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Everything posted by ptd163

  1. ptd163

    StartIsBack++ 2.7

    Would it possible to add a Dark Mode to the styles in StartIsBack+ (Windows 8.1) like you have for StartIsBack++ (Windows 10)? The start screen is entirely unusable in 8.1 and with the dark theme I'm using the white start menu background sticks out like a sore thumb.
  2. 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 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.
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    Sweet 1607

    The BioEnrollment and CloudExperienceHost packages fail to get removed when the script is run on an Enterprise 1607 system Noel.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    It's nice a distro, that's for sure, but according to distrowatch.com it doesn't support x86_64. Doesn't that seem like an issue? More like the average Windows user. All the power users remember what a disaster Vista and 8 were and knew there are plenty of ways Microsoft could screw it up. And true to form, they did.
  5. RS1 is Redstone 1. It's the actual name for Anniversary Update. Anniversary Update is the flashy marketing name for Redstone 1.
  6. Considering it took ReactOS 18 years to get where it is now. I look forward to it being a viable alternative to Windows in 2067.
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    Never 10 - by Steve Gibson

    Did you use the portable version of GWX Control Panel? That's what I used and what is so difficult about using GWX? 5 clicks at most and you're done. You can delete the portable application and never have to use it again and that machine. I'm not knocking Steve's ability or is his experience in the industry. What I'm saying is he is basically slandering GWX to get attention for his tool when GWX is completely viable option and IMO, offers a much better and more comprehensive solution that Steve's tool can't match. What do you mean exactly? In the end, I don't care how people are blocking Windows 10 only that they are.
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    Never 10 - by Steve Gibson

    Umm... what? GWXControl Panel doesn't do any of that. It doesn't need to be installed either. A portable version is available. It works exactly as advertised and has never nagged me. Not once. Sounds like someone just wants in on the action despite GWX Control Panel being more than enough to block the Windows 10 malware updates. What's funny is that Steve claims his software is so superior to GWX Control, but doesn't even realize that there's a portable version of it. It's also kind of cute that he thinks Microsoft will obey is small registry tweak when push comes to shove.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I have a feeling that's going to happen at some point. According to NetMarketShare's Feb 2016 data Windows 7 still owns more than 50% of the market despite Windows 10 being available for free since July 29, 2015. Based on those numbers you'd think at some point Microsoft would have to admit that they're Microsoft Knows BestTM strategy just isn't working. I don't know about anybody else, but it feels like we've been waiting since October 2012 for Microsoft to be like "It's just a prank bro. You thought we were serious?" and release a real successor to Windows 7. Microsoft has said they never want to go through XP-style holdout again, but I don't think they have a choice. The data suggests that Windows 7 will likely become go through a similar holdout. Plus, the sheer aggressiveness with which they are pushing Windows 10 isn't doing them any favours. July 29, 2016, will decide Windows 10's fate IMO. Fortunately, if this is how well it does when it's free it should only do worse because there will eventually be a barrier to entry that wasn't there initially.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    I don't know if you've encountered this or not Noel, but just a heads up that the Remove Pre-Installed App (Other Than Cortana) section of your ReTweaker doesn't work in Audit Mode. I would've have PM'd you, but it says you can't receive new PMs so I have to post it here.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Because they're not knowledgeable enough to know any better. You could take literally every techie in the world and even those that aren't techies, but have at least basic Windows computer knowledge, and they'd still be in the minority.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    Your goals are the same as my mine. A desktop only, local account, UWA free Windows 10 with UAC disabled. The reason I was wondering why you disabled Windows Firewall was also because I thought that Sphinx was another front-end for Windows Firewall like TinyWall or Windows Firewall Control and not completely independent firewall software so that's my mistake.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    Okay. Why do you have the Windows Firewall service disabled by default though? Doesn't that render your deny-by-default firewall strategy moot because you'll have no firewall then?
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    Is this the next iteration of the script that you posted in this thread?
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    Windows 10 adoption rate chart animation

    The Windows 10 line continuing to climb and not plateau is worrisome.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    Please let this catch on. I want to see how high and mighty Microsoft is when they can't hide behind DirectX.
  17. Any news Noel? I'm interested in what you think about the tool.
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    I don't think so. Although I can't say for certain as I don't have an LTSB VM to test on. I'm pretty sure they will be a new LTSB eventually due that branch being called <year> LTSB instead of just LTSB. I'm guessing they'll produce a new LTSB every year or every couple of years. I found a link that might help: http://www.urtech.ca/2015/08/solved-what-is-windows-10-ltsb-long-term-servicing-branch
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    Windows 10 - Deeper Impressions

    It's a special branch of the Enterprise version. It's aimed at people who need something more stable system than standard Enterprise as such it only gets security updates and bug fixes and the 10586 update was/is not offered to LTSB clients. Aside from only security updates the most notable difference between LTSB and standard Enterprise there are no metro apps. No store, no Edge, and it uses the Win32 calculator.
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    List of Universal Windows Platform components

    Sure Microsoft removed WMC from Windows 10, but it's not like it's impossible to get it back either.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    Yes, I'm running it admin as. I tried pathing to with an elevated CMD (Windows Key + X > Command Prompt (Admin)) and standard right click > Run as Admin. Neither works. I haven't added, deleted, or changed anything in the directory. I only extracted it.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    I tried using your 1.2 script on a new VM I just made and I got these error messages. This is what I got when I redirected the output to a .txt file on the desktop. ERROR: One or more tools needed by this script cannot be located.This is what was actually displayed in the elevated CMD window. which: no SQLite3 in (.;C:\Windows\system32;C:\Windows;C:\Windows\System32\Wbem;C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\)I didn't do anything. I just extracted it and tried to run it.
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    Uninstall Cortana from Windows 10

    Hey Noel was looking at your batch file and I was wondering if you could maybe add an something that spits out what packages the script removed? I think it would be handy list of what to remove from my ISOs' install.wim.
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    Aero Glass for Win8.1+ 1.4.1

    They haven't been on top of their game since Windows 8 launched. However, this is a step in the right direction and they do deserve to be somewhat commended for that.
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    Win 10 Stability

    How do you have so little packages in your system? Don't you need more than just those two? In any case I want to know how you managed to properly remove so many because I've found that many packages are locked and can't be removed from an online system.