Items tagged with Windows Vista

In a decision that's bound to cause some chucking around the blogosphere, Microsoft has confirmed that although it's going to have an Ultimate version of Windows 7, it will be ditching the much-derided "Ultimate Extras" it used as a selling point for Vista Ultimate. "Ultimate Extras" were supposed to be exclusive add-ons for Windows Vista Ultimate, but they never amounted to much of anything, and definitely not the cutting-edge extras that consumers had been led to expect. In a statement, Microsoft said: "Our new approach to planning and building Windows doesn't have the capacity to continue to deliver features outside the regular release cycle. While our core development team is focused on building... Read more...
Tacitly acknowledging the problems its had getting people to adopt Windows Vista vs. Windows XP, Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will be selling upgrade versions from Windows XP to Windows 7. However, the upgrade will really only apply to pricing; there won't be a way to do an in-place install of Windows 7 over Windows XP. Instead, the end user will have to do a fresh install of Windows 7. In an email, a company spokeswoman said: "Regarding XP, customers can purchase upgrade media and an upgrade license to move from Windows XP to Windows 7. However, they will need to do a clean installation of Windows 7." It's unclear what the pricing would be for such an upgrade. It would definitely be more... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard's ready to release its latest MediaSmart servers, and, for a change, they don't hate the Mac.The EX485/EX487 are designed for home or home office use, in large part to enable you -- or your friends and family -- to access any media (music, photos, videos, etc.) via the Internet. You can network all your media files from all the computers in your home and create an online server that you can, in turn, make available to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, best friends from high school, you know, anyone. It also enables an automatic backup of all these digital memories.It is based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, but according to a pdf on HP's website,... Read more...
The Web is a great place to go for help, especially for things computer-related. But it’s not always easy to find exactly the right answers to your questions. Now, there’s a new forum for Windows Vista users that should help provide some answers to questions related to the OS. This forum, called Microsoft Answers, is currently in beta mode. And while the address for the site, answers.microsoft.com, is generic, the answers are specific to Windows Vista. Content is available in a Q&A format. There are three ways to use the site: You can use the search bar at the top of the page to find existing answers to your questions. You can also browse category pages under the Find Answers section. Finally,... Read more...
It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Vista OS has been met with some resistance. In fact, many users are sticking with Windows XP and downgrading new PCs to XP because they prefer the older OS. Despite some users’ preferences, Microsoft was trying to phase out Windows XP in favor of Vista and its upcoming Windows 7 OS. In its efforts to phase out Windows XP, Microsoft had set a cutoff date of January 31 for PC makers to obtain licenses for the software. Now, Microsoft has created a new policy that will make it possible for hardware firms to get XP licenses until May 30, 2009. In addition, Microsoft had previously extended XP’s life until 2010 for netbooks and low-cost laptops. The original plan was... Read more...
In late October Microsoft released the first beta of Windows Vista SP2 to a small group of Technology Adoption Program customers. In a blog post, Microsoft said they are going to open up the beta to more testers, starting this week. Currently Vista SP2 is rumored to be scheduled for RTM (release to manufacturing) in April. The blog post did confirm a 1H 2009 release date. The post says that starting on Dec. 4th, everyone (meaning the general public, too) will be able to download the current beta build of Windows Vista SP2. You'll be able to download the beta here, at TechNet. Just to repeat, yes, even non-subscribers will be able to access the beta. MSDN and TechNet subscribers already have access.... Read more...
When pimping Windows Vista prior to its release, Microsoft called it "the most secure OS ever." Of course, software is just software, and there are bugs in anything. And on Friday, security firm Phion AG announced they had discovered a TCP/IP stack buffer overflow. As researcher Thomas Unterleitner indicated: Since this buffer overflow overwrites kernel memory, it could be possible that members of the Network Configuration Operator group exploit this and take control over the operating system without any restriction. This buffer overflow could be exploited to inject code, hence compromising client security. It's a new vulnerability, meaning it is not reproducible on Windows XP. Microsoft was... Read more...
Besides the obvious question: why would anyone want this on their iPhone, there's also the question: why would anyone create this ... monstrosity?The images we received imply that somehow has found a way to get Windows running on an iPhone. As soon as you pick yourself up from the floor and you catch up with reality, you will find out that this is just a sorta-Vista iPhone. It doesn’t run Windows, not natively and not in emulation mode, but is simply a pixel-perfect skin for the iPhone GUI, complete with a taskbar, a round Start button, icons, wallpapers, user interface elements and even sounds, including Windows chimes. The lock screen is also modified, as well as boot and restore screens.A... Read more...
S3 Graphics Leads the Way with DirectX 10.1 Certification for Windows Vista Early WHQL certification for Chrome 400 Series GPU drivers ensures reliability and optimum performance with Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), delivering Hi-Def full DX10.1 to the entry card market Fremont, California, March 25, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10.1 API as part of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to take advantage of new graphics features brought to market by Microsoft. This milestone allows software developers to start DX10.1 development on S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series hardware using the latest March 2008 DirectX SDK. WHQL certification represents... Read more...
It's here, it's here!  Now those of you daring enough to try it without waiting can risk your systems and your sanity.Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update. For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 - you can now do so! We've seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want to communicate as much as possible surrounding Windows Vista SP1 and today's release to Windows Update as we can.For those of you happy to wait - sit tight because SP1 will start downloading to PCs automatically beginning in mid-April (Remember, this happens only if you have your Windows Update configured to automatically download updates and SP1 will automatically... Read more...
Microsoft sells the vast majority of its Windows Vista operating systems pre-installed on new machines. In a bid to expand the customer base of Vista users to include people still using the XP OS, plus new adopters like those that build their own PCs and need to purchase an OS at retail, Microsoft has announced a fairly steep price reduction in various versions of Vista.The price cuts vary by market but in general will range from 20 to 40 percent. In the U.S., an upgrade from earlier versions of Windows to Vista Home Premium will cost $130, compared with the current $160. A full version of the top-end Vista Ultimate edition will sell for $320, down from $400.The new prices will take effect with... Read more...
Seriously, is anyone surprised?Paying customers may not get their hands on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 for weeks, but pirates can download the brand-new code for either today, according to searches at several BitTorrent trackers.The RTM, or release to manufacturing, versions of both operating systems can easily be found on BitTorrent tracker sites such as the Pirate Bay, which has made them available since yesterday.One torrent of Microsoft Corp.'s newest server operating system, Windows Server 2008, lists 42 "seeders," the term for a computer that has a complete copy of the torrent file, and nearly 190 "leechers," or computers that have downloaded only part of the... Read more...
Don't you hate those buts?  Besides the fact that it won't release to download or Windows Update for six weeks, that old bugaboo for Vista strikes again.  Yep, device drivers.As we update our customers to SP1, we want everyone to have a great install experience.  We are going to stage our rollout of SP1 for current Windows Vista users to be approximately concurrent with the availability of Windows Vista SP1 on new PCs and in stores.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Our beta testing identified an issue with a small set of device drivers.  These drivers do not follow our guidelines for driver installation and as a result, some beta participants who were using... Read more...
After a lot of speculation, leaked builds and closed beta testing - without specific public details about SP1 - Microsoft today posted an announcement on their official Windows Vista blog detailing SP1 and their plans for it. Now is the time and the time is now:  let's talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Much has been made of what will or will not be included in SP1 and when it will be released (some accurate, some otherwise).  I'm here to set the story straight:  we're in the process of developing and deploying a Beta version of SP1.  This post will describe for you what to expect from that effort and how you can be involved in the process. They say they are targeting... Read more...
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