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Windows 8: As cheap as Win7, if you're building your own PC

Expect to pay just under $100 per copy for the consumer version if you're a smaller OEM or putting together a homebrew PC, according to the latest scuttlebutt.

By Sep. 17, 2012


Microsoft: Never mind that Windows 7 end-of-sales date

Microsoft officials now say the end-of-sales date for PCs pre-installed with Windows 7 is "to be determined," rather than October 30, 2014.

By Dec. 10, 2013


Bye XP, hello Windows 7: Yeah, the change made me nervous

Crave writer Amanda Kooser kisses her Windows XP machine farewell and turns to Windows 7 for comfort, but not without worrying about the transition. At least a little.

By Feb. 20, 2014


How to lock the Windows 7 Start menu (if you really must)

Prevent changes to the Start menu by adding a key to the Windows Registry, or for Win7 Pro and Ultimate users, use the Local Group Policy Editor to block attempts to add, remove, or rearrange items on the Start menu.

By Apr. 23, 2013


Know this about Windows 7 sales, support cutoff dates

Don't worry, Windows 7 fans: There's still another year until PC makers must stop selling new machines with that OS preloaded.

By Dec. 6, 2013


Tablets of 2011 that never were

In all the tablet upheaval of 2011, many manufacturers quietly missed the projected release date of devices they promised earlier in the year. Here's our tally of the most notable tablets that never made it to store shelves in 2011.

By Jan. 5, 2012


How to troubleshoot software-update problems

"Insufficient privilege" errors and other installation woes can be difficult to diagnose. For example, repairing the Apple Software Update program in Windows 7 fixes an iTunes update glitch.

By May. 21, 2013


Design guru Nielsen: Windows 8 UI 'smothers usability'

Jakob Nielsen says that Microsoft's new operating system is plagued by "hidden features [and] reduced discoverability," among other issues.

By Nov. 19, 2012


MP3 Insider 179: Zune phones, iPads, and hippies (podcast)

With a week to get all the iPad jokes out of their system, Jasmine and Donald sit down to really figure out what's so special about Apple's controversial tablet. Zune phone rumors heat up in advance of the 2010 Mobile World Congress.

By Feb. 2, 2010


Troubleshoot Windows 7 upgrade woes

Most people upgrading a Vista or XP PC to Windows 7 will find the process relatively painless, but if your upgrade hits a snag, you've got options.

By Nov. 5, 2009