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  • New Win10 beta build ships

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 12:22 woody 14 comments

    I’m installing build 15002 right now.

    Full write-up in InfoWorld in the morning. Any interesting observations most welcome!

    I’m particularly interested in seeing if the new Settings app’s “Delay Upgrades” setting is any different from the old (version 1607) GPedit setting.

    Lots of new stuff in the official announcement.

    I really like this one:

    Based on your feedback, we’ve added the “Set as metered connection” option to the Ethernet (LAN) connections in Settings > Network & Internet > Ethernet. Just like mobile broadband and Wi-Fi connections, this option helps you to restrict background data usage from some applications and gives you more control over how data is used over the Ethernet connection.

  • Have the Surface RT and Surface 2 been put out to pasture?

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 08:08 woody 15 comments

    If you got suckered into buying a Windows RT machine from Microsoft, you’re basically up the ol’ creek, the next time you try to reset it.

    InfoWorld Woody on Windows

    UPDATE: Evan Forrest has published detailed instructions for installing Update 3 on an RT machine. https://surfacetip.com/install-windows-rt-8-1-update-3-2017/  Amazing! There are still lots of problems – and Microsoft should be thrashed for tossing its RT customers under the bus – but it’s a very worthwhile fix. Thanks, Evan!

  • Win10, Server 2016 KMS servers start rejecting Win7 client activation

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 at 06:31 woody 9 comments

    From ch100:

    It appears that Windows 2016 and Windows 10 when configured as KMS hosts, after a while reject the activation of Windows 7 KMS clients, considering them non-genuine. I don’t know the cause, but it appears to affect machines which were offline for about 2 weeks or longer, which should not happen. This became obvious after the Christmas & New Year’s break when many people took extended leave. Maybe it happens within Microsoft too, although I am expecting that their employees are not allowed to use Windows 7 any longer. 😉

    There is a manual fix for the affected machines by rearming the system (KMS activation does not have a limited number of rearming operations, as the counter is reset each time one such activation takes place). But there is no guarantee that it will not happen again.

    The solution proposed by Microsoft is to use older OS as KMS hosts until there will be a fix available. This may be related to the known crashes of the Windows 2016 Server role Volume Activation Services.

    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/98d40290-8dc3-4abe-89d0-36cf8c2971e0/windows-10-enterprise-kms-host-renders-windows-7-enterprise-kms-clients-not-genuine-?forum=win10itprosecurity

    And Microsoft’s workaround (from the same thread):

    blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/10/24/kms-activation-for-windows-server-2016/

    “The recommendation at this point is to leave your existing KMS system alone. Whether it is running on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2, continue to service the machine via security and quality updates. Allow your KMS system to activate down-level operating systems and Office installs (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008/2008 R2, and Office 2010). Utilize Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) for all new clients (Windows 8, 8.1, Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, Windows 10, Office 2013, and Office 2016).”