Don’t Wait for Windows 7

I just recevied an updated paper from Microsoft regarding Windows Vista and some statements why not to wait for Windows7. There is no need to wait for Windows 7. It is a goal of the Windows 7 release to minimize application compatibility for customers who have deployed Windows Vista since there was considerable kernel and device level innovation in Windows Vista. The Windows 7 release is expected to have only minor changes in these areas. Read More …

News about Vista SP2

Until last week we have just seen rumours around the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista. The only visible thing from Microsoft was a placeholder KB number on their Support page. On October 24, Microsoft has droppped some more information on their Windows Vista blog about the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista.

Windows Azure an introduction

Curious about Windows Azure ? Manuvir-Das-Introducing-Windows-Azure More information about Windows Azure can be found here


A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted…   ‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.’   The woman below replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground.. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees Read More …

Don’t skip Vista

While most people again seem to get excited about Microsoft’s next operating system and waste their time with rumours and guessing when it will be released, let me continue with promoting not to skip Vista 🙂 An interesting article about “Five Reasons Why Skipping Windows Vista Could Backfire” was posted yesterday on I found the arguments good enough to mention this article here.

User Profile Hive Cleanup Service Installation (UPHClean)

Today’s challenge was to get UPHClean.msi installing correctly. You would think that installing an MSI package is an easy thing to do, so thought I. But unfortunately MSI is not always MSI. Looking at all the posts on the web, it seems I was not the only one who had a bit of a challenge getting this installed in an automated way. When launching the UPHClean.msi manually all works fine, software installs, service gets registered Read More …

What happens before the OS loads

Ever wondered what actually happens when you turn on your PC before it loads the operating system ? Watch this video with Jamie Schwartz, Development Lead, Windows Kernel Dev team, and Andrew Ritz, Development Manager, Windows Kernel Dev team. Windows Vista PreOS Environment: What happens before the OS loads

VMWare 6.5 available

I must have missed this somehow 🙂 VMWare finally released VMWare Workstation 6.5. For those that didn’t notice it too, here’s the release notes. It does note make sense here to list any of the highlights as there are just too many of them, all described within the release notes. Well…. for those that like automation, have a look at vmrun. And of course there is also the VMWare Player 2.5.

All security updates on a DVD

I do periodically browse through the Microsoft Download Center (Beta) to see if there is anything new that is of interest to me. Today i came across Article 913086 which describes an alternative way of obtaining all Microsoft Security patches for all Operating systems and languages. The ISO image files are intended for corporate administrators who: • Manage large multinational organizations. • Must download multiple individual language versions of each security update. • Do not use Read More …

ToolTip – chml.exe manage Windows Integrity Levels

To be honest i haven’t gone into the details of the Windows Integrity Levels myself but wanted to mention the chml.exe tool that can be downloaded from Mark Minasi’s web site. More details about the Windows Vista Integrity Mechanism can be found here: