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Maintaining Windows XP after April 8 may cost you USD 300 per PC per year

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Microsoft ends support for its popular Windows XP on April 8.

According to research firm IDC, the cost of maintaining a PC that runs on Windows XP OS after April 8, could run up to USD 300 per PC per year, as against the present cost of USD 75-100.

Windows XP which launched in October 2001 is three generations behind the latest operating system Windows 8, that was launched in October 2012.

The current XP version is called Windows XP Service Pack 3. Microsoft will stop support service to ‘Windows XP’ OS from April 8.

At present about 84 per cent have stopped using XP and of the 84 per cent PCs that migrated from Windows XP, about 25 per cent made the transition in the last 12-18 months.

It is expected that by April this 84 per cent will go up to 90 per cent.

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Posted by plates55 - March 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 GA updates publicly released

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows 8.1 (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2883200)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows Server 2012 R2 experience.

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2884846)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8.1 experience.

Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2884846)

 

These updates (*.msu) provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows Server 2012 R2 experience.

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Posted by plates55 - October 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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How to Easily Delete Computer Viruses

Worked for a short time at a big box computer retailer who I felt was ripping the public off by charging outrageous fees to delete virus’s from customers pc’s.

 

when you suspect you have a virus, the best fix is to turn off your computer completely. If the power to your computer is off, the virus can’t do any damage. But at some point, you will have to turn your computer on to delete the virus and take back control of your system. In today’s episode, I’ll walk you through how to do just that! One thing to keep in mind: This method is somewhat complicated and involves many steps, but in most cases it is a surefire way to eliminate any malware from your system with only minor headaches.

How to Eliminate Viruses From Your System

Step 1 – Most of the time, a computer virus can’t run without your operating system running as well. This is the case with Linux, Mac, and Windows machines. As long as you don’t start your operating system, the virus remains essentially frozen, and has no way to hide, fight back, or transmit information. The goal here is to freeze the virus so you can find it, delete it, and move on with your life. There are a number of tools that will give you this power over the virus. My favorite is the operating system that will run on a CD/DVD or a USB stick designed by the brilliant software engineers at Kaspersky Lab. And luckily for all of us, Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10 is available for FREE Once you download this software, the helpful guide on the site will give you step by step instructions on how to turn a USB drive or a CD/DVD into a virus killing machine! I won’t go over how to do this step-by-step, but if you are having any problems, stop by the Tech Talker Facebook page where we will be having a discussion on people’s experiences with this program. Step 2 – Once you have your CD/DVD or USB drive all set up with the virus-destroying program, insert either one into your computer and turn it on. What comes up next will not look like your normal computer; rather you will be running a new operating system from the disk you just created! To clarify a little bit, this CD/DVD or USB drive you created has a fully functional operating system built into it. When your computer starts to run it, everything gets loaded into the RAM of your computer which, if you remember from my earlier podcast on how a computer works, is like the work bench of the computer. The hard drive has little to no interaction here, which is good because we want the virus to stay frozen. From here, Kaspersky will boot up and do its magic. Take a look at this video to preview the process. Step 3 – If you follow the video, it will show you how to update and scan your system. Once the scan finishes, it will ask you to review the files that were infected, and then clean them. After you give the all clear, Kaspersky takes care of the rest and bam—your computer will be good to go! Just remove the CD/DVD or USB drive and your computer should start up just as it did before, only virus-free. How to Protect Your System From Future Invaders I recommend keeping the USB drive or CD/DVD in a drawer just in case this sort of thing ever happens in the future. I actually keep a USB drive with Kaspersky on my key ring, just in case! 5 Quick and Dirty steps to deleting computer viruses: #1 A virus on your machine needs your operating system in order to run. #2 By creating a CD/DVD or USB drive with the special virus-killing tool on it, we can keep the virus frozen as if the power to your regular operating system were still off. #3 While the virus is frozen, we can scan, edit, and delete the offender. #4 Once we remove the virus, your computer should be completely healthy and back to normal. #5 It wouldn’t hurt to do a few more scans with your traditional antivirus software such as Microsoft Security Essentials or Sophos, just in case. – See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/tech/computers/how-to-easily-delete-computer-viruses?page=all#sthash.Ygkz9axx.dpuf

 

 

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Posted by plates55 - October 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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Windows 8.1 release date, price and features

Updated: Microsoft confirms 17 October as Windows 8.1  release date.

Microsoft has made the Windows 8.1 consumer and enterprise previews  officially available to download, and the final editions are expected to ship  around the one-year anniversary of the Windows 8 launch.

The software giant has confirmed that Windows 8.1 will be launched at 4am PDT  (12 noon GMT) on the 17 October and will be available through the Windows Store  as a free download.  Microsoft also confirmed that new devices running Windows 8.1 will go on sale  beginning on18 October.

MSDN and TechNet subscribers are not expected to get early access to the  upgraded OS, reports ZDNet.

An near-final version of Windows 8.1 dubbed (9471 build) has leaked online,  providing some insight into the changes Microsoft has made. This will include  revamped Mail app, more context sensitive menus and help and tips  app.

Read more:  http://www.itpro.co.uk/desktop-software/19622/windows-81-update-release-date-price-and-features-9909#ixzz2fCcXKOHh

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Posted by plates55 - September 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

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Active Directory Replication Status Tool 1.1

The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest.

The Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) analyzes the replication status for domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest. ADREPLSTATUS displays data in a format that is similar to REPADMIN /SHOWREPL * /CSV imported into Excel but with significant enhancements. Specific capabilities for this tool include:

Expose

      Active Directory replication

errors

    occurring in a domain or forest
    • Prioritize errors that need to be resolved in order to avoid the creation of lingering objects in Active Directory forests
      • Help administrators and support professionals resolve replication errors by linking to Active Directory replication troubleshooting content on

Microsoft TechNet

    • Allow replication data to be exported to source or destination domain administrators or support professionals for offline analysis

Windows 2000

        not supported due to lack of support for

.NET Framework

      4.0

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Posted by plates55 - June 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

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Less than a year remaining until XP End of Support

Yesterday marked the day of the 1-year count down of when Microsoft softs supporting Windows XP.

In this blog post Stephen Rose provides some answers to help explain what the end of support is and what you need to do to move to a modern OS like Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014. Why?

In 2002, Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products – including Windows and Office products – receive a minimum of 10 years of support (five years Mainstream Support and five years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level. Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.

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Posted by plates55 - May 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

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Default product keys for Windows 8 deployments

Use the following default product keys to quickly and  easily preinstall  computers with Windows 8 software.

Windows version Default product key
Windows 8 46V6N-VCBYR-KT9KT-6Y4YF-QGJYH
Windows 8 Professional V7C3N-3W6CM-PDKR2-KW8DQ-RJMRD
Windows 8 N 7QNT4-HJDDR-T672J-FBFP4-2J8X9
Windows 8 Professional N 4NX4X-C98R3-KBR22-MGBWC-D667X
Windows 8 Single Language (Emerging Markets) NH7GX-2BPDT-FDPBD-WD893-RJMQ4

Simply type the default product key into the answer file used to preinstall the version of Windows that your customer requested.

Example:

			<UserData>
				<ProductKey>
					<Key>V7C3N-3W6CM-PDKR2-KW8DQ-RJMRD</Key>
				</ProductKey>
				<AcceptEula>true</AcceptEula>
			</UserData>
		</component>
	</settings>
</unattend>

Note These product keys cannot be used for activation. You will need to type a software product key during the installation process. These keys will be removed when sysprep generalize is run. The end user will be required to type the unique product key from the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label when first booting Windows 8.

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Posted by plates55 - March 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm

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Windows 8 Camp in a BOX

This download includes the hands-on-labs, presentations, samples and resources from the Windows 8 camps. The Windows 8 camps are free training events for developers ramping up on Windows Store app development. To sign-up for a Windows camp, please visit http://devcamps.ms/windows.

 

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First updates for Windows 8 RTM released

Microsoft posted the first (public) updates for Windows 8:

An update is available to correct tile logo images of files on the All Apps View.

 

Assume that you add the shortcut for a file to the All Apps View in Windows 8, Windows RT or Windows Server 2012.  After you change the file association of the file type, the tile logo image is not updated accordingly in the All Apps View.

KB: An update is available to correct tile logo images of files on the All Apps View

 

Also Microsoft published the EU browser choice Screen update for Windows 8.

KB: What is the Browser Choice update (KB976002) – Microsoft Windows

Both updates are available through Microsoft Update app.

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Posted by plates55 - September 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

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Updated eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012

Mitch Tulloch and the Windows Server team have released a new updated version of the FREE e-Book for IT professionals: Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition. This book is a great way to get quickly skilled up on all the new improvements in this latest Windows Server – one of the most ambitious releases of Windows Server for IT Pros since Active Directory was released in Windows Server 2000!  In this 256-page eBook, you’ll find 5 chapters of detailed technical content covering the following key improvements to building a Private Cloud at your shop with Windows Server 2012:

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Updated eBook for IT Pros on Windows Server 2012

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