Archive for February, 2013

More years are needed for enterprises to adopt Windows 8

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Gartner, the largest IT research and advisory firm in the world, says in a report that 90 percent of enterprises will bypass wholesale deployment of Windows 8 at least through 2014.

Though Microsoft makes many changes on this new operation system with the intention of better user experience just like Android, Windows 8 is so different from Windows 7 that to learn about its features will be a nightmare, some experts say. Take Windows 8 password authentication methods as an example, since it has added picture password and PIN code as implementations to text password, users should learn how to create password in Windows 8 and also Windows 8 password reset ways when forget it.

“It’s going to be traumatic, I think, especially if the organization doesn’t have an excellent training program for users.” says Georges Khairallah, a network specialist at the Chino Valley Unified School District in Chino Valley, Calif., who has used Windows 8 for weeks to administer his network.

Enterprises are cautious in adoption of new operation systems. Nowadays, most IT shops are still in the midst to change Windows XP to Windows 7. We can see Windows 7 has now become the most popular OS because of its satisfactory performance. Also, as we all know, support of Windows XP will last till 2014, so still some enterprise insist on the old and reliable operation system. As for Windows 8, only 4% of firms say they have plans to migrate to Windows 8 in the next 12 months.
Another big concern that results to slow adoption of Windows 8 in enterprise is its security performance. For example, Windows 8 has been found the first security danger that its password hints are in stored in registry in plain text. We can predict that there must be many potential security problems in this new OS. In addition, Windows 8 shares many core underpinnings with Windows 7, say, policy management, and there isn’t too much security advantage to Windows 7, the stable and relative safe operation system most widely used by PC users.

In addition, in order to use Windows 8 with full functionality, it is necessary for enterprises to make use of touch screen monitors. It is obviously not well suitable to be used by enterprise desktops and won’t improve the productivity of workers who are used to using traditional desktops. What’s more, the expense for it is not cheap. For some small or middle enterprise, it doesn’t worth consideration at all.

The upgrade price of Windows 8 has been raised since this month with the end of Microsoft’s sales promotion. It will also make some influence to the sales Windows 8 in the short term.

What’s the fate of Windows 8, the milestone of Microsoft’s operation system? It is too early to predict. However, at least, in the near future, it must be a long process to be adopted by enterprises.

Is your Windows 7 password safe enough?

Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Windows 7, unlike its previous version, Windows Vista, which equips a lot of new features, was designed to be a more focused, incremental upgrade to the Windows OS line. Indeed, it has now successfully outnumbered Windows XP and become the most popular operation system with the biggest number of users even though Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are all released recently. Despite this, Windows 7 password is a rather troublesome to most Windows 7 users. On one hand, they find it’s not easy to remember Windows 7 password clearly all the time and they have to resort to a Windows 7 password recovery tool on a regular basis. On the other hand, even if they can remember Windows 7 password clearly, whether the Windows 7 password is safe or not is a really a question.

Is your Windows 7 password stored safely?

Do you have any idea where your Windows 7 password stored? Actually, in Windows 7, password is stored in the SAM registry hive. Take the administrator password as an example. In general, to find the password to an admin account in Windows 7 may take minutes up to hours depending on the situation. It seems that the password in Windows 7 is safely stored. However, according to some IT experts, the password hints in a scrambled format in Windows 7 can be easily converted into human-readable form. The clue is added to Windows 7 registry when users configure a Windows account to provide a hint about the password needed to access it. Although this stuff seems to be unreadable at the first sight, it can clearly be decoded and could be used by tools that extract the data from the SAM. And the hints are available to anyone who has physical access to a targeted Windows 7 PC.

How to make your Windows 7 password safer?

A strong Windows 7 password is extremely important to WIndows 7 computer security. In view of it, some users set a complicated password consisting of various numbers, characters and symbols. It will greatly improve the system security without doubt. But if the user has bad memory, the complex password can be easily forgotten. I suggest we can make a complex password and avoid simple alphanumeric passwords, but we should create a Windows 7 password reset disk in advance so that we can easily get our forgotten Windows 7 password reset in a few minutes. The password reset disk can be repeatedly used to reset Windows password without limitation. You also need to know that, others are also able to enter your computer with the disk. So please store your disk in a safe place. In addition, we should keep cautious when we download software on the Internet, some malware usually disguised to ask you to enter your account and Windows 7 password. Meanwhile, update your passwords and use your antivirus software regularly to prevent virus, spyware and other safety problems.

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In case that you forget your Windows 7 password and your Windows 7 password reset disk doesn’t work, you should also learn about some password reset disk, such as Opchcrack and Anmosoft Windows Password Reset.