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Windows Vista is the OS everyone loved to hate. Its replacement by Windows 7 is welcomed by just about everyone, and the initial reviews are excellent. Thank goodness. But let’s not let this go unanalyzed. “Beasta” is dead, but a post mortem is necessary. Let’s be factual about matters: when run on a decent PC (by late-2006 standards), that was designed for it, with the OS and all drivers pre-installed, Vista ran just fine, especially the 64-bit version. Yes, Vista used a lot of memory and CPU. Yes, ...
UPDATE – 12th November 2013 - Windows 8 instructions In a tale worthy of the business book Who Moved My Cheese Microsoft have relocated the graphic equalizer yet again to another hidden section of Windows Media Player. It may be still be versioned Windows Media Player 12 but it’s not quite the same. First, load Windows Media Player, and navigate to the now playing view with Ctrl+3. This is the smallest minimalist view. You now need to hover at the bottom of the pane, and right click somewhere not ...
Windows 7 has broken the Amazon UK pre-order volume record, ousting Harry Potter. Just read this post from Vladislav Savov on engadget.com. Here’s what they said: “Take it from us, your London-based sleuths, when anything sells faster than Harry Potter books or DVDs in the UK, it's scorching hot. Case in point is Microsoft's Vista successor, which has sold so well that it has beaten the Amazon UK pre-order record previously held by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, Windows ...
I was going to blog the AWESOME new install and configure for TFS 2010 Beta2 but Martin beat me to it. If you have tried to install TFS in the past, you will definitely appreciate the simplicity and reliability of the new install and configuration processes. Install Configure Technorati Tags: VS2010,Beta 2 ...
We got a couple upcoming meetings for software developers in the Baton Rouge area that are going to be a great amount of fun and learning (what, together? Nahhh…) BRDNUG Meeting: Tomorrow, Oct 21 2009 Brian Sullivan from the Shreveport area will be coming down to speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate. Should be a great meeting, I’m very sadly missing it. Agenda 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm: Brian will speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate 7:20 ...
*Moved to: Configuring Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server on Vista in 12 minutesAs Microsoft have separated Install with configuration, so I have separated my posts! You will need TFS2010 installed prior to the steps below. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Installing Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server on Windows Vista in 3 minutesNew in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to install TFS on XP, Vista and Windows 7. You can use SQL 2008 Express, so no large overhead, and the Basic version you use for this does have the reporting and SharePoint requirement that the main install does. That does not mean that you can't upgrade later :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
As most of the technology world knows (and even the general public thanks to commercials like the one below… who doesn’t love unicorns, kittens and rainbows) Windows 7 is releasing to the public on Oct 22, 2009. Normally this would get me very excited except that I’ve been running Windows 7 RTM as the primary boot on my home desktop and as the secondary boot on my work laptop for a few months now. I didn’t get much chance to use Vista over the past few years (client workstations with XP, working ...
Sometimes it’s the little things that seem to drive ya nuts while developing an application. This is a follow up post to a my How Do Your .NET Applications Know if They're Running Under Vista? post from September 2008. There are features in Windows 7 that are NOT available in earlier versions of Windows so there may be times when you need to know what OS your application is running under. Determining the OS version is as simple as checking a few properties on the the System.Environment.OSVersion ...
I’m attempting to create a duel boot on my laptop using a VHD of Windows 7. I heard you could do this, but then I found this great article on http://www.SevenForums.com that describes it in great detail - How to Create and Attach a Virtual Hard Disk in Windows 7. I’ve already created the VHD of Windows 7. That seemed extremely painless, but extremely unintuitive if it wasn’t for this article. I believe you have the ability to map to your original hard drive as a network share. The great thing about ...
What is Windows CE? Microsoft says that Windows CE is “Componentized, real-time operating system for a wide range of small footprint devices” on their WEB site. That is a very precise description, but what does it really mean? Windows CE is designed for embedded systems. An embedded system is typically a device that doesn’t necessarily look like a computer, but provides some special functionality. Examples of embedded computers are GPS systems, voting machines, Automated Teller Machines, Point Of ...
Even though I heart about transactional file system support since Vista, I never really tried it. So needing to do it today I looked up ways to use it from the managed world. Turns out it's not so straightforward... In the Vista RC, to use the transactional fs support what you'd have to do is just call some win32 api methods that would signal the file system functions that there's a transaction going on. So basically you would whip up a TransactionScope, call the win32 api to set the "transaction-aware" ...
So I’ve had a few Windows 7 VMs I’ve been playing with, but I wanted to put the new OS on some real hardware and experiment with the install process, so this weekend I had some time and gave it a whirl. I did two installs, one an upgrade process, the other a clean install: The upgrade was a upgrading a Vista Home Premium system to Windows 7 Ultimate. Besides testing the install process, the goal here was stability. The Vista system was problematic, gave me BSOD almost daily (Nvidia driver issues, ...
I won’t complain, because it is free… But (expletive here)… My Particular Experience was with IIS on Windows Server 2008, but the experience should be about the same for XP, Vista, Server 2003, and 2008. The Apache configuration appears to be well documented in the Win32Install directions https://wiki.mozilla.org/Bu... If you’ve installed any open-source software before some of the steps for bugzilla may already be done so I’ll outline the steps and you can skip any ...
Hace un par de días necesitábamos tener el Windows Media Player instalado en un servidor con Windows Server 2008 casi recién desempacadito, por lo que no tenía ninguna configuración extra ni algo así. Ninguno de los que por ahí estábamos hemos trabajado mucho con este server anteriormente, así que no sabíamos si venía preinstalado o si teníamos que instalarlo, ni cuál de sus versiones.. nada. Tras buscarlo instalado, decidimos que era prudente pensar que no lo traía de fábrica y había que instalarlo. ...
Thanks John Wiese for pointing me to this blog. I thought it was hilarious. The pictures tells it all. The blog is supposedly excerpts from Steve Jobs secret diary. Classic… Sounds like there’s some real pain with the upgrade to Snow Leopard for a lot of folks. “You have no idea what it's like around here right now. Every day it's something new. Now they say it's eating people's data. Jesus! I take six months off to get a new liver, and the whole place goes to shit. Honestly, you should see my inbox. ...
How to check what kind of processor you have (CPU) and what operating system can I run on it? An X64 has a 64 bit microprocessor, whereas an X86, derived from the old 8086 PC, has a 32 bit microprocessor. A 32 bit machine and/or OS (operating system) is limited to about 3.55GB of memory, and an X64 is limited to about 17,179,869,184 gigabytes, 17,179,869 terabytes, or about 16 exabytes of RAM. Also a 32-bit CPU cannot run an 64-bit OS. So, how to check your CPU: Since you cannot run WIndows7-64x ...
Jared Bienz (blog & Ch9), one of Microsoft’s ISV Architect Evangelists based out of Houston, created this basic guide to help ISV’s get compatible with Windows 7. ISV Trend - So many ISV’s are worried that their customers will dump them for a competitor application that is compatible with Windows 7. To help mitigate the challenge, here’s some basic steps for supporting Windows 7. Overview - These steps are intended to fit within your regular routine, and we hope that any extra effort would only ...
Did you ever wonder why your system at random times hangs? Sometimes it comes back after a few seconds (could simply be paging) but at least once a day I wish I would be able to know why the system is responding so slowly. Before going into kernel land I must confess that I have never written a device driver so my knowledge to kernel mode debugging is quite limited but on the other hand if you did not do this either you will have a much easier time to follow me. Some hangs seem to be Heisenbugs which ...
Simple solution for me: Allow MSN at Anti Virus I upgraded MSN yesterday and it worked well. When I rebooted my laptop today it stopped working! When I searched for the error code, I got huge list of pages with variety of solutions like registry changes and all sorts of setting which was not required at all (at least for me). So I choose to write my solution. I am using Vista Ultimate 64 bit Microsoft Help on MSN ...
Three’s a Charm It looks like the third iteration of Team Foundation Server might be a good one. I just finished reading Brian Harry’s post on TFS 2010 and it contains some interesting references. SourceSafe Replacement? I never could understand why TFS was often compared to SourceSafe. All the sessions on migrating from VSS to TFS, TFS for VSS users, etc. Is a team really going to migrate from VSS to TFS? Really? You have got to be kidding me! TFS is change management (to borrow a phrase from Rational), ...
Recently I upgraded to Windows 7 RTM and started setting up my machine. The usual set of tools I install are Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Expression etc., Also, for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 I would require to install the respective SP1 releases as well since they are mandatory and contain tons of new features as well. I had done this in the past in Windows Vista, Windows 7 RC etc., and while I was trying to install .NET 3.5 SP1 on the new Windows 7 RTM, it surprisingly, popped up a ...
IE is by far the largest used browser. However, one of the common myths around IE is the security, performance and that it doesn't support latest web standards. Many of the other browsers have openly mentioned in the past that using IE6 is so 2006 days, download blah blah etc., advertising for their browser and thereby conveniently hiding the subsequent IE releases. It strange how people still compare IE6 after which there are 2 releases with all the modern browsers of today. The reality of the fact ...

We need to turn off this feature in Windows 7, Vista, Server 2008.  Server 2008 should fall back to SMB automatically.

http://www.itworld.com//security/78261/microsoft-says-turn-windows-feature-protect-windows

 

This is the second in a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. In case you don’t want to skim through the whole post, the main things I learnt in day one are: 1. Never forget that install errors can be caused by something as simple as a corrupt file! (My “battle” outlined below) 2. Virtual PC RC for Windows 7 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t like working with a VM created on an older version. (Details below) 3. There are some nice storage explorer tools ...
Next week I am presenting two sessions at Software Architect 2009. Both sessions are new, new in the sense that I am creating them this week and new in the sense that whilst they are on topics I have experience with, in each case there is a significant new element for me to learn. I thought it would be fun and interesting (to me anyway!) to keep a diary of my preparations to get these sessions in good shape. The two 90minute sessions are: Design considerations for storing data in the cloud with Windows ...
I was asked to evaluate SlickEdit 2009, so I dropped Ultra-Edit for about three weeks and used only SlickEdit 2009. Here is a little “log” of my thoughts on the switch: - SE setup asked to add to my system path – I don’t like having to add stuff to my path. What is the benefit of adding this? [SE Staff:] Many of our customers are heavy keyboard and command line users. Adding SlickEdit to the path allows you to invoke it and its related utilities using the command line. - The first thing I went to ...
This was originally an email I sent to .NET team in my company, then decided to share as a blog post. The problem: Let’s say you have a complex application, and this application (or part of it) runs very slowly. No bug s in results, no errors or exceptions, but it just so slow! Now you want to know which part of your code is the reason, which method(s) you need to go and modify., which methods take so long to execute or consume so much memory/CPU. How would you know that? Let’s say you want to improve ...
Below are a few thoughts on the upcoming framework 4.0. I am not sure if the feature set is finalized, but I’ll comment on what I think are some of the more interesting features being planned for this release, as seen in the beta. Managed Extensibility Framework Plug-in architectures are a fairly common pattern for many scenarios, and I have seen quite a few over the years. MEF seems to be a nice combination of plug-in/IoC container/Dependency Injection framework. It’s use in Visual Studio 2010 should ...
Hooray…Labor Day weekend….free-time…..yea me! Yeah right! Stealing time is not an easy task, trust me. After I posted my article on “ClickOnce Hosting with Amazon S3”, Andy over at cloudberrylab asked me to give their app “CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3” a test drive. After moving to AWS S3, I haven’t had much time to track down many S3 apps for my tool box, so I decided to give this a shot. I pointed my browser to cloudberrylab.com and off I went. After checking out their blog section and watch ...
Windows 7 makes Vista friendly I must admit that I never had anything against Vista when it first came. I guess people had issues with it because the change in the appearance that Vista presented was very sharp from the previous versions. I am very certain that people would have had a similar problem with Windows 7 if It had been release prior to Vista. But personally, I guess that was all part of Microsoft's strategy. I also strongly Believe that people will begin to Appreciate Vista when they realize ...
I installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on an HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop with 6 GB RAM on an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00 GHz processor. A Little History: I have been a pro-Microsoft guy for a long, long time. However, Vista makes me sad. I have not enjoyed Vista and have resisted using it. Hearing some of the hype and learning about some of the features of W7, however, piqued my interest. So far I really enjoy it. I love the "Pin to Taskbar", "Jump List", and "Pin to Jump List" features. ...
What is Sharepoint? SharePoint is Microsoft's product in the Enterprise Portal, Content Management and Colloboration space. SharePoint is actually 2 products. Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) - This is what is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and later versions and includes the set of standard site templates for building web sites in SharePoint. In addition WSS includes version control, alerts, RSS feeds ans task notifications. WSS is bundled into Windows Server 2003 and greater and I believe that ...
If you are using Windows Vista or above and also Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smart Phone, you would have definitely stumbled upon Windows Mobile Device Center. It is a one stop place for synchronizing your phone data with your PC i.e. Contacts, Tasks, Emails, Calendar etc., Today, while I was setting up my new phone, I accidentally deleted the SIM contacts and worst, synchronized it with my PC using the WMDC and gosh, all the contacts from my Outlook got removed as well. It was frustrating and kept ...
I’ve been living with Windows 7 for sometime – through Beta, RC and now Release (Thanks to MSDN). I have to admit it is a much better option than Vista. Furthermore I’m now running the 64 bit with now driver issues. Now my setup is not your standard run of the mill Dell or HP box..I’m running it on an Everything Apple MacBook Pro 17” laptop under bootcamp and it just works and works well! So Goodies 1: Boot camp 2.1 64 bit, Leopard to run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a MacBook Pro…. del.icio.us Tags: ...
One of the features that has been available since the Vista days and is also contained in the Windows 7 release is Microsoft’s Desktop Gadgets. Gadgets have become quite the popular set of little tools that lots of people like to completely litter their desktops with. You can think of them as mini-applications that run on your desktop for common tasks that you perform or common pieces of information that you need. Microsoft is in no way the first to the scene with this nor the most popular. Though ...
The individual features supported in this version (v1.0) of the library are: Windows 7 Taskbar Jump Lists, Icon Overlay, Progress Bar, Tabbed Thumbnails, and Thumbnail Toolbars. Windows 7 Libraries, Known Folders, non-file system containers. Windows Shell Search API support, a hierarchy of Shell Namespace entities, and Drag and Drop functionality for Shell Objects. Explorer Browser Control. Shell property system. Windows Vista and Windows 7 Common File Dialogs, including custom controls. Windows ...
I’m one of those people who ‘cross-dresses’ when it comes to computers. I have Apples and I put Windows on them as well as Leopard. Now this is out of design and necessity. I work very much in the Microsoft space but love Everything Apple – both hardware and software. So it is no surprise I have been using Windows 7 for many months. I have only installed it using Bootcamp on my Laptop a Mac Pro 17”. All was well both 32 bit and latterly 64 bit. Come the great day I swiftly upped it to RTM – no problems. ...
I decided to join in on the fad and perform a dual boot installation of Windows 7 RTM on my laptop with Windows XP. I am working on a project with a pretty tight timeline so installing from scratch was way too risky. I took the advice from some of my co-workers and went for the dual boot option by creating a partition using Acronis Disk Director in which to install the new OS. I created a 30 GB partition and started installing with the DVD that was created from the ISO. The installation was super ...
I've had my Mac mini for a couple of weeks now, I confess I like it. The Mac mini works well, it's cheap (for a Mac), and pretty fast. I got it to do iPhone development and it's perfect for that. However, I don't like it more than my PC. Honestly, I don't understand why ppl care enough to argue. It occurred to me recently that other than gaming or development, 99.9% of what I do is on the web anyway, so I don't really care. I know some people do have some specific needs/purposes that require one ...
Well, it has taken me a while to actually get a post up but I'm going to try to work towards a weekly major post which will deal with relevant common themes I found in articles or ran into at work with minor "comment" or "pointer" posts on a roughly daily basis which will reference other articles which I found particularly relevant to the subject of this blog, getting Windows and GNU/Linux working together. I'm also going to try to have a truly useful article dealing with making Windows and Linux ...
Hace algunos días intentaba restaurar una laptop haciendo uso de las utilerías que trae preinstaladas en una partición del disco duro. Tras varios intentos y ver que no servía de nada, decidí formatearla y reinstalarle el sistema operativo. Como de un tiempo hacia acá los fabricantes ya no incluyen los discos y algunos ya tampoco incluyen una utilería para crearlos, lo intenté con el disco de Windows XP que tenía a la mano, el de mi vieja PC. Al bootear desde el CD, se comenzaban a intentar cargar ...
*Moved to: The long wait is overHave you been waiting for a long time for Windows 7? Well I have.. I have been able to use Beta 1 and the RC for a good while now, and it surprised me that the Windows 7 Beta 1 was more stable, responsive and cleaner than Vista was after Service Pack 3. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I like to use HTTP as opposed to FTP when I'm working on my web sites in Visual Studio 2008. My server is in house and running Windows Server 2008 with Internet Information Services version 7. It does not natively support Frontpage Server Extensions. Ready to Run software has FPSE available as a free download. I downloaded and installed it on my server following all of the rules but was getting the dread "this site does not appear to have Frontpage Server Extensions installed." One of my sites (a ...
Much as people love hearing on the new features of ASP.NET, one of the frequent requests that I receive is around performance counters, high transactional sites using ASP.NET and real world applications that do very well on ASP.NET. While there are thousands of sites out there running on ASP.NET, many of them being mission critical, our own Windows Update is a great example of high performance. Windows Update is something all of us use, whether we like it or not. It helps maintain your system up ...
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Microsoft announced at 1:40pm PST yesterday that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have officially been “Released to Manufacturing” which is to say all the bits have been finalized and signed off on. You can read announcements here, here and here. And, of course, all over the twittersphere. Bits hit TechNet +, volume licensing download sites and MSDN on August the 6th. I can now rebuild my laptop for the last time (until that Windows 8 beta is released). Congratulations Microsoft. Some critics ...
It has been known for a little while now that Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 7, will be released to the computer makers to install as the machine OS for the computers they are getting ready to sell in late July. Then later in the Fall (OCT 22nd), it will be available to the public for purchase. This is welcome news for many who were not as successful with Vista and are quite tired of Windows XP. I was definitely in that camp. I have a lot of computers that I run at home and they were all Windows ...
---------------------------... Mission turn an 8Gig RAM, quadcore desktop with Vista into a Hyper-V Host ---------------------------... My 8 year old laptop finally died, so I bought a new 8Gig RAM, quadcore deskdop & 23 inch monitor for under $750 including tax and will replace/partition Vista Home with Windows Server 2008 + Hyper V Goal: 1) VM#1 - Sharepoint ...
I am proud to announce that SkypeGadget was downloaded more than 100.000 from gallery.live.com. There is a problem with the posted date but I remember that I uploaded it on gallery.live.com at the beginning of 2008 (or late 2007). So, I think that it was downloaded 100K times in ~19 months. SkypeGadget is a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that allows you to control Skype. If you want to download SkypeGadget and/or get more info about it, visit the project page at: http://victorhurdugaci.com/... ...