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February 13, 2009  2:52 PM

No More “Extras” for Ultimate Versions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows 7, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate Extras

Among the litany of complaints against Windows Vista, Microsoft's failures to deliver on its promises to produce and release "Extras" for the Ultimate edition have been held up and railed against repeatedly since that version shipped in January 2007. The idea behind the Extras sounded good: from...

February 11, 2009  5:06 PM

Another key to legacy Windows Apps: Virtual PC 2007



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, MED-V, Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization, Virtual PC 2007, Vista legacy app support, Vista virtualization

One ongoing and legitimate beef about Windows Vista is that it doesn't support older Windows applications, particularly those written specifically for older Windows versions or that don't follow well-established guidelines for "good behavior" in terms of referencing APIs, interacting with hardware,...


February 9, 2009  4:40 PM

Preview of Patch Tuesday Attractions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, KB890830, KB894199, KB905866, KB950644, KB958653, KB960715, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update

Tomorrow, February 11, is the second Tuesday in February--hence, "Patch Tuesday" is once again at hand. Microsoft publishes advance notification for security bulletins each month on the preceding Thursday, so I can tell...


February 6, 2009  5:19 PM

Boot-Land.com is another hidden treasure



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Boot-Land.net, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, VistaPE, WinBuilder, Windows boot, Windows internals, Windows Vista deployment, Windows Vista installation, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WindowsPE

If you read my previous blog, you already know that VistaPE is  a project that uses WinBuilder to automate the construction of a WinPE 2.0-based bootable image from the Windows...


February 5, 2009  4:00 PM

A Fabulous WinPE Resource: VistaPE



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Add new tag, customizing WinPE, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, extending WinPE, scripting WinPE, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WinPE, WinPE Bootable UFD

As I've learned to build various types of bootable CDs and UFDs with the Vista-based WinPE environment, I've also been working to learn more about its inner workings and capabilities. As I struggled to figure out how to add Windows Explorer and some kind of Web browser to a runtime WinPE image...


February 2, 2009  5:34 PM

Windows Service Pack Blocker soon to lose XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) blocks



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Service Pack Blocker, Windows Update, Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3

Since December 2007, Microsoft has offered a Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit to organizations that wish to prevent deployment of service packs in their environments....


January 30, 2009  5:19 PM

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 Ups Vista Support



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CIFS, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3, RHEL 5.3, Samba

Hey! It seems that not all the latest Vista new and information is completely negative. According a recent Red Hat Newsblog entry RHEL 5.1 Offers Customers New Features and...

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January 28, 2009  7:04 PM

Delays for Vista SP2 Loom Large



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, TechARP, Windows Vista financial results, Windows Vista SP2

TechARP, our regular source for Microsoft release rumors, has updated its estimated dates for Windows Vista SP2 release dates. As of last week, dates have slipped by at least one month. That means that the SP2 release...


January 28, 2009  6:39 PM

Other Uses for a Bootable WinPE UFD



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

I've just finished writing a story for Tom's Guide on using a bo0table WinPE UFD, and doing the research  for that story led me to a few interesting discoveries. First and foremost, no self-respecting Vista administrator should be without a bootable WinRE UFD--but perhaps, WinRE is more...


January 21, 2009  6:11 PM

Playing with the Vista SP2 Beta



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 schedule

Over the past week or two, I've been messing around with the Windows Vista SP2 beta. For a release with beta status, it's amazingly stable, and some of the new functionality is welcome (burning Blu-ray media works as advertised, and indeed wireless connectivity is a bit easier and more...


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