Posts Tagged ‘updates’

Windows 10 RTM Support Ends May 9, 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

If you’re still running the first, retail version of Windows 10, and you’ve somehow managed to block updates, then you should probably check this out.

Microsoft announced that support for the Windows 10 RTM version, the first retail version of Windows 10, will end on May 9, 2017. The company had plans to shut down support for Windows 10 RTM on March 26, 2017 initially, but extended the period to May 9, 2017 instead.


Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

If you’re concerned about privacy, (and have a bit of free time on your hands,) you might want to check out this neat trick for managing Microsoft updates and controlling the sort of information that your system is allowed to share.

Microsoft pushed patches to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1 in recent time that collect information and transfer data to Microsoft regularly. One of the main issues that Windows users may have with telemetry is that Microsoft does not reveal what it is collecting, and what is included when telemetry data is transferred to the company. The following tutorial provides suggestions on limiting Windows data collecting and transferring. There is no guarantee that nothing is collected and/or submitted after making privacy related changes to the operating system, but a guarantee that data collecting is severely limited at the very least.


Windows 7 – Microsoft Waves an Early Goodbye

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

It looks like Windows 7 is on it’s way out …

Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system is still the world’s most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system. The company informed customers on the German Microsoft press site that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020: about three years from today.


Checking for Updates Slow on Windows 7? Here’s the Fix

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

There’s a fix, but you’ll need to download the correct patch first …

You may have noticed that update checks on Windows 7 machines may take a long, long, long time to complete before any updates are displayed for download and installation. Some users have reported that it took them days to get the initial list of updates displayed to them. That’s unacceptable on several levels, but more importantly leaves the operating system open to attacks and issues for that period of time.


Say Good-Bye to Individual Patches on Windows 7 and 8

Monday, October 10th, 2016

This change is bound to effect your updating strategy, in one way or another.

Microsoft will change how patches and updates are delivered to devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 starting tomorrow. We have talked about the push towards all-in-one (cumulative) Windows updates in August when the company announced the change.


Don’t Expect too much from Windows 10 Build 10041

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

At this point, I think I’ll just wait for the official release of Windows 10 this summer …

If you are running a preview of Windows 10 on a computer system or virtual machine, you may have already noticed that Microsoft pushed out update 10041 of the operating system to all preview systems. The new build is the first after the company made the promise in January to release builds faster from then on out.


Should you Upgrade Windows XP Now, or Wait for Windows 9?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Here’s some advice regarding a decision that about one third of all PC users will soon have to make …

Windows XP users need to make a decision next month. When Microsoft ends extended support for the operating system, millions of PC systems running XP will not receive any security updates anymore from the company. While that may not be a problem depending on how the computer is used, for instance only locally, or as a better typewriter, it can be an issue if it is connected to the Internet.


Configure Firefox to Only Install Minor Updates

Friday, February 28th, 2014

I’m still not quite sure why one would want to do this … but here’s how anyway.

If you are a Firefox user you probably know that you can enable or disable the browser’s automatic update feature. Automatic updates are enabled by default, which means that Firefox will check for new updates periodically to download and install them if available. Updates can be configured in two different ways. First, you can disable automatic updates completely. Firefox won’t check for updates anymore which also means that new versions won’t be downloaded and installed automatically.


Microsoft Security Bulletins for June 2013 Overview

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

If you noticed that your PC rebooted itself last night, this might explain why …

Microsoft released a total of five security bulletins addressing 23 different vulnerabilities today of which four affect client and server versions of the Windows operating system while one is affecting Microsoft Office.


Say Goodbye to Windows Service Packs

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Apparently, Microsoft is going to change the way that they release updates for their various products; instead of bundling several fixes in a single package, in many cases it will be left up to users to find and install fixes individually.

A service pack contains a number of patches, fixes and improvements for the software it has been released for. Microsoft up until now released service packs for many of its popular products including the Windows client and server operating system and Office. The service packs usually consists of patches that have already been available in one form or the other, with notable exceptions that are then released together with the service pack.