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Windows 7: No plans for Windows 7 SP2

24 Oct 2012   #11
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Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
Here's how SP affects the product support. When a SP is issued the previous version is only supported for 24 Months. Since W7 SP1 was issued in 2011, W7 without SP1 will not be supported after 4/9/2013. For now W7 SP1 will be supported until 2020 unless there is a SP2 and then SP1 will be supported for 24 Months after SP2 is released.

That sounds better. Thanks for shedding some light on the subject.

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25 Oct 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
"...pushing customers towards the completely new Windows 8." More like pushing customers away from Microsnot.
This! I HATE Windows 8.
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26 Oct 2012   #13

W7, W8.1

It's just a naming game, Vista could have been called W7, the 1st W7 would then have been sp1, & the current W7 would be sp2 :)

This! I HATE Windows 8.
I hated it, but less and less over time, added Classic Shell and am now quite impressed. It's fast, it works, it's stable, there's some very good stuff under the 'metro' layer. Still feel sick looking at and using 'metro' (on any non-touch), but time will tell if it can be useful, at least now do not have to see it, it's just an optional extra for potential future use.
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26 Oct 2012   #14

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As of right now, the official Microsoft lifecycle for End of Support is:
January 12, 2015 for mainstream support and January 14, 2020 for extended support

Of course, this is subject to change.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Microsoft Windows
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26 Oct 2012   #15

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
Microsoft will realise they will need to release a SP2 for Windows 7, when many Desktop users do not migrate to the Windows 8 operating system, and people start to forget to install individual updates released every month, and then complain to Microsoft about the performance and security issues found within their Windows 7 installation.
I imagine that eventually some form of SP2 will be released, if only to roll all updates into one big update or something.
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26 Oct 2012   #16

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

Until Microsoft and OEMs resolve my Broadcom Bluetooth 2.1 not working (even with compatibility mode) on Windows 8, I won't consider upgrading to it.
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27 Oct 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ulimate x64

Notice a patern Windows 2000 up to SP4 Windows XP SP3 Windows Vista SP2 Windows 7 SP1
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27 Oct 2012   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I would rather pay for updates for Windows 7 than move to a brain dead OS like Windows 8. I have real work to accomplish and I can't do it in an acceptable way on Windows 8. I am the one doing MY work so MY way is the ONLY way that counts. If you can live with Windows 8, good for you. I can't!
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27 Oct 2012   #19
x BlueRobot


Microsoft should have made two separate editions of Windows 8 for the two different types of user; very much like there is different editions of the same operating system for different needs of each user.

So, have Windows 8 Professional for Desktops and have Windows 8 Professional for Tablets, then everyone will be able to benefit from the better performance of Windows 8.
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27 Oct 2012   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

Microsoft has already made two separated editions of Windows. One for the desktop: Windows 7 and one for tablets: Windows 8. The only problem is they plan to kill Windows 7 rather than make it better.

They insist the future will only be workable for people who only want to consume content, bought only from them, using hand held battery powered toys. Unless they change their path, don't expect Windows 9 to be anything but more of the same. Windows 8 is not even as good as a Vista 2.0. It is Windows 1.0 rising out of the murky depths of ancient history stripped of nearly everything that made it useful and made much harder to use.

Microsoft seems to think they can survive satisfying teenagers and their mental equivalents who are tweeting, facebooking, watching videos, trading photos, etc. They hope they can get away with giving the finger to the very large population of computer users who do real work with real computers. This last group are the ones who actually create the valuable content that Microsoft plans to conscript and make a profit from. What is worse, the productive users are expected to create that valuable content working with a toy OS on battery powered toys bounded on every side by Microsoft restrictions.

IBM tried very much the same thing in the 1970s and got shoved unto a corner: hard. They got replaced by minicomputers and eventually PC desktop computers. They were almost dead until they re-invented themselves as a service company. They have yet to achieve their former glory of owning the word "computer" and the belief that "No one ever got fired for specifying IBM".

What IBM forgot and Microsoft seems to have forgotten, is that computer power in the hands of a productive individual makes them more productive and more effective. This happens only when they don't have to ask "mother may I" to do what they need to do with that power. The goal seems to be to convert the computer power into a leash around the neck of a user and a vacuum hose into the user's bank account. Thereby to charge a fee for every required "mother may I" request. I see no reason to fall down that rabbit hole.
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