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Steam to stop supporting Windows XP and Vista in 2019

The Steam client will stop supporting Windows XP and Vista next year, Valve have announced, meaning it "will no longer run" on those ancient operating systems. Some of Steam's newer features won't work on them, Valve explain, so they're cutting 'em loose. If you want to keep on Steaming past January 1st, 2019, you'll need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows (or switch…

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CPUmageddon part 2: the unpatchening

2018 in PC-land has been dominated by a lot of nervous sideways glances about whether or not the security flaw affecting pretty much every processor going is a clear and present danger or just Millennium Bug 2.0. Katherine has written us a good explainer for the CPU exploits known as Meltdown and Spectre, and the industry at large has been fast-tracking patches. Sadly these bring…

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Windows 10 Won’t Run Games Using SafeDisc Or Securom DRM

Windows 10 won't run games that employ SafeDisc or certain versions of Securom DRM, rendering hundreds of old disc-based games potentially unplayable without complex workarounds. Games which used these forms of DRM range from Crimson Skies to Grand Theft Auto 3, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 to the original The Sims. Yet despite this change coming in Windows 10, blame can't likely be placed at Microsoft's…

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Start Again: Windows 10 Coming On July 29th

Windows 10 [official site] looks like one of the good versions of Windows, one you'll upgrade then stick with for years as Microsoft add guff to later versions that you couldn't possibly want - joining the likes of Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP, and 7. It seems to mostly do good things, promising faster boot times and the return of the Start menu, and at…

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You Can Have Windows 10 This Summer, If You Like

Is Windows 10 out this summer? Yes, Windows 10 is out this summer. Honestly, some news stories are hard to take anywhere. Er. Well, it seems that, in the Northern Hemisphere at least, June 21 is the first official day of summer and September 22nd the last, so there's your Windows window. Unless Microsoft pull a fast one and go with Southern Hemisphere timing. They're…

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Is Windows 10 Good For PC Gamers Or XBone Owners?

"It's time for us to talk about gaming in Windows," promised Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in December. A little over a month later, Microsoft has finally stepped up to the plate with a slew of big announcements about Windows 10, Xbox and PC gaming delivered at its Redmond campus yesterday morning. The big news for gamers—aside from holograms—is that Windows 10 will not only…

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10 Days With Windows 10: Is It Worth Installing The Beta?

I've spent just over a week with the 'technical preview' of Microsoft's newly-announced Windows 10. This build is unfinished but very much working, and available to all for free, for the time being. Infamously, it was supposed to be called Windows 9, but changed to 10 Because Marketing. Much more than living up to a fabricated number rides on its shoulders, however - can it…

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Where To Start? Windows 10 Announced For 2015

It's funny how quickly we'll all forget Windows 9. Even today, I'm wondering if it ever really happened. Did we really find lines from our e-mails scrawled across our walls in blood? It seems unlikely that the error alert sound was ever six minutes of inhuman chanting. I only know two people who say they clicked The Forbidden Shortcut and found wasp hives on their…

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Steam Spirit: Microsoft ‘Appreciates’ Valve’s Work

Rumours that Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all sat around a campfire during GDC, toasting marshmallows and singing Kumbayah are entirely false. From a distance, the merry folk troubadours might have looked like the creators and purveyors of generational gaming devices, but closer inspection revealed an entirely different picture. Microsoft were there, yes, represented by Microsoft supremo Phil Spencer (not Kirstie Allsopp's chum). But the other…

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Contradictory Headlines, Pt 1: GFW Marketplace Closing

Games For Windows Live - Microsoft's heinous piece of burdenware that dragged down even the best of games - hasn't been much of A Thing for a while, but some vestiges remain. Like the human appendix and pretty much every part of a platypus, however, they don't really serve a purpose anymore. So the Games For Windows marketplace, which you may remember from such hits…

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Bad Maths: Windows 8 In 2012

OK, I've spent far too long wondering about this before, but can someone please explain to me how we're only on Windows 7 now, and then Windows 8 next year? We've had Windows 1, 2, 3, 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista and 7 on the consumer front, plus NT, 2000, 2003 and 2008 on the business/server front, plus any number of sub-versions. Grah! Do I…

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