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  • Rumors of a new, updated Coffee Lake chipset for Win7

    Posted on August 10th, 2018 at 09:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It isn’t like you’ll be able to install and update Win7 on a fancy new power-mad PC. But it’s looking more and more like Intel and Microsoft may come to a cease-fire long enough to slip in a new, more powerful version of the old Coffee Lake processor.

    Interesting, if it comes to pass – specifically for those who would like to run new-ish hardware with a stable operating system.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • Update in the browser wars: If you ain’t Chrome, you ain’t jack

    Posted on August 3rd, 2018 at 07:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer has his usual monthly report in Computerworld, with some unusual findings:

    Chrome added nearly 4 percentage points to its user share in July (per Net Applications), ending at 64.7%. The last time a browser owned that large a chunk of the world’s browser market was in late 2009, when IE accounted for two-thirds of the total… Edge remains a flop. In July, just 11.5% of all Windows 10 users relied on Edge, a record low for the long-struggling browser.

    Remember that Windows 10 in S Mode only runs Edge. No other choice. And the new, fawned-over Surface Go starts with Win10 Home in S Mode.

  • What are YOUR favorite free Windows 10 programs?

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 14:16 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Every time a new edition of Win10 All-In-One For Dummies ships, there’s a lot of attention devoted to the list of my favorite free Win10 programs, near the back of the book. I usually stick to about 10 free programs (or should I say “apps”?), give or take a couple. I still think that those freebies, plus the admonitions about the things you don’t need, pay for the price of the book, all by themselves, ignoring the other thousand-or-so pages.

    When writing for Computerworld, I don’t have the same space constraints, so I expand the list to 30 or so of the “best” using criteria that are entirely personal.

    I’m going to update that list in CW shortly, and I’d like your help.

    Tell me about your favorite free Windows 10 apps. I’m not looking for snazzy. I want meat ‘n taters apps that really make a difference in how you get things done. Only two requirements:

    • They have to be free, or perhaps have a free version
    • They have to run on Win10. Why? The universe of great free Win7 programs has been largely stagnant. Don’t shoot the messenger.

    What do you use? Why do you like it? What are the downsides? Tell me about them here – and include links if you have them….

  • Windows 10 gets better with each release

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 07:44 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a slide making the rounds, posted by Michael Niehaus and cleaned up by Rafael Rivera.

    I assume some of you will have a few comments. Like this one:

  • Win10 usage share is slowly creeping upward (gerund used intentionally)

    Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 07:36 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Gregg Keizer in Computerworld:

    According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 added nine-tenths of a percentage point in July, posting a user share of 36.6% of all personal computers and 41.4% of those running Windows… Windows 7 shed half a percentage point in July, slipping to 41.2% of all personal computers and 46.6% of those running Windows.

    Computerworld now predicts that Windows 7 will account for 35% of all active Windows editions when support ends in January 2020. At that time, Windows 10 should power nearly 59% of all Windows laptop and desktop PCs.

    Not just any version of Win10, mind you. Here’s the admonition I see in the Windows Store on my production Win10 1703 machine:

    That’s a tad overstated – support officially ends on Patch Tuesday, October 9, 2018, but there’s probably a week or two of leeway, waiting for the second official Win10 patch of the month.

    Come to think of it, if history is any indication, that may just be days. Oh well.

  • How to get a free Win10 upgrade — newly updated by Ed Bott

    Posted on July 28th, 2018 at 07:53 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I get questions about this several times a week, even now.

    Ed’s updated his original article — and it’s still the most comprehensive, definitive guide I know.

    The big question now is whether Microsoft will ever turn off the code on its activation servers that dispenses digital licenses after an upgrade from an earlier Windows version. I’ve continued to test that scenario throughout 2018, and I can confirm as of late July 2018 that it still works.

    So the short answer is, yes, you can still upgrade your Win7 or 8.1 machine to Win10, and the license validation will go through, no problem, no “Assistive technology” required.

    Microsoft knows the loophole’s still there, although it officially expired in January. They just don’t advertise it.

    Remember that it’s in Microsoft’s best interests to get you off of Win7 or 81, and onto Win10. Whether it’s in YOUR best interests — that’s something you need to figure out for yourself.

  • Patch Lady – look what I got today!

    Posted on July 12th, 2018 at 15:00 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Weekend reading!  Meanwhile I’m working on the Master patch list and following the issues identified here.

  • Keizer: Win10 usage increases, but Win7 is still holding its ground

    Posted on July 6th, 2018 at 09:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    June was an interesting month for usage share. Per Gregg Keizer:

    According to California-based analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 added a full percentage point in June, accounting for 35.7% of the user share of all personal computers and 40.4% of all those running Windows last month.

    Of course, the usage numbers don’t line up with Microsoft’s claim of “almost” 700 million  monthly active devices, but the MAD number includes Xboxes, phones, malfunctioning airport departure displays, and the odd refrigerator.