As you may remember, Windows 7 is reaching its end of life in less than a year. Microsoft has started retiring services and features related to this OS. One of them is a service that allows fetching metadata for music, films, and TV shows. The service will no longer be available in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center apps for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.
The Redmond software giant is ending support for its most popular product ever - Windows 7. An update on the Windows lifecycle fact sheet page points that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will stop receiving updates on January 14, 2020.
Beware Windows 7 users, KB4480970 may break SMBv2, limiting your access to network shares. Here is what to do.
The Redmond software giant is ending support for two of its most popular products ever - Windows 7 and Office 2010. Both can be considered classic software and they are widely used by users all over the world. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will terminate support for Windows 7. On October 13, 2020, Office 2010 will stop receiving updates as well.
As you may be aware, Microsoft has released a number of patches for all supported operating systems to protect them from Meltdown and Spectre attacks. These include Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Unfortunately for AMD CPU users, these patches cause a blue screen of death (BSOD) for those who have an AMD Athlon chip. The OS gives a 0x000000C4 bug check error.
A critical flaw was found in all Intel processors launched in the past decade. The vulnerability can allow an attacker to gain access to protected kernel memory. This chip-level security flaw cannot be fixed with a CPU microcode (software) update. Instead, it requires modification of the OS kernel. Earlier today, Microsoft released security patches for Windows 10. The appropriate patches are now available for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Besides the updates for all versions of Windows 10, the Redmond software giant today released a number of updates for the previous versions of the OS. The appropriate update packages are now available for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
There are a number of reports over the Internet claiming that the Windows Update service broke for Windows 7. When you tried to update the OS, an error appeared with the code 80248015.
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.