Windows 7 Interoperability Pack for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 have now released

Today, Microsoft announced the release of the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, as well as Remote Desktop Connection Client 7.0 and Windows Management Framework.

The Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and the Platform Update for Windows Vista are collections of runtime libraries that make it easy for developers to target a wider customer base.

The Platform Update for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 contains the following updated technologies:

  • Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library
  • Windows Automation API
  • Windows Ribbon and Animation Manager Library
  • Windows Portable Devices Platform

Please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles for more information.

Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update
Windows Management Framework Core
Windows Management Framework BITS

My personal favorite in this is the Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 client update

Its available for the Windows XP 32bit only and Windows Vista 32bit/64bit. Post installation, you will get a wizard as shown below in Windows XP SP3 (32bit). Most of the features are same, but the new improved ones are explained in the article too. The key one would be …at least for me 🙂

1. Web Single Sign-On (SSO) and Web forms-based authentication

         

2. Status & disconnect system tray icon

3. Windows Media Player redirection

4. Bidirectional audio
      

 

5. Multiple monitor support

6. Aero Glass support (only applicable if we have Windows Server 2008 R2)

     

Source : windowsvalley.com

Ninite – Installing Multiple applications using one installer

Ninite is a new service which is easy to use and has a large selection of popular freeware and open source applications. Just pick the apps you want to install, download the Ninite installer, then ninite does all the work for you. The service installs the software with default settings and says “no” to any extra addons (like browser toolbars). Ninite isn’t even installed on your system, you just use a stand alone executable to begin the install process.

But remember that it will download the setup of all the programs from the internet, so it won’t be useful if you already have the offline installer of the programs.

Using Ninite

1. Go to the Ninite site and pick the software apps you want to install.

2. After you made your choices, click on the Get Installer button at the bottom of the list.

3. Download the Ninite installer file.

4. Then double click to launch it.

5. Now wait till the setup completes or else go for a walk or play some games. A progress screen is displayed while it downloads and installs your selected programs.

6. You’ll see the icons of the programs you installed on the desktop and in the start menu.

Source : www.howtogeek.com

Free Windows 7 ebooks from Microsoft Press

1. Windows 7 Product Guide, A Complete Reference Guide by Microsoft

If you are looking for a comprehensive Windows 7 guide, that helps you and your business. The wait is over, Microsoft has released the Windows 7 Product Guide.

Download : http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=b3c68ec2-e726-4830-ac89-31c71d6be5f3

 

2. Windows 7 Troubleshooting Tips, A Free eBook by MVP

The book is titled as “What You Can Do Before You Call Tech Support.”

You can download the eBook in XPS format and in PDF format . Enjoy!

Reference : Microsoft Press

Microsoft‘s Hardware Assisted Virtualization (HAV) Detection Tool

If you want to know, does your processor support Hardware Assisted Virtualization, you can check it yourself. Microsoft has released a utility called “HAV Detection Tool”. It helps you check if the computer processor supports hardware virtualization. The tool also checks if this feature is enabled on the processor.

Earlier we used to rely on the SecurAble tool. Its good to have a in-house tool.. 🙂

    

Supported Operating Systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or later
  • Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 or later

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Create Bootable USB/DVD using Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Microsoft has recently released a new utility called the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. While purchasing Windows 7 from Microsoft Store, one has the option to download an ISO file or compressed files.

This Tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly from the USB flash drive or DVD.

 Installation:

  1. Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file from here
  2. Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You’ll have the option to specify where to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool and whether to create shortcuts on your Start Menu or Windows Desktop.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
  • 50MB of free space on your hard drive
  • DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive

Using the Tool:

  1. Click the Windows Start button, and click Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool in the All Programs list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.
  2. In the Source File box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box.
  3. Select USB to create a copy on a USB flash drive or DVD to create a copy on a DVD disk, then click Next.
  4. If you are copying the file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the dropdown list and click Begin copying. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click Begin burning.

       

       

Reference : Microsoft Store

Search Twitter on Bing

Bing has announced that users can now search in real time by adding Twitter to search results.

Currently the service is in beta and you may have to change the location to US- English to try it out.

Looks like a good feature and should be great for searching breaking news!

Test it out : Bing.com/twitter

Windows 7 Compatibility Center

Just came across this nice web wizard from Microsoft, where you can check if any software or hardware is compatible with Windows 7 or not.

Link : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/en-us/default.aspx

Else you can browse through the list of available softwares which are compatible with Windows 7.
The list is segmented into different segments like : Music & MP3, PC Gaming, Graphics & Printing, etc. Check the screenshot below

Link : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx