Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ends, What Next?

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        Mainstream Support For Windows 7

According to the official Microsoft website, the end of mainstream support deadline for Windows 7 OS stands at January 13, 2015. Users who have just gotten over the Windows XP end of support are rather concerned by the fact, mistaking mainstream support for extended support. The truth is, the operating system can be used for another five years with ease, since the Extended support stands till 2020.

For every Windows operating system, the lifecycle contains of mainstream support as well as extended support. Once the operating system is released, it enjoys mainstream support for the first year years. During this time, Microsoft will send out both feature updates as well as security updates. However, once the mainstream-support ends and the extended support starts, the feature updates are not released anymore. The security updates are still available for this version during the entire duration of extended support.

Back in April 2014, the Extended support for Windows XP had ended. This meant any security vulnerabilities in the operating system will not be plugged after the date. In contrast, you will still receive security updates in Windows 7 after the end of mainstream support. However, you will not be seeing an environment redesign or any new features in Windows 7 after the date. To know more information about the same, you may contact our Windows 7 help department.

Hence, it is not necessary to prepare for upgrading your system anytime in the near future. You will continue to receive security updates For Windows 7 OS until 2020. Windows 7 is deemed a stable operating system and has faced very few security risks until now. You will need to upgrade your computer by January 14, 2020, since the extended support is supposed to end by that day.

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           Extended Support For Windows 7

There are certain rumours that Windows 7 might feature a longer support period than other operating systems because of its popularity. Windows XP operating system, as popular as Windows 7, enjoyed a lifetime of over 13 years. Although rumors are rife, Microsoft has not made any announcements regarding the same, or even hinted that the support date will be extended.

Whether you are an individual user or own an enterprise edition, there is no need to upgrade your Windows 7 computer. You will feel no difference and will get security updates as long as you enable automatic updates. The previous version, Windows Vista operating system, has extended support until 2017, after which users are advised to upgrade their system. Contact our Windows 7 help division to know more details about the same.

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Changing The Welcome Screen In Windows 7

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       Windows 7 Customization

Windows 7 might not be the newest OS from Microsoft, but it sure is the best to date. This is the general consensus anyway, so good luck disproving that if you ever chose to. As things stand, Microsoft’s only chance at outdoing their own work with Windows 7 rests with the upcoming Windows 10. And seeing the technical preview of that, maybe they’ve actually hit success.

But in the mean time, there’s nothing better to use than the Windows 7 OS. I have this installed on my PC, and there are a few cool things you can do on this OS. One of these is changing the welcome screen, which is what you see before you type in the password. You can do this without having to install Tune-Utilizes, or something similar. Here are the Windows 7 help instructions you’d need to follow.

The setting for this is actually hidden, so this isn’t something you can stumble into. And as you’ve probably guessed, this is accessible from the Registry Editor. You can get this by typing regedit into the Start search and then selecting the first result that comes up.

What to do inside regedit

  • Once the editor window comes up, you’ll need to navigate to the following location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Microsoft \Windows \CurrentVersion \Authenticatation \LogonUI \Background.
  • Once you’re in that folder, you’ll find a DWORD value by the name of OEMBackground. If it’s not there, then create it
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    using the right click menu. Set the value of this to 1 after double clicking it. You could select a theme too, in which case the key’s value changes to the value of the.ini file the theme is stored inside. This will be 0 in most cases.

  • After this edit s done, the OS will look for the custom background in the oobe\info\backgrounds location, inside System32. So go to the oobe folder andmake a new folder.
  • Put the desired image in the backgrounds folder, and name it as backgroundDefault.jpg. Once this change is made, it will take effect immediately.

If you ever wish to go back to the old screen for any reason, delete the new JPG file you created. After that, Windows will find the default background and use that instead. For more Windows 7 help tips and guidelines, check out the latest posts. Use the search to narrow it down to posts about specific topics.

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Will End Of Windows 7 Sale To OEMs Affect Users?

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            Windows 7 Support Desk

Are you planning to buy a new PC preinstalled with the Windows 7? Then I must warn you that you’d better hurry up because Microsoft ended the sale of Windows 7 on 31st October, meaning Windows 7 will be out of stock in a very short time. Although Windows market experts say that Windows 7 will be available throughout next year as most of the OEMs have stored enough copies of the operating system, rumour has it that the OS will be out of stock by the early 2015.

Will Windows 7 be out of stock early next year?

According to the Windows market experts, Microsoft’s decision to end Windows 7 sale to the OEMs is just part of its policy and should not be affecting customers who want to buy PCs preinstalled with Windows 7. According to them, most of the leading OEMs have stored up enough quantity of Windows 7 copies and the question whether Windows 7 will be out of stock early next year is distant.

Windows  8 Pro – An alternative option to get Windows 7

It sounds quite odd but is true that you can get Windows 7 by getting a brand new PC preinstalled with Windows 8/8.1 Pro. According to Windows 7 help desk, Microsoft allows Windows 8.1 Pro users to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro. The downgrade is made possible through the inbuilt Windows 8 Pro feature called Restore Media. However, this option is slightly more expensive than getting a copy of Windows 7. If you are a business user and what really matters to you is not the money but the efficiency of the operating system, then you must go for this option.

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Get refurbished PCs

That Windows 7 will be out of stock early next year is only a hypothesis and not a reality yet. However, you can get Windows 7 in case the stock is about to get over. Getting a refurbished PC preinstalled with Windows 7 is not a bad idea. However, when you go for this option, you should be ready to do a bit of research and examination of the PC. There are refurbished PCs that are at par with brand new PCs in all aspects.

In line with ending sale of Windows 7 copies to OEMs, Microsoft is getting ready for the termination of mainstream Windows 7 help next year. However, it shouldn’t affect users as free patch fixes, security updates and paid tech support are provided during the following five years of extended support.

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Procedure To Manually Uninstall Microsoft Updates In Windows 7

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            Windows 7

Windows 7 is one of the most popular desktop operating systems at present dominating with over fifty percent of entire market share. Like most Microsoft developed products, even Windows 7 receives updates. And if there are issues with it, you might require uninstalling the patch. In this Windows 7 help guide, we will help you learn how to uninstall Microsoft Updates manually in Windows 7.

Steps to follow

First, you need to click on the Start button and then go to Control Panel. After that, click on Programs,and then select the View Installed Updates option under Programs and Features. This will open a list of installed updates in a panel.

After that, you can select an update that needs to be deleted and click on the Uninstall button for the removal process to start. If prompted, type in your administrator password and then click on Continue. Wait for the update to be removed from your system; in case you are prompted, you will need to reboot your system.

Alternatively, it is possible to view the update history for viewing and uninstalling a particular update as well. To do that, browse to Control Panel, and click on Windows Updates. Click on the View update history option located in the left hand panel of the pop-up window. If you wish to view more information about an update, you can double-click on it.

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                    Windows 7 Updates

If you wish to know that an update has been successfully removed from your system, you need to navigate to Control Panel, then Programs, and then Programs and Features. Then click on View installed updates button. Look for the update you have uninstalled in the displayed list. If you do not find the update in the list, you can be rest assured that it has been successfully removed from your system. If the update is still there, then you will need some potent software for the removal of the update.

If you want to install the update you accidentally deleted, click on the Check for updates link in Windows updates screen, and then open the View available updates option. Install the required ones, and restart the computer to allow the changes take effect.

This is all you need to know to uninstall the unwanted Microsoft updates in Windows 7. For more help with the same, contact our Windows 7 help team right away.

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After Windows 8 Ban, Microsoft Continues Windows 7 Supply To The Chinese Government

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            Windows 7 Life Cycle

The Chinese market has always been difficult to manage for Microsoft. For one thing, the software piracy is quite rampant in the country with a significant percent of desktop users running pirated Windows OS on their systems. Last year, the Chinese government tried to convince Microsoft to extend the tech support services for Windows XP.

Soon after Microsoft ended the support for Windows XP, the Chinese Government officially banned Windows 8 from their offices and government organisations. Now, Microsoft is trying to come to some sort of a compromise with the Chinese Government by continuing to supply Windows 7 in that country.

Microsoft still hoping to get the Windows 8 ban revoked

Windows 7 still has five more years of Windows 7 help and support service left. This makes it an alternative OS that the Chinese Government officials can use, since China has not included Windows 7 in their banned operating systems list. They issued the ban on Windows 8 citing security issues.

Some experts point out that the decision might have something to do with the new cloud computing technologies that Microsoft has introduced in the new OS. This essentially enabled easy transfer of files as a backup file to be stored on cloud data servers located in different parts of the world accessible online. However, the Chinese Government did not specify the security issues they found in Windows 8 OS.

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         Windows 7 Support

Microsoft very much prefers the Chinese Government offices to make the transition to the new Windows 8 OS. However, since that is not possible, they intend to continue selling Windows 7 to them. This is despite the fact Microsoft is slowly phasing out the supply of Windows 7 OS in the rest of their global market. This is well in tune with their OS life cycle policy.

Since Windows 7 is all set to reach the end of its mainstream support soon, Microsoft has already stopped the supply of Windows 7 to their OEM partners. But, the Windows 7 help and support will continue in the form of extended support for five more years.

However, Microsoft might be forced to follow a different Windows 7 life cycle in China because of the Windows 8 ban. It is reported that half the desktop systems in China are still running on Windows XP. Let us hope that the Chinese Government would not ban Windows 10 as well, when it hits the market next year.

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