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July 19, 2013  3:09 PM

How Microsoft is like a woodpecker



Posted by: Eugene Demaitre
Enterprise desktop, Windows 7, Windows Vista

By Diana Hwang As I sit on my friend's porch in New Hampshire staring at a lake, I can see and hear the woodpeckers as they drum on various trees around her property in search of food. Microsoft reminds me of a woodpecker as it hops from tree to tree pecking to find the one...

June 22, 2009  4:08 PM

Check out the (Beta) Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor



Posted by: Ed Tittel
download (beta) Winodws 7 Upgrade Advisor, Enterprise desktop, Windows 7, Windows 7 enterprise desktop, Windows 7 Upgrade advisor

The Windows 7 Upgrade advisor is still in beta — as is the Windows 7 OS itself — but it's recently acquired a pretty permanent-looking URL: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/upgrade-advisor.aspx. System admins who may be thinking about upgrading current XP or Vista platforms to Windows...


June 19, 2009  8:45 PM

No More Morro: Meet Microsoft Security Essentials



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, enterprise Vista desktop, Microsft Secrurity Essentials (MSE), Windows 7 security software, Windows security software, Windows Vista security software, Windows XP security software

In the wake of numerous leaks about the upcoming product, Paul Thurrot was finally allowed to go public on June 18 about the replacement product for Windows Live OneCare. Formerly code-named "Morro" (for the famous beach in Rio de Janeiro), the product is almost into public beta, and will be called...


June 15, 2009  11:18 PM

Meet A Key Figure Behind the Win7 UI: Julie Larson-Green



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Windows 7, enterprise Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Vista

A great story in Western Australia Today (WAtoday.com.au) features Ms. Larson-Green, the person behind the ribbon technology introduced in Office 2007, who has since taken over ownership of the Windows 7 UI and its usability (called "Windows Experience") prior to the imminent launch of that new...


April 17, 2009  4:52 PM

Windows 7 Predictions: Hits and Misses



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows 7, Windows 7 predictions, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Of the many and varied sources of Windows information I read regularly, the coverage at OSNews.com is always interesting, often insightful, and even funny or mordant on occasion. That's why I read Thom Holwerda's recent story "Y


March 2, 2009  4:15 PM

Secunia Flags Flash10a.ocx as threat, but clean-up requires some contortions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
delete protected Vista files, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Windows Vista, Secunia, Secunia CSI, Secunia NSI, Secunia PSI, WinPE Bootable UFD

Now that I've been running Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) on my Vista machines for about three months I'm starting to learn a little about this program's behavior. Last Friday, Secunia notified users about an important...


February 27, 2009  5:08 PM

Vista SP2 RC On Its Way



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista, Windows Vista deployment, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 RC, Windows Vista SP2 release candidate

On Wednesday, February 25, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager for the Windows Client Communications Team, posted information to...


February 25, 2009  4:30 PM

Here Comes IE8 RTM!!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, IE 8, IE 8 beta 2, IE 8 deployment, IE8, Windows Internet Explorer 8

One of my best sources for leaked info from Microsoft continues to be Malaysian-based site TechARP. Today's blog is based on some recent reportage from them about the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 release. The latest date for release to...


February 20, 2009  5:48 PM

Another Use for WinPE: WinRE UFD To the Rescue



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Vista enterprise desktop, Windows Vista boot UFD, Windows Vista repair, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WinPE, WinRE

If you've ever messed with the Windows Vista Recovery Environment you know it's helpful, but it can take quite a while for it to appear on-screen on a machine in need of repair or recovery. In fact, the functionality behind this display is a WinPE-based facility that's bundled with the Windows...


February 18, 2009  4:54 PM

XP Downgrade Suit: Legitimate beef or frivolous complaint?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows Vista, Windows Vista OS downgrade, Windows Vista OS upgrade

The latest Vista flap originates from a lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corporation stemming from fees assessed to Los Angeles computer user Emma Alvarado for downgrading a Lenovo notebook PC from Windows Vista to Windows...


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