Time to move on from Windows XP

Just a reminder that we’re now inside 500 days until the end of support for Windows XP. I’m sure I don’t need to go into the reasons why your organisation doesn’t want to be running an OS that Microsoft doesn’t support anymore. If you aren’t ready to jump to Windows 8, then Windows 7 is a perfectly good step up from XP. Whatever you decide to upgrade to, just make sure you do it before 8th April 2014.

NEBytes February Event: Direct Access and Dynamic Consumption in C#

After over 80 attendees enjoyed the North East Bytes launch event in January, we’ve got another great event lined up for this month. Direct Access has been the most requested session topic recently, so I’m very pleased to have two presenters to cover it at this meeting. We’re glad to welcome Dr Dan Oliver (Managing Director of Sa-V Ltd a Newcastle based Infrastructure Optimization Microsoft Partner) back to speak, and coincidentally the day after I’d confirmed Dr Dan, Conrad Sidey from Microsoft also offered to do the session. I’m happy to say that they’re going to collaborate to present Direct … Continue reading NEBytes February Event: Direct Access and Dynamic Consumption in C#

Time to move on from the Windows 7 Release Candidate

If you are still running Windows 7 RC (I’m sure a lot of people are because it was pretty darned stable), the time to move on is fast approaching. From 15th February, warning messages will start, saying that from 1st March Windows 7 RC will shutdown every 2 hours. You really want to be off the RC by then because you will lose any unsaved work. If you continue to use the RC through the bi-hourly shutdowns, on 1st June 2010 the RC will cease to meet “genuine” Windows criteria and will not be able to download anything that checks whether … Continue reading Time to move on from the Windows 7 Release Candidate

Running Windows 7’s Problem Steps Recorder from the Command Line

Last month we had a VBUG Newcastle meeting for IT Pros with two great presentations (it would’ve been three but we’ve had to re-schedule one – more news on that when I have it). The first presentation was from Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, Richard Diver, called Implementing the “Black Box” – Performance Monitoring and Analysis for proactive and reactive support, server baselining and capacity planning and covered a number of tools… If you haven’t been using them, you should take a look into: The Windows Sysinternals tools, which can be run without downloading, via Sysinternals Live by mapping a drive direct to \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\ … Continue reading Running Windows 7’s Problem Steps Recorder from the Command Line

Great Windows 7 offer for UK students

From October 1st, students in the UK (with a .ac.uk email address) will be able to get a copy of Windows 7 for just £30! This will be a limited time offer and you must already have a copy of XP or Vista on your PC. It’s the best pricing that I’ve seen for Windows 7, so if you’re eligible you don’t want to miss out. Full details will be available from October 1st at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/studentoffer/default.aspx

23rd September, Newcastle: Three fantastic Microsoft enterprise IT presentations

We are very pleased to be able to announce a stellar line up of technical presentations and speakers from Microsoft at the September VBUG Newcastle IT Pro meeting… The Dynamic Desktop Experience – Windows 7, Windows XP Mode, App-V, MDT, MDOP and System Center (Dan Oliver) Windows 7 offers Microsoft’s customers with an opportunity to deliver a platform that releases new capabilities that deliver real business benefit and significantly reduced cost of ownership. The challenge for most companies is that deploying and migrating desktops is time consuming and traditionally offers service continuity risks with Application Compatibility that can prevent progress. This … Continue reading 23rd September, Newcastle: Three fantastic Microsoft enterprise IT presentations

Windows 7 E

[UPDATE] Microsoft is scrapping the E editions of Windows 7. See this post for details. Now I’m sure you’ve heard this news before reading this, but in case you haven’t prepare to be shocked and bemused… Following on from various wrangling and threats of fines after a complaint to the European Union from browser maker Opera about Microsoft’s bundling of Internet Explorer with Windows being anti-competitive, Microsoft has stated that it will release special E editions of the different Windows 7 versions in Europe. Windows 7 E editions will not contain a web browser, and unlike the old N (which didn’t contain Windows Media … Continue reading Windows 7 E