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

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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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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

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

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

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

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

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

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

?This u... Read more

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

Exterminator said:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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This is a well-known update that Microsoft pushed on Windows 7 users several times to try to force them to upgrade to Windows 10.
Even though the free upgrade offer has expired, Microsoft has decided to push this update again on Windows 7 users.
You can read about it here:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...lemetry-update-for-windows-7-pcs-508991.shtml
When it appears in Windows Update, right-click it and then hide it.

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Answer:KB2952664 Released Again(!) On Windows 7 Computers

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

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

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

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

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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I've seen many of these type of threads covering these two updates, but none of them describe my particular situation.

This may be a long post so please bear with me.

I was doing a fresh install and i decided to keep track of all the steps involved because i'm a nut job like that, lol.

When I looked in my update history, everything looked normal as you can see in the image below.

I then set windows update to check for updates, but let me decide what to download and install, and what came up is shown in the next image.

So I thought to myself, here we go again, repeat updates. But then I checked the optional updates, and things started to get a bit weird.

So since this was a test system, I decided to install them and see what would happen. I installed the two from the important tab, rebooted, and then installed the one from the optional tab, and rebooted. This was the result.

Pretty weird huh? On the installed updates list, KB2952664 and KB3035583 only show up once each.

I haven't been using Windows 7 for very long so maybe I am reading this wrong? I'm still not completely clear on the differences between the update history and the installed files. Sometimes the files in one list are not in the other.

Has anybody else noticed this stuff?

P.S. - yes I did a google search and a forum search before making this thread. lol.

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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 couple of Windows 7 x64 machines got Black Screen Of Death after following Windows Updates.
KB4025341 - July 11, 2017?KB4025341 (Monthly Rollup)
KB4025252 - Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: July 11, 2017
KB2952664 - Compatibility update for keeping Windows up-to-date in Windows 7

The machines just simply stuck at black desktop screen and only cursor at the middle. It does not respond to any key-press (Ctrl+Alt+Del or anything). 


Choosing safe mode, or any other mode it just simply hangs on that screen. I thought if I could go to Command prompt, I could try to uninstall the updates from command-line, but same issue, black screen with cursor. When I move mice device, cursor moves,
but that's it.

I can boot the machine from Windows 7 installation disk, can go to command prompt, but I am not sure how can I uninstall the updates from there.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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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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How do I keep Microsoft updates KB3035583 and KB2952664 from reinstalling on my computer without my permission? These are the updates that apparently generate the popup promoting Windows 10. I dont want Windows 10 and, if anything, this annoyance is only making me more determined not to accept it. I have already selected the option of Download updates but let me choose whether to install them. Help!!!

Answer:I don't want updates KB3035583 and KB2952664, how can I keep them from reinstalling on my computer without permission?

Search your computer for Programs and Features (it is in Control Panel) and on the left edge select "View Installed Updates"
Select the ones you do not want and uninstall them. Since you now are selecting new updates by hand this should resolve your issue.
If you need to add additional information or want to post additional questions, please join the site so you can see the reply button and continue the conversation in the same thread you originally made.

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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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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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Windows updates are now available, 11 in total for my PC.

Answer:Windows updates have just be released.

Thanks! 10 here.

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I hope no-one else has posted this thread already today. 1 for Vista's Internet Explorer 7 and the other, Email Junk Filter and Malicious software removal tool. There are also 5 Office 2007 updates available, 2 being security and the other 3 normal ones. The link below is just for anyone who wishes to read what each update is for,click here

Answer:Windows Updates released,

thanks for link Jimmy

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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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This is the list:

Windows 98/98SE/ME:

KB896688 - cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 6.0

KB904706 - security update for DirectX 9.0

Windows XP

KB896688 - cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 6.0

KB905414 - security update for DirectX 9.0

KB905749 - security update

KB900725 - security update

KB902400 - security update

KB901017 - security update

KB890830 - malicious software removal tool(October 2005)

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They can be obtained by running a scan at the Windows Updates site.

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Answer:New Security Updates Released For Windows 98/98SE/ME/XP

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These are the ones that appeared on my Windows XP SP2 computers after running a scan at the Windows Updates site:

Internet Explorer 6.0 cumulative update(KB916281)

Windows Script 5.6.0.8831 update(KB917344)

Windows XP updates(KB917953, KB914389, KB918439, KB911280)

Malicious Software Removal Tool - June 2006(KB890830)

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Answer:Several Windows XP Critical Updates Released Today

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For those of you who have installed the Windows XP SP2 RC1 upgrade(like I have), you will notice that none of the recently-released critical updates appear in the Windows updates site during a scan.

The Windows XP SP2 RC1 upgrade changed the version numbers of Windows XP to 5.1.2600.2096 and changed the version number of Internet Explorer/Outlook Express to 6.0.2900.2096.

I'm sure the upcoming Windows XP SP2 RC2 release and the Windows XP SP2 final release will change these version numbers to even higher numbers.
 

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Hello,

Recently I've been troubleshooting random hangs which one of the solution was to uninstall the following updates if I had any of them installed:
- KB2952664
- KB2990214
- KB3035583
I had KB2952664 and KB2990214 installed on 6th of April 2015 which after creating an restore point I successfully uninstalled them via control panel.

When I checked the installed update, those updates were gone for good. However I've noticed two significant changes after uninstalling:
- KB2952664 has been installed right after the uninstalling process. I'm not sure when it was exactly installed (before or after restart). It's been dated as today (23rd of June 2015) which it shows up on the installed updates
- When I checked the "Windows update" tab it says I've never checked for any updates nor installed one. The update history and hidden updates has been wiped out as well.

For the second point, I was able to check for updates which brought back all the hidden updates (I kept running the scans until there were no updates found).

As for the first point I don't know what caused to install KB2952664 again automatically. I've tried uninstalling this freshly installed update however it's still there listed on the installed updates. I'm not sure how to check if the uninstalling has been successful or not but the process was smooth (no endless waits or errors popped during the process) as well as two restore point has been created: one for the initial removal (dated 6th of April... Read more

Answer:KB2952664 installed "automatically" after uninstalling certain updates

How did you actually do the uninstall of KB2952664? using Control Panel>Installed Updates, or the WUSA command?
Try using the following command in an Elevated Command Prompt:


wusa /uninstall /kb:2952664

reboot once it's finished, then do a Check for Updates, and hide the KB when it's found again.

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Microsoft has just released a few minutes ago, out-of-turn Security Updates for Internet Explorer 11 to address security issues have been recently identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Microsoft Internet Explorer and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.
Download links:
Windows 8.1 x64: Download Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 for x64-based systems (KB2964444) from Official Microsoft Download Center
Windows 8.1 x86: Download Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 (KB2964444) from Official Microsoft Download Center
Windows 7 SP1 x64 Download Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 SP1 for x64-based systems (KB2964444) from Official Microsoft Download Center
Windows 7 SP1 x86 Download Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 SP1 (KB2964444) from Official Microsoft Download Center

Answer:Out-of-band Security Updates for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 | 7 released

Releasing for Windows XP too.

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New Updates For Windows 7 And Windows Server 2008 R2 Released
Most Windows users know that Microsoft releases security updates once per month on the so called patch day. Only critical security updates are offered when it is necessary which just happened recently when Microsoft released a patch for the Internet Explorer vulnerability that was uncovered earlier.
Non-security related patches are released more commonly and users with automatic updates enabled will usually get little to no notice about these updates. Users without automatic updates on the other hand might not even know that new updates have been released as the Oracle over at Lockergnome points out.

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Hey guys today windows released 3 optional updates, should I proceed with installing them?
http://i.imgur.com/dkqHKOx.png

What is your exp, did you get these updates to?

Answer:Should I install these updates? (updates released today)

I've heard about them, but haven't had them offered to me yet.

I'd wait for more info. What I don't understand is that they are supposedly NOT related to security and are considered optional----so why are they so important that they can't wait till Patch Tuesday in May?

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

Answer:Windows Update KB2952664??

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

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I recently went through and made sure all current updates are installed (updater does not find any further updates to install). I still didn't get the windows 10 icon. I am running windows 7 professional on my home computer. I downloaded the troubleshooter from windows and ran it and it says that I'm missing KB2952664, however when I look in my list of installed updates, that one is listed as installed. I tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it to no avail. Can anyone help?

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Hi,

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

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

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

Answer:Windows Update Error with KB2952664

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

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

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

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

Answer:Recent Windows Update KB2952664

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

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

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Windows update KB2952664 never installs Error 80070570.

No icon to upgrade to W10

Q. does this error prevent upgrade.?

In addition Logon UI.exe is a corrupt file.

Cannot run chkdsk or system restore. PC is operable however.
Have done usual suggested troubleshoot measures but keep going round in circles.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Answer:Satellite L755 - Windows KB2952664 cannot be installed

Maybe the workaround provided by Microsoft could help you:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...d3b723c?auth=1

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Anyone have this?

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

Should I install or hide it?

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

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

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

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

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







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

Introduction

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


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

Regards

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

Anyone know what changes this update makes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi,

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

Kind regards,

Answer:Windows update error code 8004402F with KB2952664

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

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

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

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I installed a large batch of updates yesterday, and one was kb2952664. When I ran my PC, everythingmwas fine, besides windows updates bloated memory leak (800MB it was using! Shortly after trustedinstaller ended it returned to just 25MB. )


so, i saw these 3 exes running around the same time, from a compattel folder in the windows system32 folder.

Wicainventory
queryappblock
diagrackrunner

If I am correct, it was added by update kb2952644. I believe it is to allow compatibility when upgrading windows right? E.g to the new windows 10?


Also, could anyone explain why svchost and windows update causes a memory leak? As soon as I check for updates memory usage inflates, then drops to about 300mb, and overtime after trustedinstaller stops it goes back to normal.

Answer:3 new unfamiliar .exes running - related to kb2952664 and windows 10?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Keyes


...

so, i saw these 3 exes running around the same time, from a compattel folder in the windows system32 folder.

Wicainventory
queryappblock
diagrackrunner

If I am correct, it was added by update kb2952644. I believe it is to allow compatibility when upgrading windows right? E.g to the new windows 10?


The update description being Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7 I would pretty confidently venture a guess and say yes. Note the file version #'s in the update: 6.3.9600.XXXXX, 10.0.XXXX etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Windows Update Posting Instructions

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

Skype: q8blood

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

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

Thank you.

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

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

Skype: q8blood

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I have KB2976978 installed (install dated 18th June 2015). Today this update appeared again as an optional along with KB3065988. Both were installed successfully and PC restarted as requested. I then left things for 20 minutes and did another restart to ensure all files were placed correctly. Left again for 15 minutes and then I run disk clean + system file clean. All OK. I then rebooted for a final time and was presented with a 'Important Updates Are Available' message on the log in screen. Checking Windows Update shows KB2976978 once again available, even though it was successfully installed only an hour or so ago.

Sounds to me like some aberration on the part of Windows Update. I'll wait and see if it disappears from the list tomorrow.

Answer:KB2976978... again, and again !

I had 2 to day also.

The KB# is the same but size was different.

KB numbers just say for what it is, but, they are two different updates all together.
Like the daily AV updates for Defender, one KB is for virus definition another is for spyware, and a third is for Defender version itself. Hope this helps

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler

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

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






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

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

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

2. Now go to following key:

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

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

3. Again go to following key:

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

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

Restart your computer to take effect.


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

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

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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Microsoft released 5 "out of cycle" updates on April 26th. These are reliability updates to resolve problems in Windows 7 SP1, including problems with Windows Explorer.

If you haven't yet been alerted to and installed these updates, run a manual scan with Windows Update to obtain them. You'll need to restart your computer afterwards.

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Hi - Win 8, PC 64 bit
rec'd this other day - haven't installed KB2976978 described as '' 'combatibility update for Win. 8.1 and Win 8... ....also have KB2871389 supposedly required to update to 8.1 from 8... do i need one or both when i update from 8 to 8.1 via the Store ? What happens to my computer if the 8.1 update 'starts' but then turns out i don't have all required updates installed ...will i revert back to '8' and remain status-quo? thanks in advance...

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From what I've read I don't really need these two, unless someone can explain why I do.

Answer:Do I really need KB2976978 and KB3068708

These are optional updates not recommended or important meaning not going to effect your system without them. Least read about them, can always do this right in windows update by highlighting them and to the right select blue link more information.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3068708
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2976978

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Question: Update KB2976978

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU J1900 @ 1.99GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 55 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8010 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1920 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 450 GB (411 GB Free);
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire XC-703G
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

I got this update again yesterday >KB2976978, it's an old update that MS was pushing with the GWX upgrade which I did not want so kept hiding it, I'm curious why it is back again and do I need it.
Thanks
 

Answer:Update KB2976978

This is the description for the update. I'm pretty sure it's safe to say you can ignore it.

 

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I had done an OK job of not installing Windows 10 and Telemetry updates as described in many threads including Updates to Hide to Avoid Telemetry or Windows 10 Upgrade
but a few got in. I want to uninstall them as suggested but have run in to an issue with KB2976978. I find it in installed updates but I have no option to right click and select uninstall. If I use the command "wusa /uninstall /KB: 2976978" I get the message "Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2976978) is required by your computer and cannot be uninstalled"

Only thing I could find for that message mentions being part of a Group Policy editor for WU which I am sure I am not.

Any hope of getting this one uninstalled or should I not bother?

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Question: Update KB2976978

I received this optional update and I am not sure if I need to install it , running windows 8.1 64 bit.
 

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Answer:Update KB2976978

Do you participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program? If not you don't need the update:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2976978/compatibility-update-for-keeping-windows-up-to-date-in-windows-8-1-and

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I'm now on my boat with an ISO of Windows 10. However, I wanted to check that the PC would at least attempt the upgrade, although my internet is limited.

I did all the updates that were offered, but no Get Windows X app. I went to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3081048 and downloaded the Windows Troubleshooter, with this result:

This tells me that KB2952664 is not installed, so I clicked the link to download it from Microsoft Update Catalogue: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/...px?q=KB2952664

I ran it and got these windows:



The second tells me that KB2952664 is already installed, so I went back to the start; I get the same message saying it isn't installed! There have been plenty of reboots in between.

Answer:Upgrade from Windows 7: Get Windows 10 KB2952664 Problem

I may be wrong, but with the ISO, I wouldn't have thought that it was necessary to have all Windows 7 updates in situ as these will get 'ditched' to the Windows.old folder when the upgrade to Windows 10 is performed.

I would run the setup.exe file from the DVD or USB created from the ISO.

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

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

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

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

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Where can one find a download or list of patches that have been released since SP2 ? I am wanting to create a custom install cd with sp2 as well as most up to date patches that have been released since sp2.. thanks...also what is a good program to slipstream these additional patches to my cd....
 

Answer:updates released after SP2

Windows Redistributable:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.aspx?displaylang=en&categoryid=7

Autostreamer:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Autostreamer.shtml

gl
 

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Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 cumulative patch (828750)

Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 patch (818857)

Media Player security update (828026)

(Note: If you install both Internet Explorer updates, install 828750 first and 818857 second. 828750 updates Urlmon.dll to 6.0.2800.1259 and 818857 updates Urlmon.dll to 6.0.2800.1267)
Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
 

Answer:Three New Updates Released

I was at the Update site, but only the first two were offered to me
--Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 cumulative patch (828750)
--Media Player security update (828026)

Those installed and after rebooting I went back, rescanned, but the second one you mentioned
--Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 patch (818857)
is still not showing up as being available to me.

Would the site hold off on displaying it to my computer, to prevent me from installing them in the wrong order? (I don't do the auto updates...And it's right not to trust me!) Maybe it will appear tomorrow or something?
 

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Between 8th July & today I've had this delivered (via win update) 5 times, either as optional or recommended, and in all 5 cases it has installed successfully.
Anyone else had this, or noticed it?

Answer:kb2976978 Win 8.1 update repeating

For anyone that's interested, I've just googled and according to InfoWorld this is a known issue:
*"KB 2976978: Windows 8/8.1 nagware patch that touts the Windows 10 upgrade, is now up to version 11. It, too, was changed from Optional to Important in early June; it, too, is now marked Optional again in the official list.
Some of those users who install the nagware patch report that it is offered over and over again -- even after installing successfully. "*

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

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


Download Link: Script


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



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
--Ed--

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

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


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

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MSN Messenger 6.1.0155 - 7.98 MB

Windows Messenger 5.0.0468 - 8.24 MB
Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips (Also a Windows XP user)
 

Answer:MSN Messenger And Windows Messenger Updates Released

Thanks Peanut; any bugs reported yet??
 

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Latest XP updates just released.

Answer:Latest XP updates just released

Thanks; 7 high priority and a couple of optionals for me.

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I installed Spywareblaster (free) just under 1 month ago. Since then I've had just one protection update (of 23-Dec-09). Are such infrequent updates normal for this software? How often do they release them in practice?

Answer:How often are updates for Spywareblaster released?

"Are such infrequent updates normal for this software?"YesI normally do a weekly update check.

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Became aware of these 12 updates from Susan Bradley's column today (6/16/17). I've seen it referred to as KB4025685 but when you go to that, you have a list of 12 (at least I got 12) updates that apparently need to be downloaded. Just wondering if anyone has done so yet, and with what outcome? Last month I installed KB 4022583 which is included again within this group of 12 and didn't have any problems.
 

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HitmanPro 3.6.1 Build 163 has been released on the 27th of July. Different timezones might have it released on the 26th.

Change log:
Source





ADDED: New Text File Log export format which is useful for posting scan logs in forums.
ADDED: Save Log hyperlink is available directly after scan (before removal).
ADDED: Support for displaying huge number of items in the Scan Results view.
ADDED: HitmanPro can run in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) so users can access Quarantine.
ADDED: WRP/WFP chevron on infected critical Windows system files. As always, these files will be replaced by clean safe versions.
FIXED: Boot Configuration Data (BCD) settings were only fixed when a Bootkit was removed. Now HitmanPro always checks BCD and offers repair when misconfiguration (by malware) was detected.
IMPROVED: Removal of the Cidox VBR Rootkit.
IMPROVED: Deployment of the temporary HitmanPro Support Driver.
IMPROVED: Greatly improved performance of the Scan Results view.
IMPROVED: Several other but minor improvements.
CHANGED: The rows in the Scan Results view can no longer be expanded/collapsed. Instead if you highlight an item in the view it will show the vendor classification (click to show classification).
CHANGED: Double click on an item in the Scan Results view will show the More Information panel (if available).
CHANGED: Removed gradients in the Scan Results view to streamline with the rest of the GUI.Click to expand...


 

Answer:Released - HitmanPro (updates)

RE: Released - HitmanPro 3.6.1 Build 163

Cool, thanks for the heads up. Updating now.
 

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@Vista Users

An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista

An update is available that improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista
 

Answer:Vista updates released

Re: @Vista Users

bump
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have you seen this? From Windows Standalone Update Installer: "Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2976978) is required by your computer and cannot be uninstalled."

I got this in three scenarios:
1) Pulled Windows 8.1 ISO from Microsoft, tried to uninstall KB2976978.
2) Restored Dell System Recovery image, tried to uninstall KB2976978.
3) Installed an old DVD of Windows 8.1 (pre Update), tried to uninstall KB2976978.

In the first two cases, I could imagine that either the update was streamed into the install.wim/install.esd and couldn't be removed or Disk Cleanup was run, eliminating the old files. From searching, I read that "Microsoft does this for all servicing stack updates" but this is the first I've run into it.

Also, extra points for finding this?
 

Answer:Update KB2976978 is required and cannot be uninstalled

Is this the Windows 10 System Tray nag icon?

Also you have a typo in the KB numbers in your 1 2 3 list.
 

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I have Toshiba satellite laptop with windows 7 x64 I get notifications thru Toshiba Tempro alerts about new drivers for download that come in there own zip package when you unzip them they self install straight after unpacking but there is little or no visual on screen to see the install which just seems a little unusual, do I just assume that they have installed?

any help appreciated

Stevo

Answer:Toshiba released driver updates

Hi Stevo Tempro Service not only updates your Drivers automatically .... But also keeps your pc tuned ... Including disk space and memory monitoring .... Of course its up to you in most cases if you want to accept these updates or not ... Below is a link which explains every thing ...

What is Toshiba TEMPRO Performance Technology? | Toshibalife

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March 13, 2012

1,2,3 and 5 needed restart for me.

Answer:Updates Tues. Mar. 13 Win7 released.

I ended up with 8 - Office had one.
No problems encountered (but then I never do, except with .NET)

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...to go along with the RC that was released. Both IE8 related.

Answer:2 important updates released today.....

Amazing.

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[http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...DisplayLang=en

Server may be real busy.

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


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

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

Installation status: Failed

Error details: Code 8004402F

Update type: Recommended

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PLEASE NOTE 2 NEW UPDATES OF ZONE ALARM RELEASED TODAY Security | ZoneAlarm Plus 4.0.146.029 AND ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0.146.029 FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE ABOVE click here PLEASE NOTE THESE TWO PRODUCTS ARE BOTH SHAREWARE _________________

Answer:PLEASE NOTE 2 NEW UPDATES OF ZONE ALARM RELEASED T

Thanks, but can you not type in CAPS (Capitals) all the time, as it is classed as shouting.Regards,Gareth

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I regularly use chinese. Applications and so forth. I noticed that after the great update release of 11/13/12 from microsoft that I couldn't see the characters in the application names (start menu, nor the title bar) so I could tell what it was in some cases?! Sometimes these applications would still work because internally they have there own fonts. I can use the chinese keyboard into MS word, or even I assume into this box, but this going to be an issue for many people I assume.

Answer:MS released updates 11/13 knocked out chinese fonts

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/234159-windows-genuine-activation-issue-posting-instructions.html
Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/howtotell/Hardware.aspx

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

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So I'm planning to install Windows 7 Pro later tonight (got it from Dreamspark), it comes with SP1 already slip-streamed, but we gotta remember that SP1 is about 2 years old IIRC, so my question is:

What are those essential Windows 7 Updates that have been released since then that helps with Gaming in general and Overall Performance? Like platform updates/DirectX updates, etc etc.

Answer:Gaming/Performance related updates released after SP1

Just perform a clean install with Sp1, once up and running grab all updates offered by winupdate, then manually install latest DX redist.

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