Windows XP archive

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

    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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...

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

    By 1 February 2010

    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
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    A brief history of Microsoft Windows

    By 20 October 2009

    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
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    Windows XP phone gets details, pictures

    By 21 September 2009

    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...

  • Chinese company demos Windows XP phone
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    Chinese company demos Windows XP phone

    By 5 June 2009

    iPhone OS too flashy for you? Windows Mobile doesn't run enough applications? Not a fan of Android, Symbian or webOS either? Chinese company "In Technology" has created a phone that runs Windows XP. Believed to be the first XP-packing handset in the world,...

  • Windows 7 to get Windows XP mode
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    Windows 7 to get Windows XP mode

    By 25 April 2009

    Microsoft has said that Windows 7 users will still be able to use programmes designed for Windows XP through a new virtual mode. Posting the information on the company's Windows Blog, Scott Woodgate, a member of the Windows 7 team has confirmed that users...

  • Free security software from Microsoft
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    Free security software from Microsoft

    By 19 November 2008

    Microsoft is to stop selling its all-in-one security and management package OneCare, but is launching a new software suite to keep machines protected. The free security and anti-virus software is designed to protect PCs running XP, Vista, and Windows...

  • OLPC gets Windows XP
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    OLPC gets Windows XP

    By 27 October 2008

    It has been working on it since December 2007, but Microsoft has finally come up with a version of Windows XP suitable for the One Laptop Per Child XO machine. The OS has had to be "slimmed down" to run off a 2GB flash memory card, but the computing giant...

  • IntelliTunes digital jukebox
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    IntelliTunes digital jukebox

    By 6 October 2008

    If you like the idea of a jukebox in your pool room, but also love your technology, the digital IntelliTunes may be the new toy for you. It'll set you back $3995 but for that you get tunes and tech. It has two LCD screens and wall-mount chassis so you...

  • PC remote controller mark II available
    Gadgets

    PC remote controller mark II available

    By 24 September 2008

    This is a nifty gadget for people who use their PCs a lot for entertainment or even business presentations. The PC Remote Controller II has keys for accessing applications on your PC fast, but also A, B, C and D Hotkeys, which can be set to open specified...

  • 33% of Vista PC buyers "downgrading" to XP
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    33% of Vista PC buyers "downgrading" to XP

    By 20 August 2008

    HP admitted at the beginning of this month, that thanks to a loophole, it is selling more copies of the XP operating system than Vista. And the very same loophole is allowing all of the computer manufacturers - including Dell - to continue to sell the...

  • Windows promises "feature pack for storage"
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    Windows promises "feature pack for storage"

    By 18 August 2008

    Apparently Microsoft is prepping a new Windows add-on called Feature Pack for Storage. The online reports suggest that it will contain modules for portable drive recognition and restriction, ICCD and CCID Smartcard drivers, but also an image mastering...

  • Microsoft delivers 12 fixes
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    Microsoft delivers 12 fixes

    By 12 August 2008

    Microsoft has issues 12 fixes today (yup - it's Patch Tuesday), including seven, which have been classified as critical. The critical vulnerabilities affect Internet Explorer and Media Player on all contemporary operating systems so Windows 2000, XP and...

  • XP still outselling Vista
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    XP still outselling Vista

    By 8 August 2008

    HP has said that it is selling more copies of Windows XP than Vista even though the new operating system even though they are supposedly not allowed to. According to APC Magazine, Jane Bradburn, market development manager of commercial notebooks for HP...

  • Microsoft planning Windows replacement
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    Microsoft planning Windows replacement

    By 5 August 2008

    Although the details are scant, Microsoft has admitted that it is working on a replacement for the Windows operating system. Midori - which is reportedly just one of the options that the computing giant is working on - could see a radical move away from...

  • Dell takes a dig at Vista
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    Dell takes a dig at Vista

    By 3 July 2008

    Microsoft may have extended support for its popular XP operating system until 2014, but it still needs to push Vista. But it seems it's having problems persuading computer manufacturers to do the same. Dell has openly declared its support for the older...