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Windows Black Screen of Death: What You Need to Know
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 01 December 2009 17:44

From PC World

Any Windows owner is familiar with the Blue Screen of Death, that much-dreaded white text on a blue background that essentially says you're through.

But what you may not know is that there's a new contender in town: the Black Screen of Death. So what is this horrible-sounding thing, where did it come from, what's being done to fix it, and how bad is it? Here are five things you need to know about the Black Screen of Death.

It stems from Microsoft security updates

After the latest Microsoft patch was delivered on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, users began reporting a crippling black screen. The Black Screen of Death causes your PC to seize up and removes everything except, in some cases, a single open My Computer window. So what happened? [More...] [Comments...]

Microsoft sells Windows 7 desktop to advertisers
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 13 November 2009 18:48

from Computerworld

Pilot program with Ferrari, Pepsi, Porsche and others helps squeeze every dollar out of OS, says analyst

Microsoft today announced that it would sell Windows 7 desktop real estate to advertisers and launched a pilot program that includes Coke, Infiniti and Porsche.

Using Windows 7 themes -- collections of backgrounds, borders and audio elements -- advertisers will be able to brand the desktop, Microsoft said.

Microsoft pulls Windows 7 download tool
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 13 November 2009 18:36

From C/Net News

Microsoft has halted distribution of its Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool after questions were raised as to whether the software utility makes improper use of open-source code. The tool is designed to help owners of Windows XP-based Netbooks get Windows 7 onto their machines.
(Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft has halted distribution of a tool aimed at making it easier to put Windows 7 on Netbooks amid allegations that the utility makes improper use of open-source code.

Top 20 Windows 7 Tips
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 12 November 2009 17:38

From Computerworld

Here are 20 tricks to tweak Windows 7 into the interface that works best for you.

Just got your hands on Windows 7 and want to bend it to your will? No problem. We've got plenty of tips, hacks and secrets to keep you busy for a long time, including automatically opening Windows Explorer to a folder of your choice, speeding up taskbar thumbnails, finding hidden desktop themes, forcing User Account Control to act the way you'd like, keeping your Explorer searches secret from others, and more.

Enterprises like, don't love, Windows 7
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 18:04

From Computerworld

CIOs say they are in no rush to upgrade from XP

- Consumers may appear to be snapping up Windows 7, but large companies won't, according to CIOs interviewed this week.

IT leaders who spoke to Computerworld at the Society for Information Management's SIMposium 09 conference this week in Seattle say their companies remain almost completely running Windows XP on the desktop.

Microsoft Comments on Windows 7 Beating Vista's Debut, Job Cuts
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:10

From DailyTech:

Microsoft is predicting slower adoption after the initial buzz, do to the state of the economy

Microsoft seems well positioned for the future. Its new Windows 7 operating system has been largely well-received by the press and public thanks to an unprecedented public testing program, which saw millions taking Windows 7 for a free spin.

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