January, 2009

  • More Windows Live Toolbar features

    I missed some other features that you’ll see after logging in with a Live ID (the far right of the toolbar).  Two more items show up: The first icon sets up synchronization of favorites from Windows Live to multiple computers.  The setup process...
  • Latest Windows Live Toolbar

    I’ve never been a fan of browser toolbar add-ons, but somehow my home machines always end up full of them. One of these days people will get fed up with software packages that install other “junk” and complain, but until then I’m used to periodically...
  • Windows 7 Deployment Changes

    Patrick Azzarello (program manager in the Windows Core Operating System Division) just posted a blog entry listing the deployment-related changes in Windows 7.  Check it out at http://blogs.technet.com/windowssystemdeployment/archive/2009/01/20/windows...
  • Windows 7 Features IT pros will like

    There are lots of new features in Windows 7, but here are a few that are more “IT pro”-ish: Burning ISOs to CDs or DVDs directly from Explorer.  No more need for command line utilities, third-party shell add-ons, or special software – just right...
  • Download Windows 7 now…

    …so that the internet can recover by Monday morning when everyone wants to do real work again.  The download is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-download.aspx .  I really like the description on the page: New to beta...
  • And now MDT 2010 Beta 1 is available too

    See http://blogs.technet.com/msdeployment/archive/2009/01/09/microsoft-deployment-toolkit-2010-beta-1-is-now-available.aspx for the official announcement and how to download it from the Connect website. Please remember that this is a beta version of MDT...
  • Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 beta is available for download

    See http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4ad85860-d1f4-42a1-a46c-e039e3d0db5d&DisplayLang=en for the download, or if you just want to see what’s changed you can review the documentation that can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft...
  • Want to get rid of Windows XP or Server 2003 PnP dialogs?

    Somewhere along the line I missed this KB article: Hotfix adds new functionality to suppress Plug and Play-related UI messages in Windows Server 2003 or in Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938596 This could be useful when deploying new computers...
  • Social networking – so many options…

    I started off a long time ago with a LinkedIn profile ( http://www.linkedin.com/in/mniehaus ), primarily for people I have worked with throughout the years.  (If I don’t know you, I won’t accept an invitation.  But if we’ve exchanged e-mails...
  • Windows 7 Beta announced today

    It’s hard to miss the news: Steve Ballmer announced today that Windows 7 Beta is available today for TechNet Plus and MSDN subscribers (see http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2009/01/07/windows-7-now-available-for-download.aspx for a picture...