As reported last week, Microsoft’s Vista Ultimate team has been missing
in action when it comes to supplying the “Ultimate Extras” that
were promised back in January for the new OS.
But, since our
story appeared, the team has finally broken its silence,
making its first statement since Mar. 13.
The problems discussed in our June 21 issue surrounding svchost.exe,
a component of Microsoft Update that periodically consumes 100%
of CPU time, raised questions about the related files that
You can get more info on these files — if you know
where to look.
For months, ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite has claimed on its box to be “Vista ready,” but users found otherwise.
Fortunately, the company has now released a Vista version of the suite and promises to make it up to customers.
You all know the story of how adult pop-ups almost sent a substitute teacher
to jail for 40 years.
In a follow-up to his original
Feb. 22 story, our contributing editor Ryan Russell reports on a
May 24 issue
continued our discussion of OEM software, explaining that any hobbyist can be
a system builder and buy these products at a discount.
Additional documentation from Microsoft’s Web site makes it even more clear
that you neither need to build a computer from scratch nor join
the Microsoft Partner Program to qualify for the lower prices.
May 10 and
May 24 newsletters discussed the Microsoft Partner Program
as it relates to system builders using less-expensive, OEM
versions of Microsoft software.
But the free service has more tangible benefits, including subscription
programs for multiple copies of Microsoft software at a low price.
My story in the
Apr. 26 newsletter reported on the sale of “OEM versions” of Windows,
which can be purchased much more cheaply than even heavily discounted “educational”
Readers debated in the
May 3 and
May 10 issues the ethics of buying OEM versions of Windows,
but there’s clear evidence that Microsoft officially supports the sale of OEM licenses
under certain conditions to any individual who’s building a PC.
Tired of security firms, magazines, and other companies
charging your credit card every time your subscription expires?
Fortunately, Windows Secrets readers wrote in with many solutions to the dilemma
presented in my
May 15 story about this
Vista’s 64-bit signed-driver debacle leads one reader to despair of Microsoft ever
Will customer protests of Redmond’s approach lead the situation to
be improved, or is this a case in which a mistake is set in stone?
As I explained in my
May 10 article, driver-signing requirements for the 64-bit version of
Vista have slowed down developers, but not hackers.
Readers wrote in, pointing out further complications, while cautioning
that the practice of driver signing itself is still useful.