Windows 7 Versions – Basic is Banished From North America

Microsoft just announced that Release Candidate 1 of Windows 7 will be available on May 5th 2009 and recently they released the version information. Below is a summary. They renamed Business back to Professional… what is the point! These meaninless changes do nothing but confuse consumers (corporate included). Also, trying to sell 7 Starter Edition on Netbooks is a crazy bad idea for two reasons: Contrary to the convensional wisdom, many many Netbooks are sold…

Windows 7 Beta to 7 RC to 7 RTM Upgrade Process

More than a few sites and blogs have posted whiney comments about how difficult the pre-release Windows 7 upgrade process is. Two comments: nonsense; for anyone with any technical skill, the process is simple Microsoft should do what they are doing… spending time getting “real world” upgrade processes in place (i.e. Vista to 7 or XP to 7). While a <> Here is the 30 minute process: http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/04/07/delivering-a-quality-upgrade-experience.aspx Download the ISO as you did previously…

Confiker Virus: Explaination & Removal Tools

If you watched the news on Sunday (60 Minutes, CBC National, CTV National, Calgary Harold…) you saw scary stories relating to the CONFIKER virus. This virus is set to “talk” to its owner on Wednesday and while no one knows if its owner is still around or if anything will happen, something could happen. Almost all virus alerts are either meaningless or inaccurate and even real virus’ seldom pose a notable problem for Canadians. However,…

Internet Explorer 8 Video Explains New Features

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/beta/launch-videos.aspx Internet Explorer 8 for Consumers Join Shola Aluko as he explains why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser for what you do on the web every day. You’ll see what makes the new browser faster, safer, and more reliable than ever. Internet Explorer 8 for the Enterprise See why Internet Explorer 8 is the best browser choice for your business as James Pratt showcases new features to help IT Pros with deployment, security…

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…