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Intergrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

Question: Intergrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

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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Preferred Solution: Intergrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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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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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 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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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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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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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Is there something that I can install on Win10 to see if it is still 'phoning home'? I have done various tweaks to limit/stop the spying but I would like to know if I have stopped it all.
 

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I recently updated my OS. All my documents like music, pictures and files are there correctly. Some of my old game and programs like Steam booting correctly because they are in the Windows.old file because of the new OS. I was wondering if there is anyway I can just integrate these files so it would act like my computer previously, but just with the updated OS. Would a simple copy and paste of the Program Files/Program Files (x86) ect over the current ones work? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Can I intergrate Windows.old files?

Windows.old file contains everything from a previous Windows install. You can not copy and paste old programs. They have to be installed to get the required entries into the registry in order to work. You can copy personal files that you missed backing up before the new install.
 

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I'm going to have to do a couple of fresh Win 7 installs. Is there a checked and validated guide on bringing a fresh Win 7 SP1 install up to date while avoiding all the telemetry, Win 10 upgrade prompts and any other crap Microsoft kept shoving down on Win 7 users?

I know there are integrated 3rd party ISOs out there but I'm a bit wary of such builds as one can never really know if there is something malicious inserted, so a guide using official sources would be preferred, but as a last resort a popular and checked by many all-in-one solution could be an option.
 

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Hi, I'm using a Yoga 3 1470. Under the support download for windows 10, there is a software call Lenovo LSE Windows Disabler Tool. Anyone knows what Lenovo LSE Windows Disabler Tool is for? Thanks!













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Lenovo LSE Windows Disabler Tool

Refer to our security advisory here:  https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/lse_bios_notebook

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Heya

I've just installed my service packs and I have an issue. When I click ALT +F4 I have that icon pop up asking how to shut down windows - I cant have it in my line of work. How can I disable it again ?

Thanks, bye.

Answer:ALT + F4 Shut down windows icon - disabler

Hello Dariusz and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might find something helpful here:

Disable alt+F4

How to disable Alt + F4 on windows 7?

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Hi there,

I downloaded ***************** and it came with a patch and crack.
I extracted it with WinRAR, but don't know how to install it onto the computer. Also in the extracted file is Daemon Tools 3.47 and Vitual CD hide v 1.0.0.4
When I open the text file for instructions, it says....
0. Install the game and apply patch.
1. Make sure the compatibility is set to Windows 2000.
2. Get Daemon Tools 3.47 and mount your FM2006 image.
3. Get Vitrual CD HIDE 1.0.04 and launch it (hide all virtual drives).
4. Run the game.
5. Enjoy.

I haven't a clue what to do next and would greatly appreciate any help.

I'm running Windows XP Home Edition and have plenty of memory.

Thanks.
 

Answer:How do I install this popular game ?

gamesfreak said:



I haven't a clue what to do next and would greatly appreciate any help.

.Click to expand...

Buying the game is a great place to start!
 

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Hi all would anyone how to intergrate Dap into Opera,says in DAP cant find Opera .ini file?Ive searched the H/D .Would anyone have this file .A word of thank,s to all at this forum who have been most helpful to me everytime I need your advice, thanks a bundle be lucky.

Answer:Intergrate DAP into Opera?

I think you will find the main ini file is in the main Opera directory, as OperaDef6.ini (this refers to Opera 7.2).As to how to integrate it, sorry, no idea!

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Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 on alaptop which came with Windows 10 preinstalled, andno installation disk? If so, what is required? -- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Answer:Clean install Win10 on HP laptop preinstalled with Win10

If the partitions have not been changed, the Recovery partition should still exist. How to get to that would depend on the Make/Model of the system.

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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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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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If I go out to BEst BUy and buy XP w/ mediacenter can I just pop in the cdn and hit a button that intergrates Media CEnter into my already XP profeesional computer.

OS: XP Professional 2002 SP2
Processor: 2.52
RAM: 1GB

Any other info please tell me.
 

Answer:IS it possible to intergrate XP to Media Center?

Your PC must be Media Center ready as it has very specific hardware requirements.
 

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Hi there,
please help me,
i got the $Windows.~BT folder in my C drive, Size is about 5.2 GB
and already checked for updates but can't got windows 10,
I have windows 8.1 and i can't see anything about windows 10 in the update history.
can anyone help me with the process?

Answer:install win10 from $Windows.~BT

If you have the folder in your drive check your network activity - it's likely you're downloading files to this folder in the background. The folder should be somewhere between 4-6gb in size when it's done. At this point it will also depend on where you are in the 'waves' of upgrades - some people can install straight away, and others have to wait a bit. The installs are being staggered so that Microsoft's servers aren't overwhelmed by all the people trying to get their free upgrade at once.

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I have a computer that came with Windows 8, I currently have it upgraded to Windows 10. I want to install Windows 7.

It's a Acer desktop and in their infinite wisdom decided to blacklist the Win 7 installer in the BIOS

Now I could downgrade the BIOS to an earlier version and get the win 7 installer to work but I am very Leary of doing this.

I was wondering if it is possible to use the Windows 10 installer to install Win 7. From what I have read once Win 7 is installed it will work fine.

Answer:Install Windows 7 with a Win10 PE

Define "blacklist"? Installing Windows 7 may be as easy as just turning off secure boot in the BIOS.

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

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

These only change settings you can change manually.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Does anyone know which shopping cart software intergrates easily with dreamweaver. I have a new asp site built with mx 2004.

Answer:which shopping cart to intergrate with dreamweaver

Hi,If you join Paypal - it's free - you can download their own shopping cart which is very easy to use.Good luck.

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So like a dispshit I did not read the dual boot directions because I really did not expect it to be this big of bitch to dual boot.. So how do I boot into windows 7 if I did not do the dual boot instructions?

Answer:Boot windows 7 after Win10 install

Peter You need to try start up repair. This tutorial shows how to get to it. You can also use it to boot win 7 https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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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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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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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
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*I am concerned about this 'telemetry'. What is this about?

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

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Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

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Answer:Can't Install Windows on New SSD Installed on New Win10 Laptop

So you want to install windows 7.

You need to disable secure boot, as windows 7 does not support it. See if this helps: Secure Boot - Enable or Disable in UEFI
Check the Option 3 there.

Keep the rest of UEFI. It will work good with Windows 7 x64. For the details, check here: UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums

To run a CD/DVD or USB in a UEFI enabled environment, you need to run it as UEFI.
Press the "Boot Menu" Key during bootup. It will give you two option for the bootable media you are wanting to run. One is normal (which will not boot in UEFI) and the other is UEFI boot option.
If you opt for the UEFI option, the recovery media will boot.

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Hello everyone,

Here is my issue. I just got a deal on a brand new HP Probook 450 G3 that came with a 1To HDD and Windows 10 pre-installed. I used the spare money to purchase an Windows 7 Pro x64 license and a Sandisk 256Gb SSD. My intention was to pull the original HDD out and do a clean install of Windows 7 on the SSD.

I have gone absolutely bonkers after 72 hours of trying... Sorry in advance if I state the obvious or if I do not use the right wording. I know a little but am definitely not a wiz. So here goes.


PROBLEM 1: Impossible to Enable Secure Boot and Install Windows 7

I unplugged the HDD and swapped it with the SSD.

Using Rufus, I created a bootable USB stick formatted as Fat32 and partitioned as GPT since my Bios defaults to UEFI. I stuck the USB device in the computer, went to F10 - BIOS Setup. My BIOS is version N78 Ver. 1.06 12/18/2015. The USB device is properly recognized as a UEFI device.

In BIOS Setup >> Advanced >> Secure Boot Configuration, I switched to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disable then Save. In Boot Options, I unchecked Fast Boot. Below, UEFI Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Only the device booting order can be tweaked so I ranked the USB device first. Below, Legacy Boot Order is greyed out and cannot be unchecked. Instead of a device list as with UEFI Boot Order, the following sentence is written: "Enable Legacy Boot, Save Settings & Exit, then Return to Setup".

With now ev... Read more

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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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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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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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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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...It won't integrate with my latest version of Opera

I am a new Opera user (got bored of FF and IE) and I am trying to make a sense
-How can I move my passwords from FF to Opera?
-How can I make my FDM understand to Intergrate with Opera?

Thank you!!!

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Hello,
I made this thread asking for your help.
Actually i have on my computer (orginally windows 10 in uefi when i bought) but now installed Kubuntu 15.4 OS and Windows 10 OS x64 in Legacy Mode,
on HDD 2TB (MBR).
I drop Grub bootmanager, writing in windows 10 recovery mode console commands
" bootrec.exe /fixmbr " and " bootrec.exe /fixboot "
so when i turn on my PC, only Windows 10 shows up.
(Its good because now i can safety delete Kubuntu without problems with booting).

Now im asking you for help, its question.
How should i install windows 7 x64 in UEFI Mode step by step?
I have right now Bootable USB with Windows 7 x64 type MBR (UEFI and Legacy bootable) FAT32.

Answer:How Install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI from Legacy Win10,Ubuntu.

Why do you want to install 7 ????

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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

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

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

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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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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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Hi,

I'm not sure whether this issue should be listed under the Programs and Apps category. Perhaps you could put me right here.

I'm finding my WMP is not able to play my Audible .aa and .aax audiobooks, and will not import them. This has been a problem for the past 3-4 months, before that WMP (v12) worked OK. I've removed its library so that it can rebuild it suspecting a corrupt library, but when I point it to the area where my audiobooks are located, it does not recognize them. It's probably a DRM issue, and I was hoping that a re-install of WMP might help fix the problem. I believe this is best accomplished by letting a Win10 update to run, but perhaps this is wishful thinking. Alternatively, does WMP need to be authorized with Audible in order to play these files - if so, how do I do this?

I can't find WMP in the Programs and Features system tool, so can't remove it. I've tried installing WMP11 but this fails because the version in my system is a higher number (v12.0.14393.82). I've tried downloading WMP12 but the sites that claim they have it available, cause either my MacAfee or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to block the download.

I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer me.

Paul.

Answer:How do I force Win10 update to re-install Windows Media Player 12

MP12 is part of Windows. Go to Turn Windows features On/Off. Under Media features deselect MP12, reboot, reselect it then reboot again. There are also 3 Troubleshooters for MP12 you can try.

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

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Hi.. I see there's a fairly recent thread called "Downgrading to Windows 7" but that's not applicable to me. I haven't got the "go back to an earlier build" recovery option. So, here's my situation:

HDD 0 is my surfing C drive, and has Win10 - that Win10 being a July 'upgrade' of Win7.
HDD 1 is a non-OS drive. I want to use my Win7 disk to create a new OS from scratch on this HDD 1.
HDD 2 has an earlier Win7 with no internet access, and I want that left untouched. So let's ignore HDD 2.

Now, I gather that Win10 has might have 'locked on to' my MS licence, and may have revoked use of the product key for Win7. So my questions are these:

1: If I go to all the bother of installing Win7 on HDD 1, will the product key be accepted?

2: If the answer to 1 is 'no' then what if I totally wipe Win10 from HDD 0, and then try installing Win7 again? Might I be left in a situation where I can't have Win7 on my PC, and have lost my rights to Win10 as well?

Answer:Clean-install Windows 7 after the Win10 revert option has expired?

The Windows 10 upgrade did nothing to your Windows 7 product key, it remains just as valid to use in any legal installation as it always was. HOWEVER it violates the End Users License Agreement to have the Windows 7 and Windows 10 upgrade resulting from that Windows 7 license installed on the same computer at the same time. Thus it also violates this forum's rules to discuss how to do it. You have 1 license/product key for Windows - that means only one installation of Windows is legally allowed from that license/product key, Windows 10 or Windows 7, not both; even though only your honesty is preventing you from using the same license for both the Windows 10 and Windows 7.

If you choose to purchase a second license for Windows, then you can see here for more information:
Windows 10 - Dual Boot with Windows 7 or Windows 8 - Windows 10 Forums

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Hi,

I'm not sure whether this issue should be listed under the Programs and Apps category. Perhaps you could put me right here.

I'm finding my WMP is not able to play my Audible .aa and .aax audiobooks, and will not import them. This has been a problem for the past 3-4 months, before that WMP (v12) worked OK. I've removed its library so that it can rebuild it suspecting a corrupt library, but when I point it to the area where my audiobooks are located, it does not recognize them. It's probably a DRM issue, and I was hoping that a re-install of WMP might help fix the problem. I believe this is best accomplished by letting a Win10 update to run, but perhaps this is wishful thinking. Alternatively, does WMP need to be authorized with Audible in order to play these files - if so, how do I do this?

I can't find WMP in the Programs and Features system tool, so can't remove it. I've tried installing WMP11 but this fails because the version in my system is a higher number (v12.0.14393.82). I've tried downloading WMP12 but the sites that claim they have it available, cause either my MacAfee or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to block the download.

I would appreciate any suggestions you can offer me.

Paul.

Answer:How do I force Win10 update to re-install Windows Media Player 12

I think MP12 is part of Windows. Go to Turn Windows features On/Off, deselect MP12, reboot, reselect it then reboot again. There are also 3 Troubleshooters for MP12 you can try.

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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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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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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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My last Spybot check found two entrees: Windows Security Center Anti Virus Disabler & Windows Security Center Firewall Disabler. I removed them. I run Spybot weekly. In between scans I noticed my Firewall & Virus protection were disabled at start-up. At first I was able to click on & enable them but then twice within 5 days I got the blue screen stop error (0X0000008E) right at the time these two items were loading. I hope by removing these items with Spybot Search & Destroy I have solved the bigger problem of the stop error. Has anyone else had this situation?
 

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Universal Watermark Disabler will help you remove the build number desktop watermark from Windows 10 Preview.
Go get it here.

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I really haven't used Linux except for the odd time here and there but I was curious if Linux can become as popular as Windows? what do you think needs to be done to get it that popular?
 

Answer:Will Linux ever be as popular as Windows?

Easier install is a biggie. More support from hardware companies. More native game support (least for us). Maybe not so many distros?
 

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Windows XP the third-most popular OS after 15 years
It seems crazy to think that there are people out there using a 15-year-old operating system, but it’s happening. In fact, so many people are still running Windows XP right now that it is currently the third-most popular OS in use.
Microsoft actually stopped supporting Windows XP two years ago, which means the platform no longer sees updates of any kind — not even critical security patches. What’s more, even third-party developers like Google have stopped supporting it.
Despite all this, Windows XP’s 10.9 percent share of the market means it has a larger install base than Apple’s latest OS X El Capitan software (4.05 percent), and Windows 8.1 (9.56 percent). Windows 10 just about beats it with 14.15 percent...
Windows 7 still reigns king, with a whopping 51.89 percent share of the user base.
http://www.technobuffalo.com/2016/04/08/windows-xp-the-third-most-popular-os-after-15-years/
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Remark:   This is NOT surprising.   Windows XP was a very "solid" OS... especially in comparison to its predecessor (Win ME) and successor (Vista).   It worked very well, and people liked it.   And let's face it:  people don't throw away "appliances" [be it a computer, microwave, refrigerator, and especially a car] just because its warrantee period has expired.
So okay, a computer is not a car. &nbs... Read more

Answer:15 year-old Windows XP the 3rd-most popular OS

Yep...totally agree. A much more intuitive interface and a much simpler format and layout. You could find where to go and how to get stuff done without having to conduct a self directed search wondering where everything was changed to or hidden. Vista wasn't so bad and has worked well on my old XPS-420 but Windows 7 started the veer toward the dark side. If this machine fails I am going shopping for a rehabbed Dell with Winndows 7. Have no need or desire to have a screen full of tiles that I have to swipe.
I did some temp work a few years ago for a major health insurance company as they were ramping up for ACA. The OS they were upgrading from was DOS! That was an interesting experience, to say the least. Had so many programs open we had to use two monitors.

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Not trying to start a heated argument, or lambaste Win7, but I was surprised to see that it's usage is still below Vista, and waaaay below XP. It's funny how the media can make you think that "everybody's" switching to 7! lol

Assuming of course, that my source is accurate: NetMarketShare

Answer:Windows 7 not as popular as I thought...

Just one question: How long XP is on the market? compare that with 7. please

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Win Updates Disabler: Disable\Enable Windows Updates, Windows Defender, Security Center, Windows Firewall

Win Updates Disabler is a very simple Windows OS software that helps you to completely disable or enable Automatic Updates on your Windows system. Moreover, it can help to disable or enable Windows Defender, Windows Security Center and Windows Firewall. Remember that it is important keep your system up to date for security reasons, however, if for privacy reasons or for any other reason you want to disable Windows Updates and the other Windows security services, this little tool is all that you need. This program works fine on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 (32\64-bit).





Program Key Features

Completely Disable or Enable Automatic Updates on Windows
Disable or Enable Windows Defender, Security Center, Windows Firewall
Ask to Reboot the PC After the Changes have Been Applied
Run it Directly from the USB with the Portable Version
Works on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32\64-bit)

Download http://www.site2unblock.com/download/win-updates-disabler-setup.exe

Portable Version http://www.site2unblock.com/download/win-updates-disabler-portable.zip


 

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So my friend got some kind of virus or something that has Disabled everything on his computer I mean everything,,,, We cant access anything, Firewall,WindowsDefender
we cant change anything or run the System restore because everything is Disabled.

He is running Windows 7 and we would love to get some help with this,,
And the safe mod is the same everything disabled there.

Answer:Some Pc Disabler...

Download and scan with malwarebytes free. If it doesnt help, wipe the hard drive and reinstall widows.

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Question: Add-on disabler?

I get that pop-up ever so often. Looks legit, but thought I'd ask before messing with it.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Add-on disabler?

You're using Internet Explorer 9, right? (You didn't say). This is the "Speed up browsing by disabling add-ons Message" that annoys many people. Depending on which version of Windows you have. You cannot remove it from Internet Explorer's menus or options, but you can do these things:You can increase the average page load time delay limitWhen the popup notification message appears again, click on "Choose add-ons" button. It'll open a new window. Now look at the bottom of the window. You'll see "Tell me when the delay caused by add-ons exceeds:" option. It would be set to 0.20 seconds by default. Click on the drop-down box and set it to 10.00 seconds. Click on "Done" button and it should disable the popup notification message, or at least make it not appear very often.You can disable it by using Group Policy Editor available in some versions of Windowshttp://www.onlinecomputertips.com/windows/ie9_addon_message.htmlor by editing the Registry (This is ONLY for people that know what they are doing!)Under the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies - add a new sub-key Ext - create a DWORD value named DisableAddonLoadTimePerformanceNotifica tions - value 1 - no popups, value 0 - popups enabled.

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Not talking about the web browser, but the actual file explorer window. Is there a good replacement? The one thing I really like about MacOS is their file browser, how you can customize it to allow for multiple "pane" windows, you know what I mean? Is there any good looking, clean interface, small resource replacement app?

Thanks

Something like this, but doesn't necessarily need the silly preview thing on the top: but that would be nice.
 

Answer:Popular Windows Explorer Replacement

File Manager
 

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I saw this in E-week magazine. It gives an idea of how many people are using Windows 7.

Answer:Windows 7 is popular even as a Beta build

There is the Steam Hardware Survey as well.

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Hello guys,

I need help for my new build.

from a fresh install of windows 10 i try to install the drver for my IGPU Intel HD 530. each time i do that i get a BSOD with this message:

VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE igdkmd64.sys
Or sometimes it's
SYSTEM_THREAD_EXEPTION_NOT_HANDELED igdkmd64.sys

i've tried drivers from motherboard manufacturer CD, website and intel and some autodetect driver software .
i always get the same behavior:

the screen start blinking several time ( black screen) before showing the BSOD then reboot and repeat it self.
even the driver downloaded by windows update have the same impact.
i've managed to install it in safe mode but when i restart in normal mode i get the same behavior.
i've tried 2 different monitors, VGA and HDMI , tried with UEFI on/off => same result.
i've tweaked onece the tdr delay to 8 second, but didnt work.

i really need some help here, i'm desperate!

CPU: Intel I7-6700KMotherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING
RAM: HyperX FURY HX421C14FBK2/16 - 16Go Kit (2x 8Go) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM
SSD: Samsung EVO 850 MZ-75E250B/EU 250 GB
with 80 PLUS 550W power supply.
OS: WINDOWS 10 FRENCH HOME X20-25432

Answer:Unable to install Intel HD graphics driver on a fresh install of WIN10

The most likely suspect is a bad video chip.

Now it could be a power related problem too, or heat, but if you have used good parts and a cool case and have tried multiple versions of the driver then it starts looking like hardware failure is likely.

Who makes your 550W power supply?

Double check all of your connections.
And you could go into the UEFI/BIOS and reset all defaults - don't do any tweaking until this problem is resolved.
Is that board running the most recent version of the BIOS?

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Hello guys,

I need help for my new build.

from a fresh install of windows 10 i try to install the drver for my IGPU Intel HD 530. each time i do that i get a BSOD with this message:

VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE igdkmd64.sys
Or sometimes it's
SYSTEM_THREAD_EXEPTION_NOT_HANDELED igdkmd64.sys

i've tried drivers from motherboard manufacturer CD, website and intel and some autodetect driver software .
i always get the same behavior:

the screen start blinking several time ( black screen) before showing the BSOD then reboot and repeat it self.
even the driver downloaded by windows update have the same impact.
i've managed to install it in safe mode but when i restart in normal mode i get the same behavior.
i've tried 2 different monitors, VGA and HDMI , tried with UEFI on/off => same result.
i've tweaked onece the tdr delay to 8 second, but didnt work.

i really need some help here, i'm desperate!

CPU: Intel I7-6700KMotherboard: ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING
RAM: HyperX FURY HX421C14FBK2/16 - 16Go Kit (2x 8Go) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM
SSD: Samsung EVO 850 MZ-75E250B/EU 250 GB
with 80 PLUS 550W power supply.
OS: WINDOWS 10 FRENCH HOME X20-25432

Answer:Unable to install Intel HD graphics driver on a fresh install of WIN10

The most likely suspect is a bad video chip.

Now it could be a power related problem too, or heat, but if you have used good parts and a cool case and have tried multiple versions of the driver then it starts looking like hardware failure is likely.

Who makes your 550W power supply?

Double check all of your connections.
And you could go into the UEFI/BIOS and reset all defaults - don't do any tweaking until this problem is resolved.
Is that board running the most recent version of the BIOS?

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Question: Antivirus Disabler

I am running Norton Antivirus with automatic updates enabled, but today I got a popup from the program telling me the virus definitions were out of date. I tried updating them manually but the same popup came up so I figured there was a problem. I ran spybot and found this result:

Windows Security Center.AntiVirusDisableNotify: Settings (Registry change, nothing done)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SecurityCenter\AntiVirusDisableNotify=dword:0

I tried fixing the problem through spybot but it just shows up again upon reboot. Here is my HJT log. Not sure if this is something I should be worried about or not, as I don't seem to have any other issues. Any help is appreciated.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:55:09 PM, on 25/08/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Tvs\TvsTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\TOSHIBA Zooming Utility\SmoothView.exe
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Answer:Antivirus Disabler

have you tried panda active scan and superadblocker or perhaps look2me
 

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Question: Metro disabler

Some of you probably know there is already one available from our Chinese friends - it's not perfect , but it's a start.

There is hope
I just ran it.

No problem with Avast

No problem with MSE .

It works !!!!

I clicked the desktop tile.

Once at the desktop, dble click Fxxkmetro.

Metro gone - thank heavens.I might be able to use this o/s now.

Please click the link to the creators post - it will show him it is appreciated and keep him working on it ( it is Chinese )

creators post

http://www.eightforums.com/attachmen...-fxxkmetro.zip

Answer:Metro disabler

Microsoft already built one into Win8 IMHO - it's called the 'Desktop' button and is the only Start button I ever press. :P But it is good news that hope is alive for Metro to be sent the way of the dodo, in case MS don't leave us an installation or registry option.

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Question: antivirus disabler

windows xp home edition. problem.network adapter disabled somehow. ipconfig errors and winsock fixing doesnt work, some antivirus cant be installed some anti virus when installed wont run executibles. HijackThis. wouldnt install, installed by renaming instalation exe, runs doesnt produce any suspicious results.malwarebytes was installed fine couldnt run executible renamed executible ran no viruses found. sd search and destroy installs. teatimer runs. however the executible wont run. rename exicutible, runs but wont scan system becasue it wants to update first and network adapters are fubar. cobofix wont run. if its renamed it runs but errors out in first few steps saying it cant find a file. I assume because it was renamed. if i click on combofix many times in a row. i can get it to appear in the task manger for a split second then it gets removed.seems like the process csrss.exe is somehow being involved becasue it beceoms the most active process whenever i try to start combofix in this manner. also tried reinstallin windows installation cd repair installation function had to reactiveate by calling windows activation peeps, blah. no effect please helpi have a combofix log but havent attached it per instructions-------------------------------------------------------------------------DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Arthur at 13:06:54.64 on Wed 04/22/2009Internet Explorer: 6.0.2800.1106============== Running Processes ============================= Pseudo HJT Report ====... Read more

Answer:antivirus disabler

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.comDDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the resul... Read more

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A few days ago, I was reading through the posts to see if someone else was having the same kind of problem I was experiencing on my wife's computer. One of the experts utilized a utility which disabled the autorun on thumb drives, external Hard Drives, etc. and installed a mini-program which prevented any future auto-runs. I use a lot of external storage between computers. I would like to protect my machines from bad things transferred this way. Does any one know of this utility? Is it appropriate for my planned usage. Thanks in advance for any help.Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:USB Autorun Disabler?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/967715

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Popular twitter client MetroTwit has now been made available for Windows 8 RP. Its available in Windows 8 Store.
To install this, Open Windows 8 Store and if MetroTwit not shown in New apps, just search by choosing ?Store? and it?ll be listed.
Click on it to open its Install page and click on Install
It?ll start the Install process & you can see at top right the message of Installing? and then Installed message.
And you can run it from its tile on the StartScreen
Its still a Preview, so might find some glitches. You can send reviews, feedback from the Windows 8 Store.

Answer:Popular Twitter Client MetroTwit now available for Windows 8 RP

Awesome. I like the MetroTwit program. Glad it's finally available for Windows 8. I've been waiting!
Thanks for the heads up!

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Windows 10 should outperform Windows 7 as the most popular version by September, second trend in the last 12 months, slice of the new system in September this year will be 45.7%, against 45.5% of the old.

Check out the full article here: http://computerworld.com.br/windows-10-deve-superar-windows-7-como-versao-mais-popular-ate-setembro
 

Answer:Windows 10 should outperform Windows 7 as the most popular version by September

I still like Windows 7. But for most of my systems I upgraded to windows 10 just because was getting free upgrade to Windows 10 and I knew after one point Microsoft will abandon Windows 7 updates..

It's a choice I did not make freely rather had to follow.
 

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I have been having so many problems with the Windows 10 installation I'm thinking about going back to Win7 until MS works out all the bugs in Win10.

My PC came with 8.1 and updated to Win 10. Win10 was fine until the last major update when everything went h--- in a hand-basket. Update reset everything to defaults, installed apps I'd uninstalled.

Question: Can I remove the HD with win10 and put it on the shelf until MS gets it running. I want to install a bare HD and install a valid genuine Windows 7 OS on the bare drive. Is there anything I need to know before I give this a try? I know I'll have to reinstall all programs and all missing win7 updates...

Will I be able to install the Win 10 HD at a later date, install updates and be back up and running under Window 10 user accounts?

Answer:Install Win7 to replace OEM win8.1 w/Win10 install

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Since you're talking about a separate win-7 installation on the machine your plan is sound and exactly how you should do it

You might in your bios have to disable fast start and possibly secure boot but otherwise you shouldn't have any problems installing win-7 fresh
You might have to gather drivers if this is a laptop but a desktop would have no issues windows updates will provide most
If you review device manager and see if any unknown device listings are there just post about them same goes for installation of win-7 issues.

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As the title says. I have tried all the tools provided by windows which pass, no errors in the logs. I have also tried to manually install Sp1. The 2 things I have not tried yet are uninstalling all the updates ever installed or a fresh install of Win7 which seems ridiculous so I can then do a fresh install of Win10.
Any ways around the prerequisite of SP1? This is a legit copy of windows.

Answer:Wish i could install Win10 but unable to get Win7 Sp1 update to install.

No there isn't. Sounds like your current Windows installation isn't in a great state. Have you got plenty of free space?

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Hi all.
Today I want to share with you this very simple extension, which can disable or activate the cache in a click!
This extension is avalaible for Mozilla Firefox and Firefox-based browsers.

LINK: Cache Disabler

And this is a simple graph, which shows how the loop of memory works with the cache.
 

Answer:Cache Disabler extension!

Jo Man said:





Hi all.
Today I want to share with you this very simple extension, which can disable or activate the cache in a click!
This extension is avalaible for Mozilla Firefox and Firefox-based browsers.

LINK: Cache Disabler

And this is a simple graph, which shows how the loop of memory works with the cache.

Click to expand...

Looks interesting. I shall try it thanks.
 

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Win32\Disabler.I Trojanam I still infectedHi, I have given my USB key to someone to save a few files for me. When i got it back some of my folders have changed to some weird files with extension exe. I decided to run virus scan on them and it detected the following:Time Module Object Name Threat Action User Information14.04.2008 23:42:38 AMON file G:\ssh.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cleaning - operation unavailable for this type of object NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Event occurred when attempting to access the file.14.04.2008 23:42:38 AMON file G:\the card.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cleaning - operation unavailable for this type of object NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Event occurred when attempting to access the file.14.04.2008 23:42:25 AMON file G:\ssh.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cleaning - operation unavailable for this type of object NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Event occurred when attempting to access the file.14.04.2008 23:42:25 AMON file G:\the card.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cleaning - operation unavailable for this type of object NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Event occurred when attempting to access the file.14.04.2008 23:42:14 AMON file G:\ssh.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cleaning - operation unavailable for this type of object NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Event occurred when attempting to access the file.14.04.2008 23:42:14 AMON file G:\the card.Vexe Win32/Disabler.I trojan error while cl... Read more

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iSkysoft FLV Converter for Windows is designed to convert popular videos to YouTube FLV or convert FLV video to popular video formats. This FLV Video Converter is capable of converting most standard videos files and gives a full support to High Definition videos. It also empowers you to crop, clip, adjust video effect, add watermark and plug-in subtitle. It helps you get tailor-made video/audio for uploading onto YouTube or transferring to your portable devices. It gives a full support to Windows 7.
They are organizing a giveaway for three months. Until September 1st, 2010, anyone who submits their email in can get iSkysoft FLV Converter for Windows free license!
You have to enter your name and email address, and an email attached with FREE license key code will be sent to you instantly.
Learn more: Giveaway!Free FLV Converter-Convert videos to FLV (Windows 7 included)

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Hey there - some web sites have right click disabled for whatever reason. It boggles my mind. Anyways - I remember years back seeing some sort of work around that disabled this.

Anybody know how to do this in Firefox? I think when I saw it it was before Firefox had even come out.

Similarly - any way to bypass when pages have "view source" disabled?
 

Answer:How to disable right click disabler in Firefox?

There's always View - Page Source in Firefox and View - Source in IE... never found a webpage that could stop either of those methods.

You can always load up a word processor and do File - Open and copy/paste the URL directly; Word and most other word processors will load the webpage directly as though it was just another HTML document as required.
 

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. OO ShutUp10 - Do not use Windows 10 without it! | NotebookReview



hope that's ok putting the link in quotes....O&O produce a free, portable app that allows the data mining properties of Windows 10 to be disabled ....

wondered ed if anyone had any experience of this..

thanks

Answer:O & O shutup10 data mining disabler

Works flawlessly. It's a nice tool to handle all privacy settings in one place instead of using the built in switches that are spread all over various submenus in settings. But to be fair we should also mention here that the tool does nothing that could not also be achieved using the built in tools like gpedit, settings and registry tweaks.

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Dear all,I'm gonna add a Samsung EVO and make a clean Windows 10 64 install in this Envy 17. Apparently, this is my notebook: http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-ENVY-17-n100-Notebook-PC/8499288/model/8949605 First question is how do I get a list with my product specification? Could not find on the site. I can easily find them for my previos HP notebooks. Second, in which order should I install the drivers I downloaded from HP site? Which of them need a reboot after install? HP Notebook System BIOS Update _Intel Processors_sp75152.exeHP Wireless Button Driver_sp74735.exeIntel Chipset Installation Utility and Driver_sp72105.exeIntel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework_sp72106.exeIntel High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp74569.exeIntel Management Engine Interface MEI_sp74364.exeIntel RealSense Depth Camera Manager DCM_sp74366.exeIntel Serial IO Driver_sp72681.exeIntel Software Guard Extensions Device SGX_sp72682.exeIntel Wireless LAN Drivers_sp74466.exeNVIDIA High-Definition HD Graphics Driver_sp73302.exeRealtek Card Reader Driver_sp72116.exeRealtek High-Definition-audio_sp74368.exeRealtek Local Area Network LAN Driver_sp72119.exeRealtek RTL8723BE-RTL8188EE 802.11bgn Wireless LAN Drivers_sp73310.exeSynaptics TouchPad Driver_sp74369.exeValidity Fingerprint Sensor Driver_sp74365.exe Thank you.

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I have an HTPC on Windows 7 that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I want to change the motherboard to an mini-ITX format. Should I install Windows 10 before or after changing out the motherboard? Trying to avoid a hangup.

Answer:Install new motherboard- Install before or after Win10 upgrade?

Personally I would do it first that way any hitches would be sorted out with the windows I had on the hard drive

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To cut the long story short, I have an android box on which is installed Servers Ultimate Pro app. I use this app to run a Samba server and share the contents of my 3TB external HDD connected to this box and use it as a media server over the wireless network.
This samba server is accessable from all my machines and devices - Win 7 Laptop, Win XP PC, and various other android devices using ES File Explorer. My Win 7 laptop has started to die on me, so I've got a new Win 8.1 laptop. The 8.1 laptop is unable to access
the samba server. I have tried various popular solutions (almost all the ones listed in http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/5dd9991b-78e7-4fa3-b17c-366e4ae0092f) to no joy. The bizzare thing is that I am able to map the samba server to
a network drive in Win 8.1, I am able to see the size of the samba server (says quiet accurately that 1.54TB free of 2.75TB total), but when I click the icon to open the drive, I get the infamous message: Z:\ is not accessible. The specified server cannot
perform the requested operation.

Of course the solution to the linked issue does not solve my problem since I presume Win 8.1 has this security patch KB2536276 built it and cannot be uninstalled. In order to completely rule out any Windows Update causing this issue, I did a clean reinstall
of Win 8.1 and still got the exact same issue.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Can't connect to Samba from Windows 8. Win 7 and XP work fine. Many popular solutions tried without success.

Turns out that the culprit was not Wndows 8.1 but Servers Ultimate Pro. I tried using SambaDroid (which is free... duh!) and the samba share showed straight up in Win 8.1 laptop!

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Hi. I was carefully following the Major Geeks malware removal guide for Vista O/S, and while running MG Tools, Kaspersky popped-up with a severe warning that the file "c:\MGtools\temp\xlmpolexp.txt" had a trojan "Trojan.WinREG.Disabler.h". The initial Kaspersky warning asked if I wanted to delete this, and I chose yes.

Then it came back with another critical warning stating, that "..file contains Trojan program and cannot be deleted: object is not found". It lists the same location as given above in a MGtools temp file. The only option it offers now is to "Skip: Attempt of access to the file will be blocked. File will not be changed or deleted." I have checked the C:\MGtools\temp folder and it's empty. All hidden files are exposed, per your earlier instructions in the guide.

I haven't chosen that option yet as I want to be sure that 1)the Kaspersky warning is not a false positive (I can't find anything useful on this when I search on the internet), and 2) if this is the real thing, I'd like to leave it open to being removed from my system.

I know MGtools would not habor any trojans. I know you guys are careful and I've never had a problem with anything from your site in the past. (BTW, thanks for the volumes of info and software you share. It's helped me tremendously in the past, and I trust your site!)

Please help me! Between the earlier problem (which I believe is fixed but I�... Read more

Answer:Trojan.WinREG.Disabler.h while running MGTools

Re: Trojan.WinREG.Disabler.h DOWNLOADED in MGTools????? Please help!!!

I meant to stress yesterday that Kaspersky notified me of this Trojan while I was installing MGTools. Any history of trojans being download through MGTools? I can't believe this is a real issue, but I need some expert comment on what to do next. Is this a false positive???

Please reply as soon as you can. Just to be sure, I'm going through the entire Major Geeks malware removal process from the beginning!
 

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One of my laptops has developed a problem. It started with a notification that Sysprotect detected a blackworm virus on my laptop. I deleted it but I keep getting a pop-up to sell me a spyware removal application. When I deleted that, my browser crashes. When I try to use the internet again I get the standard warning that an error has occurred, would I like to send a copy to Microsoft, etc... This of course closes my browser again. I have to use my desktop to connect to this forum because my laptop won't stay up long enough. I haven't detected any other trouble with it if it is not connected to the internet. I downloaded HJT, here are my results.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:03:34 PM, on 4/14/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\MUSICMATCH\MUSICMATCH Jukebox\mm_tray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\DSentry.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exe
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Answer:Solved: Sysprotect trouble and browser disabler

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hello, i recently did a new build and it went fine for the first few days.
then i started getting the evil error 43, incompatible display adapter has been disabled. i tried multiple fixes such as updating drivers for onboard and the other video card. disabling my onboard in windows bios, and disabling my onboard in device manager. however, i still get either the rundll error or the display adapter error, then my monitors go blank.
onboard=intel g31 chipset
video card=nvdia geforce 8600gt
 

Answer:incompatable display adapter has been disabler error for vista

Are we talking one or more monitors? What type of monitor or monitors are you using with the chipset and or video card? Jazz
 

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Search engine links are randomly redirected to unrelated sites and my server service is repeatedly turned off, preventing me from sharing files across my network. McAfee also can not update and instructs me to check my internet connection, but is otherwise functional (Firewal, Real Time Scanning, etc).
DDS (Ver_10-12-12.02) - NTFSx86
Run by bubba at 20:27:44.53 on Tue 02/08/2011
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_21
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3199.2333 [GMT -7:00]

AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Outdated* {84B5EE75-6421-4CDE-A33A-DD43BA9FAD83}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\KEMailKb\KEMailKb.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Warner Bros. Digital Copy Manager\Warner Bros. Digital Copy Manager.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Mcafee\McSvcHost\McSvHost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\mfevtps.exe
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Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.Please make sure to carefully read any instruction that I give you. Attention to detail is important! Since I cannot see or directly interact with your computer I am dependent on you to "be my eyes" and provide as much information as you can regarding the current state of your computer.If you're not sure, or if something unexpected happens, do NOT continue! Stop and ask!These instructions have been specifically tailored to your computer and the issues you are experiencing with your computer. It's important to note that these instructions are not suitable for any other computer, even if the issues are fairly similar.Do not do things I do not ask for, such as running a spyware scan on your computer. The one thin... Read more

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Honestly, I waste more productive time every day struggling to UNDO all of the endless "Auto Formatting" mandates that Microsoft insists on forcing down our throats [whether we want them or not], that I'm starting to loose it. Is there any clearly defined way to PERMANENTLY turn them OFF .... ?

Even when I go into the WORD OPTIONS --> PROOFING and turn each and every one of those Auto Formatting annoyances off... they just wont' PERMANENTLY go away ! Even on the document that I have open ?? Whether it's changing the spacing between paragraphs / or font style / or margin setting.. you name it... they just won't go away. And then I'm forced to spend endless time trying to get the document the way "I" want it to look... and as soon as I do that... some other part of the document gets it's formatting screwed up.

What am I doing wrong ? Is it something with a template or other file or what ? This AutoFormatting is driving me crazy !
 

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Greetings -
  I've tried everything I can think of and this still remains a problem. The system was working fine, until it wasn't. HDD failure of the OEM 2TB drive. I replaced it with a similar model, just a bit newer. Standard HDD, not a hybrid.
Now, when using the Dell software disc to install Windows 10, I have no choice on where I want the install to go. The install keeps going to the 32GB SSD cache drive instead. I've set the SATA operation to RAID, used diskpart to remove all partitions and volumes off both drives, and still nada.

Thoughts?

Answer:XPS 8700 - New Win10 Install won't install to HDD

SATA operation should be AHCI - not RAID.  

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