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

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

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 DoScheduledTelemetryRun.

As Woody Leonhard explained, there were cases in the past when these updates installed on computers that weren?t part of the Customer Experience Improvement Program collected data anyway, so without any information from Microsoft at this point, it?s hard to decrypt their purpose.

For the moment, the good thing is that they?re not pushed to all computers running Windows 7 and 8.1, so it remains to be seen if anything changes until next week the Microsoft releases Patch Tuesday updates.Click to expand...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-releases-tool-to-hide-or-block-unwanted-windows-10-updates/
 
Since it's so hard to read and comment in ZDnet, I thought y'all might enjoy this being a thread, so you can comment here.  I've not yet read the article.
 
EDIT: Here's the parallel article in Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/antonyleather/2015/07/27/microsoft-backtracks-on-windows-10-forced-updates/2/
 
EDIT: Here's a parallel article in Thurrott: https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/4881/windows-10-and-automatic-updates
 
That last one is truly scary, to read the comments.  I tried to help where I could, but it's a losing battle.

Answer:Microsoft releases tool to block unwanted updates (Just in, ZDnet)

Ha, that is awesome!
 
 
I know there are 2 Members here, who should be posting here soon, and who will be going on and on about how this is a bad idea and how MS loves us and that Windows 10 is the cure all for every problem we've ever had (or, are going to) but I wanted to say thanks for posting this.
 
 
onward,
 
Winterland

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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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On May 12, 2017, the WannaCrypt ransomware served as an all too real example of the danger of cyber attacks to individuals and businesses globally.

In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organizations. To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows. Due to the elevated risk for destructive cyber attacks at this time, we made the decision to take this action because applying these updates provides further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCrypt. For more technical information and links to related articles, visit our Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

It is important to note that if you?re running a supported version of Windows, such as Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, and you have Windows Update enabled, you don?t need to take any action. As always, we recommend customers upgrade to the latest platforms. The best protection is to be on a modern, up-to-date system that incorporates the latest innovations. Older systems, even if fully up-to-date, lack the latest security features and advancements.

If you?re unsure what version of Windows you?re running, or whether you have Wind... Read more

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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I am talking about windows 10 release that scheduled for July 29. These question will determine if I get a windows 10 device in the future and whether or not I upgrade.

My questions are referring to windows home unless otherwise noted.

How often will Microsoft update windows 10 everyday, every week or every other week (If it is everyday it could be a problem when watching online videos)?

How often will Microsoft release a build to the consumer every month or two or three (This could use a lot of bandwidth)? Will it have a fast & a slow ring as well or will that only be available to insiders?

Say, you turn off your computer at night, will the updates be download the next day when you are using the computer?

How will windows 7 legit oemslp computer upgraded be handled, will I need to use the key on the back of the machine before upgrading if I did decided to do the upgraded?

If you turn on Metered connections will that stop the updates & builds from downloading?

Will you be able to create a local account with the Consumer Release?

Will I be able to go back to windows 7 if decided I didn't like windows 10?

Will you need to enable secure boot if using a 64 bit computer?

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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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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?
 
I'm trying to find all the updates so I can remove them, I've come across a few lists but I have no idea how detailed or up to date they are.
 
If someone could link me to somewhere that lists them all I'd be very grateful.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:
 
Not sure about the telemetry stuff (most of which is overblown tinfoil-hat FUD), but the free Win10 offer ended ~2 months ago, so there's nothing to fear about that any longer.
 
There is an optional MS update to remove the GWX software from Windows 7:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184143
 
Cheers,
 
MM

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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.

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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 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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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.
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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 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.

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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?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.

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

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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.

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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Hello,

before week Microsoft released these January updates:
KB3108664
KB3109560
KB3110329
KB3121212
KB3121918
KB3123479
KB3124000
KB3124001

And my question is. Are these updates safe and clean without any Microsoft telemetry or Enforcement upgrade W10? Thank you in advance.

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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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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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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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For those who don't mind sending telemetry to MS, skip this post. For all others...

I happened to be in Task Scheduler for something completely unrelated, and noticed MS had setup tasks to send telemetry about my computer to MS, even though I had opted out of doing so when I installed W7. These tasks were located in the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" folder under Microsoft/Windows branch in the Task Scheduler Library tree. Digging into this, it turns out a KB update issued 4th quarter 2015 ignores your privacy settings and sets up tasks to send telemetry anyway. (See Forbes article link below.)

Forbes Welcome

To check this on my machines, I went to the original setting for CEIP and saw it was indeed set to NOT participate... you can see by going to Control Panel -> Action Center -> click hyperlink at left to "Change Action Center settings", then in the new window, look at the bottom for the hyperlink that says "Customer Experience Improvement Program setting" ... and see if it is set to NOT participate (as mine was).

Now go into Task Scheduler and into the folder of the same name under MS/Windows... and see if there aren't 2 or 3 enabled tasks... in the description in the lower part of the window, you will see the tasks are for CEIP and involve sending telemetry.

After disabling those tasks, I also found three other folders setup to send telemetry, apparently (as per the article above and others sources I read) from other KB... Read more

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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 has released twelve (12) new security bulletins. The security updates for February 2005 include several high-priority updates for Microsoft Windows that also affect Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Media Player technologies.Critical Updates (8) MS05-005 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Office XP could allow Remote Code Execution (873352)MS05-009 - Vulnerability in PNG Processing Could Allow Remote Code Execution (890261)MS05-010 - Vulnerability in the License Logging Service Could Allow Code Execution (885834)MS05-011 - Vulnerability in Server Message Block Could Allow Remote Code Execution (885250)MS05-012 - Vulnerability in OLE and COM Could Allow Remote Code Execution (873333)MS05-013 - Vulnerability in the DHTML Editing Component ActiveX Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution (891781)MS05-014 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (867282)MS05-015 - Vulnerability in Hyperlink Object Library Could Allow Remote Code Execution (888113)Important (3) MS05-004 - ASP.NET Path Validation Vulnerability (887219)MS05-007 - Vulnerability in Windows Could Allow Information Disclosure (888302)MS05-008 - Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution (890047)Moderate (1) MS05-006 - Vulnerability in Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Team Services Could Allow Cross-Site Scripting and Spoofing Attacks (887981)Re-released Bulletins (2)MS04-035 - Vulnerability in SMTP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (885881)Sec... Read more

Answer:MS Releases Critical Updates

Thanks for the heads up and an EXCELLENT summary I'll share my "color coded" blog post on this - lol I'd encourage everyone to get updated as quickly as possible, esp. with 8 CRITICAL vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Office, IE and other products.February 2005 - Microsoft Security Bulletins

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Hi i had a Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2976978) this morning and ever since this update my GWX keeps crashing
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-GWX-Ins" Guid="{18ABEBC9-83EC-435F-8F15-6D1E9187C999}" />

<EventID>100</EventID>

<Version>0</Version>

<Level>2</Level>

<Task>0</Task>

<Opcode>0</Opcode>

<Keywords>0x8000000000000000</Keywords>

<TimeCreated SystemTime="2015-07-29T16:40:19.928187400Z" />

<EventRecordID>7087</EventRecordID>

<Correlation />

<Execution ProcessID="5168" ThreadID="3852" />

<Channel>Microsoft-Windows-GWX-Ins/Operational</Channel>

<Computer>XXX</Computer>

<Security UserID="S-1-5-21-3595559186-1056392147-4147136603-500" />

</System>
- <EventData>
<Data Name="Message">GWX Main: App failed to start</Data>

<Data Name="ErrorCode">-2147023728</Data>

</EventData>
</Event>

Answer:Update (KB2976978) killed GWX (Get Windows 10 Icon)

ok same thing on my brothers and 2of my m8s computers Error message: GWX Main: App failed to start hresult: Element not found.

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Mozilla releases Firefox stability updates.

Download Firefox 3.6.10 (International Locales).

Download Firefox 3.5.13 (International Locales).

-- Tom
 

Answer:Mozilla releases Firefox stability updates

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Microsoft has released a fix for the Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation package to correct a flaw that would not allow IT to install the service pack without end-user intervention.

The problem affected those using Microsoft's Software Update Services (SUS), a free Windows server add-on that runs behind the corporate firewall. SUS allows companies to create a centralised internal staging area and schedule the distribution of patches after they are tested and approved instead of downloading patches from Microsoft directly to desktops.

Microsoft informed users that the deployment of XP SP2 through SUS would be "silent" and not require any end-user intervention, but that turned out not to be the case to the surprise and dismay of users.

"Client computers did not silently install the service pack at the scheduled time," says Brian Doré, an administrator in the office of information systems at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. "Instead they wait for a user login and prompt to start the SP2 Wizard. Users can also cancel the install at this point. Obviously it was a major problem."

Doré says the university typically silently installs service packs in the wee hours of the morning.

"Users that arrived at work the next morning were greeted with the SP2 Wizard when they logged on and were given the choice to cancel or install. Those that canceled were not patched. Those that accepted the install could not use their... Read more

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If you have seen strange behavior with the Vista GUI, you might want to apply this hotfix.....

After a Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time, the desktop screen may stop updating correctly. For example, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

* Parts of the screen may go black
* Parts of the screen may become transparent.
* The toolbar may disappear.
* The toolbar may appear at the top of the screen instead of at the bottom of the screen.

The Windows desktop may stop updating correctly after a Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time

Answer:Microsoft Releases Vista GUI Fix

gonna be reinstalling soon.

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http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/SP/SP1/WXP/en-us/xpsp1_en_x86.exe
http://premierdownload.microsoft.com/download/whistler/SP/SP1/WXP/EN-US/xpsp1_en_x86.exe
 

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Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide!






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?We launched Silverlight just over a year ago, and already one in four consumers worldwide has access to a computer with Silverlight already installed,? said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Division at Microsoft. ?Silverlight represents a radical improvement in the way developers and designers build applications on the Web. This release will further accelerate our efforts to make Silverlight, Visual Studio and Microsoft Expression Studio the preeminent solutions for the creation and delivery of media and rich Internet application experiences.?


Silverlight adoption continues to grow rapidly, with penetration in some countries approaching 50 percent and a growing ecosystem that includes more than 150 partners and tens of thousands of applications. During the 17 days of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, NBCOlympics.com, powered by Silverlight, had more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams and 600 million minutes of video watched, increasing the average time on the site (from 3 minutes to 27 minutes) and Silverlight market penetration in the U.S. by more than 30 percent. Broadcasters in France (France Televisions SA), the Netherlands (NOS), Russia (Sportbox.ru) and Italy (RAI) also chose Silverlight to deliver Olympics coverage online. In addition, leading companies such... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2

A few websites I go on to watch stuff has switched to Silverlight 2, and things do appear to stream and be more stable, so seems to be quite good.

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This is an inconvenient delay, not anything serious. Running Windows 7, if it makes a difference.

Issue: Microsoft Security Essentials auto-updates block Microsoft Updates until MSE is finished.

Description: I have Microsoft Update (or Windows Update, whichever it's known as in 7) set to automatically check for updates but not download or install without my approval. I do this so I can review what's being updated, (I'm a little wary of Microsoft putting an anti-piracy app in as a "critical" update in the last year or two). Anyways, when I boot up the computer, it checks for updates and alerts me of them.

However, Microsoft Security Essentials also auto-checks for updates upon boot, and if it has an update it will automatically being downloading and installing it in the background. Which is all well and good, except whenever that's happening it causes MU to "fail" updates until it's done updating. Thus, I have to remember to wait until the MSE update is done, then run the MU update.

Question: MSE definition updates are included under "Optional" updates in MU, is there a way to make MSE stop updating independent of MU so I can queue all the updates together? I feel like this would be the easiest way to prevent this annoyance. I don't see an option, and I'd rather put up with this annoyance if the only solution is to put all updates back into Microsoft's hands completely.
 

Answer:Microsoft Security Essentials updates blocking other windows updates

My understanding of MSE is it will check several times during the to make it has the latest updates. Most GOOD VA programs will do this as there are several releases daily for AV definitions. This is the only way you and your machine will be aware of these releases.

When some of these attacks happen, a definition is released, but as the infection is refined, the the definition must also be refined and/or improved. I use F-Prot on my machines, but I install MSE on the kids and grand kids machines. I have seen as many as 12 releases in one day from F-Prot, this is what is call" being on top of things".

So I would not want to rely on ME being the one to check several times daily on all of my machines to see if a new release has been made.
 

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"Adobe released a security update for a serious vulnerability within Reader and Acrobat. The vulnerability described in CVE-2008-2641 is being circulated on the Internet. Adobe says if exploited the vulnerability could crash applications and could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

The update affects Adobe Reader 8.0 through 8.1.2, Adobe Reader 7.0.9 and earlier, Adobe Acrobat Professional, 3D and Standard 8.0 through 8.1.2, Adobe Acrobat Professional, 3D and Standard 7.0.9 and earlier. It does not affect Adobe Reader 7.1.0 and Acrobat 7.1.0."
( Adobe releases security updates for Reader, Acrobat | Defense in Depth - computer security, hacking, crime, viruses - CNET News.com )

( http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/29908/discuss )

The downloads can be found on the Adobe web site here:

( Adobe - Security Advisories : APSB08-15: Security Update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 )

Answer:Adobe releases security updates for Reader, Acrobat

I have Adobe Reader 8.1.2 and there's no updates for this version?

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Microsoft has released its own embedded hypervisor for free.

http://www.microsoft.com/servers/hyper-v-server/default.mspx
 

Answer:Microsoft releases its FREE hypervisor

BOOO their licensing model is horrible. They limit you to 4 vm’s on Enterprise?
 

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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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Originally Posted by Warez Monster


[B]
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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If a company releases a product and a successor of that product a few years later and then a document comparing the features of both products; What would you expect from that comparison ? Every company in the world would obviously come to the conclusion that their new product is far superior than the old one.
Microsoft released a Windows Feature Comparison white paper [link, via Ars Technica] that compares Windows Vista and Windows XP. The not so surprising result of the comparison is that Windows Vista is superior to Windows XP everywhere, well except for a few parameters that have not been compared with each other.
Microsoft is having a hard time convincing the public that Windows Vista is a ?good? operating system, that upgrading to it does indeed make sense from various standpoints. The feature comparison explains how the features are implemented in XP and Vista in two columns and outlines the key differences in a third.
The following features are compared:Security Development Lifecycle (SDL)
Defense in depth
Windows BitLocker? Drive Encryption
Windows Firewall
Windows Internet Explorer? 7 Protected Mode
Microsoft ActiveX? Installer Service
Group Policy settings
Standard user accounts
Reliability and diagnostics
Event management
Task scheduling
Image-based setup (IBS)
Deployment, compatibility, and asset -inventory tools
Windows Setup
Worldwide single-image deployment
Windows Mobility Center
Sync Center
Offline files
Network Projection
Secure Sockets Tunnel Protocol (SSTP... Read more

Answer:Microsoft releases Vista vs. XP comparison

why would Vista not be superior in all aspects (debate with logic please )...only reason a greater percentage is not buying into it...is that it is something to buy and invest in...US dollar is weak and people tend to be cheap, not poor....ie., I am poor

similar is true for...
cars...2006 vs 2008 model
game consoles
toys, old new xxx...transformers, etc
ad infinitum

there was or perhaps IS no reason for us to have moved beyond Windows 2000 as well...but who knows
Windows 2000 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

it was/is outrageous XP requires 2x the power of 2k (lol)

also, similar arguement could be had in regards to single, dual, quad, ++++ core cpus...do/did we really need more than 1 core? Do we need quad? Do we need 32 core cpus? Probably not, but it would most likely be better

also, SD dvds vs next gen higher res optical discs
analog tv vs digital (digital will of course be required in feb 09)

Perhaps new versions of say, OSes, allow higher efficiency in regards to using new technology like say...multi core cpus (the answer is yes, but I form it in a speculative as a sort of sarcasm, hehe). Something like the aforementioned are never taken into account because they are "under the hood" but sadly, so very important.

and for further rampant Windows 7 speculation:
Windows 7 = Vista Release 2 | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

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Winrumors   is reporting that Microsoft has pushed live the download links for its   Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate, confirming an earlier report that   the company would use today?s media event in San Francisco to announce   its availability.    Neowin notes that ?the release candidate includes much improved tab   functionality, from the new square-ish visual elements, and moveable tab   bar elements to increase customization. It also includes features that   enable a user to refuse tracking from advertisers.?  Download links Internet Explorer 9 RC:  http://bit.ly/i1mJIS                  

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Microsoft has released a new tool that will allow users to diagnose and fix Windows security settings for IE, Windows firewall, group policy, Registry, UAC; check Windows Update and antivirus software status.

What it fixes...

Checks Windows Firewall configuration and repairs as needed.
Checks Windows policies to determine bad settings in the Windows Registry.
Checks status of antivirus.
Checks Internet Explorer privacy setting to determine how cookies are handled.
Checks Windows Update to ensure computer is kept current and secure.
Resets Remote Registry back to default to prevent remote modification.
Resets User Account Control to default to prevent unauthorized changes to computer.
Clears Internet Explorer history and cache.
Checks if Internet Explorer is up to date.

Images:
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Download : http://support.microsoft.com/mats/malware_prevention
 

Answer:Microsoft releases new diagnoses tool

Yes This Is a must Tool to use After Cleaning an infected Computer
Thanks
 

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If you have children getting bored with their games that came with their O/S microsoft has released some new ones for downloadclick hereincludes card games, scrabble and adventure games

Answer:microsoft releases more free games

Kewl !

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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/03/09/microsoft-releases-yet-another-botched-driver/
Reports are starting to come in that Microsoft released -- yet another -- mysterious driver for the Windows operating system.
The driver, Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM – 5.2.5326.4762, has been released for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
At least some users are reporting issues with the drivers, from failed installations to mobile devices no longer being recognized by the Windows machine the update was installed on.
We don't know much about the update; the update is released without a Knowledgebase ID. If you see it when you check for updates on Windows, it is simply listed as Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM – 5.2.5326.4762.
Not much to go by right?

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Microsoft on Tuesday took the wraps off its Antigen lineup of security products for e-mail, which include antivirus and anti-spam protection that the Redmond company acquired from Sybari Software in 2005. Four offerings will initially make up the Microsoft Antigen brand.

Antigen for Exchange integrates into Exchange Server 2003 and 2000 to stop viruses and other malicious content from reaching a corporate network, as well as containing internal outbreaks. Antigen for SMTP Gateways provides similar features for Windows Server systems running a mail server.

Antigen Spam Manager offers anti-spam and content filtering services to both Windows Server and Exchange Server setups. Microsoft is offering all three utilities in a single package called Antigen Messaging Security Suite.

http://www.betanews.com/article/Micr...rus/1149626417

Answer:Microsoft Releases Business Antivirus

Maybe they should integrate that into their upcoming Vista platform for the home users. But I guess that wouldn't be reasonable with other popular anti-virus company like Symantec and McAfee. Since that is pretty much how they make money.

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It looks like Microsoft has decided to allow the general public to download the source code of the latest Release Candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack 1. Do with the knowledge what you will, but after reading this, I am a little hesitant to install this Service Pack just yet.On the Microsoft Downloads site, the company notes that ?systems running on Windows Vista RTM typically require two or three updates before SP1 can be installed. These updates are permanent on your Windows Vista systems.?


Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...playlang=en&tm

Microsoft Releases Vista’s SP1 RC to Public - www.Tech-Dump.com

Answer:Microsoft Releases Vista’s SP1 RC to Public

This seems to be different from my previous post

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Get Ready to update your Java program as Oracle has released its massive patch package for multiple security vulnerabilities in its software.
 
The United States software maker Oracle releases its security updates every three months on Tuesday, which it referred to as "Critical Patch Updates" (CPU). Yesterday, Oracle released its first quarterly CPU-date of this year, issuing a total of 169 security fixes for hundreds of its products including Java, Fusion Middleware, Enterprise Manager and MySQL.
 
The security update for Oracle’s popular browser plug-in Java addresses vulnerabilities in the software, 14 of which could be remotely exploitable without authentication, that means an attacker wouldn't need a username and password to exploit them over a network.

 
 

Oracle releases 169 Updates, Including 19 Patches for JAVA Vulnerabilities
 
 

Answer:Oracle releases 169 Updates, Including 19 Patches for JAVA Vulnerabilities

The Patch Man cometh again....

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Dell Releases Bios Updates For Several Nvidia Video Cards

Dell has released a Nvidia GPU (Graphics Processing Units) Bios Update for several Dell notebooks on their Dell Direct website. Nvidia confirmed earlier this month that some notebook GPUs were affected caused by a weak die packaging material set.
The GPU may fail due to temperature fluctuations and users may experience symptoms like random characters or lines on the screen. The problem is that if customers experience those symptoms the Bios update will not help them anymore and they have to contact Dell support to fix the issue.
Everyone else should check the website to see if their Dell notebook is in the list and update the Bios of its GPU accordingly. The affected notebooks according to Dell are:
Inspiron 1420
Latitude D630
Latitude D630c
Dell Precision M2300
Vostro Notebook 1310
Vostro Notebook 1400
Vostro Notebook 1510
Vostro Notebook 1710
XPS M1330
XPS M1530
The Bios update will turn on the GPU fan more frequently at half or quarter speed to reduce temperature fluctuations. Dell confirmed once again that this will have no noticeable effect on battery life. New notebooks will be shipped with the updated Bios.
The real question however is which GPUs are affected but there does not seem to be a direct answer for this. There is however the list of Nividia GPUs that have been used in the affected Dell notebooks, here it is:128MB NVIDIA? GeForce? 8400M GS
128MB NVIDIA? GeForce? 8400M GS (64 bit)
256MB NVIDIA? GeForc... Read more

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http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2012/06/03/microsoft-releases-security-advisory-2718704.aspxWe recently became aware of a complex piece of targeted malware known as "Flame" and immediately began examining the issue. As many reports assert, Flame has been used in highly sophisticated and targeted attacks and, as a result, the vast majority of customers are not at risk. Additionally, most antivirus products will detect and remove this malware. That said, our investigation has discovered some techniques used by this malware that could also be leveraged by less sophisticated attackers to launch more widespread attacks. Therefore, to help protect both targeted customers and those that may be at risk in the future, we are sharing our discoveries and taking steps to mitigate the risk to customers.Unauthorized digital certificates could allow spoofing http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2718704

Answer:Microsoft releases Security Advisory 2718704

Researchers reveal how Flame fakes Windows Update

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Microsoft is aware of a vulnerability affecting all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object.
Microsoft is at this time, aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability through Microsoft PowerPoint.
Till a security update is released, Microsoft recommends you download and apply the OLE packager shim workaround.
See if this applies to you at KB3010060.

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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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