Reverting a Vista PC to XP requires an installation CD for each OS and can be done only on OEM editions of Vista Business and Ultimate.
Users of Vista Home Basic and Home Premium — and anyone who used a retail version of Vista to upgrade an XP machine — must buy a copy of XP to make the switch.
The connectivity woes Scott Spanbauer reported in his Dec. 11
represent only a portion of the network problems Windows users are encountering.
Finding the source of a failed or intermittent Internet link can be a mystery worthy of a fictional sleuth.
People using Windows XP Service Pack 3 may not be offered all the .NET security patches their applications require.
However, if none of your PC’s programs requires a version of .NET Framework, this problem will have no impact on your system.
The Dec. 4
in Windows Secrets described how to make sure your system has the Microsoft .NET that’s needed by various applications, but doing so sometimes requires a brute-force approach.
When it’s time to reinstall vital Windows components — or the entire operating system — you’d best have a plan in mind.
by Woody Leonhard described the high level of sophistication behind the Sinowal/Mebroot Trojan and described tools that attempt to remove the malware.
Many readers asked for more information on symptoms they should look for if they fear for their machines’ security.
Many tools make dubious claims about boosting PC performance, but some utilities actually do trim Windows’ boot time.
One example is a free program from the person who brought us the popular Process Explorer troubleshooting tool.
lead story, which described workarounds to help you sync Outlook contacts and calendars with an iPhone, neglected to provide detailed steps for users of BlackBerrys, Windows Mobile, and other devices.
Fortunately, the procedure to merge data with these other phones’ address books requires only the sync software that shipped with your mobile device.
There was a remarkably large response to Woody Leonhard’s Oct. 23
on deactivating the Local Shared Objects (LSO) in Adobe’s Flash Player.
Few people were aware of Flash’s version of third-party tracking cookies, which advertisers use to keep tabs on your surfing habits and deliver ads based on your activities on previously visited sites.
For at least one organization, the choice is clear: you’ll get more work done in less time when you use Windows XP instead of Vista.
On the other hand, some problems you encounter while using Vista are not caused by the OS but by a third-party driver.