• If you own or use technology, you may be owed cash, a thumb drive or pizza

    Posted June 6, 2013 - 6:00 am

    Settlements from technology-related class action lawsuits offer a bounty of (sometimes not so) good rewards
  • Explaining Steven Sinofsky's resignation from Microsoft

    Posted November 15, 2012 - 12:48 pm

    Steven Sinofsky has left Microsoft. If you find yourself saying “Why” or, more importantly, “Wait - who?” then read on as we explain it so even your mom can understand
  • The Weekly Hash - November 9, 2012

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 11:09 am

    Examining, deconstructing and laughing at this week’s top tech stories, today featuring Priceline, Siri and Oprah
  • Windows 7 is XP, Windows 8 is Vista

    Posted August 24, 2012 - 11:12 am

    Just as XP users skipped Vista, many Windows 7 users plan to skip Windows 8. Microsoft could be in for a tough year.
  • XP takes baby step into the abyss

    Posted October 22, 2010 - 7:04 am

    Much maligned by the creator that wished we'd all buy its new favorite, Windows XP served loyally through three major versions and the 'upgrade' to Vista, far longer than anyone expected.
  • Windows 7 RC users face tricky route back to Vista

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    The unprecedented number of PC users who installed Windows 7 release candidate (RC) will soon have to decide whether to upgrade to the new OS or face bi-hourly shutdowns and significant hassle re-installing their old version.
  • The greatest Windows tips of all time

    Posted January 6, 2010 - 9:01 am

    If you don't know every one of these 26 tricks and shortcuts, you're not getting your money's worth out of Windows.
  • Windows 7 on Older PCs, Windows 7 on Netbooks

    Posted October 30, 2009 - 10:49 am

    Today I spoke with a Microsoft tech in charge of helping large customers migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. One of the interesting things he said was that Windows 7 was indeed tweaked and slimmed down to run on lower powered computers than Vista. Let's talk about that, and how Microsoft has a utility to help you load Windows 7 on your netbook.
  • Windows 7 Smells Far Better Than Vista

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 10:16 am

    three years could run Windows 7 64bit. He's right in my case.

  • Three Reasons You'll Upgrade to Windows 7 – Time, Money, and Hassle

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 11:12 am

    A few of you will move toward Macintosh and Linux operating systems for more of your computers, but not enough to hurt Microsoft. Windows 7 will become, for three reasons, the most popular personal computer OS in 2012 (assuming ancient Mayan predictions are wrong and we're still here). Those three reasons? Money, time, and hassle.
  • Hasta La Vista… Vista! Top 5 Things We Won't Miss

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 9:06 pm

    Farewell, Vista. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Windows 7 has arrived, and soon Vista will be retired to the Microsoft Hall of Shame alongside such notorious stinkers Windows Me and Microsoft Bob.
  • Are Modern Information Workers Luddites?

    Posted October 14, 2009 - 11:11 am

    Computerworld's interesting story on "8 Ways the American Information Worker Remains a Luddite" carefully hid the fact that people writing for Computerworld, and people like me, too often get excited by shiny objects rather than real work tools. I hope my focus on picking the right tool, rather than the new tool, for the job gives me at least a partial pass. My take? We spend too much time worrying about the glitzy new tools only a fraction of workers use, and ignore ways to get more work done with existing tools, whether hardware or software.
  • Video Support Key to Windows 7 Success on Netbooks

    Posted September 24, 2009 - 12:00 pm

    Windows 7 looms large on the horizon (I look forward to when I can reformat my Vista machine and start over with 7), and netbook users are as anxious as anyone. Will Windows 7 run on your netbook? It all depends on the graphic support chips inside your netbook.
  • Microsoft says turn off Windows feature to protect Windows

    Posted September 20, 2009 - 5:01 pm

    If you can't fix it, and Microsoft can't, rip it out is Microsoft's advice for Windows' SMB2 bug.
  • Windows 7 Upgrade Mess Is Depressing

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 11:19 am

    For an information company, Microsoft seems clueless on providing clear directions and upgrade paths. What upgrade option do you choose? How much does a Windows 7 upgrade cost? Anywhere from $60 to $300, depending on which of the many conflicting stories you believe. And if you want to upgrade from an XP system, your options range somewhere between “no way” and “plan to spend 20+ hours on the project.” Why can we not get a straight answer? What's with the dumb Windows 7 upgrade chart?
  • Will Microsoft's Zombie XP Stagger On Forever?

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 12:44 pm

    Microsoft has said Windows XP will no longer be available a year after Windows 7 ships “We mean it this time, and no XP reprieves anymore. Unless they're really, really necessary,” allegedly said a Microsoft spokesperson. Will XP die a year or so from now, or will Microsoft allow the Zombie, or maybe Xombie, OS to keep roaming free?
  • Microsoft Throws Windows 7 Discount Bone to SMBs: Throw It Back

    Posted September 2, 2009 - 5:37 pm

    Take the bone Microsoft is throwing us with the measly Windows 7 upgrade discount and throw that bone back. If Windows 7 Professional Upgrade isn't worth $199 until Microsoft has had time to add a service pack or at least some tweaks, it's not worth $169 with the discount before the service pack. Ignore this discount.
  • Cash for IT Clunkers?

    Posted August 13, 2009 - 3:05 pm

    If there was a program for outdated IT products, which IT clunkers would be the most popular trade-ins? Here are some nominations and trade-in suggestions.
  • Cash for IT clunkers?

    Posted August 7, 2009 - 9:32 am

    In a just world, Vista would qualify.
  • RTM Day: Windows 7 Should Ship This October

    Posted July 23, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    I admit surprise that Windows 7 is on track to ship this October in time for holiday shopping and end of year tax purchases. Last year, I would have bet money this would not happen. But the more I read about Windows 7, the more I am convinced it may wash the bad taste of Vista away.
  • More Windows 7 on Your Netbook Arguments

    Posted July 21, 2009 - 12:53 pm

    As we get closer to the promised release date of Windows 7 (we'll see if it really does appear in October), both hype and tempers rise. Add in the netbook question, which forced Microsoft to keep XP available since Vista does so poorly on the underpowered netbook processors, and hype and tempers rub together to create some sparks.
  • If Vista Can't Run on a Netbook, Will Windows 7?

    Posted July 20, 2009 - 5:48 pm

    Microsoft changed their tune about providing a brain-dead Windows 7 version limited to running three applications at once for netbook vendors. Now Microsoft says Windows 7's improvements make it perfectly fine for netbooks without such limitations, except for one we'll talk about soon. But if Vista bogs down your netbook, will Windows 7 really be much better?
  • Vista Ultimate users fume, rant over Windows 7 deals

    Posted July 2, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Consumers running Windows Vista Ultimate, who have blasted Microsoft for breaking promises to deliver a host of extras, are now knocking the company's upgrade plans and discount pricing for Windows 7.
  • Microsoft dumps Windows 7 upgrades for EU

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 3:00 pm

    Microsoft today told European consumers that they won't be able to do an "in-place" upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 when the latter ships this fall, but the company is lowering prices for 'full' editions to make amends.
  • How to downgrade from Vista to XP

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Vista panic may have been a little overhyped, but there's a lot of folks who just never cared for it. If you're still nostalgic for the good old days of Windows XP, this tutorial series can help you get your groove back. You will need some Windows XP CDs and some patience.
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