WIndows 7 Tips & Tricks – A Few more

I found a few more features I think people will find useful: Win+Tab activates the “ferris wheel” of open windows.  Pressing Tab repeatedly cycles through the open windows. Updated Windows Calculator.  Open Calculator, click the View menu and check out the new feature like Date calculation, Unit conversions, and Worksheets that include Mortgage and Auto Lease…

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Windows 7 Tip and Tricks – A Must Read!

As a Microsoft employee I have been using Windows 7 since the early internal betas.  I have been impressed with the operating system (OS) since day one and it has improved with each iteration leading up to release.  There are some nice, obvious user interface changes that have been made.  Many of them are obvious, while…

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Favorites syncing on Windows Live Toolbar temporarily turned off… Missing Favorites? Don’t Panic! (resolved, sync enabled)

More information can be found at this link – http://windowslivewire.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!2F7EB29B42641D59!42814.entry  Synchronized Favorites are a great feature and I have over 1400 synced between three computers.  Like the article listed above say “Sync has been disabled temporarily to prevent any further issues”.  The unfortunate side-effect for most people (including me!) was the removal of some or…

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Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials released yesterday.  Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology.  Those of you who have been paying to use OneCare can now get a free subscription…

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Windows 7 Release is Less than a month Away…

Windows 7 officially goes on sale October 22, 2009.  Many people installed the beta and RC versions of the operating system and have been very pleased.  I too installed the early betas and eventually the RC code.  I have been pleasantly surprised with all the builds.  The OS is fast and responsive and the new…

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Who Is Logged In?

A few months back one of my customers was trying use RDP to connect to a large number of desktop computers to manually install some security updates.  If the computer was being  used the admin had to wait until the person using the computer logged out and find another computer.  Unfortunately there was no easy…

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Cool Gadget – USB to Ethernet Network Adapter

I was traveling last week and found myself without Internet connectivity in my hotel room.  If there is one thing a field engineer needs why traveling is Internet connectivity.  This is the second time I have stayed at a Courtyard Marriott and had no internet.  Both hotels use iBahn boxes that plug into a telephone…

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Windows 7 Release Candidate: Download instructions

The Windows 7 Release Candidate is available for download “free” (see previous post).  In Microsoft terms, Release Candidate (RC) code is code that we think is ready for release to our customers but we are still doing some final test and evaluation before the official release.  Installing RC code is a good way to become familiar with a…

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Like the NRBQ Song Says – "Ain’t No Free"

I saw this post on the Genuine Windows Blog site today Pirated Windows 7 RC builds a botnet.  So let me understand this.  Instead of getting the software for free from Microsoft, people prefer to get it from some stranger(s) over the Internet for free.  <SOAPBOX>It always amazes me how many people troll the Internet…

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Script Disclaimer

The sample scripts provided here are not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service. All scripts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance…

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