Windows 7 is our Most Secure Client OS ever, but Common Sense is still required

Public opinion is a strange beast. In the past, especially when reading articles in the rather populist corner, you got the impression that anything with a Microsoft logo on it should only be touched with a Hazmat suit on because it was “sooo insecure”. Now, after we launched Windows 7, which is undoubtedly generations apart…

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Media Centre Extender disconnects and a surprising solution…

After setting up my XBOX360 as a Media Centre Extender, I ran into a quite annoying problem – at random intervals (but often associated with interacting with the Extender interface – starting/stopping videos, etc.), the connection broke off with the message “would you like to reconnect?”, which dumped be back into the Media Centre root…

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Loving my Windows 7 Media Experiences

My setup at home consists of a Windows 7 Media Centre machine sitting in my home office, since it’s quite clunky and just doesn’t look right in the living room (apart from the fact that I want to use it for other stuff, too), a wild networking setup including a Wireless-N bridge, and an XBOX360…

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Installing the Telstra 7 Series Modem (MF636) in Windows 7

Two days ago, on TechEd Australia, a customer walked up to me with his delegate netbook in hand and a problem on his mind. He had been trying to install the ZTE-made modem on the netbook, but the built-in software kept complaining that it didn’t find any modem device. Step 1 – First look and…

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How Windows 7 Troubleshooters Saved My Day

Now this is kind of an embarrassing story, but I’ll tell it anyway 🙂 – After having promoted the troubleshooting engine in Windows 7 in front of my customers for quite some time, I had never thought I would be using them myself, but sometimes the solution is just too obvious to find. I was…

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Engineering the Netbook experience for TechEd Australia

Just a few days ago I received a netbook of the same sort that will be handed out at TechEd this year. Now with Windows 7 at RTM status, I immediately gave it a go and must say that I am impressed. What really amazed me was the standby/resume performance. This happens almost in the…

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Log On with Smart Card – First Experiences

Ever since moving over to Windows 7, I was looking forward to joining our internal DirectAccess pilot, because I simply loved the idea of having access to all internal network resources without the need of a VPN connection. Now that I am included in this pilot, I can say that DirectAccess is all I ever…

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Fun with Windows 7 – VHD Boot and DISM.exe

If, like myself, you need (or want) to work with more than one Operating System on the same piece of hardware, before Windows 7, you could either create a multiboot environment using separate partitions or run a virtualisation solution like VirtualPC. Both have their pro’s and con’s, most notably: Multiboot: Good performance (runs natively on…

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Welcome to Daniel’s Windows World

Yet another Windows blog… 🙂 I’m going to try to keep the entries here pretty concise, not duplicating stuff already found in the other sources of information, like: Engineering Windows 7 (Windows Product Engineering Team): http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/ Jeff Alexander’s blog (Australian IT Pro Evangelist): http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/ Chris Jackson’s Semantic Consonance (Application Compatibility): http://blogs.msdn.com/cjacks/ Michael Niehaus’ Windows and…

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