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  • Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft

    Posted October 21, 2008 - 11:35 am

    Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said Tuesday, outlining a practice that tracks with the leanings of many of the company's customers.
  • Reports: Microsoft preps Vista SP2 beta

    Posted October 20, 2008 - 11:43 am

    Microsoft will begin beta testing the next service pack update for Windows Vista within weeks, according to a Windows enthusiast Web site.
  • Ballmer: Windows 7 is Vista, just 'a lot better'

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 9:20 am

    Windows 7 will be like Windows Vista, but more so, Microsoft Corp.CEO Steve Ballmer said today as he defended the first two years of Vista and claimed its successor will be a major release.
  • Microsoft mulling 'Instant On' feature for Windows

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Microsoft is considering giving its Windows client OS the capability to be turned on very rapidly by allowing users only limited access to the OS, a concept it's calling "Instant On," according to a survey Microsoft conducted.
  • Getting support for Microsoft products via blogs

    Posted October 15, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Need to find technical information for implementing or troubleshooting a Microsoft product? Try a blog!
  • Squeezing More Mailbox Rules Into Exchange/Outlook

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 12:25 pm

    Run out of space for creating mailbox rules in Exchange/Outlook? Here's how you can squeeze in more.
  • How to disable credential caching on client computers

    Posted October 14, 2008 - 12:23 pm

    Don't want usernames and passwords to be stored on your client machines? You can disable this using Group Policy.
  • 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.
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