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  • Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise

    11/20/2021 10:31:28 PM PST · by dayglored · 87 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2021 | Richard Speed
    Dayglored comment: Remember, this is about Corporate Business computers, most of which are managed by corporate IT groups and the uptake of new software, especially a new operating system, is glacially slow, often only happening when new hardware is purchased. Even so, 0.21% is notably low. The uptake on consumer/personal/home computers is, of course, much faster because consumers buy new computers much more often, and are much more likely to upgrade to the latest-and-greatest OS. Lansweeper stats make grim reading for MicrosoftMicrosoft's Windows 11 adventure is going swimmingly. IT asset management outfit Lansweeper has published the results of a 10...
  • 4 Best Windows 95 Emulator For PC

    11/19/2021 7:25:49 AM PST · by fireman15 · 61 replies
    EmulatorClub ^ | July 22, 2021 | Amaan Rizwan
    Windows 95 brought together the features of MSDOS and Microsoft Windows products into one operating system. The user-interface upgrade at the time blew the competition away. The 32bit operating system paved the way for Microsoft’s firmer grip on the PC/Desktop market. Robust sales and reception laid the groundwork for the company’s future OS installments. Relish the nostalgia and run Windows 95 on PC without having to install it on your partition. There are few ways to do that, some involve online on your browser, and others rely on your PC’s emulation capabilities. Best Windows 95 Emulator Windows 93 Winodws 95...
  • Windows help vanity -- Windows losing filetype association

    11/09/2021 10:50:51 AM PST · by Still Thinking · 24 replies
    November 9, 2021 | Self
    So I was standardized on Opera for several years, tried Brave, didn't really like it, and then someone on here recommended Vivaldi. I tried it and really like it, it's my main browser now. Problem is, it seems to lose the file-type association for web links and http files and so on. I clicked on a link in an email and it opened the box inviting me to tell it what program to use, and -- Vivaldi wasn't even one of the pre-registered options, only Opera. So I browsed to the location (which is oddly in %APPDATA%), and explicitly told...
  • WOKE Big Tech: Microsoft Presentation Hosts Open by Declaring Race, Preferred Pronouns(Barfy!)

    11/06/2021 7:20:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 11/4/2021 | Alexander Hall
    Microsoft unveiled more than just the future of identity-proofing when its presenters opened the Microsoft Into Focus: Security video presentation with arbitrary statements about their appearance and identity. The future once looked like chrome buildings and flying cars. Now it's Big Tech megacorporations with cringeworthy PC politics. Microsoft tweeted out video footage of a massive presentation in front of a virtual audience inviting consumers to “Gain insights on how to react to security threats and prepare for the next frontier in identity proofing.” Gender and racial identity appeared to take center stage first, however. After introducing herself by name, Product...
  • A Windows 11 tsunami? No, more of a ripple as Microsoft's latest OS hits 5% PC market

    10/28/2021 10:50:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 28, 2021 | Richard Speed
    Next version of Windows 10 looms around the corner Microsoft's Windows 11 OS has notched up a respectable near 5 per cent of PCs surveyed by AdDuplex, as another Dev Channel build was unleashed with new features for the favoured few. With less than a month of General Availability under its belt, Windows 11 now accounts for 4.8 per cent of "modern" PCs (Windows Insiders running the OS account for 0.3 per cent) according to the ad platform. The figure is up from the 1.3 per cent in September, which was Insider-only and points to some migration to the production...
  • I wish Microsoft had been brave enough not to release Windows 11

    10/26/2021 9:03:50 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 41 replies
    PC Gamer ^ | 10/25/2021 | Dave James
    Sticking to just a major feature update for Windows 10 would have been a positive move for Microsoft and for us PC users. "Windows 10 is the last version of Windows," says Microsoft's Jerry Nixon just ahead of the launch of the then-new operating system. It was a bold statement and now, in the face of the faltering Windows 11 launch, I can't help but wish Microsoft had followed through on that promise instead of giving in to the powerful lure of marketing bull. It's a quote that was widely circulated at the time, continued to be shared around during...
  • Microsoft emits more Win 11 fixes for AMD speed issues and death by PowerShell bug

    10/22/2021 11:30:53 AM PDT · by dayglored · 54 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 22, 2021 | Simon Sharwood
    Names November as the month for Win 10 H2 update – then reveals major new feature won’t arrive on time [Dayglored comment: My bolding on the paragraph below about the PowerShell bug.] Microsoft has released a build of Windows 11 that it claims addresses performance problems the new OS imposed on some systems.Redmond's announcement of OS Build 22000.282 lists over 60 "improvements and fixes" on top of a lucky 13 "highlights".One of those highlights is described as fixing "an issue that causes some applications to run slower than usual after you upgrade to Windows 11 (original release)".Another addresses an issue...
  • Trip down memory lane - emulator of DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1 will run in your browser with no setup required

    10/21/2021 9:02:29 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 77 replies
    Archive.org ^ | April 6, 1992 | Microsoft
    This is a link to an archive.org page with a working emulator based on DosBox that will run in your browser just by clicking on the "Emulate it!" picture at the top of the page. It takes a minute or two to load everything up and then the screen goes blank for a little bit when you make your selection. Hit the speaker icon and then the full screen button and you will be transported back to computing in 1992. This has worked in every browser that I have tried it in including Brave, Chrome, and Edge, but your mileage...
  • Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser (FTP is dead)

    10/20/2021 9:34:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 63 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 20, 2021 | Richard Speed
    The Chromium team has finally done it – File Transfer Protocol (FTP) support is not just deprecated, but stripped from the codebase in the latest stable build of the Chrome browser, version 95. It has been a while coming. A lack of support for encrypted connections in Chrome's FTP implementation, coupled with a general disinterest from the majority of the browser's users, and more capable third-party alternatives being available has meant that the code has moved from deprecated to gone entirely. Support for fetching document resources over FTP was stripped from Chrome 72, proxy support for FTP was removed in...
  • Microsoft is considering reducing processor requirements for computers running Windows 11

    10/16/2021 8:17:25 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 111 replies
    Minnews ^ | October 16, 2021 | Lets Go Brandon
    Microsoft recently announced Windows 11 and revealed the system requirements necessary to formally install the new operating system using Windows Update, media creation tools, and update assistants. According to Microsoft's supporting documents and the spokesperson's statement, the device must have a newer processor, TPM 2.0 encryption chip, and SecureBoot enabled to fully run the operating system. Microsoft is considering reducing processor requirements for computers running Windows 11 TPM 2.0 has been included in many devices shipped in the past few years, but it is disabled by default. Users can enable TPM 2.0 in the BIOS, or bypass this restriction by...
  • Liking Windows 11 because it is Windows 10

    10/13/2021 7:13:32 AM PDT · by CptnObvious · 69 replies
    Vanity | 10/13/2021 | Self
    Am liking Windows 11 because it is Windows 10 with window dressing (pun intended). My Danish son-in-law, who is in the know, confirmed it. But I had suspected it for several reasons, the one most significant was it's Windows revision number 21H2. 21H2 is supposed to be the next big revision to Windows 10 due out this month. But being from the computer industry, the use of the same revision is never done between different hardware of major differences in Software. Why, because it causes significant confusion when one person would be talking about 21H2 on Windows 10 when another...
  • Windows 11 compatibility: Check if your PC can handle Microsoft's upgrade

    10/06/2021 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    https://www.cnet.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2021 9:00 a.m. PT | Mary King, Alison DeNisco Rayome
    Windows 11 started to roll out, but is your laptop ready for the new OS? Find out using the PC Health Check app WhyNotWin11 and other options. _______________________________________________________________________________ Microsoft will phase out Windows 10 support over the next few years, so it's important to make sure your device supports Windows 11. Sarah Tew/CNET Windows 11 arrived Tuesday (here's our full Windows 11 review) and the big question on a lot of PC users' minds since Microsoft unveiled its first major operating system upgrade in six years is, will my computer be compatible? There's been some confusion about device compatibility since...
  • Millions of old phones, laptops, and smart gadgets could stop working later this week for a weird reason

    09/29/2021 8:53:43 PM PDT · by blueplum · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 29 September 2021 | Nihal Krishan, Technology Reporter
    The internet connectivity on older tech devices and smart gadgets could stop working on Thursday after a key digital certificate required to access websites safely expires. Let's Encrypt, a nonprofit organization that is the largest issuer of digital certificates — which encrypts and protects the connection between devices and websites on the internet — will be forced to expire one of its most popular digital certificates, the IdentTrust DST Root CA X3, on Sept. 30.... ...This problem has flown under the radar of many manufacturers, including Big Tech companies Apple, Google, Sony, and Microsoft — none of which have made...
  • Microsoft will release Windows 11 on October 5th

    08/31/2021 1:47:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 71 replies
    theverge.com ^ | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is announcing that Windows 11 will be released on October 5th. The new operating system will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 PCs, or on new hardware that ships with Windows 11 pre-loaded.The free upgrade to Windows 11 will start rolling out on October 5th, but like many Windows upgrades in the past, it will be available in phases. New eligible devices will be offered the upgrade first, and then Windows 11 will become available for more in-market devices in the weeks and months following October 5th.“Following the tremendous learnings from Windows 10, we want...
  • New malware uses Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for stealthy attacks on Windows

    09/22/2021 11:42:37 AM PDT · by Openurmind · 18 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | September 16, 2021 | By Ionut Ilascu
    Security researchers have discovered malicious Linux binaries created for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), indicating that hackers are trying out new methods to compromise Windows machines. The finding underlines that threat actors are exploring new methods of attack and are focusing their attention on WSL to evade detection. Using WSL to avoid detection The first samples targeting the WSL environment were discovered in early May and continued to appear every two to three weeks until August 22. They act as loaders for the WSL environment and enjoy very low detection on public file scanning services. In a report today,...
  • Disable these Windows 10 settings right now

    09/26/2021 2:40:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 98 replies
    CNET ^ | Sept. 26, 2021 4:00 a.m. PT | Alison DeNisco Rayome, Sarah Jacobsson Purewal
    Windows 11 may be on the way, but more than 1 billion people are still using Windows 10 -- and many have no idea about the default settings that collect information, make you see more ads and notifications and may be slowing down your device. (It will be free to upgrade to Windows 11 if you're already using Windows 10 -- here's how to download Windows 10 free if you haven't already. And here's how to tell if you can upgrade to Windows 11.) If you're a Windows 10 user, you'll want to spend just a few minutes looking into...
  • Say hi to Microsoft's own Linux: CBL-Mariner

    07/21/2021 6:05:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 16 July 2021 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Ok, so it's not named MS-Linux or Lindows, but Microsoft now has its very own, honest-to-goodness general-purpose Linux distribution: Common Base Linux, (CBL)-Mariner. And, just like any Linux distro, you can download it and run it yourself. Amazing isn't it? Why the next thing you know Microsoft will let you run Windows applications on Linux! Oh, wait it has! One more time with feeling, listen to yours truly and Linus Torvalds, Microsoft is no longer Linux's enemy. The enemy of AWS and Google? You bet. But, Linux no. Take, for example, CBL-Mariner. Microsoft didn't make a big fuss about releasing...
  • Microsoft just blew up the only reason you can't use a Linux desktop

    07/17/2021 12:29:57 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 67 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 15 July 2021 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 365 and Cloud PC. This new service, built on top of Azure Virtual Desktop, enables you to bring their Windows 10 and eventually Windows 11, desktop, apps, tools, data, and settings to your personal and work devices, including Windows PCs (naturally!) but Macs, iPads, Linux, and Android devices as well. Let me repeat that: Windows 365 will enable you to run your Windows desktop, apps, data, etc., etc. on Linux. That's the Linux desktop they're talking about. Ever since I started running Linux back in the early '90s, I've heard over and...
  • Microsoft threatens to resurrect Clippy as an Office emoji

    07/15/2021 8:12:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jul 14, 2021 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft wants 20,000 likes in return for Clippy, and it got themMicrosoft is threatening to bring back its annoying loveable Clippy character. The software giant claims it will replace the paperclip emoji in Microsoft Office with Clippy if the tweet below gets 20,000 likes. The tweet has already surpassed that number, so it seems Clippy could be about to return as a more innocent emoji — but Microsoft is being coy about what might happen next. Born in Office 97, Clippy originally appeared as an assistant to offer help and tips for using Microsoft Office. You either loved or hated...
  • Microsoft Announces Windows 365: a Desktop PC in the Cloud

    07/14/2021 2:13:30 PM PDT · by upchuck · 100 replies
    How-To Geek ^ | Jul 14, 2012 | Chris Hoffman
    What if you could use a Windows desktop PC without actually running Windows on your hardware? Microsoft has a solution for you: Windows 365, a cloud-based Windows desktop you can access from any device, including Macs, iPads, Chromebooks, Android phones, and Linux PCs. To use a Windows 365 “Cloud PC” after the service launches on August 2, 2021, you just need a device with a modern web browser. Your Windows desktop in the cloud retains its current state even when you disconnect. If you’re editing an Excel spreadsheet and switch from a Mac to an iPad, for example, you’ll instantly...