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Daily Archives: December 17, 2019

  • Patch Lady – yes the Windows 7 ESU keys work on Ultimate

    Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 10:49 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    See that activation on the top?  That’s a $61 (US) first year fee for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates that is activated on a Windows 7 Ultimate machine.

    So to those wanting to know the question… “Does the Win7 ESU keys work on Ultimate?”  Yes they do.

    One thing to keep in mind — if you are a security only patcher, you will need to flip over to the update rollup model to get this key on your machine.  There are requirements mandated.  Stay tuned as a step by step article will be out soon.

    But bottom line… Windows 7 Ultimates can continue to be patched in 2020.

  • The Credge is coming! The Credge is coming!

    Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 07:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    (Thx, Peppy Grill, Indianapolis, via Steve Baker)

    In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft’s going to start rolling out its new, Chromium-based version of the Edge browser on January 15. Mary Jo Foley has details on ZDNet. Yes, that means if you’re running Windows 7 on the day after it died, it’ll get Credge, too.

    Credge is coming down the chimney — delivered via Windows Update. It’s not yet clear exactly how the update will roll out, but we’ll no doubt hear more soon.

    There are lots of reasons to like Credge, but the feature I like most is its disentanglement from Windows. If you recall, Internet Explorer was (and still is, to some small extent) bound to Windows at the wrists and ankles. Edge started out as a fresh new take on the browser, but soon got ensnarled in the Windows muck — the only way to update Edge was to update Windows. I’m convinced that the folks who designed Edge didn’t realize how much they’d have to depend on new/altered hooks in Windows, in order to make the browser work.

    Credge starts out fresh. It’s an app, in many respects just like any other app. In theory, MS will be able to update Credge without updating Windows. And that’s good for everybody.

    Will I use Credge as soon as it’s out? You gotta be kidding. I’ll stick with Brave and Firefox and Chrome. Give it a year to stew, and let’s see how it turns out.

    P.S. Yes, I know you can proactively block Credge from installing on your machine, thus clobbering Edge Classic. But why would anyone want to? Really?

  • Win7 nag screens are up

    Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 06:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I logged on to my Seven Semper Fi machine this morning and saw this:

    Remarkably, in both the notice here and in the info linked to by the “Learn More” button, I don’t see any inaccuracies. Yes, Microsoft’s trying to get you to dump your Win7 machine and buy a new Win10 machine, but other than that obvious bias I don’t see anything worthy of a Susan Bradley Pinocchio nose. (OK, the description of Win10 in S mode is a bit overblown, but still.)

    As Fred Langa notes, exactly 28 days from today we’re going to get the last Win7 Monthly Rollup. Unless you figure out a way to pay for Extended Security Updates. (More about that in a while as Susan and Amy untie the Gordian knot.)

    A reminder…. if you’re seriously thinking about buying a new Win10 computer, almost everybody will be fine with Win10 Home. That’s because Microsoft finally gave Home users the ability to pause updates — so you can escape the trenches for a while every month as the inevitable bugs fly.