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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 […]

Father and Son to pay $8 million for rouge security products

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Fathers and sons usually go fishing or watch a football game, but deceiving unsuspecting people with rouge security applications? Well, one father-and-son duo will now pay over $8 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission – with that money to be used to reimburse victims of their scam. Marc D’Souza, the son, and Maurice D’Souza, the father, are among seven people connected to two companies that operated under […]

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.

TECHGEEK Podcast 17: Let’s squint for Amazon

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It feels like the longest episode so far, but it’s apparently not. Yes, the whole team is back… before they left again. However, not before we go through all the week’s Apple stories that managed to take up 15 minutes of the episode. Yes. You heard that. You might as well skip the 15 minutes. We talk about Skyfire, iBookstores and introduce a new segment called Gadgets. We are resting […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 10: We are currently in negotiations

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Yes. We have a government. And it’s Julia Gillard. James Wilson is still pretty pissed about that, but we are moving on with the show with a lot of Apple news, discussion on XP and dispel or add to the iPad 2.0 rumour. On the show this time with Terence, Tom and Stewart is James Wilson – after a long hiatus – and bringing his colourful (we’re not using the […]

Dell finally ends Windows XP sales

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Microsoft has been trying to kill sales of Windows XP since Vista – and that was four years ago. Now as it reaches nearly its tenth year as an operating system, and trust me, that’s a pretty long time, Microsoft will finally see Windows XP see the death kernel as Dell has announced that it will stop the sales of Windows XP laptops on October 1. However, it isn’t up […]

Windows XP gets end-date reprieve, gets four more months to live

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Microsoft has extended the deadline for smaller PC builders and resellers to use the Windows XP Operating System up until May 30 2009, four more months added to the previously announced cut-off date of January 31 2009, according to the BBC. XP was originally supposed to disappear from shops on the January 30 2008, after Vista was released in early 2007. While Vista has sold well, according to Microsoft, customers […]

XP SP3 will not let you downgrade IE

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Windows XP users who just upgraded to the new service pack will not be able to downgrade back to Internet Explorer 6 after that option would be impossible. This also applies to those who are running the beta version of IE8. Jane Maliouta, deployment manager for IE8, has written on MSDN that the decision to prevent downgrading was "by design". Those who have the Beta 1 version of IE8, you […]

XP SP3 debut date announced

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Microsoft has now officially said the SP3 version of XP will come out of the “first half of 2008”, but some RTM (Release to Manufacturing) builds are expected to come out on the second half of April. As well, released by Neowin, its release schedule sees April 14 as the day when support is available for the release version. April 21 will see only OEM, Volume License, Connect and MSDN […]

XP not finished until June…

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Microsoft has bowed down to pressure after several PC makers were upset that they could not sell XP anymore, even though the consumers demanded it beforehand, after the 30th of January 2008. Now, they have pushed it 5 months later, to the 30th June 2008. It said that customers needed more time to switch over. Microsoft has also extended the availability for Windows XP Starter Edition, the low-cost and cut […]

Hasta la Vista… XP?

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Microsoft has announced to stop OEM versions of Windows XP. These will not include the retail versions, as far as we know. An OEM version is used by Toshiba, Dell and other laptop manufacturers as they are cheaper. They are usually 2/3 of the price of the retail versions and can be usually found in computer stores that are not affiliated with any big brand store.


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