Items tagged with XP

For the past few months, Microsoft has been loudly and insistently banging a drum. All support and service for Windows XP and Office 2003 shuts down on April 8 -- no more security updates, no more fixes. In early February, faced with a slight uptick in users on the decrepit operating system the month before, Microsoft hit on an idea:  Why not recruit tech-savvy friends and family to tell old holdouts to get off XP? The response to this earnest effort was a torrent of abuse from Windows 8 users who aren't exactly thrilled with the operating system. Microsoft has come under serious fire for... Read more...
If Microsoft maintains a list of its least-popular ideas, initiatives, and software programs, Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) has to be near the top. Initially marketed as a voluntary tool when it launched in September of 2004, Microsoft announced just six months later that any user who wanted to access non-critical security updates for their OS would be required to install WGA. Despite Microsoft's attempt to bill WGA as a security feature, public opinion of its "Genuine Advantage" has been anything but good. This is partly Microsoft's fault. The company has, at various times, attempted to sneak... Read more...
Heads-up, PC enthusiasts! Windows 7--Microsoft's self-proclaimed "best OS ever" is launching to the public tomorrow. Tomorrow, junior! It hasn't even been three full years since the launch of Windows Vista, but already Microsoft is looking to put the past behind it and get on with the new. A recent survey by iYogi has taken a look at what the hottest Windows 7 trends are, and what people are talking about. The most popular topics? Most of it revolves around the fear of the unknown, which isn't at all shocking. Upgrading to a new OS is child's play for experienced PC users and builders, but for... Read more...
Believe it or not, Windows 7 is about to take the computing world by storm. If all goes to plan, we'll see Microsoft's latest (and hopefully greatest) OS on store shelves by the time 2009 draws to a close, but it remains to be seen who all will be jumping to upgrade. According to Darrel Ward, director of product management for Dell's business client product group, he's not so sure that folks will be waiting with credit cards out to jump on the next-gen bandwagon. In a recent phone interview, he was quoted as saying that if there is "one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause... Read more...
This one would make Vernon Reid proud -- or maybe not?  Regardless, here's a little something for Sunday night kick-back and amusement.  If you've ever played Guitar Hero and attempted Living Color's song, Cult of Personality on any setting but easy, you'll know why some axe-slinging musicians are called "heroes".  With his stylings classified as a hybrid "Metal Funk" fusion, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Reid as one of top 100 greatest guitarists of all time.  There's no question, in the game the song is a pretty steep... Read more...
Here at Hot Hardware, we are big fans of the XPS 700 series of gaming desktops. Over the last two years, they have consistently earned our coveted Editor's Choice award time and again. We thought the last incarnation of the 700-series, the XPS 730 H2C, was the best yet in the series. It seems Dell isn't quite done with the XPS 730. Today Dell is announcing a new update to the line-up in the form of the XPS 730x. The extra letter in the model number means an entirely updated platform from Core 2 to the new Core i7 series as well as updated video card options and some new additions to the chassis.... Read more...
Sony Ericsson Xperia™ X1 Available in U.S. for 2008 Holiday Season     Pre-orders for the premium converged device begin today at SonyStyle.comSony Ericsson North America announces the arrival of the highly anticipated Xperia™ X1 to the U.S. marketplace. The Xperia™ X1 delivers a range of multimedia and communication experiences that have long been coveted and in demand by consumers.The Xperia™ X1 will be available unlocked through Sony Electronics and its authorized retailers beginning on “Black Friday,” November 28. Pre-orders of the Xperia™ X1 will... Read more...
Fresh New Version of the Iconic Dell XPS One Kicks Off a Season of Design and Discovery XPS One 24 Is Bigger, Brighter, Bolder -- Beautiful Each XPS One 24 (PRODUCT) RED Purchase Contributes $50-$80 to Fight AIDS in Africa New Dell.com/Everyday Site Serves Up Hot Deals for Holiday Shopping ROUND ROCK, TEXAS, OCT. 30, 2008 – Dell today kicked off a season of great products, great designs and great deals with the launch of the XPS One 24 and XPS One 24 (PRODUCT)RED. Available in the U.S. starting at $1,699, the updated design boasts a 24-inch, edge-to-edge 1080p HD display and premium JBL dual stereo... Read more...
Traditional antivirus (AV) testing, such as that done by organizations such as AV-test.org and AV-comparatives.org, uses collections of malware to demonstrate the capabilities of security products. Secunia, on the other hand, focuses on exploits. For example, it has a scanner at its site that will search your system for unpatched vulnerabilities in products such as Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. As Secunia's focus is on exploits, you might expect them to try to put AV solutjions to the test with exploits, rather than just already published malware, and that's what they did. They... Read more...
Emblazon this with a big "rumor" label, but according to The Register, Microsoft may be caving into OEMs.  As we know, OEMs can offer users of certain versions of Windows Vista a downgrade to XP.  For some OEMs, this can mean they will actually downgrade the PC for you, prior to shipment.  For others, this means an XP install CD with your shipment.According to The Register, while partners originally had up until January 31 2009 to provide the Windows XP Professional recovery media with machines running Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Ultimate, they now have until July 31,... Read more...
Thermaltake is ready to formally introduce its Xpressar RCS100 Micro Refrigeration Cooling System, which was first shown off at Computex in June. If you haven't yet seen the Xpressar RCS100, it is somewhat similar to the famed VapoChill Vapor Phase-Change Cooling systems we have shown you a few occasions in the past, but Thermaltake's offering differs in that it utilizes a DC Inverter type micro compressor to cool the PC. In fact, Thermaltake is claiming to be the first to use such a design.To quote Thermaltake, the company summarized the Xpressar as "... a micro vapor-compression refrigeration... Read more...
In May, the FCC announced that Wilmington, North Carolina had volunteered  to be the victims, er, first community to switch completely over to digital TV.  Although there were concerns that Tropical Storm Hanna would cause a postponement of the switch, the FCC announced on Sunday that the experiment would still go live on Monday, Sept. 8th.About 15% of Americans still get their TV over-the-air, via antennas, and when the switch to DTV takes place, many of them will require converter boxes.  Coupons to subsidize the cost of these boxes are available, with a value of $40.  Each... Read more...
If you think the contents of your work computer are your business and only your business, then think again. Applying federal rulings from other jurisdictions to help guide its ruling, the New Jersey State Appeals Court ruled in a recent case that "an employee has no reasonable expectation of privacy in personal files stored on a company-owned computer." This is a significant finding as it sets a precedent for the state of New Jersey, and adds to other similar rulings from the 4th and 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (U.S. v. Angevine and U.S. v. Simons, respectively). In fact, not only did the... Read more...
For the past few months, I have been participating in a campaign created by the folks at Toshiba and Federated Media designed to help users get answers to their laptop-related questions. You may have seen the banners here at HotHardware from time to time. The LaptopExperts website born from the campaign was created to provide a central location where users of any type of laptop (not just Toshiba) can enter their questions and get answers from myself and the other "experts" participating in the program.Over the course of the campaign I have tried to answer user submitted questions pertaining to... Read more...
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