Windows XP

  • Microsoft Round Up: Win7 Users Grumble, Bing Up, More

    Posted February 12, 2010 - 9:25 pm

    Microsoft tried to appease Windows 7 users griping about poor battery readings. Meanwhile, the Blue Screen of Death showed up on XP machines. Good news is that a sneak peek of Windows Mobile 7 is set for Monday and Bing gained market share.
  • Windows patch cripples XP with blue screen, users claim

    Posted February 11, 2010 - 10:27 am

    Microsoft users are reporting on the company's support forum that Tuesday's security updates are crippling Windows XP-based PCs.
  • 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.
  • Windows 7 adoption swells, as XP suffers record drop

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    Microsoft's Windows 7 took just three months to reach a penetration benchmark that Vista needed almost a year to make, Web measurement firm said today.
  • Was Windows 7 worth saving XP for?

    Posted October 22, 2009 - 11:37 am

    More than 210,000 Windows users petitioned Microsoft to save Windows XP. Has a worthwhile successor finally arrived?
  • Hot Rod Netbook Sports Dual CPUs

    Posted October 21, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    Leave it to that computer innovation center Columbia (the country, not the university) to come up with a way to turbo charge the lowly netbook into near-laptop performance. Haleron in Columbia spent six months engineering a netbook with two Intel Atom processors to rev up the performance. The lower netbook pricing enables income-limited South Americans to use a netbook in place of a more expensive laptop for general computer needs.
  • Five Reasons Windows XP Has About a Year to Live

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 8:42 pm

    Windows XP, still strong after eight years, may die sooner than you think in the enterprise, Forrester says. From support concerns to deployment flexibility, here are some factors speeding XP's demise.
  • 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?
  • Microsoft battles class-action over WGA antipiracy technology

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Microsoft is slamming a lawsuit that claims it misled millions of Windows XP users about that company's anti-piracy software, calling the lawsuit "fictional," "demonstrably false" and from an "alternate universe."
  • Should You Give Up XP for Windows 7?

    Posted September 29, 2009 - 2:01 pm

    The vast majority of PC users still haven't adopted Vista. Eight years after its release--and months after Microsoft officially discontinued it--Windows XP is more beloved than ever. So will Windows 7 convince XP loyalists to switch?
  • Is Microsoft abandoning XP security updates?

    Posted September 10, 2009 - 4:00 pm

    Microsoft really, really wants people to buy Windows 7, so it has long tried to retire XP. Now it appears Microsoft will no longer be releasing some security patches for XP. Coincidence?
  • The truth about Windows users

    Posted September 9, 2009 - 10:41 am

    As it turns out, two years after Vista's release not even 30 percent of PCs actually run it. And those that do are almost exclusively the Home Premium version, meaning that Vista is employed mainly by home users who likely got Vista preinstalled on a new PC.
  • Upgrading to Windows 7: Four Cheers, Four Jeers

    Posted August 4, 2009 - 10:50 am

    On one hand, it's far too early to worry about how much Windows 7 you should add into your small business. On the other hand, ComputerWorld's Windows 7: Four Reasons to Upgrade, Four Reasons to Stay Away article does a better job than most in laying out your probable pain points in an upgrade.

  • A year after Windows XP's death, users keep it alive

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 9:54 pm

    Despite Microsoft's insinuations, numbers show that Vista's adoption has been poor. Is it time to look forward to Windows 7?
  • 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.
  • Microsoft backtracks, extends XP availability to 2011

    Posted June 18, 2009 - 9:27 am

    On Tuesday, Michael Silver of Gartner took Microsoft to the woodshed over the company's decision to let computer makers sell PCs with Windows XP for only six months after Windows 7 debuts. Hours later, Microsoft backed off the six-month limit, and confirmed a new policy.
  • Microsoft's Windows 7-to-XP downgrade plan a 'real mess,' says analyst

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    As expected, Microsoft will let computer makers sell PCs with the aged Windows XP for six months after it releases Windows 7, a move that will confuse companies and make it tougher for them to manage their licensing, an analyst said today.
  • Netbook Vendor Shakeup Coming?

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 6:57 pm

    We cheered netbooks when they appeared two years ago, and many vendors jumped into that market. But is Two Years On, Netbooks on Verge of a Big Shake-Up really true? I'm afraid it may be, and we can only blame the vendors themselves for poorly managing their newly created market segment.

  • Chinese company shows Windows XP phone

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 12:26 pm

    A Chinese company showed what it calls the world's first mobile phone to run Windows XP at the Computex exhibition in Taipei on Friday.
  • Cybercriminals refine data-sniffing software for ATM fraud

    Posted June 4, 2009 - 11:00 am

    Cybercriminals are improving a malicious software program that can be installed on ATMs running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system that records sensitive card details, according to security vendor Trustwave.
  • Virtual XP Mode could cause support woes

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 2:22 pm

    A new Microsoft add-on for Windows 7 that will let some users run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine could create support nightmares for IT managers.
  • Windows 7's 'XP mode' may not work on many PCs

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 11:49 am

    Microsoft Corp. touts that Windows 7 is nimble enough to run on underpowered netbooks. But it also admits that its enticing new XP Mode may not work on netbooks, or many other computers of recent vintage.
  • Microsoft doctors AutoRun in Windows 7 to stymie Conficker

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Microsoft will unveil changes in next week's public Windows 7 Release Candidate that are designed to stymie the Conficker worm. But the company has not set a timeline for updating Windows XP and Vista.
  • Windows XP will still be available after Windows 7 release

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Microsoft plans to continue offering Windows XP on netbooks after the release of its next-generation operating system, Windows 7.
  • Windows 7's XP Mode is CYA at its best

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:48 pm

    Microsoft has been lambasted in the media for Windows Vista and is doing everything possible to make sure that Windows 7 doesn't meet a similar fate. With application compatibility remaining an area of weakness for Vista, Microsoft has taken the step of announcing their development of a virtual XP Mode that will run in Windows 7 and host Windows XP-compatible software. While XP Mode presents some challenges for IT staff, it also present a terrific opportunity for Microsoft.
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