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Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ...
If you have or are part of a project on CodePlex, you know how annoying the TFS login screen is every time you start Visual Studio 2008. This really got to me. So much so that I sat down to figure out how to get Windows 7 to remember this. Open the Control Panel, then click on User Accounts and Family Safety. Then click on the Credential Manager. Once there, click on “Add a Windows credential”. Set the network address to tfsxx.codeplex.com (replace this with your server name), user name to SND\user_cp ...
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: ...
I just got Windows 7 RTM loaded up in a VirtualBox virtual environment and one of the first things I wanted to do was set up some shared folders. It was easy enough to select Devices | Shared Folders from the VirtualBox menu, point at the folder on the host OS and give it a name for the guest OS to refer to it as, MySharedFolder for example. Set up was a piece of cake but actually being able to see those shared folders in the guest was a different story. I couldn’t find how to make that happen from ...
In this Submittal-only Issue: Davide Zordan, Michael Washington, Charlie Robbins, Alex Golesh(2), Pencho Popadiyn, and Danijel Stulic From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 3 / Expression 3 behaviors for enabling Multi-touch gestures Davide Zordan provides two Behaviors for gestures with a Multi-Touch device. Don't miss Tim Heuer's article he references, and if you're a WPFer, he also has a companion post A WPF custom control for enabling Windows 7 Multi-touch gestures Silverlight 3 Drag and Drop ...
Here I am after a week of putting Windows 7 to the test while working frantically on a tight timeline project and am happy to say that all is well. It has crashed a time or two and I still cannot install Visio 2007 or SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition, but I am still pleased. It seems to be faster than XP and I quickly got the hang of using the UI and the search feature. There are quite a few handy conveniences that will make life easier such as the RDP client has a recently used list. I went ahead ...
I like my 32-bit Windows 7 OS and don't plan of moving to 64-bit anytime soon. Windows 7 has lot of good capabilites, and I was hoping that the Virtual PC would support 64-bit Guest OS, but it does not. I am still waiting for Microsoft to say, "You can do it" with Virtual PC on my Laptop with 32-bit windows 7 OS. So I started looking around for some other tool that could help me and guess what, I found this incredible tool from Sun called VirtualBox that allows you to create 32-bit and 64-bit Guest ...
After the update from Windows 7 RC to RTM I noticed Daemon Tools was gone. I tried to reinstall it but it was impossible. Daemon Tools relies on SPTD (a SCSI pass through driver) to do it’s magic and it checks whether it is installed. It seems that it couldn’t detect it on my system so it launched the SPTD setup, asked to restart the computer and then again and again. I downloaded a new version of SPTD (1.60) from the product page but I had the same problem, SPTD installed, asked me to restart and ...
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. ...
Now this is a topic that really excites me. It combines two things I love: automation and SharePoint. At my current client we are in the process of moving our custom SharePoint applications to the production environment. As we are moving to production, that means that we develops have less handle on the implementations be they databases, code migration, etc. To ease the load on the infrastructure team who is implementing our custom application I took the liberty of automating as much of the process ...
I successfully installed the RTM version of Windows 7 last night. I got a copy of an .iso file for this due to my participation in the Windows 7 beta program. It was very nice of Microsoft to provide everyone that participated in the invited portion of the beta program to a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate! Thanks Microsoft for that. I downloaded the 64-bit version of Windows 7 and burned that to a disc and booted up my machine to this disc. I have to say that it was just a little confusing at first ...
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 ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Faisal, Jose Fajardo, IRhetoric, Brad Abrams(2), and Jonathan van de Veen. Shoutouts: Inspired by Tim Heuer, Jobi Joy has a demo of him using his HP Touch machine with an application he provides: Silverlight 3 Multi-Touch with Windows 7 and HP Touch Smart René Schulte has a follow-up to his very cool WriteableBitmap Performance program where he adds in 2 more tests: Silverlight 3 WriteableBitmap Performance Follow-Up Jonathan van de Veen has a patch up for his CodeEmbed4Web ...
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 ...
*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 ...
Registration for PDC 2009 is now open. If you register by September 15th you can save a hundred bucks. Or you could get there my way: win a contest (hey, I’m a poor developer). As I mentioned in a previous article, INETA has a component contest that prizes a trip to PDC. But, it’s not the only one: Microsoft has announced the Code7 Contest - Code the Power of 7. It pays out great prizes, but you have to take advantage of the technologies built into Windows 7 like Libraries, Touch, Shell Integration, ...
A few years back I was the technical owner for SQL Server 2005 readiness in the UK with Independent Software Vendors. One of the things we did at the time was put together a detailed catalogue of UK developed applications that worked great with SQL Server 2005. My marketing buddy at the time was Ian Moulster and I just spotted he is doing something similar for Windows 7. Check out Ians explanation or.. 1: if (YourCompany.Country == UK && YourApplication.SupportedOS == OS.Win7) 2: { 3: Email.SendEmail("Win7Direct... ...
Hello, Finally Microsoft had announced the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on July 22nd. Windows 7 will be available to customer's around Oct 22nd 2009 and Windows Server 2008R2 somewhere around that date. For more information visit here. I have Windows 7 Ultimate installed on my laptop last week and before it gets fully expired Microsoft will have Windows 7 RTM released. Glad to hear that. Thanks, Vishal Mody ...
A long overdue “brain dump” of stuff that I found interesting. Development related: WPF vs Silverlight A detailed look at the differences (and similarities) between the two. “Size vs features, full trust vs sandboxed” Changes to the compatibility modes in Windows 7 – new to me. Meet “RunAsHighest” A nice drill down into Azure Table Storage, REST and the ADO.NET Data Services Story - Interested in ORM? Then IMHO you have two main choices right now. The ADO.NET Entity Framework (.NET 3.5 SP1 and above) ...
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This command line demonstration explains how to build a bootable Windows 7 VHD image from a Windows 7 "install.wim" file using diskpart.exe and imagex.exe. The demonstration continues with an explanation of how to configure the boot entry using bcdedit.exe and explains the limitations of VHD Boot. See the Windows 7 VHD Overview page for more information about this technology. Windows 7 VHD Boot Demonstration Windows Virtual Hard Disk | Imaging | Windows 7 ...
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 ...
Looks like we’ll all be running the final release build of Windows 7 soon! I found out that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 were released to manufacturing today. I think the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 teams a big round of applause! UPDATE: Straight from the Windows 7 team blog: “Developers with MSDN Subscriptions will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English on August 6th…” Could the days move any slower until August 6th???? Have a day. :-| ...
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 ...
Hii guys, Just heard about this https://www.code7contest.com/ If you have a little experience with MS .Net and you are as empty as me,Have a look over it. The prizes are awesome and mouth watering .You will have to grasp a little about the windows 7 techonolgies though .But you can do that for atleast 17777$. I am getting ready with a killer app idea..yes it is a a killer idea,Either it will Kill MS or my Laptop.lol!(Sorry bill,its a metaphor,don't take it serious.) And the best thing is that ,My ...
The download link for Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) would be unavailable post August 20, 2009. If one has a physical media (DVD, downloaded bits), they can still install post this date but the download option would not be available. Windows 7 RTM would be available before end of this year and it should also be available in stores etc., by then. This post is just to create awareness that if you would like to install and play with Windows 7 RC, do it right away before the download becomes unavailable. ...
*Moved to: Finding features: ConversationsHey, well the dentist was fun! And I have had time to install Office 2010 on my wife's Windows 7 laptop. I will try to put together some of the interesting features… This is nice. Much better than the Google Mail one and is starting to make more sense the more I use it. I am connecting to my Google Mail via IMAP and this example illustrates the feature nicely.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: Office 2010 InstallNow I have uninstalled Office 2007 32bit I am ready to get this 2010 thing going… I am installing on Vista 64, I know, but I cant get Windows 7 in the office yet…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
In this Issue: Rob Houweling, Michael Washington, Mark Monster, and Alex Golesh(2, 3, 4). From SilverlightCream.com another all-submittal post: TextBox with automatically resizing of the fontsize Rob Houweling pulls off a resizing font in a textbox... this is very cool because last time I recompiled one of my legacy win32 articles, the native desktop code wouldn't do this without some finagling... thanks, Rob!Silverlight 3 Drag and Drop example Michael Washington took some time and got Tim Heuer's ...
I wanted to write a blog post to document how I do some day-to-day things. It helps me to keep track of my work habits, refine them and perhaps help some others who are looking for some solutions. My current rig is a Apple MacBook Pro 13” unibody. It has the 250Gb drive with 4Gb memory. I am running the latest version of OS X Leopard. I am really enjoying the 13” form factor. It is a little smaller and lighter than the previous 15” unibody which, to me, just felt heavy. I also don't notice the lost ...
Have you ever been downloading a large file using IE and had to keep tabbing back to the download window to check on status? Well one of the things added to the TaskBar as a feature Icon in Windows 7 is download progress! I was downloading the Zune software this morning and watched the progress happen right there on the task bar. Very cool. One less thing I have to tab to in order to check status. This is also true for windows explorer views as well ...
Today the news about Google coming out with its own operating system "Chrome" is all over the Internet and I was wondering can they make an in-road into the OS field which is basically been dominated by Microsoft for decades. And the answer to that is possibly yes, if not as a full fledge OS for desktops and servers but for portable devices. There are 2 things that I hate most about windows OS first it takes forever to boot the OS, since I had SP1 installed on my Vista it takes more than 5 minutes ...
Scenario: Inspect an element in Firebug, click the inspect button (or flashlight icon in the new version 1.4.0b5). The problem: But you want to do this with a keyboard shortcut. The solution: Ctrl+Shft+C Some concerns: With the number of extensions Firefox offers you may experience keyboard shortcut clashes, like for example with the CacheViewer which uses Crtl+Shft+C also. Firebug is a free Firefox extension. Ready to install? From several reponses received and from my own expreience since I upgraded ...
In this Issue: Davide Zordan, Erik Mork(2), Walt Ritscher, Peter Bromberg, and Lee. Shoutouts: Are you up for showing off?? Tim Heuer has announced a Silverlight Coding Competition – win USD $10,000! ... and check that list of judges... wow :) Remember Chris Klug's FlickR ViewR? Well, check out the problems he had putting it on the blog: And then Firefox does it differently…reloading the Silverlight control when the css changes…. From SilverlightCream.com: Multi Touch enabling your WPF application ...
Recently I have told about use Sensor and Location platform in the applications. We have seen, that use of this component set can be very convenient for the application and do not demand many efforts. Also we have an opportunity to work with set of devices in the unified style. Problem of use of this platform there is a presence of drivers for Windows 7 and presence of wrappers for Sensor API. Development of the driver for the device - a task of the manufacturer. And implementation of support in ...
Recently I wrote about Sensor and Location platform in Windows 7 and for what purposes it is necessary. Now we will talk about how this platform can be used in the applications. To make experiments with not virtual sensors, but with something more approached to a reality, we will use the device from Freescale semiconductor, constructed on the basis of JMBADGE2008-B microcontroller. This device represents the small circuit board on which also there are some sensors - 3D accelerometer, ambient light ...
Here’s another cool feature in Windows 7 – when you copy files, not only does the copy dialog show your progress, but so does the icon in the taskbar. This is great for longer running copy tasks. I can let that run in the background, and glance down at the taskbar to see the status. Picture courtesy of: http://www.ditii.com/2009/0... ...
Microsoft Community in Bangladesh proudly presents Microsoft Day @ Dhaka. This is a special day dedicated to all Microsoft technology professionals and students in Bangladesh. We will be having the best Microsoft community technologists from Bangladesh - Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) delivering sessions at the event. This technology marathon is a great opportunity to learn from the best and network with each other. Both Microsoft developers and networking professionals would find the ...
Over the next couple of months, Donald Donais will be giving three different FREE presentations on Windows 7. These sessions will deal with some of the main changes with Windows 7. The first seminar on July 2nd will concentrate primarily on getting to know what is different about Windows 7. What makes this client operating system different than Windows XP? This seminar titled “Welcome to Windows 7” will touch base on: New user interface Aero System Improvements: Problem Step Recorder, Boot from VHD, ...
I am super excited about this event, we created the registration page just a week back and got it online for 5 days and we already had our 1000 registrations for the same, we increased the registration to 1200 and in 2 more days all 1200 filled, awesome response… I am Speaking on Getting Started with Silverlight 3 and, also speaking on Windows 7 for developers where I will be showing the Freescale board that has the accelerometer and other sensors and that will be fun, preparation is kinda ok cause ...
Some people probably won’t agree with me, but I think the best new feature in Windows 7 is Aero Snap. Aero snap allows you to drag a window to either the top or the sides of the screen and have the window automatically resize. If you drag it to either side, it will resize to half the screen – dragging it to the top maximizes the window. The picture above shows what happens to the windows when you drag the first window the left, and then the other to the right. I use this a lot for file copying now. ...
Recently, I upgraded to Windows 7 RC and found that the experience has been great. Zero compatibility issues, all works as it worked in Vista and the integration with Windows Easy Transfer (WES) has been phenomenal. If you don’t know WES, it is a tool available by default with Vista and Windows 7 that allows you to migrate your Outlook, IE, Desktop and other personal settings easily, in addition to backing up your files across different locations. Coming back to the original intent of the post, as ...
I recently upgraded to Windows 7 for my primary dev machine, however I recently run into a few problems trying to a developer version of Commerce Server 2009 get working locally. I think however I finally managed to hack it sufficiently to get it working. Here is how to do it [please not however these are registry hacks, and render your product unsupported, so you should do so carefully and only on non-production machines. Please back up your registry before making any edits]: You can only install ...
So blog posts from me are currently few and far between at the moment – but that is not from lack of want. I have been trying to keep my head down and catch up with the breadth of new tools gradually making themselves known in the web-dev community. Over the past few weeks I have been playing with Windows 7, and it multi-touch functionality (I realise it's not web, but I am not an IPhone owner yet so it's always nice to play) I have also been catching up on the ADO.NET entities framework, and migrating ...
One of components Windows 7 is Sensor and Location platform. Sensor and Location is part of Windows 7 which allows to work with various sensors and additional devices for measurement something. What for it is necessary? Sensors are necessary to make more simple some trivial actions. Especially actually it for owners of laptops, whose life is very dynamical. Imagine, that the ambient sensor which is accessible to all applications is built in the computer and gives the chance to these applications ...
Recently I have published a series of articles that has been devoted to possibilities of Windows 7 for developers to work with the task panel. I have received a large quantity of responses for this time. Thanks you very much for it. That is interesting, questions were absolutely various subjects. However, the most part of questions was on a theme of use of similar functionality in WPF applications. Really, in the majority of examples I have lost sight WPF applications. I will try to compensate this ...
How often you should search for the various information? Most likely it occurs every day. It is important, that an information search problem not trivial. Also the information can is in various sources - in files, in e-mail messages, in documents etc. Not the secret, that most part of an information is in a network - local and global. Windows Search which allows to search easily and conveniently on the basis of indexes has been developed in Windows Vista. In Windows 7 a theme of search has found ...
DisplayLink USB Last week I wrote a review of a Kensington USB docking station which included DisplayLink technology to allow an external display to be added to a laptop via a USB 2.0 port. I described how I used this docking station to enable the holy grail of three external screens on my laptop. You can read about it here, http://geekswithblogs.net/t... Declaring an interest On publishing, I promoted the blog post via Twitter where recently someone had bemoaned ...