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  • AskWoody site is going up and down

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 at 10:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It looks like demand for the “Windows Update in Win7 doesn’t work” posts has gone through the roof. We’ve redlined the server. Mind you, we have a very capable server,

    I’m trying hard to get more hardware thrown at the problem. If you get a 504 error, hang in there. Should have it solved shortly. I hope.

  • Windows Update for Win7 broken, throwing error 80248015

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 at 08:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Short answer: It’s Microsoft’s fault. They let the ExpiryDate pass without updating it. You can tweak your machine (e.g., set the date back) but for now, Win7 users just get to wait until Microsoft acknowledges and fixes the bug. In the interim, half of all Windows users around the world are unable to run Windows Update.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Yesterday’s comments are here. I tried to merge them into this post, but the AskWoody site isn’t working right. Sigh.

  • Classic Shell developer hangs up his hat, turns the project to open source

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 at 04:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Ivo Beltchev, who started Classic Shell in 2009, announced yesterday that he’s giving up on the project, releasing the source code to SourceForge.

    Obituary in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Newly revised Net Applications numbers put Win7 usage share below 50%

    Posted on December 4th, 2017 at 03:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you follow Net Application’s usage counting method – newly revised “to remove bots” – the share of people using Win10 for online access has just eclipsed those using Win7. Gregg Keizer at Computerworld has the details.

    If you prefer StatCounter’s method (which just counts hits, without trying to adjust for anything), the result is almost the same for the two OSs: 42.51% for Win7 in November, 41.36% for Win10.

    The number I find totally surprising is in the race between Android and Windows. StatCounter says they’re running neck-and-neck, after Android jumped out in front in June/July.