Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Support is near of its end

Windows Server 2008 R2 is an operating system for servers released by Microsoft in 2008, which is based in the Windows NT 6.0 core and share some of the architecture with Windows 7 as home and office OS. With almost 10 years of the first released respecting Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 support is near and for those using this server OS such news should not be ignored.

End of support for Windows Server 2008 R2, but what does it mean? 

In details, Microsoft is ending the support for Windows Server 2008 R2 after almost 10 years of being live, specifically on January 14th, 2020. This is no news to ignore for those who are still using this OS for their servers, meaning in great risk due to the upcoming updated state this edition of Windows Server will have. 

Since 2020 the operating system will lose support and every security update will be finished for good, along with other updates and general technical support. This means that Windows Server will not provide the needed security for servers and data saved on them, due to the longevity of the platform. Customer service and online technical support will also be no longer available permanently. 

Fortunately, Microsoft is offering different options for those remaining users of the operating system before the support loss date arrives. For example, there is available for download the migration guide to migrate to current higher versions of Windows Server, in order to enjoy of more security updates and other features. 

Also, users with valid and updated Windows Server 2002 R2 versions will enjoy 3 more years of critical security updates if they migrate to Azure, completely for free. The expiration date for Windows Server 2008 R2 support includes every version of the OS, such as Data Center, Enterprise, Standard, Standard with Hyper-V and for systems based on Itanium.

App and Browser Control to avoid risk installing software in Windows

App and Browser Control to avoid risk installing software in Windows

When it comes to installing software in Windows, in some cases we might end up installing software that can harm our machine or computer, particularly when the developer is unknown and the file comes from certain places on the internet that are not worthy of trust. To avoid that, the App and Browser Control on Windows 10 is perfect to avoid risks even before they appear. 

What is the App and Browser Control?

The App and Browser Control is a tool that allow the user to set different parameters to protect their computer through Windows Defender Smart Screen, mostly against dangerous installation of programs and software when these come from untrusted developers, as well as risky websites and domains that are related to harmful content that can access the computer or device.

The thing about App and Browser Control is that is capable through simple settings to avoid the execution of harmful software or website scripts, even before these take action to infect the device with malware. In this way, the tool act as a shield that is set to avoid installation when it launched accidently or by the user. 

All of these settings can be established through Windows Defender home screen, or also via Control Panel in the case of using a previous version of Windows 10, such as Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Now, for the tool to work properly every time it is recommended to keep Windows Defender up to date through Windows Update. 

Fortunately, App and Browser Control is capable of defending any device from harmful apps, software and infected websites all together, but its function must be combined with some advices to keep our computer as clean as possible, such as avoiding installing apps out of the Windows Store, as well as downloading unverified software in .EXE format and suspicious web pages. 

Windows Update FAQ What to know

Windows Update FAQ: What you should know

When it comes to Windows as operating system, the related updates of the system through Windows Update are very important, since like this the platform remains up to date and ready to face any issue regarding security, stability and other important matters that are critical for the operating system to manage properly. 

Nevertheless, in many cases users have some doubts about how Windows Update work in a system running Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8,1 or even Windows 7, and for this the most useful tool online is the Windows Update FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions, where is easy to find answer to those doubts respecting up to date systems running Windows.

Doubts that can be solved through Windows Update FAQ

First of all, Windows Update is the platform in which Windows as Microsoft’s operating system remain up to date, respecting security patches and even external drivers from different components of the computer and software characteristics. 

However, there is so much more to it with recent versions of the OS like Windows 10, since through Windows Update a device can be completely updated and receive a new version of the operating system, adding more features. Of course, many users might have questions about Windows Update and that is what Windows Update FAQ is for. 

For example, by consulting the FAQ users can receive information about how and when to update their computer, if reset the device or not on new software received, how long the updates take to be installed, how to see installed updates and how to remove them in case of malfunctioning, how to do that process and many more questions. 

In some cases, the related FAQ can show different answers to the same issue depending on the operating system ran by the user. For example, tasks respecting Windows Update for Windows 10 differ from the ones on Windows 7.