Tag Archives: OEM

Vendors ‘rootkit’: ‘Windows Platform Binary Table’ (WPBT)

[German]Within this blog post I like to address a feature called 'Windows Platform Binary Table' (WPBT), that has been used aon OEM PCs to enable manufacturers to download and install their software, even if the user tries a clean install … Continue reading

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Is KB4038777 killing Windows 7 activation on Dell systems?

Maybe people who use Dell systems with Windows 7 Professional can say something about this. It seems that update KB4038777 destroys Windows 7 Professional activation on Dell systems. Advertising

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How to find weak passwords in Active Directory and eliminate them with PowerShell

[Sponsored Post]Weak or compromised passwords are a known gateway for attackers. If you are able to identify which users in Active Directory (AD) are threatened by this, then PowerShell can help to remedy it. However, PowerShell scripts cannot eliminate basic AD deficits, other tools are needed for this. More ...

Security risk OEM bloatware Portrait Display (PdiService.exe)

[German]A from OEM's (HP, PHILIPS, FUJITSU) on Windows notebooks preinstalled application bears a huge security risk. A vulnerability allows a local authenticated (non-privileged) attacker to run arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. Millions of devices are affected by this bloatware. Advertising

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Microsoft lowers price for Windows 10 OEM licences

Is Microsoft planning to lower license fees for Windows 10 for it's OEMs? Windows 10 is already free for machines with display size below 10 inch. The Taiwan based Digitimes has published an article here, suggesting, that Microsoft has settled … Continue reading

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No, you haven’t just a month to buy OEM-Windows 7 PCs …

[German]My colleague Ed Bott has published on September 30, 2016, the article You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC, suggesting, that OEMs are reaching the end-of-sales deadline for Windows 7 machines on November 1, 2016. That's … Continue reading

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