Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7
Beware the gullible display driver
Microsoft on Tuesday warned users of a vulnerability in 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that could expose users to malware attacks.
Exploitation of the bug in the Canonical Display Driver would most likely only cause vulnerable machines to reboot, Microsoft spokesman Jerry Bryant said in a blog post. But it could also be abused to silently install malware, although attackers would first have to bypass memory randomization protections baked in to the operating systems to prevent code execution attacks, he added.
The vulnerability stems from the Canonical Display Driver's failure to properly parse information copied from user mode to kernel mode. Malicious hackers could exploit it by tricking a victim into viewing a booby-trapped image file on a website or in email. The driver emulates the Windows XP display driver for interactions with earlier Windows graphics engines.
Bryant said a patch would be forthcoming, but didn't say when. In the meantime, users can prevent attacks by disabling the Windows Aero Theme. To turn it off, choose Start > Control Panel and click on Appearance and Personalization. Then click on Change the Theme. Then select one of the Basic and High Contrast Themes. ®
I don't agree
You are one of the five people on earth where XP is better on his old hardware... ahhh, you wrote "feels"... please check your stats before you write anything.
WinXP is old and if you are accustomed to the new features of Win7 you will never go back (I definitely don't want to go back ever....)
Swing and a miss
The "killer app" you're looking is, and always has been, DirectX. XP is now two major versions behind, and because of the Vista debacle, uptake of the newer versions has been painfully slow.
Besides, Win7 is actually pretty nice, as far as Windows goes. It runs surprisingly well, and you get a lot of little things, niceties here and there, that XP doesn't have out of the box.
LOL - No...
There's a lot of reasons people upgrade to W7 from XP (and Vista ofc)
Aero didn't even enter the equation for me :S