Windows legacy operating systems
- January 16, 2020
With support for Windows 7 ending and Microsoft ushering in the end of life for the OS, tech experts and IT pros look back at its legacy of reliability and stability.
- February 17, 2019
In announcing a preview of its Microsoft Virtual Desktop Azure-based technology, MS sneakily offers another free Win7 life extension. Very interesting!
- July 06, 2017
Windows 10 turns two this month, but most organizations forgo its security enhancements and stick with Windows 7 because of legacy app incompatibility or resistance to change.
- April 14, 2017
On April 11, Windows Vista's status changed to end-of-life, as extended support ended at MS. Thus, it's time to say "So long Windows Vista!"
- April 01, 2015
Gadzooks! Has it really been 32 months since Windows 8 was unleashed on the world? Indeed it has, and supplanted even, with Windows 8.1 in February of 2014. But only now are Windows 8 versions ...
- April 10, 2014
Windows XP support has ended, and those who have yet to move off of the old OS stand at the junction of traditional PC upgrades, DaaS or VDI.
- April 07, 2014
A couple of interesting stories in the news of late have challenged the conventional understanding that Windows XP will finally, finally shuffle off the stage on April 8, just as the latest Windows ...
- April 01, 2014
There are many reasons why the Windows XP lifespan lasted longer than those of most operating systems. Our columnist looks at three major reasons.
- March 07, 2014
The OS still has some hardcore supporters, but Windows XP migration tools can help pave the way for users to access legacy Web-based data and apps.
- March 04, 2014
Microsoft launched a standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade SKU, but is it a true value or simply a way to lure IT pros to Windows 8?
- February 27, 2014
Microsoft added more keyboard and mouse usability features for non-touch Windows 8 devices and enhanced compatibility for legacy IE 8 enterprise apps.
- January 31, 2014
The Windows XP end of life could revive the breathless PC industry as enterprise IT shops buy new systems to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- January 29, 2014
Dell Software releases new upgrade to KACE K2000 to enable IT to better automate tasks and migrate off of Windows XP more quickly.
- January 16, 2014
Microsoft will extend anti-malware support for Windows XP until July 2015, giving a slight reprieve for those who have yet to migrate from the aging OS.
- January 16, 2014
Microsoft will reportedly lay out its vision for Windows 9, but is IT ready for yet another operating system when Windows 8.1 has yet to make a dent?
- December 18, 2013
It's no surprise that Windows 8 articles were popular this past year, but the amount of discussion around its UI and Windows 8.1 features was.
- November 04, 2013
Enterprise tools can provide IT admins with views of their software licenses and ease the migration pain from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- November 01, 2013
Microsoft is pushing customers to migrate Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 while some software vendors undermine its efforts by continuing app support.
- September 30, 2013
Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014, and businesses that haven't upgraded should follow best practices to move ahead with a Windows XP migration.
- September 20, 2013
Departing CEO Steve Ballmer admits that Microsoft missed a huge opportunity to be competitive in the now lavishly successful mobile device market.
- July 18, 2013
Tablet use has affected the PC market, but the corporate world continues to rely on desktops and use tablets only as supplemental devices.
- June 17, 2013
Microsoft's Erwin Visser discusses Windows 8.1 features, how IT can keep pace with faster update cycles and Windows security enhancements.
- June 05, 2013
Microsoft missed the boat on the enterprise message for Windows 8. Can it win over IT with security features and other enhancements in Windows 8.1?
- May 09, 2013
A Windows 8 update is expected in the coming months, along with mini Surface tablets. But will enterprises take notice?
- April 22, 2013
Keeping data safe in mobile devices is the Holy Grail for preventing corporate data loss.
- April 10, 2013
Microsoft will end Windows XP support in 2014, but IT cites costs, app compatibility as reasons to delay migrating Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8.
- March 28, 2013
Microsoft finally acknowledges Windows Blue, but is not forthcoming with details on the initiative's operating system updates.
- March 19, 2013
Enterprise IT needs to begin Windows XP migrations to Windows 7 because the product's lifecycle ends in 2014.
- March 08, 2013
Windows 8 migrations have stalled as IT shops grapple with decisions over hardware and software upgrade costs, Windows security issues and more.
- December 19, 2012
IT experts share their all-time favorite gadget gifts. In some cases, the best geek gifts launched their careers.
- December 17, 2012
Third-party Windows upgrade tools might be necessary for application migration to Windows 8.
- November 30, 2012
Microsoft will increase the user CAL by 15%, leaving many IT pros upset, but with little choice to pay up.
- February 15, 2012
You've gotta love Paul Thurrott and his Supersite for Windows. In a recent blog (Valentine's Day 2012, same title as the quote in my blog lead for today) he articulates clearly some very ...
- July 27, 2011
OK, so if you're running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed then you must figure out what to do with an update that Microsoft pushed yesterday in its increasingly typical "2nd Patch ...
- November 10, 2010
After a heavy two months, Microsoft released only three security bulletins for November. The patches affect PowerPoint and all versions of Office.
- August 11, 2010
First, a clarification, EOS stands for "End Of Support" and refers to the official cut-off dates for support from Microsoft for these various operating systems. Next, kudos to Ed Bott for totally ...
- August 11, 2010
With 14 security bulletins, Microsoft's August Patch Tuesday is the largest of the year so far. Install these seven fixes first, and avoid malicious websites.
- July 13, 2010
Three of Microsoft's four security bulletins for July 2010 are "critical." Make sure to apply them to systems running Windows, Office and Outlook as soon as possible.
- March 03, 2010
Microsoft will end support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista with no service packs, and all versions of Windows 2000, but some IT managers are in no hurry to upgrade to Windows 7.
- January 15, 2010
I'm sitting here at Gate 78 in the Pittsburgh airport. It's 4:40 AM, and I'm waiting for 5:15 to roll around so I can board a flight to Atlanta, and thence on home to Austin. In about 5.5 hours I ...
- December 13, 2009
For the past 5 years, Microsoft has made a policy of releasing non-emergency patches and security fixes on the first Tuesday of the month. The idea is to limit the frequency and standardize the ...
- October 14, 2009
Those inclined to see numerological conspiracy every time the number 13 pops up will want to take a deep breath before pondering Microsoft's release of 13 security bulletins for this Patch Tuesday, ...
- August 26, 2009
WSUS SP2 adds improvements to client performance, and increased server usability and reliability. It also patches Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
- August 07, 2009
Enterprises running Windows XP are budget conscious and will put off Windows 7 upgrades for as long as they can. But running an 8-year-old OS comes at a cost.
- April 29, 2009
BitTorrent is turning into an unofficial prerelease mechanism for Microsoft software these days. It's cartainly become a nonpareil source for Windows 7 builds that's right in synch with Microsoft's ...
- April 13, 2009
An interesting report from ComputerWorld surfaced this morning — namely, a request from Microsoft for Windows 7 beta testers to restore Vista on their test machines before upgrading to the upcoming ...
- February 05, 2009
As I've learned to build various types of bootable CDs and UFDs with the Vista-based WinPE environment, I've also been working to learn more about its inner workings and capabilities. As I ...
- January 21, 2009
Over the past week or two, I've been messing around with the Windows Vista SP2 beta. For a release with beta status, it's amazingly stable, and some of the new functionality is welcome (burning ...
- November 18, 2008
Despite being the whipping boy of Windows operating systems, at least one expert, Brien M. Posey, feels that Windows Vista's security makes it a better OS than XP.
- October 03, 2008
In enterprise environments, desktop hardware configurations tend to be standardized, and are usually limited to at most a handful of different setups that will be deployed for various job tasks or ...
- November 29, 2006
With two major upgrades in the wings, IT managers balance the pros and cons of migrating to Office 2007 and Vista.
- October 19, 2006
Microsoft is pushing back the release of XP Service Pack 3 until the first half of 2008. By the time SP3 comes out, it will have been four years since the release of XP SP2.
- May 25, 2006
Vista is expected to be available in early 2007. By then vendors are promising they will have the hardware to go with it.
- March 06, 2006
As if you didn't have enough to worry about with all the viruses, worms and spyware dilemmas plaguing your Windows environment -- now you have to think about rootkits. In this Windows Security learning center, learn everything you need to know about...
- June 10, 2005
A manager for Microsoft's internal IT organization talks about how automate Disk Defragmenter using the Task Scheduler tool in Windows XP.
- April 21, 2005
Get advice from your peers on how to identify if you've been hacked, what steps to take to contain the damage and how to prevent future attacks.
- March 13, 2005
Without proper hardening defenses in place, Windows authentication quickly becomes a target for hackers and crackers. Learn about important Windows authentication credentials and protocols, and get help hardening authentication for user logon, ...
- March 01, 2005
Many security companies try to thwart competitors by including stronger encryption in their products. But is this a battle worth fighting? Brien Posey offers his take on encryption-strength wars and explains how to ultimately achieve adequate ...
- February 28, 2005
Get suggestions on the best methods for reducing spyware, adware and malware on users' PCs in this ITKnowledge Exchange Tip of the Week.
- January 13, 2005
The following 10 quick tips offer expert advice on password policy considerations, from educating users on the importance of a password policy to enforcing minimum length passwords.
- November 03, 2004
IT administrators ask Microsoft security executive Gytis Barzdukas about buffer overflow vulnerabilities, automatic updates and the software maker's antivirus efforts.
- October 22, 2004
This excerpt from "The administrator shortcut guide to patch management" describes how to restrict traffic by only allowing it through certain firewall ports.
- February 23, 2004
What do you know about administering identity servers? Check your skills in this quiz and get a chance to win a copy of Windows Server 2003 Pocket Administrator, courtesy of McGraw-Hill/Osborne Media.
- March 24, 2003
There are only two changes you need to make in order to install SUS on your users' client machines. But don't try this at home if your PCs are not running XP or Windows 2000 Professional. Here are some installation pointers from Douglas R. Spindler,...