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I’ve been playing around a bit with Google Chrome lately. I switched back to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 as it answered a lot of the frustrations that I was having with Google Chrome (some key pages I like not rendering correctly). Though, when I switched one of my computer’s operating system to Windows 7 Beta 1, I was even more frustrated. The IE that came installed on Windows 7 was a less than superior IE than what I could download off of the Microsoft site. I tried to install the latest IE ...
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 ...
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 ...
I'm playing with the Windows 7 beta. It includes a DVD Maker program. There is no Movie Maker in the beta, but Windows Live has a Movie Maker beta for download (more Internet/cloud features, but not the same as Movie Maker for XP). The DVD Maker too is limited. You can add movies to a project, adjust a few options (4:3 vs. 16:9, etc.), select a menu style and go. A major problem I have is that many of my movies from my Sony HDD Handycam are short segments. I may have 10 short segments of soccer game, ...
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 came across this feature in Windows 7…its small, but kewl nonetheless. If you go to your Network, you’ll see that your router is listed along with other computers and devices on your network. If you right click, you’re given the option to open the device webpage. This is awesome if you want a quick way to get to your router’s admin page without having to click through your network connections or run ipconfig to get your gateway IP. Now, I realize that you could also just create a shortcut in your ...
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 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 ...
Ok, here it is. like a true geek I have downloaded the Windows 7 beta with a view to kick the tires on the new MS OS before the unwashed masses get it. I only have two machines at home; The first is a slightly aging Compaq Presario v4000 laptop, which I have had for about three years, it currently runs both Windows XP home (OEM) and Windows Server 2003 on which I do casual development, however I have used it in the past for more in depth development, to be honest this machines current role mostly ...
I have been running Windows 7 for a while now, and I came across an odd problem the other day. The gadgets that I loaded disappeared. So I right-clicked on the desktop and selected gadgets from the menu. Nothing happened. I could not even bring up the gadgets dialog. I spent some time trying various things, but no luck. Then I remembered that I had just turned off the User Account Control for an install of some development software. This software would not install with UAC in any mode except in the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Windows 7 is just plain awesome btw! Works great on my slowest, most resource contrained machine! Make sure to grab yourself a copy here: http://www.microsoft.com/wi... With all the buzz, here is a an extensive list of only a "small" chunk of the new features well drescribed and documented, great keyboard short cuts and more: The Bumper List of Windows 7 Secrets from Tim Sneath Brandon Kelly has his experience written up as well: http://www.brandonkelly.com... ...
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. ...
There have been some reports of Windows 7 being incompatible with AV programs. This is not unusual for beta operating systems that often have bit level changes that don't please AV programs – they are tightly coupled. You may just have to run without AV for a bit while beta testing. Another reason why it is B-e-t-a. Some people just cannot wrap their heads around that. My employer currently uses McAfee v8.5 which would not install on Windows 7. However, moving up to version 8.7 fixed the issue and ...
After playing around in Windows 7 on a VM, I was ready to repave my spare top and give it a whirl. None of my Windows boxes have a DVD burner, but my MacBookPro does. Here is what I did: (I use VMWare Fusion to run Windows on my MBP.) On the MBP: Copy the iso to my shared folder for my virtual machines on my MBP. On my Windows VM: Map a drive to my shared folder (I already had this… I use Y:\) Download the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. Insert a blank DVD (On my VM the host DVD burner shows ...
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 ...

I had no chance to be at the PDC or Tech-Ed this year, so when I heard that MSDN Dev Con is putting on a road show, I jumped on it.  Especially at the $99 price.  The info page is here and sessions are still being held in Washington, NY, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, and San Fran.  Windows 7 beta DVD for all attendees.

Finally got around to installing Windows 7 on a real machine. Starting to test apps to see which issues I may have with stuff I use every day...so far the biggest thing I found is my video driver defaults to the Windows one. Not a big deal since this machine won't be the one I use Windows 7 with in the future for the final release. I'm actually posting this via Live Writer...I had seen somewhere people had issues with it possibly, but I'm not having issues with it. As you can see too, my system rating ...
(Just installed windows 7 beta !) why a fish ? .... to find out ... just type in 'betta fish' (double t !!) in your favorite searchengine. Live Search for 'betta fish' tip : count the number of bubbles coming from its mouth : a magical number. Links : http://www.microsoft.com/wi... ...
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 ...
Like the rest of the geeks across the land, on Thursday I eagerly logged into my MSDN account and downloaded Windows 7. It took about four hours, borrowing my client’s pipe for part of it. The plan was to install it onto my my spare laptop… my MBP has become my main laptop… but I found myself with an iso image, my work laptop, and some free time, so I went ahead and spun up a VPC. A couple of people have asked me how to install using only the iso (until the MBP I had no DVD burner, so this is a familiar ...
In the spirit of most Microsoft fan boys, I installed Windows 7 Beta on one of my machines as the primary OS and am having an excellent experience. No, it is not my TouchSmart (even though that would be awesome), but my HP Mini Netbook. As most have stated, this OS is very stable (except Lou and his BSOD) and am really looking forward to the test drive. I tried reporting some bugs I saw in the basics, but didn’t have any luck with the new Send Feedback feature. Hopefully it is due to everyone submitting ...
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 ...
The BSOD was caused by a driver compatibility problem between Virtual Clone Drive and Windows 7. I had installed Virtual Clone Drive to see if it could be used to mount ISOs in Windows 7, but not only did it not work in Windows 7, it caused the BSOD of my previous blog post. So if you want to experience it for yourself, download and install Virtual Clone Drive on your Windows 7 box and see what it does. Fixing it is as easy as uninstalling Virtual Clone Drive. Note to Microsoft - we (geeks) really ...
*Moved to: Installing Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite on Windows 7I am installing VS2008 in a virtual environment, so this may not be exactly what you would get, but the purpose is to identify if VS2008 does indeed work on Windows 7 and what the experience is like. The first problem is that the auto run does not seam to function.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
After my previous blog posting asking for the old and familiar "Classic" start menu, it seems as if my VPC of Windows 7 has a sense of humor and obliged me with an old familiar BSOD...my first Windows 7 BSOD! For all the changes to things over the years with the Windows systems, this is one old standby that hasn't changed a bit. I ended up going into Windows normally but this process was repeatable and the next time I went to shut down my Windows 7 VPC I got the same BSOD. So it looks as if I have ...
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 ...
So of course the big announcement for every .NET Geek this week is Windows 7 availability. As I type this out, I'm downloading it in the background (released already on MSDN) and I hear tomorrow Microsoft will open up downloads to like 3 million people. I heard a tweet or two from folks about how large it is and how long it's taking to download and it got me thinking back to when Sun first released the Java SDK and I downloaded that thing. I don't remember how big it was, but it might as well have ...
I am now getting Beta 1 of Windows 7! I just noticed it on MSDN. Outstanding. I have a few computers I will be putting this on. UPDATE: Here is it online for others as well: http://technet.microsoft.co... Also some others things: Windows Online Readiness Kit Windows 7 at a Glace (Whitepaper) Engineering Windows 7 Blog Windows 7 Quick Reference Guide ...
If you don’t read Chris Koenig’s blog (shame on you :|) or haven’t seen Ballmer’s Keynote at CES, you might not be aware. However, Windows 7 Beta will be available for download tomorrow, first come first served to the first 2.5 million people. Get the cool details from Chris (and while you’re their maybe a new RSS feed): http://blogs.msdn.com/chkoe... Get the official news from the Windows 7 team: http://windowsteamblog.com/... ...
*Moved to: Windows 7 Beta is Live!If you have an MSDN account you will be able to download Windows 7 Beta today, but it should be available for anyone by the end of next week. If you have not seen anything about Windows 7 then you should take a look. I am not suggesting that you install it on a production computer, but even early adopters have had very stable installs.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
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 ...
It seems there is a known bug in certain versions of Windows Media Center (ie, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Beta) in which even when you remove a folder from a music/picture library in Media Center, items from those folders are not actually removed. I searched around and didn't see much help, until finally I found this solution from a guy who works at Microsoft: I had no problem with doing that as I just wanted to reset the library completely and do a re-index. The instructions are: Exit Windows ...
Well, according to Neowin.net, Windows 7 Beta 1 will be released on January 7th, 2009. I think the "7" for the date might be there for a reason! :) Microsoft released an Alpha version of Windows 7 to the attendees of PDC this year, but it was missing the new skin that we will see in Windows 7. I have been rather down on Vista (as many others were) as I could only use it for my book writing, but was unable to effectively use Vista for my normal work at Thomson Reuters for many reasons not worth going ...

I’ve been testing Windows 7 in real life conditions for the past few weeks, and am happy to report that I didn’t need to fall back to Vista at all so far. There are a couple of very small details that bug me a little, but I am not even sure if they’re related to Win7, so I just live with them for the moment.

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Today is the end of my very first week at IdentityMine. Let me just say that it was really great. In the same week I worked on a proposal for a client (maybe our very first project in the new European IdentityMine, crossing fingers) and prepared a presentation for next week.

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Though some of you that were on the fence or have not year head about the MSDN Dev Con, are now more interested in coming out. It’s a tiny price compared to PDC and is coming to a city near you! A good group of local celebrities will be presenting along side proven Microsoft experts at the Orlando event. I will be in the attendance and around any community areas. And any social after event :) Bayer White (Jacksonville), Joe Homnick (Boca Raton), Christopher Bennage (Tallahassee), Rob Eisenberg (Tallahassee) ...

Still busy setting up my Windows 7 partition. Just noticed that Silverlight was pushed to it through Windows Update. Cool.

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At the last Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, the attendees were given a pre-beta version of Windows 7, Vista's successor operating system. I installed it on a virtual machine and was very impressed by the performance of Windows 7. Since I just got my new laptop (Alienware m15x) and have been installing stuff anyway, I thought I would give it a try and install Win7 in dual boot on this machine. This is the report of the experiene. Read the rest of this entry » ...
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