New program highlighting in the Start menu

Ever wonder why some programs are highlighted in the “All Programs” list of the Start menu? Start by reading this fine MSDN blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2005/11/24/496690.aspx Even though it is written prior to Vista, it basically holds true for Vista as well. There are some exceptions, however. On Windows Vista:  1.       Apps installed within 5 hours of…

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What is the solid state drive (SSD) option I'm seeing on some new laptops?

These new Solid State Drives (SSDs) are utilizing Flash Memory, also known as non-volatile memory (NVM). The two types of Flash memory being used are MLC (Multi-Level Cell) memory and SLC (Single-Level Cell) memory. MLC (Multi-Level Cell) memory is less expensive and more common in low dollar cost items where you need large amounts of…

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Windows Home Server PP2 released!

Windows Home Server (WHS) Power Pack 2 (PP2) was released on March 24th, 2009 in English, with more languages to follow shortly. What makes this a PP2 rather than SP2 is the fact that it not only fixes bugs and other known issues, it also adds new features to enhance the WHS experience. These enhancements…

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DPI Scaling (font size adjustment) does not work on some displays in Vista

You have your nifty new hand-held ultra mobile PC running Windows Vista, but you wish your font size was a little larger so you could read the text. You hunt around and find that you can modify just the font size (from the classic view of Control Panel -> Personalization -> Adjust font size (DPI)),…

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Troubleshooting Certificate Enrollment

AutoEnrollment & MMC Enrollment Enrollment Dependencies: The Certificate Template has been published to the Certification Authority. If Service Pack 1 has been installed on the CA and the CA is on a DC: Verify that the CERTSVC_DCOM_ACCESS group contains, Domain Users, Domain Computers, and Domain Controllers. If Service Pack 1 has been installed on the…

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Windows Vista SP1 is here!!!

Yes you heard correctly – The long anticipated release of Windows Vista SP1 is here. Currently you can download it from the Microsoft Download Center and it will be pushed via Windows Update in April. Things to know before you download Windows Vista SP1…http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb968859.aspx Windows Vista SP1 is available in English, French, German, Spanish, and…

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Understanding DRM and Recorded TV content when using a Digital Cable Tuner with a CableCARD

Many of you that use Windows Vista Media Center probably have some familiarity with the term “digital cable tuner with CableCARD” and some might even know it as an OpenCable Unidirectional Receiver (OCUR) tuner.  Those of you that are actually using a Windows Vista Media Center PC with an OCUR and CableCard are hopefully enjoying…

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Part 1: Using SysInternals Process Explorer to solve issues when trying to clean up files and folders...

This is a fairly common problem which leaves a lot of users scratching their heads as to how to just make things work. There are a couple reasons one would encounter this. The most common is because an application or process still has the file open (technically it’s called a ‘handle to the file’). Another possibility…

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Driver Signing changes between Windows XP and Vista...

In XP the driver rankings were determined in the following way as discussed in the “Windows Vista Resource Kit”: In-box drivers are given first preference. Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) signed drivers next. Unsigned drivers are given lowest preference. In Vista this algorithm was extended to include eight levels of digital signing: Microsoft signed WHQL…

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What is the difference between general distribution and limited distribution releases?

One of the recent advancements in delivering updates to all Microsoft’s customers is the advent of creating separate development environments in which updates are created from. So what does this really mean and how does it apply to my computers? Microsoft updates now offer packages for general distribution release as well as QFE (Quick Fix…

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