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Monday, December 29, 2008

Vista Service Pack 1 SP1 is not offered on windows update

 

Problem:

When you check for updates on Windows Update or on Automatic Updates, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is not offered for download.

Reasons:

This problem can occur for many different reasons. However, the following reasons are the most common:

  • You already have Windows Vista SP1 installed and do not realize it.
  • You must install another update before you can install Windows Vista SP1.
  • System components that are required to install Windows Vista SP1 are not present on your computer.
  • You installed a prerelease version of Windows Vista SP1, and it was not properly uninstalled before you tried to install the final release of the service pack.
  • You use a certain version of the following software or hardware:
    • Symantec software driver for Symantec Endpoint Protection and for Symantec Network Access Control clients
    • Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo LA Notebook
    • Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) Store Operations or Headquarters
    • vLite

 

The MOST common problem is the sound card driver from realtek

update that driver and see if you can get the SP1 from windows update

Link towards the latest REALTEK AUDIO DRIVER

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsCheck.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3

 

Read more info about this here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948343



TRY TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES BEFORE TRYING TO INSTALL THE SERVICE PACK FROM THE BELOW LINKS>

You can also find the SP1 standalone full installer for 5 languages here

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B0C7136D-5EBB-413B-89C9-CB3D06D12674&displaylang=en

 

or for all languages here:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Signatures-Updates/Windows-Vista-Service-Pack.shtml


HOWTO: Enable WOL wake on lan for Asus P5Q motherboard

 

follow the following steps:

 

1) From the Bios (From default settings):

  • Power -> APM -> Power On by PCI Devices = Enabled

2) From Vista > Control Panel (switch to classic mode from link on the left pane)-> Device Manager

Right click on the atheros network adaptor (I have the latest drivers for my network adaptor from the asus site). Then follow the red arrows.

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EDIT:

After doing the above I noticed that the pc would wake up on its own.

So I went again in the device manager and changed the settings as you can see in the image below:

settings2

Thats it! Now WOL is enabled

 

Comments are welcome!


Vista: STOP 0x0000007B INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE

HOW-TO: Enable SATA drives AFTER vista has installed in IDE compatibility mode!

Or HOWTO: enable AHCI mode after installing Windows

Consider the following scenario. In the BIOS setup of a Microsoft Windows Vista-based computer, you change the Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) mode of the boot drive to use the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) specification. You then restart the computer. In this scenario, you receive the following error message:

This issue occurs if the AHCI driver (Msahci.sys) in Windows Vista is disabled or not installed the first time you installed Vista. This driver must be enabled before you change the SATA mode of the boot drive.

Solution

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

To resolve this issue, enable the AHCI driver in the registry before you change the SATA mode of the boot drive. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Exit all Windows-based programs.
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  3. If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  4. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci

  5. In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
  7. On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.

download the above registry file below:



The above is for Vista, for XP I have seen the following discussion:

http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.php?t=444831&page=2

Comments are welcome!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Remove spyware guard 2008 software!

 

Problem:

How can I get rid of the stupid Spyware Guard 2008 software from poping up on
my screen constantly and is forcing me into buying their software. Please
someone help me to get rid of this junk software forever. TY

 

Solution:

Get SPYBOT seach and destroy from here: (free)

http://www.filehippo.com/download_spybot_search_destroy/

Scan your system remove all the  stuff that it finds!!!


Is there a way to customize the antialias of ClearType?

Question:

Hi.
I like ClearType, but I think it is a little too blurry. Is there a way
to make it a little sharper, but still have antialias? I tried using
Standard and none, but they were to pixelated.
Thank you in advance. :)

Answer:

YES! see 2 below links one is an online tweaker and the other is the install version

http://www.microsoft.com/typography/cleartype/tuner/step1.aspx


or download:
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/ClearTypePowerToy.mspx


How would I go about installing XP on a new computer where the drive is bigger than 127 GB?

 

Question:

How would I go about installing XP on a new computer where the drive is
bigger than 127 GB? I have Windows XP Pro. I want to be able to format and
use all of the new drive, not just the first 127 GB of it.

I have the original XP CD with no service pack on it!

 

Answer:

If your motherboard supports 48 bit you are ok, but you will have to install XP with SP1 or up.

So you will have to SLIPSTREAM your XP with SP2

One guide is this:

http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

this means integrating service pack 2 inside the xp cd and creating a new cd

Also a good tool to do this with little hassle is nlite http://www.nliteos.com/

OR if a friend has the same exact version of XP with sp2 you can use that CD
but with YOUR product key!

PS: what about sp3?

You cannot integrate sp3 directly to a XP RTM disk!

You can integrate sp3 only after integrating sp2

so it's a 2 step thing...


Windows Explorer crashes in several circumstances

Problem:

I told about this problem but it still remains, so I send it again:
Windows Explorer crashes when it is pointing to a file or a folder and:
  1) I try to delete them (using keyboard or the Delete toolbar icon);
  2) I try to view their properties (using the mouse button or toolbar
icon).
  3) I click in File or Edit menu of Windows Explorer.
  The "Copy to" and "Move To" buttons of Windows Explorer are working fine.
  So, to delete a file or a folder I have use the button "Move to" ...
Recycle Bin.
  Windows Explorer works fine in the situations 2 and 3, if it is pointing
to a drive.
  Windows Explorer also crashes if the file or folder is sitting in the
Desktop and I try to delete or view their properties.
Windows Explorer does not crash if I delete or view the porperties of a
Desktop link.
Below are the information given by the system after the error and the
processes running, when the problem occurs.
  I already run "sfc /scannow" and reinstalled "Windows XP SP3".
Any help?
Thanks,

 

Solution:

Hello, you should download nirsofts shellexview

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html

and temporality disable all pink (non microsoft) shell extensions

restart and

see if this resolves the problem.. then you can slowly add back the ones you think you need

until you reach the one causing the problem

 

Download ShellExView in Zip file

Download self-install executable for installing ShellExView with uninstall support

Download ShellExView for x64


Cannot install Microsoft Office Document Image Writer on 64 bit vista

 

Problem:

I installed MS Office 2003 Pro on new PC running Vista 64 Bit.  It did not
install as a printer.  Under All Programs, Office, Office Tools,

“Microsoft Office Document Image Writer“

is listed and I can open it, but cannot import a file.  I get message that it is
not installed and that I should uninstall and reinstall.  I have tried to
install by selecting Office, Tools, Run All on this computer --same results.
Thanks for help to resolve

Answer:

This is the article from microsoft that talks about your problem
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927383


Basically there is no 64 bit version of that driver:


This behavior is by design.


Note Currently, you cannot install either printer driver on a computer that
is running a 64-bit operating system.


ShellEnhancer

Latest version is ShellEnhancer 3.0.0.91
(released 22nd Dec 2006)

Major New Features of 3.0.0.91

 

download here http://www.nuonsoft.net/shellenhancer/downloads.php

  • Major rewrite of the backend, making it much more stable and fixing the applications crashes like for Java applications, Winamp...
    Because of this, ShellEnhancer now requires Windows XP or later.
  • Live Preview: continuously update the little preview in the Enhanced Alt+Tab Taskswitcher.
  • Full Windows XP native Unicode support.
  • Major fixes for the Shell Enhanced Applications feature, especially when applied to windows of Windows Explorer.
  • The mouse-screen-corner feature now fully supports multi-monitor systems.
  • Lots of new features for the Enhanced Alt+Tab TaskSwitcher.
  • Option to draw mouse gesture trails on screen when drawing a mouse gesture.
  • Option to rollup windows by double clicking on titlebar.
  • More options for the On Screen Display (OSD).
  • Minimized-to-tray windows icons are restored when ShellEnhancer is restarted after it crashes.
  • This version also includes lots of other enhancements and bugfixes. Learn more about all the other new features and bug fixes in version 3.0.0.91.

 

What is ShellEnhancer?

ShellEnhancer is an application designed to enhance the default shell of Windows and to make your life easier.
ShellEnhancer includes two types of taskswitcher (Enhanced TaskSwitcher and Mosaic TaskSwitcher) which you can use to replace the default Windows Alt+Tab taskswitcher. The Enhanced TaskSwitcher supports live previews.
ShellEnhancer allows you to make your own tasks. Tasks consist of a number of commands which get executed one after the other. Available commands include: insert text, send keystroke, manipulate windows, run program, start screensaver, lock workstation and many other.
Tasks can be executed with hotkeys, mouse gestures or screen corners. An On Screen Display (OSD) can be shown when a task is run.
With X-Window style moving and resizing you don't have to move your mouse to a corner of a window to move or resize it.
Other features include: rolling up windows, making any window transparent, always on top, keep focus, ... This can also be automated with the Auto Managed Windows feature.

To view a feature list of ShellEnhancer, click here.


TaskSwitchXP free

TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to.

TaskSwitchXP Start Panel style

TaskSwitchXP also has a powerful process and window management capability that allows you quickly to close/minimize applications and their groups. The unique capabilities of TaskSwitchXP make it useful for tracking down multitudinous windows, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

The latest version 2.0.11 has been released on August 8, 2006 (changelog).

More Info

TaskSwitchXP supports a few built-in interface schemes. It dynamically adapts to the selected Windows XP theme, provides customizable font and color settings for each user in the system. You can also choose preview and list styles, appearance effects, opacity of the switcher window and more. You can make your everyday environment to look whichever you want!

Please see the full list of features and getting started guide.

System requirements

TaskSwitchXP requires features present only in Windows XP/2003 operating systems. All older versions of Windows are not supported! Please see TaskSwitchXP's FAQ and forums for more information.


HOW TO: office 2003 and office 2007 on the same computer!

 

Note: Tested on XP, please report in comments about Vista! Thanks

PROBLEM:

If you have installed office2003 and office2007 on the same computer you probably get the dialogs below every time they switch between Word 2007 and Word 2003.

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SOLUTION:

The fix to the problem is very simple as it turns out - simply run the following commands (by pressing the Windows Key+R or typing it into the Start/Run command box.  Use the line with Office\11.0 if you have Office 2003 installed and Office\12.0 if you have Office 2007 installed.  You can use both if you have both installed :

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Word\Options /v NoReReg /t REG_DWORD /d 1

That is it.  Office 2007 might want to have one more spin round the block with it's configuration dialog box, but that should be it.

 

Comments are welcome


Log into vista if password has been forgotten (and you are the only user - administrator)

 

If you can still log in to your computer as a standard user, you may follow these steps. If you cannot log in to any account on your computer, you will need to use Option 3.

  1. Download the following file and save it to your desktop: enableadmin.exe.
  2. Click on the start orb. Write down your username (the name listed right below your picture on the start menu).
  3. Place your Windows Installation DVD into your DVD drive
  4. Restart your computer
  5. When prompted, press a key on your keyboard to boot from the DVD
  6. Select your language options and click Next (See picture)
  7. Select the option at the bottom to repair your computer (See picture)
  8. Select your Windows installation from the list. Make sure you notate what drive letter it is installed on.
     

  9. Select the last option from the list to open a Command Prompt (See picture)
  10. Type the drive letter that you notated from step 8, type a colon (:), and then press enter. For example, if your Windows installation was on drive C, you would type
    C:

  11. Type the following command, and press enter:
    cd users

  12. Type cd, a space, your username that you wrote down in step 2, and then press enter. For example, if your username is jimmy, you would type
    cd jimmy

  13. Type the following command, and press enter:
    cd desktop

  14. Type the following command, and press enter:
    enableadmin

  15. You should receive a message telling you to restart your computer. Close the command prompt window and click on the 'Restart' button on the window that gives you the list of options.
  16. When your computer restarts, log in with the account named 'Administrator'. Use this emergency Administrator account to fix your normal administrator account by using the user accounts control panel.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Microsoft kicks fake security software off 400,000 PCs

 

In the second month of a campaign against fake security software, Microsoft has booted the rogue application "Antivirus 2009" from almost 400,000 PCs, the company recently claimed.

Improving Gramm-Leach Bliley Security Compliance - read this white paper.

December's version of the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), a free utility that Microsoft pushes to Windows users as part of Patch Tuesday , targeted one of the most popular phony security app, Antivirus 2009. According to Microsoft, the MSRT erased the fake from over 394,000 PCs in the first nine days after it released this month's edition on Dec. 9.

Last month, Microsoft trumpeted a similar cleaning operation against another family of bogus security software that it said had purged nearly a million machines of programs like "Advanced Antivirus," "Ultimate Antivirus 2008," and "XPert Antivirus."

December's campaign targeted a different family -- dubbed "W32/FakeXPA" by Microsoft -- that includes fake security software going by names such as "Antivirus XP," "AntivirusXP 2008" and "Antivirus 2009."

Windows users increasingly have been plagued with worthless security software as criminals bundle the money makers with other malware or seed significant users with waves of spam touting the programs. According to one researcher, cybercrooks can pull in as much as $5 million a year by installing the rogue programs on PCs, then dunning users with infection claims and constant pop-ups until the victims pay $40 or $50 to purchase the useless applications.

Microsoft also aimed the December version of MSRT at an affiliated piece of malware, called "W32/Yektel," that works alongside W32FakeXPA and is often bundled with the phony security software.

Classified by Microsoft as a Trojan horse, Yektel takes advantage of users' worries about browser security by inserting false warnings into Internet Explorer . Those warnings, explained Microsoft researcher Hamish O'Dea in a post to the company's malware protection center blog two weeks ago, appear at random and mimic IE's own legitimate drop-down alerts.

Newer variations of the Yektel Trojan go a step further, and insert phony warnings into Google search results, said O'Dea. Whenever these even-sneakier versions detect IE rendering a URL that includes "google," it inserts a fake message that reads "Google has detected unregistered Antivirus 2009 copy on your computer. Google recommends you activate Antivirus 2009 to protect your PC from malicious intrusions from the Internet."

The links from Yektel's IE and Google warnings, of course, take users to a Web site where users are urged to pay $50 to register Antivirus 2009.

Windows users can download the MSRT manually from Microsoft's Web site or via the Windows Update service.

DOWNLOAD HERE>

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356&displaylang=en


Laptops beat desktop shipments in Q3 2008

 

With 3rd quarter sales, revenue, and earnings posted and evaluated, several surprising facts come dv6114laptop2 into play. iSuppli, a market research firm, has evaluated desktop and laptop sales, and for the first time ever, laptop shipments this quarter have been above desktop shipments.


38.6 million laptops were sold last quarter, only slightly above 38.5 million desktops sold. Notebook PC shipments rose 40 percent over 3rd quarter 2007, while PC shipments fell 1.3 percent over 3rd quarter 2007.


HP held the top spot for notebook shipments and PCs (14.9m units), with Dell in 2nd place (11m units), but Acer is quickly catching up (9.7m units). Acer accounts the large increase in notebook shipments to it's Aspire One Netbook line, a small and cheap laptop. Following Acer was Lenovo and Toshiba.


The laptop and netbook market is expected to grow even more in the current quarter due to the holidays and netbooks being even more aggressively priced. Also, several cellular networks are supposedly beginning to roll out savings plans to make netbooks even cheaper when bought with a data plan.

 

via neowin.net


Recover deleted files for free with RECUVA

 

Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

  • Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover
  • Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type
  • Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view
  • Can be run from a USB thumb drive
  • Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.
  • Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems
  • Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)
  • Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives
  • It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!

 

DOWNLOAD http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/

 

SCREENSHOT:

 

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DO you need help with your computer problems??? Go here http://www.crossloop.com/kennys and click on the CHAT WITH ME button

or click the I CAN HELP button here 

and I will try to assist you!


Crossloop: The future is NOW!

Article by Kenny S, Crossloop helper http://www.crossloop.com/kennys

Crossloop: The future is NOW!

Just imagine, having some of the most knowledgeable people in the world “beam” into your crossloop_logocomputer and fix it in a matter of minutes!

Imagine having direct access to all their years of experience and knowledge. Imagine having them explain to you the programs you need for your work.

Imagine having these people help you connect that new great hardware you bought. Imagine them helping you make your computer work like it SHOULD work: fast and stable.

This is not fantasy. Its reality! Crossloop is a community of people that is ready to help you with any problem, within a matter of seconds. After you authorize access (and only with your permission) they can log onto your computer and collaborate with you, solving all problems, large and small.

You can find helpers for anything you can image! Make a graphic, build a website, connect a scanner, clean your pc from viruses…

Up till now you, had 4 options:

1) Bring a professional to your home and pay lots of money per hour. Besides being costly, it takes too much time to arrange.

2) Call conventional tech support by phone, which, in most cases, gets you vague answers,

3) You could call your “geek” friend or relative that is fed up fixing everyone's computer for free! (Although you love him you don't want to tire him by asking too many questions.) But even in this case you can save him time, since he/she can download the Crossloop application for free and connect with your computer without needing to be physically present! YES… Crossloop's motto is: Everyone helps!

or,

4) You can search the internet yourself, and drown in an ocean of information, often irrelevant to your particular problem.

So now you have a fifth option!

We all know that sometimes it's better to let the pros handle the problem. It spares us from frustration and saves us money and time.The crossloop application

Crossloop uses the power of the internet to connect you with people who CARE, and who really want to help you sort out problems or teach you whatever you need to learn about computers.

All you have to do is download and install the free Crossloop application, go to www.crossloop.com (see more links and info further down) and search for a helper. You can even CHAT from your browser with any helper, discuss your problem, and he will give you an estimate of how much it will cost for him or her to work on your computer. This enables you to find a helper that can help YOU better.

You can see the crossloop main application window on the screenshot on the right >

Crossloop offers what NO OTHER program of this nature does: an entire community of people at your service! This is why Crossloop will soon be the standard for online support.

Crossloop is what the internet is all about: Connecting people and sharing knowledge and information. You will talk to a real person who will guide you and help you shed your fear and frustration. The internet should be all about people… not machines. The machines are only a tool to serve us, and we must never forget that.

Through Crossloop, you connect with a real person who will try his best to assist you with your questions and/or problems….

Crossloop comes at the best possible time!

One thing's for sure: These are times of change. Crossloop is a very cost-effective and fast way to solve your computer problems. Not only will you save money, you will give an opportunity for people to earn money by providing high-quality services, catered to your needs. It’s a win-win situation!

We must understand that through rough times, often new and great beginnings spring out that benefit everyone. I believe that Crossloop was created at the best possible time. It's all a matter of choice. Where you prefer to focus: lack of resources and limits, or new possibilities and expansion?

I say, let’s focus on the positive aspects of this new era, and let's see how we can take advantage of new tools like Crossloop that give so much new opportunity to so many people.

EDIT: Give the GIFT of HELP!

Hey guys its Christmas!

There are some holiday offers that you can spread the joy of Crossloop to friends and family for the holiday seasons.. they might get that new laptop, or printer they wanted for Christmas but who will help them set all that up??? Crossloop helpers will!

Click on the Crossloop Christmas present image here to give a little help to your friends!

gift_logoCLICK ME! 

Information:

  • Main crossloop site www.crossloop.com
  • Get help from ME on crossloop! (If you need help with anything just click on the “chat with me button” or Contact me button on this page:   http://www.crossloop.com/kennys  or click on the I CAN HELP button below, I’ll be happy to assist you)

 



  • My own youtube video on how to use crossloop

 

Comments are welcome!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pressure mounts for Microsoft to deliver with Windows 7

SEATTLE — One thing you don't see very often on corporate PCs and laptops: Windows Vista.

Nearly two years after introducing Vista, Microsoft (MSFT) is grappling with an unanticipated phenomenon: The latest version of its flagship Windows computer operating system remains a rarity in corporate settings. As a result, the software giant finds itself under acute pressure to stay on track with plans to replace Vista with the next version of Windows, code-named Windows 7, perhaps as soon as late 2009.

With the global economy stalling out — and with Apple Macs increasingly replacing Windows desktops and laptops in workplace settings — Microsoft can ill afford a repeat of the delays that beset the introduction of Vista. "They have to get Windows 7 right — and get it right the first time," says Laura DiDio, principal analyst at tech research firm ITIC

ITIC and Sunbelt Software surveyed 700 senior executives and found only 10% had deployed Vista in their organizations. Windows XP remained the primary desktop PC operating system for 88% of the respondents. Meanwhile, 77% reported some use of Macs, and 50% said they plan to permit wider use of Apple products, including the iPhone.

Monday, in a nod to those who don't want to switch to Vista now, Microsoft said it would continue letting smaller PC makers order XP through Jan. 31 for delivery through May.

Even so, revenue from Microsoft's client division, which includes Vista, rose 13% to $16.9 billion in its 2008 fiscal year, ended June 30. Operating income rose 14% to $13.1 billion. That's partly because corporations paid Microsoft to access Vista but then chose not to use it.

Many tech managers remain wary of Vista's reputation for crashing programs. "Vista's main problem is lack of compatibility with other applications," says DiDio.

Shanen Boettcher, general manager of Windows product management, says Vista has been refined and now works well with most business applications. Today, "nearly nine of 10 people who actually run Windows Vista say they enjoy it and are favorable," he says.

Microsoft's big challenge: Get corporate buyers to embrace Windows 7. The economic slowdown won't make that any easier, says Charles King at tech research firm Pund-IT. "As money tightens and the recession deepens, both consumers and businesses will do everything they can to avoid purchases," says King.

Tech buyers who postpone replacing aging PCs risk cutting themselves off from newer software designed for Windows 7, says Michael Silver, Gartner tech industry analyst. "You could end up with too much Windows XP, too late in its life," he says.

"There is a very good probability of Windows 7 shipping early, in time for holiday sales in 2009," Silver says. "Strong sales of new PCs will allow Windows 7 to get off to a good start."

 

source: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-12-22-microsoft-vista-windows-pressure_N.htm


Australia to test blocking all P2P and Bit Torrent traffic

 

Australia has been known to have high levels of censorship. It should come as no surprise to those in the land down under that the government is planning to filter P2P and Bit Torrent traffic in live pilot tests.
Senator Conroy went on the record saying "technology that filters peer-to-peer and Bit Torrent traffic does exist and it is anticipated that the effectiveness of this will be tested in the live pilot trial".
It is a drastic step to filter out all P2P and Bit Torrent traffic as it assumes that those channels are only used for piracy. One example of legitimate use is the popular online game World of Warcraft. This game uses a Bit Torrent system of distrubution for its updates. Like any technology it can be used for both good and evil and choosing to block all on the account that it is only used for piracy is taking censorship to new levels.
Unsurprisingly the idea has fueled a serious debate in Australia; "I'm aware that this proposal has attracted significant debate and criticism ? on this blog and at other places in the blogosphere," Senator Conroy said. Many of the complaints stem around the idea that Senator Conroy is acting as a big brother.
If the Senator has his way and the filter is kept in place how far will the government be allowed to intervene? Simply blocking a technology for the potential illegal use is a preposterous idea as nearly all software can be used for malicious activities; it's the user who makes the decision.


Get and Enable Windows Vista Aero Glass Transparency Effect and Desktop Windows Manager (DWM)

 

Windows Aero is hardware-based premium visual experience or graphical user interface that implemented in Windows Vista installed in Vista Premium Ready PC, which includes effects such as transparent glass design, subtle window animations, animated cursors, new window color and eye candy. Aero is actually acronym (or backronym) for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open. Windows Aero requires high system specifications in order to work, with the minimum requirements of at least 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor, 1 GB (gigabyte) of system memory and a DirectX 9 compatible graphics accelerator processor card with a minimum of 128 MB of Video RAM, installed with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver. But Aero can work on slightly less powerful system. If your Windows Vista Aero user interface (UI) doesn’t work or disable, here are few suggestions and troubleshooting steps that you can check to enable Aero in Windows Vista.
If you have fulfill the requirements, but the Aero user interface still doesn’t work, unable to run or still disable, try the following troubleshooting guide. As mentioned, Windows Aero interface or Desktop Window Manager windowing system that enables the Windows Aero user interface in Vista can run and work on system with slightly lower specification, such as on 64MB WDDM compatible graphics card for LCD flat panel up to 17-inch or larger, depending on resolution, and on system with less RAM memory i.e. 512 MB.

Step 1

Windows Aero is only available on Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Windows Vista Ultimate. To find out which edition of Windows Vista you have on your computer, open Welcome Center by clicking the Start button, click on Control Panel, then open System and Maintenance, and then click on Welcome Center. The edition of Windows Vista you’re running is displayed with your computer details near the top of the window.

Step 2

Sometimes Windows Vista may wrongly detect that the graphics adapters are not sufficiently powerful for Vista to automatically enable Aero. In this case, user can manually enable Aero.

  1. Click on the Start button and then click on “Control Panel”.
  2. Click on “Appearance and Personalization”.
  3. Click on “Personalization”.
  4. Click “Window Color and Appearance”.
  5. Click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”.
  6. Select the Windows Aero color scheme.

windows-color-and-appearance

Step 3

Vista Aero may need 32-bit colors to work. Open Display Settings by clicking on the Start button, then open Control Panel and then click on Appearance and Personalization. Next, click on Personalization and then click on Display Settings. Under Colors, select Highest (32 bit), and then click OK (If you can’t select 32 bit, check that your resolution is as high as possible).

Step 4

Windows Aero needs monitor refresh rate that higher than 10 Hz. Open Display Settings by clicking on the Start button, then open Control Panel and then click on Appearance and Personalization. Next, click on Personalization and then click on Display Settings. After that, click on Advanced Settings. Click the Monitor tab, and then click a refresh rate that’s higher than 10 hertz. (The monitor will take a moment to adjust, click Apply to keep the changes, click Apply. If you don’t apply the changes within fifteen seconds, the refresh rate will revert back to your original setting. Beside, the refresh rate affect all users who log on to the computer.)

Step 5

Windows Aero may also need Windows Vista desktop theme to run properly. Open Theme Settings by clicking the Start button, then click on Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization, and go into Personalization, and then click on Theme button. In the Theme list, select Windows Vista, and then click OK.

Step 6 - Enable Aero Glass Transparency Effect or Windows Frame Transparency

To turn on window frame transparency or Aero Glass feature, the color scheme must first be set to Windows Aero (step 2). Then click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Appearance and Personalization, click Personalization, (or you can right-Click on a blank area of desktop, and then select Personalize from the right click context menu), and then click Window Color and Appearance. Select and check the “Enable transparency” option.

Step 7

If your system only have memory of 512 MB RAM or less, Vista will not automatically enable Aero on such system. And you won’t be able to enable Aero via any of the above steps too, as users will only able to see “Windows Vista Basic” schemes and options in Appearance Settings for such system.

However, Aero can still be enable with the following workaround trick, as long as it has Aero supported graphic cards, if it’s still not available after the above 6 steps.

  1. Go to Start button, then click on Run.
  2. Run “regedit”.
  3. Browse and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ registry branch.
  4. On the following registry subkeys, edit and change the default value:

    Composition to 1
    CompositionPolicy to 2

  5. Exit registry editor.
  6. Go to Start and click on Run again.
  7. Execute and run the following commands one by one:

    net stop uxsms
    net start uxsms

Step 8

If you still cannot get Aero, or the Aero Glass transparency on WDM is not working yet. Try to use the following registry hack.

  1. Go to Start button, then click on Run.
  2. Run “regedit”.
  3. Browse and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM\ registry branch.
  4. On the following registry subkeys, edit and change the default value:

    ColorizationOpaqueBlend to 1
    CompositionPolicy” to 2

  5. Exit registry editor.
  6. Go to Start and click on Run again.
  7. Execute and run the following commands one by one:

    net stop uxsms
    net start uxsms

Alternatively, copy and paste the following text into a text editor, save it as a file with .reg extension. Then double click on the registry registration file just saved, and insert or merge the new registry value in to the registry.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
“ColorizationOpaqueBlend”=dword:00000001
“CompositionPolicy”=dword:00000002

Restart Desktop Window Manager Session Manager in Services Manager or simply run “net stop uxsms” and then follow by “net start uxsms” in Command Prompt.

 

VIA


Monday, December 22, 2008

How to view files on hard drive after installing UBUNTU with WUBI

 

When you install ubuntu with WUBI a virtual disk is created and everything from linux is kept ubuntu-splash-brown there…

So when you boot into UBUNTU and you want to access the main disk that hosts the virtual disk, you cant see it.

But in reality it is mounted in a location (folder or directory) called HOST!

You can browse to it inside of gnome or kde gui by going to places, computer, file system, host.


How to have the old menus and toolbars or old colors in office 2007

Question: Is there any way at all to make Office 2007 apps display their toolbars
and menus in Office 2002 style, or at least without the color gradients?
Anything at all - registry values, add on tweakers, etc?

Thank you.

Answer: YES you have the following 3 options

Option 1: use classic menus for office 2007 (shareware and FREEWARE (see below))

Result seen in image below is that you have the old type of menu and toolbar along with the old drop down options:

screen_shot_small

EDIT: A viewer posted a comment about a free way to get toolbars in WORD 2007, EXCEL 2007, POWERPOINT 2007 and a Access 2007. This was great if true, so I gave it a shot and downloaded the addin from the site here:

For Free and popular Office Classic menu addins for Office - 2007 by Shailesh download it from
http://in.geocities.com/shahshaileshs/menuaddins

and I followed the instructions to add the toolbar.

For XP

the instructions are that you have to place the file you will download and after you unzip it (named for example Word Menu 2003.dotm) in this location:

C:\Document and Settings\<Username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\Startup

Where C is the drive you have windows installed on and <username> is your computer account username

Have in mind that these folders may be hidden, in this case,

You'll need to show
hidden files to navigate to it however, to do so open MY COMPUTER and on the top menu click Tools, then Folder Options, then the
View tab, and then choose 'Show hidden files and folders'.

For VISTA

you need to place the file you will download and after you unzip it (named for example Word Menu 2003.dotm) in this location:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP

Where C is the drive you have windows installed on and <username> is your computer account username

You'll need to show hidden files to navigate to it however, to do so press the Alt key on the keyboard in any
Windows Explorer window to bring up the toolbar, click Tools, then Folder Options, then the
View tab, and then choose 'Show hidden files and folders'.

After you do this the result will be like this:

wordmenu2003

As you can see on the ADD-INS tab now you have the old kind of toolbar AND the drop down menus!

Option 2:

Use one of the classic high contrast themes in windows (the ones for the
visually impaired)
here is the result using classic> high contrast white. However this affects all the interface of windows, but of course you can switch back easily.

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Option 3:

Lower the screen colors to 256 while using word
the result is this>

3128193195_53d20f5c91_o

Normally xp and vista don't let you lower to 256 colors
but you can do it with a free program from greenparrots called 1st Quickres.
Scroll down the bottom of this page and you will see the free edition on the
LEFT


http://www.greenparrots.com/aqr.html


The pro edition claims that lets you also define ONE application to launch
with low color but I have not tried it..

FEEDBACK IS WELCOME


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Microsoft Demos Remote Desktop 7 Enhancements in Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, including HD Movie Support

 

New Enhancements

The upcoming RDP 7 enhancements discussed are as follows:

  • Windows 7 Aero support
  • Direct 2D & Direct 3D 10.1 application support
  • True multi-monitor support
  • RDP Core Performance Improvements
  • Multimedia enhancements
    • Media Foundation support
    • DirectShow support
  • Low Latency audio playback support
  • Bi-directional audio support

Demo 1

After discussing the current state of the Remote Desktop Protocol and giving a brief overview of what's new in RDP 7, Nadim Abdo turned the presentation over to Gaurav Daga for the actual demo.  The following are the times for the key sections of the demo along with a bit about each demo shown: 

16:50 - Demo starts

19:00 - Direct X and Direct 2D graphics application demo starts.  

Besides the obvious Direct 2D demo application demo Gaurav discussed a new feature of RDP 7 called "10 on 9".   This allows applications that are running on servers that do not have a Direct X 10 card installed to use Direct X 9 along with the "10 on 9" feature to allow the application to render the graphics. From what they showed off in the video it works very well.

20:48 - Direct X and Direct X 3D

21:51 - Multimedia and audio video sync capabilities

This part of the demo is priceless to anyone who has been doing server-based computing, remoting, terminal services, Citrix or whatever you want to call it for any period of time.  In this portion of the demo, they show a 1080p high definition (HD) video being remoted from a Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal Services. 

WOW, is all I can say!  I was left speechless.  It was beautiful, not a single skip or hiccup, and it was beautiful.   Microsoft accomplishes this not through virtual GPUs or server-side GPUs but by sending commands (code) from the server to the client.  The commands are then executed on the local client's graphics cards vs. the servers which Microsoft calls this, "RDP Client Rendering".

The following image is a screen shot from the HD movie played over RDP 7.  You will notice the resolution is very high and rich, now imagine it running in full motion with the audio synced.   I never thought I would see the day.

Through RDP Client Rendering the amount of server-side resources are cut drastically.  This eliminates the classic problem where one or two users running a graphics application at any given time renders the Terminal Servers box unusable.  Not anymore.  As the HD movie played, Gaurav showed us that both the server's CPU and the network bandwidth utilization were running around 1%.   Again, WOW is all I can say!

In the following image you will you will notice the Windows Task Manager's CPU Usage and Memory Usage are very low considering a HD move is being remoted.  Heck, mouse movements almost add more CPU... ;)

Once they were done wooing us with the amazing eye candy in the demo, Nadim Abdo came back to discuss RDP Graphics Internals, the RDP graphics architecture, and which RDP rendering method was used by which applications.

Applications Supported?

As mentioned earlier, in Windows 7 and RDP 7 Microsoft has added the ability for the server to send commands to the Remote Desktop Client and have those commands executed by the local client's graphics card vs. being required to have them rendered on the server, thus gaining the benefits we talked about above.  But this is not always the case, and it was pointed out in the presentation where applications that run through and/or somehow embed Windows Media Player will take advantage of client -side rendering, called RDP Client Rendering, but that all others methods will not.  For example, Flash media.  We all know there are tons of Flash videos and banners all over the web today.  Even DABCC.com has Flash.  Microsoft commented that in the future we might see other graphics version move from a host rendering solution to a client rendering model.

The following chart shows the media types and whether they are rendered on the server and/or the client:

Demo 2

33:00 - RDP 7 Graphics: Bringing it All Together 

In the finial demo of the presentation, Gaurav Daga revisits the Direct X 2D and Direct X 3D applications shown earlier in the presentation, but this time he runs them both at the same time, side by side on the screen.

You will also notice the full Aero glass effect is present and running over RDP 7, notice the translucencies?  Gaurav even showed off the eye candy "Flip 3D" support and it all worked flawlessly over a remote desktop session.  Yes, a RDP session...

Virtual Desktop Support

One of the more interesting points Gaurav Daga made, which I found very compelling, was around virtual desktops.   He made the point that today most virtual graphics adapters found on virtual desktops do not support truly rich DirectX and Direct 2D / 3D applications but with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and RDP7, it won't matter due to the fact the features are built into the operating system (Windows 7) and do not require heavy use of the server side graphics driver.  This also means it does not matter what hypervisor Windows 7 runs on.  All you need is a virtual Windows 7 desktop along with the Desktop Client for RDP7 and the user experience will be all that and a bag of chips. 

This makes me think.  VMware and a slew of other desktop virtualization venders use RDP as the remoting protocol for their VDI solutions so in theory they will be able to take advantage of these upcoming features.  But the problem is solutions such as VMware View (formally known as Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)) have a custom client.  This being said, the VDI brokers will be required to update their current clients to support the upcoming RDP 7 enhancements.  Only the upcoming Microsoft Desktop Services connection broker will be able to take advantage of these features by default.

What Clients will be supported?

At launch time and I can only expect for some time afterwards, the following clients will support all the new graphics and multimedia enhancements:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista (Direct X remoting will not work)


The Bottom Line:

The bottom line is that Microsoft is stepping up the game with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services, and RDP 7.   The enhancements discussed and shown in the demos will go a long way to enhance the "user experience" in both Presentation Virtualization and Virtual Desktop worlds thus allowing wider adoption due to less pushback from users.  (We all know user pushback matters...and delivering an amazing user experience is the key to overcoming user pushback.)

The only big drawback I saw was the fact that Microsoft is still using host rendering for a slew of common formats.  For example, Flash.   Needless to say Flash tends to be everywhere and typically does not perform well on my TS boxes... :)  These new features will not directly benefit Flash video and the other formats of videos still using host based rendering. 

Although at the end of the day for me it is simple..... when I can get my hands on this I will be retiring my MacBook Pro notebook and will be replacing it with a laptop running Windows 7!   Sorry Apple... Put that in one in an upcoming "PC vs. Mac" commercial because "I'm a PC"!

Written by: Douglas A. Brown, MVP, CTP


Using Remote Desktop with Dual Monitors

It is not an understatement to say that once you are used to the convenience and increased efficiency that multiple monitors provide, you just cannot go back to working with a single monitor.

So why should you use a single monitor when you're remotely connecting to another computer or virtual machine? You should not, and this quick guide will show exactly how you can use Remote Desktop with multiple monitors in three easy steps.

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop client (version 6.0) supports spanning across multiple monitors. Only some configurations are supported by Remote Desktop client in span mode. This is explained in a little more detail at:
http://blogs.msdn.com/ts/archive/2006/11/10/multi-monitor-support-in-the...

Specifically, the client needs the following for span mode to work correctly:
o Equal resolution monitors
o Total resolution of all monitors not exceeding 4096 x 2048
o Top-left monitor being the primary

So, with this basic setup, let's jump right in!

Step 1. Check the basics

Make sure both your monitors are using the same resolution and are oriented horizontally. Right click on the desktop. Click Properties.

In the Display Properties tab, make sure the monitors have the same resolution and are oriented horizontally. If not, adjust your monitor resolution and position so they are. If you are using unequal resolution monitors or a different screen layout, see http://www.splitview.com/node/40

Step 2. Get the right version of Remote Desktop client

Check if you have the right version of Remote Desktop Connection client. You need at least version 6.0

In the Start Menu > Run… dialog, type “mstsc” and hit enter.

The acronym “mstsc” stands for “Microsoft Terminal Services Client” – another name for Remote Desktop Connection client. You can also start it from Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection (or Accessories > Connections > Remote Desktop Connection)

The Remote Desktop Connection program should open up.

Click the monitor icon in the top-left corner of this dialog, and choose the "About" menu:

This will show the version of the Remote Desktop Connection client. It should be version 6.0 or higher:

If you have an older version, first download and install the newer version from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6E1EC93D-BDBD-4...

Step 3. Connect to remote computer in 'span mode'

To have the Remote Desktop connection client use both your monitors, you need to start it in “span” mode. This is done by giving the following command in the Run dialog:

mstsc /span

Open Start Menu, click Run. Then type in mstsc /span and hit Enter or Click OK

When the Remote Desktop client opens up, enter the remote computer name to which you are connecting, and click Connect.

The Remote session should open up and cover both your monitors.

If you do not have SplitView installed on the remote computer, you will run into a few problems with the span mode:

  • The Windows taskbar will cover both monitors
  • Applications will maximize across both monitors
  • Popup dialogs and windows will appear in between the two monitors, half on one monitor and half on the other
  • The Windows log on dialog will also appear cut off by the monitor bezels in between the two monitors

This is not the way you expect multi-monitors to work. Instead of increasing efficiency, such a multi-monitor experience will be very inefficient (not to say irritating) to work with, especially when you have to keep moving windows so they do not get chopped off in between the two monitors.

To fix these problems, simply install SplitView in ‘Terminal Server mode’ on the remote computer. ‘Terminal Server mode’ is an install option. SplitView will fix the above mentioned problems and enable a true multi-monitor experience with the spanned remote desktop session.

Once you have this working, you may want to launch the remote session in an easier way instead of typing the ‘mstsc /span’ command everytime.

The next section shows how you can create an “RDP file”, so you can launch a spanned remote desktop session by just double-clicking a file/shortcut.

Creating an RDP file to launch a spanned remote desktop session covering multiple monitors

Create the RDP file

Open Start Menu, click Run. Then type in mstsc /span and hit Enter or Click OK

When the Remote Desktop client opens up, enter the remote computer name to which you are connecting, and DON’T click Connect. Instead, click the Options button.

The window will open up to reveal more options:

Click the “Save As” button. A “Save As” dialog will open to save the connection settings to a file. Save the file to a known folder, and with a name like remoteserver.rdp. In this example, let's say we saved it to C:\remoteserver.rdp

Now, close the Remote Desktop Connection program. We are done with this for now.

Editing the RDP file

Open Windows Explorer, and browse to the folder containing the file you just saved (C:\remoteserver.rdp).

Right click the file > choose Open With... menu > Choose Program...

In the Open With dialog, choose Notepad to open the file. Remember to NOT check/enable the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” option.

Click OK. The file should open up in Notepad. It is a file with many lines. We need to edit this and add one more line.

In the last line of the file, add the following command and hit Enter:
span monitors:i:1

The file should look something like this (note the last line added manually):

Save the file (File menu > Save) and exit Notepad.

Double click... and connect!

From now on, you can connect to the remote computer using both monitors (in span mode) by just double-clicking this file.

To add a shortcut to your desktop, right click the file, and choose “Send To> Desktop (create shortcut)”. This will place a shortcut to this file on your desktop, and you can just double click the shortcut to remotely connect to the remote computer using multiple monitors in span mode.

original source: http://www.splitview.com/using-remote-desktop-with-dual-monitors-in-span-mode


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

In a few words: Windows7 is Vista just out of beta!

 

Squeezing Every Drop of Performance Out of Windows 7


In the sense in which Microsoft is building Windows 7 as the evolution of
Windows Vista, the next iteration of the Windows client will perform as if
on steroids, compared to its precursor. Steven Sinofsky, senior vice
president, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group, along with Michael
Fortin, one of Microsoft's Distinguished Engineers and head of the Windows
Fundamentals feature team, revealed that the Redmond company had a strong
focus on delivering a high level of performance for Windows 7, comparable
with end users' expectations. And Microsoft should make no mistake about it,
Windows 7 performance expectations are as high as they can be.
"We've been building out and maintaining a series of runs that measure
thousands of little and big things," revealed Sinofsky and Fortin. "We've
been running these before developer check-ins and maintaining performance
and responsiveness at a level above which all that self-host our builds will
find acceptable. These gates have kept the performance and responsiveness of
our daily builds at a high enough level that thousands have found it
possible to run their main systems on Windows 7 for extended periods of
time, doing their normal daily work."
Microsoft underlined that the perception of performance was just as
important as the actual performance delivered by the operating system. In
fact, what managed to hurt Vista the most was this perception of poor
performance compared to Windows XP, despite the fact that benchmarks from
the software giant placed the two operating systems on par.
"We've been driving down footprint, reducing our service costs, improving
the efficiency of key code paths, refactoring locks to improve scalability,
reducing hangs, improving our I/O efficiency and much more. These are
scenario driven based on real world execution paths we know from our
telemetry to be common," Sinofsky and Fortin added.
In addition to the actual efforts poured into building the Windows 7 bits,
Microsoft is also collaborating closely with original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs), independent software vendors (ISVs) and independent
hardware vendors (IHVs) in order to ensure that Windows 7 will deliver a top
performance in concordance with the hardware resources it is made available
with. But at the same time the Windows developing team is keeping a close
eye on the milestones of the operating system as they are deployed
internally.
"Within the Windows dev team, we've placed a simple trace capturing tool on
everyone's desktop. This desktop tool allows each person to run 24x7 with
performance tracing enabled. If anything seems slow or sluggish, they can
immediately save the last minute-or-so of activity and send it for automated
analysis. Additionally, a team of people visually inspect the traces for new
issues or issues not yet decipherable by our automation. The traces are
incredibly rich and allow us to get to the root of top issues most of the
time," Sinofsky and Fortin said.
In the end, Microsoft does not rely exclusively on monitoring tasks
performed as an integral part of the dogfooding of Windows 7. The company is
also centralizing telemetry from the testers participating in the Windows 7
pre-Beta program and will continue to do so throughout the Beta and Release
Candidate stages. In addition, the software giant will take into account
micro-benchmarks and specific performance scenarios for Windows 7, on top of
the system tuning it is already introducing.
"For all Pre-Beta, Beta and RTM users, we've developed a new form of
instrumentation and have used it to instrument over 500 locations in the
operating system and inbox applications. This new instrumentation is simple
in concept, but revolutionary in result. The tool is called PerfTrack, and
it has helped confirm our belief that the client benchmarks aren't too
informative about real user responsiveness issues," Sinofsky and Fortin
stated.

 

original source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Squeezing-Every-Drop-of-Performance-Out-of-Windows-7-100320.shtml


Tweak the latest messenger Windows Live Messenger 9 Wave 3 (14.0.8050.1202) and remove advertisements!

 

Get the updated patcher from a-patch!   Capture

 

“In the meantime you can download the lite version of A-Patch with a pretty handy list of options including removing advertisements and nudge shake/delays. It's also available in a total of 8 languages, and the 'preview' feature is also back :-) “


Download A-Patch for Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Wave 3 (14.0.8050.1202)


Firefox 3.0.5 released!

The award-winning Web browser is better than ever. Browse the Web with confidence. Firefox protects you from viruses, spyware and pop-ups.

Enjoy improvements to performance, ease of use and privacy. It's easy to import your favorites and settings and get started.

The latest version delivers easier navigation for everyone, including those who are visually or motor-impaired. Firefox is the first browser to support DHTML accessibility, which, when enabled by Web authors, allows rich Web applications to be read aloud. Users may navigate with keystrokes rather than mouse clicks, reducing the tabbing required to navigate documents such as spreadsheets. Firefox is also the first browser to meet US federal government requirements that software be easily accessible to users with physical impairments.

 

Get it here http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

or if you already have firefox installed, from firefox go to HELP and CHECK FOR UPDATES and your browser will be updated.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Windows Live Messenger and Live Suite Wave 3 released (RC)

 

Microsoft has just made the updated release candidate of the Windows Live Suite wave 3 at download.live.com. Microsoft has updated the Messenger client to Version 2009 (Build 14.0.8050.1202) as can be seen below from the about Window:

There is no beta tag anywhere on this build as it's a near final build and Messenger plus does work with this build but not all features are usable.
Overall the UI has been enhanced in most areas with minor changes. The main improvements are the integration to Windows 7 with the new jump lists feature.
The sign in has changed slightly

The Windows 7 jump lists:

The toasts that pop up when users sign in have been updated too:

The contact list and IM windows remain largely the same:


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Update: Foldershare is now called WINDOWS LIVE SYNC

 

NOTE: Now you log in with a windows live, aka passport, aka hotmail username and password… and your old shares must be re-created.

 

We've been hard at work on the new software, and we're pleased to report that the new Windows Live Sync is now available for Windows and the Mac. Capture

We've listened to your feedback, and Sync will continue to offer the same great service as FolderShare, along with several new features:


* Higher file limits—up to 20 synchronized folders (formerly known as libraries) with up to 20,000 files in each one.
* Integration with Windows Live ID.
* Integration with the Recycle Bin.
* Unicode support.
* More languages for Windows (46 in all).
* And lots of bug fixes.


As part of the new release, we will be retiring the old FolderShare blog and newsgroup to make room for a new Sync blog and a new Sync newsgroup.
Sync may be new to some FolderShare users, but don't worry! Sync is designed to make transition easy, although there are a few steps for you to take:


* Install the software on each of your computers that previously ran FolderShare so Sync can automatically reconnect your synchronized folders.
* To keep sharing your synchronized folders, you'll need to send your pals a new invitation. Don't worry if they don't have a Windows Live ID; we'll help them get set up using their preferred e-mail address.
* Your synchronized folders will be set to automatically sync after migrating. If you'd prefer to sync on demand, just visit the Sync website to adjust that.

source: windowslivesync.spaces.live.com


Friday, December 12, 2008

Teacher threatens to call the cops over Linux

 

The below article is so awkward it seems hard to believe!!!!

 

 

A teacher has thrown a student into detention and threatened to call the police for using Linux in her classroom.

The teacher spotted one of her students giving a demonstration of the HeliOS distro to other students. In a somewhat over-the-top reaction, she confiscated the CDs, put the student on detention and whipped off a letter to the HeliOS Project threatening to report it to the police for distributing illegal software.

"I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom," writes the teacher, identified only as Karen.

"At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.

"I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting Linux on these machines is holding our kids back," she writes.

Not content with completely missing the point of Linux, Karen concluded by throwing down the ultimate insult to the Linux advocates: "This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on

a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all.

"I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older version of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them..."

The HeliOS project members were understandably upset, and quickly fired off a reply.

"Please...investigate to your heart's content. Linux is a free as-in-cost and free as-in-license operating system. It was designed specifically for those purposes...

"I don't know when you attended college Karen but the Linux of even two years ago pales in feature and ability to what there is available now... and that in turn will pale in a year's time. Linux is superior to Microsoft Windows in so many ways, they are too numerous to mention here."

The letter and reply can be read in full on the HeliOS Project blog.

 


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Outlook 2003 - Contacts Do Not Work as Email Address Book

Outlook 2003 - Contacts Do Not Work as Email Address Book


Keywords: outlook2003 problem addressbook contact


The Contacts Database in Outlook has replaced the Personal Address Book as the
preferred place to store custom email addresses. But sometimes it is not
enabled and doesn't work (or show) as an email address book.


Enabling Contacts Database As An Email Address Book in Outlook 2003


1. click on 'Tools' menu then 'Email Accounts' option - see dialog.
2. click on the 'View or change existing directories or address books' option.
3. click 'Next'.
4. click on the 'Add' button then 'Additional Address Books' option.
5. click 'Next'.
6. click on the 'Outlook Address Book' option.
7. click 'Next'.
8. click on 'Finish' button.
9. click on the 'Contacts' tab - see contacts database.
10. right-click on the 'Contacts' option on the left-hand side (under 'My
Contacts').
11. click on the 'Properties' option - see multi-tabbed dialog.
12. click on the 'Outlook Address Book' tab.
13. ensure that the 'Show this folder as an e-mail address book' option is
selected.
14. click OK.


Your Contacts database should now be active as an e-mail address book.
To test it:


1. click on the 'Mail' tab.
2. start a new email.
3. click on the 'To:' button - see the 'Global Address List' dialog.
4. drop the 'Show names from the:' list.
5. scroll up the list and pick 'Contacts' option (under 'Outlook Address Book').
6. click on an email address from the list.
7. click on the 'To->' button.
8. click OK - see new email addressed to someone from your Contacts database.
9. proceed or abandon the email.


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Shocking info about system restore in Vista.

 

Vista has changed the way system restore works!

Vista has shadow copy also known as previous versions


See demo
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-us/help/e1fd0fa8-d238-4e37-b4c9-0c0a85b2aea51033.mspx


Previous versions keeps track of all files, personal files too....
that's why in vista the system restore+ shadow copy take up HUGE space on
the disk! I have seen many people complain about lost hard disk space on vista.

Use the disk cleanup utility to reclaim lost space


On vista unfortunately you cannot control system restore and
shadow copy separately...
The result is that shadow copy pushes the restore points out... and in the
end if you really need some restore points badly.. they are not there!

And the even MORE strange thing about vista, is that although ALL versions of
vista keep track of all files with shadow copy, THE HOME EDITIONS CANT USE
THIS TO RESTORE FILES!!!!

There is of course this:
SHADOW EXPLORER, a free tool to find old versions in Vista home

http://www.shadowexplorer.com/


I suggest using backup to be sure everything is backed up

The best implementation of this idea comes from Apple’s TIME MACHINE... now THAT is SUPER
COOL! See here :


http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/timemachine.html


quicklaunch location in windows vista

 

 

Quick Launch is used to launch a program quickly from a shortcut on the Taskbar with one click. The Quick Launch folder is located at:
C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch