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  1. There are multiple updates available, but the last time I checked there were more, and I didn't install any of them back then. Also the size of this July update is atypically big.
  2. Checking for Win81 updates, I think I see now less updates available than the last time I checked (without applying), 3 weeks ago. An atypically big one, at 100MB+, is KB3172614 "July 2016 update rollup". I thought Microsoft's new all-in-one update strategy for Win7/8 starts October. Am I missing something? Apparently we're already in the new age of forced all-or-nothing updating. Are there already 3rd party tools to completely disable/disarm/modify Microsoft's telemetry mechanisms in Win8?
  3. Oh. Thanks. @blackwingcat: How is it related to the MSE updates?
  4. dencorso, thanks. But I thought, just in case newer updates include updated DLLs that might be found to have some issues on XP, I should keep the last official XP update around. Else, I'll just extract the MS SFX manually. heinoganda, where's that update downloader (I assume) from? I prefer MSE to other AV software. Less overbearing, and I trust MS more not to ruin the OS. If not that, my sole AV software would be VirusTotal. :)
  5. Anyone got a link to the latest update EXE that can be installed on XP without manual extraction?
  6. That'd odd. Maybe the forum dislikes 7z? Though it was downloaded once. Anyway, I put it also here: Oh. Oops. A web search came up empty.
  7. Thanks for the info. Too bad people have to jump through hoops to do simple things.
  8. I've no idea why MS would introduce new formats, or what might be the technical differences. For all I know ESD might stand for "Extended Surveillance Data" and is a ploy to add even more "telemetry points". It's just something I was randomly curious about and couldn't find a clear answer in 5 minutes of searching and reading. It has no immediate relevance to me so for now I guess I'll remain ignorant on topic.
  9. I did. A quick search didn't find a quick and clear technical explanation. I thought forum members might be able to explain what's the idea in a line or two.
  10. Is that a Microsoft format for a compressed WIM, or just encrypted? Why was a new format needed at all?
  11. What does Task Manager show?
  12. I'm not sure if you end up with a nice and clean ISO, but maybe one of these: ISO images are available too from Microsoft, but I'm not sure if there's an easy way to get them without an MSDN subscription. You would still have to install updates, but far less. The latest ISOs are from 12/2014.
  13. BTW, maybe you should apply 3080149, as it does the following: Though, not sure why it should try to connect anywhere at all if CEIP is disabled.
  14. Win8 is not Win10. If you have a normal variant (non-KMS, etc.), why should it require reactivation all of the sudden? And in the unlikely case it does, it's not like it's going to boot into "Choose boot action: [1] Update to Win10 [2] Format all drives (default: [1], booting in 3 seconds)". You could just take corrective actions from within Windows.