Monthly Archives: July 2007

NVIDIA ForceWare v162.22 WHQL (Windows Vista)

From nVidia

There is a new Windows Vista WHQL driver release available to download from NVIDIA, v162.22. This is a new driver which will support GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series graphics boards; it does not support GeForce Go mobile GPUs. Please continue to check with your notebook manufacturer for a new driver for GeForce Go GPUs. GeForce FX users should continue to use the v96.85 driver.

New Features

  • WHQL Certified driver for GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series GPUs.
  • Improved compatibility for Lost Planet.
  • Adds support for "Resize the HDTV Desktop" underscan mode when outputting in an HDTV mode.
  • Numerous game and application compatibility fixes.
  • Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

Download HERE 

 

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Windows Vista In The Know Links – .No 10

Links taken from this months TechNET Newsletter

Support and Troubleshooting

How-to Articles

How to troubleshoot Volume Activation error codes on Windows Vista-based computers

How to move Internet Explorer favorites from an earlier version of Windows to the Internet Explorer Favorites folder in Windows Vista

How to perform a custom installation of Windows Vista on a computer that is running Windows XP

Hotfixes

When you exit Windows Media Player 11 in Windows Vista, you may continue to hear music

Knowledge Base Articles

February 2007 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems

See a selection of new Knowledge Base articles on the TechNet Web site. KB articles feature an Article Translations box in the right column. You can select a language from the drop-down list and read the article in the selected language.


Featured Downloads

Start Planning for Windows Vista with Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0

Download the newly released and free Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0 tool to help you determine your computers’ readiness and the upgrades required for your Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office migration project. See the power of auto-generated readiness reports and migration proposals.


Security

Windows Vista: 6 Month Vulnerability Report

Windows Vista continues to show a trend of fewer total and fewer high severity vulnerabilities at the 6 month mark compared to its predecessor product Windows XP and compared to other modern competitive workstation operating systems.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2007

Security Bulletin Webcast for July 2007


On Demand

Windows Vista: Improve Your Desktop Security and Deployment Strategy

See how Windows Vista is easier to deploy and less expensive to maintain than earlier version of Windows. Tune in to live webcasts to ask questions, stream or download on-demand webcasts to watch when you want, listen to podcasts on the go, or test drive Windows Vista in a virtual lab.

Determine Hardware and Device Readiness Using Windows Vista Hardware Assessment 2.0

The Windows Vista Hardware Assessment version 2.0 deployment tool enables you to determine in a matter of hours whether the computers on your network are ready for the Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office. Listen in and see how Windows Vista Hardware Assessment assesses the hardware and device compatibility of each of an organization’s existing systems across the network.


Case Studies and White Papers

Housing Company Saved $38,000 in PC Replacement Costs During Recent Windows Vista Deployment

Collegiate Housing Services used Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool and determined that 70 percent of their existing PCs were ready for Windows Vista with only a few minor upgrades, saving $38,000 in PC replacement costs.

Telecommunications Certification Company Found 88 Percent of Existing PCs to be Windows Vista Ready

Sporton International, Inc. in Taiwan determined that 88 percent of their existing PCs could be ready for Windows Vista with a small investment of minor hardware upgrades. Read this success story and learn more about the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment tool that helped get the job done.

 

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Windows Vista: 60 million licenses sold – 1 billion install base for Windows by ’08

From All About Microsoft

Quote:

"The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft’s fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO.

“There will be more PCs running Windows than automobiles at that point,” Ballmer told attendees of the company’s annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) in Redmond on July 26. (I’m here in person, up in the media rafters.)"

Read the rest here

From Reuters.uk

Quote:

"Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: QuoteProfile , Research) had sold 60 million Windows Vista licenses as of the end of June, including 20 million copies sold since mid-May, the company said on Thursday.

The world’s largest software maker disclosed the new sales figures on Vista, the latest version of its dominant Windows operating system released on Jan. 30, at its annual meeting with financial analysts."

Read the rest here

 

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Sting! The biggest software counterfeiting bust in history

From Windows Vista Team Blog

Damn! The counterfeiters are improving their techniques more and more. Hmm, I wonder which one is fake?

Quote:

"Earlier today the Chinese Public Security Bureau and the FBI announced the largest bust of counterfeit software manufacturing or distribution ever.  The bust took place in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and includes arrests that took place over the last couple of weeks.  While the value of the software actually seized is estimated at about five hundred million dollars, we’re estimating that the value of software produced and distributed over the last few years by this particular group is closer to two billion dollars."

Read the rest here

As for the counterfeit Vista disk, its the one on the right. You can notice subtle differences such as washed out look of the copper hologram and the inner hub labeling is not centered properly. Its still a bit difficult to tell, especially for the average consumer, but with Windows Genuine Advantage and more education and awareness its really doing a great job.

Resources:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/howtotell/

 

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Update: Acer: PC industry ‘disappointed’ with Vista

 

Yesterday, I gave my thoughts on the Acer controvesy, seems I am not the only who is also experiencing grogginess with Vista on their Acer systems. Matt Mondok over at Arstechnica shares his experience:

"While Acer will probably continue to blame Microsoft for its problems until Windows 7 arrives, I must admit that I, like many others, have not had good luck with Acer machines. Two months ago, I experienced my first and hopefully last taste of Vista on an Acer. I’ve worked on spyware-infested Windows ME machines that were more responsive than this brand new, Vista-Home-Basic-enabled Acer. From boot, the machine was ridiculously slow to the point that it was unusable. Sure, part of the blame could have been placed on Vista, but similar machines from Dell and HP ran just fine."

Read the entire post here

Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.

Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based Acer is the world’s fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and Lenovo.

"The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

Despite the long wait between Windows XP and Vista, the latest operating system still lacks maturity, he said. "Stability is certainly a problem," he said.

Read the rest here

My say: I am not an industry analyst, but how does Acer know that the entire industry is disappointed in Windows Vista? Are they selling HP, Dell and Lenovo systems too? As for buggy, I am done blaming Vista, its device drivers developed by the hardware developers thats giving the OS a bad rap. I have been using Acer’s Ferrari 5000 notebook since January and I have experienced a number glitches and performance issuess none of which my brother have experienced on his Dell Inspiron running Vista x86. I just believe a lot of the issues faced by these same hardware developers is simply because Microsoft has raised the quality bar higher with Vista through the WHQL: better driver signing, required for Vista (x64) putting an end to the free for all kernel mode drivers that affected a systems stability if the driver was not written properly, User Account Control is another improvement in Vista I notice is affecting developers when it comes to device drivers, they simply need to improve their drivers to operate properly with the user priviliedges.

Vista use grows as Mac OS X stays flat

Windows Vista‘s share of online users has increased every month this year, while rival Mac OS X — to which Vista has often been compared — has shown little, if any, growth, a metrics company reports.

According to Net Applications, in June Windows Vista accounted for 4.52% of all systems that browsed the Web, up from January’s 0.18%. Vista has grown its usage share each month since its release to consumers Jan. 30, hitting 0.93% in February, 2.04% in March, 3.02% in April and 3.74% in May. Apple Inc.’s Mac OS X, meanwhile, accounted for 6.22% in January and hit its high point of 6.46% in May, but it slipped back to 6% in June.

If Vista’s uptake trend continues, it should pass Mac OS X in Web usage share by the end of August.

Read the rest here

 

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Why ‘Seven’ and Not SP1?

From Microsoft-Watch

Quote:

"Microsoft is talking about the future again, but why about a product three years out when customers are clamoring for more immediate information about Vista?

As widely reported on Friday, a slide presentation from Microsoft’s MGX (Global Exchange) sales conference revealed that Vista’s successor, codename Windows "7," would be available in approximately 3 years. While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is listed as "Next"—actually, Microsoft has two other pieces of software coming first—though no timetable for delivery is given."

Read the entire article here 

Joe, its obvious to me you are living in 1996. The days of NT 4 and disparately waiting for the Service Pack are over. Since the introduction of Windows Update and pervasiveness of the Internet particularly in the release of Windows 2000, it has begun to phase out the necessity of waiting for the first Service Pack approach before making mass deployments or putting a new OS in production. Yes, Service Packs are inevitable and what you are getting now through Windows Update in Vista today is mostly what you will be seeing in SP1 for Vista; a collection of bug fixes, security updates and likely better support for hardware like 802.11n based products for example.

Another quote from the article:

"Some businesses might take the renewal plunge based on Windows 7 estimated delivery. Some advice: You don’t bet on Microsoft ship dates, you bet against. Remember, for example, that Vista missed holiday 2006, which is simply unthinkable."

<sigh> In the case of businesses, Microsoft did not miss any ship date. For Company’s with SA and EA or even MSDN, they had access to Windows Vista and Office 2007 on November 30th 2006. Consumers didn’t get it until a few months later. Big differences there Joe.

What about R2?

Its coming! Unless you are referring to a Vista R2 client, Microsoft never promised or confirmed any. They did say a Windows "Server" 2008 R2 (formerly Longhorn R2) would be available in 2009.

 

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Demo: Windows Live OneCare 2.0

From The Windows Experience Blog

Quote:

"Last week Nick announced that the Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Beta Program has begun. Windows Live OneCare 2.0 is the next major release of Microsoft’s all-in-one PC protection program. Windows Live OneCare not only protects users from viruses and spyware, but also helps users make sure their important data is backed up and that their PC’s are updated with the latest updates from Windows Update.

Chris Overd over at LiveSide briefly touches upon features within Windows Live OneCare 2.0 such as Multi-PC support with your OneCare Circle, Centralized Backup, and the upcoming online photo backup service. However I took some time to record a little demo video showcasing some of Windows Live OneCare 2.0’s new features including the new PC startup management tool and the OneCare Circle."

Check it out here

I have been running Live OneCare 2.0 too on Windows Vista x64 for more than a week now and I plan to do a review soon talking about my experience with this new release. OneCare 1.0 wasn’t that inviting and the scan time as someone noted in the comments on the Windows Experience blog was just too long. It seems like that problem still has not been resolved or improved in version 2. My scan times with Symantec Client Security 10.2 for Windows Vista x64 is around an hour or less. I started a scan at 3 PM last week and it didn’t end until around 7:06 PM, four hours, that’s right! I like OneCare’s Defragmenter which knows when your PC needs to be defragged and automatically does it for you. Although I have been told Vista Defragmenter runs in background at all times I am left unsure about it. Hopefully removing OneCare 2 from my system will be much easier than the first version, I must admit, I have had bad experiences trying to remove older versions of System Client Security from my system, lets hope its not the case with WLO when the time comes.

 

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