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March 13, 2009  4:38 PM

Patch Tuesday March 2009



Posted by: Ed Tittel
KB958960, KB960224, MS09-006, MS09-007, MS09-008, Patch Tuesday, Windows Update

Tuesday, March 10, was the second Tuesday of the month, the day colloquially known to MS system administrators and security mavens as "Patch Tuesday." Here's a smorgasbord of the items that showed up in the list of 3/10/2009 items with relevance for Windows Vista:

March 9, 2009  8:50 PM

Paragon Partition Manager 9.0 Pro Edition



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Acronis Disk Partition Manager, backup disk partition, boot manager, copy disk partition, create disk partition, EASEUS Partition Master, Enterprise Vista, gparted, merge disk partition, Paragon Partition Manager, Partition Magic, partition mangement, Vista boot manager, Vista Disk Management utility, Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista, Windows Vista boot manager, Windows Vista troubleshooting

If the care and feeding of your Vista systems is anything like mine, from time to time there's just no getting away from messing with disk partitions. For me, that means one of several activities gets underway:

  • Migrating a notebook or desktop user from a smaller drive to a larger one,...


March 6, 2009  8:51 PM

Vista Wins 2009 Fiasco Award



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, Fiasco 2009 Award, Fiasco award, Windows Vista, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Gosh, I love writing headlines because they can say so much and so little at the same time. Today's blog makes a terrific case in point. It refers to the recent Fiasco award for 2009, chosen by an anonymous Fiasco Awards Team, which was in turn sponsored by the Catalan Association of...


March 4, 2009  4:18 PM

Vista SP2 RC Now Available for Download



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise Vista, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 RC, Windows Vista SP2 release candidate

Visit the Microsoft Download Center today (March 4, 2009) and you'll see numerous Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista SP2 downloads available there, all of which posted on 3/3/2009. When I visited the page in the morning, here's what...


March 2, 2009  4:15 PM

Secunia Flags Flash10a.ocx as threat, but clean-up requires some contortions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
delete protected Vista files, Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, enterprise Windows Vista, Secunia, Secunia CSI, Secunia NSI, Secunia PSI, WinPE Bootable UFD

Now that I've been running Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) on my Vista machines for about three months I'm starting to learn a little about this program's behavior. Last Friday, Secunia notified users about an important...


February 27, 2009  5:08 PM

Vista SP2 RC On Its Way



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista, Windows Vista deployment, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista SP2 RC, Windows Vista SP2 release candidate

On Wednesday, February 25, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager for the Windows Client Communications Team, posted information to...


February 25, 2009  4:30 PM

Here Comes IE8 RTM!!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, IE 8, IE 8 beta 2, IE 8 deployment, IE8, Windows Internet Explorer 8

One of my best sources for leaked info from Microsoft continues to be Malaysian-based site TechARP. Today's blog is based on some recent reportage from them about the upcoming Internet Explorer 8 release. The latest date for release to...


February 23, 2009  5:36 PM

Vista SP2 Inches Closer to Completion and Release



Posted by: Ed Tittel
beta SP2, Enterprise Vista, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2

Last week, Microsoft an RC (Release Candidate) build for Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP2 through the Microsoft Connect program to a select group of pre-qualified beta testers. According to Mary Jo Foley's ZDNet coverage on this topic, the latest build number...


February 20, 2009  5:48 PM

Another Use for WinPE: WinRE UFD To the Rescue



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

If you've ever messed with the Windows Vista Recovery Environment you know it's helpful, but it can take quite a while for it to appear on-screen on a machine in need of repair or recovery. In fact, the functionality behind this display is a WinPE-based facility that's bundled with the Windows...


February 18, 2009  4:54 PM

XP Downgrade Suit: Legitimate beef or frivolous complaint?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, enterprise Vista desktop, Windows Vista, Windows Vista OS downgrade, Windows Vista OS upgrade

The latest Vista flap originates from a lawsuit filed against Microsoft Corporation stemming from fees assessed to Los Angeles computer user Emma Alvarado for downgrading a Lenovo notebook PC from Windows Vista to Windows...


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