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Windows 8

  • If you’re like me and use a lot of Virtual Machines (also known as VMs) you may be in need of moving around a product key to keep your Windows machines active and licensed. If you’re like me you take snap shots of your Virtual Machines in the case you destroy one of them with bad update or poorly written piece of code. Sometimes you may need to move your VM from physical to virtual or vice versa. In some cases you may just need to move a product key cause of server upgrade or other issues. Moving a product key is simple using the product key command line tool slmgr.  The procedure below shows how to use the slmgr tool to move a product key Open a command prompt as Administrator and type the following commands: slmgr –up This will remove the key first slmgr -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (replace the x with your product key) This will add your key Activate Windows by right clicking on computer Go down to windows activation Click Activate Windows and follow the steps it should take no longer than a minute to activate. If you get any additional activation errors you may have other issues and you can call Microsoft support activation line. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/326851 Microsoft product key activation calls are free of charge to customers so don’t hesitate to call if you need assistance.
  • Most systems administrators by now will already know that April 8th is the day when Microsoft will cease to provide support for any systems that are operating on Windows XP. Many people will have already upgraded to a newer version of Windows, or have simply bought new PC’s with Windows 7 or 8 already installed. However a great number of PC users have remained with XP, content with Microsoft Office 2002 and simple solitaire. They may belong to the older generation of PC owners, or could simply be casual users who do not rely on a computer other than to send the occasional email. It may be hard to believe that in this technologically dominated age there are still users who run the 12 year old Windows XP, but with regular updates provided with most modern operating systems every month or so, some users may prefer to stick with running an older version of Windows to save the hassle of learning a new system. However with the cut off point for support provided for Windows XP looming, users may find themselves forced to upgrade to a later version of Windows, or to a different system all together, in order to continue receiving the support they need.  What this means for XP Users Essentially Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates for Windows XP. Up until April 8th XP Users will be able to download and update any security patches, however if any new flaws within the operating system are discovered after April 8th, there will be no subsequent security patches to resolve them. This is likely to have two immediate effects, although there may well be more. – Hackers could potentially target any new flaws found within the operating system, which could allow them to infect a PC running...
  • February 26, 2013

    LG has no plans for Windows 8 Phone

    LG’s reluctance to embrace Windows Phone 8 underscores the difficulties that the platform faces with both consumers and vendor partners. LG was one of the early partners that signed on with Microsoft, releasing the LG Quantum in the first wave of Windows Phone devices. Microsoft’s has a great relationship with Nokia, which is considered in the industry first among equals when it comes to Microsoft partners, has some vendors reassessing their own support for the operating system.   Over the past year or so, LG has been focusing on Android and has started building phones running on Mozilla’s Firefox mobile OS. Bill Gates has been very open as of late about his disappointment in Microsoft’s mobile strategy.  Windows Phone slow to catch on with consumers I am sure Microsoft would love to get another big phone vender like LG on board to sell there products.
  • November 14, 2012

    Steven Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft

    Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system and the driving force behind the new OS, is leaving the company effective immediately.  Sinofsky the public face for Windows 8 and its new Metro interface has lots of nice things to say about his former employer, the 23 year veteran of the company was the possible next CEO of Microsoft. Steven Sinofsky departure barely two weeks after launching the flagship Windows 8, could not come at a worse time for the software giant as they struggle to compete with Apple and Google in the gadget market.  Shares of Microsoft Corp slid Tuesday after the surprise departure of a key executive; the shares were down 2.8 percent in afternoon at $27.21. Sinofsky is credited with unveiling the most radical revamp of Windows since 1995, designed to catapult Microsoft back into the forefront of Internet-based, touch-screen technology and reinvigorate a stock price that has been static for the past decade. Analysts fear that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is driving out talent just as the company needs it most and moved to tighten his grip on the company.  Ballmer has replaced the heads of Microsoft’s five main operating units in the past four years making company employees and shareholders skeptical.
  • November 8, 2012

    Windows Live Messenger Retired For Skype

    There is no denying Microsoft’s software shake up with Windows 8 and Office.  Microsoft’s newest version of office adds many new features including Skype integration.  If you still regularly utilize Windows Live Messenger you might want to consider moving to Skype soon. It seems that Microsoft is planning to retire WLM very soon, according to sources close to the Microsoft. With Skype having many more advanced features (including land-line calling abilities) and better brand recognition Skype has been seen heavily used on shows like WWE Raw and many other sitcoms.  So there is no surprise Microsoft would push the product not to mention shareholders were speculating after the 8.5 billion dollar purchases of Skype back in May 2011. Windows Live Messenger just isn’t necessary for Microsoft going forward. Recently Skype added on to its list of supported log-in methods by allowing Microsoft and Facebook account users to log-in without needing a traditional Skype ID.  Which in my option hurt start up companies like Airtime. With Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Office and Xbox 360 all supporting Skype naively it would not surprise me if Microsoft retired WLM sooner than later.  There has been some talk about Microsoft retiring Lync in favor of a commercial version of Skype.  Only time will tell but I think everyone is pretty sure that we can see the end of Windows Live Messenger in next few weeks.
  • October 26, 2012

    Windows 8 Released

    Microsoft launched Windows 8 yesterday morning to the public at an event in New York City.  The new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet are an effort by Microsoft to regain interest in the flagship product Windows, and compete against Apple and Google in ground lost in the mobile computing market. Windows 8 devices and the company’s new Surface tablet, which aims to challenge Apple’s popular iPad went on sale at midnight on Thursday.  The new operating system offers something for everyone, touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated at the launch “We’ve reimagined Windows and we’ve reimagined the whole PC industry,” Windows 8 has a new look that’s intended to create a seamless experience for users, whether they’re on PCs, tablets or smartphones.  Featuring a colorful array of tiles that fill the screen instead of the familiar start menu and icons, it’s designed especially for touch-sensitive screens.  Windows 8 will come pre-installed on almost all new computers from PC manufactures. Anyone running a copy of Windows from the last decade can upgrade to Windows 8 for $40. Considering Windows 7 was a whopping $200 when it came out, Windows 8 is quite a deal.  Microsoft I be leave is doing this in an effort to get users off the old versions of there operating systems.  It will be interested to see how this play’s out for Microsoft they are taking a major gamble redesigning the look, price point and cross platform compatibility.
  • Dell revealed three new touch-enabled Windows 8 PCs designed for three different kinds of customers.  Shipping on October 26, 2012. XPS 12 Ultrabook / Tablet Hybrid – Price $1,199.99  – Specs are 12-inch display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and Intel HD 4000 graphics card.  Ultrabook/tablet hybrids will uses a unique flip hinge design XPS One 27 – Price $1,599.99 – Specs are 27-inch Quad Hi-Def touchscreen display, 2560 x 1440 resolution which has tilted 60-degree angle option, 3.20 GHz third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, Intel Integrated HD graphics. XPS 13 Ultrabook – Price $999.99 – Specs are thin and mini aluminum and carbon fiber base keeps it weight at just under three pounds, 13.3-inch 720p display, third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 4000 graphics and 128GB of SSD.