windows

Tue
07
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Why run Windows 10 Preview as a Virtual Machine?

Infopackets Reader Fred S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I was very much intrigued by your article on Windows 10 Technical Preview . I understand this is a beta operating system and it most likely contains a lot of bugs. At the same time, I'm also very ... excited to try it. In your previous article, you mentioned I could run Windows 10 as a virtual machine . I don't have much knowledge or experience with virtual machines, and was wondering if you could elaborate a bit more on the subject? " My Response: Certainly. You can think of a virtual machine as a computer within a computer. For ... (view more)

Thu
02
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Computer Keeps Powering Off, Unstable, Intermittent?

Infopackets Reader 'rbruner' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have an older, but still viable Systemax XP computer that was upgraded to Windows 7 . The problem is that the unit powers down within a few minutes of powering on. I have already replaced the ... motherboard and power supply , kept the CPU (an AMD 4400+, circa Q4 2008). When I boot into safe mode, the unit is operational, but but if I boot up Windows 7 normally or insert a Ubuntu Linux Live CD, my PC will crash. Should I try another CPU? " My response: Based on what you're telling me, the issue might be hardware-related, ... (view more)

Wed
01
Oct
John Lister's picture

Microsoft Announces Windows 10, Not 9, Due 2015

Microsoft has revealed that the next edition of its flagship operating system will be known as Windows 10, rather than Windows 9. The new operating system represents a further blurring of the lines between full-size PCs and portable devices such as ... smartphones and tablets. The choice of new name is largely a marketing tactic. Microsoft wants to get across the idea that the system will be a major relaunch over the much-maligned Windows 8, rather than a small set of minor revisions. Two Major Differences in Windows 10 There will be two main differences in approach with Windows 10. The first is ... (view more)

Tue
30
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Create a Windows Rescue CD with Latest Drivers, Updates

Infopackets Reader Ron S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I want to do a clean re-install of Windows 7 Pro. I want the best available information [on which steps I should take during] ... the install sequence of everything, especially [how I should install] ... the motherboard drivers ... What [do you suggest]? " My response: There's plenty of step-by-step guides on the Internet that explain how to install Windows - you simply need to search Google. For the most part, re/installing Windows 7 is as easy as inserting the install media (Windows 7 DVD) into the computer, reboot the machine, ... (view more)

Mon
29
Sep
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'BirdFont 1.5', and 'Win Toolkit 1.5.1.13'

BirdFont 1.5 Create exciting vector graphics and special fonts with BirdFont, the free font editor. This editor, which is written in Vala and contains roughly 42,000 lines of code, is compatible with Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and BSD. ... http://birdfont.org/ Win Toolkit 1.5.1.13 This simple and easy-to-use application can help you customize your Windows installation (I.E.: slipstream updates). It allows users to integrate add-ons, drivers, gadgets, language packs, theme packs, tweaks, and updates. You can also remove features, like Windows Media Player. http://www.wincert.net/ (view more)

Mon
15
Sep
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Leaked Screenshots Reveal More About Windows 9

Screenshots of Windows 9 have leaked to the press and they show an operating system (OS) that's a substantial step away from the controversial Windows 8. Windows 9, which is currently code-named Threshold , is expected to launch later this year, ... with a technical preview expected sometime in October. Screenshots Confirm Start Button Returning Experts speculate that Microsoft will blend the best elements of Windows 7 and 8 together, and graft them onto the classic desktop found in Windows 7. Leaked screenshots show that Windows 9 will likely have a Start Menu of sorts - something which was ... (view more)

Wed
03
Sep
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'DomainHostingView 1.62', and 'XMedia Recode 3.1.9.4'

DomainHostingView 1.62 This simple and compact utility for Microsoft's Windows operating system collects and displays information about a selected domain. Domain-related data can then be displayed in an HTML report or any popular Internet browser. ... http://www.nirsoft.net XMedia Recode 3.1.9.4 This straightforward utility helps users to convert just about any audio or video file. Supported formats include AAC, FLAC, AVI, FLV, MP4, WAV, WMA, WMV, etc. System requirements for this tool, which supports Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, are easy to meet. http://www.xmedia-recode.de/ ... (view more)

Fri
22
Aug
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft's Board

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer era has officially come to an end. The company's former chief executive officer, who stepped aside last year , has now announced that he will be resigning his position on Microsoft's board. Ballmer joined Microsoft more ... than thirty years ago, rising from the company's first business manager (hired by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates) to its chief executive in just under two decades. Ballmer was at Microsoft's helm for a number of important projects, including launches for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, the Xbox video game console ... (view more)

Mon
18
Aug
Brandon Dimmel's picture

MS Admits Latest Patch Tuesday Can Cripple PCs

It appears Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday, which began rolling out last week, didn't quite go according to plan. In fact, the firm was recently forced to pull several updates after reports indicated that some users were experiencing severe system ... errors. This month's Patch Tuesday security updates addressed a total of 37 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office. Within days, it became apparent there was a problem; users reported that after the updates were downloaded and installed, they received the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), which ... (view more)

Mon
07
Jul
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Report: Windows 8 Doomed; Win9 Beta Preview in Fall

A new report suggests that when it comes to Windows 8, consumers continue to be very hesitant about upgrading to Microsoft's latest operating system - even two years after its release. That has led some experts to suggest that there's no hope left ... for Windows 8, leaving Windows 9 to carry the slack (reportedly due in the spring of 2015). Windows 8 was released amid some controversy in the summer and fall of 2012. Perhaps the most debatable part of the operating system was its tile-based Metro user interface (now called "Modern"), which embraces touchscreen technology. It was part of ... (view more)

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