windows xp

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19
Apr
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Infected XP PCs Won't Be Patched, Says Microsoft

Having a rootkit (virus) installed on your PC is a bad thing. That's because by definition, rootkits are specialized malware programs that are stealthy in nature and are near-impossible to detect and remove. In searching for a solution, however, ... it's understandable that infected PC owners would look to a software company like Microsoft to fix a problem affecting its operating system -- in this case, Windows XP. Unfortunately, that's not the case for many users with PCs suffering from the Alureon rootkit virus. Microsoft Update Causes Infected PCs to Crash Alureon, or Win32/Alureon.A, infects ... (view more)

Thu
18
Mar
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IT Begins Shift Away from Windows XP, Survey Suggests

When Windows Vista failed in 2007, it was the average company's Information Technology department that killed it. Well, not entirely, but IT has in the past proven reticent to move beyond the well-established Windows XP. According to a recent ... report, however, that's finally starting to change. "Over the years, IT has had a real love affair with XP," notes analyst Diane Hagglund of Dimensional Research. She's the author of a recent survey that asked over 900 IT pros what they thought about using Windows XP in the post-Windows 7 era. Most IT Experts Still Wedded to Windows XP Hagglund's study ... (view more)

Wed
17
Mar
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Microsoft Hypes Internet Explorer 9; Won't Run on XP

Steven Sinofsky Microsoft's president of Windows Live division yesterday discussed Microsoft's highly-anticipated Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) at the MIX10 conference in Last Vegas. Building hype was clearly at the top of his agenda, but not escaping ... the presentation was this tidbit: IE9 won't run on Windows XP. "We've built Internet Explorer 9 from the ground up on top of the Windows 7 platform," Sinofsky giddily reported to his Sin City crowd during Internet Explorer general manager Dean Hachamovitch's keynote address. (Source: seattlepi.com ) Internet Explorer 9: New Graphics Engine Sinofsky ... (view more)

Fri
05
Feb
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Windows 7 Powers MS Through Recession, Hottest OS Yet

Just a week after digital content distributor Steam announced nearly a quarter of its members had already made the switch to Windows 7 , Microsoft Corp. has revealed that its latest operating system is now the most-rapidly adopted OS in the history ... of PCs. Win7: 60 Million Licenses and Counting Microsoft released Windows 7 on October 22 of last year. Over the course of Microsoft's second quarter within the last fiscal year, the Redmond-based firm reported selling some 60 million Windows 7 licenses, making it the hottest OS in the history of personal computers. In a recent report, industry ... (view more)

Thu
04
Feb
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Homeland Security Warns: Stop Using Internet Explorer 6

United States security officials have joined European officials in noting the potential security risks of running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6). But they haven't gone as far as issuing a formal warning to stop using the browser. The United States ... Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory suggesting users review the recent Microsoft security patch and apply any updates which will improve security. That could be interpreted in two ways: patch IE6 immediately, or update to a later edition; the latter of course would make more ... (view more)

Thu
21
Jan
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Printer not Compatible with Windows 7? No Driver

Infopackets Reader Pat M. writes: " Dear Dennis, I just upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium. Where can I find find drivers for my printer? My original CD ROM disc for printer doesn't work with Windows 7. " My Response: Unfortunately, ... this is a common problem when upgrading to a newer Windows Operating System. Some hardware device drivers are not compatible with Windows 7, and the hardware vendors do not release updated drivers, which renders the hardware unusable. Making your Old Printer work with Windows 7 There are a few things you can do to work around the issue. First and ... (view more)

Wed
20
Jan
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Internet Explorer Flaw Could Lead to Big Bucks for Microsoft

After the German and French governments cautioned against the use of its browser Internet Explorer (IE), Microsoft has issued a response that not only looks to reduce the amount of fear that has since surfaced because of the Chinese attacks on ... Google , but also hopes to land the company some added revenue in the process. On their Security Research ... (view more)

Thu
14
Jan
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Update Adobe Flash Immediately, Says Microsoft

If you're still running an old version of Adobe's popular Flash player plug-in, you'd better update, says Microsoft. The software giant, which rarely tells customers to halt their use of another company's wares, has had it with the many bugs and ... security vulnerabilities in Flash Player 6.0, released several years ago. In response to multiple bugs and a slew of security vulnerabilities, Microsoft has through its most recent Security Advisory (#979267) told users that they should either uninstall Flash Player 6.0 or immediately switch to a newer edition of the plugin. Threats Include Remote ... (view more)

Wed
16
Dec
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Windows 7 Upgrade Could Open Door to Hackers: Report

A new report suggests Microsoft has now pocketed a 6 per cent global market share for its new operating system (OS) Windows 7. That's good news for Microsoft, but it could spell big trouble for users in both the developed and developing world who ... don't make the upgrade from Windows XP. In a frightening new report earlier this week, Finland's most prominent security company F-Secure found that the global shift towards Windows 7 could open up a new gap between users of the new, more secure operating system and those stuck with the outdated and soon-to-be unsupported Windows XP. Shift to Win7 to ... (view more)

Tue
15
Dec
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Survey: 31% Of Win7 Problems Caused by Improper Install

According to a recent survey by a Windows support firm, almost one in every three problems with Windows 7 is tied to issues arising during installation. The report highlights consumer difficulties in making the long jump from the nearly decade-old ... Windows XP to Microsoft's latest operating system (OS). 100,000 Customers Surveyed The support company in question, iYogi, found that in a survey of 100,000 customers an estimated 31 per cent of all problems with Windows 7 were issues experienced during installation. Rounding out the top three most-reported frustrations for new Windows 7 users was ( ... (view more)

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