Microsoft begins pre-sale for Windows 8

Windows 8 is now available for pre-order ahead of the Oct. 26 launch, Microsoft Corp. announced today. Windows 8 PCs from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Sony also went on sale today

Published on: October 12th, 2012 Brian Jackson

Windows 8 upgrade to cost $39.99 USD

If you've got a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft will upgrade the operating system to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 as soon as it becomes generally available.For customers

Published on: July 5th, 2012 Tim Greene

Windows 8 upgrade path from Vista, XP still unclear

Microsoft today declined to confirm whether users of Windows XP and Vista will be able to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8 when the latter launches later this year.On Monday, Microsoft spelled out

Published on: April 18th, 2012 Gregg Keizer

Windows 8 Task Manager offers simplicity and power

Design simplicity is the key for Windows 8, and Microsoft recently discussed on its blog yet another popular Windows feature getting streamlined in Windows 8: the task manager. The new task manager echoes

Published on: October 17th, 2011 Ian Paul

Windows 8 faces several challenges to success

It always amuses me how passionate a reaction people can have over the release of a new operating system, and Microsoft Corp.’s recent unveiling of Windows 8 at its Build conference was no

Published on: September 23rd, 2011 Brian Jackson

Video Rewind: Reinstall Windows XP, again

Microsoft may be urging its more stubborn customers to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 with just 1,000 days of support left for the older operating system - but that doesn't mean

Published on: July 12th, 2011 ITBusiness Staff

Microsoft to issue one critical Windows update this week

Microsoft today said it will issue four security updates next week, only one of which is pegged as critical, to patch 22 vulnerabilities in Windows and Visio 2003.Next Tuesday's patch lineup is smaller

Published on: July 11th, 2011 Gregg Keizer

Four pitfalls to avoid when upgrading to Office 2010

A Microsoft Office upgrade can be intimidating, particularly for companies still using Office 2003. The distance between Office 2003 and Office 2010 can incite fears of compatibility problems and business disruptions in the

Published on: January 19th, 2011

How to increase your Windows system restore points

Lee asked the Answer Line forum how to increase the number of Windows System Restore points. Windows' built-in system backup program, System Restore, allows you to revert Windows and your applications back to

Published on: November 9th, 2010 Lincoln Spector

Firms using XP SP2 imperiled as retirement deadline looms

Three out of four companies will soon face more security risks because they continue to run the soon-to-be-retired Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), a report published today claimed.The report is based on

Published on: June 24th, 2010 Gregg Keizer and Maxine Cheung

Firms using XP vulnerable despite recent Microsoft patches

Since the Windows 7 operating system (OS) launch Microsoft Corp. has downgraded vulnerabilities it recently issued patches for. That's good news, say researchers at anti-virus firm Symantec Corp., as it's a sign security

Published on: March 12th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

Most IT teams ready to commit to Windows 7

Jim Thomas said no to Windows Vista - but Windows 7 is an entirely different matter. Thomas, CIO at Pella Corp., says his IT team began beta testing Vista's successor a year ago

Published on: March 11th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

Many businesses still vulnerable despite downgraded patches since Windows 7 rollout

Researchers at antivirus software company Symantec Corp. have some good news and some bad news.In one hand, since the rollout of the Windows 7 operating system (OS) Microsoft appears to have downgraded vulnerabilities

Published on: March 10th, 2010 Nestor Arellano

21 free downloads to make Windows shine

These five free utilities will give your Windows XP or Vista machine some Windows 7 pizzazz. AeroSnap: Maximizing a window on today's large monitors is often a waste of screen space. In Windows

Published on: March 2nd, 2010 Jeff Radecki