Category Archives: Microsoft

VMWare Player Plus 6

Today I wanted to plug the product VMWare Player Plus 6.  This is the same product as VMWare Player but the product key allows you to also create version 10 VMs. It supports Windows 8.1 and has mostly the same … Continue reading

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Windows 8.1 RTM Installation Notes

Windows 8.1 RTM install went well.  I did a new install from disk; Upgrade from disk; and upgrade from Windows Store. Windows 8 RTM – 6.2.9200 Windows 8.1 RTM – 6.3.9600 Things you need to know… 

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How to make CSS3 display correctly in an application

How to make CSS3 display correctly in an embedded browser (eg. FAR.exe or HH.exe .chm help viewer). By default the embedded IE browser control (used by applications) runs in compatibility mode and won’t display CSS3 like it does in IE … Continue reading

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Free Icon/Images – VS Image Library

This is very cool. Microsoft have released the Visual Studio image library of over 5,000 icons & images so that developers can create apps that are visually consistent with Visual Studio 2012 and older. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35825  

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Windows 8 Jump Start

Windows 8 Jump Start Videos: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/jj687764.aspx  

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VS 2012 Help DVD

Visual Studio 2012 Help DVD is now available for download http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/9/2/8928585D-136D-4528-AECC-2F211902A8D7/VS2012Documentation.iso

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PackageThis! 1.3.10

We are now up to PackageThis! 1.3.10 and getting better all the time. Now with a more intuitive interface and scheduler. You can stop the download and restart at the same place. For those who don’t know, PackageThis allows you to download … Continue reading

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Antivirus for Windows 8

I was please to find that Antivirus is built-in to Windows 8. It’s lightweight and runs quietly in the background until a threat is detected. This is nice having professional virus protection enabled out of the box. Formally a Microsoft download called … Continue reading

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AHCI interface for SATA disks in Windows 8

Recently while bench-marking my new OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, my PC builder suggested I may get better results by using Intel’s AHCI interface (for SATA disks). Turns out my new Windows 8 PC was already enabled for AHCI. Philip Elder (SBS … Continue reading

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Plunge into Windows 8

Today more Windows 7 USB device connection problems forced me to move early to Windows 8 RTM Pro. A clean install (not an upgrade). I expecting the worst (maybe $1000+ in upgrade costs) but was pleasant surprised to spend only … Continue reading

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Windows 8 RTM – Get back the Start Menu

For many users Win 8 is a poor desktop experience. The Start menu, which has been a major feature since Windows 95, is gone and a new Metro interface is now in its place. I’ve been used Win 8 for some time … Continue reading

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Windows 8 – My 2c

????????????? ???? So MS couldn’t ignore the IPad and fast growth in the mobile market, and now they are betting on a new “reimagined” OS. The Build attendees got a nice new Samsung incentive to start building the future. Success … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview under VMware

A number of developers have been struggling to install the Win 8 Preview .ISO as a VM. The trick seems to be to create a Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) VM and select “I will install the operating system later.” … Continue reading

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

Yesterday was very exciting for the developer community. Microsoft released details of Windows 8 at the Build 2011 (formally PDC) developer conference. The new features and improvements to Windows 8 are too numerous to list. But I took these notes … Continue reading

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What if MSDN Library had Books?

иконографияWhenever I talk to the Microsoft LEX team (VS & MSDN help), I come away staggered at the scale they operate on. The MSDN site is one of the biggest websites in the world and supports many different online languages. … Continue reading

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VS 2010 Help … Thoughts

иконографияикониJust jotting down some thoughts. VS 2010 SP1 Help is much improved but there is still much to do. Here are some thought that came out in the forums today…   So you may not know that with the VS … Continue reading

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How to fix MSDN Help

My hobby horse The worst thing about MSDN help is it’s so freak’n big. Search brings up useless stuff from everywhere, and so does the Index. Only the TOC allows you to explore just a specific area.  That’s why users … Continue reading

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MS Touch Pack for Windows 7 Now Available

For a while now we early adopters of multi-touch have been watching as newer Touch Screens were released with this thing call MS Touch Pack containing cool touch applications… And wondering how to get our excited little hands on it. … Continue reading

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Latest Multi-Touch Screens for Windows 7

Well it was only a mater of time. The next wave of Windows 7 compatible touch screens are here. Great to see the larger machines as well as standalone monitors getting multi-touch. Good for developers. ACER Computers http://us.acer.com/showrooms/touch/touchscreen.html The Aspire … Continue reading

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Upgrading to Windows 7 RTM

Last night I upgrade our 4 Vista PCs to Windows 7 RTM Ultimate.  Note there is no direct upgrade path for Windows XP. However MS provide tools to migrate your settings (you could upgrade to Vista first if you were really … Continue reading

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Multi-Touch PCs for Windows 7

Windows 7 release is getting closer: Late July for the RTM (MSDN download; In-store Oct 22nd. If you’re in the market for a new PC you should be considering Windows 7 multi-touch. There are lots of touch screens out there … Continue reading

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Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 + MS Help 3.0

VS B1 is now available for general download. VS Beta download – http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010/default.mspx VS Beta forums – http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/visualstudioprerelease It’s also been up on MSDN member downloads since the 18th. So MS Help 3.0 is now officially out there. It’s only … Continue reading

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N-Trig release new Windows 7 Touch drivers

N-Trig (who make the touch hardware for DELL Latitude XT/XT2, HP TouchSmart TX2 computer screens) have finally released a new Windows 7  multi-touch driver/firmware update. Unlike the last drop this is full featured, supporting Windows 64bit/32bit, and both Pen & … Continue reading

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Windows 7 RC now available

Windows 7 Ultimate Release Candidate (build 7100) is now available for download for Beta  testers,  and for everyone else a little later via microsoft.com. From Microsoft to MVPs (in my words)… Size: 2.47 gigs (x86), 3.2 gigs (x64) Windows 7 … Continue reading

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Windows 7 can run apps in true Windows XP Mode?

Wow this is ambitious. The idea is that Windows 7 will have deep compatibility mode where you can run an application in a kind of XP virtual machine mode box. I gather that Win 7 Pro/Ultimate users can download the … Continue reading

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