TechNet and MSDN Subscribers Set to Receive Windows Vista SP2 on Dec. 4th

Microsoft will launch the Customer Preview Program (CPP) for Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 (SP2) for MSDN and TechNet subscribers with broad availability on December 4th. The Springboard blog has offered initial guidance and messaging for IT pros through their blog on October 24th. Please visit the Springboard Series Blog for the official public announcement…

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Windows 7 Battery Life Needs Manufacturers to Get On-board

Techradar has an excellent piece on the engineering efforts around Windows 7 battery life.  Although the headline is definitely sensationalist and inaccurate, the meat of the article is quite good.  An interesting paragraph describes how configuration settings are largely to blame around the lack of amazing battery life. “Of course, software, devices and how your…

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A Better Way To Defrag

What year is it?  It’s 2008 and I’m still writing about how to defrag my Windows machine.  It’s pathetic.  The whole idea is ridiculous especially considering that as the size of partitions have shot up almost exponentially, while the time taken to completely defragment a hard drive has stayed linear.  In fairness, I rarely have…

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How To: Create a Vista SP1 Image Using ImageX.exe and WIM Files

My colleague James O’Neill has a really simple step by step blog post on how to use the new deployment tools that come with Vista to create an SP1 Vista image.  He makes it sound so easy!  * it actually is*  The coolest part of the entire image creation process was that it was done…

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Vista SP1 RTM Released to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers!

I won’t get into this whole SP1 mine field as I think there has been enough back and forth on the blogs.  The interesting blogs I’ve read have been Mike Nash’s Windows Vista blog that has been showered with customer feedback to some of our popular evangelists in the field like Keith Combs. The press…

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I Love The Passion, But Seriously, What An Idiot

This has got to be the most absurd comment about Windows or Linux I’ve ever read.  Clearly the commenter holds Microsoft in high regard.  I just wish he wasn’t so completely retarded misinformed. "You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at…

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Live At BETT 2008 - Day 1

Hello Everyone, For the next three days I will be talking with customers at the Microsoft booth.  For those that do not know what BETT is, it is the largest Education-focused tradeshow in the UK.  There are a lot of exciting technologies on showcase here so I want to share parts of the event as…

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Did You Know: Vista Also Has A 'Run' Command?

While I continue to write part 2 of "Death to the Start Menu," I wanted to give a few more tips around Vista because with the holiday shopping season, I couldn’t tell you how many corrections and demos I had to give around Vista.  I never hide the fact that I think Vista, with all…

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Death to the Start Menu – Part I

So I have been playing around with Vista SP1 RC and so far it has been a much more enjoyable experience from a usability perspective. The number UAC prompts are down, network performance regarding file sharing is now what it should have been at release time and stability is much better. I always thought the…

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