Microsoft Removes The Problematic Patch From Windows Update Server

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Though the software giant removed a patch from Windows Update Server that created problems in some systems, the thing is that it is still pushing a truncated version of the same update that contained the erroneous fix. We are talking about the update, known as MS14-045 and this is one of nine released a few months ago. The update was released to deal with three separate vulnerabilities, such as one related to a font bug and the other in the Windows kernel, which can be considered the heart of the operating system.

Juts within hours of its release, MS14-045 had generated a ‘Stop 0x50′ error on some computers. Most notably on Windows 7 Personal Computers that were running the 64-bit version of the Operating System. The problem is that they were unable to boot their PCs and the usual repair techniques, such as booting into Windows Safe Mode, would not work, as per reports. Windows support number was bombarded with calls concerning the issue with the update.

The software company responded soon, pulled the patch from its Download Center, and made a revision in the accompanying advisory. Actually, that was the only public message to the users and customers. The world’s leading software maker’s security center did not blog about the problem that it had withdrawn the patch from the Update Server. Even calling Windows support number was not helpful for many customers; things were too confusing.

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However, the company is continuing to offer MS14-045 to users through Windows Update. The MS14-045 update was comprised of two separate “packages” originally.  One was named as 2982791 and the other as 2976897. The former is for the resolution for the font problem, and the one Microsoft urged its customers to uninstall, it has now been omitted from Windows Update.

In fact, the latter one, 2976897 is still being offered. The software maker precisely identified the erroneous package in a support document. But, the thing is that the users, who examined the list of available patches in Windows Update before installing may be confused, as 2976897 is also associated with MS14-045.

Actually, 2976897 package is quite safe to install, the software maker mentioned. As per the company, both OS versions such as Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, and even the server editions including Windows Server 2008 and 2012 R2, were provided the 2982791 patch package. The Redmond based software producer has not yet offered a replacement to the 2982791 part of MS14-045, disclosing only that it was looking into the issues.

What To Do When Windows Update Function Is Broken On Windows XP

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There were many issues with Windows Update recently in the Windows XP operating system, as the OS is no longer supported by Microsoft. As soon as the users try to update the Windows XP operating system from Internet Explorer 8, it fails displaying an error 0x80248015 before the users will be able to search for any of the available fixes. We all know that Microsoft has stopped issuing patches for the Windows XP operating system, but all the older bug fixes for the Windows XP operating system remains available. This is good for those Windows XP computers that have not been updated in a long time.

Another great news for those users, who are still making use of the Windows XP operating system is that Microsoft continues to update their Malicious Software Removal Tool for the Windows XP OS every month. As per different users, Windows Update was working recently and there were no announcements about the end of Windows Update. In addition, the Microsoft servers had a huge Schannel bug that had affected many of the users and the first fix for this bug was also buggy. Now, many of the users have also reported that the Windows Update program is failing on the server versions of the Windows operating system.

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Many of the users have experienced issues and it has not been corrected yet by Microsoft. Many of the computers at different geographical locations experienced the same errors and users were possible to update some of the computers. In the Microsoft support forums, some of the users shared that stopping and then restarting the services, namely, Background Intelligent Transfer service and Automatic Updates might work. This may not work for all the computers and if you are lucky enough, this may fix the issue. The Windows support number tips that are shared below may help you fix these issues in Windows Update.

  • Stop Automatic Update and then the Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  • In C:\Windows folder, you will need to rename the SoftwareDistribution sub-folder
  • After doing the above steps, you can then restart the two services that you had stopped in the first step.

These are the simple steps to fix broken Windows Update issues in the Windows XP operating system without encountering any errors. If you would like to know more on these steps, you may contact the Windows support number. They will help you out with the steps.

How To Create A New Partition Space In Windows 7

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Windows 7 Disk Partition

When using a computer, you will need to make, use or delete partitions. Partitions on your hard-disks are extremely useful in managing and structuring all the data you have. They also find use in installing new operating systems. By using a Windows partition, you will be able to install the OS inside the partition and enable dual-booting. This way, you will be able to use two operating systems at the same time.

There are two distinct types of disk partitions. One of the partitions is system partition and the other one is Boot partition. The system partition comes in handy when handling hardware related files. On the other hand, boot partition is useful for booting your computer. In Windows 7 OS, a separate system partition of 100 MB file size is automatically included when installing Windows OS on a new disk from scratch. However, you will need to create further Windows partitions, according to the file size that suits your needs.

In such a scenario, you will have to create it yourself. You can either make these changes yourself or call the Windows Support number to get the work done. Here’s how you can identify the boot partition yourself.

Instructions

  • Click on Start button and then select Control Panel. Click on System and then Security. From inside this option, click on Administrative Tools.
  • Double click to select Computer Management. You will need to provide Administrator password in order to gain access to these settings.
  • Click on Disk Management that lies under Storage.
  • Click on the Status Column. You will be able to view the type of disk partition in here.

Creating a new partition in Windows 7

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Creating Windows Disk Partition

  • Open the command prompt and type in diskmgmt.msc.
  • Right-click the free un-allotted area from the graphical view of Disk Management and then click on Simple View.
  • Click Next after reading the Welcome Page.
  • Select a size for the volume that lies between Minimum and Maximum size limit.
  • Resize the partition of disk in Megabytes using Simple Volume Size field and then select Next.
  • Click on the Assign Drive Letter or Path page and then select to assign a drive letter or path. Click on Next to continue.
  • Assign a Drive letter for the disk partition and then Mount it in the empty NTFS folder.
  • Format the Disk partition volume with the settings of our preference to create and use the Disk partition.

If you come across any hurdles or require further help for creating the Disk partition, contact the Windows Support number.

Windows Support Boosted In Google Cloud Platform

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Google cloud platform is one of the cloud computing products from Google. Recently, Google Cloud Platform extended its support for workloads and devices that are based on Windows. This is as a result of the number of concerns and requests put forward by users to make Google Cloud Platform available for their Windows enabled devices. Apart from Windows support, Google has added three more enhancements to the Google Compute Engine. This is one of the latest moves of Google. This move will be advantageous as it will expand the user base for Google considerably. You can get to know more on this from the Windows support number.

Among the three enhancements planned, the very first one is the Microsoft License Mobility. Without any extra Microsoft Licensing fee, customers will now be able to move the current License for Microsoft Server Applications to Google Cloud Platform. The second one is that the beta version of Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition will be available on Google Computer Engine. The third and the last enhancement is that users will be able to take remote sessions with Google Chrome. This can be done without the need of additional software on a Windows computer using Google Compute Engine.

It looks as if Google is planning strategies beyond business in order to attract more users for its emerging Google Cloud platform features. Google Cloud platform will be able to expand the present capacity if it manages to attract more and more business users. In the end, it is difficult to say who would benefit more out of this. With this strategy in place, even if people move to Google Cloud platform, Microsoft will only retain customers but not lose them.

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If they make use of Microsoft Azure for cloud services, they can get rid of some of the shortcomings with Google Compute Engine. Over the years, Azure has become advanced and progressive. But it must be noted that there are a few things that Microsoft Azure does not support, but the Google Compute Engine does. Microsoft Azure does not support Microsoft Exchange Server, while Google Compute Engine does. Azure supports SharePoint, and now, Google also has support for the same.

Since some of the other private Exchange Servers cannot guarantee that level of scaling and performance that is acceptable, Microsoft plans not to support them. This might be one of the reasons that Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange Online are pushed down the preferred list. Get to know more about Google Compute Engine and its integration with Microsoft from the Windows support number.

Microsoft Withdraws Windows 7 Update After Reports Of Installation Issues Of Other Programs

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Windows updates have been one of the major causes of worries for Microsoft, as the company had to withdraw many of its updates and ask customers to uninstall the updates that were already installed in their systems. The latest in this series is Patch Tuesday updates released for the operating system, Windows 7. After finding out that the updates prevented the installation of third party software and other Windows updates, Microsoft withdrew the updates from its official website.

According to the technician at the Windows support number, the problematic update, KB3004394 was released to change how the operating system collected and stored the root certificates, which are used to validate the TLS and SSL connections. Earlier, the operating system was set to look for the certificate update once in a week. The update was intended to increase this frequency to once in a day.

Even though the changes intended by Microsoft on the operating system were quite simple, the actual changes that took place on the systems were not as per the likings of Microsoft or the users. Troubles were encountered by users who had installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. Users who installed the updates complained that after installing the updates, they were not able to install some of the third party programs like virtual box and the drivers of AMD and Nvidia on their computers. Most of these customers reported that they encountered the error 0x8004FF91 while installing the drivers and the update.

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In order to address the issue, the software giant has now released a new update, which will remove the problematic update from the computers. Microsoft has also removed the update from the Windows Update website. The new update is the only one in a series of updates Microsoft had to pull back this year. Along with the certificate update, the company had also withdrawn another Exchange 2013 update after some of the users reported issues with the same. The modified version of the Exchange update is now available to the users. It is not yet clear how many customers have been affected by the certificate update issue.

With Microsoft withdrawing one update after another, the customers’ trust on the patches and updates have gone down considerably. Microsoft had to withdraw many of the Windows updates this year, with many of them leading to an operating system issue. For further assistance on this failed update, you may contact the technician at Windows support number or contact our technical support team.

Windows XP Ditched By Microsoft, Only To Know That Millions Still Cling On It

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It is now common news that our beloved OS, Windows XP is no more. Microsoft removed the OS from the list of its officially supported, software products. Actually, this was never a surprise as the end of XP support was long overdue. Microsoft had tried to get rid of Windows XP long time ago, but it succeeded only now. The main reason for this is the overwhelming amount of requests from various customers across the globe to let the OS stay supported by the software company. Windows XP, this way, lived a long and highly successful life until its death. Actually, Windows XP is popular even after its death. Millions of Windows XP users have chose to stay with the old OS for various reasons.

Windows XP is arguably the only OS in the history of Microsoft to have so many users for this long. Windows XP was a huge hit from the time it was launched and it remained that way until the end of support on April 8, 2014. Only when Windows 7 was released did the old OS started losing some of the user base. We are talking about Windows 7, which is one of the latest Windows OSs. Windows 7 has over fifty percent of Windows user base, whereas XP comes third. Not even Windows 8, the latest Windows OS have managed to reach the popularity Windows XP and Windows 7 has achieved.

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End of support for Windows XP means there is no use calling Windows support number; users will not get any sort of technical assistance, feature updates and any other services, either free or paid. The users are risking all, despite knowing the consequences, by continuing with Windows XP.

Windows XP was and probably is the most familiar OS in the world, probably the reason why so many users are risking a huge lot to stay with the old OS.  Windows XP remained so popular because it was solid and extremely user friendly. Most Windows XP users are still satisfied with the features offered by the old OS. Another reason is the fear of change. No one loves change and a new OS means adjusting to the new features and talking time to learn them.

Windows XP is dead. No amount of calls to Windows support number can change that fact. Moving on is the best way for Windows XP users, rather than risking the loss of important data using an unsupported OS.

How To Set 64-Bit Color In Your OS

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With the advancements in computing, more and more people are opting for 64-bit technology compared to the 32-bit technology. According to the technician at Windows support number, the 64-bit technology not only gives your computer faster performance but also gives you crisper images on your PC. By using 64-bit technology, you can make sure that your computer runs much faster.

The technology also offers faster utilization of applications. With 64-bit technology, the applications can be launched at a much faster rate. Now, you can change your computer from 32-bit color to 64-bit color with a few simple steps. In this post, we will take you through the steps involved in this process.

For Mac users

If you are a Mac user, follow the steps below to change from 32-bit color to 64-bit color.

  • Choose the option System Preferences in the operating system.
  • Choose the option Displays in the window for System Preferences. This will open the window for display settings. According to Apple support center, the Snow Leopard operating system from the company comes with the 64-bit technology. Keep in mind that if you are using any of the older operating systems, you will not be able to get the 64-bit color.
  • Change the color options to 64-bit. With this, your Mac computer will display 64-bit color. Now, when it comes to programs, many of the older programs are not designed to run 64-bit color and they would still be giving out 32-bit display.

For Windows PC users

If you are a Windows PC user, follow the steps below to set 64-bit color. Majority of the Windows operating systems come in 64-bit editions as well as 32-bit editions. Therefore, if you have installed the Windows operating system with 64-bit computing capabilities, follow the steps below.

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  • Go to the desktop window and right click any vacant spaces.
  • Choose the option Personalize and this will launch a new window.
  • Select Display Settings, which you will find at the bottom of the window.
  • Select the menu found under the heading Colors and choose 64-bit from the menu.
  • Select the button OK.

With the above steps, you can set 64-bit color on your Windows operating system. According to the technician at Windows support number, if your operating system is of 32-bit version, you may upgrade it. However, for this, you should first ensure that you have the required hardware configuration, like 4 GB of RAM.

A Warning From Cyber Security For Windows Server 2003 Users

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The cyber security has issued a warning for people working on Windows Server 2003. The sleuths ask the users to either apply proper security solutions in order to safeguard the system or upgrade to the latest version to enjoy the benefits of better functionalities. The cyber security personnel are concerned over the future of continuing on Windows Server 2003, as the support for the same is about to end in the year 2015. Get to know more on this from the Windows Support Number; call up one of the support technician to get more information about end of support and upgrading.

Microsoft made an announcement at one of the conferences lately stating that the updates and the security patches for Windows Server 2003 will no longer be available. Microsoft added that they have planned to put an end to Windows tech support for Windows Server 2003 from July 14 2015. Post the end of support, the server will be positively vulnerable to hacks and malicious attacks by intruders. Risk of continuing with Server 2003 is applicable in both intellectual property and business data.

Since people now know that the support is ending soon, it is high time for people to get help from tech service providers. Plenty of tech service providers and software vendors will be able to offer assistance for all wanting to upgrade their server. Most of the technical experts advise people wanting to move from Windows Server 2003 to use a supporting OS or a cloud based system.

However, the technical experts promised to have the users updated on this regard. They will be giving out more information on upgrading the operating system for a time, until it reaches complete shutdown of services next year. Many more people are yet to make a move from the old operating system.

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Windows Server 2003, which was introduced eleven years back, was backed by a major update in the year 2007. Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2003 was the second update. Server 2000 was the predecessor to Windows 2003, which came out first post the Windows NT servers. Meanwhile the latest version of Windows Server is 2012 R2 operating system.

When we think about end of support, it is yet again an extra expense in the form of a new server. as a result of the end of support, starting from the mid of this month, people running on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 faced issues in connecting to the internet network. You can call up the Windows Support Number to get help in this regard.

Staying On With Windows XP Or Windows Server 2003

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Uncertainty regarding software compatibility is one of the most common issues companies find with migrating from Windows XP. Being able to run legacy apps is still a big deal. Enterprises right now have to deal with the concern of upgrading their server OS, because Microsoft will be cutting off Windows Server 2003 soon.

The company issued a deadline for migration to other platforms, such as the newer Windows Server 2012. Many organizations are busy laying out plans for the move, and they now have help in the form of FarStone software. A new application from these guys lets you make Virtual environments of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, which can be run in the native Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2012 OS.

Called VirtualXP, this software works by turning the current XP and Windows 2003 machines into virtual disks. These can then be mounted and run using the virtualization software on an OS which will not have the same vulnerabilities as the ones being used currently.

You probably know that XP is no longer getting updates from the parent company, making it a security cesspit as far as enterprises are concerned. Something like VirtualXP can even up the odds a bit, by letting you have a different host environment while still accommodating legacy apps.

VirtualXP is available only for non-commercial use right now, with the free edition only supporting XP conversions. If you dish out $30 and get the business version, then you’ll also be able to run Windows Server 2003. This is a win-win for enterprises which aren’t ready to move away from a favorable platform setup. The paid version also brings in other features which the free software doesn’t contain, such as, including free email and phone support.

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Remember that if you’re going to keep using XP, no official support can be had if you hit a snag. Where this OS is concerned, there is no longer a Windows support number to call. The only way to get out of the problem you encounter, is by availing third party support options.

The lack of a dedicated Windows support number isn’t the only thing that continued users of this OS have to deal with. There’s a Windows bug on the scene, discovered only recently. Microsoft has released the relevant patch only for OSs newer than XP, so there’s also the consequent vulnerability to keep in mind.

Registry Hack For XP Keeps Updates Rolling

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In the month of April 2014, Microsoft stopped the official support for the Windows XP operating system. End of support means that, no more official updates for the operating system; and the computers that are still using the Windows XP operating system will be open to attacks from hackers. But, some of the experts in computer programming have come up with a registry hack that will allow users to download and install the latest updates on the XP computer.

As per the reports of ZDNet, the hack fools Microsoft to think that the computer is powered by Windows Embedded POSReady 2009. This is nothing but a variant of Windows XP and this variant is used in cash registers and ATMs. Support for the ATM versions has not ended and these will be getting the security updates till 2019. This is the reason why the XP computers with the hack are getting the updates. It is very simple to apply this hack. The users just need to make a text file with,

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady]

“Installed”=dword:00000001

After making the file, you will need to change the file extension from .txt to .reg. This step is very important and you should not forget to do this. You can now open Windows Update and you will be astonished to see many new security updates for you to download and install.  The downside of this hack is that it works only for the 32 bit version of Windows XP. But the users of 64-bit Windows XP need not be disheartened. There is a workaround for the 64-bit computers. This is nothing but downloading the updates manually and then tweaking the updates so that the installation of the updates is not blocked by Microsoft.

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This registry hack does not cause any issues, but this shall not offer the same level of protection as using a supported operating system. Microsoft is not amused on this news. This was confirmed after contacting Windows support number “The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers,” the company said in a statement to ZDNet.

“Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP.” To know more about this news, you may contact the Windows support number.