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September 28, 2009  3:08 AM

Behind the times

Posted by: Brien Posey
migration, Windows 7, Windows 98

As someone who writes about technology for a living, I pretty much have to use the latest version of all of the software that I write about. As such, it is easy to forget that there are people out there who do not always keep their systems up to date. Yesterday I got a phone call from an old...

September 17, 2009  2:54 AM

More Windows 7 Themes

Posted by: Brien Posey
themes, Windows 7

I was playing around with Windows 7 earlier today, and I stumbled on to something that I had to pass along. Like every other version of Windows in recent memory, Windows 7 comes with some built in themes and wallpapers, and also allows you to use custom themes. What I didn't realize until today...

September 11, 2009  3:10 AM

Posey is Back!

Posted by: Brien Posey
Windows 7

Those of you who assumed that I had completely abandoned my blog will be happy to know that I'm finally back online. I am sorry for having such a prolonged absence but unfortunately it could not be helped. Without going into too much detail, an injury resulted in three weeks of blindness. Even...

August 13, 2009  3:52 AM

Windows 7 Device Drivers

Posted by: Brien Posey
device drivers, Windows 7

I ran into something interesting this morning that I wanted to tell you about. As you are no doubt aware, Windows 7 is built on the Vista kernel. In fact, some critics have referred to Windows 7 as Windows Vista 2.0. Being that Windows 7 and Vista are so closely related, I had assumed that I...

August 11, 2009  4:32 PM

Windows 7 Installation

Posted by: Brien Posey
Windows 7

Last week Microsoft released Windows 7 to some of their customers. Over the weekend I decided to try installing Windows 7 on a couple of machines. One of the machines was an older desktop that had already been upgraded from XP to Vista. Rather than doing a clean install, I wanted to see if Vista...

July 31, 2009  4:05 AM

More Windows 7 News

Posted by: Brien Posey
Windows 7

In a recent post I mentioned that Windows 7 would be available, preloaded on new PCs in October. Today Microsoft sent out a much more detailed E-mail message disclosing the release dates. Here is when Windows 7 will be available through various channels: Volume license customers with the...

July 17, 2009  1:15 AM

Windows 7 Release Date

Posted by: Brien Posey
Release date, Windows 7

It looks like Microsoft has finally made public their release date for Windows 7. Last night I received an E-mail message indicating that PCs that are preloaded with Windows 7 will start showing up on store shelves on October 22nd. As for the Release Candidate, you will be able to contine to...

June 10, 2009  2:39 AM

An Update on Some Recent Posts

Posted by: Brien Posey
Data Protection Manager, DPM 2007, Wi-Fi, Windows 7, Windows Vista

I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on a couple of my more recent blog posts.

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June 4, 2009  2:38 AM

The Windows Experience Index

Posted by: Brien Posey
Windows 7, Windows Experience Index, Windows Vista

When Microsoft first introduced Vista, one of the new features that was introduced along with it was the Windows Experience index. The basic idea was that the performance of various system components was rated and assigned a numerical score. The lowest score represented your overall Windows...

June 2, 2009  1:52 AM

Automated Installation for Windows 7

Posted by: Brien Posey
Application Compatibility Toolkit, Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit, Microsoft Deployment toolkit, User State Migration Tool, Windows 7

It's kind of funny how timing works out sometimes. About a week ago I mentioned in one of my blog posts that I hadn't seen an automatic installation kit for Windows 7 yet. Today Microsoft sent an E-mail message to beta testers asking them to try out some of the new Windows 7 tools. Among these...

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