Posts Tagged ‘Windows 7’

All the codecs you need for Windows 7 to play AVIs, DVDs and more!

It does not contain a media player and it does not associate file-types. With the Windows 7 codec package installed you will be able to use any media player, limited only by the players’ capabilities, to play all movies and video clips. Streaming video is supported in several formats in all popular web browsers. Users of the Windows 7 media center codecs have the ability to choose what is installed and where to install it using the public redistributable. After installation you can select to remove specific portions without removing the entire package. You can also re-add the removed items at any time.

Download: Windows 7 Codecs 2.6.2 Bottom of page | 23.6 MB (Freeware)
View: Windows 7 Codecs Website

Windows 7

Over the past few years, you’ve asked us to make some changes to Windows. We listened closely. Now it’s time to share an early look at how we’ve used your feedback. Windows 7 is faster, more reliable, and makes it easier to do what you want. Both the everyday things and the killer “is that really possible?” things. Dig into these sites to see what’s coming.

Explore the below link to know more about Windows 7

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx

Windows 7 Beta 7 (Sneak Previews)

A Tour of Windows 7 Beta
http://www.pcworld.com/article/157165/a_tour_of_windows_7_beta.html

Hands-on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 1
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158537/handson_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_1.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 2
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158676/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_2.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 3
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158723/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_3.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 4
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158725/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_4.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 5
http://www.pcworld.com/article/159267/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_5.html

Hands on Guide to Windows 7: Lesson 6
http://www.pcworld.com/article/159363/hands_on_guide_to_windows_7_lesson_6.html

Windows 7 Beta videos: a peek at the coolness to come

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-videos.aspx

Windows 7 Problem Steps Recorder: Miracle tool

If you’ve ever offered technical support to other computer users, you might find yourself losing a slice of your sanity over their inability to describe the problem clearly. And most times it’s not the fault of the user, it’s just difficult to describe what you see with words. A feature new to Windows 7, called “Problem Steps Recorder” looks to be the missing tool for documenting where it all goes wrong.

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090111/windows-7-problem-steps-recorder-miracle-tool/

First Windows 7 build 7032 screenshot leaks

Days after the leak of build 7022 (32-bit) to public torrent sites, WinFuture.de has posted a screenshot clearly showing a 64-bit Enterprise edition of build 7032. We already know of a build 7034, but this is significant because there have been no screenshots or any other tangible proof of any of the 703x builds. The screenshot shows the following build string: “‘6.1.7032.0.winmain.090129-1812,” meaning that the build was compiled on January 29, 2009 at 6:12PM. Since it is an interim build, it’s not surprising that the screenshot shows the build expiring on July 2, 2009.

Other than the new build number, the screenshot (full-size image) does not show too much. A date is shown in the bottom left in a European format, but all this shows is that the screenshot was taken today. There appears to be a new icon in the taskbar, and it looks like it is for the Control Panel. IE8 is still at RC1, which is not surprising. The user has Hibernate set as the default for the power button in the start menu, but this doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft has changed it from Shut Down. This build does not include the fixes to UAC.

Look out for more leaked builds in the coming days as users become more and more impatient awaiting the public RC build rumored to be coming in April. Testers are expected to get a newer build before that.

Update

WinFuture.de has now posted more screenshots of build 7032. Head over to their site to check them out in all their glory!

For Screen Shots – see below link (This may take time to load)

http://winfuture.de/news,45137.html

Information about UAC in Windows 7

http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/archive/2009/01/15/user-account-control-uac-quick-update.aspx

Sacrificing security for usability: UAC security flaw in Windows 7 beta (with proof of concept code)

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090130/uac-security-flaw-windows-7-beta-proof/

Microsoft dismisses Windows 7 UAC security flaw, continues to insist it is “by design”

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090131/microsoft-dismisses-windows-7-uac-security-flaw-insists-by-design/

Second Windows 7 beta UAC security flaw: malware can silently self-elevate with default UAC policy

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090204/second-windows-7-uac-flaw-malware-self-elevate/

Microsoft TechNet Forums – Windows 7 Beta
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/category/w7itpro/

Dedicated blog to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7 (Must visit!!)
http://blogs.msdn.com/e7/

Windows 7 News

Windows 7 News is dedicated to bringing you all the latest news, rumors, screenshots and videos of Microsoft’s next OS release, currently expected in 2010 all in one place. Since its creation in Feb 2007, the site traffic has grown from nothing to over 10,000 page impressions per day, and is expected to grow even further once more the launch date of Windows 7 gets closer.

http://windows7news.com/

Fore more information and screen shots of Windows 7, visit Paul Thurrott’s Win Supersite…….
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/

Incase if you would like to test Windows 7 Beta on your systems, follow these links

How to Dual Boot Windows 7 with XP or Vista

http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

Installing Windows 7 on Virtual Machine

http://www.scribd.com/doc/11571223/Installing-Windows-7

The strongest critique we received about our recent guide on dual booting Windows 7 with XP/Vista was that we should’ve included information covering the likely event of you wanting to kick the beta OS to the curb, sooner or later.

Well, we couldn’t agree more, so as a follow up to that guide we’re going to look at the reverse process; deleting your Windows 7 partition and reallocating its hard drive space to another partition.

If you recall, in the dual boot guide we looked at two separate approaches for creating a new partition depending if you are running Windows Vista or Windows XP, and we intend to do the same here.

View: How to remove your Windows 7 installation & partition

Almost anyone who has been following the development of Windows 7 knows that it’s currently kernel version 6.1. But all that could be set to change, at least if an obscure MSDN page is to be believed.

In a page describing device installation with the Windows Driver Kit, the documentation shows “Msft.NT.7.0” being used as a label to specify drivers only for use with Windows 7.

Previously, Neowin reported that Mike Nash, Corporate VP of Windows Product Management, posted on on the Windows Vista Team Blog with the official explanation that Windows 7 would be kernel version 6.1.

“So we decided to ship the Windows 7 code as Windows 6.1 – which is what you will see in the actual version of the product in cmd.exe or computer properties. There’s been some fodder about whether using 6.1 in the code is an indicator of the relevance of Windows 7. It is not. Windows 7 is a significant and evolutionary advancement of the client operating system. It is in every way a major effort in design, engineering, and innovation. The only thing to read into the code versioning is that we are absolutely committed to making sure application compatibility is optimized for our customers.”

Has this changed? Is “Msft.NT.7.0” just a way of expressing Windows 7 and not kernel version 7, if not, why not just say NT.6.1 in the INF? Or is the documentation incorrect? It remains to be seen.

Windows 7 RC is expected to go public on May 5, so hopefully that will reflect this change.

Screenshot as of April 20, 11:30AM GMT-6

A page over at Microsoft Partners has been updated to show that Windows 7 RC will be publically released on May 5, and should be available for MSDN and Technet subscribers now. However, clicking through the download link will only get you the beta, right now.

This would seem to jive with an earlier leak on a Microsoft page saying that the RC would be available in May, but that was taken down soon after it was reported.

Well see how long this page stays updated with the Windows 7 RC information, or how long it’ll take before RC does actually hit MSDN and Technet.

Updated: The page at Microsoft has been reverted back to information on the Windows 7 beta, and information on obtaining trial keys for partners. There is information going around multiple sites and our forums that Windows 7 RC has been sent to major OEMs. While the only way we can confirm this is a quote from Microsoft Online Concierge Chat, that said “Currently the Windows 7 RC has not been avaiable through the TechNet subscription yet, only the Microsoft OEM partners such as Dell, Siemens are taking part in the RC’s this period of test.” We take this to mean those OEMs have the bits right now, and that they’ll be hitting the public Internet in the dates listed on the leaked website.

The strongest critique we received about our recent guide on dual booting Windows 7 with XP/Vista was that we should’ve included information covering the likely event of you wanting to kick the beta OS to the curb, sooner or later.

Well, we couldn’t agree more, so as a follow up to that guide we’re going to look at the reverse process; deleting your Windows 7 partition and reallocating its hard drive space to another partition.

If you recall, in the dual boot guide we looked at two separate approaches for creating a new partition depending if you are running Windows Vista or Windows XP, and we intend to do the same here.

View: How to remove your Windows 7 installation & partition