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Came across this a couple of week ago and thought i would share

 

What Is This Project?

Windows 10 AME aims at delivering a stable, non-intrusive yet fully functional build of Windows 10 to anyone, who requires the Windows operating system natively. Spyware systems, which are abundant in Windows 10 by default, have not been disabled using group policy, registry entries or various other workarounds – they have been entirely removed and deleted from the system, on an executable-level. This includes Windows Update, and any related services intended to re-patch the system via what is essentially a universal backdoor. Core applications, such as the included Edge web-browser, Windows Media Player, Cortana, as well as any appx applications, have also been successfully eliminated. The total size of removed files is about 2 GB.

Great effort has been invested in maintaining the subsequent system’s stability, bug-free operation and user experience, as many of these removed services conflict with core Windows 10 features

 

https://ameliorated.info/

 

There are various reviews online, so let your fingers do the walking

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Distributing modified build of windows OS is clearly against the T&Cs of MSFT. I am fairly certain that it is illegal to post links to such sites here. The site you linked to prominently features links to the modified ISOs right on the front page.

exelab.ru is gone. Let tuts4you at least live longer by not posting questionable content here . 🙂

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I have asked an admin to edit my post as i cant do it, this was for those who want full control and customization of their windows, as far as i am aware you still need a license to activate it but i expect you are right in regards of their T&Cs

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Taitor said:

Distributing modified build of windows OS is clearly against the T&Cs of MSFT. I am fairly certain that it is illegal to post links to such sites here. The site you linked to prominently features links to the modified ISOs right on the front page.

exelab.ru is gone. Let tuts4you at least live longer by not posting questionable content here . 🙂

Linking to another site is not illegal lol..

While them distributing a modded ISO does go against MS's ToS, it's pretty unlikely that MS will care that much unless they feel a need to go after their group. (ie. if they begin profiting off the images/work they are doing.) They did not touch the activation layer of Windows thus a valid key is still required to activate. Without a key, it'll operate the same exact way any ISO of Windows 10 would, which MS offers, for free, from their own sites. There's not much going on here that would warrant any legal action besides MS asking them in a simple DMCA to take it down if they felt the need. 

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41 minutes ago, atom0s said:

Without a key, it'll operate the same exact way any ISO of Windows 10 would, which MS offers, for free, from their own sites.

Still, it is against their TOS. Read their EULA. Distribution of modified or unmodified versions of their OS without their permission is not allowed.

42 minutes ago, atom0s said:

Linking to another site is not illegal lol..

Why do you think Google is asked to take down links to sites containing warez/DMCA-violations? All Google does is to provide links to sites or pages containing download links to DMCA-violating content (in which case they are asked to be removed).

Google is just providing LINKS to another site or to a page on another site. It is not necessary that one hosts the content on their site.

Similarly the OP has linked to a page which offers dowloads links to contents that violate DMCA.

You need to get your facts in order 😀

46 minutes ago, atom0s said:

There's not much going on here that would warrant any legal action besides MS asking them in a simple DMCA to take it down if they felt the need. 

Does @Teddy Rogers want to wait and keep the links until MSFT asks to get them taken down? If so I will post a huge bunch of similar links to sites that offer download links to modified Microsoft ISOs on their sites :D !

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2 hours ago, Taitor said:

Still, it is against their TOS. Read their EULA. Distribution of modified or unmodified versions of their OS without their permission is not allowed.

Read my post, I literally said it was and gave points as to why it's not something high on a reason to be targeted by a company legally.

2 hours ago, Taitor said:

Why do you think Google is asked to take down links to sites containing warez/DMCA-violations?

Being asked to take something down does not mean it's illegal. They act in good faith when someone requests for data to be removed. 

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Yes instructions for how to remove the 2gb instead of distributing ISOs containing copyrighted software is safer.  But those instructions aren't DMCA violating.  Because they are not an attack on a copyright protection mechanism like the licensing component.

Violating terms and conditions, it sounds whiny.  Guess your Win10 is out of warranty lol.

Further given that MS distributes the ISO publicly, it seems sharing the modified ISO rather than the dism script is catering to the lazy.  Or hiding the details of what is involved.

The day is approaching where they will find tricky ways to make it so it wont UEFI boot without a complete set of hash verifiable files present.  Even if it means a newer secure boot standard.  Although it has not happened yet they will find crypto methods to make this stuff increasingly difficult in the future.  Their strategy is still getting widespread adoption of Win10 before they move entirely to the cloud based software as a service/subscription model.  Then they can just cut your subscription if they find modifications.  But we all know what is coming, like it or not

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12 hours ago, atom0s said:

Being asked to take something down does not mean it's illegal. They act in good faith when someone requests for data to be removed. 

The DMCA notice if for when something is posted accidentally without the site admin's knowledge. Not to wait and see if the vendor would send a DMCA notice after letting it remain on the site, despite knowing fully well that it is linking to a site containing material violating the DMCA!

If @Teddy Rogers has no problems letting such links remain on his site then I have no problem either. 🙃

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2 hours ago, Taitor said:

The DMCA notice if for when something is posted accidentally without the site admin's knowledge. Not to wait and see if the vendor would send a DMCA notice after letting it remain on the site, despite knowing fully well that it is linking to a site containing material violating the DMCA!

Uh.. what? I don't think you really understand what DMCA's are for and how little weight they hold in a document as themselves. It is nothing more than a means to allow the copyright owner to inform a third-party they may be violating a copyright / infringing on someones rights. It is not a "you're going to court" / "we're shutting you down" / etc. type document, it does not hold any power like that at all. It's a simple request to have the potential violator respond and handle the potential situation discreetly. You are not required to adhere to the demands in the request, you are not required to respond. There is literally no legal holding on a DMCA.

It's up to the copyright owner to pursue someone further if they feel the DMCA was ignored or if they feel you are continuing to infringe on their rights. 

DMCA is heavily abused in all mediums of the internet. It has become a joke of a thing in the last handful of years, especially with sites like YouTube whom openly allow the abuse of copyright claims via DMCA takendowns. 

It's great if you want to live in fear and abide by any threat that is sent your way, but sorry, that does not mean something is illegal just because you're afraid of it.

Linking to other sites is not illegal. No different than how a torrent works where you can post a link to a torrent / magnet link and it's perfectly legal as your site is not the host of the actual content/material. 

 

I have dealt with a number of DMCAs over the years, I've ignored almost all of them because they are bullshit most of the time unless you are literally breaking the law on purpose. I have also acted in good faith when there is a good reason to or I feel the claim is valid. But if a company sent me a DMCA for linking to another site, I'd laugh and just shred the document. 

Win10 Ameliorated does not attempt to destroy/remove the activation layer of Win10 and expects a valid key. Microsoft has no real reason to go after their project unless they take in money. As their own site shows, you can completely build the ISO yourself using official images downloaded directly from MS. Even if MS decided to take down their Telegram group, their wiki is still 100% valid and legal. It's a lose-lose for MS to even bother with it because they do not harm MS's sales of the OS.

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I think google removes the DMCAed links voluntarily likely because their site is so central that it would be the inevitable target of a large lawsuit given it does link to sites whose clear purpose is only copyright circumvention or distribution of copyrighted material.  A site of such scale also has it's own ad revenue coming from those same copyright holders etc.  This makes google a special case and not some generic example

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This release looks reasonable good.  There was a really poorly put together release some years past by a lowball lamer who promptly deleted it and started hiding behind some legal mumbo jumbo.  But its worth throwing into a VM to have a good easy to sanitize reversing environment.

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I was curious as i was looking for an alternative to enterprise, and was hoping for feedback before setting up a vm, but will give it a try and have a look around

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