Microsoft execs think, or so I'm told, that they made a mistake in extending the period of Extended Support for Windows XP by two years. I completely agree and thought so at the time. Windows XP was and remains a plague that needs to be extinguished. Featured stories Cryptocurrency reality checks and the coming boom USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well Thousands of Mega logins dumped online, exposing user files The problem they faced was the ice-cold reaction of customers to Windows Vista. They face a somewhat similar problem now with the success of Windows 7 and the poor reception of Windows 8. You might think that the right thing to do would be to extend support for Windows 7 the way they did with Windows XP. But you would be wrong, and Microsoft has a better option. Extend Mainstream Support without extending Extended Support, at least for Windows 7 Pro. Some … [Read more...] about Look for Windows 7 Mainstream Support to be extended
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Windows 8 is provoking a Marmite-like reaction among users, but that doesn't mean you'll fall directly into the love or hate camps. It's more likely you'll find certain new features useful and others unnecessary. If you're pining for features no longer present, this article is for you. In this how-to guide, I'll reveal how to water down or ignore some of Windows 8's more controversial features and restore functionality you thought had gone forever. While these tips aren't strictly about making Windows 8 like Windows 7, they address a few annoying niggles.Bypass the Start screen and disable hotspots When Windows 8 first loads, you'll notice how it defaults to the new Start screen. If you'd rather go straight to the traditional desktop we all know and love, download a free tool called Skip Metro Suite. Once installed, launch the program and verify 'Skip Start Screen' is ticked. While you're here, you'll notice that you can also disable some or all of Windows 8's hotspots, allowing you … [Read more...] about How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7
I am a fan of Microsoft Windows 7. That's not likely to change. Not only does it look better than the "Operating System That Must Not Be Named" (Vista), but it works better as well. Highlights include: • A tamed UAC These are all things I've experienced myself as I've used the OS over the past year, and I'm happy every time I encounter them. Honestly, I rarely run into the dead ends I used to find with the Operating System That Must Not Be Named. Despite all this, we're entering what I consider the most perilous stage of the operating system launch process: compatibility testing. It's where the rubber meets the road. Which of your legacy products will and won't work with Windows 7? Last year, Microsoft promised that if something works with the Operating System That Must Not Be Named, it will work with Windows 7. That was a bold, yet welcome, promise. Since then, Microsoft hasn't so much backed off from this promise, as it has clarified it. Take, for instance, the new post on … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Compatibility Program: Do We Need It?
Microsoft's latest OS is rich in features and performance, but there's always room for improvement. Try these tips to optimize your system. If you have a Windows 7 system, you know that there's a lot to like about Microsoft's newest OS. More svelte and nimble than its troubled predecessor, Vista, Windows 7 offers a refreshing new look, fewer compatibility issues, simpler home networking, and a faster start-up. Still, as we all know, no OS is perfect; there are always nips and tucks that can improve the user experience. That's where we come in. Our collection of tips and tricks can help boost the speed of your Win 7 system, make it more secure, improve its look, customize it, and much more.—Next: Speed It Up > Speed It Up One of the main virtues of Windows 7 is its speed, especially when compared with its predecessor, Vista. But most people haven't experienced the 15-second boot for the operating system that Microsoft engineers were shooting for. Here are 12 tips to speed up … [Read more...] about 50 Ways to Make the Most of Windows 7
Windows 7 is finally here. Will it redeem Microsoft's Vista-tarnished image? All indications are that it will. The hardware driver issues that plagued Vista won't recur, for the simple reason that Windows 7 reuses the same deep plumbing code that Vista did, and after nearly three years, the incompatibilities have actually been ironed out. In other words, most of the drivers already exist. Microsoft has also remedied the other two big complaints about Vista: its bloat and those obnoxious User Account Controls. While the trend has long been for new OSes to be bloated with new goodies, Windows 7 actually performs better and takes up less disk space than its predecessor. Long story short: I like Windows 7 a lot, and with its new taskbar, user interface, and home networking enhancements, PCMag.com gives the new OS the thumbs up. The new streaming media functionality, together with Windows 7's new taskbar, Device Stage, HomeGroup networking, and XP Mode make this Windows far more than a … [Read more...] about Microsoft Windows 7