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  • Anybody know how to take apart an HP laptop without mangling the screw covers?

    04/09/2011 3:51:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    I bought an HP Probook 4525s from Newegg for $399 a couple of weeks ago. It's a lot of bang for the buck, and you can call HP to get the restore disks for 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 Pro. I bought 4GB of RAM, but the first step in taking the thing apart is to remove the mylar covers over some screws in the back. I can do this, but the only way I see to remove the mylar covers is to destroy them. Should I just destroy them? I hate boogering up a brand new computer.
  • Unpatched kernel-level vuln affects all Windows versions

    08/07/2010 9:16:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies · 2+ views
    The Register (Brit Tech) | Aug 6, 2010 | Dan Goodlin
    Researchers have identified a kernel-level vulnerability in Windows that allows attackers to gain escalated privileges and may also allow them to remotely execute malicious code. All versions of the Microsoft OS are affected, including the heavily fortified Windows 7. The buffer overflow, which was originally reported here, can be exploited to escalate privileges or crash vulnerable machines, IT research company Vupen said. The flaw may also allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. The bug resides in the “CreateDIBPalette()” function of a device driver known as “Win32k.sys.” It is exploited by pasting a large number of color values...
  • Tool Blunts Threat from Windows Shortcut Flaw

    07/21/2010 5:39:02 AM PDT · by Gomez · 34 replies
    Microsoft has released a stopgap fix to help Windows users protect themselves against threats that may try to target a newly discovered, critical security hole that is present in every supported version of Windows.Last week, reported that security researchers in Belarus had found a sophisticated strain of malware that was exploiting a previously unknown flaw in the way Windows handles shortcut files. Experts determined that the malware exploiting the vulnerability was being used to attack computers that interact with networks responsible for controlling the operations of large, distributed and very sensitive systems, such as manufacturing and power plants.When Microsoft...
  • Windows Vista Error Code 8000FFFF

    04/29/2010 4:55:21 AM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 34 replies · 838+ views
    When my computer attempts updates, I get the Error Code 8000FFFF. It means that registry values are blocking all updates. There is a Fix It link for this but I am so skeptical because I do not understand how to correct such problems. If you have had this problem and have downloaded the fix for this, can you let me know if it fixes this on its own?
  • Something weird is happening with my computer

    04/16/2010 10:14:36 AM PDT · by big black dog · 61 replies · 2,092+ views
    From somewhere, this horrible rogue "antivirus" software called XP Smart Security is managing to install itself. It completely takes over my system and won't let me do anything while constantly displaying messages that I should purchase their scam product to clean up my computer. The only way I can get rid of it is to completely wipe out my hard drive and then reinstall the operating system. However, even after I do this, I can't access the "add or remove programs" section in the control panel. And a few days later, this scam software shows up again and I have...
  • Exploit for new IE hole

    03/11/2010 8:38:51 AM PST · by Gomez · 17 replies · 391+ views
    A public exploit for the new security hole in Internet Explorer 6 and 7 has now become available – as a module for the Metasploit exploit framework. Since it's likely that other websites will soon begin to actively exploit the hole, this will probably force Microsoft to promptly release a patch. Microsoft had previously only registered a few targeted attacks exploiting the hole in the iepeers.dll component to infect systems. Microsoft said therefore that it would continue to monitor the situation and recommended that users switch to Internet Explorer 8, which is not vulnerable. At the recent RSA conference, the creator of Metasploit, H.D....
  • Microsoft exec pitches Internet usage tax to pay for cybersecurity programs

    A top Microsoft executive on Tuesday suggested a broad Internet tax to help defray the costs associated with computer security breaches and vast Internet attacks, according to reports. Speaking at a security conference in San Francisco, Microsoft Vice President for Trustworthy Computing Scott Charney pitched the Web usage fee as one way to subsidize efforts to combat emerging cyber threats -- a costly venture, he said, but one that had vast community benefits. "You could say it's a public safety issue and do it with general taxation," Charney noted. Ultimately, Charney was only offering one suggestion during the RSA security...
  • Rootkit blamed for Blue Screen patch update snafu

    02/15/2010 6:13:53 AM PST · by Gomez · 28 replies · 965+ views
    The presence of a hard-to-detect rootkit may have caused Windows XP machines to freeze up after applying a patch from Microsoft last week, according to preliminary analysis of the problem from Microsoft's security team. Microsoft's users forums filled up with reports of Windows XP users experiencing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) after applying the 13 patches released by Redmond last week. The problem was later linked to one specific update - MS10-015 - a patch for an "important" kernel flaw - and it was discovered that uninstalling this package unfroze affected machines. The Blue Screen problem affected a...
  • Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

    02/12/2010 10:34:08 AM PST · by zeugma · 63 replies · 2,259+ views
    slashdot ^ | 02/11/2010 | Slashdot
    "Tuesday's security updates from Microsoft have crippled Windows XP PCs with the notorious Blue Screen of Death, users have reported on the company's support forum. Complaints began early yesterday, and gained momentum throughout the day. 'I updated 11 Windows XP updates today and restarted my PC like it asked me to,' said a user identified as 'tansenroy' who kicked off a growing support thread: 'From then on, Windows cannot restart again! It is stopping at the blue screen with the following message: 'A problem has been detected and Windows has been shutdown to prevent damage to your computer.' Others joined...
  • MS update gives some XP boxes the Blue Screen

    02/11/2010 10:38:21 AM PST · by Gomez · 30 replies · 1,049+ views
    Applying the latest patches from Microsoft can cause Windows XP machines to crash with the infamous blue screen of death. Updating systems with the MS10-015 bulletin, which addresses "important" vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel, can cause machines to lock up when restarted before falling into a never-ending reboot loop. The problem is far from isolated, judging by a growing thread on the topic on an official Windows support forum here - though it's fortunately not commonplace either. Restarting affected systems in Safe Mode reportedly doesn't seem to help. Suggested fixes for the problem involve booting from a Windows CD or DVD...
  • Microsoft investigates new Internet Explorer flaw

    02/04/2010 10:04:31 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies · 387+ views
    CNet News ^ | 3 February 2010 | Ina Fried
    Microsoft said on Wednesday that it is investigating another flaw in Internet Explorer, this time a vulnerability that could result in an unauthorized disclosure of information for users running its browser on older operating systems. The software maker said in a security advisory that, although it knows of no attacks based on the flaw, the vulnerability could lead to a Web-based attack from either a Web site designed to take advantage of the flaw or from a site that becomes compromised via user-generated text or a malicious ad. Either way, a user would have to actively go to the compromised...
  • Neolithic Windows security hole alive and well in Windows 7

    01/21/2010 11:31:58 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 36 replies · 1,077+ views
    IT World ^ | January 2010 | sjvn
    One of the reasons I've never liked Windows is that it was never made to deal with the security problems of working in a networked, multi-user world. As a direct result, Windows has been fundamentally insecure for more than a decade. Even so, I was surprised to find that there's a 17-year old security hole that's been in Windows since NT and it's still present today in Windows 7. Wow. Even I'm shocked by this latest example of just how rotten Windows security is. It just reminds me again though that while Microsoft keeps adding features and attempting to patch...
  • Major Microsoft Windows E-Mail Problem Caused By Last Night's Windows XP Update

    12/09/2009 11:07:40 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 47 replies · 2,320+ views
    Just in from our computer tech. Last night/early this morning. MS forced an update patch on all Windows users. We know it affected all running XP. It may have hit Vista and 7 as well. Many users had a forced Windows reboot/restart this morning. Seems the patch is causing havoc in email systems nationwide. Our computer guy normally gets 8-20 trouble calls a day. So far today, it's more than 250. His affiliates across the country report the same. Our internet access is fine (as others seems to be to) but emails are very slow (3 to 5 minutes from...
  • Framed for Child Porn by a PC Virus

    11/09/2009 11:33:53 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 131 replies · 3,794+ views
    FOX News ^ | FOX News
    Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography. Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen. Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store and view their stash without fear they'll get caught. Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites. Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on...
  • Battle of the anti-virus: What is the best software?

    11/06/2009 8:03:24 AM PST · by Gomez · 42 replies · 1,192+ views recently released the results of a malware removal tests with which they evaluated 16 anti-virus software solutions: Avast Professional Edition 4.8AVG Anti-Virus 8.5AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9.0BitDefender Anti-Virus 2010eScan Anti-Virus 10.0ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0F-Secure AntiVirus 2010G DATA AntiVirus 2010Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010Kingsoft AntiVirus 9McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.10Sophos Anti-Virus 7.6Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2010Trustport Antivirus 2009.The test focused only on the malware removal/cleaning capabilities, therefore all used samples were samples that the tested antivirus products were able to detect. The main question was if the products are able to successfully remove malware from an already infected/compromised...
  • Windows 7 vulnerable to 8 out of 10 viruses

    11/03/2009 9:35:44 PM PST · by Gomez · 131 replies · 5,558+ views
    Now that we in the northern hemisphere have had some time to digest the Windows 7 hype and settle in for the coming winter, we thought we would get some more hard data regarding Windows 7 security. On October 22nd, we settled in at SophosLabs and loaded a full release copy of Windows 7 on a clean machine. We configured it to follow the system defaults for User Account Control (UAC) and did not load any anti-virus software.We grabbed the next 10 unique samples that arrived in the SophosLabs feed to see how well the newer, more secure version of...
  • Microsoft unleashes new Windows

    10/21/2009 11:59:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies · 901+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 21 October 2009 08:19 UK 07:19 GMT, | Jason Palmer BBC
    Personal computers are about to get a makeover with the launch of the latest Windows operating system.**************************************************************** The BBC's Jason Palmer investigates Windows 7's pros and cons***************************************************** Microsoft is hoping the successor to Vista will be more of a hit with users when it launches on 22 October. Many of the features take into account multimedia applications and the fact that users are beginning to store their data on the internet. In the UK some computer stores are due to open at midnight so keen PC users can get their hands on the software.
  • Some Scareware Scammers Building Botnets, Too

    10/21/2009 12:34:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 456+ views
    Some scareware scammers building botnets, too (USA Today can only be linked to) Previous article: New twist on scareware locks up your PC
  • Mozilla Blocks Add-ons from Microsoft Because of Vulernability

    10/19/2009 1:15:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 1,375+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | October 19, 2009 9:29 AM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)
    Add-ons blocked because of serious security vulnerability for Firefox users. A war has been raging between different web browsers for a long time now. The two main combatants in the battle are Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox from Mozilla. Microsoft is still in the lead in marketshare with IE, but Firefox is grabbing up a large portion of the market for itself. Firefox hit the one billion download mark in August and has 32% of the browser market while IE holds about 60% of the market. Mozilla and Microsoft are working together on a security flaw in some Microsoft add-ons...
  • Latest Microsoft Updates crashed Vista Home Premium on HP laptop (Vanity)

    08/26/2009 12:04:52 PM PDT · by Blueflag · 42 replies · 1,626+ views
    My son's dorm room ^ | 09/26/2009 | blueflag
    [THIS IS A GOOD OLE' FASHIONED VANITY] OK, so my son calls me from Auburn ... Right after downloading and installing the latest updates from our friends in Redmond, the OS crashes into a memory dump/ BSOD. Vista Home Premium 64 bit on an HP notebook duo core 2 quad etc etc. It'll boot and run in safe mode, but something Microsoft sent out conflicts BIG time. I called Geek Squad to set up an appt for him, and the gentleman at Geek Squad said they had been getting a LOT of calls about laptops crashing after a Windows update....
  • The problem with PowerPoint

    08/19/2009 9:03:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 40 replies · 1,538+ views
    bbc ^ | 19 August 2009
    If you have worked in an office in the Western world in the past 25 years, you will probably have sat through a PowerPoint presentation. But there's a problem. They're often boring, writes presentation expert Max Atkinson. In the past 25 years, I've asked hundreds of people how many PowerPoint presentations they've seen that came across as really inspiring and enthusiastic. Most struggle to come up with a single example, and the most optimistic answer I've heard was "two". So what are the main problems?
  • No easy fix for Word legal woes

    08/17/2009 1:23:22 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 26 replies · 869+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | 17 August 2009 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Now, I am not a lawyer. But, I've been reporting on IP (intellectual property) law issues for years now, so I know something about how these issues are resolved, and when I see that one attorney thinks there's an "easy technical work-around" for Microsoft's patent violation in Word, my alarm bells go off. There is no easy fix here, and, short of waving the white-flag, Microsoft may very well have to stop selling Word, and thus Microsoft Office, this fall. Here's why the "easy" solutions really don't work. First, there's the suggestion from the attorney that "All Microsoft has to...
  • UPDATE: CA antivirus trashing Windows system files

    07/13/2009 12:43:25 PM PDT · by Wooly · 11 replies · 743+ views
    ZDnet ^ | 7/13/2009 | Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    A tipster just pointed me to the CA support forums where there’s a lot of chatter about CA Anti-Virus misidentifying key Windows system files as malware.
  • Microsoft To Offer Office Software On Web [FREE]

    07/13/2009 1:36:46 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 759+ views
    wsj ^ | JULY 13, 2009,
    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) said Monday it would offer a free, Web-based version of its Office tools, the company's most significant acknowledgment that it needs to alter a decades-old model of selling boxed software as it battles competitors like Google Inc. (GOOG). The announcement is the latest milestone in an 18-month-old strategy by the world's largest software firm to offer more of its core products via the Web. The Office suite of products includes the Word word processing application and Excel spreadsheet. In offering Office over the Web, the Redmond, Wash.-based company is trying to grab a larger slice of a...
  • Researcher Says IE Bug Could Spread Quickly

    07/13/2009 3:24:20 AM PDT · by Gomez · 7 replies · 527+ views
    A critical ActiveX vulnerability used by hackers to exploit Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser is a prime candidate for another Conficker-scale attack, security experts said. On July 6, just hours after security companies reported that thousands of compromised sites were serving up exploits, Microsoft acknowledged the flaw in the ActiveX control that can be accessed using IE. The bug has been used by hackers since at least June 9. Microsoft said it will issue a patch for the flaw on July 14.The vulnerability "exposes the whole world and can be exploited through the firewall," said Roger Thompson, chief research officer...
  • Can this Trojan be deleted?

    07/01/2009 7:12:27 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 65 replies · 2,118+ views
    July 1, 2009 | Oshkalaboomboom
    I have a rootkit trace that refuses to go away. Macafee can't delete it. Malwarebytes Antimalware claims to delete it but it's right there as soon as it closes. I find hundreds of references to it via Google but nobody says how to get rid of it and nobody even discusses what it does besides annoy you. My cd burning programs have been disabled so I can't make an alternative OS like BartPE. I can boot off the Windows CD and get into the Recovery console. I use DOS commands to delete the files but they come right back again....
  • Mystery virus strikes FBI, U.S. Marshals

    05/21/2009 10:04:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies · 2,105+ views
    cnet ^ | May 21, 2009
    The FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service were forced to shut down parts of their computer networks after a mystery virus struck the law-enforcement agencies Thursday, according to an Associated Press report. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that it had disconnected from Justice Department computers as a precaution after being hit with the virus, while an FBI spokesperson would only say that it was experiencing similar issues, according to the report. "We too are evaluating a network issue on our external, unclassified network that's affecting several government agencies," FBI spokesman Mike Kortan told the AP. The virus'...
  • Windows 7 May Not Be Much Faster Than Vista

    05/07/2009 8:03:40 PM PDT · by Gomez · 50 replies · 1,591+ views
    Improving performance is one of Microsoft's design goals with Windows 7, and many early reviewers (including ours) have said that the new OS seems peppier than Vista. But tests of the Windows 7 Release Candidate in our PC World Test Center found that while Windows 7 was slightly faster on our WorldBench 6 suite, the differences may be barely noticeable to users. We loaded the Windows 7 Release Candidate on three systems (two desktops and a laptop) and then ran our WorldBench 6 suite. Afterward we compared the results with the WorldBench 6 numbers from the same three systems running...
  • Why is my computer so slowwwwww booting up? VANITY

    04/13/2009 8:20:14 PM PDT · by Blogger · 88 replies · 2,292+ views
    Several months ago, my computer crashed on me. Wouldn't even get to the beginning stages of boot up. Lights flickered if you hit the button, but beyond that, nothing. So, I took it to Best Buy where I bought it and where it was still under warrantee. They determined it was a fried motherboard. Consistent with the warrantee, the Geek Squad replaced it. Ever since that time, it takes about 2-3 minutes to boot up. Everything else seems to run fine, but boot up is excruciatingly slow. Any ideas why what normally took 30 seconds or so now takes 5...
  • Microsoft wants laid off employees to return severance pay

    02/22/2009 8:33:55 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 63 replies · 1,887+ views
    The Intellectual Redneck ^ | February 22, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    Microsoft wants laid off employees to return part of their severance pay. I guess over $50 billion is not enough money for Bill Gates. Microsoft recently laid off 1400 workers ,mostly in the US. They have now decided their severance package was too big. They have sent the a letter (see picture) to them asking for the money back. Perhaps some of those mosquitoes Bill Gates recently released at a tech conference have infected him with an insanity virus.
  • Windows 7 version lineup revealed: Prepare for disappointment

    02/19/2009 1:30:25 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 205 replies · 3,610+ views
    Remember when Vista was announced, and Microsoft decided to release six different versions of the operating system, much to the confusion, disappointment, and ridicule of potential buyers? Well guess what? Microsoft is back with the Windows 7 strategy. What has it learned in the last three years? Pretty much nothing. While Microsoft is touting the "two primary editions" of Windows 7 -- a Home Premium edition and a Professional (intended for business) edition -- the fact is it's sticking with the same six different versions (or SKUs, stock-keeping units) that it had for Vista. The real difference is that Windows...
  • I Give Up. Windows Is Proof That People Are Too Stupid To Use Computers.

    02/13/2009 9:27:55 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 177 replies · 3,037+ views
    Linux Today ^ | 02/12/2009 | Carla Schroder
    I give up. Windows is proof that people are too stupid to use computers. And too stupid or dishonest to report Microsoft Windows as the defective disaster that it is. If it were any other type of product it would have banned from every country in the world long ago. The BBC reports the latest Windows Conficker worm outbreak in typical "oh no big deal" fashion, does not identify this as a Windows worm until several paragraphs into the article, quotes industry security vendors as though they were actually worth listening to and not useless weasels, and then blames...
  • Microsoft plan to ape Apple Stores just plain bananas

    02/14/2009 9:38:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 57 replies · 1,225+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/14/2009 | David Zeller
    It’s enough to make you rub your eyes, blink and squint to make sure you’re not hallucinating. But it’s true. Microsoft plans to open its own chain of retail stores. On Thursday the Redmond company announced it had hired former Wal-Mart executive David Porter to make it happen. Microsoft seems to think it can duplicate Apple’s retail success, using a chain of stores to improve the “Microsoft retail purchase experience” and to combat the stereotypes – artfully reinforced by Apple’s “I’m a Mac” TV ads – that owning a Windows PC is fraught with difficulties. I hardly know where to...
  • French fighter planes grounded by computer virus

    02/07/2009 4:46:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies · 1,119+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 07 Feb 2009 | Kim Willsher
    French fighter planes grounded by computer virus French fighter planes were unable to take off after military computers were infected by a computer virus, an intelligence magazine claims. by Kim Willsher in Paris Last Updated: 11:43AM GMT 07 Feb 2009 The aircraft were unable to download their flight plans after databases were infected by a Microsoft virus they had already been warned about several months beforehand. At one point French naval staff were also instructed not to even open their computers. Microsoft had warned that the "Conficker" virus, transmitted through Windows, was attacking computer systems in October last year, but...
  • Bill Gates unleashes swarm of mosquitos on audience

    02/04/2009 7:47:30 PM PST · by beagleone · 51 replies · 1,848+ views
    Gawker ^ | 02/05/2009 | Owen Thomas
    TED, the annual gathering of the most pretentious people from the fields of technology, entertainment, and design, just got punk'd. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates released a swarm of mosquitos into the crowd. Ending malaria is a particular passion of Gates's, whose Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has spent millions fighting the disease. But he apparently didn't feel like TED attendees were taking the threat seriously. "Not only poor people should experience this," Gates said as he let the bugs loose on his audience, according to Facebook manager Dave Morin. (eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and Twitter CEO Ev Williams confirm the...
  • Windows 7—what's the rush?

    02/03/2009 7:10:52 PM PST · by antiRepublicrat · 101 replies · 1,894+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | February 3, 2009 | Peter Bright
    Steven Sinofsky this week reaffirmed that Windows 7 would only have a single public beta release—build 7000, still available for download for a few more days. The current expectation is that there will be a single Release Candidate in April, with RTM around July, and Windows 7 hitting stores a few months later. This plan marks a significant departure from Microsoft's historic Windows release strategy. Previous editions have had at least two betas and two Release Candidates; even Windows XP, a minor update to Windows 2000, received this treatment. Windows Vista went even further during its extended development period. In...
  • Nasty Worm Wriggles Into Millions of Computers...

    01/22/2009 11:22:27 AM PST · by TaraP · 137 replies · 4,451+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Jan 21st, 2009
    SAN FRANCISCO – A nasty worm has wriggled into millions of computers and continues to spread, leaving security experts wondering whether the attack is a harbinger of evil deeds to come. US software protection firm F-Secure says a computer worm known as "Conficker" or "Downadup" had infected more than nine million computers by Tuesday and was spreading at a rate of one million machines daily. The malicious software had yet to do any noticeable damage, prompting debate as to whether it is impotent, waiting to detonate, or a test run by cybercriminals intent on profiting from the weakness in the...
  • Windows worm trickery for Vista

    01/21/2009 6:56:41 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 948+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 21 January 2009 11:33 GMT, | BBC Staff
    The Conficker virus has opened a new can of worms for security experts. Drives such as USB sticks infected with the virus trick users into installing the worm, according to researchers. The "Autoplay" function in Vista and early versions of Windows 7 automatically searches for programs on removable drives.
  • Three million hit by Windows worm ( known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido )

    01/16/2009 2:11:18 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies · 3,319+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 16 January 2009 14:54 GMT, | BBC Staff
    A worm that spreads through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without the latest security updates is posing a growing threat to users. The malicious program, known as Conficker, Downadup, or Kido was first discovered in October 2008. Although Microsoft released a patch, it has gone on to infect 3.5m machines. Experts warn this figure could be far higher and say users should have up-to-date anti-virus software and install Microsoft's MS08-067 patch.
  • Windows 7 Beta Free Download

    01/14/2009 2:24:27 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 48 replies · 1,490+ views Microsoft offers a Free Download of Windows 7 Beta starting today. Windows 7 Beta will expire on August 1, 2009. Note: The minimum requirements for running Windows 7 are a PC with a 1 Ghz Processor, 1GB of RAM, 16 GB of disk space, 128MB of video memory and support for DX9 graphics. After downloading, make sure to install media patch (32 bit or 64 bit) to fix a few issues with media files and mp3 corruption
  • Windows 7 Demand Clogs Beta Download Servers

    01/10/2009 6:29:49 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 140 replies · 2,862+ views ^ | January 9, 2009 | Stuart J. Johnston
    Microsoft servers got quite a workout on Friday from potential testers as the company opened public beta testing of Windows 7 to a broad audience– so much so, in fact, that the company decided to delay the beta's opening until it can bring more servers online. "Due to very heavy traffic we’re seeing as a result of interest in the Windows 7 Beta, we are adding some additional infrastructure support to the properties before we post the public beta," said a posting on The Windows Blog at around 3 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday afternoon. It included a promise...
  • Zune Extinction Event: Microsoft Music Players All Freeze Up at Once

    12/31/2008 2:00:10 PM PST · by Joiseydude · 43 replies · 1,395+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    <p>Microsoft Corp.'s Zune portable music player is suffering from a glitch that may have frozen thousands of units in the latest setback for the world's biggest software company.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Zune owners flooded blogs and Internet chat sites to complain that they couldn't listen to music on the 30-gigabyte version of the Zune, an early version of the device, because it wouldn't start up properly.</p>
  • Microsoft's Zune players freeze on New Year's Eve

    12/31/2008 4:01:30 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies · 1,286+ views
    AP Technology ^ | Wednesday December 31, 6:15 pm ET | Jordan Robertson,
    Happy New Year from Microsoft Corp.: Your Zune is dead. Thousands of Microsoft's Zune media players -- the software company's answer to Apple Inc.'s iPod -- unexpectedly conked out Wednesday and showed users an error message, prompting references to "Y2K for Zunes." The problems appeared when people tried to start up their devices. Frustrated users lit up Microsoft's online support forum for Zunes with more than 2,500 messages by Wednesday afternoon. Late Wednesday, the Redmond, Wash.-based company said the outage affected only the 30-gigabyte Zune models and was caused by a problem with their internal clock. Microsoft expected the problem...
  • Microsoft Extends Windows XP Cutoff Date

    12/22/2008 10:22:39 AM PST · by A_Tradition_Continues · 108 replies · 3,335+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | 12/22/2008 | Paul McDougall
    Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) is extending the deadline for making its supposedly retired Windows XP operating system available to custom PC builders. Under the plan, system builders will be allowed to take delivery of XP licenses and media through May 30. Previously, Microsoft had announced a Jan. 31 XP cutoff date for system builders, which are typically smaller, build-to-order vendors. The news was first reported Friday by sister site ChannelWeb.
  • Microsoft Issues Emergency Security Patch For IE

    12/16/2008 6:49:40 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,725+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | December 16, 2008
    Microsoft will issue an emergency security patch Wednesday for all versions of Internet Explorer. The patch is considered a critical fix for the security flaw currently plaguing the IE browser. So far, more than 2 million computers are believed to have been infected.
  • Bill Gates: I'd Work in Obama Administration

    12/05/2008 3:51:45 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 53 replies · 1,130+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12-05-2008
    Bill Gates: I'd Work in Obama Administration Microsoft founder Bill Gates has met with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and said he's open to a role aiding the incoming Barack Obama administration. Gates is in Washington this week to promote the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's education and global health agenda. "Certainly my full-time job is being chairman of the foundation," he told The Washington Post. But he added: "If there was some committee or pretty focused task where I could contribute, I'd be glad to consider that, and I hope that the things we've learned about education, including the mistakes...
  • Windows 7: Oops! Microsoft did it again!

    10/29/2008 11:59:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 51 replies · 1,717+ views
    infoWorld ^ | October 28, 2008 | by Randall Kennedy
    My initial evaluation of Windows 7 shows that it's really just Vista with a fresh coat of paint I have seen the future, and it is bleak. Windows 7, the next big version, the one that was supposed to fix everything that was wrong with Vista, is here (at least in pre-beta form), and I can now say -- with some confidence -- that Microsoft has once again dropped the ball. Based on what I saw in today's keynote speech, and on what I discovered while testing the Windows 7 M3 build during some down time this afternoon, Windows 7...
  • Second Seinfeld / Bill Gates Microsoft commercial... 4 minutes 30 seconds of HUH?

    09/11/2008 6:51:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 197+ views
    You Tube ^ | 09/11/2008 | Microsoft's Ad Agency
    The only thing I can say is "Huh?" Watch the four minute 30 second ad: The second Microsoft Ad with Seinfeld and Bill Gates. i like the little old lady...
  • Dell Plans to Sell Factories In Effort to Cut Costs

    09/04/2008 10:14:43 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 13 replies · 376+ views
    Excerpt - Dell Inc. is trying to sell its computer factories around the world, a move to sharply overhaul a production model that was long a hallmark of the PC giant's strategy but is no longer competitive. In recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, Dell has approached contract computer manufacturers with offers to sell the plants. One person briefed on the plan said he expects the company to sell most -- and possibly all -- of its factories "within the next 18 months." Other factories could close, this person said. Dell would enter into agreements with the...
  • Microsoft - utter desperation!!!!?

    09/04/2008 5:22:50 PM PDT · by djf · 31 replies · 268+ views
    Anyone see the new Microsoft commercial with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates? Is that a piece o work or what??? Methinks Bill oughta give up his closet hopes of being a big media star and at least attempt to bring us a reliable, secure OS.