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Posted by: thaiga
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:34:52 PM »

If you are one of those 70 Million users who have upgraded their systems to the newest Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft could be scanning your PC for pirated games and unauthorized hardware.

Almost three weeks have passed after the worldwide launch of Windows 10, Millions of users have upgraded their systems to the Microsoft's latest operating system.

However, we have seen many privacy concerns around the new OS, including:

    Turned ON bandwidth sharing to distribute updates to other Windows 10 users
    Default settings sending users' data to Microsoft servers
    Wi-Fi password sharing feature i.e. Windows Wi-Fi Sense enabled
    Forcing Automatic software updates for Windows 10

 Unlike at first glance, these changes made by Microsoft in its new Free Windows upgrade do not actually felt free to its users due to a lack of transparency from the company about the reality of the new features.

Now, the latest concern about the new operating system is that Windows 10 will disable pirated games and unauthorized hardware.

Microsoft to Remotely Disable Pirated Games on Windows 10

A new report at technology site Alphr last week noted that the company has updated its services agreement, which every user must agree to in order to install and use the operating system.

The changes made to the agreement is such that if you try to run any pirated game or software on Windows 10, then Microsoft can remotely uninstall such software without even asking you. Also, hardware that has been changed or hacked could also be blocked.

 Section 7b of the Windows 10 services agreement now states:

    "We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorised hardware peripheral devices."

The agreement covers Windows 10 itself, Windows Phone, and Microsoft's services and apps like Skype, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live that run on top of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Continually Scans your Computer

Although there isn't any mention of counterfeit software, it is not clear if the company is scanning PCs for counterfeit versions of software like Adobe Premier Pro or Office.

However, it is confirmed by the latest report that Microsoft will constantly be scanning your computers to make sure you don't run any illegal copies of Call of Duty, which raises privacy concerns.

So far, it isn't clear what technique the company is using to caught the pirated games and software on users PC. But, it seems like Microsoft has played very intelligently with the launch of Windows 10, not only technically but also legally in producing a single, intelligible agreement.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:36:38 PM »

Windows 10 'Lean' is a smaller edition of Windows 10 for devices with 16GB of storage

Windows 10 Lean is Windows 10 on a diet. Featuring a much smaller footprint, Windows 10 Lean is designed for devices with 16GB of storage and ensures those devices can remain up to date.

Microsoft is working on a new edition of Windows 10 that Microsoft internally calls 'Windows 10 Lean' that, once installed, is a whole 2GB's smaller in size compared to a normal edition of Windows 10 like Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. This SKU was first spotted on Twitter thanks to its inclusion in the latest Redstone 5 preview build, but with no official announcement from Microsoft detailing what this new edition of Windows 10 is for, I decided to do some digging.

As it turns out, Microsoft is facing a big problem when it comes to keeping devices with a low amount of storage up to date with the latest Windows 10 feature updates. More often than not, cheap, low-end tablets and laptops with 16GB of internal storage will find themselves stuck on the version of Windows 10 that those devices shipped with, because there's not enough storage space to apply any new feature updates.

According to my sources, Windows 10 Lean aims to fix this problem. It's a SKU aimed specifically at devices with 16GB of storage, and has a much smaller footprint out of box. It strips out things users won't need on a device with a small of storage, such as the Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, and more. It's still the same old legacy Windows that we know and love, just streamlined so that it better fits on devices with smaller internal storage.

It is important for Microsoft to ensure that these devices can install new versions of Windows 10, which is why it's building Windows 10 Lean. It's normal Windows 10, but on a diet. I'm told that Microsoft is also doing some work behind scenes on Windows 10 Lean that ensures updates do not encounter rollbacks. This might make update install times slower on Windows 10 Lean in favor of higher install success rates. I don't know the specifics regarding this, however.

What I do know is Windows 10 Lean does not remove support for legacy apps, meaning it still has full Win32 app support if you need it. Other than the differences mentioned above, it's still legacy Windows at the end of the day. Windows 10 Lean is not part of Windows Core OS, and as such is definitely not the edition of Windows 10 that will run on Andromeda.

Of course, Windows 10 Lean is still in development internally, and very buggy in the latest Redstone 5 builds. Microsoft may decide to cancel or change its plans at anytime, but for now what are your thoughts on Windows 10 Lean? Let us know in the comments.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 01, 2018, 06:43:06 PM »

the hiren boot tool - suffer the vid till 1:30 - what a great tool this is

Playing with Mini Windows XP in Hiren’s Boot CD
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 01, 2018, 02:06:21 PM »

Here's a handy free little tool if your boot up fails - Hirens boot from usb - you can boot into mini windows a bootable software on usb containing a number of diagnostic programs such as partitioning agents, system performance benchmarks, disk cloning and imaging tools, data recovery tools, MBR tools, BIOS tools, and many others for fixing various computer problems.

more here

A simple version of Windows XP is made as an option to be used in cases that require a separate or independent OS, like in a scenario that a certain computer has been filled with viruses. That way, another OS is working on the installed Operating System, and the user can use any available program to clean such viruses without having the need to reformat.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:08:07 PM »

Is it just me, or are Windows 10 updates slowing down? Getting KB4051033 to download is like watching paint dry. I'm on a fibre network connection and Win 7 updates download like lightning, but Win 10 updates take forever. I've been sitting at 9% for the past half hour.
Has anyone else had this happen? If so, is there a reason? I'm just curious.

info on that slooooooow download updates can be found here

now back up your system on a separate drive ie: pen drive with the free utility AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0.6FREE you can also use this software to clone if you have 2 hard drives

Posted by: Johnnie F.
« on: March 01, 2018, 09:39:26 AM »

Still works like a charm. Yesterday some keys in my notebook's registry acted damaged. No problem, I thought and dug out my Windows10 recovery drive. But there was also a problem and about 70% through the reset it always showed a problem.

Finally I decided to get my 8 year old Notebook that came with preinstalled Windows7 back to out-of-the-box state. Kept the 0-button pressed and turned it on. Immediately it warned me that I would delete all my files that way. What the heck! I got my important files not on that notebook's drive anyway. And if I got to throw away that notebook I do loose files as well. So I proceeded. It took quite a while and worked out fine.

Now I tried the above to upgrade to Windows10 again. That also took a few hours and worked out fine. I just wonder now, how many hours or days it will need to get all the updates until present downloaded and installed.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: January 22, 2017, 06:28:34 PM »

After being on win 8.1 for some time, yesterday i read this article and decided to try and it worked. The first time it refused, but after disabling my start ups and anti virus, bingo worked a treat.

Although microsoft finally pulled the plug on its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 on July 29, 2016 following a year-long promotional campaign. This means that Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users cannot upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system free of charge post the above deadline.

BUT ... As long as you are using a valid version of Windows 7 or 8.1, the following method to upgrade for free should work on your PC. Like it did for myself. Reports

1. Visit the Download Windows 10 website.

2. Click Download Tool Now.

3. Once downloaded, run Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool.

4. Next, choose ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option and follow the on screen instructions.

5. Once done, you will be given a license key for Windows 10.

6. You can check on your digital license by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation
and activate the license key.

If you upgrade to Windows 10 using the method above, you will also be able to download the Windows 10 Creators Update which is tipped to be available in April this year. The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to include a host of new features and could also have a fresh new look.

PS: Like i said it worked for me, but i do not hold myself responsable if you mess it up