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  • Vista woes could hurt Microsoft's revenue, analysts say

    Posted June 11, 2008 - 8:40 pm

    The negative perception of Windows Vista may be catching up to Microsoft in the bank. On Wednesday a financial analyst firm lowered its revenue estimate for Microsoft's 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, citing a negative perception about the OS that is affecting its adoption by businesses.
  • Preventing RAID problems

    Posted June 9, 2008 - 2:39 pm

    for the one that failed.

  • Desktop virtualization: Vista's secret weapon?

    Posted June 5, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    As Microsoft continues to recommend that business customers not pass over Vista in favor of the forthcoming Windows 7, the company has been working quietly to improve its software for desktop virtualization, which could in the future alleviate obstacles like application compatibility that have plagued Vista adoption.
  • Windows XP SP3 omits critical security update

    Posted June 4, 2008 - 3:32 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) omits a critical security update issued by the company in November 2006.
  • Microsoft clarifies XP SP 3 Flash issue

    Posted June 3, 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Amid concerns that users of its Window XP Service Pack 3 operating system may be vulnerable to online attacks, Microsoft has finally broken its silence and explained which XP users need to upgrade their Adobe Flash Player software.
  • Windows XP SP3 includes vulnerable Flash Player

    Posted June 3, 2008 - 1:49 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ships with an out-of-date version of Adobe's Flash Player that's vulnerable to recently-spotted attacks, according to Microsoft's support documentation.
  • Windows 7 sounds ridiculous

    Posted June 2, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    At D6, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates took the stage to discuss Microsoft and the future of Windows with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal. After massaging each other
  • Making a USB flash drive letter persistent

    Posted June 2, 2008 - 11:26 am

    copying it onto a flash drive is a quick and easy way to do this.

  • Essential (and free) security downloads for Windows

    Posted May 28, 2008 - 9:24 pm

    If you use Windows, hackers have you in their cross hairs. Luckily, there's plenty of free software that can help protect your privacy and security. Download and install these 10 favorites and you'll be far safer against all the nastiness out there.
  • Windows 7 to have touch-screen interface

    Posted May 28, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Microsoft demonstrated its multitouch interface for its upcoming Windows 7 operating system on Tuesday. The interface provides a touch-screen input for users to interact with their computers.
  • Symantec: Microsoft to blame for Windows XP SP3 registry corruption

    Posted May 23, 2008 - 1:17 pm

    Symantec Thursday said it was Microsoft's code that crippled some PCs after upgrades to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) emptied Device Manager, deleted network connections, and packed the registry with thousands of bogus entries.
  • Verify web server availability using portqry

    Posted May 22, 2008 - 11:17 pm

    Say you have an IIS7 Web server somewhere on your Intranet, and users start calling Helpdesk complaining that "our internal website is down." What can you do to verify if this is really the case?
  • Users report more trouble with Windows XP SP3

    Posted May 19, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    The latest service pack for Windows XP continues to cause problems for users. According to an online user forum, the latest glitch in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) causes problems with the remote desktop access feature of Windows Home Server.
  • Active Directory mistake: Moving domain controller objects into a child OU of the domain controller is unsupported

    Posted May 19, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Learn about this and other classic Active Directory mistakes
  • Microsoft explains Vista's most misunderstood features

    Posted May 18, 2008 - 8:24 pm

    In its continued attempt to convince business customers to adopt Vista, Microsoft has outlined and tried to explain some of what it calls the OS's most 'misunderstood' features in a document posted to -- then mysteriously removed from -- its Web site this week.
  • HP promises patch for Windows XP SP3 endless reboot troubles

    Posted May 16, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    HP Thursday confirmed that some users of its AMD-based desktops have had problems after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), and said it would issue a patch this week to prevent machines from spiraling into endless reboots. HP also told users to delay installing XP SP3 until that patch was released.
  • Windows XP SP3 reboot hell (and how to get out of it)

    Posted May 14, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Microsoft's having a tough year with reboots. First it was a reboot ad infinitum in February, brought on by a flawed update to Windows Vista. Now the same thing's happening to some users who have updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). Here are some answers to the most pressing questions about this latest Windows snafu.
  • Three Easy Fixes for Windows Annoyances

    Posted May 11, 2008 - 8:42 pm

    Overhauling the stock utilities in Windows can make your system faster, smarter, and easier to use. But some downloads do more harm than good. Here's how to resurrect your picture viewer if a third-party one trashed it. Plus, I'll give you a one-click hibernation hack and two useful speed-boosting tips.
  • Remotely obtain MAC addresses

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 5:05 pm

    in the computer's documentation. But not always.

  • Vista as insecure as Windows 2000

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    Good news for users of Windows Vista. According to figures compiled by PC Tools, the OS has experienced only slightly more vulnerabilities than Windows 2000, which appeared eight years ago when malware was far less common.
  • Windows XP SP3 causing endless reboots for some PCs

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 11:36 am

    Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 sends some PCs into an endless series of reboots, according to posts to a Microsoft support forum.
  • Updates to the left of me, downgrades to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you-know-who

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 9:51 am

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 is here -- almost. I'm not sure who's more excited about it, people currently using XP SP2 or frustrated Vista users begging for a downgrade. Scheduled for availability on April 29, the Softies decided to hold off for a few days while they fix a recently discovered incompatibility (that means "problem") with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS). The same issue applies to Vista SP1, which also is being delayed. And we're talking about 32-bit versions only; the 64-bit updates aren't due for at least another month.
  • FAQ: What you should know before installing Windows XP SP3

    Posted May 7, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    To paraphrase -- and, at the same time, contradict -- Winston Churchill, although this isn't the end of Windows XP, it's certainly the beginning of the end. But we come not to bury XP, but to praise it -- and to answer a few last-minute questions now that service pack 3 is really, truly, yes-indeed available to anyone who wants it.
  • Windows XP SP3 released after delay

    Posted May 6, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released the third service pack for Windows XP to the Web after last week delaying its scheduled release because of an incompatibility with one of its other software applications. It also resumed automatic distribution of Windows Vista, Service Pack 1 (SP1), which had been halted because of a similar problem.
  • Windows Tip: Preventing unplanned reboots

    Posted May 5, 2008 - 1:28 pm


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