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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. This may …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

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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

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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

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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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RACKS OF MACHINES

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In the old days people used shelves and tables with computers on them all wired up to the internet. This was common for web servers before machines became powerful enough to be consolidated. As network moved from 10 megabit to 100 megabit it was now possible to run games with remote desktop as easily as …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

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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. See racks of machines. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions which only have client …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP

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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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ERROR CODE 0x00000005

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Error code 0x00000005 can arise in several situations.  Generally it is seen with a corrupt system. This is one of the more generic errors used by the kernel32 level 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 …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

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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

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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 0x800704DF

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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

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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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GDI+

The GDI+ is a graphics API in Windows XP designed to make it easier to design programs that work with printers and the display. GDI+ is also available to 64-bit Windows. Windows programs do not access the GPU directly so the GDI+ acts as an API. The GDI+ C++ class-based interface is designed for use …

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ERROR CODE 0X8DE00005

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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

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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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