Category Archives: Microsoft

File & Folder SYNC – Backup – Replicate

Lets face it more and more people are being given Notebooks at their place of work.  You want to have access to files at the office and away.  You may not have internet access and your VPN performance might not be what you would like.

You can certainly use Cloud based solutions and sync to the cloud – but security might be an issue with work related documents.  Company policy might be to save all files on the network so they are backed up and keep nothing on your local drive on your notebook.

There are several different solutions you might want to look at when your trying to follow policy as well as being as productive as possible.   You can use Microsoft Live Mesh to sync your network files or folders with your local drive on your notebook.  Alternatively I saw a small application reviewed today called FOLDER Replica (Win2000 / XP / Vista / Win7).  Take a look for yourself – read the review it might be handy to have.

Folder replica is a folder synchronization program that is designed to make your life easier in daily file manipulation routines. Advancement in HDD drive technology has made hard drives a cheap, fast and accessible backup option. The flexibility to copy and change data on to your backup device has brought new problems of how to avoid unnecessary data transfer every time you want to make a fresh copy of your data.

Full Review @ addictivetips

 

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WAIT – WAIT – Where did my DISK SPACE GO! Windows SP1 Available

Most people get the notice about updates on their systems and say OK and don’t think about it again.  They most likely wont notice the missing 500MB of storage that’s gone.  For many power users this is no big problem, but for those people who have Notebooks with smaller drives this could make a difference.

But WAIT – you don’t want to delete these files for a few weeks of use to make sure you don’t have issue with the update.  Once you feel that you have used your system without any issue, then you might want to take a look at the following article from HOW-to Geek to remove and restore that storage.  At the same time you can remove some other stuff as well!

After you install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 that we mentioned yesterday, you might be wondering how to reclaim some of the lost drive space—which we’ll show you how today—but should you actually do it?

Note: If you haven’t installed the new SP1 release yet, be sure to read our post explaining what it entails before you do. Spoiler: it’s mostly bug fixes.

Should You Delete Windows 7 Service Pack Backup Files to Save Space?

Wait, What Now?

It’s simple: installing the service pack will take up a bunch of extra space, because Windows is going to create a ton of backups of the pre-service pack files in case you want to roll everything back and uninstall the service pack. This could be anywhere from a few hundred MBs all the way up to a GB or so.

You can easily clean out these backups with Disk Cleanup (see more below), but don’t rush to do that. Keep reading.

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Microsoft – Windows 7 Service PACK 1 – AVAIALABLE!

Well…. Microsoft released Service Pack 1 today…  For those that have  been keeping up to date and using the automatic update feature of Windows 7 – there should be very little to update.  The good thing about this is that if you use the Automatic update, the Service pack will only update the items that you have not installed over the last year.

Similar to other Service Packs – there are very few items that are new, no real new features but a few bug fixes.  The nice thing about this for those that install WIN7 often,  or like to do clean installs – this will make the hundreds of updates a lot quicker.

You can just go to Windows update and tell it to update or you can go to the Windows update web page to download it yourself.

Windows 7 SP1 now available for everyone – Microsoft BLOG

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Windows 7 SP1 Coming – do you need to BLOCK it?

For many users that have WINDOWS 7 on there networks – blocking updates can be very important.

REMINDER on how to do it with Windows 7.

FULL details at WINDOWS ITPRO – Windows OS and Deployment Blog

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Internet Browser – IE9 RC RELEASED – Internet Explorer 9 LIGHT – FAST – CLEAN

If your running Vista or Windows 7 you’re going to want to update your IE 8 to IE 9 and enjoy a LIGHTER – FASTER and a Cleaner experience.  Microsoft is saying they are ahead of the rest of the pack with this new release…..

Internet Explorer 9 RC Now Available: Here’s the Most Interesting New Stuff – FROM HOW-To Geek

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Smartphone – Microsoft Comments on Joining forces with Nokia

By now you’ve likely heard about the announcement of our partnership with Nokia. I’m incredibly excited about its long-term potential and how it could enable us to innovate, differentiate, and combine strengths to build a new global ecosystem that creates opportunities beyond anything that currently exists today. We’re creating an entirely new ecosystem of possibilities for developers. For our part, Microsoft is first and foremost a platform company which means that nearly everything we do begins and ends with the developer community in mind. This deal is no exception. I want to share with you what I think this alliance means for Windows Phone developers.

In simplest terms, this alliance can dramatically increase the customer base for Windows Phones, and, by extension, your apps and games. This equates to both a larger and more localized consumer market for apps and games on handsets, as well as an acceleration of innovation in back-end services and core infrastructure. For example, Nokia already has strong relationships with operators in more than 190 markets. Nokia also manages an application marketplace that delivers 4 million downloads per day; a channel that will complement the existing Windows Phone Marketplace experience to bring Windows Phone developers and Nokia customers together. We will have more details to share about the marketplace strategy in the future, but our intent is to build upon the best of what both companies offer today.

READ THE ENTIRE POST @ Microsoft BLOG – What the Nokia Deal Means for Microsoft Developers

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Smartphones – Microsoft & Nokia JOIN FORCES!

Two huge companies are getting into bed together to go against the NEW leaders in the smart phone arena. If these two very large companies do it right, I would think that both Apple and Google are going to have a fight on their hands… but will they – Can they?  To this point neither have shown themselves to be quick to market – Reason for them joining together!

The other questions is how long before we see product, Iphone 5 is coming, new Android O/S coming – things are changing quickly and can these players get into the game in time?  Microsoft already took too long to get into the mix, though they did bring a great product to market – one that people should be looking at as an alternative.

 

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Windows 7 SP-1 RELEASED to OEM Partners – It’s coming!

For those already using Windows 7 this is no big deal as there is very little new and if you have been updating all along there will really be nothing of importance.  For those moving to Windows 7 this is good news as it will make the install go much faster.

It will be available to home users starting February 22, through the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update.  If you have been keeping up to date, this update should be very quick.

Windows 7 updates deliver more bang for your buck

Product updates to get the most of out your Windows experience

Today, we’ve officially released Windows 7 SP1 to our OEM partners. We’ve said all along there’s no reason to wait for SP1, but with its official arrival, now there really is no better time to migrate. Windows 7 SP1 includes minor updates, including some made previously available through Windows Update. SP1 also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory, two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. You can read more about the desktop virtualization updates on the Windows Server Team blog and get the quick run-down on the SP1 timeline here.

If you’ve already begun your Windows 7 deployment, you should continue with your roll-out while doing an evaluation of SP1 in a test environment then update your images when you’re ready. You also can easily deploy SP1 to existing Windows 7 PCs through management tools such as System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services.

The Windows Blog by Gavriella Schuster

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Windows 7 Resources – Dedicated FOLDER just added!

I wanted to make sure you where aware of a new FOLDER added to the blog, like the others I try to keep it updated with current information and posts related to the folder.

Thought I would start a WINDOWS 7 folder since I have posted many resources and articles around moving to Windows 7 and I realize for many this can be and will be a difficult process.

WINDOWS 7 RESOURCES

This page is dedicated to the posts that I have made on Windows 7, you will find WHY and how type posts.  I hope this will assist you in making the final decision to move to Windows 7 and also help you on your way.

Windows – 7 – Should you – Shouldn’t you – WHY? – 7 reasons to move to WIN7

Windows 7 Deployment – An Insider’s Guide – Webinar – Hopefully you can view, as this happened on FEB 2nd

Windows 7 – Thinking of MOVING! Need HELP? – Resources to assist you in moving from XP to WIN7

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