Articles about Windows Xp

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They kept that quiet. PC sales via distributors DID rise in Q2

It is a Friday and El Reg is pleased to be able to answer the burning question on the lips of readers across the land - just how did PC sales via distribution do in the second quarter? They went well. Though retailers and wholesalers bought in stock conservatively, as recorded by Gartner and IDC, channel analyst Context …
Paul Kunert, 22 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

US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

Attackers have popped three prominent US hospitals, using deliberately ancient malware so old that it slips under the radar of modern security controls to compromise Windows XP boxes and gain network beacheads. The attacks were foiled using deceptive honeypot-style frameworks, according to California-based TrapX. Hospitals …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jun 2016

SCC blows up tech sevices balloon, fiscal '16 profits swell

‘Thank god for our IT services biz’ might be the general sentiment expressed by top brass at SCC after another year when the shelf life for firms reselling hardware and software got a little shorter. Services might not be coming good for all IT vendors - for that see the gloom at some of the majors - but they accounted for the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2016
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Microsoft warns of worm ransomware, finds fix in Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft is warning of a wormable ransomware that infects removable drives on versions of its operating system below Windows 10. The ZCrypt scumware is distributed through old but effective methods of phishing emails, Word document macros, and fake Adobe Flash installers. It drops a warning notice in a HTML file informing …
Darren Pauli, 01 Jun 2016
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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

Mergers and acquisitions and restructuring costs led to Lenovo booking its first annual loss since 2009, but crappy demand for PCs and smartphones didn’t exactly help to wax the bottom line either. The Beijing HQ’d biz reported sales for fiscal ’16 ended 31 March of $44.9bn, down three per cent year-on-year, after ending the …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2016
Windows 10 Build 14328 has a revised Start menu and new pen features

Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

Microsoft has announced that the free all-you-can-eat Windows 10 upgrade buffet will close forever on July 29, and that after that you'll have to pay for all the fun of its latest operating system. US$119 is the price Redmond has set for the Home version of the operating system. A sales person in a live chat session on the …
Simon Sharwood, 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

US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

Windows 10's business push may be slowing, at least according to data gathered from visits to United States government web sites. Each month, The Register checks out StatCounter, Netmarketshare and the US government's analytics service to see how desktop operating systems are faring in the market. All count web traffic, the …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2016

Win XP, Flash, Java... healthcare makes easy pickings for hackers

The healthcare industry is a long way behind the financial sector in basic security practices, according to a study by two factor authentication firm Duo Security. Duo found that healthcare devices were significantly more out of date and less secure than ones from finance, after comparing its healthcare customers' devices to …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2016
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Intel preps for layoffs: Chipzilla sharpens axe for deep job cuts

Job queues in Intel’s home state of Oregon are to swell in 2016 with Chipzilla steering thousands of workers to the chopping block. So claimed local paper The Oregonian, where Chipzilla is headquartered, with the employee cull said to start after Intel reports its Q1 numbers next week. According to the loquacious sources the …
Paul Kunert, 19 Apr 2016

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

RIP QuickTime for Windows. Apple is "deprecating support" for the application, and will no longer patch security flaws in the software. The iGiant is also quietly advising users to uninstall the media player from their Windows machines to avoid being hacked. Word of the end of support comes from infosec biz Trend Micro. It …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 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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Megabreach: 55 MILLION voters' details leaked in Philippines

A massive data breach appears to have left 55 million Philippine voters at much greater risk of identity fraud and more. Security researchers warn that the entire database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has been exposed in what appears to be the biggest government related data breach in history. The …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2016

Adobe preps emergency Flash patch for bug hackers are exploiting

Adobe will this week issue an out-of-band patch for Flash after spotting a critical flaw that is now being "actively exploited" in the wild. The flaw, CVE-2016-1019, affects Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 and older for Windows, OS X, Linux, and Chrome OS. Adobe made the jump to patch after learning that users of Windows 7 and …
Iain Thomson, 06 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Microsoft last week updated its Windows 10 usage data, claiming 270 million devices now run its newest operating system. We've updated our numbers, too, namely the three sources we use to assess desktop operating system market share. And on our numbers, if Windows 10 is on 270 million devices Windows 7 is on about 750 million …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016
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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

Software powering Britain's nuclear-tipped Trident II missiles is to be updated following fears of a cyber-attack, according to reports. The Daily Telegraph reported that Britain's Trident missiles, currently carried by the Royal Navy's Vanguard-class submarines, are to receive software updates to help guard against cyber- …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Mar 2016

Legion of demons found in ancient auto medical supply dispensing cabinets

Updated Consider this a reminder that end-of-life software doesn't get patches: researchers have turned up more than 1,400 vulnerabilities in a widespread automatic medical supply dispensing system from CareFusion, because old units are still running Windows XP. The computer-controlled dispensing cabinets are installed in hospitals …
Julie Larson-Green Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience

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
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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

Ten years ago, Oracle was mid-snack, taking a break between swallowing PeopleSoft for $10bn and Sun Microsystems for $8.5bn. Microsoft had settled a long-running feud with Sun over something petty involving Java for $20m and had begun designing its vision of how the internet should be programmed with its new BFF, IBM. …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2016
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Private Dell mostly makes PCs – and its sales of those are down

Dell isn’t exactly in rude financial health as it marches ever closer to the $60bn+ acquisition of EMC – at least, judging by P&L accounts the privately-held Texan tech firm filed with the US SEC. The mammoth Form s-4 is supposed to paint a painfully honest picture of the businesses current position and the potential risks of …
Paul Kunert, 15 Mar 2016
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Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

Windows 10 is still growing, but its rate of growth has flattened to about one per cent of market share per month. El Reg makes that assertion on the basis of our monthly look at three sources of data: the ratings firms Netmarketshare and StatCounter, plus the US government's analytics dump of 90 days of windows-sourced …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2016
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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Feb 2016
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Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1's market share

Windows 10 overtakes Windows 8.1's market share It looks like Santa stuffed chimneys with new PCs last year Windows 10 has overtaken Windows 8.1's market share, according to all three of data sources we use to monitor such matters. For a couple of years now we've considered monthly desktop operating system market share from …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Feb 2016

Shocker: Clearing 2015's vast PC backlog was 'costly' for vendors

Stuffing European retailers and distributors’ shelves with PCs proved to be a pricey gamble that didn’t pay off for major suppliers: it took eleven months of last year and hefty price cuts to clear. Some 76.3 million computers were shipped into EMEA channels in 2015, down 18.2 per cent year-on-year, according to numbers from …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jan 2016

NASA, Dept of Defense, Commerce etc probed over use of backdoored Juniper kit

A bunch of US government departments and agencies – from the military to NASA – are being grilled over their use of backdoored Juniper firewalls. The House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform fired off letters to top officials over the weekend, demanding to know if any of the dodgy NetScreen …
Chris Williams, 26 Jan 2016
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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

Usenix Enigma When it comes to IT security, the medical world is by far the most inept at data security. So say top researchers at the first Usenix Enigma security conference, held this week in San Francisco. "As a tester who has worked in many industries, healthcare is the absolute worst in terms of security," Avi Rubin, technical director …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2016
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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

Faster, longer battery life, chip-based security – innovation is alive and well in its sixth-generation Core chips, Intel claims, with the company officially launching its sixth-generation Core vPro processors on Tuesday, wrapped in a series of changes it claimed would inevitably drive sales. Two and a half times the …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2016

Cisco: Businesses are losing the ground war against hackers

Only half (54 per cent) of businesses are confident in their ability to verify and defend against an attack, according to a study by networking giant Cisco. Cisco's latest Annual Security Report concluded that this lack of confidence is mostly down to hackers becoming more nimble, resilient and persistent while businesses are …
John Leyden, 19 Jan 2016

Zombie OS lurches through Royal Melbourne Hospital spreading virus

The pathology wing of the Royal Melbourne Hospital in the Australian state of Victoria is suffering from an virus infection on its Windows XP PCs. The hospital runs one of the southern state's largest networks and emergency departments. Its blood bank has fallen back to manual processes for processing blood, tissue, and urine …
Darren Pauli, 19 Jan 2016
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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

A huge chunk of Microsoft users will today be cut off from the computing giant’s security lifeline, for January 12 is the day when Redmond will stop releasing security fixes for a swathe of legacy versions of Internet Explorer. Extended support has finished for IE8, 9 and 10 on Windows 7 SP1. Only the following are still …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2016
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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

Our monthly look at desktop operating system market share has turned up something interesting: Windows 10 looks to be a hit at home but a laggard at work. We're basing that assessment on the US government's helpful analytics service, which among other things records the operating systems hitting government web sites. Uncle Sam …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2016

Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

Analysis More than one in ten dashboard cameras and 80 per cent of microphones don't work on any given day, according to a review of the Chicago Police's recording equipment. The incredibly high failure rate has led to some pointed questions, and added to a general sense of distrust of officers in The Second City. It follows the …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Dec 2015
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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

Britain's new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will be Windows XP-free zones, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed to The Register. Readers made us aware that a technician working aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth itself, which is a year away from completion, had the famous Windows XP rolling hills desktop background used by …
Paul Kunert, 18 Dec 2015
Screengrab of a control room in new Royal Navy aircraft carrier. One of the screens sports unmistakable Windows XP desktop

Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

The Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth appears to be using Windows XP. The ship is a year from completion, so there is plenty of time yet to bin it for a more up-to-date and secure version of the venerable operating system. The Ministry of Defence is not returning our calls, but this could always be, as one …
Drew Cullen, 15 Dec 2015
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Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

Exclusive Don’t worry if you miss Microsoft’s January deadline to dump “legacy” versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. MS has a New Year's treat in store for you. Microsoft has quietly begun offering Custom Support Agreements (CSAs) to those running old combinations of its browser and client after January 12, 2016. The Register has …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Dec 2015
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Is ATM security threatened by Windows XP support cutoff? Well, yes, but …

Many of the 65,000 ATMs in the UK will become less secure once Microsoft ends extended support for the embedded version of its Windows XP operating system next month, according to security experts. From January 2016, Microsoft will be issuing no further security patches or updates for flavours of Windows still used by the …
John Leyden, 08 Dec 2015
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PHP 7.0 arrives, so go forth and upgrade if you dare

PHP 7.0 was launched today, so we've asked @sydphp organiser and #phunconf convener Jack Skinner to explain its significance. Over to you, Jack ... PHP is the language we love to hate and often hate to love. After celebrating it’s 20th birthday earlier this year, it's clearly here to stay, not least because version 7 arrived …
Jack Skinner, 03 Dec 2015
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Windows 10 market share growth rate flattens again

Windows 10's market share growth slowed in November, according to the two tracking outfits The Register has tracked for the last couple of years. But a new source of desktop OS share data has Redmond's latest doing rather better. The oldies – Netmarketshare and StatCounter Global Stats – first. Netmarketshare has Windows 10 …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2015

Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

Analysis Windows anniversaries are a bit like Halloween. You can bring out a Vista or Windows Me to scare the children into bed on time. Microsoft Windows turned 30 this month, and blogs are full of nostalgia. (Here's our Fright Night – we dare you to click.) But what will the next 30 years look like? Is the last 30 years of Windows a …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Nov 2015
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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Nov 2015

New Wireshark, Nmap releases bring pre-Xmas cheer to infosec types

Security types impatient for gifts under the Christmas tree may find that major upgrades to the popular Nmap and Wireshark infosec tools sate their appetite for new toys. Apple fans will have access to a much-improved Wireshark as version two of the network sniffing tool dropped last week. The immensely popular network …
Darren Pauli, 23 Nov 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
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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

US government agencies are being called out by Congress after it was revealed that they are falling woefully short in data center consolidation efforts. Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the number of data centers the American administration runs has gone up, in part because an …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015
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We are not getting out of PCs, says Fujitsu exec

Fujitsu is the latest bit part PC player to state its commitment to the product line, as it prepares to spin off the computer and mobile businesses into two separate subsidiaries. The units were part of the Ubiquitous Solutions division but at some point in the next 12 months will be distinct entities sitting under the Product …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Microsoft has released an update it says is the first major release for Windows 10. Redmond said the new version of Windows 10, version 1511, will offer better performance and compatibility with third-party hardware. "With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Nov 2015
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Google takes old Chrome versions on that long drive in the country

Google has given Windows XP and old versions of Apple OS X their marching orders. Support for the ancient (in the case of XP) / no-longer-supported (OS X Mountain Lion and older) operating systems will end in April 2016. The Chocolate Factory announced the decision here. Google's original EOL date for XP was to be April 2015 …

DDoS, botnet, and fiber cut fail to stop Twitchers crowd-installing Linux

The Twitch in the Shell project has successfully installed Arch Linux using hundreds of people simultaneously hammering keys in a terminal. One of the organizers has explained to The Reg how it was done. The project, broadcast by video-streaming site Twitch, managed the feat in around five hours. And this despite the best …
Iain Thomson, 05 Nov 2015
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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

Microsoft will stop all sales of Windows 7 Pro to PC makers on Halloween 2016. Satya Nadella’s firm has quietly let slip that October 31, 2016, will be the final day for PC makers to buy copies of the operating system for pre-install. Microsoft updated its product support lifecycle page, here, in October with the change …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Nov 2015