Undoubtedly, Windows XP continues to get a consistent amount of love from its very loyal users, after all, the OS continues to run on over 65.49% of computers worldwide. Citing findings from Market research firm Techaisle, Microsoft is warning that ignoring Windows 7 and failing to upgrade computers while choosing to ride Windows XP for all it’s got on older hardware comes with inherent financial costs. Techaisle indicates that the maintenance costs of older PCs running XP can be as much as 1.5 times higher than for newer Windows 7-based machines.
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As expected, Microsoft today released two “important” patches in its March security update.
The two security bulletins address Windows and Office holes that could have remote code execution (RCE) implications. The March patch describes eight vulnerabilities that had not been previously disclosed.
Windows 7 customers that are configuring their accounts for automatic login will find that the operating system resents the Taskbar (Superbar) to the default configuration, Microsoft said. The same problem also affects users of Windows Server 2008 R2, according to the Redmond company, but customers that are running either of the two platforms now have a solution available to resolve the issue.
The Redmond company is reportedly planning to release the first service pack for Windows 7 at the end of 2010, namely in the last quarter of this year.
The Shamrocks theme brings to desktops a few wallpapers that are bound to resonate with Irish nationals more than with other users of Windows 7.
Deployment Image Servicing & Management (DISM) is a new command line tool which was introduced in Windows 7 for deployment. DISM can be used to service a Window image or to prepare a Windows Pre-installation Environment (Windows PE) image.
By editing the registry, you can if you wish block the Browser Update Choice, which is offered in the European version of Windows 7.
This a technique applies to all supported copies of Windows 7, Vista & XP and allows users to block the delivery of the browser ballot screen.
There is a simple way to change the size of Windows 7 Taskbar Thumbnails. If you find them to be a little to small for your liking, go ahead and make them bigger!
Should you feel the need, you can make your Windows 7 cursor blink faster…
To do so, open Control Panel…
Microsoft has officially announced the sales target for the latest version of the Windows client, and, while extremely high, it is in no way beyond the company’s reach. Speaking at the CeBIT Global Conference, in Hanover, Germany on March 4, 2010, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner revealed that the software giant aimed to sell in excess of 300 million copies of Windows 7 by the end of 2010.
Intel Manager Steve Peterson, attending the CeBIT Global Conference in Hannover, Germany, revealed that he expected USB 3.0 to become mainstream only with the advent of the next iteration of the Windows client, Windows 8.
Windows 7 users that have been keeping an eye on Softpedia already know that Microsoft has been releasing a steady flow of personalization content. The latest Windows 7 theme made available by the Redmond company is titled Life, and comes courtesy of the Discovery channel and BBC.
The first service pack for Windows 7 is reportedly on track to graduating to Beta stage in mid-April 2010. Microsoft, of course, has yet to make public any details on the first major upgrade for its latest Windows client, let alone disclose the timetable, or the launch deadline.
Folder Redirection and User Profiles in the Windows 7 operating system provide users with a consistent user experience, regardless of where the user is logged on.
Microsoft will issue two bulletins fixing eight vulnerabilities rated “important” in Windows and Microsoft Office products on Tuesday, the company announced on Thursday.
Forrester Research has put together a new whitepaper designed to offer general guidance to adopters of Windows Vista’s successor. “Lessons Learned from Windows 7 Early Adopters” is available.
Microsoft is producing a steady stream of interim Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Builds on the way to the first beta development milestone, but so far has yet to make public any official details on the first major upgrade to the latest iteration of its Windows client. Information from a third-party source reveals that, between January 11 and March 2, Microsoft compiled no less than 35 builds of Windows 7 SP1, at the rate of almost one per day.
Microsoft has released the Persian Language Interface Pack (LIP) for Windows 7, and is now available for download.
A new theme available for download from Microsoft is designed to help users celebrate the arrival of spring. With the new season upon us, the Redmond company has updated the content made available on the Windows Personalization Gallery, and is offering Czech Spring, a free theme pack, set up to integrate seamlessly with the latest iteration of the Windows client.
Windows 7 has managed to breathe new life into Microsoft’s share on the operating system market. For the first time in the last six months, Windows’ market share got a small bump, and an unusual break from an otherwise constant and downward trajectory. According to statistics made available by net Applications, the overall usage share of Windows jumped from 92.00% in January 2010 to 92.12% in February.