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Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times.

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The 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 RC are available in five languages: English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010.

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Windows 7 is the next release of the Windows client operating system, built on the foundation of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Microsoft is offering a Windows 7 Beta version to the public.

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The official name for the forthcoming Windows Operating System was announced a couple of days ago on the Windows Vista Team Blog.

The codename, which is being used for some time now is “Windows 7”, and to our surprise “Windows 7” is going to be the official name as well.

The last time that Microsoft gave a version name on their OS was about 16 years ago with Windows 3.1.

After Windows 3.1, the names were roughly based on the OS release dates, hence we had Windows 95, 98, 2000, and ME (Millenium).

Also the Server operating systems had a date name as well, Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

XP was the first Windows “cool” name, and Vista the next one.

I wonder if a few updates or Service Packs later, the version number is going to become something like 7.5.5, reminding of Apple’s Mac OS X (currently on version 10.5.x). Mac OS current naming scheme is really cool with names like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard etc.

Anyway, they might find a catchy name until the final release date.

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The final version of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been currently released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. The RTM build number is 5512.

Setup was similar to SP2, and took about 10-15 minutes.
I cannot really tell if computer’s performance has been increased, everything seems to be running smoothly as usual.

Here is a 60 second slideshow of the installation process:

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Microsoft has set in the past a default limit of 10 max half-open TPC connections in Windows, in order to protect users from malicious bots, spyware etc.
The problem is that p2p applications (e.g. torrent, eMule) require more half-open connections to function properly.

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is installing a new version of the tcpip.sys file.

Therefore if you need to increase your max half-open connection limit, you will have to patch the file again.

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According to Dev Corvin, Windows 7 might break compatibility with previous Windows versions.

If that happens, the result will be increased performance, smaller distribution sizes as well as easier transition to new features.

Older applications can always be run on a “virtual machine” managed by the operating system, or re-compiled for the Windows 7 platform.

The company which successfully applied this approach before is Apple, with their Mac OS X operating system.

Well, I guess that after the Windows Vista “failure”, it is good to start thinking of new possibilities, or simply follow the trends of a better operating system.

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