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Installing Windows

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  1. Updated 04/2020
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  3. This guide is to help you install and aсtivate a clean copy of Windows on any PC. Be very cautious of any copy you find unless you KNOW it hasn't been tampered with, and NEVER try to aсtivate using tools from google.
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  5. CTRL+F to search:   Aсtivation   Sеtup   Еnterprisе   LТSC   Ρrivaсy
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  13. >>>>>>>>>>  Fast Guide:
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  15. > Download a Windows 10 USB from:               https://microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  16. > Get Еnterprisе features by selecting "Еducation edition" while installing.
  17. > Aсtivate with this:          https://github.com/abbodi1406/KMS_VL_ALL_AIO/releases/download/v0.38.2/KMS_VL_ALL_AIO-38f.7z
  18. (Password is "2020", run .cmd file and choose #2)
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  20. Optional:
  21. > Make an offline user account by clicking "Domain Join Instead" during sеtup (Home users have to disconnect internet first)
  22. > Delay upgrades up to a year under Update Settings > Advanced > Defer feature update 365 days
  23. > Run https://wpd.app/  (Open "Ρrivaсy", set telemetry to "Security", and everything not in Advanced to off) For more options, see "Ρrivaсy and Tweaks" below.
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  31.     Downloading Windows
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  33. Microsoft makes it easy to download newer versions of Windows with their 'Media Creation Tool', which downloads and burns the installer directly to DVD or flashdrive:
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  37. > Windows 10:                   https://microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
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  41. > Windows 8.1:                                  https://microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8
  42.     Generic sеtup key (does not aсtivate):      GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
  43.     Fix updates and disable telemetry:          https://pastebin.com/quC0gz4j
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  47. > Windows 7 is not recommended, but available here:         https://pastebin.com/gHCCFBkt
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  55. Alternate Source:
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  57. Rg-adugard is a link generating site that allows you to download Windows ISOs directly from microsoft. To access them go to
  58. tb.rg-adguard.net   select your edition, click download, and it will start downloading from a temporary link at microsoft.com. To verify the download is coming from microsoft's domain, you can right click the started download and copy the link in Firefox, or click "Show All" in Chrome. You'll find most ISOs under "Windows(Final)".
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  66. Microsoft Office:
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  68. https://officecdn.microsoft.com/pr/492350f6-3a01-4f97-b9c0-c7c6ddf67d60/media/en-us/ProPlus2019Retail.img
  69. Other versions also available through   tb.rg-adguard.net
  70. To install, right click file and select "Mount", then run installer from "This PC".
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  78.     Enterprise
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  80.     Some useful  settings in Windows 10 are only available in Enterprise editions, like disabling the Store, and the option to send the smallest amount of telemetry. Education edition is an easy to get, full version of Enterprise with all these settings and features*. You can upgrade your existing Windows right now by going to Settings > Update & Security > Aсtivation > Change product key
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  82. Then enter this generic sеtup key:   NW6C2-QMPVW-D7KKK-3GKT6-VCFB2
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  84. To check that it worked, ignore any error messages, go to System (in Control Panel) and make sure Windows edition says Education. You will then need to follow the steps under "Aсtivation" below.
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  86. You can also get Education directly while installing Windows, by selecting "Windows 10 Education" when it asks you to choose an OS. Do NOT choose "Pro Education" or "N" editions, which are inferior to plain Edu.
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  88. See "Ρrivaсy and Tweaks" for useful Group Policy settings.
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  92. *Education has the advantage (vs Enterprise) of disabling Windows Store advertising and is included in the sеtup of most Win10 installers. Otherwise the only difference is the buggy and limited ReFS filesystem, support for NVDIMM server ram, and DirectAccess/Remote Memory Access for use in corporate networks. Virtually no one needs these, and if you do, you probably already have a business paying for your license. If you still want Enterprise specifically, you can enter this key instead: NPPR9-FWDCX-D2C8J-H872K-2YT43
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  100. >>>>>>>>>>  LTSC:
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  102. Torrent:            magnet:?xt=urn:btih:527ED958E7B901B78BC260DD0BB7364C71D7D403
  103. Download:           https://anonfile.com/Jas0l1q5na
  104. Alt Download:       https://mirrorace.com/m/2ckpb
  105. Sha-1 Checksum:     615A77ECD40E82D5D69DC9DA5C6A6E1265F88E28
  106. Source:             https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/1508318
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  108. Latest SSU:         https://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4539571+x64+10     (Install if updates don't work)
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  112.     LTSC (previously LTSB) is a minimal version of Enterprise intended for limited use devices like ATMs and kiosks that need consistency at all costs. Windows Update only provides basic updates for it, leaving out new components all other users get, which may impact OS behavior or prevent some new software/drivers from working correctly. Windows Store/Cortana/Apps are also missing from LTSC. Regular Enterprise/Education let you turn these features on/off easily, and have the same level of telemetry control as LTSC. New updates and features are integrated into the next major release, but these only come out every 2-3 years and must be installed manually from a new ISO.  All other versions of Windows provide upgrades every 6 months, and allow you to delay them over a year.
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  120.     Install & Setup
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  122. If you downloaded an ISO, use it to make an install disk:
  123. USB:            https://rufus.ie/
  124. DVD:            http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/imgburn.html
  125. From Linux:     https://github.com/slacka/WoeUSB
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  128.     To make an offline Windows account (which are not tied to a microsoft email), click "Domain Join Instead" during setup. If there isn't an option available (like on Home edition), disconnect your ethernet or wifi connection and restart setup. Choose Skip on the error page to continue.
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  130. If you need help actually installing Windows, here's a detailed newbie's guide:
  131. https://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-do-clean-installation-windows-10,36160.html
  132. If you don't have a key, just skip when it asks.
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  135. Useful Software:
  136. Old School Start Menu:          https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu
  137. Clean and Instant programs:     https://ninite.com/
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  145.     Activation
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  147. You can easily activate Windows 10, 8.1 and Office 2019 with KMS_VL_ALL:
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  149. Download:       https://github.com/abbodi1406/KMS_VL_ALL_AIO/releases/download/v0.38.2/KMS_VL_ALL_AIO-38f.7z
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  151.     Alt Downloads:      https://pastebin.com/cpdmr6HZ
  152.     Documentation:      https://yzyveojj6tqzqwe5muzglg-on.drv.tw/KVA/ReadMe36.html
  153.     Sha-1 Checksum:     3ea670b9e802f821e0c47bd70b2ddd4782c1f209
  154.     Source:             https://forums.mydigitallife.net/posts/838808
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  158. Disable any 3rd party antivirus, extract with password (2020) and program from 7-zip.org, then run "KMS_VL_ALL_AIO.cmd" and select:
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  160. [2] Install Activation AutoRenewal
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  162. Works on all versions of Windows 8 and 10 (including Enterprise/Edu/LTSC).  If using an antivirus other than Windows Defender, add an exclusion for "C:\Windows\system32\SppExtComObjHook.dll" before re-enabling. DO NOT SEARCH GOOGLE FOR ACTIVATORS, even if you know the name of what you're looking for (see "Safety Concerns").
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  170. >>>>>>>>>>  Previous License:
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  172.     If your computer came with Windows 10 or you have ever used a key to activate it, you can reinstall Windows from scratch at any time and it will reactivate as soon as you connect to the internet, as the motherboard's ID is associated with a Digital License on microsoft's servers. You can also use a Windows 7/8.1 key to activate Windows 10 by entering it under Settings > Update & Security > Aсtivation > Change product key
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  180.     Privacy and Tweaks
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  182.     There are some things you may want to change out of the box with Windows 10. First, delaying the major updates ("Feature Ugrades") that are released twice a year will let you avoid most most bugs, by giving microsoft time to beta test them on more trigger happy users. This does not interfere with everyday security patches, and lets you take Feature Upgrades half as often by skipping straight over some of them.  You can set this up to a year in:
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  184. Update Settings > Advanced options > Choose when updates are installed > Defer feature updates this many days
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  188. Next, there are commonly used apps that disable telemetry and unwanted features like Cortana or Onedrive cloud storage:
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  190. https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10
  191. https://wpd.app/
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  194. O&O Shutup10 has an easy preset by selecting Actions > "Apply only recommended settings" that works well for most people. You can also run WPD.app after that, and safely set everything in "Privacy" (not under Advanced) to off and telemetry to "Security".
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  196. If you don't mind taking the time, most of these changes can be made manually:
  197. https://www.ghacks.net/2015/07/30/windows-10-and-privacy/
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  205. >>>>>>>>>>  Group Policy Settings:
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  207. Available in Education/Enterprise editions. Run gpedit.msc from search to use.
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  209. -Disable Telemetry
  210. Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >Data Collection and Preview Builds
  211. "0" is the minimum telemetry setting, and only works in Enterprise (including Edu & LТSC). Other versions of Windows will treat "0" as a "1". Be sure to ENABLE the "Allow Telemetry" policy before selecting a value.
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  213. -Disable Cortana
  214. Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >Search >Allow Cortana   (Set to "Disabled")
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  216. -Disable Web Results in Search
  217. Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >Search >Don't search the web or display web results in Search   (Set to "Enabled")
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  219. -Disable OneDrive
  220. Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >OneDrive >Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage   (Set to "Enabled")
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  222. -Disable Windows Store and Apps
  223. Computer Configuration >Administrative Templates >Windows Components >Store >Disable all apps from Microsoft Store   (Set to "Enabled")
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  226. https://www.ghacks.net/2018/03/12/configure-telemetry-windows-10/
  227. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/group-policies-for-enterprise-and-education-editions
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  235. >>>>>>>>>>  ISO Mods:
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  237.     There are tools that try to remove major components from Windows before install (Telemetry Destroyer, Optimize-Offline, etc.). They may be useful if you're really hands on with your system and don't mind things breaking from time to time, but the benefit to most users is questionable. They may interfere with some software, games, or basic features you use in the future, and are often undone during major updates, so using an Enterprise edition of Windows and the right apps/settings is usually a better choice.
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  239.     If you do want to mod your installer, MSMG Toolkit (of the the MDL forums) lets you add/remove almost any Windows component, and is another way to disrupt telemetry services. When taking Feature Upgrades be sure to use the tool on the latest ISO and upgrade using that.
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  241. https://msmgtoolkit.in/download.html
  242. https://www.ghacks.net/2017/05/02/create-custom-windows-10-installations-with-msmg-toolkit/
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  250.     Safety Concerns
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  252.     The biggest mistake people make when installing Windows from the internet is trusting what random users, torrents, and websites claim is safe. Many people don't realize you're more likely to find an infected source than a good one. Luckily there are some easy ways to double check what you're getting.
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  254.     The malware in most copies of Windows is almost impossible to detect. The only sure way to know you have a clean copy is to confirm it's exactly the same as what microsoft released. This is actually very easy to do, using a short row of numbers called a checksum. As long as the file you download matches the SHA-1 checksum provided by a reliable source, you know what you have is identical to the original. Microsoft no longer releases these freely, but users with access to paid MSDN subscriptions still repost them:
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  256. https://www.heidoc.net/php/myvsdump.php
  257. https://forums.mydigitallife.net/search/
  258. https://www.raymond.cc/blog/links-for-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-microsofts-official-distributer/
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  262. When you've found a checksum number, you can compare it easily with tools like these:
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  264. https://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/MD5-and-SHA-1-Checksum-Utility.shtml#download
  265. https://www.igorware.com/hasher/download
  266. https://www.7-zip.org/   (via the Windows context menu)
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  270.     Similarly, most legit activators have been repackaged with malware, including most of the top google results. Your safest bet by far is to stick with the most reputable and community trusted sources, which have been hosted on the MyDigitalLife forums for several years. Checksums are provided here for convenience, but you should get into the habit now of verifying your software directly against its official source any time you have to download it somewhere else.
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  278.     Reliability
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  280.     Well made KMS activators like KMS_VL_ALL have worked seamlessly for the life of Windows 8.1 and 10, by running a local copy of the activator to wake up occasionally and change the end date. It is possible microsoft could do something in the future to disrupt this, but so far it has worked correctly as long as the activator is not removed. PCs upgraded from a valid copy of Windows 7/8.1 have a permanent license for the life of the computer: https://pastebin.com/4LvsAFk7
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