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New Microsoft Windows Formula: 7 + 8 = 9


There has been a lot of talk about Microsoft Windows 9 in the past few months, mostly about how Microsoft plans to merge the Metro UI with the classic desktop, complete with the beloved Start menu. As Jason pointed out, the Metro UI is a great interface for mobile applications such as phones (which we love), tablets, and other …

Windows 8 Updates on Hold, Windows 9 May Be Full Steam Ahead


It’s no secret that Windows 8 is the OS no one wants to like. It’s like an odd numbered Star Trek movie; the vast majority don’t want it, save for a few die hards. Well, Microsoft may be taking this opinion to heart with some of their latest moves regarding the maligned OS. Originally we were supposed to receive a …

Microsoft May be Planning New Activation with Windows 9


It is no secret that many people did not take to the drastic design changes brought on by Windows 8. We personally think those people were overreacting to some cosmetic difference. Nevertheless, combined with a few issues here and there, it created a negative vibe around the OS. Microsoft’s solution is rumored to be letting the OS go the way …

GIGABYTE Offer $1000 in Cash Prizes Over Cat Fight


We normally do not condone animal fighting, but we are going to make an exception this time, because the animal is Catzilla and not real. What is real is GIGABYTE giving away $1000 in cash ($500 for winners in each category), so it’s time to get over to HWBOT.ORG if you are not already a member.

Open to all members …

NZXT CAM Takes On Challenge of Free Monitoring Software for Everyone


Over the years, I have used dozens of different software tools to monitor my PC’s health. They have ranged from brand specific usage, completely broken, known issues with information, and so complex I needed hours of manual reading to understand. NZXT has decided to put an end to all that with the completely free NZXT CAM.

CAM is is a …

R.I.P. Windows XP, Hello Windows 8.1 Update 1


It wouldn’t be fair to say that we hardly knew thee. For my part, I skipped Windows Vista altogether, making the leap directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 a few years ago. Despite some of its quirks, Windows XP was a solid operating system, but we must finally bid adieu to our dear friend today.

Microsoft has officially ended

Microsoft Leaks Download for Windows 8.1 Update 1


Microsoft hasn’t exactly had the best of luck with people adopting Windows 8, partly because it’s such a dramatic departure from Windows 7 and the many iterations before it. They’re working on making things better, particularly for those using a keyboard and mouse, with Windows 8.1 Update 1. This was schedule for release next month, but it looks like …