Showing posts with label Windows 10. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows 10. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Privacy is for closers says Microsoft

Heres part of the Microsoft's 12,000 word ToS for Windows 10:
Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.
In human-speak, this means by default the key-logging behavior that was noted in the preview version is a feature not a bug, the creepy always-on-camera that watches you masturbate from your Xbox One will now listen to you through your laptop microphone, your browser history of course gets shared, as does a whole bunch of other things.

surveillance joshua wieder ceiling cat

Word on the street is the spying can be disabled.

For users like me, this is exactly the sort of thing that makes it worth it to uninstall Windows and install Linux. Even on a brand new laptop where the outrageous cost of a Windows license was already factored in. Every other excuse - document handling, application functionality - has inexorably been resolved or made irrelevant. Being able to conveniently play video games is not a lot of value to exchange for non-stop advanced surveillance for anyone that does not possess the innocent and carefree mind of a child.

I'm already forced to pay strangers to spy on me through my taxes. I don't like it. Do you?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

List of Windows Activation Keys for KMS - Windows 10 Edition!

Hey there everybody. सुनो! आप कैसे हैं A few years back I published a list of Windows Activation Keys / माइक्रोसॉफ्ट सक्रियण कुंजी that can be used for KMS client deployment and approximately a bajillion readers visited it. Traffic was particularly heavy from my peoples in India, who are all awesome. It was by far the most popular post of all time on this website, despite the fact it received no media coverage and no one linked to it. All that love despite the fact that these keys are completely legit, 100% legal and simply buried deeply in Microsoft's documentation. These keys are specifically for volume-activation scenarios. If you think you will pull off some sort of piracy with these keys, you will be disappointed.

Anyway, here are the latest keys for Microsoft's latest labor of love, Windows 10. Remember that to install a client key, open a command prompt as Administrator and use this command: slmgr /ipk yourkeyhere If you aren't familiar with the process, check out the KMS activation post I wrote for Windows 2012.

Windows 10 Keys | विंडोज 10 चाबियाँ

Windows 10 Professional
W269N-WFGWX-YVC9B-4J6C9-T83GX
Windows 10 Professional N
MH37W-N47XK-V7XM9-C7227-GCQG9
Windows 10 Enterprise
NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
Windows 10 Enterprise N
DPH2V-TTNVB-4X9Q3-TJR4H-KHJW4
Windows 10 Education
NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
Windows 10 Education N
2WH4N-8QGBV-H22JP-CT43Q-MDWWJ
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB
WNMTR-4C88C-JK8YV-HQ7T2-76DF9
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB N
2F77B-TNFGY-69QQF-B8YKP-D69TJ

Just for the heck of it I will include some older operating systems here as well. Aapka swagat hai!

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Keys | विंडोज सर्वर 2012 R2, विंडोज 8.1 कुंजी

Windows 8.1 Professional
GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 Professional N
HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY
Windows 8.1 Enterprise
MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
Windows 8.1 Enterprise N
TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW
Windows Server 2012 R2 Server Standard
D2N9P-3P6X9-2R39C-7RTCD-MDVJX
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
W3GGN-FT8W3-Y4M27-J84CP-Q3VJ9
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
KNC87-3J2TX-XB4WP-VCPJV-M4FWM

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Keys | विंडोज सर्वर 2012, विंडोज 8 कुंजी

Windows 8 Professional
NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4
Windows 8 Professional N
XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ
Windows 8 Enterprise
32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8 Enterprise N
JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT
Windows Server 2012
BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4
Windows Server 2012 N
8N2M2-HWPGY-7PGT9-HGDD8-GVGGY
Windows Server 2012 Single Language
2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ
Windows Server 2012 Country Specific
4K36P-JN4VD-GDC6V-KDT89-DYFKP
Windows Server 2012 Server Standard
XC9B7-NBPP2-83J2H-RHMBY-92BT4
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Standard
HM7DN-YVMH3-46JC3-XYTG7-CYQJJ
Windows Server 2012 MultiPoint Premium
XNH6W-2V9GX-RGJ4K-Y8X6F-QGJ2G
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter
48HP8-DN98B-MYWDG-T2DCC-8W83P

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Keys | विंडोज 7, विंडोज सर्वर 2008 R2 कुंजी

Windows 7 Professional
FJ82H-XT6CR-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows 7 Professional N
MRPKT-YTG23-K7D7T-X2JMM-QY7MG
Windows 7 Professional E
W82YF-2Q76Y-63HXB-FGJG9-GF7QX
Windows 7 Enterprise
33PXH-7Y6KF-2VJC9-XBBR8-HVTHH
Windows 7 Enterprise N
YDRBP-3D83W-TY26F-D46B2-XCKRJ
Windows 7 Enterprise E
C29WB-22CC8-VJ326-GHFJW-H9DH4
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web
6TPJF-RBVHG-WBW2R-86QPH-6RTM4
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC edition
TT8MH-CG224-D3D7Q-498W2-9QCTX
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
YC6KT-GKW9T-YTKYR-T4X34-R7VHC
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
489J6-VHDMP-X63PK-3K798-CPX3Y
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
74YFP-3QFB3-KQT8W-PMXWJ-7M648
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
GT63C-RJFQ3-4GMB6-BRFB9-CB83V

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Keys | विंडोज विस्टा, विंडोज सर्वर 2008 कुंजी

Windows Vista Business
YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8
Windows Vista Business N
HMBQG-8H2RH-C77VX-27R82-VMQBT
Windows Vista Enterprise
VKK3X-68KWM-X2YGT-QR4M6-4BWMV
Windows Vista Enterprise N
VTC42-BM838-43QHV-84HX6-XJXKV
Windows Web Server 2008
WYR28-R7TFJ-3X2YQ-YCY4H-M249D
Windows Server 2008 Standard
TM24T-X9RMF-VWXK6-X8JC9-BFGM2
Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
W7VD6-7JFBR-RX26B-YKQ3Y-6FFFJ
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
YQGMW-MPWTJ-34KDK-48M3W-X4Q6V
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
39BXF-X8Q23-P2WWT-38T2F-G3FPG
Windows Server 2008 HPC
RCTX3-KWVHP-BR6TB-RB6DM-6X7HP
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
7M67G-PC374-GR742-YH8V4-TCBY3
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
22XQ2-VRXRG-P8D42-K34TD-G3QQC
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
4DWFP-JF3DJ-B7DTH-78FJB-PDRHK

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview Testers Should Beware

I try to keep on my toes when it comes to latest distributions of Operating Systems that I use. While I don't use anything bleeding edge that I haven't built with my own hands in production, I like to stay abreast of the latest and greatest. 

Windows in in recent years become a drag in this respect. Later iterations have ditched interface features that add nothing to functionality, making adoption a pain, especially for someone in my position that frequently administers servers with a variety of different Windows versions. Thats whats so great about shells - it stays a shell. New features are usually actual features and not visual gimmicks. 

So I got myself an early copy of Windows 10. I joined the Windows Insider Program. I downloaded the Windows Technical Preview ISO, which you can download by following that link and using the tester Product Key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR. I started digging around for some documentation before firing up a VM. And thats when I paused. 

Last week it became apparent that the Windows 10 Technical Preview comes equipped with incredibly invasive spyware; it maps networks and devices and monitors keystrokes. Then it takes all of those goodies and ships them back to the Mother Ship in Redmond. Many voices were heralding this uncomfortable news - Hacker News. Even outlets that are loath to pick fights with MS, like Softpedia.

The Technical Preview Privacy Statement that users affirm through downloading the software provides the details in plain language

"If you open a file, we may collect information about the file, the application used to open the file, and how long it takes any use [of] it for purposes such as improving performance, or [if you] enter text, we may collect typed characters, we may collect typed characters and use them for purposes such as improving autocomplete and spell check features,"
Further research is required before removal instructions can be confirmed. For the time being, if you find it necessary to test this OS, do so on a gapped device. An initial internet connection is required for product activation. After that, get rid of it. I would recommend installing on a VM so you can just delete the install's Virtual NIC and also make sure it can't do anything nasty to devices you might have forgotten about or that a visitor might have, like bluetooth enabled phones.

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