On October 22, Microsoft pulled the plug on sales of Windows XP, ending the operating system’s spectacular nine-year run.
With no new copies being sold, support for XP will start to decline. Fortunately, XP’s long run has produced a ton of collected wisdom: everything you need to keep your copy going strong and — when ready — to help you move on.
Sometimes, what seems to be a networking problem is actually caused by the actions of a totally different PC subsystem.
By making simple adjustments to that second system, you can often resolve the networking problem.
It’s always tempting to buy the fastest-possible hardware, but sometimes it’s just a waste of money.
Fortunately, some free tests can help you ensure that your networking gear is the right speed for the tasks you actually perform.
Normally, applying software patches to applications such as Microsoft Office goes smoothly — but sometimes, things just go horribly awry!
To make matters worse, Microsoft has discontinued its classic Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, which used to be the go-to tool for correcting this kind of trouble.
The next standard for Internet addressing — Internet Protocol Version 6 or “IPv6” — is almost here.
Here’s a quick update on IPv6, its status, and what you need to know for the rollout.
Windows 7 has many good things going for it, but home networking is not always one of them.
But with just two quick clicks within Win7’s Advanced sharing settings, you can improve your local network throughput by as much as 12%.
Data-wiping — securely overwriting deleted files with random ones and zeros — makes deleted data much harder to recover. But is it worth the hassle?
In most cases, the answer is no. There are much simpler methods for making sure deleted files are truly gone.
A flood of reader mail (and comments in the Lounge) followed my report of a six-month, real-life test of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).
Many reader remarks questioned the uncontrolled nature of the test as well as MSE’s suitability for novices.
“Available RAM” statistics can be confusing and even lead to poor hardware decisions.
But once you know what the numbers really mean, you can make an informed judgment about your PC’s RAM requirements.
After half a year of real-life testing, Microsoft’s Security Essentials anti-malware application is batting 1.000.
All nine test computers — a mix of Windows 7, Vista and XP systems (including two portables with 20,000 miles of travel) — remain malware- and virus-free.