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Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says

Q: Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says

Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says

Security company Avast has published global Windows usage data as part of the PC Trends Report (PDF document) for the first quarter of 2017, revealing that Windows 7 continues to lead the market with a share that?s close to 50 percent.

While it?s important to note that these figures come from computers running Avast, they do align with the statistics provided by research firms whose main activity is monitoring operating system usage, so there?s a good chance these are accurate.

First and foremost, there?s leader Windows 7. According to Avast, the operating system launched in 2009 is currently powering more than 56 million computers where its antivirus product is installed, and this means a share of no less than 48.35 percent.

Windows 10 is growing, the security firm says, and it managed to reach a share of 30.46 percent, which accounts for a little over 35 million devices running Avast security software.

Windows XP still a super-popular choice
But what?s a little more worrying for everyone, including here Microsoft, users, and Avast itself, is that Windows XP, which was launched in 2001 and no longer receives security updates since April 2014, is still running on more than 6.5 million computers. This means that it has a share of 5.64 percent, more than Windows 8 (2.51 percent) and Windows Vista (2.08 percent) combined.

Windows 8 was launched in 2012 as Microsoft?s new revolution, but its small market share is mostly the result of most people choosing the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. The OS launched one year later has a share of 10.96 percent, which represents 12.7 million PCs running Avast.

For what it?s worth, Windows Vista is also reaching end of support next month, so users who are still running this OS, and there are at least 2 million according to Avast, should already start planning the upgrade. Windows 10 is the safest bet right now, as Windows 7 itself is also projected to reach EOL in January 2020.Click to expand...

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Preferred Solution: Windows XP Has More Users than Windows Vista and Windows 8 Combined, Avast Says

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A recent definition update for Avast Antivirus is causing Windows 10 1803 to crash.
The only solution at this time appears to be a complete Windows reinstall.

Windows 10 is known to have issues with third-party antivirus apps in some computers.
This is why it's recommended to stick with its built-in Windows Defender Security Center app.

You can read more about it here:
https://news.softpedia.com/news/ava...own-windows-10-april-2018-update-521227.shtml

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First of all, the details are here.According to a leaked document, customers acquiring Vista PCs will be given the opportunity of inexpensive and free upgrades to Windows 7, as long as they will buy the machines with Vista and not wait for the launch of Windows 7. The latest documentation leaked for the program reveals an Eligibility Period spanning from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010

A:Free Upgrades for Windows 7 only to Windows Vista users

Keep in mind this is subject to change

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It's now official.
Mozilla Firefox has dropped support for these 2 operating systems with the upcoming release of version 53.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/fire...for-windows-xp-and-windows-vista-514975.shtml

I run both operating systems in a test computer so I can monitor software apps as support is dropped for them.
Most of the software apps that I use in Windows 7 and Windows 10 still work in these operating systems.
The more urgent problem though is being able to be safe on the internet when using an outdated browser.

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free


Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft


Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29


Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade


If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time

 
 

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Microsoft announced recently that Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users have until July 29, 2016 to exercise their option to upgrade their systems to Windows 10 for free  Effective July 29, 2016, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8.1 users will have to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft  Microsoft's goal is to help our customers get the most secure and best version of Windows before the promotional offer expires on July 29  Effective immediately, customers on Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1 whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'Recommended' updates may start seeing the below notification even if they have not previously reserved the Windows 10 upgrade  If the customer does not cancel or reschedule, by default the upgrade will install at the scheduled time. 

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It's been a long and frustrating 24 hours or so, but I finally breeched the roadblocks that prevented me from doing a "clean" install of Windows Vista SP2 and getting it up-to-date through April 2017.

As soon as I've completed a detailed install-and-update guide and gotten approval from the staff here, I'll post it in the "Windows Vista" section.

This guide is for those of you who want to do a "clean" install of Windows Vista SP2 32-bit or 64-bit.
It's not for those of you who have had it running in your computer for some time(months or years) and don't intend to re-install it.

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This may have been posted before but it was new to me (but then again I just found out Jimi Hendrix died!!).

Anyway, found it interesting.

http://www.engadget.com/photos/windows-vista-in-pictures/
 

A:For all XP users, Windows Vista in pictures

I honestly don’t comprehend what the purpose of that site is for. I have Vista Home Basic on one of my machines. Was hoping that SP1 would resolve some of the hardware and software glitches. But noooo! It still is not compatible with some hardware and software. Those photos just confused me even more. I truly think I am getting slower as I get older. Perhaps someone else may find those photos useful.
 

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Hi

I have multiple Windows 7 DVDs (x86, x64, and different languages) and I want to combine these onto just one DVD.

I read about it on the internet, did a quick google search and found these. The best thing is that they do not seem to use any third party utilities so I can be sure it won't get infected by a virus or anything. It only uses Microsoft utilities. (Windows AIK to be exact, which I believe is a free download)

So... do you think it's safe to do this? Is there a way I could create a DVD that would contain x86 + x64 and multiple languages (only two) for each? Or is it too much to fit on a DVD? (how about a DL DVD then)

I will try creating an x86 + x64 single language DVD later today... I only need one edition of Windows 7 so I hope it will fit (I'll try to skip the other editions).


Guides I found:
How to create a combined x86 and x64 Windows 7 installation DVD - Overclockers UK Forums
How to Create an Integrated x86/x64 Windows 7 Install DVD - gHacks Tech News


If any of

A:Create combined Windows 7 Installer DVD

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

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All Microsoft support ended for Windows XP in April 2014.
All Microsoft support ended for Windows Vista in April 2017.

The Internet Explorer 8 browser in Windows XP and the Internet Explorer 9 browser in Windows Vista are both extremely outdated and no longer support most websites.
The Firefox 52.9.0 ESR browser had all support ended by Mozilla in September 2018.
All other browsers are extremely more out-of-date than Firefox 52.9.0 ESR is, so it's the only remaining browser for these 2 operating systems that still supports most websites.

I recently updated my install and update guides for both operating systems and successfully tested them.
For those of you who are still insistent on sticking with these operating systems, a copy of the updated guides are present in the "Windows XP" and "Windows Vista" sections.

Many programs and security tools that install and work fine Windows 7 & 8.1 & 10 no longer do so in Windows XP & Vista.
Some things have to come to an end, sooner or later.
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All Microsoft support ended for Windows XP in April 2014.
All Microsoft support ended for Windows Vista in April 2017.

The Internet Explorer 8 browser in Windows XP and the Internet Explorer 9 browser in Windows Vista are both extremely outdated and no longer support most websites.
The Firefox 52.9.0 ESR browser had all support ended by Mozilla in September 2018.
All other browsers are extremely more out-of-date than Firefox 52.9.0 ESR is, so it's the only remaining browser for these 2 operating systems that still supports most websites.

I recently updated my install and update guides for both operating systems and successfully tested them.
For those of you who are still insistent on sticking with these operating systems, a copy of the updated guides are present in the "Windows XP" and "Windows Vista" sections.

Many programs and security tools that install and work fine Windows 7 & 8.1 & 10 no longer do so in Windows XP & Vista.
Some things have to come to an end, sooner or later.
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So my brother got a new vista laptop recently and it came with a paper saying he can upgrade to Windows 7 for free.
So i go on HP's site (he got a pavilion), and i come across the page where i place my order. But then i find this:

It says it costs 30 euros! I thought it was meant to be free!? 30 euros isnt much anyway but thats not the problem, my problem is also that i cant pay online becuase i dont have paypal or a credit card!

Isnt it meant to be free? Or is that the shipping cost?

A:Windows 7 free upgrade for vista users

I would call HP and ask them ... though it doesnt sound like a free upgrade to me...

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I am a Mac user that also uses Windows Vista in the Parallels 4.0 environment. Along with the new Parallels update came Parallels Internet Security powered by Kaspersky. My questions are these: since I have the following protection programs loaded in the Windows/Parallels environment, which ones are the best, which ones should be kept, and which ones should be uninstalled?

* Parallels Internet Security powered by Kaspersky
* AVG 8.0 free edition
* Spyware Blaster
* Spyware Guard
* The Cleaner Free
* Winpatrol
* Windows Defender
* WIndows Firewall

Thanks for any help that can be provided. Simple, non-technical language would be appreciated Free programs are also preferred.
 

A:Protection for Mac Users using Windows Vista in Parallels 4.0

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A combined hotfix patch which updates the following Windows XP core files:

Ntdll.dll
Ntkrnlmp.exe
Ntkrnlpa.exe
Ntkrpamp.exe
Ntoskrnl.exe
services.exe

to version 5.1.2600.1224 has just been released. You can read about it here.

How about some input from those of you who decide to install it. Personally, I'm going to wait until I hear some positive comments, if any.

Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
 

A:Windows XP Combined Hotfix Patch Released

I have installed this update. You can read my comments here.

Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips
 

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Read here:
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/end-support-windows-xp-and-vista

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Quote:




April, the month that theoretically saw Windows XP drop out of support, was unfortunately not marked by the precipitous decline of Windows XP usage on the Internet. It was down, a little bit, but it unfortunately remains a significant feature of the computing landscape.
In better news, Internet Explorer 11 has become the most widely used "modern" version of Internet Explorer. There are now more people using Internet Explorer 11 than Internet Explorer 9 and 10 combined. This can only be a good thing for Web developers.




Internet Explorer 11 passes 9 and 10 combined, Windows XP remains abundant | Ars Technica

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Imagine yourself on a computer, listening to music. You are almost done with a song until it just stops in 20 seconds before it's done playing. Think you've had this problem well, don't think so because I have. Here's some advice for you:

1. Update your Realtek HD Audio Manager
2. Check your Device Manager
3. Do a "Disk Defragment"
4. Have a clean-up for your hard drive
5. Sometimes overheating may cause bad audio quality

This is all I can say right now. I hope you enjoy this...

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Hi,

I'm a complete novice so please forgive my ignorance! Here's what I'm trying to do: I have a document that is used by 2 departments as part of 1 process. However there is Revenue information on several tabs that really should only be shared with one of the departments. Originally my solution was this:

Code:

Private Sub Workbook_BeforeClose

On Error Resume Next

Worksheets("Schedule").Activate

Sheets("Summary").Visible = xlSheetHidden
Sheets("Revenue").Visible = xlSheetHidden
Sheets("ComCosts").Visible = xlSheetHidden
Sheets("FinanceSum").Visible = xlSheetHidden

ActiveWorkbook.ProtectPassword:="Password", structure:=True,
Windows:=False
End Sub


This did 3 things:
1. Activated the "Schedule" tab as the default tab
2. 'Hide' the sensitive tabs incase one of the users forgot to hide them before closing
3. Password protect the workbook so only the users with the password can unlock the sensitive tabs

The problem is that if the user decides to disable macros, my code is euchred! So I found this amazing code from www.excelguru.ca (if that's not the proper way to cite, please let me know and I will adjust!) that 'forces' users to turn macros on in order to see any of the sheets:
Code:

Option Explicit
Const WelcomePage = "Macros"
Private Sub Workbook_BeforeSave(ByVal SaveAsUI As Boolean, Cancel As Boolean)
'Author : Ken Pu... Read more

A:VBA 'force' users to use macros combined with visible properties

Hi Tyler,
I just took a quick look. I'm off mow but you could 'force' this by creating another file that serves as master, if macro's are disabled no choices possible. else open the the intended file.
I've used this method and works.
I'll try and help later this weekend.
BTW which version of Excel are you using?
 

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C:\Windows\Installer\537ef9a.msi|>cabs.w1|>go.exe69
Avast detected it as Win32 Trojan-gen, I get error 42111 (from what I've read it's due to inability to remove without corrupting the file)

HijackThis Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 22:14:47, on 2012-11-21
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16455)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\vVX1000.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DAEMON Tools Lite\DTLite.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqtra08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\issch.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Renesas Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2-ui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqSTE08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqbam08.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\hpqgpc01.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
D:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerPlugin_11_5_502_110.exe
C:\Windows\SysWOW6... Read more

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A:Avast Free Antivirus 2017 VS Windows Defender - Windows 10

Follow the advice given by @Windows Defender Shill in the other thread, then you won't question every security product.
 

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Battle:

Avast Free Antivirus vs Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.
I almost never use Avast as an On Demand Scanner anyway just protection. What do you guys think?
Which is better when it comes to the following:


Resource Usage (eg: CPU, RAM)
Real World System Impact
Level of Protection and Features (eg: Antivirus , Firewall, Behavior Blocker)
Overall Winner

 

A:Avast Free vs Windows Defender and Windows Firewall

If we're talking about Windows "10" Firewall/Defender, I might be inclined to go with Windows Defender/Firewall + some other realtime prot like Zemana over Avast AV. However, if we're talking about Windows 7, I'd go with AVAST. In my circumstances as a W7 user, I'd go with AVAST.
 

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Here is some reading about it, just in case anyone wants to remove these 4 updates from their computer and then hide them.

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/28/microsoft-intensifies-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8-systems/

http://betanews.com/2015/09/01/amid...privacy-botching-features-to-windows-7-and-8/

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Starting today, current users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to reserve a free upgrade to Windows 10 once the operating system is released in a few months' time. And yes, the free upgrade will give you...

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A:Microsoft lets Windows 7 and 8.1 users reserve free upgrade to Windows 10

DirectX 12 here we come. Oh yeah!
 

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When I did the Windows 7 install, I am not sure whether during sysprep or using something called Profile Re-locator, I moved the Users Folder from the C: OS drive to my second E: data drive.

I want to upgrade to Win 10 and have been putting it off.

I forgot how to move the users folder back prior to the upgrade.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder Moved 2nd Drive

Hi:

See if this tutorial helps:

How to Change the Default Location of User Folders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

When you are ready to upgrade, the equivalent tutorial for Windows 10 is here:

How to Move Users Profile Folder to another Location in Windows 10

Hope this helps,
MM

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Now that Microsoft has finally started offering the free Windows 10 upgrade to users across the world, we?re seeing quite a lot of people trying to clean install the new operating system and thus avoid the painful process that the upgrade could turn out to be in case of compatibility issues or any other problems experienced during download and install.

And while the clean install worked for every single version of Windows released in the past, it doesn?t work for Windows 10, so you must not attempt to clean install Windows 10 without upgrading first!

The reason is as simple as it could be: the product keys you have for Windows 7 or 8.1 won?t work in Windows 10 and in order to benefit from the free upgrade, you need to perform the direct upgrade first.

How Windows 10 activation works
Microsoft explains how exactly this process works:

?Once your device upgrades to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer and activates online automatically, an entitlement is registered to your PC?s hardware for your edition of Windows 10. (If you go to Settings >> Update & Security >> Activation says ?Windows is activated?.) Now you will be able to clean install (i.e. boot from media and install Windows 10) the same edition of Windows 10 seamlessly without having to enter a product key.?

In other words, once you perform the direct upgrade to Windows 10 and the operating system is activated, you can perform the clean install how many times you want, as the g... Read more

A:Windows 7 and 8.1 Users, Don’t Try to Clean Install Windows 10 Without Upgrading First!

They are late, almost a week after we gave the instructions
 

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I want to deploy customized theme pack for our student computer lab which is windows 7 based via group policy.I also want to change the theme pack every month i.e replace the old one with new one

There are two options in Windows 7 group policy about themes:
1.Load a specfic theme (It doesn't work for me because it applies only to new user only once and also it's not applies for existing users)
2.Force a specific visual style file or force Windows Classic ( I have some confusion about this option.I think this is for all users either new or existing, but I don't know how to specify theme pack path.I've tried\\server\share\test.theme
but it doesn't work when I check examples it says that\\server\share\Corp.msstyles and this is quiet confusing for me why is saying to use Corp.msstyles instead of using Corp.theme
? )
Can you please help me , how to deploy customized theme for all windows 7 users via Group Policy ?
Thanks
Sohail

A:How Can I setup windows theme via group policy for all Windows 7 Users ?

Hi,
 
Based on my research, I’m afraid there is no special GPO of setting themes for every user. Just like you said, there is a GPO “Load a specific theme”
only applies to new user, but no effect on an existing user. That’s by design.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Regards,
Leo  
HuangPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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Here is some reading about it, just in case anyone wants to remove these 4 updates from their computer and then hide them.

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/28/microsoft-intensifies-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8-systems/

http://betanews.com/2015/09/01/amid...privacy-botching-features-to-windows-7-and-8/

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A:Windows 10 Data Collecting & Privacy Issues - Windows 7 & 8 Users

I saw that. Its interesting, as the privacy agreement for Win10 allows the data mining but what about Win7? Pretty sure it didn't say it, will have to hunt it down, and if it doesn't, are they in breach of the agreement?

Anyhoo, will be making sure all I know have this hidden
 

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Windows Vista x86 and Windows 7 x86 users in Catch 22 situation trying to restore systems!
During Factory Restore of Vista x86, upgrade of Vista x86 to Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1, or install of Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 and validating install online, Windows Update fails after mandated update.
Unable to manually download requisite updates due to "Browser our of date" error from Microsoft Support website!
Downloads only available from Support.Microsoft.com website

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Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I have been in touch with Microsoft 3 times to ask this question and each time I get referred on to someone else. I would have thought that the answer would have been straight forward so I looked around and found you guys. I guess you can tell from the "title" what I was asking about but here it is anyway.

"will the free download of Windows 8.1 (for existing Windows 8 users) be released on DVD for those with a very slow broadband connection? It would take me 48 hours to download at around 20kb/s - I really need it on disc."

I am waiting for the response to this second rewording of my question and will post Microsoft's response here. In the meantime I would appreciate knowing if anyone here has an answer.

Thanks.

The Professor.

A:Windows 8.1 Free Update on Disc for Windows 8 Users?

You will need to buy the DVD.

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I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.

A:Windows 7 Upgrade to Windows 10 but Users Folder on second drive

Originally Posted by andrew124C41


I want to upgrade before the deadline. However, I moved the users folder to a second drive. I don't know if I used a program which modified the registry or a sysprep script that I wrote. I had heard that one could upgrade without moving the folder back but I am not sure that is true. I tried to upgrade to win 10 but it did not complete. Any advice appreciated.

Do I run sysprep in reverse. Not sure how to do that.



Probably the best thing to do right now, is download what you need, and throw in an empty drive, disconnect all other drives, and clean install W10, then use your W7 key to activate it once you get to the desktop. Also, skip checking for updates at the beginning of the install, because the servers are being hammered now, and you'll just sit there idle, while nothing happens.

If you must review the failure log, it can be found at
C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther\setuperr.log

You'll need to show hidden system files to find it, and you'll need to copy it to someplace else in order to open it.

7:40 to go. No time to lose.

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I have given my email address in windows website for Windows 8 media centre pack for windows 8 pro but I didn't get the key it has been 24 hrs.

A:Windows 8 media centre pack for windows 8 pro users

How do I get it?

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The ultimate malware!
Microsoft has admitted that it is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates on Intel’s seventh generation Core i3, i5, Qualcomm’s 8996 and other processors to ‘force’ users upgrade to Windows 10, a media report said....Intel Skylake processors will also not be supported on Windows 7 and 8 from July. Therefore, its users will have to upgrade to keep the updates coming.
Read more here
This is absurd! 

A:Microsoft is forcing Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10

Ron,
In their defense, this policy was announced OVER A YEAR AGO, so that anyone purchasing a system in the interim should have been aware of what would be happening:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/virus-spyware/f/3522/t/19668740

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Microsoft is essentially leaving clues for hackers when it patches Windows 10, but not Windows 7, argues Mateusz Jurczyk at Google's Project Zero. Read more here.
And for techno-geeks, read his entire Google Project Zero blog here.

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Hi all!
 
I just purchased a Dell computer with Windows 7. I immediately downloaded avast! Free. Shortly after, I realized that something called Windows Defender was also running. Not knowing exactly what this was and knowing you should not run two anti-virus resident programs at the same time, I turned off Defender real-time protection and the auto scan.
 
I posted over on avast! forums asking if these are two things that could run together or not. At present, there seems to be a difference of opinion on the answer. Since I was familar with this great site here and someone over there referenced a thread on this subject here (from 2009), thought I'd ask you good folks since that 2009 thread is so old.
 
What exactly in the Windows Defender that runs on Windows 7? I've read that it's an anti-spam thing, not anti-virus. Regardless of that, is it safe to run that real-time protection and leave auto-scan on while running avast! Free (or any resident anti-virus for that matter)? And if it's safe, is there any real need to run it? (I also use Malwarebytes, but not as a resident program.)
 
Thank you!
 
Pam

A:Windows Defender and avast! Free on Windows 7?

Hi and Welcome -
Please read This Topic By quietman7 with directions on the New Windows Defender.
It includes details + links to more information + what you can use as extra protection -
 
That topic is generally more related to the Windows 8 version, as Win7 is more suited to private / other programs.
 
Thank You -

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Everytime I turn on my laptop I get this message:
Windows cannot find C:\Users\Patricia\AppData\Local\GeniusBox\client.exe. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and try again.
Could someone please help me

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The above 2 updates keep coming to my Windows Update but when I install the (2) KB's it says download not installed "Try again" and in History "Install Fail". Please help me, sooo frustrated at this point, usually don't have
issues

Ruth M. Stauffer

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Hi,I have been looking for a solution to upgrade my Inspiron 1525 laptop, preinstalled with Vista Home Premium 32 bits when I bought it.The target is to prepare path to upgrade to Windows 10.I need Windows 7 or 8 to start with.I could not find a way on Dell website.
Many thanks in advance !Isabelle

A:Upgrade for my Inspiron 1525 Laptop from Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bits to Windows 7 or 8 and then to Windows 10

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Thank you for writing to us!
We would like to inform you that the Inspiron 1525 is not tested for windows 10 and we would not suggest that you upgrade the version of windows 
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Robin

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User 1 logs in and works does whatever... Doesn't log out but screensaver goes back to user screen. 
 
User 2 logs in (switching users - not logging out user 1) and gets to work. 
 
Sometime later (ie. not right away) and not at a prescribed time, the network stops working.  
 
I try to disable / enable the network adapter and the machine freezes.   Reboot fixes problem.
 
If user 1 or user 2 is the only one logged in then never a problem.
 
Anyone heard of this? 
Thanks for any help!
 

A:Multiple Windows 7 Users-Switch between Users-network stops working

When switching users, it's always a good idea to have User 1 close out any applications and documents they have open and then log out before User 2 logs in. It sounds like you have fast user switching enabled, but I'm not aware of that causing any network issues -- unless User 1 was doing something that required a network connect.
 
Check the Event Viewer for error logs from the time it froze when you tried to disable and enable the network adapter. Post the event ID and description here if you need help diagnosing the issue from the log files. Perhaps another fix is to disable fast user switching, so that users are always forced to log out before someone else can log in.

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Microsoft has started advertising Windows 10 to users of Windows 7 and 8 with the window that you see above. First noted by a user on Reddit, this window is now being reported by multiple users that Microsoft is allowing them to reserve a copy of the OS for free.Source: http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-7-and-8-users-are-now-able-to-reserve-their-free-copy-of-windows-10Thank you to aworrior for noticing this and reported it in this thread:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/575296/the-real-reason-microsoft-is-offering-windows-10-for-free/page-5#entry3722140Edit: Another article, however I can't seem to access it:http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-begins-advertising-windows-10-windows-87-users-notifications-can-now-reserve-freeEdit 2: Installed the KB3035583 which pushes the upgrade (thank you John). After a restart and a few minutes, the icon appeared in my icon tray.(French screenshot I know)

A:Windows 10 being pushed out to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users

Pushed out using KB3035583. Even after I hid it the update still pops up under Important updates. I'm glad I didn't download this crap update. Installs another process and puts a GWX folder in system32.

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I cannot figure out how to get all of my email stores moved from my old PC (Windows Vista/Windows Mail) to my new PC (Windows 7/Outlook 2013). Is there a way to successfully do this or do I need to give up?? When trying to use the export function for messages in windows mail it comes up with an error message to say 'The export could not be performed. An error accured while initializing MAPI.' All my email accounts are POP3. I did find the email stores and transfered them manually to the new PC but I opened them on the new PC in outlook then only a small fraction of emails was there and they were all jumbled up and my folder structure did not transfer. Can this transfer be done or not? Hope to get some useful answer. Cheers, Torsten.

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I cannot figure out how to get all of my email stores moved from my old PC (Windows Vista/Windows Mail) to my new PC (Windows 7/Outlook 2013). Is there a way to successfully do this or do I need to give up?? When trying to use the export function for messages in windows mail it comes up with an error message to say 'The export could not be performed. An error accured while initializing MAPI.' All my email accounts are POP3. I did find the email stores and transfered them manually to the new PC but I opened them on the new PC in outlook then only a small fraction of emails was there and they were all jumbled up and my folder structure did not transfer. Can this transfer be done or not? Hope to get some useful answer. Cheers, Torsten.

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Why are there so many Windows 10 questions posted in the Windows 7 forums?  Are Windows 10 users illiterate and incapable of locating a legitimate Windows 10 user forum??
Or is it Microsoft does not make it easy for Windows 10 user to find the appropriate forum?

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Quote:
Windows 7 may be secure, but are Windows users safe?

By Robert McMillan
November 10, 2009 08:40 PM ET

IDG News Service - Windows 7 users got a nice surprise on Tuesday when Microsoft released its first set of security patches since unveiling the new operating system last month. Of the 15 bugs patched, none affected Windows 7.

When Microsoft launched Windows 7, it was billed as the company's most secure release ever -- the culmination of a nine-year "Trustworthy Computing" effort to shore up a product line that had been riddled with major security holes.

But does stress-tested software really matter to Microsoft's customers, seemingly besieged by more online attacks than ever before? Microsoft had years to improve Windows XP, but the Conficker worm, which began spreading last year, is now thought to have infected more than 7 million Windows machines. And for every Windows bug that gets squashed, hackers seem to find new problems in the software that runs on top of Microsoft's operating system -- Flash Player, QuickTime and Java.

"Windows 7 is definitely by far the most secure system they've shipped," said Dave Aitel, chief technology officer with Immunity, a security company that spends a lot of time finding the latest software bugs. "I guess the question that everybody is asking right now is, 'Is this enough?'"


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A:Windows 7 may be secure, but are Windows users safe?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk


I guess the question that everybody is asking right now is, 'Is this enough?'"


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No, Windows 7 is not enough. The only security appliance capable of being enough is the user. Security requires awareness.

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Windows Update broken for some Windows 7 users

Several Windows 7 users are reporting that Windows Update is broken, throwing up error 80248015. A detailed thread about the issue is open on Microsoft Answers forum where many have reported the error.

Users are receiving the following message when they try to run Windows Update on machines running Windows 7:

"Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer."
Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet reported a different error, " Windows could not search for new updates." However, the point is that there's a problem which the Redmond-based company has to fix at the earliest.

As per Computerworld, the main cause is likely that Microsoft forgot to change the expiration date, which is why users are seeing the errors with Windows Update. A temporary solution is to set the date to something older than March 12, 2017, and run Windows Update.

There's no word from Microsoft about the issue, so Windows 7 users have to wait until the problem is resolved by the company. Microsoft confirmed that Windows 7 will get security updates through mid-January 2020, so we should expect a fix for this issue as there are plenty of users who are still using the operating system.

Source: Microsoft Answers via ComputerWorld, ZDNet, GHacksClick to expand...
 

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Users began getting Windows Update Error 80248015 on Dec 3rd for Win 7.
Got that error on my Win 7 Pro, 32-bit system today, Dec 4th, so it's still not fixed...
Read more here.

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