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Microsoft begins selling Windows 10 telemetry data to third parties

Question: Microsoft begins selling Windows 10 telemetry data to third parties

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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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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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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Someone on the Android Central forum said that Microsoft is selling user data. I can't find evidence of this (other than on some videos and website by unknown people who seem more paranoid than actually out for the truth).
Does anyone have a trustworthy source to confirm or deny this?

Answer:Microsoft selling user data?

Originally Posted by dlalonde Someone on the Android Central forum said that Microsoft is selling user data. I can't find evidence of this (other than on some videos and website by unknown people who seem more paranoid than actually out for the truth).
Does anyone have a trustworthy source to confirm or deny this? I have a source - Microsoft's Privacy Statement https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement
Also, check out Google's (IMO, this one is somewhat worse) https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.

Read the full story at Winaero
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Myself I went back to 8.1 which I only use rarely. My main OS is 7 Ultimate.

Answer:How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

you cant modify this if you are in the insider program, from what I can see..

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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 th... Read more

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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Hi there

I'm surprised that there hasn't been any significant protest in the USA against a new law allowing ISP's to SELL peoples browsing history to 3rd parties -- we complain enough about Google / Amazon etc doing this but allowing ISP's to sell your browsing history -- A whole slew of this stuff could easily get into the wrong hands -- and guess what the public will be fobbed off with the usual "get out of Jail card" --- All in the Interests of National security.

Probably only browsing the internet via TOR or using a VPN if you are in the USA seems to be the a sensible choice -- and I'm sure if the USA really does start using the law and SELL browsers histories - I suspect it won't be long before other countries do so as well.

VPN Searches Soar as Congress Votes to Repeal Broadband Privacy Rules - TorrentFreak

cheers
jimbo

Answer:Careful for what you wish for - Data to be sold to 3rd parties

Like yourself I find it quite surprising the public isn't screaming long hard and loud about this. I also find that many people commenting about it will say, "if you're not doing anything illegal you have nothing to worry about" that naivety I find seriously worrying. I could go on but this is a tech forum so I will it.

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Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.

But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD's "Carrizo" CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches.

The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable or not under Microsoft's new policy, was revealed in January 2016, when the company said making Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on the latest processors was "challenging." Microsoft then ruled that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of support of both editions.

The biggest impact was on Windows 7, because it had become the standard in enterprises -- Microsoft's most valued customers -- with deployment shares far north of 50%. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 was to be fully supported on sixth-generation processors -- Intel's were dubbed "Skylake," AMD's included Carrizo -- until July 17, 2017. At that point, some Skylake-equipped PCs would continue to receive some security updates; other such PCs would get nothing.

Microsoft later walked back the cut-off, first by extending the end-of-support date to July 2018, then by repudi... Read more

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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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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.

?This u... Read more

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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Microsoft has started distributing Windows Updates to its recently released Windows 8 Developer Preview. Microsoft begins distributing Windows 8 developer preview updates | WinRumors

Answer:Microsoft begins distributing Windows 8 developer preview updates

Thats good to hear... =)

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Microsoft is assembling the group of testers who will receive the first beta of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 in July.
The company has begun sending invitations to those it plans to include in the testing program. According to the invitations, the beta bits will be in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish.
At Microsoft?s TechEd conference last week, officials said to expect the beta of SP1 in July. (I?m hearing it will be delivered in mid-July, the same time Microsoft holds its Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, DC.) The rumored final release data for SP1 (not confirmed by Microsoft officially) is Q4 2010.
Officials said earlier this year that SP1 for Windows 7 won?t include any new features; it will be a rollup of fixes. SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 will include both fixes and two new features. The new features include a new graphics acceleration platform, known as RemoteFX, that is based on desktop-remoting technology that Microsoft obtained in 2008 when it acquired Calista Technologies. There also will be a new addition to Hyper-V that will dynamically adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand.
Here?s the invitation (with a word tweak or two, for clarity?s sake) that Microsoft is sending to potential SP1 testers:

You are receiving this invitation based on the quality of feedback you have provided on previous Windows programs and the Microsoft Windows release team would like you to participate... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Begins sending invites to testers for Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1

Anyone here participating in the beta testing or received its invite?

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Forgive me if this has been discussed. But I really, really don't understand what MS is thinking with the regards to businesses (home user useage has been talked to death already).
From Tom's...

Microsoft is busy preparing for the launch of a brand new version of Windows, but the company is also said to be 'working furiously' to remove code that would allow developers to make Windows 8 more like an older version of the Windows operating system. According to Paul Thurrott over at WinSuperSite, Microsoft has been "furiously ripping out" legacy code in Windows 8 in order to prevent people from reintroducing the start button or other nifty little features that would make the OS feel a bit more like Windows 7.

The remark was made in a recent article about Microsoft ignoring businesses with Windows 8 and creating a UI that catered more to the consumer. Thurrott said he had heard Microsoft was removing code to prevent well-known UI hacks that worked with Consumer Preview from working with the Release Preview of Windows 8. But that's not all. Apparently Microsoft is also removing the ability for businesses to boot to the desktop.

"And those with hopes that Microsoft would allow businesses, at least, to boot directly to the desktop should prepare for disappointment," he added. "That feature not only isn't happening, it's being removed from Windows Server 12 (Windows 8's stable mate) as well."

Microsoft has f... Read more

Answer:Microsoft blocking third parties from reviving start button.

WTF MS

They've gone insane with this BS
 

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I have read the notes on how to disable the option of sending telemetry data to MS. Is there however a way for me to access that information? There is a plethora of information gathered as part of this process that would be good for my own analysis. Is this
data available through the ATA interface, an API or direct access to the DB?
Thank you

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From Neowin
OEMs can no longer purchase licenses for Windows 7 or 8.1

Are you planning on buying a PC that has Windows 7 Professional or 8.1 pre-installed? Well, you'd better act quickly, as Microsoft has stopped selling licenses for the operating systems. The news should not come as a surprise, as the company is following its long-standing end-of-sales dates.

As you can see, as of today, the only Microsoft-developed OS that you can get pre-installed on a new PC is Windows 10. Luckily, Windows Vista, 7, and 8.1 are all still supported, and will continue to be for some time.

The end of extended support for Vista will be in April of next year, and for Windows 7 it will be January, 2020. Windows 8.1 will still be offered mainstream support until 2018, and then extended support won't end until 2023.Click to expand...
 

Answer:Microsoft has stopped selling Windows 7 and 8.1 licenses for OEMs

Got to do something about Windows 10 market share and this should do the trick.
 

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read more here http://www.pcworld.com/article/2049...et-vendor-as-dells-xps-10-is-unavailable.html
 

Answer:Dell drops Windows RT, only Microsoft remains selling the OS

Maybe not: http://www.neowin.net/news/is-dell-not-out-of-the-windows-rt-business-after-all
 

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Windows 7, the latest version of Microsoft's operating system, is the hottest-selling product in the company's 35-year history. In five months Microsoft has sold 90 million copies. That's twice the rate of Microsoft's last operating system, Windows Vista. "Windows 7 is on a tear right now," says Brad Brooks, vice president of Windows consumer marketing. "The consumer PC segment has exploded since Windows 7 shipped." The growth rate for the consumer PC segment is now 20 percent, versus 6 percent before Windows 7 shipped?likely because a lot of customers were sitting on the sidelines, waiting for Windows 7 before they bought a new PC. Microsoft's Quiet Success Story: Windows 7 - Daniel Lyons - Newsweek.com

Answer:Windows 7 is the hottest-selling product in Microsoft history

Another moron who knows nothing about Vista. Just tooting into the same horn as the millions of people who have never used it.

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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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Hi guys,

I usually run Trend Micro but decided to watch back end traffic coming from the core system files of Trend Micro. I found Trend Micro is sending constant telemetry to marketing and/or datamining firms.

Examining the data it appears they send system activity and websites visited to a couple different firms including Scorecardresearch. If I block these domains/IP addresses Trend Micro functions normally with no apparent issues. However they seem to change up where the data is sent on an irregular basis.

This is quite alarming to me, and I am thinking of uninstalling it. Thoughts?
 

Answer:Why does Trend Micro send telemetry to data mining firms?

there are some possibilities like it can be a link that one of your services is trying to access and trend is scanning it.
 

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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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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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Microsoft began rolling out a slew of updates to selected users on Outlook.com on Thursday, including plug-ins or ?add-on? apps soon to come from Uber and PayPal.
Some of the new changes have appeared in the preview of Office 2016, such as simplified sharing from OneDrive?where users send a link to a file that lives in the cloud, rather than downloading and emailing the file to a friend or colleague.
In general, however, the new Outlook app represents Microsoft?s shift to Office 365, both in infrastructure as well as the look and feel of the site.


Outlook.com?s revamped Calendar app.

Why this matters: As usual, some of the latest features of Microsoft?s Office apps are rolling out first to the online site, where they can be most easily deployed. Right now, they?re off-limits to most users. Microsoft said you?ll have the choice to opt in to those features over the next few weeks?there?s no reason that we can see why you wouldn?t want to. And if you don?t like what you see, Microsoft has launched an Outlook UserVoice site, so that you can give feedback.




Microsoft begins to update Outlook.com with add-ins, Clutter, more | PCWorld

Answer:Microsoft begins to update Outlook.com with add-ins, Clutter, more

MS seems to be moving in a direction that I will never go. I will not use any "software as a service," such as Office 365. Internet access can be hard to come by in travel situations and is often unreliable where I live anyway. Same for "the cloud" foolishness. I will never trust my data to some unseen server farm somewhere in the world. Again, having to depend upon the internet to access my files is not what I am willing to do. Massive external HDD's are very portable & cheap! My main laptop has (2) 1.5TB (mirrored) HDD's internal.

I don't/won't use Uber or Paypal (or any other such service). I've never used a taxi in my entire life. Trust me, that's been a LONG time! I also keep my "smartphone" GPS disabled, as I do not want to be tracked everywhere I go. In the one case of a device I had that could be remotely activated, I performed a hard wired switch hack on it to be CERTAIN the GPS locator could never be used remotely. Paranoid?? Maybe, but just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that someone may not be out to get you!

I don't do ANY social media or photo sharing "services" either. As far as I know, there is not a single photo of me online anywhere for some gov't snoop to get easy facial recognition on me. I post nothing without at least ONE VPN in the mix, and often 2 or more. Besides my driver's license and my passport picture there is no publicly available photo of me. I Google it regularly and have had ... Read more

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I want to get comodo free and use auto sandbox, however I heard they sell your data a few years back. Is this still the case? And do they sell data of paid users?
 

Answer:Comodo selling data?

Im not sure u can look under privacy policy by comodo. if they dont, well, u need to trust them or not. its always the risk that companys does something they tell u they dont do.
 

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Can someone explain to me what these are becuase I've read folk getting free windows 7 signature editions which sound good.

House Party UK > Party Nation

Answer:Windows 7 House Parties

You can read more about Windows 7 Launch Party here, here and here.

Kari

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Will HTC, SAMSUNG, etc provide their phones with Windows 10 OS? I would like a choice of which one to buy.
Also, when should they be available to purchase? I know FALL was mentioned but has MS given a better time frame?
I will be moving from iPhone to windows OS but hope to find a better $$ than I expect the 950 to be.

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Anybody remember this from Win7 days, or know if MS is planning to do it again? I was very active in the Sevenforum back before Win7 was introduced. There was an invitation posted to parties around the US on the day Win7 was released. These parties were held in several large cities and were worthwhile to attend. They handed out one Win7 disk with activation key, and several other goodies like t-shirts, keychains, etc. They also demonstrated the new features of Win7. So, the question is: Anybody have an inside track to know if MS will do this again?

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selling computer erase data free, need help deleting all info on this computer so i can sell it.

Answer:selling this old computer, erase data

http://www.dban.org/I suggest you make sure the recovery disks work before running this, by the way.How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

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Well, I've decided to get rid of my 3yr old evesham PC and replace it with their Axis 2400+ Wonder TFT.Now I'm selling my PC to a work colleague and want to ensure that all my personal finance data and work related data is deleted so that he can't access it.I'm planning to use FDISK to delete the partions, repartion and re-format and reinstall Win 98.Will this ensure that my old data will be gone or do I need to keep copying files on my PC until the 20GB is used up (so that they have been overwritten)?Cheers.

Answer:Selling PC - deleting sensitive data

Formatting will make sure that they can't acess your data. Unless they take it too a specail firm who might get it back.I would not worry

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Someone recomended the "return computer to factory condition" option, it sounds reasonably straightforward, but is it a good way to fully clear personal stuff permanently from the PC before sale?

It was shipped from the manufacturer with windows 7 pre-loaded, with a system image on a partition, rather than having a seperate windows CD.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Removing personal data before selling PC?

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Hi I'd like to sell my old laptop for whatever I can get for it, but I'd like all personal data to be removed first. I've read up a little about File Shredders and was thinking of giving it a go, but are these effective? Is the computer still in a useable state (i.e. will it still boot & work as before and can new files etc be saved from the end of the File Shredding process) or will I have to reinstall or configure the computer so it works ok?

Also I've heard of DBAN (?) to wipe everything, if I do this would most buyers still buy? A lot of websites ask for operating systems etc

Thanks

JP
 

Answer:Erasing xp data prior to selling

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Hello,

I'm Selling my computer and i would like to know if there is a way to keep the OS and remove the data or what do i have to do to remove all the data and give the computer just with the OS

Thank you for your time

Answer:Selling my computer, erase data, How to

Do a full clean & full format in command prompt.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Than reinstall.

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Hi, I m thinking of having a bit of a computer clearout. My intentions are to either sell the PCs on eBay or hand them over to a relative/fried who wants it.I know that to be absolutely certain that data on the HDD is destroyed; I would probably need to burn the hard disk, smash it into billions of pieces and split them around the world. However, I don't think I can do that nor do I want to replace a new hard disk in them. So what I want to know is - what sort of data software can erase the personal data from the PCs in the safest possible manner? I ll be doing a complete clean system restore on them but what other applications can you recommend? Thanks in advance! :)

Answer:Selling a PC...advice of clearing out HDD data!

Using the factory restore disk is sufficient for all my needs and yours....unless you a re a spook.G

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Getting ready to sell a G575.  How can I make sure my data is securely wiped before sale?  I am assuming that the one key recovery/factory reinstall does not do a secure wipe. Can someone advise me how to do this without losing the factory image to reinstall? Thanks,Bill

Answer:G575, Selling....wipe data/reinstall?

to erase the partition use big video file (copy - paste)

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I am selling my computer and can transfer ownership of hardware and OEM software. How do I delete contact information from MS Outlook?

Answer:Clearing MS Outlook data before selling computer

Hello paulgconroy and welcome to BC.Your address book will be a file called Addrbook.wab. Find that and delete it.

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Is it a good idea to re-sell a personal computer (laptop) even when the owner has used the aftermarket product/disc that wipes the hard-drive and writes over files on the computer? Is my personal data on the computer still vulnerable to being resuscitated or restored by a purchaser who has digital technology skill and knowledge?
 

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Hi folks,

In 2008 or 09 my wife and I both bought a standalone copy each of Microsoft Outlook 2007. At the time we thought it was great.

then along came google mail, the cloud and all our google contacts etc synching seamlessly with our mobiles etc and Outlook stopped getting used. Since then we have both built new puters and didnt even bother to install it.

Ive now got two boxes of full retail Outlook standalone 2007 and my wife wants ot know if we can sell them on ebay?

Any advice much appreciated

Thanks
Matt

Answer:Selling on my Microsoft Outlook

Cannot hurt to try. It's a tad out of date. Just make sure to uninstall them from your machines before doing so.

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I have a copy of XP Home editon, it was installed on a computer that is no longer a computer. I have the original CD and Serial. Would it be safe to sell this?

Thanks
-Rob
 

Answer:Selling Microsoft XP? Safe?

Is it an OEM version of RETAIL version? (ie did it come with the computer and was the computer a Dell, HP, Sony, etc) or did you buy it at best Buy , Circuit City, Staples, etc..
 

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A few days ago a judicial court ruled in the favor of a Toronto based company i4i to ban Microsoft from selling its Office component Word as it infringes on copyright laws patented in 1998 regarding to the XML extension that the Office and the whole .NET framework uses.

Microsoft has less than 60 days to comply. (Link below)


http://www.pcworld.com/article/170134/Court_Ban_on_Microsoft_Word_Wont_Hurt_Users.html
 

Answer:Microsoft Banned From Selling Word

Can I please get a mod to move this to the proper forum as i did not realize where i put the post.

Thank you,
 

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Microsoft has been prohibited from selling flagship software offering Word in the US because of successful legal action taken against the company in Texas by i4i.
The prosecuting company supplies Word XML authoring software and has insisted that Microsoft has infringed its 1998 patent (number 5,787,499) which allows customers to read XML programming language in order to customise document formats.
Embedded in Microsoft Word is the capability for users to read and write XML documents.
In March 2007 i4i filed the original lawsuit and in May this year the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found the Redmond giant guilty of infringing the patent and fined Microsoft $200m (?122m).
Now the same court has ruled Microsoft has to stop selling Word in 60 days.
Microsoft could not be reached for comment. However, according to The Seattle PI’s Microsoft Blog, Microsoft representative Kevin Jutz said in a statement: " We believe the evidence clearly demonstrated that we do not infringe and that the i4i patent is invalid. We will appeal the verdict."
In the unlikely event that Microsoft does not manage to appeal the verdict and the decision stands, it could build a work around for the problem or remove the offending code. Written by Rosalie Marshall, V3.co.uk 12 Aug 2009 Link: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/v3/n...d-selling-word

Answer:Microsoft banned from selling Word

I had noticed this earlier and wondered if to post, because with the US legal system moving so quickly you never know what happens from one day to the next. This could cause real problems with XML in Word and I hope that it is worked out. I had a thought when reading this; are the users of Word using an illeagle thing!

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Microsoft has been ordered to stop selling certain versions of its Word programme after a US court ruled it had infringed a patent held by a Canadian software company.
The information technology major was ordered to pay $290m (?180m) in damages to Toronto-based i4i Inc and told it will not be able to sell any more copies of Word 2007 unless alterations are made to the programme over the next three weeks.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld an earlier jury verdict and lower court ruling in the patent case filed nearly three years ago. The case was brought over Microsoft's use of XML, or extensible markup language, in the 2007 versions of its word processor. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...007-in-US.html

Answer:Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word 2007 in US

Microsoft Posts OEM Word Patch To Remove XML Code
NewsFactor
Citing advance planning, Microsoft says it will have modified versions of Office 2007 available for sale before the court-ordered deadline next month to remove a disputed feature. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that the software giant violated the patent of Toronto-based i4i when it included custom XML technology in the 2003 and 2007 versions of Microsoft Word.
Microsoft Office, of which 2007 is the most recent version, is estimated to be worth some $3 billion in annual global sales for the company founded by Chairman Bill Gates. In addition to Word, it includes Excel, PowerPoint and Groove, a collaboration program.
"We have been preparing for this possibility since the district court issued its injunction," last May, Microsoft spokesperson Kevin Kutz said. "Therefore, we expect to have copies of Microsoft Word 2007 and Office 2007 with this feature removed available for U.S. sale and distribution by the injunction date."
Read more at Microsoft Posts OEM Word Patch To Remove XML Code - Yahoo! News

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Hi,
 
I was reading a security article on the Emsisoft web site, and in one of the comments at the end of the article, a person made a statement about Windows 10-type telemetry (i.e., Microsoft "spyware") being incorporated in updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Is there any truth to this or is it just a conspiracy theory? If it is true, is there a way to disable it?
 
Thanx.

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I've seen Cliff's posting in Windows 8 forum, about how to avoid telemetry in Windows. After checking my Windows 8.1, there were three of the patches for telemetry/upgrade preparation installed from the list. A quick check on Windows 7 showed six of the patches installed, all marked as "important".

My guess is that Windows 8.1 has some of the telemetry already incorporated in the OS, that would explain why there are "only" three of the telemetry patches.

Some people, including myself, using the telemetry "feature" among other things in Windows 10 for not updating their previous Windows versions. Little did we know that Microsoft had retrofitted Windows 7, and 8.x with the telemetry "feature". That's just awesome... Not!!!

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

Well know for some time
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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Hello, I have a question about Windows Updates and Telemetry.

Really, I have a question about the trustworthiness of this website: http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/

I have followed the tips there for disabling telemetry and CEIP in Windows 7, except I did not edit my Registry.

My question is, should I trust the list of Windows Updates to uninstall/not install? Some of them, I have seen red-flagged on another website, which people here told me was a reliable website. Other updates, that I don't recall seeing flagged before, are:

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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What's the most through and safest way to disable Windows 10 telemetry?

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

The safest way is to go through your privacy settings and Cortana & Search settings and set them up as you see fit.  I did this upon installing Windows 10 and that's all I did and most of the things people are complaining about, e.g., ads on the start menu, simply do not happen if you've tweaked the appropriate setting or settings (e.g., the "Let apps use my advertising ID" in general privacy settings for the prior example) to your liking.  It's not difficult nor is it particularly time consuming.  One can run through all the Privacy and Cortana settings in less than 15 minutes, tops.
 
I don't encourage anyone to turn off the system health telemetry, period.  All major OS developers have this sort of telemetry, and it's very helpful for catching "bad updates" on those occasions where they occur before they've been rolled out to the entire world and for improving little bits and pieces of the OS.  If you're really desperate to do that Spybot Anti-Beacon is probably your best choice.  Note well that this kind of telemetry is not new, not by a long shot, and has served its legitimate purpose for a long time now.  The telemetry related to building a personal profile on you for use by the Cortana personal digital assistant functionality is entirely new, and can be entirely turned off via a couple of switches.  If you had been using the Cortana PDA functionality and want to purge all "cloud memory" regarding yourself the links to do... Read more

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I've read that various updates to Windows 7 enable telemetry. I'd like to know what level of telemetry this is. According to this Microsoft page, there are 3 options for telemetry in Windows 10: Basic, Enhanced, and Full.

Does anyone know what level of telemetry is enabled in Windows 7 - is it Basic, Enhanced, or Full? If it's Basic, then maybe I can live with that, and not bother trying to uninstall a bunch of updates.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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In my windows 8.1 laptop I find the following folder
C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry
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*I am concerned about this 'telemetry'. What is this about?

I work entirely on the desktop and don't use the metro app side. Do I need this?

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I did a search of my hard-drive today looking for files which had been modified today (by searching for datemodified:today), I do this sometimes, anyway, one of the things which came up was a file called Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience%4Program-Telemetry.evtx . I wondered what this was so took a look at it, it opens a thing in event viewer which then shows within it a list of "information" events (that is events classed as "information" rather than "error"s or "critical" bugs). The "source" for ALL these events is "Application-Experience", their dates and times go right back to when the computer was new. They all have "general" descriptions reading :"Compatibility fix applied to C:\[path of an exe file]Fix information:[program name], {[code of numbers and letters with some dashes separating them]}, 0X{some other number]"The "details" "xml view" then shows some more information including precise times, "event IDs", "threadIDs", the "name" of my computer, a "channel", a "security userID", a "processID", a "fixID", a start time, "flags", the file's path and two microsoft URLs.It doesn't do this for every program but there are a lot for ms office programs, a lot for 7z and there seems to be one for every time I run vlc media player akong with a few relating to avast antivirus. What is this log about, is this just data being collected or is it being sent to microsoft? I am pretty sure that the customer experience improvement program is disabled on this machine, so is this... Read more

Answer:How much telemetry is collected by windows 8.1? something odd I noticed

CEIP has been around for years and only collects data about Microsoft products and some third party apps that connect with Microsoft products.  It has no user identifiable information in it.  You can opt out though it appears the data is still collected just in case you ever opt in.  Since June it seems like several of the updates have enabled privacy settings that were initially not allowed by the user so you need to check any settings you set limiting what Microsoft has access to.
 
It is interesting to note that Microsoft in update KB3080149 included the statement "Reduces the network connections on a Windows system that doesn’t participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)."
So by not participating you are being 'punished'.
 
There are other updates that add telelmetry to consent.exe and also add additional diagnostic and telemetry data collection.  They say they are just collecting metadata, which is the same data the NSA claims to be collecting.  The question is does using the same term mean the same thing.  Privacy in Windows today is questionable.

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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

I decided to use Windows Defender (WD) and SmartScreen (SS) as AV. I would like to tweak its settings to avoid telemetry as far as it does not reduce the effectiveness of its protections.
Do I need to send cloud telemetry?
I understand that Disabling SS will lower the protection but I read that SS send a lot of things and it is of a privacy concern for many.
Does SS have access to the browsing history and surfing habit of the user? Does it send details of apps, files, TV series and the like the user watch or download?
With the upcoming W10 fall upgrade WD will be greatly enhanced with a number of new features. I suspect more telemetry too.

I'll much appreciate any thought, suggestion and insight how to find a balance between security and privacy.

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Windows Telemetry Center is a rogue security software which will report that malware has been detected on your computer in an attempt to scare you into buying this malicious software.
In reality, none of the reported issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying Windows Telemetry Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Telemetry Center has installed a rootkit on your computer,which will disable the Windows Task Manager and will block you from running any program that could lead to its removal.

Windows Telemetry Center is a scam and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you buy this rogue security software as this could lead to identity theft,and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charge stating that the program is a scam and a computer virus.
Removal instructions for Windows Telemetry Center virus​This is a self-help guide, use at your own risk.
If you experience problems completing this guide, or the problem persists after following the instructions below or would like to have one of our staff members guide you through the process, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.
STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

Press and hold the F8 key as your computer re... Read more

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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1997213,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535

Even before Windows Vista is out of the gate, the next Windows chief, Steven Sinofsky, is making his presence felt by bringing in a new head of engineering to replace longtime Windows dev chief Brian Valentine.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer reiterated his disappointment with the decisions Microsoft made in developing Vista.

"We will never repeat our experience with Windows Vista again, we will never have a five-year gap between major releases of flagship products. But we will have people who are working on innovations that take more than a couple of years or so to do, we just won't promise them to customers and hold up whole releases.
 

Answer:Windows Housecleaning Begins

That reads to me as "we will not endevor to enhance our operating system, but we will endevor to make excuses as to why you should buy our operating system every few years".
 

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The Windows 10 rollout has started! Depending what country you are in . New Zealand seems to be one of the first!

http://www.windows10update.com/2015/07/new-zealand-welcomes-the-windows-10-launch/
 

Answer:Windows 10 rollout begins now!!!

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.
If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install)
KB2952664 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2976978 ... Read more

Answer:Windows Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

Yes, I've kept a list of those updates for Win 10 and Telemetry and don't have them on my PC because I did hide them all multiple times (Win 10) and yet some came back over and over. Therefore I don't trust Microsoft anymore and don't have the automatic updates set anymore for at least 6 months.

Just checked them again against your list and all is fine here.
 

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I read about this tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7. It's from AskVG.com:






Quote:
Our reader "Xircal" shared some useful information with us. Even if the user opts out of the CEIP program, another task called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" continues to relay data to Microsoft via a log file called "AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" present in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\" folder.

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener

In right-side pane, change the value of Start DWORD to 0 to turn off the auto logger program.

3. Again go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\Autologger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener\{DD17FA14-CDA6-7191-9B61-37A28F7A10DA}

In right-side pane, look for the DWORD Enabled. Its value would be set to 1 by default. Double-click on the DWORD and change its value from a 1 to 0 to disable the task.

Restart your computer to take effect.


Besides not contributing to Microsoft's massive volume of collected data, are there any downsides to following this tip? Does it break anything (except sending telemetry data to Microsoft)?

Answer:Is this a good tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7?

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Win10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Win10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Remote Assist... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Win 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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Hi, I have a question about the telemetry (spying and personal data theft) Windows updates. I have read that Microsoft created a bunch of these and want to uninstall them.

I found 3 websites that list a bunch of updates. I know how to uninstall using command prompt and "wusa", and don't plan to use any third-party batch scripts, I will do it all manually.

My question is whether these 3 sources are reliable/safe sources of lists of which updates to uninstall, or of there's some update they list that I really should not remove (because it's necessary for security or fixing a bug, or not actually telemetry/spyware nor altering the computer to prepare it to "upgrade" to Windows 10). These are the 3 sources I am asking about:

https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9
https://www.hackread.com/microsoft-updates-spy-on-windows7-8-users/
https://freedomhacker.net/latest-windows-7-8-81-update-spy-windows-10-4568/
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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I've posted this question on Reddit and wasn't able to get a definitive answer.
Anyway, I've read in a few places that Telemetry can be completely disabled on Windows 10 Education. I am able to set it to 0 via gpedit but I'm not sure if it's disabled completely or not.
The gpedit entry does state the following: "Setting a value of 0 is applicable to enterprise and server devices only. Setting a value of 0 for other devices is equivalent to choosing a value of 1."
When I've read about the differences between 10 Enterprise and 10 Education, I've never seen anything about Telemetry mentioned. The only differences I can find are the watermark on the desktop and Education not being able to use LTSB.
How can I tell if 10 Education behaves like 10 Enterprise in regards to setting Telemetry to 0 (disables it completely) or like 10 Pro (sends basic info regardless of setting it to 0)?

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The monitor screen used to be displaying POST progress before Windows begins. But the screen now stays in black until the Windows begins. What could be the remedy?

Answer:No screen display until Windows begins

There is a setting in the bios to show or not. If you are not having any problems with your machine, it really isn't necessary.

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Have you been drooling over the latest screenshots of Windows Live wave 3? Now get yourself in on the action. Microsoft is launching the official Windows Live Wave 3 beta today.

Watcher of all things Microsoft Live, LiveSide.net has the links to the official downloads from Microsoft, that include the latest versions of Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Mail with Calendar synchronization, Writer, Photo Gallery, Family Safety and the Outlook Connector. These downloads have been confirmed as functional, and in the case of Windows Live Messenger will install "Version 2009, build 14.0.5027.908"

Messenger Screenshot: Link | Link 2

Download: Web installer | Full installer
Source: Liveside | Neowin | InfoByte

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click hereMicrosoft's Windows 7 Beta will start to spontaneously reboot every two hours beginning on Wednesday, the company has warned users. Users running Windows 7 Beta can continue to use the new operating system without the sudden interruptions - the shutdowns come without warning -- by downloading and installing Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC)

Answer:Windows 7 Beta reboot begins

It wasn't that long ago that Microsoft mistakenly announced the shutdowns would start on 1st June. That probably cost someone their place on the annual works outing to the seaside.

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O&O ShutUp10 Receives New Features to Block Windows 10 Data Collection
​O&O ShutUp10, an application that can disable all data collection processes in Windows 10 and turn off a little more than the options you see in the Settings screen of the operating system.

And thanks to an update released today, the program is even more effective, as it fixes a number of bugs but also introduces some new options.

New options:
O&O ShutUp10 1.3.1355 now comes with an option to disable the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) and the Wi-Fi sense for all or just the currently logged-in user. Wi-Fi Sense is a Windows 10 feature that allows your device to automatically connect to wireless networks that have previously been used by your friends on Facebook, Outlook.com, or Skype.
Passwords for these networks are securely transmitted between contacts on Windows 10, so this way, you can remain connected all the time when known networks are discovered.
The same version of the app also comes with improvements to the SmartScreen filter, but also several other bug fixes, so in case you?ve experienced issues with a previous release, this is the right moment to update.
Remember that Microsoft does not recommend anyone to turn to such apps because they could affect the performance and reliability of the operating system. Some features might be disabled, including Windows Update, which is a critical service to make sure that your computer is fully protected against th... 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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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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We had a storm the other night and my computer was on. The power went out and when it came back on, it starts to boot and then I get a black screen that says

We apologize for the inconvenience but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change may have caused.....

It gives me options to try to restart Windows XP as normal, or using the last known good configuration. I have tried both of these and it starts to boot up and then immediately restarts and goes back to the black screen with white letters. It also gives me options to start in Safe Mode, with networking, or command prompt. (i don't know if I feel comfortable with that)

What happened to it? I've never had any problems like this?
 

Answer:Windows XP begins start up then immediately shuts down

To successfully use the Last Known Good Configuratioin option, first after you turn on the power, immediately start to tap the F8 key. This should open the 'Safe Mode" window (black window with white lettering) Use the arrow keys to move up to the above option click enter. Let the computer do it's thing.
Post back and let us know how it goes.
Vicks
 

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Not sure if its worth replacing parts so....windows begins to load and then right before it finishes OOOOPS it starts over!

I was going to try to reload windows but now neither of my CD drives will work.

Do you think it's worth the cost and time to replace the CD & DVD rom's in order to TRY to clean the hard drive and reload windows?

YOUR HELP IS APPRECIATED!
 

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Mixed reality will unleash the creativity of every person and every organization on the planet. Our journey has been filled with key moments in time that have shown us what is possible as we enter this next era of computing, the era of mixed reality. From the introduction of Microsoft HoloLens, the world?s first fully self-contained holographic computer in January 2015, to the welcoming of enterprise partners like Ford Motor Company, the inspiration and creativity we have seen customers and modern workplaces continues to inspire us and drive us forward.
Today, in San Francisco was another key moment in time. I had the privilege of sharing more about Microsoft?s mixed reality vison. We unveiled a Windows Mixed Reality headset from Samsung, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, which joins the family of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. I talked about the work we are doing with SteamVR and announced that AltspaceVR is joining our Microsoft team. Finally, we kicked off the holiday buying season by celebrating the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Mixed Reality at Microsoft
We are standing at the threshold of the next revolution in computing. A revolution where computers empower us to expand our capabilities and transcend time, space, and devices. A revolution where we immerse ourselves in virtual worlds of our choosing and we accomplish seemingly impossible things while making lasting memories with the people we love.

Our sense of what is possible is set... Read more

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I'm having a problem starting my computer. Windows XP begins to start then it flashes and a screen comes up saying it didn't start right and gives me 4 options (sorry I didn't write these down but they are to the effect of the following):
Start in safe mode
Start in safe mode with prompt
start in safe mode with networking
Windows will restart in 30 seconds

It takes several trys to get it started in any of these modes. After this occurred the first time I found an icon on my desktop titled:
hs_err_pid2512
Here is what the begining says:
An unexpected exception has been detected in native code outside the VM.
Unexpected Signal : EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION occurred at PC=0x74E4EF81
Function=RichEditANSIWndProc+0x9900
Library=C:\WINDOWS\System32\RICHED20.dll

Current Java thread:
at sun.awt.windows.WToolkit.eventLoop(Native Method)
at sun.awt.windows.WToolkit.run(Unknown Source)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

Dynamic libraries:

It then lists 2 pages worth of files. the majority are C:\windows\system32 files.

Can anyone tell me whats going on and how to go about fixing it?
Thanks,
DEM66

Answer:Windows XP begins to start then flashes and restarts

Look down farther on the screen when u get those 4 options, there will be a few more. One will be "start windows normally" do that and see what happens.

That file is just an error log file. DOnt worry about that being there for now. But keep posting the errors if this happens.

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I turned on my Dell Inspiron 15 laptop this morning. I had created a Dell backup disc last night in which was on a DVD, and was still in the drive when I booted up this morning. It began the 'installing new apps, almost ready, don't turn off PC...etc" and then says 'Let's Go' and then nothing happens. Black screen, OR it will go to my same old Microsoft Account sign in, I sign in and I keep getting this press CTRL ALT DELETE or Windows Security button to login. I log in with my password and it will not go to desktop or do anything else. Just keeps switching back and forth. I was able to get to the "Shut down, task manager...etc" and I click on task manager and still nothing happens. Last night I was messing with the screen's resolution. I don't know if this has something to do with it? I had read to hook it up to another monitor but I still get the same thing on the TV screen when hooked with HDMI cable. So I don't think it's the monitor? I also read something about a 'bootmgr' file? Please someone help me, this laptop is driving me absolutely insane. I was also messing with the MMC, in which I can't change user accounts because I'm on a 'domain'? Maybe I'm asking too many questions in one post but I need just a nice, clean reinstall factory setup to download to a USB and go from there. I can boot to UEFI/Legacy mode and I have no idea what to do from there. I have NO options of 'factory restore', and I don't know how.

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Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out for Windows 10






Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out in the Windows Store today, it?s free to download from the Store and will be available across all Windows 10 devices.





Viber is the easy-to-use free app that lets people just about anywhere send messages and make HD-quality phone and video calls securely over WiFi and mobile networks. Now, the connections can happen on any Windows device as Viber for Windows 10 beta arrives. Built from the ground up, this version retains the best of Viber while adding welcome new capabilities and a uniform, familiar interface that suits every Windows device.




Viber for Windows 10 beta delivers features unavailable on earlier versions of the app. Now, in addition to messaging friends for free, sharing photos, videos and voice messages, adding stickers and links, and other popular features, users can enjoy Public Chats, end-to-end encryption and People app integration as well. Group messages of up to 200 participants are possible, and if you have second thoughts about a message you?ve sent, just delete it ? from everyone in the conversation, even after it?s been delivered.

Responsive design resizes the app for optimal viewing, whether you?re on your mobile device, laptop, or tablet. Even chat info and contact details are viewable on your PC. And for peace of mind, a padlock icon confirms that all of your messages, including group messages and th... Read more

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Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out for Windows 10






Viber for Windows 10 beta begins rolling out in the Windows Store today, it?s free to download from the Store and will be available across all Windows 10 devices.





Viber is the easy-to-use free app that lets people just about anywhere send messages and make HD-quality phone and video calls securely over WiFi and mobile networks. Now, the connections can happen on any Windows device as Viber for Windows 10 beta arrives. Built from the ground up, this version retains the best of Viber while adding welcome new capabilities and a uniform, familiar interface that suits every Windows device.




Viber for Windows 10 beta delivers features unavailable on earlier versions of the app. Now, in addition to messaging friends for free, sharing photos, videos and voice messages, adding stickers and links, and other popular features, users can enjoy Public Chats, end-to-end encryption and People app integration as well. Group messages of up to 200 participants are possible, and if you have second thoughts about a message you?ve sent, just delete it ? from everyone in the conversation, even after it?s been delivered.

Responsive design resizes the app for optimal viewing, whether you?re on your mobile device, laptop, or tablet. Even chat info and contact details are viewable on your PC. And for peace of mind, a padlock icon confirms that all of your messages, including group messages and th... Read more

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

Answer:Integrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

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I wrote a quick batch script to disable some of the Windows 10 telemetry.

It's interactive, safe*, and easy to use.


Download Link: Script


I'm working on a more comprehensive application to control the telemetry in windows 10. A true C++ application, but there's a lot more testing to be done before I can share that.



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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Hi, I am a whistle blower who's leaked a lot of information about the ethical violations going on in my company, it's legal, but could be very dangerous for me.

I have had some very sensitive files on my windows computer, and I'm afraid that Windows could have collected information about them. I am also worried about the video memory from my linux os, since this isn't wiped it could hypothetically detected by the
Windows operating system and logged by Microsoft.
For the record I am not a paranoid nut, and I (if I had to guess) I would bet that (video memory or file collection) is not feasible in the least. But what fact(s) conclusively prove this?

?How does Windows send data to Microsoft, is the connection encrypted (or otherwise hidden) or can anyone observe what gets sent??
?If Microsoft was logging video memory/files (or bank passwords), wouldn't someone simply be able to look at the data being transmitted back to Microsoft and (If encrypted) tell that that encrypted information is being sent, or (If unencrypted) see what
that data is??

Thanks a lot, and have a great day-Ba

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Automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1 begins today




We're excited about the progress we've made with Windows Vista Service Pack 1. On March 18th, Windows Vista SP1 was made available for customers who chose to manually download and install it from the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Last week, we made the remaining languages available - giving WU users the ability to download and install Windows Vista Service Pack in any of 36 supported languages. Today, we're happy to announce that we are beginning automatic distribution of SP1 in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.Click to expand...

continued at source
http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/w...bution-of-windows-vista-sp1-begins-today.aspx
 

Answer:Automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1 begins today

Make sure you read all the comments at the blog link that NICK posted, before you get too excited. Bazza
 

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When I begin playing an audio file on the computer, CPU and memory use spike (I think the CPU goes up to 50%) for the next 2-3 minutes. The audio player software hangs during that time, and no sound comes out.
After the 2 or 3 minutes have passed, audio playback resource use drops to normal and remains that way.
The usage spike happens only the first time the audio player is used after booting. After that, it operates normally even if the program is closed and reopened, or if another audio player is used.
The problem occurs in the same way no matter which audio player I use (foobar2000, mpxplay, 1by1) and no matter what file format is played (mp3, FLAC, ALAC).

The Task Manager seems to show that audiodg.exe is using a lot of CPU during this time. I say "seems" because the CPU number under audiodg.exe seems to go up to 7 or so, but I haven't seen it reach anywhere near 50 or 100.
All the Enhancements for playback devices are unchecked.

This problem has begun within the past year, I think, on a 4-year-old computer. I haven't changed any audio settings manually.

This isn't a fatal problem, but it does make my computer unusable for 3 minutes each day. I'd be very grateful for any suggestions.

Answer:Resource use spike when audio playback begins, Windows 7

From your description, I would say its not really an audio problem, but the audio is byproduct of whatever is causing the problem.

One suspect is memory (RAM). With only 2GB of RAM that is a very low amount. I would suggest upgrading to 4GB of RAM, if the PC will support that as the first step. The CPU is probably a bottleneck too.

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Hello all,

I'm really hoping someone knows how to fix this; my music is important!

it usually happens after I've been listening to the media player for an hour or more; the media player begins skipping as it plays through the song (doesn't get stuck skipping in one spot). It just started recently, and I can't think of what it might be. there are no known viruses or spyware on my pc.

help?

thanks!
 

Answer:Windows Media Player randomly begins skipping...

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I can't figure out why, but all of my messages have a question mark as the first character after I send them!
 

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Question: LAN Parties

I'm looking around to see some info on some of the bigger LAN parties- preferably in Texas, but not necessarily.

Name some as I'm itching to get my frag on.
 

Answer:LAN Parties

http://www.lanparty.com is a pretty good resource for finding lan parties around you.
 

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Question: lan parties

i was asked to go to a lan party last week but i hate moving my computer, specially to other peoples place, with all the knockes and bumps associated with traveling. Does anyone know of a specially designed case for lan parties, like extra hard disk protection, scratch proof paint/metal, thick materials,.
i could always mount a computer in a milk crate, i saw that somewhere on the net

Wayne

Answer:lan parties

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Originally posted by waynejkruse10
i was asked to go to a lan party last week but i hate moving my computer, specially to other peoples place, with all the knockes and bumps associated with traveling. Does anyone know of a specially designed case for lan parties, like extra hard disk protection, scratch proof paint/metal, thick materials,.
i could always mount a computer in a milk crate, i saw that somewhere on the net

Wayne




Get something like this.

http://www.svc.com/thxalapccaha.html

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Windows 10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Windows 10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Rem... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Windows 10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Windows 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.

If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

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First of all, for Windows 7 users, let's install the Disable IE 10 and IE 11 toolkit in order for them to not showup in Windows Updates because if one installs them, he would get KB2670838 installed automatically as they come bundled with them which will break the AERO functionality on many systems and/or display blur... Read more

Answer:Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

People can simplify it by using he GWX Control Panel
 

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I'm running Windows 7 with IE 11. Been getting this error message a lot on safe websites that I've visited before. Says "Debug" or "Close". Both choices give same result: "Internet Explorer has closed this webpage to help protect your computer." . Could someone take a look at my HijackThis log and see if anything looks off? I have McAfee Antivirus Plus. Thanks in advance.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.5
Scan saved at 8:39:18 AM, on 12/13/2015
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.18057)

FIREFOX: 34.0.5 (x86 en-US)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Stage Remote\StageRemote.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\robotaskbaricon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\AAM Updates Notifier.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Stage Remote\StageRemoteService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\OOBE\PDApp\UWA\UpdaterStartupUtility.exe
C:\Users\Morgan\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\I31XQHH6\HijackThis.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\DllHost.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = Preserve
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://drudgereport.com/
R1 - HKLM... Read more

Answer:Data Execution Prevention- Microsoft Windows

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4008 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1812 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 938659 MB, Free - 701290 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0GDG8Y
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
 

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