There’s nothing we dislike more than firing up a fresh, new installation of an operating system only to find a slew of hotfixes, updates, and patches awaiting us through the Windows Update mechanism. Granted, we can take some small comfort from the fact that the updating process is relatively automatic—but not so when it comes to outfitting a new OS installation with all the requisite driver packages.
But you can reduce the time and effort it takes to get a fresh install into tip-top shape. By creating a slipstreamed installation disc you’ll have all the patches, fixes, drivers, and options you need at the ready to be easily and automatically integrated into your next OS install—be it XP or Vista.
Hit the jump and we'll show you how how to create a no-fuss OS installation disc that contains all the hotfixes, drivers, and options you’ll need.
June 30th has finally arrived, the day Microsoft said it would stop selling Windows XP as a retail packaged product and cease licensing it to major PC manufacturers. And if you were hoping for a last minute reprieve, Microsoft's Bill Veghte appeared to quell any doubts the software maker plans to march forward as planned. Is it truly too late to save XP? Or perhaps you should be asking yourself if there's any reason to.
Click through the jump to see how you can make a final plea to extend XP's life, and whether or not it even matters.
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.
Bill Gates, who gave up his executive responsibilities at the helm of Microsoft today, forthrightly told NBC that he doesn’t think a deal with Yahoo is likely. Coming from Bill Gates – retired or not, this comment sums up the mood at Microsoft.
Yahoo’s brazen snub has sunk in and there seem to be no delusions of even the slightest possibility of a deal now, although Icahn is still interested in the deal. Someone will soon have to don Bill Gates’ mantle and devise strategies to stymie Google’s upsurge.
Today, I had an epiphany: E3 is going to be a snooze-fest. Blizzard is making their big announcement tomorrow, most every PC game at the show will just be a high-res console port, and apparently Half-Life 2 Episode 3 won't even have a presence. Soon after, however, I stumbled over a piece that lightly patted me on the shoulder and assuaged all of my fears. Jump past the break for said piece and its bionic arm -- plus more!
Microsoft has once again furnished proof of the abysmal levels of concern it has for Xbox 360 owners and their plethora of console related woes. It took MS a whole year to come up with a fix for the flawed Xbox Live Arcade DRM.
Gamers who upgraded their console or replaced it – for obvious reasons – could not play the arcade titles, they had previously bought, while offline. They had to be online to play the games. But MS has eventually made amends and fixed the flawed DRM in form of an online tool. Is Xbox 360 the most flawed gadget of the last gazillion years? A ‘yes’ would not be taken as an exaggeration if you have endured a “Red Ring of Death.”
Earlier this week Microsoft reaffirmed its decision to kill off XP at the end of the month, but vowed to support the OS through 2014. Apparently that support doesn't include the 2008 Olympics, giving Microsoft the Gold in 'Most Ways to Shove a Bloated OS Down Consumers' Throats.' Through a partnership with Wavexpress and its TVTonic client, Vista Ultimate and Home Premium users can download "up-to-HD" coverage at no charge.
Not a Vista user but still interested in watching the Olympics on your PC? Find out how after the jump.
Today, Bill Gates ends his full time job with Microsoft. Bill is not going away entirely; he will remain in a part time capacity so he can spend more time on his global health charity.
Since the company's founding in 1975 he has been lead the technical genius and decision maker behind it. It’s undeniable that he’s done something right given the heights he has risen to. Love Microsoft or hate it, it’s been so successful due in no small part to his drive and vision.
To celebrate Bill’s semi-retirement, here are a few of the Microsoft jokes I’ve heard over the years. Click through to read them!
Perhaps the only profile more recognizable than Bill Gates is Alfred Hitchcock, both have been called masters of horror.
Only a couple of days until Blizzard's big announcement, and I'm sure you're squirming in your seat with unbridled excitement. It's a shame, then, that nothing's really happened concerning that story since yesterday. Wait! Don't go! Someone designed Pokemon in the Spore Creature Creator. That's cool, right? Jump past the break to read more about the creatively-named Sporemon as well as news of much more significance.
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.