In Windows, a Striped Volume is a volume, which uses the free space from more than one physical hard disk to create a bigger volume. Unlike the regular spanned volume, a striped volume writes across all other volumes in in small blocks, distributing the load across the disks in the volume. The portions of disk [...]
Monthly Archives: February 2010
The clock is ticking on support for a number of Windows products, Microsoft warned on Wednesday. Products with lapsing service support include Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista RTM, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003.
Windows 7 was a different story. Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) officials released a report in September stating that the company intended “to begin enterprise-wide deployment of Microsoft Windows 7 on PCs with Intel vPro technology in early 2010.”
That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be challenges, however.
Microsoft has kicked off the automatic distribution of its Windows 7 RTM cracks killer, namely an update designed to make over 70 illegal activation exploits for the latest iteration of the Windows client go the way of the dodo bird. In the first half of this month, the Redmond company announced theWindows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, noting that it would be released on the Windows genuine website on February 16th, and on the Microsoft Download Center the next day. Earlier this week, namely on February 23rd, the update was scheduled to go live on Windows Update.
Everyone is aware that Microsoft is busy working on the next release of Microsoft Office called Office 2010. Although few know that Office 2010 is just the marketing name, the actual software version is 14.
Windows 7 can create a new Microsoft 6to4 adapter on every reboot, if the PC on which the operating system is installed is restarted while a Virtual WiFi is active. 6to4 adapters are components that Windows 7 users employ in order to ensure that IPv6 packets are correctly transmitted through an IPv4 network.
If only success could be infectious. If only code quality, performance, security, usability, reliability, improved user experience could spread like a plague from one product to another. With over 60 million licenses sold worldwide in just a few months after release and the incontestable owner of the fastest selling operating system in history, Windows 7 has certainly raised the bar for Microsoft. But the Redmond company is little shy when it comes down to piggyback-riding on the latest version of the Windows client.
A computer on which Windows 7 has been deployed via a clean install can stop responding completely after the second restart. This issue also affects Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft informed, and is related to the 1394 bus driver. According to the Redmond company, machines running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can also stop responding when customers enable or install a 1394 device.
Unlike Windows Vista RTM, which delivered an extremely poor application compatibility experience to end users, the evolution to Windows 7 is causing extremely few apps to break when installed or run on top of the new operating system. But with exceptions to every rule, Windows 7 does fail to play nice with a small number of programs.
Customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client on a computer equipped with a Blu-ray drive might find that in certain situations they won’t be able to continue working on the PC after they insert a recordable BD-R. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 R2 users reported similar problems. The Redmond company already has a hotfix available which the company offers to affected customers.
Microsoft has released a slew of nonsecurity updates on Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center, the majority of which are for the latest versions of the client and server operating systems.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, in Windows 7 & Vista is a stateful, host-based firewall that filters incoming and outgoing connections based on its configuration.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is touting a study it commissioned from IT research firm Forrester Research that purports to show that deploying Windows 7 in a corporate setting can pay off in as few as 13 months.
Microsoft has released a security update to fix Windows 7 Activation Exploits and prevent piracy. This update for Windows Activation Technologies helps detect validation errors and activation exploits. It also detects any tampering attempts made to important Windows 7 system files.
This week Microsoft is starting to test drive a browser update which will be served automatically to users of Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP in the European Union as of March 1st, 2010. The “Web browser choice screen” refresh is designed to promote choice in terms of browsers for Windows users, and to compensate for the bundling of Internet Explorer and Windows, which the European Antitrust Commission found to be a monopolist move on behalf of Microsoft. Security company Sophos is now warning that Microsoft’s “Web browser choice screen” could be used by attackers to compromise the computers of unsuspecting victims.
Microsoft is expanding the language support for the latest iterations of its main cash cows, Windows 7 and Office 2010. Specifically, no less than 59 new Language Interface Packs (LIPs) will be made available. The new LIPs are designed to integrate with both Office 2010 and Windows 7. In addition, the Redmond company will also be providing four new LIP additions for the next generation of its development platform, Visual Studio 2010.
Coincidentally, yesterday, February 22nd, 2010 is Windows 7’s forth month of general availability, as the operating system hit the shelves on October 22nd, 2009. A research study from Janco Associates indicates that the latest iteration of the Windows client is simply crushing its predecessor in terms of the adoption rate. Statistics released by Janco reveal that Windows 7 uptake is over two times that of Windows Vista’s, as you can see via the graphic included in this article.
It’s extremely hard, if not even somewhat inconceivable, for users to understand how a computer equipped with in excess of 64 GB of RAM could have performance issues. However, according to Microsoft, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 machines can, in fact, deliver extremely poor performance precisely because of the fact that the hardware resources available include more than 64 GB of system memory. Of course, additional factors have to contribute to this exception, which is caused by an Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 process labeled W3wp.exe.
Microsoft has labored to tailor its Desktop Optimization Pack solution accelerators to the latest iteration of the Windows client and server. On February 22nd, the Redmond company delivered the first Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2-friendly components of the Microsoft Optimization Pack 2010 (MDOP 2010), which are designed to play nice with additional technologies from the software giant, including the upcoming Office 2010.
Windows 7 is supposed to be much better at memory management than its maligned predecessor, Windows 7. But one developer said statistics show it’s no better.