• Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (Free live migration anyone!) available for download

    Windows Virtualization Team Blog just announced the availability of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Download

    DOWNLOAD NOW

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    And don’t forget that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 also supports boot from flash for our OEM partners.

    Just to recap this release has the following features

    (a) High availability and live migration for managing a dynamic IT infrastructure

    (b) Support for 64 logical processors future proofing our customers to scale up with the hardware

    (c) Support for running up to 384 virtual machines with up to 512 virtual processors

    (d) Processor compatibility mode for live migration across different processor SKU’s from the same vendor

    (e) Hot add/remove virtual storage

    (f) Networking enhancements (VMQ, Chimney, support for Jumbo Frames)

    (g) Simplified management using sconfig

    (h) Boot from flash

    Visit the original link to read more

    http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2009/08/28/microsoft-hyper-v-server-2008-r2-free-live-migration-anyone-available-for-download.aspx

    Happy Virtualization

  • ImageResizer for Windows XP & Windows Vista/Windows 7 (both 32-bit/64-bit)

    These days everybody has digital camera with high resolution. Typically users click hi res with image sizes ranging from 2 MB to 10 MB depending upon the Megapixels supported by the Camera.

    Many of them use these for sharing with their friends and families. Often users try to mail these pictures over the email or instant messenger by zipping them but it does not help much. Approximately a 5 MB images will be compressed to up to 4 or 4.5 MB but that is also the very high size per image sending via email or messenger. Sometimes we use our trustful Microsoft Paint application for resizing images, which is cool but again for a single or couple of images it is ok to open up the image and to “Save As” Well imagine what if you have around 20 30 40 50 100+ images for resizing. Then it is a painful task for doing manual resizing.

    So, this is a problem that many of us must be facing in a day to day life as we click lot of pictures and share it across the web.

    What’s the solution?

    Well, the solution is to use a Image Resizer tool that we would talk about. An easy to use tool for resizing multiple images within few seconds. We are talking about ImageResizer PowerToy that was available for Windows XP and folks at CodePlex re-written the same application in C++ for Windows Vista & Windows 7 including support for 64-Bit version of Windows.

    DOWNLOAD LOCATIONS. These tools are freely available :)

    ImageResizer for Windows XP Download ImageResizer.exe

    ImageResizer for Windows Vista/Windows 7 Download ImageResizer-2.1_x86

    ImageResizer for Windows Vista/Windows 7 (FOR 64-Bit) Download ImageResizer-2.1_x64

     

    For original CodePlex Project visit http://phototoysclone.codeplex.com/

    For Detailed Documentation visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/learnmore/tips/eschelman2.mspx

    How to use Image Resizer in Windows Vista & Windows 7. (Note: Same way you can resize the images in Windows XP)

    Step 1: Just right click on a single image or multiple images.


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    Step 2: Select the required size typically Medium or Large or you can even select Custom size by entering the required resolution.

     

    Step 3: Once selected size you can click on the above option like “Resize the original pictures” This will not create the copies of the resized low res pictures but instead resize the original pictures.

     


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    Click on OK and you will get the resized images in the same folder.

     

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    So we have taken an example image for resizing. Compare the following 2 images and see the difference.

    Original Image Size: 5.05 MB Download

    Resized Image Size: 116 KB Download

    Now you can easily create and share pictures with your friends and families. You can email them quickly or send them over IM. You can also use these small sized images to quickly upload on your favorite Social Media Site such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut etc.

    Happy Imaging :)

  • Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7

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    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote computer that is running Windows 7. It includes support for remote management of computers that are running either the Server Core or full installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2, and for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008. Some roles and features on Windows Server 2003 can be managed remotely by using Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, although the Server Core installation option is not available with the Windows Server 2003 operating system. 

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    This feature is comparable in functionality to the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 runs on both x86- and x64-based editions of Windows 7, and can be used to manage roles and features that are running on either the Server Core or full installation options of the x64-based Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Remote management is also supported for some roles and features that run on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003.
    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 should not be installed on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack or Windows 2000 Server® Administration Tools Pack. Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.
    Only one copy at a time of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on a computer. Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This includes any copies that are in different languages.


    For detailed information about the tools available in Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, and the supported operating systems at which they can be targeted, see Knowledge Base article 958830.

    INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
    You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.
    Important: Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with SP1 from the computer before installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.
    Important: Only one copy of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on a computer at one time. Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This includes any copies that are in different languages. To remove existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, see Removing the complete Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 pack on this page.
    1. On a computer that is running Windows 7, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 package from the Microsoft Download Center.
    2. Open the folder into which the package downloaded, and double-click the package to unpack it, and then start the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Setup Wizard.
    Important: You must accept the License Terms and Limited Warranty to start to install the Administration Tools pack.
    3. Complete all the steps that you must follow by the wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is completed.
    4. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
    5. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
    6. If you are prompted by User Account Control to enable the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.
    7. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
    8. Select the remote management tools that you want to install.
    9. Click OK.
    10. Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
    • Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
    • On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
    • In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK. Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.
    Reinstalling or removing individual Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
    If a remote administration tool was removed from a computer that is running Windows 7, you can install it again by performing the following steps.
    To reinstall individual remote administration tools:
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
    2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
    3. If you are prompted by User Account Control to allow the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.
    4. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
    5. Select the remote management tools that you want to install, or clear the check boxes for any tools that you want to remove. Click OK.
    Removing the complete Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 pack
    You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer from which you want to remove the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.
    You can remove the complete Administration Tools pack from a computer by using the Uninstall a program utility in Control Panel.
    To remove the Administration Tools pack
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a program in the Programs area.
    2. Click View installed updates.
    3. Select Update for Microsoft Windows (958830).
    4. Click Uninstall.

    Additional Information

    For more information about Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, see the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Help on the Windows Server TechCenter.
    For information about how to run Server Manager targeted at remote computers, see Remote Management with Server Manager in the Server Manager Help.

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows® 7 helps you to install, windows-7-logocustomize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows® 7 and Windows Server® 2008 R2 family of operating systems.

     

    The Windows® Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Windows® operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Windows AIK also includes the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), which enables IT professionals to automate and centrally manage the volume activation process using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK).

    System Requirements

    Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Server 2008

    • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2
    • Windows Vista SP1
    • Windows Server 2008 family
    • Windows 7 family
    • Windows Server 2008 R2 family

    Windows Automated Installation Kit Readme

    DOWNLOAD HERE

  • Windows Virtual PC RC Released along with Windows XP Mode RC

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    What is Windows Virtual PC?

    Windows Virtual PC (RC) is the latest Microsoft virtualization technology that allows you to run many productivity applications on a virtual Windows environment, with a single click, directly from a Windows 7-based PC.
    For more information about Windows Virtual PC, please visit the Windows Virtual PC website.
    Windows Virtual PC supports the following Host and Guest Operating systems

    • Host: Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
    • Guest: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Professional, Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.

    Note: Virtual application feature not supported on Windows Vista Business Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 7 Professional SKU's
    Note: Upgrade from Windows Virtual PC Beta to Windows Virtual PC RC is not supported. Uninstall Windows Virtual PC Beta and Windows XP Mode Beta, before installing this RC release. Click here for more information.

    What are the System Requirements?

    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
      Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Enterprise.
      Note: Windows Virtual PC Beta requires Windows 7 RC.
    • Processor: Processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V™ or Intel® VT turned on in the BIOS.
    • Memory: 2GB of memory recommended.
    • Hard disk requirement: 20MB hard disk space for installing Windows Virtual PC. Additional 15GB of hard disk space per virtual Windows environment recommended.

    How can I install Windows Virtual PC RC if I have already installed Windows Virtual PC BETA?

    Instructions

    Windows Virtual PC installation:
    • Uninstall Windows Virtual PC Beta and Windows XP Mode Beta (if applicable) before you install the RC release. Click here for more information.
    • To uninstall Windows Virtual PC, start Windows 7 Control Panel and navigate to ‘Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features’. Choose “View Installed Updates” from the sidebar and uninstall ‘Windows Virtual PC (KB958559)’. Reboot your system to complete un-installation.
    • Based on the architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) of your computer, download the appropriate update package (Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu or Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu).
    • Double click on the update package (Windows6.1-KB958559-x86.msu or Windows6.1-KB958559-x64.msu) and follow the instructions. Reboot your system to complete installation.

    DOWNLOAD HERE

     

    Windows XP Mode RC

    What is Windows XP Mode?

    Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run many of your Windows XP productivity applications directly from a Windows 7-based PC. It utilizes virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC to provide a Virtual Windows XP environment for Windows 7.
    Windows XP Mode provides a 32-bit Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (SP3) environment pre-loaded on a virtual hard disk. Client virtualization software, like Windows Virtual PC is a pre-requisite to use Windows XP Mode.
    Note: Upgrade from Windows XP Mode Beta to Windows XP Mode RC is not supported. Uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta and Windows Virtual PC Beta (if applicable) before installing this RC release. Click here for more information.

    What are the System Requirements?

    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
    Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 7 Enterprise.
    Note: Windows XP Mode RC is supported only on Windows 7 RC build
    • Hard disk requirement: 2GB for installing Windows XP Mode. Additional 15GB of hard disk space for the virtual Windows environment.

    Note: You can use Windows Virtual PC to run Windows XP Mode on your computer. Windows Virtual PC requires processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V™ or Intel® VT turned on in the BIOS.

    How can I install Windows XP Mode RC if I have already installed Windows XP Mode BETA?

    Windows XP Mode RC installation:

    • Uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta. Before you uninstall Windows XP Mode Beta, save all data in Windows XP Mode to a computer drive. Note that all files related to Windows XP Mode Beta cannot be used after you install Windows XP Mode RC. Click here to learn more.
    • Download the Windows XP Mode installer.
    • Double click on the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation.

    Note:
    We recommend that you save a copy of the Windows XP Mode installer for future, to restore the Windows XP Mode environment. For example, you could burn the installer to DVD or save it to a backup media. If the files installed by Windows XP Mode gets corrupted or deleted, you will get an error while trying to start Windows XP Mode. You can then try reinstalling the Windows XP Mode using the installer that you have saved.

    Download Here

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Upgrade Paths & System Requirements

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    Outlines supported and unsupported upgrade paths for Windows Server 2008 R2 SKUs.

    To download the documentation Click Here

    Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

    To use Windows Server 2008 R2, you need:*

    Component

    Requirement

    Processor

    Minimum: 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)

    Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

    Memory

    Minimum: 512 MB RAM

    Maximum: 8 GB (Foundation) or 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)

    Disk Space Requirements

    Minimum: 32 GB or greater

    Foundation: 10 GB or greater

    Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files

    Display

    Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor

    Other

    DVD Drive, Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse (or compatible pointing device), Internet access (fees may apply)

    * Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration, and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance is dependent upon not only the clock frequency of the processor, but the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Disk space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available hard disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.

    Installation and Activation

    You do not need to enter a product key to evaluate any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software, however activation is required within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut down the machine every hour.

    For further information please see the Windows Server 2008 R2 Activation page

    Can my existing servers run Windows Server 2008 R2?

    Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit to securely inventory your existing servers and generate a migration report for Windows Server 2008.

    Looking for Windows Server 2008 System Requirements?

    Click here to access Windows Server 2008 system requirements for 32-bit, 64-bit and Itanium based systems.

    For more details visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspx

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation (180 days)

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    Windows Server 2008 R2 builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable organizations to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures.

    This software is for evaluation and testing purposes. The evaluation is available in ISO format. Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions are available via the same download. You will be prompted for edition installation at setup. Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software does not require entering a product key, however will require activation within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut the machine down every hour (The 10 day activation period can be reset five (5) times by using the rearm command. See below for further information on activation rearm). Once activated, the evaluation will run for 180 days. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a fully-licensed version of Windows Server 2008 R2.


    This download is also available through our new Download Manager. This will ensure 100% completion rate, and accelerate download times on slower links.


    To start this download via the Download Manager, please click here.

    System Requirements
    • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008
    Please refer to the Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements page.

    Instructions

    This download offers you the benefits of registering with Microsoft. Click the Continue button near the top of this page to register. After you have gone through the registration process, you will be returned to this page to begin the download

    Additional Information

    Note that the files are language-specific, where “EN” is English, "FR" is French, "ES" is Spanish, “DE” is German, “CN” is Traditional Chinese and “JP” is Japanese. Further languages are supported through the Windows Server Language Packs, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 Multilingual User Interface Language site for further information.


    If you are a TechNet subscriber, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 TechNet Subscriber download page.
    If you are a MSDN subscriber, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 MSDN Subscriber download page.

    For details & downloads Click here

  • Microsoft Silverlight 3 Offline Developer Documentation

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a9773a7-c854-41fa-b73d-535abfb73baf&displayLang=en

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    If you open the CHM and cannot view content, do the following to resolve the issue: - Right-click the CHM file, and then click "Properties". - Click "Unblock". - Double-click the .chm file to open the file.

    Enjoy & Light up the Web

  • Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing

    Microsoft recently announced prices for Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing.

    Some of the details from the Windows 7 Team Blog…

    Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

    Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
    Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate:
    $139.99*

    * You’ll note that we’ve reduced the price of moving from Home Premium to Ultimate 12% in the US as compared to Vista pricing

    For more information visit the Windows 7 team blog

    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/windows7/archive/2009/07/31/windows-anytime-upgrade-and-family-pack-pricing.aspx

    Happy Upgrade