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 on: Today at 05:58:57 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
If you’re trying to download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft but the company’s official website is forcing the Media Creation Tool, here’s what you can do.

There are many reasons why you might want to download Windows 10 ISO images. For example, you can use ISOs to create a bootable USB drive and use it to recover your computer in case it fails to load Windows.

The ISOs also allow clean-installs or upgrades and can help you deal with issues that sometimes hard reset can’t fix. Microsoft has a website where the company offers the ISOs and Media Creation Tool.

The company publishes new images whenever a new Windows 10 feature update reaches the consumer PCs (that happens twice a year). At the moment, Microsoft’s official website is offering the ISOs of Windows 10 April 2018 Update but downloading an ISO directly from Microsoft is not an easy task.

When you access Microsoft’s website, the company offers the Media Creation Tool instead. For those unfamiliar, the Media Creation Tool is as an application that would download the ISO file for you and create a bootable drive or upgrade your current PC.

Media Creation Tool is indeed a better solution for creating a bootable drive. Nevertheless, if you don’t agree with this, you can always trick Microsoft’s website and download the ISO files directly.

In short, to download ISOs:

► You would need to open emulation tab in Edge or Chrome.

► Change the user agent string to a non-Windows 10 device.

► Open Microsoft’s download page and the ISOs will show up.

If you’re still confused, follow the below guide and download Windows 10 ISO images officially from Microsoft.

Download Windows 10 ISO images from Microsoft

First and foremost, make sure you’re connected to a high-speed internet connection and you have a web browser window open.



Launch Microsoft Edge and open the ISO download page from here. As you can see in the above screenshot, the download page is opened but there’s no mention of ISO files.



Open developer tool by pressing F12 and tap on ‘Emulation’. You’re basically going to make the website believe that you’re using a non-Windows 10 device.

To do this, you need to change the user agent in Microsoft Edge. From the emulation tab, change the user agent string to Microsoft Edge – Windows 10 Mobile or Apple Safari (iPad).



The page will refresh and the ISOs download link will now show up on your screen. Microsoft’s website will help you make sure that you choose the right ISO version. For example, you’ll be asked to choose the language and the Windows 10 version. You can confirm whether your PC is 32-bit or 64-bit from Settings -> System -> About. You can also open the language and region settings to find the correct language.



The download will start and you can open, save and cancel the process anytime. The download speed is up to your system and network speed.



If you’re not familiar with Edge browser, you can also download the ISOs using Google Chrome browser. To do this, open the Microsoft’s page from above link and access the developer tool by pressing F12 and change the user agent to iPhone or Pixel 2/2XL.

As noted above, ISOs of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is not yet available. According to reports, the official ISOs of the final version of the October update will be published next month.

Keep in mind that this tutorial will also work for the upcoming Windows 10 version 1809 Update. If you can’t wait, you can join the Insider program, download the Windows 10 preview build 17758 ISO images and upgrade your PC to October update right now.

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 on: Today at 05:20:32 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Virtual reality (VR) can do some amazing things, whether that’s immersive video game entertainment, traveling the world, connecting with friends or holding a meeting in virtual spaces and much more. Yet there’s one inherent cravat with the technology, and that’s using a keyboard.

Developers tend to either avoid requiring keyboard inputs in their software but there are times when all those buttons are needed, for example going online in VR, and having a headset on your face while typing can prove awkward. Enter Tap Systems with its new Tap Wearable Keyboard and Mouse device.

As you can see from the images Tap is designed to fit comfortably around a users fingers and thumb, connecting to any Bluetooth enabled device.

Tap allows users to compose text, play video games, point, click and scroll using just about any available surface. When it comes to VR, the device removes the need to see what your hands are doing as tapping does not require the user to aim for keys, so they can edit documents, create spreadsheets, compose emails and texts all within a virtual environment.

So how does it work? Well, Tap doesn’t use the traditional QWERTY keyboard, instead, users create letters by tapping one or more fingers onto a surface. So, for example, tapping your thumb would create the letter A, and so on. Of course with only five sensors there’s going to be quite a few combinations, which is why the company has created a teaching tool to help users become acquainted with the system.

Compatible with Microsoft’s virtual desktop environment for Windows Mixed Reality, Tap can also be used with virtual desktop applications running on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Additional features include a battery that can provide 8 hours of use and 7 days standby, full customization for video games and apps, adjustable ring sizes plus a recharging case (seen below).

“Strong efforts are been made to bring desktop productivity and communication tools to immersive environments,” said Dovid Schick, CEO, and Co-Founder of Tap Systems, Inc in a statement.

“Until now the methods available to input data have made these systems difficult to use. With Tap, users can, for the first time, reap the benefits of extended reality work environments without being slowed down by the cumbersome input.

This is a game changer for the adoption of VR/MR systems for enterprise, communications, productivity, and social networking.”

The Tap Wearable Keyboard is currently on sale through Tap Systems store for $179 USD.



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 on: Today at 03:49:20 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Ever since Microsoft introduced Windows 10, which allowed users more insight and control over their privacy, the concern that Windows and other third-parties gather too much information has been growing.

Although Microsoft increased the transparency of privacy policies that doesn’t mean you should leave it at that because there are some important settings to consider. In this article, I’ll show you 5 ways to regain control of your privacy in Windows 10.

1. Disable Advertising ID

An important privacy setting you should disable is all the advertising settings that are integrated with Microsoft and third-parties collaborating with Windows.

Every Windows 10 user has a unique advertising ID that allows Microsoft to collect information about you in order to create a "profile" that can be used by advertising agencies to show you personalized ads. You’ll see these ads in applications within Windows 10 and sometimes even in the Start menu or other tabs.

Here’s what you can do to disable Windows 10 from creating a unique profile about you for personalized ads:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Then, locate "General" and click

4. Disable the toggle "Let apps use my advertising ID to make ads more
    interesting to you"

5. This step will "reset" your ID to blank

Note: you’ll still receive ads, however, these ads won’t be personalized but less relevant. Also, visit Microsoft’s privacy page to and toggle off "Interest-based ads: This browser."

2. Disable Cortana

Cortana is a virtual personal assistant or digital agent that was introduced with Windows 10. "The more you use Cortana, the more personalized your experience will be," says Microsoft on their website.

Cortana monitors your activities in order to improve the overall user experience, which can be an advantage, but the flipside is that Cortana is collecting a lot of data about you such as data generated by your calendar, contacts, location and browsing history.

Here’s how you need to do:

1. Search for Cortana in the start tab and open the program

2. Click the "Settings" icon

3. Then, locate "Permissions & History"

4. Tab "Manage the information Cortana can access from this device"

5. In the pop-up that appears, toggle off "Location"

Wait, there’s more!

1. Also, toggle off "Contacts, email, calendar & communication history"

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and toggle off "Browsing history"

3. Lastly, head over to "Cortana’s Notebook"

4. Click "Clear Cortana Data" to fully erase all the data gathered by Cortana

3. Disable Location Tracking

It’s important to turn off location tracking because not only Microsoft has access to this information, but also third-party apps can access your location data.

If turned on, Windows 10 keeps track of your exact location and stores your location history in your account. By disabling the location tracking feature, Windows 10 and any third-party app won’t have location-based data on you.

Here’s how to disable location tracking:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Find "Location"

4. Toggle off "Location for this device is on"

Windows 10 does also allow you more control over location settings on a per-app basis, which means that you can allow some apps to track your location and disallow others.

You can change these settings by scrolling down on the same page as shown above and select "Choose apps that can use your location."

In the next window, you can toggle on/off the settings to your personal preference.

4. Change Application Permissions

There are quite a lot of third-party applications that are integrated into Windows 10. Many of these apps collect data about you and have access to a bunch data such as your camera, microphone, background apps, pictures and videos.

In order change the access permissions of third-party applications follow the these steps:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Find "Apps"

3. Click "Apps & features"

One-by-one you can click on apps installed on your device and find the "Apps permissions" section. Here you can toggle off access to your camera, for example.

Important to know is that not all apps have this option, which means these apps don’t allow you to customize their permissions. I would delete those entirely.

5. Disable Diagnostics & Feedback

Microsoft claims to do the following when it comes to Windows 10 diagnostics and feedback settings:

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As you use Windows, we collect diagnostic information which helps us find and fix problems, improve our products and services, and provide you with personalized experiences.


If it was up to me, I’d definitely disable this function as this means Windows is still building a profile of its users.

Here’s how you can disable it:

1. Head over to "Settings"

2. Click on "Privacy"

3. Find "Diagnostics & Feedback"

4. Toggle "Basic" on

As you see, there’s no way you can disable this function completely. However, the basic option is still acceptable to privacy.

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 4 
 on: September 21, 2018, 11:00:27 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Nearly every Linux distro is already available in the Microsoft Store, allowing developers to use Linux scripting and other tools running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

Now another distro has popped up in the Store, and unlike the others it claims to be specifically optimized for WSL, meaning a smaller and more appropriate package with sane defaults which helps developers get up and running faster.

WLinux is based on Debian, and the developer, Whitewater Foundry, claims their custom distro will also allow faster patching of security and compatibility issues that appear from time to time between upstream distros and WSL.

WLinux features:

■ A fast Linux terminal and development environment for developers and pro-users built on Windows® Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 10.

■ Popular development tools, including git and python3, are pre-installed. Additional packages can be easily installed via the apt package management system.

■ Out-of-the-box support for most Linux graphical apps with no need to configure display or libGL settings. Note: Requires a Windows-based X client, such as X410.

■ Pre-installed with wslu, a set of useful open-source utilities for interacting between Linux and Windows 10.

■ WLinux offers faster patching than any upstream Linux distro for WSL-specific bugs.

■ New features are actively added based on community interest, including paid bug and feature bounties.

■ A handful of unnecessary packages, such as systemd, have been removed to improve stability and security.

In return for saving developers, time Whitewater Foundry is charging $19.99 (though the app is currently 50% off and the distribution can be downloaded from Github for free).

If that sounds like a good deal grab the distro from the Store here.

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 5 
 on: September 21, 2018, 02:35:13 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Today, Stardock Entertainment released the highly anticipated science-fiction adventure game, Star Control: Origins. Take command of Earth’s first and only interstellar starship and save the world...at all costs and by any means necessary. Explore the galaxy, investigate new worlds, contact new civilizations and battle hostile aliens in this open universe space-adventure role-playing game.

Set in the year 2088, humanity has discovered that it is not alone in the universe. Worse, it is catastrophically unprepared to deal with what's out there. In response, Star Control is formed, and the player is selected to command the crew of the U.E.S. Vindicator.

"In many respects, your starship is your character," said Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock Entertainment, adding:

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"You and your crew are up against alien civilizations that have walked amongst the stars for a millennium. But humans are very resourceful in their ability to adapt alien technology when the situation calls for it."


Players will find their time split between exploring distant solar systems, landing on exotic planets, navigating hyperspace, and interacting with alien species. "This really is about exploring unique new worlds and discovering incredible new civilizations," said Wardell. "This is a game that focuses on telling stories and giving players meaningful ways to engage with those stories."

Besides the primary mission of saving Earth from destruction at the hands of hostile aliens, players will find a universe that is filled with history and lore as they encounter civilizations in various stages of development who have their own tragedies and ambitions.

"Star Control isn't a game that tells you what to do" said Derek Paxton, General Manager of Stardock Entertainment. "Where you go and what you do is up to you. Your decisions can affect the shape and direction of galactic events."

To deliver the unique gameplay of Star Control: Origins, Stardock developed the new Cider game engine on top of Oxide Interactive's Nitrous. With Cider, Stardock was able to build its RPG on top of a galactic simulator, run by its own artificial intelligence.

"When you fly your ship into an alien empire's territory, you're going to not just see one type of ship. You'll find freighters, transports, survey ships, mining ships, security forces, etc. all going about their business and reacting you based on what makes sense under the circumstances," said Wardell. "The Cider engine made it practical for us flesh out the game's universe with exquisite detail."

In addition to the main adventure game, Star Control: Origins also includes a combat game called Fleet Battles. Players assemble a fleet of ships and then take them into combat against an AI fleet or fleets controlled by others either next to them or via the Internet.

The game also includes a crafting system to allow players to design their own ships, create their own adventures and planetary structures, then share them with other players. Stardock's goal with Star Control: Origins is to combine space exploration and compelling stories together into a game experience people will love.

"In Star Control, exploration has a purpose," said Wardell. "You aren't just landing on planets or exploring new star systems for their own sake. You are The Captain and we have thousands of stories we're excited to tell you in this universe."



Star Control: Origins is now available for $39.99 through Stardock, Steam, and GOG. For more
information, visit www.starcontrol.com.

The Star Control: Origins Original Soundtrack also released today, featuring 45 tracks of over two hours of new music from and inspired by the Star Control: Origins game. The music is available on all major stores for $9.99 USD including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, and Steam, and can be streamed by subscribers to Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, Slacker Radio and more.

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 on: September 21, 2018, 12:27:39 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Earlier this week, Microsoft released a round of cumulative updates, which arrived just six days after Patch Tuesday. Here we are just four days later, and four different versions of Windows 10 are once again getting new updates.

You might recall that this week's updates and the Patch Tuesday updates didn't really include a lot of improvements. They were mostly just security fixes. If you were wondering where the long changelogs were, they're here now.

If you're on the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, or version 1803, you'll get KB4458469, which brings the build number to 17134.319. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue that causes the prompt “You'll need a new app to open" to appear. This occurs when reloading a website on a non-standard port by pressing Enter.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to fail because Mark of the Web (MOTW) isn't supported at the download location.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the DefaultSearchProvider policy from working when the FirstRunPage policy is in use.

■ Addresses issue that causes the address bar to lose focus when a new tab is opened and the Allow web content on New Tab page policy is off.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the Microsoft Edge Configure Password Manager policy from suppressing the Save password prompt when the policy is disabled.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to WebDAV locations to fail.

■ Addresses an issue with the file previewer for .html, .mht, and email (MIME) attachments in Microsoft Outlook.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when applications call the EnableEUDC API.

■ Addresses an issue in multi-monitor scenarios that causes a spell checker context menu to appear on the wrong monitor. This issue occurs when the customer right-clicks a misspelled word in Internet Explorer.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when entering Japanese characters in a remote desktop session (mstsc.exe).

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using low-level mouse hooks with high integrity-level processes.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents custom keyboard layouts from working correctly.

■ Makes the visibility policy for the Settings Page available under User Configuration. The GPO is at the following path: User  Configuration/Administrative Template/Control Panel/Settings Page Visibility

■Addresses an issue that prevents some Bluetooth devices from pairing with Windows.

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that returns the expected output or a null character when calling _getch().

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that returns unexpected characters when calling the _findfirst() or _findnext() functions.

■ Addresses an issue in the Universal CRT that prevents some functions from accepting narrow input or producing proper output with certain ANSI Code Pages. This issue affects setargv.obj when using wildcard parsing and calls to get the current module name for debug windows. The issue also affects the following functions:

   ○ _chdir()

   ○ _exec()

   ○ _fullpath()

   ○ _loaddll

   ○ _popen()

   ○ _system()

   ○ _spawn() (and variants)

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the Commercial ID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from syncing if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes a delay in unlocking or signing in to a computer that was moved to a different network. For example, a delay occurs when moving from a corporate LAN or WLAN to a home LAN where domain controllers can't be reached.

■ Addresses an issue on some laptops that prevents sign-out from completing. The issue occurs when a customer signs out and immediately closes the laptop. As a result, when the laptop is reopened, the device must be restarted.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when enabling BitLocker from a local administrator account.

■ Addresses an issue on devices with fingerprint sensors that were upgraded from Windows 10, version 1709. After the upgrade, users can't use the fingerprint sensor to log in.

■ Addresses an issue that causes some systems to take as much as 60 seconds longer to start. This occurs on systems that don't have a smart card reader installed.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents customers from logging in to a Windows 10S device with a PIN after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803. Customers see the error “Your PIN is no longer available due to a change to the security settings on this device.”

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a third-party VPN provider's user interface to stop working after dynamically unloading Cryptui.dll.

■ Addresses an issue that causes logging on to a Remote Desktop Session Host Server to occasionally stop responding.

■ Addresses an issue that causes printing to an open or existing file to fail without displaying an error. This issue occurs when using Microsoft Print to PDF or XPS Document Writer.

■ Addresses an issue where a daily, repetitive task starts unexpectedly when the task is first created or starts when the task is updated.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents running subsequent actions when you create multiple actions in a task using Task Scheduler and the task is scheduled under the Stop the existing instance rule.

■ Addresses an issue with a task that has a repetition sets. The task fails to be scheduled and doesn't start after disabling and re-enabling the task. The Next Run Time in Task Scheduler displays the correct time, but the task doesn't start at that time.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the debugging of minimized UWP applications.

■ Addresses an issue with Visual Studio UWP Deployments that displays the error "The operation could not be completed because an unexpected host ID was encountered".

■ Addresses an issue that ignores the MM_DONT_ZERO_ALLOCATION flag. This issue leads to degraded performance, and, occasionally, error 0x139 appears.

■ Addresses an issue that causes NTLTEST, DCLOCATOR, or joining an Active Directory and SAMBA domain to fail when using the NetBIOS domain name. The error is “An Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for the domain %domain% could not be contacted”.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first asked for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the Microsoft Help Viewer from rendering HTML content inside a Windows Help .chm file when the .chm file is stored on a network location.

■ Addresses an issue in which the lock screen shows a solid color instead of an image specified by a policy before a customer signs in for the first time.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Edge to stop working when printing a PDF in a size 0 window.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft Edge to stop working and to close associated webpage tabs. This occurs when certain PDF documents have timing issues when loading.

■ Addresses an issue with a scheduled task that has an indefinite duration. The task starts immediately after it is created instead of starting at the time specified in the Triggers tab.

■ Addresses an issue where GetSystemTime() may sometimes return an invalid value after using SetSystemTime() immediately before.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using the “X509HintsNeeded” group policy to prepopulate the Username hint field. The Username hintfield is unexpectedly empty when unlocking a machine after a successful logon. Username hint caching is expected to only work for lock and unlock scenarios and is not designed for logoff and logon scenarios.

■ Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the tile layout after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1803 from Windows 10, versions 1703 and 1607.

■ Addresses an issue that returns temporary values for the new Japanese Calendar Era.

■ Addresses an issue in which Background Apps settings the user configured are lost when the device restarts because of incorrect registry ACLs.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Centennial apps and some OS apps from displaying toast notifications.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

There are no known issues with this update.

Those on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or version 1709, will get KB4457136, which brings the build number to 16299.697. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue with the file previewer for .html, .mht, and email (MIME) attachments in Microsoft Outlook.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to WebDAV locations to fail.

■ Addresses an issue that causes downloads to fail because Mark of the Web (MOTW) was not supported at the download location.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents Microsoft Narrator from accessing the contents of Windows Security dialogs displayed by a low integrity level process.

■ Addresses an issue that, in some cases, prevents installing encrypted .appx packages.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when applications call the EnableEUDC API.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when entering Japanese characters in a remote desktop session (mstsc.exe).

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the CommercialID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from synching if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that causes login to fail when using a smart card to log in to a Remote Desktop Server. The error is “STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE”.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a delay in unlocking or signing in to a computer that was moved to a different network. For example, a delay occurs when moving from a corporate LAN or WLAN to a home LAN where domain controllers aren't reachable.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first asked for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue on some laptops that prevents sign-out from completing. The issue occurs when a customer signs out and immediately closes the laptop. As a result, when the laptop is reopened, the device must be restarted.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes logging on to a Remote Desktop Session Host Server to occasionally stop responding.

■ Addresses an issue that causes printing to an open or existing file to fail without displaying an error. This issue occurs when using Microsoft Print to PDF or XPS Document Writer.

■ Addresses an issue with scheduled tasks that don't start at the time that they are configured to start on a specific day of the week.

■ Addresses an issue with a scheduled task that has an indefinite duration. The task starts immediately after it's created instead of starting at the time specified in the Triggers tab.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the running of subsequent actions in a task. This issue occurs when you create multiple actions in a task using Task Scheduler and the task is scheduled under the Stop the existing instance rule.

■ Addresses an issue with a task that has a repetition setting. The task fails to be scheduled and doesn't start after disabling and re-enabling the task. The Next Run Time in Task Scheduler displays the correct time, but the task doesn't start at that time.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause Service Control Manager (SCM) and Netlogon to stop working when one or more services are configured to run with domain credentials (service accounts).

■ Addresses an issue where a daily, repetitive task starts unexpectedly when the task is first created or starts when the task is updated.

■ Addresses an issue in which GetSystemTime() may sometimes return an invalid value after using SetSystemTime() immediately before.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using the “X509HintsNeeded” group policy to prepopulate the Username hint field. The Username hintfield is unexpectedly empty when unlocking a machine after a successful logon. Username hint caching is expected to only work for lock and unlock scenarios and is not designed for logoff and logon scenarios.

■ Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the tile layout after upgrading to Windows 10, version 1709 from Windows 10, versions 1703 and 1607.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.



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 on: September 21, 2018, 12:26:23 PM 
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If your PC is still on the Windows 10 Creators Update, or version 1703, you'll see KB4457141, and that brings the build number to 15063.1358. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when applications call the EnableEUDC API.

■ Addresses an issue in which the “EnterpriseAssignedAccess” policy on mobile devices cannot configure some Settings pages, including Language, Region, Keyboard, and Airplane Mode.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the CommercialID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from synching if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first prompted for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that causes logon to fail when using a smart card to log in to a Remote Desktop Server. The error is “STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE”.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a third-party VPN provider's user interface to stop working after dynamically unloading Cryptui.dll.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes logging on to a Remote Desktop Session Host Server to occasionally stop responding.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause Service Control Manager (SCM) and Netlogon to stop working when one or more services are configured to run with domain credentials (service accounts).

■ Addresses an issue that causes the OS to stop responding during startup under certain circumstances.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using the “X509HintsNeeded” group policy to prepopulate the Username hint field. The Username hintfield is unexpectedly empty when unlocking a machine after a successful logon. Username hint caching is expected to only work for lock and unlock scenarios and is not designed for logoff and logon scenarios.

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

Finally, those on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, or version 1607, will get KB4457127, and that will bring the build number to 14393.2517. You can manually download it here, and it contains the following fixes:

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■ Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer security and certificate dialogs to display prompts in the background instead of the foreground in certain circumstances.

■ Makes the visibility Group Policy for the Settings Page available under User Configuration and Computer Configuration. The GPOs are at the following paths:

   ○ User Configuration/Administrative Template/Control Panel/Settings Page
      Visibility

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■ Addresses an issue with showing the correct changes to folder contents on some Network Attached Storage (NAS) configurations.

■ Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the CommercialID registry key, "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection" is present.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the App-V client’s scheduled task from syncing if the Device Guard lockdown policy is enabled.

■ Addresses an issue that causes login to fail when using a smart card to log in to a Remote Desktop Server. The error is “STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE”.

■ Addresses an issue that sometimes causes event log entries to appear corrupted for the following:

   ○ Microsoft-Windows-Kerberos-Key-Distribution-Center source.

   ○ Event IDs 4933, 4928, and 4937.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when using encrypted email. If the customer selects Cancel when first prompted for a PIN, multiple PIN prompts appear before the prompt finally goes away.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Direct Access connection to fail when the client authentication certificate is stored in the TPM device.

■ Addresses an issue that causes the system to log negative events for drivers that are valid and should be trusted. The issue occurs when running Windows Defender Application Control (Device Guard) in audit mode.

■ Addresses an issue that causes a Remote Desktop Session Host server to occasionally stop responding during login.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process to stop working when attempting to process a malformed security identifier (SID).

■ Addresses an issue that causes printing to an open or existing file to fail without displaying an error message. This issue occurs when using Microsoft Print to PDF or XPS Document Writer.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause a DNS server to return an error to a query when handling a large recursive response that requires truncation.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents running subsequent actions when you create multiple actions in a task using Task Scheduler and the task is scheduled under the Stop the existing instance rule.

■ Addresses an issue with a task that has a repetition setting. The task isn't scheduled and doesn't start after disabling and re-enabling the it. The Next Run Time in Task Scheduler shows the correct time, but the task doesn't start at that time.

■ Addresses an issue with a scheduled task that has an indefinite duration. The task starts immediately after it's created instead of at the time set on the Triggers tab.

■ Addresses an issue where a daily, repetitive task starts unexpectedly when the task is first created or starts when the task is updated.

■ Addresses an issue that occurs when a guest Service Host (svchost) stops working in Windows Server 2016. The Hyper-V time synchronization service (vmictimesync) in the guest may stop working, and a time sync issue may occur. The guest would then be vulnerable to time drift because of inaccurate hardware or incorrect Network Time Protocol (NTP) samples.

■ Addresses an issue that prevents the lastLogonTimestamp attribute of new Active Directory users from updating. This issue occurs when performing LDAP simple binds against a Windows Server 2016 domain controller.

■ Addresses an Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) issue that causes certificate enrollment requests from some enterprise routers to the MSCEP/NDES server to fail. The requests fail with the error "The Network Device Enrollment Service cannot convert encoded portions of the client's http message (or request body for POSTPKIOperation), or the converted message (or request body for POSTPKIOperation) is larger than 64K (%1). %2".

■ Addresses an Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Privileged Access Management issue that may cause a user to retain association with the configured shadow principal beyond the configured Time to Live (TTL). This issue occurs when a DC is promoted while the TTL is valid.

■ Addresses an issue where a DirSync client never finishes syncing when using a search filter that contains a linked attribute. For example, “memberOf=CN=Group1, OU=Accounts, DC=Contoso,DC=Com”.

■ Addresses an issue that causes Windows Server Backup to fail when backing up two volumes together in one location on NetApp.

■ Addresses an issue where Windows Server Backup fails to restore backups for Microsoft Exchange 2016.

■ Addresses an issue where creating a Client Access Point may take a long time when a firewall blocks access to child domain controllers.

■ Addresses memory leaks in the Cluster Health Service.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause an error when you attempt to access an NFS share.

■ Addresses an issue where opening Explorer view on a SharePoint server site using TMG proxy fails. This issue occurs when the server requires SSL and TLS client certificate authentication and sends trusted CA issuer lists.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause a system to stop working when you mount an NFS drive using the command line with the option -u -p. This issue occurs if the length of the password is different from the length of the domain name.

■ Addresses an issue that may cause setup to fail during OEM-OOBE implementation if French or Spanish language setting is selected on the Hyper-V host.

■ Addresses an issue that displays the report date as "Unknown" in the Remote Desktop License Manager.

■ Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.

■ Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast dual NIC NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

You'll notice that some of the manual download links don't bring you directly to the updates as they would normally, and instead they bring you to the Update Catalog homepage. You can either search for the KB download, or we'll update this article when Microsoft updates its pages with a proper link.

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 on: September 20, 2018, 03:13:17 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
On Friday, Apple will release the iPhone XS and XS Max with the XR coming in October. All these phones will partake in the annual ritual of being praised for their Appleness and criticised for the price, as per usual. These devices will also all ship with Face ID, a first for Apple which previously only offered FaceID on one device — the iPhone X. Other smartphone makers are quickly offering facial recognition systems on their own devices, from the mid-range to the most premium.

As time goes on, it becomes more and more likely that your next smartphone will ship with facial recognition. If you’re more likely to use Windows 10 laptops, you’ll probably have some form of facial recognition on it too as Windows Hello catches on. Use Facebook? Your Facebook account already has facial recognition. The firm is using it to match users to their untagged photos. For the regular consumer, it’s magical in a sense, but also a little unsettling. Tech writers often explore the magical aspects of facial recognition software being installed on all our devices, but rarely the potential downsides. In other words, facial recognition is everywhere, but we haven’t really talked about it – not really. As techies, we’ve explored the fun parts of facial recognition, your phone unlocks super fast, your laptop does the same too.

Microsoft’s Brad Smith has called for regulation of facial recognition software by the US Congress earlier this year, opting to open the debate in a move uncharacteristic of tech companies who are often resistant to the prospect of restrictive legislation and loathe to introduce the topic themselves.

 “Facial recognition technology raises issues that go to the heart of fundamental human rights protections like privacy and freedom of expression,” Smith explained. Acknowledging that facial recognition software was used for many quality of life-enhancing scenarios like the lines we cited above, he raised issues that had been overlooked.

“But other potential applications are more sobering. Imagine a government tracking everywhere you walked over the past month without your permission or knowledge. Imagine a database of everyone who attended a political rally that constitutes the very essence of free speech. Imagine the stores of a shopping mall using facial recognition to share information with each other about each shelf that you browse and product you buy, without asking you first. This has long been the stuff of science fiction and popular movies – like “Minority Report,” “Enemy of the State” and even “1984” – but now it’s on the verge of becoming possible.” Smith said.

For us in the year 2018, we don’t have to imagine this minority report like system. What we need, is to open a newspaper. In countries like China, such services have already been trialed. The country has been making use of such software to inform its social credit system which handles the way citizens can interact with society in aspects like housing, schooling, and travel.

“China plans to roll out a national social credit system by 2020, which will keep a record of citizens’ violation of laws and directly affect their ability to do things like get a loan or get hired for a job. According to the South China Morning Post, devices like the jaywalking facial recognition system will be part of this network to keep track of the number of jaywalking violations and change a person’s social credit score accordingly,” Motherboard reported in March.

In the more nominally free US, Amazon’s facial recognition software projects sparked ire from shareholders, who raised concerns about the number of ways facial recognition could be abused by law enforcement authorities in an open letter.

“Without protective policies in place, it seems inevitable the application of these technologies will result in Amazon’s Recognition being used to identify and detain democracy advocates.” The letter read, ” Experience has shown repressive governments tend toward incarceration and torture of identified people who are opposing repressive practices, and surveillance technologies will tend to harden this circle of repression. South Africa’s former apartheid regime and its Bureau of State Security (BOSS), would have welcomed such a technology to augment the notorious pass system utilized to control the majority African population in that country.

On the one hand, tech companies like Apple have shown resistance to bending their security knee for law enforcement agencies, but there still exists no bill of rights that prevents facial data from being misused. At the moment, the only thing keeping your data safe with Facebook, Apple and Microsoft is that they say so. In Europe, the GDPR helps a little, but it can only go so far. It’s a gentleman’s agreement between you, and the companies in question.

“There will always be debates about the details, and the details matter greatly. But a world with vigorous regulation of products that are useful but potentially troubling is better than a world devoid of legal standards,” Smith wrote.

Without such assurances or standards, who can keep private companies or governments from sleepwalking us into a dystopia?

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 on: September 20, 2018, 01:10:44 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Last week Adobe released fixed 6 critical updates in their September 2018 monthly Patch Tuesday. It looks like they missed one, as Adobe released today an out-of-band security update for a critical vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

The APSB18-34 security bulletin details how these updates resolve an Out-of-bounds write vulnerability that could lead to code execution, while the other six are out-of-bounds read vulnerabilities that could lead to information disclosure.



The code execution vulnerability (CVE-2018-12848) was reported to Adobe by Check Point Software. The information disclosure vulnerabilities were disclosed by Check Point Software, Cybellum Technologies LTD, and via Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative.

To fix these vulnerabilities, users should upgrade to Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC to version 2018.011.20063, Acrobat 2017 and DC 2017 to version 2017.011.30102, and Acrobat DC Classic 2015 and Acrobat Reader DC Classic to version 2015 2015.006.30452. Links to the updates can be found here.

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 on: September 20, 2018, 01:02:05 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
If you’re a Windows Insider, you can download ISOs of Windows 10 Build 17758 and clean install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. If you like to live on the cutting edge and want to test the early features of Windows 10, you can grab the latest ISOs from Microsoft’s website.

The Redmond-based Microsoft has already confirmed that it is almost at the end of the development of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809 and Redstone 5.

You can join the Insider program and quickly download the preview builds of RS5. But if you want to perform a fresh install of Windows 10 version 1809 rather than upgrading your PC via Windows Update, you can download the ISO images.

The latest Redstone 5 ISO is of Build 17758 which is the same build that was released to Insiders in the Fast Ring earlier this month. The availability of new ISO suggests that we’re one step closer to the last stages of the development process.

Keep in mind that the ISOs are aimed at Insiders and it’s supposed to allow the clean install of Windows 10 preview build 17758. Windows 10 October 2018 Update is still in preview and there are bugs that may bother you.

Here’s how you can download Windows 10 Build 17758 ISOs

• Open up the Settings app in Windows 10, navigate to ‘Update & Security’ and select ‘Windows Insider Programme’ option.

• Click Get started and follow the on-screen instructions.

• Select Just send me early updates option and then click Confirm.

• Head over to the Windows Insider Preview Download website here.

• Click on Windows Insider Preview – Build 17758 under Select edition section.

• You’ll need to click Confirm, and then your browser will start downloading the ISOs.

Windows 10 Insider Preview ISOs will be available in Home, Pro, Education, and Home Single Language. After this, you can move the ISO that you just downloaded to a USB flash drive or DVD and boot your PC from this installation media. You can also open the setup file and upgrade your current installation.

While the Redstone 5 is in the final stage of development, it’s still a work-in-progress and shouldn’t be tested on a daily driver. There are some bugs in Windows 10 October 2018 Update preview builds but it’s usable enough.

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