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Below you will find the latest articles about Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. In addition an occasional Random Thought and Quick Takes.
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History of Windows installation media -----> January 201th, 2018
By J W Stuart
The size, capacity and type of Microsoft’s Windows installation media has changed dramatically over the years. Longevity of each type of media has also changed.
History of PC performance - What money can buy ----->
By J W Stuart Each year in the late October to early November time frame I check the prices for a wide range of Personal Computers and add the current makes and models to my price list which goes all the way back to the 1960's to see what your money can buy.
Windows 10 Control Panel
Here is how you can open the Control Panel in Windows 10 and make it easy to access when you need it. Read More ----->
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update How to get it now
You may be in for a long wait before Windows Update makes it available for your computer. I’ll show you an easy way to install the update now without a lengthily wait before it is your turn (Microsoft will not make the update to everyone at the same time). So I'll show you how to get Windows Update to do its job now and download and install the update.Read More ----->
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations -----> Aug. 10th 2017 By J W Stuart
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads.
Windows 10 S Features -----> Aug. 10th 2017 By J W Stuart
Windows 10 S is a limited version of Windows 10 that can only run apps or applications obtained from the Microsoft store.
Windows 10 Creators Update will not install ----->
Windows XP New set of security updates to protect against potential nation-state cyber attack Microsoft releases additional updates for older platforms to protect against potential nation-state activity -----> June 2017 By J W Stuart
How to protect yourself from the WannaCry ransomware SMB exploit attack -----> May 15th, 2017
I’ll show you how to check to see if Windows XP Vista 7 8.0 or 8.1 is protected and where you can get the security patch / update. Windows 10 is protected by default and no patch is needed.
Your ISP Can Sell Your Private Data -----> March 26th 2917
The new rules would allow ISP’s to sell your private online data without obtaining your consent first. In fact you would never know it has been sold.
Senators Hand Control of Your Data to ISPs -----> March 25th 2017
Windows 10 Creators update - How to Snooze Windows Updates-----> March 4th, 2017
With the Creators Update you will have several new options for scheduling the timing of when Windows updates are installed.
Windows Vista end of support April 11th, 2017 -----> February 28th, 2017
All support for Vista such as Windows Updates ends on April 11th, 2017. I so happens that April 11th is “Patch Tuesday” so this will be the last batch of updates released for Vista.
Using Microsoft’s Windows 10 media creation tool to download an iso file -----> February 10th, 2017, Revised February 21st, 2017 Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool lets you download and create your own .ISO file. However there is one significant drawback as no hash code values are available to validate that you have a good .ISO file.
Dual Boot Korner
Uninstall Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 from a Windows 10 dual boot computer -----> By: J W Stuart September 1st, 2016
You have upgraded or performed a clean install of Windows 10 and afterwards installed Windows 7 or 8.1. Later you decide that you no longer need Windows 7 or 8.1. Here is how you can uninstall Windows 7 (or 8.1) and still keep Windows 10.
How to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7 February 6th, 2016 By J W Stuart You have upgraded or performed a clean install of Windows 10 and find that you need Windows 7 for some of your applications. Here is how you can reinstall Windows 7 (or 8.1) and still keep Windows 10. ----->
Windows 7 and Intel Skylake processors -----> April 23rd, 2016 By: J W Stuart
Why Microsoft may have extended the drop dead date for systems that use Intel’s Skylake processors.
How to create an Image Backup of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to an External USB Drive -----> by J W Stuart March 16th, 2016
Upgrading to Windows 10; then create a disk and partition image backup, not to be confused with a “System Backup” of your current version of Windows before you do. The built in Windows 10 Roll Back / Restore previous version of Windows don’t always work leaving you with a nonfunctional or incomplete restoration of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 A disk and partition backup includes and will restore all the partitions on your drive and not just the Windows partition.
Create your own ISO file from a Windows 7 installation DVD October 20th, 2015 How to use your or a friends “Retail” version (Upgrade or Full product) of the Windows 7 installation media to create an ISO file which can be used to create a multi-version Windows 7 installation DVD.----->
Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Digital River Windows 7 .ISO file downloads -----> February 6, 2015
Windows 7 enters the Extended Support phase on January 13th, 2015 January 8th, 2015
What this means is that Microsoft will not accept requests for warranty support, design changes, or new features during the Extended Support phase.
What about Windows Updates: The monthly security updates will continue until Jan. 14, 2020, currently Microsoft’s "End of extended support" date.
How to move from a smaller SSD to a larger SSD September 26th, 2014
If you find that your old SSD is running out of space here is how to migrate to a larger Solid State Drive now or in the future. For this article I’m using my 128GB SSD with Windows 7 installed and moving to a larger 500GB SSD. If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 the concepts and steps are the same. ----->
Windows 7 Mainstream support August 8th, 2014 Updated October 31st, 2014
Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 7 and 8.0 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ends January 13th, 2015 and enters the “Extended Support” phase. The long goodbye begins: “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.” ----->
Windows 7 Availability
July 10th, 2014
Windows 7 has another problem. Want to purchase a version of Windows 7 (Upgrade or Full retail), all I can say is good luck on finding a copy. ----->
Windows 7 - How to delete outdated Windows updates
November 20, 2013
Microsoft recently released a Disk Cleanup Wizard addon / plugin / hot fix that allows users to
delete outdated Windows updates on computers with Windows 7 SP1 installed.----->