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September, 2009

  • gateway lt series netbook – now running windows 7

    over the weekend i blogged about a great netbook deal – and currently it’s exclusively at best buy .  the lt3114u or lt3103u both have a 250 gb hard drive and 2 gb of ram.  i’ve got the cherry red one and it’s now running windows 7 home premium...
  • the windows 7 install fest and zune 4.0 software upgrade

    today we conducted a windows 7 install fest at work.  i ran through some tips and tricks and learned a couple myself.  this evening i’m installing the zune 4.0 software on my last system running windows vista and then going to my windows 7 system...
  • creating a vhd to boot from

    i met with a customer and when we began discussing boot from vhd they had a lot of interest.  i pointed them to this blog post about boot from vhd , but as i reviewed it i remembered a couple other things like how to create a vhd from a wim. ...
  • another install fest (thursday), top windows 7 utilities and 3 more installations today (friday)

    thursday my counterpart dan orum led our second install fest, i did an internal tips and tricks session and then dan presented at the chicago windows user group on the top windows 7 utilities. we'll post the top utilities at our cwug site - cwug.groups...
  • problem steps recorder – help someone out of a jam

    at our thursday loadfest we had a user that had the magnifier starting every time their computer restarted (kind of annoying until you realize how awesome the new windows 7 magnifier is!), so i figured out where it got configured and wanted to send instructions...
  • did you know – windows 7 magnifier!

    in windows 7, you can press and hold down the windows key and press + to zoom in on the screen.  with the aero glass interface the experience is very similar to mark russinovich’s zoom it. you can press the + key multiple times to really emphasize...
  • foxit reader

    foxit software has one of my must have installations after the many installs and upgrades i've done of windows 7 over the past year. i typically have occasional need to open a pdf file, and foxit reader does that job well, but what i really like is the...
  • on the road branch office

    here’s another thing that i’ve taken for granted for the past three years using windows vista – secure wireless access even in public.  panera is my favorite place to find it and as you can see by the screen shot below even as i post this blog entry...
  • best netbook so far

    i’ve become a big fan of netbooks lately.  they are light and inexpensive and some come with reasonable hard drives (160 gb in many models) but up until recently i’ve had three complaints – 1) windows xp home 2) limited ram and 3) resolution. ...