OS http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/1131/ en Buggy Microsoft Security Essentials Update Kicks XP Machines While Down http://www.maximumpc.com/buggy_microsoft_security_essentials_update_kicks_xp_machines_while_down_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mse_devil.jpg" alt="MSE Devil" title="MSE Devil" width="228" height="138" style="float: right;" />Here come the conspiracy theories</h3> <p>After more than 12 years of service, Microsoft finally pulled the plug on Windows XP by ceasing to support the operating system last week. However, Microsoft did promise to keep doling out updates for its Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) software, including the version that runs on XP, but in doing so, the Redmond outfit only made things worse. That's because <strong>the latest MSE update is causing some XP machines to freeze up and run slow</strong>.</p> <p>Anyone with a tinfoil hat will tell you this is entirely intentional on Microsoft's part and nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to get users to upgrade. The real explanation is likely far less insidious, though equally annoying for XP users who had hopes of holding onto the legacy OS for at least a little while longer.</p> <p>"I am a professional computer engineer and maintain many desktops and laptops for my customers on a daily basis: as of today (April 16th) I have seen about 12 computers on which Windows XP - after every boot up - throws up an error message referring to MSE, stating: 'MsMpEng.exe application error. The instruction at 0x5a4d684d referenced memory at 0x00000000 The memory could not be read', leaving the computer in an unusable state," <a href="http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-winapps/bug-in-microsoft-security-essentials-lames-windows/7e105845-e4e7-4b0d-b7f8-485ba538e3b2" target="_blank">a user wrote</a> on Microsoft's Windows forum.</p> <p>He goes on to say that "the only solution is to disable MSE or uninstall it completely." Doing so will restore performance, but it comes at the expense of security protection, which is now more important than ever for XP users.</p> <p>Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the situation or issue a fix. One is likely coming, but in the meantime, there are third-party AV vendors that still support XP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/buggy_microsoft_security_essentials_update_kicks_xp_machines_while_down_2014#comments microsoft Microsoft Security Essentials mse operating system OS Security Software Windows XP News Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:20:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 27655 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Offers Developers Early Look at Windows Phone 8.1 Update http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_offers_developers_early_look_windows_phone_81_update_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_phone_81.jpg" alt="Windows Phone 8.1" title="Windows Phone 8.1" width="228" height="166" style="float: right;" />Windows Phone 8.1 Preview is available for developers</h3> <p>Wondering if Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant software will live up to the hype? You can find out by downloading the <strong>Windows Phone 8.1 Preview, which is now available for third-party developers</strong>. This isn't intended for the general public, though if you just can't shake that curiosity and want to be one of the first to try out the new software, you can apply the update without writing apps. Here's what you need to know.</p> <p>Before you can download the update, you must be a registered developer or be running a "developer unlocked" phone. To become a registered developer, you need to fork over $19 and publish apps in the Windows Store, or register as a developer with App Studio.</p> <p>If you're going the "developer unlocked" route, you'll need to download the developer tools to register and unlock your handset.</p> <p>Keep in mind that you risk voiding your phone's warranty by fooling around with the preview update. You also need to be aware that the update only includes Microsoft's portion of the software -- mobile operator and OEM driver updates will be available when the official update for your phone is released.</p> <p>Finally, bear in mind that there's no going back. Microsoft says you can't revert or return to a prior OS release after you've updated your phone to a preview update.</p> <p>If none of that scares you away, you can download the preview update <a href="http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/featured/devpreview" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_offers_developers_early_look_windows_phone_81_update_2014#comments microsoft mobile. operating system OS smartphone Software windows phone 8.1 News Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:10:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 27635 at http://www.maximumpc.com Windows 7 is Growing Too Fast for Windows 8 to Catch Up http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_7_growing_too_fast_windows_8_catch_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_signs.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Signs" title="Windows 8 Signs" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Will Windows 7 become the next XP?</h3> <p>With yet another month's worth of data to digest, it's becoming increasingly clear that <strong>Windows 8 might never catch up to Windows 7</strong>. How you want to view that is up to you -- it could mean that Microsoft hit it out of the park with Windows 7, making it exceedingly difficult on itself to duplicate that kind of success, or that Windows 8 is a foul ball off of a broken bat. Let's look at some numbers.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=11&amp;qpcustomb=0&amp;qptimeframe=M&amp;qpsp=172&amp;qpnp=11" target="_blank">NetMarketShare's data</a>, Windows 7 gained more than a percentage point in March, increasing its share of the desktop OS market from 47.31 percent to 48.77 percent (+1.46 percent). Meanwhile, Windows 8 and 8.1 grew from 10.68 percent to 11.3 percent, representing a 0.62 percent gain. As for XP, it's share of the market fell from 29.53 percent to 26.69 percent, a drop of 2.84 percent. What this appears to indicate is that twice as many people jumping ship from XP are going to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8/8.1.</p> <p>If we zoom out, it becomes increasingly clear that Windows 7 is a tough act to follow. In March 2013, Windows 7 accounted for 44.73 percent of all desktops. Minus a few minor blips along the way, it's been gaining share ever since.</p> <p>The good news for Windows 8/8.1 is that its share is in double digits. And as far as competing platforms go, both Windows 8 (6.41 percent) and Windows 8.1 (4.89 percent) individually account for more desktops than Mac OS X 10.9 (3.75 percent).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/windows_7_growing_too_fast_windows_8_catch_2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 7 windows 8. windows 8.1 windows xp News Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:29:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 27553 at http://www.maximumpc.com Leaked Documentation Sheds Light on Rumored Windows 8.1 with Bing Release http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_documentation_sheds_light_rumored_windows_81_bing_release_2011 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_bing_0.jpg" alt="Windows 8.1 with Bing" title="Windows 8.1 with Bing" width="228" height="134" style="float: right;" />What to expect from Windows 8.1 with Bing</h3> <p>Until Microsoft makes a formal announcement, we're still filing the possible release of Windows 8.1 with Bing under "R" for "Rumor," though it's looking more and more likely it's a real product. Following up on various sources claiming last week that Microsoft might offer a free version of Windows 8.1 bundled with Bing,<strong> new documentation leaked to the web offers some insight on what to expect from the upcoming OS</strong>.</p> <p>Based on what's contained in the documentation, as <a href="http://bav0.com/windows-8-1-adk-leaks-some-interesting-stuff-inside-bing-edition-more/" target="_blank">posted on <em>Bav0.com</em></a>, Windows 8.1 with Bing will indeed be targeted at low-cost devices. As expected, the default search engine is Bing, and while end users will be able to change this, OEMs will not.</p> <p>"Windows 8.1 with Bing is a new Windows edition that helps OEMs add Windows to low-cost devices while driving end user usage of Microsoft Services such as Bing and OneDrive. Windows 8.1 with Bing is similar to other editions of Windows and should be imaged, updated, and deployed the same as any other Windows edition," Microsoft explains.</p> <p>The documentation also states that Windows 8.1 with Bing is based on the feature set available in Windows 8.1 Core with all of the latest updates.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/leaked_documentation_sheds_light_rumored_windows_81_bing_release_2011#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 8.1 windows 8.1 with bing News Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:55:45 +0000 Paul Lilly 27402 at http://www.maximumpc.com First Dual-Booting Windows and Android Phone Slated for June Release http://www.maximumpc.com/first_dual-booting_windows_and_android_phone_slated_june_release_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_windows_phone.jpg" alt="Android and Windows Phone" title="Android and Windows Phone" width="228" height="187" style="float: right;" />This summer could see the launch of a smartphone running both Windows and Android</h3> <p>Can't decide between Windows Phone or Android? Perhaps soon you won't have to. Mobile phone maker <strong>Karbonn Mobiles is said to be fairly close to finishing a dual-OS handset</strong> that will run both Android and Windows Phone platforms. Assuming everything goes to plan -- Karbonn Mobiles said it already signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft -- the dual-booting smartphone will launch by June of this year.</p> <p>"Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows phones in about three months," said Sudhir Hasija, chairman of Karbonn Mobiles, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Karbonn-to-launch-Android-cum-Windows-smartphones/articleshow/31195025.cms?" target="_blank">according to <em>The Times of India</em></a>.</p> <p>Hasija said the handset will target "techies" and office professionals. What Hasija and his company haven't decided just yet is what price point the dual-booting handset will compete at.</p> <p>There will likely be other handsets from different manufacturers that go the dual-boot route, especially with Microsoft giving its blessing, though it's not entirely clear what Redmond's strategy is. One possible angle is that Microsoft could be hoping to ride the success of Android by piggybacking on the open source platform, giving users a way to familiarize themselves with the Windows Phone platform without outright committing to it.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/first_dual-booting_windows_and_android_phone_slated_june_release_2014#comments android karbonn mobiles mobile operating system dual-boot OS smartphone windows phone News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:27:47 +0000 Paul Lilly 27374 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Offers Windows XP Users Free Access to Data Migration Tool http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_windows_xp_users_free_access_data_migration_tool_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/pcmover_express.jpg" alt="PCMover Express" title="PCMover Express" width="228" height="118" style="float: right;" />Free access to Laplink's PCmover Express as Windows XP's support deadline looms</h3> <p>Every indication up to this point suggests there will be no last second call by the governor to stop the execution of Windows XP, a dead OS walking. Well, sort of. Windows XP will still exist after its support deadline comes and goes next month, but it won't receive any additional security updates or be eligible for technical support. In an attempt to help the holdouts let go of the legacy OS, <strong>Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to offer Windows XP users free access to the latter's PCmover Express</strong>, a data migration tool.</p> <p>PCmover Express for Windows XP copies files, music, videos, email, and user profiles and settings from old PCs to a new one running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. It's not an all-or-nothing affair, as users can customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device, <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/03/03/new-windows-xp-data-transfer-tool-and-end-of-support-notifications.aspx" target="_blank">Microsoft says</a>.</p> <p>The migration tool will be made available to download in English later this week from WindowsXP.com, as well as French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish coming later in March. After that, it will be available in Korean, Chinese, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.</p> <p>As a reminder, support for Windows XP comes to an end on April 8, 2014.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_windows_xp_users_free_access_data_migration_tool_2014#comments laplink microsoft operating system OS pcmover express Software windows xp News Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:13:37 +0000 Paul Lilly 27372 at http://www.maximumpc.com Rumor: Microsoft May Offer Free Version of Windows 8.1 Bundled with Bing http://www.maximumpc.com/rumor_microsoft_may_offer_free_version_windows_81_bundled_bing_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_bing.jpg" alt="Bing logo" title="Bing logo" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />Would you upgraded to Windows 8.1 if Microsoft gave the OS away for free?</h3> <p>There are some interesting things happening in Microsoft's world right now. The company has a <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_promotes_satya_nadella_ceo_names_bill_gates_technology_advisor2014">new CEO in Satya Nadella</a>, co-founder Bill Gates figures to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/bill_gates_talks_condoms_computers_and_other_topics_reddit_ama2014">devote more time</a> as Nadella settles into his new role, and there's an update to Windows 8.1 on the horizon. Depending on what impact that update has on Windows 8.1, <strong>some big changes could be in store, including a free version of Windows 8.1 with Bing</strong>. Here's the scoop.</p> <p>We've already heard rumors of Microsoft <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_slash_windows_81_licensing_fees_battle_chromebooks_2014">lowering its Windows 8.1 licensing fee</a> by 75 percent to OEMs who install the OS on machines that retail for less than $250. Microsoft employed a similar strategy in the netbook era, though the Redmond outfit may be even more determined to move more copies of Windows 8.1 this time around since it's only sold <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_tami_reller_touts_over_200_million_windows_8_licenses_sold">200 million licenses</a> to date. Compared to Windows 7, that isn't all that impressive.</p> <p>Now we're hearing chatter that Microsoft may offer a free version of Windows 8.1 called "Windows 8.1 with Bing." There are two separate reports, one from <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/28/5456374/windows-8-1-with-bing-experiment" target="_blank"><em>The Verge</em></a> and one over at <em><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-monetization-dilemma-bundlings-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-7000026852/" target="_blank">ZDNet</a></em>. According to the former, Windows 8.1 with Bing would be offered as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 users, with Microsoft's goal being to increase its userbase.</p> <p>Alternately, the Bing-powered version of Windows 8.1 could end up the hands of OEMs in place of discounted licenses. Both sites report there are likely to be some minor changes associated with the freebie SKU, though what exactly they changes would entail isn't yet known.</p> <p>Image Credit: wzor.net</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/rumor_microsoft_may_offer_free_version_windows_81_bundled_bing_2014#comments Bing microsoft operating system OS search Software windows 8.1 News Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:38:49 +0000 Paul Lilly 27363 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft May Slash Windows 8.1 Licensing Fees to Battle Chromebooks http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_slash_windows_81_licensing_fees_battle_chromebooks_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/asus_transformer.jpg" alt="Asus Transformer" title="Asus Transformer" width="228" height="210" style="float: right;" />It worked for netbooks, can it also work for entry-level laptops?</h3> <p>Regardless of how power users feel about Chromebooks, they're selling, and they're selling well. In fact, a Samsung Chromebook model is the best selling laptop on Amazon, and out of the top 10 most popular notebooks (in terms of sales), Chromebooks account for half. That's certainly not the landscape Microsoft envisioned when it released Windows 8, and to counter the Chromebook movement, the company is reportedly planning to <strong>slash Windows 8.1 licensing fees by 70 percent</strong>.</p> <p>There are multiple reports that Microsoft is going this route. One of them comes from <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-22/microsoft-said-to-cut-windows-price-70-to-counter-rivals.html" target="_blank"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>, which claims to have heard about the cost-cutting measure from "people familiar with the program." According to those people, Microsoft will charge manufacturers $15 to license Windows 8.1 and pre-install it on laptops and devices that retail for less than $250.</p> <p>The normal fee for OEMs to license Windows 8.1 is $50, though some of the larger players pay in the neighborhood of $30 once incentives are factored in, according to <em>Bloomberg's</em> sources. Those incentives largely have to do with marketing funds provided by Microsoft, which wouldn't apply to products that quality for the discounted license.</p> <p>News and rumor site <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20140224PD201.html" target="_blank"><em>Digitimes</em></a> is reporting the same figures based on chatter it's heard from sources within Taiwan's PC supply chain. However, will it be enough to spark sales? According to those sources, some PC players have been pushing Microsoft to offer free Windows Phone licenses for smartphones and free Windows 8.1 licenses for tablets to boost demand.</p> <p>Microsoft's Tami Reller <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_tami_reller_touts_over_200_million_windows_8_licenses_sold">recently revealed</a> that more than 200 million Windows 8/8.1 licenses have been sold since launching to the public in October 2012. That's a big number, though it doesn't compare all that well with Windows 7, which sold over 240 million licenses a year after it debuted.</p> <p>In addition to lower licensing fees, Microsoft is getting ready to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013" target="_blank">launch an update to Windows 8.1</a> that should make it more user friendly for desktop users.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_may_slash_windows_81_licensing_fees_battle_chromebooks_2014#comments chromebook Google Hardware laptop microsoft mobile notebook operating system OS windows 8.1 News Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:41:52 +0000 Paul Lilly 27327 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Tami Reller Touts Over 200 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_tami_reller_touts_over_200_million_windows_8_licenses_sold <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_8_boxes_1.jpg" alt="Windows 8 Boxes" title="Windows 8 Boxes" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Redmond finally provides an update on Windows 8 sales</h3> <p>We haven't heard a whole lot from Microsoft in regards to Windows 8 sales, so it was a nice surprise when Redmond's Executive Vice President of Marketing spilled the beans on exactly how many license have been sold to date. According to comments Reller made at a Goldman Sachs technology conference, <strong>Microsoft has sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses</strong> since launching to the public in October 2012 (and to OEMs in August 2012).</p> <p>"We've surpassed 200 million licenses now on Windows 8, which is pretty stunning," Reller said, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/13/5408666/windows-8-200-million-license-sales" target="_blank">according to <em>The Verge</em></a>.</p> <p>In a way, that is stunning, considering all the criticism Microsoft took for forcing desktop users to accept a touch-friendly interface that's best suited for touchscreen devices like tablets and hybrids. At the same time, Microsoft sold over 240 million Windows 7 licenses a year after it debuted, so Windows 8 isn't doing as well as its predecessor.</p> <p>The slower sales can't all be blamed on the overhauled UI. Some of the blame has to be put on the PC market as a whole, which finds itself in a slump as users flock to tablets and smartphones in place of secondary systems. Still, Microsoft isn't blind to the concerns of traditional desktop users.</p> <p>"We're being very thoughtful about what's going well, what's not going well, and how do we change that," Reller said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/windows_810_everything_you_need_know">Windows 8.1</a> represented the first major step in addressing customers' concerns. It brought back the Start button (not the Start menu) and introduced a number of other user-friendly changes. Microsoft is also planning a robust <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013">update to Windows 8.1</a> in spring.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_tami_reller_touts_over_200_million_windows_8_licenses_sold#comments microsoft operating system OS Software tami reller windows 8 News Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:56:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 27262 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Adds Pair of Critical Windows XP Fixes to Patch Tuesday http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_adds_pair_critical_windows_xp_fixes_patch_tuesday2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_xp_0.jpg" alt="Windows XP Background" title="Windows XP Background" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />A couple of last minute additions to Patch Tuesday address security holes in Windows XP</h3> <p>Today is the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's time to download a collection of security fixes from Microsoft. <strong>Otherwise known as Patch Tuesday, today's collection includes seven security bulletins, </strong>including two late additions that fill up patch remote code execution holes in Windows XP. These are some of the last updates Windows XP will ever receive, as Microsoft plans to stop supporting the legacy OS on April 8, 2014.</p> <p>Five of the <a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-feb" target="_blank">seven bulletins</a> pertain to Windows 8.1, the latest version of Microsoft's consumer OS. Three of them are rated Critical and also deal with Remote Code Execution, while the other two are rated Important, one of which fixes a vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services and the other a security flaw in IPv6 that could allow a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.</p> <p>Windows RT is the recipient of three Critical and three Important updates, while Windows RT 8.1 gets three Critical and two Important updates.</p> <p>The updates are available now via Windows Update.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_adds_pair_critical_windows_xp_fixes_patch_tuesday2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Patch Tuesday Security Software updates windows xp News Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:07:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 27242 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Offers Tips to Tear Your Family and Friends Away from Windows XP http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_tips_tear_your_family_and_friends_away_windows_xp2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/windows_xp_monitor.jpg" alt="Windows XP Monitor" title="Windows XP Monitor" width="228" height="151" style="float: right;" />Redmond wants to rid the world of Windows XP</h3> <p>Support for Windows XP will end in less than two months, and if you know of family members or friends who are still running the legacy operating system, Microsoft has some tips. In a recent blog post, <strong>Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc suggested ways you can help your loved ones rid themselves of Windows XP</strong> before support officially ends on April 8, 2014. One of those ways is to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8.1.</p> <p>Provided they meet the minimum system requirements -- 1GHz or faster processor, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) of RAM, 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) of HDD space, and a DX9 or above GPU with WDDM driver -- Microsoft suggests downloading and running the Windows Upgrade Assistant on their PCs and then making the switch.</p> <p>If that doesn't work out, LeBlanc's next tip is to "get a new PC," plain and simple as that.</p> <p>"We hope that this end of support page for Windows XP on Windows.com and all the resources there is helpful to you and can be something you can use to help your friends and family get off Windows XP," <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/02/06/help-your-friends-and-family-get-off-windows-xp.aspx" target="_blank">LeBlanc states</a>. "As we get close to April 8th, we’ll continue to publish blog posts about the latest offers on new devices and resources for to help people get off Windows XP."</p> <p>In case you haven't heard, after April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide updates to Windows XP, nor will technical support be available. Though this has been know for some time, a large number of users continue to cling to the legacy OS -- Net Applications figures some <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/net_applications_analytics_show_users_still_hanging_windows_xp_2014" target="_blank">29 percent</a> of all desktops are running XP, while Stat Counter says it's about 18 percent.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsoft_offers_tips_tear_your_family_and_friends_away_windows_xp2014#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows xp News Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:24:11 +0000 Paul Lilly 27230 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nearly 6 out 10 Android Devices Run Jelly Bean, Less than 2 Out of 100 Have KitKat http://www.maximumpc.com/nearly_6_out_10_android_devices_run_jelly_bean_less_2_out_100_have_kitkat <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/android_versions.jpg" alt="Android Versions" title="Android Versions" width="228" height="131" style="float: right;" />The newest version of Android is tied with Froyo (Android 2.2) for market share</h3> <p>A quick visit to Google's <a href="http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html?utm_content=buffer7a7fe&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=buffer" target="_blank">Developers Dashboard</a> for Android reveals that mobile device makers and wireless carriers alike are dragging their collective feet when it comes to embracing Android 4.4 KitKat. After three months, <strong>KitKat has inched its way onto 1.4 percent of all Android devices</strong>, barely edging out Android 2.2 Froyo, which claims a 1.3 percent share of the market. Meanwhile, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x to 4.3) is picking up most of the slack with a 59.1 percent share.</p> <p>What that effectively translates to is Jelly Bean being installed on around 6 out of every 10 Android devices and KitKat being found on a little more than 1 out of 100 handsets and tablets. The good news here is that Jelly Bean is an excellent build.</p> <p>Even better news is that this is Android we're talking about, and in most cases, if you have the time and desire, you can root your handset and plop a third-party KitKat ROM onto it. Rooting Android isn't quite mainstream yet, though it's closer than ever thanks to the efforts of the <a href="http://www.cyanogenmod.org/" target="_blank">CyanogenMo</a>d team and their aftermarket firmware for almost every Android device under the sun.</p> <p>If you're not interested in rooting, the advice is the same -- hang tight, provided your handset maker is planning an update to KitKat. HTC One owners, for example, should see a KitKat update soon, if not already (try manually checking if your handset didn't pull it out of the air automatically).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nearly_6_out_10_android_devices_run_jelly_bean_less_2_out_100_have_kitkat#comments android froyo gingerbread Google honeycomb ice cream sandwich jelly bean KitKat mobile operating system OS Software News Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:59:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 27183 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft's Update to Windows 8.1 May Boot Directly to Desktop by Default http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_split_x2.jpg" alt="HP Split x2" title="HP Split x2" width="228" height="172" style="float: right;" />One step closer to the Windows 8/8.1 you always wanted</h3> <p>There's a scene at the end of Stepbrothers where Brennan exclaims, "You guys finally came to your senses and got us something cool!" He was referring to pirate hats, crossbows, illicit magazines, and other swag uncovered in his and Dale's treehouse, but if Microsoft keeps tweaking Windows 8 the way it has been, desktop users far and wide will be shouting the same thing at Redmond. While nothing is set in stone, it's being reported that <strong>internal builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 enable the boot-to-desktop option by default</strong>.</p> <p>We don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but bypassing the tile screen and booting directly to the desktop alleviates one of the concerns Windows 8 critics have with the touch-friendly OS. Of course, you can already enable this feature in Windows 8.1 -- a freely available update for Windows 8 -- but it's not checked by default.</p> <p>As minor as this may seem, it's actually a big step for Microsoft. The company's original vision was that its Metro environment would be a hit among users, and while it works well on mobile devices, desktop users haven't really embraced the tile screen, preferring to jump into the desktop environment. Microsoft's also been taking into account data that suggests most desktop users still use a keyboard and mouse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/30/5362156/windows-8-1-update-1-boot-to-desktop-by-default" target="_blank">According to <em>The Verge</em></a>, other changes in Update 1 include shutdown and search buttons on the Start Screen, the ability to pin Windows 8 apps on the desktop taskbar, and a new bar on the top of Metro apps that gives users the ability to minimize, close, and snap apps.</p> <p>Still noticeably missing is the return of the Start menu. Microsoft brought back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but the Start menu is still a ghost of OSes past.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/microsofts_update_windows_81_may_boot_directly_desktop_default2013#comments microsoft operating system OS Software windows 8.1 News Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:14:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 27174 at http://www.maximumpc.com Nook to Android Cards Now Support KitKat http://www.maximumpc.com/nook_android_cards_now_support_kitkat2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/n2a_kitkat.jpg" alt="N2A KitKat" title="N2A KitKat" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Turn your Nook into an Android 4.4 Kit Kat tablet</h3> <p>There's nothing wrong with owning a Nook, though if you've outgrown the custom OS and want to transform it into a standard Android tablet, you have options, one of them being a Nook-to-Android (N2A) card. Even better, the <strong>N2A team just updated its software to Android 4.4 KitKat</strong>, which is the latest version of Google's open source mobile operating system currently available.</p> <p><a href="https://www.n2acards.com/" target="_blank">N2A works</a> with the Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, and Nook HD+. Pricing runs $30 for an 8GB N2A SD card (2GB app space, 4GB storage space), $40 for a 16GB card (5GB app space, 9GB storage space), and $50 for a 32GB card (5GB app space, 25GB storage space).</p> <p>Alternately you can use your own SD card (must be SanDisk Class 4) and download the software for $20. Once you have a properly formatted card, simply pop it into your Nook device and boot into a stock Android KitKat environment.</p> <p>If you already own an N2A card, you can snag the KitKat update by navigating to the App Corner app preinstalled on your card. Once there, tap the KitKat Upgrade logo and select the image of the Nook. The upgrade app will automatically start downloading to your device.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/nook_android_cards_now_support_kitkat2014#comments android 4.4 KitKat n2a nook nook to android operating system OS Software tablet News Thu, 30 Jan 2014 18:37:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 27167 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve Updates SteamOS Beta to Support Dual-Booting http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_updates_steamos_beta_support_dual-booting2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/linux_dual-boots.jpg" alt="Linux Dual Boots" title="Linux Dual Boots" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Use the "Expert Install" option</h3> <p>We have some good news if you've been wanting to experiment with Valve's SteamOS but have been reluctant to install it on a dedicated machine. Valve engineer John Vert has made available to download a <strong>new SteamOS beta build that supports dual-booting</strong>. The updated SteamOS ISO can be used to install Valve's Linux-based OS on non-UEFI systems, though keep in mind there could be issues with the build.</p> <p>"PLEASE note there has been very little testing on this, especially any kind of dual-boot setup," Vert warns. "So don't install it on any machine you are not prepared to lose."</p> <p>You can download the <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/648817378243644036/" target="_blank">ISO here</a>. To take advantage of the dual-booting feature, you need to select the "Expert Install" option, which allows for custom partitioning.</p> <p>Results have been mixed so far. One user on Steam's forums commented that he was able to install the updated build in VirtualBox and that it "<a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/648817378243644036/#c558746088890818222" target="_blank">works perfectly,</a>" while another user said his system simply <a href="http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/discussions/1/648817378243644036/#c558746088916108784" target="_blank">boots to a black screen</a> when selecting the SteamOS option from his dual-boot environment.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_updates_steamos_beta_support_dual-booting2014#comments dual-boot linux operating system OS Software steamos Valve News Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:52:30 +0000 Paul Lilly 27123 at http://www.maximumpc.com