Having the latest driver means your device and system are running at optimum levels. But performance is only one of many reasons to keep your system up-to-date. New drivers will often patch security flaws and keep your PC safe from exploits. An updated driver can also introduce new features or increase compatibility of your existing devices. Although Windows does a great job of finding the correct driver when you first plug in a new device, it doesn't do much to keep it updated. Now you can maintain all of your drivers from one convenient platform with IObit's Driver … Read more
Update: On May 1, Microsoft released a fix for Internet Explorer -- all affected versions: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Surprisingly, that includes versions that run on Windows XP -- though Microsoft no longer supports XP, the severity of this security flaw prompted the company to patch XP-compatible versions. Your system should download the patch automatically; if it doesn't, enable automatic Windows Update.
This weekend Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer, warning that hackers can exploit a vulnerability that lets them run commands on remote computers. In other words, hackers exploiting this flaw can hijack … Read more
Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, an OS still used by approximately 20-25% of Windows customers. That means one in four PC users must upgrade to a more secure, supported version of Windows or risk their un-updated, un-patched version of Windows XP catching a virus or other Internet bug. As a rule of thumb, we always recommend upgrading your OS and then updating it as often as possible to protect your system. If you're switching to a new OS, read how to migrate easily from Windows XP. However, if you're a die-hard who wants to keep a Windows … Read more
As of today, Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP. To keep your system up-to-date and safe, Windows XP users should move to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (and for those who insist on clinging to their old OS, see our tips for making Windows XP more secure). To help you through the pains of migration, we've compiled apps and tips for transitioning to either Windows 7 or 8. If you're considering upgrading to Vista...don't.File Transfer
April 8 is the day support for XP ends. So, Microsoft is reaching into its bag of discount tricks to get users to drop the decade-plus old operating system.
The offer includes a new PC or Surface device priced at $599 or more and excludes Surface 2 "and some PCs," Microsoft said.
And you have to make an online purchase with a Windows XP machine … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Seven people around the world collectively possess a set of keys that can dismantle the Web.
- Turn your Instagram pics into real photos with the Lifeprint.
- Skirmos system levels up laser tag with open-source Arduino microcomputer.
- Almost time to panic: 95 percent of the ATMs in the world run on Windows XP.… Read more
Microsoft will begin notifying Windows XP users -- starting Saturday -- via pop-up notification that April 8 will mark the end of Microsoft support for Windows XP.
Windows XP users still running the Home or Professional versions of the product and who have been getting their updates to XP via Windows Update will get a notification on their desktop screen reminding them of the April 8 end-of-support date. Users can turn off the notifications via a check box. If they don't, they will be reminded on the 8th of every month until the notifications are disabled. The notification also … Read more
Microsoft continues to urge people to dump Windows XP as it preps to end support for the operating system next month, but the 13-year-old OS refuses to go away quietly.
XP's cut among desktop operating systems actually rose slightly the past two months, according to the latest Web traffic numbers from market tracker Net Applications. In February, XP's share inched up to 29.5 percent from 29.3 percent in January and 28.9 percent in December.
Of course, those are minor increases, a possible blip in XP's long-term decline. Just two years ago, XP was still … Read more
April 8 is the day support for XP ends. Though it may be cold comfort for XP users, it may also be the day that Microsoft updates Windows 8.1.
Early April is shaping up to be a watershed of sorts for Windows users. At the same time that support for Windows XP is ending, the Windows 8.1 update is arriving to the general public, according to Neowin, citing a tweet from Supersite for Windows.
That date was also suggested earlier this month.
And April 8 is also the day for Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday," when it … Read more