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Windows XP, Vista and 7 get cheap upgrade to Windows 8 Pro

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Microsoft has revealed the upgrade path for those on previous versions – like Windows 7 and Windows Vista. You will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only US$39.99 and Microsoft will be offering it to 131 markets (so that, assuming, will include Australia). And those on Windows XP, you will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 using the same way, and same price. The software […]

Mainstream support for Vista ends – bye, bye?

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Today is the day where Microsoft finally ends mainstream support for Windows Vista (remember that?). The company, however, won’t stop supporting the OS altogether as Vista now moves off to ‘extended support’. What does that mean? Well, ‘Mainstream support’ basically means Microsoft will release patches – security or not – for free. Once it goes to ‘Extended support’, non-essential patches (i.e. the ones not relating to security holes) will be […]

Microsoft extends Windows security update lifecycle for consumers

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Just when you thought Windows XP was dead, Microsoft has yet again extended its support life cycle policies to 8 April 2014 for XP. Meanwhile, Vista’s support has been extended to 11 April 2017 and Windows 7 will stop being supported in 7-8 years, which is 14 January 2020. This means that if any big security flaws are found in XP, Vista or 7 then they will be patched, until […]

Ballmer: Windows 7 has sold 400 million licenses

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It looks like Microsoft has recovered from the car crash of Windows Vista, with Steve Ballmer announcing at their Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 7 has sold 400 million licences since it’s birth in 2009. The new figure also brings Microsoft the title of the highest selling OS of all time. Also announced at the event was that Office 2010 has sold 100 million copies Corporate vice president and chief financial officer […]

Tip: Microsoft makes its more-advanced Calculator FREE!

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Just in time when students are set to return to school within the next few weeks, Microsoft has now made the latest version of its CAS-like Microsoft Mathematics software free to download, meaning that you can now make more advanced calculations on your computer. The software replicates a fully functioning graphics calculator (or, what many students call it, a CAS calculator) and allows you to solve equations using the concepts […]

New Windows zero-day exploit bypasses UAC

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Microsoft has today confirmed that it has begun investigating a new zero-day exploit that allows a malicious attacker to bypass the User Account Control (UAC) on limited access accounts and execute code that could cause damage to the system. According to Prevx, the exploit is a weakness in the win32k.sys file, an important system file that connects the kernel of various Windows subsystems.

US Army plans upgrade to Windows Vista, Office 2007

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The US Army has announced that it will upgrade all of its computers to Windows Vista, as it offers to “bolster Internet security and standardize its information systems”, and will include a change from Office 2003 to Office 2007. All of this is expected to be finished by the end of this year, according to a press release. Around half of the computers have already upgraded to Office 2007, but […]

Windows Vista goes red for Product(RED)

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Microsoft has announced that Windows Vista Ultimate will be a part of the PRODUCT(RED) initiative, with Amazon saying that the “Windows Vista Ultimate with SP1 upgrade (Project Red Edition)” going to be on sale on December 15. Dell, who ships Windows Vista to many of its computers, already had several products with PRODUCT(RED), all of them powered with Vista. The product’s RRP is at $219.95, and it comes with several […]

Windows : High Contrast – how to do it and how to turn it off

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While people may already know this, you can change the screen resolution to prank and annoy your friends to High Contrast Mode, which is supposed to be used to allow you to see icons and text better. While we don’t recommend that you actually do this (to us), we want to show you how to do it – since we are away, and we have nothing better to fill up […]

Beta version of next Vista service pack to be released next week

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The beta version of Vista Service Pack 2 will be released on October 29, according to a blog post made by the Windows Vista Team Blog, with the finalised version being released in the first half of 2009. The new beta will fix several problems including reliability and performance, and hopes to retain compatibly with applications on Vista and Vista SP1, after a problem with SP1 breaking certain applications. Also, […]

Is Vista getting better? Govt agency switches from XP to Vista

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The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has flagged plans to replace a contract to supply the department’s computers – held recently by Dell – to move to Windows Vista and Office 2007. The refresh comes as it plans to move from its Windows XP Service Pac 2 to Windows Vista, and will deploy Office 2007 in place the current Microsoft Office 2003. It will also be the first […]

Oh the humanity, Vista crammed onto a PS3.

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We need to question this person’s sanity by emulating Windows Vista on a Playstation 3 – and we heard that it is not a pretty sight – and takes 25 minutes to boot up. Don’t forget to add the five minutes and thirty seconds to load the start menu and another twelve just to load the most basic, but yet ‘demanding’ application – Notepad. Running behind Qemu 0.9.1 – it […]

Windows patch shuts down internet access

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A Windows patch released by Microsoft last week has left call centres at Telstra and a local security software distributor flooded with enquiries after they lost their internet access after installing the update, which was to plug a security hole. Customers using ZoneAlarm found that they had lost their connection altogether, forcing the company to say that it was "incompatible" with ZoneAlarm and the maker, Checkpoint, had released a patch […]

Leaked Vista Service Pack 1

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The leak of the first service pack for WIndows Vista, imaginatively named SP1, means that we get to hear about the improvements before it gets a real release. APCMag reviewed a leaked copy of the software, and found that it’s pretty much your standard service pack fare: a bunch of bug fixes and noticeable performance tweaks. The only new feature is an option to create a recovery disk, along with […]

Vista search changes not enough – Google

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Since Microsoft changed the way of how the Vista Search engine runs, after Google complained that it was anti-competitive. Now, Google is now complaining that it was not enough, saying that the new changes doesn’t allow users (or them) disable the search. Is this another way that Google loves to get your information? Because I find this completely stupid.


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