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  • 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


  • 18 Features Windows Should Have (but Doesn't)

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    From intuitive interface features like Apple's application dock and Cover Flow to basic media capabilities such as ISO burning, Windows often falls short on built-in goodies. And some features that other operating systems offer by default --such as 64-bit processing and business-networking tools -- require a premium-version license in Windows. We took a good look at a variety of OSs, from the Mac to Linux to PC-BSD and beyond, and we rounded up a list of our favorite features--few of which come standard in any version of Windows. We even considered some operating systems of yore, and recalled a couple of cool features that Microsoft still hasn't caught on to. Some of these features simply aren't available for Windows at all, owing to the way the OS is designed. But you can add most of them to XP or Vista with the help of third-party applications, and we'll show you how to get them.
  • Microsoft delays release of Windows XP SP3

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    Microsoft has delayed the release of a third service pack for Windows XP, blaming a 'compatibility issue' between the software and a retail-chain-management application.
  • No change in XP plan despite Ballmer comment, Microsoft says

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    Comments by Steve Ballmer at a press conference in Europe on Thursday have led to speculation that Microsoft is reconsidering its June 30 deadline to stop selling most new Windows XP licenses. A spokeswoman from Microsoft's public relations firm said Thursday that there is no plan for a change in deadline, however.
  • Microsoft may keep XP alive after all

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling Windows XP on June 30. At an event in Belgium, Ballmer told reporters, 'If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter,' according to an Associated Press report.
  • Vista SP1 released to Automatic Update

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 8:50 pm

    Windows Vista customers can now receive the first service pack for the operating system via the Microsoft Automatic Update service, Microsoft said Wednesday.
  • Windows Tip: Tools for testing for bad memory

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 11:45 am

    If your systems are having memory troubles, here are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem.
  • Managing Remote Desktop settings on a remote computer

    Posted April 21, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    A simple script that enables and disables Remote Desktop ... remotely.
  • Ballmer: Windows Vista is 'a work in progress'

    Posted April 17, 2008 - 3:42 pm

    As PC users clamor for Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP, company CEO Steve Ballmer called the Vista OS "a work in progress" at an annual Seattle event on Thursday.
  • Microsoft looking for embedded innovations

    Posted April 15, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    Ever dream of designing a toaster that sears a design of your own making on a piece of bread? If that's the kind of project you might like to tackle in your spare time, Microsoft has a new program that could help.
  • Customizing your default Outlook template

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 12:54 pm

    Outlook gurus at Microsoft offer steps to solve this problem - anytime you create a new message, the body of the message is centered instead of left-aligned.
  • Microsoft patched critical Windows bug in XP SP3 early

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    The appearance and disappearance of a Windows XP installation snafu indicates that Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in XP's still-unfinished Service Pack 3 (SP3) weeks before it fixed any other version of Windows. The glitch, which sent some PCs into an endless round of reboots, was strangely similar to one faced by Vista users in February.
  • Specifying the current directory for an admin-level command prompt in Vista

    Posted April 7, 2008 - 9:43 am

    Vista takes some getting used to, doesn't it? Especially User Account Control(UAC) and the effects it has on doing things like running simple tasks. Here's how to open an admin-level command prompt for a specific directory.
  • Vista anti-malware fails VB100 tests

    Posted April 4, 2008 - 10:38 am

    It's fortunate that Vista-specific malware is still in its infancy because a new test of anti-malware products running on the platform has found that many don't work as well as they should.
  • Windows XP sales extended through 2010 for ultra-low-cost PCs

    Posted April 3, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Microsoft confirmed Thursday that it will extend the sales of Windows XP Home to OEMs beyond the current deadline of June 30, 2008, to accommodate a new class of ultra-low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) that are just beginning to pepper the market.
  • Despite deadlines, XP to be sold a few more years

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    June 30 of this year and Jan. 31, 2009, may be the deadlines for U.S. retailers and custom system builders, respectively, to sell Windows XP. But, due to exceptions Microsoft has made, the operating system will be available for at least the next two years for those who purchased business and Ultimate versions of Vista, as well as for customers in certain geographies.
  • Windows Tip: Creating template emails for Outlook 2007

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 11:50 am

    Here's how to create an email template in Outlook 2007 for emails that you commonly send out.
  • With Vista breached, Linux unbeaten in hacking contest

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 10:05 am

    challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.

  • Microsoft offers free support for Vista SP1 installs

    Posted March 24, 2008 - 3:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is offering free support to any Windows Vista user experiencing problems with installing Service Pack 1 (SP1), according to a company spokesman.
  • Customizing Vista's Instant Search

    Posted March 24, 2008 - 12:43 pm

    Here's how you can add a "Search Wikipedia" option to the Instant Search box on your Start menu.
  • How to get Vista SP1

    Posted March 21, 2008 - 1:55 pm

    The details of who gets SP1 now and how -- and who doesn't and why -- were pretty Byzantine, even for Windows. Microsoft recognized that, and dedicated one of its longer Vista blog posts to the topic.
  • Vista SP1 officially available

    Posted March 18, 2008 - 4:22 pm

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is available starting Tuesday, a day after let slip that it would become available this week.
  • Windows tip: Sizing your event logs

    Posted March 17, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    The Windows Event Logs are a good thing -- they're a primary source you can mine when troubleshooting server problems or monitoring server security. Because of this, it's a good idea to collect as much information as possible in these logs in order to provide you with a historical baseline of your server's operations to help you troubleshoot difficult issues, and also to create an audit trail for security purposes. The trouble is, can you have too much of a good thing?
  • Microsoft submits Windows 7 for U.S. antitrust review

    Posted March 12, 2008 - 3:23 pm

    Microsoft has submitted the follow-up to Windows Vista to the committee that oversees its U.S. antitrust compliance, to ensure the operating system is meeting the terms of the company's agreement with the government.
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