Monthly Archives: March 2007

Office 2007 BETA 2 Bites The Dust

Well, just learned this morning after launching Excel 2007 that the Office 2007 BETA 2 suite has finally expired. I have been running the suite on one of my desktop systems since beta 2 was released last year and I guess you could say this is just another proof of how stable the suite has been. I guess its time to upgrade. 🙂


ActiveWin: Office 2007 RTM Review



Filed under Office Productivity

Windows Vista In The Know Links – No. 2

From Microsoft

Looking for BIG entertainment from your PC?

Did you know that you can enjoy TV, photos, music, video, and the latest digital media all in a central place on your PC? With Windows Media Center–available in Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate editions–you can.

What’s more, you can experience Media Center on any TV in your home. Just add a Windows Media Center Extender, like an Xbox 360, to your wired or wireless home network.

These cool new PCs are ready for a Media Center experience. Are you?

New and notable

Test drive Windows Vista Business edition

Try the first edition of Windows Vista designed specifically for small businesses–without installing it on your PC!

How to install Windows Vista on a new PC

Learn how to install and troubleshoot Windows Vista and Windows Vista drivers in this self-paced online course from Microsoft Learning.

Better together: Windows Vista and Windows Live OneCare

Windows Live OneCare adds antivirus protection and automatic tune-ups to your PC powered by Windows Vista. Try Windows Live OneCare free for 90 days.

Free Windows Vista Ultimate for all attendees at MIX07

Attend MIX07, Microsoft’s cutting-edge conference for Web professionals that are designing and building next-generation PC experiences, April 30 through May 2, 2007 in Las Vegas, and you’ll receive a free edition of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Tips and tricks for Windows Vista

Featured tip for Windows Vista

Experience the enhanced user interface
If your PC supports the Windows Aero user experience, open multiple files and see how easy it is to locate the right open window using Windows Flip or Flip 3D.
1. To use Windows Flip, press Alt + Tab.
2. To use Flip 3D, press the Start menu key + Tab.

Visit our Help and How-to website to learn more about using Windows Vista.

More tips for Windows Vista

Games have never looked this good

See at a glance how DirectX 10 in Windows Vista makes games more detailed and more realistic in this article from Windows Vista Official Magazine.

Search just got easier: Finding files in Windows Vista

Every year, hard drives get bigger and cheaper, encouraging us to store more on our PCs. Learn how the powerful search system in Windows Vista helps you easily find all your important PC files.



Filed under Vista Tips & Tricks

Apple BootCamp 1.2 BETA now with Windows Vista support

From Apple via MacRumors

For owners of Apple Intel based systems, Apple has released an updated beta of their dual boot utility BootCamp which will be finalized with the release of the Company’s next generation operating system Leopard. BootCamp facilitates the installation of Windows on Intel Macintosh systems.

Boot Camp 1.2 beta includes:

  • Support for Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • Updated drivers, including but not limited to trackpad, AppleTime (synch), audio, graphics, modem, iSight camera
  • Support the Apple Remote (works with iTunes and Windows Media Player)
  • A Windows system tray icon for easy access to Boot Camp information and actions
  • Improved keyboard support  for Korean, Chinese, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, and French Canadian
  • Improved Windows driver installation experience
  • Updated documentation and Boot Camp on-line help in Windows
  • Apple Software Update (for Windows XP and Vista)

Download here



Filed under Vista Tips & Tricks

Updates for Windows Vista

From ActiveWin


Install this update to resolve an issue where an error message is received when placing a Windows Vista system into a sleep state while a PPP connection is active. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista License Terms.

Also available:

Thanks to Jonathan Tigner



Filed under Security

Installing Vista on a XPS 700/710, A Guide –


Kris Kenney talks about his experiences installing Windows Vista on his brand new, state of the art Dell XPS 710 system. He also provides a nice tutorial for owners of an XPS 700 or 710 about how to install Windows Vista on it. I was surprised that you have to remove 2 of the memory sticks for the Vista installer to work. Very insightful!

Please follow this guide only if the following conditions are true:

  • You own a Dell Dimension XPS 700 or Dell Dimension XPS 710 desktop system.
  • Your computer has 4 GB of memory (RAM).
  • You are trying to install a retail copy of Windows Vista.
  • You have a general knowledge of how to install Windows.
  • You have a general knowledge of the inside of a computer system.

Read more here

Just finished installing Windows Vista –



Filed under Vista Tips & Tricks

Oh my Goodness – the new Dreamscenes are HOT!

So I just got a chance to install the new Windows Vista Ultimate Extras Dream Scene Backgrounds and I must say I am impressed. My favorite so far is the waterfall which reminds me of the beautiful scenic views from around my home island of Jamaica to my desktop.

The rushing water of a forest stream

A field of thistle, with a bee gathering pollen | A streetlamp reflected in a puddle, with softly falling rain

Orange wisps flowing in a computer-generated scene

The Windows Ultimate Team has done an amazing job and I’m looking forward to future releases!



Filed under Vista Journal

Windows DreamScene Content Pack now available

From Windows Ultimate


"Windows DreamScene is currently available only as a preview version, but many of you have chosen to install it. In recognition of your interest, we accelerated our schedule to release a Content Pack that contains four video backgrounds, which are now available on Windows Update.

The four videos are:

  • A field of thistle, with a bee gathering pollen
  • The rushing water of a forest stream
  • A streetlamp reflected in a puddle, with softly falling rain
  • Orange wisps flowing in a computer-generated scene

Learn more here


WinCustomize – Blissful Sunset DreamScene


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