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  • Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down (UAC problem?)

    02/10/2020 10:55:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 86 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 10, 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Users rage, rage against the dying of the light (and support) It's not only end of support that Windows 7 diehards have to contend with. Late last week a new problem emerged – systems that refuse to shut down.Complaints have been widespread on Reddit, Microsoft's official Answers forum and on on SevenForums. Some users also reported other issues, such as not being able to view their documents folder in Explorer.Fortunately the problem seems to be fixable in most cases. The favourite solution is to tweak the UAC (User Account Control) settings with the Group Policy setting "Run all administrators in...
  • Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

    01/29/2020 2:30:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2020 | Richard Speed
    The Free Software Foundation really set the bar high there Good news everybody! The Free Software Foundation has blown through its self-imposed target of 7,777 signatories in its efforts to persuade Microsoft to make Windows 7 open source.We noted last week the GNU-gang's attempt to coax the born-again open-sourcerer formerly known as "The Beast Of Redmond" into making a surprise deposit into GitHub.The thinking was that since Windows 7 has now come to the end of the road, as far as free security updates are concerned, then perhaps Microsoft might release it as open software?We put it to the Free...
  • Am I Screwed If I Don't Upgrade Windows 7 by January 15? (*Spoiler*: Well, it depends...)

    01/13/2020 9:11:43 AM PST · by dayglored · 79 replies
    LifeHacker ^ | Jan 10, 2020 | David Murphy
    Deadlines are scary. I know. And Microsoft has thrown Windows 7 users a big one: Update to a more modern operating system by January 15, 2020, or you’ll never receive security updates ever again. Eventually, Microsoft will even start disabling key Windows 7 services—like Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers—throughout the year. I’m being a little lighthearted about this, but Microsoft’s abandonment of Windows 7 is a cause of concern for many. Lifehacker reader Douglas recently wrote in with this question: “I was reading your writeup regarding Windows 7 and I really cannot afford to upgrade at this exact moment. Is...
  • Switch from Windows-7 to Windows-10 the easy way..

    01/07/2020 8:24:06 AM PST · by entropy12 · 105 replies
    1/7/2020 | Self
    I am familiar with Windows 7 and do not like Windows 10 shell, but I just switched to 10, and made it look just like 7. So now I can get Microsoft update support for many years, while the support for Windows 7 stops on January 14, 2020 making it more vulnerable to hacking after that date. The process was smooth and I like the results so far.
  • Last Chance For FREE Windows 7 Upgrade To Windows 10 In 2020 (Windows-7 Update Ends 1-14-2020)

    01/06/2020 10:08:21 AM PST · by blam · 92 replies
    Here's how to successfully UPGRADE your Windows 7 system to Windows 10 for FREE! This video takes you though the process from start to finish including several obstacles to over come that you could face. This upgrade Works for ALL versions of Windows 7. And you may only have a couple of weeks to get the FREE upgrade to Windows10, as Microsoft will cease making updates available as of 14th January 2020 as part of it's Windows 7 end of life programme which could also mean Microsoft shuts down it's Windows 7 upgrade servers. So if you have been putting...
  • Windows 7 browser advice needed . ( vanity )

    01/06/2020 12:14:40 AM PST · by sushiman · 126 replies
    1/06/20 | sushiman
    I have IE 11 in both my PCs and am finding it increasingly difficult to use some websites . Even Facebook says that my browser will soon not be usable on that site . I don't want to install Windows 10 , so , to those who are still using Windows 7 , which browser do you recommend ? Any other advice ? Thanks in advance !
  • How Do I Put W10 On My W7 Machine ?

    12/13/2019 8:03:09 AM PST · by knarf · 120 replies
    self ^ | December 13, 2019 | knarf
    I have options, but not enough knowledge.
  • Looking for a Linux distro similar to Windows 7

    12/11/2019 3:05:26 PM PST · by CatOwner · 67 replies
    Self | 12/11/2019 | Self
    Requesting feedback for a distribution of Linux to install on a spare PC. The PC has a 4th Gen Intel i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive, so I should be good to go. While I used UNIX a lot during my 30+ year career, I have minimal Linux experience.
  • Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020 (A Friendly Reminder to FR's Win7 Die-Hards)

    11/24/2019 9:12:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 161 replies
    Microsoft Windows Support Site ^ | Recently in 2019 | Microsoft Windows Support
    Windows 7 support lifecycle Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before...
  • Microsoft Destroyed My Computer (or so it seems)

    10/09/2019 5:35:00 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 82 replies
    October 8, 2019 | ML/NJ
    So when I went to turn off my Windows7 machine last night, I got the warning not to turn it off because it was doing updates, so I left it going and went to sleep. In the morning, it took forever to start, but it did start. I looked at Dilbert and turned it off normally. Now I've come home and the startup didn't complete after ten minutes or so, so I turned it off and then turned it on again. The system suggested "Startup Repair" so I took that option and after a while, it asked if I wanted...
  • Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election

    09/20/2019 11:22:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 46 replies
    Spectrum ^ | Sept. 20, 2019 | AP
    Microsoft says it'll offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for federally certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7 software.
  • MS Office Starter 2010 isn't working. Please help.

    09/09/2019 8:28:00 AM PDT · by bgill · 60 replies
    vanity | Sept. 9, 2019
    I have Windows 7. The Microsoft Office Starter 2010 stopped working last night with a pop up window - "This version of Microsoft Application Virtualization is incompatible with this version of Microsoft Office lick-to-Run. For more information, contact your system administrator."
  • Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update (Win7 alert)

    07/11/2019 8:39:22 PM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 11, 2019 | Ed Bott
    This month's Security-only update package for Windows 7 includes an unexpected compatibility/telemetry component that has some skeptical users up in arms. As expected, Windows Update dropped off several packages of security and reliability fixes for Windows 7 earlier this week, part of the normal Patch Tuesday delivery cycle for every version of Windows. But some hawk-eyed observers noted a surprise in one of those Windows 7 packages. Under Microsoft's rules, what it calls "Security-only updates" are supposed to include, well, only security updates, not quality fixes or diagnostic tools. Nearly three years ago, Microsoft split its monthly update packages for...
  • Using Windows 7 computer for income tax filing? (Vanity)

    06/11/2019 10:04:43 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 28 replies
    Me | 6/11/2019 | deoetdoctrinae
    I've used a computer running Windows 7 to file our federal taxes for several years. Microsoft will stop support and security updates on January 14, 2020. We always file as soon as we get all tax forms (usually early February). Wondering if we would be safe doing the same one more time. Thoughts?
  • They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

    03/13/2019 8:00:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 73 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 13, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Hail of notifications incoming... just be thankful 8 passed you by Updated Windows 7 holdouts have been warned to expect a notification suggesting that perhaps an upgrade might be in order.Matt Barlow, corporate veep for Windows, has promised Windows 7 users are to receive a "courtesy reminder" that support is running out for the venerable OS as 14 January 2020 looms large.Barlow also noted that Office 2010 ends its support run shortly thereafter, but for now the focus is on Windows 7.The helpful notifications will doubtless send a shiver of déjà vu down the spines of users who found themselves...
  • Windows 7 Zero-Day Unpatched Vulnerability Is Being Exploited in the Wild (my title)

    03/08/2019 8:34:11 PM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    Google Security Blog ^ | Mar 7, 2019 | Clement Lecigne
    Article title: "Disclosing vulnerabilities to protect users across platforms" ... The second vulnerability was in Microsoft Windows. It is a local privilege escalation in the Windows win32k.sys kernel driver that can be used as a security sandbox escape... We strongly believe this vulnerability may only be exploitable on Windows 7 due to recent exploit mitigations added in newer versions of Windows. To date, we have only observed active exploitation against Windows 7 32-bit systems. Pursuant to Google’s vulnerability disclosure policy, when we discovered the vulnerability we reported it to Microsoft. Today, also in compliance with our policy, we are publicly...
  • Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

    01/29/2019 1:03:45 PM PST · by dayglored · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Windows Server 2012 admins should crank it up to 11 Microsoft has warned that it isn't only Windows 7 for the chop in 2020. Unloved Internet Explorer 10 will be joining it. Finally.Internet Explorer 10 first appeared back in 2012 and in 2016 Microsoft made a concerted effort to kill the thing by focusing its support efforts on Internet Explorer 11. Anything not Edge-related or without "11" after it would no longer be supported.However, not every operating system was capable of actually running Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft infamously restricted its Edge browser to Windows 10 (and later iOS and...
  • Windows Update Troubleshooter

    01/27/2019 3:25:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 27 replies
    Microsoft ^ | Last Updated: Jan 25, 2019 | Microsoft
    If you get an error code that starts with 0x8024, the Windows Update Troubleshooter can help resolve the problem. Make sure you have internet access, then download the Update Troubleshooter version that matches your version of Windows. Download Update Troubleshooter for Windows 10 Download Update Troubleshooter for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • It WASN'T the update, says MS: Windows 7 suffers identity crisis... activation errors (tr)

    01/12/2019 8:19:09 AM PST · by dayglored · 63 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 11, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Activation server fiddling on day of monthly update... really? Microsoft has said that activation errors seen by Windows 7 users should not be chalked up to Tuesday's patch, but rather were an entirely different cockup.Windows Activation Technologies is the Jiminy Cricket of Windows 7, chirping at you if it thinks you might not be paying for your licensing. Combining Jiminy with the Key Management Service (KMS) on Windows 7, as many enterprise customers likely do (even though Microsoft wishes they wouldn't), hasn't caused too many headaches.Until this week.A tweak to the Activation Servers saw happily licensed Windows 7 users suddenly...
  • Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you (Jan. Update borkage)

    01/09/2019 4:38:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 118 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 9, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Quality Assurance? We've heard of it Microsoft has doubled down on efforts to persuade users to migrate to Windows 10 by breaking Windows 7 networking for some.Windows Server 2008 R2 is also affected.While the last few monthly updates for the soon-to-be-obsolete OSes featured a known issue affecting an "unknown" number of "problematic configurations" that require manual reinstalls of network drivers, January's monthly update seems to have upped the ante somewhat.2019's treat has seen some users finding their shares are now inaccessible, with RDP and other connectivity also suffering.The issue, which affects both the bonzer monthly roll-up (KB4480970) and the more...