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Microsoft extends Windows XP lifespan through 2011

Microsoft is having a pretty hard time killing off Windows XP. Once upon a time, you could reliably count on Microsoft to release a new version of DOS and then Windows every few years. The new versions typically offered significant improvements in speed and stability as well as new features. But a funny thing happened with Windows XP. Many users found it was good enough for daily use -- even 8...

Microsoft fires another shot at Linux netbooks by extending XP availability

Linux advocates had a lot of fun recently taking shots at Windows 7 Starter version, which Microsoft has positioned as an option for low-cost netbooks. What could Microsoft possibly offer in response to the "Starter is a comically bad attempt at an operating system" comments? They could announce the continued availability of Windows XP for netbook manufacturers for a full year after the release...

Say goodbye to free support for Windows XP

Microsoft may have extended the retail lifespan of Windows XP several times to accommodate computer makers selling low powered netbooks that balk at the system requirements of Windows Vista. But that doesn't mean that Microsoft wants to keep supporting an 8 year old operating system forever. And it won't. As of today, Microsoft no longer offers free support for Windows XP Home Edition. The...

Microsoft to let users downgrade from Windows 7 to Vista or XP

Windows XP is turning out to be the operating system that will not die. Microsoft had planned to phase out the OS a while back, but extended its life because Windows Vista is too resource-heavy to run on low powered computers like netbooks, which are taking the world by storm right now. You can't walk into a store and buy a retail copy of Windows XP anymore, but you can purchase a netbook with...

Free Microsoft support for Windows XP, Office 2003 ends next month

Microsoft will end official free support for Windows XP Home Edition and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 14th. That doesn't mean the help center on your computer will stop working, but you won't be able to get free answers to your questions from Microsoft anymore. You will be able to pay for extended support for both products through 2014. Microsoft will also continue providing free...

Windows 7 Volume mod for Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a ton of features that differentiate them from Windows XP - an operating system that is, after all, nearly a decade old. But some folks are going to be slow to upgrade because XP still meets their needs, runs software they need it to run, and because you don't need to pay a new fee to keep using the operating system that came with your computer. But that doesn't...

No easy upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

If you're running Windows 7 beta, you probably know that when you first load operating system it asks if you want to upgrade an existing Windows installation or do a fresh install. But as Business Week's Stephen Wildstrom points out, that upgrade feature only works for Windows Vista users. If you want to upgrade from Windows XP you're out of luck. Now, that doesn't mean that Microsoft won't...

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....

Microsoft extends Windows XP lifespan yet again

Windows XP is turning out to be the operating system that just won't die. Microsoft has stopped offering retail copies of the operating system. The company had planned to tell computer makers to stop preloading the software on new notebook and desktop systems earlier this year. But Microsoft has issued several stays of execution so far -- and this week the company did it again. Windows XP was...

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...

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...

How to log on to Windows XP automatically

While in in many cases it would be a security risk, having your Windows XP computer log in automatically can be useful. For example, I have my Windows XP instance running under a virtual machine on my Mac. The easiest way to do this would be to use the Administrator account and simply leave the password blank. However, this has two distinct disadvantages: you can't log onto a domain with a machine...

How we know that Matrix doesn't run on Windows XP

So here's the thing about the advanced computer systems you see in movies like Terminator or The Matrix: They don't crash. They don't ask you to send error reports. And they don't bog down after you've been using them for a few months and the registry is filled with gunk from programs you've installed, uninstalled, and forgotten all about. On the other hand, it'd be kind of funny if they did....

Windows XP gets another stay of execution

Windows XP, also known as the operating system that will not die, looks like it could be around a bit longer, making it just a bit more likely that you can upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a year or two and skip Windows Vista altogether. Microsoft instructed retailers to stop selling copies of the operating system to consumers this summer. But there's a loophole that lets customers...

Windows Live Wave 3 includes new movie maker, writer, messenger

Microsoft is expected to officially unveil Windows Live Wave 3 beta later today, but you can already find download links for the new Windows Live suite of applications at LiveSide, an unofficial Windows Live news and review site. Windows Live Wave 3 includes new beta versions of Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar, Mail, Photo Gallery, Writer, and Family Safety. Windows Live Movie Maker has been...