Posts Tagged ‘Windows Vista’

Should you Upgrade Windows XP Now, or Wait for Windows 9?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Here’s some advice regarding a decision that about one third of all PC users will soon have to make …

Windows XP users need to make a decision next month. When Microsoft ends extended support for the operating system, millions of PC systems running XP will not receive any security updates anymore from the company. While that may not be a problem depending on how the computer is used, for instance only locally, or as a better typewriter, it can be an issue if it is connected to the Internet.


Windows Vista Mainstream Support Ends Today

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I’m kind of surprised that Microsoft still provides extended support for Windows XP … but then again, there are still a heck of a lot of old XP machines out there …

Microsoft is currently providing support for three client based Windows operating systems. Windows XP, which was first released in 2001 by the company, is in the extended support phase which will end on April 8, 2014. Windows Vista, which is entering the extended support phase today on April 10, 2012, and Windows 7, which is still in its mainstream support phase.


Using Bitlocker in Windows (Best Practice Guide)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Here’s a useful Windows security tool that many of us probably didn’t even know that we already had …

If you use a laptop for work, or it you carry important or sensitive data with you then it should be encrypted.  Put simply the repercussions of not using encryption are far too serious to imagine with substantial fines being probably the least significant to a loss of customer and market confidence being the worst.


Microsoft Extends Vista Extended Support Cycle to 2017

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I’m kind of surprised that there are still Vista users out there; between those who moved on to Windows 7 and those who still cling to XP, it seems like the current Vista user base would be pretty darned small at this point.

Microsoft initially planned to end support for some Windows Vista versions, Windows Home Basic and Ultimate for example, in April 2012. The effect would have been devastating for customers running those editions of the operating systems, as they would not receive patches, both normal and security related, anymore after that date. It would also mean that Windows XP would outlive these Vista editions thanks to its extended support end date.


December Market Share – XP Drops and Windows 7 Gains

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Hopefully, this means that Microsoft won’t repeat the mistake that they made with Vista ever again …

Windows XP stays on top of the operating system market share while Windows 7 continues to gain grounds. The latest market share statistics are in and they confirm recent trends.


System Monitor II Gadget – Display Handy System Information on the Desktop

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sounds like it would be a fun toy for PC users who are obsessed with system performance …

What’s the current CPU load of your PC? How much RAM is used, how much is still free? What about hard drive space? All of these questions and more are answered by System Monitor II, a gadget for Windows Vista and Windows 7 that displays system information on the computer desktop.


Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade Downgrades IE9 to IE8

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

If you’ve recently upgraded Vista to Windows 7, you might want to check to see if the version of IE that you’re running is still up to date.

Windows Vista users who have been testing the beta of Microsoft’s latest web browser Internet Explorer 9 may be in for a surprise if they upgrade their Vista installation to Windows 7. What happens is that these users will notice that Internet Explorer 9 is no longer installed on their computer system. Instead, Internet Explorer 8 is once again on the system. In short, the upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 will downgrade Internet Explorer 9 to Internet Explorer 8 if present on the system.


Internet Explorer Application Compatibility Virtual PC Images

Monday, October 18th, 2010

This looks like a useful tool for web developers …

Web developers have several options to test their web projects in different web browsers. Among the available choices are virtual operating system images that provide access to specific web browsers. Microsoft has just updated a set of Internet Explorer application compatibility VPC images that are available as a free download for Windows operating systems compatible with Virtual PC.


Use Forfiles To Process Files Based On Age

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Wow. This is a neat trick; before reading this, I didn’t even know that the forfiles command existed …

It is always good to know some command line magic, as it is sometimes easier to process commands that way. This guide demonstrates the Forfiles command in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Forfiles can process files based on names, file extensions and age. It is for instance possible to find all documents in a directory that are older than 20 days, or all documents in c:\documents that have been changed since a specific date.


Operating System Market Share, Windows 7 Climb Continues

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Tell me when Windows 7 passes Windows XP … that will indeed be news.

Windows 7, for the first time, has surpassed Windows Vista in operating system market share according to three popular companies that track OS market share over time.

StatCounter, the W3Schools OS platform statistics and NetMarketShare have recorded a steady rise of Windows 7 ever since its introduction in October 2009.