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  • Blog Post: Imagex A Vista OPK Command-line Utility

    Capture an image of the installation 1. Boot the master computer with the custom WinPE CD. 2. Use Imagex to capture the installed Vista OS on drive C: to drive D: imagex /compress fast /capture c: d:\baseimg.wim “Vista Base Image” Apply an image to a computer 1. Boot the...
  • Blog Post: Any Gamers around?

    Now that Windows Vista is RTM it is time to look at gaming in a whole new way! With Windows Vista you will get the performance and reliability required when gaming. With AGEIA PhysX you get the first and only physics processor available today to enhance game play physics. In gaming, physics is all about...
  • Blog Post: Q&A from the Gaming Niche Webcast! (Windows Vista and the AGEIA physx processor)

    Hello All, Here is the Q&A from the Gaming Niche webcast we did with AGEIA. Question : The CPU's stepping level should be the same if I use 2 CPUs? Answer : yes Question : Will Microsoft adjust the scale for the Windows Experience Index as games become more advanced? Answer : yes Question...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Downgrade rights

    I have had the following question asked to me quite often so I figure it was worth posting: Can I downgrade my OEM version of Microsoft Windows Vista Business to Windows XP Professional? Yes. OEM Downgrade Rights for desktop operating systems apply to Windows Vista Business & Vista Ultimate...
  • Blog Post: SB: Deploying Windows Vista in Business. How to navigate the implementation waters.

    Hi everyone, If you are installing Windows Vista in a business environment, then this webcast is for you. I strongly recommend you attending. Here are the details: Event Date: 3/15/2007 Presenter: Doug Thompson Event Time: 9:00 AM Pacific, USA & Canada (DST) = GMT...
  • Blog Post: WebCast - Windows Vista Deployment End to End Series

    Are you ready to pre-install Windows Vista? Do you know there is a new OPK for Vista that improves the efficiency of deploying Windows? Want to learn how to use image base technology to deploy Windows without media? Learn how to install Windows Vista in ~4.5 minutes! These webcast series is geared to...
  • Blog Post: A quick way to add support & branding to Vista!

    This is an easy way you can brand Vista with your logo and add your support information to Vista. You'll have to manually copy your logo to the system32 folder and make sure it has the same filename you specify. Below is a registry file. Open up notepad, copy the follow text into notepad, customize with...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready Your Way and you can get a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate!

    As part of the Get Ready Your Way promotion, you can get yourself a copy of the top of the line in versions of Windows Vista. That's right, Windows Vista Ultimate! Find out more at http://www.microsoft.com/oem/getready
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Network Deployment Scripts

    These are the scripts used when creating a custom WinPE for network Vista deployment. startnet.cmd - <Capture an Image> @echo off @echo Initializing network... wpeinit @echo Waiting for network services... :StartMon ping -n 1 wds > NUL if not %ERRORLEVEL%==0 GOTO StartMon...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Adding Windows Vista Clients to Your Windows SBS 2003 Environment

    WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 2007 9AM Pacific WHERE: http://msreadiness.com/WS_abstract.asp?eid=15005649 WHAT: As a computer professional, you understand the benefits that Windows Vista adds to a small business environment. You know that increased security, better manageability, and enhanced...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista ROI Calculator

    Here is an excellent tool which helps companies determine the potential benefits and return on investment from implementing Windows Vista Business or Windows Vista Enterprise developed by independent company called Alinean Inc. http://www.alinean.com/microsoft/vistavalue/microsoft_Vista_Calculator...
  • Blog Post: Is Windows Vista wiping out their out-of-box drivers? Here's how you preserve it!

    In your autounattend.xml, add the Microsoft-Windows-PnpSysprep component. Set the PersistAllDeviceInstalls value to True . Here are the details. PersistAllDeviceInstalls PersistAllDeviceInstalls indicates whether all Plug and Play devices will be uninstalled during the generalize pass and then...
  • Blog Post: Shortcut Key Strokes!

    Are you as lazy as I am when it comes to typing everything out or trying to locate the shortcut icon to launch an application? I use shortcut key strokes in everything I do, including opening word (Start, Run and type WinWord). 1. Want to visit www.microsoft.com ? Open IE and type microsoft followed...
  • Blog Post: Q&A for Adding Windows Vista Clients to Your Windows SBS 2003 Environment

    Hello Everyone, below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Adding Windows Vista Clients to Your Windows SBS 2003 Environment webcast presented on Thursday, June 21, 2007. To download the PowerPoint presentation, please visit BOB Wired at: http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpage.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 in the Windows SBS 2003 Environment

    Have you ever tried to use the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows SBS) client deployment tools to join a Windows Vista-based computer to a Windows SBS network? You may have found that when you click Connect to the network now on the Network Configuration Web page, and error message...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista® is Ready, Are you?

    Get into Windows Vista and be able to confidently tell your customers why they need a Windows Vista PC from you today. Take advantage of the sales tools and training materials in the Windows Vista Sales Accelerator to help you grow your business through increased sales of PCs with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista and 2007 Office System Builder Channel Launch Webcast Available On-Demand

    If you missed the webcast celebrating the launch of Windows Vista and 2007 Office with Bill Gates, you can still watch the recorded version from the OEM System Builder website. Please visit http://oem.microsoft.com/vistaofficewebcast to take part in this celebration. There is technical, preinstallation...
  • Blog Post: BoB's Thursday webcasts - AD Restore and the new Physx Processor

    Hey y'all (using my best Texan accent), Don't forget about our two webcast tomorrow! In the first webcast we will walk through Active Directory Disaster Recovery (User/Group restore) in a multi DC environment. An hour later we will cover Windows Vista and the new Physx Processor for gaming machines...
  • Blog Post: Memory Support for Windows Vista

    I've been asked by many people on how much memory does Windows Vista supports so I decided to post it here. If you haven't seen the product guide, I strongly suggest downloading it. It lists all the new features in Windows Vista. Home Basic Home Premium Business ...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Windows Vista is ready. Are you?

    WHEN: Thursday, August 2, 2007 9 AM Pacific Thursday, August 16, 2007 9 AM Pacific WHERE: Part 1: http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6434 Part 2: http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6435 Part 1 of 2: Windows Vista is Compatible. Did you know that over 1.9 million...
  • Blog Post: Automate your Vista DVD Deployments

    This is a sample script you can use to automate the installation of Vista. Copy & paste the following text to notepad, replace the product key with your product key, and save the file with the name autounattend.xml. To use this, copy the autounattend.xml to a USB key. On a computer you wish to install...
  • Blog Post: Automate your Vista Factory Installations

    Copy the following text to notepad. For the product key, enter the product key that corresponds to the version of Windows Vista you want to install. Vista Default Product Keys: Business - 4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W HomeBasic - RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD HomePremium - X9HTF-MKJQQ...
  • Blog Post: Windows memory limitations

    Have you ever wondered what the max physical limitations are for memory in our Windows products? Want to know if its changing in Vista? Look no more! Physical memory limits 32-bit Windows 64-bit Windows Windows XP Starter Edition 128 MB N/A ...
  • Blog Post: Do you HAVE to upgrade your hardware to run Vista?

    Want to see if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista? Just download, install, and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. This small software tool will scan your computer and create an easy-to-understand report of all known system, device, and program compatibility issues, and recommend ways...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Deployment Center is Live!!

    It’s been in the works for a while and now we are proud to present the Windows Vista Deployment Center . It may seem strange to think about it this way, but the OEM System Builder Technology Team has worked hard to make deployments simple, or at least simple for you to understand. And with the Windows...