Articles about Windows Vista

Microsoft extends support for EMET security tool

Microsoft has extended the support life of its enhanced mitigation toolkit (EMET) affording Windows 8 laggards an extra 18 months of protection. EMET adds extra defences to older versions of Windows, dating all the way back to Vista. Among the improvements it offers are address space layout randomisation and data execution …
Darren Pauli, 04 Nov 2016
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Windows 10 market share fell in September

Microsoft may have used its Ignite conference to trumpet Windows 10 now running on 400 million devices, but the operating system's market share went backwards in September according to two of three traffic-watchers we track each month. StatCounter Global Stats has Windows 10 at 24.42 per cent desktop OS market share for …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016
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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox development team has decided enough is enough and will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in March 2017 and also bin Firefox OS. The OS first. In this post Mozillans Ari Jaaksi and David Bryant, respectively the head of connected devices and veep for platform engineering, write that “By the …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Sep 2016
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Windows printer bug fixed

Microsoft has this week quietly admitted on its website that one of its security updates broke printing on pre-Windows 10 PCs. The MS16-098 patch, issued in August, fixes privilege escalation bugs in kernel-level drivers on Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2016
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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has fixed 38 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as high-profile flaws that have allowed researchers to circumvent Windows boot protections. None of the programming blunders were publicly disclosed or actively exploited in the wild prior to today's patch release. The …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Aug 2016
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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

A marketing campaign by O2 that sent customers USB-embedded pens backfired last week – after it transpired a number of devices contained a "Windows-specific virus." The UK cellphone network sent out the USB pens to its business customers followed by a marketing email encouraging them to download a free eBook. That was then …
Kat Hall, 08 Aug 2016
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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

After 12 months of “free” upgrades, it's now business for usual for Microsoft and the hard work begins on trying to shift paid-for Window 10. Microsoft closed the door on free upgrades from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on July 29. The Anniversary Update of Windows 10 arrived on August 2. From now on, if you want to …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Aug 2016
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Webpages, Word files, print servers menacing Windows PCs – yup, it's Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will fix critical holes in Internet Explorer, Edge, Office and Windows with this month's Patch Tuesday security bundle. Meanwhile, Adobe has patched dozens of exploitable vulnerabilities in its Flash player. Redmond's July release includes 11 sets of patches, six rated as "critical" and five classified as "important …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jul 2016
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Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner’s departure as Microsoft’s chief salesman after 11 years marks the final passing of the Redmond old guard. Chief operating officer Turner - KT, as he was known - was a chief of the old-school corporate kind; sales, marketing and Microsoft’s stores all reported into Turner. His departure is part of a massive sales …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2016
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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

Critical fixes for Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows DNS Server highlight this month's edition of Patch Update Tuesday. The Redmond Windows slinger has kicked out 16 bulletins this month, five rated as "critical" and the remaining 11 considered "important" risks. MS16-063 addresses 10 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2016

Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

Microsoft's "Get Windows 10" nagware will be killed off in July, the tech giant has told us. The software has been worming its way into Windows PCs via Windows Update since last year using aggressive malware-like techniques and frequent pop-up reminders. It quietly downloads and installs Windows 10 automatically for you, and …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer. A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on Twitch.tv, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016
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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

There’s one less hideout for Windows XP hangers-on when it comes to browsers. Google’s Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released and Google’s browser will, finally, no longer work on Microsoft’s legacy desktop. Also no longer supported are Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8. It will be Microsoft’s XP …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016
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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

Comment So, Windows 10 isn't the saviour of the PC industry after all – and is beginning to look more like a Windows Vista than a Windows XP. PC growth predictions have been revised down by IDC. A range of companies including HP Ink and Northamber blame Windows 10 for flagging sales. "We have not yet seen the anticipated Win10 …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Mar 2016

2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has published the March edition of its monthly security updates, addressing security flaws in Internet Explorer, Edge and Windows, while Adobe has issued updates for Digital Editions, Acrobat and Reader. Microsoft released 13 sets of patches for you to install as soon as possible: MS16-023 A cumulative update for …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2016

Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month. The second Patch Tuesday monthly update of the year brings with it fixes for security flaws in both Internet Explorer and Edge that could allow remote-code-execution attacks simply by visiting a webpage. Also fixed are remote-code- …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Feb 2016
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Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

Do you baulk at the size of Microsoft’s mega Surface Hub whiteboard, and want something a little more Apple-tastic for your wall? Fear not. Cupertino has filed a patent raising the prospect of interacting with your iOS device without touching the screen. US Patent 9,250,734, awarded to Apple on February 2, will: Use one or …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2016
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Windows 10 shattered Remote Desktop's security defaults – so get patching

Microsoft has issued its January batch of security updates – including what will be the final round of patches for many versions of Internet Explorer. The first Patch Tuesday monthly security release of the year includes fixes for 25 CVE-listed flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Office. Among the patched bugs are …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2016
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Your jingle to take into the weekend: QuickTime security fixes to apply

Apple has posted an update to its QuickTime media plugin, addressing multiple remote code execution flaws for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users, The Cupertino giant said that the QuickTime 7.7.9 patch will address a total of nine CVE-listed memory corruption vulnerabilities in QuickTime. Each could be targeted by loading a …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jan 2016
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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

In less than one week, Microsoft will end support for several versions of its Internet Explorer web browser. The Redmond giant is nearing the January 12 rollout date for a new policy on browser support. The new rules, unveiled last year, mean that many older versions of IE will no longer be supported on Windows machines. …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2016

Memory-resident modular malware menaces moneymen

A stealthy strain of malware resident only in memory has been quietly pwning victims around the world for two years. The backdoor, dubbed Latentbot, that has been well hidden on the web since at least mid-2013 if not earlier. The payload never touches the victims' hard disks and stays only in memory, according to security …
John Leyden, 14 Dec 2015

Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

Microsoft is advising Windows users to update their browsers ahead of a new policy that will see some versions of Internet Explorer no longer supported. The Redmond software giant said that beginning January 12, 2016, it will only support the newest version of its browser available in each operating system. "The newest …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015

It's nearly 2016, and Windows DNS servers can be pwned remotely

Patch Tuesday Microsoft is closing out the year with a fix for 71 security vulnerabilities in Windows Server, client-side Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Among the patches are two vulnerabilities that are already being exploited in the wild for elevation of privilege and remote code execution. The December Patch Tuesday load …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Dec 2015
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Windows 10 lags 7, 8 … and even Vista in the channel race

Windows 10 is not proving as popular as Microsoft’s earlier clients – even the hated ones – among the channel. The number of PCs pre-installed with Windows 10 moving through western Europe’s distribution channel in the four months since launch is lower than for Windows 7, and the hated Windows Vista and Windows 8 over the same …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2015
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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

On-Call This week's instalment of On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale of things that go pear-shaped in the small hours, comes from Carl who tells us that “a couple of years ago I had just been made redundant”. Carl's the kind of chap who sees opportunity in adversity, and so felt it was his time to step up from sysadmin to IT …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2015

In 2015, your Windows PC can be owned by opening a spreadsheet

Microsoft and Adobe have pushed out their scheduled monthly security updates, with familiar names like IE and Flash once again getting critical fixes. For Redmond, the October update brings fixes for 33 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The updates include a cumulative fix for Internet Explorer and patches to address …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015
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Behind the curve: How not to be a technology laggard

I came across a wonderful term the other day: the “technical laggard”. I hadn't actually realised that this was an accepted term that's in (reasonably) wide usage – turns out it's the name given to people at the opposite end of the technology take-up spectrum from the early adopters. Although I've worked for, and with, largely …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Oct 2015

Microsoft puts a bullet in blundering D-Link's leaked key that made malware VIPs on PCs

Microsoft has finally revoked D-Link's leaked code-signing key, which gave malware the red carpet treatment on millions of Windows PCs. Last week, it emerged that, for six months between February and September, D-Link exposed its private code-signing key to the world in a firmware download. Anyone who stumbled upon this key …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015
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Redmond yells 'CUT' on Hacking Team horror movie exploit

Another of exploits against Microsoft Windows that hit as a zero day after Hacking Team was hacked has been fixed. Trend Micro threat bod Kenney Lu says the fix for CVE-2015-2509 was among the 56 of this week's Patch Tuesday bug-splat. Hacking Team's remote code execution exploit works on Windows Vista through to 8 and works …
Darren Pauli, 10 Sep 2015
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It's still 2015, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a webpage

Microsoft has today released patches for 56 security vulnerabilities in its products. People should apply the updates as soon as possible because miscreants are actively exploiting at least two of the holes – and likely more by the time you read this. The September patch batch includes critical fixes for Internet Explorer and …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2015

It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has released 14 sets of software patches to address critical security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and Edge. Yes, even Edge: Microsoft's supposedly whizzbang super-secure web browser. Users and sysadmins should apply August's Patch Tuesday fixes as soon as possible: the bugs can be exploited …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

Windows 10 looks to be doing alright, according to measurements taken by StatCounter. We usually consider desktop OS market share data from StatCounter and Netmarketshare in the first week of each month, but the former analyst also offers weekly data. With the debut of Windows 10 just 11 days behind us, a look at weekly data …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2015

Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

Windows 10 has rocketed to account for 0.375 per cent of the world's PC-driven web traffic, according to ratings firms Netmarketshare and Statcounter. For those of you domiciled beneath stones, Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29th, meaning it had a chance to make a mark on the month-by-month desktop OS market share data …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money? Microsoft, after-all, has built a multi-billion-dollar business on sales of new versions of Windows through retailers and to PC makers, …
Stuart Burns, 31 Jul 2015
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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Analysis Less than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure as CEO of Microsoft, he's already had to report a lossmaking quarter. It's only the second time that's happened in the software giant's three decades as a public company, and the $8.44bn write-off Redmond posted earlier this week is the largest in its history. Don't blame Nadella …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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The Lazarus Effect: Saved by Linux and Cash Converters

Feature I was recently stuck in a quandary, when, having just moved to Portugal, my trusty MacBook Pro departed this mortal coil. No time to mourn those sweet memories with a deadline fast approaching and replacement to be sought. I’d no intention of buying a new machine with a Portuguese keyboard so I went in search of something …
Mark Diston, 25 Jul 2015

Microsoft: Hey, you. Done patching Windows this month? WRONG

Microsoft is urging everyone to install an emergency security update for all supported versions of Windows to fix a remote-code execution vulnerability. Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This …
Chris Williams, 20 Jul 2015
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Windows RT on life support: Microsoft vows it won't pull the plug

Fear not, you unlucky owners of Windows RT tablets: Microsoft hasn't abandoned you yet. Not entirely, anyway. According to Microsoft spokesman Gabe Aul, Windows RT, the feature-limited version of Windows 8 for ARM-powered fondleslabs, will in fact be getting another significant update soon. That's the good news. The bad news …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015

Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

Windows XP holdouts are even more danger than ever after Microsoft abandoned anti-malware support for the ancient platform. Redmond overnight stopped providing XP support for new and existing installs of its Security Essentials package. The run-as-needed Malicious Software Removal Tool has also been axed, while support for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jul 2015

Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

Microsoft has released fixes for 59 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its software – including a patch for the elevation-of-privilege flaw in Windows exploited by spyware maker Hacking Team. There's a patch (MS15-065) for a remote-code execution bug in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1 that also emerged from the Hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2015

It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

Microsoft has released the June edition of its Update (neé Patch) Tuesday security update dump. This month's bundle includes eight security bulletins, two rated "critical" and six rated "important." Users and administrators are advised to test (if necessary) and install the updates as soon as possible to prevent attacks. MS15- …
Shaun Nichols, 09 Jun 2015
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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

Feature Exactly a year ago today Adobe’s Creative Cloud servers went dark for a whole day, leaving some users unable to open their apps. Deadlines were missed, clients were let down, digital editions failed to appear and a generally crap time was had by all. Adobe Photoshop For more challenging jobs, stacking elements and effects in …
Adam Banks, 14 May 2015
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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

Mozilla has released the first version of its Firefox browser to include support for Encrypted Media Extensions, a controversial World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) spec that brings digital rights management (DRM) to HTML5's video tag. The nonprofit grudgingly agreed to add EME support to Firefox last year, despite the vocal …
Neil McAllister, 12 May 2015
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ONE BEELLION Windows 10 devices?! OH REALLY

Windows chief Terry Myerson in the thick of friendlies at Microsoft’s Build conference has predicted one billion devices will be running Windows 10 in its first two to three years. He reckons the big lift will come from a wave of Windows 7 users upgrading to Windows 10 and people buying 2-in-1s – laptops that double as tablets …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Apr 2015
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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

Build 2015 Microsoft has released preview Build 10074 of Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. It is only a week since the previous preview build (10061) arrived, but this one is a milestone available even to users who prefer to stick with the more stable releases – the “slow” update cycle in Windows Insider terms. …
Tim Anderson, 30 Apr 2015
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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

Banks have a new option for finally unhitching from Windows XP on tens of thousands of ATMs – Google’s Android. NCR, the country’s largest supplier of cash machines, was today due to unveil a Linux-powered cash-machine running Google’s smartphone operating system. Called Kalpana*, NCR has developed a secure, customised version …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2015

It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

Microsoft has delivered its latest monthly batch of security updates to address flaws in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. Redmond's latest Patch Tuesday payload includes 11 bulletins, four of which are rated critical as they allow attackers to execute malicious code on victims' computers from across the internet. The full …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2015

LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

German developer Christopher Bachner has alleged LG monitor software is quietly disabling User Account Control (UAC), putting Windows punters at risk of malware infection. Introduced with Windows Vista and available on higher Microsoft platforms, UAC boosts security by restricting applications to standard user privileges unless …
Darren Pauli, 09 Apr 2015
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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

Windows XP is officially gone but its server companions Windows Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2 live – just not for much longer. Mainstream support for the server duo ended on 13 July 2010 but the expiration of extended support is now just three months away: 14 July 2015. The date is critical as that’s when security updates and …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2015