Windows 10 S

Whether it’s Chrome OS on Chromebooks or Windows 10 S for educational use, you’re pretty much out of luck as they happen to contain the privacy violation stuff that cannot be disabled. You may as well study traditionally if you will and even then, your own electronics are obviously not allowed in schools. In tertiary schools like universities, it may be a different story.

Windows 10 S is said to allow apps from Windows Store to be opened whether it’s a Modern UI app or a Win32 app. Problem is, anything outside of that won’t be opened and the worse thing is that the computers using Windows 10 S are unlikely to be using ARM-based processors. Windows 10 computers and tablets with ARM-based processors using Windows 10 Mobile will soon open doors to using X86 apps although it can be a bigger disaster for Windows Phones as many of the traditional apps are not touch-friendly.

Citrix’s Receiver is a bigger rescuing solution. It allows you to use X86 apps on Windows 10 Mobile, Surface Hub, Hololens, IOTs and even Windows 10 S devices. It is useful for tablets, Surface Hub, IOTs and of course Windows 10 S computers but for Windows 10 S computers, the only handy thing about this solution is that students can go to Chrome, Google search engine, Microsoft Office desktop version and other tools needed depending on the course taken. But still, Windows 10 Education Edition is a better bet than Windows 10 S when it comes to educational use in tertiary schools and policies like GPOs still have to be implemented as part of computer deployment for school use.

What about computer labs in elementary and middle schools then? Will they use Windows 10 S or what? I may be sure that edutainment software is NOT likely to be compatible with Windows 10 S so the Education edition is a BETTER CHOICE FOR THOSE COMPUTER LABS!

I’m sure that there are still IT technicians handling computer stuffs in schools regardless of the educational level of whatever school they’re in like they handle the policies, student accounts, software for educational uses and even the edition of the OS for educational purpose. Hell, there’s even the school network but depending on the school, either the student’s computer gets it connected by the technicians or maybe it’s a computer in the lab that is immobilized already set up by them.

Privacy protection-wise, you can choose to exclude the default Modern apps but the problem is that Command Prompt or Powershell WON’T BE SUPPORTED! It is good that way considering the fact it is an edition for educational use and prohibition of those tools is due to user misuse or some kind in which one specific stuff will deliver greater technical damage without the student’s knowing. Not even Linux OSes obtained from the Windows Store will be supported as well as if they’re too complicated or something.

Lastly, upgrades to Pro edition are reasonable in tertiary schools but there are already hopes and lessons in keeping students cautious on what to do and what not to do to the school computers. There are already better solutions for educational uses out there like using Chromebooks or perhaps using Windows 10 Education Edition. Even better about Windows 10 Education Edition is that it is based on Windows 10 Enterprise so that the IT Professionals in schools have full control. Hell, there’s even the Pro Education Edition which removes Windows Store, Windows Spotlight and Cortana by default. At least you won’t see any student making some stupid noise or nonsense to Cortana that way, otherwise, the main fault may go to the IT people who allow Cortana to be enabled.

Windows 10 China Government Edition

The conditions had been fulfilled by Microsoft so far with this special edition of Windows 10 based on the Enterprise Edition for China government. It surely fits well as if the OS based on Enterprise Edition is for government work and it features full customization to the features ranging from privacy, group policy, updates and even features suited for business. What will satisfy the government the most is that the telemetry is turned off by default and that the government will make use of its own encryption feature.

For computers that will have this edition of Windows 10 for government use, Lenovo is the first to announce that they will be manufacturing their PCs containing this edition for the government but as of this present time, one such computer still has yet to be made available.

While this edition has made and fulfilled technical promises for the government, the same promise doesn’t go to normal consumers using Pro and Home editions of Windows 10. The Enterprise edition surely has brought full control for businesses but according to some research by Mark Burnett, it appears that even if you turn off those tracking features for privacy, there’s still connectivity going on with the purpose of telemetry. The best solution so far will be to get the Enterprise Edition LTSB version of Windows 10 which doesn’t have all the bloaty stuff pre-installed including the fact that there’s no naggy advertisement whatsoever telling you to use the default products like Windows Defender, Onedrive, Bing and even Edge. One problem though, Enterprise Edition including its LTSB counterpart is for BUSINESS use and getting that for your personal use is going to get business people ostracized and somehow, the forms had changed recently when it comes to evaluating Enterprise Edition for test use or something.

Lastly, I could sense a bunch of ignorant users whining to many of the tech news on social media or the sites themselves over this good news. Like what is disgusting about it, anyway? It’s like they thought that the tech news sites were starting to go off-topic at times like those sites were going incompetent even though it’s a mixture of technology and other stuff. Besides, it’s already useless telling those sites to take down this kind of tech news article over some whiny dis-trust.

The verdict of this news is that it’s a good one since this edition of Windows 10 has fulfilled the promises for the China government and that we expect the same amount of promise for other editions of Windows 10.

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.