Microsoft Windows 7 operating system
- January 16, 2020
With support for Windows 7 ending and Microsoft ushering in the end of life for the OS, tech experts and IT pros look back at its legacy of reliability and stability.
- December 16, 2019
With Windows 7 coming to an end and more businesses developing cloud strategies, 2020 is set to bring end-user computing changes for IT. Here are five trends to watch.
- October 06, 2017
Various sources that document OS choices for Internet users indicate that Win10 usage approaches Win7 levels.
- March 08, 2017
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer boosted adoption last year. But now, without that incentive, businesses are holding onto Windows 7 for as long as they can.
- January 23, 2017
Last week MS Germany reminded customers that Windows 7 support ends 1/14/2020, and gave them security and cost reasons to upgrade from that aging OS.
- August 24, 2016
Microsoft's new monthly rollups will make Windows OS updates less hectic. IT won't be able to pick and choose which updates and patches to deploy, however.
- February 08, 2016
As Windows XP marketshare continues to drop, Windows 10 finally surpasses its desktop OS share, though Windows 7 remains firmly entrenched in first place.
- February 17, 2015
Enterprise adoption of Windows 10 isn't likely to follow the same pattern as for Windows 7, and that's a good thing, writes columnist Brian Madden.
- January 14, 2015
OK folks, here's a transition point for you to note. As of today, January 14, Windows 7 is no longer on mainstream support at Microsoft. Going forward, it will get no new functionality, no new ...
- December 31, 2014
Thanks to Windows and Office developments, Microsoft news was among our most popular coverage of the past year. See which articles came out on top.
- September 08, 2014
Should IT pros stay with Windows 7 or leave now that mainstream support ends in January 2015? It might depend on which Windows OS you trust the most.
- July 11, 2014
It doesn't seem like that much time has gone by since the release of Windows 7, but free mainstream support for that operating system from Microsoft comes to an end on January 13, 2015. On July 2, ...
- June 26, 2014
The Pana Schools Community District explored ways to migrate from Windows XP and settled on a virtualized environment because of cost.
- April 11, 2014
Microsoft's universal apps have developers and some IT admins interested in delivering Windows Phone 8.1 into the enterprise.
- January 31, 2014
The Windows XP end of life could revive the breathless PC industry as enterprise IT shops buy new systems to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- January 29, 2014
Dell Software releases new upgrade to KACE K2000 to enable IT to better automate tasks and migrate off of Windows XP more quickly.
- December 18, 2013
It's no surprise that Windows 8 articles were popular this past year, but the amount of discussion around its UI and Windows 8.1 features was.
- November 04, 2013
Enterprise tools can provide IT admins with views of their software licenses and ease the migration pain from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- November 01, 2013
Microsoft is pushing customers to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 while some software vendors undermine its efforts by continuing app support.
- September 30, 2013
Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014, and businesses that haven't upgraded should follow best practices to move ahead with a Windows XP migration.
- September 03, 2013
Many enterprises are delaying Windows XP migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8 because upgrades are time-consuming and expensive. These tools can help.
- July 18, 2013
Tablet use has affected the PC market, but the corporate world continues to rely on desktops and use tablets only as supplemental devices.
- June 25, 2013
Dell will simplify software asset management with an updated K1000 to keep track of software licensing, and Windows OS and app migration.
- June 06, 2013
These days ultrabooks and tablets make DVDs passé for Windows installs. UFDs (USB Flash Drives, that is) are the way to go. I'd discovered the free Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool at the ...
- June 05, 2013
Microsoft missed the boat on the enterprise message for Windows 8. Can it win over IT with security features and other enhancements in Windows 8.1?
- April 10, 2013
Microsoft will end Windows XP support in 2014, but IT cites costs, app compatibility as reasons to delay migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8.
- March 21, 2013
Companies considering a move to the latest Windows OS may have to delay upgrades due to a lack of enterprise Windows 8 app development tools.
- March 19, 2013
Enterprise IT needs to begin Windows XP migrations to Windows 7 because the product's lifecycle ends in 2014.
- March 08, 2013
Windows 8 migrations have stalled as IT shops grapple with decisions over hardware and software upgrade costs, Windows security issues and more.
- January 07, 2013
Microsoft Windows 8 hasn't been as beloved out of the gate as Windows 7 was for a number of reasons, including the touch-centric user interface.
- December 11, 2012
Microsoft isn't saying where it sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but the company still claims that the new system is perfect for enterprise users.
- August 03, 2012
Though other market followers have already intoned the inflection point between Windows XP and Windows 7 -- namely, the point at which the old (XP) finally dips below the new (Win7) -- tracking ...
- July 30, 2012
Microsoft will support Windows 7 until 2020. As mobile devices get more popular, you may not need to do another large-scale Windows desktop migration until then -- or ever again.
- July 27, 2012
I had to chuckle this afternoon when I read Ed Bott's latest Operating Systems piece. It's entitled "How to skip Windows 8 and continue using Windows 7." In it he makes the very essential ...
- July 12, 2012
Despite the rise and popularity of consumerization and other technology trends, enterprises might stick with a traditional Windows migration strategy.
- June 09, 2012
Earlier this week (June 6) at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft Corporate VP Steven Guggenheimer announced that Microsoft has sold over 600 million licenses for Windows 7. Hmm. Let's do some ...
- February 10, 2012
Organizations still rely on Windows XP and IE6 apps because they're a chore to upgrade. But IT pros can move without ditching legacy IE6 apps or having app compatibility problems.
- November 04, 2011
I've long been a fan of Nitro's excellent PDF products, which are invariably faster, cheaper, and more secure than Adobe's PDF offerings. On Wednesday, they announced their latest Nitro PDF ...
- October 21, 2011
If you read this blog regularly, you already know that a team of authors -- including Jeff Carrell (the lead), James Pyles, Tom Lancaster, Mark Mirrotto, and myself -- are reworking a college ...
- September 22, 2011
I'm in the process of switching all my production notebook PCs over from conventional hard disks to SSDs, thanks to a recent sale at Newegg that put the latest 120 GB OCZ Agility 3 units (SATA 2/3, ...
- September 13, 2011
Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This OS lets many apps work across a wide range of end-user devices.
- September 10, 2011
Apexwm is an active but anonymous IT professional who posts all over UK forums, and who also blogs prolifically for ZDNet in the UK. He recently posted a fascinating item entitled "Windows 7 driver ...
- September 05, 2011
In the past couple of weeks, I've gone through some systematic exercises to reduce the disk space consumed on my Windows 7 system/boot drives, especially on notebook/laptop systems where disk space ...
- August 17, 2011
A recently published Gartner study (cited in stories at computing.co.uk and FierceCIO TechWatch) apparently predicts numerous interesting Windows 7 developments and phenomena. First and foremost, ...
- July 18, 2011
Huh? I'm drawing from the wit and wisdom of founding father Benjamin Franklin who once said "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn at no other." I'm pretty sure this means that fools ...
- July 13, 2011
I'd been reading about the advance info for this month's Patch Tuesday last week, and was a little surprised and frankly also relieved to learn that July 2011 features only four security bulletins ...
- July 13, 2011
With some IT shops hesitant to renew their Microsoft enterprise licensing agreements, Microsoft is redoubling efforts to get Windows XP users over to Windows 7 and 8.
- July 07, 2011
Microsoft appears on track to deliver Windows 8 next year. But will an on-time delivery be a bad thing for best-selling Windows 7?
- May 20, 2011
On May 6 I posted a blog entitled "Windows Hardware Problem Fixed: Mystery Started" that recounts my problems with the fingerprint scanner on my HP dv6t-2300 notebook PC. In that posting, I ...
- April 13, 2011
With up to 24 files recommended for some Windows PCs from this month's Patch Tuesday update cycle (April 2011), admins will have some work to do to get this stuff parceled out. Patches for recent ...
- April 11, 2011
OK, so I've been watching Windows 7 market share numbers climb steadily month after month, ever since its general availability date in October 2009. Here's what the latest marketshare distribution ...
- March 22, 2011
Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-based desktop management console is ready, and an MDOP 2011 update is due this year which will be offered to a wider customer base.
- March 14, 2011
In reading Michael Horowitz's "Defensive Computing" blog on ComputerWorld this morning (it's entitled "Windows 7 Restore: less trustworthy than XP?" I was reminded how things can go wonky in a ...
- February 24, 2011
Few companies that upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 will use VDI -- including a division of Citrix Systems. They may use one of these tools instead.
- February 09, 2011
With the release of new service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, older versions of Windows move closer to their sunset.
- February 07, 2011
I'm a long time fan of Ed Bott's work with Windows 7, and frequently draw from his blog for mine. Recently, he's put together a three-part series on Windows 7 and SSDs that includes some very ...
- October 19, 2010
The PowerShell scripting tool in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should be the staple of any IT administrator's toolbox. Learn how it can help you.
- September 09, 2010
IT vendors commonly spread fear, uncertainty and doubt in an effort to get you to spend money unwisely. These steps can help you avoid FUD.
- August 16, 2010
For several months now, I've been interacting with the folks at Zinstall about their various products, most notably Zinstall XP7. This tool works with any version of Windows 7 (including Starter, ...
- August 10, 2010
Microsoft says Windows 7 will make your IT team's life blissful. The reality is that IT pros are experiencing some headaches.
- July 27, 2010
Here's an interesting table from CNET that reports on the 64-bit installed Windows base vis-v-vis 32-bit versions by OS for Windows 7, Vista, and XP: It certainly looks like the ability to access ...
- April 07, 2010
One of my favorite quotes from the 19th century master sleuth himself goes like this: "It is an old axiom of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, ...
- March 03, 2010
In a recent report from ninemsn (for APC, Australia's self-proclaimed "#1 online publisher"), Windows 7 is enjoying significantly better market uptake than Vista ever did. Their recent story ...
- March 03, 2010
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista with no service packs, and all versions of Windows 2000, but some IT managers are in no hurry to upgrade to Windows 7.
- February 21, 2010
By now, everybody's aware of the speed and power consumption or battery life benefits that solid state drives (SSDs) can confer on desktop and notebook PCs, respectively — at least, for those ...
- January 08, 2010
Last week, I read with great interest about a well-worn Windows trick. If you couple a folder name with a specific globally unique identifier, usually called a GUID, and save it in a directory, ...
- January 06, 2010
A quick and judicious combination of the right tools can make it easy to add to your Windows 7 (or Vista) toolkit. The Windows 7 Recovery Environment (aka WinRE) is included on the operating system ...
- December 30, 2009
Earlier this week, Nick Eaton posted an interesting blurb to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Entitled "Windows 7 ROI tool estimates cost savings," it pointed me to a free Microsoft-sponsored ...
- December 22, 2009
Anybody who's followed this blog for any length of time knows that I've fought my battles with both Vista and Windows 7, in terms of making my production PC stable and reliable. Today, I'm very ...
- December 11, 2009
On November 2, 2009, I blogged about the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then available from the MS Store. In the meantime, a bit of a fracas has erupted around this tool because Microsoft ...
- November 29, 2009
OK, so I've been running Windows 7 Starter on a couple of netbooks and my wife's mini-ITX Core 2 Duo system for a couple of months now. And while I still like this OS, especially for its slim ...
- October 27, 2009
In switching my test and production PCs over from Vista (or creating dual boot Vista/Win7 or XP-SP3/Win7 setups), I've observed that while Windows 7 does a very good job of identifying most ...
- October 23, 2009
Gosh! There's so much hype and hoopla surrounding yesterday's Windows 7 launch that I'm almost disinclined to add to the clutter myself. But hey: a guy's gotta blog, so there's plenty of ...
- September 16, 2009
Long-time Windows guru Ed Bott blogs for ZDNet, and his postings are often sources of great information, tips, and tricks for that OS. His 9/14/09 posting "The Windows 7 upgrade survival guide" is ...
- September 14, 2009
If you plan to upgrade to Windows 7 soon, you may want to download Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2, due out in late October.
- September 08, 2009
One interesting change in interface and behavior in Windows 7 is the addition of the Devices and Printers option in the Start menu (depicted below). This new facility not only shows you the devices ...
- August 24, 2009
Back in 1994, I traded a copy of NetWare 4 50-user with a reseller for a brand-new HP LaserJet 4M 600-dpi PostScript model. It's stuck with me through two versions of Windows NT (3.51 and 4.0), ...
- August 07, 2009
Enterprises running Windows XP are budget conscious and will put off Windows 7 upgrades for as long as they can. But running an 8-year-old OS comes at a cost.
- July 14, 2009
Windows enterprises running Microsoft Vista will likely embrace Windows 7 quickly but IT managers still on XP will stay loyal as long as they can.
- July 02, 2009
It's a truism in engineering that no matter what customers request, when it comes to revising existing products given goals to make things better, faster, and cheaper, it's necessary to pick at ...
- June 30, 2009
Windows 7 offers new features and improvements that will drive enterprise desktop adoption.
- June 10, 2009
OK, so yesterday's Patch Tuesday does the deed for June. It's a monster: 10 security bulletins, 31 vulnerabilities addressed, and involving most versions of Windows itself, IE, and various MS ...
- May 11, 2009
I'm helping to revise a book on Windows 7 right now. By well-known Windows mavens Brian Knittel and Bob Cowart, it's to be called Windows 7 in Depth (Pearson, 2009, ISBN: 0789741997). In the course ...
- April 03, 2009
Thanks to a recent email from the Microsoft Learning PR rep, the ever-helpful Andrea Platt Dayal, I now know about the Microsoft Springboard Series, which she describes as a source of ...
- March 26, 2009
IT shops that skipped Vista may want to get at least some desktops on the newer OS. Otherwise, upgrading to Windows 7 could get a little crazy.