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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 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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Windows 7 – Thinking of MOVING! Need HELP?

Change is always difficult and moving from something you have had for 10 years – you know how to fix almost everything from just experience because you have had to do it so many times.  Vista and negative press made it really easy not to upgrade when it came out a few years ago, but not the case with Windows 7.

With support and security issues moving to Windows 7 today make a lot of sense, but just because it makes sense doesn’t mean it makes it easy to move forward and start your upgrades.  It’s in Microsoft best interest to try to make it as easy as possible to help you make that move and they have been releasing tools to do just that.

You need to look at and use the following program to really position your current state and to get a true picture of where you need to be tomorrow.

Are you looking for a tool to simplify your organization’s migration to Windows 7 and Windows Internet Explorer 8—and, in turn, benefit from improved desktop security, reliability and manageability? The MAP 5.5 Internet Explorer migration assessment inventories your environment and reports on deployed web browsers, Microsoft ActiveX controls, and add-ons, and then generates a migration assessment report and proposal—information you need to more easily migrate to Windows 7 and Internet Explorer. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and the Security Compliance Manager are the essential toolset to automate your desktop and server deployment of new Microsoft technologies. Using MDT and SCM, you can significantly reduce the costs and time to securely deploy and manage Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and Microsoft Office 2010 across your organization.

What can I do with it??? Identify and analyze web application and database readiness for migration to the Windows Azure platform.

FULL ARTICLE – Assess your environment for migration to Windows 7 with MAP 5.5

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Breaking it Down: How to start deploying Microsoft Desktop Virtualization technologies

 Since virtualization is key to most technologies going forward and a number of districts have already started down that road and I believe many more are looking at it.

I thought his article from Microsoft might be of assistance.

Todays post is from Dave Trupkin, Senior Product Manager for App-V and Med-V

I’m coming to you live from Tech·Ed Berlin. Karri Alexion-Tiernan just posted over on the Windows for Your Business a blog outlining Microsoft’s position on Desktop Virtualization describing the “layers” and the importance of management.

I had the opportunity to catch up with some experts on the show floor and get their insights regarding deploying Microsoft’s Desktop Virtualization and as a bonus, Citrix joined us to chat about XenDesktop integration with our virtualization technologies.

Let’s spend some time together to dive in to the different components of the Microsoft Desktop Virtualization stack and talk about deployment tips and resources to help you get started with each. In future posts, we’ll explore the specifics of each technology in greater detail.

 LINK TO ARTICLE

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Thinking of WINDOWS 7 – Tiss the season to SAVE! (Teachers, Parents)

Microsoft is bringing back a great bundle for those people who have multiple machines at home and are running XP or Vista – MS has re-released the family pack MS WIN7 HOME Premium upgrade pack (3-Users) for less than purchasing two individual licenses. Now is the time to UPGRADE if you have been thinking! You will love WIN7, its fast, clean and a lot more secure.

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Touching Windows 7: The Facts (via McAkins Online)

I have heard similar things from various people and I have not been able to say anything different as I have not seen WIN7 on a tablet. Strong opinioned article, but the two links really get to the core of the issue and do show that WIN7 works on tablets and does it well.

For all of you complaining that Windows 7 is not fit for Touch, you need to be informed before coming to this conclusion. Most of you have not used Windows 7 with a Touch-enabled device, I think the misconception arise from this lack of reference. The windows you see when you are using your desktop with mouse and keyboard is not the same windows you will see when Windows 7 is installed on a Touch-enabled device. Windows 7 literarily lets the beas … Read More

via McAkins Online

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Tablets are COMING – look out!

Rumours have been going wild from everyone about what product is going to go up against Apple and the iPad.  They are starting to arrive and I bet there will be many more for the Christmas session.  It’s going to get very confusing very quickly – Android 2.2 or 3.0 in the new year – Palm O/S – WIN7  and RIM with QNX.  You are going to see lots of options with Android as any manufacture can use this.  Palm O/S you will only see HP most likely, but HP will have and does have a WIN7 versions.  Others will also be using WIN7 and QNX will be only on RIM offering.

One of the key features most if not all of these products will be a USB Ports and Flash support.   Memory I believe will be key and one of the limiting factors with the iPad, what are people doing with these – reading and listening to books – Picture slide shows – what do these things use a lot of – MEMORY. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab – Android 2.2 7″

RIM – BlackPad – QNX  – 7″ – Might be announced next week

Viewsonic ViewPad 100 – 10″ WIN7 Atom N455

Just to mention a few, this market will be changing and I see too many options – key to success is the backend, the applications and ease of use.

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Windows 7 Momentum Update and Internet Explorer Guidance

This is a blowing your own horn posting, but the post does include some good links and information.  If your thinking of moving to WIN 7 anytime soon, this would be a page you would want to keep handy.

I have been using WIN7 since it was released and have had no issues, runs fast with no issues with anything not working, though I also had VISTA from almost the beginning as well with little to no problems. 

Great piece of information is that I run WIN7 on a Dual Core 1.8 with 2G and it’s great.    One reason you might want to look at CDI off lease products as we have both Dual Core and Core 2 Duo off-lease products available.

Windows 7 Momentum Update and Internet Explorer Guidance

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