If you are using Windows 7 operating system, then keep in mind that the operating system is entering its extended phase of support this January. According to Windows 7 help center, Microsoft has set January 13th of this month as the last date of mainstream support for the operating system. After this date, the operating system enters the extended phase of support.
Windows 7 help blogs say that in addition to all versions of Windows 7 operating system, many other Windows programs enter the extended phase of support. These include Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, Windows Exchange Server 2010, Windows Storage Server 2008, Windows Dynamics NAV 2009 and Windows Dynamics CS 2010.
Keep in mind that with the end of mainstream support, Microsoft does not stop the support for these programs. Many users fear that after the end of mainstream support, Microsoft would stop all the updates for the program. However, this is not correct. You will still receive security updates and patches for the program during the extended support phase. During the extended phase of support, you will not be receiving any major updates for the program like a service pack for the operating system.
In addition to the above-mentioned programs, two other programs that you will have to update, to receive continued support after this date are Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 Service Pack 3 and Visual Studio 2012. You will have to install the latest service packs for these programs to receive future updates from Microsoft.
Last year, we saw several Microsoft programs reaching the end of support cycle. The major one among these programs was Windows XP. The operating system, which had large number of users, was in the extended phase of support until April 14, 2014. Microsoft stopped support for the operating system and now, it no longer receives any sort of updates from the company.
On October 14, we saw three other programs reaching the end of support life cycle, which included Windows CE 5.0, Internet Security, and Acceleration Server 2004. Users also had to update SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 to receive further updates. When it comes to mobile devices, Microsoft’s Windows 7.8 phone entered the extended phase of support on September 9.
If you are using any of the Windows programs or devices, it is advisable that you have an idea about the support phases. This will help you to make timely updates so that you receive the best support from Microsoft.
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Microsoft has now stopped offering Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic, and Ultimate licenses to computer manufacturers. This includes PC partners and the system builders of Microsoft. The exception will be the business computers that are running Windows 7 Professional. These computers will be sold for at least one more year. The Windows Lifecycle chart below lists the important dates.
The two asterisk symbols in the last column of the Windows 7 Professional show an important note, “Microsoft will provide one year of notice prior to the end of sale date.” This is written in the Windows 7 Professional operating system and as Microsoft has not yet updated the date, we can assume that the Windows 7 Professional will be sold at least until Oct 31, 2015. This means that if you are planning to buy a Windows 7 computer, you will be paying for the Windows 7 Professional version. If the inventory runs out, you may be forced to buy a business machine, as the original equipment manufacturers know that they can get away with it.
You should also note that the Mainstream support for the Windows 7 operating system, including Windows 7 Professional would be ending on Jan 13, 2015. It is rumored that Microsoft may extend the Mainstream Support for the operating system to avoid selling the Windows 7 operating system with only the Extended Support, but they have not yet commented anything on this news. As we all know, the Mainstream Support of an operating system includes warranty claims, free incident support, and fixes to security issues together with feature updates and design changes. The extended support of an operating system just includes the security updates.
It seems that the main aim of Microsoft is to launch the Windows 10 operating system as early as possible. This is to make the current users, especially the businesses and enterprises happy. Windows 8 operating system does not bring much sales for the Microsoft Corporation and they need to release the Windows 10 operating system as early as possible to cover the loss of Windows 8.
If you wish to know more on the end of support date of the Windows 7 operating system, you can contact the Windows 7 help and support team. The Windows 7 help team provides latest news and updates regarding its features and end of support dates.
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It seems the software giant means business. The company allowed Windows XP to stick around for a long time. Actually, now the company seems to have had it with the old OS and removed it from the list of supported products earlier last year. The software company announced that Windows 7 help and support, the Mainstream one, will not be there after January, this year. Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS at present and many users are panic stricken after hearing the news.
Now, if you are a Windows 7 user, you have no reason to panic. At least, you need not panic for a long time. This is because the end of mainstream support is not the same as end of support. The end of support is what happened with Windows XP. Windows XP will not receive any kind of support. This means no technical assistance, software updates, feature updates, security packages, either paid or free. This is not at all the case with Windows 7. Windows 7 will continue receiving the critical security hotfixes, security updates and patches. The OS will in no way be dead according to the company as well as for the users. Actually, after the Mainstream Windows 7 help and support ceases, Windows 7 will move to the extended support period. In this support period, the users will continue receiving important security updates and hotfixes.
Experts and Windows specialists feel that Windows 7 should not be removed from the Mainstream support any time soon or they feel that the software maker will soften their stand and extend the support period. The obvious reason for this view is that Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS at present. In fact, the OS is one of the most popular OS considering all the other operating systems in use.
However, Microsoft cannot afford to have the same approach that it had with Windows XP. Windows XP lived longer than the company wanted it to. So, Windows 7 mainstream support may actually cease from Jan 13.
Users have no reason to worry and turn on the panic mode; the security patches will be available. Windows 7 has many more years, in fact, until the year 2020. So, folks, enjoy Windows 7 for now. Even though you will not get mainstream support anymore, just keep using the OS without thinking too much about the end of support.
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Windows 7 is about to lose its mainstream support shortly. However, users are not in frenzy as the software giant has assured that they would be assisted with extended support as promised. There are rumours that Microsoft might even extend Windows 7 help as it did for Windows XP. However, sources close to Microsoft reveal that the tech giant is in fact regretting its decision now to extend Windows XP help. The company believes that users are stuck to using Windows XP even after the extended support was lifted on 8th April because of the extension of the support for two years.
Well, Microsoft has no plan to extend Windows Vista support. The isolated operating system will be facing extinction sooner. As per the Microsoft support policy, Windows Vista will lose the mainstream support in early 2017. The operating system is used by less than five percent of the total Windows users. Reports suggest that Vista is the only operating system that has seen a remarkable decline in the market share in this year.
Microsoft ends Windows 7 sale
As per Microsoft support policy, an operating system receives mainstream support only for the first five years after the official release. Extended support will be provided for the consecutive five years. During the extended support period, free updates and hot fixes are rolled out for free. However, if any user wants to receive technical support, he should be ready to pay for it. In the case of Windows 7help and support, the mainstream support is to be lifted early next year. As it has been promised, the extended support will be followed. As such, the Windows 7 sale to OEMs has been stopped already.
Windows 7 OS more in demand than Windows 8/8.1
It is being reported that Windows 7 OS is sold more in numbers than the latest Windows 8/8.1 OS. However, Microsoft’s decision to end the sale of Windows 7, the most profitable operating system it has at the moment, appears odd. Pressed on this, Microsoft says that it does not want to create a controversy by selling out an operating system that is not eligible for mainstream support.
Microsoft’s decision to end Windows 7 sale has shocked many users. After the company’s announcement about the sale-end, there has been a surge in Windows 7 sale worldwide. As long as the OEMs are able to sell Windows 7 preinstalled PCs, users would not have any issues getting Windows 7.
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If you are an IT professional, it might be necessary for you to have both Linux and Windows operating system platforms installed on the same system. However, you are not likely to find any Windows 7 help from Microsoft to facilitate this, for obvious reasons. But, there are a number of ways, in which you can install another OS platform like Linux on a Windows 7 system without uninstalling the Windows OS.
Install Linux using Virtualisation software
This is one of the easiest methods for installing another OS on the same Windows system. You need to first install a virtualization software application like Oracle VM VirtualBox on your Windows 7 system. This way, you can create a virtual machine or drive in your system.
You can then install another OS, whether it is Windows or Linux, in the Virtual machine. This Linux OS Virtual Machine can be launched like one of the applications you have in your Windows 7 system and you can run all Linux-based applications within this virtual machine without facing any OS compatibility problems or issues.
Setting up a Dual Boot system
Another option is to set up a Dual Boot system. This means that whenever you start the system, you will see a Boot menu with the two OS options, Linux and Windows 7. You can move from one OS to the other by simply restarting the system.
This can be set up easily. The installation wizard for the Linux OS will recognise the Windows 7 OS already installed in the system and will ask you choose between a Dual Boot installation and a Linux only installation. You just need to choose the right option and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
Run Linux from a USB stick
Yet another option is to create a bootable Linux USB stick. We are not talking about installing Linux from USB drive, but actually running the Linux OS from a USB flash drive, whenever you want. There are software applications available online, which you can use to create such a Linux USB stick. However, keep in mind that the OS performance will take a backseat when you are running an OS from the USB stick, instead of installing it in the hard drive.
These are the options available for installing Linux in a Windows system. Contact our tech support personnel, if you need any Windows 7 help with the installation.
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