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  • 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 to Replace the Retiring Windows XP with Linux we're going learn the easiest and most foolproof way to install and run Xubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS on 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 order Xubuntu 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...
  • IRS ... will pay Microsoft millions for Windows XP support

    04/13/2014 1:44:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 13, 2014 | Michael Gorman
    Usually, the Internal Revenue Service is the one getting paid this time of year, but Uncle Sam will be lining someone else's pockets this tax season because of its attachment to Windows XP. In case you hadn't heard, support for XP officially stopped on April 8th, meaning that Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for the venerable OS. However, governmental computers can't be left vulnerable, so the IRS will be paying Microsoft millions of dollars for custom support to keep their machines secure and functional. Right now, over half the agency's PCs still run XP...
  • 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...
  • 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 won’t 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 hasn’t 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 O’Lear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft. O’Lear 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...
  • 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 doesn’t 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...
  • Tech Question: Windows XP end of life

    03/21/2014 5:39:38 AM PDT · by RangerM · 26 replies
    Me
    I have a Windows XP machine using Apache as an HTTP webserver. It is primarily used as a way for me to provide large files to clients who cannot receive large attachments. It is strictly a one-way street. I do not allow FTP uploading. Nor is this machine used for anything else (no web surfing, etc) Other than the HTTP server port(s) and a couple for UVNC (which provides multi-layer password protection and encrypted connections), I have the firewall pretty buttoned up. The system itself runs reliably, and beyond installing a decent antivirus (which I already have), I cannot see...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes Vista, Mac OS X as Windows XP maintains 29% share

    03/03/2014 1:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Techie News ^ | 03/03/2013 | Megha Kedia
    Windows 8.1, after four months of its October 2013 debut, has finally managed to overtake other operating software including Windows Vista and Mac OS X recording a slow, but steady initial growth. According to latest latest data coming from Net Applications Windows 8.1 holds a market share of 4.30 percent to become the fourth most popular operating system in the world. According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide. MicrosoftÂ’s modern operating system, Windows...
  • 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 HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • World’s ATMs still running Windows XP—and 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 ago—and 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 isn’t 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...
  • Microsoft’s 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 Corporation’s (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 Apple’s (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...
  • 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...
  • Vanity - Has anyone tried installing XP lately? (Update not working for fresh install)

    10/10/2013 4:46:21 PM PDT · by Slump Tester · 47 replies
    10/10/2013 | Self
    I just noticed this about 2 weeks ago. It took all night to update, then worked fine. Today's install seems to be updating even slower. Thinking it may be an issue with my ISP, I got a friend (many miles away) to do an install with his XP, and he's experiencing the same issue.My install cd came with SP2. I slipstreamed SP3 onto it many years ago, and it has worked flawlessly ever since. I can manually install a downloaded media player 11 which makes me validate and that passes, so that's not the problem.
  • 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.
  • XP operating system serious question.

    07/19/2013 9:18:15 AM PDT · by SilverMine · 38 replies
    19 July 2013 | self
    I am concerned with NSA spying. I am wondering if I restore XP to it's original with no updates of any kind, am I safer than with the updates? For that computer, using TOR, will I have safe emails using nothing but Hushmail never going to any kind of browser other than TOR and no email other than hushmail?
  • Running XP Home

    10/02/2012 4:17:56 PM PDT · by silentreignofheroes · 38 replies
    SROH
    Running XP Home,System crashed a couple weeks back.MS not supporting OS.Drudge does't display and more importantly,some of the wifes recipes will not display.Any help will be appreciated.
  • HELP NEEDED - WinXP / Win7 (HP Laptop)

    09/20/2012 2:50:04 PM PDT · by Hazelwood Redneck Brain Trust · 41 replies
    my desk | 09/20/2012 | me
    I have an HP laptop loaded w/Windows XP. I would like to put Windows 7 on there, but there are about 500 warnings - make sure you do this, don't do that - b/c I am going from XP to Win7. So my problem is: Can I partition my laptop hard-drive so that I can load Win7 on a separate partition... or would it be just as well to go ahead and remove XP after loading Win7 where XP is now? Memory space (RAM and Hard-drive) isn't an issue, neither is the processor. If I partition; what are the pro's...
  • Microsoft to Yank XP in 2 Years

    04/23/2012 4:12:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    pc world ^ | 4/23/12 | Gregg Keizer, Computerworld
    Microsoft has kicked off what it calls a "two-year countdown" to the death of Windows XP and the Office 2003 productivity suite. Separately, Microsoft announced that Windows Vista, the problem-plagued operating system that never really took hold among customers, exited mainstream support on April 10. In a product's extended support phase, Microsoft provides security patches to registered users but offers other fixes, including reliability and stability updates, only to organizations that have support contracts with the company. Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported as of April 8, 2014, a company spokeswoman said in a recent blog...
  • Need tech help - disk copy utility

    11/07/2011 1:15:47 PM PST · by pabianice · 31 replies · 1+ views
    11/7/11
    Have am running XP. I have two copy to disk utilities: the copy disk utility in Windows and a disk management utility called Nero. When I use the Windows utility to try and copy photos onto a CD, it copies everything and then says, "Copy Finished. Finalizing... 5 seconds to go." And then it freezes there, not copying anything but showing the origin photos as washed-out icons. If I close it nothing is copied. When I use Nero, similar thing. It finishes, says "Copy Complete." Fine. I then try to read the images copied to the CD and see the...
  • Computer Help Needed - Sorry for the Vanity!

    12/12/2010 12:21:52 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 28 replies
    prisoner6 | 12/12/2010 | prisoner6
    Well I usually can figure stuff out myself but am embarrased that I am stumped on this one. My son goes to Edinboro and accidentally compressed the C drive in his HP 1151NR netbook. That's the only drive and had the XP OS on it. Now it won't boot and of course won't recognize C:. I've tried everything I can think of...used ethernet to connect it to our PC while he's home and no go. He does not have an optical drive. Shouldn't there be some way to reset the netbook? Actually LONG AGO I did something similar to a...
  • Windows XP: The future (Microsoft Declares XP Sales Dead)

    08/12/2010 8:15:46 AM PDT · by dayglored · 152 replies
    Microsoft ^ | Aug 12, 2010 | Microsoft
    We know you love Windows XP, and you're in good company. Millions of Windows XP users are fans of the operating system, and many depend on Windows XP to run earlier applications and hardware that is not compatible with Windows 7. Windows 7 is designed to be compatible with the most popular hardware and software products you use every day and even though we are ending the sale of Windows XP on October 22, 2010, we still plan to provide support for Windows XP until April 2014.
  • Windows 7 SP1 Leaks to the Internet in Early Form

    04/07/2010 9:28:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 464+ views
    dailytech ^ | April 7, 2010 | Jason Mick
    The reports that Microsoft will soon deliver the first service packs of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 seem likely to be true, judging by a recently leaked version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Service packs provide Microsoft with the opportunity to package together bug fixes and security fixes (which have typically been previously delivered piece-wise to consumers over Windows Update). They also provide a place for Microsoft to deliver new content. As Microsoft's retail releases come less frequently than those of its chief competitor Apple, Service Packs are crucial to Microsoft's OSs having a healthy lifecycle. The...
  • New Hard Drives Could Spell Trouble for XP Users

    03/13/2010 10:18:10 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 86 replies · 2,493+ views
    switched. ^ | Mar 12th | Terrence O'Brien
    By the end of January 2011, almost all new hard drives sold will have switched to a new format that will increase their size and efficiency, but will leave those clinging to Windows XP frustrated. Traditionally, data on hard disks has been broken up into 512 byte chunks. Each broken-up sector requires additional space on a physical disk to mark the beginning and the end of each piece. Extra space is also needed for error correction, and there needs to be a bit of room to separate it from the next chunk. This wasn't much of a problem when the...
  • Need Tech Help - CH controls with ELITE Flight Sim

    02/25/2010 12:47:21 PM PST · by pabianice · 11 replies · 249+ views
    Vanity | 2/25/10
    I am running ELITE Fl9ight Sim IFR Trainer on a PC with XP. I am using the CH Flight Sim Yoke and CH Pro Pedals. I am unable to get the pedals to work with the sim. I have tried several different procedures to no avail. Can anyone help? I have emailed CH with no results. Thanks.
  • Computer Help (Laptop won't load XP)

    12/22/2009 2:06:56 PM PST · by GeronL · 47 replies · 1,425+ views
    There is this older Toshiba laptop running Windows XP. It loads but I can not log in. It says it is loading the settings but then it logs off, the desktop never loads. I tried safemode but AVG is hard to use in safe mode. There may be a virus but why would it do this? I think AVG may have quarantined a file the computer actually needs or something. Does anyone have a clue?
  • Recent MS update that **cannot be removed** if installed

    11/26/2009 5:58:10 AM PST · by library user · 14 replies · 1,708+ views
    Self | Thanksgiving Day | Self
    Update for Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 Service Pack 2 (KB973688)Size: 5.4 MB Install this update to prevent applications from sending too many HTTP requests while a well-known Document Type Definition (DTD) is included. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed.
  • Computer Help Anyone?

    11/14/2009 9:37:24 AM PST · by Sawdring · 46 replies · 921+ views
    I am running Windows XP tablet edition and cannot connect to my wireless network. I have been to help and support and it tells me to go to Open Network Connections, Click the wireless network connection icon, and then, under Network Tasks, click View available wireless networks. The problem is I don't have a "Wireless Network Connection Icon" in the Network Connection area. I had to format my hard drive and load everything back onto it with the setup disks and after getting everything back on this is the only problem I am having. I can connect to the wireless...
  • 7 Myths About Windows 7

    10/23/2009 12:42:52 PM PDT · by Mr Fuji · 29 replies · 1,773+ views
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 10-22-2009 | David LaGesse
    Yes, Windows 7 didn't even hit the market until Thursday. But that hasn't stopped a fog of myths from enveloping the newest version of the much loved--and much hated--PC operating system from Microsoft. [Slide Show: The Best of What's New in Windows 7.] The software giant hoped that wide exposure to Windows 7 would help smooth its entry. Microsoft let millions of consumers and professionals download test versions of the operating system. And by a wide margin, testers have found the new system to be the best yet from Microsoft. Version 7 is leaner, more useful, and prettier than past...
  • Important tips for upgrading to Windows 7 from XP

    10/21/2009 10:13:27 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 25 replies · 1,018+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | DWIGHT SILVERMAN
    When Windows 7 is released on Thursday, many who'll rush out to buy it will be users of Windows XP. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made it easy for XP users to move to Win7. You won't be able to run the upgrade disk and have the newer operating system install on top of XP, leaving your data and programs in place. Instead, you have two options: 1. You can do a Clean install, in which you wipe the hard drive clean and install a virgin copy of Windows 7, then reinstall your software and copy your data back to the...
  • Forrester claims the OS is dead (Say goodbye to Windows XP)

    10/19/2009 11:45:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies · 2,912+ views
    Fudzilla ^ | 10/19/2009
    XP's long reign over the hearts and minds of corporates will end on October 22 when Windows 7 is launched, predicts analysts Forester. Soothsayers in Forester's tarot reading division have pulled the Death card for Windows XP on the corporate desktop. Forrester’s Benjamin Gray said that businesses needed refresh aging IT infrastructure. There was also a predicted end to XP support and getting copies of the operating system was becoming trickier. Windows 7 had an XP mode which means that most of the software that businesses have will run on the new operating system. This will improve the OS's chance...
  • Tech help pls.: My HP laptop wont boot

    07/03/2009 7:59:53 PM PDT · by max americana · 91 replies · 1,623+ views
    July 3 2009 | max
    Need some techie help pls . fellow Freepers. I have an XP Media HP laptop 2006 1.6 GB 2006. The laptop keeps attempting to boot up, the power is on but it wont just go to the XP /os start up,,,(the past 20 minutes now) the solution pls especially how to access the laptop drive because it looks like I will have to reboot this laptop completely with the recovery disks BUT I dont want to unless neccessary. And there's some info that I need to get to especially the hard drive. Expert and intermediate suggestions and solutions pls..
  • The Blue Screen of Death (banned commercial video)

    06/25/2009 8:52:51 PM PDT · by max americana · 19 replies · 1,050+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 26, 2009 | Youtube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNqPTOb31S8 "and the last thing Bernard saw was not the BLUE sea but the Bl..."
  • Air Force now using super-secure version of Windows XP

    05/02/2009 9:23:49 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 16 replies · 1,434+ views
    Engadget ^ | 2 May, 2009 | Engadget
      Windows 7 might be getting all the attention lately, but Windows XP is having a quiet little renaissance of its own -- not only have sales of the venerable OS been extended until 2010, Microsoft is selling an ultra-secure version to the Air Force. The custom build ships with over 600 settings bolted down, and a security patch turnaround of just 72 hours compared to the standard edition's 57 days -- all because Steve Ballmer personally stepped in and approved the project at the Air Force's request. The effort's to standardize and preconfigure the OS has paid off:...
  • Windows 7 gets virtual 'XP mode'

    04/25/2009 3:40:11 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies · 948+ views
    computerWorld ^ | Gregg Keizer
    April 25, 2009 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.
  • Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won't Deploy Next Year

    04/13/2009 7:00:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 94 replies · 2,392+ views
    Information Week ^ | Ar 13, 2009 | Paul McDougall
    New data shows that the vast majority of corporate IT departments won't touch Microsoft's next OS until at least 2011. Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) may need to keep its Windows XP operating system around a little longer -- at least for its deep-pocketed corporate customers.... The survey, of more than 1,100 IT professionals, is one of the first extensive looks at Windows 7's early sales prospects. It found that a whopping 83% of enterprises plan to skip the OS in its first year. While the business market typically tends toward caution when it comes to new products, the figure is nonetheless...
  • Windows 7 users will have XP downgrade option

    04/07/2009 6:01:31 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 59 replies · 2,126+ views
    Beta News ^ | 6 Apr 09 | Scott M. Fulton, III
    After a flurry of blog activity over the weekend, leading into today, concerning the extended availability of Windows XP, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to Betanews early this evening that general Windows 7 users will be given the option of downgrading right over Vista to Windows XP.
  • Vanity - Request for Computer Help

    03/11/2009 4:21:27 AM PDT · by 50sDad · 40 replies · 931+ views
    My own brainpan ^ | 03/10/09 | 50sDad`
    For fun, I repair and upgrade old arcade machines using donated computer hardware, and it has finally happened...people are starting to give me XP machines to be recycled. I have always used Win98SE, so I am learning a lot.
  • WINDOWS XP SLOWWWWWWWWWW INTERNET DOWNLOADS ARE "KILLING" ME!!! (UPLOADS STILL FAST)

    03/07/2009 1:33:14 PM PST · by Chi-townChief · 60 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shameless Vanity | 3/07/09 | Self
    About two weeks ago, it seems after a windows update, my internet download speed slowed to a crawl. Speakeasy speed tests show me only in the 100-150 kbs download speed range although upload speeds are generally 2000-3000 kbs - high-speed cable connection. When I'm not on the web, just doing spreadsheet work or disk burning, for example, I'm fine but web browsing is like purgatory. I've tried everything I can think of including going back and forth between IE 6 and IE 7, reformating and reloading my hard drive, deleting and repeating windows updates, but nothing seems to work. My...
  • Microsoft To Kill Vista, XP Upgrade Blockers

    02/02/2009 9:29:54 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies · 3,697+ views
    Information Week ^ | Feb. 2, 2009 | Paul McDougall
    The software maker is warning customers that tools designed to prevent automatic installation of service packs are nearing expiration. Microsoft wants users of its Windows operating systems to move to upgraded versions of the software, so it's killing a tool that prevents upgrades from automatically self-installing. "I have some important information for those of you who have installed the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista," wrote Brandon LeBlanc, Microsoft's in-house Windows blogger, in a Friday post. "The Service Pack Blocker Tool temporarily prevents the installation of a service pack through Windows Update, typically for one year...
  • 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 InformationWeek.com sister site ChannelWeb.
  • Once Tricked Into Using It, XP Users Start to Love Vista

    07/31/2008 8:30:51 AM PDT · by msnpatriot · 49 replies · 649+ views
    RealTechNews ^ | 7/24/08 | Michael Santo
    Many have said they’re not interested in Windows Vista, that Windows XP is just fine for them. And in fact, you could go so far as to say some of them actually hate the OS. Still, a new OS, Mojave, may just be the key to a new marketing campaign. Last week Microsoft told a focus group in San Francisco they were being shown a new version of Windows, codenamed Mojave. Feedback was quite positive; more than 90% gave positive feedback. Afterwards they were told that Mojave was actually Windows Vista.
  • XP still killing Vista in sales volume: HP

    07/30/2008 11:26:26 AM PDT · by Salo · 89 replies · 479+ views
    APC ^ | 28 July 2008, 3:03 PM | Dan Warne
    Business PC buyers are still overwhelmingly opting for XP, computer giant HP has revealed. HP's revelation, made at the launch of a new range of business notebooks, flies in the face of Microsoft's persistent PR claims that Vista has sold tens of millions of copies — and is selling at a faster rate than XP ever did. However, HP explained how Microsoft is coming up with these "Vista" sales figures. "From the 30th of June, we have no longer been able to ship a PC with a XP licence," said Jane Bradburn, Market Development Manager, Commercial Notebooks for HP Australia....
  • Linux is easier to install than XP

    07/23/2008 5:54:47 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 174 replies · 330+ views
    Practical Technology for practical people ^ | 7/22/08 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    When you buy a new PC today, unless you hunt down a Linux system or you buy a Mac, you're pretty much stuck with Vista. Sad, but true. So, when I had to get a new PC in a hurry, after one of my PCs went to the big bit-ranch in the sky with a fried motherboard, the one I bought, a Dell Inspiron 530S from my local Best Buy came pre-infected with Vista Home Premium. Big deal. It took me less than an hour to install Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1 on it. As expected, everything on this 2.4GHz...
  • Fix for "Wizard Was Interrupted Before [program name] could be installed" (XP Home Edition)

    07/21/2008 2:34:03 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 7 replies · 226+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 7/20/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    The solution to what is apparently a common problem ("Wizard Was Interrupted Before [program name] could be installed") seems to involve "Impersonate a client after authentication" The following worked for us, although we are not computer professionals and results are not guaranteed. You need ntrights.exe (downloadable from Microsoft as part of the Windows tools resource kit). ntrights.exe -u ADMINISTRATOR +r SeImpersonatePrivilege ntrights.exe -u ADMINISTRATORS +r SeImpersonatePrivilege ntrights.exe -u Everyone +r SeImpersonatePrivilege You must restart your computer for the changes to take effect. Then the installation should work. (We don’t know which of the above three did it, we enabled all...
  • Micosoft Update KB951748 (WinXP) kills ZoneAlarm Firewall

    07/09/2008 12:29:36 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 75 replies · 581+ views
    ZoneAlarm forum ^ | July 9, 2008 | ZoneAlarm forum moderator
    We are investigating the issue with the MS update KB951748. For the time being we suggest you uninstall KB951748 until the issue has been resolved. We will post when we have more information Best regards, Forum Moderator
  • Microsoft Ends Sales Of XP Software On Monday

    06/27/2008 6:03:39 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 165+ views
    AllHeadlineNews.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Mitchell Jaworski
    Excerpt - Redmond, WA (AHN) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is pulling the XP operating system from its product line come Monday. The move comes 18 months after the company launched the Vista operating system. Although Microsoft will not sell the XP program any longer, they will still generate revenue from providing support for the software as it will no longer be free. Microsoft will offer extended support packages for XP until at least 2014. ~ snip ~
  • Et Tu, Intel? Chip Giant Won’t Embrace Microsoft’s Windows Vista

    06/25/2008 4:51:58 PM PDT · by Southack · 34 replies · 141+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 25, 2008 | Steve Lohr
    Et Tu, Intel? Chip Giant Won’t Embrace Microsoft’s Windows Vista By Steve Lohr Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft’s Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company’s plans said. The person, who has been briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of Intel’s relationship with Microsoft, said the company made its decision after a lengthy analysis by its internal technology staff of the costs and potential benefits of moving to Windows Vista, which has drawn fire...