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Acronis True Image 2019 just released!
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Acronis True Image 2019 just released!

Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

How Microsoft helped imprison a man for counterfeiting software it gives away for free

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/25/how-microsoft-helped-imprison-a-man-for-counterfeiting-software-it-gives-away-for-free/

Wondering if he hadn't made these disks look like Dell's this would have made it to court.

I would guess he's either really annoyed someone or the DMCA supporters want a scalp.

He's organised, at his own cost, for 1000's of reinstallation DVDs for Windows 7 to be produced, in doing so he's had them made to look identical to the Dell DVDs that are shipped free when you buy a new computer.

This is where it gets messy legally.

Reinstall DVDs from manufacturers just contain software. They are provided "free" with a new PC.
(Actually there's a nominal cost to the PC manufacturer in manufacturing them but it works out at pennies - the convicted guy was creating these and his costs would have been a little higher as he was making 1000's while PC manufacturers make 1,000,000's). They have printed on them "Please do not make copies of this disk".

Windows software requires a license to use. When you buy your PC with Windows from Dell, Dell have bought a Windows license from Microsoft and are selling it on to you. The cost - around $20 compared to $140 for the full retail version.

The short version of the court case is two-fold - (1) Microsoft say they've lost out on 1,000's of $20 licenses AND (2) because the disks look identical to Dell's originals they …
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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In continuation to my previous post https://www.experts-exchange.com//posts/3606/Had-the-following-issue-and-took-these-steps-to-solve-it-I.html  where I pointed out that when it comes to troubleshooting you should always start from the bottom and work your way up. The previous post was about cmd, this one will be about booting in safe. And few examples of my own experience.

Example one
Computer started and got till the dotted circling [windows 10] and there it got stuck. Since I did not hear any noise from the computer, I did not start in the direction of hardware diagnostic, rather I rebooted and logged in safe mode without networking. Why without networking as said start as low you could and work your way up. Okay I was able to log in. now I tried to login to safe mode with networking [one step up], ow was not able to login. Okay so now I know the issue is related to network, I took a step back and logged in again in safe mode without networking. from my experience I find many times components drivers like network or graphics card to be the causes of not being able to login or computer crash, I opened device manager, expended network adapter, right click, uninstall driver (don’t worry about the drive windows will reinstall it at the next login), reboot and issue solved.

Note: driver issues are more common on refurbished computers or windows 7 PC upgraded to windows 10. My recommendation when you update a driver to do it from the component manufacturing’s site …
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I changed my computer's to download Windows Updates Automatically a few months ago, but I've never really trusted it.

Today my mistrust in counting on things to happen automatically was vindicated when I manually opened Windows Update to check manually for updates and promptly got a Windows Update Error 0x80070003

Windows 7 Action Centre, set to warn me if there was a problem with Automatic Updates, reported no problems.

After fixing the problem and getting Windows Updates to work again, (the standard fixes didn't work - a hotfix needed to be installed) it's now installing about ~700MB of critical updates that it just downloaded as I type.  

The moral of this post?

Don't trust automatic Windows updates!  In fact, don't trust Automatic anything. Use automated updating by all means, I even encourage it to all my clients, but periodically check to ensure that whatever you've set to update automatically is in fact, updating.  

According to a google search, the problem I just fixed on my Win 7 Pro 64bit system has been reported occurring on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 systems during December of 2017 and January of this year.  It seems to only happen on certain system configurations.

Just a heads up folks.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for your comments John.  For reference of any doubters, here is how my Windows Update Settings were (and continue to be) set on my Win 7 Pro 64 Bit System.

Windows Update settings
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by:John
That is how my own Windows 7 VM is set. But it is normally off. So when I started it late last week (monthly at least), and let it run for 5 minutes, it started downloading updates and then installed them. I only had to restart.
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According to tech support site BleepingComputer, victims can "trick" the program into shutting down: once they reach the PayPal purchase screen, they can hit Ctrl+O to open a dialogue box, and then enter http://hitechnovation.com/thankyou.txt. This makes the program think they've paid the $25, and it shuts down.

https://www.cnet.com/news/this-scam-tricks-you-into-buying-fake-tech-support-software/
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great Post and Heads Up Kyle.
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I see this over and over and over in here:  "Windows 10 forces me to update and my decade old legacy software won't work with the newest updates"

I wonder if these poor souls can connect the dots.

They turned off Windows 7 Updates to keep their legacy software running, and then they complained to Microsoft that their machine was hacked. It was hacked because security updates were turned off.

Microsoft's response:  "We have had enough!  New systems will update like it or not"

Is this any surprise to anyone?
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by:Jackie Man
Pull off the access to the Internet is the only way to keep legacy application working...
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A day after a BSOD a client called about 'instability' and degradation, examining event log I saw this occurring every minute or so...  Would love an Expert opinion.
Recurring warning, Win7 Pro, System, Warning, Code 219
The driver \Driver\WUDFRd failed to load for the device WpdBusEnumRoot\UMB\2&37c186b&2&STORAGE#VOLUME#_??_USBSTOR#DISK&VEN_GENERIC&PROD_COMPACT_FLASH&REV_0.00#00000000000006&0#
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by:Nicholas
Did you mean to ask this as a question
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by:ROBERTNEVANS
Yes - my apologies. How do I permanently correct this error? No one in the firm has ever used compact flash.
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Network folder disappears after creating it as a mounted volume.  I have a MS 2K8R2 file server vm.  I map users to a directory called Department via GPO.  Users are able to see their own department folders but not other department folders due to access based enumeration.  This system has worked very well and without issue for 5 years.  The drive began to fill up.  It's limited to 2TB due to the fact that it's a vm on a VCenter5 host.  I created a new drive and "mounted volume" then moved the data for the operations department to the new drive.  The problem is that the users, intermittently, can no longer see their "Operations" department drive.  It appears some times but not others when trying to save a document to their network department drive.  Has anyone experienced this with a GPO mapped network drive to an access based enumerated mounted volume?

This appears to happen for Windows 7 clients but not Windows 10.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
You may want to post this to a Windows 2008 Server topic area, as a Question.
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by:Shawn Klingensmith
done.  thanks
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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks
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OWASP: Avoiding Hacker Tricks

Learn to build secure applications from the mindset of the hacker and avoid being exploited.

Hello,
I am using the RAID-1 configuration for my HDD . Before starting the Windows installation i have set the RAID in BIOS .
then go to CTRL+I and create the raid for my HDD and console was showing NORMAL ( GREEN)
STEP 2 : Now when i start the windows installation , the Windows need the raid driver for detecting my HDD . i provide it and HDD detected . The Windows installation starts . ..

Now When the installation reached the last STEP of WIndows 7 installation : " COMPLETE INSTALLATION STEP"

and the System Restart . I see one problem ..

The RAID HDD status changes from NORMAL to INITIALIZE MODE . so can any one answer actually i want the HDD to be in NORMAL Mode only . please suggest is this normal ?
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by:Brian B
Were you looking for help on this? You might want to ask it as a question to get more Experts to see it. https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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Creating image (wim) in Windows 7.  For some reason scrubbing local user account previously entered at OOBE screen during the audit process does not do so completely.  After sysprep the OOBE screen comes up and asks for user name and when typed in it says it's already there.  Is there some hidden trace of this account I'm not getting rid of?  During audit mode profile was deleted and wasn't even showing up in registry anymore.
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by:divesh garg
Hi,

Actually after the sysprep ( audit Mode , Generalize , Reboot) , you need to delete the User account from 2 Places .
1st place . goto start --> type user profile --> then you see the search result click on it . check if the local user account exits , Please delete
2nd place .Goto Manage --> user --> see if the loal user account exits  , please delete from here as well .

Now run sysprep( OOBE,Generalize , shutdown )

I sure this will  help ..

thanks
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by:Ranbro7
Before running sysprep I removed the account in question.  Could it be created in the imagex capture process from something in unattend.xml?
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trying to restore a pc using the HP disks.  Drive erased but then its prompting for windows 7 home edition.  Pc next cd supplied is windows 7 professional.  How do i get this version installed?
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post. You might get more response if you ask it as a question.
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by:Kyle Santos
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
Create Windows 10 installation media with a usb stick that is at least 16GB
Plug it into the PCs and run installation.  I know its not Windows 7, but Windows 10 is definitely worth using over its predecessors like Windows Vista, Windows 8 and apparently uses less resources than Windows 7.  I'm currently using Windows 10 for work and its been great!
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A recent post by Brian Matis motivated me to make this alternate post to see what sort of reaction others might have about these recent revelations.

A recent article on The Verge claims that "The older operating system was less vulnerable that anyone expected"

Windows XP computers were mostly immune to WannaCry

Another article from the same source claims "Windows XP was ‘insignificant,’ researchers say" with regards to helping the WannaCry outbreak spread.

"Almost all WannaCry victims were running Windows 7"

Lots of folks (from their perspective) with a genuine need to keep running on Windows XP suffered a lot of grief in Tech forums as being one of the root causes of giving WannaCry a platform to spread and thrive from, yet now it appears all the criticism may have been a little premature and unjustified.

For the record, I personally don't condone anyone using unsupported operating systems and actively encourage everyone I deal with to get themselves up to date, but I am also sympathetic to those who feel they have a genuine need to do that, so also think they shouldn't be …
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
We have too many XP computers at my institution (some with only SP2) - mostly due to budgets and instrumentation.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Thomas,
Have you considered purchasing an XP Updates agreement with Microsoft? Might be an easier solution if budget restraints prevent you from upgrading? I wouldn't feel comfortable with a lot of XP machines in an environment as it would be a case of when, not if, it will come back to bite you.  Patches are available, just at a cost.

Incidentally, SP3 for XP is still provided by Microsoft - why not install it?

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

How to obtain Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

Cheers..
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by:Kyle Santos
ddaaannnngggg
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by:Brian Matis
Huh... this reminds me that I have an old desktop in the garage that's still running 7. Good thing I haven't turned it on in months...
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What have we learnt today about the WannaCry ransomware attack, what you should do.

1. do not block the URL KILLSWITCH - This will stop the spread in your network.

2. Make sure your Anti-Virus Definitions are up to date. 30% of Vendors had definitions updated by end of play Friday 15th May. This will stop trojan exeuting.

3. Patch Risky OS first e.g. Windows 2003 and XP, there are PATCHES available! - This will stop the payload exploit getting into the server.

4. Patch Windows 7, 8, 10, 2008, 2012 and 2016.  Check for a Security Rollup since March 2017.
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Goodbye Windows Vista! Today is the day Microsoft has finally ended support for it. Considering Vista came out in November 2006, that's almost a 10 and half year lifespan. Seems like a pretty good run! Personally, I never really liked Vista very much and was quite happy when Windows 7 came out. Vista always sort of felt like the beta test for 7...

Any of you going to miss it? Or are you thinking "good-riddance"?
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by:Brian Matis
Nice! Yeah, I imagine having a new system that came out with Vista would have been much better. I was upgrading an older system, and yep, it was a Dell. These days though, my Windows system is one I built myself. At least this way I've got a much better understanding of the various parts :-)
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by:Brian Matis
And you're very right that Vista did introduce a lot of pivotal enhancements for Windows! I was just checking out the Wikipedia page for it and was reminded of how it introduced the Aero GUI, instant search, Windows Defender... tons of good things.
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Windows 7

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Windows 7 is an operating system from Microsoft. Features include multi-touch support, a redesigned Windows Shell with a new taskbar, referred to as the Superbar, a home networking system called HomeGroup, and performance improvements.