Category Archives: Windows OS

Windows 7, Vista and XP Operating Systems

Keygens and Windows 8


As we first reported in the Microsoft Security Report Volume 13, Keygens have become the number one threat reported by users of Microsoft antimalware products. The research also indicates that 76 percent of users that downloaded Keygen or software cracks were also exposed to other, more dangerous malware.

Keygens are typically not very dangerous on their own. However, malware authors are having great success using deceptive downloads that either pretend to be Keygens or contain them as well as other malware to spread their malicious payloads. Customers reporting Keygens have higher rates of additional malware infections compared to other threats. Some of these threats try to trick users into paying for software that’s distributed for free from trusted sources.

The next generation file system for Windows: ReFS

Building Windows 8
An inside look from the Windows engineering team

We wanted to continue our dialog about data storage by talking about the next generation file system being introduced in Windows 8. Today, NTFS is the most widely used, advanced, and feature rich file system in broad use. But when you’re reimagining Windows, as we are for Windows 8, we don’t rest on past successes, and so with Windows 8 we are also introducing a newly engineered file system. ReFS, (which stands for Resilient File System), is built on the foundations of NTFS, so it maintains crucial compatibility while at the same time it has been architected and engineered for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios. In Windows 8, ReFS will be introduced only as part of Windows Server 8, which is the same approach we have used for each and every file system introduction.

Windows 7 Family Pack Available in US

Starting today, customers in the United States can purchase the Windows 7 Family Pack at participating retailers and online at the Microsoft Store. This is your chance to get up to three PCs running Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99 ERP. But act fast—Family Pack is only available while supplies last.

For those of you living outside of the U.S., Family Pack will be available for purchase on or after Oct. 22.

Participating countries:
United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, China, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Romania, and Ukraine.

Microsoft Store: Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack

Windows 7 Family Pack returns in October

The return of the Family Pack is a good deal for consumers as it offers considerable savings over individual upgrades. Apparently it will only be available while supplies last so mark your calendars.

Purchasing the Windows 7 Family Pack gives you three upgrade licenses of Windows 7 Home Premium for the low price of $149.99. To take advantage of Family Pack, you’ll need a PC running a genuine copy of either Windows Vista or Windows XP that is capable of running Windows 7. The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can tell you which features and editions of Windows 7 will run on your computer(s).

For those of you who don’t live in the U.S., Family Pack may be coming your way too. It goes on sale in Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and many other markets on or after Oct. 22 (Windows 7’s 1 year anniversary!)

Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) ended July 13, 2010

If you have an unsupported version of Windows XP or Windows Vista without any service packs, Windows will continue to start and run as usual but you won’t get security updates for Windows.

  • Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ended on April 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you’ve installed Windows Vista SP2.
  • Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you’ve installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

There’s no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.

Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ
Which version of the Windows operating system am I running?
What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

EstDomains, Inc. PR

To read history see

October Press releases:
EstDomains, Inc Takes Next Step in Combating Spam and Malware

EstDomains, Inc Combating Cyber Crime — Thousands Domain Names Suspended

The Spamhaus Project.
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Mojave Experiment, Show and Tell

New videos on the Mojave Experiment website

Windows Vista Team Blog.
Mojave: The Experiment Continues…

It’s been a couple weeks since we launched the Mojave Experiment, and the reaction in the blogosphere has been fascinating to watch. You should see my inbox – some of you really liked how the experiment helped you say “I told you so” to haters who’d just jumped on the bandwagon without trying for themselves. Others thought it was interesting but were skeptical about the validity of the project’s methodology, and others still questioned our sanity (not the first time) for doing the experiment in the first place.

Mojave- surprise, it was Vista

Mojave- surprise, it was Vista

Ina Fried at CNET today.

Microsoft looks to ‘Mojave’ to revive Vista’s image
Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put on video, asked about their Vista impressions, and then shown a “new” operating system, code-named Mojave. More than 90 percent gave positive feedback on what they saw. Then they were told that “Mojave” was actually Windows Vista.

“Oh wow,” said one user,

Ironic, so perhaps it’s perception not usage that has led to at least part of any negative response to Vista.

I have Windows Vista on all my machines excepting Windows XP Pro on a laptop, which I did not upgrade because of Intel’s 915 chipset, which does not support Windows Aero.

Intel continued to provide motherboards with the 915 graphics embedded, and OEM’s sold them, right up to and after Windows Vista was launched.

Creative Sound Cards and Vista SP1

Knowing of my own experience with Creative’s drivers, friend Corrine at the Security Garden linked me to an article at

Download Windows Vista SP1 Drivers for Creative sound cards

The bad news is that even after two months since SP1 is available, Creative has not yet launched updated drivers. The good news is that a passionate modder – Daniel Kawakami (Daniel_K) from Brazil – has released his own version of drivers which work on Windows Vista SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit). In this article you will learn what drivers you need to download and where you can find them.

Vendor Drivers for Vistaâ„¢

Creative’s struggle to produce drivers for Vista

Creative Labs, so long

Vista Drivers