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Before I had posted a small blog entry on how it was basically impossible to get the Cisco VPN software working on a Windows Vista machine. It turned out to be one of the most hit blog entries I had – mainly due to the amount of help that was being provided in the comments. In the comments, many folks tried to help others with a solution. Though, one of the last entries I read recently was about a gentleman that pointed out that if you get all the Vista updates, that it seemed to just work. There ...
In this issue: Al Pascual, Jobi Joy, Alexei Prokudin, Michael Washington, Mike Snow, Terence Tsang, Jason Cooke, Lee, and David Anson. Shoutouts: James Bacon has announced a "It is an open "no holds barred" style competition, meaning that people from around the world are free to participate and there are no theme limitations" game competition at Mashooo: Mashooo S Prize - Silverlight game competition , and along with that, Silverlight Girl announced that Mashooo accepts OpenID and layout improvement ...
So I finally installed windows 7 on my main laptop and I can’t tell you how happy I am, performance is so much better than Vista. Boot time and shut down processes are very quick. hibernate and resume are reliable and quick. But what I really like are all these cool shortcut Keys everyday seems like I find a new short cut key, here are a few of them. Win + L Quickly locks your computer, very useful. Win + D Displays your desktop by minimizing all your open windows . Win + R opens up the Run window ...
The honeymoon is over, and it looks like the beta period is over, too. http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/ar... Two of the 17 bugs that I reported are listed on the Engineering 7 blogs, both trivial tweeks. Hopefully, the 15 other comments (10 of which were real bugs), have been addressed. I don’t think this list was intended to address real bug fixes, anyway, so I am not too worried. Taskbar “Open With” Let’s face it, if you are reading this than you are a power users, ...
Since my Dell D610 is three years old, I decided it was time for a new lappy. I finally decided on a E6400 from Dell. Finally a machine that can actually run Vista. Here is my score: So far I love it. I can have VS 2008 plus a couple virtual machines open and it doesn’t even blink. Technorati Tags: Dell,E6400 ...
I've been bothered by this for a little while now. I reboot my laptop, it connects to my router (WLAN), gets its address (as well as the DNS server's address) via DHCP. But the machine cannot resolve any names. Vista reports my LAN is "local only". Diagnostics say the DNS is not working. I used Wireshark, and discovered that when I try to resolve a name, such as when I type "ping www.google.com" at the command prompt, it sends all resolution requests to my WINS server, which of course says it has ...
I have been asked many times in the last few weeks about Windows 7 and VB6. The support statement has been updated to cover Windows 7 and the news is good. Windows 7 Since the initial release of this support statement, the Windows 7 operating system has been announced. This document has been updated to clarify Microsoft’s support for VB6 on Windows 7. VB6 runtime will ship and will be supported in Windows 7 for the lifetime of the OS. Developers can think of the support story for Vista being the ...
I understand that Microsoft has been targeted by governments for including Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer in the operating system, but we are talking about an application framework when it comes to .Net! Where else would that go? Media Players are consumer-oriented software not related to the OS Web browsers, err, well, I guess that’s the notepad of today. Keep it in the OS. Code libraries, frameworks, run-time libraries, etc – This IS the operating system, for Pete’s sake! Microsoft ...
In my last blog post I embedded a movie that I had uploaded to SoapBox. The path that video, and myself, took to get to that point is EPIC. It all started with recording the video with my trusty Sony camcorder. I copied over the file to my Windows 7 machine…file format is MPG. The size was 118 MB, but SoapBox has a 100MB limit. Easiest way to alter that: Movie Maker. As I’m all about the Windows Live suite of tools, I opened up Movie Maker Beta. I was a huge fan of Movie Maker 2.6, and I hadn’t had ...
Awesome news! The Microsoft Greater Southeast District has awarded The Georgia Aquarium, based in Atlanta, a software grant valued at $734,110! The aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium featuring an array of animals in more than eight million gallons of water. Microsoft software grant will address much needed upgrades and improvements to the aquarium’s IT infrastructure. Maintaining a thriving venue locally in Atlanta is crucial to the aquarium’s success and strong community presence. Last year, ...
Last night Rainer Habermann and I led an “iPimp your Architecture”. We had a special treat for the attendees… see end of article. The first subject of discussion was the name. Alternate names for this type of session were “Trick my Architecture”, “Architect Garage” and “Fix my Architecture”. So.. before the next time we do this we will consider the name again. First up was Ray Almonte who described a 4.5 million line, mostly c++ client / server cad app that helps design buildings that use his companies ...
Note: The ASP to ASP.NET Migration tool was designed when ASP.NET v1.0 was just out and it does most of the conversion related to the then model. Also, there are a few known issues and it doesn't do a near to perfect conversion. If you are starting with ASP.NET development, the latest version is ASP.NET 3.5 which is a part of Visual Studio 2008 and I believe it provides conversion from classic ASP as well. As a part of the upcoming Virtual Tech Days, I am trying to demonstrate on migrating from ASP ...
The other day I ran into a page here. It mentioned that XP SP2 and Vista have an updated TCP/IP stack where it was designed to reduce the risk of your PCs to spread out the worm in case it gets affected. Some people found a way to work around it by manually editing the TCPIP.sys file. You might need this if you have to write an application where it attempts to connect to multiple PCs concurrently such as web crawlers, peer-to-peer application, system monitor where the remote hosts cannot be expected ...
Finally I decided to dedicate a computer to test windows Seven. I ran it for a month now using it as usual. Now I will share my conclusions. Tested on a Intel Core2 Duo 2,4ghz with 4Gb ram (scoring 5.5) Windows Seven 64bits Windows Live Essentials Pros Very user friendly for a inexperienced user; Installation ran smoothly without any trouble; All in All as fast as my old Vista (that i optimized) but without twidling with settings. (I did not changed the indexing options in windows seven ). Combination ...
How to Disable Touchpad - Compaq 6735s Notebook w/Synaptics Touchpad - Windows Vista Ultimate x64. Like many of us - when I pick up a new notebook - one of the first things I want to know how to do is to disable to onboard touch pad/buttons - when I plug in a wireless or wired external mouse. The Compaq 6735s is a new, lightweight AMD dual core 64 bit system that handles 8GB of RAM and sports a 250GB SATA drive. I found a great deal on this through TigerDirect... The Compaq uses the Synaptics Pointing ...
Recently, Jeff Prosiese blogged about a boot sector virus on one of his kid’s machines. He did not have time to work on it initially, and tried the Geek Squad. Geek Squad? Reading about his experience led to this post. As software engineers, we may not have much time, but we do have the knowledge to deal with these things. At least more than the Geek Squad does, I hope. If Jeff Prosiese’s family can be hit with this, I wondered “what’s next, Mark Russinovich with a rootkit”. I asked around, and exactly ...
*Moved to: New laptop and Windows 7We have needed a new laptop in the Hinshelwood household for a while now. My old laptop was 8 years old, and although it was a mobile desktop, it ran Vista like a dog… Now the main use of a laptop in our household is for internet and pictures, but I defiantly wanted to run Windows 7. My wife's only caveat was that it had to be pink!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Last couple of months I’ve been working on very cool project that utilizes new multi-touch features in Windows 7. Although I can’t talk yet about our product, I thought it would be good to start sharing my experience with multi-touch programming. I’ll begin with some general resources to get you started. Prerequisites Of course first thing you need is a multi-touch capable hardware. As far as I know currently there are only three devices available on the market. Those lucky to be at PDC could see ...
Read or watch ============ Read “What is Azure” web site http://www.microsoft.com/az... Read the white paper by David Chappell http://download.microsoft.c... Watch the PDC 2008 session “A Lap Around Windows Azure” by Manuvir Das http://channel9.msdn.com/pd... He has an alternative presentation (40 minutes) here http://channel9.msdn.com/po... Install ...
I find it very therapeutic to “sync to paper” on a regular basis. Yesterday I was grumpy as I had way too much in my head and in my Inbox. Late last night I grabbed my trusty Moleskine and wrote it all down – I “synced to paper”. I slept well and woke up grump free. I also realised while “syncing to paper” last night that I carry around a lot of links in my head to stuff I find in my job which I keep meaning to share but never quite do. The sort of stuff I might mention to you if we met in the staff ...
Microsoft today announced the new product line for Windows 7. In some ways the new Windows 7 product line follows the same ideas of Windows Vista, but the big differences are that each Windows 7 edition is a superset of the previous edition (which means that each higher edition will have every feature of all lower editions) and they will be focusing primarily on two editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional. The breakdown on the different editions is: Windows 7 Starter ...
I have just had a 2 hour battle with Live Mesh which has reminded me just how much I have come to rely on Live Mesh in my day to day life and how well it normally works (It gets the “It just works” tick) I am currently regularly using: A Vista machine with VS2008 SP1 – when I need stability and to just get things done. A Vista machine with a daily build of VS2010 – for some .NET 4.0 stuff I am doing such as parallel A Vista VPC running the CTP of VS2010 from the PDC – when I need a more stable (but ...
Posting something light weight this round. OK, I hate nag screens as much as the next geek. So, when faced with one I attempted to disable it. With Windows Update, once an update is downloaded and installed, you get a lovely nag screen asking you if you would like to reboot now or later. If you click later it will sleep for a period of time defined in your group policy settings. After that time has expired you will receive another nag screen. In the off chance that you're typing when the nag pops, ...
Windows Vista Home edition has some funny quirks - and this one is a prime example... When trying to update my hosts file I get permission denied. That's odd - so I check the permissions and sure enough Administrator group has write access - yet I am the only administror on the system. How's that for tricky - so I'm an admin with no admin rights - go figure. Then I tried deleting the file then readding it.... wow - delete worked but could not re-add. It appears the only way around this little gem ...
In this issue: Shawn Wildermuth and Andrej Tozon. Shoutouts: Chad Campbell does a SL2 review and discusses SL3: Silverlight 2 in Review and Silverlight 3 (yes Three) in Action Discussion Adam Kinney remarks that MIX09 10k has come to a close, now its time to vote From SilverlightCream.com: Building AgiliTrain: Part 2 - MVC in Action Shawn Wildermuth has part 2 of his MVC activity detailed on his site... definitely one to read! Design a Vista-like account display picture for Silverlight application ...
Yesterday I had part of the afternoon off and was running some errands. One of the stops was Fry’s Electronics in North Phoenix. They’ve started having big bins of the stuff they’re pushing out in the corridor like laptop fan trays for $10 or 1G USB drives, etc. I saw they had 4G SD cards for $14.99, and thought I’d buy one just to slap into this laptop for ‘whatever’. Truly an impulse buy … and what better place to do so than a Geek heaven?? :) Sometime last night, I put the card in and it asked ...
I don't have any post relating to how I get to know computers in general and why I choose a career in software development, in fact I needed to do that, since I need to continue a meme that a friend of mine forwarded to me. I'll try to do that sometime later, but suffice to say that it's quite lengthy. Because of my (yet to posted) background, I usually install stuff myself and fiddle quite a bit with computers by myself. I had installed quite a bit of Windows-based Microsoft OS, from Windows 95 ...
I've had a tip off to check two killer apps. First is JQuery. It was plugged to me as the new mootools! Completly supporting older browsers, it's on-site samples and documentation are ment to be excellent. It is also compatible with Google's JTools. Second is IETester. Useful if you need to test your sites on multiple IE versions and their equivilent JavaScript engines. It is a "free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8 beta 2, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Vista ...
I, like many others, download Windows 7 Beta build 7000 on the day it hit MSDN after reading about its availability from Bink.nu. It came as an ISO so was easy to build into a virtual machine however on my home laptop I've partitioned my HDD and had XP in one partition and Vista in the other. Vista rarely gets to see the light of day simple because it is always doing something with the hard-disk! Checking! Scanning! Indexing! All driving me nuts as it slows down the performance of my machine. So ...
I love the new version of IIS. One of the great elements of Server 2008 is that it has IIS7 installed. A great aspect of the new IIS is that you can now run very common applications (wordpress, and photo gallery) on Windows. These applications are PHP based and typically are hosted on Linux Servers. IIS 7 allows for you to host these applications on Windows with some great performance A new tool from Microsoft allows you to install all of these applications with little or no configuration. (Web Application ...
If you run automated builds using NAnt, you may or may not know about the MbUnit Task you can add to NAnt. MbUnit has pretty good directions for how to do get their task setup. I've been out to their site a couple of times trying to remember the exact details of the mbunit NAnt task. Dru put the thought into my head, why not make the concept of running the tests a more generic and universal item so that you can just drop a couple of files into a project and be done? I thought about this for awhile ...
If you are attempting to run Windows 7 in a virtual machine, do not install Virtual Machine Additions or you will get to find out what the Windows 7 System Restore Utility can do for you. At least do not install virtual machine additions until you update your virtual machine additions appropriately. If you are running Virtual Server like I am, this mean you just need to update your Microsoft Virtual Server R2 SP1 to the Virtual Server R2 SP1 Update. Then try installing the virtual machine additions ...
Hey, this windows 7 thing is great! There are glassy, see-through window frames. I can make an image backup and restore to a new disk in 10 minutes flat. I love the DVD Maker capability. What a great screen snipping tool. Search box in the Start Menu! My install experience: I was only asked about 4 questions and took less than 15 minutes total time. I love the “CPU Usage” gadget that floats around the screen. You can see what specific services are running inside “services.exe” (or dllhost.exe etc.) ...
Well last night after enduring the start of Melbourne's heat wave, Air conditioning blasting and nothing worth watching on the TV, I decided to take the plunge and install the Windows 7 beta and give it a go. I decided to install it on a separate partition on my Media Centre PC after deciding that my laptop just wouldn't be able keep up despite Microsofts claims to the contrary. To my complete surprise, the most difficult part of the installation was trying to find a DVD to burn the image onto, The ...
After attending the MSDN Developers Conference on January 16, I decided Windows 7 was just to cool not to try. However, I didn't exactly have an extra PC laying around the house. Then, a co-worker reminded me that my HP dv8000 had an extra drive bay. After a trip to the store to get another hard drive, a few hours of partitioning the drive, burning the Windows 7 image to a DVD and then installing Windows 7, it works like a charm. I was a bit hesitant to ever install Vista on this specific machine ...
I log off all the time. Finished using the laptop, log off. Use the kid’s machine to check a movie listing, log off. Jump on the server to perform some admin, log off. Check the weather on the wife’s machine, log off. Log in with Administrator account to perform application installation or other maintenance, log off. I never shut down. Just before going on vacation, shut down. Lightning storm, shut down. I never sleep. The computer goes to sleep all by itself, so I don’t have to. Besides, if I did ...
This is my Super Secret Stuff folder. It’s a zip file, and I need to pass on my super secret stuff to some super secret person who will be the only person knowing the super secret password to open it. So I open the zip file in explorer and…um…where’s my “Add Password” option in the file menu?! It’s GONE! It’s also not under any of the other menu items. I’m going to chalk this up to it being a beta, but still…shouldn’t this have been part of Explorer since its been a mainstay in Windows XP and Vista? ...
Remember how annoying it was to get two computers on a network to share files between each other? I don’t mean on a domain or anything, but on a typical home network where you don’t have a domain controller or anything at that level, and at most you had a workgroup value assigned to each machine. With Windows 7, getting your computers to talk to each other is SO SIMPLE. In fact, the least amount of work you have to do to get it working is entering a password. Here’s how it works. Homegroup When you ...
I noticed something odd last week…I tried to install something on my older HP laptop that had Vista running on it. No biggie, except that the optical drive wasn’t showing up as an option. I ignored it and moved on to a different route (made a VM instead of installing directly on the metal…details not necessary for this post). Anyway, point is that the optical drive wasn’t showing up. Today I went to put Win7 on my laptop. I use Daemon tools to mount ISO’s, and I attached my Win7 iso without a problem. ...
I finally made the full migration over to windows 7. It is fast and uses less memory than Vista. I now am running it on my primary machine. I was on Vista x64 and I have found Windows 7 x64 to be more responsive. To make the migration work I used a drive image software and a spare hard drive. I first installed Win 7 on a smaller 60 gig drive to make sure that my base applications worked (Visual studio 2008, SSH, IM, and other tools). Once I was happy I made an image of that drive using Macrium Reflect ...
Running Windows Vista 64 bit, Sql Server 2008 on a remote server. Using ASP.Net and the Report Viewer control on an asp.net page for a local report. Was also using IIS to host the web site instead of using the web server built into Visual Studio 2008. Searched and tried everything I could find on the net trying to fix this freaking error. On a whim (and because I didn't know what else to do and was trying everything I could think of) changed the IIS 7.0 app pool to the classic app pool. Angels came ...
Micrrosoft announced Web Platform Installer which will help to set up the web platform with single click. Web Platform Installer The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. ...
I created my first technology blog back in July 2004 over on http://blogs.msdn.com/ericnel when I was an Application Architect inside Microsoft UK. At the time I had been with Microsoft 8 years, I was very focused on early adoption work with SQL Server 2005 and was looking for a broader way to help developers in the UK. A blog seemed to be a great way of doing this and I used it to share my learnings, thoughts, advice, best finds etc. throughout the beta of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. ...
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is now v1.0. Simply putting, it provides you a single installer download of the web platform which includes IIS 7/116, Visual Web Developer Development Tool, SQL Server 2008 Express as well as the .NET Framework. So, if you are running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows Server 2003/2008, it gives you all the stuff you require to start with web development. Combined with this, the Web Application Installer which provides a lot of popular web applications such ...
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Oops. I think its time to update this toolbar’s color scheme. :-) The “XP-Blue” did not look too out of place in Vista, but stands out in Windows 7, which typically sports much lighter toolbar color themes ...
Update: The RCI Version is now available for Download at http://www.microsoft.com/wi... If you have installed the IE 8 Beta 2 and have been using it for sometime, you would have benefited some of the features such as the Accelerators, In-private browsing, instant search, web slices and other enhanced navigation features. You can find more information on the same at http://www.microsoft.com/wi... and a detailed ...
I hesitate to post on the new Windows 7 beta, but ... Installation My installation is a 32-bit install into a 3Gb virtual machine running under hyper-V. The result is “no Aero for me”, which removes plenty of the new eye candy, but I have a beefy host with plenty of memory. I will normally be logged in via Remote Desktop. The installation experience is nearly identical to Windows Vista. Most of the posts I have been reading praising the installation process are likely from people who have not done ...

I got this error message after I upgraded my laptop hard drive.   I use Vista Enterprise in our corporate environment.  The resolution was:

  1. VPN in to corporate network
  2. Run Vista's licensing manager utility - C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato
Microsoft’s new Internet Explorer 8 comes on Windows 7 (of course) but I am unable to tell what version of IE this really is. Here is the About dialog from the one that comes on the OS by default: If you look at the version number – it is 8.0.7000.0 – which I really don’t think is too real as it looks like the Microsoft programmers just set all the build numbers to 7000 for the sake of being Windows 7. A little annoying but I understand the fun they are trying to have. The reason for all this conversation ...