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How to prepare for the Windows 7/8.1 'patchocalypse'

How to prepare for the Windows 7/8.1 'patchocalypse'

Microsoft is changing the way it patches Windows 7 and 8.1. Here’s what we know -- and what to do to keep having Windows your way

Windows 7 hits mid-life, but no crisis -- yet

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Windows 7 will reach the midpoint of its support lifetime this week when it shifts from what Microsoft calls "mainstream" to "extended" support.

Gartner urges companies to plan early for the end of Windows 7 support

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While this feels like it's a long way off, organizations must start planning now for the end of Windows 7 support, so they can prevent a recurrence of what happened with Windows XP.

Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' patch

Microsoft has urged Windows 7 users to uninstall a patch shipped earlier last week that has crashed customer's PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots.

The patch, which was originally issued Tuesday, has been pulled from Microsoft's Windows Update service.

But the company told users who had already installed it -- or had it installed for them by Windows' Automatic Updates -- to remove it as soon as possible. "Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update," the company said in a support document.

Microsoft urges Windows 7 users to uninstall 'Blue Screen of Death' patch

Microsoft has urged Windows 7 users to uninstall a patch shipped earlier last week that has crashed customer's PCs and crippled the machines with endless reboots.

The patch, which was originally issued Tuesday, has been pulled from Microsoft's Windows Update service.

But the company told users who had already installed it -- or had it installed for them by Windows' Automatic Updates -- to remove it as soon as possible. "Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update," the company said in a support document.

Dreading Windows 7 or 8 deployments?

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

Supporting an ever-increasing number of enterprise applications has always presented a challenge, but this pain is especially acute when operating system (OS) upgrades -- such as from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 -- are rolled out.

Downgrading from Windows 8 to 7: What you need to know

For all the talk about the advantages of Windows 8 over Windows 7—for example, account sync, better multiple monitor support, and faster startup times—some people just can't get past Windows 8's radical shift in user interface. Some may even want to ditch Windows 8 altogether in favor of Windows 7 after spending a few days with the new OS.

The Windows 8 FAQ

Windows 8 launches Friday, and even if you haven't been paying attention it's still not too late to catch up on the essentials of what's new and significant about the operating system.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Windows 8 and the answers that can promote an understanding of what's important.

What is Windows 8 anyway?

Windows 8 is the new operating system from Microsoft as a follow-on to Windows 7.

Dell to continue offering Windows 7 after launch of Windows 8

Dell will continue offering Windows 7 even after the release of Windows 8 at the end of October, the company said.

The Windows 7 OS, which reached PCs in October of 2009, will be offered as an option to commercial and gaming customers, said Alison Gardner, director at Dell. The company will offer Windows 7 as long as it is allowed to, Gardner said.

Five reasons to focus on Windows 7 not Windows 8

With its new Start screen made of live tiles and its bold redesign, Windows 8 will have a challenging time getting consumers to embrace such radical change.
But the enterprise will be even worse, according to a new report and webinar from research firm Gartner.