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Phone Link for iPhone users on Windows 11 Insider – Preview

Microsoft is rolling out a preview version of Phone Link for iPhone users for Windows Insider users with Windows 11.  Phone Link will allow you to pair your iPhone and Windows PC over Bluetooth in order to provide limited iPhone functions such as calls and messages on your computer.

The Phone Link app is available at the Windows App Store. Microsoft also has a list of known issues regarding Phone Link.

This is one of the new features that Microsoft is introducing with Windows 11 updates, including adding new AI-powered Bing to the Windows taskbar, video screen recording in Snipping Tool, and multiple tabs in Notepad.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates on January 10th 2023

Microsoft has ended Windows 7 and 8.1 extended security updates as of January 10th, 2023.    Microsoft will also be ending support for Microsoft Edge for these Windows versions as well.    An exception is Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry, which ends support on on July 11, 2023.

More information is available at the Windows End of Support page. A list of the life cycle of Microsoft products may be found here.

Find a Microsoft Windows product key

A valid Microsoft Windows product key is required to reinstall Windows if the hard drive has to be replaced.

This key can be found for some PCs with OEM Windows licenses by opening a Command Prompt (right-click and select “Run as Administrator”).

At the command prompt, type:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Microsoft recommends following these steps to fix Windows activation issues.