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vwestlife

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  1. Apple actually sued Microsoft, claiming that Windows' look and feel was too similar to Mac OS. The case got dismissed on the grounds that they both copied the Xerox PARC graphical user interface. Apple also sued HP over their NewWave GUI and they lost all claims except that NewWave's trash can and folder icons were too similar to Mac OS. That case didn't have anything to do with Windows, but Microsoft probably took it as a warning to avoid using a trash can icon in Windows 95. Apple's lawsuit against Digital Research over GEM never went to trial, because DR was fearful of a prolonged legal battle they couldn't afford, so they changed GEM to be much less Mac-like, except in the version used in Atari ST computers.
  2. The cash registers at Goodwill stores use XP-based Windows Embedded POSReady 2009.
  3. Google Chrome's market share also stopped growing at a rapid pace soon after they dropped support for older OSes. And at the same time, Firefox -- which didn't drop support for older OSes -- made a sudden rebound in popularity. Coincidence? I think not!
  4. Note the wording "officially supported". That suggests they won't purposely block XP installations of future versions, but they can't guarantee compatibility if they add some new code that doesn't work on XP. (Java 8 has been saying that for what, 3 years now?, and it still works in XP...)
  5. What printer manufacturer in their right mind would refuse to provide drivers for what is by far the world's most popular operating system?
  6. If you use Windows Essentials 2012 or any of its components (such as Windows Movie Maker), download it NOW even if you already have it installed! Beginning tomorrow (January 10th) you will no longer be able to download it in case you ever need to reinstall it. And don't trust third-party sites to provide it -- older versions of Windows Essentials are notoriously difficult to find, and the 2012 version will probably be no different. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17779/download-windows-essentials Microsoft says "Windows Essentials 2012 suite will be available for download until it reaches its end of support date on January 10, 2017." Here is the full download of the offline installer: http://g.live.com/1rewlive5-all/en/wlsetup-all.exe Microsoft has said they will be introducing a new version of Windows Movie Maker soon, but it will probably no longer be free, and will almost definitely only be for Windows 10 users.
  7. Any Windows NT-family OS (all the way up to Windows 10) whose version cannot be detected gets counted as "Windows NT".
  8. The most lightweight real-time antivirus software I've found is Panda. Anything else noticeably slows down my computer, especially on older machines. http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/
  9. Here's a Windows 2000 system that ran for a whole year without rebooting:
  10. Newsflash: In December 2016, Windows XP's market share actually increased to 9.07% -- the second month it has increased rather than declined! It is still solidly the world's third most popular operating system, while Windows 8.1 has further declined down to 6.9%. https://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0
  11. The data posted earlier this month is now featured in a video:
  12. It is a Compaq Deskpro EN with a 1 GHz Pentium III.
  13. Well, they're wrong. And Flash Player's system requirements for Windows specifies a minimum CPU speed of 2.33 GHz, which is also wrong because it runs perfectly fine on my 1.66 GHz Core 2 Duo.
  14. I still use Malwarebytes 1.75. It continues to get the latest malware definition updates; you just have to disable program updates so it doesn't try to upgrade itself to the newest version. I never forgave them for cartoonifying Malwarebytes 2.x and making it look like a FAKE antivirus program! They toned down the huge red warnings after users revolted, but it still looks unprofessional and has too many nags to buy the full version.
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