• Installing Windows 7 using usb thumb drive

    Hi everyone,

    Those days gone when we used to carry floppy disks to copy small documents, text files here and there. Now, we prefer USB thumb drives or pen drives for copying documents, multimedia files. Over the last few years USB drives have been quite cheap to buy. And these days when we have operating system size grown into GBs we have to burn the DVD disc every time we want to install the OS. But using USB thumb drive we install Windows 7 without wasting any DVD disc. Many of us who try different builds and format the machine often; for such users installing from USB drive is peace of mind. No need to burn the DVD every time. Also, the netbooks are getting very common for eg. Asus Eee PC. As netbooks don’t have built-in DVD drive, installing from USB drive is the most convenient option than hunting for USB Optical drive.

    So, what do we need to install the Windows 7 from USB drive ? A USB thumb drive with capacity 4 GB or more and of course Windows 7 DVD media. Right now we have Windows 7 Beta build 7000 having total DVD media sizing just over 2.4 GB.

    Let’s start by pluggin the 4 GB USB thumb drive.

    Open the elevated command prompt with administrator privileges and type the following commands.



    Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7000
    Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: AVIRAJ

    DISKPART> list disk

      Disk ###  Status         Size     Free     Dyn  Gpt
      --------  -------------  -------  -------  ---  ---
      Disk 0    Online          149 GB      0 B
      Disk 1    Online         3834 MB      0 B

    DISKPART> select disk 1

    Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> clean

    DiskPart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

    DISKPART> create partition primary

    DiskPart succeeded in creating the specified partition.

    DISKPART> format fs=fat32 quick

      100 percent completed

    DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

    DISKPART> active

    DiskPart marked the current partition as active.

    DISKPART> exit

    Leaving DiskPart...


    Now, just copy the files located on Windows 7 DVD Media.image

    Make sure in the BIOS you have selected USB Boot option. Otherwise you won’t be able to boot from the USB thumb drive.

    Next step, plug in the USB thumb drive into the notebook or netbook, where you want to install Windows 7. It will boot from the USB thumb drive. Installing from USB drive improves installation time vs installing from DVD Media as optical media is lower that USB.

    Using this same USB thumb drive you can install Windows 7 on any computer that supports booting from USB. And now on you won’t be wasting the DVD disc for burning any new build of Windows 7. Just replace the media files on the USB thumb drive and install the OS. :)


  • Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecture AND Hyper-V: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Microsoft released the the documents required to test out the Live Migration using Windows Server 2008 R2.


    Hyper-V Live Migration Overview & Architecturewindows-server-2008-r2

    With Hyper-V™ live migration, you can move running VMs from one Hyper-V™ physical host to another without any disruption of service or perceived downtime. Live migration is integrated with Windows Server 2008® R2 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2. Since Hyper-V™ live migration can move running virtual machines without downtime, it will facilitate greater flexibility and value: • Provides better agility: Datacenters with multiple Hyper-V™ physical hosts will be able to move running VMs to the best physical computer for performance, scaling, or optimal consolidation without impacting users. • Reduces costs and increase productivity: Datacenters with multiple Hyper-V™ physical hosts will be able to service those systems in a more controlled fashion, scheduling maintenance during regular business hours. Live migration makes it possible to keep VMs online, even during maintenance, increasing productivity for both users and server administrators. Datacenters will be also able to reduce power consumption by dynamically increasing consolidation ratios and powering off un-used physical hosts during times of lower demand.

    Click here to download


    Hyper-V: Step-by-Step Guide to Using Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2

    Live migration overview

    Live migration is a new Hyper-V feature in Windows Server 2008 R2, which requires the failover clustering role to be added and configured on the servers running Hyper-V. Live migration allows you to transparently move running virtual machines from one node of the failover cluster to another node in the same cluster without a dropped network connection or perceived downtime. In addition, failover clustering requires shared storage for the cluster nodes. This can include an iSCSI or Fiber-Channel Storage Area Network (SAN). All virtual machines are stored in the shared storage area, and the running virtual machine state is managed by one of the nodes. For a detailed overview of live migration and the benefits of using it, see Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Live Migration.

    Click here to download


    Happy Virtualization

  • Microsoft announced Windows 7 Editions

    Windows 7 Lineup Offers Clear Choice for Consumers and Businesses. Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra announced the Windows 7 Editions.

    Q&A: Windows General Manager Mike Ybarra discusses how Windows 7 editions are being designed to make buying simple, while serving the needs of more than 1 billion customers worldwide. Windows7_v_rgb_png

    REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 3, 2009 — Last month Microsoft delivered the beta version of Windows 7 for public testing. Today the company announced its plans for Windows 7 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) strategy, explaining that Microsoft expects that a majority of customers will be best served by two primary editions of Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Premium for consumers, and Windows 7 Professional for businesses.

    To get some more detail on today’s news, PressPass spoke with Mike Ybarra, general manager for Windows.

    PressPass: What will change in the way you package and market Windows 7?

    Ybarra: We've received great feedback from customers and partners through Windows XP and Windows Vista, and have learned a lot about how to communicate what’s available in different editions of the operating system. At the same time, we have a customer base of over 1 billion along with many partners, so it’s important to make sure the right edition of Windows with the right features set is available for them.

    The first change in Windows 7 was to make sure that editions of Windows 7 are a superset of one another. That is to say, as customers upgrade from one version to the next, they keep all features and functionality from the previous edition. As an example, some business customers using Windows Vista Business wanted the Media Center functionality that is in Windows Vista Home Premium but didn’t receive it in Business edition. Customers won’t have to face that trade-off with Windows 7. With Windows 7 there is a more natural progression from one edition to the next.

    The second change is that we have designed Windows 7 so different editions of Windows 7 can run on a very broad set of hardware, from small-notebook PCs (sometimes referred to as netbooks) to full gaming desktops. This way, customers can enable the scenarios they want across the broad hardware choices they have.

    The third change lies in how we broadly communicate in the marketplace, to make these choices as simple and clear as possible for customers and partners.

    PressPass: Does that mean you’ll be streamlining the product lineup?

    Ybarra: With Windows 7 there will be two primary editions: Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Professional. We think those two SKUs will meet most customers’ needs.

    Windows 7 Home Premium is the recommended choice for consumers. It gives them a full-function PC experience and a visually rich environment in everything from the way they experience entertainment to the way they connect their devices.

    Windows 7 Professional is the recommended choice for small businesses and for people who work at home but have to operate in an IT-managed or business environment where security and productivity are critical. For those running Windows Vista Business, it will be a very logical move to Windows 7 Professional.

    For further details visit PressPass

  • Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable | Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond

    Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable

    Windows 7: To the Beta and Beyond

    Date: Tuesday, February 12th
    Time: 11:00am Pacific Time 


       Join Mark Russinovich and a panel of subject matter experts for a live discussion of what's in store for IT pros with Windows® 7.

       Learn about the evolution of features like Group Policy, BitLocker To Go™, DirectAccess, BranchCache™, and AppLocker™ then get tips on troubleshooting, deployment, and application compatibility.

       Bring your questions—Mark and the panel will answer as many as they can during the hour-long event, then publish the rest in a Q&A after the event.

    Find answers to your Windows client OS deployment and management questions with resources, tools, monthly feature articles, and guidance from subject matter experts and early adopters. To learn more, visit www.microsoft.com/springboard,
    As part of the “virtual” experience, you may submit your questions about Windows 7 Beta to the panel live during the event—or submit questions in advance to vrtable@microsoft.com.

    Springboard Series: The resource for Windows desktop IT professionals

    For further details visit Springboard events

  • Virtual TechDays is back on FEB. 18-21, 2009

    Microsoft Virtual TechDays to be held in February, 2009 brings you three days packed with back to back training sessions on technical topics that you want to hear about.

    This will not only enhance you learning but will also give you an insight on what future has in store, what to expect going forward.

    All this delivered to you at the comfort of your workstation, may it be your office or home. All you need to have is Internet access to tap on this knowledge bank.

    Registrations are now open for FREE. We would appreciate if you can also provide us with your inputs on the topics to be covered through the registration form.

    Note: Users who have registered in the past need not fill the entire registration form again.



    Use the list below to find blogs about Microsoft technologies written by Microsoft employees.

    These blogs will provide you insights and opinions about using Microsoft technologies and software.

    » MSDN India Blog

    » TechNet India Blog


    TechDays Quiz


    Developer Quiz: Security

    This Security Quiz is designed to build on your knowledge of security features available in various Microsoft product offerings e.g. SQL Server‚ Windows‚ etc. So‚ get set to put your knowledge to test‚ and in the process‚ win some EXCITING PRIZES.

    IT Professionals

    TechNet India Quiz: Security

    This Security Quiz is designed to build on your knowledge of security features available in the various operating systems offered by Microsoft. So, get set to put your knowledge to test, and in the process, win some EXCITING PRIZES.

    For more information about Virtual TechDays visit http://www.virtualtechdays.com

  • Microsoft® Enterprise Desktop Virtualization V1 (MED-V)

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization
    (MED-V) Version 1 BETA has been released!

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization is one of the six technologies in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. MED-V 1.0 provides deployment, management and user experience capabilities for Virtual PC images in a corporate environment, and the beta can be downloaded here. A short survey will need to be answered before downloading the software.

    Microsoft® Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V, formerly known as Kidaro) enhances deployment, management and user experience for Virtual PC images on a Windows® Desktop, independent of the local desktop medv_logoconfiguration and operating system (OS). MED-V leverages Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to provide an enterprise solution for desktop virtualization streamlining OS upgrades, and increasing IT control and user flexibility in enterprise environments.

    MED-V solution for Application-to-OS incompatibility accelerates the upgrade path to Windows Vista®. Applications that cannot be installed on Windows Vista® or have not been fully tested on Windows Vista® may be installed by the administrator in a virtual machine that runs a previous version of the OS (e.g., Windows XP or Windows 2000) and operate in their native, supported environment.

    Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization is an integral tool in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, a dynamic solution available to Software Assurance customers that helps reduce application deployment costs, enable delivery of applications as services, and better manage and control enterprise desktop environments.

    To learn more about MED-V and MDOP visit
    For more details about how to license MDOP please refer to:

    For any question regarding the MED-V beta please contact medvbeta@microsoft.com

    For more information visit

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/med-v.aspx (Microsoft’s Site containing whitepapers, datasheets)

    http://blogs.technet.com/mdop/default.aspx (The Official MDOP Blog)


    Happy Virtualization

  • Microsoft Recite: TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW

    What Is Microsoft Recite?

    Microsoft Recite is a search technology for your voice that runs on Windows Mobile* devices. With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them. Microsoft Recite is available as a free technology preview beginning February 16, 2009. 

    *Microsoft Recite can be used on devices running Windows Mobile version 6.0 or higher. Not sure what you’re running? A complete list of devices can be found at http://recite.microsoft.comMS Recitelogo

    How Does It Work?

    Microsoft Recite’s voice search makes it easy to retrieve your stored thoughts and notes by using voice pattern matching. It analyzes the patterns in your speech and finds matches between two recordings -- the notes you stored on your phone, and the search you do using your voice. With Recite you can store thousands of spoken notes, and then later retrieve the notes you want based on a match with your search term(s). This is different from speech recognition, which has to accurately convert spoken words to application-readable input.

    Press “Remember” to record a thought.
    Press “Search” to retrieve your thoughts. It’s that simple!


    For more information about the Microsoft Recite visit the Official Recite Blog https://blogs.msdn.com/recite/

    Happy Reciting…