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All posts tagged "windows 7"

  • Microsoft issues emergency update for Windows desktop and Server systems

    If you just got to work and Windows Update hasn’t been buzzing away in the background, you should probably check on it immediately. Microsoft has published an emergency update for users of all Windows systems from Vista and Server 2003 upwards, addressing a critical security hole. Even though November’s Patch Tuesday — Microsoft’s usual round of monthly updates addressing operating system (OS) holes — has come and gone, Microsoft is constantly looking for potential exploitation opportunities within its OS framework. The “Out-of-Band” patch addresses a Keberos (a network authentication protocol) flaw which could allow “an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user...

  • Microsoft’s Windows 9 Technical Preview leaked in bevy of screenshots

    Update: As if this couldn’t get any better. The same site that leaked the pile of purported screenshots has just leaked a video of the OS in action. We wondered how the start tiles would operate alongside the returning start menu, and it seems “Pin to Start” functionality will overlap quite a bit. Additionally, the new animations are crisp and swift, which should benefit underpowered machines. But we have vastly polarised opinions in the office about the fledgeling OS, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. The world may be one step closer to knowing what’s going...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There’s a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft’s most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It’s not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother’s granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • Toshiba LX830-10F review: a Windows 7 all-in-one PC

    Somehow the Toshiba LX830-10F feels both current and out of date at the same time. The idea of an all-in-one PC that sits in the front room and handles media, games and even office programs with ease, all packaged up with an interface that’s easy and intuitive to use on a touchscreen, is an attractive one. But for years they’ve been lumbered with operating systems that might be fine with a keyboard and mouse, but just don’t work well with touchscreens. However, now that Windows 8 is here, we are begging to see some excellent all-in-ones, such as the Dell XPS One 27...

  • Acer offers ‘free’ Windows 8 update for select customers

    Acer is set to offer customers ‘refunds’ on Windows 8 upgrades for laptop and desktop purchased between now and 31 January 2013. With the anticipated release of Windows 8 scheduled for next month, Acer has teamed up with Microsoft in a promotional offer on all its products. This promotion was originally intended to coincide with the release of its new Ultrabook in June this year and applies to all purchases up until 31 January 2013. Could this be the first device to get the update? With the overwhelming response from consumers on its initial promotion, Acer has now looked to...

  • Windows 7 users offered upgrade for $14.99

    Consumers who have purchased their PCs during a promotional period are being offered a cheaper price to upgrade to Windows 8. The offer is limited to one upgrade per PC and up to five per customer. The promotional period is between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013, so you still have time to get your upgrade. The cut off point to cash in on this deal is February 28, 2013. The normal price is US$69.99 if you buy it on its own, US$39.99 if you have an existing Windows product and only US$14.99 with this promotion. Sounds...

  • Windows 8 is RTM ready, shipping to OEM’s and launching October 26

    And that’s pretty much the story. Microsoft’s announced that Windows 8 has moved into “released to manufacturing” or RTM status. What this means for the little people is that testing is finished and Windows 8 is now a complete, wholesome project. The finished code has also been shipped, or will begin to ship, to Microsoft’s OEM partners. Tablet and PC makers external from Microsoft can now begin to load the finished code onto its devices. Highly exciting times. You, the Windows 8 user can get your sweaty mitts on a finished product come 26 October. There are a few options for...