Microsoft recently released Windows Essentials 2012 for Windows 7 and it includes support for Windows 8. The software suite has been renamed and some new features have been added to Movie Maker and Photo Gallery.
Update 05/17/21: This software is no longer supported. Windows 7 is no longer supported, and Windows 8 has reached the end of mainstream support.
Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.
We’re no longer offering the Windows Essentials 2012 suite for download, but if you already have it installed, it will continue to work as it does today. It reached end of support on January 10, 2017, and it isn’t available in Windows 10.
Windows Essentials 2012
Microsoft recently released Windows Essentials 2012 for Windows 7 and it includes support for Windows 8. The software suite has been renamed and some new features have been added to Movie Maker and Photo Gallery. Here’s a look at installing the package on Windows 8 and what’s offered.
You don’t have to install everything, even though it’s recommended. To select only what you want, click Choose the Programs you Want to Install.
Because I want to test and show each of the apps on Windows 8, I’m installing everything. It installs in the desktop view.
After it’s done, you’re prompted to agree to the Microsoft Services Agreement.
Then you’ll find the Windows Essentials programs on the Windows 8 Start screen, but they all run in desktop view. Here I created a group for them.
Here’s a quick look at each of the apps included in Windows Essentials 2012. We’ll be covering them in more detail in future articles, but this will give you an idea of what to expect.
This is an app to organize and manage photos on your computer. It also lets you create panoramas, photo collages, and supports popular online photo sharing services – including a new partnership with Vimeo.
The familiar Windows IM client works as it always has. It lets you connect to your IM contacts as well as Facebook, LinkedIn and support for audio and video chat.
If you’re a blogger or thinking of starting, one of the best publishing apps to use is Windows Writer (formerly Windows Live Writer). It works with all of the most popular blogging services like WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, and more. It’s dead simple to use and lets you upload your posts with pictures and video. It’s our software of choice for publishing articles here at groovyPost.
Windows Live Mail
It’s still called “Live Mail” probably so it’s not confused with Windows 8 Mail included in the OS by default. If you want a more robust client for managing your mail – without dealing with Outlook, Windows Live Mail is a solid choice. It will manage your Contacts, Calendar, RSS feeds and of course your messages. If you do have Outlook installed on your system it also includes the Outlook Connector Pack to manage your Hotmail account.
This was introduced in the first version of Live Essentials as a replacement to Windows Movie Maker in XP. It’s received some enhancements like Video stabilization, new effects and easily adding background music to your videos. While it’s weak compared to professional tools like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro on Mac, it’s a perfect free tool for creating your own personal short videos to share online.
Now you can add music from AudioMicro, Vimeo Music Store, and the Free Music Archive. Now you can upload videos directly to Vimeo from Photo Gallery or Movie Maker.
Microsoft SkyDrive — Now Known as OneDrive
While SkyDrive is included as a default app in Windows 8, this makes the storage service easy to use from the desktop. It integrates with Windows Explorer and if you’re new to the service, you get 7GB of free space.
微软将于2017年1月10日终止对Windows Essentials 2012套件的支持。如果您使用该套件的任何组件应用程序（Movie Maker，照片库，OneDrive，家庭安全，邮件或Live Writer），则需要了解这些内容。
自从Windows Essentials 2012发布以来，Windows Essentials 2012一直是一个流行的应用程序套件，今天仍然有很多人使用这些组件应用程序。 2017年1月10日，微软将终止对该套件的官方支持。 当然，您仍然可以使用它，但应用程序将不再接收任何类型的更新，包括安全更新。 您也将无法再下载安装程序软件。 如果您仍然使用Windows Essentials 2012，请继续阅读以了解官方支持的结束对您意味着什么，以及您可以在哪里寻找替代品。
您可以继续使用Windows Essentials 2012
对Windows Essentials 2012的官方支持将结束，但这并不意味着您必须停止使用它。 如果你已经安装好了，你可以像以前一样继续使用它。 请注意，将来不会有更新，包括安全更新。 对于Windows Live Mail的用户，没有安全更新将最重要。 对于套件中的其他应用程序，这并不重要。
Microsoft不再提供Windows Essentials 2012的安装程序供下载。 它有一些在网络上浮动的副本，但我们通常不建议从不知道或不信任的第三方来源进行安装，所以我们不会在这里链接到它们。 无论如何，你可能会更好地使用下面的选项之一。
那么，如果你想用现代的等价物取代Windows Essentials应用程序呢？ 我们将从容易的事情开始：家庭安全应用程序和OneDrive的所有功能已经内置到Windows 8和10，所以如果你使用其中任何一个，你很好。 事实上，如果你使用其中的任何一个，你甚至不会选择安装Family Safety应用程序。
如果您使用的是Windows 7，则内置了家长控制功能 。它们与家庭安全应用程序提供的功能不完全相同，但它们应该完成您所需的大部分功能。
OneDrive现在也内置在Windows 8和10中。如果您使用的是Windows 7，则需要下载OneDrive应用程序 ，但是自Windows Essentials 2012提供的应用程序以来，这些应用程序都是新的，并且不断更新。
Windows Live Mail的最佳选择
Windows Live Mail可能是Windows Essentials 2012最重要的组件，供您替换。 虽然你仍然可以继续使用它，如果你想，我们不推荐它。 在电子邮件客户端中提供新的安全更新非常重要。
公平地说，现在大多数人已经转向使用基于网络的电子邮件服务，如Gmail或Outlook.com 。 而这些可能是您不断更新的功能，垃圾邮件防护和更高安全性方面的最佳选择。 如果您喜欢桌面客户端，Windows 8和Windows 10内置的Windows Mail应用程序实际上是一个非常坚实的选择，如果您不需要像基于规则的排序等额外功能。
如果您已拥有包含Outlook的Microsoft Office的副本，则应该探索该选项。 它可能比你需要更多的功能，从电子邮件客户端，但美学上仍然感觉非常像Windows Live Mail。
如果您想查看第三方选项，我们建议您查看eM Client ， Mailbird和Thunderbird 。 所有这三个都是免费的，或者有免费的版本，并且已经有足够长的时间来开发完整的功能集。
照片库一直是组织，查看和编辑照片的最爱。 虽然不会再有功能更新，但可以继续使用Windows Essentials 2012中的版本，因为安全更新在图像查看器中并不重要。
如果您渴望更现代一些的东西，Windows 8和10内置的照片应用程序不是一个不错的选择。 它提供了用于查看，组织和对照片进行轻微编辑的功能。 为了更强大的功能和更容易的分享功能，您可能还想查看Google Photos ， Prime Photos （Amazon Prime用户）和Flickr等在线服务。 这三者都提供大量在线存储，自动和手动组织工具，以及各种程度的图像编辑功能。
Windows Movie Maker的最佳替代品
Movie Maker是一个奇怪的野兽。 Windows XP和Vista中包含了一个非常受欢迎的版本。 当Windows 7出现时，Microsoft将应用程序从操作系统中分离出来，并作为Windows Essentials套件的一部分发布新版本。 虽然新版本的功能还不算强大，但它仍然提供了很多人仍然欣赏的功能和易用性之间的很好的平衡。
好消息是，Windows Essentials 2012中的当前版本在Windows 7,8和10中仍然可以正常工作。该应用程序在几年内还没有真正更新过，所以支持的结束可能不会太重要任何人。 可能更好的消息是，微软计划在不久的将来向Windows Store发布一个新版本的Movie Maker。 我们猜测，新版本将仅限于Windows 10用户，但除此之外，我们并没有真正了解发行版的功能或时间。
同时，如果您正在寻找比当前版本的Movie Maker更现代一些的东西，并且不想等待新版本，我们推荐Ezvid 。 它是免费的，就像Movie Maker一样，它在易用性和功能性之间达到了良好的平衡。 如果您准备采用更先进的技术（但仍然是免费的）， DaVinci Resolve对于$ 0的低成本来说是非常棒的。
Windows Live Writer的最佳选择
现场作家是那些你所爱的或者从未听说过的应用程序之一。 这是一个博客发布应用程序，提供了一个愉快和功能丰富的界面。 它具有所见即所得的编辑功能，并链接到多个博客平台，包括WordPress，Blogger，LiveJournal等等。 如果您在多个博客上工作，也可以轻松切换。
这里的好消息是，在2015年，微软以Live Open Writer这个名字发布了Live Writer的一个开源分支，您可以从Open Live Writer网站或Windows Store免费下载和使用。 就像Live Writer一样，Open Live Writer与许多流行的博客平台一起工作，包括WordPress，Blogger，TypePad，Moveable Type和DasBlog。 正在积极开发和定期发布新功能。
有了正确的选择，你不会为Live Essentials的死亡而哀悼 – 实际上，你可能会更好地使用一些东西。
- 发布于 2016-12-30
Microsoft将在2017年1月10日终止对Windows Essentials 2012套件的支持。如果您使用套件的任何组件应用程序 – Movie Maker，照片库，OneDrive，家庭安全，邮件或Live Writer – 这里是您需要知道的。
Windows Essentials 2012自发布以来一直是一个受欢迎的应用套件，并且令人惊讶的数量的人仍然使用一些组件应用程序。 2017年1月10日，微软将结束对套件的官方支持。 您仍然可以使用它，当然，但应用程序将不再收到任何形式的更新，包括安全更新。 您也将无法再下载安装程序软件。 如果您仍然使用Windows Essentials 2012，请继续阅读，了解官方支持的终结对您意味着什么，以及您可以在哪里寻找替代品。
您可以继续使用Windows Essentials 2012
官方对Windows Essentials 2012的支持将结束，但这并不意味着您必须退出使用它。 如果你已经安装了，你可以继续使用它，就像你总是有。 请注意，将来不会有更新，包括安全更新。 对于Windows Live Mail的用户，没有安全更新是最重要的。 对于套件中的其他应用程序，它不那么重要。
如果你没有的Windows 2012要点安装并希望1月10日之前安装它，你仍然可以通过点击“立即下载”关于使用实时网络应用程序安装微软的Windows必备支持页面 。 运行该安装程序时，您可以选择要下载和安装的套件中的哪些组件应用程序。
如果你希望能够2017年1月10日之后安装套件在任何时候，你应该继续和下载的Windows要点2012离线安装 （也就是，在130 MB的重量在直接下载链接）。 将它保存在系统上的某个位置，您可以随时安装该套件。 不能保证这些安装程序将在支持结束后可用，所以你可以安全地玩，并获取离线安装程序的副本现在。
那么，如果你想用现代的等同替换Windows Essentials应用程序呢？ 我们将从容易的东西开始：家庭安全应用程序和OneDrive的所有功能已内置到Windows 8和10，所以如果你使用那些，你很好去。 事实上，如果你使用这些，你甚至不会得到选择安装家庭安全应用程序与套件。
OneDrive现在也内置在Windows 8和10，如果你正在使用Windows 7，您将需要下载的应用程序OneDrive ，但它的所有新的，因为在Windows 2012要点提供的一个，它的不断更新。
Windows Live Mail的最佳替代方法
Windows Live Mail可能是Windows Essentials 2012的最重要的组件，供您替换。 虽然你仍然可以继续使用它，如果你想，我们不推荐它。 在电子邮件客户端中提供新的安全更新非常重要。
公平地说，大多数人这几天都切换到使用像一个基于Web的电子邮件服务Gmail的或Outlook.com 。 而这些可能是你最好的赌注，不断更新的功能，垃圾邮件保护和增加的安全性。 如果你喜欢桌面客户端，Windows 8和10内置的Windows Mail应用程序实际上是一个相当不错的选择，如果你不需要额外的功能，如基于规则的排序。
如果你已经拥有的副本的Microsoft Office ，其中包括Outlook，您应该探索的选项。 它可能有更多的功能，你需要一个电子邮件客户端，但在美学上，它仍然感觉非常像Windows Live Mail。
如果你想看看第三方的选择，我们建议采取一看的eM客户 ， Mailbird和雷鸟 。 所有这三个都是免费的或有免费版本 – 已经长到足以开发完整的功能集。
照片库一直是组织，查看和编辑照片的最爱。 虽然它不会获得任何更多的功能更新，您可以继续使用Windows Essentials 2012的版本，因为安全更新在图像查看器中没有太大影响。
如果你想要一些更现代的东西，Windows 8和10内置的照片应用程序不是一个坏的选择。 它提供了查看，组织和执行轻微编辑您的照片的功能。 对于更多的权力和轻松共享能力，你可能也想看看的在线服务像谷歌的照片 ， 总理的照片 （为亚马逊的用户），和Flickr的 。 所有这三个提供负载的在线存储，自动和手动组织工具，以及各种程度的图像编辑功能。
Windows Movie Maker的最佳替代品
电影制作是一个奇怪的野兽。 它的一个版本是非常受欢迎的包括在Windows XP和Vista。 当Windows 7来了，微软将应用程序与操作系统分离，并发布了一个新版本作为Windows Essentials套件的一部分。 虽然新版本没有那么强大，它仍然提供了一个很大的平衡之间的力量和易用性，很多人仍然欣赏今天。
好消息是，Windows Essentials 2012中可用的当前版本在Windows 7,8和10中仍然可以正常工作。应用程序在几年内没有真正更新，因此支持的结束可能不会有什么影响任何人。 可能更好的消息是，微软计划在不久的将来向Windows商店发布一个新版本的Movie Maker。 我们猜测，新版本将仅限于Windows 10用户，但除此之外，我们真的没有任何有关发布的功能或时间的详细信息。
在此期间，如果你正在寻找的东西一点点比Movie Maker中的当前版本更现代和不想等待新的版本，我们推荐Ezvid 。 它是免费的，像Movie Maker，它在易用性和功能之间取得了良好的平衡。 如果你准备走上一些更先进，但仍自由DaVinci Resolve的是梦幻般的$ 0成本低。
Windows Live Writer的最佳替代软件
Live Writer是那些你喜欢. 或从来没有听说过的应用程序之一。 这是一个博客发布应用程序，提供了一个愉快和功能丰富的界面。 它具有WYSIWYG编辑功能，并链接到多个博客平台，包括WordPress，Blogger，LiveJournal等等。 如果你在多个博客上工作，你也可以轻松地切换。
这里的好消息是，在2015年，微软发布Live作家的一个开源分支名义开立真实作家 ，您可以下载并从免费使用的开放Live作家网站或Windows应用商店 。 就像Live Writer一样，Open Live Writer可以与许多流行的博客平台配合使用，包括WordPress，Blogger，TypePad，Moveable Type和DasBlog。 它正在积极开发，新功能定期发布。
有了正确的选择，你不会哀悼Live Essentials的死亡 – 事实上，你可能会使用更好的东西。
Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Installer) is a discontinued suite of Microsoft freeware applications that includes e-mail, instant messaging, photo sharing, blogging, and parental control software.
The last available version is the 2012 Windows Essentials that has been somewhat stripped to include includes Microsoft Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, SkyDrive now called OneDrive (desktop application), Writer, and Messenger. However, Microsoft discontinued its support on January 10 th, 2017.
If Windows Essentials fails, you will want to repair it using its installer. If that fails to function properly, the next logical thing would be to uninstall Windows Essentials and then install it afresh. Here is where the problem comes up. Several users report that after uninstalling Windows Live using the programs and features window from the control panel, running the installer only gives the possibility to choose applications to install, but not repair or remove. If you choose to install, the installer says that everything is installed and working OK but it seems like nothing installed at all or the problem persists. So the question is – how can you completely remove the whole of windows essentials 2012 so that you can reinstall it without the installer not finding an “already installed” pointer?
This is a common problem with corrupted previous Windows Essentials files. The issue can be caused by corrupt files in the registry or corrupt files in the program’s files folder. Here are the ways we have prepared to help you remove Windows Essential 2012 and reinstall it afresh.
Method 1: Uninstall Windows Essential 2012 using Command Prompt
To fix this we recommend that you uninstall the application using the CMD line parameter this is different from uninstalling the application via the control panel. This will clean out all related files of your Windows Essentials that are stored in your system. To do this, please execute the steps below:
Step 1: Run the Fix it Tool
This troubleshooting tool by Microsoft will look for uninstalled programs from your registry and try to force them to uninstall. It will remove bad registry key on your operating systems and resolves problems that prevent programs from being completely uninstalled and blocking new installations and updates. If you had tried to uninstall Windows Essentials by deleting its files in program files, this step will come in handy.
- Download Fix it Tool from Microsoft here. Download Fix-It Tool From Microsoft
- Double click on the troubleshooter file you downloaded to run it
- Click next when the troubleshooter launches and wait for the scan to complete
- You will be asked whether you want to uninstall a program or install it. In our case, select ‘uninstalling’
- The program will scan the PC and give you a list
- Select Windows Essentials if it appears on your list and click next. If you don’t see windows essential, you have an option of using the product code
- Click next and then select Yes, try to uninstall’ and let the troubleshooter run.
You can rerun the troubleshooter and select ‘Installing’ to troubleshoot problems that are preventing programs from installing.
Step 2: Uninstall Windows Live Essential via Command prompt
Unlike the control program uninstallation, this will clear all Windows Live Essentials files. Below are the steps on how to uninstall Windows Live Essentials via the CMD line parameter.
Press the Windows key, type Command to search for the command prompt and in the results, right-click on Command Prompt and then click on Run as administrator.
Running Command Prompt as an administrator
Run the following commands to uninstall Windows Live Essentials:
- For 64 bit Version:
For 32 bit Version:
Method 2: Run Windows Live Essentials Uninstaller
- Navigate to the following path as per your installation
- For 64 bit Version:
For 32 bit Version:
Method 3: Delete the Windows Live Folder
If nothing has helped you, then try to complete the above 2 methods within Safe mode or use clean boot Windows. Even then you are having issues, then follow the steps below with Safe Mode or use clean boot Windows.
Open File Explorer and navigate to the following path
- For 64 bit Version:
For 32 bit Version:
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Love this, I just the beautiful icons to the design layout to the feature-rich menus 🙂 it is the perfect suite of apps to make your life easier either through many family memories through photo albums and photo gallery. Making a slideshow in. All the possibilities, mail app works fine. You have to use IMAP or POP3.
Download on Windows 10 21H2 Insider Edge.
IT even has easy to add RSS, so useful for my canvas notfiatoins for annnouments.
I’ve been looking for Movie Maker for soooo long and finally a way to get it back on the PC. You are my hero!
To second what the others have said:
When you download the file, windows will probably install framework first (it did for me), then it progressed to installing the actual program. I selected only ‘gallery and movie maker’. It ran through the install, got to the end and said it failed to install but when i looked on my computer Movie Maker App was BACK BABY!
Works perfectly, thanks again mate
I installed it in a few machines with Windows 10 Home and Pro, and in all of them over at the end it deploys an error message saying it couldn’t install.
However, if did install and works fine.
The cause of the problem might be that before installing the program itself, it needs to install Framework 3.5 (does it automatically) but it warns that a reboot might be needed, before proceeding directil to install Essentials. Anyway, it works.
Visit https://isoriver.com/windows-live-essentials-2012/ to download the latest version of Windows Live Essentials.
Also, get free support to install this software.
On a Windows 7 not working for me. After a install (that says it´s failed) the programs says that a lot of .dll are missing.
Followed the link from Dinside.no.
The installation program failed, but the Movie Maker was installed !
I have been looking for months to find Movie Maker! I tried a few different downloads, none worked, but this one did! I’m running Windows 10 64 bit.
Windows Essentials 2012 suite reached end of support on January 10, 2017.
It is no longer available for download.
Windows Live Essentials is a suite of free programs from Microsoft to help you stay in touch with the people you care about most and do more with Windows on your PC. You can edit and share photos and personal videos, manage your email and calendar, publish to your blog, access your files on multiple computers, and help keep your kids safer online. It’s all in one download, and it’s all free.
Windows Live Essentials includes Windows Live Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, Windows Live Mesh, Bing Bar, Messenger Companion, Microsoft Silverlight, and Outlook Connector Pack (Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector and Social Connector Provider for Windows Live Messenger). You can install just a few of these programs or all of Windows Live Essentials.
To install the latest version of Windows Live Essentials 2011, visit the following Microsoft website:
The download may include updates to Windows Live programs you already have. You’ll get updates to these and other Microsoft programs from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.
For more information about the Windows Live Essentials, visit the following Microsoft Website:
Operating system: 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Service Pack 2 with the Platform Update for Windows Vista; or Windows 7; or Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 and the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008; or Windows Server 2008 R2.
Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
Memory: 1 GB of RAM or higher
Resolution: Minimum: 1024 × 576
Internet connection: Internet functionality requires dial-up or broadband Internet access (provided separately). Local or long-distance charges may apply.
Graphics or video card: Windows Live Movie Maker requires a video card that supports DirectX 9 or higher and Shader Model 2 or higher.
For Photo Gallery and Movie Maker: Some required components of DirectX 9 may be installed for you if they’re not already on your computer.
[German]Just a notification for Windows 7 SP1 users, who are using Microsofts Security Essentials (MSE) as an antivirus solution. Redmond stops updating the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) soon. MSE is reaching End-of-Life (EOL).
Windows 7 support ends January 2020
The extended support period for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020. The end-of-life date (EOL) has been fixed since the release of Windows 7.
Microsoft offers companies the Extended Security Update Program (ESU), which can be used to obtain security updates until January 2023. Here in the blog there are some articles about Microsoft’s ESU program – although Microsoft partners still don’t seem to know how small companies can order an ESU license (I still don’t have any prices, despite several requests – and askwoody.com struggles in a similar way).
Microsoft Security Essentials: Support ends 01/14/2020
I haven’t noticed it, when I went through the Microsoft FAQ on Windows 7 Extended Security Updates. But the colleagues at German site deskmodder.de took a closer look. The FAQ says:
Will Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) continue to protect my computer after the end of support?
No, your Windows 7 computer is not protected by MSE after January 14, 2020. MSE is unique to Windows 7 and follows the same lifecycle dates for support. Learn more about MSE.
So MSE will no longer receive any updates from this date under Windows 7, no matter whether ESU has been booked or not. So the signature files will quickly become outdated.
From Windows 8.1 onward, Windows Defender is comparable to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), and will be supported with updates. But a German reader raised an interesting question. He has installed Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on a Windows Server 2012 R2 instance. Is this MSE instance supported with updates? From what I know, this version of MSE should receive updates until 2023.
System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP)
Companies with a larger inventory of Windows 7 clients that choose the Extended Security Update Program may stay with Microsoft for an antivirus solution. Microsoft’s System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP) will continue to receive support until January 2023, according to the FAQ:
Are System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) Virus Definition updates for Windows 7 covered by ESU?
SCEP definition and engine updates will continue for Windows 7 regardless of ESU status, according to the respective lifecycle policy for the listed SCEP versions.
- All in-support versions of SCEP offer anti-spyware and anti-virus updates on version 4.10.209.
- SCEP Current Branch will be the only EndPoint Protection product that will offer AV updates (until Jan 2023) after the 2012 version reaches its end of support in July, 2022.
In short, customers using System Center EndPoint Protection (SCEP) will continue to receive definition updates in the SCEP Current Branch until January 2023. But SCEP isn’t a free antivirus solution.
Consumers and SMBs who are continue using Windows 7 SP1 (with or without ESU) need to switch from Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to an other antivirus solution from a third party vendor.
Windows Server Team
Customers trust Windows Server to run their business-critical and mission-critical workloads. With feedback from customers, we are continuing to introduce new innovations for Windows Server workloads on Azure, on-premises, and at the edge. Recently, we announced Windows Server 2022 preview, which introduces advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities, and enhancements to modernize applications with containers. Likewise, we have introduced a number of enhancements such as Azure Automanage for Windows Server and Windows Admin Center in Azure for Windows Server on Azure.
As we introduce many innovations for Windows Server, support for older versions along with security updates released while the version is supported will come to an end. Windows Server 2012, and 2012 R2 End of Extended support is approaching per the Lifecycle Policy: Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Extended Support will end on October 10, 2023.
Customers are upgrading to the latest release of Windows Server and applying the latest innovation to modernize their IT environment. However, we understand that Windows Server run many business-critical applications and it may take more time for customers to modernize. We are glad to share that we have great options and benefits for our customers to protect their workloads while they transform with Azure and the latest release of Windows Server.
Today, we are announcing Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 Extended Security Updates.
Customers can migrate their workloads to Azure and get free Extended Security Updates for three more years, only in Azure. Customers running these releases of Windows Server on-premises will have the option to purchase Extended Security Updates.
Furthermore, we are also announcing, one additional year of extended security update for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 only on Azure.
To get started with planning Windows Server 2012 and 2012 end of support, please read our end-of-support blog for additional guidance, refer to Extended Security Updates Frequently Asked Questions, and learn about the latest in Azure Migration and Modernization Program.
Official Microsoft application that allows you to install OneDrive, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Mail, Writer, and Live Messenger on your computer
Windows Live Essentials 2012 (formerly known as Windows Live and Windows Live Installer) is a useful suite that helps you deploy some of the most popular Microsoft-vetted apps of old for cloud storage, email, parental control, blogging, instant messaging, photo and video editing, just to name a few.
Handy Microsoft suite that works rather well even with the latest versions of Windows
It’s quite important to be aware of the fact that since January 10, 2017, Windows Live Essentials 2012 is no longer officially supported by Microsoft. Having said that, it’s worth pointing out that most of the apps still work surprisingly well, even on newer iterations such as Windows 10 and Windows 8 (Windows 7 is supported, as well).
However, as you can imagine, you might encounter a few niggles here and there (for example, some email service providers have updated their protocols for improved security and reliability, and these might not work with Live Mail), which is why you will definitely find the following Release Notes/Troubleshooting page to be of great use.
Conveniently install some of the most useful Microsoft utilities of old
Apart from the basic requirements thoroughly listed on our website, most of the included apps might require full administration rights and a valid Microsoft account in order to be installed and configured.
With that out of the way, simply run the installer and choose one of the two provided options: either install all the included apps with a single mouse click or individually select them from the list.
Enjoy classic Microsoft applications on your new operating system
To end with, if you’ve moved on to newer versions of Windows, but you still prefer some of slightly oldschool Microsoft apps like Photo Makes, Photo Gallery, Live Writer, and Live Messenger, then it’s definitely recommended that you download Windows Live Essentials 2012 and conveniently install them from the same place.
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How To Install Microsoft Security Essentials In Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Defender has been built into Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 by default to provide protection against malware, however there is no such default program installed in the Windows server operating system.
To provide a basic level of security in a small server environment, we can install Microsoft Security Essentials with some simple modifications which contains most of the functionality of Windows Defender for free.
By default if you try to install Microsoft Security Essentials in Windows Server you will receive various errors which we will cover how to fix here.
While it is not possible to directly download Windows Defender to install, we can instead make use of Microsoft Security Essentials which is available as a slightly cut down version for older versions of Windows, such as Windows 7, in order to help protect against viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials provides most of the protection methods that Windows Defender does with the exception of rootkit and bootkit protections.
It is important to note that Microsoft Security Essentials is designed to provide a basic level of free protection for home or small business PCs rather than important server infrastructure. Despite this, users with a very small amount of Windows server installations have been looking for ways to install Windows Defender in order to provide at least a basic level of security.
While this is not officially supported, it does provide an increased level of security that is better than nothing, however it’s recommended that you look into using a proper product that is fit for purpose such as Microsoft’s System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) which is an enterprise antimalware solution. SCEP does require paid licensing to work, so for a very small environment Microsoft Security Essentials can at least provide a basic level of security protection.
Although installing Microsoft Security Essentials in a server operating system is not officially supported, it does work and correctly detects threats, as we’ll see here in our example.
Microsoft Security Essentials Installation Guide For Windows Server
Download and Install
Save the mseinstall.exe file somewhere locally on the server, do not simply run it as by default the installation will fail with the following error:
To get around this error message, right click the mseinstall.exe file and select properties.
From the properties window, select the compatibility tab. Within the compatibility tab tick “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” under Compatibility Mode and select Windows 7 from the drop down box, as shown.
Click OK to continue.
If you were to run the mseinstall.exe file at this point, you would receive a different error as shown below:
In order to resolve this, run command prompt as administrator and enter the folder where the mseinstall.exe file is located. Run the mseinstall.exe file with the /disableoslimit flag on the end as shown below.
The installation wizard should now correctly open and Microsoft Security Essentials can now be installed and will proceed without the previous error messages, click Next to continue and work through the installation wizard.
Once the installation has completed you can optionally update and perform a scan, this is recommended as the definitions database needs to be kept up to date to find newer threats. An Internet connection will be required to download any available definition updates through the application, however these can also come through from Windows updates so if you have a WSUS server you can update from here as well. After updating a quick scan will take place.
You can select the Settings tab to modify when the weekly automatic scheduled scan takes place, by default a quick scan is set to run every Sunday at 2am and will not use more than 50% of the available CPU resources.
Essentially we are just going to open Notepad and create a .txt file containing the test string defined on that page and then save it to the desktop.
Shortly after saving the file we have been visually alerted that malware has been detected and that Microsoft Security Client is taking action to clean the detected malware.
If we check the History tab of Microsoft Security Essentials we can then see the test file listed as a quarantined item, confirming that it is working correctly as intended in Windows Server 2012 R2.
Although not officially supported, we have successfully installed Microsoft Security Essentials (a cut down Windows Defender) in Windows Server 2012 R2 and confirmed that it is working correctly and detecting security threats.
This is better than the default level of security, which is none as Windows Defender is only built into Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 client operating systems, however it is recommended that server operating systems make use of enterprise solutions such as System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) or some other option available from some security vendor.
- Microsoft 365 Apps is not supported on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2.
- Using Microsoft 365 Apps on older, unsupported operating systems may cause performance and reliability issues over time. These issues could include new features added to Microsoft 365 Apps, or updates to existing features, not working as expected.
- If your organization is using a version of Windows Server that doesn’t support Microsoft 365 Apps, we recommend that you move to Windows Server 2019 or Azure Virtual Desktop.
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 are governed by the Modern Lifecycle Policy, which requires customers to stay current as per the servicing and system requirements for the product or service. This policy includes using Microsoft 365 Apps on a Windows operating system that is currently in support.
The following sections provide information about support for Microsoft 365 Apps on various versions of Windows Server.
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 went out of support on January 14, 2020. Running Microsoft 365 Apps on Windows Server 2008 R2 is no longer supported, even if you have ESU for Windows Server 2008 R2.
Version 2002 is the last version of Microsoft 365 Apps that you can install on devices running Windows Server 2008 R2. If you try to install a newer version of Microsoft 365 Apps, such as Version 2005, on a device running Windows Server 2008 R2, you’ll receive an error message.
Even though Windows Server 2008 R2 is no longer supported, we’ve decided to continue to provide you with security updates for Microsoft 365 Apps for the next three years, until January 2023. But, during that time, as long as the device is still running Windows Server 2008 R2, your installation of Microsoft 365 Apps won’t receive any new features updates.
For information about managing updates to Microsoft 365 Apps on Windows Server 2008 R2 and guidance for using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager for updates, see Windows 7 end of support and Microsoft 365 Apps. The same information about managing updates and using Configuration Manager for Windows 7 also applies to Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows Server 2012
As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft 365 Apps isnвЂ™t supported on Windows Server 2012, even though Windows Server 2012 is supported until October 10, 2023.
There are known functionality and stability issues when running Version 2005 or later of Microsoft 365 Apps on Windows Server 2012.
If youвЂ™re using Microsoft 365 Apps on a device running Windows Server 2012, you should be aware of the following information about updates to the Office apps.
If youвЂ™ve configured the Office apps to get updates directly from the Office Content Delivery Network (CDN) on the internet, youвЂ™ll no longer receive any feature, security, and other quality updates beyond the following versions:
- Version 2002, for Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel or Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview).
- Version 2004, for all other update channels. For example, Current Channel or Monthly Enterprise Channel.
If you control the deployment of updates of Office apps (for example, by using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager), youвЂ™ll be prevented from deploying or updating beyond the following versions:
- Version 2008, for Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel or Semi-Annual Enterprise Channel (Preview).
- Version 2012, for all other update channels. For example, Current Channel or Monthly Enterprise Channel.
If you try to deploy or update to a newer version of the Office apps, you’ll receive an error message that states “This version of Office requires a newer version of Windows.”
Windows Server 2012 R2
As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft 365 Apps isnвЂ™t supported on Windows Server 2012 R2, even though Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported until October 10, 2023.
You can continue to use the most current versions of Microsoft 365 Apps on Windows Server 2012 R2, but Microsoft 365 Apps wonвЂ™t be supported.
Windows Server 2016
Microsoft 365 Apps is supported on Windows Server 2016 until October 2025.
Windows Server 2019
Microsoft 365 Apps is supported on Windows Server 2019 until October 2025.
For some best practices when running Microsoft 365 Apps with Windows Server 2019, see Windows Server 2019 adds support for Office 365 ProPlus. (Office 365 ProPlus is now named Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.)
Windows Server 2022
Microsoft 365 Apps isnвЂ™t supported on Windows Server 2022, even though Windows Server 2022 is supported until October 2031.
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The Microsoft Essentials pack, consisting of Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Live Writer (which is now available as an open source project) and Live Mail, has been in a state of limbo for quite a while now. The latest major update for the pack dates back to 2012 and still uses the Live branding that Microsoft abandoned in the same year.
All of these apps are still available for download, but one of these apps, Live Mail, will soon stop working without the installation of a new required update.
Because of underlying updates on the Microsoft mail platforms (Outlook/Hotmail), Live Mail will lose the ability to receive emails. However, since the application still has quite a few users, Microsoft has provided an update that will prolong the life of the mail application and allow it to receive mails once again.
Microsoft does recommend that any users of the Live Mail application switch over to the new Mail application that has been built-in to Windows 8 and Windows 10. These applications are still actively being developed, so it might be a smart choice to move over, since the support for Live Mail will probably end soon.
This free update is now available here and is dubbed “Update for Windows Live Essentials Mail 2012” (KB 3093594).
Source: Windows Central | Thanks to Faikee for the tip!
We want to keep you secure when using Visual Studio. If you’re using an older version of Visual Studio, we have several reminders about upcoming events in the Visual Studio support lifecycle.
- Visual Studio 2012:support ends on January 10, 2023 for the IDE and its associated products, runtimes, and components. We recommend users upgrade to a newer version of Visual Studio.
- Visual Studio 2017:mainstream support ends April 12, 2022, and the product will transition to extended support until April 2027. During extended support we’ll provide fixes only for security issues. We recommend users move to the 15.9 supported baseline to remain under support.
- Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7:support ends April 12, 2022. We recommend users move to the version 16.11 supported baseline, or to Visual Studio 2022.
- Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel: after April 2022, we will no longer provide updates to the Preview Channel of Visual Studio 2019. We recommend users migrate to either the Visual Studio 2019 Release Channel or to Visual Studio 2022 Preview to stay secure and receive the latest feature updates.
What does this mean for you?
Visual Studio 2022 is our most productive IDE ever, and we recommend all our customers upgrade to it, especially those using the Community Edition. With Visual Studio 2022 we offer three channels: Preview Channel so that you can provide early feedback on the latest features. The Current Channel provides these new features when they are ready for widespread use. Users should install each minor update of the Current Channel as it is released to stay in support. Finally, for the Enterprise, Professional, and Build Tools Editions, we offer Long-Term Servicing Channels (LTSC) to give your development team more control over when you adopt new feature releases. We provide quality and security fixes for LTSC for 18 months after release.
Similarly, Visual Studio 2019 offers users of the Enterprise and Professional editions long-term stable and secure development environment by using the servicing baselines. If you’re using version 16.7, to remain under support you’ll need to update to a supported serving baseline. Support for version 16.9 will end October 2022. Version 16.11 will be supported for the balance of the Visual Studio 2019 lifecycle, with Mainstream support ending April 2024, and extended support ending April 2029. For more information about these lifecycle phases, see Fixed Lifecycle Policy.
Visual Studio Subscribers can find Visual Studio 2019 and older versions in the downloads tab of the subscriptions portal at my.visualstudio.com.
Visual Studio 2012
On January 10, 2023, support will end for all Visual Studio 2012 editions, associated products, runtimes, and components and they will no longer receive security updates. These include:
- Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Express for Web, Express for Windows Desktop, Team Explorer, and Test Professional editions.
- Visual Studio 2012 Shell (Integrated) and Shell (Isolated).
- Visual Studio 2012 version of components including Agents, IntelliTrace Collector, Microsoft Azure Tools, Remote Tools, SDK, SQL Server Data Tools, Team Explorer, Visual C++ Redistributable, Web Tools Extensions.
We recommend users upgrade to a newer version of Visual Studio to remain under support. Please see below for the upcoming end-of-support dates for Visual Studio.
|Visual Studio version||End of Mainstream Support||End of Support|
|Visual Studio 2022, Current Channel||January 2027||January 2032|
|Visual Studio 2022, version 17.0 LTSC||n/a||July 2023|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.11||April 2024||April 2029|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.9||n/a||October 2022|
|Visual Studio 2019, version 16.7||n/a||April 2022|
|Visual Studio 2017, version 15.9||April 2022||April 2027|
|Visual Studio 2015, Update 3 including KB3165756||October 2020||October 2025|
|Visual Studio 2013, Update 5||April 2019||April 2024|
|Visual Studio 2012, Update 5||January 2018||January 2023|
|Visual Studio 2010 and earlier||Out of support||Out of support|
- It’s time to complete your migration from Visual Studio 2012 to a later supported version.
- It’s time to move off the Preview Channel of Visual Studio 2019 to Visual Studio 2022 Preview.
- It’s time to move off Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7 to Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 or Visual Studio 2022.
For the best Visual Studio experience, we recommend installing Visual Studio 2022 today.
If you have any questions about the upgrade or migration process or about our support policy, just ask in the comments below!
UPDATE: We have changed the color codings to reflect what’s overdue and what’s upcoming in terms of support expirations. Additionally, we’ve updated it to include the changes to the Semi-Annual Channel pack with Windows Server 2016.
Microsoft support. If you’re lucky, you’ve never had to call it and never will have to call it. Microsoft support for many people is the last resort, the punt after all other attempts have failed. However, when you need it, there’s nothing worse than calling and having them tell you, “Sorry, this is unsupported,” and then you’re left on your own again (often after having wasted two hours finally getting a technician).
Far more importantly though are security patches. There’s nothing worse than finding a bug or security vulnerability and then finding out that you are not entitled to getting that bug/vulnerability patched, so you’re just stuck with it. With that in mind, it’s vital to keep up to date on your software so that you maintain support. Unfortunately, this isn’t as easily said as done.
Microsoft’s high-level support metric is that a product is supported (mainstream) for five years after it goes GA. After those five years, it goes to Extended support. That means that you can pay to have additional support (phone and full patches). Without investing in the additional support, nothing but the most critical of security vulnerabilities will be released (maybe), and you won’t be entitled to phone support and the normal updates you are used to will not continue. For this reason, unless you’re a big company with a few hundred thousand dollars sitting around to pay for extended support, you need to be off of an OS BEFORE it gets to extended support. Okay, so that’s a pretty easy to follow cycle, right? Well … no, because Microsoft treats Service Packs specially.
Service Packs, Modern Lifecycle Policies and Microsoft End of Support Timelines
If a Service Pack is released, then support for the previous Service Pack (or OS version) ends two years later. For example, Windows 2008 R2 came out on October 22, 2009. By default that would mean that 2008 R2 would have mainstream support through 2014, and extended through 2019. However, Service Pack 1 for it came out February 2, 2011, meaning that the end of support for the NON-patched Windows Server 2008 R2 is actually April 9, 2013 (two years after Service Pack 1), rather than the normal date. Meanwhile Service Pack 1 inherits the normal expiration of the OS – and is supported mainstream through 2014, with extended through the end of 2019. Yes, those dates don’t quite line up exactly with five years. It’s unclear why they often get an extra couple of months. Confused yet? It gets even better though — for modern Microsoft products, an R2 version doesn’t get a refresh on support lifecycle. Let’s look at Windows Server 2012.
Windows Server 2012 entered mainstream support on October 30, 2012. Which, with five years added on, gave it an end of mainstream in January 9, 2018, and an end of extended support on January 10, 2023. Windows Server 2012 R2 entered mainstream support on November 25, 2013, though, but its end of mainstream is January 9, 2018, and end of extended is January 10, 2023. Even though it was a “new” OS since it was just a second release of a previous, it did not start a full new five years, but rather inherited 2012’s end cycles. Yay!
Even further still, there is a new type of support called the Modern Lifecycle Policy which essentially means if you pay for Software Assurance (SA), the product will be supported indefinitely … until Microsoft gives you 12 months of notice they are terminating support on it.
So, what does this mean practically? Well, here’s a chart with some very common products and their support lifecycles:
Red = end of support
Yellow = end of support coming soon
Green = end of support is not too imminent
*Please note that the base product and its service packs are listed separately, so check for which version you have carefully.
End of Mainstream
End of Extended
Well, that was quite an adventure, wasn’t it? If there are particular products you want to find out about, this page has the full Microsoft product list, just search for the product you want and click on it to get a customized support description. What this table really shows is that it’s very important not to just keep your OSes on a modern version, but to ALSO keep them patched if you expect support. Furthermore, if you’re getting ready to install a new server, you should always go with the most recent OS if at all possible in order to stay in support for as long as possible. If you have products that are in extended support (or heaven forbid, past extended support) you should work immediately to try to rectify the situation.
If you’re running Exchange 2013 or earlier, it is time for you to upgrade. Here’s a great article that outlines your potential options.
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Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025. It will mark just over 10 years since the operating system was first introduced. Microsoft revealed the retirement date for Windows 10 in an updated support life cycle page for the OS. Thurrott reports that this is the first time Microsoft has ever described the end of support for Windows 10.
It’s not clear exactly when the support document was updated, but Thurrott reports it only previous documented “when specific Windows 10 versions would leave support,” and not the entire OS. It could be another hint that a new version of Windows is on the way.
Microsoft has been dropping lots of hints that it’s ready to launch Windows 11. The software maker is holding a special Windows event to reveal the “next generation” of the OS next week. The event starts at 11AM ET, and the event invite includes a window that creates a shadow with an outline that looks like the number 11. Microsoft execs have also been teasing a “next generation of Windows” announcement for months, and one even described it as a “new version of Windows” recently. Microsoft also teased Windows 11 during an 11-minute video last week.
We’re expecting Microsoft to announce a new version of Windows with significant user interface changes, and an overhaul to the Windows Store. Microsoft has been working on something codenamed “Sun Valley,” which the company has referred to as a “sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows.” There will be many other changes, so read our previous coverage for what to expect.
We’re expecting to see a new version of Windows soon.
Microsoft originally committed to 10 years of support for Windows 10, with an original mainstream end of support date set for October 13th, 2020. That mainstream end of support has not yet commenced, as Microsoft has been introducing regular updates and extending active Windows 10 support.
We’re still not in the extended support phase of Windows 10 yet, which is the period when Microsoft doesn’t add new features to an operating system and simply maintains support with bug fixes and security patches.
Windows 10 has been an unusual release for Microsoft, as it moved away from its typical cadence of releasing a new version of the OS every few years. Instead, Microsoft moved Windows to more of a service, updating it twice a year with new features. Microsoft may have described Windows 10 as “the last version of Windows,” but it has now been nearly six years since its release and Microsoft looks ready to move on to something new.
Now that Microsoft’s Windows 11 is here, there are some things to note about Windows 10 and what it means for your devices.
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Windows 11 kicked off its gradual rollout to eligible devices last month , meaning that Windows 10 will eventually retire with Windows 7 in the graveyard of Microsoft operating systems. But if you’re still using Microsoft’s older OS, don’t stress. Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until Oct. 14, 2025 . (The Windows 10 November 2021 update is now available .) That gives you about four years to prepare as Microsoft slowly moves its billion-plus Windows users to Windows 11 .
The company’s new OS will continue the Windows 11 rollout through mid-2022. You can expect a brand-new design that borrows a Mac-like look and includes updated features . For instance, the Windows Start Menu gets a refresh that moves it to a different place on the screen and a few productivity features that can help with multitasking . There’s also a change to make Android apps more readily available on Windows 11 coming soon.
As many people prepare to update their Windows laptops and desktops to the latest software, what happens to PCs still running Windows 10 in 2025? We’ll explain. And here are some big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 that you can look forward to. This story was recently updated.
What does it mean for Microsoft to end support for Windows 10?
As it did with Windows 7 in January 2020 , Microsoft will pull active support for Windows 10 in 2025. You’ll still be able to use the software, but you won’t get any more security updates. There also won’t be any new features added to the software. Instead, Microsoft is shifting its focus to Windows 11, which comes with Android apps , desktop widgets and new Xbox gaming features for the PC.
Will I have to switch to Windows 11?
Probably not. Many people are still running Windows 7 and 8 on their computers and never switched to Windows 10. However, it’s recommended to use the most up-to-date software so you get security updates. Without security updates, your computer is at risk for malware and other vulnerabilities that can expose you to hacks, viruses and more.
Will Windows 11 be completely free to upgrade?
Yes. Free upgrades to eligible Windows 10 PCs will be available from Oct. 5 . The free upgrades will continue into 2022. If you’re still running Windows 7 but want to upgrade to Windows 11, you’ll first need to upgrade to Windows 10 to be eligible.
When will Windows 11 support end?
Since Windows 11 is so new, we likely won’t have an answer to that for years to come. When support ends, Microsoft 10 will have been around for 10 years, so Windows 11 could have a similar timeline.
This tutorial contains several methods to fix Windows Update Problems in Windows 7/8/8.1 & Server 2008/2012 OS. In many cases, even in fresh Windows installations, the Windows Update is not working as expected, or it stuck when checking for updates or it displays several errors whenever you try to search for the available updates.
In such cases your system may become slow or unresponsive, because the Windows Update service (svchost.exe) causes high CPU usage. The Windows Update service is an essential feature in all Windows versions, because it is needed to provide all the available important and optional updates needed for the proper Windows operation and security.
The Windows Update problems often occur on Windows 7 or Vista based computers and in most cases, the errors are caused without any obvious reason and without a permanent solution to fix them from Microsoft. For all these reasons, I decided to write this troubleshooting guide, with the most efficient methods to resolve Windows Update problems on Windows 8.1, 8, 7 & Server 2008 or Server 2012.
Problems-Symptoms that are solved with this guide:
Windows Update is checking for updates forever.
Windows Update stuck/freezes.
Windows Update cannot find new updates.
Windows Update cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running.
Windows Update occurred an Unknown error: Code 8007000E
How to Solve Windows Update Issues on Windows 7/8/8.1 & Server 2008/2012
1. Before proceeding to apply the methods below, in order to troubleshoot Window Update problems, make sure that the Date and Time settings are correct on your system.
2. Try the following trick: Change the Windows Update settings from “Install updates automatically” to “Never check for updates (not recommended)” & restart your system, After restart set the update settings back to “Install updates automatically” and then check for updates. If this trick fails then set the Windows Update Settings to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” and then check for updates again.
3. If you have performed a fresh Windows 7 or Server 2008 installation, install Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, before you continue.
4. Make sure that your computer is clean from viruses and malware. To accomplish this task you can use this Malware Scan and Removal Guide to check and remove viruses or/and malicious programs that may be running on your computer.
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These days a lot of users are installing the recently released the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which brings a lot of useful features we already mentioned here. If you stumbled upon this post, it might be the case that you hit this dreadful error message while trying to install this or other updates through Windows Update:
Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607 – Error 0x80004005
This can be due to a number of reasons, the most common ones being the following:
- Activation problems (your copy of Windows 10 is not a legitimate one or has not been activated properly).
- Device Driver issues (there is a driver that is preventing Windows Update to move forward).
- Windows Update issues (this can happen once in a while).
- Corrupted Windows files such asopencl.dll (this is quite frequent for user that installed the Windows 10 Update 1511).
Luckily enough, there are some workarounds for each one of these scenarios.
The first thing we should do is to ensure that windows has been activated properly. If we look at this official Microsoft KB article, we can see that error 0x80004005 can be fixed in the following way: select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Activation, then select Troubleshoot to run the Activation troubleshooter. For more info about the troubleshooter, take a look at this page.
The next thing we need to do is to check that there are no device drivers that are halting the Windows Update process, preventing it to run for subsequent updates. This is a quite common scenario and the fix is usually easy enough:
- Open Control Panel >Device Manager (click to show all items if you don’t see it) and check if there’s either a Unknown Device or a named one with a yellow triangle on it: this is the device that is most likely preventing your Windows Update to work.
- If you can identify the unknown or damaged device, you can try to check on the web to see if you can find an updated driver for Windows 10, install it and get it working. This might or might not solve your issue, depending if Windows Update thinks it can do better than what you just did (i.e. install a most recent version than the one you found). If that’s the case, you might need to temporarily prevent a driver update from reinstalling by reading this official Microsoft KB article. You’ll basically need to download a tool that can be used to “hide” these updates and get it running. This will give you the chance to temporarily hide the big one (for example, the Windows 10 Update 1607, aka the Anniversary Update) and concentrate on getting the other ones fixed. If this won’t work, you could also try to do the opposite, such as hide the small ones and try to install the other one first. Either choices might or might not be able fix the issue.
Windows Update issues
If the issue persist, the problem might be related to a problem with Windows Update itself. If that’s the case, we can try to fix it with the Windows update troubleshooter:
- Press the Windows Key, then type troubleshootand hit Enter.
- Select View all on the left panel and run the Windows update troubleshooter from the list.
- Click Advanced, ensure that the Apply repairs automatically option is checked and select Run as administrator.
- Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to run the troubleshooting process to its completion.
Once done, we can check if we can now install our planned Windows Updates without errors.
If the above method didn’t work, we can try the following procedure to manually force a more aggressive Windows Update restore:
Microsoft finira la prise en charge de la suite Windows Essentials 2012 le 10 janvier 2017. Si vous utilisez l’une des applications composant de la suite Maker, Galerie de photos, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail ou Live Writer: voici ce que vous devez savoir.
Windows Essentials 2012 est une suite d’applications populaire depuis sa sortie, et un nombre surprenant de personnes utilisent encore ces applications composants aujourd’hui. Le 10 janvier 2017, Microsoft mettra fin au support officiel de la suite. Vous pourrez toujours l’utiliser, bien sûr, mais les applications ne recevront plus de mises à jour, y compris les mises à jour de sécurité. Vous ne pourrez plus non plus télécharger le logiciel d’installation. Si vous utilisez toujours Windows Essentials 2012, poursuivez votre lecture pour savoir ce que signifie la fin du support technique et où vous pouvez rechercher des alternatives.
Vous pouvez continuer à utiliser Windows Essentials 2012
Le support officiel de Windows Essentials 2012 fin, mais cela ne signifie pas que vous devez cesser de l’utiliser. Si vous l’avez déjà installé, vous pouvez continuer à l’utiliser comme vous l’avez toujours fait. Sachez qu’il n’y aura pas de mises à jour futures, y compris des mises à jour de sécurité. Pour les utilisateurs de Windows Live Mail, le fait de ne pas avoir de mises à jour de sécurité aura son importance. Pour les autres applications de la suite, c’est moins important.
Microsoft ne propose plus le programme d’installation pour Windows Essentials 2012 à télécharger. Il existe des copies flottant sur le Web, mais nous ne recommandons généralement pas l’installation à partir de sources tierces que vous ne connaissez pas ou auxquelles vous n’avez pas confiance. Nous ne les lierons donc pas ici. Vous êtes probablement mieux avec l’une des alternatives ci-dessous de toute façon.
Vous n’avez pas besoin de remplacer Family Safety et OneDrive
Alors, que faire si vous voulez remplacer les applications Windows Essentials par des équivalents modernes? Nous allons commencer par les choses faciles: Toutes les fonctionnalités de l’application Family Safety et OneDrive ont été intégrées dans Windows 8 et 10, donc si vous utilisez l’un de ces, vous êtes prêt à partir. En fait, si vous utilisez l’un ou l’autre, vous n’aurez même pas la possibilité d’installer l’application Family Safety avec la suite.
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Si vous en avez marre de votre opérateur actuel et que vous voulez en choisir un meilleur, vous vous demandez peut-être si vous pouvez prendre votre téléphone actuel iPhone avec vous. C’est beaucoup plus simple que par le passé, mais il y a encore des choses à garder à l’esprit. Vous aurez besoin d’obtenir votre iPhone débloqué par votre opérateur actuel (si ce n’est déjà fait) CONNEXION: Comment débloquer votre téléphone portable (donc vous pouvez l’apporter à un nouveau transporteur) Il y a quelques années, la plupart (sinon tous) les téléphones étaient verrouillés, ce qui signifiait que votre téléphone ne pouvait être utilisé avec le transporteur, vous l’avez acheté.
Il existe de nombreuses bonnes raisons de supprimer le message Facebook occasionnel. Peut-être que vous prévoyez une fête d’anniversaire surprise pour votre partenaire ou partager un mot de passe important. Nous ne sommes pas ici pour juger les raisons, juste pour vous montrer comment. Donc, voici comment supprimer un message dans Facebook Messenger.
Expert Michael Cobb wades through the security features of Windows Server 2012 to find out what’s new and beneficial in Microsoft’s latest release.
Though it received most of the attention from the media, Windows 8 was not the only significant release by Microsoft in the fall of 2012. The Redmond giant also launched the latest version of its server software, Windows Server 2012.
Enterprises that are running the 2008 version may question whether the 2012 edition offers enough new features to make an upgrade worth the investment, and with security being a prime concern for any organization running Windows Server software, security features will receive particular scrutiny. Let’s delve into the security features of Windows Server 2012 to determine whether the latest version provides enough incentive to upgrade now.
From a security perspective, Windows Server 2012 represents a big step forward, with significant new security features and improvements in areas such as authentication and identity, authorization and isolation, and data protection. Some of the new features, including Secure Boot, are shared with Windows 8. Secure Boot allows only digitally signed Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) drivers or bootloaders to be executed when the system boots up, which prevent device takeovers by bootkits. Another feature that secures the system startup is Early Launch Anti-Malware (ELAM), which ensures that only known, digitally signed antimalware programs can load right after Secure Boot finishes. This prevents fake antivirus programs from executing during the startup process.
BitLocker drive encryption is easier to use on Windows Server 2012. In network protector mode, it automatically unlocks encrypted disks as long as the server is network connected and joined to its normal Active Directory domain. The implementation of DNSSEC is now fully interoperable and more straightforward to configure. Other administrative tools, termed Solution Accelerators, provide centralized security baseline management features that make configuring security settings easier and quicker. They include Microsoft Security Assessment Tool, Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and Microsoft Security Compliance Manager.
Kerberos, which supports claims and cloud authentication, has also been simplified, with the interface for deploying fine-grained password policy receiving significant improvements. Managed Service Accounts are now self-maintaining with extremely long passwords that automatically reset every 30 days. For companies that run their own Web servers, Internet Information Service (IIS) 8 contains new automated security responses. For example, Dynamic IP Restrictions allow IIS to automatically block malicious IP addresses based upon predefined conditions, and there is also better sandboxing of individual applications into multi-tenancy security sandboxes.
One area of information security that most organizations struggle with is data classification, specifically with ensuring that every file has the correct security setting applied to it. Windows Server 2012 tackles this problem head on with a new authorization and audit engine. It features advanced file and folder permissions in the form of Dynamic Access Controls, claims, expression-based access control entries and centralized authorization and auditing rules (known as Central Access Policies).
Documents can be automatically classified according to their contents or Active Directory attributes. For example, the Rights Management Service can be configured to automatically encrypt all documents that contain Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) information. Access to classified documents by devices, users and groups can be controlled based upon their attributes (known as claims), which are used for authentication and authorization.
Nearly any object, including a user, group or computer, can be assigned one or more claims, ranging from a laptop running Windows 8 with a MAC address of 00-xx-00 to a user who is a sales manager working from home. Complex rules can easily be created (e.g., sales managers can access documents with medium or lower data classifications from a Windows 8 device while working from home, but they must be onsite to access documents with a high data classification). Classifications can be used in conjunction with any Windows Server 2012 service that is classification-aware. This functionality greatly improves the effective implementation of most organizations’ classification and data handling policies.
Central Access Policies are hosted in Active Directory, so it’s simple to centrally deploy and manage them. It will undoubtedly take a little testing to fully appreciate the power of conditional expressions using user claims, device claims and resource properties, but they make granular control of enterprise data a reality.
While individual circumstances must always be accounted for when considering an upgrade, Windows Server 2012 is a big step up from 2008, not only in terms of security features, but also the ease with which polices can be configured and implemented. Its improved capabilities for implementing robust and correctly configured security controls make life a lot harder for would-be attackers. Microsoft’s latest server software certainly checks the right boxes when it comes to security and a strong security-focused argument can be made for its early adoption.
About the author:
Michael Cobb, CISSP-ISSAP, is a renowned security author with more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and another 16 years of experience in finance. He is the founder and managing director of Cobweb Applications Ltd., a consultancy that helps companies to secure their networks and websites, and also helps them achieve ISO 27001 certification. He co-authored the book IIS Security and has written numerous technical articles for leading IT publications. Michael is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator and a Microsoft Certified Professional.
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Provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure – when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.
Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want – without interruptions or long computer wait times.
How to download and install a Microsoft Security Essentials update:
- Check whether your version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.
- In the table left, click on the link that will work for your version of Windows.
- Save the file to your Desktop.
- When the file has finished downloading, go to your Desktop and double-click the file (it will be called mpam-feX86.exe, or mpam-feX64.exe).
- Follow the prompts to install the update.
Check for Updates in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP
What to Know
- Checking for and installing Windows updates, like service packs or patches, is a necessary for running any Windows operating system.
- The updates can solve specific problems with Windows, provide protection from malicious attacks, or even add new features.
This article includes instructions for installing updates for Windows 11 and other editions all the way back to Windows 98.
How to Check for and Install Windows Updates
Windows updates are most easily installed using the Windows Update service. While you could certainly download updates manually from Microsoft’s servers, updating via Windows Update is considerably easier to do.
The Windows Update service has changed over the years as Microsoft released new versions of Windows. While Windows updates used to be installed by visiting the Windows Update website, newer versions of Windows include a special built-in Windows Update feature with more options.
Below is the best way to check for, and install, Windows updates based on your version of Windows. You’ll need to know which version of Windows you have to make sure you’re following the correct steps for your computer.
Check for and Install Updates in Windows 11
In Windows 11, Windows Update is found in Settings.
Right-click the Start menu and choose Settings, or search for it from the search bar. Once it opens, select Windows Update from the left side.
To check for Windows 11 updates, select Check for updates.
Windows 11 checks for updates to the OS after selecting that button, but will also do so automatically. Depending on the options you have set up, your PC will reboot to apply some updates either while you’re using your computer or sometime during an off time.
Check for and Install Updates in Windows 10
In Windows 10, Windows Update is found within Settings.
To get there, select the Start menu, followed by the gear/settings icon to the left. In there, choose Update & Security and then Windows Update on the left.
Check for new Windows 10 updates by choosing Check for updates.
In Windows 10, downloading and installing updates is automatic and will happen immediately after checking or, with some updates, at a time when you’re not using your computer.
Check for and Install Updates in Windows 8, 7, and Vista
In Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, the best way to access Windows Update is via the Control Panel.
In these versions of Windows, Windows Update is included as an applet in Control Panel, complete with configuration options, update history, and lots more.
Just open Control Panel and then choose Windows Update.
Select Check for updates to check for new, uninstalled updates. Installation sometimes happens automatically or it might need to be done by you via the Install updates button, depending on what version of Windows you’re using and how you have Windows Update configured.
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, and as such, doesn’t release new updates. Any updates available via Windows 7’s Windows Update utility are ones that have not been installed since support ended on January 24, 2020.
Microsoft no longer supports Windows Vista, and as such, doesn’t release new updates. Any updates available via Windows Vista’s Windows Update utility are ones that have not been installed since support ended on April 11, 2017.
Check for and Install Updates in Windows XP, 2000, ME, and 98
In Windows XP and previous versions of Windows, Windows Update is available as a service hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Update website.
Similar to the Control Panel applet and Windows Update tool in newer versions of Windows, available Windows updates are listed, alongside a few simple configuration options.
Checking for, and installing, uninstalled updates is as easy as selecting those respective links and buttons on the Windows Update website.
Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, nor versions of Windows that preceded it. While there might be Windows updates available for your Windows XP computer on the Windows Update website, any you see will be updates released prior to the end of support date for Windows XP, which was on April 8, 2014.
More on Installing Windows Updates
The Windows Update service isn’t the only way to install Windows updates. As mentioned above, updates to Windows can also be downloaded individually from Microsoft Download Center and then installed manually.
Another option is to use a free software updater program. Those tools are usually built specifically for updating non-Microsoft programs but some include a feature for downloading Windows updates.
Most of the time, Windows updates are installed automatically on Patch Tuesday, but only if Windows is configured that way. See How to Change Windows Update Settings for more on this and how to change how updates are downloaded and installed.
A couple of months ago Microsoft announced the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), which is a successor of the Windows Subsystem for Linux shipped a couple of years ago. WSL 2 is currently available for Windows Insiders running Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18917 or higher and with the Docker Tech Preview, you can now even run Docker Linux Container directly on WSL 2. With the latest Windows Server Insider Preview build 18945, you are also able to run WSL 2 on Windows Server. In this blog post, I am going to show you how you can install the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) on Windows Server. The Windows Subsystem for Linux was already available in earlier versions of Windows Server; however, WSL 2 brings a lot of new advantages. Be careful, this is running in preview and might not get into the official release and it is not supported in production.
The Windows Subsystem for Linux was in Windows 10 for a while now and allowed you to use different versions of Linux on your Windows 10 machine. With WSL 2, the architecture will change drastically and will bring increased file system performance and full system call compatibility. WSL 2 is now using virtualization technology (based on Hyper-V) and uses a lightweight utility VM on a real Linux kernel. You can find out more about WSL 2 in the release blog or on the Microsoft Docs Page for WSL 2.
Install Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) on Windows Server
Here is how you can install WSL 2 on Windows Server.
- Windows Server Insider Preview build 18945 or higher
- A machine that supports Hyper-V Virtualization.
- If you are installing your Windows Server in a virtual machine, make sure Nested Virtualization is enabled.
After you have installed a new Windows Server with the Windows Server Preview build, you will need to add the following features:
To enable these features, run the following command:
By Mehdi Karimi
Do you want to move to a newer version of Windows Server? Yes, it’s time to upgrade Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016. Because the Windows Server 2016 is out. There are many awesome features added in Windows server 2016. There is a list of improvements and new features which are ready to use that enhance handling managements.
Unlike upgrading Windows Servers prior versions to Server 2012, thus, upgrading Windows Server 2016 supports only 64-bit architecture and Itanium edition isn’t supported. Also, the Windows Server 2012 and 2016 have only four editions.
Upgrading Windows server is complicated process. Therefor Microsoft recommends Administrators to migrate the roles and settings to Server 2016 instead of upgrading, because the upgrading process many things can go wrong. No matter, in this article, we’ll upgrade Windows Server 2012 to Server 2016 fully step by step.
Upgrade and conversion options:
In order to upgrade Windows Server 2012 to Server 2016, you need to obtain the following requirements.
- All editions of Windows Serer 2016 are 64-bit only (upgrades from 32-bit to 64-bit can’t be done).
- Only Server 2012 can be upgraded to Server 2016 not earlier versions of Windows Server.
- Upgrades from one version to another version isn’t supported. Like you can’t upgrade Windows Server 2012 Standard edition to Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition.
- Upgrades from one language to another language server isn’t supported. For example, you can’t upgrade Windows Server running on German language to Chinese.
- Upgrades that switch from a Server Core installation to a Server with a Desktop installation (or vice versa) are not supported.
- Upgrades from a previous Windows Server installation to an evaluation copy of Windows Server are not supported. Evaluation versions should be installed as a clean installation.
- Deactivate virus protection because it makes the process slower. Because the virus protection scanning every file copied on the disk.
- If the server uses NIC Teaming, disable it and when the server upgraded, enable the NIC Teaming again.
- Backup the server fully before upgrading the server because maybe you face the problem and want to go back to the previous version. Check out: Backup Windows Server 2016 Step by Step
- Check out if the server doesn’t have any problem, if it has, search for fixing it. Otherwise it might cause an error which can fail whole upgrade process.
Upgrade Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016
Now that you’ve understood the rules, let’s get started and move on.
1. Log in to Windows Server 2012 and plug the media file (DVD, Flash memory, etc) to the server. Open the file explorer and double click on the DVD Drive to run the Windows Server 2016 setup.
2. Select Download & install updates to let the installation go on smoothly and mark, I want to help make installation of Windows better. Click on Next button.
3. Select an edition of Windows Server 2016 which meets your organization requirements. Also, in the future you may enlarge your network and need more roles and license support for your network computers. Click on Next button.
Windows Server 2016 editions
4. Read the notes and license terms. If you don’t like, clicking on Decline button, you can go back. If you agree, click on Accept button.
Accept the term
5. If you choose the edition same as the edition you used currently, you can keep your apps and files. As mentioned before if you don’t choose the right edition you can’t keep your apps and files. Select Keep personal files and apps if you’re using the same edition or select Nothing to erase everything. Then click on Next button.
Choose what to keep
Installing Windows Server 2016
6. The Windows Server automatically checks your system and finds if your server is compatable, so just click on Install button to start the installation.
Be patient because it takes almost long time since the Windows server installs on your system. Therefore, your system may restart several times until the installation completes.
7. Specify country and keyboard for server. Don’t forget that you can’t change the language. Click on Next button to move to the next page.
Region, preferred language, keyboard
8. Read the license terms carefully and click on Accept button.
Accept License terms
9. The user name is Administrator by default, just type a complex password (a password composed of lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers and symbols) and reenter you password. Then click on Finish button. Using this user name and password you can log on to the server locally.
10. Unlock the page pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons in order to unlock the page then sign in with the password you had entered before and press the Sign in button.
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del buttons
Welcome to Windows server 2016. Finally you upgraded Windows server 2012 to Windows server 2016. You can see the server Windows Server 2016 homepage + the latest improvements.
Upgraded to Windows Server 2016
Finally, we upgraded Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016 and we can take deep breathes. For any kind of question feel free and leave a comment below. I’ll answer your questions as soon as possible. Hope you would like our articles and wait for the next.
If you like to know how to do the initial configuration of Windows Server 2016, please click on the link below and read the article on our website.
We are very close to the release of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and I thought I would take a moment to discuss both hardware requirements and my recommendations. There are four new versions of Windows Server 2012: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. Gone are Web, Small Business Server, Enterprise and HPC server versions from Windows Server 2008 R2. As those responsible plan for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 deployments, I wanted to pass along some relevant information and my hardware recommendations for each version. I have been covering server components formally for years now and figure this would be a great thing for this site’s readers to see as Microsoft’s system requirements are rather paltry. After I saw the official Microsoft Windows Server 2012 hardware requirements I thought Microsoft was crazy because it would work with several generations old hardware and the expectation is that this version would last at least until 2016 given a four year per release cadence. Let’s have a look at the features, hardware requirements and recommendations for each version.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Versions and Features
Every single table I have found thus far comparing Windows Server 2012 versions and their features have a ton of extraneous rows. Many rows essentially say the same thing, that a feature is available across all versions. I made a small table with only differences to make this a quick view.
Windows Server 2012 Versions and Key Features
Here’s the deal, we know from the list that Foundation is for small businesses and really is targeting small single socket servers while Datacenter is meant for much larger installations. Gone are the days of Small Business Server and Windows Home Server. Odds are we will see something like Windows Server 2012 Foundation find its way onto HP Microserver N40L style servers.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hardware Requirements
Microsoft’s hardware requirements for Windows Server 2012 are absolutely ridiculously low.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hardware Requirements
Yikes! Throw a 32GB boot drive in my Intel Atom based pfsense appliance and the minimum specifications have been exceeded! I can tell you, Windows Server 2008 R2 on the Atom is a painful experience, so go get something faster if you are building a Windows Server 2012 machine. Sure, the Windows Server 2012 hardware requirement specs say you can do it, but would you really want to? I tried this with the release candidate and reached the same conclusion, spend a few dollars more and do not go Atom with Windows Server 2012. Note, I do have a very different opinion on the viability of the Atom platform for things like Linux web servers, but for Server 2012, get something a bit better.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hardware Recommendations
I decided to put together a quick guide in terms of hardware recommendations. Although I am an AMD Opteron user, I do find it very hard to recommend that platform at the moment. AMD’s main differentiator is being able to scale to quad processor (4P) systems with the same CPUs and not incurring a huge premium. Unfortunately, software companies are doing per core and per CPU licensing so adding more slower cores and processors does not mean it is less expensive to do so. One of these days (hopefully) AMD will get competitive again, but as a note to AMD from a loyal user, you need to get back into the game. Here are my ballpark recommendations:
Windows Server 2012 Hardware Recommendations
Looking at this, there is a huge envelope to push one way or the other in terms of hardware. Some installations will need more or less, but the big theme here is to get hardware that matches the software you are purchasing. One example might be for a big Essentials installation, the Intel Xeon E5-1650 is an interesting choice, especially as one can use more than 32GB of RAM as they are limited to with the Xeon E3-1200 series, but one can just as easily go with two big CPUs. Then again, it is easy to end up with more CPU and memory than you are going to use given licensing.
For those wondering, I did start a building a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 thread in the forums so feel free to discuss your build ideas there.
Microsoft has announced its email program will stop working with services including Hotmail, Live Mail, MSN Mail and Outlook.com
A screenshot of Windows Live Mail, which Microsoft is switching off. Photograph: Screengrab
A screenshot of Windows Live Mail, which Microsoft is switching off. Photograph: Screengrab
I have used Windows Live mail since its introduction: it’s simple, clear and uncluttered. Now Microsoft is going to end it. Help! With its automatic sign-in, I haven’t used my passwords in years. How can I transfer my accounts? Tony
Windows Live Mail is a desktop email program Microsoft introduced to replace Outlook Express. It is part of the Windows Essentials suite, which includes several fine programs: Live Mail, Live Writer, Photo Gallery, MovieMaker and OneDrive. (It used to include Messenger, which was replaced by Skype.) Unfortunately, the suite has not been updated since 2012, because Microsoft switched to developing securely sandboxed, touch-oriented apps instead.
Windows Live Mail 2012 will not stop working, and you can still use it to download emails from any standard email service. However, Microsoft is moving all its own email services – Office 365, Hotmail, Live Mail, MSN Mail, Outlook.com etc – to a single codebase at Outlook.com. Windows Live Mail 2012 does not support the new APIs (applications programming interfaces) required to provide full synchronisation with Outlook.com. Microsoft could update Windows Live Mail 2012, but instead, it has asked users to switch to a different email program.
Microsoft is moving all its own email services to a single codebase at Outlook.com Photograph: Mike Segar / Reuters/Reuters
Microsoft suggests .
Microsoft suggests using either its free Mail app or Outlook, the email and personal information manager that is part of Microsoft Office. Outlook costs money, but Microsoft is offering Live Mail users a free subscription to Office 365 for one year. (You should have received this offer by email, but if not, the details are online.)
The obvious catch is that, after the first year, you’d be paying £59.99 per year for Office 365 Personal, though this does include full copies of Microsoft Office programs plus a 1TB free online storage. Alternatively, you could buy a standalone copy of Microsoft Office Home and Business 2016 (£164) or Microsoft Office Outlook 2016 instead. These don’t expire.
Either way, it is a slightly awkward choice: you can upgrade to Outlook or downgrade to Mail, but you can’t stay at the same level.
The Mail app is simpler but less powerful than Windows Live Mail: it has limited options for sorting emails, and it cannot send emails to groups. Outlook is far more powerful than Windows Live Mail and has more advanced features for emails, contacts, calendars and to-do lists. However, you may not need them, or you may already be using a range of apps instead.
The Mail app has another drawback: it runs on Windows 8/8.1/10, but not on Windows XP/Vista/7. Some people who want to use the Mail app will have to upgrade to Windows 10 to get it.
Microsoft’s final suggestion is to do your email in a web browser. Your email address and your Hotmail/Live/Outlook.com email service will continue to work, even if Windows Live Mail 2012 doesn’t. Of course, web-based email has similar drawbacks as the Mail app – fewer features and limited sorting options – and is slower to use, but today it’s probably how most people do email.
Sticking with Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail 2012 is clearly on the way out, but you can still use it if you really want to. To do this, you must create a new account for your existing email address, but check the box that says “Manually configure server settings”. For the incoming server, select IMAP with the address imap-mail.outlook.com and Port 993. For the outgoing server, use smtp-mail.outlook.com and Port 587.
WLM server settings Photograph: Jack Schofield/Screengrab
The settings shown in the screenshot worked perfectly for one of my old Hotmail accounts even though Windows Live Mail didn’t work with the automatic settings.
Once you have downloaded your emails using the new settings, you can use the mouse to drag-and-drop emails across from the “old” Microsoft account, but don’t delete it. Your “new” account only does email, so you will lose the address book/contacts and calendar features.
If you decide to switch to the Mail app or Microsoft Office Outlook, then you will need to import your emails from Windows Live Mail. There are lots of ways to do this, and Microsoft provided reasonably clear instructions along with the announcement: Windows Live Mail 2012 will not connect to Outlook.com
Windows Live Mail actually stores individual emails in industry standard .eml files, so they’re easy to back up and move between programs or between PCs. (Microsoft Office Outlook, by contrast, stores everything in one giant blob of a .pst file.)
One problem: some users may have emails stored on their PCs that are no longer on the server. In that case, see “Special instructions for users of locally stored data in Windows Live Mail 2012 application” on the same page.
Of course, rather than switching to the Mail app or Microsoft Office Outlook you could switch to an alternative from a third-party supplier. Examples include Mailbird, eM Client, and Thunderbird. I’d try them in that order and see which one you like. Both Mailbird and eM Client are “freemium” programs, while Thunderbird is open source and free.
It is not clear if you still know your password, but you will need it to set up a new mail program. Fortunately, some free utilities can extract passwords from Windows Live Mail. Two examples are NirSoft’s Mail PassView and the Live Mail Password Decryptor from SecurityXploded.
Here’s how you can install Windows 10 20H2 Update manually!
If you have been reading tech news regularly, then you might know that Microsoft recently rolled out a new update to Windows 10. Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Version 20H2 update the previous month, but as usual, it’s a staggered rollout and started with compatible devices first.
Like every other Windows update, Windows 10’s October 2020 update focuses on bug and performance fixes. It also introduced a few major changes to the operating system, like removing the System Control Panel and Properties page.
Windows 10 Version 20H2 also introduced few software-based features like a built-in Microsoft Edge browser, a more capable Your Phone app, a cleaner look to the Start menu, etc. However, Windows 10 20H2 Update is rolling out slowly to the compatible devices first.
Steps to Download & Install Windows 10 20H2 October 2020 Update.
So, if you are in a rush, and can’t wait until Windows Update automatically offers the latest update to your PC, then you need to force it. If you believe that your PC is capable enough to run the Windows 10 20H2 update, you can install it manually.
Below, we have shared the two best methods to install Windows 10 20H2 October 2020 Update. Let’s check out.
1. Using the Windows Update App
According to Microsoft, the new update will appear in the Windows Update app. If you don’t want to install the latest Windows 10 update manually, then you need to use the built-in Windows Update app. To do so, follow some of the simple steps given below.
Step 1. First of all, open the Settings app on your PC.
Step 2. Now click on the ‘Update & Security’ option.
Step 3. Next, click on the ‘Windows Update’ option.
Step 4. Now, wait until Windows 10 searches for the available updates.
Step 5. If your PC is compatible with the Feature update to Windows 10, version 20H2, it will show up on the screen.
Step 6. Click on the ‘Download and install’ button.
That’s it! You are done. This is how you can install Windows 10 Version 20H2 via Windows update.
2. Install Windows 10 20H2 via Update Assistant
For those who don’t know, Microsoft has an app called Update Assistant that helps you update to the latest version of Windows 10. However, only use the Update assistant if you think that the known update will not affect the system performance or cause a compatibility issue.
Step 1. First of all, open this link from your web browser.
Step 2. Now click on the ‘Update Now’ button to download the update assistant tool.
Step 3. Now run the Update assistant tool and click on the ‘Update Now’ button.
Step 4. Once done, wait until the update assistant downloads the latest update.
Once downloaded, the update assistant will automatically install the latest update on your PC.
So, this article is all about how to install Windows 10 20H2 October 2020 update. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts about this, let us know in the comment box below.
Today, September 1, is the day that Microsoft is announcing that Windows Server 2022 is generally available. And yes, Windows Server 2022 actually began rolling out a couple of weeks ago in spite of today’s pronouncement.
Windows Server 2022 is the latest version of the on-premises version of Windows Server. Microsoft has designated it as a Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release, meaning it will get 10 years of support. And it includes a number of new security, management and containerization features.
So why did Microsoft wait until today to make the GA announcement for the product? General Manager of Azure Arpan Shah told me Microsoft waited until today to make sure it was fully available in all distribution channels.
I also asked Shah why Microsoft is using October 13/14 as the support end dates for the product, even though the support clock began ticking on August 18. His answer:
“Windows Server follows Microsoft’s Fixed Policy support lifecycle. Fixed Policy product expiration dates are rounded forward to expire on the second Tuesday (patch Tuesday) after the end of the quarter so that Fixed Policy products only expire four times a year. This policy is in place to create predictability for customers and to ease the management burden of tracking product expiration dates. In the event, Microsoft releases a security update on the same day that a product is scheduled to end its lifecycle, support of that last security update will continue for a minimum of 30 days.”
Now that Microsoft has decided to eliminate the Semi-Annual Channel Windows Server releases, I was curious whether the company intends to continue the Insider program for Windows Server. Shah said the plan is to keep the Server testing program going. (Who knows. maybe we will start seeing more public information on what’s in the test builds that get released. A gal can dream.)
Regarding the SKUs for Windows Server 2022, Microsoft announced there would be Standard, Datacenter and Datacenter: Azure Edition editions of the product. I hadn’t seen any official acknowledgement of another SKU, the Windows Server Essentials SKU. But as of today, Microsoft is updating its pricing page to include this version, which will only be available via OEMs.
“Like Windows Server 2019, the Essentials edition is a speciality server license for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. In Windows Server 2022, it has the same technical capabilities as Windows Server Standard but is limited to 10 cores and 1 VM/Physical instance. Currently, it will be available through our OEM partners.”
One of the biggest (and hardest to get answered) questions about Server 2022 among readers has been whether Microsoft also is planning to offer a standalone Hyper-V Server 2022 product as part of this release. Hyper-V Server 2019 is a free, GUI-less product optimized for running virtual machines.
I found the answer buried in the Microsoft Technical Community forums. Spoiler alert: It’s a no from Microsoft.
Elden Christensen, Principal PM Manager in the Core OS group working on Windows Server, was fielding some rather contentious queries on this one:
“Azure Stack HCI is our strategic direction as our hypervisor platform (for HCI and beyond), and that we have extended the free trial to 60-days for test and eval purposes, and that we recommend using Azure Stack HCI. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 is that product’s last version and will continue to be supported under its lifecycle policy until January 2029. This will give customers many years to plan and transition to Azure Stack HCI.
If Azure Stack HCI does not meet your needs, I would love the feedback on how we can make it better.”
Microsoft officials have said they plan to continue to release new versions of on-premises Windows Server every two to three years for the foreseeable future.
Update: Windows Server IoT 2022 also is generally available today. (Did I know Server IoT was a thing? Maybe?)
Free if you move ’em to Azure, but on-prem costs will exceed licence fees in third and final year of new offer
Microsoft has announced Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2012, and for SQL Server 2012 – and made it free if you run them in its Azure cloud.
The current extended support offering for Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 ends on October 10, 2023. However, Monojit Bhattacharya, a product management leader for Azure and member of Microsoft’s Windows Server Team, has revealed that Redmond is offering “Extended Security Updates” for three years.
SQL Server 2012, for which extended support ends on July 12, 2022, has also been given an extra three years of security updates.
Microsoft’s made this an offer that’s hard to resist by making it free – if users move their workloads into Azure. They also must apply the Azure Hybrid Benefit – a scheme that allows use of on-prem licences acquired under Software Assurance.
Azure Hybrid Benefit includes lower Azure prices than are available with other offers. Microsoft seldom tires of pointing out that the Benefit therefore makes Azure the cheapest place to run Windows Server and SQL Server in the cloud.
If you persist in running on-prem, Microsoft will ramp the price of the extended update offering. In year one it’ll cost three quarters of your licence costs, in year two the price will be at parity, and in year three Extended Security Updates will cost 125 per cent of the license cost.
Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server has also been given a little extra love, with one more year of updates offered – but only in Azure.
SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Extended Security Updates are currently scheduled to end on July 9, 2022, and January 14, 2023, respectively.
News of the Extended Security Updates was revealed at Microsoft’s partner centric “Inspire” virtual gabfest which, in addition to the announcement of cloudy Windows 365 desktops, saw Redmond reveal:
- New pricing for Azure Virtual Desktops designed to make them a better option for software vendors that wish to use them to deliver streamed apps as a SaaS option;
- Fees for applications sold through Microsoft’s AppSource and Azure Marketplace cut to three per cent, down from 20 per cent. Microsoft came right out and said this change is all about a desire to “lead the way in simplifying the process of buying and procuring software for enterprise customers, as well as optimising their spending”;
- Tweaks to the Azure Stack HCI offering, including secured-core servers that use TPM 2.0, firmware protections and hypervisor-based code integrity that together make it harder to attack a server;
- Event Grid integration with API management, to help manage new users or subscriptions that use APIs.