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January 4, 2010  9:24 AM

Problem upgrading Windows 7 from Vista

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upgrade, vista, Windows 7

I actually don't mind Windows 7, having used it since RC1 was released last summer. But this weekend, I had to install it on my main PC, because Vista had become unstable. Unlike previous releases, I needed to boot into Vista first in order to run the upgrade rather than a clean installation. It...

April 1, 2009  3:07 PM

Windows XP: The clock is ticking

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Support, vista, XP

I've just been on the phone to Gartner, which is advising businesses to think about their long-term migration plans from Windows XP to Windows 7. Why now? Windows XP is a stable operating sytsem and businesses are reluctant to upgrade to Vista.

But on April 14, Windows XP moves from...

March 4, 2009  2:14 PM

The true cost of Windows Vista

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Microsoft, vista, Windows, XP

Microsoft could be losing billions of dollars in terms of lost earnings because Vista is not backwards compatible with Windows XP. As a result, businesses are not risking upgrading from Windows XP. Mainstream support for XP ends on April 14, yet most businesses are likely to carry on using it...

June 12, 2008  10:14 AM

Windows 2012 wishlist

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vista, XP

I still run Windows XP SP2 at home and at work. I'm pretty happy with the performance of the OS on my three year old hardware and it does all the things I expect from an OS.


I would upgrade, but Vista seems too unwieldy and has many feature - which I may one day find useful...

May 23, 2008  10:10 AM

A business case for Vista

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Microsoft, SQL Server, vista

Vista is doing well, according to John Curran, director of the Windows group at Microsoft UK. Curran was in London this week for a roundtable with customers, analysts and press, covering Vista deployments.

16 months since Windows Vista was launched, Curran says that Microsoft has...

April 30, 2008  7:49 PM

Skip Vista – you know it makes sense

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Dell, HP, PC, upgrade, vista, XP

With the first service pack now available, I wonder how many businesses are going to be upgrading to Vista? Not many it seems. Some businesses are not at all keen on Vista. Let's face it, what's the best way to break a modern PC...install Vista. All the tweaks Microsoft has made to make its...

March 26, 2008  9:11 AM

Windows XP SP3 or Vista SP1?

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SP1, SP3, vista, XP

The next service pack of Windows XP is due out soon. The big question is whether you should upgrade. If you don't update Windows XP then what's the worst that could happen? You could find that a hole in XP might get exploited by a hacker. Sure this is a risk, but that may not be so bad, since you...

February 14, 2008  6:54 PM

IBM Domino support #3 – Responsibility and legacy

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Customer service, Domino, IBM, Support, vista

I've been accused of writing dribble, trying to dig up a story when none exists and a few comments on my postings about Lotus Domino support have even suggested I get a new job and a...

February 8, 2008  9:29 PM

Poor service from IBM: Big Blue shows its true colours

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Aok, ChangeBase, Domino, Lotus, vista

I'm rather annoyed with IBM. A few weeks ago, around the time of Lotusphere, I wanted to find out whether the Lotus 6.5.x client would run on Windows Vista. I felt this was not an unreasonable thing to ask, given that IBM states on its

February 1, 2008  3:22 PM

Microsoft’s Yahoo! bid: the end of Windows

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Microsoft, vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Yahoo

Microsoft's £22 billion (44.6 billion) bid for Yahoo! should worry any enterprise business that relies on MS infrastructure. In 2007 the company made $59 billion, so it's fair to say that most of its 2007 earnings are going on this deal. What this could mean is that Microsoft will shift its...

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