Posts Tagged ‘windows 7’

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.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 is doing Well. Netmarketshare: Well …

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Either way you look at it, Windows 7 still seems to be Windows 10’s closest competitor. Prior to Windows 10, there was a similar situation with Windows XP; funny how Microsoft’s main competition always seems to be previous versions of their newer products.

Microsoft’s updated Windows Trends statistics indicate that the Windows 10 operating system is doing well. Third-party services like Netmarketshare beg to differ. Microsoft updated the Windows and Store trends page that is full of statistics for developers with new data that covers the time period between September 2014 and August 2016.

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Microsoft Publishes December 2016 Patch Previews

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

When Microsoft recently announced the end of its Security Bulletins program for Windows 7 and 8.1, many were left wondering what would replace it. This month, we’ll finally get a peak at how the new updates program will work.

Microsoft has just released preview patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which interested users and administrators can download for preview testing before they are pushed out via Windows Update on the second Tuesday of December. The company changed how updates are made available for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems recently; it switched from releasing individual updates for issues to so-called rollups which include all patches released for a given month.

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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.

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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.

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KB3184143 Update to Remove Get Windows 10 Offer

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

I disabled the Windows 10 upgrade offers on my Windows 7 PC a long time ago, but it sounds like this latest update will take care of them for good.

Microsoft released the update KB3184143 “Remove software related to the Windows 10 free upgrade offer” yesterday which uninstalls several related and no longer needed updates on machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Get Windows 10 helped push the company’s Windows 10 operating system for a year thanks to a free offer and malware-like behavior at times.

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Speed Up the Windows 7 Update Rollup

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Those who are faced with the challenge of updating a fresh install of Windows 7 will probably find this article helpful.

It can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update. Windows Update displays a “checking for updates” prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all. This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run a copy of Windows that is not patched and have that copy connected to the Internet.

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If You don’t Want Windows 10, Do This!

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Here we go again …

Reports are coming in by users from around the world on sites like Reddit that machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8 have been updated — once again — to Windows 10 automatically. They report that the update was automated, and that they did not receive any prompt or option to stop the process once it was in motion. Some noticed that their machines were upgraded to the new operating system after coming back from lunch or checking their computer in the morning after leaving it turned on for the night.

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Download Windows 7 and 8.1 ISO Images from Microsoft

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Need a fresh copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Microsoft makes it hard to find these products on their official website, but they’re still available.

It is rather difficult to download ISO images for previous versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system from official sources. Microsoft wants users to use the company’s Media Creation Tool instead which downloads and creates installation media on a system running a supported operating system version.

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Windows 10 is a Recommended Update Now

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The battle to prevent your Windows 7 or 8 PC from automatically updating to Windows 10 just became a little bit more difficult.

Microsoft changed the state of the “upgrade to Windows 10” update for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to recommended on February 1, 2016 from optional. Microsoft continues to push Windows 10, and as the company announced back in October 2015, made the upgrade to its latest operating system Windows 10 a recommended update on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

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