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Windows XP extended support ends next year, Microsoft really wants you to upgrade

According to NetMarketShare, nearly 40 percent of all desktop computers are running Windows XP… an operating system that was first released 12 years ago. That’s despite the fact that Microsoft has released three major OS updates since then, and despite the fact that Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows XP in 2009. Now the clock […]

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Run Windows XP in a window on Windows 8 without paying an extra cent

Have a Windows XP app that refuses to run on your shiny new Windows 8 computer? No problem. Just fire up Windows XP in a virtual machine and run the app that way. Don’t want to pay extra for a Windows XP license? You don’t have to. Lifehacker has posted instructions for using Microsoft’s Windows […]

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WinToFlash: Install Windows XP, Vista, 7, or Windows 8 with a USB flash drive

For the last 15 years or so, Microsoft Windows has been coming on CDs or DVDs. But it’s increasingly common to find computers that don’t have disc drives. So how do you install Windows on those computers? Microsoft offers a free USB/DVD tool which you can use to easily create a bootable USB flash drive […]

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Windows 8 developer preview: Half a million downloads and counting

Last night Microsoft made the first developer preview version of Windows 8 available for download from As of this morning, CEO Steve Ballmer says the operating system has been downloaded more than 500,000 times. That certainly shows there’s a lot of interest in Microsoft’s new operating system. This is still an early version that’s […]