The original RTM version of Windows 10 was released on July 29 back in 2015. Since then, Microsoft has released 3 major updates for the Windows 10 platform, including the recently released Creators Update (version 1703). At the same time, the original Windows 10 has received a bunch of cumulative updates, including security fixes and stability improvements. However, Microsoft is now supporting its frequently updated products for 18 months or 1.5 years, and the time for Windows 10 ver. 1507 support to end is almost up.
As you may already know, Microsoft has locked the ability to receive updates for Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's Ryzen CPUs owners for those who have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed with these CPUs. This is a very unpleasant move from the software corporation for users who have no desire to accept the upgrade to Windows 10. Here is a trick to bypass this limitation and install all updates including the ones that are prevented from being installed on such devices.
It appears that Microsoft kept their promise and started locking updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for those trying to run these operating systems on Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen CPU families. Users who installed April 2017 updates faced this serious issue along with new restrictions which were not announced initially.
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.
Today, a shocking announcement at the Microsoft Support web site came to our attention. It brought sad news for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users. If you are running these operating systems, the Redmond software giant may leave you without updates even if your PC has drivers available!
Recently, I posted a warning post that Windows 10 is being forcibly downloaded on user's computers if automatic updates are enabled. Since this might be unwanted behavior for many users, here is how you can prevent your current operating system from downloading Windows 10.
Microsoft recently announced the various editions Windows 10 will be available in and not only are there many editions but there is a reason why they exist. Microsoft has switched over from the classic operating system model of upgrades to delivering small updates to the existing codebase. Mainstream users will no longer get control over updates as the OS is continuously updated. Windows 10 will have different editions and each edition will be based on a different servicing/updating branch. Let's explore which editions Windows 10 will have and how updates will be delivered to those editions.
As you might be knowing, Windows 10 Technical Preview updates itself automatically. It has Slow Ring and Fast Ring update settings which define how often you receive a new build via Windows Update. Once a new build becomes available for your update ring in Windows 10, it will be installed automatically. If you wish to stay with a particular build and prevent Windows 10 from installing the new build, I would like to share a simple tip which will help you remain on the current build you have installed.
There is good news for all Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 users. The November 2014 update rollup is out and available for download. This update rollup is a big package and brings some improvements to Windows 8.1 besides resolving a number of issues. It also includes all previously released updates since the last major update in April 2014. Let's see what the change log includes for this update rollup.
Windows Update allows you to keep the OS up-to-date by installing the latest patches which include new features and security fixes. From Control Panel, you can set Windows Update to download and install updates automatically or only download them but notify you before installation. You can also check for updates manually and disable automatic updates fully. If you wish to directly start checking for updates, there is a secret hidden switch you can use to launch this.