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From Windows 1 to Windows 7, and everything in between, in just 10 minutes (video)

If you've ever wanted to see, in 10 short minutes, the evolution of simple, glorious MS-DOS Shell and Windows 1, to the lofty, shiny, 3D peaks of Windows 7, with every version (except Windows Me) in between, now's your chance. With the title 'Chain of Fools,' the video (embedded after the break) chronicles one man's attempt to upgrade Windows from one version to the next, from Windows 1 to...

Internet Explorer 9 RC will auto-update to IE9 final

Sometimes testing pre-release software leads to a bit of a headache down the road. Before you install the final release of some apps, they require you to uninstall the previous version, reboot, and then launch the finalized installer. That won't be the case with Internet Explorer 9, which should come as welcome news to the millions who downloaded Microsoft's latest browser. When Internet Explorer...

Chrome AdBlock dev pushes reassuring note to counter Chrome's scary extension warnings

The fact that Google Chrome supports extensions is great, but there's one thing I'd like tweaked: those somewhat-frightening messages Chrome displays about an extension's API access. For example, there's Typing Speed Monitor, which I recently posted. When you install it, you'll receive the following alerts: ...which certainly might look scary to the average user. TSM's developer happened to...

Yahoo Mail update to bring cleaner look, better performance

It's easy to forget about Yahoo! Mail. Despite having millions of users, it doesn't receive quite the same level of attention as Gmail or Hotmail. However, Yahoo's somewhat-recently released version, which is tailored for the iPad, is pretty darn snazzy -- and it appears as though that type of look is headed to Yahoo! mailboxes everywhere in the near future. Cnet is reporting that a "Minty"...

Windows 7 SP1 public beta download to be available in July

Tech Ed might not get the same billing as Apple's WWDC. Heck, many of you may never even have heard of Tech Ed. Still, there's some important Microsoft news coming from the conference. Among the announcements thus far: Microsoft is planning on releasing the Windows 7 SP1 next month. If you recall, there was speculation earlier this year that we'd see the download sometime this summer. ...

You wouldn't drink 9-year-old milk... so why use a 9-year-old browser?

Microsoft's commonwealth of Australia branch is, of course, talking about Internet Explorer 6. We first reported on this upcoming advertising campaign back in November -- but everyone thought it was going to start in June! Perhaps Microsoft is trying out this bold and funny ploy in a smaller and less-important English-speaking market first? I always knew that Australia would one day prove...

Microsoft offers netbook users a cheaper escape from Windows 7 Starter

With that silly simultaneous application limit in Windows 7 starter nixed, it looked like the netbook-targeted OS was headed in the right direction. On launch day, however, one seriously goofy limitation remained intact: the complete removal of personalization options -- including the ability to change your wallpaper image. Sure, I understand that the move was probably a carrot dangled to...

How to Upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Final

So the Windows 7 deadline is fast approaching. Officially, there's no way to upgrade from your RC to retail. But in the real world, it only requires a Windows 7 ISO image and editing a single file in Notepad. Here are the quick text instructions. After the jump you can find detailed (and possibly really boring) screenshots. Get the MS USB/DVD Download Tools Put your Windows 7...

Enigmata is a space shooter with tons of upgrades - Time Waster

If you love space shooters with tons of customization and upgrades, Enigmata is for you. You start out with one of three ship types and you can build out from there -- upgrading your shields, weaponry, and even the ship itself. As you unlock more achievements, new sections of the store open up, further fueling the addictive upgrade madness. As for gameplay itself, it's not that challenging if...

Microsoft offers businesses 50% discount on upgrades to Windows 7 or Office 2007

Get it while it's hot! Office and Windows XP Professional users can now upgrade to the latest and greatest Microsoft software suites with 50% off the retail price. Bear in mind this offer is definitely aimed at businesses as it requires Microsoft's Open Value Subscription system, where you pay for your licenses in cheap yearly instalments. With that said, the discounted price is really quite...

Microsoft pulls a Grinch and pulls the plug on the Windows 7 Family Pack

Several different sources around the web - including Paul Thurrott, Ed Bott and Betanews - are reporting that Microsoft's Windows 7 Family Pack is vanishing from U.S. store shelves and online retailers. The response has been a forceful and resounding WTF?! What gives, Microsoft? Although the Family Pack - $149.99 for three Windows 7 licenses, versus $119.99 for a single-user license - was always...

Save $80 on your Windows 7 purchase - the Upgrade does full installs, too

Paul Thurott and a friend over at the SuperSite Blog have worked out how to perform a clean Windows 7 install using the upgrade disc. Come again? That's right: save $80 and buy the Windows 7 Upgrade disc, because you can use it to perform a clean, full-featured installation. Awesome! The instructions are as follows: 1. Perform a clean installation using the Upgrade disc -- this should work...

Buy a PC recently? Make sure to register for your Windows 7 upgrade

There are plenty of ways to get your hands on Windows 7 starting today. You can buy a new PC that comes preloaded with the operating system, or pick up a retail or OEM copy. But there's another way that you might be able to snag a free or cheap copy: if you've purchased a computer running Windows Vista in the last few months, there's a pretty good chance it qualifies for the PC maker's Windows 7...

Ask DLS: shouldn't we be able to download our Vista-to-Windows 7 upgrade?

The Windows 7 beta was downloadable. The release candidate was downloadable. But the Vista-to-Windows 7 offer upgrade shipping with most retail computer systems? Not so much. It says so right on the Upgrade Option site's landing page: "Upgrades for qualifying orders will be shipped on DVD, beginning on the Windows 7 general availability date of 22 October 2009." Boo. Why can't we have a...

Windows 7 upgrade could take 20+ hours (reasons to do a clean install)

There are generally two ways to upgrade a computer from one Windows operating system to a newer version. You can either backup all of your data, do a clean install, and then reinstall all of your programs and copy all of your data back to the hard drive, or you can do an "upgrade" which should keep your files, settings, and all compatible programs intact. Now, reading those two descriptions, you...