GPS, but without GPS

Most modern laptops still don’t have GPS receivers built into them. My HTC Snap Windows Mobile 6.5 does, although it never seems to connect to anything at all so I am starting to suspect that it is just a lie… I’d like GPS built into my laptop though, but I can’t imagine I’d use it…

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Virtual PC Just Became More Accessible

If you have tried to use XP Mode in Windows 7 in the past, then you may have seen the below error message: This error was caused because the machine in question is trying to start a virtual computer using Virtual PC, on a computer that has a CPU that does not support hardware-based virtualisation….

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Smartcard Needing Drivers In Order To Be Smart

My company laptop dual-boots between Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This is for the simple reason that Hyper-V is an indispensible tool for a consultant, but the comfort of a desktop OS like Windows 7 means that I don’t want to do without either operating system. I keep the R2 installation fairly…

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Incorrectly speculating about my friend 0xc000000f

Back in April I blogged about how to get around the 0xc000000f error when trying to install programs over the network via RDP. In the original post I speculated that the problem was likely caused by some network latency issues, or something similar. However, it turns out that the actual cause of the problem was…

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Ooops, that’s not right…

I have been asked twice this week if this is possible and if so how to do it, so I guess either the information is not readily available on the Internet, or the two people who asked me just couldn’t be bothered to look it up…!   I’m sure you’ve seen the below screen appear…

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Wallpapering your Windows 7 computer

As some of you may know, certain countries have personalisation packs for Windows 7 that are activated on during the installation of the operating system, depending on the regional settings you first set.  So, if you tell Windows 7 setup that you are in the United Kingdom, one of the wallpapers that will be available…

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Anti-Virus Software, That's Free!

I am probably the last Microsoft blogger to actually get round to writing something about this… but hey, I have been busy! Microsoft recently released to the public their free anti-virus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).  I had been trialling the beta versions for a few months on a Windows 7 computer and I was…

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Best Practices for Windows 7 Migrations Using Microsoft Application Virtualization

There is a webcast this month that should be of interest to anyone interested in using application virtualisation, particularly if you are migrating to Windows 7.  The date of the webcast is Monday the 26th of October 2009 at 12pm, but be aware that the time zone is GMT-5.  To join the event, just click…

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Benchmarking Windows 7

A very common request that clients make when starting a Windows deployment project is that we must reliably and accurately demonstrate that Windows Vista or Windows 7 is worth upgrading to from Windows XP, especially if the purchase of new hardware is not part of the project; often, and logically, clients will try to re-use…

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Application Compatibility List for Windows 7

A very common misconception that I am hearing regarding Windows 7 is that Microsoft has removed all of the problems that Windows Vista had caused with application compatibility.  While it is true that certain features of Windows 7 have been improved/tweaked, such as User Access Control (UAC), there will still be many applications that worked…

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