Category: Windows XP and Vista

Windows 10 on an old PC: When it comes to specs, how low can you go?

The days of Windows being a system hog are gone.

So modest are the requirements for Windows 10, you may be able to run it on machines that shipped with Windows Vista eight years ago.

But just how low can Windows 10 go when it comes to PC specs? Since Microsoft released the OS for testing last year people have been loading Windows 10 onto hardware dating back to 2003 – eons ago on the PC refresh timescale.

Here are the low-end and long-in-the-tooth machines that proved capable of running Windows 10.

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Simple Questions: What Is OneDrive?

If you use Windows 8, 8.1, Xbox One or Windows Phone, you surely have encountered the term OneDrive. The same is true if you’re using Microsoft Office 2013 or Office 365. Wondering what OneDrive is and what does it do? If you want an answer to this question, this article will explain everything you need to know.

What Is OneDrive?

OneDrive is Microsoft’s service for hosting files in the “cloud” that’s available for free to all the owners of a Microsoft account. OneDrive offers users a simple way to store, sync and share all kind of files with other people and devices on the web. Xbox One, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone also use OneDrive for synchronizing your system settings, visual customizations, themes, app settings and even Internet Explorer tabs, history and saved passwords.

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PC Maintenance Handbook – 2nd Edition


This is a great book for all Windows Operating Systems. Lots of nice tips about basic maintenance. A good book for the novice !Your webmaster

Improve your PC’s performance, speed, and reliability.

This handbook is designed to help you find ways to maintain your Windows PC and ensure it remains clean and speedy throughout its life. Computers quickly get bogged down by junk files, invalid registry entries, a fragmented hard drive, spyware, adware, low disk space, and more. A speedy system is just a few clicks away, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or even what to do. The purpose of this eBook is not to define the ultimate solution; its purpose is to give you simple, unbiased advice on what have been found to be the best options out there.

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Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don’t Need

Windows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It’s the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update

Computerworld – Although Microsoft has pulled a patch from Windows Update that crippled some computers, it is still pushing a truncated version of the security update that contained the flawed fix.

The update, identified as MS14-045 and one of nine released on “Patch Tuesday,” Aug. 12, addressed three separate vulnerabilities, including one related to a font bug and another in the Windows kernel, the heart of the operating system.

Within hours of its release, however, users reported that MS14-045 had generated a Stop 0x50 error on some systems, notably on Windows 7 PCs running the 64-bit version of the OS. They were unable to start up their PCs and typical repair techniques, like booting into Windows’ Safe Mode, wouldn’t work, some reported.

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When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It

The recent Windows 8.1 August Update blindsided many users with issues. Some experienced BSODs or black screens, while others found themselves stuck in an infinite reboot loop.

If you’ve been negatively affected by a Windows Update, here’s a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state.

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End of XP as We Know It RIP April 8, 2014

“Warning for Windows XP users: The end is near.

No, that doesn’t mean computers using the 12-year-old operating system will suddenly crash and spread calamity throughout the Internet.

But considering Windows XP is still running nearly 30 percent of all desktops, computer security experts worry that millions of Internet-connected computers will be vulnerable to hackers because Microsoft Corp. will stop issuing updates after April 8.

“I’ve been in security responses for 15 years, and we’ve never faced anything like this,” said Christopher Budd, who as a member of the Microsoft Security Res …”

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Windows SIG begins this month

Starting tomorrow (February 6) at 7:00 PM the Windows SIG will restart.  Bring your questions and answers.  We will cover Windows XP through Win 8.  Also, any other computer questions/discussions are welcome.  As a group we usually are either able to answer a question or at least provide some direction.

We will meet on the first Thursday of each month from 7 – 10 PM in room 206 of the Olympia Center.  The address is:  222 Columbia St NW.

Gary Bigger

Sticking with Windows XP? Here are your options

If you’re a Windows XP stalwart, you may decide to stick with Windows XP, even after Microsoft officially ends support. Scott Lowe discusses some of your options for making things work with what you have.

If you’re still running Windows XP in your organization, you’re probably painfully aware of the pending end of support for the venerable — but wildly popular — Windows XP operating system. Released in 2001, Windows XP was originally dismissed as a “play toy,” thanks to an interface that people compared to Fisher Price products. But with a couple of rock solid service packs, XP became the real workhorse of the enterprise.

And then along came Vista. There’s probably not much I can say here that hasn’t been said elsewhere. Vista was an unmitigated failure on the part of Microsoft and its overambitious and poorly planned development process.

Next came Windows 7. Much like Windows XP, Windows 7 has been greeted with great acceptance in both the consumer and enterprise spaces. As a result, many organizations made the jump from Windows XP directly to Windows 7. However, plenty of others couldn’t justify the time and expense of shifting to a new operating system when Windows XP was perfectly viable, so a lot of companies decided to wait for Windows 8.

And today, Windows 8 has been largely written off as a debacle, much like Vista. This leaves organizations with an option to move to Windows 7, which remains an excellent operating system, move to Windows 8, which is considered high risk for many, or find ways to stick with Windows XP and continue to make it work while the world awaits the release of Windows 9, which we all hope is a successful undertaking.



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