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  • Hapless Vista turns 6, shuffles toward obscurity

    Posted February 8, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Six years after its long-delayed but well-publicized release, Windows Vista now accounts for less than 6% of all Windows machines, according to Net Applications.
  • Windows 8 adoption: Worse than Vista, better than OS X Mountain Lion

    Posted February 4, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Windows 8's usage share may lag behind its predecessors, but if you consider it a failure, you have to say the same about OS X Mountain Lion.
  • The Weekly Hash - January 4, 2013

    Posted January 4, 2013 - 11:47 am

    A tongue-in-cheek review of tech stories from this first week of 2013, today featuring Mark Zuckerberg getting back to his roots, Google and the FTC making nice and the reason YouTube’s return in Pakistan was so brief
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    Bill Gates wants a better toilet [Insert Windows Joke Here]

    Posted August 15, 2012 - 10:52 am

    Valuable campaign aims to improve sanitation in underdeveloped countries, but it's easier to just make poo jokes.
  • Windows Vista infection rates climb, says Microsoft

    Posted May 23, 2012 - 9:54 pm

    Microsoft said that a skew toward more exploits on Windows Vista can be attributed to the demise of support for the operating system's first service pack.
  • Vista support no more: Where to go for help

    Posted April 14, 2012 - 7:27 am

    Microsoft is ending support for Windows Vista this week as part of an effort to push users to upgrade to Windows 7. The company will no longer offer free technical support for customers running Vista, nor will they honor warranty claims for the five-year-old operating system, but it will provide basic support.
  • Microsoft retires Vista from mainstream support this week

    Posted April 9, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    Microsoft is shifting Windows Vista into what it calls extended support.
  • Microsoft's greatest successes and biggest failures

    Posted October 29, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Give Microsoft credit; it never does anything small. Its successes rock the world. And when it screws up, it screws up big time.
  • Microsoft drops patch support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    Posted July 15, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Microsoft dropped support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 this week, and recommended that Vista users buy Windows 7 or upgrade to the most recent version of Vista.
  • Windows XP, Vista AutoRun update reduces malware infections by 82%

    Posted June 14, 2011 - 8:48 pm

    Microsoft today credited a February security update for lowering AutoRun-abusing malware infection rates on Windows XP and Vista by as much as 82% since the start of the year.
  • 15 biggest fails for techies who bought the wrong gear too early

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 5:04 pm

    You rushed out, you got there early, you stood in line--and you bought Windows Vista, or the original Apple iPhone, or a big HD-DVD collection. And then the roof caved in.
  • In good company

    Posted May 6, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    It's not exactly heaven, but there are plenty of Microsoft flops to keep bin Laden company.
  • Windows Vista: No IE 10 for you

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 4:30 pm

    Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), will not run on Windows Vista, either now in its developer preview form or when the software ships, the company confirmed today.
  • Android vs. Windows: A tale of two upgrades

    Posted December 3, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    I am a brave man. I just want to put that out there. Why brave? Because, for no reason other than the sheer testes-shriveling terror of it, I decided to upgrade the operating systems on both my laptop and my smartphone at the same time.
  • Microsoft survived Vista, says analyst

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 5:13 pm

    Microsoft weathered the storm of Windows Vista, 2007's often-abused operating system, an analyst said today after reviewing the company latest earnings.
  • Vista or XP Problems? Let Microsoft Fix It

    Posted April 21, 2010 - 12:40 pm

    Microsoft's Fix It software, which tries to automatically figure out what's wrong with your computer, is now available for Windows XP and Vista.
  • New Microsoft support service offers XP users Windows 7 goodies

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 9:29 am

    MIcrosoft has launched a new self-support service for Windows XP and Vista users that relies on technology baked into Windows 7.
  • Microsoft warns of lapsing Windows support

    Posted February 8, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    Just days after warning Windows 7 users of an impending shutdown of the free release candidate, Microsoft reminded customers running Windows 2000, XP and Vista of approaching support deadlines for those editions.
  • Five Ways Windows 7 Could Become another Vista

    Posted October 23, 2009 - 1:39 pm

    Windows 7 is finally here. The sun can shine and the birds can chirp. Ding dong, Windows Vista is dead! Perhaps that is a bit premature. Windows 7 hasn't been officially released for 24 hours yet, so it's understandable if the jury is still deliberating.
  • Back Up and Restore Across Windows Versions

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    Alvin Hurd asked if he can restore a Vista backup in XP. I answer both his question and the reverse one: Can one restore an XP backup in Vista?
  • Bugs and Fixes: File-Sharing Vulnerability Hits Vista

    Posted September 25, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    Windows Vista users (and IT folks taking care of Server 2008 computers) should watch out for a new security hole involving Windows file sharing.
  • Mozilla plans to 'ribbonize' Firefox

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 4:10 pm

    Mozilla plans to "ribbonize" Firefox for Windows Vista and Windows 7 to reduce clutter and free up space for the browser display, according to company planning documents.
  • Windows Vista 'less good,' Microsoft exec admits

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 9:06 am

    With Windows 7's launch looming, a company executive yesterday denigrated its predecessor, calling Vista a "less good product."
  • Fixes for Windows Annoyances

    Posted September 16, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    Show of hands if this has happened to you: You step away from the computer for a little while, and when you come back, all your windows and work are gone. Why? Because Windows downloaded some updates and took it upon itself to reboot without your permission. This week I'm going beyond my usual Windows advice to tell you how to deal with that Windows quirk and more.
  • Race is On to Patch Critical Windows Flaw

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Security experts are concerned about the potential impact of a new security hole affecting the Windows operating system. The potential exists to create a worm that would allow an attacker to take complete control of vulnerable systems without any user interaction--a jackpot for malware developers.
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