As Windows 7 has gotten older, it has become harder and harder to keep it up-to-date because of too many updates released for it. To ease users' pain, Microsoft released the Convenience Rollup which was like SP2. However despite integrating Convenience Rollup using dism into Windows 7 SP1 Setup, Windows Update does not work after doing a clean install. Here is how to quickly get Windows Update working again.
The June 2016 update rollup package for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is out. It comes with important bug fixes and improvements including a fix for the infamous issue with Windows Update, which causes Windows 7 to take a very long time to finish checking for updates. Sometimes it goes on for hours.
If you try to install Windows 7 on an SSD disk which is connected via the PCI Express bus (NVMe), you might face the issue that the drive is not presented in the Setup program. Due to this behavior, it is not possible to install the Windows 7 operating system on such hardware. Here is the solution.
Out of the box, Windows 7 allows you to pin programs to the taskbar. In later versions of Windows like Windows 8 and Windows 10, Microsoft allows the user to pin folders and settings to Start but not the Taskbar. Pinning stuff to the Taskbar except program shortcuts remains severely restricted. So I made Taskbar Pinner, a must-have tool for Windows 7 which can pin any file, any location or any folder to the taskbar.
Many users are concerned about Telemetry and Data Collection services that Microsoft bundles with Windows 10. Some users consider these features as a spying attempt and a reason to not move to Windows 10. Even if Microsoft claims that such big data is only used to improve the user experience, ultimately for the end user, being in control of any data collected is the top priority. After the release of Windows 10, Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8, which increase the data collected by adding more Telemetry entry points to these operating systems. You need to know that the Convenience Rollup for Windows 7 also comes with Telemetry updates bundled.
Every time you do a fresh install of Windows 7, even if your ISO file has Service Pack 1 integrated, it takes ages to install all available updates. So, reinstalling becomes a nightmare for those who use the genuine installation media of Windows 7 SP1. Microsoft has decided to change this situation and has released a convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1 which will save your time.
Even though a Desktop version of the wildly popular WhatsApp mobile messaging app has been released, its developers claim that the app is supported only on Windows 10 and Windows 8/8.1. If you are a Windows 7 user, your operating system does not support it officially. Regardless, you can easily get WhatsApp working in Windows 7 for now.
If you face this problematic issue in Windows 7 where the operating system does not start in normal mode but starts in Safe mode instead and complains about pending repair operations, this article might help you. When you try to run SFC /scannow, it reports that a system repair is pending and does not proceed. Here is how to revert the pending system repair and continue normal startup mode.
In modern PCs, the internal PC speaker is often also connected to the PC's audio solution, so that it allows the PC to play a beep even when there are no external speakers connected to the machine. If your Windows 7 PC runs without speakers connected or with the sound drivers not working or disabled, you might hear an annoying beeping sound for example when a message box notification displays. If you are annoyed by this beep sound, you might be interested in disabling it. Here is how you can do it.
If you try to install Windows 7 on a device which comes only with USB 3.0 ports, you might face issues such as non-operational USB keyboard and mouse in the Setup program. While your keyboard and mouse work in the BIOS, they stop responding once Windows 7 Setup starts. This is not a big problem if you have the option to disable USB 3.0 in the BIOS and switch it to the legacy USB 2.0 mode. But if your BIOS has no such option, here is what you can do to avoid this issue.