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Keygens and Windows 8

by certifiedbug on May 4, 2013

in Windows OS


As we first reported in the Microsoft Security Report Volume 13, Keygens have become the number one threat reported by users of Microsoft antimalware products. The research also indicates that 76 percent of users that downloaded Keygen or software cracks were also exposed to other, more dangerous malware.

Keygens are typically not very dangerous on their own. However, malware authors are having great success using deceptive downloads that either pretend to be Keygens or contain them as well as other malware to spread their malicious payloads. Customers reporting Keygens have higher rates of additional malware infections compared to other threats. Some of these threats try to trick users into paying for software that’s distributed for free from trusted sources.


The next generation file system for Windows: ReFS

by certifiedbug on January 17, 2012

in Windows OS

Building Windows 8
An inside look from the Windows engineering team

We wanted to continue our dialog about data storage by talking about the next generation file system being introduced in Windows 8. Today, NTFS is the most widely used, advanced, and feature rich file system in broad use. But when you’re reimagining Windows, as we are for Windows 8, we don’t rest on past successes, and so with Windows 8 we are also introducing a newly engineered file system. ReFS, (which stands for Resilient File System), is built on the foundations of NTFS, so it maintains crucial compatibility while at the same time it has been architected and engineered for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios. In Windows 8, ReFS will be introduced only as part of Windows Server 8, which is the same approach we have used for each and every file system introduction.


Windows 7 Family Pack Available in US

by certifiedbug on October 4, 2010

in Windows OS

Starting today, customers in the United States can purchase the Windows 7 Family Pack at participating retailers and online at the Microsoft Store. This is your chance to get up to three PCs running Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99 ERP. But act fast—Family Pack is only available while supplies last.

For those of you living outside of the U.S., Family Pack will be available for purchase on or after Oct. 22.

Participating countries:
United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, and Ukraine.

Microsoft Store: Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack


Windows 7 Family Pack returns in October

by certifiedbug on September 5, 2010

in Windows OS

The return of the Family Pack is a good deal for consumers as it offers considerable savings over individual upgrades. Apparently it will only be available while supplies last so mark your calendars.

Purchasing the Windows 7 Family Pack gives you three upgrade licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99. To take advantage of Family Pack, you’ll need a PC running a genuine copy of either Windows Vista or Windows XP that is capable of running Windows 7. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can tell you which features and editions of Windows 7 will run on your computer(s).

For those of you who don’t live in the U.S., Family Pack may be coming your way too. It goes on sale in Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and many other markets on or after Oct. 22 (Windows 7’s 1 year anniversary!)


Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) ended July 13, 2010

July 14, 2010

If you have an unsupported version of Windows XP or Windows Vista without any service packs, Windows will continue to start and run as usual but you won’t get security updates for Windows. Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ended on April 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you’ve installed Windows Vista […]

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EstDomains, Inc. PR

October 24, 2008

To read history see October Press releases: EstDomains, Inc Takes Next Step in Combating Spam and Malware EstDomains, Inc Combating Cyber Crime — Thousands Domain Names Suspended Edit The Spamhaus Project. SBL68934 24-Oct-2008 10:41 GMT / / Cernel – dirty host/registrar SBL68935 24-Oct-2008 09:03 GMT […]

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Mojave Experiment, Show and Tell

August 27, 2008

New videos on the Mojave Experiment website Windows Vista Team Blog. Mojave: The Experiment Continues… It’s been a couple weeks since we launched the Mojave Experiment, and the reaction in the blogosphere has been fascinating to watch. You should see my inbox – some of you really liked how the experiment helped you say “I […]

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Mojave- surprise, it was Vista

July 24, 2008

Ina Fried at CNET today. Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista’s image Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put on video, asked about their Vista impressions, and then shown a “new” operating system, code-named Mojave. More than 90 percent […]

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Creative Sound Cards and Vista SP1

May 20, 2008

Knowing of my own experience with Creative’s drivers, friend Corrine at the Security Garden linked me to an article at Download Windows Vista SP1 Drivers for Creative sound cards The bad news is that even after two months since SP1 is available, Creative has not yet launched updated drivers. The good news is that […]

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Mark Russinovich’s Springboard

March 23, 2008

Russinovich, Technical Fellow for the Platform and Services Division, has a new project named ‘Springboard’, a collection of resources, tools, and monthly articles at Technet. Still on the Fence with Windows Vista? Springboard Live #1

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