Microsoft has put in a lot of effort on making Windows XP users aware about the potential threats of using an unsupported operating system. However, despite these efforts, only a few customers have upgraded their operating systems. This is clear from the figures of Windows XP users in March and May. The share of Windows XP users had seen a drop of only 2.4 percent between these months. Keep in mind that Windows XP support ended on April 8, 2014. This means, still a good number, about 25 percent of customers, run Windows XP on their machines.
According to Windows support number, it is no longer safe to run Windows XP on any of the machines. The director of security and risk at Tripwire, Tim Erlin says, “The users who remain on Windows XP are clearly putting their data at risk by doing so, despite the very clear warnings from both Microsoft and the information security industry. This data should not surprise anyone because the users who were still on XP by the time the End of Support deadline passed were already those who either can’t or can’t be bothered to upgrade. The XP holdouts have already demonstrated their ability to stick with the aging platform, so we can likely expect this population to dwindle only through hardware failure, lack of software compatibility and compromise.”
When there are no updates for the operating system, it would start to encounter many troubles. These troubles could eventually lead to the crash of the operating system. Therefore, it is advised that you upgrade the unsupported operating system with any of the newer operating systems from Microsoft like Windows 7 or Windows 8. These operating systems will receive support until 2020 and 2023 respectively. Therefore, you do not have to worry about update issues or support for few more years to come.
Users who have upgraded their operating systems from Windows XP have chosen Windows 8 or Windows 7. While some choose Windows 8 owing to its futuristic features, many others have chosen to upgrade their PCs with one of the most trusted operating systems in the world, Windows 7. Most customers who had called Windows support number received advice that upgrading to Windows 8 is a better option than upgrading to Windows 7. It was also stated by the technicians at the Windows support number that this is because mainstream support for the operating system ends on January 2015, while the mainstream support for Windows 8 expires only by the year 2018.
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After reports popped up stating that Lenovo would soon withdraw its small screen Windows tablets from the US market, the company has now made it clear that it would continue selling its 10 and 8 inch tablets in the country. Earlier, the company spokesperson has told PCWorld that US customers show very little interest in its smaller sized tablets, ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2. He further added that the demand for these tablets in countries like Brazil, Japan and China has gone up considerably over the past few months. He had told earlier, “The demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets.”
However, the latest statement from the company rubbishes the rumors. According to the latest statement, the company has no plans of withdrawing the small inch tablets. On the other hand, it is getting ready to launch a new Windows 8 tablet, which has a screen size of 8-inches. However, the company did not reveal more details on the product. The statement reads, “Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the US, and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business as was reported by the media.” It further states, “In short, we will continue to sell both 8- and 10-inch Windows tablets in both the US and non-US markets.”
Even though the company has two small screen tablets in the US market, it is clear that the company is focusing more on large display tablets. This is because both the small screen tablets, Miix 2 and ThinkPad 8 did not receive a warm welcome in the US market. Miix 2 was priced at 300 dollars while ThinkPad 8 came with a price tag of 400 dollars. Windows help blogs has found that this high price was one of the negative factors, as users could find Android tablets at a much lower price.
According to the Windows help blogs, the new tablet getting ready to release would be priced competitively, as this could be the only way to pose a tough fight against other Android tablets that come loaded with features, at lower prices. Even though the company has not declared a date for the release of the new tablet, it is expected that it could be in the market within two to three months.
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Many Windows 8 users were disappointed when they found out that Microsoft decided not to bring back the old Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Just after a few months of Windows 8.1 launch, many users started sending queries and complaints to the Windows help center, mainly about the absence of Start Menu in the new Metro design and the overall layout being less user-friendly.
It is reported that Microsoft is developing an OS to answer such user grievances, which will work smoothly on both touch screen monitors as well as the traditional desktop PCs. Microsoft earlier thought they got it right in Windows 8 with Metro UI, but most of the users were not impressed with the changes at all. However, Microsoft does want to bring back the old Start Menu in the upcoming platform, which contrastingly, might be on the inconvenient side for touch screen device users.
According to Microsoft experts, the new Start Screen is much better than the old Start Menu that occupies just a small corner of your screen. The Start Screen in Widows 8.1 and Windows 8 occupies the entire screen and displays the options in big tiles. This is more convenient for both touch-based devices as well as desktop computer users.
So instead of bringing back the full Start Menu in Windows 8.1, Microsoft introduced a smart Start Button in the platform. This will take you to back the Start Screen and has a few other options including Shutdown, Restart, Log Off, and Sleep. It seems like Microsoft is under the impression that Windows 8 users will eventually get used to this new substitute for the very user-friendly Start Menu. However, the release of Windows 8.1 update has not improved the OS sales whatsoever.
Clearly, Windows 8 and 8.1 are going the same way as Windows Vista did, and experts believe that Microsoft will do exactly as they did earlier when Windows 7 OS was released to compensate for Windows Vista. Microsoft will listen to the issues cited by their user community, and get rid of at least some radical changes in the previous OS. In short, you can expect to see the full Start Menu in the next Windows version. There are already leaked screen shots of this new Windows OS Start Menu circulating online.
Microsoft might introduce new features in Windows 8.1 Update 2 or with Windows 9, which is expected to release in 2015. Keep checking the Windows help website for any official announcements regarding this.
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There are quite a lot of advantages with running a 64-bit program when compared to 32 bit. The main reason why users opt for a 64-bit system is the misconception that it runs twice faster than 32-bit systems. If all the operations worked on 64-bit data, then this will be absolutely true. But this is not the actual case, as you also have to take memory overhead in to account. This is the main reason why most of the standard web browsers have moved to 64-bit systems. The Safari web browser from Apple migrated to 64-bit system in the year 2009 and they implemented this in their iPhones starting from IPhone 5s. While rendering tasks, The Apple Company claims that there is a 50 percent increase in speed.
However, this is not the case with Microsoft as the Windows 7 operating system is compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit Internet Explorer browsers; but by default, it only uses 32-bit IE. The need to support the 32-bit add-ins is the main reason for using 32-bit browser. The tech giant does not prefer to use 64-bit systems, as they proclaim that there are not many differences in speed when 64 bit is compared with 32-bit, but they agreed to the fact that because of additional security features offered by a 64-bit system, it is more secure than others.
Mozilla and Google had released 64 bit browsers long time back. Windows seemed to be a difficult one for them even though they had 64-bit versions for some time. The standard Mozilla Firefox browser runs on a 32-bit system and it is available for download in the nightly channel. The company does not advertise it properly and that is the reason why it is so unpopular among the users.
Recently, the search giant Google has released Windows Chrome for 64-bit version in the Dev and Canary channels and Google claims that in order to make it more stable, more steps have been taken. However, this Windows Chrome 64 bit is compatible only with Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems and that too 64-bit ones only. Moreover, search giant Google claims that the ability to use memory techniques such as Address Space Layout Randomization makes the Windows Chrome 64-bit system more secure. They also claim that these types of systems are more stable.
To know more about this, contact our Windows help team. You will get apt Windows help for finding the Chrome 64-bit installation file and tips for installing the same.
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Microsoft Corporation is a company that involves in the development or production of excellent software products. Two of its products, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, were no exception. But no matter how meticulous the company has been in developing such software, it is hard to foresee every possible threat, error and corruption. This is what is happening with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
It happened with Windows XP, and we all know how difficult life was in the XP times, when you always had to deal with one bug, error, malware or virus or the other. Windows Vista and Windows 7 are now more likely to be affected by malicious programs than even XP. This is obvious because the software maker has already pulled Windows XP off support. So, there is no Windows help and support available for Windows XP anymore from Microsoft.
As per the latest data, number of malware being detected has increased from 5.3 to 32.4 for Windows Vista. For Windows 7, the jump is from 4.9 to 25.9. When you compare it with the latest figures for Windows XP, you see that the number of threats or malware per 1,000 has not increased at the same rate.
The Microsoft Corporation mentioned that the incidence of threats or malware detection seen in Windows XP shows the recently-expired operating system is more stable and secure now, compared to its successors. Though it seems that way, it does not mean that this aging Windows operating system is perfectly secure, or should be preferred over its successors for that reason.
The problem is not actually the security; it is mostly the lack of knowledge on how to make the correct settings to make the system more secure and stable. If you make the appropriate settings then you can ensure that Windows 7 provides much better security than Windows XP.
Some modern or newer Windows versions allows to take full advantage of Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, a utility that can effectively block malwares that are making use of zero-day vulnerabilities, and make things more difficult for attackers.
This Windows help article would like to emphasize on the fact that “Windows XP is not more secure than newer operating systems”. To understand this better, it should be remembered that not all the malicious threats act on security lapses and vulnerabilities. Some may be as simple as tricking users into clicking suspicious and malicious links or executing malware-infected files sent to them.
So, just because some statistics shows a decreasing trend in malware detection for Windows XP, you should not choose Windows XP over latest Windows operating systems available. You should remember, Microsoft has stopped support for XP.
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