Windows 7 hits Milestone 3 from Mary Jo Foley – I have seen the future — specifically Windows 7 Milestone 3 (Build 6780).
Peru to try out Windows on XO laptops from Ina Fried – Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child project announced Monday that Peru will be the first country to try out XO laptops running Microsoft Windows as part of a nine-month pilot program.
Report: HP trying for ‘end-run’ around Windows from Erica Ogg – Is the biggest PC vendor in the world looking to give customers an option besides Windows?
iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod from Apple.com – After installing iTunes 8 for Windows, some users may see a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod to a Windows Vista computer. In some cases, the computer may immediately restart when connecting iPhone or iPod to the computer.
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27 from Scott Gilbertson – Windows 7, the much-anticipated successor to Microsoft’s Windows Vista OS, may arrive ahead of schedule.
Microsoft and Cray Team up to Bring High Performance Computing Mainstream from Tina Couch – For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best – - the Cray CX1! What is the CX1, you ask?
Windows Gets Even Better on the Mac with VMware Fusion 2: 100+ New Features, Free Upgrade for Existing Users from Team Fusion – We’re proud to announce that VMware Fusion 2 is now available.
Is Microsoft aiming for an early Windows 7 launch? from Ed Bott – Andy Patrizio at InternetNews.com has raised some eyebrows with his report that an “internal calendar” at Microsoft has June 3, 2009 as the planned release date for Windows 7.
Hypothetical thoughts on what Windows 7 Milestone 3 might have from aeroexperience – Alright, so I talked about Windows 7’s pillars not so long ago.
VMware wants to trump Windows and Linux servers with its Virtual Datacenter OS from Jason Hiner – VMware’s new CEO Paul Maritz used his first VMworld keynote on Tuesday to introduce the company’s Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) to an audience of IT professionals and technology industry insiders at the VMworld 2008 conference at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Microsoft and Cray to unveil $25,000 Windows-based supercomputer from Mary Jo Foley – Microsoft and Cray are set to unveil on September 16 the Cray CX1, a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008.
Ahead of PDC, Microsoft Begins Internal Test of Windows 7 from Paul Thurrott – While Microsoft is busy trying to overcome consumer opinions of its current operating system, Windows Vista, the software giant is also undergoing an internal effort to beta test the next version, called Windows 7.
Had another user who had been infected by the Antivirus XP 2008 malware, I noticed they had both hit the same website at least once, myspacecdn.com, I haven’t checked it yet as I don’t have a machine handy that I can blow out, so I will have to check it later. The main install file seems to be ccwjgn.dll which gets run from the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotify, it runs the popup from a program in the TEMP folder in Windows to get you to launch the install. The process is listed as a .tmp in Task Manager, usually with a weird name like ttC.tmp.exe or something similar.
On this machine, however, they set a explorer.exe registry key here, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionImage File Execution Options, and Windows explorer could not run, I am assuming they were redirecting it to run some other malware and then starting explorer, but Virusscan deleted the file they were using, so, Windows just sat there. You could run Task Manager by hitting control-alt-delete, so that allowed me to run regedit, navigate to the key and delete the explorer.exe value out, which then allowed Windows explorer to run. After the desktop loaded, the Antivirus XP popup came up, I ended the process using Task Manager, I deleted all the files out of the Windows temp folder, found the programs/dll files in the System 32 folder, two of them this time with the lphctp9j0ea5j.exe and blphctp9j0ea5.scr type of names and after rebooting I was able to delete the ccwjgn.dll file.
I then ran the latest version of Spybot, which found some other stuff and removed them. No more popups or nag screens trying to get her to install their malware.
Update: I thought I had it until I updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 and after rebooting I received the daggon popup again. More deleting and rebooting, after awhile I gave up and tried the free version of AVG, it found about 40 or so driver files that were infected and cleaned those and she has been running Antivirus Xp 2008 free for a couple hours now. So, for everyone who just wants it removed without knowing how or why, run AVG as Spybot doesn’t seem to clean it yet.
I am sure of it, why? Because they are already talking about releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 7, or whatever they end up calling it. That is a sure sign they see that people aren’t going to just jump on the Vista bandwagon. The biggest reason, in my opinion, will be public interest, with all the complaining that bloggers and tech writers have done about it, people are more resistant to it, thinking it’s not going to be as good as XP is right now. If Microsoft extends it and gives the people what they think they want, then, guess what, the big bad Microsoft image goes away even more than it has recently.
What people today don’t realize, or remember, is the same cry was heard when Microsoft released Windows XP, people loved Windows 98, some even loved ME, and didn’t want the new operating system that Microsoft was forcing on them, Windows XP. The same reactions, the same types of problems with drivers and old hardware, it’s deja vu all over again. The difference today? The big echosphere we have in the form of tech blogs and mainstream media that jump on the bandwagon, it has intensified everything, more people are reading about it and deciding, before they see it, that they don’t want Vista and that nothing works with it, etc, etc.
For an example, check out these great write-ups by Ed Bott detailing the similarities to the release of Windows 95, Vista isn’t Me2, it’s Win95 + 12 years, adoption rates Windows adoption rates: a history lesson, and, my personal favorite, Remembering Windows XP’s early days where he compares what one writer from InfoWorld said when they released Windows XP and how it compares to what he is saying about Windows Vista right now. Hilarious.
Well, guess what? We are rolling it out here and there and aren’t hearing near as many complaints as we did when we upgraded to Office 2007 from 2003, but, that is mainly a user training issue as people actually use Office, they just login and mess up Windows. My laptop has Vista and I haven’t had one problem with it, the first time my kids used it, they only noticed that it was prettier, and went ahead using it and abusing it. My five year old uses it as easily as he does XP, and this is an upgraded laptop, not a brand new one out of the box, I haven’t noticed it being slower, but I’m not trying to run aero on it either.
The death of Windows XP may have been greatly exaggerated.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around. So far, they have not.
“XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments,” Ballmer said during a Thursday news conference in Belgium, according to Reuters. Source: Ballmer: You want XP, we’ll keep XP
So, as long as people really are requesting XP over Vista, as long as businesses need XP to run on their older hardware, and as long as manufacturers are complaining about XP going away, I think Microsoft will step up to the plate and knock one out by extending it at least another year, a year closer to the next version of Windows. Besides, they were planning on selling it on lower cost pc’s anyway, machines with slower processors, smaller screens, etc, so why not?
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Who cares, right? I know I don’t. I remember when Windows XP first came out, I don’t go back the CP/M days, but I did start on DOS 3.3 and can very well remember the grumblings about the latest version of Windows, no matter what the version. Of course, in the good old days we didn’t have this big blogosphere that magnifies everything, it was just news sources and some of the first websites. Heck, I can remember being excited about Windows 95, let alone XP. Anyway, the same thing has happened every time, only this time it’s magnified and bigger and it is Windows Vista that is being beat down, not Windows XP. Truth be told, I don’t think I have even read over a handful or articles or blog posts that compared the two, while I may have written a couple, but nothing like some of the ones you see bashing Windows Vista.
This is why I really liked Ed Bott’s latest post, Remembering Windows XP’s early days, in which he compares when Windows XP first came out to when Windows Vista first came out.
Those of us who are willing to supplement our memories with some help from Google can attest that XP was not welcomed with open arms. In fact, it was slammed by magazines like InfoWorld, where P. J. Connolly and the very same Randall C. Kennedy published this not-so-glowing review in the October 26, 2001 issue:
Hopeless optimism must be a fundamental part of human nature, because we want to believe that new operating systems truly represent an improvement on their predecessors. It’s easy to point to certain features in a new OS as examples of progress, but end-users often find that a new OS performs like molasses compared to the version they were using. As a result, CTOs wanting to capitalize on the benefits of a new OS may find that new hardware investments are necessary — and expensive — requirements.
Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Windows XP appears to be maintaining that tradition …
Windows 2000 significantly outperformed Windows XP. In the most extreme scenario, our Windows XP system took nearly twice as long to complete a workload as did the Windows 2000 client. Our testing also suggests that companies determined to deploy Windows XP should consider ordering desktop systems with dual CPUs to get the most out of the new OS. …
Sound familiar? Source: Remembering Windows XP’s early days
Yes it does Ed, yes it does. Should we care? Sure. I want the latest, greatest, fastest, etc just like everyone else, but I also like having a PC that does the same thing for me every time I boot it up. I install, work on, repair, hundreds of computers a year, so for me, XP can get old because it’s now the same old problems every time, lets see some more Vista and some new problems to mix it up. lol Check out his post and the hundreds of comments that are already there for some good cheap laughs.
What I would like to know is, how many Windows haters post comments on blogs and forums using a Windows machine while pretending to be on Linux. Come on, you know it happens a lot….
Microsoft has released release candidate 2 of Windows XP service pack 3 into the wild, making it available on Windows update, after you download a small registry patch that will tell your system it is okay to grab it.
Microsoft released SP3 to testers last week, but the general public can now download the service pack via Windows Update. Users have to first download a small registry file from Microsoft which gives them special access to Windows Update to download SP3.
“The script sets a registry key on your system. The registry key is required for Windows Update to recognize your machine as a valid target for Windows XP Service Pack 3 RC2,” states Microsoft. “It is recommended that you apply the resulting update package to an activated, genuine copy of Windows XP, in a test environment.”
Users are also asked to remove any previous beta or release candidate versions of SP3 before proceeding with the latest update. Source: Microsoft Makes Windows XP SP3 RC2 Publicly Available
The final release should be available the first half of this year, SP3 will include Black hole router detection, Network Access Protection, Credentials security service provider and the Microsoft Kernel Mode Cryptographic Module.
Larry Dignan at ZDnet has posted a comparison of the numbers of vulnerabilities between Mac OS X and Windows, both XP and Vista, and while the numbers look like Microsoft has a big lead on security, it certainly does not mean that. It just says that Mac OS X has 5 times the flaws of XP and Vista every month in 2007.
Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X vulnerability stats for 2007 XP Vista XP + Vista Mac OS X Total extremely critical 3 1 4 0 Total highly critical 19 12 23 234 Total moderately critical 2 1 3 2 Total less critical 3 1 4 7 Total flaws 34 20 44 243 Average flaws per month 2.83 1.67 3.67 20.25
Now, before everyone does the Mac versus PC thing, this is just a comparison of the vulnerabilities and in no way does it say that Windows is more secure, now, if they did a comparison of the actual number of exploits taking advantage of the same vulnerabilities, I am sure the number would be severely tilted to Microsoft as they have the larger installed base. Plus, after reading some of the comments, it doesn’t take into account how many of these are actually from Apple for their software, as they distribute patches for the software that comes with their OS as well, lots of it being open source.
Here are some updates on the latest Windows XP service pack, Windows Vista updates to improve speed and reliability and a free copy of Windows Vista, if you dare.
From: Mary Jo Foley Microsoft starts rolling out public XP SP3 test build Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 available to anyone interested in trying out the new build — the same way that it is doing with Vista SP1.
Microsoft has begun posting XP SP3 RC documentation to its Microsoft Download site, which is open to the general public. And the XP SP3 RC bits are available from various file-download sites on the Web.
From: Akihabara News Toshiba T31, the first notebook with Both XP and Vista! Thank you Toshiba, yes THANK YOU !! I have to admit that on this one, you really made my day! While most of computers nowadays are shipped with Vista and its drawbacks, you can, after some very hard work and crying, get from manufacturers the possibility to downgrade to a proper and more efficient OS like XP.
From: Microsoft An update that improves the performance, responsiveness, and reliability of Windows Vista is available This article contains an update that resolves issues that may affect some Windows Vista-based computers. These issues have been reported by customers who use the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services.
From: Betanews Office 2007 SP1 goes live, Windows XP SP3 RC1 follows along As anticipated and without much fanfare, Microsoft this morning made active links for downloads of Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate 1, as well as the complete Office 2007 Service Pack 1.
From: Windows Vista Blog Improving reliability and performance: Update preview release available today Surely it’s no news to you that we use Windows Update to continually deliver ongoing improvements to our customers so that Windows is always up-to-date. Plus, doing so eliminates the need to wait for larger releases like service packs. Some updates are released to the community for general feedback prior to delivery via Windows Update, as is the case today.
From: Notebook Review Microsoft Offers Free Copy of Windows Vista Ultimate if you Surrender Privacy Need a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate? Are you incredibly trusting of big corporations? Well I have the deal for you, with a new program through Microsoft called the Windows Feedback Program. For the small price of privacy and perhaps some dignity, you can let Microsoft watch your every move for 3 months, in return for some software of your choice.
But, it’s too late to get the free software as Microsoft says they are already out…
From: Computer World Microsoft yanks free Vista, Office offer Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday withdrew an offer of free copies of Windows Vista Ultimate and Office 2007 in exchange for consumers agreeing to install monitoring software, saying it had exhausted the supply of software.
Looks like Microsoft has released beta versions of the service packs for Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Shhhh! Pre-beta Vista SP1 is out there Over the past couple of days, there have been new reports of sightings of the pre-beta of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. The reported build number: 6001.16549 (longhorn_sp1beta1.070628-1825). I?ve been getting tips over the past couple of weeks from testers who said they had the promised pre-beta. The tipsters all were referencing different build numbers. My first guess was the secrecy-obsessed Windows Vista team might be providing different testers with different build numbers in order to trace leaks.
Windows XP SP3 Released To Small Group (Updated) In addition to the previously reported Windows Vista SP1 drop to testers, Microsoft has just recently (few days ago) dropped a copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 in the lap of the same small group of testers. Coming in at less than 350MB, the service pack includes fixes for over 900 reported problems, some of which have already been resolved with post-Service Pack 2 hot fixes. For the hardcore build string collectors, this build is tagged 5.1.2600.3180 (xpsp.070718-2058).
They have included several screenshots of both service packs.