Remote Desktop Client 7.0 KB979425 now available for Vista

KB979425 (A combo box item in a RemoteApp application is updated incorrectly when you connect by using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 7.0) is now available for Vista. RDC 7.0 ships in-box in Windows 7 and had this fix a while ago, but the OOB (“Out Of Band”) package for Vista now has an identical fix…

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Patches – now served hot and cold

Maintenance (updates, bugfixes) for Windows has typically been through hotfix packages, but these are not as “hot” as one might expect – very often we see prompts to restart the computer after a package is installed. The reason is fairly simple – the update replaced a file on disk but does not have any control…

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Branching Out

Following on from the previous entry regarding hotfix packages and the branches, here is a fictitious product life cycle:     At time T1 the product is released (RTM). After RTM there is a GDR hotfix package “a” released – this package will contain both GDR and LDR versions of the updated binary. Later, LDR hotfix…

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GDR, QFE, LDR... WTH?

Update 2012-04-16: Later related blog entries (as the topic grew in its scope and version numbering/branch identification changed after Windows Server 2003): Branching Out (2009-05-18) – gives a generic overview of the branching mechanism, with examples Service Packs – Levels vs Installers (2009-05-29) – distinguishes between “service pack level” and “service pack installer” for disambiguation…

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