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Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Licenses No Longer Available to OEMs

October 31, 2016 marked the cut-off date for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). A packaged version of Windows 7 Professional became unavailable for retail sale on October 31, 2013 and Windows 8.1 followed suit in September of 2015. However, both have been available to obtain on new PCs until now. Essentially, companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and others that manufacture new PCs will now no longer be able to deliver them with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 pre-installed. There may be existing retail PCs with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installed, but computer hardware delivered for stocking today will come with Windows 10. For those shopping for computers for the holidays, expect only Windows 10 PCs and laptops to be available for purchase. Mainstream and E...

Windows 10 Gains a Little in October, But So Does Windows 7

With Microsoft conceding that its lofty Windows 10 goals were just guidelines, the company is turning to Enterprises in hopes to fill gaps in Windows 10 adoption. Unfortunately, the last couple months have shown that companies are choosing Windows 7 instead. Between August and September, Windows 10 installations actually declined. Between September and October, according to NetMarketshare, Windows 10 has gained a bit, but only by a very small tick.             Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Devs, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Lookout ConfigMgr Admins, Windows Monthly Updates are Gonna Get Huge

Written for Adaptiva by Cliff Hobbs, Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility and Founder and CEO of One of the biggest pain points in maintaining any IT infrastructure is keeping it up to date. A vendor software update may be fixing a bug, addressing reliability issue, plugging a security vulnerability, or sometimes adding minor features/enhancements between major releases. Prior to Windows 10 we have been able to selectively decide which updates we want to install rather than a blanket “install all” approach. This selective approach though has given us problems. Probably the biggest issue is that you can potentially end up with different machines having different patch combinations installed across your estate. This does not help in large environments where you are trying to keep...

Windows activation fails and may generate error code 0x8004FE33

These issues may occur when you connect to the Internet through a proxy server on which Basic authentication is enabled.

Tips for App-V 5.0 Sequencer Configuration

When it comes to setting up a good configuration for an App-V 5.0 SP2 (or later) sequencer, the items below are typically what I like to establish.  This list may not be fully complete and could be added to over time.  Optionally, if you have any recommendations, please feel free to leave a comment below! […]

ConfigMgr: Windows 7 32-bit and Software Updates

Posted in CM2012ConfigMgrKB'sSCCMWindows 7Pretty nasty bug out there right now with 32-bit Windows 7 and Software Updates.  If you are struggling with getting your clients to download/install updates.  Check your WindowsUpdate.log, if you see the following error: WARNING: ISusInternal::GetUpdateMetadata2 failed, hr=8007000E Then I’d strongly encourage you to apply the following KB/Hotfix (KB3050265).  Here is also a great article […]

SCCM 2012 Easy Naming Convention

Hello, A while ago I was on a project that needed to quickly adopt a simple and...

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