Monthly Archives: June 2007

Security Updates for Windows Vista

Microsoft released nine important security updates for Vista yesterday. Here is a list of whats included:


Update for Windows Vista (KB931836)
February 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB932406)
The Windows desktop may stop updating correctly after a Windows Vista-based computer has been running for an extended period of time
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB935652)
June 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB937077)
A high definition audio device may no longer work after you resume Windows Vista from hibernation or from sleep
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB937123)
When running Windows Vista, the 802.1X network authentication times out, fails and network connectivity can not be established.
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB938637)
In Internet Explorer 7 on a Windows Vista-based computer, you cannot enter user-defined words that are added to the Microsoft IME user dictionary
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB929824)
Windows Vista cannot connect to any off-link addresses when the default gateway is configured to be the same as the client IP address
>> Download: x86, x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB930627)
The private data of the DEVMODE data structure may be corrupted when you use raw mode to print a document in a 32-bit application on a computer that is running a 64-bit version of Windows
>> Download: x64

Update for Windows Vista (KB935855)
Error message when you try to start Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista: "You must be an administrator to open Internet Explorer on this desktop"
>> Download: x86, x64



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Windows Vista Tips & Tricks collection

Hi everyone,

As we approach Windows Vista’s 6 month anniversary, I decided to provide a summary of tips and tricks I have written and collected for the operating system from various sources since the start of the year so far. Its small and the intention is to grow it. The list covers a range of topics, from tweaking to securing Windows Vista. In addition to this, there is already my popular Windows Vista Quick Start Guide and FAQ, which covers preparing for the operating system, getting up and running with it, be sure to check that out.

Thanks, Andre


  1. Talking about Logging on locally using Vista
  2. Adding Folders and Programs to the ‘Send To’ Context Menu in Windows Vista 
  3. Get organized with Windows Vista folders 
  4. Working with files and folders 
  5. See details about your PC’s performance using Task Manager 
  6. Windows Vista Tip: Excluding Directories From Vista’s Built-In Backup 
  7. Windows Vista tip: Recovering from a damaged system 
  8. Create unique custom calendars on your PC 
  9. Get calendar templates from Microsoft Office Online
  10. Share your calendars over the Internet 
  11. Slow Copy and Move in Windows Vista


  1. Changing the Windows Explorer Layout 
  2. Changing the Windows Vista user interface to Windows Classic 
  3. Enable the Menu Bar in the Vista Explorer Shell 
  4. Where did the ‘Run’ command go in Windows Vista?


  1. A list of Antivirus software that works with Windows Vista RTM 
  2. Set up your PC so it’s safe for kids 
  3. Windows Vista Tip: Using Windows Defender


  1. Windows Vista Tip – Don’t Display Ad-hoc Networks
  2. What you need to set up a home network


  1. Windows Vista Capable PC Hardware Guidelines 
  2. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 
  3. Windows Vista Public Newsgroups 
  4. Hey, don’t have a DVD drive but want Vista? 
  5. How to open your Windows Vista Product Box by Brandon Leblanc


  1. Windows Vista compatible version of Adobe Acrobat 8 now available 
  2. Hiding Vista’s Partition from XP

User Experience

  1. How to enable Windows DreamScene
  2. Personalize Windows Vista Even More!
  3. How to install Windows Vista on a new PC
  4. Change your desktop background
  5. Customize Windows Sidebar 
  6. Make the text on your screen larger 
  7. Liven up the colors on your PC



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New Resource: Windows Vista Demos

Adapted from this months Microsoft Mindshare Newsletter

The Windows Vista team has posted a number of demos online that you can share with your group on topics ranging from the basics ("Learning to use the mouse") to more advanced ("Security Basics"). Click here to go to the demos page and see whether there’s a topic that would fit into your next meeting agenda.



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Demystifying User Account Control in Windows Vista

Adapted from this months Microsoft Mindshare Newsletter


The User Account Control feature in Windows Vista has gotten some prime-time exposure-and more than a little ribbing, thanks to the commercials of a leading competitor. Although the ads portray UAC as an overprotective agent that won’t let you get anything done, UAC is actually an important (and easy to use) part of Windows Vista security. Click here to read "Understanding User Account Control in Windows Vista," by Charlene Shepard to find out how to use UAC to your best advantage.




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Windows Vista In The Know Links – .No 8

From Microsoft

Live it today. Relive it tomorrow.

Don’t leave hundreds–or even thousands–of digital photos buried on your PC. Now you can handle your photos and videos in a truly intuitive way using Windows Vista. See how simple it can be to import, find and organize, edit, and share digital memories with family and friends.

More how-to’s and help for photos and video in Windows Vista

New and notable
Look for the logo. Experience the difference
For a superior Windows Vista Experience, look for hardware and software featuring a Windows Vista logo. See the different logos and learn what they mean.

Turn the PC you have into the PC you’ve always wanted
Upgrade your family’s PC fun and capabilities by moving from Windows XP to Windows Vista. Upgrade now and get free, unlimited 90-day phone support.

Featured tip for Windows Vista

View files the way you want
When you open a folder and see your files, you might prefer larger or smaller icons, or a way to see different kinds of information about each file. To make these kinds of changes, use the Views button in the toolbar of any folder.

Each time you click the Views button, the folder window changes the way it displays your file and folder icons, alternating between large icons, a smaller icon view called Tiles, and a view called Details that shows several columns of information about each file. If you click the arrow next to the Views button, you’ll find even more choices.

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

More tips for Windows Vista

Learn by watching these Windows Vista demos
Choose from more than a dozen video clips about everything from Windows Vista desktop PC basics to diagnosing problems and getting help. If you like to see how to do something rather than read about it, these are for you.

Browse Windows Vista discussion groups
Thousands of Windows Vista users participate in our online discussion groups. Join them and post your own questions or learn what other people have to say about every aspect of Windows Vista.



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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

From Microsoft Downloads



Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.

Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write documents containing complex scripts, please see for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.
Administrators: The administrative template for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint converters contained within the Compatibility Pack is available for download.

Download here


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Windows Vista In The Know Links – .No 7

From Microsoft

Movies and more with Windows Vista

Discover how Windows Media Center in Windows Vista makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite movies. See how you can record movies from your television or download them from the Internet, watch movies anywhere in your home, and create your own movies using Windows Movie Maker.

Download free sample chapters of Windows Vista books

Download sample chapters, and if you like what you see, you can buy the book for 35 percent off. Offer good through June 30, 2007.

Set up and maintain your PC

10 fast fixes for nagging PC problems

Your Wi-Fi network has gotten slow; your everyday printer is no longer the default. Solve these PC problems and others with the advice in this article.

See details about your PC’s performance using Task Manager

The Task Manager that you see when you press CTRL+ALT+DELETE isn’t just for closing programs that have stopped responding. You also can use this tool to get details on how much of your processor and memory are being used. Learn how in Windows Vista and Windows XP.

TechNet Magazine’s Utility Spotlight: Script Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista

In the spirit of the old Windows PowerToys, Senior Infrastructure Consultant for Microsoft Consulting Services Michael Murgolo has created a few Script Elevation PowerToys to elevate some types of tasks in Windows Vista.

Microsoft Debuts Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 is now available for download. This popular Windows Vista deployment tool offers IT professionals a quick way to assess their existing computers’ readiness for Windows Vista in terms of hardware and device compatibility. The new version provides selective inventory, enhanced scalability for larger corporate networks and assessment for Office 2007.

Support and Troubleshooting

How-to Articles

How to prepare to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista

On Demand

Determine Windows Vista Compatibility with Your Existing Computers

Learn how the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool can help you quickly assess the hardware and device capabilities of your computers for Windows Vista network-wide.

TechNet Radio: Direct from Day One of Tech-Ed 2007

This week on Tech Net Radio, we listen to interviews from the first day of Tech-Ed 2007. Kevin Remde talks with Dustin Jones about monitoring using System Center Essentials. He also talks with Jane Lewis about Women in Tech. Kevin and Bryan von Axelson discuss the Microsoft MVP Program with Connie Rennie. Plus, we talk with Steve Riley about Wireless Security improvements in Windows Vista.

Solution Accelerators

Determine Hardware and Device Compatibilities for Your Windows Vista Migration Project

Wondering if your computers are ready to migrate to Windows Vista? The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment Solution Accelerator is a network-wide assessment tool that quickly assesses hardware and device driver compatibility for Windows Vista upgrades. Download and start your migration planning today.

Check out all the Solution Accelerators.


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