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Microsoft Discontinues Support for Windows 7 ESUs and Windows 8.1

Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) and Windows 8.1. This means that the company will no longer provide software updates and technical assistance to PCs running legacy versions of Windows operating systems. Microsoft announced the end of mainstream support of Windows 7 in January 2020. However, the company introduced...


Remove User Account From The Logon Screen in Windows 7

Last Update: Oct 31, 2022

In this post we solve the minor but perhaps frustrating issue of having user accounts on the logon screen that are no longer needed or used. Deleting user accounts entirely may sometimes be overkill (what if the account is needed down the road). The better option is to simply remove the user account from the logon screen.

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How to use the Windows Recovery Environment

Last Update: Aug 23, 2022

If you’re an IT Pro, I would venture to guess that you’ve been in the middle of the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) at least once, possibly without knowing its name. WinRE is a small, efficient, and surprisingly robust little operating system that ships with Windows 10. For the majority of the time, you use WinRE…

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Microsoft Acknowledges Office Zero-Day Flaw Affecting Windows Diagnostic Tool

Microsoft has acknowledged a new zero-day remote code execution flaw in its Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT). The Microsoft Security Response Center team explained that the security flaw impacts all supported versions of Windows and Windows Server. Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) is a service in Windows 11/10/8.1/7 and Windows Server. The tool enables the…

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How to Configure a Static IPv4 Address in Windows 7

Last Update: Mar 29, 2022

Knowledge is power! Learn how to configure a static IPv4 address using Windows 7 in this useful step-by-step tutorial.

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How to Achieve World-Class Windows Patching Like a Pro

One of the most difficult and rewarding topics on an IT Pro’s plate – Patching. If you’re an IT Pro responsible for patch management in your organization, are you following the right approach to achieve world-renowned status on doing it effectively? Let’s take a look at some methods and procedures to get you that next…

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Microsoft’s PrintNightmare Patch Not Effective Against Vulnerability

Late yesterday, Microsoft released a patch that was expected to close the vulnerability that is known as PrintNightmare. The patch, which you can install via Windows Update and was released out-of-band, was known to not fully address all instances of Windows and Server but now it looks like researchers have uncovered that the patch is…

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Everything You Need to Know About Windows – January 2020

In January we finally said goodbye to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Microsoft made its new Edge browser generally available, fixed a search bug in File Explorer, and started rolling out Calls in Your Phone for Windows 10 19H1 and newer.

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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: Microsoft Earnings Special Edition

Because Microsoft announced its most recent quarterly earnings this week, this edition of Short Takes is going to obsess over the results, with a deeper dive into key parts of the business.

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Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: January 17

Because it’s been a while, this edition of Short Takes looks at Microsoft’s new carbon-negative push, thanking the NSA for finding a serious Windows 10 flaw, Microsoft’s new Edge browser, a new Walkie-Talkie feature coming to Teams, and much, much more.

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