2015-08-12

Crapware installed from UEFI BIOS - Windows Platform Binary Table (WPBT)

This is a interesting and describing forum post about Lenovo putting some Lenovo CrapWare in the UEFI BIOS which Windows will execute upon login (right before actually):

http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?p=29497693&sid=ddf3e32512932172454de515091db014

Lenovo has issued a fix: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/product_security/lse_bios_notebook
and an article: http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2013

2015-08-10

Shortest path from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1 Update 1 to Windows 10 (less downloads)

This post was originally stored as a draft I never finished on how to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Update 1 with the least amount of downloads (and time). Before I got around to publish it, Windows 10 was released. So now it will take you all the way from Windows 8 through Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
As many of you know, Microsoft has released Windows 10 as a free upgrade if you have a legal Windows 7 or 8.x installation, as long as you upgrade during the first year (so by 29th of July 2016).

To upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10 you have to first upgrade to Windows 8.1. So lets get cracking. I assume you have a clean new Windows 8 ("Home" or Pro) installed.

Shortest path to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

  1. First, activate Windows 8.
  2. Then configure Windows Update to "Let me decide which updates to download and install"
  3. Check for Windows 8 updates. Windows will want to update the Windows Update Component itself. Update it.
  4. Install the only update you need to get Windows 8.1: 'Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2871389)'. Reboot.
  5. When Windows boots, log in and open Windows Store and click "Update to Windows Update 8.1 for free". Let the process upgrade your computer to Windows 8.1 (this takes a while - downloading, applying, setting up, getting ready.. grab some lunch or something while it downloads and installs)
You can also get the update KB from Microsoft directly: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40098