February 2009 Entries

Windows 7 Beta Product Key

UPDATE: Since Windows 7 is now commercially available, these product keys are no longer recommended.  Go ahead and buy your own copy of Windows 7 and experience a new world.  For more details visit

The following information is outdated given that the RC1 bits are already out.  For the updated information, please visit

Windows 7 Beta is out for sometime now and needless to say, the reception has been excellent so far.   I personally haven’t seen any beta version as stable as the Windows 7 bits and personally know many of my friends, peers who have been using it as the primary operating system despite this being in Beta.

Meanwhile, if you are getting notifications for activating the Windows Beta, you would be frustrated with it over some time and would want to get rid of the same.  Despite Windows 7 being a beta, there are product keys available, both for the 32-bit version as well as 64-bit version.

One can get the product key from after signing-in using passport ID and filling in a few basic details.

I have seen a lot of hacking solutions running around the web which is absolutely un-necessary.

At this stage, the Beta is available for free and so are the activation keys and there is no need to hack around this process.

Kindly note that the Beta expires around August 1, 2009 and is not recommended for installing on primary work stations where you have important information.  Also, Technical support is not available at this time and hence only if you are comfortable installing/working with beta, you are advised to install the same.

A lot of enhancements have been done in terms of user experience, UAC, file and print as well as core enhancements to the kernel.

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Installing the ASP to ASP.NET Migration Assistant on Windows Vista


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 to ASP.NET for all the world who is still left out with our ASP Days and currently working with similar scripting languages like PHP.

Interestingly, when we talked to those developers, the last update they have is that there has been something called ASP.NET which is version of ASP that runs on the .NET Platform.  Much less is known about the different versions we have released and the tons of enhancements it provides for web development, be it enterprise, commercial or hobbyist.

When I tried installing the Migration Assistant on Windows Vista, the installer fails after a few attempts.  I could sense the issue must be with the elevated privileges Vista requires for running executables.  I tried right clicking on the MSI installer to “Run as Administrator” but had less success.

After a little bit of research, I found that I had to verify couple of things.

1. ASP is enabled (checked) in the IIS under Application Development Features.  To do that

    i. Run “appwiz.cpl” from run command to open up “Add Remove Programs

    ii. Click on “Turn Windows features On or Off” on the left of the “Add Remove Programs” window.  It is listed under “Tasks”

   iii. Click “Continue” to provide elevated privileges

   iv. Expand “Internet Information Services

    v. Expand “World Wide Web Services”.  Make sure “Web Management Tools” is checked

    vi. Make sure “Application Development Features” is checked

    vii. Expand “Application Development Features” and check “ASP

   vii.  Note that you also need to enable other things such as ASP.NET, .NET Extensibility as appropriate although not required for this.

  vii.  Click “Ok

2. Once this is done, you can download the MSI from

3. Don’t Click on “Run” when the above opens up the dialog.  Instead chose “Save” and save it to the Desktop

4. Click on “Start” (Windows Vista Start is the Window Icon) and type cmd

5. cmd.exe shows up in the suggestion

6. Right Click on cmd.exe and select “Run as Administrator

7. Select “Continue” and thereafter the cmd prompt opens up.

8. Typically the Command prompt path is defaulted to “C:\users\<username>”

9. Type cd desktop to navigate to the desktop path

10. Type “setup.msi” to execute the MSI and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

After installation, you can follow the migration assistant help screen to start using it.

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ASP.NET Dynamic Data Wizard Preview – My Virtual TechDays Video


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Webcast Session: Best Practices for web development using ASP.NET


UPDATE: A few people have reported issues with audio.  Since it is a streamed video, I chose to download the Live Meeting Replay quality audio/video and hence the experience.  If you require a better quality for listening / viewing, chose the “Microsoft Office Live Meeting High-Fidelity Presentation” as the format for downloading, after filling in the details in the following link

Here below is a recording of the webcast that I delivered recently.  If you are facing issues in hearing it out from this blog, you can view the video directly from here 


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