Soon, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista RTM (without Service Pack). It is recommended to upgrade corresponding systems.
Automatic updates help to keep your Windows up-to-date. However, the update feature does not always work smoothly. At times, searching for updates fails with “error code 8000FFFF.” You can fix this easily.
Windows adds a small rounded arrow to shortcuts, so they look different from normal files. You can hide them with this trick.
Some DOS commands take a while for running through. If you don’t want to wait until the command has finished running, you can cancel it.
In an interview with ZDNet UK, Microsoft Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky has talked about the future of Operating Systems. He highlighted that Microsoft doesn’t fear the competition too much.
Some users are probably still using Windows 7 Release Candidate. In the coming weeks and months though, these preliminary OS versions will stop working, according to a reminder issued by Microsoft TechNet.
Tuning your computer does not always lead to the desired result. Sometimes, your computer has more problems after tuning than it had before. For example, wrong tuning measures can cause that programs do not start anymore but you only see the error message “Data Execution Prevention.” Use the following work-around to launch the program nevertheless.
According to a report by the US magazine ZDNet, Service Pack 1 for Microsoft’s current operating system Windows 7 is already tested internally. It might thus be available earlier than expected. The latest unofficial news consider September 2010 as possible release date.
Freeing your desktop and minimizing all windows is no problem with Windows 7. One click at the right-bottom edge of the taskbar or pressing [Win]-[Space] will do. But what if the currently active window should stay open? Windows 7 Aero Shake helps.
When Windows starts, many system services are started too. Some of them are unnecessary for most users or can be started manually as soon as they are really needed. By setting the startup type of those services to Manual instead of Disabled, you make sure that Windows can start them on demand.