Items tagged with Windows 7

Microsoft is making a big change to the way it delivers updates for its legacy Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Instead of rolling out individual updates on a regular basis, the company will adopt the Windows 10 model and cram all updates into single, monthly “rollup”. Microsoft said that its past approach allowed customers to be “selective with the updates you deployed”, but it also lead to fragmentation among PCs, which in turn lead to numerous problems; especially for its enterprise customers. Microsoft cites an increase in “sync and dependency errors” and lower overall update quality... Read more...
Microsoft set off a nuclear blast in the PC enthusiast community this past January when it announced that it would cut off support for Intel Skylake-based machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on July 17th, 2017. This was ostensibly a move to force more users to upgrade to Windows 10, or else face the possibility of losing access to security updates. The folks in Redmond, Washington justified the move at the time, citing the “advanced” age of the operating systems. Microsoft did, however, give some of its top OEM partners a reprieve, exempting select machines from its banhammer. Needless... Read more...
Windows 10 continues to gain ground on Windows 7 in the race for market share dominance. Though the gap between the two is still rather large, Windows 10 has managed to find its way onto more than 19 percent of the world's PCs, according to the latest data from Net Market Share. That's up from 11.85 percent at the beginning of the year. It's been a steady climb for Windows 10, which released to the public a year ago this month. The OS got off to a fast start, hitching a ride on 5.21 percent of PCs in its first month of availability and nearly doubling its position by the end of the year with a... Read more...
Microsoft caused a huge uproar in January when it announced that Skylake systems running “legacy” Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems would no longer be supported come July 17th, 2017. In its ever-increasing campaign to migrate as many customers as possible over to Windows 10, Microsoft also said that it would only provide critical security updates to these affected customers “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Microsoft did, however, create an exemption (meaning full support from Microsoft including critical updates)... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft is using the nuclear option when it comes to Windows 10 installs, and from the looks of it, some users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC are not happy… at all. We learned late last year that Microsoft would begin making Windows 10 a Recommended update for users running legacy Windows operating systems instead of an Optional update. The distinction meant that users who didn’t uncheck the box for Windows 10 within Windows Update would be promoted to install the operating system. However, even if the Windows 10 install process did initiate, users were supposed to have the option... Read more...
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...
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