Users Are Abandoning XP For Vista and 7

Some good news, Windows 7 market share is just above 1% of the market for OSes. Not bad at all for an Operating System that has yet to be released to the public. This is good news for the newest OS from Microsoft. Also in the good news department, the commonly refered to “failed OS”, Vista, also gained some market share, as many users have started dumping Windows XP in favor of the more secure, but resource hungry, OS.

Windows 7’s share has more than doubled since May, when Microsoft issued the Release Candidate (RC) , the final public preview of the OS. Since then, Microsoft has wrapped up Windows 7, and delivered a RTM (release to manufacturing) build to computer makers, volume license customers and subscribers to its TechNet and MSDN services.

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XP Mode In Windows 7

Windows 7 sports the new XP Mode, which allows you to run Windows XP in a Virtual Machine. This is great for running legacy applications that refuse to run in Vista or Windows 7 new security model. This is a very welcome addition to the new OS, and should solve a lot of complaints that businesses and home users alike have been having.

Windows 7 sports the new XP Mode, which allows you to run Windows XP in a Virtual Machine. This is great for running legacy applications that refuse to run in Vista or Windows 7 new security model. This is a very welcome addition to the new OS, and should solve a lot of complaints that businesses and home users alike have been having.

I decided to install it and give it a try. First thing is first when installing XP Mode: download it from Microsoft’s download page. It takes a few steps to get it installed, as you are installing the Virtual PC application, then adding the Windows XP Virtual Machine. It will require a reboot, but once everything is installed, you’ll be ready to launch Windows XP inside of Windows 7, and be supported by Microsoft.

Sure, people have been using Virtualization for years to run legacy OS’s inside of others (VirtualPC, VirtualBox, DOSBox, etc.), but this includes a licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 and is ready to go from Microsoft.

After you have installed XP Mode, you can launch it from the Start menu, under All Programs, Windows Virtual PC, then click Windows Virtual XP. At the first run, you should see a few screens to get you started. First, the mandatory License Agreement we see often and love so much from Microsoft:

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Host A Windows 7 Launch Party Yourself!

You could host your own Window 7 launch party at your local Users Group or other computer style get together. You can get a nice party pack and Windows 7 Ultimate. Not bad, but don’t sign up if you’re just doing it for yourself. Have a great party and let everyone know that Windows 7 is awesome.

Apply online to host a Launch Party. Choose a day from October 22-29 and if you’re selected, you’ll not only receive a special Signature Edition of Windows

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Welcome to Joomla!

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Joomla! is a free open source framework and content publishing system designed for quickly creating highly interactive multi-language Web sites, online communities, media portals, blogs and eCommerce applications.


Joomla! LogoJoomla! provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface that simplifies the management and publishing of large volumes of content including HTML, documents, and rich media. Joomla! is used by organisations of all sizes for intranets and extranets and is supported by a community of tens of thousands of users.

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Newsflash 1

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Joomla! makes it easy to launch a Web site of any kind. Whether you want a brochure site or you are building a large online community, Joomla! allows you to deploy a new site in minutes and add extra functionality as you need it. The hundreds of available Extensions will help to expand your site and allow you to deliver new services that extend your reach into the Internet.

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Newsflash 2

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The one thing about a Web site, it always changes! Joomla! makes it easy to add Articles, content, images, videos, and more. Site administrators can edit and manage content ‘in-context’ by clicking the ‘Edit’ link. Webmasters can also edit content through a graphical Control Panel that gives you complete control over your site.

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