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  1. 19 points
    EXE install_wim_tweak.exe install_wim_tweak_NET4.6.exe SOURCE win6x_registry_tweak_src_v1.4.7.zip ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Before i start i have to say that this tool was originally released by wnuku and that i have just updated it with extra features, colours and bug fixes. The original concept was by Aviv00. This little tool un-hides "packages" like Windows Media Center/Player, IE, IIS, Games, etc... so you can lower the size of your install.wim Top left is un-hiding a specific package, top right is writing the log of available files to a txt file, bottom left is un-hiding all components of an image and finally the bottom right is un-hiding all the packages from current installed OS. install_wim_tweak.exe /? This will show all available options.. install_wim_tweak.exe /p <MountPath> This will unhide all the packages in the selected image install_wim_tweak.exe /o This will unhide all the packages on the currently installed OS install_wim_tweak.exe /p <MountPath> /l This will list all the packages available in the selected image and write them to a text file in the same directory. install_wim_tweak.exe /o /l This will list all the packages available on the installed OS and write them to a text file in the same directory. install_wim_tweaks.exe /p <MountPath> /c Microsoft-Windows-......... This will just inhide the selected component from the selected image, can also be used with /o. If you add /r at the end it will remove the package. Changes made from the original version by wnuku */h will restore them to default (must use without /h first) */n will not create backups (faster) */d will not delete owners keys. */m is no longer needed, will do the task by default */l will output a list of all packages to a text file. */o will use currently installed image. *fixed a bug where it did not work if there was a space in the mountpath. */c <PackageName> will un-hide specific package * using /r with /c will remove the package *Win32Security.dll file is no longer needed *Added new colours, errors are displayed in Red *Fixed bug crashing at end of running *Fixed bug where it cannot unmount registry if something fails *Added specific component selection *Fixed some other bugs *Added an appropriate small icon for the app Also normally you will have to put the specific component name i.e. "/c Microsoft-Hyper-V-Common-Drivers-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.1.7601.17514" but if for example you put "/c Microsoft-Hyper-V-Common-Drivers-Package" it will show all packages starting with that. F.A.Q If you have any questions let me know...
  2. 19 points
    Here are two UL's that will let you download the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 with updates/drivers up to: 14th November 2017! Please note - Current and Future CU's will block Intel's Kaby CPU's and AMD Ryzen CPU's and beyond when using Windows Update! Language Packs for Windows 7 SP1, see here win7-sp1-x86.zip win7-sp1-x64.zip
  3. 16 points
    What is it? OldNewExplorer is the Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1, and 8) shell extension / tweaker which can undo "improvements" to file browsing made in newer Windows version. Everything is optional for your liking. - Restore devices / drives grouping Everything is 'Devices and drives'. That's stupid! O-N-E can restore grouping which made sense in Win7/8. - Restore libraries / remove folders Remove all those folders which were unoptionally added into Windows 8.1 This PC folder and put the libraries back to their place, without registry hacking / breaking apps. - Restore command bar / remove Ribbon Because some people consider it an abomination. - Restore details pane at bottom Same reason; reclaim useful horizontal space. - Improve styling Get rid of some Win7 stuff here and there; improve styling with some built-in visual styles. For themers / skinners, O-N-E can help to override a lot of hardcoded styling in Windows 8, maybe even Start screen! Download http://tihiy.net/files/OldNewExplorer.rar TEST VERSION READ BELOW 100% FREE Stupid FAQ - This is a TEST version, no installer. Potentially dangerous too! - This is for Windows 8.1. Also should work for Windows 8 as well, though 8.1 options do not apply there; - No changes are enabled by default. If something does not apply, try logging off / restarting explorer.exe; - Install is for all users, settings are per-user. For long thoughful posts use email.
  4. 15 points
    First, credit where is credit is due. I originally found this posted in /r/Windows10 by /u/C-Ron. I'm reposting this here for the people that don't browse Reddit so they can benefit from it. Link to reddit post that contains original guide text (as recommended by Tripredacus) First Time Setup Settings App Scheduled Tasks Group Policy Editor Registry Editor Hosts File Or continue to the pastebin link. Doesn't matter to me. And if you want, click here for a hosts file that is complete and total overkill. From what I can tell, it's a list of every Microsoft domain known to man merged with the MVPS domain list. Useful Software/Scripts/Forum Threads Also please remember this is not an exhaustive list so feel free to post things that can improve this post an I'll add it to this post and credit you. Lastly, to paraphrase NoelC: try things for yourself. Keep good notes on what you do, on what works, and save original files. The knowledge gained from the experience of seeing how things work is invaluable. 7/29/15: Changed IPs to 0.0.0.0 as recommended by NoelC. 7/31/15: Expanded telemetry list and added overkill, nuke-from-orbit list. 7/31/15: Reformatted the OP, reflected as many IPs as possible into hostnames, added Techie007's post to the relevant sections, and added gpedit.msc fix for Home users. 8/3/15: Added tomasz86's OneDrive uinstaller and automated services & scheduled tasks command script. 8/5/15: Added useful software/scripts section. 1/9/16: Renamed useful software/scripts to useful software/scripts/forum threads and added stuff to it. 6/26/16: Reformatted to be readable with the new forum software.
  5. 14 points
    TL;DR, there's now an easy way to enable MP4 (H.264 + AAC) HTML5 video support in Firefox on Windows XP using the Primetime Content Decryption Module plugin by Adobe (distributed by Mozilla). Meaning, you could get rid of Flash (with some caveats). The irony of course being that you'd have to use another thing by Adobe , but at least it's something not as prone to security problems. NOTE: If you're suddenly unable to watch videos on Facebook (or any other site) even though you haven't changed anything re: Primetime, you may have to start spoofing your browser UA (user agent) string to work around this problem. See the posts starting here for the specifics. (EDIT October 30, 2017) IMPORTANT: The Primetime CDM plugin can no longer be downloaded from Adobe servers, which means that attempts to automatically download the plugin through Firefox GUI will fail even if you edit the download configuration URL per the old instructions below. From now on, you will have to manually install the plugin for all new Firefox installations and any new profiles you create; see the new instructions below. If you already have the plugin installed, you don't need to do anything. (EDIT July 18, 2017) If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 52.0, see this post. If you still have problems, make sure you have all of the required preferences listed below and their values are set correctly. If you're here because MP4 video has stopped working after you upgraded to Firefox 49.0 or higher, that happens because 49.0 introduces a new pair of preferences. You now need to set media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible and media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported to true; media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible is no longer used. Toggle the Primetime plugin to Never Activate and back or restart Firefox for the pref change to take effect. NEWS July 26, 2016: Unfortunately, but maybe not all that surprisingly: Primetime CDM will not be getting official support on Windows XP after all. Says a Mozilla developer: Not to worry though, this does not appear to have any near-term (<=FF52 ESR) effect on forcing the plugin to work with the same workarounds we've been using all this time. However, just in case Adobe compiles some XP-incompatible Windows APIs into future plugin updates, you may want to save a copy of the gmp-eme-adobe folder from your FF profile or download the v.17 distribution package. (Adobe has removed the package from download but @sdfox7has kindly archived a copy (backup link).) Technically, this plugin has been added to FF for DRMed HTML5 video, but it can be used to play non-DRM as well. It's not officially supported on XP, but hey, neither is XP itself, right? I've been trying it out with FF 46 (later also confirmed with 45, 52 ESR and 47-52) on XP Pro SP3 x86 (with POSReady updates, though I doubt that matters any) for about a week now, and the experience has been pretty encouraging. The vast majority of HTML5 videos have worked without a hitch; ~5% have had 1-2 temporary freezes (the video stops, the audio continues with some crackle), which can be easily worked around by moving the video position slider back a bit and then forward again to where the freeze happened. I've seen only one (1) case of a show-stopper error message about "corruption or unsupported features in video" (quote not verbatim) that couldn't be worked around by jiggling the slider (not a crash, just an error message and the video stopped). You may not necessarily be as lucky, though, as the reason the plugin is not included by default by Mozilla is its reported crashing on some high profile sites. (If you're interested in getting this to work on Windows 2000, be sure to read @blackwingcat's post below in addition to this one, and why not his blog posts (1, 2, 3) as well (in Japanese, but with screen shot images).) To be able to install and operate the Primetime CDM, add and/or set the following FF preferences in about:config (be careful, all of these are cAsE sEnSiTiVe!): media.gmp-eme-adobe.enabled (boolean; true) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forceSupported (boolean; true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.forcevisible (boolean; true; FF 45-48, no longer used in 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.visible (boolean; true; FF 49.0+) media.gmp-eme-adobe.version (string, not integer; 17; required for manual install now that automatic install is no longer an option) media.gmp-eme-adobe.abi (string; x86-msvc-x86 (EDIT: x86-msvc-x64 for 64-bit XP users); not required, you can set it if you want to more closely mimic automatic install) media.gmp-eme-adobe.lastUpdate (integer; 1500000000; not required, you can set it if you want to more closely mimic automatic install) media.gmp.decoder.enabled (boolean; true) media.eme.enabled (boolean; true; defaults to false if you downloaded a DRM-free version of FF; thanks @heinoganda for pointing this out) To manually install the actual Primetime plugin software, first download the ZIP package (backup link) from @sdfox7's site (he has plenty of other useful XP stuff there as well, definitely worth checking out!). You can use the following checksums to verify package integrity: To install the plugin: Open your FF profile folder. An easy way to navigate to it is by opening about:support in FF and clicking the Open Folder button next to Profile Folder. Inside the profile folder, create subfolder gmp-eme-adobe and open it. Inside gmp-eme-adobe, create subfolder 17 and open it. Unpack the Primetime ZIP archive into folder 17. Folder [your FF profile path]\gmp-eme-adobe\17 should now contain three files: eme-adobe.dll, eme-adobe.info, eme-adobe.voucher. After this, check the Plugins in your Add-ons list and you should see the Primetime plugin listed and ready for use. If you don't see the plugin there, make sure you've set all of the required preferences as described above and put the files into the correct subfolder. Restarting Firefox to complete the manual install isn't usually required, but try it if the plugin doesn't appear, (Also, remember that if you have more than one Firefox profile, you'll need to repeat these steps for each of them individually.) Set the Primetime plugin to Always Activate, Flash to Never Activate (not strictly necessary, but better for testing), and go to Youtube HTML5 video player check page. Both H.264 and MSE & H.264 should have blue checkmarks. You may want to try this test page (kindly suggested by @dencorso) or some Twitter videos to quickly make sure H.264 really is working (with Youtube you can get fooled by WebM getting played instead). In theory, you could uninstall Flash at this point, but realistically it's probably wiser for now to leave it installed and disabled in the browser. Personally, I installed the FlashDisable extension to quickly toggle Flash on some of the sites I frequent that don't support HTML5 video. Some of those insistently serve Flash video to desktop FF without even checking if it can do HTML5 video or not. That can be worked around by faking a different user agent string, but for now I've found it more convenient to just temporarily toggle Flash back on for them. FlashDisable supports the Ask to Activate setting, so you don't have to worry about other sites if you forget to turn Flash off again. Based on what Mozilla devs have been saying on Bugzilla (Unhide Adobe GMP on Windows XP, Hide Adobe GMP on Windows XP in Firefox 46 and 47, Make Adobe GMP available to Windows XP users in Firefox 45 and later) it seems quite possible that this plugin could soon (FF 48+) be made available without having to use any tricks (or pre-release versions), but I suppose it's also possible that the current situation will continue indefinitely (or even that the plugin will eventually be made more difficult to access under XP). (EDIT July 18, 2017) As you've likely heard, FF 52 ESR is the last version of the browser that's going to work on XP (unless some intrepid person forks a special version for us). In a way, this is a blessing in disguise, as Primetime support has been completely excised from FF 53 and Google's Widevine CDM doesn't have our helpful side-effect (and doesn't work on XP), but ESR 52 will be supported well into 2018. So, why not make use of it while we can, right? Note that HLS streaming is not natively supported with this plugin. It does work on sites coded to use some JS library or player to work with HLS, but not for directly playing .m3u8 video sources. You may want to keep an eye on developments with hls.js in general and firefox-hls in particular if a favorite site of yours falls into the latter category.
  6. 12 points
    Please welcome on the stage again: the Start menu which refused to die! StartIsBack++ is the all-new StartIsBack version for Windows 10. What's hot about StartIsBack on Windows 10 now? - Full taskbar skinning! - Jumplists replacement! - Ability to reduce resource usage by disabling newer Start menu and Cortana processes from prelaunching - Ability to use adequately sized (32x32) large icons and larger start menu button on taskbar - Modern icon glyphs on Start menu right hand pane - Modern blur, drop shadow and immersive context menus for start menu - Fully dynamic DPI aware start menu and configuration app - New modern style with round user picture - Lots of new minor additions and tweaks
  7. 12 points
    Features: - Install Windows 2k/XP/2003/2008/2012/Vista/7/8.x x86/x64 - Practically runs even on the most minimalistic WinPE - Choose able drive letter for the new Windows installation - Install Windows also if nlite/vlite has remove winnt32.exe/setup.exe - Integrate Drivers: normal PNP and Textmode Drivers also - patch uxtheme to allow unsigned Themes - Some tweaks - Support "Windows to Go" for Windows 7 and later installs - Supports WimBoot option for Windows 8.1 Update 1 - supports all current WIM files: WIM/SWM (XPRESS / LZX / XPRESS HUFFMAN = Wimboot compression) - supports unencrypted ESD files (LZMS compressed WIM) Not Supported: - No Windows embedded version (this includes WinFLP) - No Installation onto USB disk *New* only Windows 7 and later - No upgrades of existing installations As some may know the last version 1.5 had only Support for Win 2000/XP/2003. Fujianabc present an very easy approach to install Windows 7 NT 6.x fast installer basically it's simply applying the windows image from install.wim and generating the boot files. He also discovered that the drive letter of a Windows 7 image can be (opposed to Vista) easily changed. So I have added that way of installing to WinNTSetup. For the driver installation: Every driver added in NT6.x windows will be added to the driver store. So it's not recommended to add countless driver, but rather more really required ones. NT5.x massstorage driver integration is possible thanks to Mr dUSHA powerful MSSTMake.exe tool To the Unattend option: It's possible to use an unattend.xml to run the Setup unattended. But as the actual WinPE Setup Phase isn't effective in that way of install, all Winpe related settings inside the unattend.xml won't be applied. Ini config file It's possible to save all GUI-settings to a ini file: push Ctrl + S to save all settings to an ini. push Ctrl + L to load all settings from an ini. A WinNTSetup.ini file in the same dir as the app itself will be loaded automatically at startup. It also can be selected via command line: WinNTSetup.exe /cfg:"C:\mysettings.ini" more command line options To install Windows in a VHD file: - requires Windows 7 as OS and Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise or Server 2008 R2 as Source - create a partitioned VHD and assign a drive letter (push Ctrl + Shift + V to use build in diskpart wrapper for this) - select the VHD drive as installation drive (make sure you boot drive ist a active primary partition on a physical disk) If you get an Antivirus warning from your AV software, please report it to them as a false positive and let them check it. Current Version: 3.8.8.3 WinNTSetup3.rar
  8. 12 points
    Warning: until the situation becomes clearer, I think it better to block MS16-023 on 7 SP1 and 8.1. Please read this, and remember It's easier (and surer) to block now, and decide to add it in the future, than trying to remove it later, instead. My 2¢. KB2952664 "Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7" This update helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows. KB2976978 "Compatibility update for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8" Describes an update that improves the compatibility and upgrade experience in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program in order to 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 are seeking to install the latest Windows operating system. KB2977759 "Compatibility update to Windows 7 RTM" 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. KB2990214 "Update that enables you to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 to a later version of Windows" It is an update to the Windows Update Client. It is a pre-requisite (for now) in order to be able to "update" to Windows 10 when it becomes available. This is the actual correct download link. KB2999226 (also in CR) "Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows" It is an update that enables one to run windows 10 applications on earlier versions of windows. KB3021917 "Update to Windows 7 SP1 for performance improvements" This update performs diagnostics in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in order to determine whether performance issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. Telemetry is sent back to Microsoft for those computers that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). This update will help Microsoft and its partners deliver better system performance for customers who are seeking to install the latest Windows operating system. KB3022345 (probably not offered anymore because it was superseded by KB3068708, of which more below) "Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry" in Windows 8.x and Windows 7 SP1 This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet been upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights. This update has been replaced by the latest update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry that was first released on June 2, 2015. To obtain the update, see KB3068708 Update (of which more below) for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry. KB3035583 "Update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1" This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies to a computer that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Before you install this update, check out the Prerequisites section. It installs GWX.exe which has the description “Get Windows 10″ More info (myce on Apr 05, 2015): Update for Win 7 and 8.1 silently installs Win 10 downloader To remove this update easily, there's now also rn10950's "I Don't Want Windows 10" KB3044374 "Update that supports you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 to a later version of Windows". This article describes an update that supports you to upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 to a later version of Windows. This update has prerequisites. KB3046480 Update helps to determine whether to migrate..." for in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 This update enables the system to determine whether to migrate the Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 to a later version of Windows when you upgrade from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to a later version of Windows. This determination is based on the usage of the .NET Framework 1.1. KB3050265 Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: June 2015 This update addresses an issue in which system performance can be decreased during scans. This issue has the greatest effect on computers that have a small amount of physical memory. This update addresses an issue in which Windows Update scans can fail and generate a 0x8007000E error.General improvements are made to support upgrades to a later version of Windows. KB3050267 Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: June 2015 A change is made on the log level for %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log to reduce the frequency of certain events from exhausting log space. Fixes an issue for managed computers in which managed computers have to update drivers as a set. Driver sets are not processed by Windows Update during shutdown, and are still available to be installed after you restart the computer.Fixes an issue in which the files of an update may not be found by Windows Update (0x80070002) if the download operation spans multiple sessions.General improvements are made to support upgrades to a later version of Windows. KB3064683 (disclosed by MS in KB3184143) Windows 8.1 OOBE modifications to reserve Windows 10 KB3065987 Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: July 2015 KB3065988 Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: July 2015 KB3068708 (also in CR) Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 This update, aka DiagTrack or Diagnostics Tracking Service, introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to in-market devices... <snip> This kind of update helps the overall application experience on Windows, by improving the current operating system for upgrade to the latest version of Windows. <snip> By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. KB3072318 (disclosed by MS in KB3184143) Update for Windows 8.1 OOBE to upgrade to Windows 10 KB3075249 (also in CR) "This article describes an update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Win 8.1, Win RT 8.1, Win Server 2012 R2, Win 7 SP1, and Win Server 2008 R2 SP1. This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels." KB3075851 Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: August 2015 This update also resolves an issue in which certain Windows Update operations fail when you install Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: July 2015 (KB3065987) on Windows 7 Embedded editions." In other words: it also fixes the mess created by KB3065987. KB3075853 Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: August 2015 KB3080149 (also in CR) "This article describes an update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry, for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1." KB3081954 (also in CR) Ensures users be able to continue using Work Folders after upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7SP1, and adds further telemetry! KB3083324 - Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015 KB3083325 - Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: September 2015 KB3083710 - Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: October 2015 KB3083711 - Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: October 2015 KB3090045 - Windows Update for reserved devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1 KB3102810 - Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 KB3102812 - Installing and searching for updates is slow and high CPU usage occurs in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 KB3112343 - Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: December 2015 This update enables support for additional upgrade scenarios from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and provides a smoother experience when you have to retry an operating system upgrade because of certain failure conditions. This update also improves the ability of Microsoft to monitor the quality of the upgrade experience. KB3112336 - Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: December 2015 This update enables support for additional upgrade scenarios from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and provides a smoother experience when you have to retry an operating system upgrade because of certain failure conditions. This update also improves the ability of Microsoft to monitor the quality of the upgrade experience. KB3123862- Updated capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 This update adds capabilities to some computers that lets users easily learn about Windows 10 or start an upgrade to Windows 10. KB3135445 - Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: February 2016 KB3135449 - Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: February 2016 KB3118401 (also in CR) Update for Universal C Runtime in Windows It is an update that enables one to run windows 10 applications on earlier versions of windows. KB3138612 - Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: March 2016 KB3138615 - Windows Update Client for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: March 2016 KB3139929 - MS16-023: Security update for IE: March 8, 2016 (because it brings, bundled, KB3146449 - Updated IE11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1)... which seems to be yet another nagging software to push Windows 10. [KB3146449 (not standalone: bundled into KB3139929 and allegedly removed by KB3184143) Updated Internet Explorer 11 capabilities to upgrade Windows 8.1 and Windows 7] KB3150513 This update provides updated configuration and definitions for compatibility diagnostics performed on the system. The updated definitions will improve accuracy and help enable Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system. This update will be offered only if KB2977759, KB2952664, or KB2976978 is installed on Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows 7 RTM. KB3163589 - Windows 8 and Windows 7 PC running an outdated version of Windows notification (aka NAG). KB3170735 - Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 This update adds the capability to notify you about future Windows Journal developments. (Woody's remarks). This seems to be Just Another Nagger, AFAICS... KB3173040 - Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 end of free upgrade offer notification (aka NAG). KB3192403 - October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 KB3192404 - October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 KB3192406 - October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012 These titles are a mounthfull, of course, and are nothing more than shameless euphemisms for "More Tracking Trash" !!! -------------***************------------- More info (InfoWorld on Apr 16, 2015): MS elaborates on KB 2990214, KB 3044374 Win 10 nagware! -------------***************------------- Summary: Now, there are some of these updates that come in pairs (pairing revised after reading post #111): KB2952664 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB2976978 for Windows 8.x. KB2990214 for Windows 7 SPx and KB3044374 for Windows 8.1. KB3050265 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3050267 for Windows 8.1. KB3065987 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3065988 for Windows 8.1. KB3075851 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3075853 for Windows 8.1 KB3083324 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3083325 for Windows 8.1. KB3083710 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3083711 for Windows 8.1. KB3102810 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3102812 for Windows 8.1. KB3112343 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3112336 for Windows 8.1. KB3135445 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3135449 for Windows 8.1. KB3138612 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3138615 for Windows 8.1. KB3192403 for Windows 7 SP1 and KB3192404 for Windows 8.1. While the others are intended for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.x, namely: KB2999226, KB3035583, KB3046480 and KB3068708 (which replaces KB3022345), KB3075249, KB3080149, KB3090045, KB3118401, KB3123862, KB3139929, KB3146449, KB3150513, KB3163589, KB3170735 and KB3173040. And there is, in addition, KB2977759, KB3021917 and KB3081954, just for Windows 7 SPx. and also KB3064683 and KB3072318, just for Windows 8.1, of course! -------------***************------------- This list intends to cover both Windows 7 and 8. Some of the updates listed are offered to either 7 or 8, while others are offered to both. This list is a work in progress, which tends to grow with time. My main intent here is just to keep all relevant info as together as possible, for easy reference. Of course, the idea for this sticky post came from NoelC's post I quoted at the top of this very post. -------------***************------------- At this point (Oct. 31, 2015), the task of keeping track of all of this has become complex, so I do recommend the aegis.cmd script by thepower from voat.co (findable there) as a handy tool, that helps both with the avoidance of the "upgrade" do Win 10 and with privacy issues, too. Thanks are due to epic, for first suggesting its use on post #273. After runnining aegis.cmd, the Windows Update is set to check/notify, but I always reset it to off, and check manually, from time to time. One must keep eyes wide open, because some of the updates keep being re-offered, too, and need to be re-hidden! -------------***************------------- Alphabetized list specific to the OS for more convenient checking (courtesy of bphlpt ): Windows 7 SP1 Windows 8.x KB2952664 KB2976978 x KB2977759 KB2999226 x KB2990214 KB3022345 x KB2999226 KB3035583 x KB3021917 KB3044374 xx KB3022345 KB3046480 x KB3035583 KB3050267 xx KB3046480 KB3064683 KB3050265 KB3065988 xx KB3065987 KB3068708 x KB3068708 KB 3072318 KB3075249 KB3075249 x KB3075851 KB3075853 xx KB3080149 KB3080149 x KB3081954 KB3083325 xx KB3083324 KB3083711 xx KB3083710 KB3090045 KB3090045 KB3102812 xx KB3102810 KB3112336 xx KB3112343 KB3118401 x KB3118401 KB3123862 x KB3123862 KB3135449 xx KB3135445 KB3138615 xx KB3138612 KB3139929 xx KB3139929 KB3146449 KB3146449 KB3150513 KB3150513 KB3163589 KB3163589 KB3170735 KB3170735 KB3173040 KB3173040 KB3192404 KB3192403 x == Windows 8.x xx == Windows 8.1
  9. 11 points
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    Introduction: This list was created for the purpose of documenting final versions of software to support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008. It is actively maintained by the Windows Vista community here on MSFN and edited by myself, so if you have any additions that you'd like to add that aren't found on the list currently, feel free to reply with them and I will add them as soon as possible. However, please avoid suggesting abandoned, useless, obsolete, or deprecated pieces of software (especially web browsers) that have been discontinued on Windows as a whole. If the software was well known and widely used (i.e. Winamp, Apple Quicktime), then the addition is welcome. IMPORTANT: DO NOT provide links to pirated software, or software that is not hosted by the software vendor (without permission from the vendor), as that will not be tolerated by MSFN per rules 1a, 1b, 1c, and 1d. The information listed here is subject to change at any time, so while something might be supporting Vista when you view the list, it could very well stop supporting it the day after, so bookmarking the list and checking back every so often is encouraged if you make use of this list, whether you're a Windows Vista/Server 2008 system admin or enthusiast. Quick links: Windows 95 version of this thread • Windows 98 version of this thread • Windows 2000 version of this thread *NOTE: It is unknown why this occurs, but clicking on the following update links may randomly send you to an "Error 404" page. If this occurs, just refresh the page until the proper download page appears. Download Service Pack 1 update: Vista 32 bit • Vista 64 bit Download Service Pack 2 update: Vista/2008 32 bit • Vista/2008 64 bit Download Platform Update: Vista 32 bit • Vista 64 bit • Server 2008 32 bit • Server 2008 64 bit *If your system has no service packs installed, SP1 must be installed before installing SP2, as SP2 is not cumulative, meaning that it only includes updates released since SP1, not before SP1. If you're running Windows Server 2008, SP1 is not needed as Server 2008 was released in conjunction with SP1, so Microsoft already included the update in all Server 2008 installation media sold since release. Fix Windows Update getting stuck on "Checking for Updates" in Windows Vista (video by me) Get security updates for Windows Vista until 2020 (video by me; big thanks to MSFN user greenhillmaniac for maintaining the Server 2008 update repository). List: Key: $$$= Paid software | FREE= Non-paid software | CS= Closed Source | OS= Open Source | UNS=Not officially supported on Vista, but still installs/works Web Browsers: Note: most of these browsers are no longer updated and may (eventually) have trouble displaying websites correctly. Please check the ongoing support section for browsers that continue to be updated on Vista. Independently based: Polarity Portable 8.4.4 (FREE, OS) [Feb. 2017] Download here. Supports IE7-9 (Trident) & Chromium rendering engines. No longer supported by Polarity as of February 25, 2017. QupZilla 1.8.9 (FREE, OS) [Nov. 2015] The installer for 2.0.1 gives an NSIS error, and 2.0.2 will run but crashes the OS when trying to load pages. Later versions simply don't work. Windows Internet Explorer 9 (FREE, CS) [Mar. 2011] Requires SP2 & Platform Update. To download, click here. You can still receive security updates for IE9 on Vista (until Jan. 2020) by installing security updates for the browser for Windows Server 2008. Chromium based: Advanced Chrome v54.15.5320.0 (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Based on a combination of Chromium 51, 54, and 48. Download here. Comodo Dragon 46.9.15.425 (FREE, OS) [Jan. 2016] Based on Chromium 46.x. Download here. Epic Browser Version 58.0.3300.190 (FREE, OS, UNS) [June 2017] Based on Chromium 58. Download: Epic Browser v58 silent installer for Vista Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112m (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] To download, click here (Link provided by MSFN user sdfox7; visiting the main Chrome download page no longer works). Google Chrome 50.0.2661.87m (FREE, OS, UNS) [Apr. 2016] Download portable version here (works with Vista out of the box). Non-portable version requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. Opera 36.x (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 49. Supposedly continues to receive security updates, however hasn't been updated since August 2016 (at the time of writing). To download the latest version, click on this link and then click on the most recent entry in the list. Opera 37.0.2178.54 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2016] Requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. Download here. Slimjet 10.x (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 50. Supposedly continues to receive security updates, however has not been updated since February 2017 (at the time of writing). To download, click here. Slimjet 11.0.8 (FREE, OS) [July 2016] Based on Chromium 51; no longer updated. Might display more webpages correctly than Slimjet 10. Download here. Slimjet 12.0.15.0 (FREE, OS, UNS) [Oct. 2016] Based on Chromium 53; no longer updated. Although it has minor font spacing issues with certain pages, it may display more pages correctly than Slimjet 10. Download here. Vivaldi 1.0 stable (FREE, OS) [Apr. 2016] Based on Chromium 49, and no longer receives security updates. To download, click here (link provided by Vivaldi.com). Yandex Browser v17.4.0.2461 (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] Based on Chromium 57; no longer updated. A download link could not be obtained; sorry for the inconvenience. Mozilla Firefox based: Firefox 52.x ESR (FREE, OS) [Mar. 2017] This release is set to receive security updates until May 2018, according to the release schedule. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). Firefox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS, UNS) [May 2017] Requires modification to the application executable to run; view this post for more details. NOTE: Codec support is broken under Windows Vista, so using Firefox 52 ESR instead is advised. Download here (choose your language/country from the listing, and you should then be directed to a page to download the appropriate installer). GNU IceCat 38.8.0 (FREE, OS) [May 2016] Download here. SeaMonkey 2.49 (FREE, OS) [Nov. 2017] Download here. It is confirmed here that this will be the final release for Vista/2008. Waterfox 53.0.3 (FREE, OS) [May 2017] 64-bit only. According to the head developer, creating a separate release for older systems (presumably Vista/XP) is being considered. Download here. Security software: Avira 2013, all paid editions ($$$, CS) No longer supports Windows Vista as of April 10, 2013. Windows Server operating systems aren't supported. Avira Antivirus Free v15.0.9.504 (FREE, CS) Bitdefender Internet Security 2015 ($$$, CS) Emsisoft version 10 ($$$, CS) No longer receives database updates as of April 2016. Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 5.52 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. EMET will reach end of life on July 31, 2018. FortiClient 5.2.4 ($$$, CS) G Data Home Security Suite (Antivirus/Internet Security/Total Security, $$$, CS) Last official versions of these pieces of software to support Vista is uncertain, but are estimated to have stopped supporting Vista sometime in 2016. G-Data Business solution products still support Vista SP1+. McAfee 2015 product suite ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0 (FREE, CS) No longer supports or functions on Windows Vista as of April 11, 2017. Server 2008 is still currently supported, where the software works fine as of August 2017. Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool 5.47 - April 2017 (FREE, CS) Last version for Vista. Later versions don't work with Vista, but continue to support Windows Server 2008. Spybot version 2.4 Free Edition (FREE, CS) Download here. Trend Micro Antivirus+ 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Internet Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Trend Micro Maximum Security 2017 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2+IE9. Support for Vista ended on June 30, 2017. Windows Defender 1.1.1600.0 (FREE, CS) Not reputable for providing quality protection, however still receives definition updates as of April 2017. This could change at any time, though. Click here and scroll down to the OS chart to download the most recent definitions. Multimedia: Kodi 17.3 (FREE, OS) mpv Media Player v0.25.0 (FREE, OS) Download: 32 bit 64 bit PowerDVD 15 ($$$, CS) Winamp 5.6 (FREE, CS) No longer updated on any version of Windows as of 2013. Download here. PDF viewers: Adobe Acrobat Reader X v10.1.16 (FREE, CS) No longer updated/supported by Adobe as of November 15, 2015. Adobe Acrobat Reader XI (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially supports Windows Server 2008, however Vista is not officially supported. Despite this, the software still works in Vista, with the exception of auto-updating. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 2015.10.20060 (FREE, CS, UNS) To learn how to install the software in Vista, view this YouTube tutorial, created by myself. Office Suites (all $$$, CS): These versions of Microsoft Office are certified Vista-compatible here. Microsoft Office XP SP3 (Extended support ended on July 12, 2011.) Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 (Extended support ended on April 8, 2014.) Microsoft Office 2007 SP3 (Extended support ended on October 10, 2017.) Microsoft Office 2010 SP2 (Extended support will end on October 13, 2020.) Microsoft Office Add-ins & Tools: Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2013 Database Tool (FREE, CS) Download here. Calendar Printing Assistant for Outlook (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Junk Mail Reporting Add-in for Microsoft Outlook (FREE, CS) Download links: Office 2003 x86, Office 2007+ x86, Office 2007+ x64 Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. Supports Microsoft OneNote 2010 and Word 2007/Word 2010. Office 2010 Filter Packs (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. Office File Validation Add-in for Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 and Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 (FREE, CS) Requires Office 2003 SP3 or Office 2007 SP2. For client Windows versions only (Server 2008 isn't supported). Download here. Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup (FREE, CS) Requires Office XP, 2003, or 2007. Server 2008 is not supported. Download here. PowerPoint Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. Search Commands Add-In for Office 2007 and Office 2010 (FREE, CS) No longer being maintained, UNS on Server 2008. Download here. Word Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Download here. No longer receives security updates as of November 2017. Virtualization Software: Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (FREE, CS) UNS on Starter/Home versions of XP and Vista. VMware Player 6.0.7 (FREE, CS) VMware Workstation 10.0.7 ($$$, CS) Apple software/hardware support (all software is FREE, CS): iCloud Control Panel 2.1.3 iTunes 12.1.3.6: Download: Vista 32-bit Vista 64-bit Limitations/issues: On 64-bit versions of Vista/2008, you must use the "older video cards" installer linked above. The normal release doesn't work. Starting with iTunes 11.2, you'll get Data Execution Prevention errors when closing the program. iTunes 12.1.3.x only supports devices released up to the iOS 9-era. If your older device runs iOS 10.0-10.1.1, you may backup and sync your device; upgrading/restoring doesn't work. iOS 10.2 or later will not work with iTunes 12.1.3. QuickTime 7.7.9: Quicktime for Windows is no longer updated. This release is the last version for Windows Vista and later. Visit this page to download. Safari 5.1.7 : No longer updated on any version of Windows as of May 9, 2012. Download here. Final Apple Mac computers to support Vista under Boot Camp: iMac; all Late-2009 models Macbook Air; all Mid-2009 models (32-bit only) Macbook and Macbook Pro; all Mid-2010 models Mac Mini; Mid-2010 (This is the only Mac Mini to support Windows Vista 64-bit; earlier models are 32-bit only.) Mac Pro; Mid-2010 Music & video streaming software: Music streaming: Spotify 1.0.24.104 (FREE, CS) Paid services are available. Video streaming: OBS Classic 0.659b (FREE, OS) Requires SP2. Download here. OBS Studio continues to support Windows Vista as of version 20.1.x. Adobe editing software (All CS6 apps are $$$, CS, UNS. For official support, use the CS5.5 suite instead.): Adobe After Effects CS6 Adobe Audition CS6 Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Dreamweaver CS6 Extendscript Toolkit CC Fireworks CS6 Flash Professional CS6 InCopy CS6 InDesign CS6 Illustrator CS6 Lightroom 4 ($$$, CS) Multimedia editing software: ACDSee 17 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Pro 7 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Converter 4 ($$$, CS) ACDSee Video Studio v1.x ($$$, CS) Avid Pro Tools 10 ($$$, CS, UNS) While v9 is the last to support Vista, editing the MSI installer with Orca allows v10 to install. Later versions have not yet been tested. Click here for more details. *Avid Virtual Instruments 10 doesn't work. Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 ($$$, CS) Corel PaintShop Pro X7 ($$$, CS) Image Composite Editor 2.0.3 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Paint.NET 3.5.11 (FREE, CS) Picasa 3.9 Build 141.259 (FREE, CS) Sony Sound Forge 11.0.272 ($$$, CS) Sony Vegas Pro 12 ($$$, CS) 2D/3D Modeling Software (All $$$, CS): AutoCAD 2012 AutoCAD 2013 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work. AutoCAD 2014 (UNS) Must run in Windows XP compatibility mode for the software to work. Autodesk 3dsmax 2012 Autodesk 3dsmax design 2012 Autodesk Maya 2012 Autodesk Mudbox 2012 Sketchup 2014 Sketchup 2015 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. Sketchup 2016 (UNS) Modifying of MSI installer is required. See this post for more details. Sketchup 2017 and later do not work. Game distribution: Origin 2015 (FREE, CS) *Reduced functionality as of August 2016. For a list of what you can still do, click here. Cloud storage clients: Microsoft OneDrive Version 2017 Build 17.3.7076.1026 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2, Platform Update, and Platform Update supplement for Windows Vista/2008. OneDrive is no longer supported on Windows Vista/2008 as of November 1, 2017. Download here (link provided by FileHippo.com). AMD Graphics drivers: AMD Catalyst version 13.12 (later versions up to 15.6 Beta for Windows 7 can be modified to work on Vista. See this thread for more details. AMD GPUs released after June 2015 will not work with Vista, since 15.6 Beta does not include support for newer cards.) Intel chipset and graphics drivers: The Intel Sandy Bridge platform is the last to fully support Vista. Ivy Bridge also supports Vista, with the right hardware. Check out my guide for more information. Ivy Bridge Intel HD Graphics drivers for Vista (HD 4000 desktop & mobile) • Ivy Bridge Chipset drivers for Vista Limited Haswell support is available, as Intel updated their chipset drivers to support XP and Vista, however it is not recommended to attempt to use Vista or Server 2008 on Haswell due to a known bug that causes Windows and some of its services to not start up correctly. This bug renders Windows Vista on Haswell quite unstable, and using it in a productive or business environment is strongly discouraged. In addition to this, Intel HD graphics 4200 and later drivers, as well as USB 3.0 drivers are not available for Haswell machines running Vista, so upgrading to Windows 7 on Haswell systems is encouraged to receive proper support. I explained the problems with running Vista on Haswell (and later) in greater detail here. NVIDIA Graphics drivers: NVIDIA Display Driver version 365.19 (Vista 3D vision support was dropped around driver version 310.00). NVIDIA Display Driver version 372.70 (UNS) This driver enables support for the GTX 1060, 1070, and 1080 GPUs under Windows Vista. Download here. Games (Platform Update for Windows Vista is required for DirectX 11 support): Pre-Vista era (DX10/11 not utilized): Serious Sam 2 ($$$, CS) Star Wars Republic Commando ($$$, CS) Unofficially works on Vista (Vista is not a targeted platform): Doom 2016 ($$$, CS, UNS) Rocket League ($$$, CS, UNS) Sonic Mania ($$$, CS, UNS) Wolfenstein: the New Order ($$$, CS, UNS) Last official release to run on Vista (sequels do not support or work with Vista): Battlefield 4 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 & Platform Update. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Killing Floor ($$$, CS) Window management software: Aerosnap 0.61 Beta (FREE, CS) Somewhat buggy. To download, click here. AquaSnap 1.17.1 (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) To download, click one of the following: MSI File Portable Installation Taskbar Shuffle v2.5 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Ultramon 3.3.0 ($$$, CS) To download trial version, click here. Desktop enhancement software: Classic Shell 3.6.8 (FREE, CS) Fences 2 ($$$, CS) Folder portals and pages functionality require Windows 7 or later. ObjectDock 2 ($$$, CS) Universal Theme Patcher (FREE, CS) Vista Visual Master (FREE, CS) Built in system components (Bundled with SP2+Platform Update, all FREE, CS): DirectX 11.0 Windows Installer 4.5 Windows Media Player 11.0.6002.18005 (Online Stores/Online Media Service Listing Program has been discontinued and is no longer available.) Windows Search 4.0 Additional Microsoft software/utilities: Exchange Server 2010 ($$$, CS) IntelliPoint 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links: 32 bit 64 bit IntelliType Pro 8.2 (FREE, CS) Download links: 32 bit 64 bit Microsoft Lync 2010 ($$$, CS) Download links: x86 (trial) x64 (trial) Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.0 (FREE, CS) Download here. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 (FREE, CS, UNS) Download here. Microsoft Windows Live Essentials 2011 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Some components no longer work, such as Messenger and Mail. Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (FREE, CS) *For Windows Vista only, Server 2008 is not supported.* Requires at least Vista SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). Download links: Vista x86 Vista x64 Search Server 2010 ($$$, CS) Requires Windows Server 2008 SP2. Windows Vista is not supported. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download here. SharePoint 2010 ($$$, CS) Speech Platform Runtime Languages 11 (FREE, CS) To download, click here. SQL Server 2012 ($$$, CS) Requires SP2 for Vista/2008. A free version with reduced functionality is available for download here. Visio Viewer 2010 (FREE, CS) Requires SP2. To download, click here. Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 (FREE, CS) Windows Powershell 2.0 (FREE, CS) Download: Vista 32 bit Vista 64 bit Server 2008 32 bit Server 2008 64 bit Windows Powershell 3.0 (FREE, CS) Supports Windows Server 2008 SP2 ONLY. Windows Vista is not supported. To download, click here. XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack 1.2 (FREE, CS) Does not work on Server 2008. Click here to download. Software/Game Development: CryEngine V ($$$, OS) Requires SP2. Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 SP1 ($$$, CS) Instant messaging: Yahoo! Messenger 11.5.0.228 (FREE, CS) However, this release will no longer connect to the Yahoo servers. You can use the web version to communicate via Yahoo Messenger, though. Misc. Software utilities: DAEMON Tools Pro v7.0 ($$$, CS) Diskeeper 12 Pro ($$$, CS) HxD Hex Editor 1.7.7.0 (FREE, CS) Hasn't been updated since 2009. Logitech Gaming Software 8.96.81 (FREE, CS, UNS) The last official version to support Vista was v8.81. However, later versions have continued to work fine with Vista, including this release (this is the latest version at the time of writing this). Network Monitor 3.4 (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). To download, click here. System Mechanic Classic v16.0.0.10 ($$$, CS) System Mechanic Professional Classic v15.5.0.61 ($$$, CS) Windows NT Backup - Restore Utility (FREE, CS) Download: (x86) (x64) WSUS Offline Update 10.9.2 (FREE, OS) Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Misc. Hardware utilities: Samsung Magician v4.9.7 (FREE, CS) Works with (supported) Samsung SSDs only. Windows Vista and Server 2008 do NOT support TRIM without third party software. Windows USB/DVD Download Tool (FREE, CS) To download, click here. Support ongoing (ONG section) (Valid as of November 2017): Antivirus/security software: Avast Free Antivirus (FREE, CS) E-mail registration required after 30 days. Avast Pro Antivirus ($$$, CS) Trial available. AVG Antivirus Free (FREE, CS) AVG Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Bullguard Antivirus ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Bullguard Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Clamwin (FREE, CS) Comodo Free Antivirus (FREE, CS) Comodo Internet Security (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) eScan, all editions ($$$, CS) ESET File Security for Windows Server ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available; supports Windows Server 2008. Windows Vista isn't supported. ESET Internet Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. ESET NOD32 Antivirus ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. ESET Smart Security ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. G-Data Business Solutions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1, SP2 recommended. The Mobile Administrator component requires Windows 7 or later. Kaspersky Antivirus ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Internet Security ($$$, CS) Kaspersky Total Security ($$$, CS) Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit (FREE & $$$ versions available, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Free (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Malwarebytes Premium ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. *The anti-ransomware protection component is only available on Windows 7/2008 R2 or higher. Norton Security ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Panda Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sandboxie (FREE, CS) Support apparently ongoing; however, site lists both Windows XP and Windows Vista as "legacy operating systems," thus support may be terminated at any time. Sophos Endpoint Antivirus ($$$, CS) Sophos Server protection ($$$, CS) Spyware Blaster (FREE, CS) SuperAntiSpyware ($$$ & FREE, CS) Free version is for personal use only. Paid version requires an annual subscription. SystemShield AntiVirus ($$$, CS) SystemShield AntiSpyware ($$$, CS) Webroot, all editions ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Zonealarm Free firewall (FREE, CS) Web browsers: Mozilla Firefox based: Cocoon (FREE, OS, UNS) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Comodo IceDragon (FREE, OS) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Pale Moon (FREE, OS) Requires SP2 with the Platform Update and Platform Update Supplement for Windows Vista. The 64-bit version will not play videos properly in Vista. To fix this, visit Tools-> Options -> Content -> Video and make sure "Enable MSE for WebM video" is checked. Pale Moon will soon merge into a new browser called Basilisk, made by the developers of Pale Moon. While Basilisk will keep the original Pale Moon codebase, it will add in Firefox 57+ code, which is not compatible with Windows Vista. It is also confirmed here that this new browser won't support XP/Vista. The New Moon project by MSFN user roytam1 is an attempt (which has so far been successful) at restoring XP/Vista compatibility for this new browser, however only time will tell as to whether or not the final version of Basilisk will be able to work with XP/Vista via this project. Tor Browser (FREE, OS) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the latest version is currently based on the last version of Firefox compatible with Vista without rework (Firefox 52 ESR). Chromium based: UC Browser (FREE, CS) Not likely to support Vista much longer, as the current version of the browser is based on the final version of Chromium compatible with Vista without rework (v50.0.2661.102). Multi-engine supported browsers: Lunascape (FREE, CS) Supports IE7-9 (Trident), Gecko, and Webkit rendering engines. Maxthon (FREE, OS) Supports IE7-9 (Trident) and Webkit rendering engines, as of version 3.0. Web browser plugins: Adfender ($$$, CS) Requires SP1 to be installed (SP2 recommended). Adobe Flash Player (FREE, CS) For Internet Explorer, IE8 is required. IE9 is recommended, since IE8 no longer receives security updates on Vista or Server 2008. Java (FREE, CS, UNS) The last version to officially support Windows Vista was Java 8. However, the latest version of Java 9 works fine under Windows Vista as of December 2017. Multimedia: Foobar2000 (FREE, CS) Handbrake (FREE, CS) Media Player Classic (FREE, OS) Media Player Classic Black Edition (FREE, OS) Leawo Blu-ray Player (FREE, CS) Potplayer (FREE, CS) Twitch Desktop App (FREE, CS) VLC Media Player (FREE, OS) Screen Recording & Capture software: Screen Recording: Bandicam ($$$, CS) Free version with reduced functionality is available. CamStudio (FREE, OS) Last updated in 2013, uncertain if or when a new update will be released and whether or not it will support Vista/2008. Fraps ($$$, CS) Last updated in 2013, uncertain if or when a new update will be released and whether or not it will support Vista/2008. Free version with reduced functionality is available. OBS Studio (FREE, CS) Screen Capture: Gyazo (FREE, CS) Lightshot (FREE, CS) ScreenToGif (FREE, OS) Video/photo editing tools: CardWorks Business Card Designer ($$$, CS) Disketch Disc Label Software ($$$, CS) DrawPad Graphic Editor ($$$, CS) GIMP (FREE, OS) IrfanView (FREE for non commercial use, CS) Lightworks ($$$ & FREE versions available, CS) PhotoPad ($$$, CS) PhotoStage ($$$, CS) Pixillion ($$$, CS) Prism Video Converter ($$$, CS) VideoPad Video Editor ($$$, CS) VSDC Free Video Converter (FREE, CS) VSDC Free Video Editor (FREE, CS) Audio creation/editing tools: Acoustica Mixcraft ($$$, CS) 30 day trial available. Asset UPnP audio server ($$$ & FREE, CS) Free version has certain limitations. Click here for more details. Audacity (FREE, OS) Crescendo ($$$, CS) dBpoweramp: mp3 Converter ($$$, CS) FL Studio ($$$, CS) MixPad ($$$, CS) PerfectTUNES (FREE, CS) Registration required to unlock all features. Unregistered version has certain limitations. Click here for more details. PitchPerfect ($$$, CS) RecordPad ($$$, CS) SoundTap ($$$, CS) Switch ($$$, CS) Synthesia ($$$, CS) Voxal ($$$, CS) VRS Recording System ($$$, CS) WavePad ($$$, CS) Zulu ($$$, CS) Office suites: Ability Office & Ability Office Professional ($$$, CS) Apache OpenOffice (FREE, OS) Corel Office ($$$, CS) LibreOffice (FREE, OS) Games (sequels may not support Vista): Installing the Platform Update is required for DirectX 11 support. Games listed here continue to be actively maintained. Bioshock Infinite ($$$, CS) Chivalry Medieval Welfare ($$$, CS) Counter-Strike Global Offensive ($$$, CS) Don't Starve Together ($$$, CS) Dragon Ball Xenoverse ($$$, CS) 64-bit only. GTA V ($$$, CS) Requires SP2. Just Cause 3 ($$$, CS) Left 4 Dead 2 ($$$, CS) One Late Night: Deadline ($$$, CS) Planet Explorers ($$$, CS) Portal 2 ($$$, CS) Road Redemption ($$$, CS) Serious Sam 3 BFE ($$$, CS) Star Trek Online ($$$, CS) PDF viewers: Corel PDF Fusion ($$$, CS) Foxit PDF Reader (FREE, CS, UNS) The last version to support Vista was version 7.3.4. However, the latest version still works under Vista as of November 2017. This could change at any time, though. Foxit PhantomPDF ($$$, CS, UNS) Free trial available. Despite not being officially supported, the latest version still works under Vista as of November 2017. This could change at any time, though. Nitro PDF Reader (FREE, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Nitro PDF Pro ($$$, CS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Sumatra PDF (FREE, OS) Cloud storage clients: Dropbox (FREE, CS) Backup and Sync by Google (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially requires Windows 7 and up, thus Vista compatibility could break at any time. Remote access: Logmein Rescue Technician Console ($$$, CS) Splashtop Business Access ($$$, CS) Splashtop On-Demand Support ($$$, CS) Splashtop Remote Support ($$$, CS) Team Viewer (FREE, CS) Free for personal use; business use requires purchase of license. VNC Connect ($$$, CS, UNS) Requires modification of MSI installer to work (tutorial coming soon). Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time. VNC Viewer (FREE, CS, UNS) Requires modification of MSI installer to work (tutorial coming soon). Not officially supported, meaning compatibility with Vista could break at any time. Game distribution: Steam (FREE, CS) Console Emulators: Gamecube/Wii Emulators: Dolphin (FREE, OS, UNS) 64-bit only. Requires SP2 and Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (2017 required for latest Development releases). Platform Update is required for proper Direct3D support. PS2 Emulators: PCSX2 (FREE, OS) Optical disc media management software: Alcohol 120% ($$$, CS) AnyDVD HD ($$$, CS) CloneCD ($$$, CS) dBpoweramp: CD Ripper ($$$, CS) DVDFab ($$$, CS) Express Burn ($$$, CS) Express Rip ($$$, CS) Golden Records ($$$, CS) IMGBurn (FREE, CS) MagicDisc (FREE, CS) MagicISO ($$$, CS) MakeMKV ($$$, CS) Roxio Creator NXT 3 ($$$, CS) UltraISO ($$$, CS) WinCDEmu (FREE, CS) Outer space simulation software: Google Earth (FREE, CS) Outerra ($$$, CS) Space Engine (FREE, CS) 2D/3D Modeling software: Blender (FREE, OS) DreamPlan Home Design software ($$$, CS) MeshMagic ($$$, CS) Spin 3D Mesh Converter Software (FREE, CS) FTP clients: CuteFTP (FREE, CS) CyberDuck (FREE, OS) FileZilla (FREE, OS) Fling FTP ($$$, CS) FTP Voyager (FREE, CS) SmartFTP ($$$, CS) Total Commander (FREE, CS) WinSCP (FREE, OS) VPN Clients: HideMe VPN (FREE, CS) Logmein Hamachi (FREE, CS) TorGuard VPN (FREE, CS) Tunngle (FREE, CS) TunnelBear ($$$, CS) Instant messaging/internet communication: If you want to use Discord, you must use the web version. Desktop application doesn't work. TeamSpeak (FREE, CS) Telegram Desktop (FREE, OS) Trillian (FREE, CS) Skype (FREE, CS) Blogging: Open Live Writer (FREE, OS) File management: 7zip (FREE, OS) Doxillion File Converter ($$$, CS) Universal Extractor (FREE, OS) WinRAR ($$$, CS- Trial available) WinZip ($$$, CS) WinZip Command Line (FREE, CS) WinZip Courier ($$$, CS) WinZip Self-Extractor ($$$, CS) Virtual machines: Oracle VM VirtualBox (FREE, OS) Requires at least SP1 to be installed. SP2 recommended. Hardware identification and temperature management: CPU-Z (FREE, CS) GPU-Z (FREE, CS) HWMonitor (FREE, CS) Piriform Speccy (FREE, CS) SpeedFan (FREE, CS) Invoicing, finance, and business management: ClickCharts Diagram & Flowchart ($$$, CS) Copper Point of Sales ($$$, CS) Express Accounts ($$$, CS) Express Invoice ($$$, CS) FlexiServer Productivity & Attendance ($$$, CS) Inventoria Inventory ($$$, CS) MoneyLine Personal Finance ($$$, CS) Reflect CRM Customer Database ($$$, CS) Speech Recognition software: Express Dictate Digital Dictation Software ($$$, CS) Hard drive utilities: AOMEI Partition Assistant Lite (FREE, CS) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional ($$$, CS) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. AOMEI Partition Assistant - Server & Unlimited editions ($$$, CS) Supports both client & Server Windows versions (Windows 2000 and up). AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard (FREE, CS) For client versions of Windows (such as Vista) only. Windows Server operating systems (such as Server 2008) aren't supported. Diskeeper 16 Home Edition ($$$, CS) IOLO DriveScrubber ($$$, CS) SSD Tweaker; all editions ($$$ & FREE editions available, CS) Benchmarking and system stress-testing software: AIDA64, all editions ($$$, CS) GFXBench GL (FREE, CS, UNS) Officially requires Windows 7 or later, but works on Vista. Compatibility with Vista might break at any time. Passmark PerformanceTest ($$$, CS) 30 day evaluation available. Prime95 (FREE, CS) System management, cleanup, and analysis: Belarc Advisor (FREE, CS) BleachBit (FREE, OS) Comodo Cleaning Essentials (FREE, CS) IOLO Search and Recover ($$$, CS) IOLO System Mechanic Business ($$$, CS) Orion File Recovery ($$$, CS) Piriform CCleaner (FREE, CS) SpeedTest App (FREE, CS, UNS) Requires Windows 7 or later but unofficially works on Windows Vista. As such, compatibility with Vista could break at any time. Microsoft software: Microsoft Silverlight (FREE, CS) Microsoft Visual c++ Redistributable for Visual Studio (FREE, CS) System File Editors/viewers: Notepad++ (FREE, OS) Resource Hacker (FREE, CS)
  12. 8 points
    Don't afraid. It was just an ironic note, because of users asking the same things over and over again and they still expect some answer although it has been covered milliontimes.
  13. 8 points
    And what about this one? :-) http://glass8.eu/out/ModernFrame-2016-10-22.7z
  14. 8 points
    Update: Just finished a cut of a new RoundedCorners theme atlas that works with a .layout file - which means it will work with any version of Win 10 supported by Aero Glass for Win 8+. http://Noel.ProDigitalSoftware.com/ForumPosts/Win10/10586/RoundedCorners.zip Also works with 10586.164... -Noel
  15. 8 points
    Aero Glass BETA #506 So there is the first beta version intended for testing. Archive includes both 32bit and 64bit library. Just rename required version to DWMGlass.dll. Since the last experimental version, it contains many fixes to DWM internal structures and pointers and automatic theme layout remapping for TH2. Currently, it needs to be tested on Win10 TH2, Win10 TH1 and Win8.1, then we can think about entering the ready-to-release phase. http://glass8.eu/
  16. 8 points
    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.4 * Windows 10 10.0.10240 support* hardcoded symbol patterns for current version of DWM in Win8.1* added build numbering* hopefully fixed crash on device resource change* blur deviation setting partially influences Win10 blur accent too* lots of stability and performance fixes and code refactoring* added >>experimental<< module to enable glass frame on Win10 Modern apps - this requires secure boot to be off* added support for custom atlas layout, format: - each line has format "x;y;z=a,b,c,d" - x, y, z specify the part, its state and the property respectively - a, b, c, d specify position rectangle in atlas image (for z = 8002) or the part sizing/content margins (for z = 3601/3602) - see example layout file for description of individual part identifiers - see MSDN documentation of GetThemeRect and GetThemeMargins function for further information - line "CaptionHeight=n" allows you to change the size of caption buttons to "n" pixels - everything after # is considered to be the comment and is ignored * KNOWN WIN10 LIMITATION: - due to the way how Win10 composes windows frames, it is not possible to fully apply corner radius - for the same reason you can see blurred separation of window caption - it is not possible change inactive frame opacity separately
  17. 8 points
    Testing builds for Windows 10 build 9926+ are available on the website. Use this topic only to discuss Aero Glass things related to Win10 TP 9926+. These development builds are intended for testing purposes only and are designed for Windows 10 only. Do NOT try to use them on Win8.x. http://glass8.eu/win_future.html These development builds has not been tested at all and only debug builds for 32-bit and 64-bit are available.
  18. 8 points
    !!! EXPERIMENTAL TESTING BUILD ONLY - DO NOT USE ON YOUR PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT !!! This is a stability-testing debug build for 10240. It contains some internal changes, new features etc. but it is not fully finalized yet so I don't describe it now. The only intention is to test the stability now. (Win8-like atlas theme is distributed with it) http://glass8.eu Your donation does not turn any preview/alpha/beta/rc testing version into the full usable release without debugging means! !!! EXPERIMENTAL TESTING BUILD ONLY - DO NOT USE ON YOUR PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT !!!
  19. 8 points
    XP is the best at usability and everything after it is bloated crap.
  20. 7 points
    So new build and new thread. Latest build is here: Binaries are moved to here: (I'm lazy to edit all previous posts) https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/?sort=date&order=desc FAQ: Q: Can't play H264 clips? A: Download following packages for your browser edition(32bit/64bit) and extract DLLs to same place as palemoon.exe lives. 32bit LAV dlls are in separated package (extracted from K-Lite codec pack 13.5.5) https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/lav.7z Just in case if you have an older processor which has no SSE instruction set support: 32bit NoSSE (ffmpeg 3.3.1 lite build) https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/lav-dll-lite-mmx.7z 32bit No ASM (ffmpeg 3.3.1 lite build, if build above doesn't work on your processor) https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/lav-dll-lite-noasm.7z 64bit LAV dlls are in separated package (LAV Filters 64bit 0.70.2) https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/lav64.7z Q: VP9 Support? A: VP9 works if async MSE option is unchecked and "Enable MSE for WebM Video" checked in options. Q: Extensions/Themes not working after updating binaries. A: If you encounter extensions not show icon, clicking options button of extension causing browser unresponsive, etc. please try following actions: 1.a Killing palemoon.exe process 1.b Copy whole extensions folder out of profile folder (to somewhere else for example, desktop) 1.c Restart browser without restoring previous sessions 1.d Goto about:addons page 1.e Drop XPI files from the copied-out extensions folder to about:addonss page One-by-One. 1.f After all XPI files are dropped and installed/updated, restart browser Q: Virus detected? A: Tell your anti-virus program to exclude palemoon.exe and/or plugin-container.exe. Some anti-virus heuristic engines (for example symantec's sonar engine) is too sensitive to palemoon.exe/plugin-container.exe network activities. Q: Where's your patches for compiling my own? A: Please visit the link above "FAQ:". Latest source patch files are named "sources_patches_YYYYMMDD.7z" in that page. Q: How to change User Interface language? A: Please see this post: Q: Portable Loader? A: You can always use official portable launcher with my binaries, or you can use my simple portable loader written in NSIS: ------------------------------------- moebius/basilisk browser: ------------------------------------- K-Meleon browser with Goanna/Tycho engine: It has its own sub-forum in K-Meleon official forum! http://kmeleonbrowser.org/forum/list.php?19 Original cross-post is here: ----original post message belows---- Today's build with portable LAV libraries. Place LAV dlls (av*.dll) in same place as palemoon.exe lives. Official repo changes since my last build: -Clobber for Brotli/WOFF2 update -Fix some comments (no code change) -Enable Brotli content-encoding by default (https only). -Pull woff2 upstream update. -Update Brotli decompressor. My changes since my last build: - Upgrade Mozilla NSPR and NSS to 4.16 and 3.22 for (hopefully) faster AES operations 32bit: https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/palemoon-27.6.0a1.win32-git-20171002_2-e68ab5b3d-xpmod.7z 64bit: https://o.rthost.cf/palemoon/palemoon-27.6.0a1.win64-git-20171002_2-e68ab5b3d-xpmod.7z
  21. 7 points
    Most of us don't really need/use the WAIK to build our custom WinPE's. So there were always a problem to get the few tools like wimgapi, imagex or the WIM filter drivers. Attempts were made to use httpdisk to download files from inside the WAIK iso, but it was not a good solution as you still need to load hundreds of MB and it requires to install an unsigned driver. You even had to set your x64 Windows in testmode ... But now we came with a good solution: Our tool uses cURL winhttp functions provided by Homes32 to download only the needed bytes for the hugh WAIK ISO's. There is no need for admin rights and you only need to download 4-6 MB per choosen WAIK. GetWaikTools.zip (yes: always a link to the latest version, of course!). For command line: GetWaikTools -?
  22. 7 points
    Remember all the doom and gloom announced by tech sites all over, that Kaby Lake processors would be incompatible with Windows 7 and 8.1? http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-7-wont-work-intels-current-next-gen-cpus/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3112663/software/microsoft-made-em-do-it-the-latest-kaby-lake-zen-chips-will-support-only-windows-10.html Well... I managed to get my HP laptop with an Intel Core i7 7500U and Intel HD 620 GPU working, without a single warning symbol on Device Manager. It was a bit tricky though... I had to install the Kernel Mode Driver Framework and User Kernel Mode Driver Framework v1.1 updates, along with a pretty obscure hotfix released by Microsoft, to make Windows 7 support TPM 2.0. http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2012/11/windows6.1-kb2685811-x64_191e09df632b70fd4f4b27d4cb9227f7c5a1c98c.msu http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2012/11/windows6.1-kb2685813-x64_22a969bada171678b0936bb320e6a7778e8adc07.msu https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2920188/update-to-add-support-for-tpm-2.0-in-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2 There was no USB support after the fresh install, so I had to put the essential USB 3.0 drivers on a CD-RW I had laying around. Aside from that, Intel also really doesn't want you to install Windows 7 on their new platform... The GPU drivers were compatible with 7, but the HW IDs for the new iGPUs were exclusive to the Windows 10 part of the file. All I had to do was copy paste them to the 7/8.1 section, and it installed without any problem. Also, the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework drivers were only available for 10... Had to search the HW IDs on google to find older compatible versions. Now I should finish setting up the system, and see if I can get updates. Will report back
  23. 7 points
    Because of the UI and UX awfulness of Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, there have been many people who stayed on Windows 7. I hate stock Windows 8/8.1 very much but after intensive modification by third party apps, especially Classic Shell and others, it becomes somewhat acceptable. So I began comparing it to Windows 7 to evaluate if there were any actual improvements too that were worth upgrading to Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is still extremely awful to the point where it no longer remains an enjoyable experience for long due to forced updates, size of updates being hidden and Microsoft resetting what you have carefully set up every few months. Nevertheless, Windows after Windows 7 did have some improvements on the hardware experience side. I am trying to make such a list. I already moved to Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell and a dozen other third party apps to fix the awful software experience. On the hardware and software side, Windows 8.1 has the following benefits for me over Windows 7: - Windows Search in Windows 8.1 has the ability to include removable drives/folders on removable drives in the Search index/or in a Library and have them indexed! - Windows 8 introduces a new Solid Windows setup image format that uses LZMS compression. The resulting image install.esd is much smaller than install.wim - Memory Combining reduces the footprint of processes in the working environment - USB 3.0 support. Even though Windows 7 PCs do have USB 3.0 drivers, Windows 8.1 supports USB Attached SCSI protocol which makes UASP flash drives much faster than USB 3.0 on Windows 7. UASP with USB 3.0 is a significant speed boost over USB 2.0 while still maintaining compatibility with USB 2.0 devices. - USB Video Class 1.5 means your UVC webcam will work with inbox drivers and use H.264 compression - USB Type C connector with KB3103696 - Bluetooth Low Energy (LE)/Bluetooth SMART support means I can use devices like Bluetooth wireless mouse which supports the Bluetooth 4.0 LE standard or LE headsets. The batteries in these devices last for a long time. I began to use a Bluetooth 4 wireless mouse with 8.1 on my laptop and its single AA battery lasted one full year! Now that's amazing! This is something that was unexpected - a touch-centric OS like Windows 8/8.1 actually improving my MOUSE experience in Windows!! - 802.11ac. With a fast 802.11ac router, 2 PCs with PCIe/NVM Express SSDs, you get amazing WiFi speeds. (OK, after doing some testing on Windows 7, it turns out, as long as you have the right drivers installed under Windows 7 and an 802.11ac router, you will get the same faster than N speeds as Windows 8 on 7 as well. It's only that Windows 7 continues to report your radio as 802.11n.) - Offloaded Data Transfers for file copying - More WMI classes and PowerShell cmdlets - Miracast wireless streaming to a display which 8.1 supports (although you could also use Windows 7 with Intel WiDi or buy a Chromecast dongle). But Miracast in 8.1 lets you not only mirror your display wirelessly to the second display but also extend your desktop to it. Like a wireless multiple monitors solution! - Windows 8.1 supports external manifests for application executables ("PreferExternalManifest"=dword:00000001) without any side effects of Windows 7 like the Network icon breaking. This is important if you are using a High resolution/High DPI display because Microsoft f***ed up DPI scaling with Windows 7. I wrote an article "How to fix apps that look small on high DPI and high resolution displays" but the modications in it requires the PreferExternalManifest Registry key to be set which works correctly only on Windows 8.1, not on 7). - The DPI scaling engine in Windows 8.1 loads much earlier than Windows 7 so apps which load at startup are scaled properly - Windows 8.1 has better WinSxS cleanup using Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase - Besides the good old SFC /scannow, Windows 8.1 has the ability to repair the Component Store itself using: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth. Also its servicing stack is self-healing, it recovers from component corruption vs 7's stack which requires fixes from Windows Update like running CheckSUR - Chkdsk Spotfix ability - Client Hyper-V (although I was a fan of Virtual PC too, but VirtualBox is a good replacement for Virtual PC, except for running legacy Windows OSes) - Most issues on the software side were resolved for me by using third party apps - Classic Shell, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, Classic Task Manager, Equalizer APO, Google Chrome, Everything Search, PerigeeCopy, OldNewExplorer, FileSearchEX, VistaSwitcher, Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, and reinstating Sidebar Gadgets, Classic Games, classic MSConfig, various tray applet fixes, ERUNT, AutoHotkey, EasyBCD, UxStyle plus this theme, WindowsFirewallControl etc - All the Metro crap uninstalled, default programs set to Win32 apps, Group Policies to disable crap like OneDrive, Bing Search and Customer Experience Improvement Program, it is OK. - DOZENS of Registry fixes to make it work like the way I want - more like Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 so Windows 8.1 is now a pleasant and stable experience!! - Media Center is missing but I got a new LG TV which has far better DVR recording features using modern compression and takes the load off the PC. If you don't have another piece of hardware that does DVR and home theatre, try Kodi. It is in my opinion superior to Media Center in many ways. - Aero Glass project is there if you miss Aero. Personally I don't miss Aero's transparencies any more. I prefer this theme instead with makes the taskbar's active button of the foreground (focused) window very clear and easy to understand. From a usability perspective, I find the Windows 8 theme is uglier compared to Windows 7 but the visual cues are better. For example, it is easier to tell the active window due to the use of solid colors in the title bar compared to transparencies. The baby blue selection color in context menus is also more visible in the Windows 8 theme vs Windows 7. - Classic Shell can completely skin its Start menu and the taskbar in any OS on Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 so the taskbar appearance too is fixable. - Windows 8.1 has great performance as a virtualized guest OS due to DWM compositing being hardware accelerated/Advanced Rasterization Platform vs Windows 7 in a VM (even with WDDM drivers). Windows 10 is again horribly slow in a VM due to excessive use of managed code/.NET in the Explorer shell. Windows 10 has the following benefits over Windows 8.1: - RemoteFX vGPU in Client Hyper-V (although VirtualBox is faster, more useful for me) - Windows Spotlight (although the Lockscreen Slideshow of 8.1 is just as good) - Miracast receiving ability in Anniversary Update and later (but an app called MirrorOp does the same for earlier versions of Windows) - DLNA Streaming of YouTube and other web videos to DLNA compatible TVs using Microsoft Edge and Windows Media Player (I haven't been able to find any decent 3rd party app to DLNA stream to TVs that works as well as Windows 10's built-in streaming). But in Windows 10, mostly I find cheap gimmicky features like Cortana and more of the silly Metro stuff forced on us! We have a broken updating mechanism now that abuses your internet bandwidth, changes things on your PC however it wants, whenever it wants, downloads unwanted crap from the Store, shows annoying nags. Action Center is just one more headache to manage and clear all the notifications after reading them. Lots of stuff happening behind the scenes which I cannot control. Even if I can control updates somewhat by setting my Wifi to metered, I have no idea how big they are, what exactly are they going to change because many of the changes are undocumented, and so many of my customized tweaks get reset. Updates take a hell lot of time to download and install compared to the little value they add. This is a complete deal-breaker. And then the UI which is still a disaster. For me, Windows 10 is a very strong case of negatives overwhelmingly outweighing any positives. Given the extremely intrusive nature of Windows 10, it is not suitable for serious use on a business/enterprise class PC. I can think of no good reason to use it for now. Windows 8/8.1 on the other hand whose childish UI and Metro silliness killed it has now evolved because great hardware is available and the f***ED up software side is fixed by third party apps. Do you have any good reasons on the hardware side to "upgrade" to Windows 10? The software changes in Windows 10 are already AWFUL with silly features like Store, Cortana, ugly and silly Metro/UWP apps, totally crap visual style and graphics, slow bloated .NET code in the shell, Windows Update nonsense, Telemetry crap, Tablet mode/Touch UI infecting more parts of Windows destroying the mouse/keyboard usability, GarbEdge being worse than IE. Discuss. UPDATE: Update size is also a big factor affecting my experience due to slow internet. It has ballooned tremendously for Windows 8.1 (updates are up to 100 MB or more) compared to Windows 7 (less than 50 MB). Don't even ask about Windows 10 where monthly updates are 500 MB to several GBs!!!!. I cannot download such huge updates every month just to keep Windows secure, simply do not have the bandwidth. Windows 10 is out of the question forever.
  24. 7 points
    Here are updates lists for Office 2013 SP1. The service packs are language specific. The updates are language neutral. office2013-sp1-x86.ulz office2013-sp1-x64.ulz
  25. 7 points
    Of course, I'm aware that the current model cannot fit anyone but any model never will. At the beginning, I didn't expect so great interest in my piece of software, so I didn't want to spend time with developing some complex licensing model and I just used simple code (which I had already developed and tested before) to have at least some benefits for individual donations. Because users were complaining that it is not so good to have a key locked to HW, I did a helpful step and have allowed to deactivate and generate a new key once a time. I believe that this must fit to the majority users and it is shown that only a few users criticize this. Sure, I could change this model completely but why to do it, when these rare situations are just artificial? Such users do not need the special license at all and they only use their plastic situation to criticize... just ask - how many users will ever need to change HDD/SSD twice a day and will require Aero Glass license just to test disk functionality? Also, there is some criticism about forcing donations and guessing the minimum amount. So, nobody forces anyone to donate, nobody forces anyone to use my software - if you don't like my model then simply do not use my software, nobody is forcing you. Also, guessing the minimum amount is not true - as I said many times - if you don't limit your donation to extreme small value (e.g. 0.001 €), you will get a key for any value. And if still talking about guessing then you should probably look at my website and you can see that there are value hints. So, no guessing but exact values are provided. And the last thing, the most criticism is in a form "I would buy this software but I don't like its licensing model so I will rather use a crack". So I am asking - if such user is really interested in buying my software why don't he contact me directly but he rather spends his time with waiting for and searching for a crack and then criticising (mostly in vulgar form) ? My answer - such user is not interested in buying at all, he would crack it regardless the licensing model and he just need some excuse why he uses the crack... and also my opinion is that the real reason for complaining is that there is still no usable crack for my software.
  26. 7 points
    Please, do not post PM content publicly! It could get you banned! And the first new speciality - since now, every donator can theoretically generate almost infinite number of keys! Just one condition applies to avoid abusing this: * The number of concurrent keys is still limited to your donation value but you can deactivate any of the keys when you need (e.g. change your hardware or something). Then you have to wait for 30 days before you can activate new machine code. I believe you will appreciate this new feature despite this small limitation.
  27. 7 points
    I am finally after my holiday and the weather is weird here, so I will have some free time which I can spare on Aero Glass development. You can look forward to some specialities such as performance improvements, important security fixes, completed GUI application and more. If you have any special requests which you think should be included in Aero Glass, feel free to write it here :-)
  28. 7 points
    AERO GLASS for Win8.1 1.2.5 * hardcoded symbol patterns for Win8.1 Spring2014 update * some minor fixes * added setup option to adjust access permissions for those who don't know how to set them on their own.
  29. 6 points
    A remote code execution vulnerability was patched this month in Equation Editor, an Office component (CVE-2017-11882 | Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability, Description of the security update for 2007 Microsoft Office Suite: November 28, 2017). Official patches are available only for Office 2007 and higher, but since it's a standalone component that hasn't changed since the year 2000, and Microsoft has simply applied a binary patch to the executable and resigned it, you can also use this patch with Office 2000, XP and 2003. NOTE: KB4011604 was initially released as KB4011276 for English and Chinese only. If you've already installed KB4011276, you don't need to install KB4011604, the Equation Editor payloads are byte-for-byte identical. If you prefer a statement from Microsoft (from the CVE link above): "Customers who have already installed the previously-released updates (4011276 or 2553204) do not need to take any further action." If you don't use Equation Editor, instead of updating it, you might want to remove it from your computer altogether. (Even if you don't have it installed right now, since it defaults to Installed on First Use, it's a good idea to explicitly deselect it in the Office installer.) Go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs, locate your Office 2000/XP/2003 installer and choose the Change option, then pick Add or Remove Features when the installer launces. Find Equation Editor in the component tree. The exact location may differ depending on your Office version, in my case (Office XP) it was under Office Tools. To disable its installation, or remove it from your computer if already installed, mark it as Not Available and complete the update. You should no longer have an Equation folder under (typically) C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared. If you do use Equation Editor, you'll have to update it manually. (Trying to run the installer, it'll just tell you that you don't have an applicable product installed.) To do this, you'll be needing 7-zip (or a similarly versatile unpacker). Get the patch either as an EXE installer from the Download Center (English; other languages direct links by @Bersaglio) or a CAB file from WU/Catalog (English) . Right-click on the downloaded file and choose to open it with 7-zip. (EXE only) Select [0], right-click, Open Inside. Select eqnedt32-[your-language].msp (e.g. eqnedt32-en-us.msp), right-click, Open Inside. Select PATCH_CAB, right-click, Open Inside. Extract EQNEDT32.EXE_[numeric language code] (e.g. EQNEDT32.EXE_1033) to a location of your choice and remove the numeric part from the file name, leaving you with EQNEDT32.EXE. Copy this file to your Equation Editor folder, (typically) at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Equation, replacing the old EQNEDT32.EXE in there. (If you like, you can make a copy of the old version, but you can always restore it later by re-running the Office installer.) To make sure everything is kosher now, check EQNEDT32.EXE properties. The version should show 2017.8.14.0. (Note that if you use the Office installer in the future to change installed components or repair your installation, it may put back the old EQNEDT32.EXE and you'll have to manually replace it again.)
  30. 6 points
    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ 1.5.3 * hardcoded symbols patterns up to build 14393.953 * fixed caption misalignment when glow effect is disabled * added option to draw caption centered (HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM: CenterCaption (DWORD 0x0 / 0x1)) - if glow effect is enabled and caption is set to be centered, the glow effect will be drawn over whole frame width - do NOT report it as the bug! * changed IAT hooks initialization order * enable SeDebugPrivilege in aerohost process
  31. 6 points
    I am sorry I have been gone for so long everybody, but I'm back now, hopefully for good. I had a death in the family, and it tolled on me extremely, along with some complicated projects outside of computing, as well as being locked out of my main building machine. I now have some more free time on my hands, and I recently picked up an old laptop that I could dedicate to building and testing on. I can't promise when I could get a build out, but work will be done slowly but surely. I have to get re-oriented with the code and build process, and where I left off. I haven't read the thread since I left, but I will tonight and answer any of your questions and concerns. Again, I am sorry that it took so long for me to work on this project, I really wish that I didn't fall off the radar like I did, but I'm back.
  32. 6 points
    A Start Menu and other amazing apps like OldNewExplorer etc can fully fix Windows 7 or 8.1, but they cannot fix the atrocities of Windows 10. Windows 10 is an OS fundamentally designed to mess up your setup. Candy Crush and other crap auto installing without asking, ads in File Manager and other places, shilling MS apps to the user even after the user has set his defaults, using bandwidth without permission to download or share updates, taking an abnormally long time to do updates, wasting the user's time at logon and logoff with configuring huge updates, randomly breaking and uninstalling things people are using with updates that nobody asked for, overriding hardware configurations with forced driver changes, and countless other things. It is evil. P.S. And I didn't even mention the SIZE of typical updates which is so completely out of control that they hid it from the UI so the user would never know how much data he is downloading to his PC and what a bandwidth waste this OS is. Edit: Cleaned up language. Thank you! -Tommy
  33. 6 points
    Your guess is as good as mine. It's been over six weeks since the Creators Update has been available and at least 3 weeks since Bigmuscle said 'very soon' in another thread to the availability of a version compatible with rs2. I know from Noel who has received an experimental version that BM has worked on this and more or less had a version that worked well. Why he has not distributed anything to his donors or the public is, again, anybody's guess. I hope all is well with him and that he's not in any predicament that prevents him from doing his work. I suppose we have no choice but to wait for a version or for some news regarding BM.
  34. 6 points
    Yes. I have successfully installed the following (post-Vista EOL) Server 2008 updates in Windows Vista (SP2, x64): KB4020535 KB4019206 KB4019204 KB4019149 KB4018927 KB4018556 KB4018885 KB4018821 KB4018466 KB4018271 Screenshot: http://prntscr.com/f602cl From my testing, the following updates did NOT work on Windows Vista: KB4018196 (Displays "Not applicable to your system" message) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for May 2017 (Not compatible with your OS error message) So it looks like Vista will be good to go until 2020, with the exception of a few updates here and there. I also must note that I didn't try any updates related to .NET Framework, as I couldn't figure out how to obtain them. Alright @greenhillmaniac, it's time to make that Server 2008-Vista repository
  35. 6 points
    Blurred fonts problem in FF 52.x ESR can be easely solved: type about:config in address bar, press Enter, press "I'll be careful, I promise!" button, search for gfx.content.azure.backends variable and change it from direct2d1.1,skia,cairo to direct2d1.1,cairo (remove skia). Then restart Firefox.
  36. 6 points
    Windows 10 is the crappiest crap of all crap. I've seen such extreme bul***** in the OS in the last 2.5 years that I will stay away from it for the next 100 years at least. It's an epic failure of good software engineering. Parts of it are very poorly architected/designed and the UI is worse than Windows 95, and even worse than Windows 8. The reliability, stability, quality, value it delivers, ease of use, features - everything about Windows 10 is outrageously bad and completely worthless, lacking in substance. For those who cannot judge its quality and cannot see its massive flaws, I saw tough luck. You are stupid and you might have a weird obsession to stay on the "latest" OS no matter how bad it is, and nobody can fight that if you've made up your mind to ignore its deal-breaking flaws. The worst is yet to come. Windows 10 will only get worse from here on as it destroys everything that truly made the PC great. Microsoft will remove more features and value than what they are adding, and they will change it into a perpetual expensive subscription. You'll experience MASSIVE troubles CONTINUOUSLY with Windows 10 - it goes against the fundamental principle of software which is that it should stable, trustworthy, reliable and productive in the long term. Now at this point, end of Microsoft support also means nothing to me. So I will continue to run Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell for as long as I can. Windows is secure enough now that security patches ending won't cause your PC to get hacked unless you run unknown apps from untrusted sources. It's just a tactic that Microsoft uses to scare everyone. In fact I am willing to take that 1 in a billion chance that my PC will get hacked because of a security vulnerability. That is lesser of the two evils, the one option being extorted by Microsoft perpetually with ridiculous changes that you can't say no to. Microsoft will bleed you dry without offering any additional value, and while secretly eliminating what you paid for. The driver model hasn't changed between Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 so it will be possible to run Windows 8.1 for a very, very, very long time. Even NVMe SSDs have native drivers in Windows 8.1. USB 3.1 - yep. Bluetooth Low Energy. Yep 8.1 supports. Miracast? Yep. There hasn't been any hardware technology evolution or revolution big enough to require the dreadful abomination called Windows 10. No amount of Registry tweaking, configuring and tuning can fix the awfulness of updates in Windows 10. Updates that should have been 10 MB in size are 1 GB and are constant. To hide from the user how awfully bloated they are, Microsoft no longer shows their size so the user remains cluelessly deceived. Updates reset your customized stuff and completely kill your productivity. Updates also impact internet bandwidth when downloading and affect your PC performance while they slowly install. Updates will wear out your SSD with tons of unnecessary writes. Whoever worked on the updating stack should never again be allowed to touch a computer, let alone code. They should be sent back to the college or university they came from to learn efficient coding from scratch again. Until then, all their degrees and qualifications should be taken away. I haven't seen anything worse in 30 years of computing than Windows 10 updates. UI inconsistences have increased 100 times more in Windows 10 vs 8.1. Settings and notification area Metro s*** is all over the place. For example, there are 3 Defender UIs: (see this image: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C28Xt4gXcAEf0c4.jpg:large ) AND a tray icon and weekly Action Center notifications! Action Center is a badly design notification UI straight from hell to constantly bug and annoy you. On the other hand, Windows 8.1 with the addition of Classic Shell is largely like Windows 7. You don't even have to ever see or use the dreadful Metro UI in Windows 8 except for a few areas like the Network flyout/tray pane. Whereas in Windows 10, the extremely crappily designed UI has infected all the parts of the OS. Everywhere, silly dumb undecipherable icons are used instead of text and everything is hidden behind hamburger menus that require more clicks. More classic Win32 desktop apps are replaced by extremely dumbed down Metro crap. There is no more any concept like usability, productivity or efficiency of doing things. Windows 8.1 is the fastest out of Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 in my benchmarks. Also besides synthetic performance, Windows 10 has real-world UI sluggishness issues due to use of managed code in the UI/graphical shell. Plus, it is unstable and breaks on its own. It also has loads of unnecessary crap which cannot be uninstalled, fully disabled and continues to take loads of memory. It also comes back when you do updates. So Windows 10 has severely regressed in several core areas: 1. Updates (or the way the OS is serviced) which affects user productivity and long-term stability and desired configuration 2. User interface which has pathetic usability. The entire UWP/Metro UI control stack should be canceled and something better based on modified Win32 controls for touch should be built. Making the controls usable still won't fix their awful design and broken underpinnings of UWP and of most apps though 3. Poor performance due to use of managed code in the OS unlike fast, low footprint native code (C++) I think those who say Windows 10 is actually better than 8.1 or 7 don't have any understanding of operating systems and therefore cannot see just how bad it is. They have no idea of the crap they are accepting. What can I say - ignorance is bliss. Windows 10 is unbearable for me so I never use it. I refuse to use such a junk piece of software, so it's 8.1 for me unless there is really something useful added in Windows 10 in the future. But Microsoft has run out of great ideas and innovation. They only add useless gimmicky fluff now that is of no value to me. Most of their "ideas" are copied from competitors, and since there is no long-term continuity or guarantee of any feature staying around, their software suddenly becomes completely worthless for me - because you paid for some commitment and now they're backing off that commitment - it's an epic breach of trust. Spending money on such crap would be the biggest mistake ever. Plus anything that requires the cloud or interacts so much with the cloud gets a big thumbs down from me. I will never use it because their grand plan is to hold everyone hostage as they pull off any kind of random meaningless changes FORCIBLY to make themselves rich while offering nothing new really that is of significant value or use to you. Again, it's a violation of trust and reduction in value in the "improved" version. I will wait till the new Microsoft CEO gets fired - you know, the id*** who cannot even understand that operating systems should be an offline but occasionally connected-product, not a cloud-first service.
  37. 6 points
    These builds are not intended for normal usage, they are just builds of my current working state. They may or may not work. They may contain features which may or may not be pushed in the final release. If you don't know how to install it then do NOT ask, because these builds are intended for very advanced users only which should already be familiar with the installation procedure. These are DEBUG builds only, they display watermark, they display debugging console and they display debug warning on startup. They may require debugging symbols for proper function. Do NOT use them if you do NOT want this or you cannot accept that these builds are experimental only. ------ Build #631, 64 bit Designed for Windows 10 build 14393 The main intention of this build is to test stability and various multi-monitor setups. Build #639, 64 bit Designed for Windows 10 build 14393 Fixed DLL injection when system boots up too fast Fixed optimization of dirty regions Changed the way how it deals with colorization settings: * AccentColor (DWORD 0xFFBBGGRR) - color of active window frame * AccentColorInactive (DWORD 0xFFBBGGRR) - color of inactive window frame * GlassOpacity (DWORD, default: 68) - amount of glass opacity (0-100) or amount of blur blend with the background (10-100, see following settings) * EnableBlurBlend (DWORD 0 or 1) - 0 (default) means that blurred background is just overlaid with the AccentColor using the specified opacity; 1 means that the AccentColor is blended together with the background color using the specified opacity (the main difference is just the formula for putting blur and AccentColor together) Old ColorizationXXX settings values are ignored, because Win10 build 14393 always reset them to default under certain circumstances. There still can appear some random rare glitches. Build #652, 64 bit Designed for Windows 10 build 14393 Fixed optimization of overlapped dirty regions Fixed data sharing between more drawings in one pass Includes new experimental ModernFrame.dll Build #668, 64 bit Designed for Windows 10 build 14393 Fixed occlusion management for overlapped dirty regions Build #669 - Pre-release, 64 bit Designed for Windows 10 build 14393 Same as #668 but compiled as release build Requires sign in to your profile http://glass8.eu/beta
  38. 6 points
    Isn't it a great feeling? Keep doing it, and you'll come to crave it. Soon you'll start to experience actual pain when you try to think, and especially when you try to not spend money at the App Store... --- Okay, in all seriousness, why is the "Metered Connection Trick" still a thing? There is a direct way, after all... Run gpedit.msc. Navigate into Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update. Set the Configure Automatic Updates entry to Disabled. As an alternative if you don't have gpedit.msc, my little application tweaks the registry setting. -Noel
  39. 6 points
    I've checked out that Windows Update MiniTool and here are my observations: - Windows 10 still supports controlling Windows Update via APIs. It's only the default behavior that has been set to auto-download, hide download size, auto install updates. So the UI and end user control over it is crippled but programmatic control still remains. - Windows Update MiniTool does precisely that. It doesn't download the updates itself, its tells the WU and Background Intelligent Transfer Service which start behaving themselves once the right API functions are called Nor does WU minitool have to maintain its own server or do any update checks on its own. It just calls the various APIs in Windows 10 to restore control to the end user. So if the Settings app in Windows 10 is showing that an update is being downloaded, WU MiniTool can easily interrupt it and stop it. You can see the size of updates once again, download selected updates as you want, install only a few ones, block the ones, hide some of them (which that Microsoft troubleshooter also lets you do because it uses the WU API). - The left side UI of WU MiniTool is poor with only cryptic icons that don't make it easy to understand. I've requested its author to put text labels below the icon-only UI. Also, Windows Update MiniTool's UI is not as polished as the UI of the real WU in Windows 7/8.1 which shows the downloaded MB, shows which update it is installing etc etc. - If you use Windows 10 Enterprise Edition for example and use WU MiniTool, then you should be able to gain full control of Windows Update once again. I don't know if you can turn off the annoying full screen notifications though that "Required updates need to be downloaded". - Telemetry can be completely turned off/defeated by modifying the hosts file yourself and using Windows Firewall or using tools like Spybot Anti-Beacon (and dozens of others) which not only block telemetry servers but also turns off the processes/services that collect this info. - This doesn't change the fact that Windows 10 still: -- Is a POS crap OS -- Hardly delivers anything of value to serious users -- Make the touch experience worse in some ways from even Windows 8 -- Has tons of regressions -- Is constantly changing, like a beta, constantly under construction, constantly wasting the user's time, resetting tons of settings, app defaults, having to reconfigure everything all over again. it's essentially a waste of time, malware, nagware, annoyware, adware, everything s***ty rolled into one OS -- Removes a lot of valuable functionality of Windows XP/7 and even 8 -- Has tons of bugs, serious broken issues and regressions which Microsoft will never fix -- Even if you are a huge fan of Apps and App Stores, you will find Android does everything more intuitively -- Completely ruins the desktop PC experience, and mars whatever little trust I had in Microsoft -- Has a UI so awful that I feel like rage quitting computers -- Whatever features it has are poorly coded, very poorly done, of little value and consume a lot of memory, numerous unnecessary and extraneous processes. -- Essentially by "upgrading" to Windows 10, you essentially concede all control back to Microsoft to abuse you and do whatever the hell they want with YOUR PC, going against the principle of opposing just a hostile and customer-screwing operating system Still, in the worse case scenario, if Windows 10 is ever forced on you because everyone else was stupid enough to "upgrade" to this POS, then Windows Update MiniTool will take out the biggest pain point of Windows 10: forced updates. As for forced drivers, there is already a Group Policy introduced in Anniversary Update to turn off driver update via Windows Update: http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-turn-off-driver-updates-in-windows-update-in-windows-10/ However the argument remains - WHY should you have to do all this and still be at Microsoft's mercy when you can continue using the far more problem-free Windows 7, 8.1 or the venerable Windows XP?
  40. 6 points
    There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger"! He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.
  41. 6 points
    I have been thinking about Windows 10 and its 'apps' lately, and I recently came to a conclusion: this is just history repeating itself. In the 90s, Microsoft wanted to dethrone Win32 with ActiveX, Active Desktop and embedded IE engines. Some developers bought into the hype and released their new ActiveX-inspired software, but most just kept using Win32 like they have been always doing. Shortly after, Active Desktop was killed off and ActiveX is on its last legs, while win32 is still around. I see the same thing happening with Metro, right now it's the "in" thing and the "trendy" devs are using it, while all the developers that produce software that actually gets work done are still using the tried-and-true Win32. I can predict the same thing will happen to Metro in the near future. Whenever it isn't trendy anymore, people will stop using it, while the real applications will still be using win32, and rightfully so.
  42. 6 points
    We are approaching build #150 soon... New experimental debug build #149 can be downloaded on my website. Now, 64-bit only. What's new? Mainly stability fixes but I added two experimental features you can play with: - you can change caption buttons size by putting line "CaptionHeight=XXX" into your atlas layout file (it influences both width and height, separate change is not possible!) - you can force DWM to accept system metrics on windows frames in SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\DWM by setting value ForceSystemMetrics to 0x1 (DWORD) - by setting ForceSystemMetrics values to > 1, you can modify frame margins
  43. 6 points
    1.1.6 http://tihiy.net/files/OldNewExplorer.rar - Fixed deadlocks ONE needs more love; will do
  44. 6 points
    You're welcome. Okay, I can't take very much of the credit at all as I didn't write the code, but I HAVE been diligently over on Ivo's forum asking him nicely to make sure to support Aero Glass. To each his own. Dhjohns likes to prod (and so do I). I greatly prefer Classic Shell over what Microsoft has done. You might say that "choosy motherxxxxxschoose Classic Shell". Between Classic Shell, Aero Glass, UxThemeSignatureBypass, ModernFrame, some theme graphics replacements, and a little luck maybe might actually get Win 10 halfway nice to look at again. -Noel
  45. 6 points
    BETA 2 Obligatory download link: https://s3.amazonaws...sPlus_setup.exe What's hot in beta 2: - You can disable resource hogging XAML beasts ShellExperienceHost.exe and SearchUI.exe from pre-launching. This setting should be harmless as they will be started as needed (when you use Cortana, Network/Volume/Battery/Action Center/Start menu flyouts) - Terminate modern apps with close button setting is reinstated I have mixed results if modern apps suspend themselves when closed on Win10 - Obligatory bugfixes and improvements for newer Win10 builds
  46. 6 points
    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ v1.3 v1.3.1 New version of Aero Glass for Win8.1 has been released today. This is recommended update for everyone who takes Aero Glass usage seriously. For the complete list of changes see my website (this list is still being updated, because there are many changes and I cannot remember all of them, so it may take some time to recollect them). The symbol patterns are currently hardcoded up to DWM builds 9600.17415, 9841, 9860 and 9879. http://www.glass8.eu
  47. 6 points
    StartIsBack+ 1.7 beta http://www.startisback.com/StartIsBackPlus_setupBETA.exe - WindowBlinds support! Don't use WindowBlinds.
  48. 6 points
    UPDATE: StartIsBack +1.6.2 http://www.startisback.com/#download-tab
  49. 5 points
    Ok, OT but still relevant, the good MS guys made a mess of the managing of the (in itself already stupid enough) SecureBoot lock on RT devices: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/10/microsoft_secure_boot_ms16_100/ As expected (it had to happen before or later) the Secure Boot Debug Policy was leaked with the consequence that many Surface RT's (and similar Windwos RT devices) can be finally made free to boot *whatever*. This is actually good news for the (very few) morons gullible users microsoft trusting customers that bought for a rather steep price only a couple years ago a device that can ONLY run an OS that isn't developed anymore and will be not supported starting 2017 or 2018. BUT it clearly shows (had it not be self-evident enough) that: 1) EFI/UEFI is confirmed to be a stupid way to boot a machine 2) provisions in it are - besides stupid and stupidly implemented - a theoretical only mish-mash that fails in practice, because people are humans and they do mistakes 3) the theoretical idea of a "golden key" or "master key" for *whatever* is as secure as the mindset of the people possessing it, and since they are humans, it will leak (it is just a matter of time) 4) these are the same people you give your data to, believing they will keep it secure, when they cannot even manage properly their own stuff jaclaz
  50. 5 points
    ++1.0 Hooray! No notable changes from RC2.
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