Instructions To Turn Off Windows XP Help Bubbles

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Windows XP is one of the most popular operating systems of all Windows operating systems. It has been thirteen years since the operating system was released to the public. Though Microsoft has come a long way with different operating systems, people are stuck with Windows XP. This is because it is easy to use and work around. Moreover, people prefer to be in their comfort zone when it comes to computers.

In order to help users better, Windows XP has the Windows XP help bubble. With the help of this, Windows gives tips and help whenever the user wants assistance. This help balloon also called as balloon tips is not only included in Windows XP but also in Windows Vista. This is designed with the best interest to help people who are novice computer users. At times, it might appear very frequently and interrupt your work. Nothing is more annoying than this and hence you might want to disable this feature from the computer.

While most of the settings can be changed from the Control Panel, it is not possible to disable help bubbles from it. You need to work on the system registry files to disable balloon tips in Windows XP. You need to make sure to take a backup before working on the registry files. Read on to know how to disable the help tips in Windows XP.


  • Begin by taking a back up of the registry. Click on the Start button to the lower left corner of the screen.
  • From the menu click on Run, which opens a small dialogue box. Enter in the space provided the following – %SystemRoot%\System32\Restore\Rstrui.exe and then hit Enter.

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  • Now click on the Create A Registry Point and then on Next. You need to type Registry backup or any other name for the restore point that you are creating. Click on Create and then Close, when you have completed creating the restore point.
  • After this, click on Start and then chose Run, type regedit in the space provided and hit Enter. This opens the Registry editor window.
  • With the help of the arrow keys on the keyboard, navigate to the location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ Current Version\ EXPlorer\ Advanced.
  • Next, you need to right click on the right pane and choose New from the options. Now choose Dword value. Change the value of EnableBalloonTips to 0 and then click on Finish. This will disable the help bubble notifications.

With these Windows XP help tips, you can get rid of the help balloon notifications that most often interrupt work in the computer.

Windows XP Market Share Dipping, Positive Signs For Windows 8.1

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Windows XP, the longest living Windows OS, died over six months ago. Even after the death of Windows XP, the number of users using the software has not decreased to the extent the company would have wished for. There are millions using Windows XP still. Though, a solid operating system software, it is really outdated compared to the operating systems available these days. Using an unsupported system means the operating system users will not receive the official Windows XP help and support, technical assistance, feature updates and security patches from the company, either free or paid.

Actually, since the last month, things are starting to look little different. Agreed, there are many users still clinging on to the old OS, Windows XP market share did take a serious dive – a significant one – during last month, as per the two popular counters of Operating System market share.

According to the statistics provided by Netmarketshare, XP has dropped the market share from 23.97 per cent of Personal Computers to 17.18 per cent during last Month. As per the Statcounter statics, Windows XP has gone from 14.4 per cent to 13.22 per cent, which may not look a hugely dramatic drop, but surely the second-largest in the period.

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Now, the thing to analyze is why the huge dip for XP. When asked regarding the matter, the company Netmarketshare is not actually providing any explanation for this change. The end of Windows XP help and support is probably one of the main reasons for the decline. Windows XP users are migrating to newer Operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

Another thing to analyze is whether the big dip for Windows XP and increase in popularity for Windows 8/8.1 is an anomaly? One possible explanation for the Windows 8.1 boost in popularity is that in the first quarter, this year, the software giant Microsoft hauled in US$900 million for Surface devices.

As far as Statcounter stats are concerned, they have placed Windows 8/8.1’s market share ahead of Window XP’s for some time now. This is not the same with Netmarketshare; they have kept Windows XP at 16.8 per cent, just a small 0.38 per cent behind Windows XP. It seems that the latest Microsoft OS has a great opportunity to topple Windows XP’s place as the second most popular Windows OS, a significant milestone for the OS.

Seventeen Percent PCs Around The World Still Run On The Outdated Windows XP OS

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Features Of Windows XP

After Microsoft stopped the support for Windows XP operating system, the potential threats of using the operating system was alerted by Microsoft through its official website. Many experts in the industry also warned users about the threats involved in using an outdated operating system. Now, it has been almost eight months since Microsoft ended the support for Windows XP operating system and the figures suggest that 17 percent of the users still use this operating system on their PCs.

According to Windows XP help forums, the major troubles are faced by IT departments in the organizations. Even though many of them have availed the security support from Microsoft, it is to be noted that majority of the computers in these organizations run with Windows XP OS and the steps to upgrading the outdated operating system has not reached anywhere. Keep in mind that we are just four months away from the date when it would be one year since Microsoft officially stopped the support for the operating system. Now, the organizations that have availed the one-year extra support will have to upgrade to a newer operating system as early as possible.

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According to Simon Johnson, who is the migration practice director at Xceed, “The thought of introducing a new, potentially destabilizing major operating system into a business is a challenge many businesses are avoiding – not just the small ones.” He further adds, “They may be concerned about the potential risk of a security breach due to running on legacy Windows XP, as well as instability and compatibility issues of upgrading the core business.”

According to Johnson, in the event of failure to upgrade, the companies could face some serious losses that might incur due to security breaches. Johnson says, “The bigger threat is the imminent incompatibility of a software package that gets an ad-hoc upgrade and then fails to work because the operating system is so outdated.” He also adds, “After upgrading the application and its data to the latest version and seeing a dreaded ‘file not found’ message appear, it’s at that point that a small business finds itself having to perform an operating system upgrade just to survive.”

Now, four months may not suffice for large organizations to make an upgrade to any of the newer operating systems. According to Windows XP help forums, it is advisable to start the upgrade as early as possible so that these organizations could avoid some major security concerns that are likely to come up in the future.

Windows XP End Of Support Boosts PC Sales

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Windows Computer Sales Boost

As we know, Windows XP is no longer officially supported by Microsoft. This has come as a boon for PC sales, which were steadily declining over the past months due to influx of powerful tablets. The jump in the sale statistics has been confirmed by global IT research firms IDC and Gartner.

Windows XP operating system is officially in the end-of-support phase. This means, Microsoft will no longer provide security patches for users running Microsoft Windows XP. Because of the immense popularity, the operating system thrived for over 13 years before Microsoft officially pulled its plug. Due to the demise of the XP OS, there is an appreciable increase in PC sales that run the latest operating system. If you require further information about the end-of-support of Windows XP, contact the Windows XP help desk.

The large jump in the PC sale number is said to be the result of migration of enterprise users to newer versions of Windows OS. Earlier, Microsoft Windows XP was the most popular OS and most enterprises used this version of operating system in order to run their computers. Now enterprises are forced to migrate to better and newer versions of Windows OS.

However, Gartner has made it clear that PC sales have not gone up. Despite the boost that Microsoft received, the decline in PC sales has merely decreased by a small margin. According to IDC, in the last quarter of 2014, PC shipments declined by 4.4 percent to merely 76.6 million units worldwide. IDC mentioned, “Similar to the latter part of 2013, the upside in first quarter arose primarily from demand in the mature commercial markets. Commercial refresh projects, which had already been protracted, received a last push from the impending end of Windows XP support, particularly in Japan.”

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Affect Of Windows XP Demise

Moreover, the demands of tablets have decreased, paving way to renewal of notebook sales that were low for a long while until now. Gartner Principal Analyst Mikako Kitagawa said, “All regions indicated a positive effect since end of XP support stimulated the PC refresh of XP systems.” According to the statistics compiled by the PC sales, Japan has shown the highest increase in PC sales. It was also predicted that the boost of PC sales would continue throughout 2014.

With the next version of Windows, Windows 10 scheduled to be released in 2015, it remains to be seen what the PC sales statistics would look this year. To know more about the same, contact the Windows XP help desk.

Some Tips For Upgrading From Windows XP

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       Upgrading From Windows XP

It has been many months since Microsoft officially ended all their Windows XP help and support services including the release of regular security updates for the OS. Without the security updates, it is no longer safe to use XP online. This has led to many users abandoning the old operating system for new Windows versions like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

When making the upgrade from Windows XP

Microsoft has set up a website offering help to Windows XP users, who are looking to make the upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8. A free version software called PCMover Express is available in the Windows tech support website online, which you can use to migrate all your old date stored in the Windows XP system.

Such an application will make it easier for the XP users to transfer all their old files to the new system. Here, they will come across some data format problems, mainly because many of the old formats used in the XP OS are now outdated and are replaced with their modern counterparts in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

For example, when you transfer the old backup files created in WindowsXP to the Windows 7 or Windows 8 system, you will find that the new OS does not recognise or read these files. This is because the backup date format has changed in Windows 7 and Windows8. This does not mean that you will lose all your old date stored in the XP backup files. Microsoft has released some Windows XP help tools to deal with such data format issues and many other problems you might have to deal with while making the transition.

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     Windows 8 System Requirements

If you are upgrading to Windows 8, install the Upgrade Assistant application to make sure that your PC indeed meets the system requirements. The Upgrade Assistant is an app designed to check the hardware and software components in your system to make sure that they meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 8 installation.

In most cases, this might not be necessary, since buying a new Windows 8 PC might be a more viable option than upgrading the hardware in the old XP computer. Most decade old XP systems are not likely to meet the system requirements for new generation Windows operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows8.

Also worth mentioning here is the fact that another new Windows OS is on its way, Windows 10. It might be a good idea to put off your OS upgrade plans for a few more months, if you are keen on making the jump to Windows 10 OS.

Time To Ditch Your Outdated Widows XP System

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  Upgrading From Windows XP

Windows XP user base is now receding fast. The end of Windows XP help and support services was the last straw. The loyal Windows XP users have no choice now, but to abandon the thirteen year-old OS. The OS has now become a soft target for hackers and malware developers.

What about the essential antimalware updates available until July 2015?

After they officially ended the Windows XP support, Microsoft did announce that they would continue providing essential antimalware updates through their Microsoft Security Essentials service. This is set to continue until the deadline announced at that time, July 2015.

However, reports indicate that this antimalware update is no substitute for the regular OS security updates the XP systems used to receive as part of the Windows XP help and support service before April 8, 2014. Without these OS updates, the OS remains vulnerable to all kinds of security attacks from hackers and malware developers.

The antimalware updates will certainly boost the protection against malware attacks. But, the security flaws in the OS would have to rectified, if you want to thwart the sophisticated hacking attacks online. This is especially true in the case of Windows XP, which has an outdated coding.

In other words, even with an up-to-date antivirus and antimalware application running in the system, it is still unsafe to use your old XP OS online. A recent report indicates that the chances of XP systems getting infected online is at least six times higher than a new generation operating system like Windows 7.

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Upgrading to Windows 8

The main stumbling block when it comes to upgrading Windows XP systems is that, in most cases, it is not possible to do so that easily. The system configuration in the XP systems is so low that it will not support any of the latest Windows operating systems like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

In other words, you cannot really upgrade your old XP system without changing most of its main hardware. You will be much better off ditching the old computer and buying a new one. This also explains why it took so long for the XP users to finally make the transition to the latest Windows operating systems.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 put together now have a higher market share than Windows XP. You can say that XP’s glory days are over. It is high time you upgraded to any of the latest Windows operating systems available in the market.

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           Upgrade From Windows XP

Since Windows XP help and support services are no longer available, many XP users have already started to make the upgrade to the latest Windows operating systems. However, because of the many flaws in the latest Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, some of them are putting off the OS upgrade for the moment. This is indeed a risky thing to do.

Why you should ditch Windows XP at the earliest

Many Windows XP users are aware of the fact that Windows 7 is nearing the end of its mainstream support. This makes it a bad upgrade option for most XP users. However, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 come with a completely different OS UI, which many traditional desktop users hate to use.

Though Windows 8 comes with a Desktop mode and in Windows 8.1, they can directly boot to this Desktop mode, the main OS UI structure in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 is Metro UI and not the old Desktop UI present in Windows XP or Windows 7. So, many of the Windows XP users are not interested in making an upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

For these reasons, they are just waiting for the official release of Windows 10, for which Microsoft is yet to announce the official release date. According to recent reports, Windows 10 might see a late 2015 release. If so, the XP users cannot afford to wait that long, while continuing to use an outdated and unsupported OS.

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           Installing Windows 8

The regular security updates available through the Windows XP help servers online protected the thirteen year old XP OS from any serious hacking or malware attacks so far. But, with the end of support, such hacking attacks and virus intrusions will only increase. In fact, realising the risks involved, many XP users have already stopped using their XP systems online. Recent survey figures show that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have together now overtaken Windows XP when it comes to internet usage.

This means that many XP users are using their old desktop PCs for work purposes alone. For their regular internet browsing, they are using their new smartphones and tablet computers instead. However, it is not practical to go on limiting the Desktop PC use like this.

Even with all its UI flaws, Windows 8 is the latest Windows operating system available and it is technologically much superior to Windows 7. So, it is time you ditched Windows XP and made the upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

Laplink To Support Windows XP Migration

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        Windows XP Operating System

Eight months have passed since Microsoft ended official Windows XP help and support. However, the legacy operating system is still used by a remarkable number of users across many parts of the world. The termination of Window XP support didn’t yield any benefits for Microsoft but invited the wrath of some potential markets like China.

In the wake of Microsoft’s ending of Windows support for XP, the Chinese government issued a ban on Windows 8 in the country. As per the ban, no government organizations or offices are permitted to install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 in their PCs. Well, the ban is not applicable for the non-government organizations. However, there are only a very few NGOs or individual users who go for a genuine Windows product. It is well known that Chinese have the largest number of pirated/cracked Windows users in the world.

However, Microsoft is not bothered by the bans in China. It is firm in each of its decisions. The company has announced various waiver schemes for Windows XP users who wish to migrate to a newer Windows operating system. It is reported that the Redmond is now tying up with Laplink, the popular PC mover service, to enable XP users make a harmless move from their legacy operating system to a new OS.

Laplink support for Windows XP migration

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             Windows XP Market Share

Microsoft has said that it will help XP users get a free data transfer service from LapLink while migrating to a newer operating system. PC Mover Express is the free service that LapLink has offered. It is reported that users are charged for advanced services. However, by availing the service for multiple devices, users can get most of the services at very affordable rates.

Windows XP users prefer Windows 7 to Windows 8/8.1

It seems that very few Windows XP users are moving to Windows 8/8.1. A good number of users see Windows 7 as the right operating system to migrate to. According to experts, Windows 8’s omission of traditional features like Start button has left a very poor impression on XP users. Most XP users hence feel that Windows 7 is the right operating system to migrate to.

Although Windows XP is still considered one of the finest operating systems, it advisable to reduce its use as it is no longer supported and there are increased risks of security issues. If ditching Windows XP is not feasible, I will recommend you to limit its use to offline tasks. Contact the Windows XP Help and Support centre in case you face any issues.

NHS Still With Windows XP

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            Windows XP Support

The National Health Services trust is a part of the English NHS, which has been providing health care services to people in the United Kingdom. Now looks like the medical trust is taking a risk, as they are still clinging on to the outdated Microsoft ecosystem Windows XP. Now the government is expecting for another 5.5 million pounds bill from Microsoft looking for support.

The mobile workspace company, Citrix earlier filed a request as per the freedom of information act. They found that all the 25 NHS trusts were still working on Windows XP systems. They also found that there were just five of them working with desktop virtualization technology to manage the migration of the system.

NHS trusts are under ample pressure to work with the limited resources, like most of the other public sectors. Jason Tooley, the UK country manager at Citrix, commented that IT department is also experiencing the same pressure.  These findings emphasize the fact that there is a broader spectrum of opportunity for NHS trusts across United Kingdom. This can be done by exploiting technology in order to transform IT processes and make it better in the future. A positive impact can be brought to the workspace with the help of IT, with the application and desktop virtualization. This can increase the productivity and in the end bring great improvement in health care for patients.

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The government has an extension of Windows XP help for one year until April 8 2015, in spite of Microsoft calling off support for Windows XP systems this year in the month of April. Hence, with this extension in hand, most of the trusts, around 74 percent, revealed that the devices would not be upgraded until March 2015. The other 14 percent are not sure when they would upgrade their computers. In addition to the five years of making use of virtualization, there are just two more plans to take up a similar path well before the deadline.

There are talks about an extension of Windows XP help and support. The government reportedly said that they might end up requesting another year’s support for Windows XP and it looks like it might cost a fortune for the government. The UK government might be spending as much as 5.5 million pounds for an extra full year support. Hence, under this agreement, Microsoft will also be supporting Microsoft Office 2003 along with Microsoft Exchange 2003.

Replacement Of Windows XP Based PC To Help Intel

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             New Windows Intel Boost

Intel Corporation Chief Executive Officer has stated that replacement of Windows XP-based personal computers by enterprises and business users is bound to boost the sales of Intel based microprocessors in the fiscal year of 2014. Although Intel Corporation refuses to make predictions regarding the current fiscal year, it has mentioned that the possibility for replacement is bound to increase even after 2015.

Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, said during the quarterly conference call to the financial analysts and investors that, “We believe the Windows XP end-of-life kind of replacement will at least play through the end of the year and that’s as far as we have looked at it.” To know more details about the same, you may contact our Windows XP help department.

Intel Inc. has made a rough estimate that presently 600 million personal computers are using microprocessors that are at least four years old or more. Most such computers are running on Windows XP OS and since they will be replaced shortly because of the end-of-support, Intel stands to gain by the replacement sales. However, this opportunity is a level field for Intel as well as its rivals.

Although replacement of most computers that run Windows XP OS is guaranteed, it remains to be seen how the 2010-2011 range of computers will perform. Since this operating system runs on extremely powerful processors and offer decent performance, Intel does not stand to see any increase in sales until 2020 at the earliest. Incidentally, 2020 is the end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 OS.

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             Intel Help From Windows XP

Ever since the end-of-support deadline for Windows XP passed in April 2014, various businesses and enterprises have made the jump to more advanced computers, hence purchasing new microprocessors from Intel. Presently, most computers that have been upgraded are running Windows 7 OS.

According to the financial statistics of Intel, the second quarter of Fiscal year 2014 boasts $13.4 billion, which is higher than the previously expected $13 billion. The sudden increase in the sales has been attributed to the replacement of Windows XP operating system. The major boosts in sales are reported in the Core i-series chips that run on vPro technology.

The revenue of Intel’s PC client group during the second quarter of 2014 was $8.7 billion, which is 9 percent higher and over 6 percent year-over-year. Contact our Windows XP help department to know more details about the effect of the end of Windows XP on the sale of Intel Microprocessors.