continued gains in user share and should supplant Windows 7 as the most popular flavor of Windows by the end of the year. Microsoft Windows 10 posted its third strong month of growth in a row in July, putting it on track to overtake the veteran Windows 7 by November. According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 added nine-tenths of a percentage point in July, posting a user share of 36.6% of all personal computers and 41.4% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers 100% of all PCs; in July, it ran 88.4% of the world's systems.) July's increase was the third consecutive month that Windows 10 added close to a percentage point of user share. Over the May-July stretch, Windows 10 gained 2.8 points. That was the largest three-month increase since the November 2017-January 2018 period, when the OS grew by 5 points. Windows 10 user share's gains - and at times, losses - show the progress individuals and companies have made in migrating from older operating systems, notably Windows 7, which will fall out of support in mid-January 2020 - fewer than 18 months from now. Once unsupported, Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates to patch vulnerabilities, exposing the OS, devices that run it, and the information on those devices, to attack, exploitation and data theft. Windows 7 shed half a percentage point in July, slipping to 41.2% of all personal computers and 46.6% of those running Windows. That decline was the third largest in the past six months, a stretch when the OS essentially held its ground, refusing to release its grip on corporate PCs in particular. The 2009 operating system's performance over the last year has been more to Microsoft's liking: Windows 7 lost 7.7 percentage points in the past 12 months. Based on that trend, Computerworld now predicts that Windows 7 will account for 35% of all active Windows editions when support ends in January 2020. At that time, Windows 10 should power nearly 59% of all Windows laptop and desktop PCs. Net Applications' latest numbers made sure that the crossover point for Windows 10 - when the newer OS will run a higher percentage of all Windows PCs than the older edition - stayed in November. The trend lines for Windows 10 and Windows 7 signal that for January 2019, just 12 months from Windows 7's retirement, Windows 10 will run 47.2% of all Windows systems, while Windows 7 will power 43%. For Microsoft, the demise of Windows 7 can't come soon enough. The company has issued numerous edicts meant to motivate customers to drop it for Windows 10, including declining to support it on newer silicon and a failed attempt to cut off support to some users two and a half years early. More recently, Microsoft urged its business partners and resellers to cash in on the remaining migration from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and claimed the opportunity is worth $100 billion. At Inspire, the company's annual conference geared toward partners, Microsoft also said that there are 184 million commercial PCs running Windows 7 across the world (excepting the massive market that is the People's Republic of China). Microsoft's number is just a fraction of the latest estimates of Windows 7's footprint calculated by Computerworld using Net Applications' July data; that calculation pegged Windows 7 worldwide consumer and commercial number at just under 700 million PCs. The commercial side would be approximately 385 million using the long-accepted 55%-45% ratio of commercial/consumer PCs. Yet even that reduced number would be more than twice Microsoft's, raising questions about whether China has 200 million commercial Windows 7 PCs, or whether Computerworld's figure is off the mark. Presumably, Microsoft's number is the most accurate since it's gleaned from machine-to-Microsoft telemetry. Microsoft is eager for customers to dump Windows 7 for numerous reasons, but one is directly related to the company's bottom line. Microsoft's long-term strategy emphasizes subscriptions to monetize its products and services. In hindsight, Windows 10 seems designed for software-by-subscription; Windows 10's rapid development and release tempo, notably its twice-annual feature upgrading, is a key part of the subscription pitch. Microsoft can't sell business customers such subs as Microsoft 365 until those customers adopt Windows 10. Elsewhere in Net Applications' data, the user share of Windows overall climbed six-tenths of a percentage point to 88.4%, while the combined share of all macOS and OS X editions accounted for 9.1%, a decline increase of six-tenths of a point. Linux, whose fans aggressively tout the open-source OS as a desktop alternative to Windows, stayed flat in July at 1.9%. Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to visit its clients' websites. It then tallies the visitor sessions - which are effectively visits to the site, with multiple sessions possible daily - rather than count users, as it once did. Net Applications thus measures activity, although differently than rival metrics sources which total page views. Source: Windows by the numbers: Windows 10's growth continues (Computerworld - Gregg Keizer)
  11. dhjohns

    unattend.xml for Windows 10

    Can anyone provide a template for an unattend.xml which accepts EULA, English-US as region, and English-International as input, my MS Account login, and password, PIN, allow Cortana to do what she does, remember where I left off, etc? I do want the ability to choose a drive though.
  12. By Mehedi Hassan Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 Redstone 5 to Insiders today. The latest build, 17713, brings a couple of improvements to Notepad, as well as Microsoft Edge, and some IT Pro features. In Redstone 5, Microsoft is upgrading Notepad to include some much-requested features. The company earlier added support for line endings to Notepad, and it’s now adding a couple of new features. First up, the Find feature in Notepad now supports wrap around when replacing words, and it also now remembers your preference for all the options so you don’t have to set them everytime you use the feature. Additionally, when you now select a word and then hit Ctrl+F, the Find dialog will automagically populate the dialog with the selected word for your own convenience. That’s not all — Notepad now supports text zooming with Ctrl + Plus and Ctrl + Minus, which is honestly amazing. And lastly, you can now display line and column numbers with word-wrap enabled, and use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word. It’s also now faster at opening larger files. Edge is getting a number of improvements in this update, too. It now lets you set per-site media autoplay permissions from the website identification pane, so you can automatically block media playback on certain sites. The PDF reader includes some design tweaks to make all the different options more understandable, and the PDF toolbar can now be pinned to the top for easier access. It’s also now possible to lookup definitions of words in PDFs, Reading View, and Books. Build 17713 includes a number of features for IT Pros, and the general fixes — so make sure to checkout the full changelog here. The build is available to Insiders in the Fast Ring right now. In other news, Microsoft is resetting Skip Ahead as it’s nearing the public release of Redstone 5, but it will open up Skip Ahead again in the near future when you will once again be able to join the program, even if you aren’t part of Skip Ahead originally. Finally. Source
  13. Aero Glass integrates into the the Desktop Windows Manager without compromising any system components. It uses the native Direct3D device to render the effects and colors. You can change the transparency and base colors directly from the Windows Colorization Control Panel. This utility returns the complete glass effect into windows frames. - Apply glass look to windows borders - Blur the content behind the borders to improve UI experience - Change amount of transparency in Control panels directly - Change inactive windows borders color - Skin windows borders (add glow, shadows etc.) without changing Windows theme - Fully native including MSStyle themes and DWM API compatibility - Low resources usage Glass look Your windows will be rendered with transparent borders. This look allows you to see what is behind the border. The key element is the blurring of content behind the glass borders to prevent it from being too clear and disturbing. The result is very smart window border! Fully native The utility is completely integrated into Desktop Window Manager without breaking any system protection or modifying system files. All rendering is done via native Direct3D device. Any colorization settings adjusted in Windows Control Panels are respected. Use color intensity slider to adjust the amount of the transparency. No custom skinning engine used. Due to the native nature of this utility your Windows theme is composited together with the glass effect. All features controlled through DWM API (e.g. DwmEnableBlurBehindWindow or DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea) are supported including the taskbar or custom Start menu blur effect. Low resources usage! This library tries to utilize all DWM resources as much as possible to minimize RAM and VRAM usage. No redudant objects are created, no background service is running (Win8 only; Win8.1 version needs light-weight background process to correctly load user's settings). The result is light-weight library which behaves exactly in the same way as Aero Glass in Windows 7 did. No performance degradation! Theme your windows! You can change the look of your windows borders completely without touching your Windows theme or using unsigned theme. This allows you to bring back several effects such as window shadow, caption glow effect, rounded borders or simply change the appearence of caption buttons. You just modify single bitmap in your favourite image editor and everything will look as you want! Note: This version is up to Win10 10.0.17134. Home: http://www.glass8.eu/ Changelog: http://www.glass8.eu/out/changelogRS2.txt Downloads: Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.5.9 - change log This version is up to Win10 10.0.17134. Installer (64-bit Windows) 64-bit Windows Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.5.3 - change log This version is for Win10 10.0.14393 only. Installer (32-bit+64-bit Windows) 32-bit Windows 64-bit Windows Windows 10 RS2-4: http://www.glass8.eu/files/setup-wrs-1.5.9.exe v1.5.3 for Windows 10 RS1: http://www.glass8.eu/files/setup-wrs-1.5.3.exe Aero Glass 1.5.9.1345 Ultimate Repack by evgenb82 Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/8712781/Aero_Glass_1.5.9.1345_Ultimate.rar.html Pwd: nsane Mirror without Pwd: Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/13GKXHQM/Aero_Glass_1.5.9.1345_Ultimate.RePack-N.P.rar_links Thanks to @lil-fella for informing the new release. Thanks to @nacnay for sharing the repack. PS: I posted a new thread for the forum guidelines - "New version - New Thread!"
  14. This tool includes 4 different activation methods. KMS Inject, KMS WinDivert, Digital activation and Online KMS activation While this script is being created, abbodi1406’s (MDL) script is referenced. Thank him so much for being a source of inspiration and help. Some security programs will report infected files, that is false-positive due KMS emulating. Digital and Online KMS activations methods are requires internet connection. If use this tool remove any other KMS solutions and temporary turn off AV security protection. $OEM$ Activation About: 3 methods are also $OEM$ activation support. To preactivate the system during installation, copy $OEM$ folder to "sources" folder in the installation media (iso/usb). $OEM$ activation method also enable the KMS task scheduling system during installation. (digital activation method except) Special thanks: abbodi1406, CODYQX4, qewlpal, s1ave77, cynecx, qad, Mouri_Naruto (MDL) Thanks @ShiningDog for the kms server addresses. Download Links: (English interface) Site: https://mega.nz Sharecode: /#!UQg1QayJ!EOZYUcb9oPzop_hQ0eh0qUFG_NvYu2gHBpyxPNdEXII Site: https://www.dropbox.com Sharecode: /s/8hlm5ewx8jzy48x/KMS-Digital-Online_Activation_Suite_v5.5_ENG.rar?dl=0 File : KMS-Digital-Online_Activation_Suite_v5.5_ENG.rar CRC-32 : fd7535e9 MD4 : 9f41580d98346fbd54f4777737fd0015 MD5 : 68ae185a3757ef36af6e08b08815708d SHA-1 : dbcae25749dc4e7e02546368e070def0f1a2a326 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Turkish interface) Site: https://mega.nz Sharecode: /#!IMpVwaAR!pYuhj6OyET3gTGW1OWTwiO86-RgGI_lu8YuXfGG0CuU Site: https://www.dropbox.com Sharecode: /s/s7s37fhcy4630p8/KMS-Dijital-Online_Aktivasyon_Suite_v5.5_TUR.rar?dl=0 File : KMS-Dijital-Online_Aktivasyon_Suite_v5.5_TUR.rar CRC-32 : 1b01f6e7 MD4 : acca984aae673629756b0fc50ff68afa MD5 : 53a601d5b1a3061507e5746dad4a0684 SHA-1 : b2f11e71c157da631b5515e86a92bfc412ac96fe RAR Pass: 2018 Note: Use WinRar v5x for extract Changelog: v5.5 - Added new GVLKs for Windows Server 2019. v5.4 - The dll files of the KMS Inject method have been re-coded and the fake virus alert has been removed. (thanks Mouri_Naruto [MDL]) x64 KMS.dll : Site: https://www.virustotal.com Sharecode:/#/file/79d359dd20878b69480c571d27299a07ed675337483c898be836db1e08d4d2c6/detection x86 KMS.dll : Site: https://www.virustotal.com Sharecode: /#/file/fe1305308c0b791ca6f373ce7ee4c285a0ae9eed59bca1c875fd286df265b64f/detection v5.3 - Added new GVLKs for Office 2019 v5.2 - Added online activation method.
  15. By Mehedi Hassan Microsoft is bringing support for leap seconds — yes, that one extra second — to Windows, starting with Windows 10 Redstone 5 and Windows Server 2019. With the upcoming updates for Windows 10, Microsoft’s operating system now deals with leap seconds in a way that is incredibly accurate, UTC-compliant, and traceable. Leap seconds typically occur every 18 months, resulting in one extra second. The extra leap second occurs to adjust with the earth’s slowed down rotation, and an extra second is added to UTC in order to keep it in-sync with mean solar time. To deal with the extra second more appropriately, Windows 10 will now display that extra second, instead of directly jumping to the next one, making it the world’s first OS to have full support for leap seconds. It’s quite difficult to explain in words, but the following GIF will help make it less confusing: Right now, Windows 10 directly jumps from 16:59:59 to 17:00:00 without a leap second, but it will now include 16:59:60 when there is an actual leap second. That one extra second is quite important for time accuracy, especially with increased demand for higher accuracy time from government regulations, according to Microsoft. The company says it will not include an option for leap second smearing where the extra second would be split up into smaller units and added throughout the day as it will prevent the OS from meeting accuracy requirements. Microsoft is delivering a number of other improvements in Windows Server 2019 to provide better time accuracy, including a new Precision Time Control, time synchronization method, and more. Microsoft has detailed all of the new improvements in a technical blog post here, and you can read about all the improvements coming with future versions of Windows 10 if you happen to care about such improvements. Source
  16. WPD v1.2.855 Hi there! If you are here you have probably heard about rather tricky and complex Windows 10 privacy settings and how much data it can collect without user’s knowledge or consent. So, we have tried to resolve this problem and created WPD – a tweaker that contains all main settings in one place! You can customize Group Policy, Services and Tasks, responsible for data collection and sending, as you like. And furthermore, if you want, you can block a bunch of Microsoft's ip's to which data is sent. Disable Windows features and make various tweaks Wrapped in a clean and attractive interface, this program provides you with intuitive and practical options for tweaking your computer, whether you're running Windows 7 or 10. It doesn't require installation so you can copy the downloaded package to a USB flash drive to directly launch it on any PC without setup. Administrative rights are required, though. The main app menu is brought up to the screen at startup, allowing you to access the privacy-related features, firewall settings, apps to uninstall, or other tweaks to make. Configure privacy, firewall and app settings When it comes to privacy matters, you can deactivate the steps recorder, advertising ID, search companion, telemetry, Windows Error Reporting, handwriting auto learning, OneDrive (for file storage), and others. Some of the options displayed here might seem confusing. However, you don't have to look up definitions on the web since WPD shows descriptions in tooltips next to each option. Otherwise, you can disable everything listed here with the click of a button. As far as firewall settings are concerned, Windows Privacy Dashboard can be instructed to block Windows telemetry, third-party apps and Windows Updates from establishing Internet connections. If you change your mind and wish to reset these options to default, you can simply delete the newly created rules. Uninstall unwanted apps and perform tweaks Only Modern UI apps can be uninstalled with the aid of this utility, whether they came bundled with the operating system or got installed from other sources. Lastly, the tweaker gives you the possibility to hide sync provider notifications, allow the swap file to be cleared during restart, and prevent apps from using your camera, microphone and other devices. Taking everything into consideration, WPD turns out to be a straightforward and useful system tweaker. It enabled and disabled system settings without any issues on Windows 10 in our tests. WPD is free, totally portable, has a nice user-friendly interface, and doesn't contain any advertisement or malicious code. Currently we don't have a code signing certificate, so Widnows SmartScreen might be little nervous, just skip it. Privacy management Customize Group Policy, Services, Tasks and other settings responsible for data collection and transmission. Firewall rules Block telemetry IP's using firewall rules from the @crazy-max repository. Appx uninstaller Easy remove pre-installed Windows Store garbage or any other app. Supported OS: Windows 10 Enterprise 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607 Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB 2016, 2015 Windows 10 Education 1803, 1709 Windows 10 Pro 1803, 1709, 1703, 1607 Windows 10 Home 1803, 1709, 1703 Windows 8-8.1 Windows 7 Screenshots: Changelog: 1.2.855 7-18-2018 Fixed Windows 10 Home is being detected as unsupported edition. 1.2.853 7-16-2018 Added support for Windows 10 Education. Added unsupported OS warning. Fixed helper() startup error on some machines. Fixed unhandled exception in firewall tab, if third-party app prevents access to firewall. Updated build-in firewall rules. 1.2.777 5-1-2018 Added support for April 2018 Update. Added new privacy settings (depends on Windows version) Added ability to choose between Basic and Security Telemetry levels (Enterprise only) Added new command line arguments. For more info check a Readme file inside the archive. Added ability to see your name in the title bar (for Donators) Removed the Tweaker tab, all privacy related settings moved to Privacy tab. Updated build-in firewall rules. User interface enhancements and improvements. Bug fixes. Home: https://getwpd.com/ Download: https://getwpd.com/get/latest.zip Firewall rules: Jul 9, 2018 CRC32: 4036AF48 gHacks.net Review: Control Windows 10 Privacy with WPD
  17. Notes: 1- Windows update service set to manual by default 2- Store and Edge and Defender are working 3- Windows update page in settings will show a blank page in Windows 10 1607 or older it's normal 4- Disabling update will auto hide Windows Update page in settings so it will now open Windows Defender (Security) instead in Win10 1703 or newer 5- If you used any tool to disable updates, you must use same tool to enable it, to reset the permissions! 6- You need to restart after enable or disable updates 7- Option to disable or enable Auto Update Store Apps (Win10) 8- Option to Set Windows Defender (Security) to Update Every 6 Hours (Win8.1/Win10) 9- Option to Disable or Enable Automatic Device Driver Installation 10- Disable or Enable Auto Downloading Language Related Components (Win10) 11- Option to Disable or Enable Automatic Offline Maps Download 12- Command line switches: Auto install with Progress Only "/SILENT" Or Completely Silent "/VERYSILENT" Or If you want to do a custom install /COMPONENTS="a\Enable" or /COMPONENTS="a\Disable" Or If you want to enable or disable Auto Update Store Apps /COMPONENTS="b\EnableStoreApps" or /COMPONENTS="b\DisableStoreApps" Or If you want to enable or disable Set Windows Defender (Security) to Update Every 6 Hours /COMPONENTS="c\EnableDefender" or /COMPONENTS="c\DisableDefender" Or If you want to enable or disable Automatic Device Driver Installation /COMPONENTS="d\EnableDriver" or /COMPONENTS="d\DisableDriver" Or If you want to enable or disable Automatic Offline Maps Download /COMPONENTS="e\DisableMaps" or /COMPONENTS="e\EnableMaps" Example: StopWinUpdates.exe /VERYSILENT /COMPONENTS="a\Disable,b\DisableStoreApps,c\EnableDefender,d\DisableDriver,e\DisableMaps" /NORESTART 13- Enjoy! V2.2 Notes: - Added more registry to disable Automatic Device Driver Installation Credits Greatis Software mxman2k Demencial777 BAU ShiningDog Additional notes: 1- What made me make this tool is to disable updates while store apps download/install works 2- I don't recommend disabling windows update service while it will be needed while installing some programs that will need to install needed updates if they not included in the system, also some Visual C++ do the same ( Normal user wont know what we talking about so it's better to disable update without making another problem for him ) 3- This tool don't replace any system files, it's all about editing registry/Disabling services/editing permissions 4- If you will use this tool to disable updates you must use it to enable it before using any other tools, Same with other tools 6- This tool tested in non updated systems, some updates may effect "Update & Security" in win10 1607 or older keep closing, as a workground for old Win10 Builds you can search for the settings you want or you can create a shortcut like ms-settings:windowsdefender more info here https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com...iding-pages-in-settings-with-windows-10-1703/ If you have any feedback you can report it at MDL here>> Download - Size: 769 KB https://www.mirrored.to/files/7Z8O8Z0L/StopWinUpdates_v2.2.zip_links Thanks to @BALTAGY for download link.
  18. Windows 10 Sets will be released when it's good and ready, which won't be with Redstone 5, confirms Microsoft. Back at Build 2018, Microsoft stated that its upcoming Sets feature for Windows 10 would be coming in a future update, but did not confirm it for the upcoming Redstone 5 release this fall. Sets is a big change in how users interact with Windows, so it's important that Microsoft gets its initial implementation right. Today, the company has confirmed that Sets won't be coming with Redstone 5 later this year, and is removing the feature from Insider builds until a later date. Microsoft did the same back when it first started testing Sets with Redstone 4, pulling it before Redstone 4 was finalized and re-implementing it in the Redstone 5 builds later. Thank you for your continued support of testing Sets. We continue to receive valuable feedback from you as we develop this feature helping to ensure we deliver the best possible experience once it's ready for release. Starting with this build, we're taking Sets offline to continue making it great. Based on your feedback, some of the things we're focusing on include improvements to the visual design and continuing to better integrate Office and Microsoft Edge into Sets to enhance workflow. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it as of today's build, however, Sets will return in a future WIP flight. Thanks again for your feedback. Microsoft is not committing to any scheduled feature update for Sets, instead saying it'll ship when it's ready. We'll see Sets return again in future Windows 10 builds, but that might not be for a while. Sets not being ready in time for Redstone 5 should come as no surprise to anyone. Microsoft prefaced this at Build, and was very obvious in making sure it did not state that Sets would be coming in Redstone 5. Microsoft has been listening to feedback on Sets, and continues to retool and rework it to better fit into the workflow of users. If anything, this is a good thing. Shipping a feature that isn't fully baked will just make users want to turn it off or not use it, just like what happened with the original launch of Microsoft Edge. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! Source: Microsoft confirms Windows 10 'Sets' won't be in Redstone 5 (Windows Central)
  19. Gerry85

    Win.10 insider preview issue

    Hi there! I'm using Win.10 1709 Build 17604.1000 activated evaluation copy,wich will expire soon. Is there any way to fix the expiry day,or to upgrade to another build without loosing program files,favorites etc.? Thank you!
  20. Q: Is it true that Windows 10 is more secure than Windows 7? A: Microsoft has made a concerted effort to get users to upgrade to Windows 10 since it was released in 2015 and touting security and performance have been their primary tactics. Despite their best efforts, Windows 7 continues to be a very popular operating system, especially with businesses, but that will have to change in the near future. Mainstream support for Windows 7 actually expired in early 2015 with extended support slated to end in January of 2020. The primary difference in these support levels is that when mainstream support ends, performance improvements, new features and free support also end. Extended support means that Microsoft will only provide bug fixes and security updates. Essentially, anyone running Windows 7 should be planning to transition to another supported OS over the next year and a half. Security comparison Microsoft has attempted to use scare tactics in the past to convince users to upgrade, but they have been called out on some of their claims by many in the tech community. However, a third-party security company recently published data on their users supporting Microsoft’s claims that Windows 10 is more secure. Webroot reported that only 15% of the total known malware files in 2017 were found on Windows 10 systems while 63 percent of the known malicious files were found on Windows 7 systems. There are a number of reasons for this pronounced imbalance, but a major difference is that Windows 10 forces automatic updates while Windows 7 allows users to fully control when updates are installed. There’s no doubt that Microsoft attempted to ‘harden’ Windows 10 against many of the known exploit strategies used by malicious code writers, which is also a likely contributor. A great example of this was seen during the WannaCry ransomware attacks last year as the vast majority of victims were running Windows 7 and Windows 10 users were completely unaffected. Since Windows 7 was originally released in 2009, hackers have had a longer time to discover exploits and create clever tactics to compromise users. Knowing of these tactics, Microsoft created Windows 10 with completely new code, making many of the Windows 7 specific exploits harmless to it’s users. Performance improvements Windows 10 was designed to startup faster and recognize substantially more RAM, so you may notice a slight increase in performance over Windows 7 on the same hardware. We’ve seen Windows 10 work very well on lots of older computers as well, especially if you add a little extra RAM while upgrading. If you really want to bump up the performance on an older computer, swap out the old hard drive for a new Solid State Drive (SSD) because your hard drive is always the biggest bottleneck to overall performance. More like Windows 7 One of the biggest complaints from those upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is the overall look and feel. While you can never get Windows 10 to look and feel exactly like Windows 7, there are lots of little tweaks that can help minimize the differences so that it’s little more comfortable during your transition. Source
  21. The app runs in the background and can be launched from the system tray The recently-launched Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a blue light filter called Night Light, which is essentially a built-in feature that does the same thing as the super-popular f.lux third-party app: it reduces eyestrain by controlling display temperature profiles at night. And while the addition of a blue light filter to Windows 10 is a helpful improvement for the majority of users, others prefer to stick with third parties, which in most of the cases provide more options that aren’t yet available in Microsoft’s operating system. While f.lux is clearly the top option at the moment, users can also try out a more lightweight alternative called LightBulb, which incorporates the essential feature package in a tiny window that can be launched from the system tray icon. Open-source alternative With an approach that’s similar to f.lux, LightBulb lets users adjust night and day-time color temperature, set the transition duration and enable an automatic mode that has the blue light filter kick in by configuring sunrise and sunset times. You can configure your location, use Internet synchronization, and toggle features like gamma polling and temperature smoothing. “When it gets late, due to bright blue light emitting from the screen, looking at your PC monitor can become very straining on the eyes. This program sits in the background and continuously changes the gamma using temperature profiles, making the colors appear warmer at night. You can customize it in any way you like, including changing the day-time and night-time color temperatures, transition duration, sunrise and sunset times, temperature smoothing and a lot more,” the developer of the app explains. We’ve already tried out the app on Windows 10 Creators Update and everything works pretty smoothly, with no bug discovered whatsoever. Running it on Windows 10 without the Creators Update installed brought similar results, so this is clearly an app to try if you don’t like Night Light or you are running a previous Windows version. It comes with the essential feature package, including location detection The app is light on system resources and features a straightforward UI LightBulb Homepage LightBulb Download Article Source
  22. If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to ensure no patch gets blocked. Thinkstock You can look at the new KB 4056254 Win10 Update Facilitation Service and the re-emergence of Win10 Update Assistant V2 from two different perspectives. On the one hand, you have those poor hapless Win10 users who accidentally munged Windows Update. On the other hand, you have folks with bazookas and flamethrowers who want to keep some semblance of control over updating their machines. Both groups now face two different Microsoft initiatives to reset Windows Update. Susan Bradley was looking at some new KB articles over the weekend and stumbled onto KB 4056254, an announcement for a, uh, service known as the Windows 10 Update Facilitation Service. (If you have a hard time thinking of Win10 as a service, try wrapping your mind around the concept of a forced patching bulldozer as a service.) We’ve seen KB 4056254 before. Microsoft apparently released it back in January, but it didn’t make much of a splash. I haven’t seen KB 4056254 in action as yet, so all I can relay is the official description, which goes like this: This update includes a background service to facilitate Windows Update service on devices running Home or Pro editions of Windows 10 Versions 1507, 1511, 1607, and 1703. This update includes files and resources to address issues affecting background update processes in the Windows Update servicing stack. Maintaining Window Update service health and performance helps ensure that quality updates are installed seamlessly on your device and help to improve the reliability and security of devices running Windows 10. KB 4056254 isn’t available through the Microsoft Update Catalog, and I haven’t seen it on my test machines, but it sounds thoroughly obnoxious: Only certain builds of Windows 10 Versions 1507, 1511, 1607, and 1703 require this update. Devices that are running those builds on Home or Pro editions that are not domain joined will automatically get the update downloaded and installed through Windows Update. You have to wonder, if Windows Update isn’t working, how it’ll be installed through Windows Update. The plot thickens: Devices not connected to Windows Update may see a User Account Control (UAC) prompt during installation. Click Yes to install. Which, of course, makes absolutely no sense. If you aren’t connected to Windows Update, how do you get the update — and why would Win10 throw a UAC prompt if you aren’t connected to Windows Update? But never mind. Maybe somebody on the patching team just posted this KB as a troll. The “Important fix for Windows Update” dialog posted in the KB article (screenshot) hasn’t been seen in the wild yet, as best I can tell, but it says: Microsoft Important fix for Windows Update Windows Update isn’t working and needs the Windows 10 update facilitation service to make sure operating system updates can install properly. Select Yes on the next screen to allow it. A restart won’t be required. The next screen is a typical UAC prompt. There are so many inconsistencies — “Windows Update isn’t working” but the only way to get KB 4056254 is through Windows Update; “Devices not connected to Windows Update may see a UAC prompt” — that it’s hard to take any of it seriously. Günter Born on his Borncity blog points out many additional inconsistencies. For example, KB 4056254 only goes out to Home and Pro copies of Win10 1507, 1511, 1607, and 1703 — but most of those are out of support. An anonymous AskWoody poster says: KB 4056254 looks like a morphing of March 2018’s KB 4023057 which had unblocked disabled or blocked Windows Update on Win 10 … and, sure enough, if you compare the verbiage from March’s KB 4023057 (and its predecessor, KB 4022868), there are several cut-and-paste similarities. The anonymous poster goes on to say: Seems, from April to June 2018, some savvy Win 10 users have found new ways to disable or block Windows Update. So, M$ has to come out with KB4056254 to “neutralize” their efforts. It’s like a cat-and-mouse game. Which seems to me like the core of the matter. It’s not nice to mess with Mother Microsoft’s patching schemes, so you’re going to get a few new services running in the background to whop your system upside the head if you dare to block patches. How the January release of KB 4056254 compares with the latest release baffles me. As if that isn’t bad enough, it seems that we’re getting another jolt of our old friend the Win10 Update Assistant V2. ViperJohn reports: The June 2018 Cumulative KB 4284874 for Win10 v1703… installs the dreaded Windows 10 Update Assistant V2. It installs in the \Windows\UpdateAssistantV2 folder which should be deleted before the horror show in the folder can execute… the sole purpose this delightful piece of MS designed MalWare is to undo and /or reset every single User set or altered Service / PC Setting / Group Policy impediment to a forced version upgrade. EP confirms that the lovely Update Assistant is also bundled with this month’s cumulative update for version 1607. I talked about the Update Assistant back in March. It was blamed for one of the three incidents where Microsoft forced Win10 1703 machines to 1709, even if they were set to block updates. It’s possible that the same malfunctioning Assistant upgraded 1709 machines to 1803, even when they were blocked. Bottom line: If you don’t want to join the unpaid beta-testing force currently working on the “fully available” Win10 version 1803, avoid the new Windows Update Facilitation as a Service (just click “No”), make sure you use the official settings to block forced upgrades and, if you do install this month’s cumulative updates complete with Update Assistant v2 (I don’t recommend it just yet), go back and make sure your settings are intact. Nag me all you want, Microsoft, but this is getting ridiculous. All I want is an “Off” button — until you figure out how to deliver reliable patches and upgrades. We’ve got your back on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
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