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  • Microsoft forced updated security setting on my computer when I had updates OFF!

    03/16/2016 5:02:24 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    16 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Wow. Overnight, Microsoft forced updated a "Security Setting" on my computer without my permission. I had updates turned OFF on purpose and NEVER turn it on. I use my own anti-virus protection and it works beautifully. How do I turn off Microsoft's Anti-virus protection (Windows XP)?
  • Windows 10 Surpasses Windows XP To Become Second Most-Used Operating System

    02/01/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/01/2016 | Mike Brown
    Windows 10 has surpassed Windows XP to become the second most-used operating system in the world. NetMarketShare figures from January show Microsoft's latest version is running on 11.85 percent of global PCs, edging out Windows XP, which runs on 11.42 percent of machines. The news will be a boost to Microsoft as it aims to get as many people to upgrade as possible. Microsoft wants 1 billion devices running the operating system globally in 2018. To reach this goal, the company is offering free upgrades to customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for Windows 10's first year of availability....
  • How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn't

    01/31/2016 7:41:13 AM PST · by Scutter · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/30/2016 | Matt Weinberger
    On Thursday, February 4, Satya Nadella will celebrate his second anniversary as the CEO of Microsoft. It's been an eventful couple of years. Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more. But the real victory of Satya Nadella — the truly monumental shift — has been within the company. Under Nadella, Microsoft is pointed in one direction for first time in modern memory.
  • Tech help needed

    01/27/2016 7:39:46 AM PST · by conservativesister · 44 replies
    I have an old XP computer that I need to keep running and something updated and I've lost all printer drivers My error message is: Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running. I've tried system restore and it doesn't fix it. I've tried to download drivers and spooler. Any suggestions........and I'm not getting rid of this computer there are things I can do on XP that I can't begin to figure out how to do on Windows 7 which is on the rest of my computers.
  • Ransom32 Is a JavaScript-Based Ransomware That Uses Node.js to Infect Users

    01/03/2016 11:16:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 40 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 3 Jan 2016, 14:54 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    A new type of ransomware has been spotted, the first of its kind, a ransomware that uses JavaScript to infect its users, being coded on top of the NW.js platform. NW.js, formerly known as Node-WebKit, is a powerful platform that allows developers to create desktop applications via Node.js modules. The platform lets programmers use JavaScript in the same way, and with the same power and reach inside the underlying operating system's guts, as other more powerful languages like C++, Delphi, Java, ActionScript, and C#. If the name hasn't tipped you off yet, NW.js uses a stripped down version of WebKit,...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes XP in market share as Windows 10 launch approaches, Windows 7 still leads

    07/28/2015 9:22:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Tech Spot ^ | 07/02/2015 | By Stephen Libbey
    On the verge of Windows 10's release, its predecessor has quietly moved into the #2 spot for market share among operating systems. Windows 8.1 has now overtaken Windows XP, the one time king of all operating systems, but it's something of a hollow victory as Windows 7 still leads by a wide margin. According to Netmarketshare, as of June 2015, Windows 8.1's usage has increased to 13.12% among all operating systems, while XP sits at 11.98% and Windows 7 still accounts for a dominant 60.98% share. These three OS' also represent the only three with double digit market share. The...
  • U.S. Navy pays millions to keep using Windows XP

    06/24/2015 2:07:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 06/24/2015 | By David McCabe
    The Navy will pay more than $9 million to keep using Windows XP under a contract signed this month, Computerworld reported Tuesday. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) will pay Microsoft $9,149,000 through the contract, which was approved earlier this month. It could eventually grow to be as large as $30,842,980 by 2017. The funds will pay for Microsoft to provide custom security support to up to 100,000 Windows XP machines used by the Navy. Microsoft has abandoned supporting the system for users who dont pay for the custom services. The contract will also provide support for other...
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they cant log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesnt affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • Can businesses stick with Windows XP and still avoid a hacking disaster?

    04/08/2015 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 87 replies
    TechRadar ^ | February 15, 2015 | Rene Millman
    Even though the deadline for any type of support for Windows XP was up last April, many organisations are still using the venerable operating system to power their PCs and the applications that run on them. But XP was never a truly secure OS to begin with and despite numerous patches over the years, new vulnerabilities have been found. Of course, since April 2014, no more updates have been provided by Microsoft on general release and this has left anyone still running XP very much exposed to hacking and security breaches. According to figures from IT security firm Secunia taken...
  • Intel: PC sales weak as many businesses stick with Windows XP

    04/07/2015 10:54:12 AM PDT · by dennisw · 81 replies
    .zdnet. ^ | March 14, 2015 | Sean Portnoy
    Intel's recent results suggest a slowdown in firms leaving the ancient OS behind and upgrading to new systems. Why won't they update? Most interesting detail that emerged from Intel's lackluster first quarter financial results had nothing to do with mobile, the company's white whale. Instead, it concerned something so old that it almost seems laughable in the same week that the very 21st-century Apple Watch dominated headlines. Per ZDNet's own Larry Dignan: In a statement, Intel said it cut its first quarter outlook because of "weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across...
  • End of the Windows XP effect sends desktop sales tumbling, but laptop sales jump

    01/20/2015 10:09:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 1-20-15 | Steve Ranger
    Despite predictions to the contrary, it seem there is still plenty of life left in the PC market. PC shipments across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) reached 25.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014, a two percent increase on the same quarter a year ago, according to calculations by IDC. It said strong consumer demand during the holiday season meant the PC market racked up a third consecutive quarter of growth - albeit modest and patchy. PC sales across the region grew by 5.5 percent across the year, with 93.3 million PCs shipped. But the researchers...
  • Hacked Windows XP still updates, still a bad idea (not a bad idea!)

    12/03/2014 7:27:21 PM PST · by dennisw · 16 replies
    zdnet ^ | December 3, 2014 | Larry Seltzer
    Summary: Yes, you still can trick Microsoft into giving you security updates for Windows XP. No, it's not a good idea. You are not protected. Perhaps the most popular story I've written for ZDNet was the one explaining how you can hack the registry in Windows XP and trick Windows Update into continuing to send you security updates. The basis of it is that Microsoft has an embedded variant of Windows XP and support doesn't end on that until April 2016. The hack makes XP look like the embedded version. I have maintained a Hyper-V VM on a Windows 8.1...
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 finally pass 15% market share, Windows XP drops below 20% mark

    11/01/2014 7:13:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 11/1/2014 | Emil Protalinski
    Everyone is well-aware by now that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have not seen the impressive adoption rate of their predecessor. Yet the duo had a particularly good run last month, finally passing 15 percent market share together, according to the latest figures from Net Applications.More specifically, Windows 8 gained 0.29 percentage points to 5.88 percent while Windows 8.1 gained 4.25 percentage points to 10.92 percent. Together, they owned 16.80 percent of the market at the end of October, up from 12.26 percent at the end of September. It’s certainly a big jump, and Windows 8.1 is finally in...
  • Need operating system suggestions for old laptop (Vanity)

    06/25/2014 10:02:22 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 58 replies
    Yours truly | 6/25/2014 | Me
    I'm trying to determine if it's worth messing with to find a different (and free) operating system for my very old Dell Latitude laptop. It currently has Windows XP SP3, which of course Microsoft no longer supports.
  • Microsoft patches Internet Explorer bug for Windows XP

    05/02/2014 6:29:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    telegraph ^ | 02 May 2014 | Sophie Curtis
    Microsoft has issued a patch for a security vulnerability in Internet Explorer to all versions of Windows, including Windows XP, despite claiming it would release no more patches for the outdated operating system after 8 April 2014. Earlier this week, both the UK and US governments advised citizens to consider using alternatives to Microsofts Internet Explorer browser, after the company discovered a vulnerability that could allow hackers to gain access to users' computers and steal their data. The vulnerability made headlines because it coincided with the end of support for Windows XP, meaning that anyone still running the 13-year-old operating...
  • Microsoft rescues XP users with emergency browser fix

    05/01/2014 10:50:49 AM PDT · by dayglored · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 1, 2014 | Jim Finkle
    Microsoft is helping the estimated hundreds of millions of customers still running Windows XP, which it stopped supporting earlier this month, by providing an emergency update to fix a critical bug in its Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft Corp rushed to create the fix after learning of the bug in the operating system over the weekend when cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc warned that a sophisticated group of hackers had exploited the bug to launch attacks in a campaign dubbed "Operation Clandestine Fox. ...
  • Stop using Microsoft's IE browser until bug is fixed, US and UK warn

    04/28/2014 6:24:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 52 replies
    CNET ^ | 4/28/2014 | Seth Rosenblatt
    It's not often that the US or UK governments weigh in on the browser wars, but a new Internet Explorer vulnerability that affects all major versions of the browser from the past decade has forced it to raise an alarm: Stop using IE. The zero-day exploit, the term given to a previously unknown, unpatched flaw, allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal personal data, track online behavior, or gain control of the computer. Security firm FireEye, which discovered the bug, said that the flaw is being used with a...
  • Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap

    04/28/2014 10:19:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
    Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website. The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.
  • New zero day vulnerability identified in all versions of IE

    04/27/2014 4:26:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 95 replies
    Cnet ^ | Apr 27, 2014 | Steven Musil
    A new zero day vulnerability that resides in all versions of Internet Explorer has been spotted in the wild, Microsoft confirmed late Saturday. The vulnerability, which could allow remote code execution, is being used in "limited, targeted attacks," according to an advisory issued by Microsoft. While all versions of the web browser, IE 6 through 11, are affected by the vulnerability, attacks are currently targeting IE versions 9, 10 and 11, according to security firm Fire Eye, which first reported the flaw Friday. The attack leverages a previously unknown "use after free" vulnerability -- data corruption that occurs after memory...
  • The Case For Making Windows XP Open Source (And Why It's A Bad Idea)

    04/26/2014 4:34:06 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 24 April 2014 | Tony Bradley
    It has been over two weeks now since Microsoft support for Windows XP expired. So far, the world as we know it has not come to a grinding halt for Windows XP users, but that isnt a reason to let your guard downits really just a matter of time. With hundreds of millions of Windows XP systems still in use by businesses, government agencies, and individuals around the world, maybe Microsoft Microsoft should make the operating system open source and let developers take over. When May 13 rolls around, things might start to look different. Many XP users viewed April...
  • China Is Looking at Linux to Shake Its Dependency on Windows XP

    04/25/2014 7:14:59 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 43 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 24 April 2014 | Staff
    - Ubuntu Kylin China is one of the countries that have suffered the most when Microsoft decided to pull the plug on Windows XP. The Chinese government is now looking towards Linux to fill that gap, and it intends to use its resources to make that happen. China has been struggling for years to make its own Linux operating system, but it had little success. At one point it had something called the Red Flag Linux distribution, but the project never really got off the ground and lost all support from the Chinese government. Microsoft's decision to stop issuing...
  • Microsofts third quarter earnings beat Wall Street expectations

    04/24/2014 3:04:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 04/24/2014 | Janet I. Tu
    For its fiscal third quarter, which ended March 31, Microsoft beat analysts expectations. The company posted earnings per share of 68 cents on revenue of $20.40 billion. It reported $5.66 billion in profit. Analysts had expected Microsoft to report third-quarter revenue this year of about $20.38 billion, and earnings per share of 63 cents, with profit of $5.26 billion, according to a Bloomberg consensus estimate.
  • How to Install and Try Linux the Absolutely Easiest and Safest Way

    04/21/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 32 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 17 April 2014 | Carla Schroder
    In this follow up toReplace the Retiring Windows XP with Linuxwe're going learn the easiest and most foolproof way to install and runXubuntu Linux 12.04 LTSon your old Windows XP computer. The only requirements are that your old computer has USB ports, and that it supports booting from a USB stick. If your computer is too old for USB, then it's pretty darned old and you really need to think about getting a newer one. There are but four steps: one, go to OSDisc.com and orderXubuntu Linux on a 32-gigabyte USB stick. Then insert the USB stick into your computer,...
  • 50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP

    04/21/2014 5:26:29 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 46 replies
    Datamation ^ | 16 April 2014 | Cynthia Harvey
    Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. That means the company is no longer patching newly discovered security vulnerabilities in the operating system, and people who continue to use it are opening themselves up to security risks. However, according to NetMarketShare, more than a quarter of all PCs (27.69 percent) were still running Windows XP in March of this year.Why would people continue using a twelve-year-old operating system that would put them at risk?No doubt, many are home users who simply aren't very technology savvy and/or may not have the desire or the money to upgrade...
  • Microsoft issues final Windows XP, Office 2003 patches (That's all folks!)

    04/08/2014 11:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/08/2014 | By Larry Seltzer
    Summary: Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Publisher are patched, some products for the last time. Today Microsoft released four security updates for Windows and Microsoft Office. These will be the last publicly-released updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. A total of 11 vulnerabilities were addressed by these updates, including seven for Windows XP and four for Office 2003. Separately, Microsoft released fixes for Internet Explorer 10 and 11 to address vulnerabilities fixed by Adobe in the Flash Player bundled in the Metro versions of IE. Among the vulnerabilities patched is a critical error in the handling of RTF...
  • Obituary: Windows XP passes away, leaving behind millions of mourning supporters

    04/08/2014 11:51:45 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 110 replies
    PCWorld ^ | 4-8-2014
    Windows XP, Microsoft Corp.s beloved seventh major operating system and arguably the companys most successful, was left to perish on Tuesday at its creators hands. It was 12 years, seven months old. ~snip~ Windows XPs funeral, a private ceremony held deep within Microsoft, was quiet. In lieu of flowers, Microsoft urged customers to donate to Windows 8, one of Windows XPs grandchildren.
  • Microsoft offers users $100 credit on a new PC to switch from XP

    04/04/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 59 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 3/21/2014 at 10:35 am | Blair Hanley Frank
    Microsoft really wants people to stop using Windows XP. The company launched a new promotion that offers XP users $100 off the purchase of a new PC that costs more than $599 through the Microsoft Store from now until June 15. Buyers will also get 90 days of free support and free data transfer from their old XP-powered PC. Microsoft is ending support for XP, which has been around for more than a decade, in April. That means any security flaws found by attackers after that point wont be patched, leaving users who are still clinging to their old computers...
  • The man who took the iconic Windows XP wallpaper photo has bitter regrets

    03/29/2014 1:12:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3-27-14 | Tero Kuittinen
    Lush green hills under a cobalt blue sky with precisely the right amount of fluffy clouds floating about. Who hasnt been lost in reverie staring at the default Windows XP wallpaper, dreaming of Middle Earth or maybe a weekend in Cork County? Yet that shot of a bucolic paradise has turned into a very personal nightmare for Charles OLear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft. OLear took a one-time payment for the photo rather than trying to negotiate a license fee. Even a tiny fee per Windows XP license would have yielded him a...
  • Still on Windows XP? Heres Some Bad Advice

    03/29/2014 4:30:04 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 76 replies
    YAHOO tech ^ | Mar 28, 2014 | Rafe Needleman
    Windows XP is dying. On April 8, Microsoft will stop supporting the ancient operating system that was released in 2001 and at one point was used by 400 million people. You might think that an operating system that was actually engineered in the late 90s would be fully obsolete and unused by now. After all, since XP came out, Microsoft has released several major replacement versions: Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (recently upgraded to Windows 8.1). But theres something about Windows XP. Its basic, stable, fast enough, and good enough for a lot of people. Its still...
  • Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade

    03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-21-14 | Julie Balise
    Microsoft hopes to make it easier for Windows XP users to drop their old computers and upgrade to a newer Surface or PC by offering them $100 to do so. The Redmond-based company announced earlier this month that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8. That doesnt mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers. Windows XP users can get $100 off when they buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs for $599 and more. The cheapest is an Acer Aspire...
  • Support is ending soon {Microsoft Windows XP}

    03/15/2014 10:42:51 AM PDT · by shove_it · 108 replies
    On April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP will no longer be available. Don't let your PC go unprotected. What is Windows XP end of support? Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences. As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft...
  • Windows XP Upgrade Question

    03/15/2014 7:57:07 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 54 replies
    n/a ^ | 03/15/2014 | Me
    Need advice on upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7
  • Adice Needed For Windows XP Upgrade

    03/01/2014 11:56:11 PM PST · by cva66snipe · 107 replies
    None ^ | March 2, 2014 | cva66snipe
    I have two computers running XP. The most important one to upgrade right now is my desktop. I've gone back and forth trying to decide whether to go with 7 or 8. Furthermore the terminology being used for OS packages adds to the confusion for me. For example Starter, Builder, etc. Here is what my computer has. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600 System Manufacturer Dell Inc. System Model Inspiron 530s System Type X86-based PC Processor x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13 GenuineIntel ~1795 Mhz BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. 1.0.12, 3/1/2008 SMBIOS Version...
  • Microsoft Sells 200 Million Win 8 Licenses: Yawn

    02/15/2014 6:33:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Information Week ^ | 02/14/2014 | Michael Endler
    Microsoft sold more than 200 million Windows 8 and 8.1 licenses during the controversial OS's first15 months, Tami Reller, the company's executive VP of marketing, revealed Thursday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.Sounds impressive, right? Not exactly.Sure, 200 million is a big number -- that's about one license for every 35 people on the planet, a level of ubiquity most companies would kill for. But Microsoft isn't most companies. Put into historical or aspirational context, Windows 8 and 8.1 have underwhelmed.Not convinced? Here are five reasons not to be impressed.1. Windows 8 sales can't keep pace with Windows 7's precedent.In...
  • Windows XP home users should upgrade to Linux -- not Windows 8.1

    02/01/2014 1:57:57 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 191 replies
    Beta News ^ | 30 January 2014 | Brian Fagioli
    The Windows XP death clock is ticking away. While Microsoft has extended support for malware protection, do not be fooled -- XP will be officially unsupported on April 8. If Microsoft has its druthers, these XP users will upgrade to Windows 8 and maybe even buy a new computer. However, there is a problem with this -- the Windows 8 UI is radically different from XP and people do not like change (especially people clinging to an operating system from 2001). Also, they may not need to buy a new computer, because their existing is probably fast enough... for...
  • HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand

    01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 66 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tom Warren
    HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HPs website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsofts touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

    01/18/2014 9:44:36 AM PST · by Utilizer · 81 replies
    Redmond magazine ^ | 01/16/2014 | Kurt Mackie
    Microsoft indicated this week that it has fixed a Windows XP resource-hog problem associated with the system's SVCHOST.EXE processes. Windows XP users affected by this problem typically found that the operating system was using up system resources for 15 minutes to an hour after startup, making it difficult to use the machine during that period. The Microsoft Update team had vowed last month to spend the holiday break tackling the issue, which has plagued some users for years. The fix involved stopping the system from perpetually checking Internet Explorer updates. Microsoft indicated that the fix was rolled out on Tuesday....
  • Worlds ATMs still running Windows XPand wildly out of date

    01/17/2014 9:43:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2014
    Nearly all of the ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system, introduced by Microsoft 13 years agoand incredibly out of date, as any tech enthusiast will tell you. On April 8, Microsoft will officially end the tech support for the aging OS, which was replaced by Windows Vista in 2007, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. [] If an ATM isnt upgraded, it will continue to function, experts said. Withdrawals, deposits, and other transactions will work as they did before. But the machines will be more vulnerable to cyber...
  • As Windows XP wanes, Windows 8 scoops up users

    01/08/2014 12:30:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Netwrok World ^ | 01/08/2014 | By Tim Greene
    Windows 8/8.1 has topped 10% market share for the first time, apparently picking up a few users from among those who are finally leaving Windows XP behind. According to Web analytics firm NetMarkeshare, users of all versions of Windows 8 amounted to 10.49% of Internet users for the month of December, up from 9.25% in December. This as users of Windows XP have dipped from 31.22% to 28.98%. While the showing for Windows 8/8.1 is a milestone, it is also part of a gradual trend. Since last February, use of the operating system has risen 7.82 percentage points while XP...
  • Microsofts Windows 8 and 8.1 Gained Ground, And Overall Sales Forecast Looks Good

    01/07/2014 7:50:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    US Finance Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Asif Imtiaz
    Regardless of how stalled Microsoft Corporations (NASDAQ:MSFT) MSFT +0.69% business seems to Wall Street analysts, the fact of the matter is that this company powers 90.73 percent of the Desktops and Notebooks around the world. Its nearest competitor at second place is Apples (NASDAQ:AAPL) AAPL +0.14% Mac operating system which has only 7.54 percent market share. Microsoft released its latest upgrade to the much discussed Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, in October of 2013. Last month, during December, devices running the Windows 8 and 8.1 crossed over 10 percent market share for the first time. A month earlier, in...
  • Help Wiping Out XP Partition

    01/05/2014 10:53:23 AM PST · by Mean Daddy · 37 replies
    I have an old Windows XP machine that I want to do a low level format to wipe out all the data. Downloaded Disk Wipe, but everytime I run it, it states the partition is in use. My assumption is I need to create a bootable USB with the application but haven't had any luck. Any and all insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  • Microsoft bets on Windows XP disaster

    12/16/2013 7:23:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 145 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | December 12, 2013 | Gregg Keizer
    Makes obvious prediction -- since it's calling the shots -- that ending support for XP will mean 'more systems will get compromised' Computerworld - Microsoft today used the hoary practice of predicting next year to drive another nail into Windows XP's coffin.
  • MS Windows Local Privilege Escalation Zero-Day in The Wild

    11/30/2013 10:10:25 AM PST · by Utilizer · 35 replies
    fireeye ^ | November 27, 2013 | Xiaobo Chen and Dan Caselden
    FireEye Labs has identified a new Windows local privilege escalation vulnerability in the wild. The vulnerability cannot be used for remote code execution but could allow a standard user account to execute code in the kernel. Currently, the exploit appears to only work in Windows XP. This local privilege escalation vulnerability is used in-the-wild in conjunction with an Adobe Reader exploit that appears to target a patched vulnerability. The exploit targets Adobe Reader 9.5.4, 10.1.6, 11.0.02 and prior on Windows XP SP3. Those running the latest versions of Adobe Reader should not be affected by this exploit. Post exploitation, the...
  • Computer help request

    08/02/2013 1:59:52 PM PDT · by 50sDad · 21 replies
    self ^ | 08/02/13 | 50sdad
    My daughter's XP desktop computer crashed, and I am replacing it with another XP box. The old main drive is a slave drive on the new machine, and I can get all the document and picture files. Firefox is being a bear, however....is there any way to recover the Bookmarks file from the old disk and merge it onto the new one? If I had exported a bookmarks.htm file BEFORE the crash, I would be fine...but even running Firefox from the old drive won't seem to let me grab the bookmarks.
  • Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

    06/28/2013 10:53:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | 28 June 2013 | Tim Anderson
    Review Following approximately one year after the release to manufacturing of Windows 8.0, which incorporated some radical changes, based around a new tablet platform running alongside the traditional desktop environment, Windows 8.1 is a critical release. Most Windows users have not warmed to the platform variously called Metro, Modern or Windows Runtime. Microsoft designed Windows 8.0 so that users cannot altogether ignore the Modern environment, even if they run only desktop applications. Moves like replacing the familiar Start menu with a Start screen and putting essential features like Shutdown in a somewhat hidden Charms menu were confusing and added little...
  • When Windows XP Goes Away, HP Thinks Businesses Will Start Buying PCs Again

    06/15/2013 10:29:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 179 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/15/2013 | Kevin McLaughlin
    Microsoft was hoping Windows 8 would be such a hit with enterprises that they'd stop using Windows XP, an aging operating system that debuted in 2001. That hasn't happened, but HP thinks enterprises will have no choice but to upgrade to new PCs when Microsoft stops releasing security fixes for XP next April. "We think this will bring a big opportunity for HP," Enrique Lore, SVP and GM of HP's business PC unit, said in a press conference Monday on the eve of HP's Discover customer conference, as reported by Computerworld's Patrick Thibodeau. Lore said 40% to 50% of businesses...
  • Microsoft Ending Windows XP Support In One Year

    04/09/2013 10:52:30 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 97 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 09 April 2013 | Travis Pittman
    Microsoft will end technical support for two of its most popular products, Windows XP and Office 2003, on April 8, 2014. The company said XP customers would no longer receive security updates or get tech support one year from now.
  • Vanity. Need computer advice.

    03/19/2013 8:39:54 AM PDT · by saminfl · 64 replies
    self | 03/19/13 | Self
    I need some computer advice. I have 4 computers at home. Two laptops and two desktops. One laptop has Windows 7 and is used by my wife for genealogy research and net surfing. The others are mine and they have XP (desktop currently needs new MB) Windows 7 (desktop) and Vista (laptop used in my traveling and some of my work. I absolutely hate the Vista machine. It is slow and even slower when running multiple pages. I have run every correction and restoration program available on it and I still hate using it. When I use it at work,...
  • 1 in 7 WinXP-using biz bods DON'T KNOW Microsoft is pulling the plug

    03/12/2013 2:55:18 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 138 replies
    The Register ^ | 11th March 2013 14:34 GMT | Gavin Clarke
    Survey - Redmond so busy pushing Win 8, some IT directors didn't get the memo***************************************** A large number of Microsoft customers are in for a rude awakening on 8 April 2014. With less than 400 days to go, 15 per cent of those running Windows XP are still unaware that thats the date Microsoft finally turns off all support for its legacy PC operating system, according to a recent survey. After 8 April next year, Microsoft will no longer make bug fixes or security updates for Windows XP, meaning customers will be naked and vulnerable to hackers and viruses and...
  • Help needed - Computer malware problem

    10/22/2012 7:56:58 AM PDT · by editor-surveyor · 47 replies
    Home computer | October 22, 2012 | self
    My wife's Dell 640 laptop has picked up some malware that affects the display. It shows up as faint rainbow colored horizontal bars across the screen, plus a circular, concentric, variable rainbow graphic in the upper left corner of the windows startup screen. The machine is running XP professional. The AVG software on the machine doesn't recognize it, nor did Trend Micro Housecall.