Microsoft To Withdraw Mainstream Support For Windows 7

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Mainstream Windows 7 Support

It is a known fact that Microsoft holds the major share of the PC industry and the major part of that share is provided by Windows 7 operating system. Even though Microsoft introduced two new operating systems after the Windows 7 operating system, namely Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, both of them were no match for their predecessor’s sales. Even now, the operating system is the most used operating system in the world, according to the Windows 7 support web site.

One of the ironies is that even providing free upgrade options for Windows 8 users to migrate to the new Windows 8.1 operating system could not get users for both operating systems. Well, one could say that the users were not fond of both the operating systems, one of the major reasons for it being the absence of the Start menu button. If you are a Windows user, then you might know that Microsoft provides support in three cycles, mainstream support, extended support and end of support. With news spreading that Microsoft is planning to remove mainstream Windows 7 support by next year, we intend to provide you some information on the implication of these support cycles.

Mainstream support

This is the five-year period, during which the company will be providing free security upgrades and patches for all its products for the operating system on a frequent basis. After this period, the users will not be able to get fixes for issues with other Microsoft products. The mainstream support for Windows 7 is scheduled to end on Jan. 14, 2015.

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Extended support

Once the mainstream support for the operating system finishes, it is placed with the extended support cycle. Now the company will be providing only security patches for the issues found with the program. If there are other issues with the operating system, the users will have to pay the company for fixing the same. Again, this extended support too is provided for a five-year period. This means that the Windows 7 operating system will still be getting security patches for five more years and so there is no need to panic.

End of support

When the date of end of support reaches, the company will cease to provide any kind of support for the operating system. However, they may choose to provide few years of support for corporate companies and government organizations if you are successful in cutting a deal with the executives.

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Microsoft To End Windows 7 Support By 2020

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Even after the demise of Windows XP earlier this year, many users still prefer using the old operating system. In fact, it has been found that almost 53 percent of businesses still rely on Windows XP operating system, which is not pleasing news for Microsoft. Now, since Microsoft has also announced Windows 7 operating system’s end of life by 2020, many companies are quite perplexed over the idea of shifting to the touch-centric versions.

According to the Windows 7 support team, the end of support for Windows 7 is set for January 2020 and the companies using the OS would require migrating to the latest versions at the earliest. Even in the consumer market, Windows 7 has clearly emerged as the winner outfoxing Windows 8 and 8.1. Hence, Microsoft has finally decided to end the services for the Windows 7 operating system in a bid to revamp the diminishing sales of the Windows 8 operating system. According to the American information technology research and advisory firm Gartner, the firms who are still dependent on Windows 7 need to start planning for the upgrade at the earliest to avoid security threats.

Stephen Kleynhans, research vice-president at Gartner states that “Organizations that have already deployed some Windows 8 PCs or that decide that Windows 8.1 Update 1 provides an attractive platform, should not shy away from deploying new devices with the OS. However, we expect that by the time an organization is ready for a broad rollout, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will have entered the market. Shifting deployment to Update 2 should be relatively straightforward for most organizations, and in that case, Windows 8.1 Update 1 should be seen as a pilot for that ultimate deployment”.

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When contacted, the Windows 7 support also stated that presently, the company has no plans to launch Windows Update 2. This has come as a surprise for many tech professionals and IT companies worldwide. Kleynhans said that the companies should set up Windows 8 on the new PCs and gradually replace the older ones running on Windows 7 operating system. The companies can also totally skip the Windows 8 upgrade plan and upgrade to a much more sophisticated version, say Windows 9. He also stated that the companies can use Windows 8 on all PCs to eliminate Windows 7 from more organizations.

In short, Microsoft is slowly trying to make all its users get acclimatized to the latest Windows OS versions.

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Windows 7 UAC Feature Now Available In Exchange

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Windows UAC Developments

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.

Explicit Consent

Windows Security Features

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.

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Latest Mac Devices Won't Support Windows 7 Dual Boot- Report

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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.

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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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How To Disable Firewall In Windows 7 Computer?

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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.

First method

  • At first, you need to click on the Start menu, then go to Control Panel and then double click on the Windows Firewall icon. You can also right click on the Windows Firewall option and then select the Properties option.
  • Next, you need to navigate to the General tab and then click on Off followed by OK to close the window.

Second Method

  • In this method, you need to first click on the Start menu and then open the Control Panel option. Now, you need to double click on Network and Internet Connections and if you’re in the Classic View, you will be able to see Network Connections.
  • Next, you need to right click on your network connection and then select Properties from the options. Here, you would be able to access the Local Area Connection, especially if you are using a high speed DSL or cable connection.
  • In the next step, you need to click on the Advanced tab in the Properties window. Now, go to the Windows Firewall option and then click on Settings.

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  • Next, you need to click on Off and then on OK to exit this window. Now, you need to click on OK again in order to close the Properties window.
  • Once you’re done, you can exit the Network Connection window.

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.

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