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Posted on 06/11/2018 8:07:50 AM PDT by dayglored
FR dayglored note: Technical Support and answering questions are being discontinued for the listed Community Forums, meaning the forum threads are either users-only, or locked to further comments (read-only)
This does NOT indicate dropping of Product Technical Support, e.g. Security updates, etc. Those are still per the regular end-of-life announcements.
Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can engage in a safe and positive environment.
Microsoft Community participants are welcome and encouraged to continue to use the forum to ask questions and post answers with each other.
The support for the below products will be discontinued across different forums in the Community.
Thank you for being part of Microsoft Community!
Article link: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/feedback/forum/fdbk_news/product-support-forum-changes-on-microsoft/b1f5c5a4-7d66-4579-83bf-2b6ba599baaa
Most of the stuff on this list is more-or-less dead already, so not devoting MS resources to the forums is probably a necessary business decision.
But my personal take on this is that it's -really- about aiming yet another arrow at the heart of Windows 7.
Microsoft is over-the-top desperate to force Win7 users to migrate to Win10.
I am fed up with Windows 10. Just found that MS installed a USER ACCOUNT without my permission. Deleted the ASP.NET account and the performance improved by a measurable 10%.
I guess MS-DOS is out of the question............
What’s the big deal about killing off 7? I have 7 on one of my computers and I love it... Why are they forcing this?
Yeah, I can’t find anything on running Multiplan on Server 2016, either.
More money and more control of your personal information.
I switched to Linux 14 months ago . I was over my Brothers yesterday ,he was updating/upgrading his win 10 ,it took all day ,LOL
I solved this problem by buying a used apple....screw Microsoft!!!!
I’ve never tried it, but I would bet that a Windows 10 computer would boot up on a MS-DOS boot disk..................
Mr. Trump, PLEASE take an antitrust hammer to this monstrosity.
Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
I ordered 2 Dell laptops with Win10. After trying to set up one, all the personal info and accounts you have to set up with MS I gave up. (I never did see Win10 loaded on the thing.) They are going back.
That sucks because this Win7 machine is about done. Not sure what’s next.
Depends on the version... good luck finding a 360K DS/DD 5 1/4” floppy to USB adapter if you are using DOS 2.1 or so. More good luck reading the floppy after boot. I imagine DOS 6.21 or greater would boot, but you’d likely have no peripherals available unless you have a real serial port or two.
Many answers, but a primary one is that MS are publicly traded and must continue to entice Wall Street to keep their stock stable/desirable.
One of MS’s preferred boasts is market share of their OS and, more specifically, the uptake rate of their latest OS. But no matter how many times they get their fingers burnt on their unilateral tactics they continue them because the marketing tail is wagging the technical/stability/security/customer satisfaction dog. The most recent debacle was the overnight automatic conversion from Windows 7 to Windows 10 which caused panic, anger, etc.
Old software, no matter how good or widespread its use, doesn’t put money in the bank. This is also why MS are obsessively hounding everyone to go to Office365 which is a subscription service and - again - a steady revenue stream. In fact, attempting to navigate the Office section of the MS site is a nightmare for those who have no interest in the 365 model - of course, this behavior is intentional.
MS (and others) imagine that marooning users on Obsolete Software Island will compel them to pay (again) for the newest version even if there is no benefit.
What MS usually ignores is that the user community are more knowledgeable and responsive than MS’ own tech support AND that the user community are willing and able to discuss issues related to old(er) versions.
Old software is vulnerable to exploits and is a distraction from new dev and bugbashing on the current os. I’ve 10 since it came out. Never had a problem even on a 10 year old laptop.
It would be better if they official admitted they don’t support Windows 7 than what they are doing:
I use 10, 7 and a variety of MS packages. I have no axe to grind.
New software is just as vulnerable to exploits, often more so due to the lack of white hat/black hat attacks over a shorter amount of time. MS have trotted out many examples of the shiny new thing being a hive of vulnerabilities. They were/are, as before, driven not by altruism/security but by revenue. Nothing wrong with revenue but the constant attempts to convince users otherwise gets tiresome.
If stability/security is truly the issue then Win 7 has stood the test of time with help from all sides, not just MS. MS have kicked the end-of-life/end-of-support can down the road several times as a tacit admission that they got it right with Win 7 - much to their chagrin. Ironically the PC OEMs pushed back strongly against Win 7 EOL due to demand from their customers.
Moreover, MS touts new features as frequently - or more so - than it does security so from that behavior we can draw certain conclusions.
You have more control with 7. In the brave new world, that cannot be tolerated.
The UEFI would prolly just laugh and laugh.
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