Neowin: Here’s what’s new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday

Neowin: Here’s what’s new for Windows 8.1 and 7 this Patch Tuesday. “We’re already three months deep into 2021, and as we reach the second Tuesday of March, that means it’s time once again for Microsoft to update every supported version of Windows. Naturally, the most recent versions of Windows 10 are getting updates, but Windows 8.1 is also still supported. And, for businesses paying for extended security updates, so is Windows 7.”

BetaNews: 0patch fixes major Windows Installer bug before Microsoft

BetaNews: 0patch fixes major Windows Installer bug before Microsoft. “Waiting for Microsoft to issue patches for bugs that have been discovered in its software can mean having to be very patient — some updates just seem to take forever to appear. More than this, the bug fixes can introduce new problems of their own, so it’s little wonder that third-party patching services such as 0patch have grown in popularity. And once again, 0patch has managed to beat Microsoft in releasing a patch for a serious vulnerability.”

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. “The main reason to use this as a Windows alternative is its ease of use. It’s also free for individual users who don’t require Google Admin tools. The only difference between the home version and the two business ones is is it doesn’t come with technical support or access to Google Admin Console. Besides giving your Windows 7 PC a new lease on life, you’ll find it will make it peppier. CloudReady is much lighter on system resources than any version of Windows.”

BetaNews: If you’re still using Windows 7, you need to install this important, free 0-day patch

BetaNews: If you’re still using Windows 7, you need to install this important, free 0-day patch. “Earlier this month a security researcher discovered a local privilege escalation vulnerability in both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. There’s no indication that Microsoft will issue a patch even for organizations the paid for extended support, but the vast majority of Windows 7 users will be left vulnerable. Or at least that would be case if it wasn’t for 0patch stepping up to the plate and making a micropatch available for free.”

PCMag: Google Extends Support for Chrome on Windows 7 Until 2022

PCMag: Google Extends Support for Chrome on Windows 7 Until 2022. “Though Google previously announced in January 2020 that it would effectively be yanking the security blanket from the arms of Windows 7 users browsing with Chrome on July 15, 2021, things have changed a bit. But this isn’t an altruistic move to coddle users who refuse to upgrade. It’s purely a business decision, at least for those who use Chrome as part of their organization’s IT hierarchy.”

BetaNews: Windows 10 has a dangerous print spooler bug, and there is no fix

BetaNews: Windows 10 has a dangerous print spooler bug, and there is no fix. “An unpatched vulnerability in the Windows Print Spooler exists that could be exploited by an attacker to run malicious software with elevated system privileges. The issue affects Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10 as well as versions of Windows Server. It is being tracked as CVE-2020-1048 and CVE-2020-1337 and has a severity rating of ‘Important’.”

Neowin: Windows 7 bug that prevents users from shutting down has an unofficial workaround

Neowin: Windows 7 bug that prevents users from shutting down has an unofficial workaround. “The issue prevents users from shutting down the PC and provides an error message that reads: ‘You don’t have permission to shut down this computer’. While the Redmond giant hasn’t acknowledged the said issue yet, there seem to be a few workarounds – one of which is supposedly a permanent fix that involves tweaking the group policy.”

Engadget: Bug prevents Windows 7 users from shutting down their PCs

Engadget: Bug prevents Windows 7 users from shutting down their PCs. ” Many users on Microsoft’s forums, Reddit and elsewhere are reporting that their Windows 7 systems refuse to shut down or reboot as they normally would, claiming that ‘you don’t have permission to shut down this computer.’ Users have unofficially fixed it by running the Group Policy Editor from the command line to force permissions, but that’s clearly not something users should have to do just to turn their PCs off.”

BetaNews: Official how to switch from Windows 7 to Ubuntu Linux tutorial now available

BetaNews: Official how to switch from Windows 7 to Ubuntu Linux tutorial now available. “Understandably, many people are scared of Windows 10 — Microsoft’s data collection through extreme telemetry can make it feel like your own computer is spying on you. In that case, a Linux-based operating system should be considered. Today, Canonical releases an official guide for those thinking of switching to Ubuntu from Windows 7. Not only does the guide address potential hardware incompatibilities, but it provides a handy list of popular Windows software and its comparable Linux alternatives.”

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually… (The Register)

The Register: Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually…. “Microsoft has quietly admitted that it will be fixing the final Windows 7 patch that left some stretched wallpapers borked. It was to be the last hurrah for Windows 7: After the 14 January patch there would be no more freebies from Microsoft as extended support was turned off in favour of its paid-for Extended Security Update (ESU) program.”

BetaNews: 0patch releases micropatch for Internet Explorer vulnerability — including for Windows 7

BetaNews: 0patch releases micropatch for Internet Explorer vulnerability — including for Windows 7. “At the end of last week, a serious vulnerability was discovered in Internet Explorer, affecting all versions of Windows. Not only is the bug (CVE-2020-0674) being actively exploited, but for Windows 7 users the vulnerability was exposed right after their operating system reached the end of its life. Even for users of newer versions of Windows, and despite the severity of the security flaw, Microsoft said it would not be releasing a patch until February. Stepping in to plug the gap comes 0patch with a free micropatch for all versions of Windows affected by the vulnerability.” Third party patches make me wary (this is not because of 0patch, but just in general) but if you don’t want to wait until February…

OMG! Ubuntu! How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7

OMG! Ubuntu!: How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7. “We’ve shown you how to make Linux Mint look like a Mac before so aping the appearance of a different system (while not to everyone’s tastes) is something you already know is possible. But we’ve never really touched on how to make your desktop look like Windows — and Linux Mint is the ideal starting point if you want to do that as it looks and behaves more like Windows than regular Ubuntu does.”

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady

ZDNet: How to switch from Windows 7 to Chrome OS CloudReady. “Yesterday, a friend asked what he should do since Windows 7 has come to the end of its supported life. I asked him what he uses his computer for. He replied, ‘Email and Facebook.’ He added that he has no interest in moving to Windows 10. He’s far from the only one. About one in five users have stuck with Windows 7 to the bitter end. And, really, for his purposes, who can blame him? For him, Windows 7 just works. So, rather than try to convince him to move to Linux, I suggested he consider Neverware’s Chrome OS variant, CloudReady. Here’s how to do it.”

ZDNet: Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020

ZDNet: Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020. “Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users for the past year-plus that after January 14, 2020, they’ll get no more security updates to the operating system for free. Even though users will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after that date, they’ll be more susceptible to potential security problems. To hammer that point home, Microsoft is planning to deliver a new pop-up notification to Windows 7 users on January 15, 2020.”