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Windows 7 and 8.1 Users
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Microsoft has announced that it will continue support for Windows 7 until January 2020 and January 2023 for Windows 8.1. This has been changed from the original planned January 2017 date for phaseout. Microsoft phrased the announcement as "continued support for Skylane processors". If you are wondering, it's the i3, i5, and i7's.
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Thanks... That's good news for me.
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this is great news now I can keep the old Win 7 PCs running for a while yet...thanks for posting this...like

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(08-16-2016, 02:16 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote: Microsoft has announced that it will continue support for Windows 7 until January 2020 and January 2023 for Windows 8.1. This has been changed from the original planned January 2017 date for phaseout. Microsoft phrased the announcement as "continued support for Skylane processors". If you are wondering, it's the i3, i5, and i7's.

Initially the 2020 date was 2021... of course it's being driven by corporations.. and more and more of them are migrating to platforms other than M$...
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(08-16-2016, 02:16 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote: Microsoft has announced that it will continue support for Windows 7 until January 2020 and January 2023 for Windows 8.1. This has been changed from the original planned January 2017 date for phaseout. Microsoft phrased the announcement as "continued support for Skylane processors". If you are wondering, it's the i3, i5, and i7's.

Under the guise of improving the user's experience and performance, Microsoft appears to be pre-loading Windows 7 machines with Windows 10 install programs.

As with everything Microsoft, the devil is in the details. My Windows 7 machine is not only pre-loaded with Windows 10 install elements, but I find that some of the Windows 7 updates are being revised to install elements that are both Windows 10 and Windows 7 compatible; possibly to smooth the transition.

Converting a Windows 7 machine on older hardware to Windows 10 destroyed my video card functionality and crippled the use of a dual monitor system. It appears that some older legacy hardware drivers (like my high-end ATI/Radeon video card drivers) do not work and cannot be re-installed under Windows 10.

If you find that Windows 10 was "auto-magically" installed, wait for the screen that asks you to accept their licensing terms and select decline. The system will then "attempt" to revert to Windows 7.

Best case: have a valid backup of the entire disk and keep it updated or use a virtualized system. Always store your data separately from your programs.
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Again, here are 2 free programs that are worth getting.
Never10 by Steve Gibson at GRC - Turns On/Off the Windows 10 upgrade and being notified about it.
Spybot Anti-Beacon - Stops your PC from reporting information back to Microsoft.
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I've had Never10 on my machines for a while now.
I had already don't an entry in the Group Policy to not upgrade the OS.
Every time updates come out, I only install the ones that MS is calling Security Updates.
My updater is set to notify; but not to download.

The "family" machine was not under my watchful eye; and it had downloaded W10.
I caught it, stopped it and deleted the big download.
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I'm going against the grain here. Upgraded to W10 quite early and apart from a couple of small glitches which were quickly resolved I'm quite happy. This PC has gone from 7 to 8.0 to 8.1 to 10 and still works very well.
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(08-17-2016, 04:19 AM)holden4th Wrote: I'm going against the grain here. Upgraded to W10 quite early and apart from a couple of small glitches which were quickly resolved I'm quite happy. This PC has gone from 7 to 8.0 to 8.1 to 10 and still works very well.

Naw, your not going against the grain...

Some of us either have specialized environments and Windows 10 wouldn't go onto our machines, frequently because the necessary drivers weren't available...

Which is my case... and after reading the articles here:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wind...7-and-8-1/

and here

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wind...ndows-8-1/

and here

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3108405...ws-10.html

I'm hoping things work out that M$ in their "all knowing", "we know better than you what your system needs and we're here to fix it for you" mentality don't completely destroy my desktop machine.


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(08-16-2016, 06:50 PM)Crimson Nape Wrote: Again, here are 2 free programs that are worth getting.
Never10 by Steve Gibson at GRC - Turns On/Off the Windows 10 upgrade and being notified about it.
Spybot Anti-Beacon - Stops your PC from reporting information back to Microsoft.

I know Gibson and his work and he is an outstanding programmer. My enthusiastic endorsement of his security devices and, of course, his famous disk-saving Spin-Rite product which pays for all of his freebies.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius
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