TechNet, MSDN and Techbeta customers can download it now.
Consumers who want to test-drive the beta will be able to download it beginning Jan. 9 at http://www.microsoft.com/windows7 .
Here is the full press release:
Microsoft’s Ballmer Announces Availability of Windows 7 Beta and Windows Live
For TechNet, MSDN and Techbeta customers it is already available here;
Windows 7 Beta 64-bits (Download also this MP3 Fix !)
Windows 7 Beta 32-bits (Download also this MP3 Fix !)
Release notes Windows 7
The public downloads for Windows Vista SP2 are out . Remember if you are going to install this to do yourself a favor and backup your machine first.
SP2 Beta Standalone updates for computers with one or more of the following five languages: English, French, German, Japanese , and Spanish. If your computer has any other language installed this option will not work.
- Windows Update installation of SP2 for Windows Server 2008 x86/x64/ia64 and Windows Vista x86/x64
- Five Language SP2 Standalone:
- ISO for Windows Server 2008 x86/x64/ia64 and Windows Vista x86/x64
- x86 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x86
- x64 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x64
- IA64 for Windows Server 2008 ia64
We’ve just relased the Windows Media Center gadgets for SideShow!
There are four gadgets – TV, Music, Pictures + Videos, and Now Playing – that let you browse and control your Media Center PC from any SideShow remote control or device, or even a Windows Mobile phone (if it has the platform installed). The gadgets let you browse the TV guide and details, recorded shows, your photos, music (with cover art), and have playback controls to start/stop/record/etc media.
It was a pleasure to work with the SideShow team on this project. Thanks to everyone in the community for your feedback via Microsoft Connect and community sites. We read every comment and used them to make the gadgets better or just used as feedback for the future.
Install the 32-bit version
Install the 64-bit version
For more details, please see the SideShow blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/sideshow/archive/2008/10/21/media-center-gadgets-for-sideshow-released-available-on-the-windows-live-gallery.aspx
Windows Vista and SP1 focus on delivering greater performance and overall system responsiveness. By striking a balance between speed and responsiveness, Windows Vista and SP1 deliver a level of performance that has the greatest positive impact on the system’s usability.This guide looks at the following areas of performance improvement:
• Making configuration changes that help a computer feel more responsive when you use it.
• Using hardware to boost the actual physical speed of a computer.
• Making configuration changes that help a computer to start faster.
• Making the computer more reliable may help increase performance.
• Monitoring performance occasionally so that you can stop problems before they get too big.
After a short while you may become bored of the stock videos that come with Windows Dreamscene. Below are some sites that I use to download additional videos that I use as my Dreamscene wallpaper. Some of these sites offer free downloads while others are not. If you find a video you like keep in mind that you can always edit it to shorten it in Windows Movie Maker.
The Microsoft acquisition Sysinternals that is famous for their useful Windows utilities has a new site up that allows you to easily access any of their utilities for free over the internet in your command prompt. This allows you to run any of their utilities without first downloading it to your computer. Just open an administrative level command prompt and type in:
For example if you want to run Autoruns (a great program to see what starts up automatically) type \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\autoruns.exe and hit Enter.
Every Sysinternals utility is available for “live” use.
- ADInsight.exe Continue reading
With the release of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 Microsoft removed the old management tools that shipped with RTM Vista. When you install Windows Vista SP1 you will notice that the Group Policy Management Client (GPMC.msc) and other features are no longer available. They have been uninstalled from your system.
Microsoft replaced the old uitilities with updated version in the Remote Server Administrative Tools (RSAT) package.
Download the 32-bit version for Vista SP1
Download the 64-bit version for Vista SP1
Once you have downloaded and installed the administrative tools you need to turn the features on.
- Open Control Panel and go to Programs and Features.
- Click Turn Windows features on or off located on the side menu.
- Check Remote Server Administrative Tools and hit OK.