Posts Tagged ‘windows 8’

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.


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.


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.


Replace the Windows 10 Start Menu with a Classic Start Menu

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Windows 10 hasn’t even been officially released yet, but there are already solutions available to restore the classic start menu …just in case the start menu doesn’t make it into the final release.

Microsoft plans to launch the Windows 10 operating system in 2015. One of the changes that the company introduces in it is a new start menu that mixes the classic Windows 7 start menu with app-specific features such as tiles. While that is a step forward for users who disliked the removal of the start menu in Windows 8, it may not be enough for some.


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.


Last Resort to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 or Newer

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

I haven’t experimented with Windows 8 very much so far, but apparently, starting with Windows 8 it’s now a lot more difficult (but not impossible) to restart in Safe Mode …

Microsoft optimized the boot process of its Windows 8 operating system in a way that it is booting faster than previous versions of Windows. A side-effect of this is that it is difficult to get the operating system to load Safe Mode. The mode is useful to troubleshoot the operating system. You can use it for example to undo changes or uninstall software that you have recently installed on the system.


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.


Windows 10 Preview Downloads and Information

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Reading between the lines, could it be that Microsoft considers Windows 8.1 to have been Windows 9?

Microsoft has launched its Windows Insider Program a moment ago which lets you test new Windows versions before they are released, and in today’s case a preview version of Windows 10. It’s interesting to note that it seems possible to download the Windows 10 Preview without signing up for the program.  In fact, if you sign up for it and visit the download page afterwards, you can only download a 4 Megabyte executable file instead of ISO images only at first.