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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

Question: Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...lemetry-update-for-windows-7-pcs-508991.shtml

Believe it or not, one of the updates that made it possible for Microsoft to bring the Get Windows 10 nagware app on so many Windows 7 computers is back, this time without a clear reason.

KB2952664 landed on Windows 7 PCs on October 4, and Microsoft hasn?t yet provided us with information on why exactly it re-released this patch given the fact that it doesn?t seem to bring any notable changes.

According to the official KB page, this update is only supposed to improve the upgrade experience to Windows 10, but given the fact that free upgrades are no longer available, it?s hard to believe that this makes sense for anyone.



Telemetry update
On the other hand, it?s important to note that this is a telemetry update, so it helps Microsoft collect information on compatibility issues that might be experienced during the upgrade to Windows 10.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,? the official KB page reads.

And, of course, users have already started asking questions about this new update, with some believing that Microsoft is actually using the patch to collect more information from their computers.

?What is going on? Why is Microsoft update offering this update ?to prepare Windows 7 PCs to more easily update to the latest operating system? when the free offer for Windows 10 is over? [?] This is obviously just a way for Microsoft to find out more data about everyone?s PC to further their opportunities to make more money,? one user said on Microsoft?s Community forums.

There is no word from Microsoft regarding this new update, but for the moment, if you just want to stick with Windows 7, it?s better to avoid installing KB2952664.Click to expand...

Hmmm....interesting and not the paranoia

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Answer: Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

Probably intentional to get more users to upgrade to Windows 10.

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Even though this month?s Patch Tuesday was delayed, Microsoft rolled out non-security Office updates this week, targeting both Office 2013 and Office 2016 with a total of 17 patches.

But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

First and foremost, the Office patches. Microsoft shipped 5 different updates for Office 2013, with dedicated patches for OneDrive, Project, and Visio. Then, there?s Office 2016, which is getting not only general patches, but also updates that are specifically aimed at Access, OneDrive for Business, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, and Visio, bringing the total count to 12 updates.

Telemetry patches
In addition to these Office updates, Microsoft is also re-releasing KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1, respectively for a reason that?s not yet known.

As Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld notes, these updates first showed up at a time when everyone was struggling to deal with the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app, though Microsoft specifically mentions that they are not related to this application in any way.

Their official KB pages indeed indicate that both updates were re-released on March 7, while their descriptions point out that only users who are part of the Windows Consumer Experience Improvement Program should get them.

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Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Exterminator said:


But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Click to expand...

no big deal now , the CIA will own you (eventually)
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2652664, KB2976978 Telemetry Updates for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft has silently re-released two Windows telemetry updates that were linked to the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that the company pushed to Windows 7 and 8.1 users in mid-2015 to prepare the migration to Windows 10.

The company, however, does not disclose what exactly is new in KB2952664 for Windows 7 and KB 2976978 for Windows 8.1, providing just a generic description that doesn?t say much about their purpose.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update,? the company says on the KB page.
The two updates are currently listed as optional and it?s not known if the company wants to promote them to the important branch next week when it releases this month?s Patch Tuesday updates.

Telemetry updates
What?s also important to know is that these updates are supposed to be shipped to users in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and are listed as compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date.

In the past, the two updates were linked with telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and they launched a Windows task identified as Do... Read more

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)

Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday... these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/10/kb2652664-and-kb2976978-telemetry-updates-re-released-again/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3168397/microsoft-windows/microsoft-re-releases-snooping-patches-kb-2952664-kb-2976978.html

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You can read about and download/install the appropriate security patch from here:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...ate-to-block-wannacry-ransomware-515689.shtml

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REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. released a long-awaited security update for Windows XP (news - web sites) computers on Friday, a response to the growing number of security shortcomings in the market-dominant operating system.

The free upgrade won't be available to everyone right away, however. Microsoft said the timing will depend on several factors, including customers' Internet usage, location and language as well as the overall demand for the package, dubbed Service Pack 2.
Customizing the fixes in 25 languages will take two months, the company said.
English-language users will get the update earlier as Microsoft distributes it to computer manufacturers, companies and home users through downloads, free CDs and other means.
The upgrade, which Chairman Bill Gates (news - web sites) said modifies less than 5 percent of the nearly 3-year-old operating system, is designed to make users safer from cyberattacks by sealing entries to viruses, better protecting personal data and fending off spyware.
For regular users, the most noticeable change will be a series of new prompts users will see. Users will be asked to actively give permission for programs to interact with their computers, so there is less chance they will be hit by a virus or inadvertently allow malicious software that can monitor computer activities.
 

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Basically, this cumulative update, labeled as KB3105213, includes security fixes specifically aimed at Windows 10 or other OS components, such as Microsoft Edge, which got its very own share of patches this month.

Here?s what?s included in the update, as explained by Microsoft:



3105256 MS15-122: Security update for Kerberos to address security feature bypass: November 10, 2015
3104521 MS15-119: Security update in TDX.sys to address elevation of privilege: November 10, 2015
3104507 MS15-118: Security updates in the .NET Framework to address elevation of privilege: November 10, 2015
3105864 MS15-115: Security update for Windows to address remote code execution: November 10, 2015
3104519 MS15-113: Cumulative security update for Microsoft Edge: November 10, 2015
3104517 MS15-112: Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: November 10, 2015Click to expand...

Source: Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3105213
 

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After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Microsoft has finally released the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update. The news comes two weeks after all of the other Windows 10 platforms saw the update, and Dona Sarkar said it would be available in the coming weeks.

The build that you'll be seeing today is 14393.67, which is a cumulative update that was offered to Insiders a week ago. If it's not entirely obvious, you'll need a phone that's officially supported for Windows 10 Mobile to grab today's update.

The Anniversary Update brings quite a few new features to your device. For one thing, Wallet now supports tap-to-pay. Well, to be more specific, it only supports NFC payments if you subscribe to one of seven banks and your phone is a Lumia 650, 950, or 950 XL.

You'll also find a few camera improvements, which is also exclusive to certain devices. Windows Camera will now have a panorama feature, and on the lock screen, you'll notice that the back button turns into a camera button.

Aside from improvements to Cortana and the Action Center, perhaps the most important improvement is the new UWP Skype Preview app. One of its biggest new features is that it won't beshut down in early 2017 like its Windows Phone 8 predecessor. It also supports light and dark themes, which is something that's huge in the Windows world.

Those are just a few of the improvements that you'll see in today's update. You can check out our full re... Read more

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Microsoft has just rolled out a new cumulative update for PCs running Windows 10 preview builds, so if you?re not part of the Insider program, you?re not going to see it.

What?s odd with this update is that it takes the version number to Windows 10 14393.82, which the exact same version that another cumulative update released by the company earlier this week brought. In fact, Microsoft even says that if you have the old update running on your computer, you?re not going to see the new one, which is kind of weird, given the fact that it also includes an exclusive change.

Microsoft explains that this new update brings the same fixes as the previous one, with just one exception, but because you can?t see it, you?re not going be able to get this improvement - the chances are that it?ll be part of another cumulative update planned for the next weeks, so you should receive it anyway at some point in the near future.

?We have released Cumulative Update (KB3176934) to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14393 on PCs which will bring the build number to 14393.82. This Cumulative Update includes the same fixes as KB3176932 but with an additional fix: Improved download size optimization of updates,? Microsoft explains.

Could be released to retail users soon

What?s also interesting is that these cumulative updates are currently available for insiders only, so retailer users are very likely to get them in the coming weeks when all the testing is completed.

Windows 10... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3176934

Installed great again. Win 10 AU is love Win 10 AU is life.
 

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Microsoft Releases Windows 7 and 8.1 Preview Update Rollups for December

Microsoft has rolled out new update rollup previews for Windows 7 and 8.1 to provide users with early access to next month?s patching cycle as per the company?s new approach that came into effect in October.

Specifically, Microsoft is no longer releasing individual patches, but rollups that include all updates for every month, and the company is giving users the chance to try out the next month's updates with so-called Security Monthly Quality Rollups available as optional.

Basically, these updates are only aimed at users who want to test in advance the company?s latest patches, but also for IT admins who need to prepare for the next Patch Tuesday cycle in their organizations. These updates are released on the third Tuesday of each month and can be downloaded from Microsoft?s Update Catalog.

A few hours ago, the company pushed this month?s preview for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems, and if you?re planning to install them, KB3197869 and KB3197875, respectively, are the ones you should be looking for.

What?s in these updates?
Individually, KB3197869 is called November 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and comes with improvements and bug fixes for the operating system and some of the built-in features - you can check out the full changelog in the box after the jump.

Additionally, KB3197875 is the November 2016 Preview of Monthly Qua... Read more

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Microsoft Releases Zune Update

Microsoft has released the new Zune 1.3 patch for all 12 people that own one. The update fixes a music ?skipping? issue and a few other minor things.

The software maker had originally hoped to have the update by midmonth, but the patch took slightly longer than it had hoped to develop and test. In addition to addressing the song-skipping issue, the Zune 1.3 software update aims to offer quicker syncing and improve a situation where the Zune's battery could drain more quickly after using the FM tuner.

Answer:Microsoft Releases Zune Update

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Microsoft has released the new Zune 1.3 patch for all 12 people that own one. The update fixes a music “skipping” issue and a few other minor things.




Talk about a wrongful shot at Zune. **** at my work alone there is over 20 people that own one. I know of at least 12 people in the UK that has it and they are not even for sale there. They got them from online auctions. So yeah this is such a wrong term to use.

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Hi All,
Like Office telemetry, I want to implement Windows Telemetry in my organization where I want to collect all the windows telemetry data into our local database.
Please let us know the steps which need to be performed to implement this.

Many Thanks,
Chandan

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The following was copied/pasted from http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-releases-another-surprising-windows-xp-security-update-kb982316-515938.shtml
Specifically, this new update is KB982316 and was published by Microsoft for Windows XP systems on May 19 [2017]. Even though no specifics are available, there’s a good chance this update fixes an NSA vulnerability exploited by hackers following the latest leaks from Shadow Brokers, so XP users are recommended to install it as soon as possible.
The update is only 492 KB in size and, according to Microsoft, it fixes a “security issues [that] has been identified and which could allow an authenticated local attacker to compromise your system and gain control over it.”

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Microsoft Releases Biggest-ever Security Update





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There are 16 groups of patches (called updates) in total. Microsoft says that two of them -- the Internet Explorer fix numbered MS10-071 and a Windows patch numbered MS10-076 -- should get top priority. Microsoft thinks attack code is likely to be developed that will target bugs fixed by both of those updates.







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Just because the other fixes are not rated critical does not mean they can be ignored. Symantec says 35 of the 49 bugs fixed on Tuesday could give hackers a way to run unauthorized software on a victim's machines, and Microsoft says attacks are likely to be developed that exploit some of the lower-rated issues as well.


Read the above link to see more...

And, here...

Answer:Microsoft Releases Biggest-ever Security Update

Tell me about it, going to be a long, busy weekend at work...

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From Softpedia

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 cumulative update for systems running the Anniversary Update (1607), but the company hasn?t provided any release notes, so it?s hard to tell what exactly it?s improving.

Windows 10 cumulative update KB3199209 is now available for download via Windows Update, and Microsoft isn?t saying a single thing about it, even though interest in such updates has been fairly big lately. There?s no KB page just yet, and the Windows 10 update history page hasn?t received an update, so there?s absolutely no info on it.

But even so, users are strongly recommended to download and install this new cumulative update, and until now, there are no reports of failed installs or any other issues experienced after deploying it. But as always, it could take a while until more users get to install it, so we?ll be keeping an eye out on reports to see if there?s something wrong with it.

Botched cumulative updates
The latest cumulative updates released by Microsoft have caused problems on quite a lot of computers, and in most of the cases, they failed to install with error messages that said almost nothing about what went wrong. Microsoft investigated all these complaints and released fixes, but even so, there are users who?re still unable to install cumulative updates.

In the case of KB3199209, Microsoft might be trying to fix issues that users have been reporting with previous cumulative updates, as the download size is quit... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Cumulative Update KB3199209

They can't say what it's effecting, most likely I will skip it till they open up.
Cool share Bora
 

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3201845

Microsoft has just rolled out a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) after previously testing with the help of users enrolled in the Windows Insider program.

Windows 10 cumulative update KB3201845 doesn?t bring any new operating system features, as it?s the case with all the other cumulative updates, but only fixes and performance improvements that you can read in full in the box at the end of the article.

For example, one such fix improves ?the reliability of mobile device management (MDM) disenrollment, Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM), Peripheral Component Interface and PowerShell,? according to the changelog.

There are also fixes for issues causing File Explorer to no prompt for credentials when a user logs on with a Microsoft account, as well as repairs for problems causing the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) client to fail installation when a device is re-imaged using the SCCM task sequence.

The update is called ?Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016: December 9, 2016? and is being shipped right now via Windows Update for computers running any of these two OS versions.

Installing fine here
As it happens when Microsoft rolls out a new cumulative update for Windows 10 computers, there are concerns that it could fail to install or cause other problems on the systems it?s supposed to be deployed on. This happened... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Cumulative Update KB3201845

Installed it. Took 10-15 minutes to install so be careful if you are in a hurry.
 

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Good to know about this Microsoft update. I find it strange that it wasn't installed automatically by Microsoft (Windows). I guess they know what they're doing. Sometimes i ask myself, do they really know??? Good news for XP users.....
GET THE SECURITY PATCH HERE >>>>> https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021
 

Answer:Microsoft releases MS14-021 update to address 0-day vulnerability

On my computer it has been offered for 8.1 and 7
It appears that whether it is offered depends on this

For systems running Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2:
The 2964358 update is for systems that have the 2929437 update installed.
The 2964444 update is for systems without the 2929437 update installed.
As if you install it without 2929437 IE11 will crash
Customers running Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, must first install the 2929437 update released in April, 2014 before installing the 2964358 update.
Thanks for the post and welcome to Tech Support Guy
 

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Good to know about this Microsoft update. I find it strange that it wasn't installed automatically by Microsoft (Windows). I guess they know what they're doing. Sometimes i ask myself, do they really know??? Good news for XP users.....
 
 
You can get the security patch HERE >>>>>    https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021

Answer:Microsoft releases MS14-021 update to address 0-day vulnerability

Thank You
I went to Windows Update and there it was, It is installing now.
Roger

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Just out today through Automatic Updates...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940510

This update enables Windows Vista to detect activation exploits that bypass product activation and that interfere with usual Windows operation. An exploit is a form of software that replaces or modifies authentic Windows components. When exploits are present on a system, it indicates that a software or hardware vendor may have tampered with genuine Windows to enable the sale of counterfeit software. Therefore, the security and the privacy of the computer are put at risk. After this update is installed, you will know if exploits are present on the system.Click to expand...

I wonder how many goofy pirates will install this without thinking?
 

Answer:Microsoft releases anti-pirate update (KB940510)

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This morning I powered up the computer and checked for updates. There were two optional updates. One update was for MSE and the other, as stated, KB2952664. This is a compatibility upgrade update for those who are participating in the Customer Experience
Improvement Program and performs diagnostics to see if current OS is able to upgrade to Win 10.
 
Well, this update showed up before as recommended not optional. I have no intention of upgrading. If I had, I would have taken the "free upgrade" when it was available. Why would I want to ruin a perfectly good system (that suits my needs and is tweaked to my preferences) to upgrade to a system that appears to be constantly experiencing problems.
 
I do not participate in the CEIP and I did not upgrade, so why is MS still pushing these types of updates??
 
Windows 7 will be my last OS from MS.

Answer:Windows Update KB2952664??

My only guess is Microsoft thinks people who eventually upgrade to Windows 10 will need this update. In October your only option will be to install rollup packages through WU. That update may eventually be included as Microsoft intends to have all previous fixes and reliability updates included in the rollup packages.
 
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3108407/windows/windows-7-and-8-1-updates-switching-to-cumulative-monthly-rollups-starting-in-october.html
 
On top of that, Microsoft intends to add older updates to the monthly rollup over time. Eventually, Microsoft wants to include every update between the “last baseline” for each operating system and the present. Presumably, that baseline is Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and the Windows 8.1 upgrade for Windows 8.
 
I presume this will include all the telemetry updates for Windows 7 I avoided. Security only updates will be available through the Windows Update Catalog but they will not be cumulative.

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Greetings to BC Community!!
 
Just attempted to install the latest 17 updates from M$. However KB2952664 failed to install. Never experienced any problems installing updates before and all usually go smoothly. This is a first for me. Just wondering if anyone else has had a problem with this particular update.
 
Regards............
 
Should have mentioned that I tried to install manually but it states there are no updates available. Then looked at installed updates and lo and behold it was there  So why does it show that it failed ?  Curious?
 
Any input would be graciously received.
 
Thanks.....................

Answer:Recent Windows Update KB2952664

I'm having an issue with updates today too. After installing if sends my PC into start up repair. I'm currently installing a few at a time to try to figure out which is the problem. Anybody else got this issue?
 
UPDATE:
I've now installed all updates except KB2949927. Strangely Windows Update reports this as a critical update but leaves it unticked. Do I try installing it or not?
UPDATE2:
I tried installing KB2949927 and that was indeed the update causing Startup Repair to launch and revert to a previous restore point. I've hidden that update for now but if anybody knows of the solution to this, please let me know.

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Hi,

Yesterday I decided that I want to upgrade my Windows 7 ultimate x64 to Windows 10. I never got the "Get windows 10" icon in my taskbar and was told I need to have Windows 7 SP1 installed, which I do have. I was also told that I would need the KB2952644 and KB3035583 updates. I tried downloading KB2952644 through windows update, but after my pc restarts to install the update, it says "Failure configuring windows, reverting changes" and I don't even see KB3035583 in windows update. I also tried manually updating by downloading it from here ( windows6.1-kb2952664-v10-x64_6cb844c61ff4a77098ee895e0f2904d494ff5d24.msu ) but it also gives me an error on installation. (Update could not be installed). I have never done any updates to windows since I installed it in 2011. Are there earlier updates I need to install first to be able to install these ones and also Windows 10?

I looked for a manual download of Windows 10 online and used this : https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10 and now it is downloading windows 10, but I have a few questions.

Will I need to insert a key to upgrade to windows 10? (I have a genuine version of windows, but I have lost my key. Is there a way I can find it on my computer?)
Will the upgrade even work since I didn't "reserve" my upgrade because I didn't get the ' Get Windows 10' icon in my taskbar?
Will I be able to revert back to Windows 7 without issues, should something go wrong? (I have made a system ... Read more

Answer:Windows Update Error with KB2952664

You need to install ALL windows updates.
You can recover your Key using the following tool - ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server (always assuming it's a genuine Key!)

As soon as you can get KB2952644 and KB3035583 to install, you'll be able to reserve your upgrade.

The errors in the CBSPersist file are interesting...
we need to see a full copy of the report produced by the MGADiag tool (download and save to desktop - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 )
Once saved, run the tool.
Click on the Continue button, which will produce the report.
To copy the report to your response, click on the Copy button in the tool (ignore any error messages at this point), and then paste (using either r-click/Paste, or Ctrl+V ) into your response.

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Microsoft Releases Broken Windows 7 Update to Fix Broken Windows 7 Update

Windows updates are still a huge pain in the neck for Microsoft, as the company is often hit with reports of failed installs and bugs caused by the botched patches that it ships every month.

This is what happened with the Windows 7 August Monthly patch rollup KB4034664, which introduced a series of problems affecting users with two monitors.

Basically, the update broke down the display on the second monitor, causing rendering issues that required a manual workaround provided by Microsoft itself and involving enabling Desktop Composition and then configure the main monitor in the monitor layout.

Earlier this week, however, Microsoft attempted to address the problem with a new patch, which would have made the manual workaround pretty much unneeded. But it looks like the KB4039884 update in charging of doing the whole magic is broken as well and introducing a series of other problems on Windows 7 systems.

New update, new bugs
As Woody Leonhard notes, there are users complaining that this update, despite installing fine, restores a number of update files to old versions, which in its turn triggers notifications for more than 20 important and recommended updates in Windows Update, even though all these patches have already been installed.

Removing the update eliminates the bug as well, but without it, the only way to deal with the dual monitor bug is to turn to the manual workaround.

Microsoft itsel... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Broken Windows 7 Update to Fix Broken Windows 7 Update

Lol. MT really needs a facepalm emoji.
 

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We knew this already, but a nice read nevertheless!!

Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.

What I have done for this analysis:
I have installed DD-WRT on a router connected to the internet and configured remote logging to the Linux Mint laptop in #2.
I have installed Linux Mint on a laptop, and setup rsyslog to accept remote logging from the DD-WRT router.
I have installed Virtualbox on the Linux Mint laptop, and installed Windows 10 EnterprisePNG on Virtualbox. I have chosen the customized installation option where I disabled three pages of tracking options.
I have configured the DD-WRT router to drop and log all connection attempts via iptables through the DD-WRT router by Windows 10 Enterprise.
Aside from installing Windows 10 Enterprise, and verifying the internet connection through ipconfig and ping yahoo.com, I have not used the Windows 10 installation at all (the basis for the first part of th... Read more

Answer:Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers

Of course it does,following their new motto "Microsoft as a service"
 

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So much for Microsoft's "we won't sell your data to third parties".

http://betanews.com/2016/11/24/microsoft-shares-windows-10-telemetry-data-with-third-parties/
 

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Anyone have this?

Just received this, this morning. Checked my installed updates and it shows successful install on 2/10/15. Haven't run updates cleanup since early January.

Should I install or hide it?

Answer:Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)?

It's an updated version of the Compatibility module - it'll reappear next time it's updated (like Bing used to) if you hide it now.

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Quote:
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)
Download size: 4.7 MB - 4.8 MB
You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.
Update type: Recommended
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of
the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft
Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you
may have to restart your computer.

More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2952664

Help and Support:
http://support.microsoft.com







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Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7

Introduction

This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows
Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate compatibility
on the Windows ecosystem and help Microsoft to ensure application and device
compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade
functionality contained in this update.


Is this optional update good to install? I hid this update when it had the GWX feature.

Regards

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A Recommended Update.
"This update helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows."

Anyone know what changes this update makes?

If I were to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or 9 it would be a clean install. So I'm thinking this update is unnecessary and I could hide it.

Answer:What is Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7? (KB2952664)

See this recent forum thread on the subject.
Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7

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Hi,

I've had this update issue going on for few days: Code 8004402F.
Log files here.
Thank you.

Kind regards,

Answer:Windows update error code 8004402F with KB2952664

This appears to be the critical error in the CBS.log...

Code:
2015-04-15 16:45:58, Info CBS Progress: UI message updated. Operation type: Update. Stage: 1 out of 1. Percent progress: 62.
2015-04-15 16:46:21, Error CSI [email protected]/4/15:07:16:21.251 (F) Logged @2015/4/15:07:15:58.600 : [ml:94{47},l:92{46}]"MOF (install online) $(runtime.wbem)\aeinv.mof"
[gle=0x80004005]
2015-04-15 16:46:21, Error CSI [email protected]/4/15:07:16:21.251 (F) CMIADAPTER: Inner Error Message from AI HRESULT = 8004402f [Error,Facility=FACILITY_ITF,Code=16431 (0x402f)]
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[205]"Parsing MOF file: C:\Windows\system32\wbem\aeinv.mof
Error 267 in Function CMofLexer::CMofLexer line 614
C:\Windows\system32\wbem\aeinv.mof (1): error SYNTAX 0X8004402f: Error creating temporary file
It's not an error I've come across before, so I'll have to research it.

In the meantime, please post all the content of the CBS folder, and also the C:\Windows\windowsupdate.log file.

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I'm having trouble getting this update installed. It will download fine, but during configuration it fails at 59% and kicks me back to the restore point.

Here are the CBS logs. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9...lBaZ2k0a0JWaWM

Thank you.

Answer:Trouble with windows update kb2952664, error code 8004402F

Oh my god, finally someone has the same problem as me.
Please if you find a solution tell me!

Skype: q8blood

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windows 7 64bit error code 80200053 with update kb2952664 please help

Answer:windows 7 64bit error code 80200053 with update kb2952664

Windows Update Posting Instructions

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The update downloads fine, but during the restart it hangs during configuration at 59%. Then fails and restarts back to the latest restore point.

CBS.zip is https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9XKddpfMm8rclBaZ2k0a0JWaWM.

Thank you.

Answer:Trouble with windows update kb2952664, error code 8004402F

Oh my god, finally someone has the same problem as me.
Please if you find a solution tell me!

Skype: q8blood

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As of December 9, 2016, are there any current Windows Update patches for Windows 7 that perhaps should not be installed due to privacy or telemetry issues?

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Looks like Microsoft has officially released Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft Releases Windows 7 SP1 RC | ConceivablyTech
MS also just issued KB976902, and it appears it's primary purpose appears to be getting our computers ready for SP1. It was issued today with a few other updates including Media Center, Drive Corruption with drives >2TB and finally a compatibility update.
 

Answer:Microsoft Releases Windows 7 SP1

That's the Release Candidate (RC1) not the official SP1, which has yet to be announced.
 

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Microsoft has released updated bits of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7.
XP Mode is a method to provide better compatibility in Windows 7, and to pull it off with as little trouble as possible. It's also dubbed XPM, or formerly Virtual XP. XPM is built on the next generation Microsoft Virtual PC 7 product line, which requires processor-based virtualization support (Intel and AMD) to be present and enabled on the underlying PC, much like Hyper-V, Microsoft's server-side virtualization platform.
XP Mode will bring a Virtual PC-based environment, as well as a fully licensed version of Windows XP SP3, free for all owners of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. XPM will provide 100% compatibility with Windows XP. So, for you IE6 users, you're in luck. XP Mode will integrate itself with the Windows 7 desktop, and so the older software will run just like a normal Windows 7 application. Essentially, this is two operating systems running under an updated desktop.
Microsoft has made the following changes from beta to RC:
* You can now attach USB devices to Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 task-bar. This means your USB devices, such as printers and flash drives, are available to applications running in Windows XP Mode, without the need to go into full screen mode.
* You can now access Windows XP Mode applications with a "jump-list". Right click on the Windows XP Mode applications from the Windows 7 task bar to select and o... Read more

Answer:Microsoft releases XP mode RC for Windows 7

Downloaded it .Here are some direct links..
Download Windows Virtual PC RC (VPC version 6.1.7234.0) Direct links
32-bit (x86): Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu
64-bit (x64): Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu
Download Windows XP Mode RC (XPM version 1.2.7235.0)
English: WindowsXPMode_en-us.exe

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Windows continually fails to update this module:
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664) -I have retried over and over, it continues to fail.
Error in windows update is:
Error: "WindowsUpdate_00003701" "WindowsUpdate_dt000"
So far there has been no solution provided.

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Sorry if I've put this in the wrong forum.

Softpedia said:

A new application is now available for download from Microsoft Research, destined to offer the possibility to combine still images with videos.Click to expand...

Read More & Download
 

Answer:Microsoft Research Releases Cliplets for Windows 7

WALT, Link shows a 404 not found error.
 

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Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Virtual Machines

Microsoft has released new Windows 10 virtual machines on the Developer Center, providing us with an updated arsenal of tools to code without the need for a license.

Specifically, the new virtual machines, which are available in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox and VMWare versions, come with an evaluation license for Windows 10 Enterprise Anniversary Update that will expire on May 21 this year,.

The new evaluation pack includes the aforementioned Windows 10 image, as well as Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 3 (Build 14.0.25425.01), Windows developer SDK and tools (Build 14393), Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET (Build 2.9.6), Windows UWP samples (Feb 2017 Update), and Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.

The company is also offering a non-evaluation version of the Windows 10 image, but this requires a license for the operating system, so additional costs would be involved. The pack has approximately 20 GB in size, and completing the download takes some time, and so does installation.

The UWP effort
Microsoft?s pack of virtual machines and developer tools are specifically aimed at those who want to join the universal app platform effort and create apps that can run on all Windows 10 devices. This is actually part of Microsoft?s push to bring more developers to Windows 10, as it wants universal apps to address the lack of apps in the Windows Store and thus tackle more than just PCs at the same time.

?Start building Universal Wi... Read more

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Hi All,
Your can read about here.
Barry
 

Answer:Microsoft Releases Patch for Windows Flaw

Run a scan at the Windows Updates site and the KB912919 patch should appear in the critical updates section.

Microsoft has released it 5 days early.

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I don't know if it's allowed here or not and please Mods/ Adm. feel free to delete this if not applicable.

A week ago, word leaked that Microsoft was preparing to release free versions of OneNote for Mac and for the Windows desktop. On March 17, Microsoft delivered both versions of its electronic note-taking and organizational application.
Microsoft is broadening OneNote's platform support so as to better compete with rivals, especially Evernote, on the note-taking/organizational front.

OneNote for Mac is available for download from the Mac App Store as of today. It's the first time OneNote has been available for the Mac. Previously, OneNote was available for Windows, Windows 8, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, Android phones and the Web (OneNote Online, formerly known as OneNote Web App). Mac users should be aware OneNote for Mac automatically syncs to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud-storage service.

A free version of OneNote for the Windows desktop also is available for download from OneNote.com as of today. Previously, Microsoft made free versions of OneNote available for Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Web. But until today, users of older versions of Windows had to pay for the OneNote app as part of Microsoft's Office suite.

The new free version of OneNote for the Windows desktop doesn't include all the features in the paid version. It doesn't have SharePoint support, version history or Outlook integration. To get ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft releases free OneNote for Mac and Windows

http://www.onenote.com/
 

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The long awaited beta 2 of Windows Defender, formerly Windows AntiSpyware has now been released.

The new versions sports a new user interface similar to what is found in Windows Vista. The UI has been redesigned to make normal tasks easy, a better warning system and to be less intrusive.

Real time protection and monitoring has been enhanced to monitor more points of weakness in the Windows operating system.

The latest version now supports x64 operating systems and will run on users machines with or without administrator rights, something that was always an issue with Beta 1.

Microsoft's Windows Defender is one of if not the best solution against spyware and adware on Windows machines to date.

Download: Windows Defender Beta 2 (must have Legit XP. It requires Genuine Check)
View: Windows Defender Info
Source: Neowin

Answer:Microsoft Releases Windows Defender Beta 2

thanks for this...i find it very usefull and i have put it on all the work machines in the company

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Build 14371 for PC

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Mobile build 14371 for the fast ring a few hours ago and it?s the turn of PCs to receive the very same build if they are enrolled in this fast track.

Windows 10 build 14371 for PCs brings just a new feature that concerns the way activation is performed on a desktop computer.

Microsoft says that it received plenty of complaints from users who were unable to activate their copies of Windows after changing hardware such as hard drives or motherboards so with this new build, it introduces a new Activation Troubleshooter (available in Settings > Update & security > Activation > Troubleshoot) that guides you through the necessary steps to activate your PC successfully.

?For example ? if your device has a digital license (formerly called ?digital entitlement?) for Windows 10 Pro from a previously installed activated Windows 10 build but you accidentally re-installed Windows 10 Home on such a device, the troubleshooter will automatically guide you through upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and activate Windows,? Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, explained.



Just one known issue
Furthermore, with this build the company is also introducing a new option that lets you link Microsoft accounts to the activation digital license.

?If you already used an MSA to log in to your activated Windows 10 Home or Pro device, your MSA will be automatically linked. You can... Read more

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Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET), a security tool designed to bolster Windows security.

Launched in 2009, EMET is a collection of security measures packed into one single toolkit, which Microsoft has offered as an optional download through its official website.

EMET works by watching internal Windows operations for known security exploits and blocking attacks both on the OS itself and third-party applications.

EMET can be used on its own, but various security vendors also leverage its features in their own products.

EMET 5.5 adds protection from the "untrusted fonts" attack
With the release of version 5.5, Microsoft has added official support for Windows 10, which it slowly started rolling out through 5.5 beta versions last summer.

Besides official Windows 10 compatibility, the stable version of EMET 5.5 also adds broader configuration options for dealing with mitigations via GPO (Group Policy Object), better support for writing mitigations to the Windows registry, and performance improvements to EAF/EAF+ pseudo-mitigation techniques.

Additionally, Microsoft also added support for mitigating the well-known "untrusted fonts" attack, often leveraged in Web-based attacks to compromise computers and install malware.

Read more: Microsoft Releases EMET 5.5 With Windows 10 Support
 

Answer:Microsoft Releases EMET 5.5 With Windows 10 Support

Just added this to my new security config ( defender -uac - smartscreen - binisoft windows firewall control and exe radar pro )
 

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A new cumulative update is available for non-Insiders that are already running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, build 14393.351. Insiders on the Release Preview ring got the update early this morning, but it's not available in the Production ring (non-Insiders).

As with all PC updates that show up in the Production ring, there is a changelog (Insiders are rarely so lucky when it comes to cumulative updates). Here's what's new:

Improved reliability of Internet Explorer 11, Start, File Explorer, action center, graphics, and the Windows kernel.
Addressed issue that was causing System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Console to crash in State view.
Addressed connectivity issue from a 32-bit application to a Remote Desktop Gateway that doesn?t have HTTP tunneling enabled.
Addressed issue of updates not being restored when doing a system reset, even if those updates were permanently installed.
Addressed issue that was causing domain logon attempts to fail on a Windows 10 Pro device after upgrading from Windows 10 Home.
Addressed issue that was causing failed logon counts of non-admin users without network logon permissions to be counted as cumulative, resulting in devices going into BitLocker recovery more frequently.
Improved support for websites by updating the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list.
Improved support for IT administrators using Group Policy to block users updating the operating system from Windows Update.
... Read more

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It keeps failing every time it updates and I have no clue why!! Please help me solve this problem.


**Here are the details of the update**
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)

Installation date: ?8/?21/?2015 1:09 AM

Installation status: Failed

Error details: Code 8004402F

Update type: Recommended

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Microsoft Corp. released the Windows 7-based Windows Embedded Standard 2011 (formerly code-named ?Quebec?) Community Technology Preview (CTP) to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and developers of specialized devices worldwide through its immediate public availability at Windows Embedded Standard | Microsoft Connect.
Windows Embedded Standard 2011 delivers the latest Windows 7 technologies to OEMs, enabling them to bring high-performing specialized devices to market faster, to differentiate those devices through innovative user experiences, and to delight their customers with devices that extend the Windows user experience to specialized devices from Windows-based PCs, servers and online services. Windows Embedded Devices | Embedded Products | Embedded Development Microsoft Delivers Windows 7-Based Windows Embedded Standard 2011 Community Technology Preview: Windows Embedded Standard 2011 CTP available for download today to involve Microsoft?s worldwide developer community in the release of the next-generati

Answer:Microsoft releases preview of Windows 7 embedded edition

Thanks Anand!!!
I just checked my Connect Directory and joined it. I gonna try it...
I missed last time... when Windows XP Embedded released.

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Microsoft has today released a critical out-of-band security update for all supported versions of Windows, addressing a serious flaw that could potentially lead to remote code execution on unpatched systems.

Read more
 

Answer:Microsoft releases critical security patch for Windows

"Gee Wally, I didn't think Windows 10 would ever need any security patches because everybody is always screaming how secure it is already. What's going on Wally?".

"You believed what Microsoft said Beaver. That was your first mistake".

Same ole whack-a-mole game. No reason to move off Windows 7 yet that I can see.

In fact, if you think about it, the more popular post "Windows 7" operating systems become the more likely they are to be the main targets of hackers. Which means less attacks on older operating systems which means, older operating systems will be more secure by default. Because nobody is concerned about them anymore. Ah, I can sleep soundly tonight.

Now...where were those people calling for the death of Adobe Flash again?
Do we call for the death of Windows 10 now? Or do you wanna wait a month until the next security breach is discovered?

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2949...ill-receive-security-fixes-for-ten-years.html

Let the hacking begin.
 

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Microsoft today released yet another cumulative update for Windows 10 PCs that are running the Anniversary Update, bringing the build number to 14393.187. KB3189866 brings a number of improvements.

Today is Patch Tuesday, so the update isn't a surprise. Unfortunately, nothing is available for Windows 10 Mobile yet, even though 14393.105 was offered to the Release Preview and Slow rings last week.

Microsoft has been releasing updates rather frequently for the Anniversary Update since its release, as the last one was only two weeks ago. We found out today that the full rollout for the AU may not be completed until November, so it's clear that the firm wants to get as many bugs squashed as possible before then.

Here's what's new in today's update:
Improved reliability of Windows Shell, map apps, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge.
Addressed issue causing push-button reset to not work correctly and roll back on devices with language set to any of the Unicode languages.
Addressed issue causing devices to crash after disconnecting an e-reader that was attached to the device.
Addressed issue causing devices to not recognize a Secure Digital (SD) card if it is inserted and removed multiple times.
Addressed issue causing some apps to not respond to the commands in the app bar in Windows 10 Mobile.
Addressed issue that sometimes blocks alarm notifications in Windows 10 Mobile.
Improved support for using the camera app in Windows 10 Mobile... Read more

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It's Patch Tuesday, and you know what that means. It's time for cumulative updates. Today's update is for both Windows 10 PCs and phones, and it brings the build number to 10586.420.

The update is available to both the Production ring and the Release Preview ring, continuing an interesting trend. Since the Release Preview ring was made available back in February, not a single cumulative update has been made available to the ring and later to the Production ring.

For example, builds 10586.242 and 10586.338 were offered up to Release Preview, but they never made it to Production. The updates that do make it to Production show up in the RP ring at the exact same time.

Here's what's new in Windows 10 for PCs build 10586.420:




Improved reliability of Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Cortana, audio playback, audio playback in Groove Music app, Maps app, Miracast, and Windows Explorer.
Fixed issue with balloon tip notifications always appearing in the upper left side of the screen.
Fixed issue that caused VPN to not work properly when switching between different network interfaces (for example, switching between Wi-Fi and cellular).
Improved Narrator?s ability to read bulleted lists, hyperlinks, and image information.
Fixed issue in location that caused navigation apps to lag behind user?s actual location.
Improved performance of loading webpages in Internet Explorer 11 when roaming user profiles are used.
Fixed issue that... Read more

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Microsoft today released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 PCs and phones, bringing the build number to 10586.494.

KB3172985 is a bit of a mystery at the moment, as Microsoft hasn't published a changelog for either version. Typically, the PC release notes would be published to the Windows 10 Update History page, which isn't currently showing anything new.

The Mobile version is always a bit of a jumble, the release notes sometimes showing up in Microsoft's Answers forum and occasionally, in the Feedback Hub. Perhaps most interesting is that the changelog for phones is almost never available at the time that the update is offered.

The last cumulative update that we saw was 10586.454 in the Release Preview ring. No Release Preview update has ever made it to the Production ring, so the last public update was 10586.420.
 

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Microsoft today released the first cumulative update for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update since its release a week ago. KB3176495 brings the build number to 14393.51.

As with most cumulative updates, don't expect to see any new features. Instead, it focuses on fixes and improvements.

Here's what's new:

Improved reliability for Internet Explorer 11.
Addressed issue to keep pen click settings after updating to Windows 10 Version 1607.
Addressed issue that may cause Windows 10 Mobile devices to hang after turning Bluetooth on and off very quickly.
Security updates to Kernel Mode Drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Windows Authentication Methods.
Of course, not everyone is on the Anniversary Update yet, and today is Patch Tuesday, so everyone gets a patch. Microsoft also released build 10586.545 (for the November Update, Version 1511) and 10240.17071 (for the original Windows 10 release, 1507).

Here are the improvements in 10586.545:

Improved reliability by allowing more time for devices to recover from connected standby mode.
Addressed issue affecting some devices with Bitlocker enabled that didn?t start up to the BitLocker password entry screen.
Addressed issue with MouseUp and MouseDown events not working correctly when using a scroll bar in an Inline Frame (IFrame).
Addressed issue that delays the display of content when resizing the Internet Explorer 11 browser window.
Addressed issue with special ke... Read more

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Microsoft?s free Windows 10 upgrade deal is looking better and better all the time. For if you already own a genuine Windows PC, you could be saving yourself upwards of a huundred to almost two hundred dollars.

Microsoft confirmed Monday that the company will sell Windows 10 at retail for the same price as Windows 8.1: $119 for Windows 10 Home, $199 for Windows 10 Professional, and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version.

That means, unfortunately, that the price leaked by Newegg's retail site over the weekend for Windows 10 Home was incorrect. NewEgg pegged the price of the Windows 10 Home Edition at $109, and the Professional version at $149. It also claimed that the software would be released on August 31.

On July 29, according to Microsoft, you?ll be able either to download Windows 10 or buy a new Windows 10 PC from retailers. And if you click the ?reservation link? that Microsoft is pushing via its most recent updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, you can apparently sign up to preload the software just as soon as it?s ready. Microsoft promises that upgrades will be free for the ?supported lifespan? of the device, although it hasn?t explained what that phrase actually means.

As of press time, NewEgg changed the release date of the software to reflect the July 29 launch date that Microsoft officially announced early Monday morning; the company has not yet announced a revision to its pu... Read more

Answer:Microsoft releases official retail pricing for Windows 10

Thanks for the info Chuck.





and $99 for a Windows 10 Pro Pack to jump from a licensed copy of Windows 10 Home to the Professional version.



So even if I wanted or needed Pro, I can still get it half price after the upgrade on my OEM's.

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Microsoft has released an emergency out-of-band patch for a critical flaw, affecting all supported versions of Windows.








Users running Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows RT are all affected, including those running Windows Server 2008 and later.



Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows | ZDNet

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Microsoft Releases Windows Vista SP1 To Businesses This Weekhttp://www.informationweek.com/windows/sho...cleID=206401787

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If you are using Windows XP, Vista or any other OS and want to give Windows 7 a try, Microsoft is giving you a chance to test drive Windows 7 absolutely free within your web browser.
Microsoft has introduced a new website called Windows 7 Professional Test Drive which allows you to try different features found in Windows 7. Windows for Small and Midsize Business: Windows 7 Professional Test Drive
To use the Test Drive you must at least have Internet Explorer 6 or later and must be using Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista or 7.
The Microsoft ?Virtual Machine Remote Control? Active X control is required by this site. If you do not have it installed, you will be asked to when launching the Virtual Demo. There are instuctions relating to this located during the install.

Answer:Microsoft releases Windows 7 Pro Test Drive within your Browser

Test Drive : Windows 7 Professional Test Drive - Main Page

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Microsoft today released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 Insiders on the Release Preview and Slow rings. Build 14393.222 comes one day after the company offered Mobile build 14393.221 to Insiders.

Unlike when the Windows 10 Mobile build was released, today's update comes with a changelog, which can be found in the Feedback Hub. Fortunately, the release notes for today's build also applies to the one for phones.

Improved reliability of the Windows Update Agent, shared drives, virtual private network (VPN), clustering, HTTP downloads, Internet Explorer 11, Hyper-V platform, multimedia playback, and Microsoft Edge.
Improved performance of push and local notifications, Hyper-V platform, and some social media websites using Microsoft Edge.
Addressed issue where mapping a drive from an elevated command prompt doesn?t work with administrator credentials.
Addressed issue causing movies that were ripped using the transport stream (.ts) format to play without sound in Windows Media Player and the Xbox One Media Player app.
Addressed issue causing the Movies & TV app on the Xbox to stop working when attempting to play content that was just purchased from the Store.
Improved support for networks by adding new entries to the Access Point Name (APN) database.
Addressed issue causing ?Print all linked documents? to not work in Internet Explorer 11.
Addressed issue preventing some users from changing the default download location in Windows 10 Mobil... Read more

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You can put your tinfoil hats away now.Two weeks ahead of the global launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has finalized the terms of its license agreements for the new operating system. I've had several days to study the documents in detail, and I can report that there are no surprises, no gotchas, and no hidden subscription traps waiting to be sprung in two or three or four years.Sorry to disappoint you, conspiracy theorists.Microsoft has consistently said that its new "Windows as a service" model doesn't change the basic licensing terms for Windows. Based on these documents, that's still true.Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10: Biggest surprise? No gotchas

Answer:"Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10 ...", via ZDNet

Been trying to tell y'all over & over... in spite of all the (fiction) novels being written.

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Microsoft has also released Windows 8 Server Developer Preview.

The purpose of this build is to enable our development team to engage with the industry as we progress toward final release. This developer preview is not for deployments in enterprise environments. The heart of Windows 8 Server is the Server Manager Dashboard, which runs on a standard desktop and gives you a Metro-like way of working with one or many servers .

Windows Server 8 developer builds are available from MSDN for subscribers right now. Details.

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Microsoft Releases December 2016 Windows Virtual Machines

Microsoft has just released new Windows 10 virtual machines that are available right now on the Windows Dev Center either with an evaluation license or as licensed products.
The evaluation version of these virtual machines can be used until April 8, 2017, and include Windows 10 Enterprise version 1607, Visual Studio 2015 Community Update 3, Windows developer SDK and tools, Microsoft Azure SD for .Net, Windows Bridge for iOS and samples, as well as Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.

On the other hand, the licensed virtual machines come with Windows 10 Pro version 1607 (Anniversary Update), but you obviously need a license to use them. For everyone else, the evaluation version is just fine because it comes with the same tools without the need for a license. Nevertheless, they expire after a while.

The virtual machines are available in Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox and VMWare versions, and are obviously shipped in very large packages since they contain all of the above. The VMWare enterprise evaluation version, for example, has 21.7 GB in size.

?Start coding sooner with a virtual machine prepped for Windows 10 development. It has the latest versions of Windows, the developer tools, SDKs, and samples ready to go,? Microsoft explains on the Dev Center.

The purpose here is to empower developers with the necessary tools to build Universal Windows Platform apps easily, so hopefully more of them would download these virtual... Read more

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Wow, nothing for Windows Vista in 2 years and Microsoft has already released themes, wallpapers & gadgets for Windows 7. Somehow, everything Windows 7 looks and sounds good to me
Grab the 15 new themes over here - Windows 7 beta: Personalize your PC.

Answer:Microsoft releases free Windows 7 Themes, Wallpapers & Gadgets

Wow, nothing for Windows Vista in 2 years and microsoft has already released themes, wallpapers & gadgets for Windows 7. Somehow, everything Windows 7 looks and sounds good to me

Because, Window 7 is the best OS till date

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Microsoft plans to release the latest version of Windows 10 Technical Preview build (Windows 10 Consumer Preview build) in the third or fourth week of January, 2015. The Consumer Preview build will include many new features and improvements in addition to the features that we have already seen in the officially released Windows 10 9841 and 9879 builds.

When Microsoft releases the consumer preview (Windows 10 Technical Preview for consumers) build of Windows 10 in January, existing users who are running the official Windows 10 9879 build will be able to upgrade to the latest build by retaining data and installed programs.

For users who would like to perform a clean install of the latest build Microsoft will offer ISO image of the same. Users can then install Windows 10 on a virtual machine or prepare the bootable USB to install Windows 10 from USB on PC.

For those Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who would like to upgrade their existing installation to the latest Windows 10 Preview build in January, Microsoft has released a free tool which will automatically serve you the latest Windows 10 Preview build via Windows Update in early 2015. That is, in simple words, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 Preview via Windows Update when the official preview is made available in early 2015.

To get Windows 10 Preview via Windows Updates in early 2015, you just need to download and run a small tool named Prepare Windows 8.1/7 for Windows Technical Preview build. ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Tool To Prepare Windows 7/8.1 PC To Get Windows 10 Preview Via Windows Updates

Will it be possible to upgrade from TP to the final version when it comes out without the need of fresh install?
 

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Microsoft has announced that they will be pushing an out-of-band security patch today. The patch, which affects nearly all of the company's major platforms, is rated 'critical' and it is recommended that you install the patch immediately.

The patch is rated 'critical' because it allows for elevation of privileges and will require a restart. The platforms that are affected include: Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 10 Technical Preview customers are affected too.

The patch will be released at 10 A.M. PST but details about the exploit are not yet listed on Microsoft's page.

Seeing that this is an out-of-band patch and is rated critical, it may mean that the exploit is out in the wild and Microsoft wants to patch it as quickly as possible. You can install the patch using Windows Update in about three hours from the time of publishing.

Source: Microsoft
 

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This should make a lot of people happy. http://www.zdnet.com/article/micros...-unwanted-windows-10-updates/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec
Microsoft Tool > https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930
 

Answer:Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

It's a start....

....might as well block every update and wait a few days to see if there's any reported issues.
 

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Microsoft has begun to rollout Build 14393.82 for Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring. On PC, the latest update is KB3176932. This is a cumulative update so, while the release notes haven?t been published yet, it?s safe to say that it contains mostly bug fixes and small improvements instead of launching any major new features.

It?s important to emphasise that this update is for those special Windows 10 andWindows 10 Mobile users who have been enrolled in the Windows Insiders program. This program consists of volunteers who offer to run preview builds of the Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile operating systems on their own devices. Microsoft uses these users as a way to test the stability and security of special features and functions before rolling them out to the general population.
 

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It's been just three weeks since Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public, but the company is back at it again with a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build for users on the Fast Ring.

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Answer:Microsoft releases first Windows 10 Insider Preview build post-launch

Well whaddya know, Julio lays out his desktop almost identical to mine, apart from the jump lists which I have no use for and a 12 hour clock.
 

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The wheels have kept turning at the Microsoft headquarters during the holiday period as a new cumulative update has been released to Insiders on the Release Preview ring.

The new update is listed as KB3209835, bringing the build number up to 14393.351, which is quite a jump from build 14393.479, released to Insiders on the Release Preview ring back in November. At present, no changelog has been released as Microsoft rarely offers notes regarding bug improvements, and fixes to the cumulative updates that ship to Windows Insiders. However, we will provide details once available, typically after the update has reached the Production ring.

There is also no corresponding update yet for Windows 10 Mobile users. If Microsoft decides to release an update for the mobile community, we will be sure to update you as we find out more.

If your computer is currently configured to be in the Release Preview ring, then you can grab the update by heading over to Settings > Update & security > Check for updates.
 

Answer:Microsoft releases Windows 10 for PCs build 14393.594 to the Release Preview ring

Thanks Kardo for this Heads Up.
Will Update later tonight. PeAcE
 

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Microsoft today released the second Redstone 2 Insider Preview build 14905, this time for both PCs and phones. That makes it the first Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 build.

The news isn't particularly surprising. Yesterday, the company released 14393.82 to the Release Preview ring; however, both the Fast and Slow rings saw nothing new.

There weren't any new features listed for the PC build, but there are a number of fixes, improvements, and known issues.

Here are the fixes and improvements:

We have fixed an issue causing a large blank space to appear between the address bar and web content after the address bar moves back to the top when opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge.
We have updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to now support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.
We fixed an issue resulting in Sketchpad and Screen Sketch crashing after trying to change the ink color twice in a row when the ruler was visible.
Here are the known issues:

Support for kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed, but will be available in an upcoming kit release. A work-around will be posted to the Debugging Tools for Windows Blog shortly.
Adobe Acrobat Reader crashes when you try to launch it.
Cortana?s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won?t be able t... Read more

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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4048955, KB4048954, KB4048953

Microsoft has released a new batch of cumulative updates for Windows 10 as part of the monthly Patch Tuesday rollout supposed to fix security issues in products like Windows and Office.

This time, the cumulative updates for Windows 10 are the following: KB4048955 (1709), KB4048954 (1703), KB4048953 (1607), KB4048952 (1511), and KB4048956 (RTM).

Since they land on Patch Tuesday, the focus is mostly on security bugs, but these cumulative updates also include a large collection of performance improvements and non-security issue resolutions, all of which should be installed on Windows 10 devices as soon as possible.

In the past, we?ve seen lots of cumulative updates causing issues on the Windows 10 systems they were supposed to be installed to, and it remains to be seen if similar bugs are experienced this month as well. Our Windows 10 devices updated correctly and no failed installs occurred.

Truth be told, Microsoft has managed to substantially reduce the percentage of failed installs since the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update and the Fall Creators Update likely brings more improvements in this regard.

First Patch Tuesday for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709)
This is the first Patch Tuesday rollout for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update after the staged release kicked off on October 17. The new OS is shipped to systems across the world in stages, as Microsoft wants ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Updates KB4048955, KB4048954, KB4048953

all up and running very quick download !!!
 

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"When Windows 10 arrives this week, Windows Update won't include that option, but Microsoft does have a well-hidden troubleshooter package, KB3073930, which allows you to hide or block Windows Updates and, crucially, driver updates.

The package was digitally signed on June 15, and the accompanying Knowledge Base article is dated July 7, just a few weeks ago. The package is labeled for use with the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but based on its performance on the final (10240) preview build, it looks like it should work with the final release beginning July 29."
Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates | ZDNet

Answer:Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

Victek said:

"When Windows 10 arrives this week, Windows Update won't include that option, but Microsoft does have a well-hidden troubleshooter package, KB3073930, which allows you to hide or block Windows Updates and, crucially, driver updates.

The package was digitally signed on June 15, and the accompanying Knowledge Base article is dated July 7, just a few weeks ago. The package is labeled for use with the Windows 10 Insider Preview, but based on its performance on the final (10240) preview build, it looks like it should work with the final release beginning July 29."
Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates | ZDNet



Another page about it, doesn't appear to me as if an update can be blocked before having a problem with it. With all the issues that get posted in forums one could know which ones to block beforehand then block it/them, probably would make life a bit easier.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3073930

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https://arstechnica.com/information...metry-tells-us-most-of-what-data-it-collects/

Interesting article. I wonder if its because of all the backlash against Windows 10.
 

Answer:Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

This won't win over the hardcore Windows 10 haters though (and you know who you are LOL). Those people want every scrap of telemetry data to be revealed. We all know what the chances of that are. Some will see this as a start. Notice I didn't say "good" start.

None of this news bugs me, I'm on Win 10 on all my desktops/laptops.
 

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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I guess this is not a new question and apologise in advance if I am repeating it but I failed to unearth anything helpful through Search:
I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 one month ago. Reliability Monitor, which I run every day, has advised me three times since May 22nd that Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry stopped working. The application name is CompatTelRunner.exe at C:\Windows\System32.
1. What causes it to execute and how often might that be - are the three times so far likely to be its total attempts?
2. Other than suffering its periodic appearance (I am comforted by a straight line 10 in Reliability Monitor), I wonder if there is a simple solution to this matter?

Answer:Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry AppCrash

Hi Bob,
I have the same problem. CompatTelRunner.exe crashes everyday the tablet is on. The last time it happened was a few minutes ago. Problem reporting always says "No new solutions found. When solutions are available, they will appear in Security and Maintenance."
I have reinstalled Windows from scratch several weeks ago, but it did not make a difference.

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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Microsoft Releases Mysterious Windows 10 Patch KB4033637, Refuses to Share Info

Microsoft has silently published Windows 10 update KB4033637 for computers running the Anniversary Update (version 1607), but contrary to the company?s typical approach when rolling out new patches, it hasn?t included a knowledge base article to explain what the new release actually does.

And what?s worse is that a company employee has made the whole thing even more uncanny after offering a totally unexpected answer when someone asked about the purpose and the contents of the update.

?May we know why you?re asking?? Microsoft?s Michelle Vil replied to a user who turned to the Microsoft Community forums in search for more information on update KB4033637.

While it shouldn?t be a surprise for the company?s staff that network and system administrators in charge of hundreds or thousands of machines aren?t willing to install updates on Windows 10 devices unless they know exactly what they do, Microsoft is yet to provide any information on the mysterious update, despite the first inquires for a change log were posted online on July 24.

Flash Player security update?
For some reason, the update is still being offered to Windows 10 systems and wasn?t included in the monthly Patch Tuesday cycle that took place on August 8.

Reddit user /u/PwnySlaystation01 got in touch with Microsoft support staff and after pressing for an answer, more information has finally been provided.

It t... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Mysterious Windows 10 Patch KB4033637, Refuses to Share Info

Wow it is not like Microsoft to keep us in the dark.
 

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Microsoft today released a late-afternoon cumulative update today for PCs in the Release Preview rings of the Windows Insider Program today. KB3176938 brings the build number to 14393.105.

In case you've got some type of photographic memory and KB3176938 looks familiar to you, that's because it is. It's the same KB number as was seen in the last cumulative update that Insiders got, 14393.103, which was for PC and Mobile. Today's update does not have a counterpart for Windows phones.

The last update to hit the Production ring (non-Insiders) for PCs was 14393.82, which broke PowerShell DSC. At the time, Microsoft promised to have a fix available on August 30, which happens to be today. That update wouldn't happen as planned.

It was assumed that today's update (had it been released) would have been 14393.103. Presumably, the company found a bug in last week's cumulative update that prevented it from being shipped to non-Insiders, forcing today's 14393.105 release.

There is no changelog available yet for today's update, which isn't entirely surprising. It's likely, however, that it's almost the same as 14393.103 was, since it has the same KB number.
 

Answer:Microsoft releases Windows 10 for PCs build 14393.105 to the Release Preview and Slow rings

Thanks Kardo, I will retry this version and see if I get the same boot loop.
I sure hope not, I hate having updates disabled.
Thanks for the Heads Up
 

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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I'be been having a problem with very high disk usage on my HP Envy. It usually shows up at startup and stays like that for 15 min at 100% which makes startup very slow. I've tried removing startup programs but the problem seems to be unrelated to which programs are running at startup. The bigger problem is random high disk usage throughout the day after startup. It usually is caused by the Windows Compatibility Telemetry process. I've tried all the different ways of removing this feature from windows but it keeps coming back. I'm uploading screenshots of my disk performance with telemetry on and after ending the process. I'm posting on this forum because this problem seems to related to this Laptop alone. None of the other non-hp computers at my work are experiencing these problems with Windows 10.     

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It's Patch Tuesday, and that means software updates for all. New cumulative updates are rolling out for Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones, bringing the build number to 10586.318.

It's available for everyone, including non-Insiders as well as Insiders that are using the Release Preview ring. This update skips over the last one - build 10586.240 for PCs and 10586.242 for Mobile - which shipped to the Release Preview ring, but never to Production.

As with most cumulative updates, there are no new features. Instead, the new build focuses on fixes and stability improvements.

Here's what's new in build 10586.318 for PCs:

Improved reliability in a number of areas including Cortana, Bluetooth, Shell, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Miracast, and USB.
Fixed memory leak that occurs when opening a portable document format (PDF) form multiple times.
Fixed issues with text alignment for right to left languages in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
Fixed issue that affected Bluetooth function when a PC resumes from sleep.
Fixed issue where user accounts weren't locked out after a number of failed sign in attempts.
Fixed issue with revised daylight saving time.
Fixed issue that sometimes corrupts CompactFlash cards inserted into a card reader.
Fixed issue that caused recorded video to be lost when answering an incoming call on some phones.
Fixed issue that could result in unexpected battery drain while the phone screen is off.
Fix... Read more

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I have a Win 7 PC that I am trying to update to Win 10 but no icon is appearing in the taskbar for updating, presumably as Microsoft thinks I haven't done a prescribed update. I have already successfully migrated two Win 8s and one Win 7.

I have checked my installed updates on my main PC and find that not only is that required update, KB2952664, there once but many times! I have noted some update duplication has been occurring for some time but a number of multiple 'successful' runs for this update is over the top. More than 100 entries!

Perhaps I should 'uninstall' all but one of these multiple entries.

I should add that the Win 7 PC involved is a Sony all-in-one and it definitely has a legitimate version of Win 7.

Anyone had this missing Win 10 icon problem and resolved it?

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I just downloaded 18 Win.7 64 bit updates, but KB2952664 won't instal

Answer:KB2952664 update won't install

Same for me.
"This update helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows."

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I just downloaded 18 Win.7 64 bit updates, but KB2952664 won't install.
 

Answer:KB2952664 update won't install

Typically you get an error message when an update does not install, if so did you get one? You can try running the fix it tool from microsoft for update problems.
http://support2.microsoft.com/gp/windows-update-issues

KB2952664 is an update to help make the process smother when upgrading from Win7 to Win8.
 

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I am not able to come over this error of update kb2952664 it is missing in my windows 7 32-bit PC.please give me solution.thank you

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i am running windows preview build 10166 i want to know how i can update to the original windows 10 when it releases

Answer:How can I update from Windows 10 Preview to original Windows 10 when it releases on my phone?

You will have to go to the setting app, system, phone update. Basically, you will do the same thing that you did to install 10166

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For the past one month I am trying to install these updates.
It downloads, installs and while restarting at about 25 % it says," failure to install, restarting..
Ultimately the updates are not installed.

I do not know this connected to this update problem or not ;
blue tooth devices .. the device shows up in the devices window, but then it says cannot install drivers
Now i cannot use my blue tooth mouse or connect blue tooth from phone
USB devices, Some usb devices cannot install, especially the newer ones The old ones that i was using earlier still works.Plug and Play USB mouse not working

I tried going to an earlier restore point. This also failed.

Laptop is Samsung NP 900X3c A031d, running windows 7 64 bit.

I tried the steps suggested.
Step 1 SURT
Downloaded Hotfix KB947821
Result Th following downloads were not installed
Step 2 sfc Scan
Resukt Windows Resource Protectiondid not find any integrity violation
Step 3
3 important updates selected. KB2800095,KB2908783,KB2952664
Download OK
Installation OK. But during restarting failure to install updates, reverting to earlier configuration
Step 4
I am not able to upload the Zip file . Maybe because of the size 12 Mb


Help requested

Thanks in advance

Answer:Cannot Update KB2800095,KB2908783,KB2952664

Remove the older CBSPersist cab files from the archive, and try uploading the data again -

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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 & have reserved Windows 10. Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664) repeatedly shows up as a new, ready to install update. I tried it 3 times & when I check the update history it shows as being installed 3 times. Can anyone tell me why this is happening?

Many Thanks,
MamaWolf

Answer:Update (KB2952664) repeatedly installs.

Hello MamaWolf,

If you like, you could hide the update to no longer have it available in Windows Update.

Windows Update - Hide or Restore Hidden Updates

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Hi!
I have problem with application that I'm writing. Since November it hangs on del, backspace, sometimes paste operations in text field. I can't find simple pattern - sometimes I have to remove one line, sometimes five or make ctrl+X, ctrl+V few times.
I use Internet Explorer dll files to show html content in my text field. It seams that problem is only on Windows 7. I was able to reproduce it when I installed on one of computers update KB2952664 (but it seams that some later update can trigger hanging too).
I recived dump files from few of my users. It seams that problem might be near or in mshtml.dll (all affected users have version of this file 11.00.9600.18838). Few last Call Stack lines (main Thread) from one of dumps:
  
mshtml.dll!CMarkupPointer::There(int,int,enum _MARKUP_CONTEXT_TYPE *,struct IHTMLElement * *,long *,unsigned short *,unsigned long *)
Unknown
  mshtml.dll!CMarkupPointer::Right(int,enum _MARKUP_CONTEXT_TYPE *,struct IHTMLElement * *,long *,unsigned short *)
Unknown
  mshtml.dll!CFlatMarkupPointer::There()
Unknown
  mshtml.dll!CFlatMarkupPointer::Right(int,enum _MARKUP_CONTEXT_TYPE *,struct IHTMLElement * *,long *,unsigned short *)
Unknown
  mshtml.dll!CDeleteCommand::MergeBlock(struct IMarkupPointerPriv *)
Unknown
  mshtml.dll!CDeleteCommand::MergeDeletion(struct IMarkupPointerPriv *,struct IMarkupPointerPriv *,int)
Unknown
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Lenovo Releases BIOS Update to Allow Linux Installation on Windows 10 Devices

Back in September, complaints that reached the web (and even got confirmed by a supposed Lenovo official) claimed that installing Linux on a Yoga 900 was impossible because the operating system was blocked as part of a deal between Microsoft and Lenovo.

Both Microsoft and Lenovo denied that such an agreement existed, explaining that installing Linux was actually impossible because Windows 10 was running on a SSD locked in a proprietary RAID mode that could only be read by Redmond?s operating system.

And yet, following all this controversy Lenovo has released a new BIOS update for Yoga 900 that unlocks this proprietary RAID mode and allows the installation of Linux on the device.

?This BIOS creates an AHCI SATA Controller Mode selection to allow for the installation of the Linux operating system. This BIOS is NOT intended for use with machines running a Windows operation system,? the official changelog of the new BIOS version reads.

Drivers should allow Linux installation on any device
Lenovo confirmed from the very beginning that installation of Linux on its devices was possible with the right drivers, but the company didn?t say a single thing about updates that would be provided for the Yoga 900 Signature Edition.

?To improve system performance, Lenovo is leading an industry trend of adopting RAID on the SSDs in certain product configurations. Lenovo does not intentionally block cus... Read more

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My computer started to lock up and BSOD every once in a while so I started to uninstall recent updates. This one "Update KB2952664" would come back every time I would reboot, even after turning off updates. I was finally able to remove it and reboot without it returning but now it continues to lock up when I shut down or when I do just about anything. I can get about 3 or 4 minutes of work done before a lockup. The BSOD is 0X000000F4 which doesn't tell you much. I would really like to get control again but just in case, I have ordered another Samsung 850 SSD and will reinstall the whole OS when that arrives.   I attempted to update and run Malwarebytes but that froze as well. I don't think it is malware related. I ran an MSE scan as well and that completed but found nothing. I thought I had System Restore turned on but it appears I did not. The last time I made a system image it Blue Screened at the very end. That was about 2 weeks ago...  I have tried doing a Startup Repair with the original disk but no luck with that either. It went through the process like it had worked but locked up again on shutdown.  Does anyone have any suggestions for gaining control again and resolving this problem? At this point I will try just about anything.

Answer:Computer BSOD and Lockup after Update KB2952664

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KB2952664 has caused disk thrashing for me dating back at long while, maybe a year. I uninstall it and choose hide update. And yet, Microsoft keeps reissuing the update which causes it to be reinstalled. This has happened several times. I don't want this
particular update again -- ever. Not now. Not later. Not ever. How can I permanently stop an update, such as KB2952664 from reinstalling when Microsoft reissues it? Thanks

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I've already uninstalled it 3 times, and every time it comes back. My windows update settings are set to "allow me to choose wether to download and install them", and yet, it keeps getting installed on my machine without my permission. It doesn't even show up in the history of updates I downloaded, and I made sure it DID show up in the hidden updates section, so why is it being reinstalled at all?

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