* Posts by Aniya

47 posts • joined 5 Jan 2016

TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained

Aniya
Mushroom

TeamViewer really are the black blood of the earth.

https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/4m7ay6/teamviewer_has_been_hacked_they_are_denying/

https://www.reddit.com/r/teamviewer/comments/4m7j4a/i_covered_one_of_the_teamviewer_news_articles_i/

IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: W10 virus

I have just gone through WSUS approvals and you may want to watch out for KB3150513 which is new and adds more telemetry to "help Microsoft and their partners better understand how to best shaft Windows 10 down the throats of the collective human race." And whatever else.

I haven't taken a look at non-WSUS installations yet but as always do look out for KB2952664 and KB3035583 as these two updates are perpetually being updated and republished.

I am of course assuming that Microsoft hasn't added malware to any of their security updates as they have an update or two ago.

<3

Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

Aniya
WTF?

They've been doing that forever now. My most memorable instance was when Microsoft removed Windows' built-in support for managing Uninterruptible Power Supplies (when going from Server 2003 to Server 2008). This really made me cringe because if Windows can detect a UPS via USB and shut down my PC with only X amount of runtime left then why would I want to install some bloated pile of crap with Java from APC?

Same story with Windows Backup losing Tape Drive support (also when going from Server 2003 to Server 2008). Sure, NTBACKUP was far from the most efficient backup solution. But for certain scenarios it worked and saved us from having to buy yet another ArcServe or Acronis license.

So this really isn't something new.

Oh, so you mean that with 10 I no longer need to wait for the next version of Windows to lose all of my features? Well that's just fan-fucking-tastic then.

Aniya
Mushroom

Wow such a big surprise.

This just further reinforces my desire to stay as far away from Windows 10 as humanly possible. I'm always told by those who have upgraded "well it seems to work for me" and other such baloney. Yes, yes it works... for now. "For now" being the key statement here.

With Windows 10 Microsoft is perpetually demonstrating that you will (yes, "will") agree to whatever Microsoft chooses to do with the operating system and whenever it conveniences them. Whether it is changing your privacy settings, changing your default applications, or removing existing features.

The year 2020 will be interesting indeed. With Windows XP going end-of-life there was a clear and obvious (for most part) upgrade path. Even most of the diehard XP loyalists upgraded to 7 in order to keep Windows up-to-date with the latest security patches and all.

I would sooner throw myself back into the middle ages and disconnect myself from the online world than use Windows 10. But as an individual, I have an easy choice. And in fact I have already made that choice, at least with my notebook. And judging by Microsoft's behaviour, my desktop is next.

For businesses however this matter becomes slightly more complex. They may have a dependency on Windows due to a specific piece of hardware or software. Management may absolutely not wish to take the "risk" with Linux. And the list of reasons go on and on.

And, from personal experience at least, Microsoft can try and fucking rip their Professional editions to shreds if they want to. But to think that such a move would persuade anyone to go Enterprise is beyond naïve. Seriously. What kind of fucking circus is Microsoft running?

Oh, sorry, I didn't mean to insult circuses. They're managed better.

How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

Aniya
Thumb Up

Re: Patch Tuesday? Now if only I could prevent Nvidia from updating.

Thank you for perfectly illustrating precisely why I possess an extremely strong stance against forced driver updates. It works very well in theory right up until the point where you are running a combination of parameters or requirements which Microsoft hadn't thought of and you're fucked.

This is why I say that it is absolutely arrogant and outright delusional for Microsoft to think that they know better than the billions of possible hardware, operating system and application configurations possible with modern computers.

Furthermore, and this especially applies with drivers; new doesn't always mean better. And this can become an even bigger issue on previous-generation hardware where unified driver packages tend to focus their optimizations on current-generation hardware.

If I have found a driver which performs well I do not wish to upgrade and risk either a system crash (instant loss of productivity) or performance degradation (gradual loss of productivity over time). What's more Windows Update can even go as far as overriding new drivers with older revisions.

Ugh.

Aniya
Trollface

Re: What tha..?

How certain are you that Microsoft haven't snuck in a presently-dormant payload within one of the security patches which shall unleash itself in days or weeks to come to the "surprise" of those who haven't yet caved into their demands to install Windows 10? :P

Everyone will be caught off-guard and left wondering where the hell the latest nag or forced download and upgrade came from.

In all seriousness though I did give Windows 10 another go just a week ago. Still doesn't fly. My two major complaints (forced driver updates and configuration parameters which have a mind of their own) are still not resolved.

As a simple test; I installed the latest available ISO build of Windows 10 on a test system with its network interface disconnected and then set it all up. My privacy preferences, various operating system and application preferences, and so on. When I was done I hooked the network interface up and had Windows update itself. All good. Except that after the update half of my Edge preferences disappeared. At least one privacy setting and file association changed itself. And the "new" audio driver which Windows Update installed (which was in fact older than the one I installed manually) failed to install and broke the one which I manually installed. Now one could argue that RealTek makes crap drivers, but this is why I demand to control my own driver installations.

Sigh.

Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

Aniya
Happy

Re: cygwin and others

Seconded on Cygwin. I've been using Cygwin for well over a decade and it works well enough. It has even become my go-to SSH client over the years. Cygwin's repository has also grown into rather ludicrous proportions with the entire offline download weighing well over 13GB... compressed.

So you'd be quite hard pressed to not be able to find a package and even if you don't compiling something on Cygwin is always an option.

My only annoyance is that manually selecting packages can take a while.

PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Aniya
WTF?

Re: "...bathrooms across North Carolina were 'safe' again."

@Big John: Male perverts will always do what male perverts do whether or not they are "allowed" into women's restrooms. The Catholic Church can tell you all about it. This law serves zero purpose other than bigotry. Let's be honest here. If a male pervert does indeed make his way into women's restrooms and engages in perverted behaviour there are more than enough laws already in place (one would hope) to tackle voyeurism, indecent exposure, molestation and so on.

And if you've ever known anyone who is transgender you would also know that transgender individuals are amongst the least concern to society as many really do prefer to stay low, not cause trouble and above all do whatever they can do to avoid attracting unnecessary attention.

So fuck this law. And as much as I loathe PayPal for being overly pro-buyer I applaud them for making this decision because it is simply the right thing to do.

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

Aniya
WTF?

Re: Give'em credit

Oh, and with regards to my comment on Microsoft ramming Windows 10 down everyone's throat with no end in sight... this just in today:

The following 4 new updates have been synchronized to <WSUS Server> since Thursday, March 31, 2016 5:11 PM (GMT).

Update for Windows 7 (KB2952664)

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2977759)

Update for Windows 7 (KB2977759)

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2952664)

Really. How many more times are they going to re-publish this crap?

Aniya
Meh

Re: Give'em credit

If I recall correctly this setting only prevents new hardware from searching Windows Update for a driver. It does not prevent existing hardware from acquiring new drivers from Windows Update. I will have to test this again though, it's been a while.

Aniya
Meh

Re: Give'em credit

Quite honestly I've been wanting to like Windows 10. I have genuinely tried. Ever since the first public beta (or "insider preview," if you prefer) I have installed every single major milestone build of Windows 10 all the way up to RTM. I've even given the OS a try a good number of times post-release.

I have said it before and I will say it again; Windows 10 is not without merit. I admire the aspects of Windows 10 which are well executed. I admire its stability and its ability to perform on hardware which would otherwise be destined for the scrapyard. I even like its user interface.

What I do not admire are some of the costs associated with running Windows 10. Forced driver updates are a big no-no for me. The last couple of NVidia WHQL drivers serve as an example that newest doesn't always equate to best. Unless the update positively improves stability or security, leave it alone.

I am even willing to suck up to Microsoft's telemetry. But the last thing I'm willing to tolerate is to have to troubleshoot yet more IT related issues at home after having just left the office spending the day troubleshooting IT related issues just because Microsoft won't let me control my own PC.

I also do not appreciate how privacy settings and file associations seem to reset to default without warning (this has happened on my test system twice to date). I am all for forced security updates. But forced feature updates and treating me as a beta tester for business users goes one step too far.

If all of Microsoft's telemetry is truly anonymous (which I don't doubt) I have no issue with my system helping Microsoft improve their product as long as it is not at the expense of my productivity (which is pretty much the case when Microsoft rams new features or BSOD-inducing drivers I do not want down my throat).

Above all I DEFINITELY do not approve of Microsoft's methods in trying to force Windows 10 down everyone's throats via Windows Update on prior versions of Windows. I've spent too much time to count helping small business revert to Windows 7 because speciality applications failed to launch post-upgrade.

Aniya
FAIL

Re: Give'em credit

Can I finally opt out from forced telemetry, driver and feature updates which do nothing other than to degenerate user experience and annihilate whatever little control I have left over my property? No? Goodbye.

New submarine cable to connect Australia to Singapore

Aniya
Meh

Re: As a Perth based operative

Haha. Last time I was there I was having issues with my cell phone reception never mind any form of internet connectivity.

VMware flushes Adobe Flash in new HTML 5 web client for vSphere

Aniya
Meh

Re: lol

VMware is definitely feeling some heat. They did after all lay off their entire US dev team for Fusion and Workstation earlier in the year (to outsource?). Kinda sad considering how good of a product VMware Workstation is. It's one of the few applications that I've been consistently installing every single time I upgrade my PC both at home and at work.

Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Aniya
Devil

Re: with the hope that Microsoft would regain its reputation as a "listening company."

LOL.

Azure's wobbly day as three services glitch around the world

Aniya
Trollface

Re: Azure's a pretty reliable cloud

I guess we could say that if we omit that one instance when Microsoft themselves forgot to renew their very own SSL certificate for Azure causing a global outage?

Google publishes list of Certificate Authorities it doesn't trust

Aniya
Meh

Re: Since users too often click through those warnings.

As an admin is there actually ever a good reason to even allow such a behaviour on client PC's? IE & Chrome both have a GPO setting to forbid users from browsing past certificate errors and the like.

The only time I received a legitimate complaint about this setting was when an insurance company we deal with felt that it was more productive to provide their customers a six-page PDF on how to add their self-signed certificate to our PC's trusted cert store because as we all know insurance companies are really too short on cash to spend a couple bucks a year on an entry-level SSL certificate.

Your money or your life! Another hospital goes down to ransomware

Aniya
Meh

Re: Old saying may be appropriate...

Indeed. It takes a very special kind of scum to target a healthcare provider. We may not always agree with certain aspects of healthcare (cost being a common complaint) but what those scum are doing could very well result in them committing murder (I was going to say involuntary manslaughter, but what do you fucking expect when you attack a hospital).

As it stands many hospitals and their staff are severely overworked and the additional time required to retrieve the files of a patient could very well lead to permanent disability or death.

Buhtrap hacks whack Russian bank chaps; phish bait works great

Aniya
Meh

Re: over-reliance on traditional security measures, such as licensed and updating antivirus.

This is quite a big problem everywhere. Too many organizations think that security boils down to having a basic packet filter as a firewall and antivirus. They think that they can escape the cost of a well trained IT team by paying 30-50$/year per seat on antivirus. I would actually say that I would much rather have an extremely well set up active directory infrastructure with an extremely well configured GPO and run no antivirus than the other way around.

Too many users in too many organizations are given too many privileges on their PC's and that's where all the problems start.

Oops! Microsoft says its 'Bitcoin ban' was a bug, not a feature

Aniya
Trollface

Re: Impressive-

They have bugs which can generate entire operating systems which then bug up Windows Update to install and overwrite whatever perfectly functional Windows operating system the user may already have installed.

A simple web page even with a different header, fonts and text is nothing.

Bountiful! Yahoo! Plugs! Mail! Spoofing! Bug!

Aniya
Facepalm

Re: That might be worth

You may joke but Yahoo does enjoy a curious level of popularity in some countries. I usually do not stumble across too many users on "yahoo.com" addresses but I see plenty with country-specific TLD's (such as yahoo.co.uk and yahoo.co.jp). And actually, while we're on the topic of Japan, Yahoo Auctions is ridiculously popular over there. Even more-so than eBay.

Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

Aniya
Meh

Uh oh...

...there's a running joke between myself and my partner that ants will one day grab my mouth and run off with it (don't... ask...) and we consider this an unacceptable technological advancement!

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: Stating the Obvious

Yep. LDS gets it. You only have to go to "Internet Options" in Internet Explorer to realise just how deeply interlinked Internet Explorer and Windows are. Some settings even go as far as telling you that you need to RESTART YOUR ENTIRE PC in order for said settings to take effect.

The fuck?

And don't even get me started on those bloody security zones.

And proxy settings.

And maker knows what the hell else.

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: I'll jump in before everybody starts to state the obvious....

Oh, and one more thing. If this is how Microsoft is treating its existing customers, then everyone's going to be in for one hell of a ride with Windows 10 in the future. I would just love to see what Microsoft has planned for its Windows 10 audience in the years ahead.

I, of course, will be watching from the comfort of my RHEL install at home along with a bowl of delicious ramen to spice up the ambience.

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: I'll jump in before everybody starts to state the obvious....

Firstly; Fuck you Microsoft.

Now that that's out of the way; is there any one person surprised by this stunt? As disgusting of an act as it is, given Microsoft's recent history it was only a matter of time before they implemented adware (maybe even viral?) payloads bundled alongside "security" updates.

Experienced users (incidentally enough many of whom possess purchasing powers over corporate software licenses) were becoming more and more aware of which KB numbers to avoid on Windows Update (namely 2952664 & 3035583) and thus Microsoft needed a new strategy.

You know what though? Whatever. Yep. Whatever. I don't even get angry anymore. I just read the news, and laugh. Why? Because I know that Windows is on its final days on my PC. Microsoft has already projected to me their true colours quite a number of updates ago.

And to all the Microsoft apologists and supporters of Windows 10: look, I respect some of the technical achievements of Windows 10. I respect that it runs much better on low-end hardware than Windows 7 could ever hope to achieve. Windows 10 is certainly not without merit.

What I do NOT respect nor tolerate however is Windows 10's lack of respect for MY privacy and MY preferences. I, for one, like to only update drivers when absolutely necessary. Not every single time a silly optimization update is released for a game I do not play or feature I do not require (which then crashes my PC when I launch a web browser). Likewise, when I say that I prefer so-and-so application to open my text or even PDF files, I expect the operating system to honour my preference and to not decide that it knows better every second Tuesday of the month.

Thus, until the day there is a big AND universal "telemetry off" button (which is guaranteed to be honoured 100% of the time and never to be reset in the future for whatever reason) and until the day I can control what drivers I want on my PC, Windows 10 can install itself where the sun doesn't shine.

Oh, and did I mention? Fuck you Microsoft.

Apple hasn't announced the new iPhone 5SE and pundits already hate it

Aniya
Pint

Re: Those who can't, analyse....

And that is where the resale market comes into play. I think the iPhone 5SE really isn't for "developing" markets, but more for users like myself who just prefer a smaller phone. The iPhone 5S was perfect for me in terms of size. I still feel that the 6S is a little bit on the large (and heavy) end.

Where I live there are actually many shops that will buy in used iPhones for the purpose of exporting them to developing markets. And these are shops where a mint condition iPhone 5S, still a very good phone, can go as low as USD 200. And this is what Apple can never compete against.

Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: This isn't just about one iPhone...

This shouldn't even be "just about phones." This should be about all computing devices in general. Not only do many mobile phone users synchronise their devices to their personal computers or even to the cloud (thus increasing the number of attack vectors), there are users like myself who consider the desktop at home the final destination for secure computing.

Now of course this is all pointless if the authorities decide that they need to start injecting zero-day exploits en masse to users either by forcing webmasters of popular websites to serve said zero-day exploit to clients or by compromising the websites themselves. These are resources that are definitely within their reach if it is within their desires to take advantage of said resources.

It would not surprise me one bit if this has already been attempted. The need to compromise the computer of a suspect arises and the authorities subsequently request from the service provider a list of all websites the suspect is known to visit. Thereafter it's a matter of either finding a cooperative webmaster or vulnerable website and then it's time to serve up malware en masse.

As for the innocent bystanders? Fuck'em, right? Unavoidable collateral damage, right? That's always the fucking excuse to justify laziness and incompetence, right? And this is all inevitable, right?

Fucking bullshit. Sorry for the rant, needed to get this one out of me.

Microsoft hoses down Windows Server hardware support change fears

Aniya
Thumb Up

Re: I'm confident this will be pushed on users

Thank you David 132 for clarifying. It is a little bit of both it seems.

If you search "Skylake Windows 7 Support" there is a Microsoft link which elaborates on the situation. There it says that "support will be provided until July 17, 2017" for "Intel's 6th generation of processors, also known as Skylake." After this specific date, only "the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed."

I guess we better hope that none of the security fixes will result in big problems because Microsoft also goes on to say that updates will "be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7."

Aniya
Meh

Re: Ummm...

Yep, me too. I had some excitement for Server 2016 until the middle of last year. I wonder what happened in the middle of last year that diminished my interest in Server 2016. For work we will always have some Windows Server because of AD, GPO, WSUS and a few other useful services to manage Windows clients.

But web, database, mail and everything else has been Linux forever and this just cements my will to keep Windows installs in my server room at its minimum.

Aniya
Thumb Down

Re: I'm confident this will be pushed on users

Microsoft can push all they want. I had actually wanted to upgrade a few dozen PC's in our company by the middle of this year. But I cancelled those plans when I heard that Microsoft was not going to support Skylake on Windows 7 for much longer since we do not have Windows 10 plans.

Those existing PC's are still working okay. It was not a case of "we must upgrade." It was more a case of "nice to upgrade." If we have the budget, why not? If some of our PC's are seven years old, might as well. But thanks to Microsoft we will upgrade networking instead.

So. If Microsoft and all their delusional partners think Windows 10 is going to increase sales of hardware. I am not so sure. Not for business users at least. I do know a few others with purchasing powers who at the very least have put their plans on hold for a year.

For my personal PC at home I disable Windows Update already. I never use it online anyway. For online work I have my notebook, which I use RHEL client. I like this arrangement for now since I still need Windows for a few games I play. But I do not mind paying for quality.

FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

Aniya
Facepalm

Sometimes I wonder...

...if all our paranoia surrounding all the mass surveillance going on is justified. On one hand, yep, it does suck for sure. But on the other hand, they can't even seem to take two steps forwards with any evidence provided to them (while supposedly being on the job sober) without tripping or otherwise fumbling around.

Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

Aniya
Go

Re: KB3126041 (Documentation for KB3132080)

The KB article for KB3132080 was just published.

It describes a fix for "logon freezes after you reset your password in Windows 8.1, or Stop error 0x1000007e in Windows Server 2012 R2."

Autodesk vapourises ten per cent of jobs to go completely cloudy

Aniya

Re: "subscription revenue [...] far outstripped product revenue"

My company is a subcontractor for many large projects.

Our AutoCAD is perpetual license but we had software maintenance for a very long time. Eventually we dropped it because we realized it was quite useless. AutoCAD releases a new version every year. But most of those new features no-one really cared for. When our renewal came up in 2012 (thus we are using AutoCAD 2013 now) we asked what new features they had to show.

"Upload your documents to the cloud!"

Wow. Really? 99% of our clients always demand that all their subcontractors use a www they had set up for project management and file sharing. Some even just use Google Drive. So this is quite useless. And on top of this, we always need to save our files in AutoCAD 2004 format anyway because many other subcontractors are still using that version of AutoCAD. And they seem fine with it.

And Autodesk knows this.

They want to stop perpetual license because they know that no-one sees the reason to always be on the latest version because AutoCAD has been feature-complete for such a long time. Us using AutoCAD 2013 is already a huge achievement. We rarely see any other contractor or subcontractor use a newer version. So they now feel they need to force down this same silliness as Adobe.

I cannot speak for their other products such as Maya. But to me this feels like they are trying to cover up lack of innovation while still trying to please their shareholders. Because Shareholders > Customers.

I have to thank Adobe though for coming up with forced subscription. Really.

Because we learned that we can actually just stick to CS6 and not upgrade every year. So we had managed the past four years without giving any money to Adobe. Super! Will be same story for Autodesk. If many contractors we deal with can still use AutoCAD 2004 until now then surely our AutoCAD 2013 should last until 2020. Or 2030.

College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

Aniya
Devil

Re: Cashcow

Maybe Google should not be $_$ at everyone's data then.

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Aniya
Megaphone

@Geoffrey W something has definitely changed.

In this article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3080351

I am 100% sure, and I am sure many users here can confirm it too, that originally under "Windows 10 upgrade is automatically blocked" it also said that computers joined to an Active Directory Domain would not automatically receive the upgrade notification. If you read the article now (it has since been changed) it only says that the upgrade notification is automatically blocked when the "computer or device is serviced through WSUS."

Aniya
WTF?

Re: Microsoft claims it's doing this...

...because many small businesses – the sort of organizations that run Windows Pro, use a domain, but leave automatic updates on – want an easy way to install the new operating system.

Fuck you Microsoft.

Which fucking small businesses are you talking about?

Not the ones outside your fucking Reality Distortion Field™, that's for sure.

I manage many small businesses and I do not recall receiving a fucking survey from your shitty organization asking me for my opinion on this matter. And judging by the lack of information online on such a survey I doubt there was one. Go to hell.

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Aniya
Mushroom

Re: This is getting tedious

Can confirm it. Even on WSUS Microsoft had revived KB2952664. So bad.

Aniya
Linux

Dear Microsoft!

Unless you wish to subsidise my hardware, please stop messing with my computer.

Thank you.

Since the registry values are being changed, I wonder how effective a solution it is to "SCHTASKS /CREATE" a task to "REG ADD" all the values back in? I have just done this for the time being so I guess time will tell. I cannot think of a way to lock the value in the registry because of the privileges Windows Update has.

I had always told my friends in the past that Windows needs something like SELinux and this is one situation which would benefit from such a system. That way I can just write a rule to block a process from running. But I guess some Antivirus products have such a feature. Symantec has "Application Control" I think.

If anyone has any ideas, please tell!

Aniya
Megaphone

Re: It gets worse, with latest iteration of Windows Update.

@Adam Jarvis I think you give Microsoft too much credit.

Incompetence or malice? I do not think Microsoft will intentionally break Windows Update for Windows 7. I do however think that Microsoft is quite incompetent and does not know how to write a proper package management and update system. Windows Update is very broken.

The reason a fresh install of Windows 7 can take 30 minutes (on a very fast computer) to just to check for updates (I have seen two hours on slower computers) is because the code for Windows Update to check what it needs to update is very poor. This is just checking. Not installing.

When Windows Update finally finishes checking for updates you may see about 200 required updates for a fresh install of Windows 7. What you do not see is the thousands of updates that those 200 updates supersede. Anyone who uses WSUS will understand what I mean.

So when a fresh install of Windows 7 is performed, Windows Update must check through those thousands of updates and compare against what you may or may not have installed. And it must not just compare update against update, it must also compare versions of each file in each update against each file in each other update and to make sure that an older update does not accidentally overwrite a file that has been updated by a different but newer update of another purpose.

It is a very big bruteforce approach. That's why when you run Windows Update on a fresh Windows 7 install you will see the CPU load for one core stay at 100% the whole time and real memory usage (not cached files) can reach up to 8GB. I have seen up to 10GB before.

This is why when I run WSUS, I always manually delete superseded updates. That way when my computers join my domain they only see the new updates and therefore there are a lot less files for useless Windows Update to process. But of course for home users where we do not have a WSUS server this means we must sit around like baboon for a few hours while Windows Update tries to do what yum or apt can do in just a few minutes.

2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

Aniya
Facepalm

Re: Windows 10's arrival in business should help sales to pick up

Really? In such a competitive market these days and with bad economic outlook I cannot see most companies wanting to upgrade Windows at will. Maybe small businesses who need new hardware and buy their PC's (with Windows 10 already installed) at their local shopping centre?

For companies with volume licensing I do not think many would be keen on upgrading. Most users are happy as long as their OS can run web, mail and office. Windows 10 does not offer any worthwhile features (well, for users at least...) to want to upgrade.

I think maybe one reason why PC sales are slow is because hardware power overtook software requirements quite a long time ago for the average user. When my company last changed their desktops each one was bought with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 CPU. This was a very good choice because this CPU, from 2007, still runs super in 2016. Those PC's were bought with 2GB RAM but were upgraded to 4GB a few years ago.

Also I think SSD's made an impact too. If your user does not need much storage, it does not cost much to put a 128GB SSD inside and suddenly the PC becomes super fast. So our old E6850 desktop with those upgrades don't perform much worse in day-to-day applications than brand new PC's.

Trend Micro AV gave any website command-line access to Windows PCs

Aniya
Unhappy

Re: Fixed it?

I can forgive a quick and temporary fix, but I cannot forgive a poor response and lack of reassurance that the bigger problem as a whole will be looked into and fixed. As has been said, this should not even have been a problem to begin with. This is not just a programming error. This is poor design right from the beginning. Poor design which should have been corrected a very long time before RTM.

My friend recently talked about evaluating Trend Micro for their business.

Not anymore!

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Aniya
Pint

DisableOSUpgrade is insufficient

I have tested this extensively as I'm kinda on a personal war against Microsoft right now after one too many upgrade prompts experienced by my friends. While the "DisableOSUpgrade" registry value does indeed help to block the upgrade process it does not actually block the constant "OMG PLZ UPG NAO!!!" nagging caused by the KB3035583 update. And as I have posted recently, you may not wish to uninstall KB3035583 as its removal is known to brick Windows Update notifications.

To shut that one up you need to use:

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]

"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

This isn't documented but it is known and it works. There is also another value named "ReservationsAllowed" which is mentioned in the same article which you may also want to look into using.

Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

Aniya
Pint

Re: A reminder re: "Nagging Pop-ups"

Yes, "for now." But in all likelihood most third party applications do the same. I've been trying to eliminate the Windows 10 Upgrade nagware for some time on a few non-domain computers I manage (mostly friends and some contract work for small companies).

While uninstalling KB3035583 is an obvious solution Microsoft have republished it once already (and in doing so it becomes unhidden from Windows Update) so it isn't really a permanent one. Furthermore I have noticed that on most systems the Windows Update tray icon goes missing if KB3035583 is not installed. This becomes problematic because we do not want to configure Windows Update to be 100% autopilot (for obvious reasons) but not receiving any notifications at all means everyone will forget to install updates when Windows Update is configured to "check with me before downloading."

These registry keys have worked for me as a convenient and lightweight solution I can mail over to anyone and it does the job. While Microsoft could make them redundant in the future it's still a lot less bothersome to be nagged once every couple of months compared to being nagged daily.

Aniya
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Re: A reminder re: "Nagging Pop-ups"

If you do not wish to uninstall KB3035583 (as its removal is known to brick Windows Update notifications) and you do not wish to install a third party application (such as "GWX Control Panel") the following registry keys should disable all forms of Windows 10 Upgrade nagware and downloads:

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade]

"ReservationsAllowed"=dword:00000000

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx]

"DisableGwx"=dword:00000001

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]

"DisableOSUpgrade"=dword:00000001

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