Windows Update will itself be updated, starting in late July, according to Windows Update product manager Michelle Haven, in a recent TechNet post. This update changes both the WU clients used by Windows XP and Vista-based machines as well as the back-end infrastructure, and as a result, scans for updates and update installations are faster. That's the good news. But, will the update cause problems for Windows XP users who need to perform a repair installation? And, what about users who don't want Microsoft making any changes to their system?
For more light on these questions, join me after the break.
The dreaded day has come and gone. June 30th 2008 marked the first milestone in Microsoft’s plan to euthanize our beloved OS. Windows XP leaves us with more of a bang than a whimper, and considerably more street credibility than it afforded at launch. Here at Maximum PC we want to take you down the nostalgic path of Windows XP one last time. A path lovingly paved for us over the years with hundreds of patches and countless upgrades.
Hit the jump and step inside for one last farewell to an old friend and to see why the future doesn’t look so bad.
Microsoft has always recommended disabling antivirus programs before upgrading Windows. Most of us have smiled, nodded, waved, and done whatever we pleased. Unfortunately, some Windows XP SP3 installs failed because antivirus was running - and some installs "worked," but caused big problems with Device Manager and Network Connections.
To find out why it happened and how to fix your system, catch us after the break.
Bill Veghte, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President has laid out the official roadmap going forward for the Windows Product Line. In his address to the public he makes it pretty clear that Vista isn’t going away and neither is XP. Additionally he reveals some interesting facts about Windows 7, and what people should expect.
Word is trickling out that Intel has decided against upgrading its 80,000 employee’s computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating system. I wonder why? Vista’s reception has only been slightly better than Windows Millennium was. It is worse than Girlfriend 1.0, with nag screen after nag screen. Performance lags behind XP across the board, who would want to adopt Vista? It is the ugly stepchild and if many companies can swing it they will leave it on Microsoft’s doorstep, hoping the next version of Windows due out in 2010 is something better.
Nytimes.com cites an anonymous source at Intel as saying, “This isn’t a matter of dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista,” The article goes on to say that Intel’s decision is certain to sting Microsoft because of the companies close working relationship.
We can hope that this serves as a reminder to Microsoft of what we want and do not want in Windows 7.