When Windows 10 Comes to Live: The First Few Minutes in the Live of a Windows 10 System, (Fri, Apr 12th)

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We often get emails from readers stating that they feel their system is compromised, even though they “do nothing”. Most of the time, our response is “that’s normal”. Indeed, most modern operating systems, not just Windows, will trigger lots of network traffic without user activity. But I found little documentation about what exactly to expect from a “normal” Windows 10 system. So I ran a quick experiment:

Microsoft offers a number of free virtual machines. I picked the “Microsoft Edge Windows 10 (x64) Stable 1809” system. The reason I went this route is that it first of all made things more reproducible, and secondly, these virtual machines do not include additional software, so you only get the default Windows 10

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