Microsoft Security Essentials Exclusion List

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) Anti-virus program has received a lot of good press since it was released in Sept 2009. I have been gradually moving my residential customers, friends and family over to it. One small problem I have noticed: at times the MSE engine will hog up quite a bit of cpu cycles. I recently found a blog post that said that adding the MSE folders to the list of files/folders in MSE to be excluded from scannng will help reduce the high CPU usage. To add exclusions, click on Settings > Excluded files & locations, then click the Add button to add an … Continue reading Microsoft Security Essentials Exclusion List

Windows 7 Upgrade Paths

If you are interested in upgrading your Vista computer to Windows 7, here are the supported upgrade scenarios: From Windows Vista (SP1, SP2) Upgrade to Windows 7 Business Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate Enterprise Enterprise Home Basic Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate Home Premium Home Premium, Ultimate Ultimate Ultimate

Upgrade to Windows 7 in 3 Easy Steps!

I have been testing and doing presentations on Windows 7 for over 6 months. With Windows 7 officially release, it was time for me to step up to the plate, and move my production workstation over to Windows 7. This is the same workstation that I wrote about two years ago when I made the switch from XP to Vista. So last night I took the plunge and did an in-place upgrade (IPU) of my Vista Ultimate desktop to Windows 7 Ultimate. Yes, I know there are those who will say that a wipe and clean is the only way … Continue reading Upgrade to Windows 7 in 3 Easy Steps!

Are You Ready For Some Windows 7?

Windows 7 hits the street today. Find out if your PC is ready for Windows 7 by running the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft. If your computer is already running Windows Vista, it should run Windows 7. And there are many reports of people doing successful in-place upgrades of Vista to Windows 7.

Windows 7 – In Place Upgrade?

With the official release of Windows 7 just a day away, many will be asking: can or should I do an in-place upgrade (IPU) from Vista to Windows 7? Based on recent comments and feedbacks from many of my fellow MVP’s, I can summarize my answer as follows: 1. Everyone agrees that doing a clean reload of Windows 7 is always preferred over an in-place upgrade.2. However, there is also a strong concensus that an in-place upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 works very, very well Some words to the wise: 1. Be sure to do a full image backup of your system beforehand. … Continue reading Windows 7 – In Place Upgrade?

2009-08-04 He’s a Real Nowhere Man

Ok, so it’s been a long time between songs. Life does stay busy, doesn’t it? That’s why this song seems very appropriate. It was inspired by a recent post on Virtual PC and Windows 7. With a tip of the hat to Dana! He’s a real virtual man, Sitting in his virtual land, Connecting to his virtual lans For nobody.   Doesn’t have a physical view, Knows not where he’s loaded to, Isn’t he a bit like you and me?   Virtual man, please listen, You’re not real, just emulatin’, Virtual man, the world is at your command.   He’s … Continue reading 2009-08-04 He’s a Real Nowhere Man

IT Pro Tiki Tour – Tampa/Lakeland

Blain Barton, Microsoft’s Southeast IT Pro Evangelist, will be bringing his Spring Tiki Tour to the Tampa area on June 4th, 2009 (6p-9p) at the Polk Community College in Lakeland. Topics include: Moving to the Modern OS Roadmap, Windows Security, and Windows 7. I will be doing the Windows 7 presentation. (Yes, food is included!) Space is limited. As of Tuesday 5/26, we already have 165 registered. Click here to register and for more information. Hope to see you there!

WHS and the Acer Aspire easyStore H340

Talk about a deal too good to refuse! Acer recently came out with their WHS server, that competes straight up with the HP MediaSmart Server. For the rest of this post, I will refer to it as the ‘easyStore’. A week ago I stumbled on a deal through NCIX (USA) that was offering the easyStore for $399, with a 1TB drive and 2GB memory, and for a limited time was throwing in a second 1TB drive. I jumped at the chance. And it arrived by FedEx this afternoon. Within 30 minutes I had it unboxed, powered up, installed the WHS connector to … Continue reading WHS and the Acer Aspire easyStore H340

SBS, WHS and Backup Software

One of my mottos has always been: “You cannot have enough backup!”. So, I am always investigating and testing backup software. When Microsoft first releasd Windows Home Server (WHS), I knew that this was a product I would be testing. Well, tonight, it saved my bacon! My own SBS 2003 server that has been running for years experienced a serious hard drive failure. Fortunately I do use Raid-5 disk configuration. So I shut down the server, replaced the drive, fired up the server to rebuild the Raid, and then rebooted. But apparently something else was amiss, as Windows would not boot up properly, reporting … Continue reading SBS, WHS and Backup Software

Connect Windows 7 to SBS 2008

The SBS offical blog site has an excellent post on how to modify SBS 2008 so that a Windows 7 (Beta) workstation can be joined via http://connect. I have just a couple of observations and suggestions on my part: If you are joining a laptop, be sure to disable your wireless port(s) and join the server using a wired connection! When modifying the XML files, I found it best to copy the XML file over to the ‘My Documents’ folder on the server, edit the file there, and then copy/replace it back to the original directory. Obviosuly you would want to make sure you first … Continue reading Connect Windows 7 to SBS 2008