Items tagged with Windows Vista

More than just a setting, XP Mode, which we wrote about earlier, consists of a Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). This is Microsoft's "solution" for those concerned with possible issues with compatibility with older software. On Thursday, Microsoft announced the software has RTMed and will ship on Oct. 22nd, the same day as Windows 7. Windows 7 XP Mode requires a CPU that is capable of hardware virtualization. You also need to have Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise edition. To check whether a CPU can support hardware virtualization, users can download, install and run either the Intel Processor Identification Utility... Read more...
Microsoft's latest operating system is still several months away from store shelves, but a team of Chinese hackers has reportedly found a workaround for the latest iteration of WGA. The hack is similar to cracks we saw with Vista, and uses an OEM BIOS to trick the OS into believing it doesn't need to activate. Microsoft is less than thrilled with the news, but cracks of this sort have appeared in every generation of Windows since WGA was invented, and they've not deterred the company from pushing ahead with the program. Getting an illicit copy of Windows to activate and run permanently might be a bit more trouble than it was in the days of Windows 98, but it's by no means difficult. Ironically,... Read more...
Rumors are flying on the the Internet that the Windows 7 RTM build has been compiled, and that the build number is "7600.16384.090710-1945," which would indicate that it was compiled on July 10th at 7:45 PM. In fact, the site Has Windows 7 RTMed? has put up the message: Yes! Unfortunately, messages are mixed. While many sites are saying that's the correct build, some sites are saying "hold on a second." TechBlog, for example, said: A Microsoft spokesman told me this afternoon that no, a final build has not been declared for Windows 7, and it has not been released to manufacturing. Formally, all Microsoft is saying is that Windows 7 will RTM sometime this month. What do we think? We think that... Read more...
To be honest, we expect Microsoft to announce some sort of Family Pack for Windows 7, much as they did for Windows Vista. To this point, there's been no official announcement, but as retailers prep their sites for the October launch of WIndows 7, they have made a few mistakes. Fadfusion.com on Friday listed something called "W7 Family Pack - Home Prem Upg" on its site for $138.99. According to the site, that's an $11 discount from the $149.99 MSRP. The software will reportedly let users upgrade as many as three PCs in a single household to Windows 7 Home Premium. Other sites reportedly had the same item selling for around the same price, and all had the same part number (GFC-00236) and UPC code... Read more...
Good news, Windows fans/users. If you're in need of a PC now, but don't want to miss out on the Windows 7 train which officially leaves the station on October 22nd, Microsoft is stepping in to help. Today, the software giant announced that starting tomorrow (June 26th), consumers and small businesses that purchase a Vista-enabled PC from a participating computer maker or retailer will qualify for a free or low-cost upgrade to Windows 7.Unfortunately, it's hard to say exactly who those "qualified retailers/vendors" are, but we know for a fact that HP and Sony will be included. We have all ideas that most legitimate places will also abide by these rules--companies like Gateway, Dell, Acer, Asus,... Read more...
Hear ye, hear ye! If you've been tossing around the idea of putting Windows 7 on your rig, you should probably get a move on. The Windows Team has chimed in to remind us all that Windows 7 Beta users will soon be annoyed into upgrading to Windows 7 RC1, while even those on the sidelines best grab the latter soon.Starting on July 1st, Windows 7 Beta copies will begin to reboot every two hours (can you even imagine?) and expire completely on August 1st. The Release Candidate download program will also close on August 15th, leaving just a few months to get your first taste of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system. And trust us, if you're on Vista, you definitely want to get to Win7 pronto.... Read more...
Expectations couldn't possibly be higher for Microsoft's next-generation operating system. Amazingly, this will be the first Windows OS that will actually run smoother on current-gen hardware than the prior OS. Indeed, the Release Candidate of Windows 7 that is on the market today runs far smoother on current machines than Vista, and while Vista practically drags netbooks to a crawl, Win7 hums along just fine. That said, it seems that Microsoft is keeping its hopes in check with the impending release. We already know that many businesses will be holding off on the upgrade for some time, and given the current economic situation, we'd guess that many consumers will also hold off for awhile if at... Read more...
 One of the biggest limitations to the Starter editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista is being able to run only 3 concurrent applications on a PC at a time (excluding background processes such as anti-virus software, wireless and Bluetooth, and system tools like Explorer and Control Panel). As Windows 7 Starter is going to be available on many netbooks, Microsoft has wisely decided to remove that limitation on its upcoming operating system. Despite that change, there will still be many limitations to the OS: Windows 7 Starter does not include: Aero Glass, meaning you can only use the “Windows Basic” or other opaque themes. It also means you do not get Taskbar Previews or Aero Peek. Personalization... Read more...
Those wondering how much Windows 7 is going to set them back have only a few weeks longer to wait - the prices for the six SKUs are expected to be revealed in mid-June.TechARP said retailers were finding out prices this month and the public prices would be released next month. Retailers had to sign non-disclosure agreements to keep the prices under wraps until Microsoft makes the official announcement.Though there are six versions of Windows 7, Microsoft has said there are two primary versions that should suit the majority of customers, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. Those are the two that will be sold through traditional outlets. The other versions are Starter, Home Basic,... Read more...
Just in time to prepare for an upgrade to Windows 7, the U.S. Army is upgrading to ... Windows Vista.The upgrade will include getting rid of all the Office 2003 programs and installing Office 2007 in its place, and is scheduled for a Dec. 31 completion date. Half the Army's computers (they have 744,000 desktop units) have Office 2007 so far and 13 percent (44,000, more or less) are on Vista, which was released in January 2007. Windows 7 is supposed to launch before year's end, so the Army will be fully on Vista sometime after Microsoft's next generation OS is already launched.According to the Army's press release, First-time Vista users will discover added support for data encryption,... Read more...
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it has released Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to manufacturing. The new service pack, combined for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, will be released sometime in Q2 2009, Microsoft indicated. Highlights of the changes, many of which have already been delivered separately, include: Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support... Read more...
Microsoft will soon (?) offer a release candidate (RC) version of Windows 7, and those are testing the product already will most likely want to move from the current beta version to the RC version. That said, it's not going to be easy. The reason is that in real-life, the upgrade path will be from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (Microsoft has already said that XP to Windows 7 will not be an upgrade path; a fresh install will be required). Because of that, and because they want as many people testing the actual upgrade path as possible, Microsoft would prefer users downgrade to a Vista image, then upgrade to the RC. Of course, they recognize the fact that some people have installed 7, and love it,... Read more...
It was revealed earlier by poking around in the latest (leaked) build of Windows 7 that you could disable Internet Explorer 8. But that "feature" wasn't confirmed by Microsoft until Friday, however, when a blog post at the Engineering Windows 7 site noted the new functionality. In Windows 7 we are expanding the number of features you have control over in this regard, giving customers more control, flexibility and choice in managing the features available in this version of Windows. In addition to the features that were already available to turn on or off in Windows Vista, we’ve added the following features to the list in Windows 7: Windows Media PlayerWindows Media CenterWindows DVD MakerInternet... Read more...
Puget Systems, AKA Puget Custom Computers, headquartered in Kent, WA based PC etailer will begin offering free Windows 7 upgrades to customers who buy new Windows Vista PCs starting Sunday, according to their website. Its upgrade program will predate Microsoft's own upgrade program by months. Microsoft's offering is scheduled to begin on July 1st. Here's what their site says: Puget Systems is pleased to announce FREE upgrades to Windows 7 on select purchases starting 3/1/09. Customers who purchase a qualifying computer with Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit or Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit are eligible for an upgrade to the corresponding version of Windows 7 64-bit upon release. To redeem this... Read more...
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