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.
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.