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New Hard Drives Could Spell Trouble for XP Users

By the end of January 2011, almost all new hard drives sold will have switched to a new format that will increase their size and efficiency, but will leave those clinging to Windows XP frustrated. Traditionally, data on hard disks has been broken up into 512 byte chunks. Each broken-up sector requires additional space on a physical disk to mark the beginning and the end of each piece. Extra...

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....

Virus Tip: How to Disable Print and File Sharing in Windows XP

One of the first things you should do if you think you have a virus is to quarantine your PC and disconnect from your home network to prevent the infection from spreading to other computers in your home. You don't want to disconnect from the Internet entirely however or you won't be able to download updates for your anti-virus software. Doing this on a Mac (in Preferences: Sharing) or in Vista...

Microsoft Gets Sued Over Windows XP Downgrade Fees

Microsoft may be doing its best to move past Windows XP once and for all, but a Los Angeles woman is alleging that the company is all too happy to bank some extra change on the OS in the meantime, and that it's essentially trying to have it both ways. As a result, she's now suing Microsoft over its XP "downgrade" fees, and requesting that the lawsuit be granted class-action certification so others...

Windows XP Given Stay of Execution... Again

The old adage proves to be true -- you just don't know what you have until it's gone. Eight years after its release, Windows XP simply refuses to slip quietly into the night. Despite the litany of complaints against the aging operating system, users and PC manufacturers are loathe to embrace its successor Vista. We've lost track of the number of times that Microsoft has extended the life of XP...

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,...

Amazon to Sell $100 OLPC Laptop

Now that OLPC has met its One Laptop Per Child goal (in uh, Niue) it's time to go whole-hog retail. According to Matt Keller, OLPC chief in EMEA, OLPC will resurrect its Give One, Get One XO program in late November with the help of Amazon's big retail guns. Prices haven't been disclosed nor has the nimble Sugar or poky XP OS selection. But if history serves, we'll be looking at $399 for the...

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...

Microsoft Caves to Consumer Pressure, Extends Windows XP's Lifespan

Just few short days after we asked you if it was time to 'downgrade' from the Windows Vista operating system back to Windows XP, Microsoft has announced that it will extend XP's run for those of us uninterested in the seemingly guaranteed headaches Vista has to offer. In response to a variety of problems reported by customers and lackluster Vista PC sales cited by manufacturers, Microsoft will...

Is it Time to Downgrade from Windows Vista?

Nine months after the much delayed, and much ballyhooed launch of Windows Vista, things are not looking good for Microsoft's new operating system. Since its release, users have lodged a litany of complaints against Bill Gates's new baby, including poor device and application compatibility, high hardware requirements, and frequent crashes. In order to sell new computers, which more often than not...