Windows Server 2003 is a server OS from Microsoft released in the year 2003. Windows Server 2003 R2 was the updated version of Server 2003 that came out in the year 2005. After 11 years, Microsoft has now decided on ending the support for Server 2003. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 was better and could perform much better than its predecessor Windows Server 2000.
Recently at the VARnex Fall conference, Microsoft took the opportunity to announce the end of support for the eleven-year-old Windows Server 2003. Synnex organized this conference. The OEM vice president Microsoft Canada, John Kennedy said that this addressable market would change more than nine million servers out of which half of them are virtualized.
The plan is to end Windows Tech Support for Server 2003 on 14 July 2015. Plans to push the channel on Windows Server 2012 R2 are already on along with the migration to Azure. Kennedy said that there are over 23.8 million instances running with Windows Server 2003 in the world. This is great opportunity for Tech solution providers in helping customers to make a transaction. Kennedy expects this to be a huge transaction where the providers will have to go boundless when it comes to tech support for Windows Server 2003 transactions. The end-of-support for Windows Server 2003 will be more like a start to a new relationship with the customers.
Moreover, with the Windows Server upgrade, there are many business transformation opportunities to come. Some of them are databases, collaboration solutions, emails, and line of business apps, print, file and web. Kennedy looks at this opportunity as a long-term approach, since in the year 2016, plans are to end the support for SQL 2005. The customers should be informed about the same and then decide on upgrading to the next. The countdown for the end-of-support for Windows Server 2003 appears on the official web page the same way as it had for end of support of Windows XP.
The general manager of Microsoft Neil Potter adds that there are about millions of Line Of Business apps that need to be virtualized, which are more of legacy apps. Line of business apps are nothing but apps developed with the interest of helping people run business using the same. This will be the best opportunity for the Windows Tech support service provider to render services for people who plan to upgrade their servers.
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Executives at Microsoft seem to think that it was a mistake drawing out Extended Support for Windows XP when they did. From the company’s perspective, this is very true, given that XP has been a bur in the side of newer OS sales for some time now. Windows 7 poses much the same problem, but in a greater degree.
Windows 8 wasn’t the only one of Microsoft’s products to suffer because they had a previous product which went down with customers. Remember the cold reception which Vista got? It probably warranted that, but the only reason people hated the OS so much was that it looked like the ugly duckling beside XP’s swan. Fast forward to a year back, and Windows 8 faced the same problem from Windows 7 being as popular as it was.
If history were to repeat itself, Microsoft would extend support for Windows 7 the way they did with XP. But it turns out they have a better idea, which involves letting Extended Support end at the initially allotted time, while drawing out Mainstream support. This is already their plan for the Pro version of Windows 7.
At the end of last month, Microsoft cut off the supply of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and/or Ultimate copies to hardware partners. If you get a hold of any of these versions on new machines, it’s because they’re getting rid of existing stock, and you should count yourself lucky. The only OEM licenses still on sale are for Windows 7 professional.
The Windows lifecycle sheet tells us that “Microsoft will provide one year of notice prior to the end of sale date” of Windows 7 Professional. Since they haven’t yet, we’re still going to get OEM versions off the market until late 2015.
People still don’t fully understand what the end of mainstream Windows tech support means for a product. The only fact this changes for the user is that of continued design changes and feature additions, which have to do with non-security issues. Windows 7 users can count themselves lucky that they don’t need many of these. You’d also lose free Windows tech support from the company.
Microsoft’s mistake might be in stopping support for something that they’re still selling. Instead, they could let mainstream Windows 7 support end on due course, and keep up the provision of more essential services.
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Though we have been hearing about Windows 10 Technical Preview a lot these past few months, many users are not aware of the fact that there are actually two different versions of the OS Preview available. One is the standard Windows 10 Technical Preview meant for Windows users with some technical knowledge and an Enterprise version of the preview.
Windows 10 Consumer Preview will only release next year
Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise will have slightly different options and features than the general non-enterprise version. However, according to the Windows tech support, the average users better wait for the release of Windows 10 Consumer Preview slated for January 2015 release.
There is much difference between the Technical Preview OS and the Consumer Preview. Technical Preview is like the preview version for Windows 10 Professional edition meant for IT professionals and software developers. An average not-so-tech-savvy user might find it very difficult to use such an early version of the Professional Windows 10 OS. This is why Microsoft is advising those users to wait until the release of Consumer Preview to try out the new OS.
These preview versions come with a product key that will expire on April 15, 2015. This gives you a few months use out of the trial version OS. After this period, you have to either go back to using the old Windows OS or upgrade to Windows 10, if it is available in the market at that time. According to recent reports, Microsoft might be planning to release Windows 10 full version in the second half of 2015.
Microsoft has also set up online community forums for both these available Windows 10 preview versions, where the users can get together, set up discussion threads and resolve many of technical issues in the OS. You also need to send in your user feedback to Microsoft through the app provided in the Preview OS for this purpose.
Update the Windows 10 OS Build to the latest version
After you install the OS Preview version, you will see the OS Build version number displayed on the screen. This represents the Preview version release you are currently using. As you upgrade the OS Preview, the OS Build number will increase to indicate the upgrade installation. According to Windows tech support, the users can set up the OS to receive updates in fast track mode or occasionally install the updates in bulk.
So, install the OS Preview version and see what Windows 10 has to offer.
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Windows XP is one of the most popular OS versions developed by Microsoft. Millions of users prefer using Windows XP operating system because the version comprises of several useful options that provide a comfortable experience to the users. In fact, after installing Windows 8 at the time of its launch, most users switched back to Windows XP. Most of them contacted Windows tech support and said that Windows 8 lagged far behind when compared to the user-friendly options in XP. This might have forced Microsoft to announce the end of support for Windows XP.
But even after the termination of the services for Windows XP, a large number of users still rely on this operating system. This is surprising because the Windows tech support team had been repeatedly warning the customers to move to the latest OS versions to prevent the security issues.
In some cases, many users have complained that the XP installation fails to complete due to the hardware or software problems. You can use the following instructions to repair a failed Windows XP installation:
By following this set of simple instructions, you can successfully repair a failed Windows XP installation. If you are still unable to perform the installation of the OS, do not worry. Please contact our tech support team to get the best assistance.
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The KB 2949927 patch was a headache for Microsoft Corporation. This patch failed to install on some of the computers and Microsoft has now asked the users to delete this patch, but there are no complaints once the patch is installed. They released this patch as part of their Update Tuesday Batch of October. There was another patch whose installation resulted in widespread issues. This was KB2952664 and this patch failed to install displaying an error message 80242016.
There were also four more patches that led to widespread issues after installation. These patches are listed below.
Wyse multimonitor support.
Getting back to our problematic patch KB 2949927, this patch brings SHA-2 hashing powers in the Windows 7 operating system. There are
numerous reports on this KB causing multiple reboot-rollback issues on some of the computers. Many fixes are posted in some of the tech forums, but all of them are just tweaked ways to install the patch.
This particular update was taken back from the Download Center, as there were issues with the update. Microsoft also asks the customers who are experiencing issues after installing the update to remove the update. This was confirmed after contacting the Windows tech support team. If you have installed the patch, it will be good if you can uninstall the patch, even though if you are not experiencing any issues.
To know more on this problematic patch, you can contact the Windows tech support team. They will be able to offer you more details on the same.
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