If you recently bought a new PC or assembled one yourself with a new CPU and decided to install Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on it, you will not be able to update these operating systems. Microsoft is not going to deliver updates for you any more. This was recently announced. A newly released set of patches brings the CPU detection feature to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Sometimes, when Windows 7 starts, it shows a screen "Windows Error Recovery. Windows Failed to start" and offers to Launch Startup Repair in the boot menu. In many cases, it can be just ignored and you can continue normal startup. But it can be very annoying to choose the option to Start Windows Normally since by default, Launch Startup Repair is selected. Here is how you can disable the Launch Startup Repair recommendation in Windows 7.
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.