Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8.1’

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How to Disable Automatic Maintenance Tasks in Windows 8

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Here’s how to prevent Windows 8 hogging processing power for maintenance tasks, when you need that processing power for other purposes …

If you are running the Windows 8 operating system, and it doesn’t really matter if you’re still on Windows 8 or have upgraded to Windows 8.1, then you may have noticed that the system starts to run maintenance jobs all of a sudden. While some of those tasks are defined to execute only when the system is idle and not in use, you may still notice that the tasks are run regardless of that.


Microsoft Extends Windows 8.1 Update Deadline to June 10th

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Windows 8.1 users should take heed, and download the update (if they haven’t done so already)

When Microsoft released the first feature update for Windows 8.1, which it called Windows 8.1 Update, it announced that it would stop releasing updates for Windows 8.1 without that update shortly after release. This meant that Windows 8.1 users had to install the feature update on their system to receive future updates after that point in time. This makes it a mandatory update for all users of Windows 8.1 — but not Windows 8 — as it leaves the system vulnerable to security issues if not updated.


The Windows 8.1 Update is Mandatory for all Windows 8.1 Users … and Here’s Why

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Windows users take note; there’s no way around the 8.1 update …

Today’s Patch Tuesday is special because of a couple of reasons. First, it is the last patch public patch day for most Windows XP systems. I do not think there is need to panic just yet, but you may want to consider upgrading the operating system eventually. Second, Windows 8.1 Update will be released today. Microsoft revealed the update officially some time ago, and we have reviewed what is new last month as well.


How to Download Windows 8.1 Enterprise Trial Right Now

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

If you’re interested in a sneak peek at Windows 8.1 Enterprise … here’s where to find it:

You have probably already noticed that Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 update a bit early today. All Windows 8 users can install the upgrade by visiting the built-in store of the operating system. That’s very convenient, even though it is not that different from distributing the update via Windows Update. Installation via the store is just one of the options to upgrade to Windows 8.1. It is likely that Microsoft will make available ISO images of the operating system as well, but those are not yet available.


How to Install the Media Center Pack in Windows 8.1

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Here’s another one of those things that turns out to be a lot more complicated than it seems like it should be …

Windows 8.1, just like Windows 8, ships with Windows Media Player by default. The program has been crippled by Microsoft as it does not play DVD movies anymore. You may remember that it did play them on Windows 7. So, if you want DVD playback on Windows 8.x, you need Windows Media Center or a third party alternative.