Items tagged with Windows 7

The day of reckoning has arrived for everyday Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users around the globe. Microsoft’s free Windows 10 operating system is getting bumped to first class, moving from an Optional update to a Recommended update via Windows Update. The move to “Recommended” status means that a lot more people will initiate the Windows 10 installer when they go through the routine process of keeping their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installations up-to-date. And for the uninitiated, they’ll probably just keep clicking “Next” and “OK” until they find themselves staring at the Windows 10 welcome screen.... Read more...
Microsoft caused a lot of confusion and anger in the enthusiast community when it was announced that customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Skylake hardware would no longer be officially supported after July 17th, 2017. That means critical security updates will no longer be delivered to these systems, and even if they are provided, Microsoft will do so only “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Although it wasn’t entirely clear at the time (because we couldn’t fathom that Microsoft would take this drastic of an action... Read more...
Given the apathy towards Windows 8, it’s understandable that many OEMs have still been offering Windows 7 to customers to keep them happy. After all, we saw the same thing happen with Windows XP when Windows Vista first started to invade the PC space. Microsoft doesn’t want another repeat of Windows XP’s overstayed welcome, and has put Windows 7 on notice. Microsoft recently updated its Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet, which now shows that OEMs will no longer be able to sell PCs with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled after October 31st, 2016 — a little less than a year from now. In case you were... Read more...
It's long been a major pet peeve of mine that Microsoft has made it such a challenge to procure a legitimate ISO image of its OSes. I've felt like the company should have no problem offering them in an easy-to-find spot on its website, because after all, it's not like they can be taken proper advantage of without a legal key. Sometimes, people simply lose the disc or ISO they had, and so it shouldn't be such a challenge to get a replacement. Well, with a new feature on its website, you are now able to get that replacement ISO. However, it's behind a bit of protection: you'll need to provide your... Read more...
Whether you remembered to mark your calendars for this day or not, today (January 13, 2015) is when mainstream support for Windows 7 comes to an end. That includes Windows 7 Enterprise, Enterprise N, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Professional for Embedded Systems, Professional N, Starter, Starter N, Ultimate, Ultimate for Embedded Systems, Ultimate N, and Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7.Before you fetch the panic button and pound on it with all the might of an angry Hulk smash, be advised that your Windows 7 PC will continue to function as normal -- it's not going to... Read more...
Time is quickly running out if you plan on purchasing a pre-built PC with Windows 7 installed. Once Halloween (October 31, 2014) comes and goes, Microsoft will no longer provide its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. In light of this, Dell is making one final push to cash in on customers who prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8. If you visited Dell's website over the weekend, you may have spotted a banner promoting Windows 7 machines with the tagline, "Windows 7 for the win," along with an offer to "Save up to 30 percent on popular... Read more...
Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell whatever inventory is left of PCs running any of those three versions of Windows 7, but they won't be able to order any more copies. If you're bothered by this, take solace in the fact that Microsoft's arbitrary end-of-sales deadline doesn't apply to Windows 7 Professional -- Microsoft... Read more...
It appears that there is still some life left in Window’s 8. Microsoft’s current operating system has been a disappointment for the company since its release. While the OS has seen its percentage of user shares increase it has been unable to outpace Windows Vista during the same time period six years ago. According to web analytics firm Net Applications, the combined user share for Windows 8 and 8.1 is at 13.4 percent of the worlds combined number of desktops and notebooks for the month of August. That is up nine-tenths of a percentage point from July and is the first time since May... Read more...
As much as Microsoft would prefer that you upgrade to Windows 8, it can’t ignore the legions of Windows 7 users who aren’t budging. Today, it officially released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, bringing IE 11’s speed and (most of its) functionality to the aging OS. See what you’ve been missing by downloading it here. Want to get a feel for what 11 is like? Check out EtchMark on Microsoft's test drive site. Say what you will about past iterations of Internet Explorer, but critics have largely agreed that IE 11 is a big improvement in Microsoft’s browser. The latest... Read more...
Another month is in the books, and that means another opportunity to examine market share data for Windows 8. Microsoft's touch-friendly operating system (OS) grew its market share to 2.7 percent in February, up slightly from 2.26 percent in January. Going back even further, Windows 8's share of the market was 1.72 percent in December and 1.09 percent in November, a little over a month after it launched to the general public. Windows 7 still claims the top spot with a 44.55 percent share of the market. That's not much of a change from last month when it claimed a 44.48 percent stake, though it's... Read more...
With so many conflicting reports on the state of Windows 8, it's difficult to get a grip on exactly where it stands in the grand scheme of things at this early stage. For example, Microsoft just the other day proudly proclaimed that it's sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses during its first month of availability. Not too shabby, but now StatCounter is saying that Windows 8 is off to a slower start than Windows 7 when examining Internet usage share. According to StatCounter, Windows 8 took 1.77 percent Internet usage in the U.S. one month after launch, compared to 5.21 percent for Windows 7 when it... Read more...
Although Microsoft is keeping DirectX 11.1 exclusive to Windows 8, it’s planning to make the latest version of Internet Explorer available to Windows 7 users (as well as Window 8, of course). Microsoft recently opened the preview of IE 10 to the public. Still, many of the features in IE 10 are really geared towards Windows 8.  So what’s new in IE 10? Touch, for one thing. Microsoft designed the browser’s navigation controls for touch and even has them hide when not in use, clearing up your display. (IE 10 will support Windows RT as well as Windows 7 & 8). Other... Read more...
Perhaps serving as further proof that Microsoft is supremely confident in Windows 8 and expects nothing less than for it to be a raging success, it's being reported that Windows 7 will not see a second Service Pack. Windows 7 proponents will be quick to point out that their OS of choice hardly needs one, and while there might be some truth to that, it's still an unusual move to stop after SP1. It took three years for Microsoft to release an SP2 update for Windows XP. As of this month, it's been three years since the release of Windows 7 in October 2009 and there doesn't appear to another Service... Read more...
The general availability of Windows 8 is getting closer and closer. Even though Microsoft is focused on this new OS, it hasn't forgotten about users who won't upgrade right away. Windows 7 users who want to get their hands on IE10 will have the option to do so: Microsoft plans to release a preview of IE10 in mid-November. Final availability of IE10 will follow as the company collects developer and customer feedback. IE10 on Windows 7 will have the same standards based platforms as IE10 on Windows 8. This browser is said to be 8% faster than Chrome 20, making it the fastest browser on the market... Read more...
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