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XFX accidentally confirms AMD Radeon R9 390X is a rebrand

Question: XFX accidentally confirms AMD Radeon R9 390X is a rebrand

Graphics card manufacturer XFX has accidentally confirmed on their website that the upcoming AMD Radeon R9 390X is, in fact, a rebranded version of the R9 290X, which launched towards the end of 2013.

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Answer: XFX accidentally confirms AMD Radeon R9 390X is a rebrand

Hmm. AMD really gave it their all when their released GCN 1.0 back in 2011. They released GCN cards from the top dog 7970 down to the 7730. From there, GCN 1.1 only saw 3 single GPUs and GCN 1.2 just 1 GPU so far.

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Question: The Radeon R9 390X

More rumors of this new single gpu card from AMD.

The Radeon R9 390X would be quite the beast, featuring 4224 Stream Processors, 264 Texture Units (TUs), 96 ROPS, a Core Clock of around 1GHz, Memory Clocks hitting 7GHz or so, and a super-wide 512-bit memory bus.

I almost jumped on the Ti bandwagon, glad I waited, this looks like a monster gpu without the monster price.

Answer:The Radeon R9 390X

well the r9 290x gived the 780ti a good run for its money in most games and over clocked its even better!

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So i have an Acer Aspire TC-120 With AMD A10 7800 / 3.5 GHz with 8 GB DDR3 RAM and A quad core and i want to buy a new GPU, And i am interestet on buying a Radeon R9 390X GPU but because i don't know too much about it i wanted to be sure if it is compatible with my computer and if not then what other GPU would you recommend that is compatible with my computer and is good for gaming?

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Many in the PC gaming world are turning their attention to AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 300 series launch and specifically, the R9 390X. According to the latest scuttlebutt, this card will ship with two different SKUs - an air-cooled version...

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Answer:AMD Radeon R9 390X variant will come water-cooled with High Bandwidth Memory

Having to resort to water cooling just to be on par with nvidia what a joke
amd with their hot running primitive brute force gpus

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So I was thinking about Microsoft's services and the integration it currently has between Windows, Windows Phone, Bing, OneDrive, Cortana etc and I realised that the one service that Microsoft seems to be focusing less attention on is Bing.
That got me thinking about what direction MSFT are taking with Bing and how it comes into play with the rest of the services and I had an idea, one that I think would be a great one.
I think Microsoft should rebrand Bing, to Cortana, and integrate all of Bing's functions into it, and I mean FULLY. Cortana could be deeply integrated across the entire range of MSFT platforms, Windows Phone, Windows OS, Xbox as well as being an online service/search engine,
Just imagine going to on any device and having everything that's most important to you right there in front of you. This could be on the right hand side of the web page at a glance, the design could be unified across all platforms. And of course on the rest of the page would be the search engine function.
Forget Cortana being a personal assistant, she could be a life assistant and she could be there for you wherever you are, and whatever device you're using at the time, worldwide!
So what do you think Microsoft should do? or are even planning on doing? Could this be the way to go?

Answer:Should/Will Microsoft rebrand Bing?

I like it when Cortana would be integrated in ask platforms and also, I mean I REALLY want it, in the web, like the voice search in Google but then whit ALL Cortana features.

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EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard or RecoverMyFiles?Rebrand or source code?Our company is intending to enlarge market in partition management software area.I found many corporations can do this. After selection, I found both of the above two can provide rebrand and source code service.  Before further understanding, I want to know more from  some professionals or those who used their products.1. which one more suitable for a new developing company?2. which type more suitable for us?Rebrand or source code purchase.Thank u all for your suggestions.

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Just bought an old 390x, but am not sure how to hook up to the internet. On the right side toward the back are 4 ports colored orange. The first one is small and says xircom. Then there are 2 that look to be the size of a regular phone jack, and then 1 the size of ethernet jack. To the right of those, but not in orange is another spot the size of an ethernet cable. Windows xp was re-installed in this laptop, but there is no thinkpad help in the programs list.Where do I hook the phone cable for dial-up, or the ethernet for high-speed. I assume this laptop does not have wireless. My apologies for my lack of knowledge. I'm just trying to rig up a cheap spare computer for my mother-in-law, who recently had an accident and is unable to get to their desktop. She needs her spider solitaire to help pass the time..........Thanks for any help you can give!

Answer:need help with an old 390x

Welcome to the forum!As far as I remember, 390X didn't have integrated LAN. Modem port (one that looks like it would accept a phone cable) should be OK for dial-up, but who wants that unless they have to use it...Go into Control Panel>Network Connections and let us know what - if anything - shows up there.Good luck.

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Hi all i was given a ibm thinkpad 39x it has 256 megs of ram and a 10 gig hd i was given a copy of xp on cd but when i put the disc in it brings up the install screen but after clicking on install the system freezes and then i eventually get a error message [Winnt32 has caused an error in pidgen.dll winnt.32 will now close]

i have tryed booting from disk but that freezes the system up two i have updated the bios but can't work it out .

please help.

Answer:Xp On A Ibm 390x Thinkpad

PIDGEN.DLL is an important file for the installation of XP - do you have a legitimate copy of the XP CD or is it a copy?

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hi , i have problem i try to install win me on thinkpad 390x series when installation complete there was not any cd rom but when i boot laptop with winme startup boot disk it recognize cd rom i try to find ide drivers for this kind of laptop but i cannt get any thinkpad 390x drivers on the net even in lenovo web site please help me to solve problemwith best regardsbehrooz

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Hi, Just was given this computer...Great Gift!! But it doesn't appear that either PCMICAslot is working in XP SP3. I made the PC Doctor diagnostic II diskette from: and it reported "PASS" and "OK" for those slots.  In XP device manager both slots show. Yet when I inset a card nothing happens. I realize that some cards must go in top or bottom yet neither slot produced any joy. Is there something I am missing? Can anyone give me a boost? Thanks, Grippy 

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I tried the 307' site too. In fact I believe I tried just about everything out there that was available for download. I also read a lot of suggestions, they told me I needed to have all the laptop parts in upgrade mode (they do seem sensitive). I was running Win98, I exchanged the hard drive and erased and reformatted it to WinXP. And a lot of the install was successful because it was installed by 'found new hardware', MS updates, and an on hand dialup connection.

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Question: 390X driver needed

hi, Everybody i need thinkpad 390X driver like IDE, ... etc could you please send me orginal drivers i search web several time but i cant get orginal drivers please help me with best wishesBehrooz

Answer:390X driver needed

hello get your drivers here 

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What it does is...when I shut it down, everything shuts off, just like it was shutting down. When i go to turn it back on I get a distorted screen that's saying "windows is shutting down" it just stays there. I'll hold the on/off switch for about 10 sec. and it shuts off. then i press it again to turn it on and I get the same screen. So basiclly I have to let the battery die down, so that it shuts down, so I can get it to boot.
Weird.... I can't seem to figure out why it won't shut down completely.
What do you think?

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Hello, I've just purchased a 390X laptop for $15! And spent the last 5 days trying to install windows xp with no cd/floppy drive haha. I got it to work afterall, took 20 hours to setup altogeather. But now that windows xp is on here. I knowtice it is god awful slow. Is there any processor upgrades that can be made? I want to know the fastest one that this board will support. Rite now it has a Pentium II 400MHz Processor and that is really slow, so, what can I put in this old dog? EDIT: Sorry, aparently it's a celeron processor, it has a pentium II sticker on it though.. hmm interesting, and in the system information it says 398 MHz, 192MB ram, I have a 64 chip (original) and a 256 133 chip in here, is there anyway i can get all 256+64 out of it?

Answer:Thinkpad 390X CPU upgrade?

Hi, You can upgrade your processor to a max of Pentium 3, 500mhz. I too purchased one of these celeron models in hopes of upgrading it. I found a Pentium 3, 450mhz cpu for $5 on ebay and installed it. I also ran into the problem that the motherboard bios was locked with password, and if I had known that from the beginning, I would have never messed with it, even if it was free, but that can be fixed if your really determined, but I understand it can't be discussed here. I only mention it because if a bios password is set AND you don't know it, your best not trying to upgrade it. As for why your ram isn't all working, it might be a bios restriction in how much ram the machine supports. It may also use some of the ram for video ram, this is common on some computers but I don't know about this model. As for my 390x, I've pretty much lost interest in working on it, but when time allows I'm planning on installing Dam Small Linux on it. I think that will be the easiest way to get it to be able to be used in any serious manner, as its going to be very slow no matter what you do if your going to be using a winXP version, and you'll probably find that browsing more then one web page at a time is impossible, but good luck.  

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Today I bought an old 390x at the University Surplus shop for ten bucks, so if it ends up never turning on and working again I wont be out too much. I'd love to make it run again, but I'm a college student so my budget is extremely low. It didn't come with a hard drive or power cable, so I was wondering what you guys would recommend for the hard drive. I just need the bare minimum as my budget is tight. thanks!

Answer:Cheap 390x restoration

maybe this person has some parts

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I am trying to use my IR and it keeps giving me the following message: "Error 45: Your infrared software has encountered a internal error.Check the Infrared device's software configuration under Network Properties.If it is an external or installable device,check the connection. Then restart Windows."
I have checked the IR and it is enabled.

I am using a 390X IBM Thinkpad with Windows98.
If you need additional info of operating system please let me know.
Thank you in advance for the help.....


Answer:390X TP INFRARED error

has your IR port worked before? and what are you transmiting/recieving to/from is the other IR device enabled?

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Hi. Is there any way to get 390X battery in Russian Federation from Lenovo distributors ?Or i have to try to find it from ex-390X owners ? 

Answer:Thinkpad 390X battery

Welcome to the forum! IBM stopped producing batteries for your machine a couple of years ago, so chances of getting a new one from Lenovo are slim to none. Watch for NOS ( new old stock) units on eBay...and hope that the seller is willing to ship to Russia.... Good luck.

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Hi All,
I am working with a friend to build a really awesome pc for his 6 monitor setup. It needs to be able to run a 5x1p group plus one additional monitor at the highest resolution possible (4k would be nice) I am getting a little dizzy reading through hundreds of sites to find a clear answer with specific details and would really appreciate some help. The pc build includes:
Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor
Corsair Dominator Platinum 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
I am looking at purchasing two of these video cards:
SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390X DirectX 12 100381NTOCL 8GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 OC Version w/ backplate (UEFI) Video Card
Can you recommend the best way to set up the cables (which ports or hubs to use) and the best way to configure the settings) I am flexible about the cards if anyone can recommend other cards that would be much better, but I would prefer not to get into a dizzying discussion about the which cards should be used) Thanks for your help - W

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I dug down to the CPU card today and what do you know? The directions were right....I need a special tool to get the card out.So, where is such a tool to be found or better still....Is there an alternativeThanks Edited by nonny on 11-30-2008 10:00 AM

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Hi there!I'm having some very strange power-related trouble with my thinkpad 390X and have searched google and come up empty.First, here are the specs of the machine and, since this is a power related issue, the accessories I attach to it:Thinkpad 390X (Type 2626), production year: 1999Pentium III 450mhzRam upgraded to 256mb40gb toshiba hard-driveNew Li-ion batterywireless USB donglepcmcia 10/100 ethernet cardpcmcia two-port USB cardusb mini optical mouseOperating System:VectorLinux 5.8 Standard (lightweight slackware based distribution) running kernel 2.6.23.I bought this laptop refurbished on ebay 3 years ago (most of the accessories and upgrades included), and have had no complaints really.However, about two months ago, I noticed after getting to classes and opening the laptop lid that is was on and already at the login screen. I ignored that incident and didnt think much of it since I was still working out a few suspend/unsuspend quirks with Linux.But then the same thing started happening more often, even if I powered the laptop off completely; it would just power itself on at what seemed to be random intervals.It was extremely annoying to pull out the laptop to use it, only to find that it had somehow turned on and that the battery was almost depleted.Now with the semester over, I hardly used the laptop, only occasionally to use the mail client.And every single time I try to power it on, the battery is completely flat, even though I left it charged only a couple of days ... Read more

Answer:Power problems with Thinkpad 390X

I am no expert where it concerns laptops however I have worked on my share of desktops over the years and have come across different power problems over the years. In this particular case I am thinking that your problem is at the on off switch. I am thinking that there must be a short at the switch. The problem now that you have is where to find a replacement for the switch. I would first suggest e-bay and if you can't find the switch there then try google to try and find someone who has a replacement. I know what you mean about your 390x being a great laptop my first laptop is my 390x that I bought used at an online police auction and I still like it but have another laptop now with more memory and a larger hard drive. So I think I will be upgrading my old 390x and giving it to my aunt but haven't decided yet. Good luck with your laptop.

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Ok so I could really use some help. I just received my new MSI 390x gpu and when I popped it into my Aurora R3 it will not boot. There is nothing on the monitor no bios ever shows up and no beeps and it powers off with one quick push of the power button.

Things I have tried already:
It is seated correctly with both an 8 and 6 pin plugged into it and the monitor is plugged in.
I have put the old card (amd hd 6990) back in and it will still boot up with it.
I have checked the BIOS to see if there is any settings for the PCIe. I do not have any integrated graphics so I cannot "turn that off".
I have uninstalled all amd drivers.
I even tried to install the correct drivers for this card to no avail.
My 875W psu should be more than enough for this card.
The card does power on, light up and fans do spin.

Things I have NOT done yet:
I have not updated the BIOS to A06 it is still at A05. With all I have read about people bricking their mobo updating the BIOS I'm a little hesitant to do it. (no warranty left on this system)
I have not attempted to put it into another PCIe slot as I would then have to move other stuff around like what I am assuming is my sound card. Which could be moved but the power cords might be a bit stretched.

Is this card just DOA? Should I go ahead and update the BIOS? If I update and it still doesn't work can I then safely assume that it is the card? I would really hate to get a new card and have the same issue.

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My Thinkpad 390X is running Windows XP Home Edition. When I play a music CD I can barely hear it. The sound card is ess1969 from ESS Technology. All the volume controls are on high. The dates on ESS's site for their latest driver is the same date on my installed drivers. This problem isn't new. It has gone on since upgrading to XP. In searching for the past hour on the internet I've seen where this is a known problem but I've not found a solution. Does anyone out here know about how to solve this problem?


Answer:Thinkpad 390x sound problem XP

Does the music sound kinda fuzzy... or akward... because the speakers perhaps have been blown. Old speakers go quick, attempt to hook headphones or plain speakers up to your thinkpad and see if you receive the same results...


The Computer Wiz Himself!


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Never tried to make a hackintosh but i need more hands on time with OSX. Can you do this with any mobo or only special ones?

Answer:Can I install OSX on my evga z77 classified/3570k/390x?

The AMD card will probably give you some grief. HD4000 graphics from the 3570 will probably work. If that's acceptable, it's worth giving it a shot.

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My IBM Thinkpad 390x is not turning on. About a week ago a mysterious line started appearing and dissapearing at random times across my screen, then the hinge on the right hand side of my laptop started breaking off, then you could only get power to the system if you held it straight or kept it on a completely flat surface (it would not power on if I sat it on my bed, in my lap, Ect.). Then im getting no power at all! Also I do not have a battery for this laptop (I bought it on ebay used and it did not come with a battery). So please help if you know what's going on with my laptop!!! Maybe something got disconnected because the hinge is breaking off.

Answer:My Thinkpad 390x will not power on- screen is breaking off by the hinge

the screen connector ribbon is probably coming apart.... so you will need to replace the ribbon and the hinge.... you probably can look around ebay.. but given it is such an old machine, maybe you should consider replacing it. here is the manual that shows you how to do it, if you want to replace it yourself.  

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Question: Sony Confirms PS4

Sony has confirmed that they are now in the development stages on the new PS4 platform.

Answer:Sony Confirms PS4

Meh, I personally think it's been underway for at least 2 years now. You really think they would let the game slide while resting on PS3? Or is it more likely that while the PS3 team has been working on PS3 that there has been a seperate team to begin reasearch into the Next system?

Although as a PS3 fanboy I did find this amusing...

Prototype dev kits typically are PCs inside a PC box: the first Xbox 360 developer tools were based on dual core G5 PowerPC Macs with an ATI X800 GPU while the initial PS3 dev kits were based around a PC with two GeForce 6800 Ultras running in SLI.Click to expand...

Thats funny, I had that card and burnt it out years ago, they started pretty low end there huh :-D

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I really hope that means that my Abit KX7-333 mobo will accept these newer Athlons using a 166(333) FSB as I know it can be manually set to those speeds and higher in the bios.

Maybe all it needs is a bios update when its time to upgrade to a faster Athlon down the line with the 166(333)FSB.

I was one of the unlucky people to have owned a KT133 mobo which could not support any new AthlonXPs at 266FSB and was forced to upgrade mobo again within 18 months to what i have now.

Anyone know about future FSB333 Athlons running on my mobo?

Note: we're not talking about the K8 Hammer, just the usual Athlon with higher spec FSB for more performance still.

Answer:Nvidia confirms 333 FSB for AMD

The 166 FSB should be used in the 2800+, which should be announced a while after the 2400 & 2600+ ( August 21 / 26 ). The only chipsets said to support that FSB is the KT400 ( unofficially ) & the nForce2.

Many people allready have such an FSB by OCing so it just might work ( might is the keyword here ).

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According to Microsoft, we won't see a Windows 10.1 or even Windows 11 for that matter. This doesn't mean the Redmond based company won't update its operating system, just that the update won't be named as it was previously, in the transition from Windows 8.0 to Windows 8.1.This news was declared by Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft employee and developer evangelist, at the company's ongoing Ignite conference in Chicago. Nixon explained that the company will be pushing updates to the Windows 10 platform regularly. He stated, "Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10," which clearly means that future updates will also be branded as Windows 10.The users will get an option to choose between fast updates or bundled updates; under the fast update option users will get the update as soon as it is complete, whereas the bundled one will be slower and will occur in longer cycles. The apps will be developed in such a way that they can accommodate quick or monthly updates.The Windows 10 update for PCs is scheduled to release in the third quarter of this year whereas the update for phones will be released later. Interested people can download the technical build through the Windows insider program.

Answer: Microsoft confirms Windows 10 will be its last OS

Yer Late...                 

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Yesterday we cited an anonymous insider at Charter who informed us that the company would very soon be implementing new caps. Today, Charter's Eric Ketzer confirmed the plans, and informed us that Charter's new, $140 60Mbps tier will not have any limitations. Speeds of 15Mbps or slower will have a 100GB monthly cap, while 15-25Mbps speeds will have a 250GB monthly cap. "In order to continue providing the best possible experience for our Internet customers, later this month we will be updating our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to establish monthly residential bandwidth consumption thresholds," Ketzer confirms. "More than 99% of our customers will not be affected by our updated policy, as they consume far less bandwidth than the threshold allows," he says.Click to expand...


Having 10Mbps and living with 3 others this is a killer. 25GB a person is pathetic. Just got Netflix on the 360 as well.

If I can't find a better alternative is there anyway to monitor bandwidth on a Dir-655 in GB rather than packets?

Answer:Charter Confirms New Caps

aw fuck

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i am trying to install diablo 2 as a mounted(w/daemon tools) .iso and when i run the setup.exe vista asks to allow or cancel the operation, i allow and the desktop flashes like its doing something but nothing happens beyond that. PLEASE I NEED HELP!! BEEN TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT FOR HOURS!!!

Answer:after vista confirms to run .exe file nothing happens

right click on the application and run as administrator

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Answer:Adobe confirms Flash zero-day

Oh noes

i hate to install flash patches

Thanks though

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I have a SVCHOST.exe process that grows in memory from a few K to about 1.5MB, and seems to continually consume network resources.

AVG has detected viruses on my computer, including SVCHOST, which it claimed it cleans, but they seem to immediately return.

AVG periodically tells me that it protected me from an Exploit Scanner.

This computer periodically loses access to the internet, even though other computers in the house remain online, and even though the wireless signal is full strength.

When runnng GMER, if I let it run completely it would eventually BSOD:

BCCode : 1000008e BCP1 : C000009A BCP2 : 804EC1D0 BCP3 : A719D7C8
BCP4 : 00000000 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 256_1

So, I saved the GMER log (ARK.TXT) when it was well into the scan process to capture as much info as possible, and I also ran GMER in the "sections only" mode (ARK2.TXT)

I do have a Windows XP install disk.

I really appreciate your help. Thank you.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.3.1
Run by Mike at 20:09:29 on 2012-08-17
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3582.1984 [GMT -4:00]
AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 *Enabled/Updated* {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
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Answer:AVG confirms SVCHOST virus

I should have written:
I have a SVCHOST.exe process that grows in memory from a few K to about 1.5GB, and seems to continually consume network resources.

In my original post, I said 1.5MB. I meant GB.

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Imagine if you saved your hard earned pennies, stopped eating out for awhile, and made certain sacrifices in your latest build all so you could splurge on Intel's 600GB SSD 320 Series. It'd be worth it, right up until the drive goes haywire and insists it's an 8MB drive. Not cool, yet the so-called '8MB bug' has managed to infest Intel's entire line of 320 SSDs. On the bright side, Intel recently acknowledged the flaw, which is a step in the right direction....

Read more at: Maximum PC | Intel Confirms Bug in 320 Series SSD

Answer:Intel Confirms Bug in 320 Series SSD

That Intel for you. They just rush things out without proper testing and let us pay the bill. First the Sandy Brige now this.... Intel need to slow down and spend more money on testing.

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Microsoft has revealed plans to release a third service pack for its Windows XP operating system.

Answer:Microsoft confirms next XP service pack (SP3)

I still use sp1 fk sp2 and sp3

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Intel confirms 8MB bug in 320 Series SSDs (fix available).

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not sure if forum editor will allow a mention of a rival mag.So please delete thread if if not allowed.pc answers mag confirms it will have the sp2 on free cd with its next issue.

Answer:magazine confirms sp2 disc in next issue

thanks for that, david.h

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The latest flaw comes just days after the software maker issued a security advisory to warn customers against opening Word documents from untrusted sources. The two vulnerabilities are entirely unrelated.

Microsoft has not yet issued a formal prepatch advisory but, in a blog entry, Security Program Manager Scott Deacon listed affected software versions as Word 2000, Word 2002, Word 2003 and the Word Viewer 2003. Microsoft Word 2007 is not affected by the second vulnerability.

Microsoft suggests that users "do not open or save Word files," even those that arrive unexpectedly from trusted sources.

"From the initial reports and investigation we can confirm that the vulnerability is being exploited on a very, very limited and targeted basis," Deacon added.

According to a US-CERT advisory, the latest bug is a memory corruption issue that occurs when a Word file is rigged with malformed data structures.,1895,2071558,00.asp

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Microsoft has confirmed Hyper-V in Windows 8, in its latest blog post.

In building Windows 8 we worked to enable Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server, to function on the client OS as well. In brief, Hyper-V lets you run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same computer. Instead of working directly with the computer?s hardware, the operating systems run inside of a virtual machine (VM).
Hyper-V enables developers to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments without incurring additional hardware costs.

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Microsoft confirms next XP service pack

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Mozilla yesterday confirmed a critical vulnerability in the newest version of Firefox, and said it would plug the hole by the end of the month.
Although the patch won't be added to Firefox before next week's Pwn2Own browser hacking challenge, researchers won't be allowed to use the flaw, according to the contest's organizer.

"The vulnerability was determined to be critical and could result in remote code execution by an attacker," Mozilla acknowledged in a post to its security blog late Thursday. "The vulnerability has been patched by developers and we are currently undergoing quality assurance testing for the fix."

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Mozilla confirms critical Firefox bug

Answer:Mozilla confirms critical Firefox bug.

That will show all my Firefox using friends that IE8 isnt so bad afterall!

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Microsoft Confirms IE Phishing Flaw
By Ryan Naraine
February 23, 2005
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Software engineers at Microsoft Corp.'s security research team have confirmed the existence of a bug in the Internet Explorer browser that opens the door to URL spoofing attacks.

ADVERTISEMENT The flaw, which has been widely reported on public mailing lists, can be exploited by a malicious attacker to spoof the URL of a pop-up advertisement and has been confirmed on a fully patched system with Internet Explorer 6.0 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, Windows XP SP2 requires the URL of pop-up ads to display in the title bar when a pop-up has been opened without the address bar. "Our early analysis indicates that only pop-up ads that contain extremely long URLs can be spoofed in this scenario," the spokesperson told

"There is no attack that utilizes this, and Microsoft is not aware of any customers currently being affected by this situation," she added.,1759,1768963,00.asp

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Earlier this week, a few bits of information leaked out that showed Microsoft would be taking the bold step of making the kernel version go from 6.4 up to 10. This is a big change for the company and for legacy applications, it could impact the software.

Microsoft confirmed the change on an IE support page that talks about changes to the user-agent string, specifically:

Developers preparing for Windows 10 should note that the Windows NT value in the UA string will change from 6.4 to 10.0 with the new release. If you have code that depends on the version number, we advise that you update to allow for the new value.

The user-agent string has traditionally tied back to the kernel value for the OS and when you put the leaked information together with the content from MSDN, it's clear that Microsoft is making the change. Seeing that they are asking developers to update their code too, this clearly shows that this change will be released to the public.

This large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft's products. The company is working to consolidate all of its platforms into what the company calls OneCore, which, as the name implies, will be the one core for all of the company's operating systems.

We will be curious to see if this causes any software compatibility issues wit... Read more

Answer:Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 kernel will be 10.0

I foresee many upgrade issues as was the case with windows 8 to windows 8.1, but worse in this case.

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Microsoft confirms it's killing off the Internet Explorer brand with Windows 10
Internet Explorer is not a popular name when it comes to browsers, and Microsoft has tried various things to boost brand recognition of their browser and improve its reputation. Recently, the company confirmed that Internet Explorer is going away for good. While speaking at Microsoft's Convergence yesterday, the company's marketing chief Chris Capossela said the company is looking for a new name and brand for their browser.
"Were now researching what the new brand, or the new name, for our browser should be in Windows 10," said Capossela. "Well continue to have Internet Explorer, but well also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing."
Although the company is killing the Internet Explorer brand, it will not go away completely. It will exist in some form for enterprises, but the new Project Spartan will be the default browser for users in Windows 10 when it comes to web access. Project Spartan comes with a number of enticing new features such as extension support, reader mode, annotation abilities, Cortana integration and much more. We've offered our readers a closer look at some of the features which will be introduced with the new browser, which you can check out here.
Well there ya go. Not a surprise but I guess it is official. It was said that IE would kick around in Win10 along with Spartan, but it is more obvious that IE is ... Read more

Answer:MS Confirms Internet Explorer to be Killed Off

If you read the article and not just the headline, you'll see the MS marketing chief is quoted as saying:
"Well continue to have Internet Explorer,"
Continue to have != kill off.
IE won't be the default browser, but it will still be there, and based on the representatives own words (not the bloggers interpretation) will still be called IE.

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Microsoft has confirmed officially a zero-day security vulnerability affecting Internet Information Services (IIS). The security hole was initially reported just ahead of Christmas on December 23rd, and the Redmond company provided the first response at the end of the past week. So far, the issue in question affects version 6 of IIS on a fully patched Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2; however, additional IIS
releases might also be impacted. A Microsoft security program manager notes that

Microsoft is aware of the problem and that investigation into the matter has already been kicked off. At the same time, the program manager assured customers running IIS that it hasn?t detected any active attacks in the wild targeting the new 0-day flaw.

The vulnerability identified in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) involves the incorrect manner in which the server deals with files with multiple extensions. As long as the multiple extensions are divided by the ?;? character, the IIS server handles them as ASP files.

A possible attacks scenario could be based on an exploit constructed out of malformed executables. Any malicious files uploaded to a vulnerable web server would circumvent any file extension protections and restrictions in place.

More/.........Microsoft Confirms 0-Day IIS Security Vulnerability - IIS 6.0 Security Best Practices can help mitigate the threat - Softpedia

Answer:Microsoft confirms 0-Day IIS security vulnerability


We’ve completed our investigation into the claims that came up over the holiday of a possible vulnerability in IIS and found that there is no vulnerability in IIS.

What we have seen is that there is an inconsistency in IIS 6 only in how it handles semicolons in URLs. It’s this inconsistency that the claims have focused on, saying this enables an attacker to bypass content filtering software to upload and execute code on an IIS server.

The key in this is the last point: for the scenario to work, the IIS server must already be configured to allow both “write” and “execute” privileges on the same directory. This is not the default configuration for IIS and is contrary to all of our published best practices. Quite simply, an IIS server configured in this manner is inherently vulnerable to attack.

See the complete report at The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) : Results of Investigation into Holiday IIS Claim

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Mozilla confirmed late Thursday that it failed to detect malware in a pair of Firefox add-ons, which may have infected up to 4,600 users.According to an entry on the Mozilla Add-ons blog, Sothink Web Video Downloader 4.0 and all versions of Master Filer were infected with Trojan horses designed to hijack Windows PCs. Both add-ons were in the "experimental" area of Firefox's add-on download site, where newer extensions remain until they undergo a public review process.Full article HERE

Answer:Mozilla confirms infected Firefox add-ons

Luckily I never have used those two addons.

I'm going to see if I can find a copy of one of the two, and check to see whether my AV would have caught it.

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what i think is so cool is we have said this for weeks.
7600.16385.090713-1255 is confirmed as the official RTM build, according to Steven Sinofsky "today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600.16385 as RTM."
HEHE i have it installed already..... I knew it before Steve
Thanks to you guys

Answer:Steve Balmer confirms it RTM has been released


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I'm thinking of canceling my pre-order of Win7 Upgrade for sure now because this upgrade method is BS and I was not made aware of the method *before* I ordered the upgrade disk. Obviously I was not made aware pre-purchase by design and if had known this before placing my order I would have ordered the full version but now I will have to pay full price to get the full version. Yea, I got fucked over by Microsoft once again.
Is this BS too?

As October 22nd hastily approaches, Microsoft is slowly but surely dropping all sorts of knowledge on to-be Windows 7 buyers. The latest tidbit about the forthcoming OS revolves around upgrades, with a company spokesperson reportedly confirming that users running an activated version of Windows 7 Release Candidate will not have to "reinstall an older version of Windows before using a Windows 7 upgrade disk." Unfortunately, those who choose this path will see all of their files and such ushered into a folder labeled "Windows.old" when the final version of Win7 is installed, essentially putting a damper on what would've been an otherwise awesome experience. Interestingly, the fun doesn't stop there; if you ever need to reinstall the final version of Win7 from scratch using the upgrade copy you purchased, you'll first need to install (and activate) a copy of XP or Vista, which is different that Vista's somewhat mor... Read more

Answer:Engadget confirms Win7 upgrade rules

Oh no, you can only use the Upgrade version to *gasp* Upgrade! The HORROR!

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Microsoft Confirms Windows Zero Day Bug In Shortcut Files.

This is a pretty nasty attack and for once Microsoft have actually acknowledged and confirmed this is a critical unpatched vulnerability. Incidentally Microsoft also recently retired Windows XP SP2 from the support cycle, and this vulnerability effects that system and they have stated they will not be patching it.

It’s a pretty serious bug and it seems hackers have been maliciously exploiting it in the wild for over a month. The Stuxnet malware has been using this vulnerability to gain access to machines then download further attack files including a root kit.Click to expand...

-- Tom

Answer:Microsoft Confirms Windows Zero Day Bug In Shortcut Files

there's a really good podcast on, security now about this vulnerability. worth watching or listening to!

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System requirements haven't changed too much since Windows Vista came to be and they will remain the same in Windows 10 as well, so computers running this old operating system should also be able to run the modern version.

That's what Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider boss, has said in a short tweet today, confirming that Microsoft has been hard at work to keep system requirements unchanged when developing a new version of Windows.
Windows 10 system requirements
It's a well-known fact that Windows Vista wasn't quite the most reliable operating system at first, so its small market share doesn't come as a big surprise, but if you still run it right now, your computer should have no issue to cope with Windows 10 without any hardware upgrade.

Here are the current system requirements of Windows 10 Technical Preview, which are very unlikely to change in the final version of the operating system:

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard disk space: 16 GB
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
A Microsoft account and Internet access

And if you're wondering, here are the system requirements of Windows Vista, which are very similar to those of Windows 10:

1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
1 GB of system memory
128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
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Answer:Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Will Work on Vista PCs

windows vista,7, 8, 8.1 and now 10. the requirement never changed but it was never ever enough, 1 gig of ram cause vista to be call slow operating system which isn't quite accurate. 1 gig of ram just wasn't enough

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Microsoft today confirmed that thousands of Windows Live Hotmail account usernames and passwords had leaked to the Internet, but said the credentials were "likely" stolen in a phishing attack. The company denied that its Web-based e-mail service had been hacked and the account log-in information stolen because of some lapse on its part. ?

Microsoft did acknowledge that Hotmail accounts had been compromised. "Over the weekend Microsoft learned that several thousand Windows Live Hotmail customers' credentials were exposed on a third-party
due to a likely phishing scheme," [a Microsoft] spokeswoman [said]. ? According to, which first reported the Hotmail incident, more than 10,000 accounts had been compromised. However, Neowin said it had seen only a partial list -- accounts with usernames starting with "A" or "B" -- and suspected that the total could be much larger. [Date: 5 October 2009

More.......Microsoft confirms phishers stole 'several thousand' Hotmail passwords

Answer:Microsoft confirms phishers stole 'several thousand'...

Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr

The company denied that its Web-based e-mail service had been hacked and the account log-in information stolen because of some lapse on its part. …

If you think about it, it's not even possible to find the passwords of everyone's account starting from A to B. Because the database would not have passwords in cleartext form. They would be hashes of some sort. In order to find out someone's password from a database, you'd have to crack the hash.

Of course I am assuming that Microsoft stores credentials the correct way...

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Microsoft has confirmed in a very short tweet that a 32-bit version of Windows 10 will also be released, explaining that there are still millions of PCs out there that use a 32-bit configuration, so it?s pretty obvious that a dedicated Windows build is needed for these computers.

A long time ago, there were some people who claimed that Microsoft?s executives were pondering a plan to move Windows 10 entirely to 64-bit setups, thus abandoning 32-bit completely and pretty much forcing users to upgrade their hardware configurations or stay with an older Windows version.

There?s no doubt that this was a very, very risky plan and if Microsoft indeed considered it, it?s easy to see why the company actually dropped it in the end.

Windows 10 will indeed be available on both 32- and 64-bit versions and the Technical Preview builds that can be downloaded right now are living proof that Microsoft will stick to its traditional plan of tackling both configurations.

According to sources, Windows 10 is very likely to reach RTM during the summer, while the public launch could take place in the fall of 2015.

More details on everything related to Windows 10 will, however, be provided to us at the January 21 event which will take place in Redmond and will also be streamed online.

In addition to Windows 10 plans, Microsoft is also expected to detail some other projects, including Windows Phone 10, w... Read more

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By Ryan Naraine June 30, 2005  Microsoft late Thursday confirmed a security flaw in its dominant Internet Explorer browser could be potentially exploited by malicious hackers to take "take complete control of the affected system." The software giant released a security advisory acknowledging the vulnerability and recommended that IE users set Internet and local intranet security zone settings to "High" before running ActiveX controls in these zones.Full Read at eweekMicrosoft Security Advisory

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Microsoft showed its plans for Windows 10 across a wide range of devices this week, but notably absent from its discussions was talk of the new operating system on ARM tablets. According to the company, it still plans to support ARM devices, but with some conditions.

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 will come to small ARM tablets - Neowin

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On The Windows Blog communications manager Brandon LeBlanc has detailed when the partners and OEMs (and by virtue of bittorent, everyone else) will be able to get it.

"ISV (Independent software vendor) and IHV (Independent hardware vendor) Partners will be able to download Windows 7 RTM from Microsoft Connect or MSDN on August 6th," said Blanc.

"Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified Members will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English through the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Portal on August 16th.

By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download. Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be about to download Windows 7 RTM in English starting August 23rd. By October 1st, the remaining languages will become available to download."

Blanc goes into even more detail about OEMS ("two days after we officially RTM"), Volume Licence (VL) customers (7 August), TechNet subscribers (6 August) and developers with MSDN subscriptions (1 October) but I thought it wise to cut the quote off there for your sanity. It seems public beta and RC testers won't be getting the version so the aforementioned bittorrent will come into play.

LeBlanc also confirms that there will be a Windows 7 Family Pack that offers three licences but doesn't detail where it will be available ("select markets") or how much it will cost at this stage.

Everyone else remember 22 October is the global launch date for Windows 7 (or ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 RTM Release Date

Thanks Mucks

Shame we've got to wait over 2 months extra, compared to the TechNet/MSDN people. I'm looking forward to getting my mits on Windows 7, I have to admit!

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A Dutch Web developer has discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) Web browser that could allow a PC to be taken over after a user is lured to a malicious Web site. Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability.See the complete article at NIST.orgPlease post all comments back here.

Answer:Microsoft Confirms Serious New Hole In Internet Explorer 6

Thank you Firefox!
Thanks for the link SG!

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Microsoft Confirms, Fixes Passport Flaw July 1, 2003

The software vendor says few accounts were jeopardized by the .Net Passport vulnerability.
By George V. Hulme

A flaw in Microsoft's .Net Passport system may have made the identities behind some user accounts available to attackers who could have taken over the accounts or reset passwords. The flaw was disclosed in a message posted to the security Vulnerability Discussion mailing list last week and confirmed by a Microsoft official Tuesday.
Information Week

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A week before E3, Microsoft has let its Zune announcements out of the bag, confirming it will start shipping new Zune HD multimedia players this fall and connect them to Xbox consoles via a ?connected entertainment? Zune video service.
The new Zune HD will feature a touch screen, built-in high-definition (HD) radio receiver, HD video output, WiFi and a built-in Internet browser. The images look largely like the promotional images leaked earlier this year.
From Microsoft?s press release:
?Zune will be a premium partner in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, bringing an exciting catalog of TV and film to the platform. Zune will occupy the first slot within the Xbox user interface in the Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, exposing the Zune brand experience to millions of new consumers for the first time. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) next week, attendees will see firsthand how Zune integrates into Xbox LIVE to create a game-changing entertainment experience.?
(In other words, the long-rumored Zune VideoX service seems to be the first piece of Microsoft?s long-promised ?connected entertainment? scenario.) Source | Microsoft Press Release

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At tonight?s CES press conference Intel officially confirmed its Dual OS initiative. In short, the idea is to put Windows and Android together onto Intel-powered devices, particularly tablets and laptop convertibles.

Putting Android on a Windows machine isn?t anything new, but most attempts have involved some form of emulation. The Dual OS approach supposedly does not feature Android running on top of Windows, or vice versa. Furthermore, switching between the two platforms only takes around 10 seconds or so. If this sounds familiar, that?s because we already saw a Dual OS device earlier today, the Asus Transformer Book Duet.

So why put Android on a desktop-class machine? Windows is still generally preferred for things like business programs, hardcore gaming and other traditional PC activities, but Android is really better on the go and for casual purposes. Having both operating systems means you don?t have to make any sacrifices, at least in theory.

It?s still unclear how well the Dual Boot concept will actually work. For one thing, there will be two seperate operating systems to deal with, which might be confusing for some users. There?s also potential security issues, though Intel has announced a new ?Intel Device Protection Technology? that it says should help further protect these devices and help them meet corporate standards for enterprise level security.

Details on how the Dual Boot technology works or what all devices will end up using it are still... Read more

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Finally, some answers to Windows 7 upgrade questions

Better late than never. We had these hashed out in the sticky on the first night!

Following Brink's tutorial, I used the Upgrade disk to do a formatted clean install from boot, which activated first time. I wanted to confirm that the installer is reading a previous OS from the boot mode on the disk.

So I zeroed HDD on a laptop and tried to install from boot, but this time the key was rejected and activation was refused after it went online - I had to do the old VIsta "upgrade over upgrade" (repair install) again from the desktop to get it to take the key and activate. *edit: see Paul Thurrot's fix here:

I think this means that it obviously can't read the prior OS on HDD when zeroed, but can read a previous OS on formatted HDD, probably as it is scanning the drive early on BEFORE formatting.

As far as why the "upgrade over upgrade" works as a last resort, perhaps MS allows the "upgrade over upgrade" to activate just with the presence of a prior OS (the first upgrade) and not prior activation because such a "Repair Install" is also needed to fix the OS. So they liberalize the activation by allowing any working Upgrade key.

Answer:Ed Bott confirms Upgrade clean install w/o prior OS

There was a typo in the link to the winsupersite that you posted, so I have reposted the link here;

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Microsoft confirms Windows 7 install trick is legal

Microsoft employee chides 'hacks,' reminds users of licensing rules

By Gregg Keizer
October 29, 2009 04:03 PM ET

Computerworld - Microsoft today confirmed that users can apply a workaround trick to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a blank hard drive as long as they toe the licensing line.

In a blog post earlier this week, Eric Ligman, who works in Microsoft's worldwide partner group, took exception to stories that showed people how to use the less-expensive Windows 7 upgrade editions to install the new operating system on blank drives. Computerworld covered the upgrade install trick -- first reported by noted Windows blogger Paul Thurrott -- last Friday.

"Over the past several days there have been various posts, etc. across a variety of social media engines stating that some 'hack' (be it a person or a procedure) shows that a Windows 7 Upgrade disc can perform a 'clean' installation of Windows 7 on a blank drive from a technical perspective," said Ligman.

"They often forgot to mention a very basic, yet very important piece of information," said Ligman about Thurrott's blog post and the resulting reports by others. "'Technically possible' does not always mean legal," Ligman said.

In order to use upgrade media to install Windows 7 on a blank hard drive, users must abide by the operating system's EULA, or end-user licensing agreement. ... Read more

Answer:Microsoft confirms Windows 7 install trick is legal

ciidoctor said:

In order to use upgrade media to install Windows 7 on a blank hard drive, users must abide by the operating system's EULA, or end-user licensing agreement. "To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible for the upgrade. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from," the EULA states.Click to expand...

Fair enough

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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Bug Breaking Down System Reset

Some of the users who experienced issues caused by the recently-released Windows 10 cumulative update KB4013429 complained that not even System Restore worked and, in many cases, the Windows Reset feature failed to complete when all files were supposed to be removed.

And it turns out that System Restore not working is actually a widespread bug, with Microsoft confirming in an announcement that it?s aware of the issue and working on a fix.

Specifically, Microsoft says that in some cases System Restore fails with error 0x80070091, so the recovery process does not complete and leaves users with no solution to restore PCs.

The error message displayed on computers impacted by this issue is the following:


System Restore failed while restoring the directory from the restore point.

Source: AppxStaging

Destination: %ProgramFiles%\WindowsApps

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070091)

Microsoft said in a statement that ?we are currently investigating the issue and will update this thread when we have more information,? providing some steps for advanced users to take if they want to try to address the problems before a fix is released.

The workaround
The workaround comes down to booting into Safe Mode, right-clicking Start and launching Command Prompt with administrator rights. Microsoft says users then need to type these commands one by one in the Command Prompt window:
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Answer:Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Bug Breaking Down System Reset

The March update broke both my machines.
On the first, OneDrive ran into syncing issues.
On the second, Dropbox ran into syncing issues.
Strangely enough, a system image restore did not resolve the issues.
I had to delete the folder that synced to the cloud, and let it be recreated.

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No specifics on the release date were provided though

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926 a couple of weeks ago with quite a lot of improvements, including a working version of Cortana and a revamped version of the Start menu, but it turns out that the company is already planning a brand new release for this month.

During the January 21 Windows 10 event at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Joe Belfiore said that the software firm wanted to update Windows 10 Technical Preview much more often than before and hinted that a new build would indeed come in February, most likely together with the preview version of Windows 10 for phones.

Now Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, has confirmed in a couple of tweets that Microsoft is indeed working to bring a new Windows 10 Technical Preview build to users, but he has explained that no specifics can be provided right now.

Microsoft Confirms New Windows 10 Build Coming This Month - Softpedia

Answer:Microsoft Confirms New Windows 10 Build Coming This Month

I hope it don't mean my third party programs will get uninstalled again.

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How to clean install from Windows 7 Upgrade media

Mike Halsey | Oct 22, 2009 | Windows 7 News & Tips blog

One of the biggest unanswered questions about Windows 7 is whether you can perform a clean install using the upgrade edition of the operating system.

With legacy versions of Windows you needed to ?show? it an install CD from your older version of Windows. The problem here is that Microsoft allowed OEM PC makers to customise these discs, sometimes to the point where they were not recognisable as upgrade media by the installer, even though you had a legitimate copy.

With Windows Vista they changed this but you had to perform a workaround to get a clean install. Firstly you had to install Vista upgrade without entering a product key, and then you had to install it again performing an upgrade on the version you had already installed. This was time-consuming and many people didn?t like it? understandably.

With Windows 7 Microsoft have only released the upgrade versions for the first time today and have been keeping very tight-lipped on this subject. The good, nay, excellent news is that performing a clean install using upgrade media is now the same as performing a clean install.

Windows 7 will just install merrily on your hard disk with it?s upgrade product code and activate. You don?t need an XP or Vista disc, and you don?t need to install it over itself. This is excellent news and, while I haven?t yet tried this myself, reports are coming in from across the web tha... Read more

Answer:Win7 News confirms Upgrade same as Full Retail

Well, I didn't take the risk.

I installed XP with SP3 on my new HDD before upgrading to Windows 7.

It wasted an hour of my time, but at least I knew it would work.

But I hope what you're reporting is true, as I shouldn't have to install XP first should I need to reinstall Windows 7 in future.

It certainly wasn't clear I was purchasing an upgrade at the time - I assumed it was the full version.

Anyway, that's behind me now - it all seems to be running fine, so I'm

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Microsoft Confirms Internet Explorer Vulnerability [Security]

Microsoft has confirmed a vulnerability in several Internet Explorer versions which has supposedly been used in the Chinese attack against Google and other companies. The vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8 but the attacks seem to have been only targeting Internet Explorer 6 systems according to information posted in the vulnerability description at the Microsoft website.
The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference within Internet Explorer. It is possible under certain conditions for the invalid pointer to be accessed after an object is deleted. In a specially-crafted attack, in attempting to access a freed object, Internet Explorer can be caused to allow remote code execution.

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Microsoft Corp.'s patch for a worm-vulnerable security flaw in the Windows 2000 operating system is causing problems for some users.

The software giant late Friday confirmed several "isolated deployment issues" with the MS05-051 update, but insisted that the problems should not stop anyone from applying the critical patch.

Word of problems with the patch comes at the worst possible time for officials at the MSRC (Microsoft Security Response Center), the Redmond unit that has preached the "patch-now-or-else" gospel since the update shipped earlier this week.

With proof-of-concept exploits circulating and experts predicting that a network worm attack may be on the cards, enterprise IT administrators testing the patch are now dealing with a new round of headaches that could delay overall deployment efforts.

A Microsoft spokesperson told Ziff Davis Internet News the company is working with a "limited amount of customers" affected by the buggy patch, but stressed that all customers should still treat MS05-051 as a high-priority update.

Late Friday, Microsoft published Knowledge Base article 909444 with workarounds for Windows XP, Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 customers with the patch deployment problems.

Customers have reported that the Windows Installer service and the Windows Firewall Service did not start after the patch was deployed.

Is Microsoft rushing patches out the door too fast? Click here to re... Read more

Answer:MS Confirms Win2K Worm Hole Patch Is Buggy


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NVIDIA Confirms Pull Back of NV Surround Drivers

We know that many of our readers have purchased Fermi SLI video card configurations for supporting multi-display gaming, and we know that many of you with current SLI setups are looking forward to multi-display gaming as well. NVIDIA originally stated the NV Surround drivers would be available in April on its own website as well as telling editors that the drivers would be available ~30 days after the Fermi launch in March.

Today NVIDIA let us know that its initial "R256" BETA driver will be posted publicly on May 24th, but will not have NV Surround support. NV Surround support will be "coming later in June."

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TeamViewer confirms number of hacked user accounts is ?significant
Investigation continues to show external password breaches are cause, spokesman says.

It was a tough week for TeamViewer, a service that allows computer professionals and consumers to log into their computers from remote locations. For a little more than a month, a growing number of users have reported their accounts were accessed by criminals who used their highly privileged position to drain PayPal and bank accounts. Critics have speculated TeamViewer itself has fell victim to a breach that's making the mass hacks possible.

On Sunday, TeamViewer spokesman Axel Schmidt acknowledged to Ars that the number of takeovers was "significant," but he continued to maintain that the compromises are the result of user passwords that were compromised through a cluster of recently exposed megabreaches involving more than 642 million passwords belonging to users of LinkedIn, MySpace, and other services.

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Microsoft is working at full speed on getting the Creators Update ready for an early April release, but while the company remains tight-lipped on information regarding the RTM build, we finally got an early confirmation of a rumor that?s been swirling around the web lately.

Windows 10 build 15063 is Creators Update RTM, and this info is confirmed by Microsoft?s own Windows 10 Update Assistant tool that got leaked earlier today.

Previously, we only knew that the Windows 10 Creators Update RTM build was supposed to be shipped to insiders in mid-March, and while there were indeed rumors that build 15063 might be the one, there was absolutely no hint from Microsoft that this was indeed the case.

?Latest version is 15063?
And yet, the Windows 10 Update Assistant finally confirms that build 15063 is RTM, as its purpose is to help users upgrade to the Creators Update easily. A message displayed when launching the app and showing up after performing a system scan to determine OS version indicates that the Update Assistant, which itself got updated to support the Creators Update, can upgrade systems up to version 15063.

?One of the best features of Windows 10 is that it keeps getting better with every update. This PC is currently not running the latest and most secure version of Windows 10. This PC is running version 14393. The latest version is 15063,? this message reads.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant will be just one of the ways to upgrade to the Creators ... Read more

Answer:Leak Confirms Windows 10 Build 15063 Is the Final RTM Version

They still have Known issues to fix though...unless those will be fixed through windows updates

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TeamViewer confirms number of hacked user accounts is ?significant
Investigation continues to show external password breaches are cause, spokesman says.

It was a tough week for TeamViewer, a service that allows computer professionals and consumers to log into their computers from remote locations. For a little more than a month, a growing number of users have reported their accounts were accessed by criminals who used their highly privileged position to drain PayPal and bank accounts. Critics have speculated TeamViewer itself has fell victim to a breach that's making the mass hacks possible.

On Sunday, TeamViewer spokesman Axel Schmidt acknowledged to Ars that the number of takeovers was "significant," but he continued to maintain that the compromises are the result of user passwords that were compromised through a cluster of recently exposed megabreaches involving more than 642 million passwords belonging to users of LinkedIn, MySpace, and other services.

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Contrary to reports, a bug that Microsoft patched last week had been publicly discussed a year and a half ago, security researchers said this week.

Microsoft confirmed Wednesday that it overlooked the vulnerability when it was revealed last year.

The vulnerability in Windows Print Spooler service was one of four exploited by Stuxnet. ...

It turns out that one of the four -- the vulnerability Microsoft patched last week with its MS10-061 update -- was technically not a zero-day, said Liam O Murchu, manager of operations with Symantec's security response team.

According to O Murchu, the print spooler flaw was first revealed in a security publication's 2009 issue. He did not name the magazine. ...

Paris-based Vupen Security, however, pointed a finger at Hackin9, a Polish publication. Computerworld was easily able to locate a PDF of the 2009 issue on the Internet.

In that issue, a researcher named Carsten Kohler spelled out how to abuse the print spooler service to hijack Windows PCs and even included source code for a working exploit.

Date: 22 September 2010


Answer:VULNERABILITIES - Microsoft confirms it missed Stuxnet print spooler '

This was apparently the work of the US and Isreali governments in an attempt to stop Iran's nuclear program. It has already reportedlly been used on a number of sites in Iran earlier this year and is one of the reasons believed to have caused the delay in the plants completions. News on the virus and the windows exploits started showing up shortly after.

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Complete article at Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network ? The Register

The admission came in response to an article The Register published on Tuesday. It reported that two internet addresses belonging to Microsoft were helping to route traffic to more than 1,000 websites that belong to a fraudulent online pharmacy known as the Canadian Health&Care Mall. Microsoft on Wednesday said an investigation of that report confirmed the hijacking was the result of an attack on machines connected to its network.

One of the IPs was involved in a DDoS of Brian Krebs site:

The attackers then told machines they controlled to access a number of non-existent pages at sites that were pointing to the Internet address my hosting provider has assigned to ( This forced several hundred or thousand machines to direct their traffic at my site, all in an attempt to prevent legitimate visitors from visiting it.

Pill Gang Used Microsoft?s Network in Attack on ? Krebs on Security

Answer:Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network

thanks Corrine !

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Full Article: Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Anniversary Update Launches in July


The July release date for the Anniversary Update concerns only the RS1 version, which is actually the first wave of the update, with a second one projected to take place sometime in early 2017.


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I have a Windows 7 HP desktop system that is connected to the internet via an ethernet cable. The system says it is connected, and a ping confirms it is accessing the internet. BUT, all the browsers say the computer is not connected to the internet (tried Chrome, Firefox and IE). All of the Microsoft network adapters (6to4, ISATAP adapter, ISATAP adapter #2, Teredo Tunneling Adapter) shown under device manager cannot start (Code 10). the Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller is the only network adapter shown as working properly. What do I need to do to fix this? Let me know if there is any other information needed to help me.

Answer:Windows 7 computer says connect via ethernet and ping confirms but cannot get to any page

Does your router see this computer on the network?
Are you on Private Network or Home Network?
Is the IP address showing 192.168.x.x or is it showing 169.xx.xx.xx?

NIC network card you can do a few things. You can can disable it and re-able it.
Open dos prompt
type: ipconfig /flushdns
type: ipconfig /release
type: ipconfig /renew

Give this a sec or two.

Now under services.msc (use the control panel and type services)
Select view local services
Scroll down for
DHCP Client (right click and stop it) wait then right click and start it
DNS Client (right click and stop it) wait then right click and start it

If none of the above work go into the device manager. under control panel type: device manager. click on device manager

-Network adapters
-Realtek PCI-e this one uninstall the drivers (BUT DO NOT DELETE THEM)

Two options here.
One: Scan computer for new hardware changes
Two: Reboot the PC

Choose Two, because Windows will re-install the drivers and setup network card settings. for you. The Choosing One would do that same but you really want to flush out any prior issues that got you to this point.

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A security researcher has uncovered yet another vulnerability in Adobe Reader that allows hackers to execute malicious code on computers by tricking their users into opening booby-trapped files.
Charlie Miller, principal security analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, disclosed the critical flaw at last week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. It stems from an integer overflow in a part of the application that parses fonts, he said. That leads to a memory allocation that's too small, allowing attackers to run code of their choosing on the underlying machine. There are no reports of the flaw being targeted for malicious purposes.
Details of Miller's discovery come as hackers are exploiting a separate font-parsing bug in the PDF reader built by Apple to jailbreak the latest iPhone. While the hack is harmless, security firms including Symantec and McAfee have warned that the underlying flaw, when combined with a second one, could be used to execute malicious code on the Apple smartphone.

Apple has yet to acknowledge the vulnerabilities.
Brad Arkin, senior director of product security and privacy at Adobe, said members of the company's security team attended Miller's talk and have since confirmed his claims that the vulnerability can lead to remote code execution. The team is in the process of developing a patch and deciding whether to distribute it during Adobe's next scheduled update release or as an ?out-of-band? fix that would come out in the next few weeks.... Read more

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Microsoft admitted there's a problem with the Anniversary update for some computers. Microsoft says it's looking into a permanent solution for the problem, but in the meantime, has offered a temporary fix

Answer:Microsoft confirms freezing issues after upgrading to Windows 10 Anniversary Update

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Microsoft has officially confirmed attacks targeting a Critical 0-day vulnerability affecting various releases of Office Excel. According to the Redmond company the vulnerability is actively being exploited in the wild, and a patch is in the works, although no security update is available as of yet to resolve the flaw. The Microsoft Excel Invalid Object vulnerability is rated as Critical because it can allow an attacker to perform Remote Code Execution on an affected system in the eventuality of a successful attack. Attacks against the security flaw generated by a Boundary Condition Error have initially been reported by security company Symantec.

more: Softpedia

Answer:Microsoft Confirms Attacks Targeting Critical 0-Day Office Excel Vulnerability

so...... uninstall excel


thanks for the heads up Airbot

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It's the end of an era. While Microsoft had already revealed it was working on a lightweight browser for Windows 10 codenamed ‘Project Spartan', and dropped hints it would be an Internet Explorer replacement, a company executive has now confirmed...

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Answer:Microsoft exec confirms they're phasing out the Internet Explorer brand with Windows 10

I would concur that IE sucks, no matter what they call it.

I am a web developer, and as one headache over IE that I have to deal with frequently is that in IE11 the select control looks so terribly bad, I have to resort to custom control usage, just so it looks the same across all browsers. And their customization for check boxes and radio boxes isn't much better, have to rewrite those every time. Not to mention the *****ic non-standard things they keep plugging in it still, like that moronic Clear button inside edit box that doesn't even issue the Change event when the content is cleared on that button press; - what ***** came up with that one?

I sincerely hope IE vanishes at last, just like Netscape Navigator did.

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More information can be found at the original post by S1148625 over at Thinkpads. UEFI doesn't support fingerprint readers - yet. (I suppose this is true for all 2011 Thinkpads) I have a T420, replaced the original HDD with an SSD, tried to clone from the HDD to SSD but it didn't work. So I changed BIOS to UEFI only and tried to install windows from the Recovery discs. UEFI refused to see the recovery discs. (Lenovo also confirmed that the recovery discs don't work with UEFI). Finally, I installed Windows Professional 64 bit - a clean install. Installed SP1, Thinkvantage System Update, and installed nearly all of Lenovo's updates. Joined the domain and everything worked just fine. All except the fingerprint reader, which gave three errors, each with the error code E7210005. I spoke with Lenovo Tech Support today. They confirmed that the current version of UEFI does not support the fingerprint reader. They are working on a fix, but have no release date. Other than that, my T420 works perfectly. I've spent nearly all of 2 work days trying to make this fingerprint reader work. Knowing that it's beyond my control is actually a relief. During the 50+ restarts in the past 2 days, the T420 always booted in less than 30 seconds. That's including the time it takes to pound out a 12+ character password, arrive at the desktop and have a ready mouse pointer (not a mouse pointer with a sp... Read more

Answer:Fingerprint reader is not compatible with UEFI - Lenovo Tech Support confirms

Wow, you are really on the cutting edge with UEFI!  Even though the BIOS option exists for UEFI boot, there are still several kinks that need to be worked out, and fingerprint support is just one of them.  We are actively working on these things, and UEFI preloads and recovery disks should be coming later this year. If you come across other UEFI-specific issues, please let us know here in the forums!

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Microsoft has confirmed that the Office 2013 Service Pack 1 coming early next year.

Early next year we'll release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the 2013 set of products including Office, SharePoint and Exchange. SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1.

Of course if you're an Office 365 customer, you're always up to date with the latest versions of our products, said Microsoft.

Answer:Microsoft confirms, Office 2013 Service Pack 1 coming Q1 2014

Haven't found a compelling reason yet to upgrade from Office 2007!

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Microsoft confirms no more Windows 10 feature updates in 2016; two coming in 2017

Microsoft published a TechNet blog post on Tuesday regarding what's new in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. In the article, the company confirmed that it has two feature updates planned for 2017, but no more for this year.

Based on feedback from organizations moving to Windows 10, this will be our last feature update for 2016, with two additional feature updates expected in 2017.

The news is right in line with current rumors. Tuesday's Anniversary Update would be the one feature update for this year, and Redstone 2 - the codename for the next major Windows 10 update - isn't slated to arrive until April 2017. Redstone 3 is rumored as well, but without any release timing, so with today's news, it's presumably late 2017.

It's also in line with what Microsoft has already said. Back in May, the firm said that it would be pushing two feature updates for Windows 10 every year.

The obvious question that you're probably asking is, if Microsoft said that it would release two updates per year, why would the company only release one this year? Well, when Microsoft says the word 'year', it could mean a calendar year, or it could mean a fiscal year, which would be over at the end of June. With that in mind, the firm has released two major updates for Windows 10 every year, and is on pace to do so, even with Redstone 2 coming in April.

Source: TechNet via Re... Read more

Answer:Microsoft confirms no more Windows 10 feature updates in 2016; two coming in 2017

Thanks for share [email protected]

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Microsoft has officially confirmed attacks targeting a Critical 0-day vulnerability affecting various releases of Office Excel. According to the Redmond company the vulnerability is actively being exploited in the wild, and a patch is in the works, although no security update is available as of yet to resolve the flaw. The Microsoft Excel Invalid Object vulnerability is rated as Critical because it can allow an attacker to perform Remote Code Execution on an affected system in the eventuality of a successful attack. Attacks against the security flaw generated by a Boundary Condition Error have initially been reported by security company Symantec.

more: Softpedia

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Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 10 cumulative update for PCs running version 1607 (Anniversary Update), and just as we reported yesterday, there were plenty of users who experienced installation issues.

In a post on the firm?s Community forums, Microsoft engineers confirm the installation problems and explain that the team is already investigating and developing a fix.

There are no details as to when exactly this new cumulative update fix could be released, but it?s worth noting that Microsoft itself says that there?s no point in trying to install this cumulative update because it?ll keep failing anyway.

?Teams have dug into this issue and do believe the cause has been identified. The correct team is developing a fix/workaround and once we have the full details, we'll be posting that information. For your affected machines, there's no need to keep attempting the install. It'll keep failing. In the mean time, hold tight! We're all over this and will keep sharing information along the way,? Microsoft says.

Several company engineers have already joined the discussion thread on the Community forums, asking for more details on the problem, so it?s very clear that the firm is actively investigating the problem.

What?s more frustrating, however, is that this cumulative update actually experienced the exact same issues when being tested ... Read more

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Read More. Microsoft confirmed today that the next feature update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, the Fall creators Update, will be out on October 17th, 2017.

Today, we?re pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.

Lenovo did leak the release date earlier today in a press release, but edited the release afterwards to remove the date from it. Considering that Microsoft confirmed the date today, Lenovo might edit the release a second time to add the official date to it again.

Read More. Microsoft confirms: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th, 2017 - gHacks Tech News

Answer:Microsoft confirms: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th, 2017

Is that the Redstone 3?


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After confirming a few weeks ago that credit card details for more than 56 million customers were stolen by hackers who managed to breach Home Depot’s security system in a sophisticated Target-like manner, the retail store on Thursday also confirmed that as many as 53 million email addresses were also stolen by attackers, The New York Times reports.
Thus, in addition to being able to replicate credit cards using the stolen card info in order to steal money or place fraudulent orders, hackers might also use the massive email database to target unsuspecting users with various secondary phishing attacks. Specifically, hackers could send email messages containing links and/or attachments to fraudulent websites masquerading like real sites but meant to steal login user credentials for various services, including online banking services.


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Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of Windows security software, today announced the results of an independent performance test of leading endpoint security solutions by premier test lab The Tolly Group. The test found that Sunbelt Software's VIPRE? Enterprise significantly outperformed competing products from Symantec and McAfee through lower system resource usage and faster scanning speed. This superior performance reduces computer costs and increases productivity for small- and medium-sized enterprises, when compared to the significant resource tax imposed by competing "bloatware" security products. The Tolly test included antivirus scanning performance and system resource utilization.

Source -
VIPRE Enterprise Consumes 38% Less Memory Than Symantec or McAfee

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I need to have this confirmation deleted

Answer:Every time I send a text message Mobile operator confirms message sent

The mobile operator confirms sent, or confirms delivered?
?What phone/version of Windows Phone/network etc?

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I'm looking to buy a notebook, but the graphics technologies in the laptops has me confused. I can find good info on both, except which tech is the latest and greatest. So which one is newer or better?

Answer:Which one is newer/better? The Mobility Radeon X300 or the Radeon Xpress 200M?

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If you have a choice between a 128 Mb ATI Radeon 9800 and a 256Mb ATI Radeon 9600 would you go for the higher memory or the later chip?

Answer:128Mb Radeon 9800 versus 256Mb Radeon 9600

The better chip - 256Mb RAM on a graphics card is of marginal use.

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Hello everyone,

I just thought I could write on this forum to see if anyone could help me.
I have a Gigabyte motherboard (GA-7VM400AAM(F)) with an ATI videocard X850XT AGP and 1 GB of Kingston memory (2x512Mb). I also have an ATI All-in-wonder video card. What happens is that when I use either of the video cards, I cannot watch flash video on my computer such as on YouTube or others. It says that Explorer or Firefox must close and sometimes the system even crashes. I know I have an old rig, but still it should work. I have no idea of what is happening and I am suspecting a compatibility error between my motherboard and video cards.

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I think I may have made dumbest decision EVER here, please tell me the X700 is better...

Answer:Connect3d Radeon 9800pro 128mb <OR> ATI Radeon X700 256mb

i have that connect3d 9800 pro and its worked PERFECT in d3, hl2, and every other new game out. if you're goin for price thats the card for you, if u want the performance get the x700 (if i were you though, id wait and save up and get a x850)

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There are obvious differences between the two cards, but I'm trying to decide what I really need. I'm not THAT much of a gamer but I've spent years with a mediocre system that always ran games slow, so I would like to play basic cool games without a problem. My biggest concern with the video card is that I can watch high quality movies, DVD's, DVD-rips, DivX...etc. without a problem of slowness. I also like to watch tv-shows, play around with digital pics...
The question is, do I need to spend the 171 on the 128 mb video card? Or will 64 mb be enough.

Here are my specs:

Intel "D865PERLL" i865PE Chipset Motherboard for Intel Socket 478 CPU -RETAIL
Intel Pentium 4/ 2.8C GHz 800MHz FSB, 512K Cache, Hyper Threading Technology - Retail
Kingston 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail
Samsung Black 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, Model SM-352NENB, OEM
Western Digital Special Edition 120GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive, Model WD1200JB, OEM Drive Only
ANTEC Black Performance Series II SOHO File Server Tower ATX Case with 400W Power Supply, Model "SX1040BII"

Answer:ATI AIW RADEON 9000 PRO vs. ATI AIW RADEON 9600 Video Card

If I were you, I would go with the 9600. Since you had a slow system you may not be that much of a gamer, but if you're like me, when you see what a newer system can put out, your interest in gaming will increase. That is why you want a halfway decent graphics card.

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how much faster is it than the 9600 Pro and XT.

and how much slower is it than the 9800 Pro and XT

my buddy owns a Radeon 9700 non-Pro...i wanna tell him how much faster my card will be, and how much faster his is over the 9600's

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Hello, I am new to downloading demos but today I downloaded Call of duty. when I tried to open the game I recieved this message: Could not load OpenGL. Make sure that you have the latest drivers for your video card from the manufacturers web site.
I looked up ATI web site and found this : Catalyst Window XP 5.1 driver. Can anyone tell me if this driver will help load OpenGL as I am completely lost with this kind of thing. Thanks tulla

Answer:Radeon 7000 Radeon VE Family (Microsoft Corporation)

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