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Windows 10: Xbox One streaming could go live soon PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 19:04

Microsoft has been working on a new streaming service for quite some time now. It all began with the “Rio” project which was later discontinued, and the story went on until December 2014 when word reached our ears that Microsoft is working on Rio’s cloud-based spiritual successor dubbed “Arcadia”. Well, Microsoft’s efforts could soon pay off and if all goes according to our hopes and expectations, Xbox One owners who happen to participate in the Windows 10 Insider program might soon be able to stream their favorite Xbox One games on their PCs, tablets and so on. Xbox One – Windows 10 streaming on the way? A couple of days ago Xbox’ Major Nelson confirmed via Twitter that a new Xbox dashboard preview update will be released containing various bug fixes and refinements to existing features. Sure enough the preview patch arrived and surprisingly enough, one of the new “refinements” can be found under the System & App settings menu. The new option is called “Allow game streaming to other devices (beta)”. The feature presents itself in the Xbox dashboard but it currently doesn’t work. Evidently the streaming service is compatible with Windows 10 devices,

Windows 10 Secure Boot to Boot out Other Operating Systems PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:34

Microsoft has just recently announced that they plan to push through what they started when they launched Windows 8—securing the computer against operating systems other than their own. That plan even includes old Windows versions that are no longer part of the bigger picture (XP). That struck fear in the hearts of the open source community and computer enthusiasts and struck a chord in the nerves of the business community who were not ready to relinquish their freedom to choose their operating systems. Some people have as many operating systems as they have partitions on their hard disks. It’s fun and challenging to do, no doubt about it. Microsoft however plans to finish the job it started by making disabling secure boot optional, not mandatory. When that happens, is that users won’t be able to boot any other operating system other than what the OS sticker on the case says. Will that scenario be really possible? Is Microsoft ready for a possible major backlash that could mar the release of their much anticipated operating system?

How to uninstall KB3035583 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 12 April 2015 05:11
How to uninstall KB3035583
In order to find out whether the update is installed see the instructions for Windows 7 here, or Windows 8 here. If “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)” is in the list with the status message “successful” then GWX is installed on your PC. There are two steps to remove KB3035583 from your computer, the first step is described here for Windows 7 and here for Windows 8. and involves uninstalling an update. In this case make sure you remove the KB3035583 update and not accidently another one. After a few seconds the update is be removed and your computer doesn’t need to restart. On some systems the file GWX.exe remains in /Windows/SysWOW64. To remove that file, you need to take ownership of the folder, a description of an easy way can be found here, a method that requires some more work can be found here. Once you’ve taken ownership, you can delete the GWX.exe file. In order to make sure Windows doesn’t install KB3035583 again with the next round of updates, uncheck “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates”. This will make sure the update will be listed under the “Optional” updates and no longer automatically install. If you want the update to disappear entirely, right-click the update and choose Hide Update in the contextual menu of the KB3035583 update. Now you should be be saved from the notifications, don’t forget to read our site to know when Windows 10 is ready to install...Learn more and follow links explaining many things related to this uninstallation on our forum.
Redstone: The codename for the next Windows PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:25
Microsoft loves to use codenames and from the past few years, there are two in particular that you may recall; Blue and Threshold. With Windows 10 (Threshold) coming to market sometime this summer, Microsoft is already starting to work on the next update for the OS. Microsoft has said multiple times that Windows will be moving at a faster cadence than in the past and they are already working on a release for 2016. The codename for the project is 'Redstone', a popular item in the recently acquired game, Minecraft. At this time, not much is known about Microsoft's plans for Windows vNext, but the company has now entered the planning stages of the update, as confirmed by two internal sources. This shouldn't come as a big surprise as the company is perpetually planning for the next iteration of its software, regardless of the platform. We will be curious to see if any more codenames pop up using the Minecraft terminology. We have already seen several names from the Halo series spring to life, like the Spartan web browser and of course, Cortana too. It would seem logical that this will not be a large update for the OS. Seeing that Windows 10 is an overhaul of the entire platform, Redstone will likely be relatively minor in comparison. Until Microsoft clarifies what the post-Windows 10 world looks like for the platform, there are many questions left to be answered. It is worth pointing out too that Windows Server is expected to be released in 2016, so Redstone could possibly be related to this project as well. It's early days for the this project but as we learn more and solidify what Redstone will become, we will keep you updated...Now that this codename has been leaked rest assured more will be coming in the future, and you can stay up to date with Redstone and all Windows 10 information at our forum.
Open Source Windows OS PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 April 2015 18:54
Open Source Windows OS
Could Microsoft's open source advocacy ever result in the company offering its cash cow Windows OS up to open source? It's possible, according to one Microsoft official, though his comments Wednesday should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt. During a technology panel session in Silicon Valley, Microsoft's Mark Russinovich, CTO for the company's Azure cloud platform, did what Microsoft officials have been prone to doing in recent years: Preach Microsoft's conversion from open source skeptic to proponent. Open source, Russinovich said at the Chef Conf 2015 conference, was "no longer taboo" at the commercial software giant, pointing to Microsoft's accommodations for open source, such as having Linux account for roughly 20 percent of virtual machines deployed on Azure. The company also recently open-sourced its .Net CoreCLR, as opting for open source can entice developers to use Microsoft technologies, Russinovich explained. "For something like .Net, we believe that that is an enabling technology that really can get people started on other Microsoft solutions." Panel moderator Cade Metz, business editor at Wired, asked Russinovich if Windows itself might eventually be made open source, which elicited loud applause from the audience. "It's definitely possible," Russinovich responded. "Like I said, it's a new Microsoft." The company is having every conversation that could be imagined about what to do with its software and services, he said. Russinovich described Microsoft's open source epiphany as a learning experience. "Microsoft didn't have a long tradition in open source, and so this transformation is a lot of learning." The company has embraced open source projects like Apache Hadoop, but there could be challenges to open source at times, such as offering something via open source that comes with a build system that requires "rocket scientists and three months to set up," he said...Learn more about this exciting new development at windows8newsinfo forum.
Microsoft Surface 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 04:41
Microsoft Surface 3
The new Surface 3, the affordable tablet/laptop hybrid just announced today, proves it. Rather than the dumbed-down version of Microsoft’s operating system that its predecessors ran, it’s been imbued with full-fledged Windows 8.1 (with a free Windows 10 upgrade coming as soon as Microsoft can release it), thanks to Intel’s new x86-based Atom X7 processor. For $499, you can get the same lovely design from the Surface Pro 3, only in a smaller, less powerful package. And you can still get up to ten hours of battery life. So why would you want—hell, why would Microsoft even make—something less? A device like the Surface 3 simply wasn’t possible a year or two ago: there wasn’t a CPU fast enough and efficient enough to run in a fanless device for longer than about 20 minutes. Advancements from Microsoft and Intel, though, mean that’s no longer the case. Meanwhile, Windows RT was never much more than a bandage, built to let something called “Windows” run on cheap hardware. It looked like Windows, but could only run apps from the Windows Store. Most of the desktop apps we need to get work (and life) done were just incompatible. You could use a browser, Office, and a handful of decent apps, and that was it. Now that cheap hardware is also good hardware, the Surface 3 can finally be just a smaller, more affordable version of the Pro 3 without also being strikingly less capable. First of all, it’s still very much a Surface: a silver, magnesium tablet-cum-laptop with a kickstand. Other than a few tweaks, like the new reflective Windows logo or the fact that there’s no fan, it’s dead ringer for its pricier big brother. Sadly, it’s not quite as adjustable as the Pro 3; it clicks into one of three positions, instead of pretty much anywhere you want it. There just wasn’t room for the Pro’s wacky hinge, apparently, because Microsoft wanted this thing to be tiny. It’s only 8.7mm thick, and weighs 1.37 pounds (the Type Cover keyboard adds about a half-pound). It’s amazingly small, especially given how sturdy it feels...Follow this exciting confirmation from Microsoft along with us all at windows8newsinfo forum.
DLL Hijacking Vulnerability Attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:48
DLL Hijacking Vulnerability Attacks
DLL stands for Dynamic Link Libraries and are external parts of applications that run on Windows or any other operating systems. Most applications are not complete in themselves and store code in different files. If there is need for the code, the related file is loaded into memory and used. This reduces application file size while optimizing the usage of RAM. This article explains what is DLL Hijacking and how to detect and prevent it. DLL files are Dynamic Link Libraries and as evident by the name, are extensions of different applications. Any application we use may or may not use certain codes. Such codes are stored in different files and are invoked or loaded into RAM only when the related code is required. Thus, it saves an application file from becoming too big and to prevent resource hogging by the application. The path for DLL files are set by the Windows operating system. The path is set using Global Environmental Variables. By default, if an application requests a DLL file, the operating system looks into the same folder in which the application is stored. If it is not found there, it goes to other folders as set by the global variables. There are priorities attached to paths and it helps Windows in determining what folders to look for the DLLs. This is where the DLL hijacking comes in. Since DLLs are extensions and necessary to using almost all applications on your machines, they are present on the computer in different folders as explained. If the original DLL file is replaced with a fake DLL file containing malicious code, it is known as DLL Hijacking. As mentioned earlier, there are priorities as to where the operating system looks for DLL files. First, it looks into the same folder as the application folder and then goes searching, based on the priorities set by environment variables of the operating system. Thus if a good.dll file is in SysWOW64 folder and someone places a bad.dll in a folder that has higher priority compared to SysWOW64 folder, the operating system will use the bad.dll file, as it has the same name as the DLL requested by the application. Once in RAM, it can execute the malicious code contained in the file and may compromise your computer or networks. The easiest method to detect and prevent DLL hijacking is to use third-party tools. There are some good free tools available in the market that helps in detecting a DLL hack attempt and prevent it. One such program is DLL Hijack Auditor but it supports only 32-bit applications. You can install it on your computer and scan all your Windows applications to see what all applications are vulnerable to DLL hijack. The interface is simple and self-explanatory. The only drawback of this application is that you cannot scan 64-bit applications...Read on at our forum.
Pirates can upgrade to Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 March 2015 04:23
Pirates can upgrade to Windows 10Microsoft has given up trying to stop people from pirating Windows. We already knew that Windows 10 was going to be free, but now Terry Myerson has revealed that it will be free to everyone, including people who are running pirated copies of earlier versions of the operating system. Speaking to Reuters the Windows chief said: "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10". The move is an admission that the fight against piracy was a battle Microsoft was never going to win, but the benefits that will be felt extend far beyond just a free copy of Windows. Microsoft later expanded on this by saying: "Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows". We reached out to Microsoft for a further explanation and we were told that while pirated versions of Windows can be upgraded to Windows 10 free of charge, the upgraded operating system will not be supported. Previously, no matter what obstacles Microsoft tried to put in the way of pirates -- from the simple serial numbers through to product activation -- they were all overcome very quickly with "corporate keys" and activation cracks. The problem did not just hit Microsoft's pocket, it also decreased the security of computers around the world. Pirated versions of Windows are often from unreliable sources making it difficult to determine if there is malware lurking in the background. More than this, there was also the fact that pirated versions of Windows were often denied access to Windows Update, leaving systems running such versions of the operating system vulnerable and, by turn, increasing the ease of spreading malware...Ahoy matey, get more detailed information at windows8newsinfo forum.

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