Make the Switch from Windows XP

As of Tuesday, the venerable Windows XP operating system is going kaput. Microsoft is pulling update support for the OS, leaving it vulnerable to rapidly mutating cyber threats. There's precious little time to make sure your computer isn't left to the wilds of the Internet. Here's how to make the jump to the modern… » 4/05/14 12:00pm 4/05/14 12:00pm

Windows XP on a 4K Display Makes Eyeballs Bleed

Although it's still far, far away from the mainstream, 4K displays do exist! Will they ever take off? It's too soon to tell, but if so, don't try to run XP with one—it's like a UI-crushing black hole. » 7/18/11 9:20pm 7/18/11 9:20pm

The Windows XP F1 Bug: Hijacking Computers One Help Menu At A Time

So there's this tiny unpatched bug in VBScript that lets sneaky websites run malicious code on machines running Internet Explorer on Windows XP. It's triggered when you try to access the help menu by hitting the F1 key. Whoops. » 3/02/10 11:40pm 3/02/10 11:40pm

7 Reasons to Stick with Windows XP

Windows 7 is out today! Huzzah! But wait; if you're still rocking Windows XP, you might want to think twice before upgrading. Here are some reasons to stick with an old OS. » 10/22/09 7:00pm 10/22/09 7:00pm

Windows 7 Review: You Can Quit Complaining Now

Could Windows 7 accomplish everything that's expected of it? Probably not, but it makes a damn good attempt. We've tested the gold master, the final version going out on October 22. Upgrade without trepidation, people. With excitement, even. » 8/05/09 3:01pm 8/05/09 3:01pm

Windows 7 Review, Part 2: The Best Features and Tips

You've read our final verdict, but since there's a ton of new stuff in Windows 7, we've rounded it all up here, in one easy list, with a little bonus opinionating. » 8/05/09 3:00pm 8/05/09 3:00pm

Costco Has the Lowest Prices on Windows 7 Upgrades UPDATE: NEVERMIND

It's a small savings (just $5), but if you shop at Costco anyway, they look to have the best price on Windows 7 upgrades that we've seen yet. » 6/29/09 9:00pm 6/29/09 9:00pm

MaximumPC Demystifies the BSOD

MaximumPC took a solid whack at explaining how dreaded Blue Screen of Death error codes work (pertaining most recently to XP, Vista and even Windows 7), what they mean and how to fix them. » 5/01/09 9:50am 5/01/09 9:50am

Windows XP's Got Survival Skills: Will Ship Through 2010

Windows XP will outlive Vista at this rate: Originally slated to die on May 30, it's reported that HP at least will be allowed to ship computers with XP on them until April 30, 2010. » 4/06/09 1:59pm 4/06/09 1:59pm

Windows XP, Vista and 7 Tested For Multicore Performance, XP Still Wins…

InfoWorld has a very interesting test between Windows XP, Vista and 7 in terms of multicore performance, and it seems like Windows XP still wins (right now). But there are even more interesting things. » 1/23/09 7:40pm 1/23/09 7:40pm

Use Your PlayStation 3 DualShock/SixAxis Controllers On Your PC

Unlike Microsoft, Sony never bothered to make PC drivers for their PlayStation 3 controllers; but some Japanese programmer has bridged that fjord for you. » 1/13/09 4:40pm 1/13/09 4:40pm

Microsoft Proposes Obnoxiously Restrictive Pay-As-You-Go Computing…

Many have said that the future of Microsoft will be in subscription-based software, cloud computing or some combination of the two. Well, let's hope that it doesn't turn out anything like patent application 20080319910. » 12/30/08 4:58am 12/30/08 4:58am

iPhone to Run Windows and Get Copy and Paste (It's Not What You Think)

Windows will run soon on the iPhone using Citrix Receiver, a remote screen software that connects to a PC and gives you the illusion you are running Microsoft's operating systems, including copy and paste functionality. » 12/26/08 9:43am 12/26/08 9:43am

Dealzmodo: $300 Acer Aspire One Today Only

On most days, you can score an Acer Aspire One for $300, but it's running Linux. Today, Best Buy has the XP Aspire One for that price ($50 off). Good deal. [Best Buy via Lilliputing] » 12/08/08 1:40pm 12/08/08 1:40pm

People Buying Used PCs for Salvage Copies of Windows XP

Hey, what the hell people? I thought we were finally cool with Vista. We're all PCs, right? So why are analysts yapping about people buying used computers just for copies of Windows XP? » 12/01/08 3:20pm 12/01/08 3:20pm

Dreamcast PC Is Like a Teddy Bear Restuffed with Feces

Tokyo PC shop Tsukumo built this custom Dreamcast computer. Its innards gutted, the system was "upgraded" with a new motherboard, Blu-ray drive, HDMI, and 160GB hard drive. The controller ports were swapped out for USB inputs and mega-sized fan was added to the bottom. Added up, these changes represent $1000 in… » 11/26/08 8:37am 11/26/08 8:37am