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Time for Mac users to ditch Windows XP?

Whether Mac users are running Windows XP in Apple's Boot Camp solution or in a virtual machine, the latest exploit of Internet Explorer brings the PC question of the month front and center: Stay with XP or upgrade?

April 27, 2014 by

Fedora gets its plans together for UEFI Secure Boot

Those of us using GNU/Linux have probably heard about the UEFI Secure Boot scheme and how it demonstrates Microsoft's strong grasp on PC hardware vendors. If you are not quite sure what UEFI Secure Boot is yet, I highly advise reading up on it as new PCs will begin to have this feature enabled by default in the near future to comply with Microsoft's requirements for Windows 8.

June 5, 2012 by

How to both upgrade and dual boot Windows 8

If you want to try Windows 8 out with all your current apps on your current PC, you can upgrade to the Consumer Preview. Or you can install a new copy of Windows 8 in a separate partition so you can dual boot back to Windows 7 in a hurry if you need to.

April 11, 2012 by

Cost of making PCs is rising

The cost of making a PC is moving higher as DRAM (dynamic random-access memory) and hard drive prices remain high, according to Barclays Capital.

April 1, 2012

Dell announces fast compact Alienware X51

Dell has launched a small console-style Alienware X51 that, while part of its games-oriented range, could appeal to other users who want an affordable, upgradeable Windows PC for video and graphics processing. It packs a full-size graphics card into a small box, and the options include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 5551 with a gigabyte of GDDR5 video memory.

January 18, 2012 by

Windows 8 on a Mac: why Microsoft should write its own Boot Camp

Apple designs some of the best PC hardware you can buy, and its designs use the same parts as a Windows PC. Yes, you can run Windows on a Mac, but the experience is substandard. For Windows 8, Microsoft needs to replace Apple's Boot Camp software with its own.

August 18, 2011

Why doesn't Microsoft push Windows to Mac users?

Something odd struck me the other day. I was thinking about putting Windows on one of the Mac mini systems to run in Boot Camp. Why? Because my youngest daughter is learning to play the keyboard, and while she spends most of her time in GarageBand, she does have some software she wants to use that is Windows only. Installing Windows on the Mac sounds like the best solution. This got me thinking ... Microsoft does a lot of those PC vs. Mac comparison type ads ... but why do we never see Microsoft trying to sell Windows licenses direct to Mac users?

May 26, 2011

Yes, some 2008 MacBooks and MBPs can address 8GB of memory

Storage and upgrade vendor Other World Computing took another look at the memory limits in some late 2008 Core 2 Duo MacBook and MacBook Pros and found that a specific blend of updated firmware, Boot ROM and OS versions will let the notebooks handle a 8GB RAM upgrade.

March 5, 2011

Linux Live USB Media

It is pretty common these days for laptops, and even desktops, to be able to boot from a USB flash memory drive. So you can save a little time and a little money by converting various Linux distributions ISO images to bootable USB devices, rather than burning them to CD/DVD.

April 14, 2010 by

Clean install with Windows 7 upgrade media? Get the facts!

If you purchase a discounted upgrade edition of Windows 7, can you use it to perform a clean installation of the operating system on a PC that doesn't currently have Windows installed? The answer, it turns out, is really quite simple. I've broken down the license agreement and have specific answers for upgraders. If you own a Mac or plan to dual-boot, I've got the answers you need.

November 2, 2009 by

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