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The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing

Since long before Switched was even a twinkle in the Internet's eye, we've been making the annual January pilgrimage to Sin City to pay homage to the tech gods. And every year -- sometimes days, sometimes weeks, or sometimes months after the fact -- we realize that we done got played. We inevitably find that, at some point, amid the hustle and bustle, the lights and music and product pitches, we...

Kill Frozen Programs in Windows With a Shortcut

Share If you're a Windows user, it pretty much goes without saying that you've encountered a frozen program before. Often these jammed apps get labeled with the dreaded "Not Responding" message and simply refuse to do anything, even close. Usually, the only solution is to open the task manager, find the appropriate process, and choose to close it. Fortunately, a quicker and easier way exists....

Computer Pros to Wait for Windows 7, Survey Says

Microsoft has faced concern and criticism for its Windows Vista operating system from day one. Despite the company's best advertising efforts, many customers plan to wait for Windows 7 before upgrading their machines, says a recent survey. Systems management firm KACE commissioned a survey of 1,142 IT professionals to gauge opinion about switching to the forthcoming Windows 7. Of those,...

Switched Visits the House of the Future at CES

During our trip to the desert, we took some time off from the convention floor to head over to the NextGen Home Experience. This super-green, 5,200 square-foot "smart" home boasts some smooth accoutrements, including a powerful home-automation system and a Microsoft Vista-based, centralized entertainment center and media server. But there's nothing really new about a media server for your...

Microsoft Vista Ultimate Gets the (PRODUCT) RED Treatment

It's not like (PRODUCT) RED versions of Windows Vista haven't been shipping on associated systems for months now, but for those who'd prefer to keep the rig they have and just get a colorful / charitable upgrade to Microsoft's latest OS, this is for you. Listed on the official (PRODUCT) RED website and up for pre-order now at Amazon, the special edition of Windows Vista Ultimate is slated to ship...

New Security Flaw Found in Windows Vista

We've certainly shown, again and again, how Windows XP has no shortage of security flaws, but thus far Vista has been relatively free of issues. That's good news for Microsoft, since Vista looks like it will provide the foundation of the upcoming Windows 7. However, one crack in that foundation has been discovered that could allow hackers to corrupt the core of the system and hide software on...

What's New in Windows 7?

While Windows Vista (launched in early 2007) addressed a number of Window's XP's biggest issues, most notably a much needed security refresh, Microsoft's most current operating system (OS) came with its own string of new headaches, like incessant pop-ups and some frustrating incompatibilities (not to mention its own set of flaws). Despite what those Mac vs. PC commercials might say,...

CinemaNow Comes to Windows Vista Media Center

Before Amazon Unbox, the Netflix Roku, and iTunes movie rentals, there was a movie downloading service called CinemaNow. The service has long been overshadowed by its flashier competitors, but it is hoping to score some new customers by updating its service with a Vista Media Center plug-in that will let you browse and play its films using Vista Media Center's Tivo-like interface. CinemaNow's...

Microsoft Finally Releases New Vista Ultimate Extras, Still "Ultimate" in Name Only

Last year Microsoft really carried on about fulfilling its commitment to all the power users that anted up to get untold future Vista Ultimate Extras -- yet none really materialized besides the disappointing early stuff like DreamScene and Texas Hold 'Em. Well, get ready to feel a whole new wave of Ultimate justification wash over you, because today Microsoft is releasing a trifecta of new...

Microsoft Extends XP's Life Again -- For Low Cost PCs Only

Windows XP is turning into the operating system (OS) that just won't die. After extending the life of its last generation OS from January of 2008 until June, Microsoft is giving the aging system another stay of execution, this time till June 30, 2010, or one year after the launch of Windows 7, whichever is later. If you're thinking this sounds too good to be true, you're right. There is a...

Major Windows Vista Update Available Today

For people who have taken the plunge of upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista (product info), these have been some trying times. There are a number of small but irritating incompatibilities and glitches in the new Microsoft operating system that have many users wishing they'd stuck with the tried and true Windows XP. For months now, Microsoft has been putting the finishing touches on a...

Microsoft Drops Windows Vista Prices

Microsoft, in a last ditch effort to save the floundering Vista, has reduced the prices on the premium versions of its latest operating system. The move is unprecedented. Microsoft's Windows XP still costs the same as it did the day it came out in 2001, despite being superseded by Vista. Vista Ultimate, which pretty much includes all Vista features (including Aero and Windows Media Center) will...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Microsoft for Windows Vista Marketing

Things continue to look worse for Microsoft's Windows Vista. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman certified a class-action lawsuit claiming that Microsoft's marketing practices during the holiday season of 2006 misled consumers and artificially increased computer prices. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that many found that their new computers labeled with "Windows Vista Capable"...

Windows Vista Update Disables Anti-Virus Programs

Microsoft is preparing to release the first major update to Vista, Service Pack 1 (SP1), which is supposed to clear out some of the major issues users have had with Vista, including speed and compatibility problems. Unfortunately for those eagerly awating SP1, it seems that Microsoft is creating just as many problems as it's solving. Microsoft released an admittedly incomplete list of...

Vista 'Most Disapointing Tech of 2007'

The boys in Redmond just can't catch a break. Every time Vista makes the press it's pretty much so the media can beat up on the Operating System that couldn't. And PC World has just put anoter nail in Vista's shrink-wrapped coffin. We love December, it's the most wonderful time of the year: list time! PC World has released their 15 Most Disappointing Tech Products of 2007, and topping that list...