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  • Microsoft spells out Windows 7 activation nags, limits

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 6:01 pm

    Microsoft will turn Windows 7's background picture black and put up persistent notices on the screen if users don't activate the new operating system, a company manager said Monday.
  • Tweak the Start Menu's Control Panel Interface

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    Here's the old way of accessing the Windows Control Panel: Click Start, find and click Control Panel, wait for the window to appear, then sift through all the icons to find the icon you want. Double-click that icon to open yet another window.
  • Microsoft slates mock Windows 7 updates

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 4:26 pm

    Microsoft will test Windows 7 beta's update mechanism next week by feeding users as many as five fake updates, the company said late Thursday.
  • Windows 7: Enterprise Features Explained

    Posted February 23, 2009 - 11:31 am

    The lion's share of attention about the Windows 7 beta has been on consumer features. The new taskbar with its jumplists, mouse-hover features, easy navigation and the more controllable user account control are the immediate attention-grabbers. But the under-the-hood, less "sexy" enterprise features of Windows 7 are not as well known.
  • Resize Vista's Alt-Tab Thumbnail Previews

    Posted February 18, 2009 - 5:39 pm

    If there's one keyboard shortcut I rely on more than any other, it's Alt-Tab. In case you're unfamiliar with it, Alt-Tab cycles between open programs. And in Vista, you even get to see a thumbnail of each program. The problem is, those thumbnails are way too small. Fortunately, there's a simple way to make the thumbnails larger--though it does require a bit of Registry tinkering. Here's how:
  • Five Ways to Curb Windows Upgrade Confusion

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 2:37 pm

    IT managers are facing a perfect storm of Windows upgrade options. Here are five points that enterprises must consider when making a Windows upgrade.
  • Microsoft denies it profits from Vista-to-XP downgrades

    Posted February 17, 2009 - 10:46 am

    Microsoft has denied that it makes money when users "downgrade" Windows Vista to the older XP, as a lawsuit filed last week alleges.
  • Woman sues Microsoft over XP downgrade charge

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 3:44 pm

    A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over a $59.25 charge for downgrading her Windows Vista PC to XP.
  • Windows 7 Nonsense Gets Sillier

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    Various writers and bloggers are all atwitter about Microsoft's new “guidance on Windows deployments for business customers,” a blog from a member of the Windows Product Management team. Amazingly, after sympathizing with customers worried about budgets and upgrading PCs and software, the advice from this Microsoft blog is: send us more money NOW!

  • A hazmat situation

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 11:13 am

    George suits up to take on the lastest Vista virus.
  • Analyst: Will Microsoft let Windows 7 users downgrade to XP

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    Downgrade rights for Windows 7 will be "hugely important," an analyst said Thursday, but he's not optimistic that Microsoft Corp. will let users continue to install Windows XP on new machines.
  • New post-beta Windows 7 build leaks to Web

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    A post-beta version of Windows 7 that has leaked to Internet file-sharing sites includes an updated version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), according to searches at several BitTorrent trackers.
  • Report: Free Windows 7 upgrades to run until January 2010

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 10:09 am

    To encourage consumers to keep buying Windows Vista PCs this year despite Windows 7 's looming release, Microsoft Corp. will give away free Windows 7 upgrades to people buying PCs with Windows Vista until as late as January 31 of next year, according to a report.
  • MS makes last-ditch push for corporate adoption of Vista

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 10:05 pm

    Microsoft Wednesday put forth its best case as to why corporations and large organizations should consider upgrading to the Windows Vista operating system, even as its successor Windows 7, looms.
  • Chip vendors bring Windows 7 closer to netbooks

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Chip vendors Qualcomm and Nvidia are throwing their support behind Windows 7 OS with hardware and drivers.
  • Microsoft: Windows 7 no 'magic bullet' for enterprises

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 9:25 pm

    Microsoft has warned businesses that the migration path from XP to Windows 7 won't be any easier than an upgrade to Vista.
  • Video

    It's Not Your &#%*@$ Computer!

    Posted February 11, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    If the company provides the computer, the company owns the computer and has the sole right to decide how the employee uses that computer and what software can be loaded. Locking down Windows-based systems stop a wide variety of security problems.
  • Microsoft shuts off Windows 7 beta downloads

    Posted February 10, 2009 - 3:30 pm

    Microsoft has shut off the Windows 7 beta spigot, but will allow users who have started the download process to wrap it up by Thursday.
  • Microsoft dumps Ultimate Extras from Windows 7

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 5:30 pm

    Microsoft will not offer "Ultimate Extras" in Window 7, the company has confirmed, saying it abandoned the heavily-criticized concept to focus on "existing features."
  • Ballmer: Enterprise XP Holdouts Will Get Hell from Consumers

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:51 am

    In setting the stage for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer seems to be taking a cue from his rival Steve Jobs' playbook-counting on early-adopter consumers to urge their offices to use the technology they're already using at home.
  • Economy could slow enterprise adoption of Windows 7

    Posted February 7, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    The turbulent economy could hinder enterprise adoption of Windows 7, even though many companies opted to skip Windows Vista and are still running the outdated Windows XP OS, analysts said.
  • Intel employee warns on Windows 7 netbook pricing, SSDs

    Posted February 6, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Intel blogger Josh Bancroft thinks Windows 7 "runs GREAT on netbooks," but he foresees several serious problems with pricing and storage.
  • Microsoft caves in, will change Windows 7 UAC

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Reacting to intense criticism of an important security feature in Windows 7, Microsoft Corp. Thursday said it will change the behavior of User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7's release candidate.
  • Windows 7 Editions That Microsoft Forgot

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would come in six editions. While it sounds like Microsoft will have an edition for everyone and anyone, we feel there are a good number of other Windows 7 editions Microsoft should consider. Here are some of them, listed in no particular order.
  • Microsoft cites 'click fatigue' for Windows 7 security change

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 6:06 pm

    Microsoft changed the default settings of one of its most important security features for Windows 7 because users balked at clicking more than two prompts a day, a company executive said Thursday.
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