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  1. Windows 7 and 8.1 Patch Tuesday updates are out, here's what's new As is the case every second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft is releasing cumulative updates for all supported Windows versions. That includes all supported Windows 10 versions, along with Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 customers that have opted to receive extended security updates. As for Windows 10 users, it must be noted that versions 1909, 1809, and 1803 will be reaching the end of support, with 1803 being completely unsupported – including for enterprises – starting today. As for Windows 7 a
  2. Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 7 and 8.1 Today is the second Tuesday of April, and with it, Microsoft is once again releasing new updates for all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 - as long as you're a business paying for extended security updates. As usual, there are two types of updates for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, as well as their server counterparts - a monthly rollup that's usually installed automatically and a security-only update that you have to install manually. Starting
  3. Here's what's new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday We're already three months deep into 2021, and as we reach the second Tuesday of March, that means it's time once again for Microsoft to update every supported version of Windows. Naturally, the most recent versions of Windows 10 are getting updates, but Windows 8.1 is also still supported. And, for businesses paying for extended security updates, so is Windows 7. There are updates heading out to both of these Windows releases, and as usual, there are two types of updates for both Windows 8.1 and Wi
  4. Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 7 and 8.1 this month Today is the second Tuesday of February, and that means it's also the second patch Tuesday of 2021. As tradition mandates, Microsoft is rolling out a series of cumulative and security updates for all supported versions of Windows, including many versions of Windows 10, as well as Windows 8.1 and, for ESU customers, Windows 7. As usual, there are two sets of updates for the operating systems, one monthly rollup and one security-only update. The former rolls out to most users automati
  5. Blind TCP/IP hijacking is resurrected for Windows 7 Retro cyber-attack returns to haunt widely used, end-of-life operating system Windows 7 is still susceptible to blind TCP/IP hijacking attacks via a vulnerability that a security researcher says he reported to Microsoft eight years ago. Adam Zabrocki (AKA ‘pi3’) has recounted in a blog post how in 2008 he fashioned a proof-of-concept of this venerable attack technique with Windows XP the target. Later, in 2012, he warned Microsoft that all subsequent versions up to Windows 7 – the latest v
  6. Here's what's new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday We're now two weeks deep into 2021, and since it's the second Tuesday of January, that means it's also time for the first Patch Tuesday of the year. Microsoft is rolling out cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows, and that includes Windows 8.1 and Windows 7, assuming you're paying for extended security updates for the latter. As usual, there are two sets of updates for the operating systems, one monthly rollup and one security-only update. The former rolls out to most users automat
  7. Google extends support for Chrome on Windows 7 by six months, to now end in 2022 Google today announced that it is extending support for the Chrome browser on Windows 7 by another six months, with the end-of-support now set for January 15, 2022, moved from the earlier July 15, 2021 timeline. The new date makes it exactly two years since Windows 7 reached its end of life. The company says that the decision was based on the feedback received from its enterprise customers and data about companies’ migration plans to Windows 10. The search giant adds
  8. Microsoft announced that the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Extended Security Update (ESU) program is approaching Year 2. The announcement likely signifies renewed IT pro pain to come if organizations haven't been able to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 or newer Windows Server products. Unlike other Microsoft licensing programs, the ESU program requires that organizations buy licensing keys each year. These keys are good for one year, and they have to be installed on devices. Even though Year 1 ESU keys may be installed already, organizations will n
  9. Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 7 and 8.1 this month It is the second Tuesday of the month, which means that it is time for Patch Tuesday updates. As usual, all supported versions of Windows receive updates on Patch Tuesday, which include all Windows 10 versions other than version 1511, Windows 8.1, and only the users of Windows 7 that have opted to receive the Extended Security Updates (ESUs). As usual, these updates are split into two sets – a monthly rollup and a security-only update. While the monthly rollup can be installed via W
  10. Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this month We're 13 days into October, but it's not truly a new month until Microsoft releases its Patch Tuesday updates for Windows, and as we're on the second Tuesday of the month, that happens today. Along with all supported versions of Windows 10, there are also new cumulative updates rolling out to Windows 8.1 and some Windows 7 users. There are two kinds of updates for each operating system - the monthly rollup update and the security-only update. For Windows 8.1, the monthly rollup upda
  11. Poll results: Here's why people are sticking with Windows 7 Nearly 10% of the visitors to this website who are using Windows PCs are still running Windows 7. Why? The poll results tell a consistent (and occasionally surprising) story. Last week, after looking at this site's server logs and some open source data from the United States Government's Digital Analytics Program, I discovered that nearly 10% of the many millions of visitors to these sites are still using Windows 7. Why are so many people continuing to use this operating system, long after Microsoft ended
  12. Still likely to end the year ahead THE GAP BETWEEN Windows 7 and Windows 10 use on traditional desktops and laptops continues to narrow, despite the fact that both operating systems lost a small amount of ground this month in the figures produced by Netmarketshare. Windows 7 drops to 38.89 per cent (-0.46) with Windows 10 continuing to snap at its heels at 38.14 (-0.14), meaning that the difference is now just 0.75 per cent, which suggests that Microsoft is still on target to finally overtake itself before the year is out. Just. Possibly. Windows
  13. After a few days of rumors, Microsoft announced today that it's going to be using Chromium in its browser moving forward and that the new Edge will be coming to Windows 7, 8.1, and macOS. Now, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has posted a response to the news, saying that it's bad for the internet. Mozilla says that Microsoft's decision to use Chromium and the Blink rendering engine basically gives Google a monopoly on what we see on the internet. Remember, Chromium is the open-source browser that Google Chrome is based on, and other third-party browsers use it too, like Opera, Vivaldi, and
  14. Microsoft today embraced Google’s Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop. The company also announced it is decoupling the browser updates from Windows 10 updates, and that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS. Microsoft launched Edge in July 2015 as the default browser for, and exclusive to, Windows 10. But it never saw much adoption. Sure, Microsoft claimed Edge had 330 million active devices back in September 2017, but it never did reveal an active user figure beyond “hundreds of millions” (Google said Chrome passe
  15. Since the middle of December 2018, numerous complaints have been pouring in that state Windows 7 had started freezing after a component of Malwarebytes was upgraded to a new version. Once users, disabled the Malwarebytes, Windows 7 would not longer freeze. According to these reports, this problem appears to have started after users upgraded Malwarebytes to a new version and the component package version was upgraded to 1.0.508. This is the version that is currently being offered on Malwarebytes' site and was also being installed via program updates.
  16. I guess everybody agrees that Windows 7 is one of the most successful, if not the most successful version of Windows released so far. However, the clock is ticking for Windows 7, as Microsoft will retire this particular version in just two months, with the latest updates to be shipped in January 2020. This is something that Microsoft has reminded on several occasions, and expect the company to increase efforts on making people aware that Windows 7 is going dark in the coming months. The popularity of Windows 7 has been considered one of the reasons Windows 10’s adoption rate improved
  17. There’s no official announcement that I can find, much less an explanation, but it looks as if you can no longer get KB 4462923, the October Win7 Monthly Rollup, through Windows Update. Microsoft apparently yanked it from WU last Thursday. Thinkstock This month’s Windows 7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923, appears to be on the skids. The KB article itself doesn’t mention anything. The patch is still available for manual download from the Microsoft Update Catalog. But I’m seeing more and more reports like this one that KB 4462923 is
  18. Yes, it's another Microsoft screwup. Even though it reissued the Win7 Servicing Stack Update and marked it as 'security,' many people won't see it. The problem: Ancient installer update logic. Don't hold your breath waiting for a solution. Thinkstock There’s a well-known bug in the Win7 update installer that can throw error 0x8000FFF unless you pre-install an upgrade to the installer. I wrote about this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) requirement about a month ago. Three weeks ago, Microsoft promised to fix the problem. Superficially, the problem should
  19. You can download and install it manually, but in our tests the Win7 October Monthly Rollup is hard to find through Windows Update — and it won’t install automatically. Why? Ranjith Siji / IDG (CC0) This month’s Windows 7 Monthly Rollup, KB 4462923, has gone missing. I’ve seen complaints about the reticent Rollup — where, people wondered, did the October Monthly Rollup go? I thought that folks who were having problems finding the update were doing something wrong — perhaps they ran afoul of the bizarre requirement that you update the Windows Update pro
  20. 6 Months before Support End, Microsoft brings DirectX 12 support to Windows 7 When Microsoft announced DirectX 12 in 2014, it did not reveal any compatibility information. The new version of DirectX was announced at a time when Windows 8 was the latest operating system; Windows 10 was released in 2015. We assumed back then that Microsoft would limit DirectX artificially to Windows 8 or the upcoming version of Windows which we assumed would be Windows 9. Microsoft revealed at the end of 2014 that Windows 10 would indeed ship with DirectX 12 support. Ru
  21. Microsoft releases KB4512478 and KB4512514 previews Microsoft released the monthly rollup previews KB4512478 and KB4512514 for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 R2 this weekend. The release on a Saturday is a deviation from the Tuesday or Thursday release schedule for the preview updates. Whether that is a one-time deviation or something that could happen more often in the future remains to be seen. KB4512478 and KB4512514 are preview updates of the monthly rollup patch that Microsoft will release on September 10, 2019. Desig
  22. After the debacle last month, you’d think that McAfee and Sophos would’ve figured out a way to work with Microsoft’s monthly patches. Not so. Microsoft says that its May 14 Monthly Rollup, KB 4499164 and Security-only patch KB 4499175, are triggering problems anew: Microsoft and McAfee have identified an issue on devices with McAfee Endpoint Security (ENS) Threat Prevention 10.x or McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention (Host IPS) 8.0 or McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE) 8.8 installed. It may cause the system to have slow startup or become unresponsive at restart afte
  23. Microsoft surreptitiously adds telemetry functionality to July 2019 Win7 Security-only patch Unannounced, Microsoft has added telemetry functionality to the July 2019 Security-only Update for Windows 7 KB4507456. Alerted on Patch Tuesday by an anonymous poster: Warning for group B Windows 7 users! The “July 9, 2019—KB4507456 (Security-only update)” is NOT “security-only” update. It replaces infamous KB2952664 and contains telemetry. Some details can be found in file information for update 4507456 (keywords: “telemetry”, “diagtrack” and “appraise
  24. Users have such fond memories of XP, they seem to be replicating its death This is bald Sooty. This is a bunny MICROSOFT IS sitting on a Windows timebomb, and the fuse is lit. In six months' time, on 14 January 2020, Windows 7 will reach its natural End of Life (EoL), meaning no more security updates and the whole circus of panic that goes with it. It'll have had a damn good innings, nine-and-a-half years in fact, but the tiresome truth is that a lot of customers still aren't confident enough in Windows 10 for an upgrade, or t
  25. Installing Windows 7 from a backup? You need a BitLocker patch right away Whether you’re installing Win7 from backup on bare metal or on a VM, watch out for a missing patch. On Friday, Microsoft issued a hidden advisory saying you need to run bcdboot.exe and get the SHA-2 patch KB 3133977 – a BitLocker fix – before you do anything else. Getty Images / Microsoft No doubt you recall the warning back in February that Windows 7, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 patches starting in July would use the SHA-2 encryption protocol. If you want to install Win7
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