Making Windows Vista Less Annoying

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Windows Vista was launched as a successor to the hugely popular XP operating system with some new and interesting options. However, the operating system could not satisfy most users because it provided a cumbersome computing experience to the users.

Well, if you’re running Windows Vista in your system, you can try some of these methods provided by the Windows tech support team to make it less annoying.

Turning off UAC

  • Although disabling UAC can leave your system less protected, sometimes it is advised to turn off the feature. For this, first click on the Start menu and then navigate to Control Panel.
  • When you get the Control Panel, try typing UAC in the search box above and then press the Enter key on the keyboard.
  • Once you click on this option, the User Accounts feature would come up on the screen. Here, you need to click on the Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off link.
  • Next, you need to uncheck the box next to the User Account Control (UAC) option to help protect your computer and then click on the OK button.
  • Now, you can reboot your computer.

Turning off Click Sounds

  • Many users find the clicking sound they hear while clicking a program or icon really annoying. If you want to get rid of this clicking sound, you need to first click on the Start menu and then type sound in the Start Search box. Now, press the Enter key and when the Sound window opens up, you can highlight the Sounds tab and scroll down to click on Start navigation.

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  • Next, you need to click on the dropdown menu under the Windows Navigation Start.wav and then change it to None. Next, you need to click on the Apply button and then on OK to exit the Sound window. At any point of time, you can also contact the Windows tech support team to know more about the features of your system and also how to fix the common technical issues.
  • Once you’re done, you can close all the windows and then restart your computer. Once restarted, you can check if you hear the clicking sounds again.

These methods can help you to make the Windows Vista computing experience less annoying. However, if you still face the same issues again, do not worry. Always feel free to contact our technical support team for further assistance.

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One Year Extended Support For Windows XP For Public Sector Bodies

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It is going to be about half a year since Microsoft ended supporting Windows XP. The termination of Windows tech support for XP was on 8th April 2014. Nonetheless, latest statistics indicate that there are millions of people using Windows XP still in many parts of the world. Probably, about one third of the XP users might be from China because the country has expressed strong dislike towards moving to latest Windows operating systems owing to security reasons. The Chinese officials have warned all government offices there not to migrate to any latest Windows operating systems. It appears that people who are continuing to use Windows XP are at greater risks now as the operating system is no more eligible to receive any security updates.

Is Microsoft offering one year extended support for XP?

It is reported that Microsoft is offering one year extended support for XP for public sectors. In fact, the tech giant didn’t give any hype for this decision fearing that it will influence people who have already decided to migrate to latest Windows operating systems. According to sources privy to Windows tech support, the decision to offer one year extended Windows XP support was drafted early this year in the wake of increased risks with the operating system. As per the decision, public sectors that are still using Windows XP can obtain one year security support from Microsoft.

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Microsoft says that this relaxation is granted to allow large scale public sector bodies to make a shift from Windows XP to new operating systems gradually. The extended support will end on April 2015. Reports say that Microsoft is not directly involved in providing the extended support. The tech giant has signed a deal with CCS (Crown Commercial Service) technologies to avail extended Windows XP support. Public sector bodies that are interested in availing the support have to obtain any of the available support packages offered.

Microsoft says it is not responsible for any security issues surfacing on XP

Meanwhile, the tech giant made it clear that it wouldn’t be responsible for any security issues surfacing on Windows XP operating system in future. The company said that it had ended Windows XP support on 8th of April. Although an extended support is offered, it won’t shield Windows XP from all potential risks- it said.

As Windows XP is no more supported by its developer, it is recommended to abandon it as early as possible or limit its use to the minimum.

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OpenStack Clouds On Ubuntu To Be Available For Windows Server Users

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Recently, Canonical, which provides commercial services to Ubuntu users, stated that it has completed the work with Microsoft on the software for Windows Server. There had been several speculations going on regarding this work done by the world famous computer software company on Windows Server to run on top of OpenStack and Ubuntu.

The company has now announced the availability of virtualized drivers, which would allow Windows guest operating systems to successfully run on KVM hypervisors and even on the OpenStack cloud computing platform. According to the Windows tech support team, this would definitely help the Windows and Linux users to access both platforms. The virtualized drivers have been specifically designed keeping in mind the optimization of the performance of a guest operating system that runs on Ubuntu as well as OpenStack cloud, as stated by the software company in their official blog post. The latest drivers are available for all the Windows Server editions and that include Windows 2008R2, Windows 2012 and even Windows 2012R2.

The company resources stated that their aim is to extend the Ubuntu and OpenStack ecosystems by successfully testing thousands of third party products against OpenStack. This is mainly done to check the compatibility and performance of these using the OIL OpenStack Interoperability Lab as said by Sally Radwan, product marketing manager at Canonical.

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Well, the association with the software giant can be seen very much as a part of this strategy and this involved Canonical to go through Microsoft’s certification process under Microsoft’s Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program, or SVVP as it is known. When contacted, the technicians at the Windows tech support team stated that the latest move by the firm behind the Debian-based Linux OS is definitely going to help the users understand the operating systems better.

Talking about this collaboration, Radwan also stated that, “This allows enterprises with a large Windows Server footprint to build OpenStack clouds on Ubuntu but keep their guest OS and workloads untouched. The end goal is to provide a reliable platform for all our customers and give them a choice to run Ubuntu or Windows equally well.”

Well, it is clear that now the canonical customers would have the option to access the drivers through this Ubuntu Advantage support program. Even the company has confirmed that it will ensure that the Windows drivers stay updated as a part of the launch of the hardware enablement in kernel that Ubuntu will release soon.

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Details Regarding Windows XP Service Pack 4

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Five months after the end of support of Windows XP OS, a well-meaning developer is putting together a fourth service pack for this decade old operating system. You should understand that this is not released by Microsoft. This unofficial Service Pack 4 comes from a Greek developer. This developer uses the online name harkaz. Using a screen name makes many of the Windows users distrustful on reflex. He started this project back in the year 2013 and is on the third beta, with a Release Candidate that is expected to come soon. Windows tech support was reluctant to comment on this Service Pack, as it was not theirs to begin with.

“Many users – including me – who won’t be able to upgrade our old machine to a newer OS would like to easily install all Windows updates in one convenient package. For this reason, we started working on a Service Pack 4 package,” harkaz said on RyanVM discussion boards. This appears to be a board that is dedicated to updating and patching the Windows Operating systems. The Windows XP Service Pack 4 is actually quite a collection. This includes,

  • Updates for most of the Windows XP components like MCE and Tablet PC
  • Microsoft .NET Frameworks 4.0, 3.5, 1.1 and 1.0
  • Request-only hotfixes
  • The NET 1.x, 3.5 versions are installed and updated  automatically in the live installations

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This means that it is mostly a rollup of monthly fixes that are issued by Microsoft since the release of Service Pack 3 that came out in the year 2003. There are a lot of fixes and so the current users of the Windows XP operating system would be tempted to use them. However, this service Pack 4 also adds security fixes that are not technically part of commercial Windows XP operating system. They come from the POS/STM version of Windows XP that is still in use. Microsoft has not ended the support for the embedded version of Windows XP for ATM and POS systems. This will run until 2019.

Common sense has to prevail in the case of SP4. This is an unofficial update from an unknown source and the source may not be having enough PCs to test fixes as Microsoft has. If you plan to install this update, you will have to do it at your own risk, as you will not be able to contact Windows tech support centre if anything goes wrong with your PC after installing the update.

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Google Adds New Fonts For Chrome On Windows

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Recently, Google released the beta version of their Google Chrome web browser for Windows operating systems. If you are using the Google Chrome web browser on your computer running on a Windows operating system after Windows Vista, you will be able to see the fonts in the web browser with better clarity. The main reason for better looks is the support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite API. The support for the technology ensures that the fonts would look better in modern screens. The new support for the technology enables the users a better browsing experience, as they will be able to see the fonts with better clarity.

The new update is a great advantage for people who used to read eBooks and used web for reference purposes, as they will be able to get a better reading experience. According to the details in the Windows tech support website, Google Chrome supports only Windows’s Graphics Device interface, which is a technology that was developed in the mid eighties. The technology was created when nobody had been thinking about LED screens and the computers were much slower. The technology was more than enough for computers in that era, however it failed to cater to the needs of the high end computers now available in the market.

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It is a shame to see that Google took so long to upgrade their Chrome web browser to the latest DirectWrite API, considering the fact that the company is spending much amount in research purposes for creating new and innovative products. The users of Google Chrome had been asking the company to upgrade their Graphics support for Windows operating systems. One of the support guys at Google when asked about the upgrade earlier commented as follows, “it required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome’s font rendering engine.”

Due to the extensive redesigning needed, the company was prolonging the upgrade for long. According to the details found in the Windows tech support page, the updated Chrome will support subpixel font scaling. This allows the users to experience smooth animations of text between different font sizes. The technology also allows better support for touch enabled displays and high resolution displays. The company has also added support for HTML <dialog> element, so that developers will be able to create dialog boxes in their apps easily.

One of the major other improvements is the addition of Web Cryptography JavaScript API, which helps in the creation of secure web pages.

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