Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

AquaSnap is a free software that greatly enhances the way you can arrange windows on your Desktop. It gives you the possibility to snap windows to the edges or to the corners of the desktop simply by dragging and dropping them where you want.

AquaSnap is a great replacement for the Aero Snap and Aero Shake features of Windows 7 and is compatible with every Windows versions and consumes very little memory and CPU.

Today’s computers often have large monitors capable of displaying simultaneously several applications. But arranging those windows in order to properly share your screen between 2 or more applications can rapidly become a laborious task.

Key Features:

Advantages:

  • 100% highly optimized native code (C++).
  • Low memory consumption (~1MB).
  • CPU consumption close to zero.
  • MSI package easily installable over an enterprise network.

Download: AquaSnap for Windows | 2.6 MB (Freeware)
View: AquaSnap 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

Chaitanya Sareen, Windows Team at Microsoft, has produced a blog post detailing the new Windows 7 Taskbar.

In the post Sareen highlights the following areas of evolution:

In the post, Sareen also posts screen shots of one of the latest builds of Windows 7 at Microsoft, Build 6948.fbl_shell_dex.081112-1755. Most of the features we already know about from PDC but one interesting addition, that Microsoft didn’t demonstrate at PDC, is overlay icons and progress bars in the taskbar. Microsoft now allows application developers to give feedback about progress by having their taskbar button turn into a progress bar. This is particularly useful for file copy progress, as shown below. An icon can now also be shown over a program’s taskbar button.

If you are interested in the Windows 7 development or the new taskbar then it’s a worth while read and explains some of the design decisions that Microsoft have made.

If you’re interested in all the features being demonstrated on video then we recorded several videos at PDC where members of the Windows team demonstrated the new Taskbar, you can view them here.

Microsoft this week plans to update the Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy mechanism for Windows XP Professional, which the software giant claims is the most oft-pirated version of Windows. After the update, WGA notifications for XP will be the same as they are for Windows Vista service pack 1, said Alex Kochis, senior product manager in the Windows Genuine Advantage group, in a Tuesday blog post.

That means users whose copies of XP fail validation will see a black background the next time they log in. Although users will be free to switch to their background of choice, the black screen will return every 60 minutes until they validate their copy, and they’ll also see a watermark with a logo that reads “Ask For Genuine Microsoft Software.”

According to Kochis, this will make it easier for XP users to install and stay up to date with the latest release of WGA notifications. “Our research has clearly shown that customers value the ability of Windows to alert them when they may have software that is not genuine, but they also want the ability to stay up to date with the least effort required on their part,” he wrote.

WGA is designed to combat piracy by installing software on users’ PCs that periodically checks to see if their version of Windows is authentic before allowing them to download updates. However, WGA has been a source of frustration for many users since it was launched in 2005, due to several incidents in which genuine users have been mistakenly identified as pirates.

Prior to the release of Vista service pack 1, Vista copies that failed WGA validation would enter a reduced functionality mode in which certain features were disabled, but Microsoft changed to the black screen nagging approach when it released Vista SP1.

News source: CRN