Category Archive: windows xp

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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