While upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, you need to remember that you are skipping the Windows Vista generation in between and upgrading directly from a 13-year old OS to one of the new generation Windows operating systems available. This means that many of the options, file formats and security features used in Windows 7 reflects the latest IT technology and therefore, you can expect to see come compatibility problems when using old XP data in the new OS.
Moving your XP backup data to Windows 7
For example, Windows XP has an OS backup utility, which you can use to create backups for all your files stored in the system. In the event of a system crash or hard disk failure, you can use this backup file to recover all your data in the XP OS. These files will be stored in the Backup Format (BKF) and will have the BKF extension.
But, if you have all your data stored in this format, you will soon find out that new generation operating systems like the Windows 7 OS do not recognise this format, and you are unable to able your data stored in the BKF file. The OS backup utility used in the new generation Windows operating systems are different and according to the Windows 7 help website, Windows 7 uses Zip and Image file formats, with ZIP and VHD extensions respectively, for storing the backup files.
This means that you have to download an NTBackup Recovery tool for reading the old data. The name NTBackup comes from the fact that this OS backup utility was first used in the old Windows NT OS. Paid and freeware versions of the NTBackup Recovery tools for Windows 7 OS are available online. In fact, you can get one from the Microsoft tech support website. Download the application from this following Microsoft website link – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/974674
If this link is no longer active, go to the Windows 7 help website and search for NTBackup Recovery tool using the search function provided there. This will take you to the new download link for the Windows 7 BKF file recovery tool. Download and install this application in your Windows 7 OS.
Run the application, select the option for restoring the data and use the Browse button for selecting the BKF file stored in the system. The tool will now restore all your data from the BKF file. If you have any doubts regarding this, contact the Microsoft tech support online.
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If a count is taken of overall end-user devices, Google’s Android operating system is in close competition with Microsoft Windows. However, when it comes to desktop PC systems, Microsoft Windows continues to rule the roost. Currently, online polls designed to calculate the increase in count of various versions of operating system running on the systems online, estimate both Windows 7 and Windows 8 are neck to neck in the race over the previous months. If you want to know why some users still choose Windows 7 over Windows 8, check out the prominent features on a Windows 7 help page.
Back to the polls; they also show Windows 7 has gone over 50 percent of all desktop users for the first time. The interesting part is, this sudden popularity of the Windows 7 operating system can be credited to the end of Official Support for Windows XP. Since Microsoft has stopped providing updates to XP users, they’ve been forced to upgrade. Instead of downloading the latest but unintuitive Windows 8, many choose the older but more familiar Windows 7 operating system instead!
Windows 7 usage jumped from 48.77 percent to 50.05 just weeks after Windows XP support ended. And as expected, Windows XP has fallen from 27.69 percent to 25.27 percent in just 3 months. Windows 8 shows a marginally better response over Windows 7, with an overall increase of 1.32 percent. However, when translated to actual numbers of computers running this operating system, Windows 8 is far behind any other operating system.
Probably the most interesting part of this statistic is the fact that users choose Windows 7 even when only Windows 8 operating system is available in most of the latest personal computers released in the market! This indicates one thing, most business users who were running the Windows XP platform are electing to upgrade to Windows 7 instead of the latest Windows 8.
If you have bought a new PC with genuine Windows 8 Professional version installed, you can choose to downgrade to Windows 7. This means, other users do not have the same feature and any attempt to do so would render their warranty void. Windows 7 is an extremely stable operating system that’s familiar to XP users, making it the most attractive alternative. Apart from that, Windows 7 does not suffer from any of the issues that Windows 8 users suffer from.
If you still need convincing why Windows 7 is the best, contact our Windows 7 help desk for more details.
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Microsoft rolls out frequent updates to its operating systems and Windows applications. If you use a genuine Windows operating system on your computer or Windows applications, you are advised to download the updates and install them. It is possible to enable automatic update in your operating system and Windows applications. However, if you use a slow internet connection and keep automatic update of the operating system or Windows applications like Office suite or IE on, you will find web browsing really slow because the update consumes data. So, you are free to turn automatic update off.
Now, the situation comes. You miss out some important updates because you have disabled automatic update. Normally, you are allowed to skip an update and move to the next update. Meaning, you can download the latest update after skipping the older ones and update your particular Windows app. But, recently, Microsoft made a few changes to the normal practice.
It mandates that you should install every update. If you skip an update, you become ineligible to install the following update. The solution before you then is to go back to the Microsoft database, find out the missed update, install it, and then proceed to the next consecutive update. The first case of this update mess happened with the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE11) on Windows 7.
Users who missed past IE11 updates fail to install latest update
Microsoft released a major update to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 in April. Users who had disabled automatic update of IE missed this update. Now, Microsoft has released another major update to IE11 on Windows 7. The June update, according to Windows 7 help site, is larger than the April one. It seems that users need to go back to Microsoft’s database, find the old update and install it before being able to download and install the June update.
Skipping IE11 updates could lead to security issues
If you thought that skipping a particular update or few updates of your IE11 would not affect the application, you are wrong. Microsoft has made it clear that skipping updates could result in the application becoming vulnerable to a number of security issues. According to Windows 7 help site, the June update for IE11 on Windows 7 contains crucial security patches.
If you are determined to use IE11 as your default web browser on Windows 7, it is advised that you download and install all the missed updates to avoid future problems.
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If you do not like the new log on screen in the Windows 7 operating system, you have the option to switch to the classic logon screen. You will be able to disable any user information on the logon screen and the users will have to press the CTRL + ALT + DEL combination to log on to the PC. This will improve security of your computer greatly. The Windows 7 help tips that are shared below will help you know more on the steps to enable the classic logon screen in Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions.
While you are at it, you will also be able to change some other logon settings. For instance, a welcome text. All of these settings can help the users to improve the security of their computers and the classic Windows Logon screen is more secure that the modern one that displays all users on the log on screen. It is easier to click on a user icon than to remember a username and password. But it is always good to remember your user account name.
These are the simple and easy to follow steps to enable the classic logon screen in Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. If you are using Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium version, you will have to modify a registry key, as the Home version does not include the Local Security Policy Manager. If you wish to know more on the steps to enable classic logon screen in Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium versions, you can contact the Windows 7 help and support team.
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The launch of Windows 8 has worried users who recently bought PCs preinstalled with Windows 7. Many users are worried that Microsoft may stop providing Windows 7 help to the old operating system in order to promote Windows 8 family of operating systems. Last year, when it launched Windows 8.1 update, the tech giant had announced that it would stop giving out Windows 7 on PCs by 31st October 2014. This decision had worried many. Interestingly, Microsoft in its recent press release said that it would keep the availability of Windows 7 beyond 31 October 2014. However, the concession is only for business users.
As per the information given in Windows Lifecycle factsheet, all Windows 7 versions (Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate) will be taken away by 31 October 2014. Most OEMs stopped selling these versions from the beginning of this year. It gives a clear indication that there won’t be any Windows 7 preinstalled PCs to buy after October 31, 2014 although Microsoft says that it won’t remove the availability of Windows 7 Professional edition for business users. There are reports that customers find it hard to find Windows 7 preinstalled PCs. They are forced to buy Windows 8 preinstalled PCs against their wishes.
Windows 7 still in demand
Despite Microsoft’s continuous efforts to popularize Windows 8 family of operating systems at the cost of reducing support for its older operating systems, popular operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows XP are still in demand. Microsoft’s recent decision to remove Windows support for XP had triggered worldwide protest. Countries like China had even directed its government offices not to install Windows 8. If China moves with its stubborn stand on Windows 8, Microsoft will be losing its biggest market in Asia.
According to the reports, Windows 8 failed to lure users because of its missing features. However, what has forced China to desist Windows 8 has nothing to do with any of the Windows 8 features. China doubts that Windows 8 could be used by America for leaking data.
With its finest features like excellent Windows 7 help options, Windows 7 has a large customer base across the world. It is one of the first Windows operating systems to see a rise in demand even after the release of a successive operating system. If things go as per the plans and Microsoft support policy, Windows 7 will lose its mainstream support by the end of January 2015.
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