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In Six Months, Microsoft Will Pull The Plug On Windows 7 Support
Business Insider ^ | 7-8-2014 | JULIE BORT

Posted on 07/08/2014 10:05:09 AM PDT by Citizen Zed

Microsoft will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015.

That means no more security patches if hackers find holes, no more updated features or performance improvements.

This move will mostly affect consumers. Businesses that pay for extended Windows 7 support, as most of them do, will be supported for another five years, until January 14, 2020.

That's important, because many businesses are right now are in the process of upgrading their old Windows XP PCs, but they're moving to Windows 7, not Windows 8.

There's some speculation that, given the popularity of Windows 7, Microsoft might change its mind as the date nears and continue to support it a bit longer, like it did for Windows XP.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.in ...


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Still on xp here.
1 posted on 07/08/2014 10:05:09 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

Looks like the loons at MS aren’t about giving the customers what they want.


2 posted on 07/08/2014 10:06:29 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Citizen Zed

Oh well, this laptop was good to me while it lasted. [gives it a pat]


3 posted on 07/08/2014 10:06:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Citizen Zed

ping


4 posted on 07/08/2014 10:07:25 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Dont they still support vista?


5 posted on 07/08/2014 10:07:45 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Actually security patches will continue to 2020


6 posted on 07/08/2014 10:08:15 AM PDT by Voltage
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To: Citizen Zed

End of life six years after its introduction? That’s quick.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 10:08:26 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Citizen Zed

As if I (a single user) give a damn. First thing I did when I booted up my new PC with Win 7 was turn OFF automatic updates. I’ve had it, oh I don’t know, at least 4 years. Not done one patch or update.

You know what they call the first 5 million purchasers of a new Windows version? Beta testers.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 10:09:05 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Citizen Zed

This cannot be true. Windows 7 is the most popular OS out there right now.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 10:09:27 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Olog-hai

That would be pure insanity


10 posted on 07/08/2014 10:10:03 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Citizen Zed

Microsoft is getting desperate for more income. So, throw all their older customers under the bus, for extorted sales.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 10:10:23 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

>> End of life six years after its introduction? That’s quick.

Our betters at Microsoft have decided that we’ll like Win8 better when we have no choice but to use it.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 10:12:02 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I bought a new PC that came with 8 and I don’t care for it but I might as well learn to support it.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 10:14:19 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: fwdude

Apple provides OS-X upgrades for free.


14 posted on 07/08/2014 10:15:20 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: GeronL

actually XP was.


15 posted on 07/08/2014 10:17:22 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: reg45

sure, you just pay for those updates up front when you buy the hardware.

Also they EOL hardware by writing support for older hardware out of the updates.


16 posted on 07/08/2014 10:18:55 AM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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XP: support ended in 2009(hot fixes for the OS), but extended support (fixes for security) lasted until April 2014. Thats 2009 1st class support ended, then until 2014 for security patches!

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Same for Win 7 : Jan 2015 followed by another date presumably in 2020.

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17 posted on 07/08/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: Citizen Zed

If that’s true, it’s Linux time.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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To: RBStealth

So following the XP pattern, people will be dumping Win 7 in 2020.


19 posted on 07/08/2014 10:23:33 AM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Hope Win 9 is out by then, because 8.1 sux. One of the problems they fail to mention, aside from its horrible interface, is that it is a huge memory hog because it has “overflows” built into it. So 8 MB of RAM is the least you can do with, and even then you will grind to a halt and all your programs will go dark every now and then. So you have to shut down and clear everything.

Seriously horrible design. Win 7 was very good and stable, much more so than XP, but none of the 8 family is worth a dime.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 10:24:18 AM PDT by livius
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To: wally_bert

I bought one in Dec. and specifically looked for a Windows 7 install. Same for the one I bought for my dad. He’s 78, and I thought the transition from XP to Windows 7 was enough for him to handle. I’m Microsoft certified in Desktop Technology, and even I didn’t want to take on Windows 8.


21 posted on 07/08/2014 10:27:45 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Tea: A beverage best served cold. With RINO meat.)
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To: Olog-hai
Looks like the loons at MS aren’t about giving the customers what they want.

Like the loons at Yahoo who loused up their e-mail service.

22 posted on 07/08/2014 10:31:54 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Mygirlsmom

I went with 8 to save a few bucks. The main reason I went to a new unit was to have something that could run studio 17 and 4K video capability to do stock submissions. That format pays more than HD.

If I can, I will bite bullet and get a camera next month.


23 posted on 07/08/2014 10:32:34 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: livius

You don’t have to live with 8.1’s iPad interface if you don’t like it. Right click on the task bar, go to properties, then click on navigation. You can get back the start button, modify the annoying charms, and other things.


24 posted on 07/08/2014 10:34:47 AM PDT by Sparklite
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To: Citizen Zed

I am attempting to be all Linux for everything, even my engineering stuff, by the end of 2014.


25 posted on 07/08/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: Citizen Zed

Windows 8 is complete and total crap. I could not have designed a worse interface if I tried.

Win 7 is on all my brand new engineering computers and works fine.

My shop equipment is running on XP.

MS has nothing but contempt for industrial customers. I miss the old days of UNIX based software but you can’t find it.


26 posted on 07/08/2014 10:48:10 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: fwdude
So, throw all their older customers under the bus, for extorted sales.

Which is precisely why the public eventually gets fed-up and starts elected Liberals on the promise of heavy-handed regulation.

Don't these fools ever learn?


27 posted on 07/08/2014 10:56:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RBStealth

I’m buying another laptop with WIN7 on it again this year, new. You just need to ask Toshiba etc and they’ll provide it for you.


28 posted on 07/08/2014 10:57:04 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Citizen Zed

Planned obsolescence.
MS never seems to be able to get anything right. Flashy screens, buggy software.


29 posted on 07/08/2014 11:11:13 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: max americana

why are you sending me this?

edit/empty out the To: field if you are making a general comment.


30 posted on 07/08/2014 11:15:23 AM PDT by RBStealth (--raised by wolves, disciplined and educated by nuns.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Microsoft runs their company the way that obama runs the country.


31 posted on 07/08/2014 11:24:29 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Disambiguator

“If that’s true, it’s Linux time.”

I was thinking that last night. I have a Lenovo desktop and a Fujitsu laptop, both with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I pulled the laptop out to try Puppy Linux I put on a USB stick to see how it works and to “top off” the battery. While I had it charging, I decided to check for Windows updates. There was 200 meg to be downloaded and installed. That’s when it hit me.

Unless MS comes up with a compelling reason to stay with their OS, I’m gonna have to switch to Linux.


32 posted on 07/08/2014 11:28:07 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: RBStealth

If you post to a thread, you can’t opt-out of someone commenting.


33 posted on 07/08/2014 11:31:46 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Citizen Zed

I would questions this report strongly. Is there a Microsoft announcement on this that can be linked?

They’ve always provided desktop OS support for two versions back since forever. Thus, XP was still supported after Vista and Win7 came out. When Win8 came out, XP support was dropped, as it was then 3 versions old. It would be a huge change of approach to drop support for the previous release.


34 posted on 07/08/2014 11:35:51 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Citizen Zed

I prefer Win7 to XP, but I will NEVER move to Win 8.


35 posted on 07/08/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Voltage; All
Actually security patches will continue to 2020.

BTTT
36 posted on 07/08/2014 11:50:50 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Disambiguator
...it’s Linux time.

http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2626

Am liking this distro more and more every day and, so far, can recommend over any Zorin distro.
37 posted on 07/08/2014 11:54:49 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: RBStealth; Kirkwood; max americana; All

RBS - I know you won’t believe this, but last week a moose bit my sister.

(sorry - couldn’t resist...)


38 posted on 07/08/2014 11:57:32 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Sparklite
Right click on the task bar, go to properties, then click on navigation. You can get back the start button, modify the annoying charms, and other things.

I don't see that ability at all. Am I missing it?

X When I point to the upper-right corner, show the charms
X When I click the upper-left corner, switch between my recent apps
O Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell.....
X When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start
X Show my desktop background on Start
X Show Start on the display I'm using when I press the Windows logo key
O Show the apps view automatically when I go to Start
O List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it's sorted by category.


39 posted on 07/08/2014 12:53:37 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970

What particular ability are you looking for?


40 posted on 07/08/2014 12:57:55 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: mmichaels1970

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043243/how-to-boot-to-desktop-mode-in-windows-8-1.html


41 posted on 07/08/2014 1:00:27 PM PDT by Sparklite
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To: Disambiguator

“If that’s true, it’s Linux time.”

It has been Linux time since Vista came out. Someone gave me a new Dell PC with Vista Ultimate installed. I erased that dog and installed Linux IMMEDIATELY with no 2nd thoughts and no regrets.


42 posted on 07/08/2014 1:04:37 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Organic Panic
I liked IBM's OS/2.

It's still around.

43 posted on 07/08/2014 1:05:55 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: Sparklite
What particular ability are you looking for?

I want to click a Start button and simply see a menu of programs like Win7 did.

On mine, if I click the little "windows looking" start icon in the bottom left, I get to the stupid ipad-type screen.

Not a big deal, but I don't see anything under navigation that allows me similar functionality to the start button in Win7.
44 posted on 07/08/2014 1:13:44 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Sparklite
What particular ability are you looking for?

I want to click a Start button and simply see a menu of programs like Win7 did.

On mine, if I click the little "windows looking" start icon in the bottom left, I get to the stupid ipad-type screen.

Not a big deal, but I don't see anything under navigation that allows me similar functionality to the start button in Win7.
45 posted on 07/08/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Sparklite
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043243/how-to-boot-to-desktop-mode-in-windows-8-1.html

Yes. I am set up to do that.
46 posted on 07/08/2014 1:15:30 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: mmichaels1970
My first double-post since joining in November 2006!

Yes! Finally.


47 posted on 07/08/2014 1:16:48 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Citizen Zed

I just went to Windows 7. Thanks for nothing Gates.


48 posted on 07/08/2014 1:20:29 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kirkwood

Hey, Don’t post me Bro...


49 posted on 07/08/2014 1:21:30 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: TexasRepublic

Which distro are you using? I am considering installing on my desktop and my wife’s laptop (which is still on XP).


50 posted on 07/08/2014 1:23:37 PM PDT by Disambiguator (#cornedbeef)
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