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Farewell to XP, hello to charge of the hack attacks?

Farewell to XP, hello to charge of the hack attacks?

By 8 April 2014

On the same day Microsoft releases a much-requested update for Windows 8.1, it will also cease support for Windows XP. Today's shut-down might not affect you and may even cause an audible "meh" when mentioned, but is a far bigger deal than many consumers... >>

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP - but gives UK govt extension

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP - but gives UK govt extension

By 8 April 2014

Microsoft has finally ended support for Windows XP, which means you'll no longer have access to technical support or security patches if your machine is running the 13-year-old operating system. The company cut off Windows XP users and partners in the... >>

Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1

Still using Windows XP? Microsoft begins $100 deal to get you on Windows 8.1

By 22 March 2014

Microsoft has begun a promotion to give Windows XP users $100 towards a Surface or Windows 8.1 machine that's priced over $599, as support for the older software begins to wind down. The deal, available through the Microsoft Store in the US, will run... >>

Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy

Microsoft sues Comet for Windows piracy

By 4 January 2012

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

By 12 July 2011

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

By 13 July 2010

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

By 23 April 2010

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

By 11 March 2010

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

By 25 February 2010

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

By 12 February 2010

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... >>


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