Microsoft has recently recommended customers to uninstall one of the previous week’s security updates after many users reported that the update crippled their PCs with the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD) error. This update, named MS14-045 in Microsoft’s numbering was released among eight others on Patch Tuesday. This update was designed to fix three separate flaws, including one that was related to font vulnerability and another in Windows Kernel. We all know that kernel is the heart of the operating system.
Within just hours of the release, users reported that MS14-045 update has generated a Stop 0×50 error on some computers, mostly on the Windows 7 computers that are running 64-bit version of the operating system. “Installation went smoothly. After rebooting everything worked fine. But when I shut down my notebook and switched it on a little later it came up with a blue screen with a Stop 0×50 in Win32k.sys. I could not even boot into safe mode as Windows failed to start no matter which mode chose,” wrote a user called who himself as “xformer” to start a long thread on Microsoft support discussion forum.
The thread contained nearly 380 messages and it had been viewed about 50,000 times. This is a very large number even for the Microsoft support forum and this hints the gravity of the issue. Other users on the same discussion pointed to different updates that were issued the same day that lead to similar issues, including one that is meant to support the Russian ruble symbol. Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld reported the BSOD on Thursday, Aug 14. Some of the customers were able to get back control of their computers by making use of the System Restore feature to return the computer to an old date, but only after they had booted the PC using the original install media.
“Microsoft is investigating behavior associated with the installation of this update, and will update this bulletin when more information becomes available,” the company said in the revised MS14-045′s Update FAQ. “Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update. As an added precaution, Microsoft has removed the download links to the 2982791 security update.”
If you wish to know more on this erroneous update, you can contact the Windows 7 help and support team. Windows 7 help team will be able to provide you more details on this news and the ways to fix the error.
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It was reported that the software giant Google has attributed the Chrome OS mode to Chrome Canary, the preview version of the upcoming Chrome browser. The attributes are designed to work superbly on Windows 7 platform with innovative features. The OS mode attributes of Chrome were implemented for the Windows 8 version quite long ago. However, the Windows 7 version of the browser did not receive any updates. So, users were forced to use Chrome with limited features or contact Windows 7 help desk for using IE.
The new attributes will make the Chrome window open in full screen mode, quite similar to the Chrome operating system. Furthermore, it enables the browser to have several windows open at a time. Being able to open multiple windows in Chrome is not a new feature but in Chrome Canary, you can launch any number of Chrome apps from the convenience of the custom taskbar you have at the bottom of the screen. When the Chrome Canary is launched, the Windows 7 taskbar is replaced by the Chrome custom taskbar. Moreover, the bottom right side of the screen will display Google Now notifications.
Many of the features you can see in Chrome Canary are not brand new features although they are being released for the first time for a Windows 7 version of the browser. Features like Google Now notifications, custom taskbar, Chrome apps etc were released for the first time in the Windows 8.1 version of the browser. Critics say that Google introduced these features to challenge the Metro mode feature of Internet Explorer in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. But, Google has said that it was planning to introduce these features long ago and was only waiting for the apt time and platform. While the metro mode of IE was exclusively meant to befit the touch screen ecosystem, Google used the Chrome modifications for the Windows 8.1 version of its browser.
The new features of the Windows 8.1 version of Chrome have been well appreciated. They have even outdone the metro mode features of IE. Google has proved that Chrome is the strongest competitor for IE on Windows.
Current statistics say that Chrome is the second most widely used web browser on Windows 7 platform, ahead of Mozilla Firefox in the competition. With the new features of Canary, Chrome could become the number one browser soon. And Microsoft can do nothing to prevent this because the new features of the browser optimize Windows 7 help in all aspects to work better.
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Windows 7 operating system continues to be the dominant operating system even three years after its releases and after two versions of Windows 8 operating system being released. This statement alone is enough to prove you how stable, useful and user-friendly the operating system is. Various business enterprises decided to make the switch to the aging operating system when they were forced to switch from Windows XP operating system. If you still need convincing about the operating system, contact our Windows 7 help team.
If you are reading this article, it means you do not need any more convincing on why this operating system is the best choice for you. There are several ways of installing Windows 7 operating system, the most conventional being purchasing a CD/DVD disk of Windows 7 operating system and running it. Another method of installing the operating system is by using a USB flash drive. Here’s how you create an ISO image of the operating system onto a USB flash drive.
You will need to select the Boot screen option and enable Boot from USB. If there is some fault in the Bootable disk or you cannot successfully create the Windows 7 USB disk, contact our Windows 7 help team for additional support.
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With the recent demise of Windows XP, Windows 7 users are already worried about the end of its mainstream support, which is fixed on 13 January 2015. Apart from this, there is a lesser-known deadline hanging for Windows.
As was long announced in the official Windows website, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Ultimate editions of the company’s popular operating system (OS) will no longer be sold from 31, October 2014. Microsoft has stuck to this deadline, although giving a breather for Windows 7 Professional, silently extending the end-of-sales deadline by making amendments to its website. To know more details, contact our Windows 7 help team.
Back in 31st October, 2013, Microsoft had stopped selling all retail software versions of the Windows 7 OS (i.e. boxed copies of the OS not pre-installed on a PC – Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, and Professional). Now, this year, Windows will stop releasing computers with Windows 7 OS pre-installed in them.
However, this does not mean that all the stocks running Windows 7 OS will be cleared. Retailers can run these stocks until they are cleared, however upon completion, Windows 7 PCs will not be available for sale from retail outlets.
Currently, Microsoft has not announced a date for the end of sales of Windows. Since Microsoft is duty-bound to provide at-least one prior notice before end-of-sale date, customers will have ample time to buy laptops, desktops, and tablets pre-installed with Windows 7 Professional.
With Windows 7 mainstream Support destined to end in just few years, some confusion about course of action for users willing to upgrade will exist. Windows 8, a lesser-successful operating system is the obvious choice, but not for long. Windows 9 OS is destined to be released in the first quarter of 2015. This new OS has several never-before-featured features and is expected to impress even the hardcore Windows critics.
If you are interested to know about the technical specifications and features of this OS, the ‘Technology Preview Beta’ is due in October 2014, after which you will be able to view and compare the different features for your heart’s content.
Users who are not interested in upgrading need not worry. Although the Mainstream support may end soon, the extended Support will run for another three more years. This means Microsoft will continue to send regular security patches and updates to secure your system against frequent attacks. Windows XP enjoyed the same for over 13 years after its public release. Our Windows 7 help team can help you decide which OS would be best for you.
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Microsoft has already announced that the company would be ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 by January 2015. Upon hearing this news, many users started to contact the Windows 7 help to know about its legitimacy. The Microsoft technicians have already started to warn the customers to move onto the latest operating systems to avoid security issues once the company officially ends providing the support for the OS.
Once Microsoft had ended the support for Windows XP this year, many users flocked over to Windows 7 operating system by unanimously rejecting Windows 8. According to the Windows 7 help and support team, the user share of Windows 7 increased in large numbers and thus again affected the business prospects of Microsoft as far as the sales of Windows 8 were concerned. Many IT organizations also migrated to the Windows 7 OS solely due to the advanced and user-friendly features it comprised of.
However, now with Microsoft finally terminating the services for Windows 7, the existing users would have no option other than upgrading to the latest touch-centric versions. According to IT advisory firm Garner, those enterprises still relying on Windows 7 should not wait until Microsoft formally ends the support for the OS. As stated by Gartner research VP Stephen Kleynhans, “Organizations must start planning now, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP. The good news is that improvements to Windows 8 help enable adoption.”
He also stated that the enterprises that use Windows 7 should consider three options to make the upgrade process less tiring. According to Kleynhans, the companies
should try installing Windows 8 on the new PCs as they arrive and gradually replace Windows 7. The second option is to skip Windows 8 completely and plan to install the next version of the Windows operating system. Well, this strategy will work for most companies because Microsoft is all set to launch Windows 10 by mid 2015. Moreover, the latest OS would be having the much popular Start Menu, which is absent in Windows 8. The last option is to upgrade all the Windows 7 systems to Windows 8, thereby eliminating the aged operating system as a whole. But this option would not find more takers because it is almost impossible to deploy Windows 8 on all the systems.
In short, a better option would be to either gradually switch over to Windows 8 or wait until Microsoft launches Windows 10 in the market.
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