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  1. Microsoft will end support for all versions of the Silverlight development framework on October 12, 2021. Silverlight applications, which are still supported by the company's web browser Internet Explorer 11, will continue to work after end of support but Microsoft won't produce updates of any kind for the technology anymore. The official Silverlight hub on the Microsoft website has a banner at the top that reminds users visiting it about the upcoming end of support. Silverlight is not available anymore already on Mac OS devices, and browser makers such as Google or Mozilla removed support for Silverlight in their browsers in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Microsoft's Edge browser does not support Silverlight, but the integrated IE Mode of the browser supports it. Internet Explorer 11, which is set to be retired on June 15, 2022, is the only browser that supports it natively. After June 15, 2022, Microsoft Edge's IE Mode is the only official option that users have to run Silverlight applications. Applications that rely on Silverlight will continue to function. Microsoft notes on the official FAQ page that it "is not planning to take any specific action to terminate Silverlight applications". Companies can continue to run Silverlight assets legally after October 12, 2021 according to Microsoft, as the license is not tied to the continuation of support. The official Silverlight website will remain available, but Microsoft will remove the Silverlight installer from the website after the end of support date. Open Source Silverlight alternative In 2020, the OpenSilver project emerged to provide companies with a modern Silverlight implementation based on modern technologies. The developers behind the project have relased OpenSilver 1.0 Beta recently and revealed plans to release the final version of OpenSilver 1.0 on October 12, 2021. Designed specifically for companies that use legacy Silverlight applications, OpenSilver may be used to migrate legacy Silverlight applications without losing access to the application or the functionalities it provides. Closing Words Most Silverlight applications that are still in use today are used by organizations and companies. It is rare to find a Silverlight application on the Internet that is still maintained and used, and most Internet users have probably not encountered one in a long while, especially since support has been limited to Internet Explorer 10/11 and Microsoft Edge in IE Mode for a long time. Microsoft Silverlight support ends October 12, 2021: here is what you need to know
  2. In an effort to make the process of Windows 11 update rollout smooth, Microsoft won’t provide support for old hardware. The software giant is confirmed to provide support for some 7th gen CPUs, all 8th gen CPUs, and newer ones, but you don’t have to disappoint as older chips are also confirmed to run Windows 11. However, you won’t get the update via Windows updates, instead, you’ll have to download the official ISO file of the OS. As we near the Windows 11 release date, Windows OEMs will start pushing necessary updates to their products to make sure no hardware issues play spoilsport during installation. Asus has already started pushing BIOS updates for some motherboards running Intel CPUs older than the ones specified by Microsoft(via WindowsLatest). The laptop manufacturer has already released a Windows 11-ready BIOS update for a number of Z270 motherboards, including ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA, ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING, for Intel 6th and 7th gen processors. In the BIOS update changelog, Asus categorically stated that, after installing the update, the users will require to make no changes to the UEFI BIOS to install the upcoming major version of Windows. However, the development of the BIOS update for ROG STRIX Z270F GAMING motherboard is currently in the beta stage. “Support Windows 11 by default, no settings changes required in the UEFI BIOS. Please note that this is a beta BIOS version of the motherboard which is still undergoing final testing before its official release,” the changelog reads. Meanwhile, Microsoft has plans to release the stable version of Windows 11 on October 5. Asus starts testing Windows 11 support for some older Intel CPUs on select motherboards
  3. Microsoft is ending support for the old non-Chromium Edge The new Edge will automatically replace it in April Support for Microsoft’s Edge browser is ending today — not the new Chromium-based one, but the original Edge that was built as a replacement for Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft now calls it Legacy Edge, and the company announced it would be discontinuing the product back in August. That day has finally come: Legacy Edge will no longer receive security updates, and anyone still using it should start the process of switching to something else. Legacy Edge was originally codenamed “Spartan” and was included with Windows 10 as the operating system’s default web browser before it was officially named Edge. The Edge mantle is being taken up by Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser, which was in beta throughout 2019 and officially launched in January 2020. This means Edge (the old Edge, that is) survived just over a year alongside its replacement. Microsoft also says Legacy Edge will automatically be removed by the April Windows 10 update, with the new Edge being installed in its stead. If you’re the tech support person for your family, it’s worth checking in with your relatives to make sure Microsoft successfully bullied them into switching to the new Edge. If, somehow, it’s not installed on their computers (or your computer), you can download it directly from Microsoft’s website. The death of Legacy Edge is bittersweet in some ways. By most metrics, the new Edge is vastly superior, but it does put the final nail in the coffin of Microsoft’s custom web-rendering engines, the history of which stretches back to early versions of Internet Explorer. It probably won’t be missed, given its... performance, but it’s still the end of an era. The old Edge is officially gone, and the new Edge has fully replaced it. Microsoft is ending support for the old non-Chromium Edge
  4. MITRE launches ransomware support hub for hospitals and health systems ts Ransomware Resource Center offers free tools to help healthcare IT pros "better prepare for, respond to, and recover from ransomware attacks." In an effort to help improve healthcare organizations' resilience against ransomware, MITRE this week unveiled its new Ransomware Resource Center, offering an array of tools and strategies for IT and infosec professionals to better guard against the growing epidemic of costly malware. WHY IT MATTERS The Ransomware Resource Center tailors its many offerings around the role of the healthcare professional who might be accessing them – whether business manager, technical manager or IT or cybersecurity practitioner – and also around the five stages of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework: Identify, protect, detect, respond and recover. It also offers a well-stocked resource library that's searchable and can be filtered for the materials that might be the most useful. The tools are drawn from MITRE’s own expertise, from government sources and from provider best practices. The goal is to convene a variety of resources in a single accessible and intuitive location, say MITRE officials, and to help "network defenders, IT administrators and business managers better prepare for, respond to, and recover from ransomware attacks." In a Q&A on the MITRE website, Joanne Fitzpatrick, lead cybersecurity engineer in MITRE’s Cyber Solutions Innovation Center, said particular attention was paid to small and/or underfunded IT and security staff. "There are two key considerations," she explained. "First, such organizations typically have smaller IT and security departments, with a handful of talented people wearing many hats, and each responsible for several major operational IT areas. Staff tend to be experienced in the operations of their own organization, but often have little access to growth/training/professional development on cybersecurity issues, such as threats and attacks. Lack of time or budget is usually the reason." Moreover, at under-resourced organizations, there's often "little-to-no extra staff available to dedicate to specialty cyber topics, such as threat modeling or attack surface assessments," said Fitzpatrick. "Second, we recognize that both small and large healthcare organizations may be targets for adversaries. Size does not matter. We’ve witnessed successful attacks at all types of health organizations. Adversaries may even exploit a smaller hospital as part of their attack navigation to exploit a larger, partnering organization." THE LARGER TREND MITRE points to a recent report that showed 560 healthcare facilities suffered a successful ransomware attack in 2020 – and another that saw a 45% increase in exploitation attempts just in the past four months. "We are currently fighting not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but also an epidemic that is spreading through cyberspace: ransomware," said newly appointed Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas recently. "In addition to disrupting city governments, schools and companies, ransomware has also been disrupting hospitals and health care facilities, who are already strained, going above and beyond the call of duty during this ongoing crisis. "Last October, CISA, together with other government agencies, warned of the growing threat of ransomware targeting the healthcare and public health sector," he added. "Previous ransomware attacks illustrate the risk to COVID-19 vaccine deployment efforts that depend on key production and logistics facilities." Healthcare IT News recently put together a primer for how healthcare organizations should respond to such an attack. ON THE RECORD "We hope the Ransomware Resource Center will make two key contributions," said Fitzpatrick. "It will inform hospitals and healthcare organizations about how to prepare, respond to and recover from such an attack. It also will share freely with the broader community the unbiased guidance and best practices that MITRE cybersecurity and cyber resiliency professionals have provided for years to our many federal government sponsors." Source: MITRE launches ransomware support hub for hospitals and health systems
  5. I have HP Pavilion DV6-2174-TX Notebook PC which has no official support for Windows 8 from HP.But i downloaded drivers from here and it worked for Windows 8.After i clean installed Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC,i tried the driver for Nvidia GeForce 105M Graphics card from Windows update as well as from Nvidia website.I experience random BSODs Even if i don't install/update the driver i get BSOD?I tried Driver Magician but resulted in BSOD.BSOD is always related to Nvidia driver. Do you suggest any reliable software for updating my driver? Does anyone the way to install Win 8 driver on WIn 8.1?
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    An XP-centered query...?

    I asked this before - someplace, sometime - and then I had to move, changed PCs - and lost the great replies that came to me before I could use them...so forgive me for asking here, again, please. I know there are forums devoted to XP users. Searching for them is not easy because 'XP' and 'forum' are such general terms... My query: If anyone here knows of them - please point me to any forums you know of that are specifically centered around XP ?!? Thanks for helping me out here.
  7. Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 version 1803 for six months Microsoft is extending the support lifecycle of Windows 10 version 1803 by six months, the company announced today. The measure is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as Microsoft says it received feedback saying that the transition would be harder for businesses during this time. In line with its support policies, Microsoft actually killed off support for Windows 10 version 1803 back in November, but only for Home and Pro editions. Enterprise and Education editions get an extra year of support, meaning they would get updates until November 10. With this extension, Windows 10 version 1803 will be supported until May 11, 2021, the same end-of-support date for Windows 10 version 1809. Interestingly, this actually pushes the end-of-support date for version 1803 beyond that of version 1903, which is a full year newer. This is because starting prior to version 1809, every feature update to Windows 10 was supported for 30 months for Enterprise and Education SKUs, but starting with version 1903, the first update of each year only gets support for 18 months. For version 1903, that ends on December 8, 2020, unless Microsoft decides to extend support for it, too. Microsoft had already extended support for Windows 10 version 1709 for Enterprise and Education users earlier this year, meaning it will now be supported until October 13, 2020. Version 1809 also had its support date extended, but for Home and Pro users, until November 10, 2020. Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 version 1803 for six months
  8. Microsoft updates the support lifecycle dates for a bunch of Surface PCs Microsoft has updated the Surface driver and firmware support lifecycle document (spotted by ZDNet) to reflect details of the support timeframe for a host of Surface devices. These include recently launched devices like the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Go 2, and updates to older devices like the Surface Book 2, Laptop and more. The updated dates note that the company is supporting devices as old as the Pro 4 and the original Surface Book – launched in 2015 – till November 2021. Interestingly, the document does not include the Android-powered Surface Duo yet. The Redmond firm categorizes support for its devices in two “parts” – driver support period and OS version support period. The former relates to the timeframe that a Surface device will receive driver and firmware updates, while the latter governs the Windows versions supported by the device. Naturally, Windows 10’s support lifecycle policies apply to all devices, meaning that OS releases that have reach end-of-support will not be supported. The firm adds that it will “not support Windows OS versions earlier than the OS versions supported at device release”. This means that if your Surface device shipped with Windows 10 version 2004, those devices will not support older releases like version 1909 even if those versions haven’t reached end-of-support. You can head to this page to check the list of supported operating systems per device. Here is a list of devices that are currently listed as being supported, along with their support lifecycle end dates: Device Release Date End-of-support Surface Pro 3 June 20, 2014 November 13, 2021 Surface 3 May 5, 2015 November 13, 2021 Surface Book October 26, 2015 November 13, 2021 Surface Pro 4 October 26, 2015 November 13, 2021 Surface Book with Performance Base November 10, 2016 November 13, 2021 Surface Studio (1st gen) December 15, 2016 November 13, 2021 Surface Laptop (1st gen) June 14, 2017 November 13, 2021 Surface Pro (5th gen) June 15, 2017 November 13, 2021 Surface Book 2 November 17, 2017 November 17, 2021 Surface Pro LTE (Model 1807) December 1, 2017 December 1, 2021 Surface Go August 2, 2018 August 2, 2022 Surface Studio 2 October 2, 2018 October 2, 2022 Surface Laptop 2 October 16, 2018 October 16, 2022 Surface Pro 6 October 16, 2018 October 16, 2022 Surface Go with LTE Advanced November 20, 2018 November 20, 2022 Surface Laptop 3 October 22, 2019 October 22, 2023 Surface Pro 7 October 22, 2019 October 22, 2023 Surface Pro X November 5, 2019 November 5, 2023 Surface Go 2 May 6, 2020 May 6, 2024 Surface Book 3 May 26, 2020 May 26, 2024 Surface Pro X SQ2 October 13, 2020 October 13, 2024 Surface Laptop Go October 13, 2020 October 13, 2024 Microsoft also notes that Surface PCs will receive up to at least four years of support post-launch. However, if the company does extend the timelines, it will provide an update of the extension to users in advance. Microsoft updates the support lifecycle dates for a bunch of Surface PCs
  9. More information to come in November. During today’s Inside Xbox livestream, Phil Spencer announced that mouse and keyboard support is coming to Xbox One. It will be on Xbox Preview in October, and will be initially tested on Warframe. The idea behind mouse and keyboard support will be as a tool for developers, so they can choose how they want the control style integrated, if they want it integrated at all. “If you’re a dominant FPS player right now on controller and you’re worried that all the sudden you’re gonna get swamped because a bunch of mouse and keyboard players are gonna get flooded into your game, that’s not what we’re doing,” said Spencer. “We’re putting choice into the hands of the developers about the games that they want to bring." More information on mouse and keyboard support will be coming during the returning XO18 fan event in Mexico City on November 10. There is currently no news when this feature will be rolling out for all developers and gamers, but expect news along these lines during XO18, and for more on the exclusive Microsoft and Razer partnership for mouse and keyboard support. Source
  10. These daily price charts show the possible support and resistance levels for key, widely followed, heavily-mentioned in the business media "FANG" stocks: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google. Let's start with Mark Zuckerberg's publicly traded business: Facebook daily price chart You can see that once Facebook peaked at just above 215 back in July, the stock has steadily and relentlessly tanked. It took out that previous 149 support level (from March), attempted a small bounce and then continued to the recent deeper low down near 130. That July gap down area is an eventual target to overcome should Facebook ever begin to recover from this remarkable down trend. The price has been unable to close above that Ichimoku cloud since that time -- six months ago. That's getting to be a long time for a formerly hot Internet sensation. Here is the daily price chart for Jeff Bezos' big enterprise: Amazon daily price chart. Amazon made it to late August before establishing a significant top at 2050. Although the stock did not suddenly gap down like Facebook, the steady descent to lower prices is similar: remaining below the Ichimoku cloud even with a decent sized bounce in November before continuing to sell-off to a lower than the October low. You can make out clearly that Amazon remains above the 1275 support level of the February low price. Here is the Netflix chart: This one peaked earlier than the others -- the top of 420 came in June with a retest the following month. After that, you can see the steady decline that's become so representative of this Internet-related sector since June. At the most recent price of 250, it looks as if Netflix is about to at least re-test the previous low -- and support level -- of about 238 from February. This chart has established an ersatz type of head and shoulders top, possibly. Also, while Netflix continued downward for months, one of its competitors, Disney, has continued higher to establish new highs. And this is the Google (legal name: Alphabet, Inc.) chart: Another monster Internet stock makes a summertime high and then takes a dive. The Google peak price is 1270 and now we're all the way down to 1000 -- almost all the way back to the March 980 low which represents some kind of support level. Each of these FANG price charts is unique in structure and yet they all show the same kind of general, overall pattern where a summer peak gives way to extensive selling as fall approaches and kicks in. Google is no different judging from the appearance of this chart. Just for comparison's sake, here is a non-Internet stock you could have owned instead: Clorox daily price chart. You don't hear Clorox mentioned much on the business channels or in the financial media -- certainly not even close to the number of times the FANG stocks are referenced. Nonetheless, Clorox continues to make new highs. Maybe it's better not to be the focus of so much attention. I do not hold positions in these investments. No recommendations are made one way or the other. If you're an investor, you'd want to look much deeper into each of these situations. You can lose money trading or investing in stocks and other instruments. Always do your own independent research, due diligence and seek professional advice from a licensed investment advisor. Source
  11. Dear Members, Post your ACTIVATION Backup, ACTIVATION Restore and Re-Activation problems Here. Hope you may get 100% support by the members. Keep in mind that DESCRIBE your problem clearly and elaborately. Description of your problem details will be important for your resolution. Points to be mentioned: - 1. The Method you used to Activate your Office (Online OR Phone). 2. Last 5 digit (for example -3DY5T) of the key you are trying to restore or re-activate. 3. Version of your office you want to Restore or Re-activate. 4. Method of restoration you are trying - Software or Manual. If Software, then name of the Software you are using to backup and restore. 5. Changes you have made (Hardware OR Software) to your system before your activation error.
  12. Gaming on Android has usually meant gaming on the touchscreen of your smartphone. While Android does boast of a very large collection of touch-optimized games, some titles just work out better when the player uses a gamepad and real hardware buttons and keys. For the same purpose, you can find a whole host of generic gaming accessories, including controllers, that will easily allow you to upgrade your gaming experience. For example, if you have a PlayStation 4, you can connect the DualShock 4 controller to your smartphone to play. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work on every device, and the reason usually boils down to missing key layout files. If you are looking to reuse one of your existing game controllers, Android has been gradually adding in support for various popular controllers, such as the Xbox One S wireless controller, and the Xbox Elite Series 1 Controller. A study of the AOSP commits revealed that Android 10 also brought along the ability to connect and properly play on Android using the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. A commit in the AOSP Gerrit had added in the key layout file for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. The key layout file enables Android to properly recognize the button presses on the controller, and map it to the appropriate Android action that games can listen for. Without this key layout file, the game either will not be able to recognize hardware presses or it will initiate wrong actions. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was launched alongside the Nintendo Switch and served as a better alternative to the Joy-Cons. This commit was added back in June 2019, so Android 10 updates on your phone are likely to have the same already incorporated. If you have a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller around, you can check and confirm if the same works seamlessly on your Android 10 device. Source: Android 10 brings controller mapping support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (via XDA Developers)
  13. Firefox users won't be able to sideload extensions starting March 2020, with Firefox 74. Mozilla has announced today plans to discontinue one of the three methods through which extensions can be installed in Firefox. Starting next year, Firefox users won't be able to install extensions by placing an XPI extension file inside a special folder inside a user's Firefox directory. The method, known as sideloading, was initially created to aid developers of desktop apps. In case they wanted to distribute a Firefox extension with their desktop app, the developers could configure the app's installer to drop a Firefox XPI extension file inside the Firefox browser's folder. SIDELOADING REMOVED BECAUSE OF ABUSE This method has been available to Firefox extension developers since the browser's early days. However, today, Mozilla announced plans to discontinue supporting sideloaded extensions, citing security risks. "Sideloaded extensions frequently cause issues for users since they did not explicitly choose to install them and are unable to remove them from the Add-ons Manager," said Caitlin Neiman, Add-ons Community Manager at Mozilla. "This mechanism has also been employed in the past to install malware into Firefox," Neiman said. TWO-PHASE REMOVAL PLAN As a result, Mozilla plans to stop supporting this feature next year in a two-phase plan. The first will take place with the release of Firefox 73 in February 2020. Neiman says Firefox will continue to read sideloaded extensions, but they'll be slowly converted into normal add-ons inside a user's Firefox profile, and made available in the browser's Add-ons section. By March 2020, with the release of Firefox 74, Mozilla plans to completely remove the ability to sideload an extension. By that point, Mozilla hopes that all sideloaded extensions will be moved inside users' Add-ons section. Through the move, Mozilla also hopes to help clean up some Firefox installations where malware authors were secretly sideloading extensions behind users' backs. Since these extensions will now show up in the Add-ons sections, users will be able to remove any extensions they don't need or don't remember installing. TWO METHODS OF LOADING EXTENSIONS REMAIN Further, Mozilla's blog post on the matter today also serves as a notice for extension developers, who will have to update their extensions and make them available through another installation mechanism. There are currently two other ways through which developers can distribute extensions, and through which users can install them. The first and the most widely known is by installing extensions from the official addons.mozilla.org (AMO) portal. Extensions listed here are verified by Mozilla, so most are relatively safe, albeit the security checks aren't 100% sure to catch all malicious code. The second involves using the "Install Add-on From File" option in Firefox's Add-ons section. Users have to manually download a Firefox XPI extension file, visit the Add-ons section, and then use the "Install Add-on From File" option to load the extension in their browser. This option is usually employed for loading extensions that have to handle sensitive corporate data inside enterprise environments, and can't be distributed via the AMO portal. There was also a fourth method of loading extensions inside Firefox, but this was removed in September 2018, with the release of Firefox 62. This involved modifying Windows Registry keys to load custom extensions with Firefox installations. This, too, was abused by malware devs, and Mozilla decided to remove it. Source: Mozilla to stop supporting sideloaded extensions in Firefox (via ZDNet)
  14. Microsoft quietly extends support for Windows 10 Mobile Image Courtesy: PhoneDog.com Windows 10 Mobile has been a dead platform for years now and Microsoft themselves recommended users to try Android iOS where its services are regularly updated. On December 10, Microsoft shipped the final cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile and confirmed the end of support. Windows 10 Mobile has officially reached its end of life and is no longer supported, but in a surprising move, the software maker has decided to extend the life of Windows 10 Mobile by one month. Microsoft on Friday quietly announced it had extended Windows 10 Mobile’s end-of-support date by about 30 days. Microsoft’s mobile OS was originally scheduled to fall out of “security support” on December 10, 2019. According to updated documentation, Microsoft is now planning to end support for Windows 10 Mobile on January 14, 2020. After January, Microsoft will no longer deliver security patches for Windows 10 Mobile, which could lead to security issues and other problems for users who continue to run the OS after the end date. “Windows 10 Mobile, version 1709 will reach end of service on January 14, 2020. Devices running Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats,” the updated document reads. We don’t know why Microsoft has extended the support, but this move aligns Windows 10 Mobile end-of-life with Windows 7 SP1 EOL date. One month extension is some good news for users running Windows 10 Mobile, but it’s not clear if another cumulative update will be released in January. Source: https://www.windowslatest.com/2019/12/15/microsoft-quietly-extends-support-for-windows-10-mobile/
  15. Microsoft to support new Edge browser until July 15, 2021 on Windows 7 Microsoft released the first stable version of the company's new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser one day after it ended support for its Windows 7 operating system. Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020 for Home customers. Business and Enterprise customers have options to extend support by up to three years if they pay Microsoft for Extended Security Updates. The release of the new Microsoft Edge web browser for Windows 7 raised some questions. One of the main questions concerned support for the browser under Windows 7. For how long would Microsoft support the Chromium-based Edge browser on Windows 7? Microsoft has now provided an answer to that question. According to the company, the new Microsoft Edge web browser will be supported on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. We will continue to support Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until July 15, 2021. These operating systems are out of support and Microsoft recommends you move to a supported operating system such as Windows 10. While Microsoft Edge helps keep you more secure on the web, your PC may still be vulnerable to security risks. In order for IE mode to be supported on these operating systems the devices will need to have the Extended Security Updates for Windows 7. Without the Windows 7 Extended Security updates Internet Explorer functionality will be vulnerable to security risks. Additionally, IE mode functionality may cease to work without the continued servicing through the extended security updates. The browser's IE Mode (Internet Explorer mode) is only available on systems that have joined the Extended Security Updates program because of security risks involved. One question that has not been answered in the context is whether the new Microsoft Edge browser will remain supported for customers with Extended Security Updates functionality beyond July 15, 2021. These may get support until early 2023 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, and ending Edge support early may not sit well with some of these customers. Source: Microsoft to support new Edge browser until July 15, 2021 on Windows 7 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
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