Monthly Archives: October 2007

Remaining Ultimate Extra Language Packs Released!

From Windows Ultimate via ActiveWin

"We are pleased to announce the release of the remaining 19 languages packs for Windows Vista Ultimate. This Ultimate Extras release brings the total number of language packs for use with Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI) to 35. Windows Vista Ultimate enables users install multiple languages on their system and quickly switch between them by associating a system language with their login name."

Learn more here

The additional supported languages are:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Estonian
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

Also, this release includes an update to the lpksetup.exe installation component, correcting issues that affected some customers at installation. We recommend you download and install this component before installing any language packs; the updated component can be found here.



Filed under Windows Vista

New Compatibility, Reliability and Stability update for Windows Vista

From Microsoft Downloads

This update improves the compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista. This update includes the following improvements:

  • It extends the battery life for mobile devices.
  • It improves the stability of portable computers and of desktop computers that use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).
  • It improves the reliability of Windows Vista when you open the menu of a startup application.
  • It improves the stability of wireless network services.
  • It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure.
  • It shortens the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity.
  • It shortens the recovery time when you try to exit the Photos screen saver.
  • It improves the stability of Windows PowerShell.
    This update also resolves the following issues in Windows Vista:
  • A compatibility issue that affects some third-party antivirus software applications.
  • A reliability issue that occurs when a Windows Vista-based computer uses certain network driver configurations.

Download x86 HERE

Download x64 HERE


An update is available that improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista



Filed under Downloads

Yahoo! Web Mail now supports Windows Live Contacts

I logged into my Yahoo email address this morning to catch up on some email. In addition to noticing a new look and feel and removal of the BETA Tag, Yahoo! Mail notified me I can import my Windows Live Contacts so I could also chat with them online. Previously, only Yahoo! contacts were supported for chatting. I love Yahoo’s web mail interface, which I believe loads much quicker than Windows Live Hotmail and features integrated instant messaging and just a more flexible experience when it comes to email in the web browser. Its definitely a winner in my book. Check out some of the screenshots I took.

I was notified if I would like to import my Windows Live contacts into Yahoo!, too bad I didn’t get the dialog that appeared after with the contact listing.

Windows Live and Hotmail addresses import successfully, no effort at all. Love the floating modal dialog btw.

The Chat experience is amazing, blazing fast and of course instant – Windows Live Hotmail are you learning?

IM conversations can also be saved as email messages.

Even Windows Live Mail or Hotmail IM Contacts Personal Messages show up – pretty cool!

An exceptional update, I hope they improve on the alerts part when it comes to IM part. I notice when my browser was not the active window, I missed a received message. Overall, this is quite an amazing, seamless integrated experience Yahoo has created here that provides a very cohesive experience for users in the Web 2.0 world. Fast, feature rich, powerful, simple, effective!


Filed under MSN Spaces

New Windows Live Spaces User Home Page – more Facebook like?

I logged in this morning to my Windows Live Space Home Page and was greeted by a new look that had a familiar feel to the popular Facebook user home page with quick overviews of what is going on with your Friends in your Windows Live Space social network. Some familiar features include, friends making new friends and updated photo albumbs or changes made to a persons space. Because Live Space is a blogging service, you still get some old features enhanced and rearranged in a more convenient layout, such as comments on your Space now on the right side, so you can see the latest responses. Its a very nice change thats not only convenient and productive, but just visually richer and connecting. Now this is what I call Social Networking. Check out the screenshots:

New Windows Live Spaces User Home Page

Friends can see whats going on in their social network, manage and respond to comments on their blog much easier.

New Windows Live Spaces ‘Friend Request’ email

Speaking of updates to Spaces, the Friend Request email has also been updated to be more simplified and get to the point. Check it out:

You can simply click Be Friends or No, thanks or check out the persons Space before you grant request as before.

The old Windows Live Spaces Friend request email

Some nice improvements I definitely like and appreciate. Windows Live Spaces is becoming more robust, reliable and offers a more integrated experience that makes blogging, expressing your self and interacting with your friends a treat.



Filed under MSN Spaces

Safer browsing with Internet Explorer 7

From Microsoft

The Internet is a vast place–and not every site is friendly. How do you help protect yourself online? With Windows Internet Explorer 7. Already, the Internet Explorer 7 Phishing Filter prevents nearly one million visits per week to known dangerous websites. In just a few clicks, see how the latest version of the world’s most popular web browser can help you be safer online.

Download it now (it’s free!)

Take a tour of Internet Explorer 7

Why should you upgrade from earlier versions?

Already have Internet Explorer 7?

See how to navigate the web more safely

Learn easy keyboard shortcuts

Personalize it with add-ons


Filed under Windows Vista

HOW TO: improve the performance of Vista Media Center

From APC Mag


I’ve been running Vista Media Center (VMC) on two machines for a while now, and so far I have to say that the experience has been pretty good, but not all smooth sailing. Just like XP MCE 2005, VMC is very dependent on the capabilities of the hardware platform, the setup of the operating system and any third-party software which has been installed.

So, I decided to put together a piece detailing the problems I encountered and how I got around them – what worked and what didn’t.

Read the entire article here



Filed under Vista Tips & Tricks

NVIDIA ForceWare Release 163.75 BETA (Windows Vista 32-bit)

From nVidia via ActiveWin

Release Highlights:

  • Beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, and 8 series GPUs.
  • Added product support for the following NVIDIA Motherboard GPUs:
    • GeForce 7150 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    • GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    • GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 620i
    • GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
    • GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
  • Improved compatibility for Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
  • Added NVIDIA SLI profiles for Portal, Clive Barker’s Jericho, SEGA Rally Revo, NHL 08, and European Street Racing.
  • Several game and application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, features, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.



Filed under Downloads