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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author Vista Topics related to Windows Vista.

Microsoft Fix it Solution for Disappearing System Tray Icons on Windows Vista
About two years ago I talked about a very common problem in Windows Vista where the network, volume, and power icons in the system tray disappear. In that post, I provide a solution which involves editing the registry. Several people posted comments that provide slightly more automated ways to make the registry changes through a batch/command file and through a registry file. Jump ahead to today and Microsoft has a Fix it solution for this problem. Fix this problem Technorati Tags: Fix it,Vista,System ......

Posted On Monday, April 6, 2009 10:07 AM

Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta is now available for public download on MSDN and TechNet. This is a combined update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This will be the first service pack for Windows Server 2008 since it shipped and includes a lot of performance improvements for WS08. Did you notice that I specifically said Windows Vista Service Pack 1? That’s correct, if you want to install this service pack on Vista, you must first have SP1 installed. That means that SP2 ......

Posted On Friday, December 5, 2008 12:21 AM

Windows Vista UX Guidelines and Visual Studio
Whether you like Vista or not, the user interface aspects of the operating system are here to stay. Overall, I think Microsoft did a good job with the core interface guidelines, as presented in the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. From the guidelines, The goals for these official Windows Vista® User Experience Guidelines (or "UX Guide" for short) are to: Establish a high quality and consistency baseline for all Windows Vista-based applications. Answer your specific user experience questions. ......

Posted On Friday, July 25, 2008 9:50 AM

Code Signing
Ever since the .NET Framework was first release, Microsoft has always recommended that your code be signed. Windows Vista drives this point home even more with UAC and the Windows Error Reporting (WER) features, not to mention the fact that it's a requirement for Vista logo certification. John Robbins from Wintellect provides an excellent explanation of how to sign your code. As it turns out, it's a lot easier than many of you may have thought ......

Posted On Friday, February 29, 2008 9:59 PM

Windows Vista User Experience (UX) Guidelines
The Windows Vista UX Guide is probably the most comprehensive UX guide that Microsoft has published. The big drawback has been that it was only available online through MSDN. Fortunately, as of today, the UX Guide is now available as a PDF document so you can read all 627 pages of it offline ......

Posted On Thursday, October 25, 2007 7:27 PM

Windows Vista Application Compatability Labs
I won't be able to attend these labs as I have other schedule conflicts, but the Windows Vista team is providing two training labs at Tech·Ed 2007. Both labs are free for Tech·Ed attendees, but you must register to reserve your spot. The first lab is an Instructor led Lab in Room S331-C and is broken up into two 90 minute parts. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the most common application compatability issues and the ramifications of the new security enhancements in Windows Vista. This covers topics ......

Posted On Thursday, May 24, 2007 12:01 PM

Vista Goes Gold!
Earlier today Microsoft announced that Vista is finally complete, after over 5 years of work. Expect to see it hit the consumer and small-business market by the end of January 2007. Large companies will have access to it by the end of the month. For more details, read the full PC Magazine article ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 6:08 PM

PatchGuard, the eWEEK opinion
eWEEK Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer just published an article on providing his opinion on the benefits, and limitations, of PatchGuard. In the article, Larry reiterates some of the points I made in my post on PatchGuard a few days ago, namely: Only 64-bit Windows versions are affected by PatchGuard. 64-bit Windows versions, especially desktop versions, have puny market share. The problems are limited to what can generally be called HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention Systems). Conventional ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 4:44 PM

Kernel Patch Protection aka "PatchGuard"
If anyone has been following this technology closely, there have been a lot of complaints by some of the security vendors regarding PatchGuard. I first heard about this technology at TechEd 2006 in a lot of the Vista sessions. The recent controversy caused me to do a little more research in to this technology and the issues surrounding it. The official name for this technology is called Kernel Patch Protection (KPP) and it's purpose is to increase the security and stability of the Windows kernel. ......

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 5:06 PM

BitLocker™ - The dirty details
One of the new security features coming in Windows Vista and Longhorn is the new BitLocker™ Drive Encryption technology. BitLocker™ is designed to help prevent information loss, whether it is by theft or accidental. Information loss is costly to business on several levels, and the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that intellectual property theft cost enterprises $250 billion in 2004. BitLocker™ Drive Encryption gives you improved data protection on your notebooks, desktops, and servers by providing ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 4, 2006 9:21 AM

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