Category: Windows

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BSOD: when experts get it wrong

Intro BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), the infamous sight of windows crashing, perhaps taking your work with it, perhaps taking everything with it, as the crash corrupts the file allocation tables beyond repair! (This is why we do back-ups, people!) The problem with the BSOD, and Microsoft’s cryptic messages, is...

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A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

Windows: A brief history Pre-windows (on the PC) Ignoring any Unix and Apple flavours, the first multi-tasking ‘windows’ program was IBM’s Topview application, released in 1984. After this, in July 1985, some four months before the first Microsoft version, Quarterdeck released DESQview. November 20th, 1985: Windows 1.0 The first version...

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Windows 7 testers asked to go back to Vista

Vista? Or eyesore? Windows 7 backtracking In an article of the same heading by VNUNet, the laughable reason given being that nearly everyone who buys and installs Windows 7 will be doing so from a Vista machine. Clearly Microsoft are still in denial about just how naff Vista is and...

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Windows upgrade path

Windows upgrade path: XP > Vista > XP > (>Vista>) 7 > XP > Linux!!! Recently tried playing with the various flavours. Downgrading up to Vista(!) – tore that bag of kak out. I point blank refuse to use an OS that needs a whacking great 1Gb of memory just...

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Microsoft states the obvious…

Microsoft mess up This tickled me so I had to copy it here. I read it and sat here chuckling to myself as an executive manages the art of stating the bleedin’ obvious: Speaking at Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles, senior vice president for Windows Steven Sinofsky...

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