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Chinese Government Bans Windows 8 In Their Offices


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Windows 8, the much-awaited operating system from Microsoft, was released last year and is an operating system that contains many new features and characteristics. However, in order to promote Windows 8 OS, the tech giant has stopped giving support to Windows XP operating system and it was not well greeted by users of Windows XP. The decision of ending support to Windows XP had a disastrous effect on the XP users especially in China. Because of the security concerns and lack of support to the older versions of Windows OS, the Chinese government has decided to ban the installation of the latest OS in their offices.

A major portion of the computer users and the government offices employ this 13-year-old operating system for professional as well as home purposes. According to the information from Windows support number, with the end of support, Windows XP computers will no longer receive any security updates or patches, which will ultimately cause the system to be inefficient. However, many third party companies have promised to provide Windows XP support. The state owned Xinhua news agency reports, “The Chinese government obviously cannot ignore the risks of running OS without guaranteed technical support. It has moved to avoid the awkwardness of being confronted with a similar situation again in future if it continues to purchase computers with foreign OS.”

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According to the reports by Xinhua news agency, an advisory has been issued by the Central Government Procurement Centre, which states that the organizations can buy any tablets, desktops, laptops of any operating system other than Windows 8. This decision by the Chinese government will be a huge setback for Microsoft, as they are the largest buyer of software in the country of China. In China, Windows XP constitutes about 70 percent of the market share and the authorities have warned the organizations about the possible threats of running an OS that do not have regular security patches or updates. However, rather than going for the expensive OS upgrade, the Chinese government will opt for some alternative solutions.

These all resulted in the introduction of domestically made operating system like StartOS or the recently released China OS or Ubuntu Kylin. These operating systems are mainly based on the Linux kernel. Moreover, there are many developments going on even more projects based on Linux. However, when looking at the past, these open source alternatives had very little success in a country like China.

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Top Fixes For HomeGroup Errors From Windows 7 Online Support

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There is a special HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 that is tailored to make file sharing easy and simple in between the computer networks. This method is relatively easy and efficient. There are some limitations for this feature, which prevents it from working the intended way. With the help of a password, you will be able to access this feature. If at all you run into any issues, you can always get help from the Windows support number.

Here are some of the home group errors that you may come across,

Compatibility Of The System

Windows 7 computers must be able to run home group features without any issue, that is, it should be compatible. You will not enjoy the benefits of this feature in case you are using the Basic edition to the Starter edition on Windows 7. That is, you will be able to join a home group but not create one.


IPv6 is necessary in your computer in case you want to access the home group features. This next generation IP address is necessary to increase the total of individual available numbers. To enable this feature, go to the Network and Sharing Center and then click on the option to change the adapter settings. You find this to the left sidebar. Right click on the network connection from HomeGroup to change the properties. You will notice a box with the information such as This Connection Uses the Following, ensure that both IP version 6 and 4 are selected. Your router may also need IPv6 support.

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Networking Errors

In the Network and Sharing Center, home network should be the network selected. This is in order to setup your network, a HomeGroup. Every computer accessing this network should have the network discovery enabled. From the network and sharing center, go to Change Advanced Sharing Settings and make changes to the settings. The settings of firewall and the antivirus might at times block the normal working of the HomeGroup. Hence, make sure that the settings complement the group setup.

While these are some of the usual and known errors in networking, there are other errors as well which might need advance technical help. Windows support number is available to help you out with such issues, so make use of it if needed. It is best not to alter settings yourself if you are not sure how the HomeGroup feature works.

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Users Ignoring Windows XP End Of Support Warnings

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Most of the Windows users will be familiar with the name Windows XP, which is the most successful operating system that Microsoft has ever produced. Even 12 years after its release, its popularity didn’t go down as it holds the second spot in the PC market share according to the studies conducted by NetApplications. Actually, Windows XP is the operating system that completely changed the feel and look of Windows OS, which is being widely used in many businesses, colleges, organizations etc.

Even though Windows XP is so popular among the computer users, Microsoft has decided to end the support given to this versatile OS. As a result, the Windows XP users will no longer receive any security patches or updates. This does not mean that you will not be able to run Windows XP computers, but the OS will be very prone to virus attacks, making the job of the cyber criminals easy. Thus, it is necessary for you to find a solution for this by moving on to the latest OS or buying a new PC with Windows 8 OS.

The studies conducted by the company in January suggest that Windows XP constitutes nearly 26 percent of market share, which is behind Windows 7, which holds the top position with 49 percent. However, when comparing the market share of the latest OS, i.e. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Windows XP lies far ahead in the race. This number did not change much even after the tech giant asked the Windows XP users to migrate to other versions of Windows OS like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Studies suggest that in the month of January, Windows XP has a 29 percent of market share, which rose to 23 percent in the month of February, but its number was lowered in the month of April by 1.4 percent.

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A Zero day vulnerability was discovered last weekend, which was a big issue for the IE 6 users as it threatens to corrupt the internet browser. Even though Microsoft had announced earlier that a patch will not be provided, they relented over this. Since Microsoft ended support for XP on April 8, this browser issue was the first main issue that was found over the weekend. According to the Windows support number, these security issues will get worse if you ignore the end of support warning, as the cyber attackers will find it easy to invade your system.

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Various Features Of Windows Servers

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It is estimated that majority of the servers around the world is ruled by Windows. Most of the successful businesses have been using Windows servers for the smooth running of their business. So, what factors attract businesses to use the costlier Windows servers than the open source systems? Even though the open source technology helps you to save a decent sum of money, when it comes to practical situations, organizations choose the Windows servers as they can be handled easier and includes more functionalities than open source ones. In this post, we will take you through some of the Windows Servers that have been released so far.

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 was released on April 2003 and was the first in the Windows server series. This server was an instant hit with organizations, finding it reliable and secure. After two years, in 2005, we saw the release of Windows Server 2003 R2. The operating system from Microsoft, Windows Vista was based on the source code of this server. There were four main editions of Windows Server 2003: the Server Edition, The Standard Edition, The Enterprise Edition and The Datacenter Edition. While the web edition included only 2 CPUs, the CPUs in the Standard edition varied from one to four. There were one to eight physical CPUs in Enterprise edition and the Datacenter edition has eight to sixty four CPUs.

Windows Server 2008

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This server came as a successor to Windows Server 2003. It was released in February 2008. A second release for the server, Windows Server 2008 R2 came in 2009. Some of the features that came with Windows Server 2008 were, Windows Communication foundation, Windows workflow foundation, ASLR, BitLocker, enhanced image based installation, enhanced firewall etc. Just like its predecessor, Windows Server 2008 got a warm reception and many organizations upgraded their Windows Server 2003 with it.

Windows Server 2012

This is the latest server from Microsoft, which was released on September 2012. The major difference between Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 is that the former do not support Itanium based computers. Some of the enhanced features of Windows Server 2012 are IP address management mode, updated Hyper-V, and improved task manager, new file system, ReFS etc.

According to the technicians at the Windows support number, we can witness the release of the next version of server by the year 2016. If you have any queries on Windows Servers, you may contact the Windows support number or our technical support team for assistance.

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Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 From USB

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With end of support for Windows XP operating system in place, it will be better if the user has the SP3 version of the operating system installed in his system. Here we describe how to install the update from a USB flash drive.


  • Open your web browser by clicking on its icon found under the All Programs tab in the Start menu and then navigate to the Windows XP SP3 download website.
  • When the page loads on the browser, look for the Download button in the page and click on it to download Windows XP SP3 to your system.
  • Wait until the download completes and then connect a USB drive to the port of your computer. If the Auto play wizard appears on the screen, click on the option labeled as Open or Open to view files.
  • Now minimize that window and then navigate to the folder where you have stored the Windows XP SP3 update. When you find the update, right click on the file and then click on the option labeled as Copy found in the context menu.
  • Now open the USB drive window that you have minimized earlier by clicking on its tab in the taskbar. When the window appears on the screen, right click on a blank space and then click on the option named Paste found in the context menu that appears on the screen.
  • Windows support number advises that you wait until the copying finishes and then eject the device from the system. For
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    ejecting the USB device from your computer, move back to the My Computer window by pressing on the Up button found at the top left portion of the screen. When the My Computer window appears on the screen, right click on the USB drive and select the option labeled as Eject found in the context menu.

  • Now remove the USB from the current computer and then insert it to the computer on which you wish to install SP3 update.
  • Open the My Computer window by double clicking on its icon found in the desktop and then open the USB drive by double clicking on its icon found in the window. When the drive opens on the screen, Windows support number desk advises that you double click on the installation file for installing the update on your system.

If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to install Windows XP SP3 update on your system from a USB drive.

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