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.
Click on the XP Korner, Windows 7 Korner, Windows 8 Korner, Windows 10 Korner, Dual Boot Korner, Wiki Korner, Random Thoughts and Quick Takes Tabs located at the top of the page to find even more articles.
February 2017 Windows 7 Quality Rollup (Patch Tuesday) update has been delayed -----> February 14th, 2017 By: J W Stuart
Using Microsoft’s Windows 10 media creation tool to download an iso file -----> February 10th, 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.
Windows 10 market share December 2016 January 2017 -----> January 12th, 2017 By: J. W. Stuart
Not much has changed since my last market shared report back in October of 2016. The expected surge from November December 2016 Christmas holiday sales never happened.
January 2017 Windows 7 Update Quality Rollup installation results -----> January 10th, 2017 By: J W Stuart
Windows update November and December's patch Tuesday cumulative rollup update -----> November 8th, 2016, Revised December 13th and 15th By: J W Stuart
Dec 12th, 2016 - How to speed up the installation of Windows 7 Updates. Windows Update has become slow and slower over the years. Here is an easy fix to significantly speed up the scanning for updates ----->
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.
How to create a Windows 10 Local account -----> November 1st, 2016 By: J W Stuart
10 new features in the Windows 10 Creators Update and more -----> October 27th, 2016
Windows update October patch Tuesday cumulative rollup update -----> Revised: October 16th, 2016, Revised November 8th, 2016 By: J W Stuart
Windows 10 market share October 2016 -----> October 6th, 2016
As of September 30th 2016, Windows 7 still has a whopping lead of 48.27% of the total market share. How much impact will Windows 10 have; after 14 months Windows 10 currently has a 22.53% share of the market down from the previous months 22.99%, but slightly better than Windows 7’s 22.31% 14 months after it was released. This nearly flat growth is Windows 10 is no doubt the result of the free upgrade offer coming to an end on July 29th 2016.
Windows 7 and 8.1 monthly cumulative rollup updates -----> By: J W Stuart: October 4th, 2016, Updated October 7th, Revised October 14th, 2016 and October 18th Starting on the 2nd Tueday of October 2016 Windows Update will now use a Rollup to deliver updates. You will no longer see a list of Windows Updates to install. Instead a single “Rollup” update will be displayed if you manually run Windows Update.
Convenience rollup update for Windows 7 -----> By: J W Stuart June 10th, 2016, Revised June 16th
The Rollup is next best thing to the never released Service Pack 2 after performing a fresh / clean install of Windows 7 with Service Pack 1. It significantly reduces the number of individual updates (which can exceed 170 or more) that need to be downloaded and installed.
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.----->
October 31st, 2014 Sales of computers to consumers with Windows 8.0 and Windows 7 (not 8.1) pre-installed by OEM PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Etc. ends on October 31st of 2014.
How to move Windows 8 or Windows 8.1from a Hard Disk Drive to a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013 or 2014 July 27th, 2014
A step by step guide on how to replace your existing Windows 8 or 8.1 hard drive with a Solid State Drive using Acronis True Image 2013. If you have Acronis 2014 the steps are basically the same.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released -----> April 10th, The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is still available to consumers who use Windows Update and not WSUS which is for corporate customers.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 - Released April 8th, 2014 - Revised 2:40PM US EDT
Update 1 is now available (KB2919355) when you run Windows Update, also the usual security updates and Office updates are listed.
The list of what updates are installed and in what order is now included in this article.
As previously mentioned, on April 2nd 2014, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update 1 to MSDN/TechNet subscribers. The general public Windows 8.1 users will get the Update (KB2919355) on April 8th via Windows Update and not the Microsoft Store as was the case in the past. Also at its Build 2014 conference, Microsoft has revealed that a future update to Windows 8.1 will resurrect the Start menu.
How to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free----->
Released: October 17th, 2013
Revised: October 29th, 2013 and November 5th (Windows Update issue resolution), November 9th (Mouse lag or stutter, see step #9 below) and March 27th, 2014 (Why can't I find the update in the Store?).
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10
July 10th, 2014, Revised October 6th 2016
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.
Windows XP: Although Microsoft discontinued support for XP on April 8th, 2014 you may still want to upgrade to a faster system.
Windows Vista: The latest motherboards and processors do not support Vista
Windows 7: 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. Make matters worse Intel's recently released Cabby Lake processor and motherboards do not support support Windows 7 (No chipset or device drivers). Still need to build a Windows 7 based system then look at Intel Skylake or earlier processors.
Windows 8, 8.1: Never really did warm the hearts of traditional Desktop / Laptop users. Market share about 12.5% as of July of 2014 and as breaking news has it Windows 9 may be available as early as October of 2014.
How to dual boot Windows 10 Technical Preview with Windows XP-----> December 6th, 2014 How to protect your existing installation of Windows XP and evaluate the Windows 10 Technical Preview over the coming months. A “Dual Boot” setup is a far better choice. It’s the best way to compare the differences. Just reboot to switch between Windows XP and the Windows 10.
The latest news + building your own computer and things that could stop you cold.-----> July 10th, 2014 Although Microsoft discontinued support for XP on April 8th, 2014 you may still want to upgrade to a faster system.
May 1st (Good news for XP Users) Microsoft to include fix to Internet Explorer for Windows XP users even though support for XP officially ended on April 8th of 2014.