Most Users Still Hanging On To Windows XP

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Windows XP has been removed for the list of products supported by the software behemoth, Microsoft Corporation. This means that the aging Windows operating system will not be receiving any sort of official Windows tech support, security patches and feature updates in the future. Windows XP, for all intents and purposes, is dead as far as Microsoft is concerned. This news is old, but knowingly or unknowingly, millions prefer to stay with the thirteen-year-old old operating system. Many SMBs are still clinging onto it for various reasons.

Agreed, Microsoft Windows XP was by far the most popular and most widely used operating system of the last decade, compared to all the other operating systems developed by Microsoft or any other company. This popular personal computer operating system was generally released for retail sale on October 25, 2001 and now, it has completed thirteen years of its existence. Windows XP was such a success, which very few operating systems have ever had the good fortune to achieve and kudos to Microsoft for that. No matter how good an OS XP is, it has a life cycle after which time it should not be used. Windows XP should have been removed from the list of Microsoft supported items much before. The software maker had to listen to requests from millions of users.

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April 8, 2014 was the date, when the world’s leading software maker abandoned Microsoft Windows XP. This was long overdue. However, this news seems to have no effect on the millions of users, who are still using the operating system; as if, lack of Windows tech support and all kinds of support do not mean anything to them. An unsupported operating system is extremely unsafe and unsecure. Even before the end of support, Windows XP was not the most secure operating system. Having been around for such a long time, the hackers and malicious coders know the operating system in and out. There are thousands of viruses, Trojan horses, and malware programs creating mayhem in many Windows XP powered computers.

It is difficult to imagine why they do not prefer to move on to Windows 8 or at least Windows 7. Windows 7 and Windows 8 are more secure, advanced and feature-packed than Windows XP.

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Assign Static IP Address For Your Windows 7 PC

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An IP Address (Internet Protocol Address) is a dynamic numerical designation given to a PC, which is connected to a network. The purpose of the IP address is to let a computer establish connection with other computers in the same network or different networks. Your computer would need the IP address to establish connection with other devices as well.

The router assigns an IP address to a PC for a specific period of time. It is renewed from time to time. Usually, the dynamic nature of the IP address does not affect the PC or the applications running in it. But certain applications would require a static IP address. If you have to run any of such applications on your PC, you need to ensure that your IP address is not renewed frequently by the router. The following steps should help you allot a static IP address for your PC. Remember, the instructions given here are meant for Windows 7 operating system. If you are using a different operating system, consider getting in touch with the Windows tech support desk of the concerned OS.

Instructions

  • Navigate to Start button and choose Control Panel from the menu.
  • Select the link that says Network and Internet from the Control Panel screen.
  • Click Network and Sharing Centre link followed by View network connections thereafter.
  • Locate the adapter that you have to edit and right-click it.
  • Select Properties from the dropdown menu followed by Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Right-click it and choose Properties again.

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  • Select the radio button before Use the following IP address.
  • Now, go to the box labelled IP Address and type a static IP address in there.
  • Once done, go to the next tab and verify that the value in subnet mask is auto-filled.
  • Gather the IP address of your router and enter it in the field labelled default gateway. Verify that the DNS address field is auto-filled as well. If not, communicate with your Internet Service Provider.
  • Save modifications by clicking the OK button.
  • Again, click OK in the Local Area Connection screen to exit it.

The above instructions must have helped you assign a static IP address for your Windows 7 PC. Now, execute the applications that require the static IP address. In case of any further issues, get in touch with our Windows tech support agents and get the issues fixed instantly.

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Removing Toolbars From Internet Explorer

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Contrary to popular beliefs, toolbars do not find their way into your computer without your permission. You unwittingly give these toolbars the necessary permissions to install on your system. These toolbars are bundled along with freeware third party software that you occasionally install. Unless you specifically unselect the option to install them, they will pop up on your system; so, exercise caution when you are installing software on your system.

Once installed, these toolbars will hijack every web browser in your system. They will alter the web-browser settings without your permission and even affect the performance of your system. There are many malware masquerading as harmless toolbars; so, it’s essential to remove any and every toolbars that are useless. If you know how to remove toolbars, uninstalling certain toolbars will be a piece of cake. However, some toolbars are tricky, so you have to change your strategy accordingly.

The most common ways to remove such programs are:

Using the Control Panel

  • Open the Start menu by clicking on the Start icon. This icon is situated inside the taskbar situated on your desktop screen. Normally, the Start icon is located at the bottom left corner of the screen.
  • Click on Control Panel to launch the Control Panel options window. Inside this window, click on Add/Remove programs. An alternative method is to click on Run icon and then type in appwiz.cpl inside the search box. This will directly open the Add/Remove programs window.
  • Look through the list of programs. These are all the programs that are installed in your system. Click on the toolbar you wish to remove and hit Remove, if you are using Windows XP or Uninstall, if you are using the later versions.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the toolbar.

If you have multiple toolbars installed in your system, remove them one-by-one using the instructions repeated above.

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Using Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • When the web browser loads, click the arrow located next to the toolbar you wish to remove. A drop-down menu will appear.
  • Click on Uninstall inside the toolbars drop-down menu.
  • Follow the on-screen instruction prompts to completely remove every instance of the toolbar from your system.

These methods work for most of the usual toolbars that are seen around. However, in certain cases, you will need various toolbar removal tools at your disposal to remove the malicious software. If you want to know more details on how to remove toolbars, contact our tech support team.

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Microsoft Announces The End Of Support For Windows 7

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Recently, Microsoft announced that it will be ending the mainstream support for Windows 7 soon i.e. on January 13, 2015. This means that the existing Windows 7 users would be left with no support or updates to protect their systems. Upon hearing this, several Windows 7 users started dialing the Windows support number to know about the legitimacy of the news.

It is quite clear why Microsoft has suddenly adopted this plan. Few months ago, the company had assumed that the mediocre performance of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 would fire up after the demise of Windows XP. On the contrary, a large number of Windows XP users migrated to the successive version i.e. Windows 7 by abandoning the touch-centric versions. Hence, the user share of Windows 7 skyrocketed and reached a phenomenal 50 % as compared to the meager 15 % attained by Windows 8. Quite surprisingly, even Windows XP fared better than Windows 8 even after the end of its support. Evidently, Microsoft has been forced to end the support for Windows 7 in order to boost the sales of the latest OS versions.

When the Microsoft technicians were contacted by calling up the Windows support number, they said that business professionals who are using the Windows 7 Enterprise version would continue to receive support until 2020. But then sources also suggest that Microsoft may change its plans to end Windows 7 support, considering the huge popularity of the operating system. This is because terminating the support and updates for Windows 7 within a few months can even make Microsoft lose customers to other operating systems. If this happens, it would only add to the existing woes of the software giant.

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Microsoft has been urging its customers to switch over to the latest touch-centric versions in order to stay away from all security issues. Moreover, Windows 9 is all set to launch next year. Codenamed Threshold, this version will certainly raise the bar for other operating systems and will have a plethora of advanced options for the users, much more than what Windows 8 offered. Hence, the company wouldn’t want Windows 9 to have the same fate as of its predecessors like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft technicians have been making the customers aware about the possible security issues and how easily the hackers will be able to exploit the vulnerabilities in the Windows 7 OS once it stops getting support. Hence, it is clear that the users would now have no other option left than to get acclimatized to the latest versions in the coming months.

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Microsoft Informs XP Users About End Of Support Through Pop-Ups

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Millions of the computer users who are stuck with the elderly operating system from Microsoft, Windows XP ceased to get support from Microsoft Corporation in the form of security and software updates. The end of support date for the Windows XP operating system was April 8. Even after the end of support date of the decade old operating system, the desktop browsing share of the Windows XP operating system stands nearly at 30 percent. The share of the Windows 7 operating system is at 47.31 percent while Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined takes up just 10.68 percent of the operating system share.

The tech world believes that these numbers could change in the coming months. In order to inform users of Windows XP operating system about the end of support date of the Windows XP operating system, Microsoft had announced that these users would see a popup notification on their computers. This notification was shown on 8th March and it asked the users about the end of support deadline for the Windows XP OS. Only those Windows XP users who had enabled Automatic Windows Update were able to see this pop up message. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows support number.

The pop up message was intended to implore the users to switch to the latest Windows 8 operating system. Many of the users had switched to Windows 8 and some of the conventional users of Windows OS were not satisfied with the new Metro Interface of Windows 8 and the missing Start button. There were numerous complaints about the missing Start button in the Microsoft support forums. To resolve these complaints of the users, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 Update. This update was aimed mainly at bringing back the Start menu to Windows 8.

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The pop up message that appeared in Windows XP also had a link to the Windows XP end of support page. These pop ups made many of the Windows XP users contact the Windows support number to know more about the end of support of Windows XP. Those users, who have not yet switched to some other supported version of the Windows operating system, can contact Microsoft technical support team to know more on the steps to update to some other supported version of Windows. You can also visit the official website of Microsoft to know more on the steps to switch to the latest operating system from Microsoft.

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