Windows Server 2008 R2 Reaches the RTM Milestone!
The acronym stands for Release to Manufacturing, and it means this latest release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is now blessed by engineering as ready for the manufacturing process. We’re talking final code. Sun shining, birds singing, children dancing in the streets.
Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM!!!!
Both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (our FREE standalone Hyper-V Server) have both been Released To Manufacturing (RTM)!! If you haven’t seen the announcement on the main Windows Server blog, be sure to check it out
Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing
The Windows 7 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we have started to release Windows 7 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next major milestone will be the availability of PCs loaded with Windows 7 and store shelves stocked with Windows 7 on October 22, 2009.
Accelerate Your Migration to the Latest Microsoft Products and Infrastructure
Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 4.0 Beta and get an integrated tool for conducting network-wide readiness assessments for migration to Microsoft technologies. The MAP toolkit provides adaptable guidance and proposals to help simplify the planning and deployment of your IT projects for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V and more.
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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.
Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP
Internet Explorer 8. Faster, Easier, More Private, and More Secure.
Update for Windows XP (KB932823)
Install this update to resolve an issue in which a user is unable to use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to download files on a computer that is running Windows XP with IME enabled.
DirectX End-User Runtime
The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.
Windows Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP
Download the latest version of the world’s most popular Web browser.
.NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable Package (x86)
The Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 (x86) redistributable package installs the .NET Framework runtime and associated files required to run applications developed to target the .NET Framework v2.0.
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
This tool checks your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps to remove the infection if it is found. Microsoft will release an updated version of this tool on the second Tuesday of each month.
Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Windows Defender no longer supports Windows 2000 as mainstream support ended in June 2005.
.NET Framework 3.5
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0, and includes .NET Framework 2.0 service pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.0 service pack 1.
Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP (KB940157)
Windows Search 4.0 is an updated component of Windows that enables instant search on your computer.
The 2007 Microsoft Office Suite Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Service Pack 2 provides the latest updates to the 2007 Microsoft Office suite.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it’s ready for Windows 7, and tells you about any known compatibility issues.
Windows Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Internet Explorer 8. Faster, Easier, More Private, and More Secure.
Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable
The Microsoft® Windows® Installer is an application installation and configuration service. WindowsInstaller-KB893803-x86.exe is the redistributable package for installing or upgrading Windows Installer.
Windows Media® Components for QuickTime
With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.
.NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is a full cumulative update that contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and includes cumulative servicing updates to the .NET Framework 2.0 and .NET Framework 3.0 subcomponents.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for IT Professionals and Developers
This installation package is intended for IT professionals and developers downloading and installing on multiple computers on a network. If you’re updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com .
GDI + Security Update
This update addresses a security issue in JPEG processing technology.
Windows Live Messenger 8.1
Windows Live Messenger is the next-generation MSN Messenger. It has everything you already love about Messenger, and much more!
2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS
This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.
TechNet Webcast: Automating Windows 7 Deployments Using System Center Configuration Manager (Level 300)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
We focus on automating Windows 7 operating system deployments using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager in this webcast. First, we cover how to automate hardware and software inventory using Asset Intelligence to determine what applications and hardware are needed for deploying Windows 7. Next, we examine deploying Windows 7 packages, and we discuss how to add Windows 7 packages to System Center Configuration Manager and then the deploy packages to bare metal machines and existing Windows Vista clients across the enterprise.
TechNet Webcast: Optimize Windows 7 with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (Level 300)
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
IT professionals experience many challenges when deploying applications and managing desktop systems. Attend this webcast to lean how using the Microsoft Desktop Optimization pack with the Windows 7 operating system can simplify application deployment and desktop management while reducing IT costs. We also discuss using Microsoft Application Virtualization with Windows 7-based clients to deploy applications on demand.
TechNet Webcast: Connect Remotely Using Windows 7 Direct Access (Level 300)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
10:00 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
In this webcast, we focus on the Direct Access feature in the Windows 7 operating system, which provides secure anywhere access on the network. We explore how Direct Access makes it easier for IT professionals to manage the network infrastructure and how it helps reduces IT costs. We also discuss how Direct Access works and how to set up and configure Direct Access in the network infrastructure. The session includes demonstrations on how to setup and configure Direct Access on Windows 7-based clients and the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system.
TechNet Webcast: BizTalk Server 2009 Performance on Hyper-V and Physical Deployments (Level 300)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
1:00 P.M.–2:00 P.M. Pacific Time
As part of the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 launch wave, the BizTalk Rangers and Technology Adoption Program (TAP) teams are conducting a performance lab to compare Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2, BizTalk Server 2009 (physical), and BizTalk Server 2009 on a Hyper-V platform. In this webcast, you hear from the product group about the performance characteristics of solutions deployed on different platforms. We outline the tests that we have performed and the results that we obtained, and we share common best practices for deployment. If you would like to understand the performance differences of BizTalk Server 2009 on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and Hyper-V platforms before the official guides are published, then this webcast is for you.
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Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: Certificates are unusable when you import a PEX file to a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: Performance issues occur when Windows Rights Management Services client has very large files associated with an RMS policy
Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: A publisher name that has an ampersand (&) is not displayed correctly in the "File Download – Security Warning" dialog box on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Enterprise 32bit AL: Error message when you try to perform a system backup operation on a Windows Vista-based computer: "Catastrophic failure (0x8000FFFF)"
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: HD audio controller is consuming power during sleep or hibernation in Windows Vista
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: An isochronous data transfer through an IEEE 1394 device suddenly stops in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: You cannot print to an IPP printer in Internet Explorer with protected mode enabled on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: Locale data is missing in the saved event logs if you archive the event logs on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 and that has an MUI for a non-English language installed
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: USB 2.0 high-speed devices are recognized as full-speed after you hibernate and then resume a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Home Prem 32bit AL: FIX: The Explorer.exe process becomes unresponsive when Windows Explorer hosts a shell extension that was created by using Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC)
Win Vista SP1 AL: Volume levels may change when the Default microphone device is changed on Windows Vista
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Description of Group Policy Preference Migration Tool (GPPMIG)
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Network and Sharing Center does not display Windows Firewall domain policies in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008, you cannot browse the network
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The Terminal Server Licensing MMC snap-in or the TS Licensing Manager MMC snap-in uses NT LAN Manager instead of the Kerberos protocol to pass authentication, respectively, in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The MIDI application that uses the inbox USB audio driver crashes after a high rate of MIDI events occurs in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Memory corruption occurs when you try to log off from a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 after you sync the offline file in the Client-Side Caching folder
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: You receive a "Stop 0x00000050" error message after you enable or disable Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator in Device Manager on a Windows Vista-based computer that has the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless installed
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The Group Policy Management MMC snap-in stops responding on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 when you select a Group Policy object in a domain that has lots of organizational units
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Error message when you run an application that uses the per-user class registration feature on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008: "Interface not found"
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: After you set the value of the EventMask parameter to WTS_EVENT_FLUSH in the WTSWaitSystemEvent function in Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, you cannot receive pending WTSWaitSystemEvent function calls if the target server is running Windows XP
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: An application that uses an event log API in legacy Windows does not receive event information in a readable format, on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: An application that uses .NET Framework to monitor the event log does not read the descriptions in the Application log from the source of a Software Licensing Service on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Applications that reply on the RPC service are blocked in Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 when you block Windows Firewall incoming connections and enable remote management
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The Windows Media Player icon appears in the "All Programs" list, even if you remove access to Windows Media Player by clicking "Set program access and computer defaults" on a computer that is running Windows Vista
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Update for Media Center for Windows Vista that resolves logon issues in some extensibility applications
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Update for Media Center TV Pack for Windows Vista that resolves logon issues in some extensibility applications
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: Stop 0x44 (MULTIPLE_IRP_COMPLETE_REQUESTS) Disabling Idle USB Device with KMDF-based Driver
Win Vista Ultimate 32bit AL: The audio volume recorded by the Sound Recorder in windows vista may be lower than windows XP
Windows XP Home Edition EN: Microsoft Time Zone Index Values
Windows XP Professional EN: The screen is corrupted when you use the remote control tool to view or work on a multi-monitor configured computer
Windows XP Professional EN: A data transfer is corrupted when you transfer data from or to a USB device on a computer that is running Windows XP
Windows XP Professional EN: The modem does not work and you cannot open the "Network Connections" window after you unplug and plug in the modem several times when a PPP connection is established in Windows XP
Windows XP Professional EN: On a computer that is running Windows XP, GDI object handles become leaked when you run a multithreaded application that uses a GDI object
Windows XP SP3 AL: Video recording and subsequent playback may not be smooth in Windows Movie Maker on a system running Microsoft Windows XP with an HD video camera
Windows Svr 2008 Datactr R2 AL: Error message when you upgrade Remote Desktop Web Access to the released version in Windows Server 2008 R2: "Could not load file or assembly ‘tsportalwebpart (1)’ or one of its dependencies"
Windows Svr 2008 Dtcntr wo HV AL: MS09-029: Vulnerabilities in the Embedded OpenType Font Engine could allow remote code execution
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: An update is available that enables RRAS servers that are running Windows Server 2008 to use the DH-2048 algorithm together with the AES-256 algorithm to negotiate IKE in the L2TP
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: The volume GUID may unexpectedly change after a volume is extended on a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster node
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Error message when you create a new partition during a Windows Server 2008 installation on a computer that has UEFI enabled: "0x8004240f (VDS_E_NOT_ENOUGH_SPACE)"
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Slow system response together with many other performance issues occur on a virtualization server that is running Windows Server 2008 and that has the Hyper-V role installed
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Network bindings are incorrect after you change a network adapter’s configuration on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) takes more than 60 seconds to load Group Policy object (GPO)
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 may report incorrect ping statistics for a response similar to "Destination Host Unreachable"
Windows Svr 2008 Ent AL: A Zip file with a long file name might be truncated to a short file name after being modified in Windows Vista and in Windows Server 2008
Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: The upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 fails if you have applied some TCP-A and NetDMA settings before the upgrade
Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: You cannot set page files on a partition that is larger than 2 terabytes on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer
Windows Svr 2008 Ent R2 AL: A warning message is returned from the W32Time service when you run the dcdiag command on Windows Server 2008 against a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You encounter poor performance when you use the SMB 2.0 protocol to perform network-related operations, such as ADMT migration, on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You receive the Stop error 0x00000050 and then the computer restarts automatically if the OpenFileById function opens a folder and then the handle returned is used to rename files on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: SMB 2.0 protocol-related performance counters return extremely high values on computers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You cannot create an Authorization Manager SQL store in a database that has a case-sensitive collation
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: You cannot run network related tools when an application uses serialized Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) miniport drivers
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: The STDIN, the STDOUT, and the STDERR redirections do not work in a WOW64 child process if the CreateProcessWithTokenW function creates the child process
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Single CALs support is available for Terminal Server license servers that are running Windows Server 2008
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: A DHCP server that is running Windows Server 2008 handles incorrectly DHCPInform messages if relay agents forward these messages
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: A backup of virtual machines fails when you use the Hyper-V VSS writer to back up virtual machines concurrently on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: Windows Explorer stops responding for approximately 30 seconds when you try to access the DFS resources in a Windows Server 2008 domain
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: A terminal server that is running Windows Server 2008 cannot obtain terminal licenses from a Terminal Server license server that is running Windows Server 2008 after you enable the "License Server Security Group" Group Policy setting
Windows Svr 2008 Std AL: SYSVOL migration to DFSR unnecessarily replicates or conflicts files in Windows Server 2008
Windows Svr 2008 Std R2 AL: After you generate an MPIO configuration report on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, some the text in the report is not readable
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: Some email messages are moved incorrectly to the "Badmail" folder instead of being delivered on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 if the P2 header fields of the e-mail messages are very large
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: Random Stop errors on a Windows Server 2003-based computer that performs input/output to file shares hosted on another computer or to a network-attached storage device
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: Windows Server 2003 does not restart as expected if a recursive error occurs while writing a dump file
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: How to generate a kernel dump file or a complete memory dump file in Windows Server 2003
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: The File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) service may cause high CPU usage in a Windows Server 2003
Windows Svr Ent 2003 EN: Printer Redirection from Client to Terminal Services Session Does not Preserve User Preferences
Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: August 2009 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems
Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: You cannot stop safely a removable storage device on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 after you delete a folder on the removable storage device
Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: The private key description field always displays "CryptoAPI Private Key," and you cannot change the text on computers that are running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP x64 Professional
Windows Svr Std 2003 EN: The cache information for only the first 32 processors is reported if the number of processors is greater than 32 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 SP2