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Windows 8.1 Preview will die soon, Microsoft warns

The free trial version expires in January, and users may not be able to access some data unless they license the paid version.

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12 stellar PC upgrades for the holidays, all less than $300

Add some sparkle to your desktop with new storage, networking or accessories.

Windows versions may be split for consumers, business

Microsoft may revisit its earlier policy of separate release schedules for business and consumer versions of Windows.

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Windows XP retirement nears

After a dozen years, Windows XP is ready to retire, and Microsoft promises to cut off tech support and security updates soon.

Micrsoft urges: Upgrade to Windows 8 for better security

Even those who don't like Windows 8 should consider it for its superior security versus older Microsoft operating systems, if nothing else the company says.

Benchmarks don't lie: SSD upgrades deliver huge performance gains

An SSD can breathe new life into an old PC, but exactly how much performance do you gain? PCWorld ran the tests. Here are the results.

Windows 8.1 offered early to some businesses for testing

Businesses with certain Microsoft memberships and service agreements can now download the near-final version of Windows 8.1 to test with an eye toward deployment.

Yes, you can still upgrade to Windows 7

Arcticsid knows he can't continue using Windows XP. He asked the Windows forum about upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Windows 8.

Microsoft will still patch Windows XP for a select group

Just because Microsoft doesn't plan on giving Windows XP patches to the public after April 8, 2014, doesn't mean it's going to stop making those patches; but it will distribute them very selectively.

Should you keep using Windows XP?

Mae Watson's aging computer still works fine. She asked if she should give up XP before next spring.