Contents tagged with Windows Vista

  • Microsoft Extends Consumer Support For Windows 7 & Vista To 10 Years

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:47 PM. Posted in Windows Vista, Windows 7.

    Traditionally, individual consumers have enjoyed 5 years of Mainstream support for their Windows product, in which time they received major upgrades, bug fixes, security patches, and more. Businesses enjoyed this same Mainstream support, but also the Extended support which lasted for 5 more years and included only security updates.

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    Although Microsoft has not made a big deal out of the change, individual consumers will also enjoy the 10-year Extended support from now on, meaning support will end on November, 2017 for Vista users and on January, 2020 for Windows 7 users. As a result, support for Vista will not end later this year as it was meant to.

    Support for Windows XP, however, is still planned to end on 2014, more than 10 years after the OS was first released.

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  • Microsoft Deployment Kit 2010 Update 1 is RTM

    Posted by RayC on July 8 2010, 4:11 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Deployment, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Office 2010, windows.

    If you’re making the move to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and/or Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help you through the process.  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, a free Solution Accelerator, is designed to fill that need.

    The latest MDT 2010 Update 1 release, now available for download, offers something for everyone:

    For System Center Configuration Manager 2007 customers:

    • New “User Driven Installation” deployment method. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs that’s tailored to their individual needs.
    • Support for Configuration Manager R3 “Prestaged Media.” For those deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 along with new PCs, a custom OS image can easily be loaded in the factory and then customized once deployed. 

     

    For Lite Touch Installation:

    • Support for Office 2010. Easily configure Office 2010 installation and deployment settings through the Deployment Workbench and integration with the Office Customization Tool.
    • Improved driver importing. All drivers are inspected during the import process to accurately determine what platforms they really support, avoiding common inaccuracies that can cause deployment issues.

     More info at source

     Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 here.

  • Meiryo Font Collection Update for Windows Vista and Server 2008

    Posted by bink on November 17 2009, 4:54 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

    Meiryo UI is a new Japanese font added to Windows 7. It is optimized to display Japanese text in Ribbon UI. Ribbon UI is a new user interface component which is expected to be used in many applications which run on both Windows Vista and Windows 7. This download package contains the fonts Meiryo UI and Meiryo UI bold. The new fonts will allow applications to optimally display Ribbon UI and can also be used to display Japanese text effectively in other parts of the UI, particularly where text area is limited. All Japanese Windows Vista users are recommended to install this package.

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  • Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Windows Firewall and IPsec Policies

    Posted by bink on November 16 2009, 2:31 AM. Posted in Windows Vista, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7.

    This guide shows you how to centrally configure and distribute commonly used settings and rules for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by describing typical tasks in a common scenario. you get hands-on experience in a lab environment using Group Policy management tools to create and edit GPOs to implement typical firewall settings. You also configure GPOs to implement common server and domain isolation scenarios and see the effects of those settings. This guide applies to computers running Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Windows Server® 2008.

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  • Directx 11 Now Available for Vista Through Platform Update

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 1 2009, 10:23 AM. Posted in Windows Vista.

    Microsoft launched its much anticipated Windows 7 operating system last week to great fanfare. One of the features of Windows 7 is DirectX 11, which is a superset of DirectX 10.1 already used in Vista Service Pack 2.

    Windows Vista introduced the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), which allowed new features such as virtualized video memory and scheduling of concurrent graphics contexts. Windows 7 also uses WDDM, albeit a newer version. Microsoft had promised that Vista users wouldn't be left in the cold, and would be able to download and use DirectX 11. It included DirectX 11 in a beta version of its "Platform Update" available in September. The final version is now available via Windows Update. The Platform Update is meant for computers running Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Vista SP2, and is composed of four parts: The Windows Graphics, Imaging, and XPS Library contains DirectX 11, DirectCompute for hardware accelerated parallel computing, and the XPS Library for document printing.

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  • Microsoft Mentions Windows 7 SP1 and Vista SP3

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 14 2009, 6:06 AM. Posted in .NET, Windows Vista, Windows 7.

    This fell in my lap over the weekend, but I didn’t have time to cover it last week: An update is available that allows for a potential power saving in an AMD multicore processor that is running an x64-based version of Windows Vista SP2, of Windows Server 2008 SP2, of Windows 7, or of Windows Server 2008 R2.

    The update in itself is worth a download and an install, to make post-Vista 64-bit platforms play nice with Enhanced C1 state (C1E) for lower power consumption for an AMD multicore processor. But what is interesting is that under Hotfix Support for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 it says SP1 (Service Pack 1) and SP3 for Vista.

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    Bink Says: This is a complete normal process, Windows 7 is RTM so any issues that are fixed after this will end up in the 1st Service Pack. It is normal that the KB on this issue mentions this. So a week after Win7 Sp1 is released a KB article might show up mentioning a hotfox that wll end up in Win7 SP2.

  • Get ready for Vista and Win2k8 SP2!

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 22 2009, 1:55 AM. Posted in Windows Vista.

    Just a heads up to prepare for Windows Vista  and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. It will be available in the coming weeks on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS.  On April 28th, we announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.  SP2 includes all updates that were released since SP1. It also includes support for new types of hardware and other technology improvements. For more information on the changes with SP2, see the notable changes document on TechNet.

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    Here’s a short list of the tools and guidance that’s available for SP2:

    ·         If you’re managing systems that connect directly to WU, you can use the updated Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit to prevent WU from offering SP2 to your client computers.

    ·         For more information about SP2, refer to the SP2 Frequently Asked Questions on TechNet.

    ·         For help with deployment related questions, you should read this blog post on the Windows team blog.

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    EDIT:  SP2 has now been officially released.

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  • Vista Service Pack 2 RTM

    Posted by RayC on April 29 2009, 11:49 PM. Posted in Windows Vista.

    Today we are announcing the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. SP2 represents the latest step in Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement. It includes all updates that have been delivered since SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging hardware standards. 

    As we have mentioned before, here are some of the key benefits of Windows Vista SP2:

    • Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
    • Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
    • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
    • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
    • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.

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  • Windows Vista SP 2 Nearing Release

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 28 2009, 4:33 AM. Posted in Windows Vista.

    A "Windows Vista SP2 Prerequisites" update is coming via Windows Update on April 28, 2009. Showing that Service Pack 2 is expected early next month.

    Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (KB955430)

    Description: Install this update to enable future updates to install successfully on all editions of Windows Server 2008. This update may be required before selected future updates can be installed. After you install this item, it cannot be removed. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 License Terms.

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  • Try the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC Today!

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 5 2009, 5:03 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista.

    Last week we announced the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. We initially made it available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Today, we’re making it available to anyone interested in testing SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 prior to final release.

    You can download the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 RC from our Customer Preview Program site or install through Windows Update using our Windows Update Experience Kit.

    If you have the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Beta installed, you will need to uninstall that first before installing the RC. 

    You can also check out the SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC notable changes here. And you can submit feedback on SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 here on the TechNet Forums.

    Source: http://windowsteamblog.com/

  • Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC and Windows Vista SP2 RC

    Posted by bink on March 2 2009, 2:24 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, .NET, Windows Vista.

    Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC and Windows Vista SP2 RC.

    Windows Server® 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista® Service Pack 2 include all the previously released updates for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. This document contains the list of Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 RC and Windows Vista SP2 RC. Many of these updates are available to the public on the Microsoft® Download Center and Windows® Update, while others are only available to specific customers or partners. It is a standard practice to include all of these updates in a service pack, and they are included in Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

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  • Announcing the Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 RC

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 26 2009, 6:10 AM. Posted in Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista.

    This week we are announcing that Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has hit an important milestone in development: Release Candidate (RC). 

    Starting today, the RC of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers to test prior to final release. In the very near future, we will be making the RC broadly available for anyone to download and test. You can expect another blog post from me when that happens.

    SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include updates that have been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging standards. As we’ve described since we first talked about SP2, we’ve taken your feedback into account when developing SP2. Specifically, we expect SP2 to continue the security benefits of both products and simplify deployment for our customers.

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