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Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Question: Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

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Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
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This is absurd!

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Answer: Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Ron,
In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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Most should be aware that Microsoft starting from October 2016, is forcing windows 7 users to install updates all rolled up into one, just like they do on windows 10.

Many of us don?t want this or do we want the freedom taken away to chose what updates we install. When people bought windows 7, this is not what we signed up to and not part of the licensing agreement.

Microsoft have no right to do this and should honour the way windows 7 has always issued updates, until end of support in 2020.


Microsoft really annoyed many people with the push for windows 10 spyware, crap ware, spying on peoples windows 7 computers and the relentless push to force, windows 10 on people who didn?t want it.

As if Microsoft hasn?t alienate it?s customers enough.

So I thinks many windows 7 users should get together and sue Microsoft for forcing these windows 10 style updates, on to windows 7 users, if they don?t revoke the stupid policy.

Microsoft needs to be taught a lesson and sued for breach of contract on windows 7.

So what do you say?

Answer:Microsoft should be sued,forcing rollup updates on windows 7 users

I'm sure that a company the size of MS and the myriad of lawyers employed have taken all the necessary steps to protect themselves from being sued as you describe.

Having said that it is your choice to install the updates or not. For what it's worth I stopped updating Windows 7 long before the Windows 10 thing and my system is running just fine.

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Most should be aware that Microsoft starting from October 2016, is forcing windows 7 users to install updates all rolled up into one, just like they do on windows 10.

Many of us don?t want this or do we want the freedom taken away to chose what updates we install. When people bought windows 7, this is not what we signed up to and not part of the licensing agreement.

Microsoft have no right to do this and should honour the way windows 7 has always issued updates, until end of support in 2020.


Microsoft really annoyed many people with the push for windows 10 spyware, crap ware, spying on peoples windows 7 computers and the relentless push to force, windows 10 on people who didn?t want it.

As if Microsoft hasn?t alienate it?s customers enough.

So I thinks many windows 7 users should get together and sue Microsoft for forcing these windows 10 style updates, on to windows 7 users, if they don?t revoke the stupid policy.

Microsoft needs to be taught a lesson and sued for breach of contract on windows 7.

So what do you say?

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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Answer:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!
 

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I think ms trying to forcing 8.1 users tactically to W10 by creating problems in using store and showing many errors! 😠

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I read this article earlier this morning and decided to pass it on.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...-on-windows-7-and-8-1-pcs-report-497234.shtml

I'm sure other articles about it have been released by now.

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Answer:Microsoft Still Trying To Force Windows 10 Upgrade On Users

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I don't think I clicked any buttons but at some point a little earlier I noticed my laptop running 8.1 was working on updating to Windows 10, which I DON'T WANT!

1. Is Microsoft forcing it on our computers today?
2. How can I stop the download? I have a message telling me that once I restart my computer the download will begin!
3. If it goes to 10 will I be able to revert to 8.1?
4. What are your recommendations in general about the upgrade? I fear lots of bugs and problems. But I also don't want to count myself out of important compatability issues or lose the option for a free download of 10 in the future.
5. When the upgrade started I forced my computer off. Everything looks okay but did I do any damage?

HELP!

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Hello everyone.

I've been always browsing these forums as a guest whenever I had a problem with my OS and I always found the solution to my problems because of the community being extremely helpful and nice, and I've recently stumbled upon a problm where searching for a solution would not bring many useful results so I've came here to ask you kind folk if you could help me.

The problem what I am having is the GWX is showing me this popup which I can't get rid of which is trying to make me install Windows 10.

Since I was never a fan of it, I was avoiding this system tray icon for a time but today this popup screen of 'Your upgrade is ready to install' appeared and no matter what I did (tried to close window by right-clicking on the taskbar icon = nothing, tried to kill the process = nothing the window appears again etc...) the problem will not go away.

So I'm wondering does anyone have any suggestions for this problem and how to fix it ?

The picture of the popup screen is in the attachments.

Thanks in forward and I'm glad to have finally joined here, maybe I can return the favor for all the help the community helped me.

Answer:Windows 10 Upgrade won't stop forcing itself to install on my PC.

Hello bbgun21, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorials below to disable this should be able to help.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

Get Windows 10 Icon - Remove from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free


Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft


Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29


Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade


If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

 
 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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I am a Media Center user and in my home its my only computer.
I use Win7 for Work and Taking Care of Stuff for the Home...
and about 2 years ago I went from a part time Media Center User to
a Hardcore record everything on cable before I cut the cord user.
But after I cut the cord and go to Antenna I am just at the range where
TV Signals arent stable unless I install a 50foot tower and a really large antenna.
But even so I will want to record everything that way when 2 shows conflict during primetime
I will have it to watch when Jerry Springer or Judge Judy is on.
I will also have everything I have recorded off of Cable and I will be Legal
meaning watching torrents won't get my internet shut off
Which means my Phone would also get cut off along with my ability to make money as
a developer part time...
Streaming might be the solution for some people but it comes with a cost.
Either you are paying for services that add up to a higher cost than your cable or dish packages.
You are forced to resort to illegal torrents or sites.
or you end up paying higher costs for internet because it takes a ton of bandwidth to stream HD 1080p to the living room, kids room, parents .. whatever all at the same time ..
That free Gigabit Google ain't no where to be seen... so you will be buying 100-200Mbit plans so you can keep your TV, Phone, Alarm / Video Surveillance online at the same time and still surf the web and update your android apps on your cell...
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Answer:15% of Windows Users are Media Center Users that Can't Upgrade

Please check this DVBLink wiki
I used this app a while ago to watch and record IPTV on Windows Media Center. But I think they can do it with other sources too. The latest version can record TV server side so you don't need a Windows Media Center anymore. And now I use Plex server for all of my Video stuff instead of Windows Media Center.
It's really a shame MS stopped so many successful apps.

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That's the only way they will get people to upgrade. It's pretty clear that most people using windows 7 don't feel the need to upgrade and don't want to, which hurts windows 8 as a platform. If Microsoft made the upgrade free, I'm betting most people will do it.
Apple has already been first to do this with OSX Mavericks.

Answer:Microsoft needs to make Windows 8.1 free to all Windows 7 users

Originally Posted by dba415 That's the only way they will get people to upgrade. It's pretty clear that most people using windows 7 don't feel the need to upgrade and don't want to, which hurts windows 8 as a platform. If Microsoft made the upgrade free, I'm betting most people will do it.
Apple has already been first to do this with OSX Mavericks. It is a free upgrade, from Windows 8. Windows 8 was only a $40 upgrade from Windows 7.
Something to remember is Apple sells hardware and can give OSX for free.
Microsoft sell... software.

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Answer:Will the Windows 10 Technical Preview users be able to upgrade to the full version of windows 10?

Last I heard is that there WILL be an upgrade path from Windows 10 Technical Preview to Retail Windows 10 IF:
You ONLY have a released build installed (no leaked build)NOTE: Below is NOT OFFICIAL, just supposition!!
Now, as for the FREE part, there will probably be steps needed to prove that you own a copy of Windows 7/8. However, if you did an in-place upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview and not a clean install, you may not have to verify. Only time will tell.

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http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-...s-windows-7-users-will-have-to-pay-to-upgrade

As we wait for the Windows 10 ?consumer preview? unveiling on January 21st, you may be wondering how Microsoft will monetize its new operating system. Given the way Microsoft is pushing its customers towards subscription based Office 365, the same could very well happen with Windows 10. Analysts, however, think it?s a bit early for that.

Gregg Moskowitz, software analyst with Cowen, thinks that while signing up for an annual subscription of Office may be enticing for home users, the same cannot be said about businesses. A subscription model tends to be more costly in the long run, and many large corporations also find it very difficult to upgrade operating systems running on vital hardware.

Moskowitz believes in the possibility that Windows 10 could be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 8 and 8.1 users in order to keep them onboard, after many of them expressed their dissatisfaction with the touch optimized operating system.

It?s no secret that Microsoft is not doing very well in the mobile space compared to Google and Apple, sitting at a distant third place in many markets. Moskowitz suggests that the Redmond giant should continue to offer Windows for free on devices under 9 inches.

Windows 7 users will probably have to pay to upgrade per Moskowitz, since they make up the largest chunk of the Windows user base, and Microsoft may not want to give up one of its main revenue strea... Read more

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive

Hi:

See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,
MM

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

Answer:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

andrew124C41 said:

I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.



Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at
C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

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Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature.

FROM EARLIER: Windows 9 can?t come out soon enough for Microsoft
According to Diantoro, the Windows 9 upgrade will be available free of charge to all existing Windows 8 users once it?s released. Apparently, users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, which is how Apple?s OS X updates have been rolled out to Macs for a few years now. For what it?s worth, some of the recent Windows 9 leaks did say that Microsoft already has a tool in place that will allow users to easily perform software updates.
It?s not clear whether other Windows users who are on older versions of the OS will get any other special offers, and actual prices for Windows 9 have yet to be revealed. Microsoft is reportedly interested in moving many people from the older, and no longer supported, Windows XP and offering Windows 9 as a free download might be a great incentive for some.
Microsoft is going to soon unveil Windows 9 and release a... Read more

Answer:Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

... and, it is not going to be an 'upgrade', but just an 'update' to Win8.
 

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Windows Technical Preview users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 final release. If you join the Windows Insider Program you will qualify for the free upgrade to the final release.

When Microsoft's Gabe Aul was asked on December 5, whether Windows Technical Preview testers would be able to update to the final version of Windows 10, when it was available. He replied - Yes, that is our intent.

So would this be a way users using Windows XP / Vista or any other OS for that matter, would be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 - by installing Windows 10 Technical Preview now??? Can anyone clarify? UPDATE: Anyone can now install Windows 10 TP and get Windows 10 Final free.

Answer:Can Windows XP / Vista users can get free Windows 10 Upgrade?

I think he also said "You'll have to be upgrading from a system with a valid license for 7 or 8.x"
So those with valid license of 7 or 8.x only.
Anyone else please confirm or add further...
Thanks.

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Hello

Is the DoNotAllowSP registry setting no longer effective against XP SP3?

The system event log shows:
"Windows XP Service Pack 3 installation failed.
There is not enough space on the disk."
This is NtServicePack error event ID 4373. It is shown on 21-27 and 29 May, not before.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\DoNotAllowSP exists and is set to 1.

Is MS no longer respecting that registry value? According to http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/739891-sp3-problems.html from August 08, "This blocking of the install of sp3 is only good for 12 months and then MS will try to force it down your throat!!".

The attempted SP3 installation is not coming via normally applied updates because I haven't applied any since Nov 08 (they were causing more trouble than they were saving); updates are set to "download but don't install".

This system is showing a few glitchy behaviours so the symptoms may be another of those and not generic.

Best
Charles
 

Answer:MS forcing XP SP3 on users now?

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I was just wondering if windows 8.1 users will be able to get an upgrade to windows 10 when it's released next year does anyone know?
 

Answer:Will Windows 8.1 users get a free upgrade to windows 10

There are many rumors, but Microsoft is still tight-lipped about it. You are asking a question that could never be answered at this early moment. The only way to know the answer is to wait when Microsoft chooses to disclose itself.
 

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Is the windows 10 available for upgrade for pirated windows users ?

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade for pirated windows users.

Yep.
From non-Genuine to non-Genuine 10.Upgrading To Windows 10 From Windows 7/8.1 Pirated
Promoting Pirated software is against our community rules.Community Rules & Guidelines - Mobile Nations Forums

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Microsoft really wants people to get on the Windows 10 bandwagon, so much so that the company plans to start automatically downloading its new operating system to some users' computers next year.







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That's an aggressive move from Microsoft, especially given the outcry earlier this month after the company did the same thing accidentally. Users who've gotten the download will still be able to opt out before it's installed on the device, and they can roll back the upgrade for as long as 31 days after making the switch to the new OS, so that's some consolation.

It's a particularly raw deal for people who are on metered Internet connections. Windows 8.1 users aren't in danger there, because that OS won't automatically download updates over a metered connection. But Windows 7 users will have to turn off automatic downloads of all recommended updates in order to avoid downloading multiple gigabytes worth of operating system.


Read more: Microsoft to users: You'll download Windows 10, and you'll like it | PCWorld





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Enable or Disable Upgrade to Windows 10 in Windows Update for Windows 7 and 8.1

How to Remove 'Get Windows 10' Reserve Icon from Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8.1

Answer:Microsoft to users: You'll download Windows 10, and you'll like it

I already downloaded it and tried it for 6 weeks because Microsoft threatened me with physical violence , i don't like it though so now what ?

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Hi there!

Logging on XP Pro under UserA, I noticed that some apps may decide to install for UserA only and others for All Users. (Note: UserA has Admin's privileges.)

Is it possible to force XP to always install apps for All Users? Or -even better- to give you the choice between UserA or All Users?

It would also be nice to know a way to force an app to use UserA\Application Data instead of UserA\Local Settings\Application Data.

BTW, could anyone provide a justification for the existence of local settings for a given User?

TIA.
 

Answer:Forcing XP to Install Apps for All Users

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Mod Edit: I have edited the article you posted out, post links to articles and don't post complete articles here, it violates their copyrights and our board rules. This is more along the lines of what you should do for such references.

Interesting reading: Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent
 

Answer:Microsoft updates Windows without users' consent

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Source : Olhar Digital: Notcia: Usurios dizem que Microsoft instala Windows 10 nos PCs fora

full article detailed in English : Microsoft upgraded users to Windows 10 without their OK

Internet users of predecessor versions of current Microsoft operating system are reporting on the Internet that the company is installing the new version of Windows, 10 without their permission.

According to what was reported in forums like Reddit, some computers are automatically restarted and then Windows Update starts the upgrade process of the Microsoft product without any chance of hindrance by the user.

According to InfoWorld, the update may be being automatically recommended by the program in the Windows Update list, update center that usually search for drivers and minor repairs and modifications to the operating system.

Microsofthad reportedin February that itwas ready tolaunch a generalupdateofthe planfor the newWindowsversiontoput it asrecommendedin theupdate center.For those whodo not want toinstall,just go to theWindows Updatein ControlPanel,notethe nextscheduled updatesandthenclearany operatingsystem upgrademention.

Even evaluated by critics positively, Windows 10 does not please everyone. The main fear regarding the update is compatibility with software running on versions 7, 8 and 8.1, but it may fail if the operating system is updated.
 

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Microsoft has begun patching files on Windows XP and Vista without users' knowledge, even when the users have turned off auto-updates...In recent days, Windows Update (WU) started altering files on users' systems without displaying any dialog box to request permission. The only files that have been reportedly altered to date are nine small executables on XP and nine on Vista that are used by WU itself. Microsoft is patching these files silently, even if auto-updates have been disabled...windowssecrets.comMicrosoft responds:... ?Before closing, I would like to address another misconception that I have seen publically reported. WU does not automatically update itself when Automatic Updates is turned off, this only happens when the customer is using WU to automatically install upgrades or to be notified of updates.?..isc.sans.org

Answer:Microsoft Updates Windows Without Users' Consent

Microsoft acknowledges the lack of noticeIn a post the same day on the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog, program manager Nate Clinton confirmed that updates to Windows Update itself are performed without notifying users. This is true even if users specify Let me choose when to install them or Notify me but don't automatically download or install (two of the four options available to users).How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date...The point of this explanation is not to suggest that we were as transparent as we could have been; to the contrary, people have told us that we should have been clearer on how Windows Update behaves when it updates itself. This is helpful and important feedback, and we are now looking at the best way to clarify WU?s behavior to customers so that they can more clearly understand how WU works...

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If you're still using Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows XP, you will no longer be getting definition updates for it.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-ends-windows-xp-antimalware-support-486848.shtml

Today is "Patch Tuesday" for July 2015, so all support for it has now expired.

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Answer:To Windows XP Users Still Using Microsoft Security Essentials

Great message to get out there. I know a lot of people who are running this on XP.
 

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This coming "Patch Tuesday", January 12, will represent the last batch of updates for Windows 8.   After that, it is considered End-of-Life, and no longer supported.   So any Win8 users should upgrade to [at least] Win 8.1... and if you wish, to Win 10.
Those still clinging to Windows Vista can count on more than a year of security updates, until April 11, 2017, and anyone running Windows 7 can do so with confidence until January 14, 2020.  Windows 8.1 reaches the end of its Extended Support phase on January 10, 2023.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/still-running-windows-8-time-to-upgrade-or-else/

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Here is an article that Microsoft now included the free upgrade for Windows XP users:
http://www.maximumpc.com/how-to-get-windows-10-for-free/
 

Answer:Windows 10 upgrade for XP users too

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Hello!
We have some people who sometimes forget to logoff after the work is done. So I'm looking for a way of forcing logoff to users after some amount of inactivity. Any GPO avialable or any other way ?

We use AD, Win 2003 Server, Win XP Clients.

Thanks, Zero7
 

Answer:Forcing logoff to users after some time of inactivity

Look here.

In the future, for Windows related stuff, Microsoft's site is great for info.
 

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Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.

But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD's "Carrizo" CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches.

The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable or not under Microsoft's new policy, was revealed in January 2016, when the company said making Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on the latest processors was "challenging." Microsoft then ruled that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of support of both editions.

The biggest impact was on Windows 7, because it had become the standard in enterprises -- Microsoft's most valued customers -- with deployment shares far north of 50%. According to Microsoft, Windows 7 was to be fully supported on sixth-generation processors -- Intel's were dubbed "Skylake," AMD's included Carrizo -- until July 17, 2017. At that point, some Skylake-equipped PCs would continue to receive some security updates; other such PCs would get nothing.

Microsoft later walked back the cut-off, first by extending the end-of-support date to July 2018, then by repudi... Read more

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They provided us windows 10 for free. But I knew this data extraction of users would come one day where Microsoft would do this to track users data.
Then by doing this what makes Microsoft different than google where Microsoft cannot provide proper privacy to users.
Microsoft introduced windows hello as they thought passwords can be leaked anytime. Agreed about security hut what about privacy
Sure Microsoft provides privacy to business users they need.
Microsoft in the recent 2 years have shown they can do great productivity stuff but do u think u will rely on Microsoft if privacy would be a concern?? as your using a free OS

Answer:Microsoft extracting personal data from users in windows 10

1) It's not a free OS. It's just temporarily free to upgrade if you already have 7 or 8.1.
2) Could you be more specific about the accusations?

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I purchased a new Toshiba laptop with Windows 8. I purchased Microsoft office suite 2010 and loaded it on my computer. My desktop has all icons and access to the programs, but it is not on other user accounts including admin accounts.

How can I share the Microsoft office suite with other user accounts on my machine ? Can I get icons for the suite programs on the Windows 8 start page ?

Thank you for your input.
 

Answer:Windows 8 and Microsoft Office Suite shared by all users

Have a read through this posting:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...in-8-for/3daba209-39f6-46a8-95e8-8dabc66f5e6c
and see if it applies to your situation, too.
 

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Microsoft: Here?s How Windows 10 Protected Users Against WannaCry

Windows 10 was immune to WannaCry ransomware thanks to updates released by Microsoft in March this year, so the infection compromised mostly unpatched Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems.

In a research published today, Microsoft explains how Windows 10 managed to protect users against WannaCry (also referred to as WannaCrypt), explaining that the built-in mitigation system can provide additional protection, unlike Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which both lack such features.

The company explains that thanks to virtualization-based security Windows 10 users are protected even before the breach, with the secure kernel stopping malicious code from being loaded into the Windows Kernel through the kernel Control Flow Guard (kCFG).

Furthermore, Windows 10 can stop shellcode injections with non-executable and randomized kernel memory regions (NS Paged Pool and KASLR).
In case the breach does occur, Device Guard and Windows Defender work together to block and intercept the malware in the initial stages of the attack, allowing only authorized applications to run and analyzing suspicious files. Furthermore, there?s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection which protects networks, providing IT admins with reports and information on attack attempts for each computer in the network.

Keep systems up-to-date
Microsoft also goes on to explain how critical it is to install the latest security updates on Windows s... Read more

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The recent update for Microsoft Security Essentials is causing a lot of Windows XP computers to bog down or become unusable.

You might want to read this article:

http://www.fudzilla.com/home/item/34518-microsoft-security-essentials-bug-kills-xp-boxes

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Answer:Attention! Windows XP Users That Have Microsoft Security Essentials

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I just recently purchased the licenses I needed to upgrade our fleet up laptops from XP Pro SP3 to Windows 7 Pro. The slowest, oldest laptops are Dell latitude D630s, so I know they can all handle W7. My question is this:

I'm pretty sure going right from XP to W7 does require a clean install (despite using an upgrade disc), right? So, if I have a remote user that uses domain accounts, that system will have to be dropped and re-added to the domain during this process. I'm thinking that I'll have to have these computers in house to do this migration process. Am I right to think this? I'm also breaking they "offline folders, My Docs redirection" crap and switching to an online backup service, so it would be nice to be able to do all of this in house at once.
 

Answer:Remote Users - Windows 7 Upgrade

Yes do it in house.
 

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Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version.

Microsoft is urging Windows XP users to upgrade away from Adobe Flash Player 6.0, which was originally bundled with the operating system, because of multiple vulnerabilities.

-- Tom
 

Answer:Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

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The Path: Users/PC/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/WebCache has several files, including text files that are somewhat readable. It appears that upon viewing, they show every file you visited on your computer, and most likely, every keystroke. An example is this:.....
V i s i t e d : P C @ f i l e : / / / C : / G a m e s / W o r l d _ o f _ T a n k s / r e s _ m o d s / R T A N . x m l y u 1SPS¡ À F @ Á¸.0’Ð S O 1SPS¡ À F
I just pasted a minute fraction of one of the logs. Why does windows need to keep a file that shows everything I visit on my computer? Is this not a security risk if someone were to steal my laptop?
How do I stop windows from generating these?
Thanks
 

Answer:Users/PC/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/WebCache Key logging everything I do.

I googled WebCache and a page full of discussion about WebCache.  Apparently most of such files within WebCache are created by IE.  I ran across a utility called [removed name] -- however, I do not recommend it!  It is not only a privacy cleaner, it is also a pc cleaner, and neither I or BC recommend any such utilities.

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Just like it happened in Windows 8, Windows 10 requires users to log in with a Microsoft account in order to install apps from the Store, but this is no longer valid for those whose computers are powered by the Pro SKU of the operating system.

German website WIndowsArea has discovered that Microsoft suddenly made a policy change that makes it possible for Windows 10 Pro users to install apps from the Windows Store without the need for a Microsoft Account.

There are some limitations though. First of all, only freeware applications can be installed, so if you want to purchase an app, an account is still required.

Then, if you?re trying to update a paid application that?s already installed on your Windows 10 device, an account is once again needed.

Why the change?
Microsoft hasn?t explained why exactly it made this change, but given the fact that it concerns the Pro version of the operating system, it?s not difficult to see that the company specifically targeted companies that are trying to get more control over what users install on their systems.

On the other hand, it?s not yet clear if the Enterprise SKU of Windows 10 can also install apps without a Microsoft account because reports in this regard are still mixed, with some claiming that it works, while others indicating that it doesn?t.

Without a doubt, installing apps from the Windows Store without an account can boost adoption of Store apps, but we?ve reached out to Microsoft to find out if this is inde... Read more

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Microsoft is showing yet another advertisement in Windows 10, this time for Chrome users

At this point, users should be used to seeing advertisements on Windows 10. Anyone who uses a browser other than Edge likely sees notifications that they'd get better battery life with the company's in-house browser, and let's not forget about all of the placeholders for Windows Store apps.

There's a new ad, and this one is directly targeted at a third-party app: Google's Chrome browser. Unlike previous ones that would try to steer the user toward Edge, this advertisement doesn't try to take you away from Chrome at all; instead, it suggests that you install Microsoft's Personal Shopping Assistant extension.


Brad Sams of Thurrott.com received a statement from Microsoft regarding whether or not to expect more content like this:

We are always testing new features and information that can help people enhance their Windows 10 experience

The advertisements seem to have begun four days ago, if the reviews for the extension are any indication. Of the 18 reviews that are shown on the listing, six of them are within that timeframe, and as you might guess, they're all one-star. If you're actually interested in the extension though, previous ratings are pretty positive.

While Microsoft says that it's "always testing new features", one would think that due to the negative feedback here, this practice would stop; however, one would ... Read more

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The updates are mostly provided only those phone with spec 1gb of ram. And how about those below 1gb, are they ignored? Come-on, that is one of the reasons why you have not a customer as much as uv expected. Thank You.

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The Path: Users/PC/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/WebCache has several files, including text files that are somewhat readable. It appears that upon viewing, they show every file you visited on your computer, and most likely, every keystroke. An example is this:.....

V i s i t e d : P C @ f i l e : / / / C : / G a m e s / W o r l d _ o f _ T a n k s / r e s _ m o d s / R T A N . x m l y u 1SPS F             @ .0 S O 1SPS F

I just pasted a minute fraction of one of the logs. Why does windows need to keep a file that shows everything I visit on my computer? Is this not a security risk if someone were to steal my laptop?

How do I stop windows from generating these?

Thanks ​
 

Answer:Users/Appdata/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Webcache KeyLogger..

switch to linux.
 

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c:\users\doki\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\start\menu\programs\startup\intel graphics hosts.vbs can not find, can you help me to resolv this problem??

My laptop details:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4500 @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 8059 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, -194 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 140 GB (61 GB Free); D: 138 GB (30 GB Free);
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Enabled and Updated
 

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I have some older computers that my kids use. They work fine, but I would like to get them on a better operating system. Will the Free Upgrade offer let you upgrade XP to Windows 10?

Answer:Will Windows XP users be able to upgrade to Windows 10?

Nope, its Windows 7 and up.

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Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 after $30 Amazon Credit
http://www.dealvs.com/index.php/201...ck-pre-order-30-amazon-promotional-credit-70/

Released!

How are you guys liking Windows 8 so far?
 

Answer:Windows users... will you upgrade to Windows 8?

Well, I always upgrade my soft wares the moment that a new version is released, BUT upgrading Windows IMMEDIATELY?

I think not. That's because if you can still do all your tasks properly and efficiently on your version of Windows, why consider upgrading? Aren't we all after usability?

My point is, if your PC (Windows OS) is capable enough to cope with your needs, don't replace it, because it'll take time before one can familiarize his self with new comers.(that is, Windows 8)
 

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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

Answer:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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Originally, I had Windows 8.1 pro installed in my PC having all the system/program files in my 'C' (SSD) drive and the 'Users' folder in 'D' (HDD) drive (as I had voluntarily moved it). As I had registered with Microsoft for Windows 10 upgrade, it was prompting me to upgrade many times. I had read that Windows 10 will not upgrade (fully and automatically) if the 'Users' folder is located in a different hard drive (other than the system/boot drive which is normally 'C'). I was hesitant for the last few days as my big 'Users' folder (>300 GB, bigger than my 256 GB SSD boot drive) was in 'D' drive. Then I read several posts in many websites to find a solution, and did get some ideas to complete the job in a few easy steps. In the following steps, I am explaining how I successfully installed or upgraded to Windows 10 (from 8.1) without doing any "relocate" option. This "relocate" option is very cumbersome (which involves copying the entire content of the USER drive back and forth) if your 'User' folder is too large (as in my case). So, I found a simple method to upgrade to Windows 10, keeping all the contents of my 'User' folder and drive intact (---this is the special thing about this method, which I could not find elsewhere in the related postings in the forums!!!). In the message below, I have used "BillGates" as my 'fake' account name, "C" as my 'system drive' and "D" as my 'Users drive'. Others who will be using this tutor... Read more

Answer:Successful upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1 with 'Users' in other drive!

Good instructions, clear and easy to understand, thanks.

This beats having to actually copy the User folders back to the boot drtive, especially if there are lots of files or if the boot drive is a small SSD.

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Although I'm not a Windows 8 user, I've been reading about the 8.1 upgrade.

Microsoft has been inundated with complaints and is supposedly addressing the issues.

Here are a few articles:

http://www.neowin.net/news/some-win...eset-or-refresh-options-but-theres-a-solution

http://www.neowin.net/news/ie11-forces-googlecom-into-compatibility-mode-rendering-woes-ahoy

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Couldn-t-Update-to-Windows-8-1-0xC1900101-0x40017-392807.shtml

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-8-1-Error-Secure-Boot-Isn-t-Configured-Correctly-392801.shtml

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Answer:Windows 8.1 Upgrade Causing Problems For Many Users

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this seems like discrimination (just kidding) (c;
windows 7/8.1 users will be able to get the free upgrade! but not 8.0 users? why?
 

Answer:why cant windows 8.0 users get the free upgrade to win10?

or you could upgrade to 8.1 when win10 comes out?
 

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I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?

Answer:Is the windows 7 upgrade pricing avaliable for RC users

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Conspiracy3


I know that I have to do a clean install, but microsoft has the upgrade priced at $50 and the full priced at $200. Can a person running the RC use the cheaper upgrade pricing?


Yes, but you need to do some editing of the cversion.ini file and have a RC key. there are several threads here at SF that have explained how. You should do a search for upgrade vs clean.

Hope this helps

Ken

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For those of you who are wondering how to go about getting your free upgrade from qualifying computers that came with Windows Vista, look here. You may or may not need a credit or debit card, for shipping purposes. I can not verify this, as I do not have an upgrade option.

https://windows7upgradeoption.com/Pr...formation.aspx

Mods : I'm aware that this should go into the Windows 7 Faq thread, but it would be far more simpler to leave it as it's own thread. We'd have far less worthless threads about this very topic. Be that as it may, this is not my decision, but the respective moderator's decision to do what they see best.

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I have an X60 Tablet (6363-5BU) with Windows XP Tablet Edition SP3. 2GB of RAM and 250 GB HDD. I'm thinking about upgrading to Windows 8. There are plenty of anecdotes about Win 7 upgrades but not many Win 8 upgrades. It would be nice to find out what issues, pitfalls and workarounds have been discovered and gathering them all here on this thread...





--------ThinkStation S10; ThinkPad 10; ThinkCentre 57e; X200 Tablet; T60 Tablet; T60 15" Widescreen; T60; T40; 701C; 3 x Apple Newton MP2100; 2 x HP 200LX

Answer:X60 Tablet users: Windows 8 upgrade experiences?

Works great
It all worked perfectly right after install.
Im trying to get the buttons for quick screen change to work as they are unrespsonsive but to be honest I never used them much before. So they're not quiet the priority.
It is considerable faste rthan windows 7, I'm sure you will love it.
 
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Windows 7 and Windows 8 Users Can Now Upgrade to Windows 10 Technical Preview - Softpedia

Does this mean that all users can upgrade, now?

Answer:Windows 7 & Windows 8 Users Can Now Upgrade to Windows 10

Yes, but remember, this is not the final version. There will be bugs, problems and other uncertainties. In addition MS will monitor your key strokes to uncover problems. You would not want to use the OS for anything that was personal or confidential. You may double boot or use 10 in a VM and keep your other OS.

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Don't confuse this with Microsoft backing down on forced updates however, I'm sure if you don't apply that update by a certain date certain functionality will be lost...

...Having said that, based on recent updates, download the update and I'm sure certain functionalities will be lost anyway!

http://wccftech.com/microsoft-forced-windows-10-update/
 

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During Microsoft's big announcement earlier today that Windows 10 will arrive this summer, the company also revealed that it is working with Xiaomi to test its new operating system among power users.

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Answer:Microsoft is providing select Xiaomi users with a ROM to put Windows 10 on their Android smartphones

And who knows, perhaps this sort of thing could catch on to the point where handsets are sold as barebones devices that allow users to select the OS of their choice during the setup processClick to expand...

If you would have said that a year ago I would have laughed it off but not it seems like that might really be the way of the future.

There hasn't been any real innovation in the smartphone segment for the last few years, interchangeable parts on smartphones may very well be the way of the future, there just doesn't seem to be anyway to improve on what's already here without some drastic improvement like upgradability.

As far as making Windows 10 free to android users seems like a very smart move on Microsoft's part. There are currently more android phones in peoples pockets than any other smartphone. Making their OS free to them is a very easy way to get their OS in everyone's pocket.
 

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Windows XP users already face far higher risks from malware ? with XP users facing infection rates six times higher than Windows 8 users, according to a report released by the company. Microsoft will withdraw support for the ageing platform in April next year ? despite the fact that one in five PCs on Earth still use it.

Per 1,000 PCs scanned, 9.1 XP machines had been infected ? as compared to 1.6 for Windows 8, according to a report by V3.

Microsoft Windows XP was released almost 12 years ago, which is an eternity in technology terms. While we are proud of Windows XP?s success in serving the needs of so many people for more than a decade, inevitably there is a tipping point where dated software and hardware can no longer defend against modern day threats and increasingly sophisticated cybercriminalsClick to expand...

Microsoft wrote in a statement this week.

To read more click here
 

Answer:Windows XP users already facing malware invasion – before Microsoft “pulls plug”

The company I work for tracks such things, and found that as far as 18 months ago malware that exploits XP vulnerabilities were being developed and hoarded until next year when their effectiveness (and selling price) will be magnified.

Abandon all hope, Ye who use XP.
 

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Microsoft is very keen to continue its Bing It On challenge and convince people that Bing really is better than Google, but this time the company is even willing to offer several expensive prizes to attract more users.
The Bing It On campaign continues in Microsoft?s Stores and users who complete a blind side-by-side search comparison can also win several prizes, including a Windows 8 PC.
All you have to do is to go to your local Microsoft Store, take the challenge and pick one of the five search results displayed by Bing.
You can then become the lucky winner of a big box of prizes that includes a Windows 8 PC, Xbox 360 with Kinect and some free games, a Windows Phone, Office Home and Business 2010, a LifeCam Studio webcam and a Wireless N router.Click to expand...

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Offers-Free-Windows-8-PCs-to-Users-Who-Dump-Google-for-Bing-300299.shtml
 

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I am experiencing a problem with Micrsoft Word and Googled a solution which is to change the location of the Temporary Internet Files folder however, I can only get to a certain point. Here are the instructions:

This problem occurs because the Temporary Internet Files location for Internet Explorer is set to be an unexpected location. Specifically, the Temporary Internet Files location for Internet Explorer is set to be a location in which the user does not have permissions to create new temporary files.

ResolutionTo resolve this problem, change the Temporary Internet Files location for Intern...To resolve this problem, change the Temporary Internet Files location for Internet Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:
On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options to display the Internet Options dialog box.
In the Internet Options dialog box, click the General tab.
In the Browsing history section, click Settings to open the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box.
In the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box, click Move Folder to open the Browse for Folder dialog box.
In the Browse for Folder dialog box, select the following location:

For Windows Vista, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008:
C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows

For Windows XP and for earlier versions of Windows:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Setting

Note Whichever location you select, a folder ... Read more

Answer:Solved: How to find C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\ Microsoft\Windows

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Over the years Microsoft has managed to break computers with updates, though not intentionally of course. However, it's generally wise to wait just a bit after Patch Tuesday and keep an eye out for reports of any problems that other customers are experiencing. It's generally safe, but you can never be too cautious.
Now those who have stayed behind, clinging to Windows 7, seem to be on the receiving end of just such an incident. If users of the TechNet forums are to be believed, and there's no reason to suspect otherwise, then KB3033929 could wreak a bit of havoc with Windows 7 systems.
The message boards have lit up with pleas to the company -- "Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3033929). Installation date: ‎3/‎11/‎2015 8:57 AM. Installation status: Failed. Error details: Code 80004005. Update type: Important. A security update. . . I can't find any info on this error. Tried the update twice and both times it failed".
Others chimed in stating similar issues, and other tech help forums have followed suit. "Failed for me too on a Dell Optiplex 790 with Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit", and the like. Various fixes have been suggested, but were met with responses like "I tried to manually install with the link of Carey Frisch, it didn't work. I'm always stuck on 72 percent".
This seems to be only causing problems for 64 bit users, though that's likely a fair amount these days. This appears to be only some users... Read more

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When I first installed Windows 7 several years ago, I moved my ProgramData and Users folders to my standalone drive, kept my Program Files and Windows on my RAID-0/SSD. It's been great to me, separating my RAID-0 SSDs from my data and no issues at all.

But now with Windows 10 coming, it seems that I'm stuck, and this set up can't perform in-place upgrades, which Gabe Aul says it's a requirement to get the free Windows 10. I know for starters Windows 8 and beyond does not play nice with a relocated ProgramData, even with junctions.

So what should I do now? Should I just clean re-install Windows 7 for the upgrade? I've already moved most of my data out of the Users folder and reconfigured my libraries. I also thought of doing an offline robocopy move and edit the entire registry to modify it back to C:, but a quick search in the registry seems the work is going to be tedious.

Answer:Relocated ProgramData and Users: Stuck for Windows 10 Upgrade?

I would say don`t upgrade to Windows 10

Why do you want to ruin your perfect setup ?

Why do you think you`re stuck ?

You don`t have to install 10 if you don`t want to.

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

Answer:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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A simple web site was created by Microsoft to help users install a Windows operating system. This site offers help on Vista, 7, and XP installations. link.

Answer:New site helps users install, upgrade Windows.

Thanks for providing the link here,
it's all done after Microsoft comes to know that 31% of Windows problems are related to installation issues.....
Now users can find more info on installation process through this website....
in bookmarks already, very helpful !! Visit the website here.

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Microsoft has said that anyone that takes advantage of the free update will also receive free Windows 10 updates for life, and get a free Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, which will be released sometime this summer.Click to expand...

MSFT to Start Charging Users for Windows Upgrade (MSFT, AAPL) | Investopedia

So if you don't upgrade before July 29, anytime after July 29 will result in update charges? Wow. I guess they are pulling out all the stops to get everyone to upgrade. What if you bought window 10 say in 2020. Would you still be charged for updates? Sure sounds like it according to that article. The whole windows 10 update is a clusterfuck.
 

Answer:MSFT to Start Charging Users for Windows Upgrade

You're confusing upgrades and updates. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29 you will have to pay for the upgrade not pay for updates to your current OS. Anybody purchasing Windows 10 either as a stand alone copy or included with a new PC is going to get updates the same as anyone else regardless of when they purchase it.
 

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How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.

Answer:How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
See: Windows 10 ISO Download

If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.

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You Can Activate Windows 10 Creators Update with Old Windows License Keyshttps://www.bleepingcomputer.com/new...-license-keys/
This is not really a "new" news, but the article is posted on April 19th.
I post this just to erase the doubts from some people's minds when I told them "you can still do it".
excerpt:
License keys for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 can be used to activate a fresh copy of the Windows 10 Creators Update, even if Microsoft has "officially" stopped offering free upgrades to Windows 10 back in the summer of 2016.
This means that users who want to update from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to the latest Windows 10 version don't need to buy new license keys to activate their new Windows OS.
All they have to do is install a fresh copy of the Windows 10 Creators Update, enter their old license key, and enjoy their new OS.

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I read that Windows 10 will be free for users of windows 7 and 8 (at first) of which I have 2 pcs to upgrade. But I also have a windows vista pc, which unfortunately is working really poorly due (actually not at all for recording) to many many software problems which I believe are due to the old OS.

Will there be an upgrade offer for Windows vista users (or is there likely to be), and also the windows vista was oem, if I did upgrade that pc to windows 10 and then replaced the pc later could I transfer the windows 10 to a new pc. (it's for my ht pc). It was an expensive Vista Ultimate version too.
 

Answer:Windows 10 - Upgrade offers, what about Window Vista users?

I'll chime in my limited knowledge of the subject. First off, I'm fully expecting them to offer a discount for Vista users because they are trying to get a massive push into 10.

As of right now, it is radio silence about previous versions. (Double checked an offer to upgrade to 8.1 for $40, but that deal expired a couple years ago)

If you purchase a upgrade, you should have a a few licenses to play with. If you don't, a quick call to Microsoft might net you another license.
 

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Just wondering if there will be any discounted upgrades particularly for Vista Ultimate users to help them migrate to Windows 7.
Well before people start thinking this is another freebie whiners thread, please read here to udnerstand at least some of the valid reasons why Vista Ultimate users would be upset and dissapointed with Ultimate as it never lived up to the expectations.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=806&tag=rbxccnbzd1

There has also been many complaints by Vista users why there should be an easier upgrade for Vista ultimate users in this more recent article survey.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4347
So my point is for Ultimate users such as myself who paid a premium ( retail on the launch day no less ) but got short changed, we should at least get a cheaper upgrade at least to migrate to Windows 7 Professional ..... Microsoft should at least own up to it's broken promise for Vista Ultimate.

Makes people like me wonder why we even bother buying original when Microsoft don't do right by their customers. Hopefully there will be some easier migration for people in my situation or people may start resorting to other measures to recompensate themselves *cough cough Pirate Bay
 

Answer:Any discounted upgrade for Vista Ultimate users to Windows 7 ?

I purchased 4 retail licenses for Ultimate on launch and I got everything I expected. Media Center and the ability to join domains. Vista will be out for for 3 years when 7 gets launched, i don't feel shorted at all...
Moogle Stiltzkin said:


Just wondering if there will be any discounted upgrades particularly for Vista Ultimate users to help them migrate to Windows 7.
Well before people start thinking this is another freebie whiners thread, please read here to udnerstand at least some of the valid reasons why Vista Ultimate users would be upset and dissapointed with Ultimate as it never lived up to the expectations.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=806&tag=rbxccnbzd1

There has also been many complaints by Vista users why there should be an easier upgrade for Vista ultimate users in this more recent article survey.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=4347
So my point is for Ultimate users such as myself who paid a premium ( retail on the launch day no less ) but got short changed, we should at least get a cheaper upgrade at least to migrate to Windows 7 Professional ..... Microsoft should at least own up to it's broken promise for Vista Ultimate.

Makes people like me wonder why we even bother buying original when Microsoft don't do right by their customers. Hopefully there will be some easier migration for people in my situation or people may start resorting to other measures to recompensate themselves *cough cough Pirate Bay Click to e... Read more

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Over the last couple of weeks, Microsoft began advertising Windows 10 to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Those who are regularly up to date via Windows Update should now have the option to reserve a copy of Windows 10 via the system tray, which will put you in for pre-downloading Windows 10 before July 29th. Earlier this week, Microsoft released another update for Windows 8.1 users, which puts reserving Windows 10 at the forefront of Windows, literally during the Windows 8.1 setup process and even before reaching the desktop.

This new update allows users to reserve Windows 10 within the OOBE (out of box experience) when first booting a new install or setting up a newly purchased PC. The ability to reserve comes after you setup your account, but before you even reach the desktop. This means that new users who recently purchased a Windows 8.1 device simply can't miss the chance to reserve Windows 10. This also appears if you clean install Windows 8.1 with November Update roll-up and are connected to the internet.




Microsoft now offering Windows 10 upgrade during Windows 8.1 setup process

Answer:Microsoft now offering Windows 10 upgrade during Windows 8.1 setup process

Microsoft really wants to make sure people are aware of win10. I guess they need something to brag about when win10 is finally released.

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MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that being a Windows 10 Insider does not guarantee a free copy of the operating system.
 
The company is using the Windows Insider programme as its biggest ever beta test for what is being billed as the final or definitive version of Windows, or Windows-as-a-service.
 
But Microsoft has made it clear that its generosity stretches only so far, and that being a beta tester is an honour in itself.
 
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users when it launches later this year.
 
Windows 8 has reached end of life, and customers will need to take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first, which is still subject to holdouts totalling 5.88 percent of the OS market, according to this month's Netmarketshare figures.
 

 
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Answer:Microsoft: Insiders using Windows XP or Vista won't get free Windows 10 upgrade

It has been announced months ago, and it took another declaration to confirm it? Some people really lives on their own little cloud don't they?

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Microsoft Re-Issues Windows 7 Patch Preparing Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft has re-published a Windows 7 and 8.1 update that in the past has been associated with the company?s aggressive Windows 10 push, this time trying to focus on providing users with a smooth transition to the new operating system.

KB3150513 is an update shipped to systems running Windows 7, 8.1, and Windows 10 versions prior to 1703, and its purpose is to prepare the computer for the upgrade to Windows 10.

On April 21, Microsoft rolled out the 10th revision to the update, so users who are yet to upgrade to Windows 10 are once again being re-offered the patch.

Smooth upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update
With the Windows 10 Creators Update now available for download, it more or less makes sense for Microsoft to provide a new compatibility patch to users, especially because a smooth upgrade is needed for those making the move from Windows 7 and 8.1, but also from Windows 10 TH1 or the Anniversary Update.

?This update provides the latest set of definitions for compatibility diagnostics that are performed on the system. The updated definitions will help enable Microsoft and its partners to ensure compatibility for all customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,? Microsoft explains in the KB page.

?Installing this update also makes sure that the latest Windows operating system version is correctly offered through Windows Update, based on compatibility results.?

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Microsoft offers troubleshooting tool to help users easily fix issues with Windows updates

If you've ever encountered an issue while trying to install a Windows update, you'll probably know what a frustrating process it can be to diagnose and resolve the problem.

Microsoft's support documentation for dealing with the error codes generated by such issues isn't always helpful; and information shared by the user community on its support forums can be useful, but is often undermined by conflicting (and sometimes ill-informed) suggestions. Web searches for info on error codes are often a waste of time, and regularly lead to 'solutions' that do more harm than good.


So it's certainly welcome to see Microsoft try to make this whole process a bit easier to deal with, by offering a troubleshooting tool to help users address issues that arise when trying to install Windows updates.

As Microsoft explains:

This guided walk-through provides steps to fix problems when installing updates. Here are some commonly seen error codes: 0x80073712, 0x800705B4, 0x80004005, 0x8024402F, 0x80070002, 0x80070643, 0x80070003, 0x8024200B, 0x80070422, 0x80070020. These steps should help with all errors and not just the ones listed.

How does it work?

We?ll walk you through a series of troubleshooting steps to get your Windows up to date. Be sure to follow the steps in order.

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Microsoft Data Shows Way Too Many Windows 7 Users Don?t Install Antivirus Apps

Despite the many security improvements included in the most recent versions of Windows, having an up-to-date antivirus solution running on a system still appears to be a mandatory thing to do given the growing number of attacks and infections targeting users.

But statistics provided by Microsoft reveal that users of older Windows versions enjoy playing with fire, as many of them don?t run any antivirus software on their computers, while others keep them off.

Specifically, the data that was published by the software company in the Security Intelligence Report Volume 22 concerns systems that aren?t listed as ?protected,? which means they?re not having an up-to-date antivirus solution because of various reasons.

In the case of Windows Vista and Windows 7 installs, the top reason is that no antivirus is installed, with more than 50 percent of unprotected computers running any of the two operating systems said to be going commando.

?On Windows Vista and Windows 7, unprotected computers predominantly report having no AntiMalware software installed at all. On subsequent Windows versions, Windows Defender is enabled by default if no other antimalware software is present, so the number of computers reporting no antimalware software is very low,? Microsoft explains.

Out-of-date antivirus protection
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Answer:Microsoft Data Shows Way Too Many Windows 7 Users Don’t Install Antivirus Apps

A scary read for sure. I wonder why they do not use an AV.
 

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I just noticed something interesting - it looks like the Windows 8.1 installation installed a very new version of the graphics driver.  Mine is showing as version 10.18.10.3316, dated 10/1/2013 (Oct 1). Anyone else seeing this? I should mention that I had previously updated the graphics driver about a month ago using Intel's generic HD 4000 driver. To do that, I just went to the Intel site and ran their driver update tool from the browser - it scans your machine for Intel hardware and displays available updates. This driver tool recognized my HD 4000 and updated the driver. But the Windows 8.1 installation updated to an even newer version. I'm wondering if my previous update was a factor in why I have this updated graphics driver, or is everyone seeing this?

Answer:Yoga 13 users - what is your graphics driver version after the Windows 8.1 upgrade?

I guess you're asking 8.1 users, but i must say that intel upgrade seemed to help my 8.0... thanks for the heads up.

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Microsoft is under fire again for the tracking services that it bundled into Windows 10, with some privacy watchdogs claiming that the new operating system can become some sort of modern Big Brother for the Redmond-based technology giant, but the company says that it collects absolutely no data without users? consent.

So basically, yes, some data is indeed collected from your computer, but you need to give your approval before anything happens.

By default, some tracking services are turned on, which means that this tracking takes place once you install the operating system, so a number of third-party apps that reached the web recently comes to address this problem by disabling not only the features that you can see and control and which collect your data, but also hidden services bundled with the same purpose.

But there?s one big question: should we turn to such apps to enhance our privacy when using Windows 10?

To get the best answer, we?ve reached out to Microsoft, asking whether such apps should be used by Windows 10 adopters and if there?s indeed a problem of privacy in Windows 10.

Stay away from these apps
The company only answered the first matter and said the following:

?We strongly suggest customers do not install applications of this nature. These types of third-party apps can alter the way the system operates, creating future problems and changing important settings and features,? a company spokesperson explained.
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Answer:Microsoft: Users Shouldn’t Install Apps Disabling Windows 10’s Data Collection Features

I fully agree. If you want to tweak your system, do it yourself and not resort to such apps. 99% of the time, users of such apps do not know what has been done to their PCs. When things start breaking, they would be totally clueless. It is better to research and turn off the settings yourself, at least that way you have a higher chance of knowing what has been changed.
 

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I've got a few questions for current Windows 10 mobile users!
1. How similar is the interface to wp 8.1 - Ive heard mixed reports that some areas are not as user-friendly as wp 8.1 am I going to find it jarring making the move
2. Facebook Integration I guess the people / contacts link is broken still, but my wp app still has a sync function for my calendar that almost works hows the windows 10 one? How are people getting their facebook calendars in (also contacts?)
3. Unified Inbox I use Win10 on Desktop at the moment, and the mail app really bugs me in this respect also I use the unified inbox a lot on wp 8.1 has this gone away in w10m?
4. Stability / niggles. I personally find wp 8.1 pretty stable and slick at the moment. Would you advise jumping ship (to a 950 xl) on day one, or wait for a while till a few patches have been released?

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Pls help. Can I  upgrade from microsoft windows 7 starter to Windows 7 Pro on a Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3 0647 - Atom N450? - noel

Answer:Is Upgrade from microsoft windows 7 starter to Windows 7 Pro possible?

The pro version requires a clean install I believe so you'll need access to a dvd rom drive but you can do it yes.

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I have Win 8.1 and have had a HELL of a time getting my pc updates turned off, because every time I have turned on my pc it starts downloading Win10 all on its own!

But I finally got that stopped....don't know how, but it stopped.

NOW, the problem is I CANNOT update ANYTHING without Win10 downloading!!!

I have some updates for Word that I have tried to manually install, but as soon as I click the install button, Win10 starts downloading!!!!

Is Microsoft FORCING people to install Win10?
 

Answer:Is Microsoft FORCING out Win 8/8.1?

yes MS is forcing W10 on people - by downloading the installation files on every PC
http://www.theguardian.com/technolo...0-automatic-download-windows-7-8-pc-computers

this control panel is a good way to stop the W10 notification and remove W10 - if you are not planning on upgrading to W10 at all
http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html
 

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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Hello,Last weekend made another try to upgrade my system by using "Windows10Upgrade9252.exe".The download was ok, also verification was ok. Then update started, at about 30% several restarts, at 75% another restart, at this point screen remained black, mouse and keybourd not responding, also HD light was not flashing.Waited an hour, (few days earlier left it over night) nothing changed, pressed the power button and pc restarted, few seconds later a notice 'trying to reconstruct windows previous version', got my working system back (not updated).Since then each time in the apps menu I see a new item "Window 10 upgrade assistant", and without asking permition I see new (large) folders in the system's tree. If I cannot update - to stop it have to unplug the internet and this is annoing.I ran all possible tests on the system and the HD, everything is ok, if upgrade impossible this way or other way it is just waste of time and I just do not want it.Is there a way to stop it from unwillinly downloadig all those files.Answers will be appreciated.ThanksMotim

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I am trying to set up a workstation running windows 2000. The computer really only has one purpose in life and that is to run a windows media encoder for a few hours a day. I would like to make this computer as dummy proof as possible, so I would like the computer not to have a monitor or keyboard and mouse.

Basically all I would like the people on site to have to do is turn the computer on and turn the computer off, using the power button, almost like an appliance.

I already set the system to shutdown when the power button is pressed, the problem is that windows media encoder displays a prompt on exit (i.e. are you sure you want to exit) and will hold the system from turning off. I was wondering if anyone knew of any program that would force windows media encoder to shut down when the power button is pressed.

Thanks in adcance.
 

Answer:Forcing windows to shut down

Use magic
 

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Hello everyone,

This is extremely frustrating and worrisome for me, since I keep so many important files on my external hard drive, to know that there is a problem with my external hard drive.

What is happening:

Whenever I plug in my external hard drive via USB 2.0 (Western Digital, MyBook 1TB) into my computer, Windows prompts me with a message saying that: "Windows needs to Format this device ... etc."

And if I do go through with the format, it says: "This will erase all data on the drive!" I really cannot afford to lose all of this data on this drive, why is it forcing me to format all of a sudden?

How it started:

I was just using my computer, as normal, and then all of a sudden, my hard-drive froze. After my hard drive froze, windows explorer crashed, everything crashed and was unresponsive, so I was forced to hold down the power button my computer (it's a laptop, Dell M1710 XPS) and wait for it to shut down. It then shut down, and I powered up the computer again, logged in and then the problem started from there.

Some notes:

1) Sometimes, when I plug in the hard drive into my computer, everything just freezes. When this happens, Windows doesn't even prompt me with the "must format" message, it just freezes. And it's the same thing every time. It starts off by saying: "Windows Explorer has crashed, would you like to: 1) Wait for it to respond, 2) Close the program 3) Restart the program". If I click restart... Read more

Answer:Windows Forcing me to Format My Ext-HDD!

It's sound as if the MFT on the external drive got messed up. You can try some data recovery tools to get the files, but i wouldn't mess with it too much unless your experienced with data recovery. If thoses files are important to you take it to a local trusted computer repair tech.
 

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I am thinking of upgrading to Windows 8 from current Windows 7(64bit) on my Dell pc with 4gb memory and 286gb disk.
I am not sure 1) if the memory & hard disk are sufficient for the upgrade?
2) upgrade or overwrite windows 7?

Answer:microsoft windows 7 to windows 8 upgrade

Dont you mean downgrade? -grin
Load as a dual boot system and you can choose which one you want to use.

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While my posts on Windows Central are few, anyone that's read them is sure to divine that I work in a spread of office settings. That said, a majority of the computers and servers I have exposure to run Windows (NOT 10) in some fashion (although our IT department has steadily converted our mobile to OS). Here's my question; What the hell is Microsoft thinking using so dubious a practice to practically force Windows 10 onto users? The interrupts alone are causing production delays, we have to educate personnel to NOT simply close down the Windows Upgrade dialog box as the 'x' actually initiates a download which consumes massive bandwidth and storage space, manually remove updates and stop automatic updates, then go behind every machine because so many have lost work because they carelessly ignored our numerous emails to avoid certain actions involving this Windows 10 nonsense. Our costs skyrocketed due to the 'Free Upgrade' due to lost data, software having to be reinstalled, and our IT department simply cannot keep up.
In short it has been a nightmare and has lead to the ultimate conclusion of eliminating all Windows operating systems from our company. It will be cheaper for us to convert rather than to restore, at least that is what we have so far discovered after our kaizen, and while personally I am not an Apple fan it does appear that they've become the lesser of the two evils. Being a global corporation, our expenses regarding this are massive and proves to be no small e... Read more

Answer:Microsoft doing an exceptional job forcing out commercial customers, what do you think?

We have our software administered by group policy at our company, no one gets any prompts for Windows 10 installation.

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I'm running 8.1 with Classic Shell. I decided to keep Windows Update disabled entirely until the whole "we'll ram Windows 10 down your throat if it kills us" thing dies down, so I set it to never search for updates, then disabled the security center warning about it.

I'm OK doing this because I mostly run Linux, I know what not to download and have my important data backed up to drive cradles that I keep physically disconnected anyway, so even really bad malware can't really touch me.

After weeks of perfect non-updated operation with no annoyances about Windows 10, today Windows declared, entirely out of the blue, that it needed to reboot to install updates.

I'm positively, absolutely, emphatically 100% sure that I did not re-enable the updates, but when I went looking the option had reverted to "install updates automatically".

Is this a deliberate action by Microsoft (perhaps through Defender updates, which were the only ones I was installing through the Defender application itself)? The last shot in the increasingly unethical series to get people to upgrade?

I imagine it'd have blown up on the Internet already if it were like that, but then again, I can't think of anything I did that might have re-enabled that setting, nor did I install any application that could conceivably have anything to do with it (just a game through Steam and a mp3 tagging utility).

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Answer:Is Microsoft forcing Update to reactivate? Mine just did

Welcome Italy, from sunny central Florida, USA.

I'm so sorry that you experienced a problem with the GWX Control Panel. Be aware though, that there are two versions of it.
There is an older version that does not have the options that the newest one does. So I recommend to anyone, that they download the very latest version of the GWX Control panel.

Personally, I have about a dozen PC's, both desktop and laptop, that run Windows 8.1 and I've installed the GWX Control panel (new version) on every one of them, and so far (fingers crossed) I've not experienced any problems at all. On most of my PC's, I've left the Windows Updates set to Automatic.....still no problems or nags to upgrade to Windows 10.

I do have the same gripe about auto updates that I did years ago with AOL..... you're on your computer, and you have to leave, so you go to shutdown so you can get going (or you'll be late to get somewhere) and the dang updater tells you to wait, because it's installing updates. I hate to just leave it running, but sometimes I've had to do just that or be late for an appointment.
For that reason, I HAVE shut off auto updates on some PC's, like my main PC that I'm on right now.

Again, I'm sorry you had a problem, but thanks for letting us know about it anyway.

Cheers mate!
TechnoMage

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hi, i'm just a regular gal using office in my everyday work but have started encountering the same 'crashing' problem in a number of diff office applications! and no one and work can help!!!!! using Microsoft Windows XP Professional, on Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7300 @ 2.66GHz.

in office project, word etc & outlook i try to print and then pc freezes & a window keeps flashing up "microsoft office is attempting to force recovery"; program locks out and nothing will print after that......... even simple 1 page word text docs are a problem......don't know what's causing it??????? even rebooting or resetting printer, spoolers, queue etc is not resolving this??????any help is much appreciated!
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Answer:help! microsoft office is forcing recovery..... won't stop!

You shouldnt get a microsoft office is attempting to force recovery. Have you installed anything questionable that could of caused a virus to get into your computer?
 

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I'm running 8.1 with Classic Shell. I decided to keep Windows Update disabled entirely until the whole "we'll ram Windows 10 down your throat if it kills us" thing dies down, so I set it to never search for updates, then disabled the security center warning about it.

I'm OK doing this because I mostly run Linux, I know what not to download and have my important data backed up to drive cradles that I keep physically disconnected anyway, so even really bad malware can't really touch me.

After weeks of perfect non-updated operation with no annoyances about Windows 10, today Windows declared, entirely out of the blue, that it needed to reboot to install updates.

I'm positively, absolutely, emphatically 100% sure that I did not re-enable the updates, but when I went looking the option had reverted to "install updates automatically".

Is this a deliberate action by Microsoft (perhaps through Defender updates, which were the only ones I was installing through the Defender application itself)? The last shot in the increasingly unethical series to get people to upgrade?

I imagine it'd have blown up on the Internet already if it were like that, but then again, I can't think of anything I did that might have re-enabled that setting, nor did I install any application that could conceivably have anything to do with it (just a game through Steam and a mp3 tagging utility).

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I have a number of programs that I wrote myself, In Gupta SQl Windows, originally for a Windows 95 environment, which display .jpg files and for best results really need to be run in at least 16-bit colour. Under Windows 98 these applications continued to work perfectly. Under Windows XP, there is a problem, as for some reason Windows XP feels it has to run them in 8-bit colour mode, and so changes the colour depth on entry from my usual High Colour 16-bit setting, restoring it on exit. As a result the displayed .jpgs look awful. Although I can change the colour mode back manually to 16-bit while the programs are running, the programs continue to display in 8-bit colour. Note that it makes no different whether or not I use the Windows XP ‘compatibility options’ accessible by right-clicking on the executable. Would be most grateful for any ideas how to get round this.

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Is there a way to get internet explorer to re-download and install the Windows Update software?

There seems to be a problem with a system I am working on.

When you go to windows update, it will scan for updates, and tell you there are some.

but when you click on a category (drivers, critical, etc) it crashes IE.

I'm figuring if I can force a re-install of the WU component, maybe that will fix it.
If you have other ideas, let me know.
 

Answer:forcing a re-install of Windows Update?

I would take a look around the Microsoft knowledge database. They have some articles in there that should basically do what you are looking for. They are actually there to solve other problems but the solutions involve deleting a few files and registry entries which basically causes WU to reinstall. If this is an XP machine, you could also try a windows repair. If you can't find the articles LMK and I'll look.
 

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In one of my classes, a friend plugged in his USB mouse and Windows partially installed a driver for it before it was taken out of the port. Now Windows 10 is trying to force me to download the drivers for a mouse that I do not own or have access to. It keeps failing to install the updates, as it tires to launch a separate installer. This installer never gets launched, Windows update freezes, and it's just annoying since I can't hide the updates. Any advice?

Answer:Windows 10 Forcing Updates for Mouse

1) Go to your update settings, click the small blue text that says advanced settings, deselect the option to install other MS product updates.

2) You can also go to your device installation settings and select No, and Never install driver software.

The reason I listed two is because I'm not sure exactly which option is responsible for your problems. It may just be the second. I have the 1st enabled and the second disabled on my own computer.

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