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June, 2009

  • boot from vhd – setup windows 7 64 bit from 32 bit

    boot from vhd is a great new feature of windows 7 enterprise.  it allows you to start an operating system configured in vhd file.  i have been using this to run 64 bit builds of windows 7 on a system that is natively running the 32 bit version...
  • did you know: you can shrink a hard drive from the command line (and in the windows vista/7 setup program?)

    friday i posted information about dynamically shrinking a partition from your windows vista or windows 7 installation (making room for another operating system) but what if you are already running windows xp and would like to take advantage of this feature...
  • the case of the 2 iexplore.exe processes

    in my previous post i was troubleshooting internet explorer and why i had two processes everytime i open the browser.  what i had forgotten is that i upgraded to internet explorer 8 and that we now use two iexplore.exe processes that runs at different...
  • boot windows 7 from a usb stick

    i’ve been asked a few times how to install windows 7 onto a netbook and i believe these are the minimum requirements: 1. format the usb stick (for example e:) within windows from a command prompt using the following command: format e: /fs:ntfs /q 2. ...
  • my father and uncle phil

    friday my uncle phil passed away. i have known him most of my life (he married my aunt when i was very young) and he always had a gentle tone and served his family, church, state and others selflessly. when i think of my dad who has so many of these same...
  • did you know: installing the zune 3.0 software without a zune?

    almost a year ago we had a portable media session at cwug (chicago windows user group) which was a lot of fun.  we had people bring their archos media players, ipods, psps and zunes.  when we talked about the zune, one of the questions was do...
  • upcoming springboard virtual round table on application compatibility

    this thursday is the next springboard series virtual round table focused on application compatibility https://ms.istreamplanet.com/springboard . thursday, june 18th 11 a.m. pst windows 7, is approaching fast and from the application standpoint...
  • chicago cares

    this is the second year that i'll be volunteering as part of chicago cares. more on this soon, but this is the second saturday in a row that has began with a drizzly cool rain (just the way i like to bike 65 miles) - at least today there is a plan for...
  • 2010 ford fusion hybrid with sync

    so i’ve made the switch – yesterday i picked up a brand new 2010 ford fusion hybrid with sync (and navigation so i can pay attention to driving and not where i’m supposed to be on any particular day).  this marks my return to ford (the last one we...
  • did you know: dynamically shrinking a hard drive partition

    i’ve been running windows vista for over 3 1/2 years now (before it was even released publicly) and windows 7 for almost a year.  most of the it professionals, consultants and trainers i speak to feel pretty comfortable and knowledgeable with microsoft...
  • windows 7 beta expira pronto!

    i’ve got two systems left on the windows 7 beta that i’ll be upgrading either tonight or on july 1st.  i don’t speak that much spanish but even i understood this:  “a parte de julio su pc va a apagar todas 2 horas. download la rc” the release...
  • pre-order a copy of windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99 today!

    it’s a great friday – today you can reserve your production copy of the windows 7 upgrade for as little as $49.99!  the professional version upgrade is only $99.99.  not certain which version you’re interested in?  check out the pricing...
  • browser for the better

    i came across the following today – a site sponsored by microsoft that will donate 8 meals to feeding america for every download of internet explorer 8 from the site.  now the challenge – finding a computer that i’m not running internet explorer...
  • microspotting

    before i started at microsoft on october 31, 2005 (yes – it’s almost been four years!) i spent a lot of time combing through posts on channel9 , jobsblog and the careers site.  i wanted to get a sense of whether i would fit in.  fortunately...