Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Windows OS thread. We talk the Windows OS in mobile, tablet, desktop, and even IoT form if you so desire.
is the new windows. The most current release version is Windows 10 1703, meaning it came out in March of 2017 (except that it actually started rolling out on April 11. because reasons). This was an update from the 1607 version, which was an update to the 1511 version, which itself was an update to the original release, 1507. Noticing a pattern here? This is the new norm. You can expect 2 incremental OS updates to Windows 10 per year now, except in 2016 when there was only one, because Microsoft. This will bring changes to Windows 10 over time. Version 1703 might not seem super different but if you could find a pc on 1507 you'd see a lot of changes. Also, unless you're an enterprise business you're getting the new versions anyway. Windows 10 largely fixes a lot of the issues that Windows 8.x had, especially on desktop/traditional computers. There are conflicting beliefs on whether it is better on a tablet. I think a majority will say yes, but it definitely is not unanimous. -1607 makes further changes to the tablet interface which brings it closer to the Windows 8.1 look.
There are also fears about the telemetry gathering in Windows 10. Microsoft has been collecting telemetry for 10 years now, since Vista, and while it is true they are doing more in Windows 10, almost everything is anonymized, especially if you turn off the advertising ID telemetry. There is nothing that links how many Joe User actually clicks the start button or goes to that website he doesn’t want his wife to know about. You really have nothing to worry about.
That being said, some people do not want Microsoft to collect any data on them. If you ware one of those people here is a link with instructions on how to block the telemetry. https://fix10.isleaked.com/
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Windows 10 support
is a tad convoluted, but here we go. Since Windows 10 is updated twice a year, the older versions largely go away quickly anyway. This means that for the vast majority of people, you will *always* be on a supported version of Windows 10. Microsoft also supports prior versions for a period of time. While we're not quite 100% defined on that, Version 1507 will exit support in May of 2017. Versions 1511, 1607, and 1703 will all continue to be supported. This means that if you are somehow still on the original 1507 release you will not receive any security updates. Versions still supported, but are not the current version, will receive security fixes only. Again, the number of consumers this should directly affect will be statistially zero, but there does appear to be a support cycle for older builds. Note that this is not all that dis-similar from pervious versions, where Service Packs were eventually required for updates. (i.e. you must be on Win7 SP1 to receive updates, the non SP1 version is no longer updated).
is a complicated flower. The initial 8.0 release is no longer supported in any way. If you are somehow still on that, get at least to 8.1, which is a free update. 8.1 will be supported until January 10, 2023. 8.1 was good to great on touchscreens, and largely terrible on anything else. It’ll be remembered like Windows ME was. Some great ideas executed in the poorest way possible.
. Oh Windows 7. The rock of Microsoft, and the new XP. Until Windows 10 this was unquestionably the best Windows ever made. Some people still think it is. Windows 7 is supported until January 14th, 2020.
NOTE ABOUT WINDOWS 8.1 AND 7 SUPPORT
Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7 and 8.1 on modern CPU platforms. This means that if you install windows 7 on an Intel Kaby Lake or an AMD Ryzen system, you will not receive any updates after April 2017. This is a very long story, but these newer processors do things like power management very differently than older parts, and actually require significant investment in writing drivers for the processors to support them. Microsoft has chosen not to do so. Windows 7 is currently sitting in extended support, meaning security fixes only, so this, believe it or not, is reasonable for Windows 7. Windows 8.1 on the otherhand... is still in mainstream support until mid 2018, meaning Microsoft should be updating it, and are choosing not to. That is unfortunate, and wrong, but not much we can do about it.
The tl;dr of this is that technically Windows 7 and 8.1 are still supported on existing machines, but you're not getting support if you try to install them on new hardware.
is now out of support as of 2017. Vista is poorly remembered, but Vista is about 90% of what Windows 7 became. However if you are still running it, time to move on.
has been out of support since 2014. You should not be running it. It was a great OS in 2001, but it isn’t 2001 anymore.
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