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Microsoft ends free upgrades from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10 or 11

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, the company promised that users running Windows 7 or Windows 8 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free until July 29, 2016. And after that date came and went, many folks noticed that they could still upgrade without paying a penny. And when Windows 11 […]

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Lilbits: Digital Posters with 42 inch E Ink displays, Steam ends support for older Windows versions

Device makers have been using E Ink displays for eBook readers for two decades. But in recent years E Ink has been pushing into other areas including wearables, signage, and even architectural applications. Now the company is partnering with Sharp to bring “Digital Posters” to Japan. Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around […]

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Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 7 and 8.1

It’s been three years since Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7, but Microsoft allowed enterprise and education customers who wanted to continue using the operating system to pay for up to three years of extended security updates. Now time is up – Microsoft has ended extended security support for Windows 7, as well as […]

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Windows 7 will get at least one more bug fix after all

Ten years after releasing Windows 7 to the public, Microsoft officially put the popular operating system to rest earlier this month when the company rolled out the final update for Windows 7. Just kidding. It turns out that update actually introduced a new bug, so Microsoft is promising to deliver at least one more update […]

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Windows 7 support is ending — what do you do now?

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Windows 7 support, which means that the decade-old operating system will get its final security update today. You can continue using Windows 7 indefinitely — aside from a nag screen that will likely pop up to let you know support has ended, nothing will change. But Windows 7 will likely […]

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Third-party patch removes Windows Update restrictions for PCs with new chips, old OS

Last month Microsoft blocked Windows Update from working on computers with Intel Skylake or AMD Bristol Ridge or newer chips if those computers are also running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. In other words, if you have a new CPU, Microsoft wants you to run its newest operating system, Windows 10. And the company is […]

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Have a Kaby Lake/Ryzen CPU and Windows 7 or 8? Say goodbye to Windows Updates

Microsoft really wants you to run Windows 10. So while the company continues to offer security updates and bug fixes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 (and Windows Vista for a few more weeks), the company announced last year that it would not support those operating systems for devices with the latest Intel and AMD chips. […]

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Update: AMD Ryzen chips won’t support Windows 7 after all

AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors are expected to be up to 40 percent faster than the company’s previous chips, giving Intel’s high-end desktop processors a run for their money. And, as we reported earlier this month, an article fom German site ComputerBase suggested AMD processors might also offer something Intel’s latest chips don’t: official support for Windows 7. But […]

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AMD’s Ryzen chips may support Windows 7, unlike Intel Kaby Lake (Update: Nope)

AMD’s first chips based on the company’s new “Zen” architecture are coming soon, and despite a report from last year to the contrary, it looks like AMD will officially support Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 operating systems. Rival Intel, meanwhile, does not offer Windows 7 drivers for its 7th-gen Core […]