Microsoft is now stepping up the warnings for the approaching support deadlines for some of their key products. The list also includes the Windows 7 operating system. End of support means that there will not be any more fixes and patches, security or non-security, paid or free support for these products after the support deadline. Mainstream support is typically the five year period in which Microsoft will be providing free fixes and patches, including the security updates for their products. When any of the products exit the mainstream support, Microsoft continues to offer a period of extended support. In this period, the users will get free security fixes, but the other types of updates will be paid and will need specific licensing deals.
Mainstream free support is ending on Jan 13 for many of the major Microsoft products. This includes all the versions of Windows 7 OS. The extended support of the Windows 7 OS will last until Jan 14, 2020. This means that the users can expect to continue to get the free security updates, but no feature updates will be delivered for Windows 7 until that point. For those users who are running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 applied, the end of the mainstream and extended support is the same.
Some of the industry watchers have speculated that Microsoft will end up extending the support of Windows 7 dates the way Microsoft has done for the Windows XP OS, but so far, there has been no word from Microsoft officials confirming this. On Jan 13, mainstream support also ends for all the versions of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and for all the editions of Windows Storage Server 2008. Also, the mainstream support for Dynamics C5 2010, NAV 2009 R2, and NAV 2009 end on Jan 13, 2015. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows support number.
The complete end of support for Windows Server 2003 is approaching next year. On July 14, the extended support period of that product will end. This means that the company would not be providing patches, fixes, or updates of any kind for the OS. Many of the small businesses are still running Windows Server 2003. Microsoft officials are hoping to convince these users to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Azure by that time. If you wish to know more on the end of support dates of these Microsoft products, you can contact our Windows support number.Read more »
Windows operating system works fine most of the time and ensures that the users have a comfortable computing experience. However, at times, certain issues do pop up in the systems that run on Windows, which can force the users to contact the Windows support.
Since getting a technician to help you out every time is not a feasible option, you can first follow the instructions mentioned below to troubleshoot the technical issues.
Slow Startup Issues
If your computer takes a long time to start up, it may also be due to the programs running in your system. To fix this issue, it is recommended to disable all the programs during the startup. There are numerous third-party software tools available, which can disable the programs running in your Windows computer during the startup phase.
Remove unused programs and applications
It is always better to remove all unwanted programs and applications from the computer. Most of the time, you may not be using certain programs. Along with taking more space in your system, these make the system slow. For removing a desktop application, you need to first click on the Control Panel and select the Programs and Features option. You would get a list of all the programs in your system here.
If you’re using Windows OS, you would always get notifications that remind you of executing an action in the system. So, whenever you get such automatic updates, always check the message that is popping up instead of blindly clicking on the Remind me later option.
Improve the browsing speed
One of the most commonly occurring issues encountered by Windows users is the poor browsing speed when they access internet. If you’re repeatedly facing this issue, it is better to use a software program that can fasten up the browsing speed. According to the Windows support team, using such a tool can remove temporary files from all the browsers along with the Windows and the registry.
If you have less than 2 GB of RAM, your system is bound to become slow. Time and again, you will face issues that would make you use a clean-up tool to remove all unwanted applications.
These are some of the tips you can consider while troubleshooting the issues in your Windows system. To get more assistance on fixing such technical problems, you can always contact our technical support team.Read more »
Many a times, while you open your search engine, say Google, a list of add-ons would be available on the browser. Although each add-on has a specific function, some of these can also be toolbars that are intended to make your browsing experience more convenient and advanced. There are several search engine toolbars such as the Bing toolbar, which usually replaces your default search engine to Bing.
Although Bing is one of the most advanced search engines, some users find it not much user-friendly to work with. In such cases, it is recommended to remove Bing toolbar. Bing usually has two sidebars that interfere with the internet browsing. To remove the Web search sidebar or the Bing bar, the user just needs to disable the option in Internet Explorer. However, one cannot remove Bing Social Sidebar using the same method because it is Web-based. So, you can disable its social media integration and keep it as a hidden option.
You can use the following instructions to remove Bing toolbar.
Disable Search Sidebar
Disable the Social sidebar
By following these steps, you can successfully disable the Bing toolbar. For more assistance on the same, you may contact our tech support team.Read more »
Recently, the support for Windows XP ended; after Microsoft urging people to migrate to the latest versions for many years. A majority of the users did migrate while some did not, as they were worried about loss of data and other issues when they migrate. People who called up the Windows support number were helped with the migration and they were able to solve issues involved in the transition process.
Recently in LA County, people who booted in Windows XP were not allowed to login remotely in the county’s computer network since they fear potential threats and breach. An official memo sent to the contractors and the Government employees of LA. The Chief information officer from the office added that they were planning to boot XP systems from April but since they had to wait for a patch, they had delayed the deadline to May 14.
The memo also stated that they extended the deadline so that people could continue the remote access to the county resources only because of the security coverage for Windows XP until May 13 2014. Patch Tuesday occurs on every second Tuesday. This is when Microsoft releases all the updates including the security patches, which could address most of the security vulnerabilities and threats.
Patch Tuesday would not happen beyond May 13 to address the shortcomings in the operating system. Since Microsoft has put an end to the support for the thirteen year old operating system on the 8th of April. However, the mainstream support for the operating system had ended in the year 2009 and since then they have been warning the users about the potential threats and shortcomings Windows XP would have.
Microsoft had a tough time convincing users into upgrading to higher versions, but it is evident that a majority of people are still using the operating system. People who wanted to change called up the Windows support number to get help. When you look into the market shares that Windows XP holds, it sums to 27.7 percent of the total market share. This is also an initiative to force people to purchase Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, which collectively have a market share of about 12 percent. Meanwhile, Windows 7 holds a majority of the market share of about 48.7 percent.
The main intention behind the platform developed for Windows 8 series of OSs is to be able to support both desktop and touch friendly systems alike, however, obviously the plan has backfired for Microsoft.Read more »
Microsoft has released a wide range of products in the market. The software giant has released many operating systems and a few hardware devices. The major operating systems released by the company include Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 etc. When it comes to hardware, the company has released gaming devices like Xbox One, Xbox 360 etc and tablet PC Surface. Now, if you own any of these devices or work with any of the Windows operating systems, it is essential that you receive the best support for these items so that you could work with them without troubles.
So, how can you receive various solutions for your Windows issues? One of the techniques is to go through various Windows support forums online. The advantage of these forums is that a lot of discussions take place here which are focused on the resolution of these issues. All you need to do is search for the issue you are facing and you would probably find numerous resolutions from various users. You may try each one of them until you get the issue fixed.
If you do not have enough time to spend on fixing these issues, then it is advisable to avail the services of a technical support firm. Most of the businesses that run large number of computers make use of the services of such companies. There are numerous advantages of availing the services of a technical support firm. The major advantage is that you will receive round the clock support from these firms. If your company works throughout the day, this support can be of great help.
In addition to the third party technical support companies, you may make use of the services of Microsoft technical support. You may contact Microsoft technicians to fix the issue with your computer. Just like other technical support firms, Microsoft support provides you the option to get in touch with a technician either through chat or by phone. The certified technicians at the support center will guide you through the troubleshooting steps and helps to fix the issue in no time.
All the Windows operating systems have two support phases, which are mainstream support and extended support. You will be able to avail free Microsoft support during the period of mainstream support. However, it becomes paid support during the period of mainstream support where you will be charged for the Windows support provided.Read more »