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Windows Vista SP1


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 2, 2009  5:34 PM

Windows Service Pack Blocker soon to lose XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) blocks



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Enterprise desktop, Enterprise Vista, Windows Service Pack Blocker, Windows Update, Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3

Since December 2007, Microsoft has offered a Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit to organizations that wish to prevent deployment of service packs in their environments....


December 22, 2008  5:47 PM

More about Windows Installer CleanUp



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Revo Uninstaller, Total Uninstaller 5, Windows Installer Cleanup Utility, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting, Windows Vista uninstaller

On October 15, I wrote a blog called "Toward a more positive Vista uninstall experience," in which I mentioned Revo...

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December 17, 2008  9:11 PM

Essential out-of-cycle IE security update now available



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CVE-2008-4844, MS08-078, Security, vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2

When Secunia calls a Windows security update "extremely critical" you know a serious vulnerability is being patched. The Windows security community has been abuzz since last week when a number of remote code execution vulnerabilities originally thought limited only to IE 7 turned out to affect...


December 14, 2008  9:37 PM

Digging into Crash Dumps? Try Dumpchk first



Posted by: Ed Tittel
crash dumps, Desktops, Dumpchk.exe, Enterprise desktop, Windbg.exe, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

There's no question that the Windows Debugger (windbg.exe) is a nonpareil tool when it comes to troubleshooting source code or digging into Vista crashdumps. But with the program's requirement for current debug symbols, complex syntax (the downside of amazing functionality is detailed and demanding...


December 5, 2008  6:55 PM

A Somewhat Hidden Secunia Benefit



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, Enterprise desktop, Secunia, Secunia Network Inspector (NSI), vulnerability scanner, Windows Update, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Vista troubleshooting

Last week I blogged about Danish information security firm Secunia's outstanding Network Software Inspector. In that capsule summary I neglected to mention that Secunia sends out e-mail...


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 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 21, 2008  9:18 PM

Exam 70-625 TS: Connected Home Integrator



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Desktops, MCTS, MS Exam 70-625, Vista System Reliability Monitor, Vista upgrade, Windows Vista, Windows Vista Media, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista troubleshooting

At last, a Vista exam title that you can get out of your mouth out loud without having to stop halfway through to draw breath! That said, this Technology Specialist exam is not without some interesting twists and turns, and includes coverage of Windows Home Server as well as numerous aspects of...


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