Microsoft has blocked the installation of Windows 10 and 11 in Russia from the company’s official website, Russian state media reported on Sunday. Users in the country have confirmed that attempts to download Windows 10 result in a 404 error message.
Tass (acronym for Telegraphnoe agentstvo Sovietskovo Suza, one of Russia’s leading news agencies, along with Rossia Segodnia and Interfax) reported that attempts to download a Windows 11 (ISO) disk image were diverted to a Microsoft support contact page. However, the software is available with a virtual private network (VPN) to hide the location of a computer, as are many other online resources:
Attempts to install Windows 11 and Windows 10 from the Microsoft website failed. The TASS correspondent was convinced.
An error occurs when trying to download a Windows 11 (ISO) disk image from the company website. “Error: There was a problem with your request. For help, visit the Microsoft Contact Support page,” the message reads. However, if you use a VPN, the download occurs.
If you try to download Windows 10, an error also appears: “404 – File or directory not found”. With a VPN connection, the download occurs.
According to statistics from Top10VPN, which regularly publishes data on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) around the world, demand for VPNs has risen by an unprecedented 2692% in Russia, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter after removing access to applications from the location. :
VPN demand resurfaced in Russia over the weekend of March 12-13, with Russian authorities banning Instagram in retaliation from parent company Meta for allowing calls for violence against the Russian military to continue. on their platforms.
Demand for VPN services peaked at 2,692% on March 14 compared to average daily demand the week before the invasion of Ukraine. This last peak follows three days of sustained interest. As of March 31, VPN demand had declined, but remained very high at 243% above normal, while average daily VPN demand between March 15 and 31 was a 617% above normal.
The official ban on Facebook and Twitter on March 4 had previously fueled demand for VPN services, bringing it up more than 1,000% from the benchmark for two consecutive days.
Restrictions on Facebook and Twitter had begun on the weekend of February 26-27 with Internet speeds accessing these severely restricted platforms making them unusable, prompting Russians to increasingly turn to VPN services. . VPN demand increased during this week and on March 3 was more than 750% above the benchmark
Our analysis of the Central Register of Blocked Sites in Russia shows that the Kremlin has blocked more than 1,000 war-related sites since the invasion, including Russian-language sites on BBC News, Deutsche Welle, and Voice of America.
Russian authorities confirmed on March 15 that they had tried to block VPN traffic and would continue to do so.
In early March, Microsoft announced that it would suspend new sales of Microsoft products and services in the country due to the invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with government sanctions orders.
A few days later, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov called on the company to do more and block access to its products in the region: during 10 days of war, Russia fired more than 400 cruise missiles at Ukraine: homes ‘children, hospitals and residences. buildings were destroyed. Microsoft, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, help us stop it: block access to Azure, Skype and GitHub from Russia.
This month, Microsoft announced that it was making substantial cuts to its business in Russia, including cutting more than 400 jobs in Russia.
Federov has regularly urged major technology companies on Twitter to stop doing business in Russia. Many including SAP, Oracle, Dell, Sony Interactive Entertainment, AMD, Intel, Ericsson, and more. they withdrew or drastically reduced their operations.
Here’s an overview of what’s been happening in the computer field since February 24th.
The following companies have stopped the ads or removed the possibility of mounting them in Russia:
- February 25: Meta banned Russian state media from broadcasting or monetizing worldwide;
- February 25: Twitter temporarily halted ads in Ukraine and Russia to highlight “critical public safety information”;
- March 2: Snap paused ads on the Snapchat app in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine;
- March 3: Alphabet suspended all advertising in Russia, which includes search, YouTube, and publishing partners;
- March 7: apple App Store ads suspended in Russia;
- March 10: Google Play and YouTube they have suspended monetization functions and payment services in Russia;
- March 23: Google he said he would not allow YouTube channels, websites or apps to sell ads that reject war.
Some companies have restricted or tagged Russian state news channels, such as RT and Sputnik, and Russian misinformation, or canceled links to Russian search engines:
- February 28: Roku removed RT from its channel store;
- February 28: Tik Tok has banned state-backed news organizations to access their accounts;
- March 1: Meta restricted access to Russian state media RT and Sputnik in the EU;
- March 1: DuckDuckGo stopped his relationship with the Russian search engine Yandex;
- March 2: Reddit banned Russian state-sponsored media links throughout;
- March 3: Spotify removed all Sputnik and RT content;
- March 4: Telegram banned Russian state media after pressure from Europe to remove the channels;
- March 8: instagram has downgraded Russian state media publications to its channels, lowering its priority in the Stories queue and warning people before re-sharing state-controlled media content;
- March 10: DuckDuckGo decided to lower the information of the sites associated with the Russian state;
- March 11: Youtube blocked access to channels associated with Russian state media worldwide.
The following companies have stopped selling in Russia:
- March 1: apple Suddenly Russia of “all product sales”;
- March 3: CD Project Groupgame developer The Witcher, has stopped all sales of its products in Russia and Belarus;
- March 4: Samsung stopped shipments of products to Russia and suspended exports of products such as chips, smartphones and consumer electronics;
- March 4: Microsoft suspended new sales of products and services in Russia;
- March 4: Activision Blizzard stopped new sales of its games in Russia;
- March 5: Epic games announced that it is “stopping trade” in Russia;
- March 9: sony Suspension of software and hardware sales in Russia.
The following companies have suspended operations in Russia, stopped hiring new customers there, or cut off their services in Russia:
- February 28: netflix he said he would not add any Russian channels to his service;
- March 1: Mastercard and Visa blocked Russian banks from accessing their networks;
- March 3: Spotify closed its office in Russia for an indefinite period;
- March 3: PayPal suspended its services in Russia, also affecting its money transfer service Xoom ;
- March 4: Amazon Web Services (AWS) stopped accepting new customers in Russia;
- March 4: Convincing communicationsan internet service provider based in the United States, interrupted its services to Russian customers;
- March 6: Tik Tok suspend live broadcasts and uploads of new content to Russia;
- March 6: netflix completely suspend its services in Russia;
- March 7: Business technology companies EPAM systems i Luxoft they announced that they were severing ties with Russia;
- March 7: We work ceased operations in Russia, halted its expansion plans, and disengaged from operations in the region;
- March 9: Lumenan internet service provider based in the United States, has ceased its activities in Russia;
- March 9: sony stopped Playstation Store operations in the country;
- March 9: Bumble ceased operations in Russia and withdrew its applications from the country’s Apple and Google stores;
- March 9: Amazon stopped sending products from their retail location and restricted access AmazonPrime in Russia;
- March 16: Qualcomm he said he would stop selling products to Russian companies;
- March 25: Spotify announced that it would “completely suspend” its service in Russia;
- April 5: Intel suspended all its commercial operations in Russia.
Other companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Nvidia, German SAP, Oracle, Nokia IBM, Cisco are also part of the batch. From the point of view of the Russians, the fact that TSMC has also joined the ban is likely to weigh even more heavily. In fact, Russian semiconductor companies such as Baikal, MCST, Yadro and STC Module design their own chips, but have them produced by the Taiwanese contractor.
In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened retaliatory sanctions, including a ban on the export of products or raw materials produced or extracted in Russia when handed over to people under sanctions or by people under sanctions from other individuals.
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