Category Archives: Windows 8.1

Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 has ended

Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 has ended

The original version of Windows 8.1 was released in October 2013. Since then, Microsoft has released a few major updates for the Windows 8.1 platform, including Update 1 (April 2014), Update 2 (August 2014), Update 3 (November 2014) and subsequently a bunch of cumulative rollups, including security fixes and stability improvements. Windows 8.1 has exited mainstream support on January 9, 2018.

Here are Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes for Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Here are Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes for Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

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.

Fix: Windows 10 reboots instead of shutting down

Fix: Windows 10 reboots instead of shutting down

A number of Winaero readers write to me regularly saying they have various shutdown-related issues with Windows 10. The most popular issue is that their PC reboots instead of shutting down. When they click shut down, Windows 10 doesn't shutdown, but instead restarts.

KB4012218 and KB4012219 are patches with CPU detection

KB4012218 and KB4012219 are patches with CPU detection

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.

Firefox to support Windows XP and Vista till September 2017

Firefox to support Windows XP and Vista till September 2017

These days, most mainstream browsers do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. Once Microsoft ended their official support, many vendors did the same. For example, Chrome doesn't support them, but Firefox still does. Mozilla today shared details of their plans for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Extract wallpapers from themepack or deskthemepack file

Extract wallpapers from themepack or deskthemepack file

Starting with Windows 7, Microsoft invented a new theme format - themepack. It was created so all the theme resources would be packed inside a single file and sharing of such themes would be easy. In Windows 8, the file format was revised to deskthemepack, and supported specifying if the window color would be automatically set based on the dominant color of the desktop background. Windows 10 supports both themepack and deskthemepack formats. In this article, we will see how to extract images from a themepack or a deskthemepack file.

Fix system repair pending in Windows 10

Fix system repair pending in Windows 10

If you face this problematic issue in Windows 10 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.

Windows 10 build 14393.351 is out for Release Preview ring

Windows 10 build 14393.351 is out for Release Preview ring

Along with all the announcements Microsoft made during the October 2016 Microsoft Event, the Redmond giant today released Windows 10 PC build 14393.351 for Insiders on the Slow and Release Preview rings. If you have joined one of these rings, the update will arrive on your PC very soon.