MVP webcast next week to cover Backup and other features in Windows Vista RC1

We just received a link from one of our MVPs to a webcast he’s hosting on October 26 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Below is a bio and overview of the webcast. Charlie Russel is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and coauthor of the upcoming Windows Vista Resource Kit. Charlie examines what “Beta” really means… Read more

A quick note about Defrag.exe parameters in Windows Vista

A customer in the public Windows Vista newsgroups recently asked us about the –i and –w parameters in the command-line tool Defrag.exe. Georgi Matev provided some helpful answers below: The -i option means that unless the machine is idle, defrag.exe will pause. If the machine is idle (no interactive user input) for a few minutes,… Read more

How to create an extended partition in Windows Vista

Savvy beta testers have noticed that the option to create an extended partition is no longer available in Disk Management in Windows Vista. Instead, the only option is New Simple Volume. The type of volume this command creates depends on the number of partitions already on the disk. Creating the first, second, and third partition… Read more

Understanding how System Restore in Windows Vista treats executable files

A newsgroup customer noticed that an executable file he’d recently downloaded to his Documents folder disappeared after he used System Restore in Windows Vista to restore his computer’s system files to an earlier point in time. He asked why the executable file was “rolled back” (i.e., deleted) and why System Restore would do this within… Read more