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If you think that the Windows XP end-of-support was the biggest matter of concern this year, wait for more – Microsoft has something bigger in store. Recent reports say that the free Windows 7 support will be ended as early as by January next year. Shocked?
It is hard to believe that in less than a year after Microsoft pulled out the plug of Windows XP, the official tech support for Windows 7 will cease to exist. This news is difficult to digest if you are a Windows 7 user or an ardent fan of the popular operating system, but let us analyze what the company means by this “end of support”.
This end of support actually refers to the date when the software giant will no longer provide things like automatic fixes, updates, or online technical support for the particular product of service. Moreover, when the support for Windows 7 ends, your system will no longer receive security updates that are needed to protect it from spyware, viruses, and other harmful software capable of stealing your personal information.
The end of support for Windows 7 could mean the worst fear coming true for users who find Windows 8 confusing. When the latest Windows operating system was released in 2012, it faced flak and hostile reviews. The online world flooded with complaints regarding the latest Windows OS, and many users had been adamantly determined to keep using Windows 7. These obstinate diehards may very well have to cave in when the support for Windows 7 will officially end next January.
As per Forbes reports, the Windows 7 support end will happen on 13 January 2015. That means that after the end-of-life date, no new Windows 7 Service Packs or features will be released. This is not to be confused with “Extended Support” though. The “Extended Support” for Windows 7 will be available until 11 April 2017, and Windows 7 users will continue to receive some security patches.
So, as long as users of Windows 7 powered systems have a Service Pack, things will be OK until 2017. However, 2017 is not that long for Windows 7 lovers to hold out. It is better to start absorbing the tricky user interface of Windows 8 and migrate before the clock strikes.
You hardly have any other option if you prefer sticking with Microsoft products. There are other free OS options as well, but they may not be as satisfactory as using a Microsoft developed operating system.Read more »
According to the latest survey results, the Outlook program has millions of users scattered all over the world. One of the important features of the program is that you can easily create Rules in the program to move contents automatically from a specific mailbox folder to another folder of your choice. However, the problem is that you will not be able to synchronize the folders automatically. CodeTwo Folder Sync is an add-in program that can be used for synchronizing contents in two specific folders of your choice.
If you have the CodeTwo Folder Sync tool installed with the Outlook program, you can easily sync the items found in two different folders without having to manually copy and move the items. With this tool installed with the email manager program, you can save time and effort needed to copy and streamline the items in the folders. According to Outlook help and support team, CodeTwo Folder Sync is one of the best folder synchronization software available in the market. If you do wish to sync any two folders in the Outlook program, make sure that you do have the CodeTwo Folder Sync tool.
You need to be careful while installing the program; Outlook help technicians advice that you should not install the tool while the Outlook program is running. The best feature of the tool is that you can easily sync any type of folders, be it contacts, calendar or email. The program can be found under the FolderSync Addin group found in the Home tab of the email application. To start the synchronization process, click on the Synchronize option.
When the settings dialog box appears on the screen, select the folders that you wish to sync and then click on the Ok button after the selection is made. Once you have added the folders to be synced to the list, Outlook help will show them on the screen. The tool provides you with an option to add more folders to the list. After the selection is completed, click on the Ok button to start the synchronization process. You can easily add or remove folders to be synced by accessing the CodeTwo FolderSync settings dialog box and clicking on its tab found in the File menu.
The best feature of CodeTwo FolderSync tool is that it runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Outlook email client.Read more »
Microsoft has finally decided to put an end to the support for Windows 7 as well, quite similar to Windows XP. According to the Windows 7 support team, the company is planning to end the mainstream support for Windows 7 by January 13, 2015. This has created issues for the existing Windows 7 users, especially those who have switched over to the OS from the Windows XP operating system.
The ending of mainstream support will mean that the Windows 7 users won’t be getting any more security patches or updates to ensure secure functioning of the system. The situation of the operating system will be similar to that of its predecessor i.e. Windows XP. Although the mainstream support for Windows 7 will end by next year, businesses that pay for extended Windows 7 support will continue getting updates and support for another five years i.e. until January 14, 2020. Hence, it can be said that it would be the normal users who will face severe issues regarding the unavailability of support for their Windows 7 devices.
It is clear why Microsoft has suddenly taken this decision of dropping the support for its overtly popular operating system. When the company stopped the mainstream support for Windows XP, it had foreseen an increase in the sales of the universally rejected Windows 8 operating system. On the other hand, most of the Windows XP users either moved onto Windows 7 or switched over to other operating systems with a small amount of users voting for Windows 8.
According to the technicians at the Windows 7 support team, many Windows XP users call them up daily to upgrade their systems to Windows 7. This can be clearly understood from the latest market share reports. Compared to the meager 14 % achieved by Windows 8, Windows 7 has been able to attract almost 50 % of the Windows users and this speaks a lot about user friendly features available in the OS.
By employing such business strategies, one can say that Microsoft is still trying hard to make Windows 8 and 8.1 appealing to the users. Once Windows 9 gets released worldwide, Microsoft would leave no stone unturned to make all its users migrate to the touch-sensitive versions. The latest announcement about the end of the support for Windows 7 OS can be seen just as a starting of this novel business plan to boost the sales of the latest versions.Read more »
With Microsoft willing to accommodate some of the changes – but not all of them – as requested by Windows OS users in Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Update1, and more updates to come, the new Windows OS now seems like a good option to upgrade. It is no doubt, why experts believe that it is a good idea to get the new OS with the latest Windows 8 drivers now, as the end of Windows 7 mainstream support is only a few months away.
Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8
Though Windows 8 is the immediate successor to Windows 7, the two operating systems are entirely different from each other in many aspects. This also means that you should look for suitable Windows 8 drivers before the upgrade. Many of your system hardware will require Windows 8 drivers to run smoothly on the new OS.
Most hardware manufacturers have already released advanced drivers for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions. You can easily find these drivers at their official websites and download them. It is better to have these latest drivers ready before you start with Windows 8 installation.
Yet another option is to look for the latest drivers after you are done with Windows 8 installation. When trying to install the old drivers or connecting the hardware devices, Windows 8 will inform you that you need to get the latest driver for a particular device. You can then use the Search Online option there to look for the latest driver. The installation wizard will then download and install the required drivers in the system.
In some cases, the old Windows 7 drivers will work just fine with Windows 8, and will be installed without any error. This is fine, but you will later need to update such drivers. To do that, you can go to Device Manager in Windows 8 and click on the Update Driver Software option for the particular device.
If you are using a laptop or PC from prominent tech firms like Dell or Toshiba, then you can also go to their official website, type in your device model number and look for the latest drivers and software applications available.
These are just some of the ways of finding the latest drivers for your computer to run Windows 8 OS smoothly. For more information on the same, visit our Windows support page.Read more »