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Microsoft Store will stop pushing app updates to Windows 8.x phones next summer, Windows 8.x computers in 2023

If you’re one of the handful of folks still using a smartphone running Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1, starting next summer it’s going to be an even less useful operating system than it already is. On July 1st, 2019, the Microsoft Store will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x. Developers will […]

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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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Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates are now cumulative (which means fewer individual updates to install)

Microsoft may have tried its best to get Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to update to Windows 10 by the end of July, but there are still millions of people using the company’s older operating systems. So now Microsoft is making it a little easier for those users to keep their computers up to […]

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Keeping Windows 7, Windows 8.1 up to date just got way easier

Microsoft would really like you to use Windows 10… but if you’re not ready to make the switch from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the company is continuing to support those operating systems with security updates and bug fixes. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ve probably received a whole bunch of them by now. […]

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Microsoft discontinues Windows 8 Pro Pack, Media Pack sales Oct 30th

Want to upgrade from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home to Pro editions or buy an upgrade pack to add Windows Media Center to the operating system? You’d better act fast: Microsoft will be discontinuing Media pack and Pro Pack sales on October 30th, 2015. Right now you can upgrade from Windows 8.1 Home to […]

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Microsoft: A Windows 8.1 update is coming August 12th, but it’s not that exciting

Microsoft is rolling out a software update for Windows 8.1 on Tuesday, August 12th. But despite some earlier reports, this isn’t “Windows 8.1 Update 2” and we shouldn’t expect the kind of major changes we aw when Update 1 launched in April. Microsoft has made a habit of releasing security updates once a month on […]

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Lilbits (7-21-2014): Are you ready for 8TB hard drives?

My first desktop computer didn’t have a hard drive. My first system that did came with a whopping 40MB of storage. We’ve come a long way since then. You can buy terabytes of storage for under a hundred bucks. Still, it’s kind of mind-boggling that Seagate has announced it’s begun shipping samples of its first 8TB […]

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Chinese tablet makers begin offering Windows 8.1 firmware for Android tablets

Now that a growing number of Chinese tablets are shipping with Intel processors, a funny thing is happening. Some tablet makers are starting to offer customers a chance to swap the operating system on their tablets from Android to Windows free of charge. For instance, CnGadget has instructions for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 on […]

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Windows Store update could make finding apps easier

Microsoft is updating  its app store for Windows 8.1 apps with improved navigation and discovery features in the hopes that the reasons you’re not downloading apps from the store is because you’re having trouble finding them… not because you don’t need them. The new Windows Store includes new groups of categories called “collections,” a persistent navigation […]