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Seems I missed the excitement of the power outage today; the cabbie relayed the story to me as we creeped up I405, feeling the after-affects of the heavy congestion that was only worsened by the lack of traffic signals. Unfortunately I had to reserve the my room at the hotel that is the further from the Convention Center, but that Sheraton Universal City is treating me well (better than Scoble at the Westin, it seems, but not as good as Casey Chesnut from the Channel 9 crew). I'm posting the my schedule ...
Windows Vista is scheduled to release in 7 different versions not including server or tablet editions. Wow! This is going to get confusing. So let's see if I can help: Windows Vista Starter Edition, Codename: Goverment mandated, stripped down, nothing to see here edition. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition, Codename: It came with my PC edition. Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, Codename: Media Center just wasn't cool enough edition. Windows Vista Professional Edition, Codename: It came with my MSDN ...
I recently received Windows “Longhorn” Vista Beta 1 in the mail from my MSDN subscription and decided to install it on one of the extra computers that I have at my house. I have installed “Longhorn” in the past, but I was quite interested to see what has changed in the install process this time around. The install process has changed quite a bit from the last time I installed it. It is a very graphical install process instead of the blue screen DOS style install process that ...
Like all good computer geeks, I try to download and trial all of the latest and greatest versions of software as soon as it is made available by the great geek god MiSDeN (may his code always compile). Vista was no exception. At 2.4 GB, even over a broadband connection the download took several hours. Finally got the ISO, burned to a DVD and installed on a separate partition (of course). After I finally got it up and running, started to play around with it. My goal was to put all of my beta’s ...

A friend of mine has put together a new community site dedicated to Windows Vista.  Check it out and help him get things off the ground.

http://www.windowsvistahd.com/

Do it now!

DevRadio.com launched this week with its first 3 shows. 1.) Inside Out with Jesse Liberty – Jesse is one of the most prolific technical authors today and is the primary O’Reilly author covering Microsoft’s technology. Jesse talks about being an author, writing on technology, working with publishers, building a business on Microsoft’s technology, and what’s coming in C# 2.0 2.) 1-On-1 with Dave Massy, Sr. PM on the Internet Explorer team. Dave discusses why we’re ...
Windows Vista is changing pace by adding a feature instead of removing one. The new feature is called Freeze Dry and it is design to maintain state when patches are applied and the computer is rebooted. This will allow system administrators to patch systems overnight and bonehead in accounting, who was told 10 times his computer was going to be rebooted, will not lose his work and come screeming at you the next day. I use to work with an “in-duh-vidual” who refused to let his computer ...
Es geschehen noch Zeichen und Wunder, Microsoft hat heute die Beta 1 des aus Windows Vista verschwundenen WinFS released. Alle MSDN-Kunden bzw. PDC-Teilnehmern steht die Beta zum Download zur Verfügung. Was kommt nun mit? Natürlich WinFS als System selbst inklusiven einer Shell-NameSpace-Extension und eine Win32 Integration. Damit ist ein WinFS-Storage kompatibel zur Win32-File-IO-Api. Die .NET-Api für WinFs inklusive Dokumentation Einige Tools, die aber als unsupported gelten Hier ...
Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly code named Avalon) is the Microsoft unified presentation subsystem for Windows, consisting of a display engine and a managed-code framework. Windows Presentation Foundation unifies how Windows creates, displays, and manipulates documents, media, and the user interface, enabling developers and designers to create visually stunning, personalized user experiences that improve the application connection with the user.XAML, a markup language to represent user ...
First off, let me say that I am very impressed with the work the WinFS team has done and that they've already won a great deal of respect from me. That said, I'm not 100% sure I see the need for their product. This opinion is certainly not set in stone, but from what I've seen and what I understand so far... I'm not sold. Why is that? Well maybe it's because I watch videos like this one and I think... why is that different from what we already do? You can tell that these guys are super fired up about ...
Well, the “was going to be in Longhorn but now it’s not” WinFS has been released to Beta 1. You can download it via MSDN subscriber downloads under the Tools, SDKs, DDKs section. You can also check out the WinFS blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/winfs/ I doubt I’ll be playing with this one. While the idea is interesting and I believe has its place I’m just not in a position where it really sparks my interest at the moment. Plus, as an added bonus, MSDN Subscriber downloads ...
Infragistics has a pretty heavy presence at PDC this year. We are a silver sponsor and we will be showing off some pretty cool wares, including demoing some of the Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly 'Avalon') work that we have been doing. Also, Volume 3 of NetAdvantage 2005 release is nearing completion so you just might get to see some of the new stuff in this version. Make sure you stop by the IG booth and say hey to Jason or myself. Also INETA is going to have a presence at PDC as well, ...
Microsoft released the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Windows Presentation Foundation Beta 1 Release"."This article highlights the Beta 1 release of the Windows Presentation Foundation ("Avalon"), the next-generation Windows presentation graphics subsystem. It provides a brief overview of the platform and explores new features added in this release from previous releases"The article talks shortly about "Metro", media, speech, Typography, expander control and express applications.http://msdn.mi... ...

The SDK documentation for Windows Vista Beta 1 has been released.  Browse on over to what they are calling Windows SDK Beta 1 and check it out.

If you’re into the bleeding edge or need to get the jump on Windows development in Vista this is where you need to be.

Okay MSN, Google is throwing down. Do I have to wait for Vista to get a cool MSN sidebar?
If you are from Israel, you are welcome to join me for a lecture on Windows Vista.In the next meeting of the Architects Use Group, I will present a (approx) 3 hours lecture on Windows Vista.I will discuss (and demonstrate) the following topics:New services and architecture of Windows VistaAvalon Development, XAML language and what does it means for architectsDeep dive into IndigoWindows Vista, Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2 Date and location:Date: August 28th, 2005 (28/8/2005)Time: 17:30 ...
While at TechEd, I made a prediction about Avalon, XAML, and a surprise from Microsoft: So, based on my read of just a couple msft guys, and seeing things in the community for a while, here's my read on the situation: They want to deliver Avalon (WinFX) with VS 2005 in November--they're holding it back as their 'big splash.' They've been so open about everything else, they still need something to make the VS 2005 launch a big deal. And I think that big deal will be an Avalon designer, and release ...
As I said in this post, the ReSharper 2.0 EAP has begun. There have been a total of three releases that I’ve seen, 201, 203, and 204. 201 was very buggy, but helpful, even still. I never got 203 to install properly and it managed to completely screw up my VS 2005 environment (VS 2005 often won’t start, causes blue screens, etc.). I’ve tried a number of things to fix my VS 2005 issues, but no go so far. 204 seems to be a little less buggy than 201 and actually installs for me. This ...
Hi all. My name is Shahar Nechmad and I'm the business development manager and a senior architect in Advantech (Magen) Microsoft division. Besides that I'm a huge sports fan (Go Maccabi – or for my American readers: Go Kniks!), can't live without music, was seen in too many parties and know to be possessed by demons from outer space. What can you expect form my blog? Besides updates on my attempts to have a life out side of work, I will mainly discuss the world of Windows Vista, but from time ...
I've been playing with Windows Vista (admittedly in a VPC image) for a few days now, and yes it's quite pretty but it's ungodly slow. Of course, I know it's in BETA and it's running on a VPC image, but I've thrown a gig of RAM at it and turned off most of the resource sucking options, and it's still dog slow. A few notes: - It makes it really hard to explore when just right-clicking can be measured in minutes. - One thing I noticed right off, is no new games in the start menu. That's a bummer. We ...
I have been giving Windows Vista the rundown since it was released and I have to say there is one thing I hate about it: the icons. The rest of the UI is pretty stunning. But who thought of the little tipped-on-their-side Manila file folders? That and the icons in the new Start menu (Games, My Computer, etc. — and oh yes, that crummy “glass” recycle bin) are all driving me nuts. Perhaps they will grow on me – perhaps looking at “Fisher-Price” for two+ years has ...
Found this on web, thought it would be a fun reading for everybody here...

Windows Vista tool targeted by virus writers
Microsoft has posted a Self-Guided Tour of Vista Beta 1 over on TechNet. It hits the key points and goes over some the more “interesting” features of Beta 1. I have a question though. Why did you (Microsoft) write this “Self-Guided Tour” and post it with crappy 4–bit color screenshots? I am completely baffled by this especially since one of their major talking points is the new fancy graphics and screen effects. If you have a beautiful new car do you drive it around ...
[Update] So it looks like the problem was installing it to a drive that already had Windows XP on it. After the final reboot at the end of the install I was presented with a logon screen that had Administrator and Guest as choices. I tried every password I've ever used for Administrator as well as all of the common defaults like P@ssw0rd and the like but to no avail. I had a Win2K installation on my C: drive and Windows XP on a separate physical drive H:. I installed Vista to the H: drive launching ...
Ben has a great post in his blog about running Windows Vista on Virtual PC. Myself and others wondered why we couldn't get the VM to mount the ISO for installation. Although many of us found a workaround Ben enlightens us as to why it happened. Apparently there is a 2.2GB limit on the size of a mountable ISO in Virtual PC. If you run a lot of Virtual PC, his blog is a great one to subscribe to ...
Many thanks to the South Central Indiana .NET Users Group (SCI-NUG) who have provided a forum for discussion of VMware and VPC installation of Windows Vista Beta 1. If you have questions or are having difficulty with your installation or wish to discuss general beta testing issues with Vista please feel free to stop in. You can visit the forum here and you do not need to register in order to post to the Windows Vista Beta 1 topic area. I apologize but the forum is no longer available ...
So it turns out... the DVD of Vista Beta 1 that I burned earlier was no good. Plain and simple. I burned a second one and this time Virtual PC recognized it right away. That's the good news. The bad news is... now I'm getting the exact same error I was getting with the 64 bit version, which you can see here. I downloaded this: Windows Longhorn Professional Edition Beta 1 (English) from MSDN Downloads. Should I have downloaded this: Windows Longhorn Professional Edition Beta 1 - checked/debug (English) ...
Well... that's 40 minutes of my life I'll never get back. Messed around with trying to load the Vista Beta 1 on a clean (not even formatted) VPC. No joy. Did some Googling, but still didn't find an answer. Ok well, found some answers: 1. VPC can't recognize ISO images over 2.2 gig in size. The ISO for Vista is bigger than that. 2. Virtual Server has apprently solved that problem. I burned the ISO to a DVD and never could get VPC to even see the DVD. That was probably me doing something wrong. I also ...

I went and installed Windows Vista Beta 1 in a dual boot configuration with Windows XP Professional. The bootloader now shows:

Microsoft Windows Longhorn
Legacy (Pre-Longhorn) Windows Operating System

How quickly you go from current to legacy.

So I finally managed to get Vista Beta1 installed not with out some hassle but if I had read the release notes (who does that) I would have found the answer. Basically the installer which is based on Windows PE not the old text mode cannot create a the partition that is required to install on. I used an XP install to create it then installed over the top but the release notes give a procedure using "diskpart". So once I had managed to install it and it booted, it was quite noticeable that the marketing ...
Posted on behalf of Michael Bayes Mike e-mailed me a day or so ago and we started discussing the install of Vista Beta 1 on VMware ESX Server 2.5.1 build 14182. As I have discussed before I love VMware but their ESX and GSX server products always lag behind the Workstation product in both virtual hardware version and driver version. I’m sure there are reasons for this and that’s Ok… really I don’t mind that much. Anyway, Mike was kind enough to share his experience with installing ...
Seen this? Many have reported this error and others have drawn the correlation between the error and the size of your virtual HD. I’m going to bring the two together. Since we are talking about Beta bits there are several “issues” to work around in order to get a good install of Vista Beta 1 up and running. In previous posts you’ve read that there are several workarounds for the “RAW” disk problem. You can basically “Choose your own adventure” by either ...
I was going to sit down this evening and write loads of stuff on .net mobile stuff... but I got a bit distracted/ sidetracked with the girl geek party stuff. We have quite a few girls going to the party so far... 13 girls and 2 guys. Well I did promise the guys could come so long as they brought a geek girl with them. We still have a couple of weeks until the final numbers are counted. I'm impressed that people are hearing about it. The social network is definately working. I think we have decided ...
I’ve been posting a series of Vista / VMware related articles on installation and configuration of Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124. There are a few things I want to pass along after several days and a weekend of playing around with Vista, VMware and reading blog posts of other people experiences. This is beta code, specifically beta 1 code. If it all works perfectly and has no bugs or errors you should immediately go buy a lotto ticket because it is your lucky day. There is some strange ...
In the intrests of science I have continued to 'attack this problem'. 1st issue 'RAW partition one' : The Release Notes for Vista specify that you can't install Vista on a "RAW" or unpartitioned and unformatted hard drive. That's exactly the kind of drive that VirtualPC creates when you set up a new OS. Fortunately, the release notes have a work around. Setup in this release of "Longhorn" versions of Windows does not support installing to "RAW" disks (disks without a partition). To work around this ...

Simple advice - don't do it! At this point in time Vista appears to be incompatible with VPC. It installed after a lot of effort but only ran in 4 bit screen colour - baaad and very, very, slowly!

 

Just had an entertaining time trying to install Visual #Studio 2005 beta 2 onto Vista - you must  install MSXML 6 before starting the process. Also you will get errors from Compact framework and other Mobile stuff.

Once up and running all is a lot of fun!

In my initial post on Installing Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124 - Initial Observations I was able to get all the VM hardware to work except the sound card. The native VMtools provided sound driver just wouldn’t install. If you look at the sound device in other “working” VMs, like an install of Windows XP, you’ll see that the VMware hardware emulates a Soundblaster PCI. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this before but I went to the Soundblaster site and ...
I had a really brilliant week away! Louisa and I stayed at the Hotel Aurora on beautiful Lake Como in Northern Italy. Now I have to say that this place has to be one of the prettiest places on earth, yes seriously and we can’t wait to go again next year. Go again? Why? Well this has got to be one of the best places to water-ski and wake-board which my wife and I are nuts about. The setting is stunning but more importantly the water is clean, flat and warm, which as you can imagine is very important. ...
So I’ve been reading the posts about installing Vista Beta 1 on VMware since my initial post and observations on the evening it was released. What puzzles me is the requirement everyone seems to throw around of having to partition and format with a Windows XP disk or running diskpart from a recovery console. Unless I’m in a bubble or happen to have “special bits” (read: not likely) this just isn’t necessary to install Vista Beta 1 on VMware v5 build 13124. Here’s ...
Go away for the week and the world goes mad! So the Windows operating system previously called ‘Longhorn’ has gone thought the marketing mincer at Microsoft and is now called Windows Vista . Hmmm, I’m not sure about this name at all, it doesn’t make me feel all excited or inspired and get my imaginative juices going. Even the picture on the official website is an ugly cityscape. When you hear the word ‘Vista’ what images does that bring up? Mountain ranges? Rolling ...
I haven’t seen too many screenshots all in one place of Windows Vista until I came across this site. Now, I’m feeling like I want to risk my current laptop environment and put Vista on! Oh well, I’ll try to hold off a bit longer. I don’t know if I’ve got the power to run it in a Virtual PC session, but I may try that first if I can’t wait. Has anyone else experimented with Vista Beta 1 out there with either good or bad luck? ...
A couple of blogs and online magazines asked the question "how will Vista be with games?" "But the big news, obviously, is the new OS. "When people want to show off what Vista and DirectX 10 can do, people will be showing off games. That's what [Microsoft's] executives do," says Wickham. Most will have to wait for a big consumer unveiling of the new OS this coming January at CES, yours truly was on-hand to see Windows Vista in action." - Microsoft's Lisa Sikora, Product Manager for Windows Gaming ...
Well....I just came back from my vacation, and in the first week back I found out about 3 great websites launching. Our Canadian developers (or developers anywhare) will be very happy to have these resources available to them MSDN - Vista Developer Center at http://msdn.microsoft.com/w... The site reflects a new design based on the Windows Vista look and feel. It hosts nine new technical articles that describe all the developer innovations in Windows Vista Codezone (www.codezone.com)) Codezone ...
Ok, so I downloaded the beta of Windows Vista or also known as “The Windows formerly known as 'Longhorn'”. Now while trying to install this on a VPC I ran into a few issues that I'd like to share with you. As I first started to install Windows, I got an error saying that the VHD (virtual hard drive) was not being recognized since there was no partition on the drive. So I inserted a Windows XP CD and reset my VPC and loaded the setup for Windows XP and then entered into the recovery console ...
I was watching the Channel 9 video of Chris Jones – Beta 1 of Windows Vista revealed and he mentioned the “Vendor Portal” as a place that Microsoft offers for the catch and release of crash dump data from end user applications back to the developer, or ISV. I think it ws around 15:00 or so in the video. Chris was talking about how developers need to tap into the “Feedback” loop and one way of doing it was through what they call the “Vendor Portal”. Anyone ...
Yes, Indigo and Avalon have undergone a name change. Meet Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) I pulled this from Don Box’s blog. Personally I like the code names better ...
Windows Vista™ Beta 1 is Available to MSDN Subscribers. Only 9 hours to go and I will have my copy downloaded. Also in Vista news here are the links to the Developer Center site and the IT Pro site ...

Playing with the vista beta...

 

My VMware install is complete and running. As I hinted to in my previous article the video display on setup and first boot is terrible. After first boot I was able to find out it was running at 4–bit color. :-) No wonder it looked bad. Anyway… it’s the VMware video. The install went without error. Vista b1 will install on VMware v5 build 13124. Now… it’s just no fun without decent video so in comes VMtools. This is where is goes down hill, a little. First off the VMtools ...