If you have used Windows Vista, you will know about the UAC mode, which helps mitigate the impact of malware. This service requires an administrator to approve the installation of any and every application. Unauthorized applications are forbidden access to the system because they cannot be installed automatically, without the explicit consent of the administrator, a feature missing in previous versions of Windows. Whenever a course of action has to be taken, Windows always prompts the user for explicit consent before proceeding to do so. Only when the administrator confirms a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ does the OS proceed to take the action.
However, the number of UAC attempts in Windows Vista was extremely high, causing frustration to the users. Any attempt at work would be interrupted by multiple UAC requests, the point where users would automatically affirm to each action without really looking through the program. Understanding this issue in Windows Vista, Microsoft has gone ahead and decreased the number of UAC in Windows 7. To know more about UAC, contact our Windows 7 support.
In the latest version, the application still needs access to resources and run in the security contexts of standard users in its default format. When the user logs in to a computer, the system automatically creates an access token that contains the vital information about the level of access that is available to the users. Depending on the security level of the program and the access privileges, Windows 7 may or may not choose to prompt the UAC dialog box. SIDS i.e. identifiers specific to Windows security and privileges determine the level of control different programs have.
When an administrator logs on to the system, two different access control sets are created for the user; namely standard user access and administrator access. As the name suggests, standard user access contains the same user precise information on the admin access without administrative privileges and SIDs being removed. However, when the user runs an application that is supposed to perform administrative tasks, the OS automatically lifts up the security context of the Standard user to an administrator, called Admin Approval Mode. As the name suggests, the OS will seek explicit permission from the users to run the action.
These developments in Windows 7 were delayed since Windows Vista should have updated to include this feature. However, the introduction of this feature in Windows 7 OS has improved user experience, and is extremely helpful as a window to configure and troubleshoot the computer. If you need more information about other improvements in Windows 7, you can contact our Windows 7 support desk.Read more »
Apple has done a good job by enabling dual boot option for Windows in its Mac supported devices. The buyers of Mac devices tend to use Windows quite often for a good number of tasks because of the latter’s widespread use, popularity and compatibility. Although Mac is feature-rich, folks find Windows more convenient for tasks like word processing. Most of the applications included in the Office suite work better in a Windows ecosystem than Mac or Linux.
Well, the recent decision by Apple to not support Microsoft’s most popular operating system Windows 7 in its Mac Pro has startled many. Apple has apparently lifted Boot Camp Support for Windows 7. As a result, Windows 7 will no longer be compatible with Apple’s latest Mac powered devices.
Mac Pro to support Windows 8
What has ended up as a shock to many is the revelation that Mac Pro will integrate a boot option called Boot Camp 5. This feature will enable users to the install Windows 8 in their devices and enable dual boot. Boot Camp 5 will be supporting only Windows operating systems starting from Windows 8. Obviously, the decision has surprised many. Many are wondering why Apple has allowed Windows 8 to work with its Mac Pro without offering Windows 7 support.
Windows 7, the most successful operating system from Microsoft, currently has about 51 percent of the total Windows market share. The market share of Windows 8 is less than 10 percent. If reports are to be believed, the Mac devices going to be released in the last quarter of the year, such as iMacs and MacBooks, will not be supporting Windows 7 as well.
Market analysers like Net Marketshare believe that Apple’s abrupt decision will cost it dearly. The major inspiration for about half of the users to buy Mac devices is the fact that it is integrated with dual boot option for Windows operating system. And certainly, being the most popular Windows operating system, Windows 7 support on Mac has got greater appeal for buyers.
The bottom line is that if you are planning to buy latest Mac devices, hoping that they would allow you to dual boot with Windows 7, think twice. Check with your retailer if the Mac device you are buying is equipped with dual boot option for Windows 7. If it isn’t, be ready to dual boot with either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
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If you’re using Windows 7 operating system, you’d have access to a number of advanced and useful options. You can also use the Windows firewall option in your Windows 7 computer system to stay protected from unauthorized access. This can make sure your information stored in the computer stays secured. However, if you use the firewall option, you won’t be able to access certain websites.
So, if you want to access certain websites, disabling the firewall option would be the ideal choice. You can use the following instructions provided by the Windows 7 support team to disable the firewall option from your Windows 7 computer.
According to the Windows 7 support team, the users must also have administrative privileges to make changes to the Windows firewall settings. This is because disabling the firewall can make your system vulnerable to security infiltrations.
By following the above-mentioned instructions, you can successfully disable the firewall option from your Windows 7 computer. If you want to know more about the features in your Windows 7 system, feel free to contact our technical support team.Read more »
The software giant Microsoft Corporation enjoyed a slight boost in sales when it pulled the plug on Windows XP. Now, the software maker is taking it to the next step with end of free mainstream support for its most popular Windows operating system – Windows 7. This may come as a shock for most Windows 7 users valuing their OS more than Windows XP and Windows 8. Windows 7 enjoys more than fifty percent of the operating system market share.
The Redmond based software manufacturer announced that it is ditching mainstream Windows 7 support for all versions of Windows 7 next year, on 13 January 2015. After the end of mainstream Windows 7 support, users will need to subscribe to avail extended support for feature updates and bug fixes. However, there might be some relief for Windows 7 users because of the fact that the company is offering security updates for the popular Windows OS until January 14, 2020, the date when the operating system has been scheduled for the final end of support.
Windows 7 came as a successor to Windows Vista. Windows Vista was a huge failure in the market due to many reasons. Windows 7 was launched to correct all the problems associated with Windows Vista. This is probably why many refer to Windows 7 as Windows Vista done right. Windows 7 was an instant success, overtaking Windows XP as the most popular operating system in the world. Windows XP is still the second most popular Windows operating system, even after its end of support earlier this year. The end of life for Windows XP meant that the aging operating system will not be receiving any free or paid security updates and patches from the software maker.
A few months prior to the end of support for Windows XP, Microsoft had been encouraging many PC owners to switch to modern and advanced operating systems, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1. Though many users heeded these warnings, there are many, who are clinging on to Windows XP.
Most people, who switched to newer Windows versions, chose Windows 7 as their primary option. This is probably because Windows 7 is not entirely different from Windows XP unlike Windows 8 or 8.1. Microsoft will find it difficult to lure these customers to Windows 8 or 8.1, considering the huge popularity of Windows 7. Majority of ex-Windows XP users are now using Windows 7, and they are comfortable and happy with it. It took thirteen years for Windows XP to be completely abandoned. It will definitely not be easy for Microsoft to kill Windows 7.Read more »
When they finally dumped Windows XP last April, Microsoft left many users struggling to upgrade. And now, businesses especially feel the heat from looming malware threats. For this reason, you see migrations aplenty to Windows 7, which is the last haven for (formerly) steadfast XP users.
With the release of Microsoft latest, Windows “Threshold”, slated for January next year, upgrading your XP system is imperative, if you have not done it yet. The EOS for XP threw off many companies with surprise, and they were not prepared for a transition to a newer OS in the time window they had. Some corporate users even ended up alternately paying millions of dollars for full-extended support.
Stephen Kleynhans of Gartner has stated that even though the stop of Windows 7 support is not immediate enough for concern, it is imperative that organizations start preparing for the inevitable. This is the only way they can avoid scrambling to upgrade like what they experienced when support for XP was discontinued.
This does not essentially mean that there is a need to move on to using Windows 8. In addition, mainstream Windows 7 support is going to be available until next year, with all security updates continuing until 2020. This means that businesses will have more time to upgrade than they had with XP.
There are two clear ways out of this, assuming you have not installed Windows 8 already.
Windows XP was a universal favorite among operating systems, and businesses and consumers alike savored its usefulness. This is probably why many have held on to it for so long. Consider also that there was a pick of three newer operating systems, which had come out by this time.
Windows 7 is a close second favorite to XP, but when it comes to popularity, it manages to beat Windows 8 by a massive margin. The latter failed to impress, or even placate. Threshold is where the eyes are now. It is getting much the same hype as Windows 8 did, but let us hope it will perform better.Read more »