And there are many similar tricks – for example you can use favorites just by typing its name (for example I have saved www.google.com under name “G” – when I want to go to goole, I just press F4, G and Enter)…
Do you also know something so obvious?
Heh, you want to learn leet speak?
Visit Microsoft site here!
Reg format have two problems when you try to import file to registry:
This can be sometimes really unwelcomed – for example you want to automatically recreate ODBC settings everytime user logs on. What do you do? You create odbc.reg and automatically import it every time… Wrong! The problem is that if users creates some additional odbc sources, they will stay. Ok, so how can you completely overwrite the key???
In fact it is quite simple – instead of using .reg, you should use hive keys (.hiv). You can do it from regedit or if you prefer console, use Reg.exe instead (with Save/Restore switches).
I used this few times and it is really useful! In hive file, there are also informations about security settings, so you can easily create them.
This is sometimes really useful – hope so that it could help someone fighting with registry
Well, Vista presentation was quite fun for me – however this time I was quite disappointed by interaction with people
There were quite many people from Linux community – I knew about it before the presentation started. I hoped there will be a lot of discussion, like “Why is this missing in Vista when we have it for a long time” or “how does this exactly work” etc… In fact I really like when someone from Apple/Linux community attend my presentations, because they see the things from different perspective.
However this time I was really disappointed – there were just STUPID questions like “Why Microsoft dont distribute ONLY Windows Vista N and allow to install utilities as optional components” and similar.
Similar situation occured when I was presenting Monad on LinuxHall – there were no technical questions or comparison to advantages of another scripting languages. I really hoped I will be able to send mail to Jeffrey Snover with content like “These linux guys had these ideas, I think they are great, wouldnt you like to have a look and think about it?”.
If you have a look at forums all around the internet, it seems that linux community is really great and that having dialogue with them could bring many great ideas. If you look at the same guys when you meet them personally, you will find out it is really hard to get anything usefull from them.
Dont get me wrong – I like the idea of Linux and I know many people that have clever ideas. However the mass of linux “power” users seems useless to me
Heh, I found this just by accident:
Google have Blog reader, right now it is in beta. You can sign in using your normal gmail account:
I am thinking about writing article about Windows Vista – after spending some time trying to find useful resources, I can see that internet is FULL of Vista myths… I encountered this article about Windows XP myths: http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/XPMyths.html and I would like to write something similar dedicated to Windows Vista tips.
I think it is really great – next time you will argue with someone, just send him this link
But back to my problem – Vista myths…
If you encounter any myth/web/forum post, PLEASE post it as comment – I would really like to create a list of myths for this great OS
1.) Vista requires high-end GPU (graphic card)
This is simply not true – Vista will even run on integrated GPU. What requires high-end GPU is Aero Glass – but if you dont have capable card, you can still use old fashioned GUI.
2.) USB SuperFetch/ReadyBoost technology will expand your RAM
Again one of the really popular myths – it will NOT expand your ram, it will be used for SuperFetching.
3.) Microsoft is going to rewrite 60% of Windows Vista code.
I am sure original posted didnt never tried to program – can you imagine rewriting such big amount of code??? But I think I know where did myth come from – Microsoft rewritten about 60% of KERNEL code – but this is NOT whole Windows and it IS already done.
4.) There are already viruses for Vista
One of my favourites – these “viruses” are simple Monad scripts… In fact they wont work by default, because of monad security. These viruses would work if they would be deployed AND launch on target machine – which is not achieved. It is the same as I would say that Del c:\*.* is one of the most powerfull viruses. Dont get me wrong – that scripts are interesting, but they are NOT viruses at all!
5.) There is DRM in Vista – MS is spying on us
Popular MS-Spy stories attacks again As far as I understand, there is integrated DRM-client in Vista – same client you would need now with DRM server, which is not active if you domain administrator didnt select it to! About DRM(TPM) – there is only BitLocker, which is in fact really useful technology and not a spy
6.) Windows Vista is build on top of WinFX
Isnt that little bit hard if there isnt WinFX installed by default?
7.) Windows Vista can eat all of your memory even when it is idle!
Again – I remember similar messages with Windows XP. Really nice article describing this can be found here: http://thelazyadmin.net/index.php?/archives/396-guid.html#extended
8.) Whole kernel was rewritten – it is similar like 9x -> NT
This is also incorrect information – Vista is still based on NT kernel, however to be honest, really big part of it was rewritten and it is the biggest NT-kernel change ever.
9.) You will never need to restart your Windows Vista.
Nope, this is not possible with *nix/Windows architecture – there were few atomic OSes that allow this, but Vista WONT. However with Restart Manager it will be possible to really reduce the required number of restarts.
10.) I hear Windows Vista is based on Windows Server 2003 – does it mean it will be less userfriendly?
Nope, this is absolutely wrong. Every new build is based on latest available kernel – right now it is Windows Server 2003 SP1. There was quite problem with understanding which OS build is Vista based on – it was because first it was build on XP, later they decided to change it, because they wanted to have more componentized OS.
11.) There are really big problems with drivers in Vista. (April 13, 2006)
Based on my personal experience – there WERE big problems, but we can see really HUGE improvements from build to build. Latest build I am using (5353) installed EVERY driver without problems – including my SATA disks during installation and drivers for Axim X5. First build didnt even installed Audio and Network driver. So this is not exactly myth, however it is currently out-of-date information.
Do you know about any other Vista myths? Share it!
Do you know Strider? I would be surprised – Strider family is VERY promising security-related tool set, however it is not really know, because it is under Microsoft Research… They released new tool called Strider URL Tracker:
“When a user visits a Web site, her browser may be instructed to visit other third-party domains without her knowledge. Some of these third-party domains raise security, privacy, and safety concerns. The Strider URL Tracer, available for download, is a tool that reveals these third-party domains, and it includes a Typo-Patrol feature that generates and scans sites that capitalize on inadvertent URL misspellings, a process known as typo-squatting. The tool also enables parents to block typo-squatting domains that serve adult ads on typos of children’s Web sites.”
Sounds interesting? Try free download here:
This is question I got quite often – when I enable autologon (for example for deployment purposes), even when I logoff and I want to change user, it will automatically logon back!
Answer is quite simple – if you check http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315231, you can find setting called ForceAutoLogon.
Many people dont understand this setting correctly – this wont just autologon you, it will FORCE autologon. Which is really usefull for kiosk mode computers etc, when you have remote administration capabilities, however you can run into problems (I even know few guys that reinstalled computer to get rid of it).
Well, this week I am going to have presentation about Vista – it will be however different from usual reviews (most usual can be found on www.winsupersite.com). It wont be focused on normal users, however on administrators.
I found just one problem – it is really hard to get any informations except TechNet site – it looks like there is no administrator interested in anything else except new flashy UI
Just to make a small list of things I would like to speak about:
I will try to keep this list updated – if I forget to mention something (I surely did), please add comment about it and I will update this list.