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How to add Hulu Desktop icon to Windows Media Center

Hulu Desktop is a pretty nifty application that lets you find and watch Hulu video content on a home theater PC using a media center remote control without a keyboard. But if you already have a home theater PC connected to your TV, you may want to integrate Hulu Desktop with your other media center software. Here's a little trick that will add a Hulu icon to Windows Vista Media Center that makes...

Microsoft releases Windows Vista SP2

Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The update adds support for additional hardware and standards, including 64 bit processors from VIA. It's also designed to make it easier for IT professionals to deploy the operating system, and it includes all of the security updates and hotfixes released since Vista SP1. The update also includes Windows Search 4.0...

Microsoft launches Netflix for Windows Vista Media Center

People have been hacking together ways to watch streaming videos from Netflix using Windows Media Center since early last year. But now Microsoft and Netflix have rolled out an official Netflix application for Windows Vista Media Center. In other words, Netflix subscribers can browse through the 12,000 streaming titles available in the Netflix "watch instantly" library and watch them from the co...

Microsoft: Vista to be available until 2011, officially

Earlier today, Richard Francis of Microsoft Asia-Pacific stated that he wasn't sure if Vista was going to be available to OEMs following the upcoming release of Windows 7. He went on to say that it looked like updates for all Vista editions would end in April 2012. Microsoft responded quickly with the official word: they haven't decided yet when to pull the pin on Vista. According to internal pol...

XDN Tweaker offers simple Windows 7, Vista, XP tinkering

Like many tweaking utilities, much of what you can accomplish with XDN Tweaker is possible with a little registry hacking. If you'd rather not poke around in there, however, the free app is a fast, easy way to make a few adjustments to your system. XDN doesn't offer as many adjustments as Ultimate Windows Tweaker, but it covers the basics. It can hide/show the right-click send to menu, add conte...

Free app creates System Restore points with a single click

Creating system restore points in Windows XP requires far too many mouse clicks. The process has been greatly simplified in Windows Vista and Windows 7, and it's just about as simple as it can get. Just about. Single Click Restore Point does what its name implies. Launch the executable, wait a few moments, and a confirmation window appears to let you know that your point has been created. My apo...

Access Windows 7, Vista exFAT partitions in XP

Since a lot of you weren't (and still aren't) too excited about Windows Vista, you might not have noticed the exFAT file system before. It's the heir apparent to FAT32, and it can finally cope with large files and drives. What's new? For starters, exFAT has been tweaked to provide faster access and allocation, adds support for UTC time stamps, and provides increased compatability with flash media....

Vista sales, Windows 7 should be good news for 64-bit computing

According to Microsoft sources, over 25% of all Vista sales in Q4 2008 were 64-bit. Bargain basement prices on DDR2 memory modules played an important role. After all, getting the most out of the multiple gigs of dirt cheap ram in your system means running a 64-bit OS that knows how to handle it. Several OEMs quietly shipped laptop and desktop models during the holiday season running Vista x64, m...

Windows Vista Ultimate RED edition coming next week

Microsoft is set to release the (PRODUCT) RED version of Windows Vista Ultimate on December 15th. Dell has been selling computers preloaded with this special version of the OS for a few months now, but starting next week you'll be able to to buy a standalone copy. So what makes Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED different from plain old Windows Vista Ultimate Edition? First, it comes in a red bo...

Windows Vista SP2 beta now publicly available

It's December 5, 2008 and - as promised - Microsoft has made the Vista SP2 beta publicly available. Early adopters can install it now and take advantage of improvements like 10% better power saving, reduced resource consumption in sidebar gadgets, Windows Search 4, and a long list of security and bug fixes. According to Wired's post, you should be aware that you'll have to uninstall the beta in o...

Windows market share reaches new low - 89.6%

If you gauged the market share of various operating systems by counting the number of Macs vs PCs you see in the typical urban coffee shop, you'd probably believe that Apple and Microsoft were duking it out like Republicans and Democrats in a close US presidential election. But the truth of the matter is that Microsoft is the dominant company when it comes to consumer oriented computers. In f...

3 alternative ways to get Windows updates

Not everyone wants to let Windows handle downloading and installing updates. If you prefer the DIY approach, here are three ways to keep your system up to date without Windows helping out. 1. Windiz Updates provides an experience that's as similar to the original as its name. The twist is that this service won't work in Internet Explorer - you'll need Firefox and the Windiz addon. It doesn't coll...

Should you be paid for the time it takes to boot your computer?

There's no question that we all want computers that boot up and shut down more quickly. While a fresh install of Windows XP might boot as quickly as 30 seconds on some computers, the more applications you load onto your computer, the slower it will boot. Things get even worse with Windows Vista which loads about as quickly as paint dries. While Microsoft and other OS makers are working to cut boot...

Microsoft to start testing Windows Vista SP2 Beta next week

It looks like the rumors were true. Microsoft is hoping to roll out Windows Vista SP2 before Windows 7 is publicly available. How soon? We don't know for sure. But the company is delivering the first beta version of Vista SP2 to a handful of Technology Adoption Program customers on Wednesday, October 29th. Depending on how things go, we could see the beta or a final version rolled out within a f...

Windows Vista SP2 will be available before Windows 7

Windows 7 may be grabbing all the headlines these days, but that doesn't mean Microsoft has forgotten about Windows Vista. ZDNet reports that while Windows 7 is due out next year, Microsoft plans to release at least one major update for Windows Vista before launching Windows 7. In fact, a beta version of Windows Vista SP2 may already be in the hands of some Microsoft partners. Microsoft also pla...