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31
Jul
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How to Fix: Windows 10 Upgrade Failed Error 80240020

Infopackets Reader Sam T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have clicked on the 'Get Windows 10' app in my tray bar and it still says it's reserved. I read that I can force the upgrade by using entering 'wuauclt.exe /updatenow' in the command prompt -- ... however, I keep getting a message that Windows 10 Upgrade Failed, with error code 80240020. I searched for 'windows 10 upgrade failed 80240020' on Google and have read a number of posts, but I can't seem to figure out how to make this work. I keep getting an access denied error. Can you help? " My response: Many ... (view more)

Thu
04
Dec
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Windows 10 Could Bolster 600 Million PC Upgrades

Dell President Renee James says Windows 10's impact on the struggling PC market will be huge, with the release of Microsoft's next operating system (OS) leading to an estimated 600 million PC upgrades. James, who recently spoke at the Credit Suisse ... Technology Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, says there are hundreds of millions of PCs out there that are four years old or older. James says that many of the owners of these aging PCs have been putting off an upgrade because they simply weren't wowed by Microsoft's last operating system, Windows 8. Microsoft Being " ... (view more)

Mon
01
Dec
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Difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?

Infopackets Reader Gord S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have Windows 8.1 64 bit installed on my PC. When downloading programs I see there are options for 32 bit or 64 bit. My question is: should I download both 32 bit and 64 bit programs? [Also, what is ... the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?] Thank you for your comments. " My response: That's a great question; thanks for asking. If you are running 64 bit Windows, you should download and install 64 bit versions of programs -- but only if they are available. If there is no 64 bit version available, then running the 32 bit version will ... (view more)

Tue
11
Nov
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Windows Blamed for Home Depot Hack; Execs Get Macs

The Home Depot recently revealed that its systems had been hacked, leaving approximately 56 million customer credit cards and 53 million email addresses vulnerable to cybercriminals. Now, the retailer is apparently blaming Microsoft's Windows ... operating system (OS) for its security vulnerabilities, and has reportedly switched many top-ranking employees to Macintosh computers and iPhones. The Home Depot announced additional findings of its security breach on November 6, 2014. In the days that followed, customers whose data was affected received an email from the company, which read: " ... (view more)

Mon
21
Oct
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Businesses Fleeing XP to Windows 7, Not Windows 8

With Microsoft terminating security support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) next April, many businesses are finally starting to move away from the aging OS. But reports show enterprise users aren't upgrading to Windows 8.1; instead, they're ... shifting to the older Windows 7. If you haven't heard, Microsoft is finally terminating support for Windows XP in April 2014. That means most home and business users won't be able to download any security patches to keep the OS from being attacked by hackers (though there are some exceptions to the rule ). That is finally forcing many reluctant ... (view more)

Wed
04
Sep
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Microsoft Extends Support for Some Windows XP Users

A new report reveals that Microsoft won't kill support for all Windows XP users. However, continuing to receive crucial security updates for the aging operating system won't be cheap. Microsoft has repeatedly insisted that users of Windows XP move ... away from the decade-old operating system (OS) by April 2014, when support for the OS officially ends. For most users, that means Microsoft will no longer make or distribute security patches designed to keep the OS safe from hackers. 'Custom Support' Extends XP's Life -- For a Price But not everyone is being cut off in April 2014. According to a new ... (view more)

Wed
08
May
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Windows 8 Vulnerable to Attack, Kaspersky Says

Kaspersky Lab product specialist Wayne Kirby says that the complex design of Microsoft's newest operating system (OS), Windows 8, increases its vulnerability to hackers. Not helping the situation, according to Kirby: the availability of multiple ... versions of Windows 8, including Windows RT. Kirby says that, by offering consumers several different editions of its new OS, Microsoft has increased the number of flaws in the platform. Multiple Operating Systems, Multiple Vulnerabilities Kirby says that the multiple OS approach gives hackers more vulnerabilities to exploit. "Because it contains ... (view more)

Mon
11
Mar
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Windows 8 No Better Than Vista: Samsung Executive

A major executive at one of Microsoft's most important hardware partners has slammed the Redmond-based firm's newest operating system (OS), Windows 8. In a recent meeting with reporters, Samsung memory chip division president Jun Dong-soo said ... Microsoft's new OS had done nothing to stop the decline of PC hardware sales. "The global PC industry is steadily shrinking despite the launch of Windows 8," Dong-soo said. Samsung Exec: Windows 8 No Better Than Vista The Samsung executive then slammed Microsoft's newest OS by saying, "I think the Windows 8 system is no better than the previous Windows ... (view more)

Fri
01
Feb
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RIM Stock Plummets After BlackBerry 10 Unveiling

Canada's Research in Motion (RIM) finally unveiled its BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system (OS) on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the company's stock value plunged in the hours that followed, indicating that investors don't believe the new OS or a ... fresh range of smartphone devices can save the struggling firm. RIM showed off BlackBerry 10 (BB10) in a highly-publicized event on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The new mobile OS is specially designed with touchscreen devices in mind and reflects RIM's decision to enter market space previously dominated by Apple's iPhone and a wide range of Android- ... (view more)

Mon
21
Jan
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Windows 8: Promotional Pricing Ends Soon

Upgrading from an older Microsoft operating system (OS), like Windows 7, to Windows 8 is about to get a whole lot more expensive. The changes are set to take effect on February 1, 2013. Right now, it costs just $39.99 to upgrade from Windows 7, ... Windows Vista, or Windows XP to Microsoft's newest OS, Windows 8. People who tried beta versions of Windows 8 can also upgrade from that test edition to the commercial release of the new OS for the same price. This promotional price was first announced last July, several months prior to Windows 8's October 2013 launch. (Source: zdnet.com ) Upgrading ... (view more)

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