Don't-Miss Windows 7 Stories

Boutique PC seller laughs all the way to the bank on the back of Windows 7

A boutique system builder has bucked the industry trend of slumping PC sales by continuing to focus on selling Windows 7 machines.

How to prepare your business for Windows 8

Windows 8 won't be adopted as a standard at your business anytime soon, according to a new Forrester report. But that doesn't mean IT shouldn't prepare for it to sneak through the BYOD side door. Here are five ways to be ready for Windows 8.

Microsoft will auto-install Windows 7 SP1 on consumer PCs starting Tuesday

Microsoft will start automatically pushing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to customers on Tuesday as a last-ditch move before it drops the original 2009 edition of Windows 7 from support next month.

Windows 8 uptake slows for third straight month

Windows 8's uptake pace slowed in February for the third straight month, Net Applications said today.

Internet Explorer 10 lands on Windows 7

After nearly two years in development, Microsoft's latest and greatest Web browser lands on Windows 7.

Microsoft warns of looming retirement for Windows 7 RTM

Microsoft is reminding customers that Windows 7's first edition, which shipped more than three years ago, will be dropped from support in early April.

Microsoft preps monster security update for next week

Microsoft will issue 12 security updates next week, including two for Internet Explorer, that will patch a near-record 57 vulnerabilities in the browser, Windows, Office and the enterprise-critical Exchange Server email software.

How to get a new PC that runs Windows 7, not Windows 8

Your Windows 7 options are drying up fast, but you don't have to settle for a Windows 8 PC if you don't want one.

Nokia rolls out Windows Phone 7.8 to Lumia smartphones

The Windows Phone 7.8 updated has finally started to arrive for Nokia's Lumia smartphones.

Report: IE10 for Windows 7 nears final release

Microsoft is close to wrapping up work on Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) on Windows 7, according to a report Friday.

Consumer Reports makes case for Windows 7 PCs

Windows 7 may be the better choice as a PC operating system on new systems than the just-released Windows 8, Consumer Reports magazine said this week.

Downgrading from Windows 8 to 7: What you need to know

It's time for some straight talk on how to downgrade from Windows 8 back to 7. Here is how and why to do it and the snags you might hit.

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Microsoft adds selective sync to SkyDrive cloud storage

Microsoft updates its SkyDrive cloud storage service to let you sync only selected folders (but not files). This comes in handy when you're using a device with low capacity for local storage, or simply don't need to sync everything.