Directiplex opening party
Finally we move into Directiplex. Here are some pictures from the opening party.
Patching windows without running windows WGA validation
How to patch without running WGA validation
The following steps will allow you to install all Windows security patches on a new build of XP, without installing or running WGA on the machine:
- Step 1: Install and activate XP. For XP SP2 only (not XP SP3), you must also download and install the patch described in KB article 898461, which updates the installer program and ensures that your system will receive future updates.
- Step 2: In either version of XP, click Start, Control Panel, Security Center, Automatic Updates. Choose Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them.
- Step 3: Whenever you see a yellow-shield icon in the notification area (previously known as the system tray), click the icon and then choose Custom install.
- Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the patch window and uncheck Windows Genuine Advantage Notification (KB905474), as shown in Figure 1. (For more info, see Microsoft KB article 905474 to read the company’s description of WGA Notification.)Figure 1. Uncheck KB905474 to prevent WGA from being installed on the system.
Step 5: After you click Install, check Don’t notify me about these updates again in the resulting dialog to prevent WGA from being included in future Windows updates (see Figure 2). Click OK.
Figure 2. Check this option to avoid being offered WGA Notifications as part of future updates.
From this point forward, every time you update your system, review the patches being offered to you and deselect those you don’t want before proceeding with the installation.
Microsoft occasionally updates the WGA Notifications tool, so you can count on its being offered to you again, despite your choice in Step 5 above. The explanation Microsoft officials gave me for this decision is that the company feels it’s wise to reinstall WGA periodically to ensure that customers haven’t been the victim of unscrupulous consultants who use illegal media when reinstalling your operating system.
There’s a flaw in this thinking: the reason many of these consultants use the wrong media is that Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to get replacements for your Windows installation discs. It’s also difficult to get up-to-date installation media unless you’re one of Microsoft’s enterprise-level customers.
Microsoft’s recommendation that you set your machine to update automatically as the best way to protect it is also flawed. These days, our PCs aren’t just simple e-mail and Web terminals. They’re crucial to all our work, and if they’re disabled we can’t make a living. For example, if a Windows update causes our Internet connection to break because of a conflict with a third-party security program — as has happened many times in the recent past — we might be unproductive for hours or days.
Also, if you enable Automatic Updates, you may be as dismayed as I was to learn that Microsoft treats legitimate customers like thieves. The WGA Notifications patch described in KB article 905474 automatically installs if Automatic Updates is empowered to act without permission. In that case, you either have to run the WGA tool the next time you reboot or press Cancel every time you start your system.
If you install WGA Notifications on XP, this dialog box will reappear each time you reboot until you click Next and run the process.
Guide To Unlock & Jailbreak iPhone 2G (2.2.1 Firmware) Using QuickPwn 2.2.5 (Windows)
Apple recently has released firmware 2.2.1 for iPhone. It’s not recommended for the upgrade, particularly you’re already using firmware 2.2. Firmware 2.2.1 does not come with any big new feature and only focus on bug fixes. However, not every reader are the same. Some readers are considering the upgrade for whatever reasons. Some may find firmware 2.2 is not stable enough and want to upgrade to 2.2.1. Some may just trick by iTunes and accidentally upgrade the firmware.
This guide is specifically for iPhone 2G (also known as 1st generation iPhone). QuickPwn 2.2.5 is the easiest tool to unlock & jailbreak was developed by Dev Team. These instruction will be shows to you on how to unlock & jailbreak your iPhone for Windows users. This guide is designed for those who own iPhone 2G (2.0/2.0.1/2.0.2/2.1/2.2) and plan for jailbreak & unlock.
Preparation for Jailbreak & Unlock
Make sure you have upgraded to iTunes version 8.0.2 and backup your iPhone data by synchronizing it with iTunes 8.0.2.
Step 2: Download QuickPwn 2.2.5, Bootloader 3.9, Bootloader 4.6 and iPhone 2G firmware 2.2.1. Save them all in the same folder. Extract/unzip QuickPwn22.zip. Make sure you have all the files in place before continue.
Installing iPhone 2.2.1 firmware via iTunes 8.0.2
Step 3: Just connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes. Select your iPhone in iTunes. You might see all information about you iPhone and the button “Upgrade” and “Restore” appear in iTunes window.
Step 4: Hold the “SHIFT” key and click the “Restore” button simultaneously. The iTunes file dialog will pop up for you to select the firmware file. Locate the “iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw” that you have downloaded in previous step and click “Open”.
Step 5: iTunes will then restore your iPhone with firmware 2.2.1 automatically. Keep your iPhone connected, don’t touch anything and wait until the process complete.
Unlock & Jailbreak using QuickPwn 2.2.5
Step 6: Your iPhone should completely restore to firmware 2.2.1. But it’s still locked right now.
Step 7: Launch QuickPwn 2.2.5 to start jailbreak & unlock. Make sure your iPhone connect via USB cable and then click blue button to proceed.
Step 8: You are required to provide the firmware 2.2.1 IPSW file. Click “Browse” button to locate the “iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw” were you had downloaded in Step 2. You should see a big tick if your firmware file is correct. Then click blue arrow button to proceed.
Step 9: You are required to configure the settings for QuickPwn. Normally, you could mark all checkboxes (i.e. Add Cydia, add installer, Replace boot logo & unlock iPhone). If you would like to keep the Apple logo already in your iPhone, just left “Replace boot logo” unmarked. Click blue arrow button to proceed.
Step 10: Locate the bootloader 3.9 and 4.6 files that you have downloaded at Step 2 by clicking “Browse” button. QuickPwn will show a big tick if they are correct. Then click blue arrow button to proceed.
Step 11: Make sure your iPhone should still be connected with USB cable. QuickPwn requests you to confirm it once again before unlock & jailbreak process will begin. If you’re ready, click blue arrow button to proceed.
Step 12: QuickPwn automatically puts the iPhone into recovery mode. After that, you’ll be instructed to hold Home button for 5 seconds. Then hold home and Power buttons together for 10 seconds. Next, release Power button and continue to hold home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode (QuickPwn will inform you automatically when you’re in DFU mode).
Step 13: During unlocking & jailbreaking process, your iPhone screen shows downloading jailbreak data and flashing NOR progress. What you have to do just keep waiting and don’t touch anything to your iPhone.
Step 14: QuickPwn will let you know the jailbreak process is successful. Your iPhone will be restarted and automatically launch BootNeuter to perform unlock. This process will take 3-5 minutes to complete. Just wait until the process been done and your iPhone will be rebooted again.
Step 15: Now unlocking & jailbreaking process has complete with iPhone firmware 2.2.1 Finally, sync back your iPhone to restore your backups data with iTunes 8.0.2.