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Mar
19

Update – preventing Windows 10 upgrade

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Update – preventing Windows 10 upgrade

This is an update to the earlier post on how to prevent Windows from constantly offering to upgrade to Windows 10.

The batch uninstallers have been modified to perform quiet uninstallations. Only a prompt to restart/reboot the system should be displayed at the end.

Many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will want to keep their current operating system.
To disable the Windows 10 update notifications, follow these steps.
For a permanent disabling, follow steps 1, 2, and 3.
To leave open the possibility of a future OS upgrade, follow steps 1 and 3, skipping step 2.

1)  Uninstall the following updates through Windows Update, if they have already been downloaded.

For Windows 8.1:
Run these individual batch files (Administrator rights may be required), or run the Remove All file to remove all at once.
A reboot may be prompted after the KB’s have uninstalled.

Remove All of these KBs, or
 
Remove KB3173040
 
Remove KB3150513
 
Remove KB3123862
 
Remove KB3035583
 
Remove KB2976978

Information on KB3173040    Information on KB3150513    Information on KB3123862

Information on KB3035583    Information on KB2976978

 

For Windows 7:
Run these 2 batch files (Administrator rights may be required).
A reboot may be prompted after the KB’s is uninstalled.

Remove All of these KBs, or
 
Remove KB3173040
 
Remove KB3150513
 
Remove KB3123862
 
Remove KB3035583
 
Remove KB2952664

Information on KB3173040    Information on KB3150513    Information on KB3123862

Information on KB3035583    Information on KB2952664

 

2)  Apply either group policy updates, or 2 registry updates recommended by Microsoft.
(Download the registry updates hereRegistry Update File)

Microsoft has details of the registry changes here: KB3080351

Keys:
Subkey: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate
DWORD value: DisableOSUpgrade = 1

Subkey: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade
DWORD value: ReservationsAllowed = 0

 

3)  Manually hide updates KB3123862, KB3035583, KB2976978, KB2952664 using the Control Panel.

Hiding Instructions from sevenforums.com
 

 

Apr
10

Windows SDK Downloads

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Windows SDK Downloads

Developers using older versions of Visual Studio, may need to download SDKs to author applications compatible with more recent versions of Windows.
The Microsoft links below provide SDKs for Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1:

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (web setup)

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (ISO download)

Microsoft Windows SDK for Windows 7 and .NET Framework 4

Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8

Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows 8.1

List of latest Windows SDK Downloads

List of Windows SDK Archives

Mar
1

Firefox Downgrade and Reinstallation

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Firefox Downgrade and Reinstallation

About once a year, I go through the steps of completely uninstalling Firefox, deleting associated folders, and reinstalling the browser. This has an amazing impact on the performance of the product.
Even though the settings in Firefox are to not send any information to Mozilla, or retain data, a large number of files are being collected in the AppData folders.

In Firefox version 35, Mozilla added a feature called the “Hello Chat Video Service”, in the form of a button the toolbar. Around the same time, several of my favorite extensions began having compatibility problems with Firefox. To restore functionality from these extensions, I decided to downgrade to a lower version of Firefox.
PDF Article Here

Jan
7

Windows 10 Preview on Windows 7/VM Workstation

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Windows 10 Preview on Windows 7/VM Workstation

To test the technical preview of Windows 10, I followed the instructions at Petri Windows 10 how-to to safely install the preview inside of a Virtual sandbox environment. One important note is to not add Virtual Tools to the VM environment until after Windows 10 has been installed. Otherwise, Windows 10 may encounter problems locating device drivers during the setup phase. Although Petri’s guide refers to Workstation 10, Workstation 11 can be used.

A 30-day trial version of VMWare Workstation can be downloaded here – VMWare Workstation Download Update: VMWare Player may be a better choice for most users, since it isn’t limited to a 30-day period. Download VMWare Player here

The ISO file download from Microsoft for Windows 10 can be downloaded here – Windows 10 Download
Windows 10 Screenprint

Oracle VirtualBox is also available as a VM environment for running Windows 10. My attempts to install the technical preview within VirtualBox, were not successful.

Dec
16

CHM Challenges with Windows 7

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on CHM Challenges with Windows 7

Microsoft has undergone several phases of security updates on Windows 7, that make it impossible to open a custom .chm file through the Windows Shell, using hh.exe with a passed filename parameter.  This forces the developer to use the ActiveX object version of html help, hhctrl.ocx.
PDF Article Here

Dec
14

Installing VB6 and VS on the same Windows 7 Machine

By david  //  Technical Tips  //  Comments Off on Installing VB6 and VS on the same Windows 7 Machine

This is a list of steps to take if you want to install both a Visual Basic 6 IDE and Visual Studio on a Windows 7 machine. It worked well last year with the 32-bit version of Windows 7. I credit multiple sources with links at the end of the document. Unfortunately, I was not able to make this work with the 64-bit version of Windows 7.   PDF Article Here
There are differences between VB6 Service Pack 5 and VB6 Service Pack 6 – the file editing for sp698ent.stf was not needed, from what I recall.

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