Posts Tagged ‘windows 7’

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.


End of Support for Old Internet Explorer Versions Draws Near

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

If you’re running Windows Vista or Windows 7 or 8, you’ll need to start thinking about upgrading IE pretty soon …

Microsoft revealed in 2014 that it plans to end support for older versions of its Internet Explorer web browser starting January 12, 2016. The company will only support the most recent version of Internet Explorer for supported versions of the Windows operating system, Windows Server and Windows embedded systems from January 2016 on. Older versions will no longer receive technical support or security updates once the new policy goes live in January 2016


Windows 10 May Already be on your PC even if You don’t Want It

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Here comes Windows 10 … whether you want it or not.

Microsoft is betting big on Windows 10 and the operating system’s adoption rate in the next few years. The company mentioned more than once that it plans to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices in that time. The operating system is off to a good start thanks to the free-for-nearly-everyone offer that Microsoft announced to the surprise of many.


Microsoft Intensifies Data Collection on Windows 7 and 8 Systems

Friday, August 28th, 2015

It turns out that it’s not just Windows 10 that has privacy issues. Apparently, Microsoft’s never-ending nosiness now applies to older Windows products too.

Microsoft has been criticized by privacy advocates in regards to the data hunger of its Windows 10 operating system. The operating system slurps data like there is no tomorrow, especially when systems are set up using the express settings. Experienced users may disable telemetry and data collection partially during setup, and then some more afterwards using the Registry or Group Policy. What makes this problematic however is the fact that it is nearly impossible to stop all of the data collecting that is taking place.


What’s going to happen to Windows 7 and 8 when Windows 10 Comes Out?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

So far, Microsoft is saying that they’ll support Windows 7 for another five years, so I’ll probably stick with 7 for the time being (or at least until my present PC dies.)

Microsoft’s newest version of Windows for desktop PCs and tablets is going to be released on July 29, 2015. The company is working on Windows 10 as we speak and has yet to pick a suitable RTM candidate so that the system can go in production and be made available to partners, hardware manufacturers and eventually end users. It is clear that Microsoft is betting big on Windows 10, considering that it is offering free upgrades to Windows 7 and Windows 8 system owners, and also offering free licenses for Windows Insider users who stay on the beta channel after release.


Fixing Java Update Did Not Complete Error Code: 1603

Friday, June 26th, 2015

I haven’t run into this myself (yet,) but maybe you have.

I have received the error message “Java update did not complete. Error Code: 1603” for months whenever I tried to update the Java installation on a PC running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The error would come up at the end of the installation after Java files were downloaded and the software was seemingly installed on the operating system.


How to Block Windows 10 Upgrade Notifications in Earlier Versions of Windows

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you’re content with Windows 7 or 8.1, and you don’t want a free upgrade to Windows 10, here’s how to stop the upgrade messages.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users who have started their system today may have noticed a new update notification in the operating system’s system tray area that allows them to reserve an upgrade to Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 10. Microsoft Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to systems running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and the update notification is part of Microsoft’s effort to notify users about the offer and get as many users as possible to upgrade to Windows 10.


What the End of Windows 7 Mainstream Support Means

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The shelf-life of Microsoft products seems to get shorter and shorter: Windows XP got 8 years of mainstream support, while Windows 7 got less than 6 years of mainstream support.

Mainstream support for the Windows 7 operating system ends today. Windows 7 is the operating system with the largest market share currently as it is used on more than 50% of all desktop systems according to several independent usage share tracking companies.


Windows Downloads for All Operating Systems

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Here’s a handy resource for all of us who still miss the Windows installation discs that used to ship with new PCs …

Most Windows PCs ship without installation disc or any other form of physical product that you can use to re-install the system. While you do get options to create recovery discs, it is not the same thing. The same is true when you purchase upgrades online from Microsoft. You don’t get a disc anymore unless you purchase it directly, and even if you do, you will notice that some versions of the operating system are not available as physical media.


Microsoft Security Bulletins for October 2014

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

It sounds like this was a pretty busy month for the folks who create security patches at Microsoft …

Welcome to the Microsoft’s October 2014 Patch Day overview. It provides an in-depth analysis and information about all security bulletins and updates that Microsoft released for its products since the September patch day. Microsoft released eight security bulletins this month fixing a total of 24 vulnerabilities in company products such as the Microsoft Windows operating system, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Office.