Microsoft warns of Windows shortcut attack code

A security researcher on Sunday published a working exploit of a critical Windows vulnerability, making it more likely that attacks will spread.According to a security advisory issued Friday by Microsoft , hackers can

Published on: July 20th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

5 reasons to jettison XP and switch to Windows 7

Today is D-day for Windows XP SP2 users. Granted, Windows XP SP2 will still work, but today is the last Patch Tuesday for the venerable OS which means it will become more unstable

Published on: July 12th, 2010 Tony Bradley

Clock ticking on Windows XP downgrade rights

The demise of some Windows 7 to XP downgrade rights is at hand, an analyst said.Last year, Microsoft said that customers could downgrade new machines purchased with Windows 7 Professional to the older

Published on: May 11th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Windows XP more dangerous OS than Vista, Windows 7

Microsoft has released a new Security Incident Report--the eighth volume of Microsoft's quarterly overview of computer and network security trends. The report illustrates once again that security can be greatly improved by upgrading

Published on: May 4th, 2010 Tony Bradley

Businesses warming up to Windows 7

Businesses are finally prying their hands from Microsoft 's Windows XP as they warm to Windows 7 . "Over the years, IT has had a real love affair with XP," said Diane Hagglund,

Published on: April 6th, 2010 Gregg Keizer and Liz Eversoll

Internet Explorer 9 will not run on Windows XP

Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), will not run on Windows XP, now or when the software eventually ships, the company confirmed Tuesday. The move makes Microsoft the first major browser developer

Published on: March 24th, 2010 Gregg Keizer

Delaying Windows 7 upgrade could be ‘costly’

Not everyone is interested in upgrading to Windows 7 -- at least not right away. Computerworld 's survey respondents who said they have no plans to upgrade reported that they just don't see

Published on: March 15th, 2010 Robert L. Mitchell

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

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

How to set up a Windows 7 PC to share printers, files with XP, Vista machines

With Windows 7, you can more easily share files and printers across a network via the new HomeGroups feature. HomeGroups lets you connect to files and printers with a group password--if all the

Published on: January 6th, 2010 Zack Stern

Microsoft’s subtle strategy to make you buy a pricey laptop

A survey published this week by consumer shopping site Retrevo puts Windows 7 Starter on trial for disappointing netbook users who were expecting more features and fewer restrictions.With Windows 7 now available to

Published on: November 16th, 2009

Microsoft says user confusion caused Windows 7 upgrade snafu

Microsoft is blaming user confusion for the problems many encountered trying to move from Vista to Windows 7 after buying a discounted upgrade offered to college students."Digital River and Microsoft are aware that

Published on: October 28th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Windows 7 could make or break Microsoft

Microsoft's standing as an operating system developer is on the line today as the company launches Windows 7, according to analysts and other experts."There's a reputation issue at stake here," said Michael Silver,

Published on: October 28th, 2009 Gregg Keizer

Preparing to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 the easy way

With Windows 7 having finally launched on Wednesday, it's time to start thinking about how to prepare your aging-but-still-useful PC running Windows XP for that move you're dying to make.Problem is, Microsoft's not

Published on: October 22nd, 2009 Gregg Keizer