Windows Enterprise Desktop:

January, 2011


January 28, 2011  3:57 PM

Windows 7 Tally Tops 300 Million Units Sold



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2011 should be a banner year for Windows 7 deployments, over 300 million licenses of Windows 7 now sold, Windows 7 monthly run rate tops 20 million

While it's not anywhere near on par with MacDonald's just yet, Microsoft can now claim "more than 300 million copies of Windows 7 sold" since its general availability (GA) date on October 22, 2009. That was nearly sixteen months ago, so that puts the monthly run-rate at 18.75 million copies per...

January 26, 2011  3:37 PM

Zinstall Scores Big in SMB Sector Thanks to Cost, Convenience



Posted by: Ed Tittel
desktop icon access to legacy apps and data makes Zinstall attractive to SMBs, faster and cheaper to run legacy apps and data inside VMs than to migrate into Win7 compatible implementations, Zinstall enjoys SMB uptake thanks to legacy protection

I've written about the Zinstall product before: as long ago as August 16, 2010 (Zinstall XP7 Offers Remarkable XP to Windows 7...

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January 24, 2011  3:14 PM

Train Signal Offers Interesting Take on Win 7 Deployment Training



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Train Signal offers DVD- and online-based 70-681 course, Train Signal offers self-paced Win 7 deployment training

Last Thursday, well-known computer training company Train Signal released a DVD-based training package for Microsoft Exam

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January 21, 2011  3:03 PM

First Windows 8 Release Date Rumor Surfaces: January 7, 2013



Posted by: Ed Tittel
1/7/2013 rumored as Windows 8 GA release date, Russian site WZOR leaks current MS Windows 8 release schedule

I just learned something new today: long-vaunted Malaysian Windows rumor/technology site ARS Technica has an equally serious rival in the Russian Federation. It's named WZOR and it's apparently a fountain of reasonably reliable rumors about many things Microsoft, including upcoming release dates...


January 19, 2011  3:34 PM

Paul Thurrot on Win7 SP1: “Minor Changes”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
40-plus minute install for Win7 SP1, take proper precautions when installing Win7 SP1, Win7 SP1 introduces only minor changes

Paul Thurrott's January 14, 2011, article "Sneak Peek: A Quick Look at Windows 7 Service Pack 1" confirms what Microsoft has been telling us all along — namely, no...


January 17, 2011  3:31 PM

Interesting Meta-Update Hits Windows Update, Confirms Impending SP1 Release



Posted by: Ed Tittel
get ready for Win7 and WinServ08R2 SP1, KB976902 "preannounces" SP1 for Win7 and WinServ08R2, Microsoft confirms impending SP1 for Win7 and WinServ08R2, SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is ready to go

When I logged onto my primary desktop this morning, I noticed a new out-of-band (OOB) update from Microsoft had hit the update center. Normally, such updates are reserved for security fixes sufficiently hot to mean that waiting for the next patch Tuesday (February 8, 2011 in this case) is not a...


January 14, 2011  3:16 PM

Rumors of Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 SP1 Point to Imminent Release



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7 SP1 should go public soon, Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 SP1 "About" screen surfaces

I always love seeing images like this one (attributed to Alex Kibkalo in this blog from Matthew Jones entitled "Rumour: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be released to OEMs tomorrow")...


January 12, 2011  3:58 PM

Old Hardware, New Uses



Posted by: Ed Tittel
labeling issues make Dell C610 Wi-Fi driver tricky to identify, old Dell notebook poses driver dilemma, trial and error works better when informed by experience

In my continuing efforts to turn a balky and failing 2000/2001 vintage Dell C610 notebook into a slow but still viable Windows XP machine for my sister, I've been learning some interesting things about Dell hardware and drivers (see my previous blog "


January 10, 2011  2:58 PM

Hooray: USB-to-IDE/SATA Converter is a Cheap, Effective Hardware Item



Posted by: Ed Tittel
access troubled notebook drives easily with USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA converter cable, balkly older Dell C610 notebook finally surrenders to USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA converter cable, USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA converter cable great diagnostics/repair tool

Last spring, my sister announced to me that she'd purchased her son a Dell Latitude C610 notebook on eBay for around $200. "Did I do the right thing?" she asked. "I don't know," I said, "let's see how it works out." The box ran for about four months, after which it got horribly infested with...


January 7, 2011  8:04 PM

Windows 7 Crosses 20 Percent Share Line



Posted by: Ed Tittel
As XP and Vista decline in usage share Windows 7 keeps rising, Windows 7 Internet usage share breaks 20%, Windows 7 pops 20% barrier

Reports are popping up all over the Web that Windows 7 broke the 20 percent market share barrier last month, according to figures released by Internet tracking firm NetApplications over the New Year's weekend. The company pegs Windows 7 online usage for December 2010 at 20.9% of all desktops...


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