You’d get no sensible argument if you said that Windows Vista and Windows 8 are the least liked operating systems Microsoft ever came up with. And in the former’s case, that’s putting it lightly. Vista wasn’t really hated as much, and Microsoft’s presumption in that case was bearable.
NetMarketShare’s statistics, as of September 2014, show that Windows 7 leads in popularity, with more than half of the world’s population using it on their computers currently. It is closely followed by the exemplary Windows XP, which holds a global user share of 23.89 per cent.
Meanwhile, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Vista collectively comprise the rest of the operating systems installed in computers around the world, with the remaining Windows 2000 and Windows NT contributing a meager 0.09 per cent. The latest two, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, have a stand at 13.37 per cent as of this month, while Vista has just 3.02 per cent to its name.
Windows Vista was released in 2007, and at the time, there was a wider spread of Windows OS PCs. Comparing that with the same point in Windows 8′s maturing cycle, the older OS clearly did better indeed. This is despite numerous problems people still seek Windows Vista help services for.
What now comes to light are smaller problems that Microsoft is facing, including the one that Windows 7 continues to overshadow every operating system they release. We’ve seen Windows 7′s growth come to a halt at 51.2 per cent. This development in August 2104, is the first of its kind in the operating system’s track record. But don’t expect to see that or even the unpopularity of Windows Vista help Microsoft.
Windows XP is also hanging on, in the face of the exodus to supported and “safer” operating system alternatives. But, the fact that it’s still second in popularity does not bode well for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, which will be crushed when Windows 9 releases.
What we know about Windows 9, or Threshold, is that it will bring back the Start menu to Windows computing. Scrapping this was the major reason that Windows 8 was, and continues to be, so widely panned. It favored a touch friendly UI, at the cost of appeasing the traditional desktop crowd. Windows 9 is expected to combine many of these new features with the well-known Windows interface.
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It seems that the software giant is ditching one operating system after another for encouraging migration or transition to newer systems. After, Windows XP, now Windows Vista seems to be the next causality and rightly so. Windows 7 is the most popular Operating System available in the market at present considering all the statistics and it is popular by a huge margin. The operating system surpassed over a staggering 400 million copies within a few years. At the same time, Windows Vista was slowly totally losing its already low market share to Windows 7.
But, the problem comes while considering the fact that many corporations, consumers and institutions across the globe still use the aging Windows Vista operating system every day. Though the world’s largest software maker has an obligation to support the operating system for a few more years, there will be no more free Windows Vista help or assistance available to the users. They will receive only the OS patches.
As per reports mentioned on the Windows Team blog, the software maker ended OS update support for Windows Vista and is urging its customers to upgrade to Windows 7 so as to continue receiving free updates for the operating system. The availability of free Windows Vista OS updates ended two years ago.
Actually, for most of its software products, the software maker provides Mainstream Support for a certain period, followed by Extended Support. Mainstream Windows Vista help and support for Microsoft Vista ended two years ago and its extended support will end three years from now, on April 11, 2017. In the extended support period, the OS will not get any free updates. For that purpose, users should go for paid subscriptions to continue availing such support. However, the software will continue receiving the security patches for another three years.
In case of Windows XP, even the extended support has ended. This means the software maker has totally abandoned or ditched the aging OS. In another three years, even Windows Vista will have to face the same thing. So, it is best to start migrating to newer PCs, at least to Windows 7. Even the Windows 7 mainstream support will end next year.
Those users, who are still using Windows XP and Vista, it is best to migrate to better, advanced, modern and above all new operating systems like Windows 8. Though Windows 8 is slightly difficult to absorb, there are many new and exciting features to try!
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If you are having an Xbox 360 that you wish to take online, you will have to connect it to the Internet. If your computer is powered by Windows Vista operating system, you will be able to easily do this by making use of the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on your desktop. When you ICS a PC. It shares the Internet connection with another device. For example, an Xbox 360 gaming console can be bridged with the Internet connection of a computer, allowing the console to access Internet related features like Xbox Live. This means that your Windows Vista computer can act like a modem for your Xbox 360 game console. The steps to set up ICS in Windows Vista computer are very easy.
The Windows Vista help tips that are shared below will help you set up ICS on your Vista PC without encountering any Windows errors. You can follow these steps carefully to set up ICS in Vista PC.
These are the simple and easy to follow steps to setup Internet Connection Sharing between your Windows Vista computer and Xbox 360 gaming console. If you have any doubts or confusions in any of the steps that are discussed above, you can contact the Windows Vista help and support team. They will be able to help you finish the steps successfully without encountering any errors. You can also contact the dedicated support team for Xbox gaming consoles to know more on these steps. They will help you to accomplish the task without encountering any errors.
Alternatively, you can refer to the Windows Vita support modules that are posted in the official Microsoft website to know more on the above steps.
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It is possible to stream music, videos and pictures to the Xbox 360 console with the help of Windows Media Center. This can be done on any computer that is connected to the home network. This can be done on both the editions of Windows Vista such as Home Premium or The Ultimate Version of Windows Vista. In order to set up Windows Media Center with the Xbox 360 console, you need to connect it with the home network along with the other computers on the network. Here are some Windows Vista help tips to setup the connection.
Check if the Xbox console is connected properly to the home network. If it is not connected, then follow these steps to connect the console to the home network.
The connection was successful if the network status shows- Connected. Remove the pervious connections. You will have to remove all the existing connections of the Xbox console.
Follows these steps on your computer,
Setup key on the console
Adding the console to Windows Media Centre
Starting Windows Media Center on your console
With these Windows Vista help tips, you will be able to connect the Xbox console to the home network and use the Windows Media Center.
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What is the use of a computer if it does not help me stay organized? This was the question I found most hounding when I purchased my Windows Vista PC a few years ago. Due to my lack of experience in using Vista operating system, I didn’t have any idea as to how I should use it to improve my productivity, creativity and to make the best use of my valuable time. Of late, I happened to bump into a utility, which later on turned out to be my favourite, called Windows Calendar.
Not knowing how to use it, I searched online about it and found out that this built-in and free utility was effective to help users set reminders or priorities or organize events and manage time. I soon learnt that the entire stuffs such as calendar, tasks, reminders, appoints and priorities could be moved to Windows Calendar and this makes things work simpler, easier and clearer.
In addition to helping you stay organized, Windows Calendar works as a good application to improve coordination with family, friends or colleagues by letting you publish your calendar and tasks with anyone you like. You can even enable the application to alert you when specific tasks approach. The following steps should help you get started with using Windows Calendar. The best thing is that you can contact Windows Vista help centre for any doubts that may arise while using this utility.
You have successfully set up a new task in Windows Calendar. By creating tasks in Windows Calendar, you can stay organized and avoid facing unexpected mess for having forgotten an important thing. Visit our Windows Vista help desk for any further assistance.
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