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June 25, 2010  9:33 PM

Windows 7 Posts 150M Licenses Sold as of 6/23/2010

Posted by: Ed Tittel
7 copies of Windows 7 sell every second, Windows 7 is fastest-selling OS in history, Windows 7 sells 150M copies

Hey! Big new on Brandon LeBlanc's Windows Blog for June 23. It's entitled "150 Million Licenses of Windows 7 Sold..." and...

June 22, 2010  4:22 PM

“Please Wait” Can Mean “Wait Forever…”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
"Please wait" hang repair to be included in Windows 7 SP1, Hotfix available for "Please wait" hang, Windows 7 hangs at "Please wait"

According to MS KB Article 983551 (6/10/2010; Rev: 2.0) some computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can freeze at the "Please wait" display that precedes appearance of the desktop on your screen. Alas, because of a...

June 11, 2010  5:00 PM

Another take on Win7 SP1: Not until 2011

Posted by: Ed Tittel
rumors of Windows 7 SP1 delay, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 7 SP1 may be delayed until 2011

I follow Paul Thurrot's various Windows information outlets at least weekly, if not more often than that (SuperSite, WinInfo,

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June 8, 2010  7:41 PM

Is this the sound of a shoe dropping? Windows 7 SP1 goes beta in July

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7 SP1 beta announced at TechEd, Windows 7 SP1 beta on or before July 31

On June 7 at TechEd in New Orleans, Microsoft went public with an announcement that a beta version of the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available " the end of July" (read more about this in Gavriella Shuster's

May 20, 2010  5:00 PM

Check Out Dual Boot Pro to Manage Win7 BCD Stuff

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Dual Boot Pro BCD tool, DualBootPRO, Windows 7 BCD editor

It's been well over a year now since I started grabbing various Windows 7 release candidates, and most of  my machines got their initial RTM installs in August, 2009, when MSDN made the RTM available two full months before the official release of Windows 7 in late October. I've recently noticed...

May 14, 2010  4:45 PM

When Win7 SP1 Comes, XP Downgrade Goes Bye-Bye…For Some

Posted by: Ed Tittel
benefits of Microsoft Software Assurance and Volume Licensing, downgrade Windows 7 to XP, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 7 XP Mode

Sources that include TechARP and InfoWorld have been among the sites that continue to cover...

May 11, 2010  1:51 PM

BitDefender Detects Trojan In Fake Win7 Upgrade Advisor

Posted by: Ed Tittel
BitDefender reports fake Win7 Upgrade Advisor delivers Trojan, Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Scam hides Trojan

An imposter version of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is being offered in e-mail messages on the Internet, says security software vendor BitDefender, which has...

April 19, 2010  3:01 PM

Windows 7 Boosts Demand for Desktop Support Staff

Posted by: Ed Tittel
UK Network World reports Windows 7 is driving helpdesk hiring, Windows 7, Windows 7 drives IT employment

Given that the IT sector is lagging the overall rebound in employment across all industries, both inside and outside the US, I'm always glad to see the occasional ray of sunshine where IT is concerned. That's why I read this April 17 story from the UK edition of Network World with greater than...

April 7, 2010  5:58 PM

Troubleshooting: Sherlock Holmes to the Rescue!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
e last place you suspect trouble is sometimes where you'll find it, Sherlock Holmes illuminates IT troubleshooting, troubleshooting philosophy, Windows 7 installation problem

One of my favorite quotes from the 19th century master sleuth himself goes like this: "It is an old axiom of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth" (The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, pg. 315). Would that I had recalled...

April 2, 2010  7:30 PM

Enterprise Windows 7 Adoptions

Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows 7 business adoptions, Windows 7 enterprise adoptions, Windows 7 looks more appealing to business users and IT departments

Some time in the next week, you'll see a new story from me showing up on It's currently got a working title of "Why Windows 7 Adoptions Are So Much Faster and Stronger than Vista's" and digs into the many reasons why more and more businesses are making or enacting plans to...

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