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  • The XP to Windows 7 Upgrade Path

    Posted February 26, 2009 - 2:40 pm

    Microsoft will let you upgrade from XP to Windows 7, but they're not going to make it easy.
  • Microsoft readying low-cost Windows Server OS

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    Microsoft is readying a new low-cost version of Windows Server to give customers a server OS similar to client OSes that run on low-cost PCs.
  • Microsoft patches IE8 bugs in Windows 7

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 3:17 pm

    Microsoft has updated Windows 7 beta to fix an unknown number of reliability bugs in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), but stopped short of saying that the browser now matches the release candidate it has already delivered to users of Windows XP and Vista.
  • Microsoft tweaks Experience Index for Windows 7

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 10:57 am

    Microsoft has changed the PC performance rating tool Windows Experience Index for Windows 7 to better measure faster graphic cards, multi-core processors and drives.
  • The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off

    Posted February 25, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Gartner research published this month found the server OS market shaping up as a battle between Windows Server and Linux.
  • After CERT warning, Microsoft delivers AutoRun fix

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Microsoft is pushing out a software update to some Windows users that fixes a bug in the Windows AutoRun software, used to automatically launch programs when DVDs or USB devices are introduced to the PC.
  • Turn Vista's Sleep Button Into a Power Button

    Posted February 24, 2009 - 6:04 pm

    As a recent Vista convert (I just couldn't cling to XP any longer--a subject for another day), I'm mostly liking the OS. But I do have one small grievance: When I click the Start button and then click what looks like a power button, my system doesn't actually shut down. Instead, it goes to sleep. Fortunately, there's a way to reprogram that "sleep" button to become an actual power button. Here's the process in a nutshell:
  • 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.
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