Windows 10 News and Announcements...

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  1. jclausius

    jclausius Notebook Virtuoso

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    "Windows 10 is getting OEMDRIVERS, a folder for third-party drivers"

    - Microsoft is adding a dedicated OEMDRIVERS folder to Windows 10 that will be used to store third-party drivers.

    - Since Windows Vista, the operating system has included a folder called %SystemRoot%\System32\DriverStore that is used to hold validated drivers for the operating system.

    - In current versions of Windows 10, all drivers, whether they be Microsoft or third-party drivers, are stored together in the DriverStore.

    - ...feature is called 'Writeable_DriverStore,' and when enabled, will cause Windows 10 to migrate all third-party drivers to a dedicated OEMDRIVERS folder when a new version of the operating system is installed.

    - For this feature to work, it must be enabled before the first boot of a new version of Windows 10. Once it is enabled and the new version is installed, Windows 10 will automatically migrate external drivers to the OEMDRIVERS folder.

    - By moving third-party files outside of System32, it could allow Microsoft to further tighten the folder's security, and thus the operating system itself.

    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ne...-oemdrivers-a-folder-for-third-party-drivers/
     
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    6730b Notebook Evangelist

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    ^^^
    ...is this very good, or very bad? Implications ?
     
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  3. Papusan

    Papusan TURDBOOKs Sucks! Dont waste your $$$ on FILTHY

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    You know that Microsoft have a bad habit destroying the new and shiny OS with their changes (Windows as Services)? I think the fellow below hit the nail on the head:) And I think Microsoft will try tighten the loophole on what drivers you want to install. They know better than you what fits and work best on your computers. Microsoft and drivers mess is a well known topic. Isn't that correct bro @Mr. Fox

    Third-party drivers might be stored separately in Windows 10 windowsreport.com

    One user even suggested that Microsoft should, instead, move dedicated files to a protected folder and not risk breaking the entire system with this new folder.
     
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  4. jclausius

    jclausius Notebook Virtuoso

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    If MS for once could do things carefully and correctly, I think this is a nice tweak to help with security on a user's system. However, given the track record as of late... I just don't know if they won't somehow mess things up.

     
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    Token CDN Notebook Consultant

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    IIRC, Microsoft had the words "carefully" and "correctly" forcibly removed from their mission statement
     
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  6. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    Good idea? How 'bout no? Huh-uh, nope, hell to the nah.

    Step 2 is Secure Boot being required unless you disable it on the first boot of a new of OS X digi-turd installation.

    Just more confirmation that they are stupid Nazis.
    Indeed. Along with intelligently and honestly.
     
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  7. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I think its like Win 10x like complete lockdown that can defeat 3rd party drivers from booting up. If the case was ransomware then this process is good since OS and other parts will be intact and system will be up and running after disinfection rather than doing a complete reinstall.
    Also, DDU or Rapr might get affected since access to DriverStore is now locked. Also, if its a bad system driver we have a full system image every time to avoid a full system reset.
    Even Registry is moved to separate location, so Two registry stores i.e Msft and 3rd party. I hope if 3rd registries are deleted system will still boot with basic msft drivers. I think we might see this on 21h2.
     
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  8. Clamibot

    Clamibot Notebook Deity

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    Windows looks like it's going the way of MacOS. I really don't like this.

    Apple's control freak mentality over everything they make is why I ditched MacOS in the first place and went back to Windows.

    Meh, at least we have LTSC, which has remained untainted so far.
     
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  9. Spartan@HIDevolution

    Spartan@HIDevolution Company Representative

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    But one thing we have to give Mac, when you first turn it on, you get a choice, turn on data sharing = on/off

    With Windows, you have to go through 100 tweaks before you can use your laptop if you care about privacy/performance.
     
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    Mr. Fox BGA Filth-Hating Elitist

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    That just goes to show that if you try hard enough you can usually find at least one thing nice to say about something you hate.
     
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