Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

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Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

Post by burger2227 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:33 am

Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?
True, if you’re using WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), you’re golden. But if you use Windows Update or Windows Update for Business, you’re stuck with the fat updates.

There are two problems with this. First, those patch rollups are heading to 300MB to 500MB in size. That’s a lot of bandwidth for, say, a remote office still using 3 Mbit/sec. DSL. Second, since every month’s plump patch package installs every fix since October 2016, if any patch breaks something, anything, the entire rollup fails and — well, you get the picture.

But what’s really ticking me off today isn’t any of those. They’re old news. No, the real annoyance is that, with a year and a half of Windows 7 support yet, Microsoft staffers will no longer be answering Microsoft Community forum questions about Windows 7.
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Re: Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

Post by burger2227 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:34 am

Updating Windows 7 is getting harder and more expensive
Do you still have desktop systems running Windows 7? Then you surely know by now that Jan. 14, 2020—a Patch Tuesday—is the last day Microsoft issues security updates for the operating system. (While you are marking your calendar: January 2023 is the scheduled end of security support for Windows 8.1.)

The schedule for embedded systems running Windows 7-based operating systems is different. There are a few editions. The support expiration dates are:

Oct. 13, 2020: Windows Embedded Standard 7 Service Pack 1. This is the mainstream edition, which more complex products run, such as ATMs, medical devices, and gaming machines.
April 13, 2021: Windows Embedded Compact 7. This is for small, limited-purpose devices, such as handheld scanners.
Oct. 12, 2021: Windows Embedded POSReady 7. This is based on Standard, with special features targeting point-of-sale systems.
Otherwise you can update with Windows 10 until it breaks your PC...
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Re: Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

Post by burger2227 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:53 am

Microsoft's killer Windows 7 patch: Breaks networking, flags legit PCs as 'Not genuine'
This time they've found that its January security updates are bricking Windows 7 devices with an errant 'Not Genuine' Windows license error, and a bug that blocks administrator access to remote shares on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

The issues stem from the Monthly Rollup update, KB4480970, and the security-only update, KB4480960, for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
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Re: Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

Post by burger2227 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:10 am

Microsoft turning the screws on Windows 7 users by targeting Windows Media Player
This means that new metadata won’t be updated on media players that are installed on your Windows device. However, any information that’s already been downloaded will still be available. This change doesn’t affect any major media player functionality such as playback, navigating collections, media streaming, and so forth. Only secondary features that require downloading of new metadata are potentially affected.

The issue interestingly only affects WMP and WMC on Windows 7, and does not affect WMP running on Windows 8 or Windows 10 for example.
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