HP Would Very Much Rather You Buy a Windows 7 PC

HP is bringing back Windows 7 "by popular demand"—it's not clear from whom—and making it pretty difficult to buy a computer with Windows 8. Who needs the future when you've got the very recent past? » 1/20/14 9:04am 1/20/14 9:04am

A US Army Base Is Running a Bunch of Illegal Windows 7 Copies

Given the United States' intolerance for copyright infringement and the piraters that propagate it, you'd think Uncle Sam would be a little more keen on making sure that his men were playing by the book themselves. As it turns out, a whole mess of computers running unlicensed, illegal copies of Windows 7 belong to none … » 12/23/13 10:50am 12/23/13 10:50am

How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You)

Sometimes you need to get into a computer without knowing the password. Perhaps you've forgotten yours, or perhaps you're up to no good. Either way, it's actually pretty easy to do, provided your victim hasn't taken the necessary precautions. Click one of the links below to find out how to do it on either a Windows PC » 10/29/13 11:59am 10/29/13 11:59am

Leap Motion Controller Hands-On: The Future Is Magic (Now With Apps!)

Greasy fingers are the bane of touchscreens, obscuring the display behind snail trails of oil and streaks of grime. Forget that mess. Leap Motion has promised hands-free PC navigation for months now, and after some hands-on time we can confirm that the future is here, and it's amazing. » 6/24/13 1:00pm 6/24/13 1:00pm

How to Make Windows 8 Look and Feel Like Windows 7

If you have a PC with Windows 8 but miss Windows 7, there's no need to downgrade. Following a few simple steps, you can make Microsoft's current operating system look and feel almost identical to its predecessor. Here's how to bring back the Start menu and the attractive aero glass theme how to hide other Windows 8… » 3/28/13 4:40pm 3/28/13 4:40pm

Microsoft Touch Mouse Lightning Review: It's Not Magic

Apple's Magic Mouse is two years old. It attempted to merge two interfaces—touch and mousing—in a meaningful way by hybridizing a capacitive touch surface and a mouse. It's pretty good. Microsoft's Touch Mouse is like that, but for Windows 7. And actually designed for human hands to hold it. » 9/14/11 4:30pm 9/14/11 4:30pm

Microsoft Talks Up Windows Sales, and "Very Small" Windows Phone 7 Sales

Ballmer knows the fastest way to get people talking about Microsoft is if he slags off the competition, which is exactly what he did yesterday. Boasting, he compared 350m sold PCs in the last year with their rival selling just 20m. » 7/12/11 4:10am 7/12/11 4:10am

The 10 Coolest Windows Shortcuts You Never Knew About

Keyboard shortcuts are the essence of PC productivity. While newbs slowly mouse around their screens in search of buttons to click, seasoned tech vets hammer through a day's work with ease thanks to a wealth of arcane hotkey combos that knock out useful tasks in seconds. Of course, every PC user knows a few handy… » 7/06/11 3:30pm 7/06/11 3:30pm

You're a Judge, Not a Computer Repairman

It's cool, I understand that old people have trouble understanding new technology (*cough* Senator Grassley *cough*). But, when it's your job to understand and make BINDING LEGAL RULINGS on technology, you have to at least know the difference between OSX and Windows 7. Looks like Northern Calfornia district judge James … » 5/03/11 5:29pm 5/03/11 5:29pm

Microsoft Has Sold More Windows 7 Licenses Than There Are People in…

Whoever's idea it was, it looks like it was a good one. 350 million licenses for Windows 7 have been sold in just 18 months. The platform's numbers have continued to climb after reaching 240 million sales in its first year and 300 million back in January. By contrast, Windows Vista sold just 180 million licenses over… » 4/22/11 12:24pm 4/22/11 12:24pm

The Full Power of Microsoft Kinect Is About to Be Unleashed With an…

All of the amazing hacks people have unleashed on Kinect to do crazy, weird, awesome stuff? It's about to get more insane, because it won't just be hackers doing the noodling. Microsoft's going to release a full SDK for Kinect on Windows 7 that lets developers access more than just the messy raw data people have been… » 2/21/11 1:52pm 2/21/11 1:52pm