Stop Windows 10 Automatic Downloads

How to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading itself on to your computer

September 11th at 12:34 PM

How to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading itself on to your computer

Although the numerous privacy issues that have cropped up since Windows 10 launched two months ago are indeed worrying, there is nothing quite as annoying as receiving the upgraded operating system before you’re ready for it.

That’s right, Microsoft is automatically downloading the new OS to Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers, regardless of whether or not the users reserved it. That’s all well and good if you want Windows 10, but it’s an enormous waste of space otherwise.

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Windows 10 Features

It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you – here’s how to stop them

August 28th at 12:25 PM

It’s not just Windows 10, Windows 7 and 8 are also tracking you – here’s how to stop them

Windows 10’s warm reception has been sullied by concerns over data collection, usage tracking and spying, which is enabled in the new operating system by default. In fact, many people have avoided updating to Windows 10 solely due to concerns surrounding these issues.

We told you how you can opt out of much of these data-collecting features, and we also pointed you to six free tools that will help stop other Windows 10 functions that may compromise your data.

But as it turns out, Windows 10 isn’t the only Microsoft operating system collecting your data without your knowledge. More →

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Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

July 31st at 4:16 PM

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating.

Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if Microsoft was ready for the influx of installations… More →

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Windows 7 End Of Sales

Windows 7’s slow sunset continues with October 31st deadline

September 24th at 9:15 PM

Windows 7’s slow sunset continues with October 31st deadline

As PC users anxiously await the release of Windows 9, many are beginning to worry about the latest impending deadline for Windows 7. On the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, Microsoft notes that it will no longer provide copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate to third-party manufacturers for inclusion on new consumer PCs. More →

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Microsoft Windows 7 Support Deadline

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

July 8th at 2:53 PM

Microsoft ending mainstream support for Windows 7 in early 2015

The inevitable transition to Windows 8 continues unabated. Microsoft published an update on its support site on Tuesday with a list of products reaching the end of their Mainstream Support life cycles in the coming months, including Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and most notably, Windows 7 Home, Professional, Starter, Enterprise and Ultimate. More →

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Windows 7 Vs. Windows 8 Market Share

Windows 7 has the most to gain from XP’s impending demise

April 3rd at 9:20 AM

Windows 7 has the most to gain from XP’s impending demise

With support for Windows XP due to end next week, XP’s market share has predictably started to decline… but it’s not benefiting Windows 8 nearly as much as it’s benefiting Windows 7. The Next Web points out that NetMarketShare’s latest numbers show a predictable decline of nearly two percentage points for Windows XP over the last month along with a rise of a combined 0.62 percentage points for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 and a rise of 1.46 percentage points for Windows 7. This means that between the end of February and the end of March, Windows 7 adoption grew more than twice as fast as Windows 8 adoption. More →

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Mac Pro Drops Windows 7 Support

New Mac Pro Boot Camp users now stuck with Windows 8

March 17th at 5:15 PM

New Mac Pro Boot Camp users now stuck with Windows 8

It looks like Apple might have taken Microsoft’s recent video to heart after all. MacRumors reports that Apple’s support page for Boot Camp has been updated to reflect the fact that the latest Mac Pro will no longer support Windows 7 or any older versions of the operating system. Although all the previous models appear to have retained Windows 7 and Vista support, MacRumors notes that this could be the first sign of future Mac computers shedding support for the aging software altogether. Mac users who depend on Boot Camp might start paying closer attention to those Windows 8 updates from now on.

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When Will Windows 7 PCs Stop Being Made

A scary thought: This Halloween will mark the end of new Windows 7 consumer PCs [updated]

February 14th at 1:57 PM

A scary thought: This Halloween will mark the end of new Windows 7 consumer PCs [updated]

If you want a new PC but would prefer to get one with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, then you’d better realize that your window is slowly closing. Paul Thurrott writes that Microsoft has officially set a deadline of October 31st, 2014 as the last day it will allow manufacturing partners to preload the assort Home editions of Windows 7 onto new machines. After that point, every new consumer-targeted PC they make will need to have some variation of Windows 8. The good news for Windows 7 fans, however, is that they still might be able to get new Windows 7 PCs through their work even after the last new Windows 7 consumer PC has been sold because Microsoft has extended the deadline for OEMs to preinstall Windows 7 Pro onto business PCs. More →

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Microsoft Windows 8 Sales

Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sales are lagging behind Windows 7

February 13th at 5:34 PM

Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sales are lagging behind Windows 7

Although Windows 8 license sales appeared to be keeping pace with Windows 7 within the same time frame for the first several months, updates from Microsoft became less frequent as time passed. As Windows 8 approaches a year and a half on the market, The Verge reports that Microsoft has taken the stage at a Goldman Sachs technology conference to announce that sales have finally reached 200 million. To put that number into perspective, Windows 7 had reached 240 million license sales in a single year, and that number has been climbing by the hundreds of millions every year since. From what we’ve seen of Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is moving in the right direction, but tweaks and bug fixes won’t be able to right this train alone.

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Windows 7 Adoption Analysis

2014: The year of Windows 7?

January 23rd at 10:00 AM

2014: The year of Windows 7?

If you’re still scratching your head over why HP is pushing Windows 7 over Windows 8, this might give you a clue. Shawn Allaway, the CEO of Windows migration assistance firm ConverterTechnology, tells Network World that the impending death of Windows XP has led many of his customers to ask about upgrading their systems… but not to Windows 8. In fact, Allaway says that none of his customers have chosen Windows 8 so far and most of them will likely upgrade to Windows 7 instead. More →

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HP Windows 7 PCs Return

With Windows 8 floundering, HP was forced to start selling Windows 7 again

January 20th at 10:42 AM

With Windows 8 floundering, HP was forced to start selling Windows 7 again

Public opinion on Windows 8 seems to be in an unending state of flux, but at least one PC manufacturer has decided to take a stand on the matter. HP has announced via the front page of its website that Windows 7 computers are “back by popular demand,” signaling yet another delay to what Microsoft must have assumed would be an inevitable shift to the latest operating system. More →

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Microsoft Windows 7 Retail Sales

Microsoft may keep selling box copies of Windows 7 after all

December 9th at 4:15 PM

Microsoft may keep selling box copies of Windows 7 after all

Calm down, Windows 8 haters: You may not have to rush out to scoop up Windows 7 after all. Microsoft caused a stir last week when it announced that it had already stopped selling box copies of Windows 7 and that it had instructed its manufacturing partners to stop using Windows 7 on new PCs by October 30th, 2014. Now Network World has noticed that Microsoft has backtracked on its Windows life cycle page and now says that sales of both Windows 7 and new Windows 7 PCs will only end at a date “to be determined.” Windows 7 extended support is still scheduled to last through January 14th, 2020. More →

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When Do Windows 7 PC Sales End

Metro haters beware: 2014 will be the end of new Windows 7 PCs

December 6th at 4:10 PM

Metro haters beware: 2014 will be the end of new Windows 7 PCs

If you’re looking to buy a new PC and you hate the idea of looking at Live Tiles, then you’d better get a new PC within the next year or so. As ZDNet points out, Microsoft has told its manufacturing partners that they can keep selling new Windows 7-based PCs through October 30th, 2014, which means that by this time next year every new PC that OEMs release will come preloaded with Windows 8. Microsoft has also announced that it’s officially stopped selling Windows 7 box copies at retail. More →

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