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  • Thurrott: Microsoft posts downloadable disc images of Windows 7 and 8.1

    Posted on December 4th, 2018 at 15:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You need a valid 25-character product key to be able to download the ISO for Win7 or 8.1.

    Paul Thurrott on Thurrott.com.

    Another really dumb decision reversed.

  • Solution for the error 0x8000FFF in Windows 7

    Posted on September 12th, 2018 at 15:05 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Thanks to two reports from an anonymous poster and @Pradeep-Dixit here, there is a solution for the Error 0x8000FFF.

    It seems that an old Servicing Stack Update (or the lack of) is to blame for the error 0x8000FFF users have been experiencing with Windows 7 and the update this month. Servicing Stack KB 3177467 (September 2016) is a prerequisite for KB 4457144 2018-09 Security Quality Monthly Rollup for Win7. It must be installed prior to the September Rollup.

    This Servicing Stack Update KB 3177467 can be downloaded from the MS Update Catalog for 32-bit of 64-bit Windows 7.

    If you are not familiar with manual download/install from the Catalog, you can download the update by clicking on the 32-bit or 64-bit links above. Save the download to a known location. Close any open programs then double click on the downloaded file, agree to install, and reboot the computer when asked. After rebooting, you should be able to install the September Rollup. (Waiting for the DEFCON number to be 3 or above, of course.)

    This SSU also applies to Server 2008 R2

    Information  ComputerWorld Woody on Windows.

  • 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.

  • This month’s Win7 patches KB 4034664, KB 4034679 causing second-screen problems

    Posted on August 14th, 2017 at 12:52 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I pointed to Günter Born’s expose on Saturday. Now we have a full description of the bug — and proof of concept code! — thanks to Christian “NineBerry” Schwartz and his Wolfsbeeren blog.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows

  • Patch Tuesday Win7 patches KB 4034664, 4034679 causing problems with multiple screens

    Posted on August 12th, 2017 at 06:50 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Günter Born has identified a persistent problem with this month’s Win7 patches, KB 4034664 (the Monthly Rollup) and KB 4034679 (the manual Security only patch). If you have a Win7 machine with two or more monitors, you need to look at his report on Born City.

    He reports bugs in the second-screen display of PDFs using PDF-Xchange Viewer. There are also reports of second-screen display problems with IrfanView, Adobe Reader.

    There are also reports of Excel losing the VBA editor icons on the second screen, and of Office 2013 garbling window titles, scrollbars, and other screen elements.

    Are you seeing any second-screen problems with this month’s Win7 patches?

    (Just a reminder: There’s a reason why we’re still at MS-DEFCON 2, and I don’t recommend you install the August patches at this point. It takes a while for problems to, uh, surface.)

  • July 11 security-only patch KB4025337 causes BSOD

    Posted on July 13th, 2017 at 06:40 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Poster @skunk1966 reports

    I just installed KB 4025337 for Windos 7 (x64). After rebooting my system I got BSOD. Started up in safemode and ran sfc /scannow. Rebooted in normal mode and again BSOD.

    In the end I couldn’t fix it so uninstalled KB 4025337 using wusa cmd. Rebooted in normal mode and all is fine again,

    The computer, running Win7 Ultimate has an older Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 (Yorkfield) and ATI AMD Radeon HD6450 graphics.

    Is anybody else seeing problems with the July 11 Security-only patch for Windows 7?

  • .NET Framework 4.7 is now available for Win7 SP1

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 at 07:49 PKCano Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This question from poster @CraigS526

    I upgraded not long ago to .Net Framework 4.6.2 JUST to get Longer File names and had No Issues. It never came up in Win Update to go from 4.6.1 — to ( .2 ) — so IF it is Not an option in June, is there any reason NOT to Install 4.7 Manually?

    .NET Framework 4.7 has just recently become available for Win7 SP1. Perhaps it would be a good idea to do some research on the problems with installation and use in Win7 SP1 before moving forward.

    Read here about the DirectX Dependency

    The DirectX dependency is now available in the Preview of Monthly Rollup released via Windows Update on May 16, 2017. The Monthly Rollup is also available for deployment via WSUS and the Microsoft Update Catalog under the following Knowledge Base Article ids:

    Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP2: KB4019265
    Windows Server 2012: KB4019218

    The DirectX dependency is also available outside of the Monthly Rollup as an independent/standalone package in the Microsoft Update Catalog. Due to its relatively smaller size as compared to the Monthly Rollup package, this standalone package may be preferable for ISVs that need to redistribute the .NET Framework 4.7 with their application.

    Please see the following for more information: The .NET Framework 4.7 installation is blocked on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 because of a missing d3dcompiler update.

    And some information on known issues can be found here.

    .NET Framework 4.7 is also available for Win8.1 as a recommended update through Windows Update as of June 2017. It is also available for versions Win10, and as a part of Win10 Creators Update.

    Join us for further discussion on .NET Framework 4.7 on Win7 SP1 at Our .Net Framework 4.7 Upgrade Intentions

  • Windows 7 is unfit for business? Yeah, sure.

    Posted on January 17th, 2017 at 10:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s my contribution to fake news. You’ve read the headline. This is what you haven’t read.

    Late last week, the hardware-leaning site Myce published a translation of a Microsoft Germany PR release that says (via Google translate):

    Microsoft Deutschland recommends timely changeover to Windows 10 for a secure and modern IT… One of the most successful operating systems from Microsoft is gradually approaching the end of its life cycle : the extended support of Windows 7 will be completed in three years. This means for all customers with Windows 7 PCs that from January 14, 2020 there will be no security updates, updates and no technical support from Microsoft. .. it provides for higher operating costs – for example, maintenance, lost working time due to increased malware attacks, or even increased support requests. At the same time, many hardware manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7, which means that modern peripherals such as printers are no longer recognized.

    We’ve heard all of that before, and it isn’t any more true now than it was a year ago.

    Windows 10 has its benefits. I use it all day, every day, and I’ve written two 1,000-page books on the topic. I’ve come to terms with its insistence on updating things when I least want them, and its ill-defined snooping proclivities. But Win10 isn’t for everybody, and scare tactics like this don’t do anything for Microsoft’s credibility.

    I think Win7 is going to be around a lot longer than the author of this PR release.

    UPDATE: Günter Born, whom many of you will recognize as a highly respected German blogger, has an excellent article you should read. He cites a CERT report that argues quite convincingly that Windows 7 + EMET is more secure than Win 10 without EMET. And the conclusions he draws are not the Win 10 happy-happy conclusions in the PR release.

    He also notes that Microsoft Germany has yanked the original PR report.