Windows 7 and 2008R2 has reached RTM

Very cool news last night that we officially RTM’d with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2. For information specific to when builds will be available, please see the official team blogs for the Windows team. Client: http://windowsteamblog.com/ Server: http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/ General availbility is still set for 10.22.09 as far as I am aware and I have…

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More Win7 coolness

One of the other cool new logs, as it relates to servicing, is the new sessions.xml log.  Located in the \Windows\servicing\sessions directory, its a log of all of the different transactions that happen on the machine from a servicing perspective.  A small snippet of a log is seen below: – <Session version=”1.0″ id=”30018265_436341867″ client=”WindowsUpdateAgent” options=”816″…

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Addressing some comments given so far….

First, I appreciate all of you who actually take the time to read my blog.  Secondly, my last post generated some interesting comments that I thought would make a pretty cool post in itself, so I thought I would answer some of them here. 1. In general as a user, I also hate how Vista/Windows…

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The coolest new DISM command (to me at least)

Since I spoke about DISM in the last post, I wanted to highlight my personal favorite new DISM command. DISM.exe /Image:C:\test\offline /Cleanup-Image /RevertPendingActions Where this is handy is in situations where you have installed an update on an installation and the machine gets stuck applying “Stage 3 of 3”.  You can boot into WinRE in…

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Doing things differently with Windows 7

Because I wanted to keep a lot of these blog posts relevant to servicing the operating system, I thought I would talk a little about the changes to how we service the operating system in Windows 7.  The first concept I wanted to cover was the idea of “online” vs “offline” servicing.  In online servicing,…

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Reclaiming disk space after applying a service pack on Vista or 2008

There are always requests here at Microsoft for reducing the footprint that the component store takes up (\Windows\winsxs).  Applying a service pack to Windows Vista or Windows 2008 will increase the size of the store even more to allow for the staging of the binaries that make up the service pack itself.  Because space considerations…


Bitlocker drive prep tool not working on Vista and 2008 SP2 installations

Just heard about this last night so I wanted to put this out there. We’re aware of an issue with the Bitlocker Drive Prep tool (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=320b9aa9-47e8-44f9-b8d0-4d7d6a75add0&displaylang=en) on Windows Vista/2008 with SP2 installations.  You’ll get an error regarding the “Update does not apply to your system” similar to the issue I blogged about CheckSUR.  We will have a…

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CheckSUR will not work with Windows Vista and 2008 Service Pack 2 installations

I wanted to let everyone know that we’re aware of an issue with running the CheckSUR utility on systems that have Service Pack 2 installed on them.  When you attempt to run CheckSUR on these systems you will get the error below.   We’re working on fixing this now and hope to have it resolved…


Help me, help you

We frequently get cases where customers have issues with installing updates or service packs.  With the release of Service Pack 2 recently for Windows Vista and Windows 2008, I thought it might be a good idea with what would be good to collect before you call us for support.  Some of these steps just might…

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Why is the Windowswinsxs directory so large?

I wanted to put some sort of content on here quickly, so here is a link to my teams blog which I wrote last year about a common question asked when it comes to servicing the operating system.  “Why is the \Windows\winsxs directory so large?”  The short answer is that it is really a “flat” of your…

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