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Blocking Windows 7, 8.1 updates for Kaby Lake, Ryzen chips imminent
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-03-16 23:09:20

Ars Technica reports:

A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates for owners of the latest Intel and AMD processors if they try to run Windows 7 or 8.1.

Last year, Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.

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RE[5]: win-win?
By Alfman on 2017-03-20 18:23:10

> I think there's a tool that allows mounting an FTP share as a drive for Windows (for sure you can do it with Linux) and besides you can access ftp share directly from the Explorer (little known feature of it is that it acts as a basic FTP client, when you enter ftp protocol url in it it logs you as anonymous user, but just add user:password@ before the url (but after protocol identifier) and it connects as specified user).

Yep, it does. Plain FTP works in windows explorer, it was not a bad FTP client, however it just acts as a shell extension allowing explorer itself to access FTP, it does not technically get mounted insofar as the windows kernel and other applications are concerned. You are forced to copy files to and fro like an ordinary FTP client.

When I learned that windows had a builtin webDAV driver (aka the HTTP file transfer protocol used by ms-frontpage), I got my hopes up, but the windows implementations of it turned out to be extremely inconsistent. Some machines supported HTTPS yet not others. Some allowed webDAV on any port, others were hardcoded to 80 (which is typically already in use). It required registry hacking and some windows machines I couldn't get to work at all no matter what I tried. Caveats aside, I think webDAV may be the closest thing windows has to a "FUSE" protocol and I had given serious thought to using it that way because of it's simplicity. I still might, I just wish it were better supported by MS.

Edit: I practically forgot, but osnews had are article about FUSE for windows last year were we discuss some of the same things.

Edited 2017-03-20 18:29 UTC
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