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Windows 7: What should we do after January 2020

1 Week Ago   #191
SIW2

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...if you are interested in doing this, the first step is to update the Bios to the latest for the board which happens to be 2901... Bios settings have to be adjusted in order to Boot the OS (Windows) from this device.
Dell has a page on general settings which is applicable at https://www.dell.com/support/article...ell-pc?lang=en
Make sure you know what you are buying in terms of the SSD and you'll need the adapter card.

I used the following for the SSD and the Adapter card:

SSD: WD Black PCIe NVMe SSD I got a 256 Gb one and the exact model is: WDS256G1X0C-00ENX0
Adapter Card: Startech x4 PCI Express to M.2 PCIe SSD Adapter exact model is: PEX4M2E1
M.2 PCIe SSD work on Sabertooth 990FX R2


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1 Week Ago   #192
bendipa

Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit, Linux Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdowney717 View Post
How about drivers, when you install PCIE cards, windows 7 retrieves the right drivers. Is that going away?
Because that would be worse than not getting new security updates.

Is MS saying you wont get ANY updates even old ones? Say you just installed raw windows 7 ultimate, will MS provide all updates up to a final end game point as mentioned that 2020 date, or will it not offer anything at all?

You won't get any more updates after Jan 14. I wouldn't count on there being a page of past W7 updates on the MS site after then, as MS tends to remove obsolete support pages pretty quickly. If you do a fresh installation before the Jan14, and continue to use W7, make sure you've installed all updates and relevant drivers before then and take an image of your system.
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1 Week Ago   #193
sdowney717

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How about WMC, will people still be able to download playready? And setup WMC.
And what about Rovi guide data?
There is an EPG123 program that can be used with WMC and schedules direct.

Since the Vista updates are still there, Windows 7 updates should still be there, but new content wont be there, is what I think.
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6 Days Ago   #194
Nasty7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
Been reading for only a few minutes but it seems this is legit. A service from a company named ACROS Security in Slovenia that has been around for a long time.

My first reaction was "micropatches that fix security issues on-the-fly? NO WAY, feels like an opportunity for exploitation". But they seem (perhaps) trustworthy and their service will be free for home users. Haven't decided if PRO patches are worth an annual fee (cheaper than MS).

I am going to seriously consider trying it.
Yes, I will use it on one machine to see what's up. It was referred to me by a reputable site but forget now who. I've actually seen it on multiple reputable sites.
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6 Days Ago   #195
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nasty7 View Post
Yes, I will use it on one machine to see what's up. It was referred to me by a reputable site but forget now who. I've actually seen it on multiple reputable sites.
Re: 0patch I guess it is not Off Topic at all for this thread, but if you do try it maybe you can post here and then start a new thread about it.

I think I am going to try 0patch as well, though in my case I don't (currently anyway) have any PCs running that I could sacrifice to a serious problem with it.
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6 Days Ago   #196
Paul Black

Win 7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi maxseven,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
I don't (currently anyway) have any PCs running that I could sacrifice to a serious problem with it.
You could always create a system image. This way, if things go wrong, you will be able to restore your OS back to the exact same state that it was when the system image was made in a very short time. There are two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

I hope this helps!
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6 Days Ago   #197
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdowney717 View Post
WMC
Windows Media Center?
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6 Days Ago   #198
RoWin7

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxseven View Post
Re: 0patch I guess it is not Off Topic at all for this thread, but if you do try it maybe you can post here and then start a new thread about it.

I think I am going to try 0patch as well, though in my case I don't (currently anyway) have any PCs running that I could sacrifice to a serious problem with it.
It was discussed in this thread a few pages back.
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6 Days Ago   #199
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Hi maxseven,



You could always create a system image. This way, if things go wrong, you will be able to restore your OS back to the exact same state that it was when the system image was made in a very short time. There are two imaging programs which are very popular among members here, the first is AOMEI Backupper Standard [FREE], and the second is Macrium Reflect [FREE].

I hope this helps!
Excellent advice! I prefer Macrium Reflect but I have heard good things about AOMEI Backerupper.
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6 Days Ago   #200
CornellEngineer

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ZakGordon7 View Post
Windows 10? it's just awful (and subject to change at any moment with no control over that from end user). RIP MS as far as this household is concerned.
Some really good posts written back in late September by you and several others who responded and I couldn't agree with you all more. I've been doing a lot of thinking and a fair amount of research (which is what brought me to this thread) about what to do come EOL Day in January and I've pretty much decided to stick with my beloved Windows 7 until MS rips this soon-to-be unsupported OS from my cold dead hard drive (to paraphrase Charlton Heston).

I've always been a late-adopter...which sounds a lot better than a procrastinator. I didn't switch to Windows XP until the laptop I had that was running Windows 98SE finally died in the mid to late 2000s. Then I stayed with Windows XP until I built my own Windows 7 rig several years ago. IMO, these were all great OSs (for their day) but fortunately each time I eventually made the switch to a new OS I had something even better to transition to and by the time I finally made the move they already all had most of their early bugs and initial kinks worked out.

But IMO that ain't the case this time. I don't have a ton of hours using Windows 10 but from working remotely on my elderly father's newer puter to fix various problems and perform routine maintenance and software installation I don't much care for it. I don't absolutely loathe it like I did Windows 8 but I also don't like it nearly enough to want to put it on my currently smooth-running main PC either.

We all heard the exact same dire apocalyptic warnings as Windows XP EOL approached but to my knowledge nothing terribly bad ever happened after support ended as far as security vulnerabilities were concerned. I mistakenly thought that the WannaCry ransomeware attack that hit a couple years ago was a good example of what can happen when you continue to use an outdated OS but as it turns out it couldn't be executed automatically (only manually) on XP puters while many Windows 7 PCs were infected so in some ways XP was actually "safer" than 7 was...at least when the outbreak first occurred.

So count me in as one of those who are digging their heels in and who will be using Windows 7 until practically nothing runs on it any longer. In the meantime I've recently started playing around a little with different versions of Linux Mint and so far I'm liking what I'm seeing. I tried Mint several years ago only very briefly but quickly lost interest once I had my new Windows 7 rig up and running but it seems they have made some very nice improvements since then so when it's finally time to retire 7 for good I'll hopefully be proficient enough to pretty much kiss MS adios forever. I just cloned my main drive to a spare new SSD I bought a couple years ago and will continue to periodically make clones and/or images for backups just in case but quite honestly from what I've seen I'm not sure I still wouldn't prefer using an infected Windows 7 to that newer POS OS Microsoft is trying to force down everybody's throat.
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