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December 3, 2008  5:47 PM

Windows Vista SP2 Beta Publicly Available 12/4/08



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista application compatibility, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I guess those guys at TechARP really must have some good sources: less than one week after they shared leaked information about release dates and content for Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft has announced its Customer Preview Program...

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December 1, 2008  5:43 PM

Rough Dates Leaked for Vista SP2



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Vista upgrade, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Adrian Wong's TechARP Web site (here ARP stands for "Adrian's Rojak Pot" not "Address Resolution Protocol" BTW) has been a reliable source of advance information about upcoming Windows Service packs for some time now. Just before Thanksgiving he disclosed some...


November 28, 2008  4:56 PM

More Out-of-Cycle Vista Updates Post



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Windows Update, Windows Update Agent, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, WUA

On 11/25/2008 Microsoft pushed a slew of updates out the door For Windows Vista, as follows:

  • KB957321 - An update to add support to the XMP specification for complex data types in the Windows Imaging Component


November 26, 2008  5:22 PM

Secunia Network Inspector



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Secunia, Secunia Network Inspector (NSI), vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista

I've been working in some depth around Windows security topics since 1997, when I began teaching Windows hardening classes at Interop with my colleague and co-author James Michael Stewart. In 2003, I started researching malware topics and tools, a quest that eventually led to my 2005 book "


November 24, 2008  5:14 PM

Explorer Crashes? ShellExView to the Rescue!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Error 0xC0000096, ShellExView, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

I've grappled with this problem on various Vista systems for over a year now. A user will be tooling along merrily in Vista on his or her desktop when all of a sudden BAM! Explorer.exe crashes, and automatically restarts itself. A look into the Event Log on the affected desktop usually produces an...


November 19, 2008  5:59 PM

Exam 70-624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops



Posted by: Ed Tittel
70-624, Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Group Policy Objects, MCSA, MCTS, MS Exam 70-623, MS Exam 74-134, Vista ACT, Vista ACT resources, Vista application compatibility, Vista System Health Report, Vista Upgrade Advisor, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Another doozy of a title, this exam is likely to appeal to IT professionals who work with Vista in all situations (SOHO, SMB, tech support, enterprise, and so forth) and of all stripes (help desk, tech support, IT administration, and so on). As with other exams in the 70-620 through 70-625 Vista...


November 18, 2008  2:06 PM

Fabuloso Windows Rescue Kit Works Wonders With Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, ISO Recorder PowerToy, Trinity Rescue Kit, TRK, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Occasionally, admins need to break the rules that Vista applies--sometimes quite severely--to its users. Case in point: Vista absolutely refuses to permit any account to delete files from the %windir%\System32 and

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November 14, 2008  3:57 PM

Exam 70-623 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Vista Client for Consumer Support Technicians



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MCITP, MS Exam 70-620, MS Exam 70-622, MS Exam 70-623, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Another gargantuan title not only heads up this exam, but also helps to tell would-be candidates if this represents their particular cup or tea or not. Like 70-622, 70-623 features another old-fashioned exam page. Along with...


November 12, 2008  4:03 PM

Exam 70-622 Pro: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MCITP, MCTS, MS Exam 70-620, MS Exam 70-622, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Wow! What an exam title, eh? Interestingly, 70-622 also still sports an old-fashioned exam page, too. Along with 70-622, this MCITP exam qualifies those who pass it to earn the MCITP Enterprise Support Technicican credential,...


November 7, 2008  8:55 PM

MS Exam 70-620 TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft e-courses, Microsoft e-Learning, MS Exam 70-620, Windows Vista

In digging up the info on this, the first in my series of four MCTS and MCITP Vista-related exams that I'll be covering over the next week or so, I discovered that Microsoft has finally changed the format for its exam pages. I've been tuning into these documents since the late 1990s and it's nice...


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