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

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

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

Microsoft moments — good, bad and ugly

The year is 1975. Gerald Ford is in the White House, South Vietnam falls, Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila" world championship boxing match, the late-night comedy show NBC's

Published on: March 25th, 2010 Preston Gralla

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

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

25 tricks to make working with Windows faster, better and more fun

The verdict is in: Windows 7 is Microsoft's best operating system ever. It's stocked with genuinely handy interface upgrades (hello, Aero Snap), long-overdue networking improvements (we love you, homegroups), touchscreen support (long live

Published on: January 4th, 2010 Rick Broida

OS showdown – Snow Leopard beats Windows 7 hands down

Last week's release of Windows 7 had Microsoft Corp. executives from CEO Steve Ballmer on down confident that this version of Windows is everything Vista wasn't. The launch of Windows 7 followed the

Published on: November 3rd, 2009 Michael DeAgonia

Windows 7 ‘productivity features’ a big attraction for small Canadian firms

An "aesthetically satisfying" user interface, responsiveness and stability, exceptional Search and other capabilities that boost day-to-day productivity are some Windows 7 features that appeal to smaller Canadian firms."Frankly, it was the 'aesthetics' that

Published on: October 22nd, 2009 Joaquim P. Menezes

How to create a secure and effective Windows 7 home network

Networking isn't just for business anymore--these days, home networks are the norm. In response, Microsoft is offering the Windows 7 Family Pack, which includes three licenses for Windows 7 Home Premium at a

Published on: October 21st, 2009 Tony Bradley

Surefire ways to squeeze the best performance from your Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 comes as a significant performance improvement over its predecessor, Windows Vista. But if you want to get the very best performance possible, you should make a few system tweaks to eliminate

Published on: October 20th, 2009 David Murphy

Nine in 10 business PCs ready for Windows 7

Of every 100 North American corporate PCs, 88 are powerful enough to run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 7 operating system, which is much higher than the 50 per cent of PCs with the minimum

Published on: October 19th, 2009 Eric Lai and Lincoln Spector

Why Windows 7 is the upgrade you’ve been waiting for

What if a new version of Windows didn't try to dazzle you? What if, instead, it tried to disappear except when you needed it? Such an operating system would dispense with glitzy effects

Published on: October 2nd, 2009 Harry McCracken