Preventing the automatic update to Windows 10

Posted by Michael Trimblett on 21 April 2016
Preventing the automatic update to Windows 10

If you are on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you may be sick and tired of Windows constantly hounding you to upgrade to Windows 10.  Whilst Windows 10 is a solid product, upgrading is often fraught with danger.  Incompatibilities with hardware and software are the biggest reason not to upgrade.  The hours required to fix a system after a failed upgrade is the next biggest reason to never upgrade to Windows 10.

Now there is something you can do about it.  Never10 is a product developed and written by world renown network security researcher Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation.  Steve, like many of our clients, is not wanting to move to Windows 10 because of the aforementioned reasons.  To further complicate things, Microsoft has recently moved the Windows 10 update on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 from the "optional" section to the "recommended" section.  The default setting for Windows Updates is to automatically install all "recommended" updates.  This means one day you are happily using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and after rebooting your computer you could be using Windows 10.  This poses a lot of problems on business networks as there are often software products in use that are not compatible with Windows 10.

Steve decided to do something about this.  Never10 is a freeware product provided by the Gibson Research Corporation.  Never10 does as it says, it permanently turns off the Windows 10 upgrade notification and disables Windows ability to upgrade to Windows 10 at a click of a button; potentially saving you many hours of frustration and expense.  Since its release at the beginning on April 2016, at time of writing it has attracted almost 250,000 downloads!  Given these figures, there are plenty of people not wanting to upgrade to Windows 10.

If you are sick of the constant reminders to upgrade to Windows 10, download and run Never10.  If you would like assistance, please give our helpdesk a call on 02 4337 0700 or email help@loyalit.com.au and one of our friendly consultants will be able to assist you.

Read more about Never10 here.

*Note: Loyal I.T. Solutions is not affiliated with Gibson Research Corporation and the use of Never10 is at your own risk.
 

Posted in: News Windows  

Naomi gives blood

Posted by Michael Goodwin on 15 April 2016
Naomi gives blood

At our 2015 Conference, we set a goal to give back 6 days of service to our local community. Each of our team members could choose a cause they are passionate about, and get involved.


Naomi, our very own "Director of First Impressions", is the first to get involved. Naomi visited the Australian Red Cross Blood Service at West Gosford on Tuesday this week and donated 1 pint of her precious blood. In doing this, she has potentially saved 3 lives and the blood donated could be used in 22 different medical treatments.


One of the main reason's Naomi chose this cause was because around one third of blood donations help treat people with cancer - so it is a sign of support to our mate Adam Gidley-King.


Naomi has committed to doing this on a quarterly basis. We love Naomi and congratulate her for giving back to our local community.

Posted in: Misc  

Loyal I.T. launches new ticket logging system

Posted by Michael Trimblett on 14 March 2016

Do you need to log a service or support ticket with us?  Have no time to speak to someone to log a ticket?  Have more information than what can be conveyed through a phone conversation?  Now you can log a call for help by simply emailing help@loyalit.com.au.  Our automated ticket logging system will automatically assign you a ticket number and notify our technicians that you need support.  No longer will you have to wait in a phone queue to log a support call.  Simply email your request for support and we will contact you back.  Of course, if you still prefer to speak to someone you can always call us on 02 4337 0700 and speak to Naomi or Anna who are always keen to take your call.

Posted in: Services  

NRL Footy tipping comp is on!

Posted by Michael Trimblett on 2 March 2016

Footy Tips

Loyal's NRL Footy tipping comp is on again. Free to join and open to everyone. Winner takes $200 cash. Get involved.

http://www.footytips.com.au/cfm/ft/sub/share/shareComp.cfm?competitionId=376424&r=78313571

Posted in: Misc  

Windows 7 and 8.1 hardware support ending?

Posted by Michael Trimblett on 25 January 2016
Windows 7 and 8.1 hardware support ending?

If you own a system with an Intel 6th generation Core processor (most new computers these days) and run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll have to think about upgrading to Windows 10 within the next 18 months.  Or is this what Microsoft wants you to think?  Whilst Microsoft has not come out and said it in so many words, they have released a statement https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/01/15/windows-10-embracing-silicon-innovation/ of which it partly describes their reasoning for pushing Windows 10 so hard:

"At the same time, we know many of these customers continue to rely on Windows 7 for its well understood reliability and compatibility. Windows 7 was designed nearly 10 years ago before any x86/x64 SOCs existed. For Windows 7 to run on any modern silicon, device drivers and firmware need to emulate Windows 7's expectations for interrupt processing, bus support, and power states- which is challenging for WiFi, graphics, security, and more. As partners make customizations to legacy device drivers, services, and firmware settings, customers are likely to see regressions with Windows 7 ongoing servicing."

So what does this all mean?  Their main reason seems to revolve around the arguement of SOC (Systems On a Chip) technology.  This has substantially changed the underlying architecture for which all modern systems operate and Microsoft do not want to continue to support newer technology on their dating operating systems.  Considering Microsoft have committed to supporting Windows 7 with security updates and other critical fixes until January 14, 2020 and Windows 8.1 until January 10, 2023, this announcement seems to indicate they are bringing forward the support end of life for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft are aiming this change squarely at the enterprise.  Reading between the lines, they do not want businesses to continue to purchase downgrade rights to Windows 7 when they purchase a new PC.  Home users typically don't care and will use the operating system that comes with the computer, but business users normally can't be that easy going.  Yes, you will continue to receive critical patch updates for your Windows 7 or 8.1 operating systems but when you purchase a new PC, you will no longer be able to have Windows 7 or 8.1 installed from the factory, it will need to be Windows 10 after July 17, 2017.  But what if you need Windows 7 because Windows 10 is not supported by your line-of-business applications?  Microsoft will say "too bad".  How can we beat Microsoft at their own game?  If you are considering purchasing new computers or laptops in the coming year, you would be wise to purchase this equipment sooner rather than later.  PCs and Laptops purchased with a 3-year warranty now will take you to January 2019 (within 1 year of the sunsetting for Windows 7).  As we have seen recently with the Windows XP end of life, Windows 7 will become end of life in 2020 but, as with Windows XP, a smooth transition by the way of software compatibility will likely be available before Windows 7 becomes end of life in a little under 4 years time.

Loyal I.T. Solutions can still purchase PCs and laptops with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed from the manufacturer, so if you are in a position where you are thinking about updating your hardware, give Naomi at our office a call on 02 4337 0700 or drop her an email at reception@loyalit.com.au and we will be able to assist with the planning for your transition to new hardware, whether it be Windows 7, 8.1 or 10.

Posted in: IT Computer Maintenance Computer Software  

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