Time’s a-wastin’ for Windows 7 upgrade decision

A memo on Microsoft's TechNet Web site indicates the software maker is eyeing May for a Windows 7 release candidate rollout – leading to predictions the new operating system will likely be out

Published on: April 25th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Odious OS

I love old technology as much as the next techno-geezer, but come on, it wasn't all wonder and goodness. Let's reflect on the bad old days of operating systems as well. After all,

Published on: April 9th, 2009 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

Some XP, Vista PCs “eligible” for free Windows 7 upgrades

Microsoft Corp. will provide free or discounted Windows 7 upgrades, not only to users who buy Vista PCs between June 2009 and January 2010, but also to people who buy systems that have

Published on: April 8th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

10 Fixes for Vista’s Worst Features

Just ask anyone who's seen Spiderman 3: Good ideas seldom survive bad execution. The developers at Microsoft had some great ideas while designing Vista, but poor implementation turned many of those great concepts

Published on: March 27th, 2009 Lincoln Spector

Black background, persistent notices await those who don’t activate Windows 7

Microsoft Corp. will turn Windows 7's background picture black and put up persistent notices on the screen if users don't activate the new operating system, a company manager said yesterday. The Windows 7

Published on: February 26th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Five tips for choosing a Windows operating system

IT managers are facing a perfect storm of Windows upgrade options. While the Windows 7 beta has garnered some of the operating system's best reviews, many IT managers happy with Windows XP are

Published on: February 18th, 2009

Why Microsoft owes users an apology over Windows 7

Should Microsoft include an "in-place" Windows XP upgrade mechanism with Windows 7 so that users keep their settings and apps? That's the question burning its way through the blogosphere this week.Some have argued

Published on: February 11th, 2009 Randall Kennedy

How to get free Vista support, one-on-one coaching from Microsoft

"Frankly, they pick up the phone!" It's one of the most basic aspects of customer support. Yet, according to some help desk users, it seems to be an almost forgotten skill. But when

Published on: February 10th, 2009 Lee Rickwood

Why wait for Windows 7? Change Vista’s looks and performance now

Let's be realistic: Windows 7 is pretty much going to be like Windows Vista with a fresh coat of UI paint and a few needed bug fixes. Granted, some of the new interface

Published on: February 9th, 2009 Rick Broida

Will Windows 7 oust Linux on Netbooks?

Possibly Microsoft's most important strategic goal for Windows 7, in addition to redeeming the brand damage done by Windows Vista, is to dominate netbooks, now the fastest selling segment of the PC market.

Published on: January 27th, 2009 Jeff Radecki

How Microsoft’s

Microsoft would have to come up with as much as $8.5 billion to settle accounts with the customers affected by its 2006 "Vista Capable" marketing program, according to documents unsealed by a federal

Published on: January 26th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Getting and installing Windows 7 beta – your questions answered

Late yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the public beta for Windows 7, the follow-on and follow-up to Vista, which from all signs the company is trying to forget as fast as possible.CEO Steve Ballmer, in

Published on: January 9th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Secure your Vista PC in 10 simple steps

While Windows Vista may be Microsoft Corp.'s most secure operating system ever, it's far from completely secure. In its fresh-from-the-box configuration, Vista still leaves a chance for your personal data to leak out

Published on: January 5th, 2009 Robert Vamosi

Pirated Windows 7 beta copies hits BitTorrent sites

Pirated copies of a Windows 7 build pegged by many as the beta Microsoft Corp. will release next month have leaked to the Internet, according to searches at several BitTorrent sites.A search on

Published on: December 29th, 2008 Gregg Keizer