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April 15, 2009  5:37 PM

Patch Tuesday Apr 09: 8 Patches, 23 Vulnerabilities, Plenty of Vista Elements



Posted by: Ed Tittel
April 2009 Scheduled Updates, Enterprise Vista, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, MS09-009, MS09-010, MS09-011, MS09-012, MS09-013, MS09-014, MS09-015, MS09-016, Windows security updates

Patch Tuesday items hit yesterday between 1:00 and 1:30 PM Central Daylight Time on servers that I could see. The MS09-April Bulletin Summary from Microsoft covers all the details, but here's what I hope...

April 13, 2009  3:12 PM

“Roll Back To Vista for Next Win7 RC” sez MS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, suprising production use of Win7, upgrading Vista to Win7, Win7 clean install, Win7 Release Candidate install, Win7 upgrade install, Windows Vista

An interesting report from ComputerWorld surfaced this morning — namely, a request from Microsoft for Windows 7 beta testers to restore Vista on their test machines before upgrading to the upcoming release candidate (RC) version of that software. This is a reworked version of a story that...


April 8, 2009  5:15 PM

Sizing and Placing the Vista Pagefile



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista paging file, Windows Vista tweaking and tuning, Windows Vista virtual memory

One question that I get frequently about Vista, especially from power users, tackles the size of its paging file. Remember, the paging file (which resides in a file named pagefile.sys on Vista machines, often on the system drive, sometimes on one or more other physical drives present on a Vista PC)...


April 6, 2009  6:46 PM

TX Legislature Inveighs Against Vista



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista, Windows Vista adoption, Windows Vista blocked, Windows Vista legislation

On April 2, ComputerWorld reported that the Texas Senate included a rider in its 2009-2010 state budget that blocks state agencies from upgrading to Windows Vista without...


April 1, 2009  4:18 PM

My New Favorite Vista Epigram



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows Vista stability, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista vs. Windows 7

I jsut read a marvelous story from the Sydney Morning Herald entitled "Windows 7 looking good, especially after Vista woes." It includes a brief but telling remark...


March 27, 2009  4:00 PM

Vista Grows Market Share: Too Little, Too Late?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, Internet traffic trends, StatCounter, waiting for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Vista marketshare, Windows XP marketshare

On March 23, Sam Diaz blogged for ZDnet that Vista's market share has apparently climbed past 30% for the first time, according to an analysis by Web traffic monitoring company


March 25, 2009  6:02 PM

Handy Tool: Halfdone Development’s Unknown Devices



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Device Manager, Enterprise Vista, Halfdone Development, Unknown Devices, Windows Vista setup and configuration, Windows Vista troubleshooting

If you're like me, you're nearly always in the process of building or rebuilding one or more Vista systems, or checking specific systems out for currency and correctness. Especially when dealing with new or revised builds, or with systems you haven't worked with before, you will occasionally come...


March 23, 2009  4:41 PM

A New Operational Definition of “Windows Bloat”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
device drivers, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Windows 7, troubleshooting Vista, troubleshooting Windows 7, Windows 7 desktop, Windows 7 resource consumption, Windows Vista desktop, Windows Vista resource consumption

OK, for the past couple of weeks, I've been digging more seriously into Windows 7, trying to get my mind around the new operating system, particularly from the standpoints of performance, usability, heft, and complexity. I've got to report that I'm favorably impressed on all fronts, especially in...


March 18, 2009  6:43 PM

Windows 7 Comes Off Pretty Darn Well



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, Unknown Device Identifier, Windows 7, Windows 7 drivers, Windows 7 install, Windows 7 troubleshooting, Windows Vista

Now that I've gotten Windows 7 (the latest beta build: 7057) up and running on a couple of computers, I understand most of the recent hoopla it's garnered a whole lot better. It is indeed quick and easy to install: under half an hour in all cases, working from an ISO download I burned to DVD after...


March 16, 2009  6:21 PM

Dual-boot Vista (or XP) and Windows 7–the Easy Way!!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
boot Windows 7 from external hard disk, dual boot Vista and Win7, dual boot Windows Vista and Windows 7, dual-boot, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista

While indeed you can shrink the system partition on your current boot/system drive and install Windows 7 on a new partition you create by trimming space from that partition, why bother? You can install Windows 7 to an external hard disk (eSATA only, USB won't work[updated 5/17/09 thanks to feedback...


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