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  • Microsoft sticks with 'Windows 7' for next OS

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 11:03 am

    Microsoft Corp. announced today that the code name for its next operating system, Windows 7, will be the product's official name.
  • Windows XP users get six more months

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 2:04 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has thrown another lifeline to Windows XP users, extending by six months its cutoff date for stopping shipments of the seven-year-old operating system to PC vendors.
  • Exploit code loose for six-month-old Windows bug

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 3:33 pm

    Microsoft Thursday acknowledged that exploit code is circulating for a vulnerability it acknowledged six months ago, but has yet to patch.
  • A Top 25 List Worth Checking

    Posted October 10, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    Lists abound on every subject, and “top” lists certainly depend on the lister, who often has different ideas than the listee. However, PC World in September put out a list titled “25 Best Business Software Tools and Web Services” that should include at least a dozen items from everyone's Top 25 list.

  • Three keyboard shortcuts you need to learn right now

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 9:40 pm

    You know that Windows key on your keyboard? Most people overlook it, but that's a mistake. One press is the same as clicking the Start button with your mouse. And pressing it in concert with other keys can save you from having to reach for the mouse at all. Here are three Windows-key shortcuts you should memorize immediately:
  • Microsoft to improve Vista's problematic UAC in Windows 7

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Microsoft plans to improve the much-maligned user account control (UAC) feature in the next version of its Windows client OS, acknowledging that the new security feature it built into Windows Vista has caused unnecessary problems for users.
  • XP/Vista Coexistence: Accessing Your Corporate Intranet

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Thinking of migrating some of your XP computers to Vista? First make sure that your Vista users will still be able to access your corporate intranet!
  • Worst Windows flaws of the past decade

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 3:53 pm

    Though Microsoft and the entire software industry have labored tirelessly to handle zero-day exploits and to develop protocols for reporting potential security problems, we've seen and experienced several colossal security meltdowns thanks to the humble Windows bug. These errors, buried in millions of lines of code, have steered great corporations and turned the tide of fortunes. It's high time they got the credit they deserve. Here are the worst Windows flaws we've endured since the introduction of Windows 98.
  • Microsoft gives OEMs XP downgrade disks for 6 more months

    Posted October 6, 2008 - 11:42 am

    Microsoft will provide hardware partners with media to let their customers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP for six months longer than it originally planned, the company confirmed Friday.
  • Microsoft grants Windows XP yet another reprieve

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 4:11 pm

    Microsoft has extended the availability of Windows XP on new PCs by six months, the company confirmed Friday.
  • What processes are safe to close?

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 9:39 am

    You get a lot of processes when you press CTRL-ALT-DELETE, bring up the Task Manager, and click the Process tab. It's impossible to say with any certainty which ones you can safely close. But here's a simple rule: Don't close any process without first finding out what it does.
  • Managing user profiles in a Terminal Services environment

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Some tips for managing user profiles in a Terminal Services environment using only native or readily available free Windows tools.
  • Microsoft confirms Windows 7 pre-beta for October

    Posted September 25, 2008 - 10:47 am

    The first pre-beta version of Windows 7 will be in the hands of developers next month, Microsoft has confirmed.
  • Microsoft delivers three Vista Ultimate extras

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 1:53 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday unveiled three free downloadable add-ons for Windows Vista Ultimate, the first time in five months that the company has refreshed its "Ultimate Extras," once a chief selling point for the operating system's highest-priced edition.
  • Are You A Geek? Take This Test

    Posted September 24, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Here's a tip on avoiding "click frustration" when removing USB flash drives--and a simple test you can perform to tell whether you're a geek or not.
  • End Office and Windows annoyances

    Posted September 23, 2008 - 9:34 pm

    What do Outlook, Office, and Windows have in common--other than they're from Microsoft? They can sure be annoying. This week I've got a handful of tips for dealing with some of the hassle--like weird attachments, messy e-mail quotes, confounding file formats, and lost Windows passwords.
  • Shameful Admissions: I Kind Of Like The New Microsoft "I'm A PC" Ads

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 10:14 am

    Am I a pawn of Microsoft's crack advertising team? Should I just turn in all my Apple products and apologize to Steve Jobs now?
  • Troubleshooting Messages Stuck in Outbox

    Posted September 19, 2008 - 7:03 am

    Are your Outlook messages getting stuck in your Outbox? Here's what might be wrong.
  • With Windows 7, is Microsoft echoing its Vista mistakes?

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    It seems that Microsoft learned little from the Longhorn/Vista launch and is setting out down the same road with Windows 7.
  • Peru to be first with new OLPC laptop with Windows

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 9:22 am

    The government of Peru will run the first ever trial of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association's low-cost XO laptop running on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, putting the nation at the heart of a software controversy.
  • Users Tell Stories at ITEC Minneapolis

    Posted September 15, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    Thanks to Minneapolis for ordering nice weather for me, and for some attendees who were free with their comments and hard-won lessons. The more sharing between attendees in these shows, the more everyone learns.
  • Simplifying User Profiles

    Posted September 14, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    How to simplify your user profile so you can find things easier.
  • Ten fixes for Vista's worst features

    Posted September 12, 2008 - 2:06 pm

    The developers at Microsoft had some great ideas while designing Vista, but poor implementation turned many of those great concepts into lousy, annoying features. Here are ten of Vista's most irritating flops, along with quick fixes and workarounds.
  • iTunes 8 takes down Vista with 'Blue Screen of Death'

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Apple's latest version of iTunes crashes Windows Vista when an iPod or iPhone is connected to the PC, scores of users have reported on Apple's support forum.
  • Why can't I open Vista's cookies folder?

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 4:38 pm

    If you click Start, type cookies, and press ENTER, Vista tries to do what XP did: Take you to your Cookies folder, located at C:\Users\your logon\cookies. Except that the Cookies folder isn't there. What is there is a pointer that tells Vista where the real cookies folder can be found.

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