Windows 7 Set To Enter Extended Support Phase On January 13, 2015

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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.

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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.

Windows 7 OS Sale Terminated By 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.

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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.

Windows 7 Will Not Receive Mainstream Support From Jan 13 Onwards

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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.

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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.

Will Microsoft Extend Windows 7 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.

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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.

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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.

Running Linux On A Windows 7 System

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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.

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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.

AMD Says That Huddy Misspoke About Windows 7 Support Of DirectX

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AMD’s chief gaming scientist, Richard Huddy, had earlier told that Windows 7 would not be providing support to DirectX 12. However, AMD has now clarified that Huddy had misspoke.

Huddy was speaking at the PDXLAN presentation, where he said that even though Windows 7 operating system was the most famous of all operating systems from Microsoft, it will not support DirectX 12. He told, “One thing that’s not going to happen to it is DX12. Yup, DX12 is not coming to Windows 7.”

However, now, AMD has come out with a statement that reads, “There have been reports based on a video of Richard Huddy of AMD making speculative comments around DirectX 12 support on versions of Windows.” It further says, “Richard Huddy does not speak for Microsoft, and he was unfortunately speculating from Microsoft’s publication of key dates and milestones for Windows 7 lifecycle and mainstream support policy. Richard has no special insight into Microsoft’s Windows or DirectX roadmaps. Microsoft is a key, strategic partner for AMD and we’re continuously collaborating with them on DirectX 12.”

According to Windows 7 help center, DirectX is an application programming interface or API, which helps in handling functions like video, game programming etc. The latest version of DirectX is DirectX 12 and is expected to be released for the Holiday 2015 games. The major function of this new version is to cut down the driver overhead. According to Microsoft, its new operating system, Windows 10 will be coming out with DirectX 12 in it. The program will work with Fermi and Nvidia GPUs. It is also designed to work with Intel’s Haswell and AMD’s GCN based chips.

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DirectX 12 is expected to bring in major changes in the gaming scenario. According to Windows 7 help blogs, it is expected that many changes would also take place with Microsoft’s gaming device Xbox One.

One of the industry experts says that by using DirectX 12, many objects can be pushed indirectly with the help of the device. He says, “The indirect benefits are that developers will be able to push more objects, and these objects will need optimization. It will change the landscape somewhat, while also adding more difference between the video consoles and PCs, with more need for optimizations on video consoles, as these are already on “budget” grade hardware, compared to high-end PCs.”

For more information on DirectX 12, you may contact Windows support center or our technical support team for assistance.

How To Enable/Disable ClearType In Windows 7?

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Windows 7 is considered to be the breadwinner of Microsoft because about half of the Windows users worldwide use this operating system. According to a latest statistics published by NetMarketShare, about 53 percent of the Windows users have Windows 7 as their operating system.

Windows 7 comes with many attractive features. It carries over most of the traditional Windows features in addition to a slew of brand new features. The Windows 7 help desk is more efficient than the help desk offered for other operating systems. A Windows 7 user that I am, I have found this operating system to be useful for my day to day works and word processing. The ClearType technology that was first introduced on Windows XP gets some improvements in Windows 7. With the help of this, it is possible for one to customize fonts in text. Here is how you can turn on/off ClearType in your Windows 7 PC.

Instructions

  • Navigate to the Start menu of your PC and select the Search option.
  • Enter cttune in the text field of the Search dialogue box and hit the Enter button on your keyboard.
  • This will open a new screen. If the ClearType utility is enabled, you will be able to Toggle ClearType to off status. If the utility is not calibrated or is disabled right now, you can enable it. For that, select the Next button.

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  • If there are multiple screens, you will see an option asking you if you wish to enable the feature on all screens. If you want to do so, click Next and make sure that the option Yes, I want to tune all monitors is selected. To proceed, click Next.
  • The tuner will detect the resolution of your screen now and notify you if it is incorrect. It is recommended to set the screen to the default resolution. Once done, click Next to proceed.
  • Now, highlight the font that appears appealing to you. Again, click Next to proceed. If there are multiple blocks of text, you will have to repeat the above steps as many times as the number of blocks.

Hope you have been able to enable/disable ClearType in your Windows 7 PC. Remember, you are totally free to disable/enable this feature. It is better that you try it out at least once to see if it really appeals to you. In case of any further clarifications, get in touch with our Windows 7 help desk.

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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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.

Changing The Welcome Screen In Windows 7

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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 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.

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  • 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.

Will End Of Windows 7 Sale To OEMs Affect Users?

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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.

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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.