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  1. # Screen-shots # Note Due to the bugs in this site, you may see errors in pasting the text copied from here. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Activation Type Supported Product Activation Period ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Digital License Activation - Windows 10 - Permanent KMS38 Activation - Windows 10 / Server - Until the year 2038 Online KMS Activation - Windows / Server / Office - For 180 Days, renewal task needs to be created for lifetime activation. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- # Digital License (HWID) Activation- Windows 10 # KMS38 Activation - Windows 10 /Server # Online KMS Activation - Windows /Server /Office # $OEM$_Folders_[Windows_Pre-Activation] # Extra Info # Credits # File Details and Download links File: MAS_0.7_Password_2019.7z Size: 780 KB (7,98,937 bytes) SHA-1: b9bc9c0074d9950190c465a0b4f55e3dd3c02361 Hashes for the files inside this archive, https://pastebin.com/raw/19bT7YCi Password: 2019 Site: https://0x0.st Sharecode: /sts (shortened for OneDrive direct link) Mirror: Site: https://tinyurl.com Sharecode: /y58zbw2l (shortened for put.re direct link) # Changelog
  2. Bitdefender 2019 - Stable - Final - Online/Offline Standalone Installers For Windows[x86 & x64] More Info/Official News: https://www.bitdefender.com/news/bitdefender-new-security-line-will-stop-most-sophisticated-attacks-3533.html BD 2019 Home/Home Office Forum: https://forum.bitdefender.com/index.php?/forum/536-bitdefender-2019-products/ BD TS 2019 Support: https://www.bitdefender.com/consumer/support/product/26925/ Improvements in BD 2019: https://www.bitdefender.com/consumer/support/answer/13353/ Changelog - gathered by Wortex/bitdefender forum: https://www.bitdefender.com/media/html/consumer/new/launch2019-opt/ Online Installers: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_antivirus.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_antivirus.exe Bitdefender Internet Security 2019 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_isecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_isecurity.exe Bitdefender Total Security 2019 Online: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe XP | Vista: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/installer/en-us/xp-vista/bitdefender_tsecurity.exe Offline Installers and Install Guide: Bitdefender 2019 Offline Installation Guide: Bitdefender 2019 AV Plus / Internet Security / Total Security - Standalone Installers [Windows]: 32bit [x86] - [Size: 428 MB]: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/desktop/connect/cl/2019/all/bitdefender_ts_23_32b.exe 64bit [x64] - [Size: 456 MB]: https://download.bitdefender.com/windows/desktop/connect/cl/2019/all/bitdefender_ts_23_64b.exe Bitdefender Agent - 2019 - Universal [Same Agent for AV Plus / IS / TS]: Screenshots: Install Notes: Precaution Note: If you've already installed older version of Bitdefender[incl. 2016 version], we are sure that you'll lose your settings. Please take note of configuration, settings. whitelisted files and links. Also read the support page link above for upgrade/install Bitdefender 2019. Download and Install Bitdefender Agent. When it starts downloading the install files, Stop/Close it immediately. Note: Check whether there the Agent is installed only once in "Add/Remove Programs" or "Programs & Features". Note: Check in "Program Files" for folder named "Bitdefender Agent". Now, start installing offline installer and proceed with installation. Note: Please choose respective download link based on architecture x86/x64 for smooth installation. Note: Don't worry about AV Plus/IS/TS. The installer automatically modifies the installation depending on the license you entered. Once installation is done, configure accordingly for best protection and to avoid files from getting deleted. Configure Whitelist files and links if you have any. It is better to keep note of the configured settings for future use. User Guide: Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2019: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2019/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_av_2019_userguide_en.pdf Bitdefender Internet Security 2019: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2019/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_is_2019_userguide_en.pdf Bitdefender Total Security 2019: https://download.bitdefender.com/resources/media/materials/2019/userguides/en_EN/bitdefender_ts_2019_userguide_en.pdf Uninstall Tool: Uninstall Tools Home: https://www.bitdefender.com/site/view/uninstall_consumer_paid.html Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2018 Products: https://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/Bitdefender_2018_UninstallTool.exe NOTE: Bitdefender 2018 Uninstall Tool require KB2999226. If you didn't install, you'll get error "api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll" missing. You can download it here - KB2999226 Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2017 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/Bitdefender_2017_UninstallTool.exe NOTE: Bitdefender 2017 Uninstall Tool require KB2999226. If you didn't install, you'll get error "api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll" missing. You can download it here - KB2999226 Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2016 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/Bitdefender_2016_UninstallTool.exe Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2015 / 2014 / 2013 Products: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/The_New_Bitdefender_UninstallTool.exe Uninstall Tool For Bitdefender 2012 Products and Earlier: http://www.bitdefender.com/files/KnowledgeBase/file/BitDefender_Uninstall_Tool.exe @[email protected] my revealed new ac extn method - modified as Jedi II 2018 TR tool by Jedi/Polylak work with 2019? If not, check TR release 2019. Thanks.
  3. If you're setting up a PC for others to use then you’ll often want to limit their actions, prevent them running other applications or tweaking system settings. Windows has many security and user settings that can help, but they're scattered across many applets and may be hard to find. FrontFace Lockdown Tool is a freeware application which gives convenient access to many of these settings, allowing you to heavily restrict your chosen account in just a few minutes. The program organizes its settings into three sections -- Startup and Shutdown, Continuous Operation, Protection and Security -- and each one has various lists and checkboxes covering its options. At its simplest, you might use the program to disable various Windows functions. You can prevent a user launching Task Manager, switching between user accounts, logging off or shutting down the PC, using the Windows or Ctrl+Alt+Del keypresses. Not enough? You can also set up your PC to log into a particular user account automatically, without displaying the login screen. Disable login override (holding down Shift when you boot to log in somewhere else) as well and it’s far more difficult for a user to bypass. Set a particular startup program and that should launch whenever your system boots. If you need more protection, change your PC’s shell to that application, instead of Explorer, and the usual Explorer shortcuts will no longer be available. Even if you stick with Explorer, there are ways to limit user actions, such as hiding any system tray icons on the Windows taskbar. It's also possible to shut down, hibernate or reboot the PC at a set time each day. If you’re building a kiosk PC this should help you keep any maintenance to a minimum. FrontFace Lockdown Tool doesn’t support the full set of Windows and Explorer user policies. You can’t hide particular drives, conceal selected Control Panel applets, stop users running REGEDIT and so on. The program does offer a simple way to create a kiosk-type system, though. It’s portable, so convenient to use, and a "restore default settings" button should get you out of trouble if you’ve made a mistake. Check it out. FrontFace Lockdown Tool is a freeware application for Windows 7 and later. Article source
  4. Although it’s much too early to draw any definitive conclusions, initial reports are that the March 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout hasn’t hit any major bumps. There are a few odd nuances, though, that warrant your consideration. Thinkstock/Microsoft Patch Tuesday has come and gone, not with a bang but a whimper. As of this moment, early Wednesday morning, I don’t see any glaring problems with the 124 patches covering 64 individually identified security holes. But the day is yet young. There are a few patches of note. Two zero days Microsoft says that two of this month’s security holes — CVE-2019-0797 and CVE-2019-0808 — are being actively exploited. The latter of these zero days is the one that was being used in conjunction with the Chrome exploit that caused such a kerfuffle last week, with Google urging Chrome browser users to update right away, or risk the slings of nation-state hackers. If you’ve already updated Chrome (which happens automatically for almost everybody), the immediate threat has been thwarted already. These two security holes are Elevation of Privilege bugs, which means that a miscreant who’s already gotten into your system can use the bugs to move up to admin status. So if you’re in charge of systems that are susceptible to sophisticated attacks, these patches warrant concern. For everybody else, they’re not the stuff of Stephen King class nightmares. As usual, Martin Brinkmann on ghacks.net has a thorough listing, the SANS ISC forum has a succinct chart, and Dustin Childs on the Zero Day Initiative blog offers many tech details. Win10 version 1809 oddities The Win10 version 1809 cumulative update, KB 4489899, fixes the “crazy” performance drop in some games, including Destiny 2, that we encountered two weeks ago. However, it doesn’t fix the other bug introduced by the “second February” 1809 cumulative update, KB 4482887, which clobbers audio settings in specific circumstances: After installing this update on machines that have multiple audio devices, applications that provide advanced options for internal or external audio output devices may stop working unexpectedly. This issue occurs for users that select an audio output device different from the “Default Audio Device”. As erpster4 notes on Tenforums: KB 4489899 causes that problem only if there are multiple audio outputs or playback devices for Realtek HD audio (speakers, realtek digital output [SPDIF], etc.) and the output selected is not the "default audio device." If only the "Speakers" output is listed on the Sound properties playback tab for Realtek audio (usually on ALC2xx codecs), then KB 449899 is safe to install. In addition, this month’s KB 4489899 doesn’t fix the MSXML 6 bug introduced by the first cumulative update in January: After installing this update, MSXML6 causes applications to stop responding if an exception was thrown during node operations, such as appendChild(), insertBefore(), and moveNode(). Makes you wonder if 1809 will get the "ready for business deployment" imprimatur before 1903 hits the skids. Er, goes out the chute. That's how it's supposed to work, yes? Servicing Stack Update for Win7 Here’s where the going gets a bit thick. As explained in November, Microsoft is changing the way it’s signing patches for Win7. Starting in July, your Win7 machine has to understand SHA-2 encryption in order to receive new patches. (Yes, this is the same Win7 that’ll no longer receive new security patches next January.) Microsoft released two SHA-2 related patches. KB 4490628 is a Servicing Stack Update — it fixes the part of Windows 7 that installs patches. KB 4474419 fixes Windows itself so it can handle SHA-2 encryption. As @DrBonzo explains, and @PKCano reiterates, if you’re manually installing Win7 patches, you need the Servicing Stack Update KB 4490628 before you install this month’s patches. (If you let Windows Update install the patches, it’ll get installed first.) Then the Windows-only fix KB 4474419 can follow along any time before July. If you’re installing the Win7 updates manually, there’s a specific installation sequence detailed by @PKCano that ensures the updates go in the correct order. Dearth of Office patches With all the love being showered on Windows 7 this week (including DirectX 12 for some games, and more annoying “Get Windows 10” nag screens), you might expect more sweetness and light for Office apps. Not so. We only have six new Office security patches, to add to the 28 non-security patches from earlier this month: one for Office 2010 and five for various Server versions. Remarkably, there are no new security patches for Office 2013 or 2016, although we do have two new versions of Office Click-toRun: 15.0.5119.1000 for Office 2013; 14.0.7230.5000 for Office 2010. Thanks to @PKCano, @DrBonz, @abbodi86 and many others who volunteer their help keeping the patching gremlins at bay. Questions? Problems? Hit us on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
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  6. With a few lingering holes plugged in the past couple of days, it looks like the coast is clear for applying the February 2019 Windows, Office and Net patches. But there are some troubling reports of bluescreens with the Win 8.1 Monthly Rollup. Franck V. (CC0) Microsoft’s February patches have been relatively benign, for all except those running Windows 8.1. Since I wrote about the outstanding problems last week, we’ve had a few interesting new developments: Microsoft released the second February cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1809, KB 4482887. It has three dozen bug fixes, including a fix for the Access95-era Jet database bug, but appears to be quite solid. There’s a mysterious new “Compatibility update for upgrading to and recovering Windows 10, version 1809: March 1, 2019” KB 4489491 that’s so poorly documented it could do just about anything. I often wonder how admins with regulatory responsibilities can install stuff like this. The “Access 95 Jet database bug” introduced by this month’s Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups and Security-only patches now have standalone fixes in the Microsoft Catalog -- KB 4490511 for Win7 and KB 4490512 for Win8.1. I’m seeing reports of bluescreens after installing this month’s Win 8.1 Monthly Rollup, KB 4487000. If you’re using Windows 8.1, you should be prepared to roll back the Monthly Rollup. All of this comes in addition to the “Internet Explorer doesn’t understand the backslash” bug I described last week. @PKCano further admonishes, “Watch out for the KB 4491113 hotfix Cumulative update for IE 11, which can cause additional problems. Unless you are having that specific problem – and you can’t avoid using IE 11 – avoid the fix.” Susan Bradley’s detailed Master Patch List shows that we’re ready to go – even with this month’s NET patches. Win10 1809 rolling out slowly, slowly If you have any version of Win10, you’re in the crosshairs for Microsoft’s latest version pushed with the help of a new, improved, extraterrestrial superintelligent next-generation machine-learning model. People ask me why I’m so cynical about 1809. I’m not really all that cynical – in fact, it looks like Microsoft’s trying very hard to make this one better than all that came before. My skepticism stems from the fact that 1809 doesn’t bring anything I want to the table: A new clipboard that’s almost as good as decade-old free plugins; better screenshots with markup; Storage Sense improvements that are disabled by default for good reason; and a handful of ho-hum features. Should you upgrade your machine for that? Bottom line remains the same: Unless you want Win10 version 1809 on your machine, you need to proactively block it until you’re comfortable with moving on to the next, arguably better version of the last version of Windows. Update how-to Here’s how to get your system updated the (relatively) safe way. Step 1. Make a full system image backup before you install the February patches. There’s a non-zero chance that the patches — even the latest, greatest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Best to have a backup that you can reinstall even if your machine refuses to boot. This is in addition to the usual need for System Restore points. There are plenty of full-image backup products, including at least two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup. For Win 7 users, If you aren’t making backups regularly, take a look at this thread started by Cybertooth for details. You have good options, both free and not-so-free. Step 2. For Win7 and 8.1: Microsoft is blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 on recent computers. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a PC that’s 18 months old or newer, follow the instructions in AKB 2000006 or @MrBrian’s summary of @radosuaf’s method to make sure you can use Windows Update to get updates applied. If you’re very concerned about Microsoft’s snooping on you and want to install just security patches, realize that the privacy path’s getting more difficult. The old “Group B” — security patches only — isn’t dead, but it’s no longer within the grasp of typical Windows customers. If you insist on manually installing security patches only, follow the instructions in @PKCano’s AKB 2000003 and be aware of @MrBrian’s recommendations for hiding any unwanted patches. For most Windows 7 and 8.1 users, I recommend following AKB 2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. Realize that some or all of the expected patches for February may not show up or, if they do show up, may not be checked. DON'T CHECK any unchecked patches. Unless you're very sure of yourself, DON'T GO LOOKING for additional patches. In particular, if you install the February Monthly Rollups or Cumulative Updates, you won’t need (and probably won’t see) the concomitant patches for January. Don't mess with Mother Microsoft. Watch out for driver updates — you’re far better off getting them from a manufacturer’s website. After you’ve installed the latest Monthly Rollup, if you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run through the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. If you want to thoroughly cut out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed instructions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Sustain Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollup Model. Realize that we don’t know what information Microsoft collects on Window 7 and 8.1 machines. But I’m starting to believe that information pushed to Microsoft’s servers for Win7 owners is almost as extensive as that pushed in Win10. Step 3. For Windows 10: If you’re running Win10 version 1709, or version 1803 (my current preference), you definitely want to block the forced upgrade to Win10 1809. Don’t get caught flat-footed: Microsoft is pushing 1809 slowly, but you don’t have to go when that superintelligent deployment program says you’re ready. Follow the advice in How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing. Of course, all bets are off if Microsoft, uh, forgets to honor its own settings. Those who run Win10 Pro/Education and followed my advice in February – to set “quality update” (cumulative update) deferrals to 15 days, per the screenshot – don’t need to do anything. Your machine already updated itself on the 27th. Don’t touch a thing and in particular don’t click Check for updates. Woody Leonhard For the rest of you, including those stuck with Win10 Home, go through the steps in "8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro." Make sure that you run Step 3, to hide any updates you don’t want (such as the Win10 1809 upgrade or any driver updates for non-Microsoft hardware) before proceeding. If you really want to hide everything, including the mysterious KB 4023057 patch I mentioned last week, you need to go through @PKCano’s steps to wring every last update out of your update queue. Microsoft hides some of them. Thanks to the dozens of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, especially @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86, and many others. We’ve moved to MS-DEFCON 4 on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: February's Windows and Office patches look ripe, but look out for Win 8.1 (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  7. Screenshot: Changelog: Patch changed to offline patch only. no online servers for this patch. Links: ProPresenter Homepage: http://www.renewedvision.com/propresenter.php Download Page: http://www.renewedvision.com/pro_download.php Instructions: Download the bundle above, extract using WinRAR or 7zip Install ProPresenter 6 , but DO NOT launch ProPresenter 6 after install. Run Patch as Administrator Run the local webserver by running launch.bat The webserver is required for activation to work Run ProPresenter Updating your ProPresenter to the latest version: Each version will have a separate thread, as it is not encouraged here to edit threads. Modules: Modules are pre-registered with the patch. Use them in the preferences pane. DO NOT CLICK demo modules or buy. Bibles: To Install Bibles: Click the Bibles Icon on the ProPresenter Toolbar Click the GEAR icon on the Bibles Window Click the Bibles Tab Click the Free Bibles Tab Install the bible you need. Local webserver must be running if the Offline Patch is made, otherwise patch the program to download from the web. ProPresenter version 6 for Mac SEE Kataklop's Thread on MacSerialJunkie (google is your friend) He regularly updates as the Mac version also updates. His links are being removed by RenewedVision and maybe mine would be gone too Good luck getting the patch for new versions Blame those guys who post contents of this forum elsewhere.
  8. Patch Tuesday’s tomorrow, which means today offers an excellent opportunity to make sure your machine is braced for impact. Here’s your step-by-step guide to blocking patches as they come out the chute, so you can install them according to your schedule, not Microsoft's. Thinkstock Those of you who feel it’s important to install Windows and Office patches the moment they come out – I salute you. The Windows world needs more cannon fodder. When the bugs come out, as they inevitably will, I hope you’ll drop by AskWoody.com and tell us all about them. For those who feel that, given Microsoft’s track record of pernicious patches, a bit of reticence is in order, I have some good news. Microsoft’s Security Response Center says that only a tiny percentage of patched security holes get exploited within 30 days of the patch becoming available. Yes, it’s possible that you’ll be among the unlucky few. But in my experience, if you steer clear of Internet Explorer and Edge, and avoid hideously buggy packages like Adobe Flash and Reader, you’re much better off waiting a couple of weeks before applying the latest patches. Of course, you have to patch sooner or later. In some rare cases, you need to install specific patches shortly after they’re released. We’ll warn you about the stinkers. But in almost all cases, you can afford to wait a couple of weeks to get patches installed – and that’s usually enough time for the bad bugs to show themselves. Blocking automatic update on Win7 and 8.1 It’s true. Windows 7 originally shipped with an automatic update feature that was turned off by default. How times change, eh? If you’re using Windows 7 or 8.1, click Start > Control Panel > System and Security. Under Windows Update, click the "Turn automatic updating on or off" link. Click the "Change Settings" link on the left. Verify that you have Important Updates set to "Never check for updates (not recommended)" and click OK. Blocking automatic update on Windows 10 Pro If you’re using Windows 10 Pro version 1709, 1803, or 1809, I recommend an update blocking technique that Microsoft lists for “Broad Release” in its obscure Build deployment rings for Windows 10 updates -- which is intended for admins, but applies to you, too. (Thx, @zero2dash) Step 1. Using an administrative account, click Start > Settings > Update & Security. Step 2. On the left, choose Windows Update. On the right, click the link for Advanced options. You see the settings in the screenshot. Woody Leonhard Step 3. To pull yourself out of beta testing, in the first box, choose Semi-Annual Channel. ("Semi-Annual Channel" is this month's bafflegab version of the old "Current Branch for Business," which was a euphemism for "ready for paying customers.") Step 4. To further delay new versions until they’ve been minimally tested, set the “feature update” deferral setting to 120 days or more. That tells the Windows Updater (unless Microsoft makes another “mistake,” as it has numerous times in the past) that it should wait until 120 days after a new version is declared ready for broad deployment before upgrading and re-installing Windows on your machine. That has the added benefit of blocking Microsoft’s forced upgrade to Win10 version 1809, if you're on 1703 or 1709. You should choose when you want to upgrade. Don’t leave it up to Microsoft’s “next generation advanced learning” algorithm which, presumably, is more advanced than the current-generation advanced learning algorithm. Step 5. To delay cumulative updates, set the “quality update” deferral to 15 days or so. (“Quality update” = bug fix.) In my experience, Microsoft usually yanks bad Win10 cumulative updates within a couple of weeks of their initial release. By setting this to 10 or 15 or 20 days, Win10 will update itself after the major screams of pain have subsided and (with some luck) the bad cumulative updates have been pulled or re-issued. Step 6. Just “X” out of the settings pane. You don’t need to explicitly save anything. Step 7. Don’t click Check for updates. Ever. If there are any real howlers – months where the cumulative updates were irretrievably bad, and never got any better, as they were in July of last year – we’ll let you know, loud and clear. Tired old approach for Windows 10 Home Here’s the thing about Windows 10 Home. Microsoft considers Home customers fair game. They really should call it Win10 Guinea Pig edition. Microsoft has no qualms whatsoever in pushing its new, untested (perhaps I should say “less-than-thoroughly-tested”) updates and upgrades onto Windows 10 Home machines. This isn’t a mistake or an oversight. Win10 Home customers by design are Microsoft’s extended beta-plus testing force. Cannon fodder. It’s been that way since day one. As Susan Bradley says, “Every version of Windows should be able to defer and pause updates…. Microsoft, your customers deserve better than this.” If upgrading to Win10 Pro isn’t an option – and I sympathize if you’d rather not hand over another $100 to Microsoft for something that should come standard – your only other reasonable option is to set your internet connection to “metered.” Metered connections are an update-blocking kludge that seems to work to fend off cumulative updates, but as best I can tell still doesn’t have Microsoft’s official endorsement as a cumulative update prophylactic. To set your Ethernet connection as metered: Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet. On the left, choose Ethernet. On the right, click on your Ethernet connection. Then move the slider for Metered connection to On. To set your Wi-Fi connection as metered: Click Start > Settings > Network & Internet. On the left, choose Wi-Fi. On the right, click on your Wi-Fi connection. Move the slider for Metered connection to On. If you set your internet connection to metered, you need to watch closely as the month unfolds, and judge when it’s safe to let the demons in the door. At that point, turn “metered” off, and just let your machine update itself. Don’t click Check for updates. The current beta test version of the next (“19H1” or “1903”) version of Win10 Home includes the ability to Pause updates for seven days. While that’s certainly a step in the right direction, it doesn’t help much in the real world: You can only Pause once, and only for seven days You can’t Pause again without accepting all backed-up updates in the interim You have to know in advance that a bad update is coming down the pike – there’s no warning All of which makes Win10 Home “Pause updates” a really nifty marketing setting (“Look! You can pause updates in Win10 Home!”) that’s basically useless. Unless you’re Carnac the Magnificent. We’re at MS-DEFCON 2 on AskWoody. Source: News Analysis: It's time to block Windows Automatic Updating (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  9. It’s a combination of things, but mostly it’s a shift in focus. Thinkstock Sometime this spring, Windows 10 will get its next update, which has become a twice-a-year ritual. Several years ago, Microsoft decided Windows 10 would be the last big-bang update for the operating system, as the company moved the OS to a Windows-as-a-service model. There’s no longer any need to buy a new version of Windows. It gets updated twice a year (and at no charge, since Windows as a service is not a subscription model), with security updates and bug fixes sandwiched in between. That’s certainly easy on the pocketbook. And it makes getting the latest and greatest version of the operating system easy as well. No need for ugly, messy, disk-based upgrades. It happens automatically over the internet. There’s only one problem with that approach: There haven’t been any “latest and greatest” features introduced into Windows for quite some time. And don’t be surprised if there never will be again. Under Windows as a service, the operating system gets more stable over time and patched more quickly. But the days of looking forward to something new and exciting in Windows are long gone. What you see today is essentially what you get tomorrow. I’ll explain why. First, let’s take a look at just at how ho-hum the last three of Windows 10’s updates have been and how few interesting features will be introduced in the next one. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, released in October 2017, tweaked OneDrive, introduced a moderately useful feature called My People that made it a bit easier to communicate with a few selected contacts, and failed miserably at trying to link Windows to Android and iOS phones. The next one, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, introduced one interesting new feature, Timeline, that lets you resume your previous activities, but it’s somewhat crippled because it works with only a handful of select, Microsoft-created applications. The best feature of the most recent update, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, was the moderately useful, powered-up Windows Clipboard. But given that a similar feature had been part of Windows more than three decades ago in Windows 1.0, and later killed, it’s not exactly a new idea. As for the next semiannual upgrade, due out this spring, don’t expect much. The preview builds have so far been underwhelming, including a tweaked Start menu, a new “Light” colour theme, and the ability to pause updates for a limited amount of time. Are you popping the champagne corks yet? I didn’t think so. Is Microsoft not working on anything for Windows that we might call major? Well, back in 2017, it announced that it was bringing a truly innovative feature to Windows 10 called Sets. Sets would put tabs into applications, not just browsers, and let you create documents that would combine multiple apps — for example, a Word document that had browser tabs on it for accessing any online research you’ve done. But announcing a killer feature is one thing, and delivering it is another thing entirely. And Microsoft has included the Sets feature in multiple previews of its twice-annual Windows updates, only to later pull it before release because Microsoft couldn’t get it to work properly. It won’t be in this spring’s update, either. Don’t be surprised if it never makes it into Windows 10. Why is this happening? One commentator, on Ars Technica, faults the process that Microsoft uses to develop Windows. He points out that Windows has a massive, complicated codebase, some of it ancient by tech standards. Before the Windows-as-a-service days, new versions of Windows were released every two to three years. That gave the company more time to develop and test new features. With twice-annual updates, the development process has been compressed into as little as one-sixth the time previously available. That makes it far more difficult to introduce significant new features that are bug-free. That’s true. But it’s not the primary reason there may never be a killer feature introduced into Windows. The real reason has more to do with business than with the development process. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has made a concerted effort to move Windows away from the core of the company’s business. He’s moved Microsoft’s focus toward the cloud and is also making sure Microsoft’s products are more open and work with other technologies, including open source, iOS and Android. That means more development time is spent on those capabilities than on introducing new Windows features. It’s worked spectacularly, with a resurgent Microsoft at times topping the list of the world’s most valuable public companies. So expect Windows to continue to become more reliable and stable over time, as it has been getting under the Windows-as-a-service strategy. And expect useful tweaks here and there. But don’t look for any new killer features. Under Microsoft’s successful pivot to the cloud, there’s no reason to develop and release them. Source: Why Windows may never get another killer feature (Computerworld - Preston Gralla)
  10. There are some rather obscure issues, but by and large, now’s a very good time to get Windows and Office caught up on patching. If you want to avoid Win10 1809 for now, block it. Watch out for the, uh, edge cases, and patch away. Thinkstock/Microsoft Compared to some months last year, January has been a Microsoft patching cakewalk. We had several rounds of close calls and missed calls, as I posted earlier this week, but almost everything is cleared up. We’ve seen a few more problems raise their ugly heads in the past few days: Microsoft has confirmed that the latest version of Office Click-to-Run (which you’re likely using if you have Office 365) makes the conversation window disappear in Skype for Business 2016. The Windows 8.1 Monthly Rollup, KB 4480963, breaks the Live Migration feature on older AMD Opteron machines. We’re still waiting for confirmation on that one. Citrix confirms (but Microsoft hasn’t acknowledged) that the latest Win10 1803 cumulative update, KB 4480976, causes page file problems when the page file isn’t sitting on C:. More details on Tenforums. Those are typical Microsoft edge-use bugs: They don’t affect many people, but if you’re one of the stuckees, you’re up the ol’ creek. There’s an additional, ongoing problem that deserves repeating for you Windows 7 customers who are sharing files on home networks. Both KB 4480970, the January Monthly Rollup, and KB 4480960, the Security-only patch, have a bug that can break your network. The only solution is to manually install a Silver Bullet patch, KB 4487345 — and that doesn’t always work. Details in my Patch Alert article. Win10 1809 rolling out slowly, slowly If you have any version of Win10, you’re in the crosshairs for Microsoft’s latest version pushed with the help of a new, improved, extraterrestrial superintelligent next-generation machine-learning model. People ask me why I’m so cynical about 1809. I’m not really all that cynical — in fact, it looks like Microsoft’s trying very hard to make this one better than all that came before. My skepticism stems from the fact that 1809 doesn’t bring to the table anything I want: A new clipboard that’s almost as good as decade-old free plugins; better screenshots with markup; Storage Sense improvements that are disabled by default for good reason; and a handful of ho-hum features. Should you upgrade your machine for that? Bottom line remains the same: Unless you want Win10 version 1809 on your machine, you need to proactively block it until you’re comfortable with moving on to the next, arguably better version of the last version of Windows. Update Here’s how to get your system updated the (relatively) safe way. Step 1. Make a full system image backup before you install the January patches. There’s a non-zero chance that the patches — even the latest, greatest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. Best to have a backup that you can reinstall even if your machine refuses to boot. This, in addition to the usual need for System Restore points. There are plenty of full-image backup products, including at least two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup. For Win 7 users, If you aren’t making backups regularly, take a look at this thread started by Cybertooth for details. You have good options, both free and not-so-free. Step 2. For Win7 and 8.1 Microsoft is blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 on recent computers. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a PC that’s 18 months old or newer, follow the instructions in AKB 2000006 or @MrBrian’s summary of @radosuaf’s method to make sure you can use Windows Update to get updates applied. If you’re very concerned about Microsoft’s snooping on you and want to install just security patches, realize that the privacy path’s getting more difficult. The old “Group B” — security patches only — isn’t dead, but it’s no longer within the grasp of typical Windows customers. If you insist on manually installing security patches only, follow the instructions in @PKCano’s AKB 2000003 and be aware of @MrBrian’s recommendations for hiding any unwanted patches. For most Windows 7 and 8.1 users, I recommend following AKB 2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. Realize that some or all of the expected patches for December may not show up or, if they do show up, may not be checked. DON'T CHECK any unchecked patches. Unless you're very sure of yourself, DON'T GO LOOKING for additional patches. In particular, if you install the January Monthly Rollups or Cumulative Updates, you won’t need (and probably won’t see) the concomitant patches for December. Don't mess with Mother Microsoft. Watch out for driver updates — you’re far better off getting them from a manufacturer’s website. After you’ve installed the latest Monthly Rollup, if you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run through the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. If you want to thoroughly cut out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed instructions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Sustain Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollup Model. Realize that we don’t know what information Microsoft collects on Window 7 and 8.1 machines. But I’m starting to believe that information pushed to Microsoft’s servers for Win7 owners is nearing equality to that pushed in Win10. Step 3. For Windows 10 If you’re running Win10 version 1709, or version 1803 (my current preference), you definitely want to block the forced upgrade to Win10 1809. Don’t get caught flat-footed: Microsoft is pushing 1809 slowly, but you don’t have to go when that superintelligent deployment program says you’re ready. Follow the advice in How to block the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, version 1809, from installing. Of course, all bets are off if Microsoft, uh, forgets to honor its own settings. Those of you who run Win10 Pro/Education and followed my advice in November — to set “quality update” (cumulative update) deferrals to 15 days, per the screenshot — don’t need to do anything. Your machine already updated itself on the 23rd. Don’t touch a thing and in particular don’t click "Check for Updates." Woody Leonhard For the rest of you, including those of you stuck with Win10 Home, go through the steps in "8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro." Make sure that you run Step 3, to hide any updates you don’t want (such the Win10 1809 upgrade or any driver updates for non-Microsoft hardware) before proceeding. If you really want to hide everything, including the gonzo KB 4023057 patch I mentioned earlier this week, you need to go through @PKCano’s steps to wring every last update out of your update queue. Microsoft hides some of them. This month make sure you’re the windshield, not the bug. Thanks to the dozens of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, especially @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86, and many others. We’ve moved to MS-DEFCON 4 on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: The January Windows and Office patches are good to go (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
  11. Patches are crawling out of the woodwork, and bugs follow as night unto day. Be particularly cautious if you’re running a turn-of-the-century database application; and if you don’t want to be forced to Win10 1809, get your shields up. Thinkstock/Microsoft In general, the January patches look relatively benign, but for some folks in some situations they can bite. Hard. On the surface we’ve seen the usual Patch Tuesday Cumulative Updates and secondary Cumulative Updates for all versions of Windows 10. Microsoft calls the secondary Cumulative Updates “optional” because you only get them if you click “Check for updates.” Windows 7 and 8.1 got their usual Monthly Rollups, but there’s a problem. Specifically, this month’s Win7 Monthly Rollup has a couple of bugs that are only fixed if you install the preview of February’s Monthly Rollup. Which makes no sense at all, but that’s Microsoft. There’s another Win7 Monthly Rollup bug that’s fixed by installing a different “silver bullet” patch. A Win10 version 1809 .NET patch, KB 4481031, rolled out as a Preview when it wasn’t. Some folks woke up one morning to a notification that their PC was no longer activated. That was a bug on Microsoft’s side. Oops. Office 2010 took one on the chin. Two, actually. And it looks like the Japanese calendar problem’s still there, with “fixes” bringing Word, Excel and Access to a halt. And then there’s a reprisal of the mysterious KB 4023057 “update reliability” patch, throwing error 0x80070643 on some machines. It’s been a patch pokin’ month. Windows 10 All of the extant versions of Windows 10 got Patch Tuesday cumulative updates this month, and then the usual second round of cumulative updates. The former came down the Automatic Update chute; the latter lie in wait unless you click “Check for updates.” That’s been the common, infuriating, behavior for several months. Nothing new. What isnew is the remarkable delay in releasing the second patch for Win10 version 1809 – the KB 4476976 “October 2019 Update.” Microsoft held onto that patch for an extra week, putting it through an unusual second round of beta tests in the Windows Insider Preview Ring. That’s great news: It shows Microsoft’s taking its time to push out the 1809 updates. It remains to be seen if the new-found restraint will result in less-buggy patches, but slowing down the gauntlet certainly rates as a step in the right direction. The two major bugs in all of this month’s Win10 patches are the acknowledged ones: Applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 97 file format may fail to open if the database has column names greater than 32 characters. The database will fail to open with the error, “Unrecognized Database Format”. After installing KB4480966, some users report that they cannot load a webpage in Microsoft Edge using a local IP address. Browsing fails or the webpage may become unresponsive. The first bug strikes (old!) applications written in Access 97 and in other database packages. There’s a manual solution, but it isn’t pretty, and it requires you to convert the database to a newer format. That’s not welcome news to anyone who’s nursing an old database. The second bug has a simple workaround: Don’t use Edge. As if you needed me to tell you that. Win10 version 1809 .NET patch KB 4481031 This was yet another Keystone Kops patch. Microsoft originally released KB 4481031 with a KB article that said it was a “Preview of Cumulative Update.” It was actually a real patch. Microsoft pushed KB 4481031 out the Windows Update chute. That, we were told two days later, was a mistake. Right now, I’m told, KB 4481031 is a for-real cumulative update that’s only being pushed to people who click “Check for updates.” Windows 7 and 8.1 I don’t believe the conspiracy theories – that Microsoft’s intentionally planting bugs in Win7 patches to prod people on to Win10. But I do believe the complacency theories – that Microsoft’s focusing on Win10 efforts to the detriment of Win7 users, in particular. This month we saw two big bugs introduced in the Win7 Monthly Rollup, along with the Access 97 file format problem in Win10: Local users who are part of the local “Administrators“ group may not be able to remotely access shares on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 machines after installing the Jan. 8 security updates. This does not affect domain accounts in the local "Administrators" group. Some programs don’t display F1 Help correctly. The first problem is pretty specific: You have to be running a peer-to-peer network, and the person trying to get to the shared folders has to have an administrator account on the shared folder’s PC. Microsoft released a “Silver Bullet” patch for this specific problem, KB 4487345. Susan Bradley has a more detailed explanation – and advice if KB 4487345 doesn’t work – in her Patch Watch column. The second problem (which isn’t acknowledged in the Monthly Rollup KB article) can be fixed by installing the preview of next month’sWin7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4480955. There’s an additional problem. Installing KB 4480970 (this month’s Monthly Rollup) or KB 4480960 (security-only) breaks RDP on Server 2008 R2 systems. It looks like installing the Silver Bullet patch KB 4487345 also fixes this problem. Patch Tuesday also brought an embarrassing barrage of activation failures and “Not genuine” / ”counterfeit copy of Windows” notifications on Win7 machines with volume licenses. Microsoft has confirmed that the problem isn’t with this month’s update, it’s with Microsoft’s activation servers. Which have since been fixed. Supposedly. Windows 8.1 continues its admirable stretch as the most stable version of Windows yet. KB 4023057 reappears Now in its 50th-or-so incarnation, KB 4023057, the “update reliability improvement” rolled out to Win10 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803 machines. Microsoft still hasn’t said what KB 4023057 actually does, the KB article is a baffling bit of bull… pablum. Speculation is that KB 4023057 blasts away any impediments you’ve set to the automatic installer. @ch100 on AskWoody has offered the only explanation that makes sense to me: KB4023057 was and still is one of the most weird and unexplained updates in the recent times. This update has never been offered to WSUS, but only to Windows Update. This would indicate that it [was] meant for unmanaged end-users and unmanaged small business users… This patch may be harmless, but why it was released and where it actually applies, it is still a mystery. More Office 2010 messes Patch Tuesday also brought KB 4461614, an Office 2010 security update. Unfortunately, as soon as you install that patch, Access and Excel stop working. Ten days later, Microsoft issued a replacement, KB 4462157. Now we have notices that KB 4462157 breaks Office 2010 entirely on Windows XP machines. Pro tip: If you’re still running XP, you have worse things to worry about. We’ll keep you posted on patches on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft Patch Alert: January patches include a reprisal of KB 4023057 and a swarm of lesser bugs (Computerworld - Woody Leonhard)
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  13. The following guide demonstrates how to disable auto suggest functionality in Windows Explorer (File Explorer) and the Run box on Windows devices. When you type something in Explorer's location field, suggestions are displayed based on certain factors, e.g. if a file of that name is found on the desktop. The same happens when you launch the run box on Windows using Windows-R when you use it to run commands. Some users may like the functionality as it makes it easy to select one of the suggested options to save time; others may dislike it for a number of reasons such as never using these suggestions and disliking the fact that the suggest menu hides some of the content in Explorer. Windows administrators have two options to deal with the issue: Make a change in the Windows Registry to turn suggestions off. Use the Internet Options to do that instead. Using the Windows Registry You can turn off suggestions in Explorer and the Run box in the Registry. Note that you need elevated rights to make changes to the Registry. Open the Start Menu on the Windows device. Type regedit and select the result. Confirm the UAC prompt that is displayed. Go to Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoComplete Note: if AutoComplete does not exist, right-click on Explorer and select New > Key. Name it AutoComplete. Right-click on AutoComplete and select New > String Value. Name the String AutoSuggest. Double-click on AutoSuggest and change the value to no. Restart the PC. Tip: if you don't need the auto-complete feature create another String under AutoComplete. Name it Append Completion (with a space), and set it to no as well. Using the Internet Properties If you don't want to make changes to the Registry, you may make the change in the Internet Options as well. Open the Start Menu on the Windows PC or use Windows-R to open the run box. Type inetcpl.cpl and hit return to open the Internet Options. Tip: check out our handy guide on opening Control Panel modules quickly using shortcuts. Windows 10: Switch to the Advanced tab. Scroll down until you find "Use inline AutoComplete in File Explorer and Run Dialog". Click ok. Windows 7: Switch to the Content tab. Activate Settings next to AutoComplete. Remove the checkmark from "Address bar". Click ok. Close the Internet Options. Closing words There does not seem to be a way to disable suggestions in just one application and not the other. Source: How to disable Auto Suggest in Explorer and Run Box on Windows (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  14. Wale, which stands for Windows Audio Loudness Equalizer, is a free open source software program for Windows to normalize Windows audio levels. Did you ever run into audio playback issues that caused the volume of audio to be too loud in application and not nearly loud enough in another? Or audio issues on the same site when you play different videos? While you can use the volume slider on websites, the native volume controls for applications that Windows provides to change the audio level or speaker volume controls, having to do so regularly is not overly comfortable. Windows Audio Loudness Equalizer attempts to fix the issue by adjusting audio playback while it is active on the Windows PC. Windows Audio Loudness Equalizer The program interface looks intimidating at first, and even more so if you are not familiar with certain audio-related terms. Note: Windows may throw a smartscreen warning when you try to install the program on the Windows PC. A scan on Virustotal came up negative except for one antivirus engine that reported a hit (Qihoo-360). A portable version is also available. Wale adds an icon to the system tray area that you need to interact with to configure it. A double-click opens the main interface which is divided into the three tabs View, Config, and Log. View displays information about running processes that play audio for the most part and some general audio related information. You may want to switch to Config on first start to configure base parameters; some of these may intimidate you even further but it is just a matter of trial and error to get the configuration right. The program has a "return to default" button to restore the program defaults. What you may want to do is verify that the base level is set correct. Volume will be louder if you increase the base level and quieter if you decrease it. You will notice that Wale adjusts the volume of application's that play audio automatically. The volume slider may adjust itself multiple times or even all the time to find the right playback level for audio. Wale supports a handful of additional configuration options: you may use them to set the process priority, update intervals and other variables. Closing Words and verdict Windows Audio Loudness Equalizer attempts to keep the volume of any audio playing on the Windows device it runs on in user defined levels. If you encounter too loud or too quiet audio often, even while using a single application, you may want to give it a try to improve your experience. Source: Different audio playback volumes annoy you? Wale for Windows fixes that (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. Microsoft released KB4481031, a cumulative update for the .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.7.2 for Windows 10 version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 on January 22, 2019. Several things were odd about the release: The patch was labeled as a preview, and it was available if users clicked on the "check for updates" button manually but also automatically through Windows Update. Some administrators thought that Microsoft made an error in the documentation of the update -- which happened in the past -- while others that someone at Microsoft pushed the wrong button, again, to push an update to devices run by admins who were not seeking for it actively. There is a reason why it is recommended to never hit the "check for updates" button manually on a device running Windows; it may push preview updates to stable versions of Windows or new feature updates that may not be ready yet for prime time. The cumulative .NET Framework update was listed as a preview update and as such, should never have been offered as an automatic update on Windows Updates. Microsoft updated the support page of the cumulative .NET Framework update. The company removed the "preview" label from the title and added a known issue to the description. The known issue describes an issue that is no longer in effect. Microsoft confirms that it distributed the KB4481031 update as an automatic update on Windows Update; this happened for a period of 24 hours before the delivery mechanics were changed. For 24 hours, this Jan 22, 2019 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.7.2 (KB4481031) was made available broadly on Windows Update as an automatic update. As of January 23, 2019, this update is no longer offered on Windows Update as an automatic update, but rather only to "seekers" who go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and then select Check for updates, as is expected. This update continues to be available on WSUS and Microsoft Update Catalog. The update is still available to users who click on the "check for updates" button in the Windows Update interface, and users who access it using WSUS or the Microsoft Update Catalog. No word on whether the updates will get removed from devices automatically but my guess is that won't happen. Administrators may want to check if the KB4481031 update is installed on devices they manage and remove it unless the update fixes an issue experienced on the devices. Closing Words Mistakes happen, but these kind of mistakes should not happen considering that they may push updates that are not ready for wider distribution to a large number of devices. I'm not sure how Microsoft vets updates before they are added to the automatic update distribution queue, but the use of "preview" should have been enough to verify if that preview update should indeed be added to the queue. Now You: How do you handle updates of your devices? (via Woody) Source: Microsoft confirms it distributed KB4481031 in error (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  16. The Startup options on this PC are configured incorrectly – Bitlocker error In this post, we will show you how to fix the error The Startup options on this PC are configured incorrectly for BitLocker. A user may see this error message when he tries to use BitLocker on a Windows system. BitLocker encryption is used to make use of its AES encryption technique to secure the whole volume. It is an alternate to EFS or Encrypting File System. BitLocker is preferred by those who wish to encrypt the whole disk rather than EFS which can encrypt individual files. BitLocker supports the following authentication mechanisms along with an optional escrow recovery key- TPM Only. TPM + PIN. TPM + PIN + USB Key. TPM + USB Key. USB Key. Password Only. This means that a user gets a lot of options for authentication when they use BitLocker. The Startup options on this PC are configured incorrectly You need to make sure that the BitLocker authentication requiring preboot keyboard is enabled in the Group Policy. Type gpedit in the Start search box and hit Enter to open the Group Policy Editor. Now, navigate to the following path inside the Group Policy Editor- Double-click on the configuration listing named as Disallow standard users from changing the PIN or Password to open the configuration page. Finally, set this Policy as Enabled. Now, you need to update this Group Policy. For that, start by opening CMD as Administrator and then execute the following command, gpupdate /force This will update the Group Policies in real time, and you will not be supposed to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. Source
  17. How to install VMware Tools on guest operating system VMware is among the well-known virtual machine software. It allows you to install a package of utilities called VMware Tools. By installing this package, you will get quite better performance related to graphics, sound, and management. If you want to install VMware Tools on a guest operating system, you can follow this article to learn the steps. Sometimes some features of VMware may not work without the VMware Tools package. Therefore, it is quite important to install that in case you are using Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and NetWare guest OS. Install VMware Tools on guest operating system As this VMware Tools package is OS-based, you need to create the virtual machine first. Once you have done that, close the VMware app completely and run VM as administrator and select the installation on your left-hand side. Log into your virtual machine. If you have multiple virtual machines, you need to choose the one where you want to install it. Next, go to VM > Install VMware Tools. It should open a prompt where you can find the installation wizard. If you do not see such a window, you need to press Win+R and type this- D:\setup.exe Here D is your virtual CD-ROM drive. In one window, you will get an option to choose an option among Typical, Complete, Custom. It is suggested to use Typical when you want to install the tools for current VMware product only – but you can choose Complete if you’re going to run the virtual machine on more than one VMware products. After finishing the installation, you need to restart your virtual machine to get the effect. Source
  18. What are these 2 small blue arrow overlays which appear on desktop icons? If you have noticed an icon with 2 small blue overlays, then know that it has been placed there by the Windows OS to indicate that the file or folder has been compressed to save disk space. If you are looking for a way to remove these two blue compression arrows on desktop icons, then this post will show you how to do it. My younger daughter recently brought this to my notice and so I decided to write about it. 2 small blue overlays which appear on desktop icons You may have noticed several icons in your Windows operating system which have an overlay icon on it. This could be the most common overlay arrow icon, which indicates that the icon is a shortcut icon; or it could be a padlock icon, which would indicate that you have a private item in a non-private directory. Two small blue arrows on the top right corner of the icon indicate a compressed file or folder. To save disk space, the Windows operating system allows you to compress files and folders. When you compress a file, using the Windows File Compression function, the data is compressed using an algorithm, and re-written to occupy lesser space. When you access that file again, the data has to be again decompressed first before you can access it. Thus reading compressed files require more time and consume processing power too. The compression behavior is as follows: If you move a file from a DIFFERENT NTFS drive into a compressed folder, it is also compressed. If you move a file from the SAME NTFS drive into a compressed folder, the file retains its original state, either compressed or uncompressed. The 2-arrows can appear if you compressed the folder or file, or if you moved the file or folder into a compressed folder. Remove two blue compression arrows on desktop icons You have two ways of removing this icon overlay. The first is to decompress the file or folder and the other to prevent Windows from displaying this overlay icon even when the folder is compressed. In the latter case, you will not know simply by looking at the icon if the item is compressed or not and that could be a disadvantage. 1] Decompress via Properties To decompress a file or a folder, right-click on and the file or folder and under the General tab, select Advanced. Here uncheck the option to Compress contents to save disk space and click Apply/OK. Windows will start un-compressing the contents and the 2-arrows will disappear. 2] Registry method Before you begin, create a System Restore Point first. Now to remove the 2-arrows overlay icon, you will have to open Registry Editor. To do so, press Win+R in combination. In the empty field of the Run dialog box that appears on your computer screen, type regedit and hit Enter. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following location: Please note that, if the Shell Icons key does not exist, you will have to create it. To do so, select File Explorer, right-click Explorer, chose New and select ‘Key’ from the options displayed, and name the key as Shell Icons. If you already have Shell Icons, you will see a string 179 in the right panel of your window screen. If not, create a new String Value and name it 179. Now set its Value Data to the full path of a blank icon file. You will have to create a blank or transparent .ico file of size, or you can download this one from our servers and use it. Now, for removing the 2-arrows Icon Overlay, edit the string value 179 and insert the path of the blank .ico file you want to use. At any point in time, if you would like to restore to original settings, then simply delete the 179 String. Source
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  21. The vulnerability can further be used to conduct a denial-of-service attack on a machine. This is the fourth Windows zero-day discovered in last five months. A new zero-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system has been discovered recently. This is the fourth Windows zero-day discovered in last five months and it could allow attackers to overwrite a targeted file with random data. The exploit code of the vulnerability is published on GitHub by a security researcher who goes by the name of SandboxEscaper. By running the Proof-of-Concept (PoC), the researcher had managed to overwrite ‘pci.sys’ - by collecting software and hardware problems through the Windows Error Reporting (WER) event-based feedback infrastructure. ‘Pci.sys’ is a system component that helps in correctly booting the operating system. Limitations of the attack The exploit code published on GitHub works with some limitations. The researcher said that zero-day vulnerability discovered does not affect the CPU and that it takes a while to produce an effect on targeted systems. Explaining the reason behind this delay, SandboxEscaper said the bug relies on a race condition and other operations for the executing an attack. The impact of the vulnerability was confirmed by Will Dorman, a vulnerability analyst at CERT/CC, after he was able to reproduce the bug on a Windows 10 system - build 17134. Impact Since the target is ‘pci.sys’, SandboxEscaper highlights that the vulnerability can further be used to conduct a denial-of-service attack on a machine. It can also be used to disable third-party AV software. SandboxEscaper has informed Microsoft Security Response Center(MSRC) about the new bug. This is the second bug discovered by the researcher in this month. On December 19, SandboxEscaper had published a PoC of third zero-day vulnerability that could allow hackers to read protected files. source
  22. IT administrators certainly know that restricting the access certain users or user categories have in Windows 10 is a must, especially because the changes they could make may eventually affect system performance and stability. Setting up the level of access could even come in handy on home systems with more than one user account, though it goes without saying that this method is mostly used within large corporate networks. When trying to access files they aren’t allowed to load, users are provided with an access denied error, typically instructing them to get in touch with the system administrator. Windows comes with further settings in this regard, including options to customize the access denied message with all kinds of content, including even links which they would have to click to request access. First and foremost, let’s see where this option is located. You need to launch the Group Policy Editor by typing gpedit.msc in the Start menu and then navigate to this path:Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Access-Denied Assistance Without any tweaks, there are two different policies on the right side of the screen, and the one you’re going to use is called:Customize message for Access Denied errors By default, this policy is set to Not Configured, so you to double-click it to change its status. By enabling it, you can create a customized message that is displayed when users get an access denied error, with additional parameters (which you must set up) in the lower part of the screen. Microsoft explains in the description of the policy: “This policy setting specifies the message that users see when they are denied access to a file or folder. You can customize the Access Denied message to include additional text and links. You can also provide users with the ability to send an email to request access to the file or folder to which they were denied access.” Once enabled, the policy unlocks additional customization options, including setting up your own message to be displayed to users. There’s a dedicated setting to enable users to request assistance. As said, users can even send an email to IT admins in order to request access to the files they’re trying to open, and you can set up your own email that would be automatically used as the default template for this purpose. This option comes with its very own configuration settings, and you can set up the email recipient and email parameters, like including user and device claims and logging all messages in the Application and Services event log. If you don’t configure this setting, Windows will use the default access denied message, so keep this in mind if you’re planning to set up restrictions on the devices in your network. “If you do not configure this policy setting, users see a standard Access Denied message unless the file server is configured to display the customized Access Denied message. By default, users see the standard Access Denied message,” Microsoft explains. This policy was originally introduced in Windows 8, and it is also available in Windows RT (which is obviously a thing of the past already), Windows Server 2012, and newer OS versions like Windows 10. Setting up the policy that does require a system reboot and all the changes are applied automatically. Keep in mind that the restricted access must be enabled before activating this policy, alongside the assistance service. To do this, enable the policy called Enable access-denied assistance on client for all file types in the same location as the one mentioned above. Source
  23. Here are some of our top picks from the flurry of announcements coming out of CES 2019. DAN THORP-LANCASTER 10 Jan 2019 10 Look, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is never an easy thing to keep up with. With virtually every big tech brand under the sun arriving in Las Vegas with an onslaught of announcements (heck, even Apple made an appearance this year, albeit by proxy), it can prove to be a mind-melting experience just trying to take it all in. Luckily, we've been keeping track of every big announcement for Windows fans. And all told, CES 2019 has proven to be a blockbuster year for PC brands, particularly if you're into gaming. From VR innovations to huge gaming displays and a virtual torrent of new gaming laptops, here are our top 10 announcements for PC users from CES 2019, in no particular order. NVIDIA brings GeForce RTX graphics to laptops NVIDIA had one of the biggest keynotes to kick off the week, revealing what gamers had been anticipating for some time: GeForce RTX 20-series graphics chips are coming to laptops. Like their desktop counterparts, the RTX chips for laptops are based on NVIDIA's new Turing architecture. They also add support for real-time ray tracing, which heavily improves the realism of lighting in games that support it. That's in addition to cores dedicated to assisting with real-time rendering and image processing, along with an added dose of AI magic. Gamers should be able to pick up laptops sporting RTX graphics starting January 29, when machines packing RTX 2060 (which just made its desktop debut as well), RTX 2070, and RTX 2080 graphics are expected to launch. All three should boast significant performance increases over even their desktop-class GTX predecessors, giving gamers on the go an extra chunk of horsepower. Gaming laptops galore With the reveal of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 20-series graphics for notebooks, manufacturers came out of the woodwork to announce laptops sporting the new chips. Some of the most impressive laptops on display were the Razer Blade 15 Advanced, MSI's GS75 Stealth, and the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. Dell even got in on the game with an overhaul of its relatively affordable G5 and G7 laptops And if you were looking for this year's oddball standout, look no further than the ASUS Mothership, a gaming behemoth that somehow combines a ton of power with a detachable form factor reminiscent of Microsoft's Surface Pro. AMD throws down the gaming gauntlet Not content to sit back while NVIDIA soaked up all of the gaming fun, AMD had a big announcement of its own: the Radeon VII. While it doesn't support the same ray-tracing tech that has been a hot item with NVIDIA's RTX series, the Radeon VII represents the first 7nm gaming GPU to hit the market. Packed with 60 computer units running at up to 1.8GHz and 16GB of high-performance VRAM, the Radeon VII manages to achieve similar framerates as the GeForce RTX 2080 in popular games, while beating it out in some cases. In addition, the 7nm process that the Radeon VII chip is built on allows AMD to achieve up to 25 percent more performance than its predecessors without increasing its power draw, according to the company. Efficiency and power are the key terms here, and you'll be able to check it out for yourself soon. The Radeon VII is expected to go on sale on February 7, 2019, for $700. Laptop stunners While gaming laptops received the lion's share of attention this CES, there were plenty of stunning regular laptops to get excited about, as well. LG unveiled a couple of innovative updates to its gram lineup, including the incredibly light 17-inch gram and the new 2-in-1 gram 14 – a first for the range. Huawei was dressed to impress with the new MateBook 13, which could give the MacBook Air a run for its money in the style department. Meanwhile, Lenovo adopted some sleek styling of its own with the new Yoga S940, a traditional laptop that features tiny bezels around a stunning 4K display and Dolby Atmos support. Equally impressive was the ASUS StudioBook S, which manages to jam a 17-inch display into a 15-inch chassis. Oh, and for fans of Dell's XPS range, you finally won: the latest XPS 13 has moved the webcam above the screen. Intel teases 'Ice Lake' innovation If you were hoping to get a glimpse of what the future will hold for Intel's lineup of chips, the company didn't disappoint at CES 2019. During its keynote this week, Intel offered a peek at its upcoming "Ice Lake" processors, detailing new features coming with the move to the 10nm chips. Perhaps the biggest change is that Ice Lake chips will include native support for Thunderbolt 3 on the system on a chip (SoC) for the first time. Also included is support for Wi-Fi 6, the next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard that is only now starting to populate the market. Additionally, Ice Lake will include Gen 11 integrated graphics and special tweaks for machine learning tasks. Intel didn't stop there, though. The company revealed its new Project Athena initiative, which is ill-defined at the moment. According to Intel, the project is similar to its push to make "Ultrabook" a household name a few years ago, and it's using Project Athena as a rallying point to push its PC partners to develop the "future of mobile computing." The company also teased a new hybrid CPU it is working on, which combines high-powered cores with several low-powered cores to more efficiently handle computing tasks. The end result is a set of smaller chips living on the smallest motherboard Intel has created, which the company hopes will eventually find its way into innovative dual-screen devices and more. Oh, and if you're looking for more near-term initiatives, Intel is set to bring its 9th Gen Core processors to laptops during the second quarter of 2019. Ice Lake, meanwhile, is expected to arrive toward the end of 2019, as long as delays don't get in the way. Alienware stuffs desktop parts in a monster laptop We've already covered the cavalcade of gaming laptops that marched through CES 2019, but Dell's latest Alienware monster deserves its own spot. The new Alienware Area-51m is what you'd get if you stuffed a desktop PC into a laptop chassis. The goal with the Area-51m was to make absolutely everything user-upgradable, and Dell set out designing the laptop with that in mind. Inside, you'll find desktop-class processors and NVIDIA's latest RTX graphics for laptops, both of which can be upgraded. And that's not all; the RAM and storage drives can be swapped out, and Dell constructed the PC in a way that makes it easy to do just that, with smart labeling and easily accessible parts. Aside from its impressive components, the Area-51m just looks plain cool. Dell says that it was designed using a new "Industrial" design language, and it sports clean lines and neat lighting effects. So long as you're OK with what is bound to be terrible battery life, a chunky exterior, and the Area-51m's decidedly beefy 8.51-pound weight, it's quite intriguing. The Alienware Area-51m is expected to launch on January 29 for $2,550. Massive gaming displays When is a monitor just a TV by another name? That's a question that was sure to pop into many a mind when looking at HP's new Omen X Emperium display, a 65-inch gaming monitor with a matching soundbar. The massive display checks all of the boxes gamers will care about: 144Hz, G-Sync, 4K, and HDR. Whether you're gaming or checking out the latest episodes of your favorite shows on Netflix, the Omen X Emperium X can, at least on paper, fit the bill. Oh, and there's one more thing: HP designed a matching soundbar for the Omen X Emperium. Locking in just below the display, the soundbar packs three stereo amps at 120 watts, along with Low-Frequency Array tech that HP says should eliminate the need for a separate subwoofer. Just don't expect this thing to come cheap. HP is expected to launch the Omen X Emperium in February for a whopping $5,000. Dell brings your phone into VR While it had a lot of hardware to show off at CES, Dell has also been busy tweaking its software. The highlight from the show is Dell Mobile Connect, which will soon let you interact with your phone in VR. And we're not talking just responding to notifications. Dell Mobile Connect in VR will let you interact with your whole phone UI. That means, if you're grinding away with a particularly tough game in VR but need to take a break to check Twitter or send a text, there's no need to pull your headset off. Rather, Dell Mobile Connect will let you bring up your full phone UI on screen and interact with any apps just as you would holding your phone. Dell isn't giving any indication as to when the next version of Dell Mobile Connect with this VR wizardry will be available, but it should be coming "soon." Lenovo makes a cheaper Surface Studio One of the biggest barriers to entry for Microsoft's impressively sleek Surface Studio is its price. But as long as you're not a Microsoft hardware diehard, Lenovo may now have an alternative: the Yoga A940. There are two main things that make the Yoga A940 an incredibly intriguing alternative to the Surface Studio. First, its price: the PC starts at $2,350, which undercuts the Surface Studio by $1,150. Second, the Yoga A940 comes sporting a full desktop-class Intel Core i7-8700 processor, which is a big step up from the laptop-class processor in the Surface Studio. Available with a 27-inch Dolby Vision-capable display in either QHD or 4K options, the Yoga A940 packs a similar rotating arm mechanism as the Surface Studio. That allows artists to lower the display into position for drafting or sketching with an included pen. And while the AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics won't blow the pants off of any games, it is perfectly viable for creative applications. One of the other little tidbits that make the A940 interesting is the Lenovo Precision Dial, a Surface Dial-like device that can be plugged into either the right or left side of the display and can be used to toggle settings in apps, scroll, and much more. As a little bonus, the side of the A940 has a dedicated Qi charging pad for your phone and a holder for the pen. The Lenovo Yoga A940 is expected to hit stores in March. HTC debuts exciting innovations for Vive Lastly, HTC had a couple of new and interesting products to show off that should get VR fans salivating. The first is the HTC Vive Cosmos, a new VR headset that features inside-out tracking. That means, at least with the Vive Cosmos, you'll no longer have to set up base stations around your room. Instead, the Vive Cosmos can track your position and movement using cameras mounted on the headset itself. The goal with the Vive Cosmos, HTC said, was to create a headset that could be used almost anywhere. And while the company didn't explicitly say so, that statement left speculation open that the headset could eventually work with a phone instead of requiring a gaming PC. The other big announcement HTC had ready was the Vive Pro Eye, which takes a Vive Pro headset and adds "foveated rendering." Essentially, this is a revamped Vive Pro that sports a number of sensors inside to track your eyes. Foveated rendering is a graphics trick that allows your PC to draw what you're looking at in high quality, freeing up more resources by ramping down the quality on what you're not looking at. That technique could allow lower-powered graphics cards to run intense experiences, while more capable graphics cards could make what you're seeing look even better. With the eye-tracking sensors, developers can also create experiences that track exactly what you're looking at and respond accordingly. There's no release date set for either the Vive Pro Eye or Vive Cosmos just yet, but the Cosmos is expected to get a price and release date later in 2019. source
  24. Cortana has become a somewhat unwelcome feature in Windows 10, and Microsoft has been making increasing moves to distance themselves from their own voice assistant. The latest is disabling the Cortana voice-over when setting up Windows 10 for the first time in an enterprise setting. The changelog for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18309 notes: It appears the feature will still be available for Home users. The cacophony of PCs being set up automatically all reciting the same Cortana phrases has been a running joke this last year. Experience the horror in full below. Source
  25. I need some method to record my windows screen. I am taking CA classes online which doesn;t allow me to watch a video more than 5 times. I am not planning to sell their video classes but I think I should be able to watch some classes in case I am unable to understand any part clearly. The problem is everytime I login to software using login credentials, it automatically closes all running apps and doesn't allow to run anything else until I close the software running classes videos. I tried several screen recording softwares (camtasia, snagit, OBS Studio etc) and none worked. I dona't have a good video camera or I would have recorded using cam. Any Tips to record??
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