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Windows OS Support

As of right now, all of the programs that I make available on this web site and any future programs will continue to support older versions of Windows including versions of Windows going back to Vista. Windows XP support will be phased out starting with System Restore Point Creator. The amount of people using Windows XP is dwindling fast so at this point I feel that keeping support for Windows XP is an undue burden on me to continue.

As I stated before, older versions of Windows including Windows Vista will continue to be supported. If that means I can’t move past utilizing Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0, then so be it. .NET 4.0 is the oldest version of .NET that’s still supported on Windows 10 and Windows Vista. Yes, there’s a lot of things in future versions of .NET that could make my life easier but that would eliminate support for Windows Vista and that’s something I simply don’t want to do.

I need to maintain support for as many versions of Windows as I can. Despite Microsoft’s heavy handed approach to upgrading users to Windows 10, there will always be people who will choose to stay with an older version of Windows and I intend to support these people now and in the future for as long as I can.

Am I biased?

Now, I could be biased here. Seriously, I could be. Because I do indeed like Windows 7.

Windows 7 was the first version of Windows that I can truly say has never caused me to want to pull my hair out. It’s fast, it doesn’t get in the way of what I want to do, and it’s rock solid stable. Unless you have particularly sucky hardware, Windows 7 runs smoothly and elegantly.

What Microsoft should have done was built upon the success of Windows 7 which is by far the most popular version of Windows Microsoft has ever produced by working under the hood. I have talked to a lot of people on the Internet and in real life, the general consensus is that they like Windows 7. When you have that majority of people liking your OS, why in God’s name would you mess with a good thing? You take what you have that’s already shown to be a gigantic success and build upon it. It’s smart business sense.

But no, Microsoft had to go and take a major gamble and they lost big time. And Ballmer is seen as the person who ushered in Windows 8 and he paid the price.

I certainly hope that Windows 9 fixes the issues that are so glaringly obvious in Windows 8/8.1 that you’d have to be blind, deaf, and a complete moron not to see.

There’s a vast majority of people who are like us that have grown up with computers or have been using computers for the last twenty years. That is the group that Microsoft basically told to go jump off a cliff with Windows 8. I see Windows 8 as the ultimate insult for those of us that have been with them for decades.

Windows 8… I tried to like it, again.

So I braved Windows 8 again, I told myself that maybe things will be different this time around with the likes of WindowBlinds and ModernMix from Stardock being available.  Well, I did that.  I installed Windows 8 along with Start8, WindowBlinds, and ModernMix.  I tried to like it again, I really did.  Yes, I’ll admit that things were better this time around but still things didn’t work right.

I had shortcuts that didn’t have icons and I couldn’t for the life of me find a fix for it.  I’ve never had this problem with Windows 7.  Even with ModernMix it was a fight to stay in desktop mode.  Listen up Microsoft… I am a desktop users!  A DESKTOP USER!  Quit foisting that ModernUI garbage on me, I am a desktop user!  Not a tablet user!

Needless to say, I’m back on Windows 7.  Long live Windows 7!

Audio Glitches, MalwareBytes, and High DPC Latencies

After troubleshooting what has got to be one of the most tiring and lengthy troubleshooting experiences I’ve ever had to deal with, I have finally narrowed down where the problem exists.  MalwareBytes AntiMalware Web Site Blocking.

Now, to give some background on the issue.  Every so often I’d hear pops and other forms of audio glitches in my audio while playing music on my computer.  So I opened a tool called DPC Latency Checker and yep, DPC latency spikes were everywhere.  And you know what, those audio glitches would appear right when a bunch of those DPC latency spikes occured.  So I closed that program and opened LatencyMon and the number one culprit for DPC Latency Spikes was NDIS.SYS.  So I was looking around the Internet and someone started mentioning in another forum about restarting the “Base Filtering Engine” service which one of the dependencies was the Windows Firewall Service.

I executed the following…

net stop "Base Filtering Engine" /Yes
net start "Base Filtering Engine"

Yay, no more DPC latency spikes and no more audio glitches either.  Problem is that running without the Windows Firewall isn’t a recommended thing to do.  So I started doing some more research into the issue, specifically I Googled for “windows firewall high dpc” and one of the things that it linked to was a page that stated someone had MalwareBytes AntiMalware installed, the pro version to be specific.

Well, knowing that I didn’t want to uninstall it I began to think about what component of MalwareBytes hooks into the Windows Firewall.  Website Blocking!

I unchecked those options in MalwareBytes and EUREKA!  No more DPC latency spikes and no more audio glitches!

So if you’re one of the few that seem to having this issue with MalwareBytes AntiMalware installed and you’re hearing glitches in your audio, try disabling Web Site Blocking in the Protection tab of MalwareBytes AntiMalware.  Note, you don’t have to uninstall MalwareBytes AntiMalware, just disable this small portion of the program and you’ll no longer be hearing these audio glitches and you’ll once again have perfect sound.