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Vistapocalypse

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  1. It appears that HEVC (which will be part of ATSC 3.0) was being used in Europe by 2015, by which time LAV made a suitable video decoder, and NextPVR began to support it (see HEVC (H.265) support).
  2. Update: As of a few minutes ago, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201 is the only official download page that is still working. (The other link now redirects to What is Microsoft Security Essentials?) The larger file is of course the x64 version. If you think you might want to install MSE someday, either store an installer now or take your chances with third-party downloads in the future!
  3. Well I have acquired another 24 hours of Rovi EPG data from Microsoft. My WMC guide now extends to January 30 at 6 PM. Perhaps also a decoder issue. I doubt that the old Microsoft DTV/DVD Video Decoder can handle HEVC, new audio decoders would likely be required for Dolby AC-4, and WMC's UI has no provision for selecting different decoders (but NextPVR's UI does). However. when ATSC 3.0 eventually becomes dominant in North America, I would imagine that converter boxes will be available. I have never used MediaPortal, but it is apparently still being developed. Unlike NextPVR, MediaPortal is open source. I believe it has considerable "media server" features in its own right, but could be used as a back end for Kodi (and probably other media servers) if desired. Personally, I have almost as much history with NextPVR as I have with WMC, so I'll stick with it unless I become dissatisfied. I believe you are referring to EPG Collector. There has recently been some discussion about it at the GreenButton WMC forum beginning here. It sounds like a viable option, and wouldn't even require an internet connection (much less any payment), although the data wouldn't extend as far into the future as WMC users are accustomed to - and of course would only be available for OTA channels. not for cable channels. (Again, NextPVR has native support for in-band EPG collection, as well as for Schedules Direct.) The lack of interest in this topic has more to do with the rise of Netflix and similar online services than with Microsoft abandoning WMC - in fact Microsoft was merely going with the flow IMO. Growing numbers of people rarely watch "linear" TV. so why should they bother with special hardware and software, recording schedules, etc? Just get TV shows and movies online whenever you like (for a fee).
  4. After still further reflection, I notice that the ESET "file version" noted by VistaLover on 11/18/2019 is actually the same as my screenshot above, in which the ESET "product version" is correct. Although ESET 13 does not support Vista, ESET 12 is still entitled to some support according to ESET End of Life Policy, with expected EOL in Dec 2022 - i.e. further 12.x versions might be released. Since the download links above all contain /v12/latest/ they presumably would deliver a newer 12.x version in the event that one was released.
  5. Bad News, Good News Microsoft updated its What is Microsoft Security Essentials? page on Jan 14, 2020: Official downloads were nevertheless still available at both https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201 and https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14210/security-essentials-download as of a few minutes ago, but the installers might be taken down at any time. Devotees of MSE might want to store an installer for future use!
  6. Well for those like you and I who are watching and recording over-the-air TV broadcasts, the fact that Microsoft paid licensing fees to Cable Labs of America in connection with DRM is irrelevant - and that is actually the only feature of WMC that is irreplaceable. (SiliconDust had a "Kickstarter" project to develop an alternative DVR with DRM for American cable, but nothing became of it.) I'm not rushing to find an alternative because I've actually had NextPVR installed since 2012. You like Schedules Direct's guide data? NextPVR has native support for it - no need for something like EPG123 to convert the data to Microsoft's MXF format. OTA broadcasts actually contain guide data. In the UK, DVB-T (terrestrial) channels contain a week of completely free in-band guide data. Alas, our North American ATSC broadcasts contain only several hours of data, but NextPVR can utilize that data if desired (whereas WMC cannot), which might be sufficient for time-shifting purposes but obviously not for elaborate recording schedules. NextPVR is certainly not the only alternative to WMC: just the only alternative I'm well-acquainted with. I hesitate to mention this in the Windows 7 forum, but NextPVR can readily be installed on Windows 10 (WMC only with difficulty, if at all), and NextPVR is about to go cross-platform when version 5 is released from public beta (I'd like to see someone get WMC to work on Linux or Mac). Granted, WMC has a more deluxe UI and greater ease of use (although setting up EPG123 might be considered difficult by PC users who are, shall we say, not MSFN material - but let them buy Tivos). Notably, NextPVR does not include decoders. On Windows 7, it can be set to use Microsoft's DTV/DVD Video Decoder; but users in North America would need to install an AC3 audio decoder such as LAV or AC3Filter unless they choose to use Kodi as a front end, which has its own AC3 decoder. Of course support issues should generally be directed to NextPVR Forums.
  7. Hello again @Stevo, and thanks for answering my question. (I'm not running build 6003 and have no SHA-2 support with which to test.) Does this mean you're not using Avast anymore? I'm using Avast Free 18.8 on Vista these days, and I know it creates Group Policy keys that prevent users from turning Defender on in order to avoid conflicts. Did you install the last-ever Server 2008 updates on Windows Vista last week? Any issues?
  8. Don't get me wrong Mathwiz: I will be SHOCKED if the Rovi data continues a day after January 31 (and January 29 is still as far as it goes at the moment). Using EPG123 with WMC (and NOT upgrading to Win10) is no doubt the best solution for North American cable junkies who are fond of their HTPCs, but there are a variety of options for others. I wish someone in the UK would post about the situation there, but you and I may be the only DVR enthusiasts at MSFN. (I hope that MSFN will become a stronghold for Windows 7 diehards to the same extent it has long been for XP diehards - and FWIW it is also the best Vista forum IMO.) Mathwiz, have you been getting annoying pop-ups in Media Center advising you to "switch to an alternate TV program guide provider"? There is a GreenButton thread about this issue, and setting up EPG123 evidently doesn't stop it. My vintage Vista with TV Pack appears to be immune. If you haven't seen such a pop-up either, that might mean that you haven't installed any Windows updates for quite some time - or that you know exactly which updates not to install for Win7?
  9. A recent post in MSFN's Windows XP forum caused me to revisit https://support.eset.com/en/download-and-install-eset-offline-or-install-older-versions-of-eset-products. It appears that the page was updated Dec 11, 2019, and now lists 12.1.34.0. But just as VistaLover found 2 months ago, the downloaded installers are another product version: 12.2.30.0. DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINKS (in case ESET updates the page again): ESET Smart Security Premium 12.2.30.0: x86: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/essp/windows/v12/latest/essp_nt32.exe x64: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/essp/windows/v12/latest/essp_nt64.exe ESET Internet Security 12.2.30.0: x86: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/eis/windows/v12/latest/eis_nt32.exe x64: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/eis/windows/v12/latest/eis_nt64.exe ESET NOD32 Antivirus 12.2.30.0: x86: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/eav/windows/v12/latest/eav_nt32.exe x64: https://download.eset.com/com/eset/apps/home/eav/windows/v12/latest/eav_nt64.exe
  10. I may have found the reason why the certificate date is different and it isn't compatible with XP anymore: The download link on that page labeled as ESET NOD32 Antivirus 12.1.34.0 32-bit actually delivers product version 12.2.30.0 (signed September 24, 2019): As I mentioned earlier, installation on XP was reportedly not possible with version 12.2.23.0. (But I "like" your post because you may have found an ideal download link for Vista x86. ) Meanwhile, the download link labeled as ESET NOD32 Antivirus 11.0.159.9 32-bit actually delivers 11.0.162.0 (signed February 08, 2018). I wonder if @Dibya uses that exact version?
  11. Just curious: Are definition updates for the legacy Windows Defender still available after 14 January 2020?
  12. I'm glad Mathwiz brings up the IonMonkey type confusion vulnerability again. My question is about PM/NM 27, which was last patched on January 3 (unless my weary eyes missed it) whereas CVE-2019-17026 wasn't announced until January 8. Moonchild did say, "All versions of Pale Moon prior to v28.8.1" are vulnerable, so I assume that includes Tycho unless someone more knowledgeable corrects my misconception - and Tycho does have the javascript.options.ion setting. What to do?
  13. Norton and ESET are certainly good brands: my only concern is whether such old versions can offer much protection in 2020 (and have you actually paid for a license?) I would suggest visiting AMTSO and taking the drive-by downloads test to see if your versions can prevent download of the (harmless) EICAR test file. Since sonicenforce likes to post screenshots, I'd like to see a screenshot of a Norton 2002 detection pop-up. Yes, Malwarebytes is mentioned many times in this thread. I prefer Malwarebytes Free 2.2.1 rather than 3.x. (To get Free, you must deselect the free trial of Premium during installation.) If I was interested in paying for their real-time protection, then I would install 3.5.1 (see Malwarebytes support for legacy Windows XP and Vista Operating Systems).
  14. That is an extremely old version. According to System Requirements, Windows XP was officially supported by all versions 9.x and below (although I have no idea where to find such old installers). I was surprised when @Dibya mentioned on pages 2-3 of this thread (July 25, 2018) using then-latest ESET NOD32 version 11, but I later learned that installation on XP wasn't blocked until version 12.2.23 according to Changelog. (That was also the last version to officially support Windows Vista, which is why I learned about it.) Edit: I never used ESET NOD32 because it isn't free, but I occasionally use and would recommend the ESET SysRescue Live disk.
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