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Already ?? Welcome, Windows 7 users, to the day you’ve been dreading: the end of mainstream support. Starting Tuesday, Microsoft will stop pushing out new features, end free support and halt any update not related to security for its six-year-old operating system. That’s the bad news. The good news: The 56% of desktop users still running Windows 7 can expect Microsoft’s “extended support” until 2020. Microsoft’s slow and steady effort to stamp out Windows 7 in favor of Windows 8.1 is not new. The company ended consumer retail sales last November (no more Windows 7 boxes in stores), though it will continue to let computer manufacturers sell systems with Windows 7 pre-installed. In fact, the company promises to give at least a year’s notice before ending that program. But eventually, the software giant will have to end that, too. Windows 8.1, the radically redesigned operating systems is at a paltry 9% market rate, according to Net Market Share. That is more than than Apple's Mac desktop operating system (roughly 5%), it’s well below the 14-year-old Windows XP, which, incredibly, still holds 18% of the desktop market share. Windows 8.1 has not been the success Microsoft hoped for, largely because Microsoft tried to force-feed the public a Start Menu-free interface (to be fair, the Windows Design – née “Metro” — screen was essentially an exploded version of the Start Menu). Microsoft has more or less admitted it made a mistake in killing the traditional Start menu; it reintroduces it with Windows 10, which is now in beta previews. When the OS ships, likely sometime later this year, it may help Microsoft finally turn the tide on XP and Windows 7. Source: http://mashable.com/2015/01/13/windows-7-support-ends/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=rss
Hey Liam! Microsoft release a SP1 (GDR1 called "Update 1") for Win8.1 at 4# April. (Official 8#). Example: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-8.1-gdr1-windows-9-windows-phone-threshold,25861.html My ask, what you think about maybe Slipstream-Support in WinToolKit? It exist some pre-releases (beta) for you can test it with maybe. What you think if or when its possible this feature? That would be awesome. And have anybody a hint when possible available a Win8.1.1 MSDN ISO? Greez BTW: Mhh... GDR1, maybe it exist LDR1? Of course I wanna have it!