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Everything posted by greenhillmaniac

  1. 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€.
  2. 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
  3. I'll try, but you know that Vista comes first! And besides, there's not much sense in talking about hypothetical scenarios without the modded driver files themselves, so we'll see...
  4. Yup, already have the Vista DVD ready for dual boot
  5. Look at the 1st post of the thread. I did some research on dependencies.
  6. Doesn't DWM rely on Windows Vista's and over WDDM ? Backporting it would be a pain in rear, I would imagine...
  7. The only way to get an updated ISO is if you go to torrents, go to some forums, or integrate the updates yourself. Since getting modded ISOs from people you don't know from the internet is always risky, I would recommend you do the customization yourself. Your best bet to do this, is to follow the instructions on this site, that basically says that you need to install the OS on a VM, update it, and then put whatever you'd like on the OS, to create your own updated and customized ISO: http://finalthought.org/creating-customized-windows-8-1-media-iso-wim-flash-drive/ The website says the guide is for Windows 8.1, but it works on Server 2012 R2 and Windows 10. Hope this helps
  8. At this point, Windows 8.0's marketshare is so small, they probably don't care
  9. What I meant to say is that it's confusing, because I have to distinguish between the Rollups that contain everything, and the Security Only updates, that might not contain everything, and don't superseed each other. Information on the later is kind of all over the place.
  10. (Here I am reviving a dead thread like I'm a paramedic or something...) New AMD driver version, bumped in the big end of year update, Radeon Software 'Crimson' ReLive Edition 16.12.1 (what a mouthful!): - 16.50 - improves DX11 drawcalls, bumps Vulkan version to 1.4.1. Also brings improvements to FreeSync, and other features. I assume compatibility status is the same as all versions since June 2015, that is, incompatible. One funny thing I've noted, is that the HDMI audio driver is still compatible with Vista...
  11. Well... the new updating scheme is f****** confusing, but I'll try to explain to the best of my skills. - Added Monthly Rollup KB3205409 - this one replaces all of previous month's updates (until October 2016 atleast, when this whole ordeal began) - Added Security Only Update KB3205408 - this one is not cumulative, meaning you either have to install all Security Only Updates from previous months, or install the Monthly Rollup from previous month, and then install this one - Added Flash Player Update KB3209498 - nothing special. Superseeds all previous Flash updates - Added .NET Security and Quality Rollups. These come in different update files for the different .NET versions available and supported. So we have: KB3210130 - Meant for .NET 3.5 SP1. Replaces the October Rollup. KB3210138 - Meant for .NET 4.5.2. This one replaces all previous updates, which means you only need to install this update to have them all. Kind of cool. KB3210133 - Meant for .NET 4.6 and 4.6.1. Like the previous, it also replaces all of the previous updates. KB3205377 - Meant for .NET 4.6.2 - Added .NET Security Only Update KB3204801 - meant for .NET 4.6.2. Funny enough, this is the only Security Only update I could find for .NET this month. Maybe the other versions don't have security fixes? On a note here, .NET 4.6.2 does not officially support Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and as such is not supported on x86 Windows 8.0 computers. The latest .NET version available for these PCs is v4.6.1. And I think that's it... That's a long update list. Let me know if there's anything I missed. https://mega.nz/#F!ExhDEbDA!pUhzXKVp5-hgzvylW_btfQ Let's make Windows 8.0 last until 2023
  12. BTW, haven't you missed the new Flash Player update, KB3209498? Here's the link: http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2016/12/windows8-rt-kb3209498-x64_e163403eafd7008a50a79f0a25a300edd0f5826c.msu
  13. Nice theme Updating the repository as we speak...
  14. I look forward to it BTW, forgot to mention: I've updated the repository with the Monthly Rollups, both Security Only and Quality and Security ones. I've also added a folder named "Extras", with a mix of non security updates and Update Rollups that I think should be installed in every NT6.2 system (like the new July 2016 servicing stack update). Do check it out
  15. Going on a tangent here (we went from discussing making Windows 10 usable, to the XP vs new Windows discussion, to a system built for a gamer, so I think I'm allowed to rant a bit), it's a shame AMD isn't currently competing in the high end segment. I see lots of people go for nVidia due to this, and not only have high end GPUs increased their price range over the last 5 or so years (we went from 300$/400$ for the Radeon 6950/Geforce 580 to 800$+ with the Titan XP, and for less, the Fury X), but an increasing number of games are being bundled with the horrible nVidia GameWorks, that effectively serves the purpose of making AMD cards look bad, with little to no visual gain. The same can practically be said for the CPU market, which, I think, is even worse than the GPU market, with Intel releasing year after year of quad cores with marginal performance gains, and constant motherboard switching, because they insist on changing sockets every 2 generations of a CPU (I get it that new platforms pave the way for new features, but why not just release new chipsets for the same socket?!?!)!
  16. Especially Windows 2000, which is more on par with XP than NT 4.0. I mean, it's easy to say that X old OS is faster than Y newer OS, because usually the newer OS has more stuff, to make it work wth newer protocols, programs and APIs (even though Windows 10 is slower by bloatware, but that's a different subject altogether)! If we go by speed alone, and not count any other parameters, I bet MS-DOS is faster than any of the Windows OSs. Anybody against this statement?
  17. Your card has drivers for it! You can install the latest supported ones, the Catalyst 15.6 beta: http://files.ngohq.com/ati/amd-catalyst-15.6-beta-software-suite-win7-64bit-june22.exe, by modding the INF file and using @smeezekitty's fix: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/173175-catalyst-1412-omega-on-vista/?page=1 Heck, even the officially supported drivers work with your card on Vista (the old Catalyst 13.12): https://www2.ati.com/drivers/13-12_winvista_64_dd_ccc_whql.exe
  18. Wait, are we talking in Legacy/MBR mode or UEFI mode? Because in UEFI mode XP hasn't been dual bootable since 8.
  19. Perhaps the latest Flash Player Update: http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2016/11/windows8-rt-kb3202790-x64_e565e01e68aca4b61980ed3d01dfdf0ca09fa99e.msu
  20. Yeah, check out my repository (on my signature) of post January 2016 updates for 8.0, both x64 and x86 versions.
  21. Even though moving into a new Windows 7 type release seems obvious to us techies, I am afraid it might be too late for M$. They're in too deep in the rabbit hole. The time for them to move away from all the apps and touch came and went with the release of Windows 10. They still had a chance back then to back down. Windows 8 was a blunder, and didn't get much traction by either devs or users. People would accept that M$ tried something new and failed. With 10, we had forced upgrades, telemetry updates and buggy patches. They are pushing so hard for the app store, that suddenly dropping everything might kill any trust left in the company. Who knows, maybe it will be a Sega type situation, where after years of wrongdoings, they admit they've done wrong and release one last good product before they go under. Their Dreamcast.
  22. Brace yourselves, for a mandatory SP2, with integrated telemetry updates, that extends Windows 7's lifecycle to that of 8.1 (that is until 2023), while M$ appologizes for Windows 8 and 10, and says they are doing a true successor to Windows 7, building on its codebase (a person can dream...)
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