Microsoft Announces $40 Windows 8 Upgrade For XP, Vista & Windows 7

Microsoft just announced that Windows XP, Windows Vista & Windows 7 are all elligible for an upgrade to Windoes 8 Pro, for just $40.  That is between half to a quarter of the usual upgrade price.  Microsoft is also providing Media Center for free to those who take advantage of this upgrade offer. That upgrade price will apparently be avaible only on Microsoft.com in 130+ countries but a retail pack will go on sale for…

How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 2.0 in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows Vista Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews Sept 6, 2007, Last Updated Dec 15, 2008   MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the shortest documentation I could create on how to inject drivers into Win PE2.0 (or Vista WIM file).  The screenshot beside STEP 5 displays the 3 critical commands I used to load nVidia nForce 4 ethernet drivers to my WinPE boot.wim. Create a folder called C:\TEMP.  Then create two subfolders; one called DRIVERS and the other…

Windows Vista, 7 & Office 2007 Training Videos

by Ian Matthews  December 28, 2008    Last Updated December 29, 2008 I created the following two courses for some of my clients in 2007 and revised them in 2008 and recently decided to make them available for free.  Note that I am not a professional trainer although I have provided dozens of semi-formal “lunch and learn” type courses since the mid-1990’s. All of these videos are larger than 100MB and in 1024×768 resolution, although I…

HOW TO SOLVE VISTA “ACCESS DENIED” WHEN TRYING TO “POINT AND PRINT”

Written by Ian Matthews November 7, 2007 PREAMLE: Because it is theoretically possible to disguise a Trojan as a print driver, Microsoft has configured Vista to block domain users (or any standard, non-administrator users) from installing new or updated printer drivers.  After more than 11 hours of work with Microsoft techs and 6 hours on my own over the course of four months, I finally stumbled on the answer. PROBLEM:  A non-administrator user attempts to…

Windows Vista Tips, Tricks & Facts

by Ian Matthews Written May 23, 2007  Last Updated May 23, 2007 The purpose of this article is to provide a 20 minute guide to Windows Vista’s new features and functions.  There is a lot to learn so we also have three other articles you may want to read: Windows Vista Must Have Addon’s Windows Vista Corporate & Advanced User Facts & Tips Windows Vista User Access Control Explained Hardware Requirements:  Any PC with an…

Windows Vista Advanced Tips, Tricks & Facts

by Ian Matthews Written April 10, 2007 Last Update Feb 22, 2008  The purpose of this article is to provide a 15 minute guide to Windows Vista’s advanced features and functions.  There is a lot to learn so we also have three other articles you may want to read: Vista Must Have Addon’s Vista Standard User Facts & Tips Windows Vista User Access Control Explained How to SlipStream SP1 into Vista RTM?: Ya, you can’t. …

Demystifying User Access Control in Windows Vista

by Ian Matthews Update April 1, 2007 WHAT IS USER ACCESS CONTROL (UAC)? User Access Control is likely the most controversial new feature in Windows Vista.  In addition to beta testing Vista since Beta 1, I have attended several MS sponsored webinars, read Microsoft white papers and asked MS staffers many direct questions.  The purpose of this article is to distill the information into a brief. Since the Windows NT days, Microsoft has (correctly) told…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY “LONGHORN”)

Update August 31 2005 by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technolgies Inc Here are the quick facts and screen shots of Windows Vista. RELEASE DATES: Beta 1 was released in August to MSDN and TECHNET subscribers. Beta 2 is should be released in January 2006 to anyone is wants it. Beta 3, RC1, RC2, and Gold should be released in quick succession through spring and summer 2006. Release to Manufacturing is expected in the…

Vista SP1 – What are the Notable Changes

Hardware Ecosystem Support and Enhancements · Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware. · Adds support for x64 EFI network boot. · Adds support for the 64-bit version of MSDASQL, which acts as a “bridge” from OLEDB to a variety…

MS: It’s Okay to Buy Vista OEM Software

By Ed Oswald, www.BetaNews.com January 29, 2007, 3:02 PM Microsoft has given the go ahead for users to buy the low-cost OEM copies of Windows Vista now appearing on sites like Newegg.com; however, they would be expected to adhere to the licensing terms just like any other computer manufacturer. This could mean that support for those computers with this version of Windows installed would be the responsibility of the end-users themselves. Microsoft also noted that…

Is Your Windows/Office Eligble for Free Upgrade to 2007/Vista?

Technology Guarantee Programs For Microsoft Office & WindowsPlease select the specific product and country of your purchase to continue: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/techguarantee/northamerica.mspx This program is valid for boxed product purchases only. If you acquired qualifying Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003 software pre-loaded on a new computer, please go here for Windows and here for Office.

Windows Vista Release Dates

Pro-Networks.org With the release of Beta 1 this past July 27th, this would have placed the Beta 2 release date towards late January – early February 2006. This has been reported numerous times in various media outlets. In my last conversations with Microsoft staffers, I was told that we could actually expect the release to be pushed back a bit, which would have placed it closer to the end of February or even early March.…

MICROSOFT RELEASES VISTA 2006 BETA 1 (FORMERLY "LONGHORN")

Here are the key features: For complete details and screen shots go to our Windows Vista page: http://www.commodore.ca/windows/vista/windows_vista.htm GUI: New interface called Aero which appears to be me to be little more than a simple new skin. DEPLOYMENT: Windows Imaging Format (WIM) which stores images (like Ghost and RIS, including the Windows CD image) as files rather than copies of sectors. This results in different images sharing files thereby dramatically reducing image sizes. For example,…

VIDEO: SOLVED: You might not have permission to use this network resource with a Microsoft Account

We recently tried to connect to the administrative shares (i.e. C$, E$, admin$, …) on a PC that was not part of a Domain using a Microsoft Account that was setup on that remote PC. We were frustrated to find it errored out with “You might not have permission to use this network resource” After a few hours of poking around we found the root cause was in User Access Control (UAC). What is User…