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All posts tagged "windows 7"

  • Windows 10 is now world’s second most popular desktop OS after Windows 7

    Launched in August 2015, Windows 10 has been a great success story for Microsoft, especially in light of the latest market share news. The company's newest operating system is now the world's second most popular on desktop, claiming a global market share of around 12.6%, according to StatCounter's January 2016 numbers. The most prevalent OS remains Windows 7 with around 43.7% market share, while Windows 8.1 holds around 10.3%. These numbers are largely thanks to Microsoft's aggressive strategy to see all users on legacy OSes upgrade to Windows 10, making the OS free, and prompting users on older OSes to download...

  • 5 tiny programs that makes Windows even better

    Microsoft's Windows is a great operating system in almost any guise (let's not talk about Vista or 8 right now), but even it can be improved. Generally developers are tasked with smoothing out kinks and user-interface features that make said users throw their PCs from fourth floor windows, but even they can't find and remedy them all. That's where freeware developers and their gaggle of apps come in. These five little programs are essential for making the Windows user experience a little more streamlined and user friendly. Prio TL;DR: It tells Windows which running programs you want seen as important, which improves overall...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s only OS to support Intel’s Kaby Lake

    Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 8.1 and older OSes for the newer Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm processors due this year. Essentially, Intel's current Skylake processors will play nice with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until 17 July 2017, after which the company will end mainstream security and bug fix support. Microsoft was also quick to point out that Windows 10 will be its only OS to support Intel's next chipset, Kaby Lake, due late 2016, and a number of other processors coming this year. Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows...

  • Microsoft Windows 10 will be sold on convenient USB drives

    In a show of how hip and happening Microsoft's new tech outlook is, the company will be offering Windows 10 on USB flash drives for the first time in its OS release history, as well as more traditional means. "Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch," the company told VentureBeat. The drives have been available on Amazon for pre-order, starting at US$120 for the Home edition and US$200 for the Pro version, which will pack a few more goodies than the standard breed. It's a suave move from the company considering that many...

  • Windows 10 Insiders will get Windows 10 for free, according to blog post

    We're just over a month away from Microsoft's biggest software launch in many a year, and Windows 10 Insiders have had a substantial role to play in the crafting of the new operating system. For this, Microsoft has announced in a blog post that Windows Insiders, regardless of their Windows 7 or 8 license status, will get the OS for free once its released. The news also suggests that those previously running illegitimate versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 will get Windows 10 absolutely free, as long as they are Insiders and registered to use Windows 10 with an...

  • Patch Tuesday May 2015: Internet Explorer is this month’s problem child [update]

    Update (16 May): It seems that the relatively uneventful May Patch Tuesday updates have sprung a last minute surprise, mainly courtesy of KB3046002, which causes 64-bit Windows 7 machines to hang after installation. Typical. Although it might seem like a massive issue, the update itself addresses a Microsoft Journal issue. But there is a fix. WindowsITPro suggests cutting power to the PC in question mid-install, which should get the cranks moving again. As it turns out, it seems that the update just doesn't call home to Microsoft to tell it that it has installed properly, hence the hang. There hasn't been any...

  • HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook

    We knew Microsoft was going to talk about Windows 10 at length today, but no one realised just how much the company had to show. Since its previous press event at the back end of 2014, the Windows 10 has grown in a number of aspects and spread its wings across platforms great and small. After a seriously long press conference in Redmond, we nurse our tired eyes to round up some of the most pertinent points for those who missed the announcements and suggest what the implications are for the end user, Microsoft's products and its rival's offerings. First thing's...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It's pretty detrimental to...

  • 20+ free and essential Windows programs for your new PC

    It's 2015, and the time has come for a new PC, at least that rings true for me. While Windows machines are largely functional out-of-the-box, the OS still lacks the functionality power users and some novices desire. I can think of a few issues with Windows 8 for example that third party freeware can fix immediately, but what if you just need a comprehensive arsenal of apps for every given situation from file management to multimedia playback? What are some of the essential Windows program every user should have? We at Gearburn have had a look at our program logs, curating...

  • Microsoft issues emergency update for Windows desktop and Server systems

    If you just got to work and Windows Update hasn't been buzzing away in the background, you should probably check on it immediately. Microsoft has published an emergency update for users of all Windows systems from Vista and Server 2003 upwards, addressing a critical security hole. Even though November's Patch Tuesday -- Microsoft's usual round of monthly updates addressing operating system (OS) holes -- has come and gone, Microsoft is constantly looking for potential exploitation opportunities within its OS framework. The "Out-of-Band" patch addresses a Keberos (a network authentication protocol) flaw which could allow "an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user...