Earlier this year, Microsoft pushed out an update for Windows 7 that, when installed, would cause systems running CPUs without SSE2 support to blue screen. The company said it was "working on a resolution" however, a few months later, it appears that resolution is to "buy a new PC".
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If you really want to make Windows crash, it's not that hard. Fire up Photoshop and resize an image by a billion per cent. Done. There are other ways that don't require third-party software of course, thanks to bugs in the operating system's core code and in the case of pre-Windows 10 platforms, the NT file system.
Microsoft has gone ahead with its plan to disable updates on pre-Windows 10 operating systems running on newer AMD and Intel processors. While your machine won't suddenly stop working, it does mean your Windows 7 or 8.1 install won't benefit from the latest updates. Fortunately, a simple workaround is now available.
Upgrading your processor to use a new operating system? Sure, it can happen. But when's the last time you had to upgrade your OS to, er, use your OS, because of your processor? Yep, that's a new one, with Microsoft taking the first step towards discouraging the use of AMD and Intel's latest hardware on the company's older platforms of Windows 7 and 8.1.
It's been a long time since we've had to worry about CPU / OS incompatibilities. In fact, the last time it was an issue was the shift from x86 to x64, but that was largely transparent to consumers thanks to AMD and its x86-64 specification, which was later adopted by Intel. Now, with Windows 7 having just entered its extended support phase, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to drop the news that only Windows 10 will be supported on upcoming CPUs.
Microsoft has announced that from 31 October 2016, PC manufacturers won't be able to sell new computers sporting the ageing Windows 7 or 8.1 operating systems. Instead, they will have to come pre-installed with Windows 10.
All around the world, Windows users are discovering a new icon in their notification trays -- an offer to reserve a free copy of Windows 10. Sounds too good to be true, yes? Except Windows 10 actually is a free upgrade, and this really does appear to be the way you'll get it.
Windows 10 is set to mark a sea change in the way Microsoft's OS works, but even the modern-looking Windows 8.1 carries a bunch of legacy tools and apps that you may not know about. One of those is the Task Scheduler, a built-in utility enabling you to automate a multitude of tasks with no additional software required.
As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern era of personal computing.
Given the United States' intolerance for copyright infringement and the pirates that propagate it, you'd think Uncle Sam would be a little more keen on making sure that his men were playing by the book themselves. As it turns out, a whole mess of computers running unlicensed, illegal copies of Windows 7 belong to none other than the US Army itself.
If you have a PC with Windows 8 but miss Windows 7, there's no need to downgrade. Following a few simple steps, you can make Microsoft's current operating system look and feel almost identical to its predecessor. Here's how to bring back the Start menu and the attractive aero glass theme how to hide other Windows 8 elements like the Charms menu.
We think there's a lot to love about Windows 8, but not everybody feels that way. Some people hate it. This computer store is offering a service to help the clueless users who want nothing more than to go back to Windows 7.