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January 4, 2010  8:09 PM

Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade: Fast & Easy



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Comparing Anytime Upgrade for Vista and Win7, Win7 Anytime Upgrade is a winner, Windows Anytime Upgrade

The Anytime Upgrade program was introduced with Windows Vista, but it was slow (key purchase, validation, and download routinely took over half an hour, and installation likewise took 20-30 minutes or so). That's why I approached the Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade with some trepidation. What I learned...

December 30, 2009  3:40 PM

Interesting Win7 ROI tool



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Alinean Windows 7 ROI tool, Windows 7 migration, Windows 7 ROI, Windows 7 ROI tool, Windows 7 upgrade

Earlier this week, Nick Eaton posted an interesting blurb to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Entitled "Windows 7 ROI tool estimates cost savings," it pointed me to a free Microsoft-sponsored financial tool at...


December 28, 2009  7:01 PM

Upgrade to Win7 Using a “Standard Image”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Organizations seeking to upgrade up to 200 desktops to Windows 7 will want to check out this Small and Midsize Business Corner article on TechNet "Upgrading to Windows 7 with a Standard Image:...

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December 22, 2009  3:32 PM

Finally, my Windows 7 Production PC gets into the groove



Posted by: Ed Tittel
achieving stable production PC status on Windows 7, fixing Windows 7 driver problems, Windows 7 stability index, Windows Reliability Monitor

Anybody who's followed this blog for any length of time knows that I've fought my battles with both Vista and Windows 7, in terms of making my production PC stable and reliable. Today, I'm very happy to report that my production machine has finally achieved and held a 10.0 Stability Index for at...


December 18, 2009  1:59 PM

Technet Flash Comes Through With Some Xmas Goodies



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Christmas goodies, Xmas 2009

I subscribe to lots of Microsoft email newsletters, including the Technet Flash. This morning I found the latest issue in my inbox when I logged onto my machine. And although this newsletter doesn't always deliver an overflowing cornucopia of goodies, it usually contains at least one or two items...


December 13, 2009  4:36 PM

Is Patch Tuesday Still Patch Tuesday?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Microsoft Update, out-of-cycle Microsoft updates, Patch Tuesday, TechRepublic MS Windows blog

For the past 5 years, Microsoft has made a policy of releasing non-emergency patches and security fixes on the first Tuesday of the month. The idea is to limit the frequency and standardize the interval at which organizations — especially, larger ones that must pick up, test, and decide whether...


December 11, 2009  4:35 PM

Interesting Doings Around the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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On November 2, 2009, I blogged about the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then available from the MS Store. In the meantime, a bit of a fracas has...


December 6, 2009  4:12 PM

What black screen of death?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Windows 7, Windows 7 black screen of death, Windows 7 black screen of death rumor, Windows 7 blue screen of death, Windows 7 BSOD, Windows 7 KSOD

Gosh! I love Ed Bott (as a Windows maven that is: I'm a happily married man ;-). His commentary on the IDG story that broke on Monday, 11/30 is right on the money and lays the situation out in stark, harsh, no-nonsense terms. As did most other Windows followers, I saw the initial story early Monday...


December 4, 2009  6:25 PM

Handy Tool Simplifies Editing Windows Path Variable



Posted by: Ed Tittel
editing the Windows path environment variable, editing Windows environment variables, Redmond Labs .Net, Redmond Path, Windows 7

As I work with Windows from day to day, I often find myself looking at the way things work inside that OS and wondering why some things can't be improved. Recently, I've tech-edited a book on the Python-based Django Web development environment and have been digging into the Windows Preinstallation...


November 30, 2009  3:00 AM

At long last, production PC settles down



Posted by: Ed Tittel
good reliability index from production PC, keep things simple to keep them working, Windows 7, Windows 7 Reliability Monitor

I may be asking for trouble, but it looks like I've finally gotten my production PC to settle down and behave itself. After about 13 weeks of ups and downs I've finally fixed all the drivers, gotten the various system components to behave, and have dealt only with very basic Windows and Internet...


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