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WINDOWS SUPPORT LIFECYCLE

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Microsoft releases new versions of Windows every few years. Microsoft also releases service packs and platform updates periodically. Following many questions Microsoft has now released a support matrix. This provides the exact dates for general availability and the last day of support (Windows updates). Each version of Windows will have 5 years of mainstream support. This may …

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ERROR CODE 0X80190194

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Error Code 0x80190194 has been seen with Windows update servers (WSUS). When checking for updates, clients may all fail with a 0x80190194 error. It is caused when certain updates are removed from the server but the database is not updated. For example, when Microsoft removed Live Essential from Windows Update, the installer fails as the …

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MALWARE AND SECURITY

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Malware became apparent early on with the personal computer. Over time security tools became available to combat the problem. Windows Vista and above come with Windows Defender which provides some modicum of security. Other security programs were expected to complement or replace it. In practice many used Windows with no additional security programs in place. …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: VRAM

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Video cards have long had more than 512MB VRAM so again x64 is needed to be fully exploit the card. VRAM is shadowed in main memory. The DMA controller copies the assembled frame while the CPU works on the next one. With the GTX Titan X 12GB, at least 32GB of memory is needed to …

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MICROSOFT VIRTUAL PC

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In 2004 Microsoft released Virtual PC to the public as a free download. It allowed users the ability to run separate Windows session in a window. The Virtual PC 2004 release could run DOS and up easily. We tried a Windows 95 disk as well as a Windows 98 SE disk and we could run …

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RACKS OF MACHINES

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In the old days people used shelves and tables with computers on them all wired up to the internet. This was common for web servers before machines became powerful enough to be consolidated. As network moved from 10 megabit to 100 megabit it was now possible to run games with remote desktop as easily as …

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REMOTE DESKTOP

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Remote Desktop as it is know today first was provided to Window XP and Windows Server 2003. Previously Terminal Services was used with earlier versions of Windows NT. See racks of machines. Remote Desktop connections are available with the professional versions of Windows. This is not available with the home versions which only have client …

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GAMES INCOMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP

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We have many old games. Many old games have issues with the x64 version of XP while they do work fine with the x86 version. Issues are for the x86 version of XP. If you need backwards compatibility its possible to dual boot.  The old MBR allows for 4 primary partitions or the BIOS can …

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ERROR CODE 0x00000005

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Error code 0x00000005 can arise in several situations.  Generally it is seen with a corrupt system. This is one of the more generic errors used by the kernel32 level components. SYSTEM FILE CHECKER Open an elevated command prompt and run: sfc /scannow This tool will take several minutes to complete, it will make sure all of …

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WINDOWS ACTIVATION

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Windows now requires activation to prevent unlicensed use. Windows XP and higher now use Internet activation. A mechanized phone option is available for those who do not have Internet access. To check your activation status you can press win+r and then slmgr /xpr Windows will then show a dialog that indicates that Windows is permanently …

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