Windows XP

  • Windows 7's virtual 'XP mode' could mean support nightmares

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s decision to give some Windows 7 users a tool to run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine may have been necessary to convince people to upgrade, but it could create support nightmares, analysts said today.
  • Windows 7 gets virtual 'XP mode'

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

    Microsoft Corp. will unveil an add-on to Windows 7 that lets users run applications designed for Windows XP in a virtual machine, the company confirmed Friday -- the first time Microsoft has relied on virtualization to provide backward compatibility.
  • Five Windows 7 Features IT Must Prep For Now

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:53 am

    A recent Forrester report reiterates previous warnings about the perils of skipping Vista, but it is one of the first reports to highlight specific features within Windows 7. Here are the top five Windows 7 features that Forrester says IT managers need to understand now.
  • Netbooks hammer Windows revenues for second straight quarter

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Netbooks, the small, cheap laptops that are gaining popularity, hurt Microsoft Corp.'s Windows revenues for the second quarter in a row, company executives said Thursday.
  • Mozilla ponders dropping Firefox support for Win2K, early XP

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Mozilla is considering dropping support for Windows 2000 and the earliest versions of XP when it ships the follow-up to Firefox 3.5 in 2010, online discussions show.
  • IT pros prefer old XP over new Windows 7, survey says

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 11:12 am

    IT administrators are more willing to stay with the devil they know, Windows XP, than risk the devil they don't, even if the latter is the highly-touted Windows 7, a research company says.
  • Windows XP reduced-support phase begins Tuesday

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    As planned, Microsoft Corp. will drop Windows XP out of what it calls "mainstream support" Tuesday, the company confirmed Monday.
  • Microsoft opens virtual desktop options

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    Changes Microsoft has made to its desktop virtualization licensing give enterprises more options, a Forrester analyst said in a recent report.
  • Report: Microsoft relaxes Windows downgrade rules

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 1:23 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has relaxed its "downgrade" rules and will let computer makers continue to sell PCs preinstalled with the aged Windows XP for as long as six months after it launches Windows 7, according to a report published Wednesday.
  • Windows XP support ends next week; Windows 7 to allow downgrade to Windows XP; what?

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Mainstream support for Windows XP ends next week. At the same time, Microsoft has announced that it will provide downgrade rights from Windows 7 to both Windows XP and Windows Vista. So you get to choose between sticking with Windows 7, running the lambasted Windows Vista, or downgrading to an unsupported OS. Read on.
  • Leaked HP memo details XP reprieve until 2010, report says

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    Microsoft acknowledged Monday that it has "broadened the options" for PC makers to continue offering the eight-year-old Windows XP as a downgrade from Vista, and potentially from the upcoming Windows 7.
  • Report: XP downgraders to receive free Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 2:05 pm

    Microsoft will provide free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades not only to users who buy Vista PCs between June 2009 and January 2010, but also to people who buy a system that's been factory-downgraded to Windows XP, according to a report on the Web
  • Analyst: Will Microsoft let Windows 7 users downgrade to XP

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 5:57 pm

    Downgrade rights for Windows 7 will be "hugely important," an analyst said Thursday, but he's not optimistic that Microsoft Corp. will let users continue to install Windows XP on new machines.
  • Give Vista a Windows 7 Makeover

    Posted February 5, 2009 - 11:55 am

    Don't feel like waiting until the end of 2009 to make the move to Windows 7? Luckily for you, developers have already started cranking out copycat tweaks for Windows Vista (and, in some cases, XP) so you can trick out your current version of Windows to look and act much like Windows 7.
  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 6:20 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that it will sell what it calls "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running the aged Windows XP operating system. Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost.
  • Microsoft to shove XP toward retirement

    Posted February 3, 2009 - 4:35 pm

    In 10 weeks, Microsoft will begin to retire Windows XP by shifting the seven-year-old OS into a more limited support plan.
  • Windows XP Upgrades: Why You Must Start Planning Now

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 11:46 am

    An XP-to-Vista migration may not be in the cards for everybody, but at this point, the jump to Windows 7 is inevitable for XP users.
  • The Big Windows 7 Problem: XP Holdouts

    Posted January 20, 2009 - 11:53 am

    Microsoft hopes that the release of Windows 7 will solve problems ranging from desktop clutter to what Vista did to Microsoft's public reputation. But the toughest challenge may be to win over the group of people that arguably represent the software giant's biggest obstacle to success: Windows XP users.
  • Ubuntu Faster Than Windows XP Feedback

    Posted January 19, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    Last Thursday I reported Ubuntu Faster on My Internet than Windows XP, and the post got posted on Slashdot. If you don't know, it's the self-proclaimed “news for nerds” site that generates a ton of traffic. Getting mentioned on SlashDot is like seeing your story become a pinata and watching everyone grab a stick and start swinging at your story. Unlike with real pinatas, the stick wielders try and hit you, too. People who take it seriously get their feelings hurt. I just laugh and watch the uproar for what it really is: a circus.

  • Microsoft beta lets old Windows apps run on Vista

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Microsoft has released the first public beta of a tool that lets old Windows apps run on Vista through virtualization.
  • Ubuntu Faster on My Internet Than Windows XP

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 2:27 pm

    This isn't a rigorous benchmarked lab test yet, but I found something bizarre this morning. After fixing a little router problem, I tested the download speeds on my DSL line from AT&T and my cable Internet line from Time Warner Cable. I have both for product testing needs.
  • How do I set a default folder view in Windows?

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:29 am

    Mark Kline wants to know how to make Windows open all folders in the Details view.
  • Giving in to malware

    Posted January 15, 2009 - 10:22 am

    Following the advice of some two dozen readers who recommended I try Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware product to get rid of some malware that had taken up residence in one of my Windows XP systems, I was able to find and remove a Trojan. The PC ran faster, a choir of angels sang when I rebooted, and cherubs cast rose petals o'er my keyboard. Alas, it was all too good to be true.
  • Reinstall and Restore Your Windows PC in Seven Easy Steps

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 10:01 am

    Maybe your PC won't boot. Or it could be infected with some kind of persistent malware. Perhaps Windows puts up a Blue Screen of Death every time you type the word aardvark.
  • Dell: We're not charging more for XP downgrades

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:33 pm

    Dell Tuesday denied that it has boosted the price of what it charges customers for "downgrading" to Windows XP from Vista when they purchase new desktops and laptops in the company's popular Inspiron consumer line.

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