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  1. Vista was bad. Coming five years after XP, it was heavily anticipated by Windows users who were impatiently awaiting something interesting from Microsoft as Apple’s star was on the rise. Yet when the OS dropped publicly in January 2007, it was immediately reviled by, well, everyone (except our expert reviewers). It was slower than XP, had annoying DRM that grossly restricted what people could do, and removed a ton of features people liked. It is not hyperbole to say it might be the most hated software product Microsoft has ever produced—impressive for the company that gave us Internet Explorer and Clippy. But Vista did one thing very, very right, and 11 years later, it’s never been more in fashion. So what was Vista actually prescient about? Translucent design elements. All the way back in Vista, Microsoft introduced Aero, a design language intended to be a futuristic update to XP. Aero’s most eye-catching feature was the Glass theme, which could make elements throughout the UI transparent. When it was released, it didn’t get more than a passing nod from reviewers who noted it was slick if somewhat irrelevant to the actual performance of the OS. Aero lasted through Windows 7—Microsoft’s most critically lauded OS until Windows 10. Then in Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new design language: Metro. Metro actually kicked off another major trend in user interface design: flat design elements. But it still maintained some of the cool translucent effects introduced in Aero. Those translucent effects were carried over to Windows 10 and are easily seen in Edge, the Start menu, and the Notifications panel. They’re so popular, some Windows 10 users are even hacking the OS to add translucency and transparency to everything else! The effect is super noticeable in the start menu. Screenshot: Windows 10 The trend isn’t reserved to Windows. Apple seems to have been inspired, too. That’s because UI designers, like everyone else, are subject to trends. Once upon a time, everyone tried to make their app icons and buttons look rounded because of iOS. Then, after Windows and Android embraced a flatter look, iOS followed suit with iOS 7 in 2013. It also began sprinkling that sweet, sweet translucent design throughout. Look at these pretty menus! Screenshot: macOS Mojave The translucent elements first appeared in Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 as an option to turn the menu bar translucent. That was in November 2007, nearly a year after Vista launched. Apple seriously began showing off translucent elements when iOS 7 added translucent menus and notifications in 2013. MacOS 10.10 Yosemite began embracing translucency a year later. Since then, both Apple operating systems have added more and more translucent elements. The most recent additions come courtesy of the betas for macOS Mojave and iOS 12. That’s because both are adding dark translucent elements, which seem to highlight the translucency effect even more. It is reminiscent of glass that’s been frosted and tinted. It’s very attractive. Sometimes I get distracted into marveling at it instead of doing work. I mean just look at it in Safari! https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--D4wf6Cer--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/ef5knheqchlma1mbmvlc.mp4 It’s so good, I find myself using Safari instead of Chrome just so I can watch stuff I’m scrolling through turn blurry as it hits the browser frame. The transparent elements, while not as ubiquitous in iOS, are still present there too—particularly in the iOS 12 beta, which has done away with the garish white panels in the notification center and embraced a dark and translucent look. Source
  2. Time to upgrade that decade-old operating system, man. If you're using an operating system that's over a decade old to play Blizzard games, we have some bad news for you. Starting in October, Blizzard says it will "begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm." The fact that Blizzard was still supporting these long-in-the-tooth Microsoft OSes (XP launched in 2001, Vista launched in early 2007) says something about the long tail of low-end hardware that the company targets alongside top-of-the-line modern systems. Though Microsoft dropped mainstream support for Windows XP and Windows Vista years ago—and ceased issuing security fixes for the operating systems in 2014 (with another issued earlier this year)—Blizzard says that a "decent portion of our audience was still using" the platforms long after Microsoft left them for dead. Three major Windows releases later, though, the "vast majority of our audience has upgraded" to a more recent OS, Blizzard says. Windows XP's longevity was something of an outlier in the world of PC operating systems, still seeing significant adoption a decade after its launch. When Microsoft finally pulled the plug on mainstream support for the OS in 2014, it was still running on 29 percent of Web users' PCs. Even today, XP commands a surprising 6.4 percent of all desktop Web users, according to NetMarketShare, far ahead of Vista's 0.53 percent. Blizzard's move will probably have the biggest practical effect in countries with developing economies, where old computers that can only run older operating systems still have some popularity in budget gaming cafes. Even in the developed world, though, you can still find online guides to building budget gaming rigs based on XP. Earlier this year, Microsoft told its corporate partners to start migrating away from Windows 7, which will at least receive security updates through 2020. Article source
  3. The forthcoming version of Kodi, codenamed Leia, doesn’t yet have a release date scheduled or a final feature list. Despite that, interested users can give it a go and try out the new version of the software. But keep in mind: the program is in its early stages of development, so you’d better watch out for bugs as things don’t work smoothly enough yet! If you want to test the future Kodi 18 Leia, and you already have the Kodi 17 from the Windows Store installed on your machine, the installer will place the new version next to it. We’re not yet sure how the new version of Kodi looks, but we do know that you will be able to install your own skins. Kodi 18 Leia compatibility The Kodi developers have committed to producing a UWP version of Kodi for the Windows Store that will also work perfectly on the Xbox. But it’s not yet definitive if this is the case of Kodi 18 Leia. One thing we do for sure: the latest version of Kodi will no longer be compatible with Windows Vista. Vista users will still be able to use Kodi 17 but they might experience some compatibility issues regarding future add-ons. In order to run the latest version of Kodi, you’ll have to install Windows 7 or later versions of the OS. There will definitely be some new features involved and the developers are pointing them out to users through their Dev Journals. The most important ones include voice search and recommendation integration for the Android TV build of Leia. On Kodi’s website and in the Windows Store, you can now purchase the Kodi 17.1 “Krypton” which is the current release. Article source
  4. Windows Vista reaching end of support tomorrow Microsoft will ship the last Windows Vista security updates tomorrow, as the 2007 operating system is reaching end of life, so software vendors are also getting ready to migrate to newer Windows versions by pulling support for this old platform. Ubisoft is one of the first to do it, as the Uplay PC client would no longer receive other updates for Windows Vista systems, according to an announcement made today. While Windows Vista users will still be able to access their games, they won’t be able to update the client, which means that new functionality and bug fixes would not be available. At some point in the future, the client could stop working completely on Windows Vista. “With official support for Windows Vista soon to end, we have decided to end our support of this now legacy operating system. This will allow us to take advantage of newer technologies moving forward and ensure the highest possible security for our users,” Ubisoft explains. Upgrade to get new features The company goes on to recommend users to upgrade their computers to newer operating systems still receiving support from Microsoft, though the process could involve hardware upgrades as well given the fact that Vista is mostly running on old systems. “Users currently using Windows Vista will still have access to their games; however, they will be unable to receive future Uplay PC client updates once support ends,” the company continues. “If you are one of the few still using Window Vista, we strongly urge you upgrade to a newer, more secure version of Windows at your earliest convenience.” Windows Vista is running on less than 1 percent of the world’s PCs, so the transition to a newer operating system shouldn’t be such a difficult thing. Without security patches, however, all these computers will remain vulnerable to attacks, especially because the same vulnerabilities usually exist in all versions of Windows. Source
  5. Windows Vista market share is dropping every month Microsoft will discontinue Windows Vista on April 11, and this is undoubtedly a critical moment not only for the company itself but also for its users, as systems that continue running the operating system will no longer receive security patches and fixes. This means they remain exposed to attacks targeting unpatched vulnerabilities, and this should become a common thing given the fact that most vulnerabilities exist in the majority of Windows versions. But as far as Windows Vista is concerned, new statistics provided by NetMarketShare indicate that the world is finally ready to give up on what's arguably Redmond's biggest flop in history. Only 0.72 percent of users are running Vista at this point, and with about 10 days left to upgrade, there's a good chance that more of them would jump ship as well as soon as possible. Windows Vista has never been a successful product and that makes Microsoft's job substantially easier, with only a few users to actually be impacted by the end of support. Just upgrade and you're fine Unlike the retirement of Windows XP, when nearly 25 percent of systems were still powered by Windows XP, giving up on Windows Vista should be a smooth transition, though there's no doubt additional security measures need to be put in place on PCs that are yet to upgrade before the April 11 target date. Windows Vista users who, for some reason or another, can't upgrade in the coming weeks are recommended to start planning the move to a newer operating system as soon as possible, as the number of attacks aimed at their systems is likely to grow. Microsoft will also offer custom support to companies willing to pay for updates and security patches until the upgrade is complete, but for home users transitioning to a new operating system is the only way to go. Without an Internet connection, a Windows Vista system is less exposed to attacks, though there's no doubt that sooner or later giving up on this old platform and switching to Windows 10 is the right long-term investment. Source
  6. Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says Avast provides Windows usage data in latest report While it’s important to note that these figures come from computers running Avast, they do align with the statistics provided by research firms whose main activity is monitoring operating system usage, so there’s a good chance these are accurate. First and foremost, there’s leader Windows 7. According to Avast, the operating system launched in 2009 is currently powering more than 56 million computers where its antivirus product is installed, and this means a share of no less than 48.35 percent. Windows 10 is growing, the security firm says, and it managed to reach a share of 30.46 percent, which accounts for a little over 35 million devices running Avast security software. Windows XP still a super-popular choice But what’s a little more worrying for everyone, including here Microsoft, users, and Avast itself, is that Windows XP, which was launched in 2001 and no longer receives security updates since April 2014, is still running on more than 6.5 million computers. This means that it has a share of 5.64 percent, more than Windows 8 (2.51 percent) and Windows Vista (2.08 percent) combined. Windows 8 was launched in 2012 as Microsoft’s new revolution, but its small market share is mostly the result of most people choosing the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. The OS launched one year later has a share of 10.96 percent, which represents 12.7 million PCs running Avast. For what it’s worth, Windows Vista is also reaching end of support next month, so users who are still running this OS, and there are at least 2 million according to Avast, should already start planning the upgrade. Windows 10 is the safest bet right now, as Windows 7 itself is also projected to reach EOL in January 2020. Source
  7. Windows Vista will go dark on April 11 Windows Vista will reach end of support on April 11, with no other patches and security updates to be released beyond this date. This means users who are still running Windows Vista on their computers would remain vulnerable to attacks, as security flaws in the operating system would no longer be addressed by the company. The US-CERT has issued a statement to warn of the approaching end of support for Windows Vista, emphasizing how important it is for users still running this version to upgrade to newer Windows. “All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive: Security updates, Non-security hotfixes, Free or paid assisted support options, or Online technical content updates from Microsoft,” the warning posted on its website reads. Few people running it The retirement of Windows Vista shouldn’t be such a critical moment for Microsoft, as only a few computers still run it. Third-party data shows that less than 1 percent of the world’s PCs are still on Windows Vista and there are big chances for this market share to drop substantially in the coming weeks, before end of support is reached. “Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats. Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system,” the US-CERT continues. It goes without saying that the option making most sense is Windows 10, which is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system, but in this case, hardware upgrades might also be necessary in order to cope with its hardware requirements. Windows 7, on the other hand, can be considered just a temporary solution given that it also reaches end of support in January 2020, so another upgrade would be necessary in three years’ time. Source
  8. Windows Vista goes dark on April 11, Windows 10 RS2 launches the same day April 11 turns out to be quite a special day for both Microsoft and its users this year, as it could witness two essential moments for the Windows ecosystem: the death of Windows Vista and the debut of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Out of these two milestones, only one is confirmed so far, and it’s the end of support for Windows Vista. Specifically, Windows Vista, which no longer receives mainstream support since April 2012, is projected to reach end of extended support on April 11, which means that no other updates, not even security patches, would be released after that. This shouldn’t be a problem though given the fact that less than 1 percent of the desktops are still running Windows Vista, and this shows how big of failure this operating system actually was. Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, is still running on some 8 percent of the world’s PCs, while its successor Windows Vista is close to extinction with Microsoft pulling the plug on it. The launch of Windows 10 Creators Update The second key moment is the debut of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is also known as Redstone 2. The April 11 launch date is not yet confirmed, but there are reports that Microsoft is planning to finalize work on this update as soon as next week and then ship the RTM build to insiders before releasing it to everyone else next month. While the timing seems to make sense, there’s one little thing that could indicate the April 11 might not be the best choice for launching the Creators Update, especially because this is a Tuesday, and it’s not like any other Tuesday, but the day when Microsoft ships Patch Tuesday security updates for its software. In most of the cases, Microsoft reserves the second Tuesday of each month for the security rollout exclusively, just in case something goes wrong and additional work needs to be done, so shipping the Creators Update the same seems to make things a little bit more complicated. In the end, no matter if April 11 is the day or not, April still remains a very special month for everyone in the Microsoft world. One Windows goes dark, while another one sees the light of the day for the first time. Source
  9. Update : This Post is Less Active DEAD Now as the Microsoft Subscription got Expired! No doubt november_ra1n is Awesome and i am also a BIG FAN of HIM but sometimes, it feels that my download links should be directly from the Developer. So, here anyone can request MSDN's Original Downloads Links for almost all Microsoft Products (except some VL Editions) and anyone can provide Download Links only via PM [Private Message] directly to requester. Edit : Time for some more instructions as the thread is GROWING so the headache is. Please Visit the following link and find your desired content then make a request in the given example format only : MSDN Product Download Library Page Example Correct Request Format : ============================================================================= How to find desired M$ product in MSDN Download Library : ================================================================================================================== How to find desired M$ product's #FileID in MSDN Download Library : ========================================================================================================================================= Bonus Tip : Update 1 : Since anyone can Download Most of Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 & 10's editions from Microsoft's Official TechBench program Webpage with a Little Exercise, i ADDED the asf's Thread because this one is also providing Direct Download Links (identical to MSDN) from the Developer itself..Remember !! that was the MAIN PURPOSE behind this thread. It will help some requesters as well as me also (because of Lack of Time, i am unable to reply most of time). CREDITS : @asf Update 2 : There is a TOOL called *Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool* is available from http://www.heidoc.net/ which can provide Download Links of Most of Microsoft Office ISOs and Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 & 10's editions from Microsoft's Official server easily, i ADDED the Tool's Download Link below Thread Because this one is also providing Direct Download Links (identical to MSDN) from the Developer itself..Remember !! that was the MAIN PURPOSE behind this thread. It will help some requesters as well as me also (because of Lack of Time, i am unable to reply most of time). Download Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool PS :
  10. You’re still supposed to upgrade from XP ASAP anyway The latest versions of Opera bring several new features, including built-in VPN Opera is one of the few browser developers that are still improving their application on Windows XP and Vista, as everyone’s shifting focus to the latest versions of Windows 10, so today the company is releasing another batch of security updates for users who haven’t upgraded just yet. Opera 36 is the last version of the browser that still runs on Windows XP and Vista, but Opera has promised to deliver security fixes for users still using one of these two operating systems as often as possible, and this is exactly what is happening today. The pack of security improvements is a backport of fixes that were introduced in Opera 37, so although XP and Vista users aren’t getting the features that are available in the newer version, they do get the security patches that help them stay away from a number of vulnerabilities in this version. Update shipped automatically to Opera 36 users Users who are still running Opera 36 on their computers don’t have to move a single finger to receive the security patches, and all are shipped automatically through the built-in update engine. “We promised we would continue to issue security updates and crash fixes to the Opera 36 branch, and this is our first such update with backports of fixes for some security issues that were fixed in Opera 37, based on Chrome 50,” Opera says, pointing out that more than 10 percent of the desktop computer users out there are still running Windows XP, according to third-party data, despite the fact that EOS was reached in April 2014. But this doesn’t mean that Windows XP and Vista users shouldn’t think of upgrading to a newer version. Opera says that, although some security fixes are still provided, the latest release of the browser is the one that brings all the benefits, including better security and new features. “However, we still urge those users of Windows XP and Vista to switch to an OS that is actively supported so they can enjoy the latest browser versions with more features and better security,” the company concludes. Article source
  11. Windows GodMode Abused by Malware Dynamer backdoor trojan uses secret Windows GodMode Easter Egg to gain persistence on infected computers GodMode consists of a piece of code that Microsoft left inside Windows since Vista that allows users to create a folder, give it a specific name, and automatically transforming it into a container that lists all the shortcuts to all the Control Panel settings. Nobody knows how GodMode panels came to be, but most likely they were used by Microsoft's staff for debugging purposes. Users can add GodMode panels anywhere, and to create one, just make a new folder and give it the following name (You can replace GodMode with any word you wish). GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} McAfee researchers recently revealed that they've seen malware that uses this trick, with a slight modification. GodMode abused by Dynamer to open backdoor connections The malware called Dynamer was infecting computers and in order to gain persistence it was adding a new entry to the local Windows Registry that automatically started its malicious process with every startup. This registry key contained a slightly modified GodMode path which automatically opened and redirected users to the "RemoteApp and Desktop Connections" control panel item. Taking into account that Microsoft categorizes Dynamer as a backdoor trojan, it appears that this is how the malware was opening connections from an infected computer to its master server. The Dynamer registry key was as follows. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run lsm = C:\Users\admin\AppData\Roaming\com4.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}\lsm.exe As you can see, the GodMode path was slightly different in order to link directly to the "RemoteApp and Desktop Connections" control panel item. The malware was almost unremovable. Almost. Additionally, the GodMode string was also replaced with com4. While the GodMode string was never obligatory to create a GodMode panel and users have often replaced it with anything they wanted, using com4 has some repercussions. "The malware author has attempted to give this directory eternal life, by prepending the name 'com4'," Craig Schmugar from McAfee Labs explained. "Such device names are forbidden by normal Windows Explorer and cmd.exe commands and Windows treats the folder as a device, thus preventing users from otherwise easily deleting the folder with Explorer or typical console commands." Nevertheless, the McAfee team found a way to delete such malicious items from someone's computer. In this case, users could run the following command to delete the malware. In case you find Dynamer in other places than your AppData folder, just make sure to alter the CLI command with the proper file path. > rd “\\.\%appdata%\com4.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}” /S /Q Source
  12. The tip may especially interest the youngerset. This fun-tip will let you customize the alphabets appearing after the time numerals in the taskbar. Put your name if you wish! 1. Open Control Panel. 2. Press Win+X in combination to bring up the Power Task Menu, in Windows 8. From it, choose Control Panel. Then, select Region & Language. 3. From the Region & Language window that appears on your computer screen, select Additional Settings button. 4. From the Customize Format window, choose the Timetab, Change both the AM and PM letters to any name you wish. 5. Make sure that the format you are using has tt in it.That is: Time Format = hh:mm:ss tt Then, simply click on Apply > OK. If you do not like the changes made, reverse them and restore it to default settings by simply clicking on the reset button or by changing it back manually to AM and PM. Should work on Windows 7 and Windows Vista too. Source : TWC
  13. Windows Vista - 7 - 8 - 8.1 KMS Activator Ultimate 2014 v1.7 Windows KMS Activator Ultimate 2014 is the most Simple & user-Friendly activator for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 It is Safe activator with no harm to System FilesPeriod of activation is 180 days and you can renew itYou can remove any previous activationsYou can know informations about your activation,your window s serial and the rest days of activationIt Activates : Windows 8.1 ProfessionalWindows 8.1 Professional WmcWindows 8.1 Professional_NWindows 8.1 EnterpriseWindows 8.1 Enterprise_NWindows Server 2012 R2 Server StandardWindows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 EssentialsWindows 8 ProfessionalWindows 8 Professional NWindows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8 Enterprise NWindows 7 ProfessionalWindows 7 Professional NWindows 7 Professional EWindows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 Enterprise NWindows 7 Enterprise EWindows Vista BusinessWindows Vista Business NWindows Vista EnterpriseWindows Vista Enterprise NFeatures in 1.7 - View which os full name, os version and os platform.- Stable Version.- Update KMS server online every day.- Add Activation:Windows 8.1 Professional WmcWindows 7 ProfessionalWindows 7 Professional NWindows 7 Professional EWindows 7 EnterpriseWindows 7 Enterprise NWindows 7 Enterprise EWindows Vista BusinessWindows Vista Business NWindows Vista EnterpriseWindows Vista Enterprise N- Fixed all bug.Requirements: Net Framework 2.0Internet Connection (To Update KMS online server for work)Instructions: Install the Application first.After Install.Run The Application "As Administrator" to Get it to Work.Click on "Clean Activation History".Click on "Update Server" to Update KMS Server.Select Your Windows.Click on "Activation Now".Done, Enjoy.
  14. Download Windows 8.1 RTM If you are using Windows 8 and want to upgrade to Windows 8.1, following instructions this: 1. First of all go to Start Screen and click on Store tile to launch Windows Store. 2. Now you should see information about Windows 8.1 update, just click on it and then click on Download option. 3. It'll take a few minutes in downloading and installing the required files. It might restart your system to finish the installation process. 4. Once the setup process completes, you'll be asked to complete a few steps such as accepting the license terms, customize settings, creating a user account, etc. Finally, you'll have the brand new Windows 8.1 in your computer system. If you can't find Windows 8.1 update listed in Windows Store, you should wait for a few hours. Since Microsoft released Windows 8.1 just a few hours back, it'll take some time to appear in all regions. So better to wait for a few hours until it appears in your country. If you can't wait or if the update doesn't appear even after waiting for some hours, check out following steps: 1. An update "KB2871389" is required to update to Windows 8.1, so make sure this update is installed in your Windows 8 system. To check it, open Windows Update from Control Panel or Start Screen and check for new updates. If the update has not been installed in your system yet, Windows Update will automatically detect and download it. You can direct download and install the update using following links: Update for Windows 8 32bit (KB2871389) Update for Windows 8 for x64 (KB2871389) Update for Windows Server 2012 (KB2871389) Once the update is installed successfully in your system, repeat the above mentioned steps to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through Windows Store. Now it should work without any problem. If you are using Windows 7, you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 using Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant. The steps for Windows 8.1 upgrade would be same as Windows 8 upgrade, so you can check out following tutorial to learn how to use Upgrade Assistant to upgrade to Windows 8.1 If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll need to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1. You can't upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows XP or Windows Vista.
  15. Topic Updated On 25 July 2013 - Windows Hotfix Downloader 2.9 By Alphawaves
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