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  1. if you had windows 7 service pack 1 iso then slipstream the so called service pack 2 download first the ff: (on windows update catalog site) click on it and then select the correct windows architecture 32 or 64 KB3020369 (April 2015 Servicing Stack Update) kb3177467 (perquisite for convenience) kb3125574 (Convenience Rollup) kb2670838 (Platform Update) KB2841134 (IE 11 ) using NTLITE free intergrate the above hotfixes accordingly to get sp2 atleast you make it your own. instead of downloading this so called sp2 on the torrent or any other common user who built custom iso without knowing whats inside the iso
  2. Windows 7 SP1 [Phone Activation, Download Links & Repository] Windows 7 All Online/Offline [Retail-MAK] Activation Keys =================================================================================== Download Links: Windows 7 Official Direct Download Links Via Java Scrip from Microsoft Tech Bench [All Editions/Languages] Windows 7 SP1 All Edition MSDN Eng Untouched FTP Direct Download Links >>> l Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (All Languages)MSDN Magnet Link >>> Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate & Enterprise with SP1 (All Languages) MSDN Direct Download Links >>> =================================================================================== Windows 7 Phone Activation: ======================================================================================================================= Windows Loader 2.2.2 by DAZ [OEM Activation] ======================================================================================================================= Backup/Restore Windows 7 Activation - Advanced Tokens Manager v3.3
  3. It's like the c:\con\con bug all over again. Those of you with long memories might remember one of the more amusing (or perhaps annoying) bugs of the Windows 95 and 98 era. Certain specially crafted filenames could make the operating system crash. Malicious users could use this to attack other people's machines by using one of the special filenames as an image source; the browser would try to access the bad file, and Windows would promptly fall over. It turns out that Windows 7 and 8.1 (and Windows Vista, but that's out of support anyway) have a similar kind of bug. They can be taken advantage of in the same kind of way: certain bad filenames make the system lock up or occasionally crash with a blue screen of death, and malicious webpages can embed those filenames by using them as image sources. If you visit such a page (in any browser), your PC will hang shortly after and possibly crash outright. The Windows 9x-era bug was due to an error in the way that operating systems handled special filenames. Windows has a number of filenames that are "special" because they don't correspond to any actual file; instead, they represent hardware devices. These special filenames can be accessed from any location in the file system, even though they don't exist on-disk. While any of these special filenames would have worked, the most common one used to crash old Windows machines was con, a special filename that represents the physical console: the keyboard (for input) and the screen (for output). Windows correctly handled simple attempts to access the con device, but a filename included two references to the special device—for example, c:\con\con—then Windows would crash. If that file was referenced from a webpage, for example, by trying to load an image from file:///c:/con/con then the machine would crash whenever the malicious page was accessed. The new bug, which fortunately doesn't appear to afflict Windows 10, uses another special filename. This time around, the special filename of choice is $MFT. $MFT is the name given to one of the special metadata files that are used by Windows' NTFS filesystem. The file exists in the root directory of each NTFS volume, but the NTFS driver handles it in special ways, and it's hidden from view and inaccessible to most software. Attempts to open the file are normally blocked, but in a move reminiscent of the Windows 9x flaw, if the filename is used as if it were a directory name—for example, trying to open the file c:\$MFT\123—then the NTFS driver takes out a lock on the file and never releases it. Every subsequent operation sits around waiting for the lock to be released.Forever. This blocks any and all other attempts to access the file system, and so every program will start to hang, rendering the machine unusable until it is rebooted. As was the case nearly 20 years ago, webpages that use the bad filename in, for example, an image source will provoke the bug and make the machine stop responding. Depending on what the machine is doing concurrently, it will sometimes blue screen. Either way, you're going to need to reboot it to recover. Some browsers will block attempts to access these local resources, but Internet Explorer, for example, will merrily try to access the bad file. We couldn't immediately cause the same thing to occur remotely (for example, by sending IIS a request for a bad filename), but it wouldn't immediately surprise us if certain configurations or trickery were enough to cause the same problem. Microsoft has been informed, but at the time of publication has not told us when or if the problem will be patched. Article source
  4. Numbers released by Kaspersky Lab on Friday reveal that over 98% of all documented WannaCry infections were running versions of the Windows 7 operating system. Out of all Windows 7 users, the worst hit were users running Windows 7 64-bit edition, accounting for more than 60% of all infections. The second and third most targeted OS versions were Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 10, respectively. So! XP wasn't to blame after all The statistics come to disprove popular belief that WannaCry hit mostly Windows XP machines. "The Windows XP count is insignificant," said Costin Raiu, director of Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab. To infect all these computers, the WannaCry ransomware used an SMB worm that spread on its own to new computers that ran vulnerable SMB services. That SMB worm was powered by an exploit named ETERNALBLUE. The exploit is part of a collection of hacking tools a group of hackers calling themselves The Shadow Brokers have stolen from the NSA and leaked online in April 2017. ETERNALBLUE never worked properly on XP, only on Windows 7 Initial analysis of ETERNALBLUE revealed the worm could run on platforms from Windows XP up to Windows 8.1 and Server 2012. It was during the WannaCry outbreak that researchers discovered the worm only worked reliably on Windows 7, causing errors on other platforms, including Windows XP, on which most infosec talking heads falsely blamed for most WannaCry infections. Following this discovery, a user has patched the ETERNALBLUE exploit to work without errors on 64-bit editions of Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Server 2012. Currently, WannaCry's worm modules are still searching for new victims. The latest tally of computers that have been touched by this worm is 416,989, albeit not all computers have had their files encrypted, as WannaCry's ransomware payload has been defanged by a clever British researcher. Bleeping Computer has reached out to Kaspersky Labs to inquire on why we see Windows 10 machines in the chart, and any possible scenarios that WannaCry could have used to infect those systems. Article source
  5. Hello gang! Thought I would share some news that might interest you. My older P.C. seven (7) years nearly of age, finally went kaaaaput! So I borrowed my daughters old desktop and it was slow, laggy but did the chores I needed. The fan made a hell of a noise, I cleaned it and I think the bearings had gone. So I decided to invest around £600 in building a new one. It has an up to 4.1 ghz eight (8) core A.M.D. FX processor, thirty two (32) gigbyte of r.a.m. a new nine hundred and sixty gigabyte (960gb) s.s.d. drive and a d.v.d. optical drive. Case is cool, lots of green lights and you can make the system cooler by moving a switch on the side of case. I decided to install an item I purchased as used from China for three (3) pounds, Windows ten (10) pro. Registered fine, install took minutes. My reboots, take thirteen (13) seconds. I have tweaked Windows ten (10) with Start is back for windows ten (10). It feels better than seven, I miss seven already, however I decided to move on and ignore what I don't like about it or remove it. So far eight out of ten (8/10).
  6. Microsoft has re-published a Windows 7 and 8.1 update that in the past has been associated with the company’s aggressive Windows 10 push, this time trying to focus on providing users with a smooth transition to the new operating system. KB3150513 is an update shipped to systems running Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 versions prior to 1703, and its purpose is to prepare the computer for the upgrade to Windows 10. On April 21, Microsoft rolled out the 10th revision to the update, so users who are yet to upgrade to Windows 10 are once again being re-offered the patch. Smooth upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update With the Windows 10 Creators Update now available for download, it more or less makes sense for Microsoft to provide a new compatibility patch to users, especially because a smooth upgrade is needed for those making the move from Windows 7 and 8.1, but also from Windows 10 TH1 or the Anniversary Update. “This update provides the latest set of definitions for compatibility diagnostics that are performed on the system. The updated definitions will help enable Microsoft and its partners to ensure compatibility for all customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,” Microsoft explains in the KB page. “Installing this update also makes sure that the latest Windows operating system version is correctly offered through Windows Update, based on compatibility results.” The patch comes with several prerequisites, so before installing the new version, users of the following operating systems need to make sure they are also running the corresponding updates: · On Windows 10 Version 1607: the March 14, 2017, cumulative update (KB4013429) · On Windows 10 Version 1511: the August 9, 2016, cumulative update (KB3176493 ) · On Windows 8.1 and Windows 8: update 2976978 · On Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1): update 2952664 · On Windows 7 RTM: update 2977759 A Windows 10 computer that’s fully up-to-date should already be running the latest version of the patch or the prerequisites for installing the 10th revision. http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-re-issues-windows-7-patch-preparing-windows-10-upgrade-515099.shtml
  7. Bypass For Windows Update Lock For Next-Gen Processors Found A first workaround for the blocking of Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with next-generation processors has been discovered. Microsoft blocked the delivery of Windows Updates recently to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices powered by a next-generation processor. The company announced the support change in January 2017. Broken down to the essentials, it means that Intel Kaby Lake and AMD Bristol Ridge processors are only support by Windows 10, and not older versions of Windows. To hammer that home, Microsoft made the decision to block Windows Update on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs with those next generation processors. The company introduced patches, KB4012218 and KB4012219 for instance, which introduced process generation and hardware support detection on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems. Windows users who run Windows Update get the unsupported hardware error prompt when they try to scan for and download the latest patches for their -- still supported -- operating system. Bypass for Windows Update lock for next-gen processors GitHub user zeffy made the decision to take a closer look at how the actual blocking is done on the operating system level. What he did was the following: Download the Patch KB4012218 from Microsoft. Extract the content of the MSU file using the expand command line tool. Expand basically extracts all files that are part of an update file so that you can analyze each individually. This resulted in a long list of files. He used PowerShell to filter the files for anything starting with "wu" to filter out Windows Update related files. He then ran diff tools to compare the binaries of the files in the new update file with those on the actual operating system. He discovered the dynamic link library wuaueng.dll, and found the two functions IsCPUSupported(void) and IsDeviceServiceable(void) in it. Now that he found the culprits that blocked the installation of updates on machines with next generation processors, he came up with a solution for that. His preferred solution jumps over the whole "IsDeviceServiceable(void)" body so that Windows Update is notified that the CPU on the machine is supported. The solution requires the patching of the dll file. He has uploaded the patched files for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to the GitHub project page. The source code has been made available there as well for you to check. The patches come as scripts that you just need to run to make the necessary changes. Windows Update should work just like before then even on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 systems with next generation processors Attention: it is recommended that you create a backup of the wuaueng.dll file before you patch it. Even better, create a backup of the system partition just to be on the safe side of things. One caveat of the method is that any new version of wuaueng.dll that Microsoft releases requires new patching. Microsoft may device other means to block updates on those systems as well in the future. (via Sergey) Now You: What's your take on Microsoft blocking updates for customer systems? Source
  8. Windows XP: Why It Won't Die For Years To Come Old versions of Windows are sticking around longer than you might think, in unexpected places. Old versions of Windows just won't go away. Earlier this week Microsoft ended its support for Vista, which means the decade-old operating system will no longer get security updates. And while this may spur some companies to finally kick out their old devices, there are still plenty still holding onto Vista and XP -- and perhaps even older versions of Windows. "I think if you dug down deep you'd find some Windows 98 in places too," said Stephen Kleynhans, research VP at analyst Gartner. Just how much old Windows is in use is actually unclear: according to research by Spiceworks, just over half of businesses still have at least one PC running Windows XP and nearly one in 10 still have Windows Vista running somewhere too. Spiceworks calculates that Windows XP is running on 14 percent of all PCs in businesses worldwide, while Windows Vista is only running on one percent. In contrast, Windows 7 has the highest share, running on 69 percent of business PCs. Windows 10 currently has nine percent of the overall share, followed by Windows 8 at five percent, according to Spiceworks. It's worth noting these numbers for XP are higher than other sources which paint a slightly different picture: NetMarketShare says that Windows XP makes up around seven percent of PCs accessing the internet (Vista is a rounding error at less than one percent), with Windows 7 accounting for half and Windows 10 a quarter. And other stats show XP with a much lower share still, as my colleague Ed Bott has explored elsewhere. Not in front of the users Still, considering that nearly 90 percent of IT professionals surveyed by Spiceworks said they are concerned about the risks of running unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Windows Vista, why are they still being used at all? "The reality is we tend to think of PCs as devices that sit in front of users. If you look at that class of device there's practically no XP left, but there are PCs used in all kinds of different scenarios in companies," said Gartner's Kleynhans. That might be a Windows XP PC running a security system and monitoring the card swipes at all the doors in an office, or a PC monitoring elevators and recording a log. If those PCs don't have new applications installed on them, and are not connected to the internet, most companies don't see good reasons to replace them. "Those machines might have been there 10 years, and they're running Windows XP, and they will probably run that until the day they're finally disposed of because there's no reason to spend any money or any effort to change it," said Kleynhans. For example, Kleynhans encountered one organization using heavy equipment that needed to set up using software tools that only ran on Windows XP. "Most larger companies probably have one or two things like that hanging around in the periphery. It's not an indication they are strategically sticking with XP. That's a tactical reality," he said. However, that doesn't mean it's would be a good idea to use an out-of-support version of Windows on a PC used for standard office work. "That would just be dumb, quite frankly," said Kleynhans. "That would be a bad thing to be doing because there is no security left, no fixes coming down the pike. You should at least be trying to keep somewhat up-to-date with a machine that some individual cares about to do their daily job." One area where XP has a stronghold is perhaps with consumers, Kleynhans said, who don't think about security issues, and are more concerned with the few dollars it will cost them or the time and effort to do an update rather than the potential problems. And chances are nothing will make them upgrade. "If you haven't converted by now there's nothing that will force you to convert at this point until the hardware physically dies." XP has stuck around so long because it was an extremely popular version of Windows -- certainly compared to its successor, Vista. And Windows 7 is similarly popular, which means it may also be with us for quite some time. "There will be similar cases to the ones we see with XP where the machine is doing its job sitting in a corner, so why would we ever touch it? Seven years from now, 10 years from now, we'll probably be looking at some survey and it says look at all this Windows 7 that's still out there," said Kleynhans. "It's not that companies will say en-masse that they are not going to Windows 10 -- in fact we are seeing the exact opposite: we are seeing a very positive response. But there will be some places in the company where they decide, for whatever reason, to keep some Windows 7 in that corner." Source
  9. Windows 7 reaching end of support in January 2020 Starting this month, Microsoft is no longer shipping updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 when new processors are detected, as the company is only supporting these chips on Windows 10. Part of Redmond’s strategy to encourage the transition to Windows 10, the blocking of updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems powered by processors like AMD’s Ryzen or Intel’s Kaby Lake, leaves users with no other option than to upgrade to the latest operating system. A notification that’s displayed to users when trying to update these systems provides them with instructions on how to perform the switch to Windows 10. “Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows. Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss the important security updates,” this notification reads. The benefits of moving to Windows 10 It goes without saying that without patches and security updates, systems remain vulnerable just like they are running an unsupported version of Windows, while at the same time missing all the opportunities of new technologies that are bundled into Windows 10. In terms of gaming, for example, users who are upgrading to Windows 10 can use not only the new DirectX 12, but also the Game mode that’s exclusively available in the Windows 10 Creators Update. This new feature boosts gaming performance by setting the game’s main process to high priority level, while also pushing other less critical processes to standby mode for reduced resource usage. Migrating to Windows 10 is a step that sooner or later everyone needs to make, especially because older operating systems are slowly but surely reaching end of support anyway. Windows 7, for example, is projected to stop receiving updates is January 2020, so users running it have less than 3 years to perform the switch to Windows 10. Source
  10. Microsoft's Own Figures Show Windows 10 Losing Market Share, While Windows 7 Is On The Rise According to NetMarketShare, Windows 10's usage share growth has stalled recently. It lost some share in February, and made only very minor gains in March. The analyst firm’s numbers seem to suggest that Windows 10 has run out of steam. But that’s usage numbers -- people using Windows regularly on a monthly basis -- which isn’t quite the same as market share. If you want to know just how well Windows 10 is doing in that respect, Microsoft’s Windows Trends page has the figures you want, and they’re currently showing the new OS losing share to Windows 7. Microsoft last updated the Trends page two months ago to reflect the state of play of the OS install base as of November 2016. When I reported the update I said the numbers were fake because Microsoft had its new OS growing at the rate of one percent a month, from July to November, while Windows 7 declined at exactly the same rate. It just seemed all way too neat, and unlikely, especially compared to the trend we've been seeing with NetMarketShare's figures. At the end of the last update, Microsoft had Windows 10 on 46 percent of the market, and Windows 7 on 39 percent. Now Microsoft has updated its Trends page once more, so it covers up to February 2017 and the numbers are very interesting. According to the software giant, Windows 10 grew by two percentage points in December, putting it on 48 percent. At the same time, Windows 7 fell one percentage point, to 38 percent. But then in January, Windows 10’s market share suddenly drops one percentage point to 47 percent, and Windows 7 rises by the same amount. The figures remain the same in February. (For those that are interested, Windows 8.1 had 12 percent share in December, January, and February, and Windows 8 had 2 percent in those three months.) Those are the global numbers. According to Microsoft, in the US, Windows 10 was on 57 percent in November, and December, but lost two percentage points in January to put it on 55 percent, where it remains in February. Windows 7 was on 33 percent in November and December, and rose to 34 percent in January/February. In the UK, Windows 10 had 59 percent of the market in November, and 61 percent in December, a 2 percentage point increase. But it then lost one percentage point in January (60 percent), and another percentage point in February. Windows 7 was on 29 percent in November, went down to 28 percent in December, then rose back to 29 percent in January, and up another point to 30 percent in February. I remain to be convinced by the install base numbers Microsoft is claiming, but if they are even close to being accurate, then it’s interesting to see Windows 10 losing share while Windows 7 recoups some of its losses. Post your thoughts on these new numbers in the comments below. Source
  11. Initial Opera Developer 46 Release It’s unusual to have a new developer version on Friday, thus we also have an unusual non-default screenshot to start with – all in dark. Important things first This initial build of Opera 46 comes with important fixes for the out of memory bug when using VPN and one nasty crash that might appear during startup. It’s important for us to verify them – our lab tests suggest there should be no further problems, but to be completely sure we need your help. Weekend comes, so browse a lot. Further UI changes In addition there are multiple UI-related fixes. The most visible ones are addressing the misbehaving tooltips both in normal and private mode. Changes specific to Mac, such as removing little visual glitches and minor fixes for ad blocker, have been made. Under the hood This version comes with an updated Chromium (59.0.3047.4) and enabled expensive background tabs throttling (opera://flags/#background-tab-throttling-max-delay-30s). You can try it out yourself: background timer throttling demo. If you encounter any problems related to background tabs and their behavior let us know. Detailed list of changes in the changelog. Installation links: Opera developer for Windows (Using Opera developer for Windows installer means Opera for Computers EULA is accepted) Opera developer for Windows (Portable version) Opera developer for macOS Opera developer for Linux – deb packages Opera developer for Linux – RPM packages Source Direct Download - Offline(Standalone) installer[Win/Linux/Mac]: https://get.geo.opera.com/pub/opera-developer/46.0.2556.0/
  12. Opera 45 With Reborn Goes Beta Today, project “Reborn”, Opera’s redesign process reaches the beta stage. It’s full of user interface improvements, but it also brings you quite a few new features. Read on and enjoy one of the longest list of changes in the Opera’s beta channel history! What is Reborn? It’s more than just a UI refresh. Reborn is a codename for the project that is gradually redesigning the entirety of Opera’s user experience. Bringing along a fresh look, it has a set of new, handy features, new icons, colors, wallpapers, and a touch of animation. Reborn is inspired by Opera Neon and shares its vision of making Opera’s UI truly modern, simplified, refined, and playful. Brand new look and feel Opera’s entire layout has been updated with a new, high-quality graphical design that is more consistent across platforms. The tabs are simplified, lighter, and more elegant, making it easier to locate open tabs. The new sidebar is more subtle and refined with a touch of animation. The Speed Dial has also been renovated with smooth animations. Browser sidebar Opera’s sidebar has been moved from the Speed Dial to the main browser window, similar to how it is in Opera Neon. It provides one-click access to important tools such as bookmarks, history, personal news, and extensions. You can customize the tools that appear in the sidebar according to what you find useful. The new sidebar will be visible by default for new users installing Opera beta for the first time. Current users of beta will find the option to turn it on by flipping the pin/unpin switch at the bottom left of the Speed Dial. Chat with your friends while browsing Chatting with your friends while browsing the web doesn’t always work seamlessly. Switching between tabs when responding to a message is cumbersome and inefficient. Reborn allows you to keep your favorite messenger as a side tab for an easy reach. Three popular communicators are now available directly in the sidebar: Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram. To use any of them, simply click their icon. After you log in to the site, there are two ways of using this feature: you can open it in overlay or pin it side-by-side with your current tab. Pinning a communicator allows you to combine online chatting with a full browsing experience. If you use more than one messenger, you can easily switch between them by using our shortcut key for quicker access (⌘ + ⇧ + m on macOS, CTRL + SHIFT + m on Windows and Linux). The three-dotted menu button allows you to log out from your sidebar communicator without needing to visit the communicator’s website. From the menu, you can also mute your communicator’s notifications. Give your browser a new coat of colors Opera is now available in two color themes: light and dark. You can also select one of the cool backgrounds that perfectly complement Opera’s new look and feel. For this beta release, we have prepared some completely new ones. Let us know which one you like the most. Both the background wallpaper and the browser’s color theme can be managed in the “customize start page” panel and in browser settings. Fresh and refined icons Opera’s “rebirth” also means a complete icon overhaul. New icons are even more refined and elegant, and some even change colors when active. We have carefully optimized the icons for various DPIs in order to make them look perfect. Animations Animations make the Reborn interface more alive and playful. The most visible one can be found when opening private mode. Windows 7 look and feel One of Reborn’s goals is to bring a more consistent look across all platforms. This doesn’t mean Reborn will disregard the browsing experience users have been familiar with on different platforms, such as Windows 7. Despite all the changes, Reborn has retained Windows 7’s well-known platform feeling with transparent borders and a system button to close, maximize, and minimize a window. Narrow sidebar for macOS The sidebar in the Mac version can be now as narrow as on Windows. To adjust it, go to Settings -> Browser -> Sidebar -> “Enable Narrow Sidebar,” or use the sidebar context menu. New bookmark pop-up Opera now brings you a new pop-up when adding bookmarks which includes the “Finished” button. This option gives a clearer way of adding bookmarks for users who missed the confirmation that a new website was already added to the bookmark folder. Ad blocker improvements Opera automatically reloads a page when toggling ad blocking on or off for that page. It’s especially useful if you want to quickly flip the switch and it gives you much more control and comfort while browsing with ad blocker. Also, we have added some important changes to the block list management. Now, you have control over which block lists are loaded. Easylist and EasyPrivacy are turned on by default. Other lists, including regional and custom lists, can now be managed through the “Manage Lists…” dialog. Let us know if there are any other lists that you would find beneficial. Also, Opera now offers support for more advanced CSS selectors, which helps you block more ads. Spring cleanup for languages As part of a spring cleanup we have removed support for the least-used languages in the browser user interface. While we would like to support as many languages as possible, this decision frees up our time for other important tasks. The discontinued languages are Azerbaijani, Macedonian, New Norwegian, Uzbek, Afrikaans, Croatian, Kazakh, Zulu, Frisian, Punjabi, Gaelic, Irish, Myanmar, Sinhala, and Urdu. After this, Opera supports 48 different languages. Performance and security changes H.264 video works in Windows 8.x again and it now has the same hardware support as Windows 7 and Windows 10, both given in the last developer release. Opera adds in-form warnings for sensitive fields when the top-level page is not HTTPS. Whenever you start filling in your password or credit card number on a page, which is not HTTPS, the warning will appear. If you’ve made it this far, go on and check out the changelog with all the backports listed. Installation links: Opera beta for Windows (Using Opera beta for Windows installer means Opera for Computers EULA is accepted) Opera beta for Windows (Portable version) Opera beta for macOS Opera beta for Linux – deb packages Opera beta for Linux – RPM packages Source
  13. Windows 7 still the top choice for the desktop Windows 7 continues to be the leading choice on the desktop for Windows users, new data provided by StatCounter indicates, as adoption of Microsoft’s Windows 10 is slowing down. Figures provided for the month of March indicate that Windows 7 remained the top choice with a market share of 47.03 percent, while Windows 10 was the runner-up with 34.28 percent. Windows 8.1 was third with 9.63 percent, while Windows XP dropped to 5.46 percent. This means that Windows 7 is running on nearly 1 in 2 desktop computers in the world, despite Microsoft’s aggressive push for Windows 10, especially in the first 12 months after the July 2015 launch. With end of support planned for January 2020, Windows 7 is indeed losing market share points, but it does it at a rather slow pace. Last month, for instance, it dropped from 47.17 percent to 47.03 percent, while Windows 10 improved only slightly from 33.8 percent to 34.28 percent. The Windows 7 problem Windows 7 having such a big share means trouble for Microsoft, as this operating system is reaching end of support in less than 3 years and users running it don’t seem to be willing to upgrade to Windows 10 just yet. Windows 7 actually resisted the Windows 10 free upgrade promo and remains close to the 50 percent threshold despite Microsoft pushing the latest operating system so aggressively, and there’s a good chance many users would stick with it in the coming years as well. As a result, Windows 7 is very likely to become the second Windows XP when it comes to operating systems that users refuse to abandon despite end of support, and Microsoft can’t be pleased with this thing, especially because it means users could be exposed to attacks targeting unpatched vulnerabilities. More updates for Windows 10 will land in the coming years though, so Windows 7’s market share will undoubtedly drop at a faster pace in the coming years. Source
  14. Windows 10 market share in Europe Windows 10 adoption improves at a satisfying pace for Microsoft, according to new data provided by StatCounter, as it finally managed to overtake Windows 7 in both the United States and Europe. Microsoft released Windows 10 in July 2015 and offered it as a free upgrade in the first 12 months of availability, and this certainly helped boost adoption all over the world. Furthermore, an offer available for Windows 7 and 8.1 installs with accessibility features enabled still allows for Windows 10 to be downloaded free of charge, so it’s no surprise that more users perform the upgrade. StatCounter figures indicate that part of those who switched to Windows 10 come from Windows 7, and this is one of the reasons the two operating systems switched their places in last month’s charts. Europe vs. the US In Europe, for example, Windows 10 is now the leading desktop operating system with a share of 41.07 percent, while Windows 7 fell to the second spot with 40.95 percent. Windows 8.1 is third and far behind with just 9.34 percent. In the United States, Windows 10 is number one with 44.06 percent, and Windows 7 is now the runner-up with 41.26 percent, while Windows 8.1 is once again third with 8.29 percent. Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 can only be good news for Microsoft, mostly because end of support is approaching and the company needs to convince users to upgrade to operating systems that continue to receive updates and security patches. Windows 7 reaches end of life in January 2020, so Windows 10 is obviously promoted as a long-term investment, as an upgrade these days ensures continued updates and security patches until at least October 14, 2025, for the Anniversary Update. Microsoft is also releasing the Creators Update this month, and the number of users upgrading is likely to increase, which means that a new drop in Windows 7 market share is likely to be experienced. Source
  15. Opera Browser Gets Windows 7 Native Look and Feel in Latest Dev Version Opera 45 dev receives update with several improvements First and foremost, this new version pushes the Reborn overhaul one step further, as it introduces new icons which the development team describes as “more refined and elegant.” Some of these icons change their colors when they are active, and without a doubt, more refinements would be included in future updates. Additionally, Opera removed the Speed Dial animation effect when hovering the mouse over the tiles, but instead added a new effect when opening the private mode allowing you to browse the web without leaving any traces. As for Windows 7 users, this update is particularly important because it brings back the OS look and feel, introducing the Aero Glass window frame. There are obviously plenty of bug fixes, including some other tweaks for the ad blocker, so in case you’re part of the developer channel, there’s no doubt that you should update as soon as possible. On the other hand, stable users should keep in mind that this is just a developer build, so other bugs and issues are likely to be found until Opera 45 hits the production channel. If you want to give a try to all these improvements, you can always download Opera for Linux, Mac, and Windows using this links on Softpedia. Source
  16. Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says Avast provides Windows usage data in latest report While it’s important to note that these figures come from computers running Avast, they do align with the statistics provided by research firms whose main activity is monitoring operating system usage, so there’s a good chance these are accurate. First and foremost, there’s leader Windows 7. According to Avast, the operating system launched in 2009 is currently powering more than 56 million computers where its antivirus product is installed, and this means a share of no less than 48.35 percent. Windows 10 is growing, the security firm says, and it managed to reach a share of 30.46 percent, which accounts for a little over 35 million devices running Avast security software. Windows XP still a super-popular choice But what’s a little more worrying for everyone, including here Microsoft, users, and Avast itself, is that Windows XP, which was launched in 2001 and no longer receives security updates since April 2014, is still running on more than 6.5 million computers. This means that it has a share of 5.64 percent, more than Windows 8 (2.51 percent) and Windows Vista (2.08 percent) combined. Windows 8 was launched in 2012 as Microsoft’s new revolution, but its small market share is mostly the result of most people choosing the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. The OS launched one year later has a share of 10.96 percent, which represents 12.7 million PCs running Avast. For what it’s worth, Windows Vista is also reaching end of support next month, so users who are still running this OS, and there are at least 2 million according to Avast, should already start planning the upgrade. Windows 10 is the safest bet right now, as Windows 7 itself is also projected to reach EOL in January 2020. Source
  17. Mark your calendar: Microsoft's promise to cut off Win7 and 8.1 support for the latest PCs will cause howls of pain next month Credit: wezlo Events of the past week have drawn into sharp focus the likely result of next month's patching cycle. If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC that you bought, built, or upgraded in the past year or so, it would behoove you to understand exactly what Microsoft plans. Many people -- I'll raise my hand here -- thought that Skylake-based computers would continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 patches until the respective end-of-life. We are wrong. Let's start with the basics. Intel introduced its so-called 6th Generation Skylake processor in August 2015. It slowly replaced the older Broadwell series, all of which will continue to work with Win7 and 8.1. Skylake now is slowly being replaced by 7th Generation Kaby Lake processors, which will not get Win7 or 8.1 support from Microsoft. To date, Intel has released 50 or so different Skylake processors. There are also dozens of Kaby Lake processors, which were introduced in August 2016. On the AMD side there's a distinction made between the older Opteron series, the APU series (which includes Kaveri, Carrizo, and Bristol Ridge processors, named Athlon, Sempron, A4, A6, and E4) and the brand-new Ryzen processors, which are only now appearing on store shelves. Most observers say that 7th Generation AMD chips start with the Bristol Ridge APUs, which appeared in May, 2016. There's no change at all between the core architecture of the Carrizo and Bristol Ridge chips. As I'll explain later, the distinction between 6th Generation Carrizo and 7th Generation Bristol Ridge is pivotal. To see if you have a Bristol Ridge chip, as opposed to a Carrizo chip, use Speccy to find your APU model number, then look up your APU model number for Bristol Ridge desktop processors or portable processors. Where the troubles began The whole Windows 7/8.1 support mess started in January of last year, when Windows honcho Terry Myerson declared that "as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support." At first, Myerson promised: Through July 17, 2017, Skylake devices on the supported list will also be supported with Windows 7 and 8.1. During the 18-month support period, these systems should be upgraded to Windows 10 to continue receiving support after the period ends. After July 2017, the most critical Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 security updates will be addressed for these configurations, and will be released if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices. Screams from enterprise customers reached all the way to the hallowed halls of Redmond. The promised demise of Win7 on Skylake machines changed later in January, then in March 2016, and in August 2016 they changed again. As of August, Microsoft exec Shad Larsen promised: This policy change primarily applies to our commercial customers who are currently managing deployments with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and does not apply to customers running Windows 10 ... future silicon platforms, including Intel's upcoming 7th Gen Intel Core (Kaby Lake) processor family and AMD's 7th generation processors (e.g. Bristol Ridge) will only be supported on Windows 10, and all future silicon releases will require the latest release of Windows 10.... 6th Gen Intel Core devices on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be supported with all applicable security updates until the end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.... This change is made possible through the strong partnership with our OEM partners and Intel who will be performing security update validation testing and upgrade testing for 6th Gen Intel Core systems running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 through the end of support dates. On the same day, Microsoft updated a list of Skylake systems supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that includes links to manufacturer's websites, listing specific model numbers that the manufacturer commits to support with Windows 7 and 8.1 updates. The 12 deputized manufacturers and the links provided by Microsoft are: Acer ASUS Dell Epson (in Japanese) Fujitsu HP Lenovo LG (a Korean-language site that doesn't contain any model numbers) MouseComputer (in Japanese) NEC (in Japanese) Panasonic Positivo (in Brazilian Portuguese) Samsung Toshiba Wortmann (in German) VAIO (in Japanese) Sites like Dell's are just as confused as I was. Dell says, "Microsoft originally indicated Skylake support would end in 2017. Microsoft has now extended Skylake support for Windows 7 through January 14, 2020 and for Windows 8.1 through January 10, 2023." That isn't quite true. Microsoft has said that Dell will extend support for its listed Skylake systems through end-of-life for Win7 and 8.1. Here are the conclusions that I draw from Microsoft's statements: If you have a custom built machine with a Skylake processor, you're out of luck. Since the machine doesn't appear on this list of anointed PCs, Microsoft won't support Win7 or 8.1 on your machine. If you upgraded a machine to a Skylake processor, you're out of luck. If you bought a machine from a different manufacturer, or your specific machine doesn't appear on the manufacturer's indicated website, you're out of luck. Most people -- most manufacturers -- don't understand this. I didn't. I don't know what Microsoft intends to do with AMD chips. The way the announcements stand, AMD Bristol Ridge PCs won't have Win7 or 8.1 support, and there's no magic list of manufacturers or machines that are exempt from the ruling. Where does that leave you? So if you're running a recent-vintage PC and using Windows 7 or 8.1, what happens if you run afoul of the patch police? It's all well and good if Win7 is "no longer supported" on your PC, but what does that mean in real terms? Will your PC halt and catch fire? Thanks to several reports that I talked about yesterday, including the tales of woe from folks who installed a Monthly Rollup Preview, I'm willing to bet that the blockade will unfold like this: Step 1: April 10 rolls around, and about noon, Microsoft pushes its usual Patch Tuesday updates out the automatic update chute. Step 2: Those gullible (or trusting) enough to have Win7 or 8.1 Automatic Update turned on will get the April Monthly Rollup (that is, the "April 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup"), which will install the next time the machine's rebooted. Step 3: The Monthly Rollup installs itself and makes changes to Windows Update Agent, effectively preventing Windows Update from running again on this machine. The installer displays this message: IDG The machine won't be destroyed, if this scenario plays out the way I think it will. Your PC will just have Windows Update disabled. (Which some people view as a feature, not a problem, but I digress.) We're still poking and prodding on the AskWoody Lounge to see what, exactly, gets disabled. None of this is documented anywhere, of course. It's important to note that machines connected to a corporate Update Server (WSUS, SCCM, or the like) will only get the Monthly Rollup if it's pushed out by the admin. Even if Windows Update gets clobbered, it's unlikely that domain-managed PCs will suffer any ill effect, as they don't use Windows Update the same way most of us do. I have no idea how Microsoft intends to block Win7 updates on recent PCs attached to an update-managed domain. This scenario brings up an obvious question: Will your machine get update-kneecapped? I don't know. There's no program I know of that you can run (short of a Monthly Rollup Preview, which I never recommend) that will definitively say, "If you install the Monthly Rollup in April, Windows Update will get disabled." At this point, there's no warning either. No "Click here to install the Monthly Rollup and disable Windows Update going forward" safety net. All you get is a loud thud and that Unsupported hardware notice. Will Microsoft go ahead with this latest push to get well-heeled customers, with the latest hardware, to change to Windows 10? Microsoft's under no obligation to support Windows 7 and 8.1 on any hardware that appears at a future date. I think. But this approach, if it unfolds in this manner, is sure to rankle more-advanced users who have paid for both Windows 7 and for a shiny new CPU. We should know a lot more on April 10. Discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Microsoft will kill some Windows 7 and 8.1 support in April (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  18. As threatened, Microsoft is actively blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on newer hardware, but users report some success in getting around the ban Credit: cnythxi / iStock Microsoft is carrying through on its threat to actively block Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on the latest Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors. Some folks are looking for ways to get around the block, and they appear to have had some success. We knew this day was coming. A year-old threat from Microsoft that “Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform” on Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors re-emerged last week. A thread on Reddit reported that folks who had the nerve to use Windows 7 or 8.1 would be blocked from updates if their PCs had the latest Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen processors. The blogosphere understandably went wild, even though nobody at that point had actually seen the block in action. That has now changed. Yesterday poster dave1977nj on AskWoody submitted screenshots of his attempts to install the "March 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems" (KB4012218) on his Kaby Lake PC. InfoWorld InfoWorld Of course I’ve long railed against installing Previews, and you’d be well-advised to avoid them, but the deeper question is what actually happened? The Win7 update history page says this Preview: Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update. This is all well and good, but how does the detection work? Has Microsoft effectively blocked all security updates on Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, or is it making life difficult for those users of the new hardware who want to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1? Poster abbodi86 sheds some light: The Preview Rollup itself block future usage of Windows Update on these processors, not that WU blocked Preview Rollup 🙂. All future rollups will have this restriction, so i guess it’s a lost cause. Manual installation (through dism, not msu) seems to be working fine In other words, by installing this Preview Rollup (and presumably all future Monthly Rollups), Windows Update itself has been changed, so it won’t work on Kaby Lake and Ryzen systems. Once the Preview Rollup is installed, Windows Update turns belly up, with a “could not search for new updates” message. Abbodi86 also says that in the future, Kaby Lake and Ryzen customers won’t be able to install the regular monthly security-only patches by manually downloading the month’s MSU file from the Microsoft Catalog and running the MSU file (an approach I call “Group B”). It isn’t clear to me what will happen when you try to run an MSU file directly, after installing KB 4102218 (or 4102219, the analogous Preview for Win 8.1). We probably won’t know for sure until the security-only patch for April appears. Using the DISM command to install security patches would be a bit convoluted, but possible, if worse comes to worst. It also isn’t clear to me if the Windows Update MiniTool (see Martin Brinkmann on ghacks) will continue to work, or if it can be modified to work. Poster ch100 says: This is an excellent question and the implications are very subtle. WUMT uses the Windows Update agent already installed, but can use any agent, without forcing an upgrade, as WU would do for example with 7.6.7600.256 being upgraded to 7.6.7600.320. I do not endorse this approach of not allowing the normal WU mechanism to complete, but it is a very interesting path to investigate. 🙂 If you’re thinking about using WUMT, please note this caution. Finally, it also isn’t clear to me if uninstalling KB 4012218 (or KB 4012219) will restore Windows Update to its original functionality. For years I’ve resisted disabling Windows Update and the wuauserv service. Windows Update and Microsoft Update pick up patches that manual scans frequently overlook, including IE and .Net patches, and many more subtle fixes. Updating Office without Microsoft Update would take the patience of Job. Some folks disable Windows Update to shut off the flow of unpredictable patches. But if Microsoft itself is going to disable Windows Update, who am I to argue? Look for the latest test results and head-scratchings on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: Search begins for workarounds to Microsoft's Win7/8.1 on Kaby Lake/Ryzen patch ban (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  19. New chips only support Windows 10 Earlier this month, it has emerged that Microsoft would block Windows updates on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems with latest-generation processors, and now it turns out that the software giant is getting ready to enforce this restriction in the two operating systems. This month’s preview updates, which are supposed to allow IT managers to test updates before they are shipped via Windows Update, include two patches that enable what Microsoft calls “processor generation detection” in Windows 7 and 8.1. The two updates are KB4012218 and KB4012219, respectively, and are currently available via the Microsoft Update Catalog, as they’re still offered with a preview tag. As gHacks reports, the changelog is huge, but also includes a reference to Microsoft’s new policy. “Enabled detection of processor generation and hardware support when PC tries to scan or download updates through Windows Update,” one of the lines in the changelogs reads. Updates to ship to Windows 7 and 8.1 next month Microsoft has already confirmed that the latest-generation processors, including here AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s Kaby Lake, would only be supported by Windows 10, so these new updates do not come as a big surprise. Especially given the recent news that updates would be blocked for systems running the newer chips, that is. Redmond’s announcement was made by Terry Myerson in January 2016, who explained that Windows 10 was the only OS version coming with features to take full advantage of the technology bundled in the latest processors. “Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support. This enables us to focus on deep integration between Windows and the silicon, while maintaining maximum reliability and compatibility with previous generations of platform and silicon,” he said. These two updates are projected to be pushed to all Windows 7 and 8.1 systems next month as part of the Patch Tuesday cycle on April 11. Source
  20. March, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4012218) This update killed my updates for Windows 7. I have a Kaby Lake Processor and now I can not get anymore Windows updates. Is there any work around for this? Thank you
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  22. Valve data shows Windows 10 is losing ground on Steam While overall adoption of Windows 10 slowed down worldwide, Microsoft’s latest operating system is losing ground on Steam, where users appear to be moving back to Windows 7. Valve data for the month of February shows that Windows 10 declined on Steam, while Windows 7 was the only version that actually increased its share last month. Specifically, Windows 10 64-bit dropped 0.78 percent to 47.71 percent, while the 32-bit version declined 0.12 percent to 1.06 percent. All the other Windows operating system lost users the past month, with one exception: Windows 7. According to Valve, the 64-bit version of Windows 7 posted a substantial increase of 1.67 percent in February to return to 31.41 percent share, while the 32-bit version also experienced a growth, this time smaller of just 0.03 percent, to achieve 5.40 percent. Downgrading to Windows 7 As for the reasons that might have pushed users from Windows 10 back to Windows 7, there’s no information in this regard, but there’s a chance that more gamers decided to stick with the 2009 operating system after previously performing the upgrade, thus making sure they can return at any given moment without paying for a license. Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer that was available in the first 12 months after the launch of OS allowed Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install the new operating system without paying. If the upgrade to Windows 10 was performed in these first 12 months, they could always downgrade and return to this OS version at any given moment without paying, as the license was already activated and associated with their computer. On Steam, Windows is now powering 95.96 percent, so Microsoft barely sees any competition from Mac and Linux. Apple’s platform dropped 0.14 percent the last month to 3.17 percent, while Linux declined 0.05 percent to settle at 0.75 percent. All the other Windows versions lost share points in February, and Windows 8 32-bit is currently the last one in the chart with just 0.08 percent. Source
  23. Statistics show that Windows 7 is back to growth New market share data provided by NetMarketShare show that Windows 7 returned to growth in February, while Windows 10, which is Microsoft’s most recent desktop operating system, started losing ground. Specifically, Windows 7 is the number one operating system on the desktop with a share of 48.41 percent, while Windows 10 is currently the runner-up with 25.19 percent. Windows XP is third with 8.45 percent, followed by Windows 8.1 with 6.87 percent. As far as Windows 7 and Windows 10 are concerned, it looks like the older version is improving its market share once again, while the newer sibling is actually going down, not in a significant way, but still declining in a time when everyone expected it to grow. Windows 7 improved from 47.20 percent to 48.41 percent, so it gained more than 1 percent market share in just a single month. At the opposite pole there’s Windows 10, which dropped from 25.30 percent to 25.19 percent. As you can see, this isn’t a substantial drop, but it’s still a drop, despite Microsoft’s rather aggressive push for Windows 10 and the free upgrade offer that was supposed to bring everyone on the new OS. Windows XP finally losing users On the Windows XP front, there’s some pretty exciting news: the nearly 16-year-old operating system is losing ground as well, so it declined from 9.17 percent to 8.45 percent last month, which makes perfect sense given the fact that it no longer receives updates and security updates since April 2014. Windows 10 is now Microsoft’s main focus, so it’s a little surprising to see it going down now when most enterprises are supposed to complete the piloting phase and start the deployment of the operating system in their networks. Microsoft, however, is well aware that adoption is slowing down, so the company admitted that it might miss its goal of bringing Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by the end of FY2017, especially because of upgrades that take place at a slower pace than initially predicted. Source
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  25. Microsoft Re-Releases Snooping Patches KB 2952664, KB 2976978 Earlier versions of the Win7 and 8.1 patches kicked off enhanced snooping routines, and there's no indication what's changed in these versions We don't know what KB 2952664 (for Windows 7) and KB 2976978 (for Windows 8.1) actually do. But both patches have been shown in the past to trigger a new Windows task called DoScheduledTelemetryRun. The patches appeared in the Automatic Update chute earlier todayas Optional, so they won't be installed unless you specifically check and install them. But in the past, the Optional versions have been converted rapidly to Recommended, and thus installed on most machines. The last release of KB 2952664 went from Optional to Recommend in a week. Microsoft's descriptions of the patches are quite bland: GWX, of course, is Microsoft's malware-like "Get Windows 10" campaign that plagued Windows 7 and 8.1 users last year. I last wrote about the patches on Oct. 5, 2016: The revision dates on the KB articles don't instill any confidence. When I wrote about KB 2952664 last October, I noted that the KB article was up to revision 25, dated Oct. 4, 2016. The current KB article, dated Feb. 9, 2017, is at revision 11. I have no idea what's up. Why is Microsoft releasing this CEIP diagnostic program on a Thursday? Why isn't it being held for next Tuesday's Monthly Rollup? Why does it fall outside the announced schedule of Security Only and Monthly Rollup patches? Why did the revision numbers change? But I do know that earlier versions of these patches triggered new snooping scans, whether the Customer Experience Improvement Program is enabled or not. And I do know that Microsoft hasn't documented much at all. Discussion continues on the AskWoody Lounge. AskWoody Lounge - Comments Source Alternate Source: Windows KB2652664 And KB2976978 Telemetry Updates Re-Released (Again)