Windows XP Hack Can Help Extend Support Till 2019

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Windows XP users might know by now that officially Microsoft has ceased Windows Support for XP, over six months ago. What this really means is that Windows XP users will not be able to receive any kind of technical support, security updates, feature updates, either free or through subscriptions. This may be a sad thing for ardent Windows XP fans and all those users, who are willing to risk everything to just continue using the old OS.

Windows XP has been the most successful Windows OS as far as Microsoft is concerned. Even after the end of support, the old OS is still only second to Windows 7 in terms of the popularity and OS market share. This in itself shows how commendable the achievement of Windows XP is. But, like anything born, it also has to die. Windows XP had a lifecycle. Though it did outlive its own lifespan several times, it cannot be expected to live forever. Microsoft has to look to the future and encourage users to move on to advanced and newer operating systems, offering more than what Windows XP could ever do. This is precisely why the world’s leading software maker, did decide to end things with Windows XP. This way, users will be forced to move on to the newer Windows operating systems, preferably Windows 8.

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Actually, though the official end of Windows support has already happened, there is an unofficial one, which can come in handy for those who have to use Windows XP for some more time. We are talking about a hack, which makes use of the support patches intended for the Embedded POSReady version of Windows XP. The simple tweak allows Windows XP users to continue availing the support from the OS maker for the next few years, precisely until April 2019.

This is an option many users have already tried and found to be successful. The hack is simple, you just have to make some changes to the OS registry. Actually, the hack fools Microsoft into believing that users are using an Embedded POSReady powered system. Since this edition support will only end on April 2019, even the Windows XP users can enjoy the support till that period.

Now, how long you will be able to do this is something, which is not at all sure. The software maker is already aware of such a hack and Microsoft may or may not do something to prevent such things from happening. Users can use it at their own risk.

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UK Buys NHS Trusts' Extended Support For XP At Extra Cost

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UK was thought to be one of few countries that ditched Windows XP operating systems and migrated to latest Windows OSs. But, a recent report shows majority of the NHS trusts in UK are using Windows XP operating systems, taking huge security risks. It is reported that the UK government is paying a huge amount now to Microsoft for extra support for Windows XP. According to a reliable source close to the NHS, Microsoft has billed UK government a sum of £5.5 million for the additional Windows support.

These details were revealed to the media by the mobile workspace company Citrix who collected them from the UK government through freedom of information act. The details so collected indicate that there are more than 35 NHS Trusts in UK with the unsupported Windows XP operating systems. Among these, only five have so far attempted to make use of the desktop virtualization technology for upgrade. According to Citrix’s UK country manager Jason Tooley, “Like the rest of the public sector, the NHS is under tremendous pressure to do more with less. The IT department is no exception.”

NHS pressurised to cut short expenses

Jason Tooley’s opinion reflects that the NHS Trusts throughout UK are cash stripped and that their procrastination to migrate to the latest Windows operating systems is due to lack of funds. However, experts indicate that the NHS Trust can improve its productivity tremendously by modernizing its IT. They point out that latest IT solutions have helped the health care industry tremendously in many of the developed countries like USA, Japan and Switzerland.

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Being one of the most advanced countries in Europe, UK could make better use of its resources by ensuring active integration of latest technologies in its public health care system and the first step to start with is by upgrading the operating system to the latest Windows versions.

Support extension slows down the pace of migration

UK government has secured extended Windows support for XP machines in its public sector organizations like NHS. This extended support is valid through 8 April 2015. Some reports indicate that UK government’s decision to buy extended support from Microsoft has in fact slowed down the pace of migration efforts among NHS Trusts. It is reported that 74 percent of the NHS trusts plan to continue with XP until the end of March 2015.

It is not clear whether the UK government is waiting for Windows 10 release so that it can ensure upgrade of PCs in its public organizations to the latest Windows version.

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Microsoft OS Share Drops To Fourteen Percent

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You might have all thought that Windows operating systems rule the world. However, you are not correct. According to the latest reports, Microsoft operating system share is just 14 percent. Now, you might be wondering how this is possible when all the PCs around you run on Windows operating systems. However, here, the reports include all the operating systems taken together including the ones in the mobile devices.

The latest figure was revealed by Kevin Turner, who is the chief operating officer of the company. He was speaking at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held at Washington. Now, when the desktop operating system market is considered, Microsoft still leads the way. The software giant stands at the number one spot with more than 90 percent of PCs running on Windows operating systems.

However, the low number of tablets and mobile devices that are being sold with Windows operating system has become a cause of concern for the software giant. According to the Windows support blogs, the company is planning to take some major steps, which will increase the sales of these devices. One such decision is taking zero revenue for the operating system that are released on devices with screen sizes of 9 inches and less. With the new move, Microsoft hopes to increase the sales of devices with Windows OS preinstalled in them.

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The new figure of 14 percent from Microsoft is similar to the data released by the firm Gartner Inc, which had earlier told that there would be just 13.7 percent of Windows devices by the end of last year. In the database

management sector, SQL servers went up to the second position with substantial increase in market revenue and number of users. According to Microsoft, company’s Dynamics CRM is another platform that is showing tremendous increase in the number of users. The software giant says that the number of users in this platform has grown up by double digits in the last forty quarters.

According to Windows support blogs, about half of the Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure. Tuner says that the company has released more than 300 new services and features for the program this year alone. The event also witnessed the preview of Cloud App Discovery that was added to Azure. With the new program, IT professionals will be able to find out which all apps are being used by the people since it is designed to track the SaaS apps.

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How To Make Your System Boot Faster?

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Most users across the globe prefer using Windows operating system in their computers due to the fact that it is the most user-friendly operating system. Also, it provides the users a number of interesting and advanced features that makes the whole computing experience a convenient one.

But sometimes, certain issues do pop up in the computers running on Windows OS that force the users to call up the Windows support team. Slow boot time is one of the most common issues faced by the Windows users. In order to fix such issues, it is recommended to make some changes in the system BIOS.

Changing BIOS settings

  • Here, you can first turn on your system and then enter the system BIOS screen by pressing the F2 key.
  • Now, search for a BOOT menu in the BIOS setup, choose it with your keyboard arrow keys, Tab, and Enter.
  • Here, you’ll find another option for Quick Boot, which you need to enable. Now, move onto the Under Boot Device Priority and set the first boot device to be the hard drive. Once you’re done, click on Exit followed by Save Changes to allow the computer to reboot.

Remove unwanted startup programs

  • Removal of unwanted startup programs is also advised to increase the boot speed of your PC. For this, first open the Run dialog box and type in Msconfig.
  • Now, you need to click on the Startup tab and you will get a list of available programs in your system that launch at startup. Here, make sure you uncheck the boxes on the left-hand side of the Msconfig window which you don’t want to load during the Windows loading.
  • Now, you need to click on Apply and then OK to confirm. Now, restart your system.

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Clean Windows Registry

  • Registry errors can also make a Windows system boot slow. In order to clean the Windows Registry errors, it is recommended to use a Windows Registry cleaner tool.
  • The registry issues may happen due to the incorrect removal of software or even due to the presence of corrupt hardware drivers in the systems. At any point of time, you can consult the Windows support technicians to get such issues fixed.
  • You can also opt to install a registry repair software tool to scan your Windows registry to make your computer run faster.

By following these steps, you can successfully make your Windows system boot faster. To get more assistance on the same, you may contact our tech support team.

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All New Windows 10 OS Preview Excites Windows Users

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With Windows 8 turning out to be a major flop, it seems Microsoft ought to come up with something good to bring back the popularity of its operating system. Although we cannot say with certainty until the next operating system is released, it can be assumed that Microsoft is heading in the positive direction.

The next version of Windows, dubbed ‘Operation Threshold’ and now officially named Windows 10 has been introduced into the public eye, for preview and testing. The “Technical Preview” of Windows 10 is available for download for the public from the official Microsoft website. Once you sign in using your Microsoft credentials or sign up for free, you will be able to download the latest build of Microsoft Windows 10.

The Windows 10 OS has been deemed to be a cross between Windows 7 and Windows 8 by many critics. However, this comparison is strictly restricted to the physical appearance. The new and upcoming operating system is far better and advanced in terms of functionalities, yet has managed to capture the familiarity of the Windows legacy OS. It has done away with the charms bar and has reintroduced the Start menu, albeit with a few tweaks. Contact the Windows support department to know more about the new and upcoming operating system.

The Start menu has incorporated Live Tiles, similar to the ones in use in the Windows 8 Start screen. The tiles are customizable to a great degree in comparison to its predecessor. Moreover, the Apps now work in Windowed format, much to the relief of Microsoft Windows users.

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Apart from finally heeding to the suggestions of its customers, Microsoft has introduced several new features. One of the key debut introductions is virtual environment that is inbuilt to the operating system. Earlier confined to third party software that provided this service, one can make use of the operating itself. Apart from virtual desktop, Microsoft has introduced several new features like a unified operating system as well as market regardless of Mobile phones, desktop or notepads.

The new operating system, upon installation will configure itself according to the technical specifications of the computer. The installation will take screen size and touch feature into account, which means you can install the OS in a mobile or a computer with equal ease. More surprises were to be found when Microsoft introduced the concept of a single app market that will release apps for desktops as well as other devices.

However, Microsoft is yet to release the pricing scheme of the upcoming Operating System. If you want to know the latest updates about the upcoming OS, you may contact the Windows support department.

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