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 some significant missteps in this process, including a total lack of actual upgrade options. What Microsoft... 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 WGA on to computers through unspecified Windows updates, and got caught with its fingers squarely... 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 the average person, this is a huge, huge deal. Most folks are resistant to change when something seems... 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 customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems... 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 challenge on the higher difficulty settings but not for Cyth Systems' Guitar Hero playing machine. ... 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. The XPS 730x will be available with all three currently available Core i7 models, complete with a... 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 be available through the Sony Style Web site at www.sonystyle.com beginning November 13.  This... 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 speakers and sub woofer for immersive entertainment experiences. Dell launched its partnership... 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 did a study (.PDF) by taking the following security suites: McAfee Internet Security Suite 2009Norton... 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, 2009.  However, this comes to them from an "unnamed reader."  In that case, this is even... 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 system. The vapor-compression refrigeration system has been the most widely used method for air-conditioning... 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 household can get 2 of these coupons.In a press release, the FCC said: The early digital switch in... 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 court rule that a employee of a company has no expectation of privacy of the contents of his work... 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 DSL and network connections, to touchpad issues, and even a funky boot-order issue. But there are numerous... Read more...
It's always amusing to read blog comments and hear just how unpopular Microsoft is. Of course a 90+ percent market share in their core business would seem to indicate a certain level of popularity, but apparently popularity is measured in a different way than simple arithmetic. It really doesn't matter if your average websurfer likes the guy on the left or the guy on the right in the Apple ads, because as we all know, hate is free on the Internet. But it's beginning to cost big companies big bucks to indulge in Microsoft hate in the boardroom. Google hated Microsoft enough to sink a billion dollars into moribund AOL in 2005, likely simply to keep Microsoft from getting any sort of toehold in... Read more...
Today on HotHardware we’ve got a quick-take spotlight video for you on Dell’s hot XPS M1730 Gaming Notebook... Synopsis: Dell's XPS M1730 is a powerful Desktop Replacement notebook designed with the performance enthusiast in mind. Sleek styling and custom lighting adorn this beastly, semi-portable machine that weighs in at well over 10lbs. Gaming and multimedia performance with the M1730 is top notch, with frame rates across its beautiful 17" 1920X1200 LCD holding strong in even the most demanding games and HD content. Though it's not cheap, the Dell XPS M1730 offers great performance, fantastic build quality and eye-catching good looks. Stop by our new video channel and have a look:Video Spotlight:... Read more...
Synopsis:  Dell's XPS M1730 is a powerful Desktop Replacement notebook designed with the performance enthusiast in mind.  Sleek styling and custom lighting adorn this beastly, semi-portable machine that weighs in at well over 10lbs.  Gaming and multimedia performance with the M1730 is top notch, with frame rates across its beautiful 17" 1920X1200 LCD holding strong in even the most demanding games and HD content.  Though it's not cheap, the Dell XPS M1730 offers great performance, fantastic build quality and eye-catching good looks.  A more detailed review can be found here at HotHardware:https://hothardware.com/Articles/Dell_XPS_M1730_Mobile_Gaming_Notebook/ *Note system... Read more...
GIGABYTE Unleashes Industry’s Most Secure, Green and High Performing Intel G45 Express Chipset Motherboard Hitting Over 1100+ 3DMark 06 score for Media-Center Solution Taipei, Taiwan, – GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today launched the new GIGABYTE EG45 Series motherboard - GA-EG45M-DS2H. Featuring the most secure, green and high performing integrated graphics solution on the market and powered by the latest Intel® G45 Express chipset with Intel GMA X4500HD graphics core, the GIGABYTE EG45 Series delivers extensive high-definition video and audio capabilities to enable the latest high-definition digital multimedia systems.The GIGABYTE GA-EG45M-DS2H... Read more...
Ever wonder why Microsoft releases these sorts of major updates via manual update first? Well, if you've been reading along, you know why (and we've seen more than one example of why). However, Windows XP SP3, after its initial fits and starts, is nearly ready to hit automatic distribution via Windows Update.This was revealed in an MSDN blog post by Nick MacKechnie, senior technical account manager at Microsoft New Zealand:Hi All,Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly. The third service pack to Windows XP includes the previously... Read more...
Nine days and counting until the Apple iPhone 3G goes on sale in the U.S... Many plan on buying their first iPhone, while existing iPhone users ponder whether to upgrade to the new phone or not. Rumors and speculation abound as to how much AT&T will charge for its service plans and what features will come with those plans. We've taken it upon ourselves to address some of the rumors and issues below...1) Rumor: AT&T will charge iPhone 3G customers more than it charges other AT&T non-iPhone customers.False: AT&T offers four different individual calling plans for its phones, and the same rates and features apply to all of them, whether they are iPhones or not. The only difference... Read more...
It's not over yet - not completely - but it might as well be. On Monday Microsoft sent out a letter to its customers dashing any hopes of a stay of execution for Windows XP.The letter (PDF) from Bill Veghte, senior vice president of the Online Services & Windows Business group, affirms that after June 30 Microsoft will suspend OEM distribution of Windows XP. The extension some people advocated isn't happening. Good. As I've expressed before, Microsoft can't get XP out of the OEM channel fast enough.But vestiges of XP distribution will continue, since system builders can continue shipping the operating system through Jan. 31, 2009. They acquire the software from distributors. Now this is interesting:... Read more...
Last night, Google unveiled something called "Gmail Labs." It can be found under your Settings tab in Gmail. Of course, typically, this will roll out gradually to users, so you may not see it, though it went live at 6 PM PDT Thursday night, so most should have it by now.Gmail Labs is a way for us to take lots of the ideas we wouldn't normally pick and let you all (who use Gmail) decide whether they're good or not. When you sign in, you'll see a new page in Settings called Labs. It has a list of experimental new features, and you can enable or disable each one. Some of the popular ones will become core parts of the product, and we'll eventually retire the ones that don't get much use. We've put... Read more...
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