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Windows 10 Insider Build 10558 Leaked

Microsoft continues to improve its latest Windows 10 OS. Insiders can get this release of Windows build 10558, so can you. I don’t know why people bother to try system which works 0.03% better than the old one 10240 (besides this is subjective!), but OK.

Here’s a list of improvements:

  • new version of Microsoft Edge
  • new Messaging and Skype Video apps
  • Find my device settings using GPS/location info
  • Edge browser tab preview
  • New Registry Editor icon
  • Spotlight feature for Enterprise Users
  • Install apps to external storage
  • Dark UI in Messaging app
  • Safe to remove (USB drives) icon in system tray
  • updated icons for Control Panel

The build syntax is:
MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.10.CLIENTPRO-CORE.TH2.10558.X64.OEMRET.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
10558.0.150928-1738.TH2_RELEASE_CLIENTPRO-CORE_OEMRET_X64FRE_EN-US

Image below courtesy of Wzor

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 10558

Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Build 10558 by Wzor

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Privacy and Windows 10 — Unsupported Statement of Microsoft

Only a lazy guy have not commented on Windows 10 privacy “issues” yet. Here’s what Terry Myerson has to say on it in his Microsoft blog to defend his company point: “With Windows 10, information we collect is encrypted in transit to our servers, and then stored in secure facilities.”

Well, look at this video:

As you can see it is possible to decrypt the information sent. If it is easy for a regular user, it must be easy for hackers in general.

Here’s some instruction with walk-through video from winsupersite on Windows 10 privacy settings.

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OneNote 2016 Annoyance. A permanent sorry about cleaning up.

My transfer to Microsoft Office 2016, that has been recently released, has failed. The trouble is OneNote 2016 functionality. It keeps showing the message: “We’re sorry. OneNote is cleaning up from the last time it was open. Please wait.” Although it is actually working OK after, this message is very annoying, and I could not stand it, neither could my wife :(

OneNote 2016 error

I have MS Windows 10 build 10240. Office version was Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x86 (I also tried Office_2016_16_0_4266_1003_x64 without success).

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Windows 10 Insider Preview

Like Microsoft says, if “you think BIOS is a plant-based fuel, this program may not be right for you.” For everyone else it is very worth trying new Windows 10 for PC thru Microsoft Insider Program. This is a prerelease software, so be careful and use it at your risk, timely backup never hurt anyone.

Download links:

Product key: 6P99N-YF42M-TPGBG-9VMJP-YKHCF
 
Editions Link to download SHA-1 hash value
Editions

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x64) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (3.78 GB)

SHA-1 hash value

E354B44994B46FB7CDC295FA1F075D9F95FECEA8

Editions

Windows 10 Insider Preview (x86) – Build 10074

Link to download

 Download (2.77 GB)

SHA-1 hash value

563FFADAE3577E7AD0E1CB61BEF58D48A17A9D91

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Public Office 2016 Preview from Microsoft

Microsoft has released new Office 2016 package for everyone interested.

https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview

Product key for the Office 2016 Preview:
NKGG6-WBPCC-HXWMY-6DQGJ-CPQVG

Download links:
Get Office 2016 Preview (32 bit)
Get Office 2016 Preview (64 bit)

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Windows 10 Technical Preview — Good for Everyone

WIndows 10 TP

Courtesy of Microsoft 2014

I did not like the first release of Windows 8, I changed my mind with 8.1 update, and I’m happy with Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9841, because now it is all about desktop (when we talk about PC) and things look good. I understand it could be buggy, but I’m not afraid to be a bit vulnerable. Besides, it runs smoothly and I can do whatever I used to do before without a glitch. Of course, it is a prerelease software, and as Miscrosoft warns “trying out an early build like this can be risky. […] don’t install the preview on your primary home or business PC. Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything.”

So, please make an extra backup if you choose to install it.

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Flaw in OneNote 2013 [fixed]

irrelevant logo Apple WWDC

This picture is irrelevant here, but I don’t want to advertise Microsoft products anymore.

I’m greatly disappointed with Windows 8 and Office 2013. I bought both and I want my money back. The key issue with Windows — I cannot stand new ugly interface. It is the first time I have no desire to hack this windows release. As for new Office 2013, it holds me from doing essential things. There is a big unresolved issue in OneNote 2013 with a function which me and my wife use everyday: copying from web pages. When I selectively copy from IE10 using the button “Send to OneNote” (same for IE9) OneNote 2013 does not include the hyperlink reference “inserted from” at the end of the fragment. Let me show how it looks in OneNote 2010 (Windows 7):

Capture in OneNote 2010

There is a clear reference inserted at the bottom “Inserted from”. Nice and tidy.

Here’s the ugly twin from OneNote 2013 (installed under Windows 8) from exactly the same source:

win8_office2013_onenote

See the difference? There is no bloody reference. And, of course, I checked in OneNote Advanced options “Include link to source when content is pasted”. With or without — the result is the same.

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Russian Trace in Windows 8 RTM Activation

Wzor avatar from private soft-forum.ws

The effort of internet community to activate the leaked versions of Windows 8 RTM is amazing. This is happening despite the obvious disadvantage of Metro UI for regular desktop PCs with mouse and keyboard. Yet reportedly some people succeeded to activate with help of Russian-arranged KMS on-line server at [multitude of names].no-ip.org and WZT provided keys. I’ve even seen a suggestion that one could use Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 2.0 from Microsoft! That WZOR team could be involved of course (they are notorious to be within the Microsoft circle, making fun of Bill Gates — look at the avatar). 

KMS-type activation can give you “only” 180 days. Not all the attempts to activate are successful though. Some people reported that they managed to get the right response from XXX.no-ip.org and then after few manipulations and reboot suddenly they got the nag screen again: activation gone. What you can do to prevent this — backup these two folders to revert them in case of trouble:

C:\Windows\System32\spp\store C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WSLicense

And people keep asking questions. For example: is it safe to use my live account with “test” leaked versions of Windows, especially if I tried (or succeeded) to activate with WZT KMS server? Well, even if did not try to activate, your account may be flagged, so try to use a spare one.

Another question: how about offline KMS activator? Well you can get it and run it (AKA off-line Hyper-V solution) but it requires a KMS key which nobody has for Windows 8, it has not been released yet.

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More RTM Leaks from Microsoft. Hold the Magic Ball!

As somebody said, looking at all these RTM builds leaking these days, the Microsoft security team must be on vacation. In reality RTM builds are not digitally signed and not linked to labs at Microsoft (as contrasted to pre-RTM builds).  So there should be very difficult to trace who leaked RTM versions (one way to prevent it would be to ban the use of any external media in Microsoft’s premises). Now we know that Visual Studio 2012 is complete and available for download on August 15. You can also try Visual Studio 2012 RC (Release Candidate) here.

What’s good new Visual Studio for? If you like Metro UI (or now Windows 8 UI, or even WinRT as Mr. Thurrott suggests), you can create one window that supports multiple views. As per Microsoft, unlike traditional desktop applications, a Metro style application has a single, chromeless window that fills the entire screen by default, so there are no distractions. A Metro style application can support different layouts and views to create a fluid and harmonious experience across a variety of form factors and display sizes.

Website http://winunleaked.info/ (an asylum of famous Canouna) has published information on some new leaks:

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Windows 8 RTM Leaking Madness

win8rtm-01In less than a day after the Microsoft gave the Windows 8 final RTM version to OEMs, the Big Leakage started. First we got non-bootable images of Enterprise “N” editions with key embedded (N — means no Media Player), and now we got the real thing — good old Russian friend of all computer geeks WZOR released first Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x86/x64 and then Windows 8 Professional RTM x86/x64 which he claimed to be original MS images. To give you some facts let me list the IDs of those builds at the end of this article.

You may see quite a lot of people installed these releases already and have been testing heavily. Look at these forums:

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/forums/42-Windows-8

http://winunleaked.info

If you hesitate which version to install, I suggest you install Professional. It can be activated through all channels by applying the right key, while Enterprise is VL only, as it is primarily made for corporate use.

As for pirates, there is no workaround yet to activate the leaked copies, although Microsoft activation servers are online and Windows 8 can be activated with legit keys such as MAK. In the trial mode Windows 8 goes into specific License Status — Notification State (i.e. there is no 30-day “grace” period), which is quite annoying:

  • you cannot personalize Metro
  • you cannot change Start Page or User Picture
  • you have Watermarks of build number and non-activated stamp

Besides, there is a difference between SKU keys: Retail gets the metro message screen to activate, and Volume License gets the desktop watermark. The latter seems less annoying.

win8rtm-wallpaper

The great DAZ (hero of Windows 7 Loader) already admitted he would not create a similar program for Windows 8 RTM. It is more likely to see updated KMS Server Activator for Windows 8 from ZWT or other genius enthusiast. [If you don’t know what KMS stands for, read this article on TechNet]

Why DAZ believes it is difficult to simulate OEM activation now? Because it is so different now. One source revealed new changes in Windows 8 activation taken from internal Microsoft presentation. In short, in version OA 3.0 of OEM Activation will ensure that each PC with pre-installed Windows 8 will have unique product key in the BIOS and will be activated (physically) at the factory. If you know how old activation OA 2.1 worked, you’d understand it is completely different story now. In the past one OEM (e.g. ASUS or HP) used to have the same product key for every PC they shipped.

But as one guy said in a forum: “I don’t see the point; Microsoft has already taken care of discouraging piracy in Windows 8 — Who really wants to pirate a crippled OS that’s missing the start menu? Well, at least this feature will be something exciting for those up for a challenge in breaking the product activation.” That’s exactly my point — who wants to run Windows 8 and get in trouble even more? Do not pirate, stick with Windows 7, because that is what most big corporations will do — they will ignore Windows 8 for corporate use.

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