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Everything posted by greenhillmaniac

  1. If you install the latest Flash Player update for IE, provided by MS, before checking for updates, it will take less than 5 minutes. However, if you check for updates without the latest Flash Player update, it can take 1 hour (this phenomenon happened to me!). It's a weird situation indeed. It happened on 8.1 for me. Don't know if 8.0 is affected. Hope this helps!
  2. And do you know if 8.0 is faster in Explorer performance compared to 7?
  3. That encryption was being done by the new security patch, released from Windows Update, by Microsoft. They figured out that the only way to keep your PC safe, when you are running an old version of Windows, is to lock it from everything, even the user After the encryption is done, the only think you will be able to see is this horrifying image on boot: And then... you wake up! (that was some good creepypasta!)
  4. Server 2008 will recieve updates for as long as Windows 7, that is, until 14th January 2020. EDIT: Also, some interesting info: Windows Thin PC, which is a slimmed down version of Windows 7, with only a x86 install option, will have support until 12th October 2021. This means Windows 7 users might have an extra year of x86 support (sorry x64 users, I can't find any obscure Windows 7 variant that has support beyond 2020).
  5. As you may or not know, Powershell 5.0 does not normally install on Windows 8.0. Microsoft restricted the install to Server 2012, so updating from the normal method of executing the .msu file is impossible. However, it's still possible to extract the update files and install the components individually, as these will install on 8.0 with no problem. So here's what you're going to do: Download Powershell 5.0 from Microsoft's website: http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/03/windows8-rt-kb3134759-x64_f266b1c2107b88968c4db134b9957bb61c11feb9.msu Create a new folder on the directory where you downloaded the update, named "temp", open a Command Prompt at the download directory, and write the folowing commands (with admin rights, of course): expand.exe -f:*Windows*.cab windows8-rt-kb3134759-x64_f266b1c2107b88968c4db134b9957bb61c11feb9.msu ./ expand.exe -f:* Windows8-RT-KB3134759-x64.cab .\temp After this, you will have all of the update files extracted into the "temp" directory. Now comes the installation part. We want to add these individual packages into our 8.0 install: Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package WIN8IP-Win8-Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Package Windows-Management-Protocols-Package-Win8 Microsoft-Management-Odata-Package Microsoft-NetworkSwitch-Management-Package All we need to do is run multiple Dism commands to add packages. Here's how they look: dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:(path to "temp" directory)\(packagename listed previosly)~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum As an example: dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\WIN8IP-Win8-Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Windows-Management-Protocols-Package-Win8~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-Management-Odata-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-NetworkSwitch-Management-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum Finally we need to add the language packs, to make it all work on your OS language. The formula is similar to adding the packages on the previous step: dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:(path to "temp" directory)\(packagename listed previosly)~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~(your os language here)~6.2.9616.1023.mum Again, using the same example as before, I have Windows 8.0 with Portuguese of Portugal as my main language, so I'll use the pt-pt numenclature: dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\WIN8IP-Win8-Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Windows-Management-Protocols-Package-Win8~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-Management-Odata-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum dism.exe /online /add-package /packagepath:C:\temp\Microsoft-NetworkSwitch-Management-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~pt-pt~6.2.9616.1023.mum After this reboot, and you'll have Powershell 5.0 fully install on your system NOTES: You can do this to slipstream PS5.0 into an offline 8.0 image. The package Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package might not install. If so, continue to install all the other packages, as Powershell 5.0 will still work. If you don't want to use these steps, you can just simply run this script: @echo off rem script by: abbodi1406 %windir%\system32\reg.exe query "HKU\S-1-5-19" 1>nul 2>nul || ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: Run the script as administrator goto :END ) for /f "tokens=6 delims=[]. " %%G in ('ver') do set winbuild=%%G if %winbuild% NEQ 9200 ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: This package is for Windows 8 goto :END ) %windir%\system32\reg.exe query "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment" /v PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE | find /i "amd64" 1>nul || ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: This package is for 64-bit systems ^(x64^) goto :END ) if not exist "%~dp0W2K12-KB3134759-x64.msu" ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: W2K12-KB3134759-x64.msu is not found besides the script goto :END ) if not exist "%windir%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package*.mum" if not exist "%windir%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-Client-Features-Package*.mum" ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: Parent foundation package is not detected goto :END ) if exist "%windir%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package*6.2.9616.1023.mum" ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: This package is already installed goto :END ) set _mui=(ar-SA,bg-BG,cs-CZ,da-DK,de-DE,el-GR,en-US,es-ES,et-EE,fi-FI,fr-FR,he-IL,hr-HR,hu-HU,it-IT,ja-JP,ko-KR,lt-LT,lv-LV,nb-NO,nl-NL,pl-PL,pt-BR,pt-PT,ro-RO,ru-RU,sk-SK,sl-SI,sr-Latn-RS,sv-SE,th-TH,tr-TR,uk-UA,zh-CN,zh-HK,zh-TW) cd /d "%~dp0" echo. echo Exracting the package install files.. if exist .\temp rd /s /q .\temp >nul mkdir .\temp expand.exe -f:*Windows*.cab W2K12-KB3134759-x64.msu .\ >nul expand.exe -f:* Windows8-RT-KB3134759-x64.cab .\temp >nul del /f /q Windows8-RT-KB3134759-x64.cab >nul echo. echo Installing main packages.. FOR %%A IN ( Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package WIN8IP-Win8-Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Package Windows-Management-Protocols-Package-Win8 Microsoft-Management-Odata-Package Microsoft-NetworkSwitch-Management-Package ) DO ( %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\%%A~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.2.9616.1023.mum ) if %errorlevel% neq 0 if %errorlevel% neq 3010 ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: Installing main packages failed goto :END ) echo. echo Installing language packages.. for /d %%G in %_mui% do ( if exist "%windir%\System32\%%G\wuaueng.dll.mui" ( %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\Microsoft-Windows-PowerShell-WTR-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\Microsoft-PowerShell-DSC-PullServer-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\WIN8IP-Win8-Microsoft-Windows-WMI-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\Windows-Management-Protocols-Package-Win8~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\Microsoft-Management-Odata-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\Microsoft-NetworkSwitch-Management-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~%%G~6.2.9616.1023.mum ) ) if %errorlevel% neq 0 if %errorlevel% neq 3010 ( set MESSAGE=ERROR: Installing language packages failed goto :END ) if %errorlevel% equ 0 ( set MESSAGE=Done ) if %errorlevel% equ 3010 ( set MESSAGE=Done. System restart is required to complete installation ) echo. echo Removing temporary install files.. %windir%\System32\Dism.exe /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package /PackagePath:temp\update.mum 1>nul 2>nul rd /s /q .\temp >nul :END echo. echo ============================================================ echo %MESSAGE%. echo ============================================================ echo. echo Press any Key to Exit. pause >nul exit All of this was possible thanks to user abbodi1406 from the MyDigitalLife forums, who knows too much about Windows updates
  6. No problem. Also, the reason the .NET Rollup didn't release is probably related to not having any kind of security fix this month (just check the Security Bulletin to see what I mean)
  7. Must be similar to what the Rollup Updates included. You should be able to see the changes in this page (although right now it doesn't contain anything useful related to this month's patches): https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22811/windows-server-2012-update-history
  8. Welp, now I have to update the repository... I should make a new folder for the new cumulative security updates, to distinguish between the pre-October 2016 and post-October 2016 patch releases.
  9. Server 2008 uses the same update "old" update model as Vista, I think. Just checked the Security Bulletin: Server 2008 and Vista still get to choose individual patches.
  10. The updates have been liberated to the Microsoft Update Catalog. So far, info on them has not been released. - October, 2016 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2012 (KB3192393): http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/1/E/01ED389E-1570-4C54-9D38-4193A25C5D7E/Windows8-RT-KB3192393-x64.msu - October, 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012 (KB3185332): http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/D/72D24A16-49DF-4379-8DD9-58EC63DEF082/Windows8-RT-KB3185332-x64.msu - Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows Server 2012 (KB3194343): http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/5/C/95C00945-07BE-4BC1-B637-762420B01451/Windows8-RT-KB3194343-x64.msu @JodyT, you may begin testing! EDIT: Microsoft Security Bulletin for the month is up! https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms16-oct
  11. Maybe the discontinuation of Vista in 2017 might peek the interest of some modders, and we might get some compatibility fixes (it's a longshot...) Regardless, I'll keep updating the thread with any new AMD driver developments. As long as there are some people interested in the OS, it will never die!
  12. There is a way to extract the .cab file inside the .msu file, and install the updates separately, but it requires analyzing the update.mum file, and knowing which .mum component file(s) correspond to the respective individual patches. But given the history with the update rollups for Server 2012, where they all installed successfully on my test VM, I'm sure the security rollups will install just fine.
  13. Registry Editor (regedit) in Windows 10 build 14942 now has an address bar Wow, some actual improvements to the user experience for us power users... I'm impressed. I thought they would announce they were porting regedit into UWP (God forbid!) Also, some Kernel improvements! Service hosts are split into separate processes on PCs with 3.5 GB+ of RAM in build 14942 Basically, now they can cram all of those telemetry and app services with a bit more stability (can't wait to see the number of processes running in Redstone 2)... What do you guys think of this?
  14. For Windows 8.0 the drivers work fine (in fact, I made a thread explaining how to install the drivers on 8.0). Is that what you asked? I assume you said "Do you want windows 8 32bit?(not 8.1)"
  15. Would this Compatibility Layer maybe make the mod for AMD drivers you made work, or is this more focused on getting newer apps working, as opposed to drivers?
  16. Well, I don't mind buying a new laptop with Windows 10, as long as I'm able to install a different Windows OS. I think it's a worse case scenario for modern day M$ to have the money from the licensing but not having you use their services, as opposed to you not paying for it, but using Apps and the Store (the 1 year forced free upgrade proves my point). My main problem with buying new HW is drivers. I think M$ knows that the easiest way to make people stay on the new OS, is making it harder to make your new spanking HW function properly with older Windows versions (that's why we have the recent threats news that new Intel and AMD processors will only work on 10). That's why other technologies, such as Secure Boot, and TPM exist, to make it harder for you to switch. In the near future we will have laptops resembling tablets, with locked BIOSses, where our only "choice" of OS is Winbloat 10! And that scares me. I guess I'll be sticking with technology from 2015/2014 and backwards
  17. Yeah, I noticed that on my laptop with an Intel 4 Series Graphics. Too bad the inbox drivers are s***, with no OpenGL support. Still... I guess it's a plus point for 8.0: more inbox drivers!
  18. (Seems like I'm the only one keeping this thread alive ) New driver version from AMD! 16.40 - released with Crimson 16.9.1. It introduces even less driver overhead to DX11, and Vulkan API version 1.0.21. Haven't tested Vista compatibility, but I assume it's the same as previous versions (that is, non functional )...
  19. Basically this. Post dates are from tommorow! @JodyT also complained that he couldn't post in his own thread because he needed to wait some -6000 seconds or something... and my more recent post appears before his edit of a previous post! I think this is an issue with the forum's internal timer or something.
  20. Repository updated: https://mega.nz/#F!ExhDEbDA!pUhzXKVp5-hgzvylW_btfQ Changes and notes: Replaced updates: IE11 (KB3175443 -> KB3185319); Flash Player (KB3174060 -> KB3188128); Microsoft Graphics Component replaces previous Kernel Mode Driver Update (KB3177725 -> KB3185911) and PDF Library Update (KB3175887 -> KB3184943) In the Security Update for Windows section of the security bulletin (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-110) it only shows KB3184471 available for Server 2012, but KB3187754, that only shows as available on 8.1 in the security bulletin, appears on Microsoft Update Catalog for Windows 8 Embedded Standard. If @JodyT could test KB3187754 (it's in the repository, so no need for IE!) that would be great! Maybe it's a pre-requisite for KB3184471 that you couldn't install That's basically it. I'll be starting a new thread on how to install Powershell 5.0 on Windows 8.0 (yes, I found a way!), and maybe a few others that might be useful for Windows 7 and 10, regarding updating the Windows Update Client without installing the Cumulative Updates, and installing the Classic Calculator in AU without modding system files. Stay tuned, folks!
  21. Those drivers are dated December 2014... Unfortunatly, my card came out in June 2015, so I would need newer drivers. Thanks for the links, tho!
  22. Could you give me some links to those MB driver websites?
  23. Didn't know about the network traffic monitor on the Charms bar, and I used Windows 8.0 from release, up until the 8.1 upgrade Anyway, those are some tangible points. Thanks for posting. Also, just remembered of a few more plus points for Windows 8.0: - You can use the Release Preview theme as is, without mods - You can use the Windows 7 Explorer with a wrapper, eliminating the Metro portion of the OS entirely Keep em coming... I'm trying to use this thread to have some arguments, when I say that Windows 8.0 is a viable alternative to 8.1 and 7.
  24. While we're talking, here are some personal gripes I have with the latest Windows 10 AU (and Windows 10 in general): - When you don't have the default apps installed, new entries on the start menu freeze, and the only way to unfreeze them is to log off or restart Explorer - Im my OS language (Portuguese of Portugal) the Downloads folder is named "Transferências", as it was since Vista, but Edge changes the name of the folder to the English default "Downloads", messing up with the visual organization I have on Explorer (8.1, 8.0, 7 and Vista NEVER did this) - This: - Apps don't completely replace the Win32 counterpart, making their existence useless and irritating (for me atleast). Example: Groove Music plays MP3 files, Windows Media Player plays everything Groove does plus midis and other weird formats. Why should I have Groove occupying space, when Media Player serves me better, and with no crashes? - Apps crash at random without any kind of warning. Win32 programs crash and then give you a log, or a message of sorts. - You are not given the option to uninstall OneDrive and remove it from the Explorer, even if you're using a local account - App defaults are usually changed to the ones Windows wants. I use SumatraPDF as my PDF reader, but Windows 10 thinks it's a malicious app, so it kindly restored the default to Edge... How nice of them! I'm not even including the privacy or other control downgrades, or I would be here all day. Case in point: Windows 8.1 is the best OS Microsoft has done (with tweaks)
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