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  • Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price (Windows runs on non-x86 processors at last)

    09/01/2018 9:24:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Andrew Orlowski
    Full Windows on new Qualcomm silicon at last IFA Microsoft's long journey away from Intel reached escape velocity this week, as the first traditional laptop machine with Qualcomm's Arm processor was revealed by Lenovo, in the shape of the Yoga C630 WOS."WOS" stands for "Windows on Snapdragon", how Qualcomm prefers to call "Windows on Arm", and since it's Qualcomm Inside, not Intel Inside, it gets to call the shots.This is the second "always connected" PC from Lenovo to run a Qualcomm chip, but the first to run the Snapdragon 850 processor. Officially announced last year, the Microsoft-Qualcomm alliance Always Connected...
  • Need Tech Help about PC's CPU - Vanity

    08/13/2018 6:36:01 AM PDT · by savedbygrace · 71 replies
    My PC has been running slowly at times during the past several months. Some time ago, I thought I had done enough troubleshooting to conclude I needed more RAM, so I added 4GB and now have 8GB. However, the slowness continues. Now I see that when I am loading a new web page in my browser, or a web page update with new content, the CPU usage goes up to 70-90%, and that is when it slows for a while. I have tried using Waterfox (64-bit version of Firefox) and Edge with the same symptoms and results, so it isn't...
  • CCleaner provokes fury over Active Monitoring, user data collection

    08/06/2018 4:31:14 AM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 14 replies
    ZDnet ^ | August 2, 2018 | Charlie Osborne
    CCleaner has promised a slew of changes to its software in response to user criticism of active monitoring processes which are almost impossible to disable. More security news Windows 10 patch expert begs Microsoft: 'Please fix uptick in botched updates' Facebook CSO Alex Stamos departing, won't be replaced Reddit says hackers breached its systems, some user data compromised ​Spam is getting smarter and we're still falling for it CCleaner, available in both free and premium versions, is software which performs all-around scrubbing and optimization of Windows, Mac, and mobile devices. The Avast-owned software, available under Piriform, was the target of...
  • Windows 10 turns three years old today: Here's how it's evolved

    08/01/2018 7:17:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 90 replies
    NeoWin ^ | Jul 29, 2018 | Rich Woods
    On September 30, 2014, Microsoft announced Windows 10, thus changing the firm's operating system as we know it. Windows was going to be serviced, rather than being refreshed every few years. We've learned since then that this means biannual feature updates, along with monthly (sometimes more often) cumulative updates. Indeed, Microsoft was done competing with itself with new versions of Windows. On July 29, 2015, Windows 10 launched, and it was promised that there would never be a Windows 11. Here we are, exactly three years later, when we would normally see the next version of Microsoft's flagship OS. Since...
  • Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25 (Blast from the Past)

    07/30/2018 12:26:15 PM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 30, 2018 | Richard Speed
    [Dayglored's comment: As usual The Register has its sarcastic, barbed tongue deeply embedded in its cheek.] Absurd hardware requirements and compatibility problems aplenty. Sound familiar? Windows NT has hit an important milestone. Its launch is now closer to the first Moon landing than it is to today.With its debut in July 1993, Windows NT ushered in a gloriously pure 32-bit future, free of the 16-bit shackles of the past. While the majority of PCs at the time were running MS-DOS, often with Microsoft's Windows 3.1 perched precariously atop, like a giant lemon balanced on a peanut, the kernel-based NT represented...
  • Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows (Lower Saxony)

    07/27/2018 4:56:09 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 27, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Lower Saxony says 'auf wiedersehen, pinguin' The German state of Lower Saxony plans to follow Munich's example, and migrate a reported 13,000 users from Linux back to Windows. Apparently undaunted by the cost of the Munich switch (which we reported in January could be as much as €100m), Lower Saxony is considering making the change in its tax office. The state seems to expect a much cheaper transition, with Heise (in German here) reporting the first-year budget is €5.9m, and another €7m further out.The tax office argues its decision is driven by compatibility: field workers and teleworkers overwhelmingly use Windows,...
  • Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs (uptake 84%)

    07/27/2018 4:50:34 AM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 27, 2018 | Richard Speed
    It's been three months and 16% have their heels firmly planted [Dayglored note: Ya gotta admit, The Register comes up with some really catchy pics.] The charge of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update continued into July with 84 per cent of lucky, lucky users seeing their desktops upgraded, according to AdDuplex.The rate at which the code was flung at PCs slowed a little, which was inevitable considering June's impressive (or alarming, depending on your point of view) 78 per cent penetration of the Windows 10 install-base.In the absence of official numbers from Microsoft (other than a cheery "it's going...
  • Bill Gates Gets Nasty: Unearthed Footage Shows Billionaire Gossiping, Trashing Trump at Gates (T)

    05/18/2018 9:10:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/18/2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates discussed a meeting with President Trump in a recently unearthed video clip, playing up for the audience his opinions on Trump’s knowledge about medical science, among other things. In a clip aired by Chris Hayes on his MSNBC show All In, Microsoft founder Bill Gates discussed a meeting he had with President Trump while talking to staff members of his charity organization, the Gates Foundation. Gates stated that he met President Trump both before and after he was elected but began first by discussing a meeting he had with President Trump before he was elected.
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout (ok now you're ALL getting it!)

    06/15/2018 2:52:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 80 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 15, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    [Microsoft] Claims it’s the least complaint-generating Windows ever Microsoft’s decided that Windows 10 version 1803, aka the April Update, is now fit for consumption by business users or indeed anyone or anything capable of running Windows 10.The company’s declared the updated OS is now “fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide”, including business PCs. Redmond’s advice comes after over 250 million users installed the OS and gave it a thrashing. Those efforts produced data that Microsoft said shows a twenty per “reduction in system stability issues” and the same reduction “in operating system and driver stability issues.”The...
  • Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

    06/13/2018 7:59:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 13 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix.The document (PDF) was revealed on June 12th and is intended for security researchers, to offer “better clarity around the security features, boundaries and mitigations which exist in Windows and the servicing commitments which come with them.”“We are primarily interested in feedback around our servicing policies and whether our criteria makes sense to you, the researcher,” says Microsoft’s announcement of the draft.Microsoft explains that it asks two questions when it learns of...
  • "Which?" (UK consumer rights advocate) calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

    06/12/2018 9:37:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 12 2018 | Richard Speed
    So how did that April 2018 Update go for you then? Champion of consumer rights and closer of customer email services Which? has taken a hobnailed boot to Microsoft's beleaguered Windows 10 operating system with research that will make for unpleasant reading at Redmond.A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.In the survey, conducted in...
  • Microsoft Forums Drop Support for Win 7/8/8.1, Office 2010/13, Surface/Pro/2, MSE, IE10, ...

    06/11/2018 8:07:50 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    Microsoft Community Forums ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Michelle Mad
    FR dayglored note: Technical Support and answering questions are being discontinued for the listed Community Forums, meaning the forum threads are either users-only, or locked to further comments (read-only) This does NOT indicate dropping of Product Technical Support, e.g. Security updates, etc. Those are still per the regular end-of-life announcements. Hello, Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can...
  • Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full (but no "None" option)

    05/24/2018 10:28:16 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 24, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath? Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.With a certain piece of European legislation around the corner concerning privacy, the timing is interesting to say the least.El Reg was last week informed by a reader that the standalone version of Word 2016 had begun displaying a message forcing users to “Share how you use Office” with options...
  • Is it impossible to connect a Win 10 tablet to a Win 7 PC via USB?

    05/09/2018 12:45:49 PM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 47 replies
    Eric Pode | 09 May 2018 | Eric Pode
    I never imagined this would be impossible until I actually had to try and do it.I'm trying to connect via USB my desktop (homebuilt, Intel based, Win 7 Ultimate) to a Lenovo Yoga tablet (Win 10) to copy over about 40 gig of files.An hour long web search reveals no straightforward way to do this, indeed many sites say it's not possible by design.I never give up until I have checked FR.Am I stuck shuttling the files between computers using a flash drive, or my bog-slow home wireless network?
  • Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

    05/09/2018 9:43:07 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 8, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    So happy for you, Microsoft, \r\n Windows Notepad users, rejoice! Microsoft's text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices."This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community," Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post today, without touching on why the issue was allowed to fester for more than three decades.Notepad's line feed limitations may not inspire the same level of partisan bickering as the tabs vs....
  • Troubles with Cloning and Recovery of my Windows 10 PC

    04/23/2018 3:46:45 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 61 replies
    Self | 4/23/2018 | Dan Baker
    Having trouble with my PC. Here are some of the issues: SSD Crash -- A 250 Gig PNY Solid State Disk I bought at BestBuy only 2 months ago crashed. What crashed was the BIOS software in the SSD. I was able to recover my user data. I am suspecting that Windows 10 is causing problems since the machine is constantly downloading security updates. Second SSD Crash -- I was able to use my former (smaller) PNY SSD to get up and running. But then, just as I was getting ready to start using the old SSD, that also crashed...
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

    04/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to demonstrate the plug-and-play abilities of the upcoming OS. The result was an all-too-familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), and a "whoah..." from Capossela.Youtube Video"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.As Windows 10...
  • Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

    04/18/2018 10:23:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Microsoft Windows Insider chief 'fesses up to potential blue-screen inducing glitch Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs.Though Microsoft has never actually confirmed a release date or name for the elusive Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (aka version 1803), many expected it to arrive on April 10's Patch Tuesday, with build 17133 hitting the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider programme.But nothing happened, until now.Supremo of the Windows Insider programme, Dona Sarkar, dropped a hint last...
  • Windows 10 on AMD? This new update plus Microsoft's patch block Spectre attacks

    04/11/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 11 2018 | Liam Tung
    Chipmaker AMD has released new microcode updates to mitigate the Spectre variant 2 side-channel attack, which Microsoft has supported with a Windows 10 patch for AMD systems. AMD's latest microcode update coincided with Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday fixes and comes just weeks after Intel wrapped up its Spectre 2 mitigations for all CPU families released over the past nine years. AMD's chief mitigation for its chips on Windows affected by variant 2 CPU indirect branch target injections is called 'indirect branch prediction barrier' (IBPB), which is only intended for cases when software switches from one user context to a context...
  • The End of Windows

    04/06/2018 1:51:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 98 replies
    Strarechery ^ | April 2, 2018 | By Ben Thompson
    The story of Windows’ decline is relatively straightforward and a classic case of disruption: The Internet dramatically reduced application lock-in PCs became “good enough”, elongating the upgrade cycle Smartphones first addressed needs the PC couldn’t, then over time started taking over PC functionality directly What is more interesting, though, is the story of Windows’ decline in Redmond, culminating with last week’s reorganization that, for the first time since 1980, left the company without a division devoted to personal computer operating systems (Windows was split, with the core engineering group placed under Azure, and the rest of the organization effectively under...