DirectX 12 Won’t Be Compatible With Windows 7 – Report

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Windows 7 Compatibility

The major advantage with DirectX 12 is that it has very low CPU overhead. Due to this, it is capable of providing you with better gaming performance all throughout the day. On top of these, DirectX 12 is said to lower the power consumption and support multithreading. If you have a laptop solely for gaming, DirectX 12 is something that you must upgrade your laptop with.

DirectX 12 to be integrated with Windows 10 devices

It is reported that all devices that come preloaded with Windows 10 will have DirectX 12 as a unique feature. Latest Windows operating systems like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are compatible with DirectX 12 although only very few devices come with DirectX 12 built-in.

DirectX 12 not compatible with Windows 7

Despite the huge popularity for Windows 7, it seems that DirectX 12 won’t offer Windows 7 support (compatibility). This would mean, you can’t make a good gaming PC with Windows 7. You would either require upgrading it to Windows 8/8.1 or wait until Windows 10 release and buy a brand new PC that comes with DirectX 12 preloaded.

The news that DirectX 12 won’t support Windows 7 was revealed to the media by the AMD chief Richard Huddy himself. During a media conference, he said that DirectX 12 won’t be supported in Windows 7. He didn’t give any details about it. All he said was, “One thing that’s not going to happen to it is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7.”

Windows 7 Market Share

Windows 7 Editions

That DirectX 12 does not provide Windows 7 support sounds irrational. Windows 7 is not going to lose support in the next five years. Only the mainstream support for the operating system is lifted. Furthermore, there hasn’t been any decline in Windows 7 market share in recent years. It is growing by at least a couple of percents every year. Windows 7 market share was 50 percent in the 2013. It has grown by 2 percent to a total of 52 percent of the total Windows market share now. According to reports, by the time Windows 10 gets released, Windows 7 will manage to the make at least 55 percent of the total Windows market share.

Microsoft is reportedly keeping silent about all these reports. According to the critics, the software giant is now trying to get people off Windows 7 and make them all migrate to Windows 8/8.1.

Windows 7 Preinstalled PCs Will Soon Be Out Of Stock In The Market

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Windows 7 Installation

If you are planning to buy Windows 7 preinstalled PCs, then you might have to hurry. This is because Microsoft has already ended giving Windows 7 OEM licenses. This means, all the new PCs that will be available in the market from now on will have Windows 8.1 operating system installed in them. However, according to Windows 7 support blogs, you may still be able to find a few Windows 7 PCs in the market. However, you may find them only until the stocks last.

Keep in mind that Windows 7 is still in the extended support phase and the software giant has not ended its support like Windows XP. So, why has Microsoft stopped giving licenses of the operating system? One of the reasons could be the poor performance of its newer operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Even after the release of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, the demand for Windows 7 PCs was high. There was no fall in the share of Windows 7 systems even with the introduction of newer ones. With no other operating systems other than Windows 8.1 from Microsoft, the company hopes that the sales of Windows 8.1 licenses will shoot up.

Earlier, after the release of Windows 8 operating system, many of the OEMs had started using this operating system on their PCs. However, some of the PC makers like HP brought back Windows 7 on their PCs. This was because the demand for Windows 7 PCs was much higher

Windows 10 Technical Preview

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than the newly introduced Windows 8 OS.  The mainstream support for Windows 7 is due to end on January 13 this year. After this date, the operating system would enter the extended support phase. This means, we cannot expect the release of any new feature updates for the operating system. However, Microsoft will still release security updates and patches for the operating system.

Now, even the new move of Microsoft may not help its Windows 8 operating systems much. This is because the company has already released the Windows 10 technical preview and the operating system is expected to be released any time this year. Therefore, we will have to wait and watch how many of the users would buy a PC that has Windows 8 operating system installed in it, when a newer operating system could soon be released. For any queries on this operating system, you may contact the Windows 7 support center or get in touch with our technical support team for assistance.

Windows 7 OS Still Available For Purchase

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Windows 7 OS Versions

As you already know, Windows 7 support has reached the half way mark with the Mainstream support coming to an end. This being the case, Microsoft has already ended the supply of many Windows 7 versions in the market. The Windows 7 versions like Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Windows 7 Ultimate, etc are no longer available for purchase.

Microsoft has also ended the supply of these operating systems to their OEM partners as well. The boxed disc versions of the OS have also been removed from the market. This leaves out the Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise editions, which might not be the preferred upgrade options for most Windows OS users.

You can still purchase Windows 7 OS

One of the reasons why Microsoft discontinued the supply of Windows 7 OS is the poor Windows 8 sales. It is becoming clear that Windows 7’s market share is still growing with more and more XP users upgrading their systems. According to most XP users, Windows 7 is the best desktop operating system available in the market.

They do not see Windows 8 as a desktop operating system at all. Though Microsoft made many differences in the OS with the Windows 8.1 update, the OS still does not work smoothly on a desktop system. Microsoft’s attempts to merge the desktop and touch screen operating systems have really failed. The end product turned out to be an operating system that neither the touch screen users nor the desktop users want to use.

Windows 7 Ultimate

Upgrading To Windows 7

But, where can you get Windows 7 OS, if Microsoft has already discontinued it? First of all, Windows 7 OS is still available through certain outlets, where the distributors have some old stock remaining. Once this stock runs out, they will not be able to renew it since Microsoft has already discontinued it. But, if you search online, you are likely to find many retail websites still offering Windows 7 systems from their leftover stock.

Another option is to purchase used Windows 7 systems. You can easily find such second-hand systems in many retail websites. However, make sure that you buy the product from a reliable source to avoid ending up with a discarded or damaged PC. The third option is to buy the Windows 7 Professional edition. But, this will cost you more than the standard editions.

Since Windows 7 support has five more years left in the form of Extended support, it is still a good upgrade option to Windows XP users.

Windows 7 Mainstream Support To End Soon

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Official Windows 7 Support

Some Windows 7 users were in for a surprise when it came to light that Windows 7 mainstream support will end shortly, with the deadline set to January 13, 2015. This information was news to many users, who were under the impression Windows 7 is relatively new and will enjoy several more years of support from Microsoft. As we know, end of sales date for Window 7 OS was back in October 31, 2014, which means new systems  no longer come pre-installed with the Windows 7 OS. However, the lifecycle deadlines of individual Windows OS are released, when the operating system is first introduced. This means, the end-of-support deadline was set years in advance and Microsoft has made no attempts to extend this deadline.

Every Windows OS version has a lifecycle. When the OS is first released, the lifecycle begins. The support services from Microsoft officially end once the lifecycle of the specific Windows OS ends. The official deadline set by Microsoft is useful, since users get to know when to upgrade their systems. There are two dates Microsoft specifies for every Windows OS – end of Mainstream support and end of Extended support.

Once the operating system is released, the OS officially runs in Mainstream support. During this period, Microsoft issues both feature updates as well as security updates. You will get better and updated features as well as changes to the user interface during the Mainstream support period. However, once the Mainstream support ends, Microsoft will stop sending feature upgrades. The end of Mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is January 13, 2015.

However, there is no need to panic. After the Mainstream support, your Window 7 OS will run in Extended support for another 5 years. The Extended support deadline is on January 14 2020, giving enough time for users to upgrade their computers. During this time, Microsoft will be releasing critical security patches, making sure malicious access to the OS is impossible. If you require further information about Windows deadlines and what it entails, contact our Windows 7 support services.

Window 7 OS

Support Deadline For Windows 7

Hence, you do not need to worry about the latest Windows 7 deadline. Microsoft will continue providing security patches for another 5 years. However, do make sure you upgrade your PC to the latest OS before the end of Extended support. After the end of support deadline, any security issue that remains will remain open. Malicious users will be able to make use of existing security loopholes and gain access to the computer. Contact our Windows 7 support department to know more on different methods of upgrading your computer.

Windows 7 Ready To Disappear

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           Windows 7 Sales

The consumer version of Windows 7 has almost left the market, following Microsoft breaking the supply chain on October 31st. Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses won’t be available to retail partners anymore, meaning there’s little chance of getting your hands on one of these operating systems by buying a new PC. The OEMs, consisting of PC partners and systems builders, only have the licenses they haven’t sold already, and even those will probably run out by the time we’re past Christmas.

But this isn’t the case for Windows 7 Professional, which has at least another year of sales left to go. The company said that they’d give us a year’s notice before scrapping this version, which they haven’t done yet. It’s probably going to be around for some significant time after Windows 10 is out. This is the only Windows 7 OS you’re going to be buying at this point. And the closer that retailers get to the end of their stock, they’ll start charging premiums, for what they’ll probably call “business machines“. That’s the way it’s going to be, because Microsoft has washed their hands off the matter. The company is all about Windows 10 now, and of course, Windows 8.1 too.

Windows 7 Ultimate Licenses

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The sales for Windows 7 professional might still be open for another year, but mainstream Windows 7 support is set to end on January 13, 2015. There’s always the chance that Microsoft might push this date further, but they haven’t given any signs of doing that. In which case, for the professional version licenses sold after January, there’s only going to be Extended Support available at the time of sale. Mainstream Windows 7 support lets you get free standing product support, warranty claims, non-security and security bug fixes, and additional changes to the existing features. The Extended support, meanwhile, gets you security updates, and nothing else.

Microsoft is almost totally focused on paving the way forward for Windows 10. And they’re right if they think they can’t afford too many distractions this time (look what came of Windows 8). The software mogul is going to be expending tremendous effort to see to it that people like Windows 10 the way they did Windows 7 and XP. Or, hopefully, even more. Reception of the preview version suggests a strong probability of either happening; times are looking good for Microsoft.

Windows 7 Mainstream Support About To End

Windows 7 Support

             Windows 7 Support

This particular news might be shocking to many Windows 7 users (which is of course the majority) – end of mainstream support for Windows 7. This is huge, mainly because Windows 7 is the most popular OS in the world at present. There is over fifty percent OS market share for Windows 7. So, there are so many users and most of them might be surprised when hearing the news.

However, this was a logical progression of things. Once developed, a software goes through a lifecycle and that’s inevitable. Microsoft is only following what was already scheduled as per the life cycle, nothing else. But, why people still find it hard to believe is because Windows XP was an aberration to this rule. It outlived the life cycle and its own life span. It took thirteen years until it was finally removed from the list of supported products by the software maker. What most Windows 7 users might be hoping is a postponement of end date for Windows 7 support, i.e the mainstream support.

If it happened with Windows XP, why can’t it happen for Windows 7? It is a reasonable argument but Microsoft was already at its wits end with Windows XP; the company would not want the same thing to happen with Windows 7. The reason is obvious: the software maker wants to encourage more people to use modern Windows OS such as Windows 8/8.1. The company is in the process of unifying the operating systems across various devices – smart phones, tablets, and personal computers/laptops.

Mainstream Support For Windows

             Windows 7 OS Help

Then again, Windows 7 users have no reason to worry, at least for another five years. The company will only be ending the mainstream Windows 7 support, not the extended support. Don’t confuse the end of support with end of Mainstream support. The former is what happened with Windows XP, which is actually dead as far as Microsoft is concerned. This is not the same case with Windows 7, as Windows 7 users will continue receiving the vital security updates. Only some of the free stuff will become available as a paid feature.

So, no need to panic, Windows 7 users have enough time left to decide on this. Until then, these users can continue to use the OS. Again, if Microsoft is pressurized to extend the mainstream support just like what happened with Windows XP, things will be much better for Windows7 users and fans. Let us wait and see.

Learn To Fix A USB In Windows 7

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         Windows 7 Help

Windows 7 is one of the most popular Windows operating system, which came after Windows Vista. Even after the release of Windows 8 operating system, which is the latest, and the improved version of Windows operating systems, Windows 7 operating system is still popular among users. Since the mid nineties, USB has been the standard option for ports to connect computer peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, printer and more. There are USB flash drives used for storing data. Even they will not function properly if there are issues with the USB port in the computer.

At times, there are chances for a USB port to malfunction, which might be due to viral infection in the computer. Moreover, if the USB is disabled in the computer ,any device connected through that USB port will not function properly. In case you have come across similar issues in the computer, you can fix the same with the help of Device Manager in Windows 7. With the help of the Device Manager, you will be able to run a scan. This will look for ports that are not working properly in the computer and will also try to fix the same. Follow these Windows 7 support tips in order to fix issues with the USB port.

Instructions

  • Go to the desktop and click on the Start button to the lower left corner. From the Start menu, click on Run.
  • In order to open the Device manager, type Devmgmt.Msc in the space provided in the Run dialogue box and hit Enter on the keyboard.
  • From the Device Manager window, Right click on the computer and then on Scan.

    Windows 7 Operating System

                  Windows 7 Usb Problems

  • From the list of devices, you will find Universal Serial Bus Controllers, click on the Expand button in order to expand the list of USB ports in the computer. From the list, you will get to know the ports functioning properly and the ones that are not.
  • You have to Right Click on the ones that are not functional and from the options, click on Power Management. This opens another box, check the box with the option Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  • Click on Ok and then on Scan.
  • This will run a scan on the computer. This time it will check for changes made on the system. After running the scan, issues with the USB ports will also be resolved.
  • Restart the computer.

With the help of these Windows 7 support tips, you will be able to solve the issues concerning the USB ports.

Windows 7 Still The Leading OS Platform Among Minecraft Players

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       Windows 7 Gamer User Base

Normally, gaming enthusiasts are the first ones to upgrade to a new operating system to improve their gaming experience with help of the improved technology. But, even among the gaming community, the latest Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems found not many takers. However, with the mainstream Windows 7 support set to end soon, at least some of these gamers might finally make the switch to Windows 8.

Windows 7 very popular among Minecraft players

Recently, the player data for the popular PC game, Minecraft, revealed what many of us already know. Majority of the Minecraft players use Windows 7 as their OS platform. According to this data, more than 12 million users are PC gamers. And, the OS market share is obtained from this 12 million PC users.

So, technically, these figures do not give you the full picture about the popularity of the different Windows operating systems in the market. However, they do indicate that the user base for Windows XP has finally come down, at least among the PC gamers.

This Minecraft PC gamer data puts the Windows 7 OS at 56.7%. Windows 8.1 comes second with 15.8% user base among the PC gamers. But, Windows XP still comes third with 9.4%. Windows 8 takes the fourth place with 9.3% followed by other operating system platforms like Windows Vista, Linux and so on.

Also, it is worth mentioning here that Minecraft does not require much hardware or software specifications to install and play the game. This very low system requirement is one reason why so many Windows XP users are still able to play this popular video game on their systems without having to upgrade it.

Windows 7 PC Gamers

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However, if you were to take the PC gamer data for any of the new generation games with high graphics requirements, Windows XP would not even show up in the survey. This is because the 13-year old OS is not suitable for running any of the new generation PC games with high graphics requirements.

Also, the end of Windows XP support might have prompted more gamers to upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. It is riskier to use an unsupported OS like XP online for multi-player gaming. On the other hand, Windows 7 support is available for another five years and many of the popular gaming titles continue to support it. So, it will take much longer for the Windows 7 PC gamers to make the transition to the latest Windows operating systems.

Finding The Windows 7 Product Key

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           Windows Support

All the versions of the Windows operating system need a product key to activate it. Without activating, the user will be able to use the OS for a grace period of 30 days. This is one of the security measures of Microsoft to stop piracy and fraud. If your computer came preinstalled with the Windows operating system, the product key will be printed on a sticky label that is attached to the side of the computer in case of desktops and underside in the case of laptops. If you have bought the operating system online, the product key will be mailed to your email account and you will be able to access it from there.

These labels can wear off or the print can fade away. In such a situation, you will have to go to the Properties data of the PC to find out the product key. In this window, you will be able to find the product key information in Windows Activation settings. You can follow the Windows 7 support tips that are explained below to find out the product key of the Windows 7 operating system.

Instructions

  • Turn on your Windows 7 computer. In the desktop of the computer, click on the Start menu that is located to the extreme left hand corner.
  • In the Start menu, you will be able to find Computer. Right click on it and then select Properties.
  • In the Properties window, you will be able to locate the Windows Activation heading at the bottom of the dialog box.

    Windows Activation Settings

                     Windows 7 OS

  • Under the Windows Activation heading, you will be able to find the product key. The product key of the Windows 7 operating system will be a 20 digit alphanumeric code. This will be located near to Product ID. If you want, you can copy the product key for future references.

Warnings

  • Take care not to click on the Update Product Key link that is placed near to Product ID unless you plan to buy a new product key or you need to validate the key. Usually, this will be necessary if the Windows 7 operating system is not working, as it is pirated or illegal.

These are the simple steps to find the product key of the Windows 7 operating system. If you would like to know more on these steps, you can always contact the Windows 7 support team.

Running Older Programs On Windows 7

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        Windows 7 Programs

The newer Windows operating systems are good on performance and style, but not as much on legacy software compatibility. It’s fairly common for someone to want to run an older software on, say, Windows 7. This wouldn’t always work if they took the same tack as on XP or Windows 2000. Imagine installing Windows 7 only to find this is the case. How many applications would you have to give up using, or at least your preferred version of them?

There is the provision to run the program in a mode which makes it compatible with the newer OS. When you have an older program, try running the Compatibility troubleshooter, and do as it tells you. This isn’t advised with older antivirus programs and disk management software, though. Even system programs without Windows 7 support need to be steered clear of. There’s no telling what a disk error might cause. People have been known to lose their data irrecoverably in this way. And as for an antivirus operating at below par performance, you’d be opened up to all kinds of security threats.

Using the Compatibility troubleshooter

  • Go to the Start menu and find and open Program Compatibility troubleshooter. Do this using the search box feature. When you’re at the right place, go to Programs, and select the programs which are compatible with only an older version of Windows.

    Installing Windows 7

                 Windows 7 Problems

  • You’ll get instruction on the screen, on how to proceed. You’d have to first install the program, and then use the troubleshooter on it. Then find the executable setup file it uses to launch. This will not work if the program uses a file with the MSI extension to run.
  • You can open the Compatibility troubleshooter from the context menu which comes up after right-clicking a program icon or even shortcut. Hit the Troubleshoot compatibility option to check out the required mode of installation.
  • You could also check the compatibility of a program manually, by going to the Properties window and then to the Compatibility tab.

There’s a compatibility mode setting for every program you run in Windows 7. Changing the mode would bring in the same settings as in an older OS. Windows 7 support is an adaptable concept, which is probably one of the reasons why this is the most favored OS in the world.