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WINDOWS SUPPORT LIFECYCLE

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 Microsoft releases new versions of Windows every few years. Microsoft also releases service packs and platform updates periodically. Following many questions Microsoft has now released a support matrix. This provides the exact dates for general availability and the last day of support (Windows updates). Each version of Windows will have 5 years of mainstream support. …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

Malware became apparent early on with the personal computer. Over time security tools became available to combat the problem. Windows Vista and above come with Windows Defender which provides some modicum of security. Other security programs were expected to complement or replace it. In practice many used Windows with no additional security programs in place. …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: VRAM

Video cards have long had more than 512MB VRAM so again x64 is needed to be fully exploit the card. VRAM is shadowed in main memory. The DMA controller copies the assembled frame while the CPU works on the next one. With the GTX Titan X 12GB, at least 32GB of memory is needed to …

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MICROSOFT VIRTUAL PC

In 2004 Microsoft released Virtual PC to the public as a free download. It allowed users the ability to run separate Windows session in a window. The Virtual PC 2004 release could run DOS and up easily. We tried a Windows 95 disk as well as a Windows 98 SE disk and we could run …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

Remote Desktop as it is know today first was provided to Window XP and Windows Server 2003. Previously Terminal Services was used with earlier versions of Windows NT. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions. Remote Desktop uses the same accounts as local …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP

We have many old games. Many old games have issues with the x64 version of XP while they do work fine with the x86 version. Issues are for the x86 version of XP. If you need backwards compatibility its possible to dual boot.  The old MBR allows for 4 primary partitions or the BIOS can …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

Windows now requires activation to prevent unlicensed use. Windows XP and higher now use Internet activation. A mechanized phone option is available for those who do not have Internet access. To check your activation status you can press win+r and then slmgr /xpr Windows will then show a dialog that indicates that Windows is permanently …

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WINDOWS XP

Windows XP was released generally on October 25, 2001. Today XP is now in extended support which expired April 8, 2014.  Office 2003 also will expire. Microsoft will continue to provide updates for Security Essentials until April 2015. Windows XP was the first version of Windows to require activation. Previously Windows was released without copy …

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ERROR CODE 0x8DE00005

This error arises with Outlook 2003 and above. It involves the connector uses for Live and Hotmail accounts etc. To fix this problem, log on to your account with a browser manually. Then check to see that IMAP is enabled. http://help.outlook.com/en-us/140/gg312147.aspx Microsoft and Google accounts have been known to need to be configured for IMAP. …

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ERROR CODE 0x800704DF

If you ever run across error code 0x800704DF, it usually indicates a problem with one or more of the Windows system components. SYSTEM FILE CHECKER Open an elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow This tool will take several minutes to complete, it will make sure all of the Windows components are OK and not damaged. …

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ERROR CODE 0x80004005

If you ever run across error code 0x80004005, its one of the generic errors that is used by Explorer when problems occur. This has been seen with Windows XP and above. It can come up with extracting zip files, copying files from disk to disk etc. Sometimes it may be needed to open the command prompt …

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ERROR CODE 0X8DE00005

Microsoft changed their email system when they rolled out their new cloud services. This meant that lots of users of Windows Essentials, Outlook and other email programs could not connect to their email accounts. Microsoft wanted users to adopt the mail program in Windows 8 and above. Meanwhile the cloud team have tried to make …

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ERROR CODE 0xC000021A

Error Code 0xC000021A is a driver fault that can can happen when driver mismatches exist. This usually arises when driver uninstallers fall to remove all obsolete components when upgraded. This error has been seen with Windows XP onwards. The error is thrown when Winlogon.exe or Csrss.exe fail. The error arises when the driver stack is not consistent. Sometimes …

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FIXING WINDOWS UPDATE

For some reason gamers have problems with Windows updates. Numerous causes have been noticed over time. Microsoft has a free tool called Fix It for Windows 7 that can reset the updates and allow you to get them installed. To get that tool refer to: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058. Windows 8 integrates this into the OS to fix …

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JAVA

Java is a programming language that is very popular. It was first released in 1995. Unlike C or C++, Java uses are more complete run-time which created a new model called middleware. Middleware is the idea of using additional layers of software to consolidate assets. Unlike C++, Java is managed by a for-profit corporation who …

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