Windows XP is an operating system that is widely used all around the world even after its end of support. Here we discuss simple instructions that will help you in fixing the issues that a PC operating in Windows XP may have while in Sleep mode.
If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to fix all the issues with the sleep mode option in the Windows XP operated PC. However if you are still having issues, feel free to contact the help and support team.
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You might be aware of the update that resulted into infinite system reboots for many Windows 7 users recently. This seemed quite careless when such a glaring error occurs in an update released by one of the largest and most reputed software companies in the world.
It was not at all acceptable by any standards let alone the high standards set by the software giant. The software maker did make amends for the mistake with a new update to fix Microsoft errors concerning the problem either.
For those who are not aware, let us see what actually happened.
Microsoft released an update for Windows 7 named KB2823324. This KB2823324 update was released as a security update for the Windows 7 file system kernel driver. Unfortunately, this update caused Windows 7 systems to get stuck in an infinite reboot loop.
When KB2823324 is installed, Windows 7 system starts rebooting automatically even before the account login screen appears. What was annoying was the fact that it did not stop rebooting, even when users tried loading the system in Safe Mode or Last Known Good Configuration mode with the help of advanced boot menu options.
Recognizing the infinite reboot loop problem, the Redmond based software maker issued another update, codenamed KB2839011, with an aim to address this infinite reboot problem (just the issue). According to experts at the company, this update was good enough to fix Microsoft errors concerning infinite reboot problem.
Microsoft also released a new security update for Windows 7, codenamed KB2840149, which deals with the security issues that the botched KB2823324 should have fixed in the first place. Through a company blog post, the tech giant stated that they have completely stopped the distribution of KB2823324 when they learned about the reboot bug.
The new update KB2840149 replaces the old one, and addresses the moderate security issues described in MS13-036. Moreover, according to Microsoft support staff, the update KB2840149 will not cause the same issues.
Regarding the reboot bug, when analyzed, Microsoft found that the original update was conflicting with certain third party software applications to cause the errors. Microsoft had to act immediately when they became aware of this issue. This is why the company had to pull out the update to avoid any more problems.
If you are running your computer on Windows 7, you can download the latest security fix from Microsoft’s tech support site. If you have enabled automatic updates though, then forget it, as it would be automatically downloaded!
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Officials from China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) made surprise visits to four Microsoft’s offices across China. SAIC is the organization that is responsible for enforcing business laws in China. The agency is currently looking into monopoly complaints that are related to the Office software and Windows operating system. SAIC reportedly confiscated documents, emails, two PCs, and internal correspondence from the Microsoft offices at Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Chengdu.
According to South China Morning Post, Microsoft spokesperson for China Joan Li said the company would cooperate with the Chinese government in their investigation. Microsoft has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but the probe of SAIC comes at a time of tense relationships with the United States over the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s allegations that the United States government spied on China and that the US tech firms were an accomplice. In May 2014, China went as far as to ban downloading Windows 8 on government computers.
China has formally issued a ban on downloading Windows 8 operating system on the central government computers. The official news agency of China, Xinhua said that this decision was made for security reasons after Microsoft had ended support for its long running Windows XP operating system recently. Initially released in the year 2001, Windows XP OS still has about seventy percent market share in China.
In one of their statements, Microsoft said that they were working with the Central Government Procurement Center of China, which issued a ban to meet the requirements of the Chinese government. Microsoft said, “We have been and will continue to provide Windows 7 to government customers.” “At the same time we are working on the Window 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies.”
SAIC also raided the Dalian offices of the IT consultancy Accenture. As per the regulator, Microsoft outsources financial works to Accenture. SAIC said that they were formally investigating Microsoft for breach of anti-trust rules and that they had raided four of Microsoft’s offices in China. Microsoft was suspected of violating China’s anti-monopoly law since June. This is in relation to issues with compatibility, document authentication, and bundling for the Windows operating system. The experts in the industry have questioned how Microsoft is violating anti-trust regulations in China, where the size of their business is negligible.
If you wish to know more on this news on the ban on downloading Windows 8 in China, you can contact the Microsoft tech support team.
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Many of you might have experienced different troubles with your Outlook program. Even though it is one of the most trusted and feature rich program, it can occasionally give a few troubles to its users. Now, if you are not a techie, you may find it difficult to fix these issues manually. However, Outlook makes troubleshooting and fixing the errors in it simple with the help of a few tools and other simple methods. In this post, we will take you through these steps and tools, which will help you to solve most of the Outlook problems.
Outlook repair tool
One of the best methods to fix Microsoft problems with Outlook is to make use of the Outlook repair tool. This program is located in the folder C: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12. It has the name scanpst.exe. In order to launch the program, double-click the file scanpst.exe. The program scans the PST file of Outlook. Therefore, you need to find out the location of the PST file and choose it for running the scan. This scan fixes most of the Outlook corruption issues.
Sometimes Outlook can give you troubles if there is large number of emails in its inbox. In such situations, doing a cleanup of the mailbox will help you to solve the issue. For this, launch the program and select the option Tools. From the drop down menu, choose the option Mail Cleanup. Choose Find and then select the mails that have a size of more than 250 kb. Once the bigger sized emails come up, delete the ones which you no longer need.
Auto archive feature
Sometimes, your inbox would have emails that you had received before many years. It is advised that you move such emails to the archives, as it will help you to save a lot of space and thereby help in the smooth functioning of the program. In order to select this function, choose the option Auto Archive.
Sometimes, Outlook may fail to open. This is because some of the instances of the program from the previous session could still be running in the computer. Therefore, first close these instances. Press the keys Ctrl, Alt and Delete together to open the Task Manager window. Go to the process tab and end the process Outlook.exe.
With the above steps, you can fix most of the Outlook troubles. For further assistance on Microsoft problems or Outlook problems, you may contact our technical support team.
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The software giant, Microsoft has been trying its luck in the hardware market for quite some time. We have seen gaming consoles like Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from the company. Microsoft recently took over Finland’s phone manufacturer, Nokia. It has also introduced Surface tablets in the market. Now, in a market which is flooded with tablets, let us find out the challenges that Microsoft’s tablet may encounter.
Majority of tablet users are loyal to their tablet brand. For instance, an iPad user would be anticipating the release of the next version of the device and chances are rare that he/she might choose a tablet from a different platform. One of the other Microsoft problems is concerning the apps. You may not find many apps for the tablet. Obviously, as a customer, you would like to choose from the thousands of apps, which are available on other platforms than the few apps provided by Microsoft.
Another problem Microsoft has to overcome is that it is a novice in the tablet market. Microsoft does not have a base in the market and has to allure the existing customers of Android and iPad devices. Another drawback of the company is that it does not have a good marketing history. When you are new to the market, you need to market the product with the best strategies, something at which Microsoft is not good. It is also necessary to note that merely offering Microsoft Office in its tablets may not be sufficient to attract users to it, as users have other alternatives to Office programs.
Many experts believe that Microsoft should focus more in the software industry, which was always their platform rather than putting in the resources for this hardware device. We all know that Microsoft operating systems run on about 90 percent of computers. However, Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8 was not a big hit in the market. Therefore, some believe that if more priority were given to make Windows 8 more attractive, it would have generated more revenue for the software giant.
Even though the Surface tablet is a result of years of research and development by Microsoft, the future of this tablet may not be as good as Microsoft anticipates. This is because Surface should be user friendly, it should draw people, it has to be priced competitively etc. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not been so successful so far and these Microsoft problems could make this device a huge flop.
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