Emulators banned from Xbox and Windows Stores

Without the policy like this Microsoft has come up with, there will be risks of lawsuits that can happen to that company by other game companies alike. In fact, there were already past lawsuits from Sony against those who made the Playstation emulators for Windows PC and Dreamcast but eventually, the formally sued ones worked on the same emulation stuffs for later generation Playstation consoles like PS2, PS3, PSP, PS Vita and the list goes on. Also, the emulators are said to be banned from IOS completely but I don’t know if this is true or not and you still can see a bunch of them in the Android app stores.

While chaotic troubles are prevented this way, there’s one problematic workaround, sideloading of UWP apps. Hopefully, there should be a policy against this that can be done in Group Policy but this is still a problem when it comes to non-business devices and especially Xbox One. Another workaround is the fact that there online emulators that can be played on the web browser.

Privacy Dashboard for Windows 10

At least the mistakes had been realized that we eventually came up with solutions to fix them but it depends on the kind of serious mistake that had been made. However, there were certain mistakes that had gone so viral and controversial could lead to a serious of investigation like the ones that landed Microsoft into serious trouble. What about certain companies in the US that have been notorious for continuous troubles they land themselves into perhaps, for violating users privacy on their accord for years, using the fossil fuel or any other source that heats up the climate temperature, for instance? Corruption-wise, they never realize the amount of trouble they have landed on like they have been ignoring it, thinking that consumers’ concerns are whiny or something.

Eventually, after a long time Windows 10 was released like two years ago, it seems that Microsoft had been pressured into adding a privacy dashboard feature for that OS that allows a wider adjustment on what can be toggled on or off. Not to mention the presets that range from Basic to Full Telemetry levels. However, that feature will be part of the upcoming Creators Update of Windows 10 and the privacy features are said to be extended in Redstone 3 update. The data collected by Microsoft will not be used to target ads to you. One fact about Basic Telemetry Level is that it has been around ever since Windows NT 4.0 days as if Microsoft will need to assess the technical situation the consumers have encountered.

We definitely hope that Microsoft is doing the right thing this time with the upcoming Creators Update like they did the right thing for the Xbox One Kinect. Simply upgrading someone’s computer to Windows 10 as a punishment is what only idiots do until the day Creators Update is released which is sometime in April this year. And if you do that to your child’s computer or something regardless of whatever wrongdoing your child has done, I can assure that you will be scolded and disciplined at work for electronics property abuse and to privacy advocates, you will have lesser respect than before after having damaged your cyber-reputation as a parent.

Linux OS not blocked on Microsoft Store Signature PCs

It’s a pure luck that Microsoft still remembers the Microsoft Loves Linux campaign in which they have implemented some Ubuntu elements in the later builds of Windows 10 with the Bash shell as well as to port some of their tools to Linux OSes recently. I can imagine and guess that you can use Powershell on Linux host machine to remotely deploy Windows machines but I may need additional ideas about using Powershell for Windows deployment.
The fault about Linux OS not supported on Lenovo signature PCs lies with Intel, new BIOS or perhaps the RAID-mode for SSDs. Having RAIDs turned on for SSDs or HDDs may probably mean redundancy so that if one drive goes down, the machine can still operate with the remaining drives although replacements are still necessary. Unfortunately, installing an OS on the RAID enabled drive can be challenging.
There is a fix available for those affected Lenovo PCs in the future as announced from Lenovo but still, the opportunity to use Linux besides Windows on the same computer may be a rare one unless you have some reason or maybe you’re the big IT enthusiast like me in which I use Ubuntu and Windows on my same computer. In fact, if you bought one of those affected Lenovo PCs as the first or the replacement and want to use Linux on it, you may be out of luck and such complaints like this may make you look like a shameful whiner until the upcoming fix is on the way which may take place on the hardware level.
Many Mac and Windows PCs are able to run Linux OSes although I don’t know if the Windows tablets are able to do the same thing as well. For various embedded devices like the Raspberry Pi 2, you should be able to run Windows 10 or some other OS on them.
Compared to bloatware that poses security problems in which people can write articles or complain about, this one makes such user reviews kind of stupid as seen in the screenshot from that Neowin article. Luckily, on Lenovo Yoga 900, you should still be able to install Linux OS on it although it is not officially supportedĀ  to run Linux.
Even if you hate something, giving it a 1/5 like that despite the fact it is not that terrible in your opinion may anger the others using it. Also, telling people to avoid something over some serious flaw you’ve encountered in the forum is asking for some stupid trouble you’re going to land yourself into.

Unauthorized Windows Self-Healing Tool app

Following the situation regarding Windows 10 Anniversary Update in which people had some problems after installing it like computer freezes for instance, there is an unauthorized tool called Windows Self-Healing Tool app for Windows 10 which has been mentioned in various technology news sites including Neowin. The truth is, the tool is not authorized after all although it was made by someone within Microsoft under Microsoft Mobile Oy subsidary which was almost disbanded. The program was made without authorization from Windows Support group by a single tech and distributed to Microsoft servers which might have caused a news like this to pop up.

Speaking of Microsoft-made tool, it may contain some Powershell scripts that automate a set of tasks in resetting Windows 10. Nobody knows what the commands are like but they may be suspicious according to those technology news sites. The origin of the findings came from Bott of ZDNet and especially that another report came in from Pureinfotech where some Windows Insider was suggested to use such a tool like this. It may be a Microsoft tool but it’s not authorized and investigations from the company are still on-going until there is an official announcement and confirmation.

The tool might have done more harm than good to some Windows Insider after getting it and you may be suggested to avoid it like a plague.

France’s CNIL regarding Windows 10 data collection

About few days left before the upgrade to Windows 10 is no longer free and yet the illegal telemetry/data collection still continues through the company’s ON-GOING TECHNICAL TYRANNY! If the product is released in an incomplete state with core features implemented and future updates coming in, it is half-fine all along but adding additional negative thing which is the lack of security to the product can WORSEN its reputation.

From the observation result as reported by CNIL from France starting from April to June, Windows 10 doesn’t comply with French Data Protection Act. It collects too much stuffs along with irrelevant ones like it’s doing too much energy consumption for that bullshit. It’s like the change of Privacy Policy in the past wasn’t quite enough and the OS continues to do this kind of irrelevant bullshit in addition to collecting data based on the privacy options PRESENT in the Control Panel. It tracks on how long the users use along with system information about the apps installed in the machine.

Furthermore, there’s another concern CNIL has regarding the PIN login method. After tons of incorrect attempts, it should switch the users back to the password login method which CNIL thinks is more secure that way. Sure, the password is more secure than PIN if your password is strong enough as the PIN login method may be vulnerable to brute-force attacks. What about banning various kinds of PIN numbers because they’re too weak like 4444, for instance? In fact, there should be an alternate link on the login screen that switches users to the password login method in case they can’t login using PIN numbers. By the way, the PIN is assigned to the device while the password is assigned to the user account.

Another worse thing is that the major updates of Windows 10 may allow advertisements to be seen in apps and Start Menu based on the advertising ID which is linked to the users.

A major warning from CNIL is that Microsoft has a few months to comply with the French Data Protection Act or there’s a chance that Microsoft’s reputation will be affected for non-compliance and such business non-compliance like this can result in an investigation of the company. We don’t know if the French Data Protection Act will really be complied or not as if someone from Microsoft will be telling lies or something. Publishing business lies to the public can be a serious offense like certain ISPs in the US already do despite the fact that Net Neutrality is still in effect there for instance. This is beyond the final days of free upgrade offer for Windows 10 because after July 29, the upgrade will no longer be free but at this time Microsoft is already warned, it’s already too late to accept the offer at the last moment and the earlier time of free upgrade plan to Windows 10 was already in vain due to lack of realization that the illegal data collection from the OS was still on-going until now.

Lastly, we don’t know the major impact that will be done to the freedom in the future. Will the tech companies we know of and use their services be no longer trusted in the future for good? Will we be permanently betrayed by them for good? Will we drift away from the tech world completely in favor of doing something else that’s completely different? It’s basically a race against time until November where the election in the US begins and until then, the tech companies can’t be trusted and that the real privacy policies make us think like, we don’t know if those policies are for nothing or what.

Tencent TGP Box

At this time, we don’t know if Tencent has full transparency or not. But that aside, Tencent, Intel and Haier have announced a new game console that is powered by Windows 10 called Tencent TGP Box, which will be released as a Blade Box.

From the features, it will have things like:

  • Download and stream games
  • Live stream of gaming sessions
  • Local games
  • TGP Box Mode/Gaming Mode

Maybe this Blade Box may be a better thing than the Android Blade Boxes and Steam Machines probably due to the fact that it runs Windows and I guess that current and future Windows based machines will be powered by Windows 10 if that’s the case.

Windows 10 Specially Provided Edition for Chinese Government

The controversy regarding Windows 10 is solved on the Chinese government side after various checks and verifications on the modified code for this special edition were approved. This is to ensure that this edition of Windows 10 complies with the security rules and until then, the computers used by Chinese government are still using Windows XP and there were plans to migrate to Linux after knowing the fact that Windows 8 itself already has privacy violation flaws with Windows 10 being much worse.

For this edition, there will be less Microsoft apps and services in favor of the Chinese equivalent. Unfortunately, there isn’t an official list on what’s replaced in this edition and what’s not. In fact, there are already tons of third-party tools that eliminate apps and services that violate privacy completely but making sure that those settings are applied as part of the OS deployment isn’t an easy task.

Although Windows 10 Specially Provided Edition solves the security controversy, the OS bashing continues on all other editions of Windows 10 as there won’t be any plans for Microsoft to offer the consumers the same solution as the one offered to Chinese government at this time. It was already wrong to violate customers’ privacy like that with a product and Microsoft had already known how concerned the Russian and Chinese governments have been.

System Administrators angered over new Windows 10 upgrade push

It is unbelievable that System Administrators were angered upon seeing the Get Windows 10 icon showing up on the taskbar and the message on screen again despite the policies on having the devices being part of the domain and managed with SCCM or WSUS. From Microsoft’s defense, it occurred that domain-joined PCs that are not managed with SCCM or WSUS would get the Get Windows 10 app as a reminder to upgrade to Windows 10 but there were system admins that said that even the domain-joined PCs under WSUS received similar messages. The workarounds obviously wouldn’t last that long with the new upgrade push nags that keep on going until July this year where Windows 10 is no longer free to upgrade.

And again, it will take us time to look for newer workarounds, policies and other technical solutions but until then, the critical solutions are needed if we want to resume the deployment practice as there are already hardware issues on my computers nowadays.

Upcoming PC hardware won’t support older versions of Windows

Normally, a Windows OS is bound to last for 10 years and Windows 7 may have like a few years from now until it goes out of extended support. Unfortunately, this is bound to cause a little bit of stir and especially for business. New silicons from AMD and Intel will be using Windows 10 but as superior as they are compared to the previous and current silicons which can still run Windows 7, the real problem is going to take place at a business level. For organizations, it can take years to ensure that everything is upgraded to the new technology without causing any technical disruption to business but it can also mean that the organizations will have to familiarize with the new technology before the System Administrators and IT Professionals can decide if they want the organization to use it or not. Windows 8 and 8.1 were kind of unpleasing to the organizations that they may demand downgrades to Windows 7 similar to Windows Vista’s momentum for business where Windows Vista computers are all downgraded to Windows XP. Not to mention that the system requirements are unspeakably larger for Windows 10 than before like the OS is trying to push the limits of the Windows 7 and 8.1 computers.

But then, when Windows 7 computers are available for business use, I guess that there shouldn’t be any reason to downgrade them and it should be the same for the organizations to use Windows 10 in the future with the most amount of options available for Enterprise edition. It should be pleasing to the business consumers’ eyes and hopefully it should be the same for normal consumers. The upgrade/migration to newer versions of Windows for normal consumers may be a quicker one but as popular as Windows 10 is along with the news articles about it, there may be mixed kinds of consumers attracted very quickly.

The upcoming PC hardware running Windows 10 is still a fine thing as if there’s no particular reason to downgrade it to Windows 7 or 8.1 like it sounds kind of bullshit regardless of whatever reason you have. Even each computer may have its own lifespan and that is something you should know of.

Windows 10 upgrade prompt update

If there’s one kind of user you can’t encourage to upgrade to Windows 10 for whatever reason, it’s the privacy advocate that has the fear of security compromises. Of course there may be childish trolls trying to think and talk in a negative way about privacy advocates over Windows 10 stuff and especially that they think that Windows 7 and 8.1 users are not caring for the new technology on the outside or something. There have been tools that allow you to remove the Windows 10 installation files stored on the Windows 7 or 8.1 partition as well as to block upgrades to Windows 10. Maybe some hardware incompatibility, performance drop or other issues were the reasons against the upgrades to Windows 10 but I think that privacy is like the number one issue for me unless the edition of Windows 10 is Enterprise. Other reasons may regard things like some updates may break the OS or something like your computer is not able to boot up or some sort because of that or maybe new things are not performing well or anything like that.

The challenge between users and Microsoft continues with various workarounds that disable the updates along with newer updates that download the same Windows 10 installation files by undoing those workarounds and restoring certain stuffs done by those workarounds.