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Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy

Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy

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Microsoft is suing UK electronics and PC retailer Comet for allegedly counterfeiting thousands of copies of Windows Vista and Windows XP. The shop is accused of pirating 94,000 recovery discs without the permission of the software giant. It is claimed... >>

Microsoft: It's time to put Windows XP to bed

Microsoft: It's time to put Windows XP to bed

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Microsoft is urging Windows XP users to jump ship as the ancient operating system nears the end of its days - in terms of extended support at least. Speaking via the Windows Team blog, Microsoft's Stephen Rose said it was time that XP became a relic of... >>

Microsoft: Windows 7 downgradeable to XP until 2020

Microsoft: Windows 7 downgradeable to XP until 2020

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Microsoft has announced that it is extending the period that Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate users have the right to a free downgrade to Windows XP, for the entire life-cycle of their Windows 7 OS. Previously, the Microsoft's guidelines stated that: "Windows... >>

McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus

McAfee update labels Windows XP as a virus

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A virus scanner update from McAfee has caused havoc amongst Windows XP computers by incorrectly identifying part of the operating system as a virus. The 5958 update identified svchost.exe as the wecorl.a virus. A while back, Microsoft shifted the majority... >>

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

Hard drive update means XP slowdowns

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Since the days of DOS, hard drives have always been comprised of blocks of data 512 bytes in size that are read in a chunk. But that's to change in early 2010, as storage manufacturers have agreed to shift to a format that instead applies 4096 byte chunks.... >>

Microsoft starts countdown to phasing out Windows XP, Vista, 2000

Microsoft starts countdown to phasing out Windows XP, Vista, 2000

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Don't panic, the date's not just yet, however as promised by Microsoft last year, the company is starting to inform Windows users that it will be phasing out support for its earlier operating systems. "Back in October 2009 we talked about upcoming dates... >>

XP patch brings blue screen misery

XP patch brings blue screen misery

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Windows XP users are lighting torches and collecting pitchforks for an assault on the castle gates following a set of security patches issued on 9 February by Microsoft. If reports on the company's support forum are true, the updates have caused widespread... >>

The reason you'll never connect to "Free Public WiFi"

The reason you'll never connect to "Free Public WiFi"

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Strictly speaking, we've already told you a lie. You can connect to "Free Public WiFi" you just won't be able to access the internet through it. The chances are that if you're reading this story, you know what we're talking about. You're sitting in an... >>

A brief history of Microsoft Windows

A brief history of Microsoft Windows

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If a rose by any other name would have smelled as sweet then we'd all be looking forward to the launch of Interlace Manager 7 this week. That was how it all began for Microsoft's projected in 1981 when Windows was first under development. Fortunately,... >>

Windows XP phone gets details, pictures

Windows XP phone gets details, pictures

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The Windows XP handset which Pocket-lint brought you news of earlier in the year has been fleshed out with a little more information, including full specs for the device and some promotional images. The xpPhone, as it's called, also has the ability to... >>