ReadTip: Life After Windows XP: Windows Vista and Windows 7

A nice presentation highlighting the key technology and feature improvements from XP to Windows 7. Download the presentation from here

Microsoft Product Lifecycle – The year 2014 is not that far away anymore

The countdown has started in less than 1000 days Windows XP will definitely go end of life. However note that not only Windows XP reaches its end soon, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange 2003, SCCM 2003 and some other products are about to reach their end of life within the same timeframe. For my personal reference and yours if you like, I have put together a short overview of the end of life dates Read More …

Support for Windows XP 64 Bit

As most of you probably know by now, support for Windows XP SP2 ends on July 13, 2010. Well that’s for the 32 bit version of Windows XP, but what about Windows XP 64 bit, knowing that there isn’t an SP3 for that one? I found the answer within the End of Support FAQ where it states: Q: If I have 64-bit Windows XP, do I also need to apply Service Pack 3? A: No, Read More …

Using Hard Links – Part Two

In my previous post Using hard Links – Part One I explained how Hard Links work. Today’s post is about using hard links with USMT 4.0 in a Windows XP to Windows 7 migration scenario. A typical client migration scenario for an end user usually consists of the following processes: User Data and Settings backup Operating System Migration Application Installation User Data and Settings Restore When migrating to previous versions of Windows in most cases Read More …

End of Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista (with no service packs installed)

Be aware of the upcoming End of Support for Windows Vista (RTM) and Windows XP SP2. More details here. Also read End of support for Windows 2000 and Extended Support phase transition for Windows Server 2003 here

Windows XP Mode IT Pro Deployment Video

If you consider using XP Mode, then I recommend watching this video. This video contains a good tutorial on how to install and configure XP mode including a lot of additional hints. Furthermore the video explains how to create a customized XP Mode VHD for deployment on multiple clients. The video can be downloaded from here

Windows 7 versus Vista and XP

Kai Schmerer from ZDNet Germany has done some benchmarking with Windows 7 , Vista and XP. The full article can be found here

Do not slipstream Windows XP sources on Windows Vista

Today one of my colleagues ran into an issue after having slipstreamed Service Pack 3 into Windows XP. During the Windows XP unattended installation process the provided product key within the unattend.txt file was not accepted, which caused the system to prompt for the product key. This turned out to be a known issue as documented within the following Microsoft support article. After you create Windows XP Service Pack 3 slipstreamed media, your product key Read More …

Windows XP mainstream support ends in 2 days

On April 14th mainstream support for Windows XP will end. for the next 5 years the operating system goes into extended support. The table below illustrates the differences between mainstream and extended support. The Microsoft Windows XP product page explains it as following: Mainstream Support delivers complimentary and paid support, free security updates, and bug fixes to all Windows customers who purchase a retail copy of Windows XP (i.e., a shrink-wrapped, not pre-installed copy). Mainstream Read More …

Some thoughts about moving away from XP from Gartner

Although I don’t agree with everything Gartner writes the “Getting Off Windows XP Is More Important Than Windows Vista vs. Windows 7” article describes some thoughts to be made when planning the move from Windows XP to the next OS.