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Windows Live Essentials 2011 RTW is Here!

Microsoft announced today on the Windows Team Blog that the final release of Windows Live Essentials 2011, a suite of cool programs and services for photos, videos, instant messaging, blogging and syncing has been finalized. This new release is focused on heavy integration with the new Windows 7, you can access key functionality when you pin apps in the suite on your Taskbar, such as Jump List for quickly accessing common task and functionality.

We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day.

Learn more here

Download Windows Live Essentials 2011 here

I have been using the suite since the first beta was released back in June and I love the tight integration across programs and services. There is also better synergy and consistency with Windows 7, more applications such as the new Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Mail now utilize the Scenic Ribbon. Microsoft finally settled down on one synchronization technology, named Windows Live Mesh, this handy service will allow you to sync files between PC’s and even Mac’s. I personally love the new Windows Live Messenger, its more dynamic and integrated with popular social networking platforms I use everyday such as Facebook and LinkedIn, I can chat with friends on these networks right from within Messenger too. The integration with popular online services is the biggest highlight of this release, the content that you are able to easily create in these programs can be just as easily shared online with family, friends or millions of users world wide. Definitely a worthy upgrade and its FREE!

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Windows 7 Trial: For those still on the fence

If you are still deciding whether you should upgrade to Windows 7 or not or whether its even worth upgrading to (trust me, it is according to me and more than 100 million users so far), then here is a good way to go about it. Take Windows 7 for a spin! The Windows 7 Enterprise Trial which has been extended after it was launched last year offers potential upgraders a chance to try a full version of Windows 7 for 90 days.

The availability of Windows 7 Enterprise (Eval) 90-day Trial is being extended to Dec 31, 2010. Intended primarily for IT pros, the 90-day trial is the full-featured Enterprise SKU that will enable any organization to explore, test hardware and applications, perform pilot activities, and develop deployment scenarios.

Download here (If you are experiencing difficulties downloading the trial, select IT Pro for your background to receive access to the download.)

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Windows 7 Touch Pack now available

If you are running Windows 7 on a Touch enabled computer such as HP TouchSmart, then you should download the free Windows 7 Touch Pack. Microsoft announced the add on almost a year ago and it was only available to OEM’s to provide on select systems. As long as your computers monitor supports multi-touch, you can download it from Microsoft directly for free! More from CNET:

The Touch Pack offers three games and three Microsoft Surface apps, all designed to show off the experience of moving, pinching, and twirling your fingers on a touch screen.

What’s in the Touch Pack? On the game side, Blackboard challenges you to solve a puzzle by creating your own unique machine on a blackboard. Garden Pond is a peaceful game that asks you to move an origami shape around a pond by touching the screen to create tiny ripples. And Rebound prompts you to use your fingertips to move Tesla balls (which respond to touch with an electrical light show) and try to catapult a game ball into your opponent’s goal.

Learn more here

Download Windows 7 Touch Pack here 

More about Windows Touch: Instead of pointing and clicking, you just touch and tap. Pan the screen to scroll through Web pages and lists and tap to launch programs and open documents. Sort and resize photos more naturally. With Windows 7 and a touch-enabled monitor, virtually any program that works with Windows now responds to your touch.

Windows 7 is touch-friendly throughout. For instance, the Start menu, Windows Taskbar, and Windows Explorer all have bigger icons that are easier to select with your finger. You can use your ginger to arrange the pictures in a photo album or scroll through and select recorded TV in Windows Media Center.

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Downloads: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Update Available

Microsoft yesterday released an updated Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which provides information regarding your application and device driver compatibility with Windows 7.

Brief Description

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

Overview

Before you begin: Be sure to plug in and turn on any USB devices or other devices, such as printers, external hard disks, and scanners, that you regularly use with the PC you’re checking.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets you know about your Windows 7 upgrade options. Within minutes, you’ll get a report that tells you if your PC meets the system requirements, if any known compatibility issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs are found, and gives guidance on what to do to before installing Windows 7 on your PC.

Download here

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Apple Boot Camp 3.1 now with Windows 7 Support

If you are a Mac user running Windows XP/Vista or would like to run Windows 7, Apple has released an important update to its dual boot software Boot Comp which improves compatibility when running Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system.

Boot Camp 3.1 allows you to create a partition just for Windows so you can switch between either Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows. It also includes Windows 7 device drivers which improves compatibility and performance with components such as the Apple trackpad, turns off the red digital audio port LED on laptop computers when it is not being used, and supports the Apple wireless keyboard and Apple Magic mouse. Boot Camp supports the following editions of Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate. Enterprise edition should also be compatible.

If you are planning to upgrade an existing installation of Windows Vista to Windows 7 on an Intel based Macintosh, please make sure you install the Boot Camp Utility for Windows 7 Upgrade, this will safely unmount the read-only Macintosh volume in Windows Vista.

Boot Camp 3.1 is available in 64-bit and 32-bit versions and requires a genuine copy of Windows 7, as well as an Intel-based Mac computer.

 

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Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor version 2

Microsoft released the final version of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor today. This is a essential utility that can help you prepare for a smooth upgrade to Windows 7.

Brief Description

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

Overview

Before you begin: Be sure to plug in and turn on any USB devices or other devices, such as printers, external hard disks, and scanners, that you regularly use with the PC you’re checking.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC for potential compatibility issues and lets you know about your Windows 7 upgrade options. Within minutes, you’ll get a report that tells you if your PC meets the system requirements, if any known compatibility issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs are found, and gives guidance on what to do to before installing Windows 7 on your PC.

You can download it here

Related:

Upgrading to…ur Migrating to Windows 7 from Windows XP
Troubleshooting Hero’s in Windows 7
Improved Recovery Options in Windows 7
Windows Easy Transfer: Starting the Move to Windows 7 Release Candidate
Windows Easy Transfer: Lessons Learned

 

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Stability Updates for Windows 7

On the cusp of releasing Security Updates for Windows 7 just a couple days ago, Microsoft today, provided a set of stability updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Overview

The update resolves some reliability issues in Windows 7. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability in various scenarios. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Downloads:

Windows 7 32-bit (15.9MB), Windows 7 64-bit (20.8MB), and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit (20.8MB)

Some addition information about the update provided by ArsTechnica:

  • When you view a PDF file that was created by using an Office 2007 document, the PDF file is displayed on the screen correctly. However, when the document is printed, some characters are missing. This problem occurs in fonts such as Calibri, Cambria, Courier New, or Gabriola, in which characters such as "fi", "ti", "fl", and other combinations are frequently presented as ligatures.
  • In certain scenarios, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message does not automatically tune to the appropriate channel in Windows Media Center.
  • You connect a secondary monitor to a computer that is running Windows 7. When the computer resumes from hibernation, a black screen is displayed.
  • In certain scenarios, the Windows 7 Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) diagnostic information settings are configured incorrectly for Windows Explorer. Only those users who are enrolled in the Windows 7 CEIP will be affected by this part of the update. This update limits the diagnostic information that can be collected by the CEIP.
  • You put an x86-based computer that does not have Physical Address Extension (PAE) enabled into hibernation. However, it does not enter hibernation correctly. When you try to resume the computer from hibernation, a black screen is displayed. This issue does not affect x64-based or Itanium-based computers, or computers that have the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature enabled.
  • A problem in Windows 7 affects the playback of certain media files in Windows Media Player, when Windows Media Player is started from Internet Explorer. Only those users whose media associations were changed incorrectly will be affected by this part of the update.
  • On a computer that is running Windows 7, you use Internet Explorer to open the certificate enrollment webpage and to install an end entity certificate. However, the installation fails. This issue occurs if the certificate chain for the new certificate cannot be built, or if the root certification authority (CA) has not first been installed in the Trusted Roots on the computer.

Related:

First set of Security Updates available for Windows 7

Resources:

  1. Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB975467)
  2. Cumulative Security Update for ActiveX Killbits for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB973525)
  3. Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB974571)
  4. Update for Windows 7 (KB974431)
  5. Security Update for Windows 7 (KB975467)

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