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no...this was about if you press and release the Win key in Win7...the start menu pops up. Then you press arrow over and the focus is on the default shutdown option. Then press enter to execute. Just a quick easy way to shutdown/logoff a machine.

The maximize/restore, or tossing to the side, of holding the Win key and pressing arrow still works. Though that can't be an Aero thing...Aero is gone. I think I was doing that in XP too.

 

No, we were talking at that point about WinKey+Up, Down, Left Right for what is called Aero Snap in Windows 7 which is apparently what Windows 8 has - but probably by a different name now since it does not have Aero.

 

XP did not have WinKey+Up, Down, Left or Right for Maximize, Minimize, snap to the left, snap to the right.

 

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When you attempt to run an application you've not run before SmartScreen will do three things:

Is this application in the list of known malware? If yes, it's blocked from running and you are told why in a message, if not then:

Is this application on the list of known good applications? If yes, it lets the application run normally without bothering you, if it's not then you get a prompt basically saying "this is from the internet, we don't know what this is or if you can trust it do really you want to run it?"

As you can see below, it's useful for stopping users from using bad or unknown apps and it's very easily disabled just like UAC, but you very, very rarely get bothered by it.

 

Looks easy. LOL "Don't do anything (turn off Windows SmartScreen)". Anyone who misses that is blind.

 

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The main reason to disable it though is that worryingly it requires an internet connection:



I have SmartScreen enabled, but it isn't allowed to connect to the internet.

 

How did you disallow it from connecting to the internet?

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How did you disallow it from connecting to the internet?

Built-in "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" of course:

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Built-in "Windows Firewall with Advanced Security" of course:

 

Hey. I like that. To me, that's clever.

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Alright, everyone. I finished downloading the Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation .ISO. This CNET article says it's about 3.7 GB. Mine is 3.09 GB (64-bit). I downloaded it 3 times because I thought that it didn't finish the first time: the first time, it came out to be about 3.52 or 3.53 GB. The 2nd and 3rd, 3.09 GB. How did I get a difference that big? What's the size of your .ISO? I was expecting about 3.7 GB.

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Well, the article is from October 2013 and many changes to the ISO have been made since then, I can't really explain the difference if that's the actual sizes of the ISO files, if it's the total amount downloaded that changed maybe the downloader cached a big chunk.
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I'm downloading it a 4th time here. If it comes out to be 3.09 GB again, then I'll feel comfortable putting it on my flash drive (using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool).

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Ok, now this is interesting. I downloaded this one to a different location on my drive, and it's 3.53 GB just like the first one. The 2nd and 3rd ones were overwriting the first. This 4th one was not overwriting one at all, but it is in its own folder.

 

Edit: What the.... now the one that was 3.09 GB is showing as 3.53 GB.

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Aliens...

They might have some more updates incorporated in the last version you downloaded...might have been from a different server.

Is the file name the same? save for the (1) after it...
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Aliens...

They might have some more updates incorporated in the last version you downloaded...might have been from a different server.

Is the file name the same? save for the (1) after it...

 

No, again, I overwrote the first one 2 times. Here's exactly what just happened:

 

  1. I downloaded it to "D:\My Documents\Setup Files\Windows 8.1 Enterprise free trial" and it came out to be 3.53 GB (3,797,866,496 bytes)
  2. I said, "Hey, that's not 3.7 GB. What the hell?". So, I downloaded it again, overwriting the one that I just downloaded. It came out to be 3.09 GB (I don't have the exact size like I do above, but it was 3.09 GB)
  3. Then I said, "What? That's even smaller! Omg!" So, then I downloaded it yet again, overwriting it. It came out to be 3.09 GB again.
  4. "Ok, I'm asking OCN about this to see what size other people are seeing"
  5. Then, I suddenly decided to download it yet again, but this time to "D:\My Documents\Setup Files". It came out to be 3.53 GB (3,797,866,496 bytes). Perfectly identical to the first time.
  6. Then, I went to go delete the 3.09 GB one. Upon looking at it, it was 3.53  (3,797,866,496 bytes). So, what happened? lol That one magically gained 450 MB!

 

Weird. I bet that it has something to do with Akamai NetSession.

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It uses a crappy backdoor infested proprietary downloader that pulls it from the Akamai NSA botnet cloud; so it could be anything.
Edited by Bearybear - 4/1/14 at 12:47pm
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