windows xp

Wed
09
Dec
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What files should I backup before migrating to Win7?

Infopackets Reader John B. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have read with great interest your recent articles on Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7: Article #1: Upgrading XP to Win7: How to Make the Transition Easy (Using Acronis True Image 2010) ... Article #2: Migrating to Win7: How to Mount Your XP Drive Image (After Win7 is Installed) I understand that migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 requires a fresh install of Windows, which means I will have to re-install all my programs, files, etc. Here are my circumstances: I want to backup my C drive, and it's roughly 320 GB full. The C drive has ... (view more)

Tue
08
Dec
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Migrating to Win7: How to Mount Your XP Drive Image

I've decided to put together step-by-step instructions on how to use Acronis True Image 2010 to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. I'm doing this for two reasons: 1. We currently have a sale on Acronis True Image on our website at 25% off . The ... proceeds will go directly to support our site. 2. Most folks will have time during the holidays to perform the Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade . It will take a few days to do because it will require you to do a fresh install of Windows. But before that you need to backup what you have and then be able to access the data later after Windows 7 is ... (view more)

Wed
04
Nov
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Win7 has Yet to Boost Browser, Market Share for MS

There's no doubt that plenty of excitement has built up around Microsoft with less than two weeks since the launch of Windows 7. However, as of yet that hasn't translated to better market share numbers for either its operating systems (OS) or its ... web browser, Internet Explorer. Research Concludes 1 Year Study According to a recent study by research firm Net Applications, Microsoft's share of the browser market continues to decline . Microsoft's piece of the pie got significantly smaller between October 2008 and October of this year, dropping from 73.64 per cent to just 64.64 per cent. Mozilla ... (view more)

Tue
08
Sep
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MS Cleared of Wrong-doing by Russian Anti-Trust Body

Microsoft has been cleared of wrong-doing by Russia's federal anti-monopoly service, FAS. It was announced yesterday that the investigation into the Redmond-based company had been closed, with the software giant found not guilty of any violations in ... the way it distributed and marketed Windows XP. The FAS investigation began earlier this summer, with the Russian body announcing that it suspected Microsoft of several antitrust violations in relation to the supply and pricing of the Windows XP operating system (OS). FAS felt that Microsoft might have broken the law when it discontinued the ... (view more)

Thu
27
Aug
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Biggest WinXP Piracy Case Lands 'Founders' in Jail

Four parties responsible for the widespread bootleg version of Microsoft's Windows XP in China have been found guilty and sentenced to spend as much as three and a half years in a Chinese prison. China has long been linked with international cyber ... crime and foreign malware. However, according to Xinhua -- the official news agency of the People's Republic of China -- the hundreds of thousands of other cases of online deviance pales in comparison to the bootlegged "Tomato Garden" version of Windows XP. Biggest Piracy Case in Chinese History Created in 2004, the Tomato Garden has had a ... (view more)

Tue
23
Jun
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Win7 to Windows XP Downgrade Cutoff Date Extended

After being criticized for their plans to limit sales of XP systems, Microsoft has reportedly decided to extend Windows XP's lifespan to as late as April 2011. Michael Silver of Gartner Research, along with numerous others, scolded Microsoft for ... limiting users downgrade rights from Windows 7 to Windows XP for only six months after Windows 7 makes its first appearance. Short Window for 'Downgrade' Option Windows 7 is currently scheduled to launch on Oct. 22, 2009. Originally, Microsoft was only going to allow PCs to be downgraded to Windows XP until April 22, 2010. Enterprises who wait for a ... (view more)

Tue
28
Apr
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Service Pack

A Service Pack (SP) is a collection of updates, fixes and/or enhancements to a software program delivered in the form of a single installable package. Many companies (such as Microsoft) typically release a service pack when the number of individual ... patches to a given program reaches a certain (arbitrary) limit. Installing a service pack is easier and less error-prone than installing a high number of patches individually, even more so when updating multiple computers over a network. Service packs are usually numbered, and thus shortly referred to as SP1, SP2, SP3 etc. They may also bring, ... (view more)

Mon
27
Apr
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Windows 7 Premium to Support Windows XP Mode (XPM)

Apparently Microsoft has learned a few lessons from some of their many Windows Vista fiascos . In a move that appears aimed at backwards compatibility, some versions of Windows 7 will include a virtualized Windows XP mode. Dubbed Windows XP Mode, or ... XPM (formerly known as Virtual Windows XP or Virtual XP, VXP) will ship alongside the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) in May and then in its final version with Windows 7's own ultimate release. (Source: itwire.com ) Dramatic Changes in Compatibility XPM is the next generation Microsoft Virtual PC 7 product line, and according to Rafael Rivera and ... (view more)

Wed
15
Apr
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Buying a New PC: Should I Upgrade to 64-bit Windows?

Infopackets Reader Rick M. writes: " Dear Infopackets, I really enjoyed your article that compared 32 bit vs 64 bit (CPU / Operating Systems); however, I did notice the article was dated back in 2006. Is there a later evaluation of the 32bit versus ... 64bit? I'm in the market for a new computer and want to make sure the programs on my 32 bit Windows XP will work on a 64 bit of Vista. If so, where do I find it? " My response: If you are looking for a new computer, one of the biggest decisions that you will have to make is whether to go with a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system. On the surface it ... (view more)

Mon
16
Mar
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Vista Class Action Suit Revised: Claims Extortion

The California woman suing Microsoft over Windows Vista's downgrade rights has revised her lawsuit to focus on the requirement that users must buy the most expensive versions of Vista if they want to downgrade to Windows XP. Los Angeles resident ... Emma Alvarado repeated her charges that Microsoft violated Washington state's unfair business practices and consumer protection laws by restricting computer makers' ability to offer Windows XP on new PCs after Vista's launch in the amended complaint. Microsoft Took Advantage Of Consumer Demand, Suit Says According to Computer World, the lawsuit says ... (view more)

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