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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 ...
*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 ...
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 ...
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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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 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 ...
A long time ago Jeffrey Snover briefly mentioned the PowerShell [REF] parameter attribute, but otherwise there isn’t much mention around about how to use it. It seems simple enough, but I kept getting this error from PowerShell: “Reference type is expected in argument.” This post by MOW cleared things up for me – I needed to wrap my [REF] parameters in parens in the function call, like so: Find-NewMessages $valvar1 ([REF]$refvar1) ([REF]$refvar2) For those looking to see how pass by reference params ...
I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature! I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the ...
They said it was optimized for netbooks and they were right. I've been running Windows 2008 as a workstation using the instructions on http:\\http://www.win2008wo... for a few months, but Windows 7 blows away any OS I've tried to date on my little Via processor. Some notes from my install: Performance: Windows 7 is the real deal. It's more responsive than 2008, can listen to audio without pops like even the best optimized XP install I tried just couldn't remove. Weird: Windows 7 created ...
Yes, I'll admit, I'm a sucker when a new windows operating system comes out. After all, I come from the MS DOS era and witnessed the series of Windows products like version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 3.1 aka NT, 3.11, 3.5, 95 (remember the lines at the store!), 4.0, 98, 2000, XP, Vista and now 7! After the installation, I quickly noticed how fast the install was. Now, I know this is a BETA version and I was wondering if this was stripped on purpose without the extras loaded in a final copy for this quick install. ...
We’ve all seen the posts around Windows 7 and how the installation goes, so to join in I thought I’d might share my experience with this new OS. So first things first. Since I didn’t have a separate pc available I started up Virtual PC and created a new virtual pc. No special settings were used, but just to inform you I used 2GB of RAM. After that, started up the PC, captured the iso file and off we went. First thing that comes up is just some basic info about keyboard layout: Nothing more required, ...
The RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) have been released in beta form for the first beta of Windows 7. These tools allow for remote administration of your Windows Servers and services (think old adminpak.msi) from your Windows 7 workstation. I applaud the Windows 7 (or Windows Server) teams for getting these out quickly. We had to wait forever to get them for Windows Vista. Tip o’ the hat to Keith’s blog ...
So I got a copy of the beta of Windows 7 and installed it on my desktop computer at home on a separate drive. I still have Vista x64 installed and decided to do a separate install of Windows 7 based on previous experiences with Microsoft Betas. I must say that the install went very well and so far I have only found a few things that do not install on Windows 7 that I can install on Vista. One of them that does not run is Virtual Clone Drive, my ISO loader. So I had to switch to PowerISO to load a ...
I've been an avid user of Windows 7 pre beta ever since we got a build at the PDC conference in Los Angeles in October 2008. I installed it in dual boot on my work laptop, as explained here. There were a few minor kinks that forced me to keep Vista on this machine. The most annoying was that it was impossible to debug Silverlight on that build. Well, happy to report that this annoying bug is gone now, and I can develop and debug Silverlight on Windows 7 now. Let's see other problems and what happened ...
As soon as I got my mitts on the M3 build of Windows7 at the PDC last year, the first thing I tried was to run it in Fusion on my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It ran just fine sans one little thing – I could never get it to recognize the Marvell Ethernet adapter. Wireless worked fine, but for what I do at work wireless means a constant VPN connection and that was a pain. I did some searching, found one person that had it working on an older MacBook with a different Ethernet chipset. Once the new beta 1 build ...
User interface is so important, and shouldn’t lightly be sacrified for functionality. There’s always another way to approach things if you think about it hard enough. I’m only on the second sentence and I’m already getting off topic. :) Vista Media Center has some obvious improvements over the previous Media Center Edition, but for some reason they leave out simple yet big impact features. This is a list of a few things that I am missing. Automatic “jump-back” when finishing a fast-forward. After ...
Dear Microsoft, Please either fix the compatibility issue wizard in Windows 7 or give us the built-in ability to mount an ISO as a virtual CD/DVD. I tweaked the use of your wonderful Virtual CD ROM Control Panel under Vista using the compatibility mode but it's broken under Windows 7. Also, for old fogeys like me, could you make the option for a "Classic" start menu available again? Or at least give me the option of putting "My Computer" and "Network Places" icons on the desktop. Maybe I missed that ...
For those who don't want to go through the long post that follows, here's the short attention span summary. <Short Attention Span Summary> Windows 7 is a pretty neat. Installs quick, seems to have lots of neat features and I'm looking forward to watching this progress to RTM. Only thing I don't like is the loss of the "classic" start menu option. </Short Attention Span Summary> So just like so many other MSDN subscribers yesterday, I raced over to download the Windows 7 Beta that was ...
*Moved to: Installing Windows 7Installing Windows 7 is so similar to the Vista install it almost does not deserve a post on it, but as I did not do a Vista install post, and I am waiting for the install to complete, I though you should see, erm…. the nice new colours… I am installing on a virtual environment (Virtual PC) on my desktop so any timings for the install are largely irrelevant, but my Host computer had Dual Quad core Xeon’s and some serious HDD and RAM speeds.Read more...Follow my new ...
Unwrapping my new Wolves wall calendar I realized its time to do some prognosticating. I've blown the dust off my Nostradamus predictions book, taken some fresh tea leaves and smeared them all over my cracked crystal ball (it rolled off my desk last March and I haven't taken the time to get a replacement) and I'm ready to peer deep into the future... Oh yeah, don't hold me to these. :-) Google Acquires IKEA: Google figures the best approach to gaining ground on the computer desktop is to buy the ...
I tried loading up my Reporting Services 2005 on my visra machine today via url: http://localhost/reports/Pa... And it loaded up blank which i means i couldn't see my Report Folders and DataSources etc but i ccould see the menu like home,my subscribtion etc.. So i taught let me give the Report Server a try at http://localhost/ReportServer and i go an error insufficent permission I was too sure it was a permission issue so i checked IIS and made sure Windows Auth was enable and Anonymouse ...
I came across Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 I think Microsoft has made a good move on this and having looked at the samples and used it in a small project. Its See more here One error i came across was : The temp directory in chart handler configuration is not accessible And what it is when you look in to your web.config you will find this TAG in the appSettings: <add key="ChartImageHandler" value="Storage=file;Timeout... When you drag the Chart ...