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Microsoft Windows7 beta and Vista SP2 coming

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Although Microsoft had officially announced the updates for their Windows 7 Beta version, there are several web sites reporting about the release of Vista Services Pack 2 updates from Microsoft which is also for the Windows Server 2008. This Vista Service Pack 2 updates or SP2 will not just update or enhance the software and hardware aspects of the operating system but they would also tweak a few Windows enterprise features.

Microsoft Corp had officially announced a few updates to their new Windows 7 Beta version even though there were several websites which declared this concern of Release Candidate Built of the Service Pack 2 for their Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008. The updates to their new Windows 7 Beta version are subject to start on the 24th of Feb 2009. There have been five updates planned on this date. However these updates would neither offer any new features nor would they fix any existing issues or help in enhancing user experience.

There was a post sin the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog said that the team at Microsoft typically verifies these update scenarios during a Beta version and so releasing these test updates basically helps them to ensure that when they want to release real updates the entire process would run smoothly. It also said that these updates would help in testing the servicing infrastructure in Window 7. Microsoft has been continuously tweaking their new Windows 7 Beta version including a number of high-end security fixes.

The new Windows 7 operating system of Microsoft has been declared as an improvement over their much maligned windows vista as it includes some new features which would likely appeal to the enterprise users which includes DirectAccess VPN replacement technology and BranchCache file caching features. However on the other hand there are a number of web sites reporting to the Microsoft Connect testers of Windows, has issued the Release Candidate built for Windows Server 2008 and 6002.16670.090130of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista.

However according to the Ars Technica web site, new windows Vista Service Pack 2 would help in enhancing some certain aspects of its hardware ecosystem. This can include the Wi-Fi performance and ability to record data to its Blu-Ray system. Apart from this the new Windows Vista Service Pack 2 would also update the operating system experience while adding new features such as the addition of registry key which lets the user to adjust according to the number of open TCP connections. Additionally the Microsoft Vista Service Pack 2, on the other hand will also provide a few tweaks for the enterprise. This would include a boast in the authentication options when using WebDAV redirector and the Hyper-V integrated in the windows server 2008. Apart from this as it was reported, the new Windows Vista Service Pack 2 would also add in 691 hotfixes.

Lawsuit targets Microsoft for Vista-to-XP downgrades

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

According to the Federal a women from California has auctioned Microsoft Corporation for the $59.25 fee which she was charged for downgrading Windows Vista on a laptop to a previous Windows XP. This lawsuit that was recently filed in the Seattle federal court was regarding the latest legal problem of Microsoft Vista which as faced inspection for nearly last 2 years which is called as the Vista Capable case.Emma Alvarado a resident of Los Angeles has charged Microsoft with several violations of consumer protection laws and unfair business practices of Washington State on their policy of letting computer manufactures to continue offering XP for a new PC after the launch of Vista. The woman is looking for compensatory damages and expects the case to declare a class-action suit. According to Emma Alvarado, Microsoft forced computer makers to agree to the anticompetitive and restrictive licensing terms for windows XP. However according to Microsoft’s lawsuit, they has done so to only protect, maintain and extend their market power in operating system software to the next generation of personal computing, also to promote windows vista, lessen the market competition and enhance its monopoly position.

However, annoyed to having to pay the fee to downgrade a new Lenovo laptop to windows XP, Emma Alvarado claimed that Microsoft had used their position as the foremost operating system maker while making consumers to buy computers that were pre-installed with Windows Vista operating system and pay the additional sums in case downgrading to Windows XP OS. However according to how ‘Downgrade’ is described in Windows licensing rights, the licensing offers Microsoft users, who are allowed but under some specific situation to replace the new version of Windows with an older one without having to pay anything for another license. In fact the license for new Windows is actually transferred to the previous edition.

After the launch of Vista, computer manufacturers had stopped or significantly shortened the sales of machines with Windows XP but Microsoft’s users and eventually even the resellers started to take advantage of the downgrade rights as the reputation of Vista slid. According to Microsoft’s rule only those who had purchased computers with pre-installed editions of Vista Ultimate and Vista Business could downgrade and only to Windows XP professional. However as more uses demanded downgrades, the company then allowed PC manufacturers to install Windows XP Professional right at the factory, but the manufacturers charged a range of fees for this service. Recently Dell Inc had also come under the fire to add $150 to the price of downgraded PC, but Dell said that $20 was charged for the actual download while the remaining was charged to cover the additional costs in replacing the traditional Vista Home Premium with a vista Ultimate or Vista Business. Microsoft Corporation has extended their Windows XP availability a number of times. Like for instance, during the previous year they added six months to the time when they had made Windows XP media available to the large computer manufacturers.

Running Windows on Apple Mac – Bootcamp

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Steve Jobs officially gave in the idea of running Windows on his Mac computer. There is a new version of dual booting Windows XP of Apple on the Intel based Mac which is called as Apple Boot Camp or Public Beta and it is now let to be downloaded from the official Apple website. This download is not for the hacker types, possibly the best features of it is the user friendly interface which lets average people dual boot with ease. The successfully addressed issue of BIOS from Apple also adds driver support for video cards and speakers which would bring in plenty of excitement to the entertainment and gaming community. This boot camp does not come without disclaimers as not everything might work and the Windows partition would be open to virus attack.

There are already assumptions about the official support for Windows with the joining of Apple BAPCO which is the new Windows based benchmarking company, after two programmers had figured out how to boot Windows on a Mac system and so the Boot camp download was their next logical step to drive sales. However Apple has already specified that they would not provide any technical support for Windows platform on the Mac system which can probably cause some concerns for non technical savvy community. Microsoft will however support the software issues and not any Mac hardware problems assuming that the user has a licensed copy of Windows XP SP2. It does not matter whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user this move would likely send several latent buyers to the nearby Apple store. Additionally the best thing is that it will also be in built as a part of upcoming Mac operating system X version.

The Boot Camp is the boot utility which lets users with Intel based Mac system to easily boot Windows. However it can only work if you have Windows XP SP2 which is also asked to submit. Therefore, make sure you have the blank CD-R disk ready as Boot Camp will require you to make drivers disk for all the Mac components so that you easily work XP. Some other things like running firmware and software updates are also necessary to make the Boot Camp run which should also be the first thing to do.

Procedure for installing Windows on Mac

 

There is a partition manage built right in the install procedure and so there is no need to create any separate partition for the new Windows XP on Mac. You just have to drag the bar that indicates how big you need the partition to be for Windows, and make sure that you write down the size that you are partitioning. Then the software would ask you for the bootable Windows XP SP2 disk in order to start the installation. This entire process might take you around an hour, and during the process if you decide that you don’t need Windows then Boot Camp can also revert back to Mac only computer. As you hold down the options key during startup, you can easily switch between Windows XP and Mac OS X.

What do you need to know about the Windows 7 versions

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Even though the prices and the launch date of the Windows 7 OS are yet to be revealed, the company has provided some documents which describe about the different version of Windows. This disclosure lets the company take various steps forward to finding out what is expected to be with its late 2009 release. However, they have recently announced their first version of Windows 7 and there are several details about this new operating system you need to understand.

The different new versions include Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate , Windows 7 Enterprise and here the Windows 7 home basic will also sold but just for the emerging markets. There are several emerging markets if you count as you can think of Africa, Sough America, the Middle East and even the island nations.

Why six versions of Windows 7

There could actually be more versions but Microsoft is still bound under the 2004 EU ruling in order to deliver the N version to EU without windows Media Player. The fact is that what people guess is that there will only be a single Windows 7 N SKU version to ship to the EU customers, making it a total seven versions. However, according Microsoft these new Windows 7 versions try to hit a balance between the complexity and what the customer might actually want. According to them, after having a customer base of more than a million, just two different options might not satisfy all the varied requirements. Therefore, due to this reason they would still continue to provide some few targeted SKUs for the customers having specialized needs.

What version should you buy?

The consumers would only be able to purchase either the Windows 7 professional or Windows 7 Home Premium at retail and intentionally so as Microsoft is trying to limit consumer confusion by just putting two versions before them. Therefore the Windows 7 Ultimate would be available on both the discs and it will require the user to undergo the upgrade process either offline of online in order to access them. Apart from the Windows 7 Starter version all the other versions will be available in either 64-bit or 32-bit versions. You should also note that Microsoft sees this progression as good better and best development where the Home Basis is much better than the Starter while Home Premium is again better than the Home Basics. The other Windows 7 Professional is however positioned as the step up for Home Premium while the Ultimate and Enterprise editions would be the premium Windows 7 offers.

The shipping date and cost

The shipping date is still uncovered but it is estimated that Microsoft would start making their Windows 7 by the end of 2009 and there is still no word whether Vista would be discontinued or not. Apart from the cost of the versions is also not disclosed by Microsoft which might be done soon.

Vista be left in the dust?

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

There will be several operating systems you can see throughout this year. Apple has new plans to release its new version for Macintosh system while Palm also plans to give out an all new smart phone OS. However the new release that would affect more users compared to any other would be windows 7 operating system which is a major edition in the dominant platform of Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially not announced the release date for their new windows 7 operating system but it would probably not be available to consumers until autumn. However the company has recently released their first public test or beta version of the software and most users have already tried it out on their laptops. Although there cannot be given a full review about the software, you can however go through the preview of some of the interesting features of this new windows 7 operating system.

Most of the people have found that windows 7 operating system is pleasurable to use. Although there might be a few drawbacks, maximum of its users have positive opinion about the operating system. However when you use windows 7 system in its beta version you will find that some of its features are imperfect or incomplete, but it is surely much better than using windows vista whose lethargy, its incompatibilities and its annoying nag screens that have caused several users never turn back to it. Additionally it is also a serious competitor in its features and ease of usage, with the current new operating system of Apple.

However with most respects the new system of Microsoft is not a radical shift from vista, rather it is more of an attempt to fix all the main flaws of vista. The new windows 7 operating system shared the same core architecture and also retains graphical touches much like the translucent windows boarders. Something different here is that the operating system has introduced some major new navigation features and easy to use features including some scores of performance improvements and small usability.

Although your current or future computer might lack touch screen features, the windows 7 OS would surely offer you plenty of other benefits. The most important benefit here would be its speed as even when using windows 7 beta version it is dramatically faster compared to vista with tasks like starting up of computer, launching new programs and waking it from sleep. This speed boast was not only apparent in the preconfigured machines of Microsoft, but also on other machines that might have previously used vista. However these computer speed gains might be compromised by computer makers if there is lots of junky software added to the machine. The new windows 7 operating system is also more likely to run perfectly on some of the latest hardware configurations of today than vista. Although having much similar looks, windows 7 includes a number of new and easy to use features that let you easily navigate through the programs and files while also a great speed to work efficiently and fast.

New Windows virius variants cause increased infections

Friday, January 30th, 2009

According to the study conducted by Microsoft, there has been a worm virus which is infecting computers since the month of October has now spread to nearly eight million computers throughout the world which has also created fears which this infection would reach huge new levels by the year 2009. this virus worm is called as Kido, Downadup and Conficker can actually be transferred through different ways that include through the commonly used flash drivers which makes it difficult to protect against it even though your computer system is efficient with current updates. However this does not mean that nothing can be done stay away from this virus as you can use a reliable anti virus software and also secure all your passwords which would be hard for any of such programs to break through.

Graham Cluley who is a senior technology consultant of the computer security company named Sophos said that Microsoft has done a great job by updating the home computers of people by it is found that virus still continues to infect business who did not bother to use the patch update. He also said that the shortage of IT staff during the holiday bread did not help much while also the rolling out of the patch update over a large number of users and companies was very touch. He again added that if any of the business computer users use week passwords like QWERTY or 12345 then this virus attach can easily crack them within a short time. This harmful virus mainly works by making its way through the ‘services.exe’ files that are the most important for windows functions and after merging with it the virus lets itself to cover-up as a driver while also copying itself until the virus has modified your computer registry.

After this is done the virus would create a particular server that lets different malware from the website of a hacker to be automatically downloaded to your computer system which would reset all the restore points to make is almost impossible to regain complete control over your machine. As this virus also generated thousands of rotating websites it also makes it impossible to track the original site files and it would bury it in different URLs any of which can be one of the hacker. Although Microsoft is working hard to identity and combat this new virus, some new versions of malware make it difficult.

Eddy willems who is the security expert at Kaspersky Lab said to the reporters that there is a new variant released just less than a week before and it is the one that is causing the most problems. He added that replication methods can be good way, but as it used different mechanisms like USB sticks, if anyone uses an infected USB to another company then it would infect the entire network of the company. The virus can also download a lot of content that can create new variants through the mechanism. Therefore the initial solutions by Microsoft can be best ways to stay away from this virus to keep your and your company’s machines working efficiently.

Is Windows 7 your Vista alterative?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Most of the Microsoft users barely have a kind word to say about Vista operating system of Microsoft Corp. It has been widely reported that most of the users who had tried using Windows Vista had actually switched back to Windows XP operating system, while there are even millions of users who have not yet tried Windows Vista and are just happy with Windows XP. Therefore you can say that Windows Vista had been a failure, although you might have enjoyed it for several months before moving to some other operating system and never returned back.

However the goal of Microsoft Corp. would be achieved by their new Windows 7 operating system. This system is currently available to be downloaded in beta format from the official website of Microsoft. There are also some major changes in Windows 7 operating system and one of the most notable changes is the tolerance for low powered computers of Windows 7 operating system. It is pretty much clear that when you opt for Microsoft Windows operating system upgrades you will basically need a more powerful computer system, but it is different in case of Windows 7 operating system. Here it would just run perfectly fine on a high specification dual core computer and would be a perfect match if you have an Asus Eee PC. This would directly help in fighting the popularity of an open source operating system similar to Linux OS.

The Windows Vista operating system has not been much harmless for Microsoft users but not profitable either. The shares of the company in a personal computer system market actually fell much below 90 percent during the last year for the first time since they maintained their higher records. However Microsoft has fought back through its recent ad campaign that has also attracted a number of consumers to their new Windows 7 operating system. Although most of the people thought it to be just another type of Vista system, Microsoft would be better off in creating something that it would be ashamed to sell under their name. This is the main goal of Microsoft with their new operating system which is even available as test version. Windows 7 operating system is not like Vista operating system but is more like those extended and developed editions to make a perfect alternative.

Something what most Microsoft users would love is the tolerance of Windows 7 system for relatively low powered hardware systems. The system runs smoothly with Panasonic Toughbook laptop with dual core processor, 2.6 GHz and 2 GB of memory. Most of the notebooks of today either run on modified versions of Linux OS or the aging Windows XP systems of Microsoft. This is because Vista operating system often overpowers standard notebooks that have smaller memory bank and slower processor. This is much different with Windows 7 OS which easily gets along with the 1.6 GHz Intel Atom process or Asus with 1 GB of memory.

New virus may have infected 1 in 3 Windows systems

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

There had been a study conducted by the Panda Security regarding a new virus attacking the PCs as they came to a conclusion that the computer virus could infect one computer from every three computers in the world. The worm or virus called Conficker or Downadup had been first found out about during the last October, but there are also more powerful versions of the same that are aggressively attacking computer systems for a little more than a week. This virus is found to spread through the most commonly used memory sticks and even through unsecure computer networks and through computers that have not been updated with the latest security updates.

Additionally, Microsoft has also studied about this unique computer virus and has found that this virus mainly works by pushing itself into the codes of most windows executable files that are called as ‘Services.exe’. the virus then copies itself in the windows operating system folder where it becomes capable of creating HTTP server. After this HTTP server is created the virus also starts to download files from the website of a hacker.

However according to the Panda Security company that monitors, according to their test on virus attack have said that from all the windows operating systems that they had scanned, they found that every 1 in total of 16 computers had been infected by this virus. However it was also found that only two million machines had been scanned for this virus and this led panda to come out with an estimate that the number of computer systems to be infected would be as high as every one among three computers according to the compute world.

The even more awful thing about this virus is that it has already caused a lot of havoc in England. Additionally according to the multiple reports the virus had also broken out most of the computer systems and the e-mail services within the ministry of Defense. Some of the experts of the governments from all over the world also believe that the complexity of this virus and also the growing number of mutations has lead them to believe that even the worst type from this virus is actually yet to come.  Therefore for its own part, Microsoft Corporation has recently issued a security bulletin along with a patch for this quickly spreading dangerous virus. This download of Patch from Microsoft is easily available from the windows update tool that is located in the start menu of Microsoft windows computer systems. Apart from this the security experts also give advise that you should make sure that you have a good password and not something like QWERTY or 123456 and also some other type of anti virus software to be installed in your machine. However as this dangerous virus changes it is actually the key in keeping your computer system updated as soon as the patch is available for you. These steps can help you can stay away or and avoid the virus entering your computer.

Windows 7 seems promising so far

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

The primary windows seven design of Microsoft would surely be singular that would change the negative Windows perceptions that were generated by Windows Vista. With regards to this Microsoft is off to an amazingly strong start with Windows 7. You must have not seen any beta engagements like Windows 7 since the Windows 95 nearly 14 years ago. However Microsoft has effectively engaged enthusiasts during its windows 95 beta which actually launched to what can be said as immense marketing campaign for a new operating system.

However the big question surrounding the new windows 7 is whether it would be a major release or would just be like the revamped Windows Vista. The executives of Microsoft showed off the new windows 7 to the day long series of demos, doing their best to impress the journalists with a long list of improved and advanced features. This seems a great release for windows 7. However when tested over a PC the user might find difficulty using the several new features that are included and the problem here could the machine is running the M3 windows 7 releases which actually locks down some of the features. The new and advanced features of windows 7 can be seem more certainly using the more recent builds like 6933 and 6926 which includes more significant revisions to hub windows features.

So, what’s so impressive about Windows 7? The clearly visible and new features are enhancements which streamline core windows task such as organizing a digital music collection or connecting to a wireless netw3ork. However the new operating system feature are much more than you can think as there are also improvements made to the core components as it includes an innovative method to stream music and other stored media directly to the network that is connected to media players. Some other changes to the windows interface are clearly obvious. The windows explore now features a button which toggles the preview pan off and on, but in Vista you had to dig three levels deeper into the menu to off and on the pan preview. Additionally, the much cooler feature is the new method to maximize, resize and restore a window. You just have to drag the title bar of the window t the top and it would maximize and the same to restore it to its original size and it can also resize itself to fit either side of the screen by dragging the window to any side.At your first glance the desktop of windows 7 does not look much different from other window OS. However the start menu and the taskbar look much like windows vista, but if you again look closely at the desktop of windows 7 you can find some noteworthy changes. Firstly the quick launch bar is removed and they are directly set of the taskbar, where you can directly place program icons to easily access them. Additionally when you just hover your mouse to a button that represents several running windows it would show a strip of thumbnails which can also be maximized by moving over them. Overall most of the common tasks are also greatly simplified in windows 7 which makes it much promising OS.

Understanding hard driver defragmentation

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Most of the people who have problems accessing their computer files, browsing or surfing the internet or connecting to the internet will generally not be sure about defrag. If you find your computer performance slowly decrease while increase of errors then it is time you use the defrag software.
Understanding the basics of computer defrag is simple which is similar to the working of a human mind. When a computer system is newly purchased it would work at its best to satisfy the user. The computer memory would also start saving data much easily and would instantly provide access to the stored data. However as you keep using your computer system you will find it taking more and more time to store and load new data and information and you also find yourself waiting longer to access your stored data. This can eventually get worse if not action is taken to improve the process. It can actually take just a few months to fragment your system when extensive usage.

The computer files stored on your system actually leave small bits of data along their path and wherever saved. These small bits of information files are important once required for the home file. However these files are generally not essential enough to stop the file or the process fro working properly on their own. Therefore over them these small bits of file information start filling up the routes used by the files on the hard drive to even at some parts of the computer when the user can access a program of file. When these superhighways information is blocked the computer processing unit will also slow down dramatically regardless of how quick or strong it might be.

This compute slowdown will be least at start and the user might not have trouble accessing and saving information files. However if the system is left without a repair for longer time the system can get even slower and can even freeze up most of the programs. This can be stopped from happening as you clear the file routes using the defrag software. This defrag software lets you run a cleaning process in the file routes in your computer. This process would gather up al the small files pieces and these fragmented pieces of files would be returned to the main file from where they originated. When the process if over, all the routes would be clear and your computer programs would again start running quickly and much efficiently.

This defrag software should be run at varying intervals according to the amount of computer usage. For instance, in a call center where computers are used 24 hours the computer fragmentation would just take days. However the best solution is to set your defrag software to automatic mode which will loose file pieces at regular intervals. The fragmentation process at home would take longer but it is still important to use defrag software. The defrag software can be set to scan when the computer is not in use, like at night. Defragging your computer system would generally take two to six hours or even more depending on the level of fragmentation and also on the size of your hard drive.