Windows Vista [support] is dead…

Miss it yet?

For anyone still using it, there will be no further support. No updates. whatever is in Microsoft’s web site will be come static.

Most if not all software developers and those supporting peripherals [such as printers] have probably already stopped supporting Vista long ago.

If you still have it, good luck!

[Windows Server 2008 support ends in January 2020.]

 

Google pulls Chrome Browser support for Windows XP in April

For the fewer and fewer who are still running Windows XP, Google will drop support for the Chrome browser for Windows XP in April [and don’t be surprised when Vista retires that Google will stop support on the same day as Microsoft].

Those who are using a recent version of the Chrome browser will have noticed by now the bar at the top of the browser window when the Chrome browser is opened.

Right now, the next alternative is Firefox. For now, Mozilla is still supporting Firefox and Windows XP.

This brings me to something which you may already know: The support by companies that support Windows XP is dwindling.

Sniff. We’ll miss you! [Or not!]

server 2003

Windows Server 2003 servers will be around for a while

So we are getting down to the last week of Windows Server 2003 support. Are you going to miss the support? Only time will tell.

According to solutions provider CloudPhysics, Windows Server 2003 won’t be completely gone from data server centers until 2018. From tr inventory of client servers, 18% are still running Server 2003. That’s a big amount. [And I wouldn’t be surprised if there was the odd Server 2000 in there as well!]. The data trends was grabbed over a two year period ending June 2015.

This is just for a company that provides the metrics for virtual machines. There are probably millions on physical servers as well as virtual servers that weren’t count.

I’m sure there are many smaller companies who can’t afford upgrading every 8-10 years. Older companies have legacy applications to worry about.

When supports ends prematurely

Over the past little while, I’ve been having problems with my AMD/ATI GPU on my home computer. At one point I tried to update to the latest drivers.

As it is a major version upgrade, it was suggested to uninstall the drivers completely and then install the latest.

So I followed what they recommended.

Well, let’s just say I never installed the latest drivers.

In fact, even the original drivers are a bit unstable. Seems that something went wrong and every once in a while, if I use Internet Explorer, it craps out because it is accessing an AMD/ATI DLL it doesn’t like – for whatever reason. The version and dating of the file is fine [compared to the other GPU related DLLs].

On top of that, every once in a while, after a normal shutdown, the next time I boot up I end up in VGA mode and the device manager tells me there is an issue with the drivers. Only thing I found to fix that is using a restore point.

If I try installing the latest drivers after removing the old ones, it doesn’t detect my GPU card at all.

I went to the AMD forums and basically got nowhere. Someone has a similar issue with a different GPU.

A couple of days ago, I went to AMD’s support and had a chat. The guy was a bit helpful but not too much. Seemed to avoid some questions. In the end suggested reseat the card. Usually a long shot.

But the guy also told me that they only support the drivers listed on the company’s website [which was Catalyst 13.152 or something like that] instead of the latest which is 14.9.

Hmmm. That isn’t good.

I guess they’re trying to reduce support costs by not supporting anything more recent. I’m sure if I had an issue with the latest drivers, they wouldn’t support me. The GPU came out maybe a year ago.

Windows 7 sold with PCs end next month

As of November 1st, Microsoft will no longer provide Dell, HP and others [known as OEMs] with Windows 7 licenses. This means that OEMs will be able to continue to sell their stock of PCs running Windows 7, but they won’t be allowed to replenish their supply. [Once they run out of license of Windows 7, they won’t be able to sell Windows 7.]

That deadline does not apply to PCs preinstalled with Windows 7 Professional, however. Microsoft has not yet gone public with the end of sales cut-off date for PCs running Windows 7 Professional.

Additionally, Microsoft also will stop full support of Windows 7 in mid-January of next year. This means that Microsoft won’t provide any free support after January 13, 2015. It also means no further major releases for Internet Explorer.

Security updates and the occasional non-security updates will continue to be provided until January 14, 2020.

Users are still able to buy a new PC with an OEM license for a business edition of Windows [i.e. Professional] and then install an earlier version. PCs with Windows 8.1 Pro can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business.

Important Windows and Office dates

Here are a few dates you have to think about on the Windows platform:

  • Windows Vista is already in extended support – which will end in April 2017. Service pack 2 required.
  • Windows 7 mainstream support ends in January 2015. Service pack 1 required.
  • Windows 7 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows 8.1 must be installed by November 2015. After that, there will be no Windows 8 updates.
  • Windows 8.1 Update [a.k.a. Update 1] must be installed by June 2014. After that date, there will be no more updates unless you have this Update installed. So technically by June 2014 you need both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update to continue to get updates.
  • Windows 8.x mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows 8.x extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2003 is already in extended support – which will end in July 2015.
  • Windows Server 2008 mainstream support ends in January 2015.
  • Windows Server 2008 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 mainstream support ends in January 2015. Service pack 1 required.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows Server 2012 mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows Server 2012 extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update [a.k.a. Update 1] must be installed by July 2014. After that date, there will be no more updates unless you have this Update installed.

Here are a few dates you have to think about for Office:

  • Office 2007 is already in extended support – which will end in October 2017. Service pack 3 required.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 1 support ends in October 2014.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 mainstream support ends in October 2015.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 extended support ends in October 2020.
  • Office 2013 RTM support ends in April 2015.
  • Office 2013 with Service Pack 1 mainstream support ends in April 2018.
  • Office 2013 with Service Pack 1 extended support ends in April 2023.

Notes:

  • These end of support falls on the second Tuesday of the month mentioned.
  • Dates are subject to change. For the latest dates go here [if you can figure things out there!].
  • Changes will occur on the end dates if a service pack or major update is released.
  • Expect possibly a further major update in the fall for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.