Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

Infographic: 10 year anniversary of Windows XP

Today, Microsoft officially commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Windows XP and also celebrate the anniversary of Windows 7 officially being in market for two years on Saturday. Continue reading

Windows 7 now the most widely used OS, XP usage drops

StatCounter has revealed that Windows 7 has passed Windows XP global usage for the first time since its release in October 2009. Continue reading

Fix: Microsoft Outlook fails to start in Windows XP

If when you try to launch Outlook in Windows XP, the program fails to start and you also receive an error message, then this article may interest you. Continue reading

Fix: Error message “You do not have the Windows Update Agent installed on XP” in Office 365

If When you try to run Office 365 Desktop Setup on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 3 and you receive this error message “You do not have the Windows Update Agent installed on XP.”, then this article may interest you. Continue reading

Fix: MMC unable to create snap-ins in localized version of Windows XP Service Pack 3

This article may interest you, if after you install a localized version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and you are unable to load some Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins. Continue reading

Microsoft to retire Windows XP on April 8, 2014

Yesterday, Microsoft made yet another move to convince customers to drop Windows XP and adopt Windows 7, stating that, as contained in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy, there were only 1,000 days of support life left in the 10-year-old operating system. Continue reading

Resolve error message ‘Office 2010 requires that MSXML version 6.10.1129.0 be installed on your computer.’ when installing Office 2010 in Windows XP SP2

If when you are installing Microsoft Office 2010 on Windows XP Service Pack 2, and receive this error message; ‘The installation of Microsoft Office 2010 requires that MSXML version 6.10.1129.0 be installed on your computer. Install the component and re-run the setup.‘ then this article may interest you. Continue reading

Dell to Stop Offering Windows XP Downgrades

Dell has announced via a blog post that it would be phasing out Windows XP on its new computers this month, ahead of Microsoft’s October 22 deadline. Continue reading

Microsoft Security Updates July 2010

Microsoft has just released four security bulletins on this months’ Patch Tuesday fixing vulnerabilities in Microsoft software products. Three of the four bulletins have a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest rated, while one is rated as important.

Affected software includes several Microsoft operating systems and Microsoft Office, take a look at the listing below for additional details on every security bulletin released today.

* Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-042 – Critical
Vulnerability in Help and Support Center Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2229593) – This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the Windows Help and Support Center feature that is delivered with supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. This vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using a Web browser or clicks a specially crafted link in an e-mail message. The vulnerability cannot be exploited automatically through e-mail. For an attack to be successful, a user must click a link listed within an e-mail message.

* Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-043 – Critical
Vulnerability in Canonical Display Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2032276) – This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the Canonical Display Driver (cdd.dll). Although it is possible that the vulnerability could allow code execution, successful code execution is unlikely due to memory randomization. In most scenarios, it is much more likely that an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could cause the affected system to stop responding and automatically restart.

* Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-044 – Critical
Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Access ActiveX Controls Could Allow Remote Code Execution – This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Access ActiveX Controls. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opened a specially crafted Office file or viewed a Web page that instantiated Access ActiveX controls. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

* Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-045 – Important
Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Outlook Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978212) – This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opened an attachment in a specially crafted e-mail message using an affected version of Microsoft Office Outlook. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights

Affected software:

* MS10-042 – Windows XP, Windows XP Pro 64-bit, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 64-bit
* MS10-043 – Windows 7 for x64-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
* MS10-044 – Microsoft Office 2003 , Microsoft Office 2007
* MS10-045 – Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007

All vulnerabilities allow remote code execution on compromised systems. Additional information about this months’ patches are available at the Technet blog post.

Microsoft to keep XP alive until 2020 With 74 percent of business PCs running XP, the extended ‘downgrade’ deadline is more proof that it’s the OS that won’t die

Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday that people running some versions of Windows 7 can “downgrade” to the aged operating system for up to 10 years.

The move is highly unusual. In the past, Microsoft has terminated downgrade rights — which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies — within months of introducing a new OS.

Read More: Here.