Microsoft Windows 7 operating system

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    Why are Win7 rollouts gathering steam?

    In a recent report from ninemsn (for APC, Australia's self-proclaimed "#1 online publisher"), Windows 7 is enjoying significantly better market uptake than Vista ever did. Their recent story ...

  • March 03, 2010 03 Mar'10

    No legacy Windows support, no problem for some IT managers

    Microsoft will end support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista with no service packs, and all versions of Windows 2000, but some IT managers are in no hurry to upgrade to Windows 7.

  • February 21, 2010 21 Feb'10

    Making SSDs Work on Windows 7

    By now, everybody's aware of the speed and power consumption or battery life benefits that solid state drives (SSDs) can confer on desktop and notebook PCs, respectively — at least, for those ...

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    Upgrading from 32- to 64-bit Windows (7, mostly)

    I've been an online instructor for HP at their online Learning Center for over five years. There, the company offers free, short courses on a whole range of computing topics, including numerous ...

  • January 08, 2010 08 Jan'10

    GUIDs, Shortcuts, and "GodMode" in Windows 7 and Vista

    Last week, I read with great interest about a well-worn Windows trick. If you couple a folder name with a specific globally unique identifier, usually called a GUID, and save it in a directory, ...

  • January 06, 2010 06 Jan'10

    Build a Quick'n'Dirty WinRE UFD for Windows 7

    A quick and judicious combination of the right tools can make it easy to add to your Windows 7 (or Vista) toolkit. The Windows 7 Recovery Environment (aka WinRE) is included on the operating system ...

  • January 04, 2010 04 Jan'10

    Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade: Fast & Easy

    The Anytime Upgrade program was introduced with Windows Vista, but it was slow (key purchase, validation, and download routinely took over half an hour, and installation likewise took 20-30 minutes ...

  • December 30, 2009 30 Dec'09

    Interesting Win7 ROI tool

    Earlier this week, Nick Eaton posted an interesting blurb to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Entitled "Windows 7 ROI tool estimates cost savings," it pointed me to a free Microsoft-sponsored ...

  • December 28, 2009 28 Dec'09

    Upgrade to Win7 Using a "Standard Image"

    Organizations seeking to upgrade up to 200 desktops to Windows 7 will want to check out this Small and Midsize Business Corner article on TechNet "Upgrading to Windows 7 with a Standard Image: ...

  • December 22, 2009 22 Dec'09

    Finally, my Windows 7 Production PC gets into the groove

    Anybody who's followed this blog for any length of time knows that I've fought my battles with both Vista and Windows 7, in terms of making my production PC stable and reliable. Today, I'm very ...

  • December 11, 2009 11 Dec'09

    Interesting Doings Around the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool

    On November 2, 2009, I blogged about the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool, then available from the MS Store. In the meantime, a bit of a fracas has erupted around this tool because Microsoft ...

  • December 02, 2009 02 Dec'09

    LapLink PC Mover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant

    Although Microsoft does not support an explicit migration path from Windows XP to Windows 7, longtime migration toolsmith Laplink Software, Inc. does offer some interesting options for its PCmover ...

  • November 29, 2009 29 Nov'09

    Where Windows 7 Starter Falls Down...For Me

    OK, so I've been running Windows 7 Starter on a couple of netbooks and my wife's mini-ITX Core 2 Duo system for a couple of months now. And while I still like this OS, especially for its slim ...

  • November 21, 2009 21 Nov'09

    Ed Bott Scores Again with money-saving Win7 suggestions

    Everybody who reads this blog is probably on the clock for an IT job of some kind. But let's face it: that means you're probably handling systems off the clock as well, for family and friends. ...

  • November 21, 2009 21 Nov'09

    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Helpful Even Post-Upgrade

    The obvious use for the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (W7UA) program is to evaluate and report on hardware running some earlier version of Windows to help professionals prepare for an upgrade to that ...