Items tagged with Windows Vista

Microsoft boasts that Windows Vista is possibly one of the most secure operating systems to date and sports a plethora of security orientated features, but pirate organization Paradox is still giving the new OS a run for its money. Paradox's new crack installs and fully activates Windows Vista without the product ever contacting Microsoft to verify the installation. The crack exploits special product keys used for installing Vista on distributor machines quickly and easily without 'phoning home' while emulating special BIOS code which allows Vista to be installed on any hardware . Microsoft claims eventually it will find these illegal installations by... Read more...
VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista Latest VIA chipsets for Intel, AMD and VIA C7 processors earn Windows Vista certification by Windows Vista Logo program Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed the most comprehensive and flexible range of core logic solutions for Vista-based systems across all the major processor platforms for motherboard, PC, server and device manufacturers. Five of VIA's leading edge IGP chipsets have received the Windows Vista Basic logo from Microsoft: the VIA K8M890 and the VIA P4M900 for the latest mainstream AMD... Read more...
AMD and Microsoft Collaboration Enables World-class Windows Vista Experience - Newly Released ATI Catalyst 7.1 Provides Performance and Stability for Advanced Graphics with New Microsoft Operating System - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for Microsoft Windows Vista users. Based on an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and AMD, Windows Vista harnesses AMD silicon and software to deliver truly immersive computing experiences, new tools for creating and sharing multimedia content and enhanced capabilities for locating... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is only weeks away from public consumption, so it's time to start getting informed on all of the new features and intricacies of the new OS, if you haven't already done so that is.  APC Magazine has an informative article on-line today dealing with Vista's new image-based installation process. "Vista's installation process is dramatically different to any previous version of Windows: rather than being an 'installer', the install DVD is actually a preinstalled copy of Windows that simply gets decompressed onto your PC. So how does it adjust to your hardware? How do you slipstream updates and drivers into it? Can you also 'preinstall' your favourite... Read more...
Finally someone asks the correct question about Microsoft's new Vista OS. It's not "How well does it work?" It should be: "How well will it work on the musty old rig I'm going to try to run it on?" Arstechnica does us all a favor and tests Vista on three different computers, including "Momma's five year old workhorse." The Vista train is running full steam to its release date on November 30 to businesses and January 30, 2007 to store shelves. Is Vista really ready? That depends on what it will be ready for. We expect that the biggest headache for users will be so-called in-place upgrades. While Vista was reasonable on all the machines where we performed... Read more...
Windows isn't exactly known as the most secure OS at the moment, which is why Microsoft has gone to great lengths to improve all aspects of security in Windows Vista. Microsoft has coded Vista in such a way that traditional viruses would have a tuff time of compromising multiple machines, thanks in part to the new ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization) feature. Though no system is perfect, Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin is still optimistic about the new security features found in Vista. "I'll give you an example: It's my favorite feature within Windows Vista, it's called ASLR (Address Space [Layout] Randomization). What it... Read more...
Microsoft and Intel help System Builders get ready for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System and Intel Core 2 Duo processors REDMOND, Wash. - October 12, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced the Ready 2 Rock Road Show, a series of day-long, hands-on events designed to help system builders make the most of myriad business opportunities afforded them by new and innovative products and technologies from Microsoft and Intel. The road show, to be held in 23 cities across the U.S. and Canada, will help system builders be more competitive in the marketplace by providing the training and technical content they need to build and sell customized solutions based on the most powerful... Read more...
WindowsITPro is reporting that Microsoft is planning on releasing Vista Release Candidate 2 (RC2) on Friday!  This release should be the last version before RTM (Release to Manufacturing) which is slated for late October or early November.   Microsoft will ship the final prerelease version of Windows Vista on Friday and, unexpectedly, will name the new version Release Candidate 2 (RC2). (Microsoft had stated earlier that it wouldn't ship an RC2 milestone release of Vista.) But don't let the name fool you. RC2 is really just a standard interim build of Vista, but unlike RC1, it won't be distributed to millions of users.... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)   "Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows Vista is getting closer and closer to its release date early next year. The first release candidate is out, and ZDNet has a review of how the new OS is progressing. Containing much more than what Windows Vista Beta 2 had, RC1 is a step in the right direction, but there's still room for improvement, and we may end up seeing RC2 before the final release of the OS. "Microsoft has released Windows Vista Release Candidate 1, but without the big media splash the software giant made back in 2001 with the release of Windows XP RC1. The first builds of Windows Vista RC1 have been released to about half a million Technical... Read more...
There's no word on these being any kind of official prices, but Amazon.com has given some price indications on various builds of Windows Vista. According to the site, Windows Vista Ultimate will retail for around $400, while the Home version will cost $239. The cheapest package is the $99 Basic upgrade from Windows XP.... Read more...
Would Microsoft ever forget about it's core set of free games like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts? Of course not. But they have given them a bit of a touch-up job, which is no surprise considering the emphasis their putting on the OS' looks. In one of their latest articles, GameSpot checks out Vista's version of the Window classics, and also covers some new games(Finally, Chess). "Windows Vista's updated DirectX 10 API promises to give us better-looking and better-playing games by allowing game developers to get more performance out of the PC system, but Vista isn't only going to help improve those $50 games. Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft can't seem to catch a break when it comes to operating system security. The classic complaint has been that their operating systems are bloated with legacy code that have been passed down from one version of Windows to another, all in the name of backwards compatibility. Microsoft is finally doing something about it by completely rewriting key parts of Windows Vista from the ground up, including the network stack. They hope the new code will make Vista more secure and harder to exploit than previous Windows operating systems, at the cost of binary compatibility with legacy code. Despite their efforts, Microsoft is now under fire from Symantec who published a report... Read more...
For the second time is as many weeks, [H]Consumer has something to say about Windows Vista. This time around, Kyle and crew take a look at a handful of "Windows Vista Capable" branded PCs to see if they're performance powerhouses, or ill-equipped weaklings. "We test three different retail computer systems sporting the "Windows Vista Capable" badges and tell you if it's a gimmick to move systems or if you can really expect an acceptable user experience. We even throw in a bit of a preview of Vista's features as well."  ... Read more...
Kyle from [H] just sent over a link to a new editorial with his thoughts regarding Windows Vista. He uses feedback from readers and one of his editors to convey some different viewpoints, some positive and some not so positive. I think the delays and features ripped from Vista over its extended development cycle, coupled with the fact that Windows XP SP2 is Microsoft's best OS to date, has dulled some of Vista's initial luster. But having used a couple of recent builds of the OS myself, I can honestly say I'm looking forward to its release.  Unlike some people, I like the fact that the Aero interface uses the GPU to accelerate its effects, instead of leaving the most complex... Read more...
If you want to see how the latest build of Vista performs with some of today's popular benchmarks, Techage has the scoop for you this evening. We urge you all to approach the results and writer's opinion with caution, however. We don't question the validity of the results, but Vista's performance has changed quite a bit from build to build, and driver support and optimizations will likely be worlds ahead of where they are now. "Windows Vista is system intensive, as we knew it would be. We set out to find out just -how- system intensive it is. We run a slew of benchmarks and gaming runs on both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions to see how they compare to XP."  ... Read more...
Microsoft has been tight lipped about the minimum and recommended specifications for their upcoming Windows Vista OS to this point, but the company has just spilled the beans.  If you want to know what it's going to take just to run Vista, or to run Vista with the Aero interface in all its glory, see here... To get an even better Windows Vista experience, including the Windows Aero user experience, ask for a Capable PC that is designated Premium Ready, or choose a PC that meets or exceeds the Premium Ready requirements described below. Features available in specific premium editions of Windows Vista, such as the ability to watch and record live TV, may require additional hardware. A... Read more...
It seems Sander from Hardware Analysis just finished installing the latest build of Windows Vista, and now he's wondering where Microsoft went wrong?  Perhaps this editorial is a bit premature considering the OS is still in the beta phase and is months from release, but interesting reading nonetheless. I myself have experimented with the last two releases and am actually looking forward to Vista. Will it be perfect on launch day?  Probably Not.  But neither was XP, yet its matured into the best version of Windows to date. "When the first reports of Vista came in I remember thinking that it resembled much of Windows XP's introduction; basically a host of new features, better... Read more...
Microsoft's next major operating system release isn't quite ready for prime-time just yet, but we're sure many of you are wondering whether or not your rigs will be able to handle Vista when it arrives. The crew at PC Mechanic aims to answer some questions about Vista's hardware requirements in this article. Some of their findings don't quite jibe with my own (specifically about memory usage), but there's some good info in their article nonetheless.  I wrote an article for the CPU Magazine recently regarding the hardware we recommend for Vista, be sure to pick up the May issue to check it out. "The computing... Read more...
REDMOND, Wash., March 21 -- Microsoft Corp. today confirmed that Windows Vista(TM), the next generation of the Windows(R) client operating system, is on target to go into broad consumer beta to approximately 2 million users in the second quarter of 2006. Microsoft is on track to complete the product this year, with business availability in November 2006 and broad consumer availability in January 2007. Windows Vista will deliver great value to businesses by seamlessly connecting people to information, enabling increased mobile and remote productivity, significantly reducing deployment and support costs, and providing a more secure and compliant desktop platform. For consumers, Windows Vista will... Read more...
Vista is coming, which means your current monitor might be going. Whether your for or against DRM, you'll have to put up with it if you're looking for the best quality video. Today FiringSquad has rounded up 12 different monitors, capable of HDCP support, and ready for Windows Vista."HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and it's an Intel-initiated program that was developed with Silicon Image. Manufacturers participating in the program must pay an annual fee of $15,000 and a device fee of $0.005. This is a content protection system as opposed to a copy protection system. Essentially, this protocol ensures that high-definition content such as HD-DVD, Blu-Ray, and copy protected... Read more...
Beware the bug that bricks your DS. That didn't take long. Thinking back to the days of the original GameBoy, I never thought I would see worms crawling into hand held game systems. Actually, back then, the only "worm" I knew about where the ones you go fishing with. Anyway, enjoy the news! Windows Vista Build 5219 Review @ CoolTechZone.com "At the recent PDC, Microsoft started a new way of launching software, and we aren't complaining. The deal is that it'll showcase a monthly update to Vista, which would show progress from the last month in terms of added functionality, features, and graphics in addition to additional functionality. This is an excellent method as it allows Microsoft... Read more...
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