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  • Win7 share declining slowly, Edge still in the doldrums

    Posted on November 1st, 2019 at 07:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    According to NetMarketShare, Win10 share usage is up from 52% in September to 54% in October. Win7 share went from 29% to 27%.

    Statcounter says that Chrome went from 62 to almost 63% usage share, while Edge went from 3.1 to 3.0%.

    All numbers subject to the usual disclaimers – based on flawed sampling, it ain’t gospel, more like reading tea leaves, and all that really matters is long-term trends.

  • Microsoft announces that US voting systems running Win7 will get free updates through the 2020 elections

    Posted on September 20th, 2019 at 14:24 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Per MS corporate VP Tom Burt:

    As we head into the 2020 elections, we know there is a relatively small but still significant number of certified voting machines in operation running on Windows 7. We also know that transitioning to machines running newer operating systems in time for the 2020 election may not be possible for a number of reasons, including the lengthy voting machine certification process

    Gotta wonder how small “relative” is, but it’s the right decision.

  • This month’s Win7 and 8.1 “security only” patches install and activate telemetry systems

    Posted on September 12th, 2019 at 10:31 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Back in July, we discovered that the Win7 security-only patch was installing and activating telemetry (read: snooping) subsystems.

    The August security-only patches didn’t include telemetry, and many of us breathed a sigh of relief.

    Now it looks like the September security-only patches have telemetry once again — and not just for Win7.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

  • New forum: Windows 7 beyond end-of-life

    Posted on May 16th, 2019 at 11:33 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    There’s a lot of interest in keeping Win7 going after January 2020. So I just set up a forum specifically for that concern:

    Win7 beyond End-of-life

    Please join us and let us know about best practices, recommendations, problems… you name it.

    Seven semper fi.

    Thx, CAO.

  • Microsoft issues KB4493132 Windows 7 SP1 support notification

    Posted on March 20th, 2019 at 04:54 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you wondering how you will get the nag for Windows 7 EOL, Microsoft has released KB4493132 on March 19, 2019.

    @Cybertooth asks

    Windows Update is offering my Windows 7 box a patch released yesterday, KB4493132:
    Does anybody know anything about this update? A search here at Woody’s showed no results. Even a Web search via DuckDuckGo turned up nothing.

    KB4493132 is available through Windows Update if you want notifications during the next year that Windows 7 will reach end of support on January 14, 2020.

    After 10 years of servicing, January 14, 2020, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates for computers running Windows 7 SP1. This update enables reminders about Windows 7 end of support. More information about Windows 7 end of support can be found here.

    This update is available through Windows Update. If automatic updates are enabled, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see Windows Update: FAQ.

    Hiding this patch is suggested for those of you who don’t want multiple reminders during the next year.

    Details (which are few) in Computerworld. Seven Semper Fi!

  • MS easing transition from Win7 to Win10 by bringing ATP to Win7

    Posted on February 26th, 2019 at 05:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It took ’em a while, but Microsoft is now making ATP ( = Advanced Threat Protection) available to Win7 and 8.1 machines in corporate networks.

    Per Gregg Keizer in Computerworld:

    Windows Defender ATP is a service that detects ongoing attacks on corporate networks, then follows up to investigate the attack or breach and provides response recommendations and attack remediation. Software baked into Windows 10 detects attacks, while a central management console allows IT administrators to monitor the status of covered devices and react if necessary. Adding the EDR client software to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs gives enterprise IT the same visibility into those machines as it has had into Windows 10 systems.

    Windows Defender ATP is a component within the most expensive Windows 10 licenses, such as those provided by the subscription-based Windows 10 Enterprise E5 or Microsoft 365 E5.

    The decision to add devices powered by those operating systems [Win7, 8.1] was first announced a year ago.

    Think of ATP on Win7 as a way to ease the migration from Win7 to Win10 in large enterprise networks. Most of you won’t be concerned.

  • Malicious Software Removal Tool update, KB 890830, throwing weird WinXP (!) EULA prompts

    Posted on November 15th, 2018 at 05:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If I’d seen it once, I’d just disregard it as another bizarre Microsoft bug. But we have three reports now, like this one from @Morat:

    I’m running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit. MSRT Nov 2018 KB890830 popup notice says, “Prerelease Version of Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Home, Media Center, or Tablet PC Edition END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR PRERELEASE CODE”. What the heck… prerelease code for Windows XP?

    There’s confirmation from @bsfinkel and from an anonymous poster.

    Looks like there’s a bug in KB 890830 for 32-bit Win7 — Prerelease code for XP? Pshaw.

    Thx, @Microfix

  • Best way to transfer an old Win7 PC to a new Win10 VM?

    Posted on November 7th, 2018 at 07:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting question from an old friend:

    I’ve got a six year old Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 PC that’s getting kind of long in the tooth (though still working fine). I would like to upgrade it to a spankin’ new Win 10 desktop without the weeks-long pain of having to figure out how to migrate my applications and upgrade them, not to mention figuring out all the little Win 10 quirks.

    So I thought what might be slick would be to make the old machine a virtual machine and then transfer it whole hog to the new machine.

    I’ve already nudged him toward switching to a Chromebook 🙂 but regardless of how he goes, the proposal raises several interesting questions.

    • What’s the best way to get a “valid” version of Win7 running on a Win10 VM? Where’s the best place to buy a Win7 license?
    • If he can get a Win7 VM going, what’s the best way to transfer the contents of the old PC to the new VM? (Fully realizing that there will be lots of problems.)

    Anyone have experience with a brain transplant?