Microsoft has just pushed Windows 7 piracy check update, which is also called Windows 7 Activation Technology Update by Microsoft, to Windows Update. It has been tagged as important by Microsoft so if you have set to install important updates automatically, it will be installed without any prompt. This post is about KB971033 update by Microsoft, it will tell you exactly what to look for, how to hide the KB971033 update and how to uninstall the KB971033 update, if it has already been installed. If you don’t want the update, change your settings and hide the update. Here’s what to look for:
For Windows 7 64-bit
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033)
For Windows 7 32-bit
Update for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB971033)
Description of the Update as it appears in Windows Update:
This update to Windows Activation Technologies detects activation exploits and tampering to key Windows system files. These exploits try to bypass regular Windows activation and are sometimes included with counterfeit copies of Windows.
There are some concerns about the said update, it is supposed to block 70 or so methods present for breaking Windows 7′s activation but it will also keep checking in on Windows even if it passes as Genuine the firs time.
How to Hide the KB971033 update?
1. Go to Windows Update by clicking Start, typing Windows Update and running it.
2. Right click on the update “Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB971033)” or “Update for Windows 7 for x86-based Systems (KB971033)” depending on the version of Windows 7 you are running.
3. Click Hide
How to uninstall the KB971033 update?
If you face a problem with the said update or you simply don’t want the way its going to keep checking your Windows, you can uninstall it by following these steps.
1. Go to “Programs and Features” either through Control Panel or by typing it in Start Menu.
2. Click “View installed updates”
3. Look for update KB971033, right click and click Uninstall. Restart might be necessary.
According to user reports, they are not able to uninstall the said update. I am looking into this and the post will be updated accordingly.
There are many first look videos of Windows Phone 7 series right now but nothing as detailed as Microsoft’s 22 minutes hands on demo by their Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore giving full demo of everything including:
* The new user experience
* Integration with social networks like Facebook
* Internet Explorer
* Photos, videos, and music
* E-mail and texting
* GPS and maps
* Search integration
* Hardware standards
Windows Phone 7 series has been announced by Microsoft and one of the question now, which carriers and hardware partnerships (OEMs/Hardware companies that will produce the phones based on the OS) will be offering Microsoft Windows Phone 7 series later this year when available.
Here are the carriers/cell phone service providers as of today which will be offering Windows Phone 7 series.
- Deutsche Telekom AG
- Telecom Italia
- T-Mobile USA
- Verizon Wireless
Hardware partners/OEMs which are going to offer Windows Phone 7 series.
- Sony Ericsson
Step 1: Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox for Windows 7. (download link)
Step 2: Download .vmdk file for Google Chrome OS. (from gdgt)
Step 3: Start VirtualBox and click on “New” button. This will start a wizard that will help you create a new VM in VirtualBox.
Step 4: Name your VM “Chrome OS” and select “Linux” from Operating System dropdown menu, and “Other Linux” from Version dropdown menu.
Step 5: Assign your VM some Ram in megabytes. For this tutorial, I have allotted Chrome OS VM 512 MB of Ram.
Step 6: Now Select “use existing hard disk” option and select the .vmdk file of Chrome OS that you downloaded in Step 2.
Step 7: Click Next and finish the wizard.
Now simply click on the green colored “Start” button as seen in the screenshot above and wait for about 7 seconds for Chrome OS to boot up. You will need a valid Google ID to login into the operating system.
An excellent read by Ars Technica
“Back in 2003, Microsoft assembled a team of engineers to rethink the lowest levels of Windows, so that the OS could be more easily slimmed down and secured to run in servers and embedded applications. That project, called ‘MinWin’, has now started to bear fruit.”
A4Tech seems to have slept over development of Windows 7. There is no driver available for Windows 7 for their awesome HD200/HD800 USB Headphones. The current driver available for Windows XP & Windows Vista do work in Windows 7, the driver is installed, the headphone works too but the Control Panel does not work which means no control over sound bass, settings etc.
Default is good enough for hearing but it shines when the settings are customized. I have contacted A4Tech about this three times in past few months but no response from them and their drivers have still not been upgraded on their site.