Posts Tagged ‘xp’

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.

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Backing Up and Restoring Windows Drivers

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Here’s a neat trick … which you might want to consider using before running that program that eliminates allegedly obsolete drivers.

The hardware driver support in Windows 7 is just fantastic, especially with consumer hardware with more and more companies submitting their drivers for official certification from Microsoft than ever before.  This not only means driver support on the Windows 7 installation DVD, but also through Windows Update.  You can still find computers however for which the driver support is lacking, my own laptop, the Dell M6600 is a great example of this where the drivers for the graphics (both internal Intel and nVidia), USB3, biometrics, touch-panel, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and SD Card reader are not installed automatically by Windows, nor by Windows Update.  Each one requires a driver download from the Dell website (which is annoying!)

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