I'm still getting used to living in a small town. This time, it's the neighbors. I've lived in much bigger cities where I never even met my neighbors during my entire residence there. Here, the neighbors are more sociable, sometimes bringing cookies or fudge, sometimes complaining about Windows, and sometimes offering tips on my power tool posture when fixing my porch.Also: Microsoft's Windows 7 has one year of free support leftIt's kind of delightful, in a "How did this happen to me?" kind of way. In any case, one neighbor came over to say "Hi" when I took Pixel pup outside, and then a guy from down the street who was walking by also decided to meander over for a visit. Neighbor One had asked my plans for the day, and I explained I was about to go in and start testing a review product using a Windows 10 VPN. That got him started on a rant about Microsoft, Windows, Amazon, Jeff Bezos' peccadillos, the President, whether Tilly is getting too much screen time on Star Trek, and then … [Read more...] about I like Windows 7: Why should I pay to move to Windows 10?
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When Windows 7 reaches its End of Life on January 14 2020, Microsoft will no longer support the aging operating system, which means anyone using Windows 7 could be at risk as there will be no more free security patches.However, with many people – and businesses – still using Windows 7 (we reported a few days ago that Windows 7 is actually gaining users), this could leave a lot of people in the lurch, which is why late last year Microsoft announced it would be offering Windows 7 Extended Security Updates for a fee.It has now been revealed who will be eligible for those extended security updates (ESU), and how much they will cost.Here’s everything you need to know about how to prepare for Windows 7 End of LifeThe cost of supportMicrosoft has apparently disclosed how much these updates will cost, and they will be made available to Enterprise and Microsoft 365 customers, which can buy the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates on a per device basis.These updates are aimed at … [Read more...] about Want to keep using Windows 7 after 2020? It’ll cost you
Many of you are Windows 7 users. I get it. Windows 7 just works. But the clock is ticking for Windows 7. In less than a year, Windows 7's free support ends. Come that day, you'll have a choice: You can either run it without being certain you'll get vital security patches (that would be really stupid), or you can pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year. We don't know how much that will be, but I think we can safely assume it won't be cheap. Or, you can migrate to Windows 10. And, yes, for now, you can still update to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7. Also: Windows 10 and 7 support changes: How they affect you TechRepublic But Windows 10 came out in July 2015. If you haven't upgraded by now, I'm sure you don't want any part of Windows 10. I actually sort of, kind of like Windows 10. Yes. Really. Well, I did when it first came out. My affection for it waned with every Windows 10 failed update. Take the infamous … [Read more...] about How to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint
Microsoft has finally shifted gears in the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, aka version 1809, and will now be pushing it automatically via Windows Update to select devices. As of mid-December, the update was available to users who manually check for updates from Windows Update. However, Microsoft only recommended advanced users do this, while urging most others to simply wait. From January 16, almost three and a half months after pulling the update, Microsoft will begin proactively offering the update to a wider set of Windows 10 devices. "We are now starting our phased rollout to users via Windows Update, initially offering the update to devices we believe will have the best update experience based on our next-generation machine-learning model," Microsoft says on its Windows 10 version 1809 status page. As before, advanced users can manually check for the update. The broader rollout … [Read more...] about Windows 10 October 2018 Update finally shifts to automatic rollout
On Nov. 13, Microsoft announced that it was rereleasing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.As the name suggests, the update was initially released in October. However, there were reports of users losing their files after the update. Microsoft took these reports very seriously and paused the update's rollout.Now, it seems like the issue has been resolved and Microsoft is resuming the update. Microsoft says it will watch the update carefully to make sure everything runs smoothly.If you want to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you can go to the "Check for updates" function in your computer's settings.The update brings new features like a dark mode for Microsoft apps and clipboard history/sync. You can check out 7 new features for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update here. Microsoft Windows 10 Home … [Read more...] about Microsoft resumes Windows 10 October 2018 Update after it was paused