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greenhillmaniac

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  1. The Control Panel is not gone. They just replaced the shortcut on the Win+X menu from the Control Panel into the Settings... This almost reminds me of the fake reports that CMD was gone from new Windows 10 builds, because they replaced certain shortcuts to Powershell. I know Windows 10 is bad, but not even Microsoft would do that
  2. Atleast you can still use your GPU with Vista... Anything newer than the RX 2XX series won't work properly (such as my card)
  3. Yup, Windows 8.x are still in December's update batch... like said earlier, you can't perfect perfection
  4. Another first: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/02/14/february-2017-security-update-release/ Patch Tuesday delayed!
  5. It's built in, but you can disable it in the "Disable Windows Features" option on the control panel:
  6. Be warned that I haven't been able to successfully install the Intel HDMI drivers on Windows 7. Perhaps with a bit more search it would be possible, but I've changed to Windows 8.1, as it suits my needs a bit better. The laptop model is a HP 15-ay105np, with a custom shop configuration to have 8Gb of DDR4 RAM: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05326875/?openCLC=true
  7. Don't be fooled. Check the INF file. They most probably have the Kaby Lake hardware ID only on the Windows 10 section.
  8. The problem is that it probably isn't just an id***... It could well be an entire department.
  9. The INF file for the GPU driver does seem to support Windows 7 and even 8 and 8.1, so great find Now the HDMI driver seems to be the same as the one provided by the official drivers off of Intel's site, so I'm not sure it will remove the yellow bang I have on device manager... Will give it a shot though.
  10. Well, nothing extraordinary... since Microsoft fixed the Update mechanism, so no schvost loop occurs, it found all the updates, and it installed fine (even the 2017 January Rollups and such). I will have to say this: the Intel HDMI driver did not install correctily. Gave me an error 39, or something like that (I'm not on my laptop to check). I guess the real test would be to see if I will continue to recieve updates until 2020... we'll see.
  11. Didn't have to. Windows 7 isn't as strict as Windows 8 when it comes to drivers. All I had to do was manually install the drivers from Device Manager, and when the Red warning window showed up asking me if I wanted to install unsigned drivers, I clicked "Install this driver software anyway"
  12. Actually I am aware of the issue, and Microsoft fixed the issue on regular Windows Update recently, without those updates installed. The search only took me ~5min, and it found everything (thank god, because the July 2016 UR contains telemetry that I don't want on any of my systems).
  13. Remember all the doom and gloom announced by tech sites all over, that Kaby Lake processors would be incompatible with Windows 7 and 8.1? http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-7-wont-work-intels-current-next-gen-cpus/ http://www.pcworld.com/article/3112663/software/microsoft-made-em-do-it-the-latest-kaby-lake-zen-chips-will-support-only-windows-10.html Well... I managed to get my HP laptop with an Intel Core i7 7500U and Intel HD 620 GPU working, without a single warning symbol on Device Manager. It was a bit tricky though... I had to install the Kernel Mode Driver Framework and User Kernel Mode Driver Framework v1.1 updates, along with a pretty obscure hotfix released by Microsoft, to make Windows 7 support TPM 2.0. http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2012/11/windows6.1-kb2685811-x64_191e09df632b70fd4f4b27d4cb9227f7c5a1c98c.msu http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2012/11/windows6.1-kb2685813-x64_22a969bada171678b0936bb320e6a7778e8adc07.msu https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2920188/update-to-add-support-for-tpm-2.0-in-windows-7-and-windows-server-2008-r2 There was no USB support after the fresh install, so I had to put the essential USB 3.0 drivers on a CD-RW I had laying around. Aside from that, Intel also really doesn't want you to install Windows 7 on their new platform... The GPU drivers were compatible with 7, but the HW IDs for the new iGPUs were exclusive to the Windows 10 part of the file. All I had to do was copy paste them to the 7/8.1 section, and it installed without any problem. Also, the Intel Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework drivers were only available for 10... Had to search the HW IDs on google to find older compatible versions. Now I should finish setting up the system, and see if I can get updates. Will report back
  14. So WDDM type drivers are implemented or are you still using XP drivers to test these games?
  15. Wow, according to Microsoft's Server 2012's Update History page: "There are no security fixes or quality improvements for release on January 10, 2017. As such, there is no Security-only update nor Monthly Rollup release for this month." https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22811/windows-server-2012-update-history I saw the same thing on the 8.1's Update History page... Guess @NoelC was right, you can't improve on perfection
  16. The updates probably haven't been released yet... For Windows 10 a new CU has already been released: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4009938/windows-10-update-kb3213986
  17. Try to also add this update for the Kernel-Mode Driver Framework and User-Mode Driver Framework. It ports Windows 8 functions to Vista, related to drivers: http://download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/software/updt/2012/12/windows6.0-kb2761494-x64-mergedpkg_4f986add28318ed72dc950c89b0d1ef80e8d4319.msu Maybe it will alleviate your problems.
  18. You most probably need to disable Secure Boot on your UEFI settings. That thing blocks 7 and Vista from booting both in MBR and UEFI/GPT mode. EDIT: Also, to make Vista not BSOD after installing in UEFI mode, in the partition part of the setup, press SHIFT+F10 to open CMD, and run DISKPART, with these commands: -select disk 0 (your HDD) -clean -convert GPT
  19. My antecipation level for the Creator's Update is exactly the same kind I had for all other Windows 10 updates, which is mild to non-existant (about a 3 in your scale). I've already adjusted my expectation levels, so I know what will come out: more control panel settings moving into the Modern Settings, restoring features that should've been there from day one and some gimmicky feature to say they are now foccusing on content creators (OMG, a new Universal Paint App! Just what I use to make complex images!!!!). If you are expecting a return to form, with focus on Win32, you will be deeply disapointed. However, if you expect improvements on the UWP framework, and some (mostly unwanted) tweaks to the OS, then you'll get what you expect, which is meh.
  20. Yeah, the fact that the key entry only verifies if the key corresponds to a Media Center key, but doesn't verify if it's genuine or not is really stupid... And yes, as I've said, that 100$ for a 10$ Media Center key was really a scam. It would be cheaper to go to eBay!
  21. I'll have to disagree with you on this one, @NoelC. Microsoft clearly stated that the Media Center redeamable key was only valid if you activated it before January 31st of 2013. In fact, I have an e-mail to prove this. It's in portuguese, but it clearly states in there that you need to activate the key before the specified date. Also, the issue with the activation box saying that the key is valid, but then saying that it didn't activate also happens with Windows 7's Anytime Upgrade. You can input a pirated upgrade key to the Ultimate edition, and it will say the key is valid, but then it won't activate. Although that 99$ you paid does seem like a scam to me... I mean, I remember seeing the Media Center upgrade on sale at Retail stores for 10€.
  22. Those are some great findings! This means Windows 7 has 1 year and 9 months of extra support, and 8.1 has 6 months of extra support. Maybe until then M$ realizes the mistake Windows 10 was, and builds another great Windows, based on the Windows 8.1 code base (just remove the metro portion, introduce a few tweaks to the user experience, like a better Start Menu than 7's, and build the Win32 API further). Guess I'll have 2 more repositories to maintain in the future
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