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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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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 Deployment – An Insider’s Guide – Webinar

For many thinking of moving to Windows 7 can be a huge task, you have been using XP for what seems like forever.  You know all there is to know about Windows XP.  You had a reason to delay when VISTA arrived, but today you may not have a choice in moving to Windows 7.

Why not take an hour out of your busy schedule and attend the webinar from Microsoft, learn about moving to Windows 7 – the tools and issues etc…

Need to build your Windows 7 deployment knowledge?  Looking to for some deployment tips and tricks that can help save you time (and headaches)?  Join Steve Campbell, Microsoft Services, Deployment Architect and myself at 9am (PST) on February 2 for a webinar: “Windows 7 Deployment – An Insider’s Guide.”   

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE and details about the Webinar

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OpenOffice or LibreOffice 3.3 – OpenSource Productivity Software FREE

The race is on…  last year Oracle who owns OPENOFFICE lost a number of key people from their OpenOffice team due to the uncertainty of where Oracle was going with the open source software group.  These individuals founded “THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION” which took the open source and released several BETA versions of LibreOffice the last few months.

Today it has been released to the general public and has several new features that you will have to wait for the next release before seeing it in the OpenOffice camp.   Ultimately having two groups developing on the same base can only be a positive thing.  Competition for the most part can be a very positive thing for the users of the product.

LibreOffice 3.3 brings several unique new features. The 10 most-popular among community members are, in no particular order: the ability to import and work with SVG files; an easy way to format title pages and their numbering in Writer; a more-helpful Navigator Tool for Writer; improved ergonomics in Calc for sheet and cell management; and Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro document import filters. In addition, many great extensions are now bundled, providing PDF import, a slide-show presenter console, a much improved report builder, and more besides. A more-complete and detailed list of all the new features offered by LibreOffice 3.3 is viewable on the following web page: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/new-features-and-fixes/.

LibreOffice 3.3 also provides all the new features of OpenOffice.org 3.3, such as new custom properties handling; embedding of standard PDF fonts in PDF documents; new Liberation Narrow font; increased document protection in Writer and Calc; auto decimal digits for “General” format in Calc; 1 million rows in a spreadsheet; new options for CSV import in Calc; insert drawing objects in Charts; hierarchical axis labels for Charts; improved slide layout handling in Impress; a new easier-to-use print interface; more options for changing case; and colored sheet tabs in Calc. Several of these new features were contributed by members of the LibreOffice team prior to the formation of The Document Foundation.

The home of The Document Foundation is at http://documentfoundation.org. The home of LibreOffice is at http://www.libreoffice.org, where the download page has been redesigned by the community to be more user-friendly.

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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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MS Update Tuesday – December 14th – Announcement

I started this sometime ago and will continue to post this just for information.

First, for December we’re releasing 17 updates addressing 40 vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, SharePoint and Exchange. Of the 17, two bulletins are rated Critical, 14 are rated Important, and one is rated Moderate. As always, we recommend that customers review the ANS summary page for more information and prepare for the testing and deployment of these bulletins as soon as possible.

Back to this month’s bulletins. We’re addressing two issues this month that have attracted interest recently. First, we will be closing the last Stuxnet-related issues this month. This is a local Elevation of Privilege vulnerability and we’ve seen no evidence of its use in active exploits aside from the Stuxnet malware. We’re also addressing the Internet Explorer vulnerability described in Security Advisory 2458511. Over the past month, Microsoft and our MAPP partners actively monitored the threat landscape surrounding this vulnerability and the total number of exploit attempts we monitored remained pretty low. Furthermore, customers running Internet Explorer 8 remained protected by default due to the extra protection provided by Data Execution Prevention (DEP). On that note, I want to point you to a new post on the Security Research & Defense team blog describing the effectiveness of DEP and ASLR against the types of exploits we see in the wild today.

FULL ARTICLE

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Remind me Later BUTTON – Might not want to use it – Adobe Reader – Flash Player Security Update!

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It’s a love and hate relationship – you’re in the middle of working on something and the NOTICE windows arrives saying update available.  Most times you just put it off, delay it – REMIND ME LATER option. 

Well this one you may not want to delay – Adobe has been in the news a lot lately with hackers trying to take advantage of the product.  This current update will hopefully close 23 of those holes.  So if you have been using REMIND ME LATER, don’t next time.

One of the critical vulnerabilities is being used in attacks against Reader and Acrobat; the other, fixed in an emergency update late last month, targets Flash Player. Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player. Details are in the latest security advisory. Read more: 

The updates affect Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh, and Unix; Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 for Windows and Macintosh; and Adobe Reader 8.2.4 and Acrobat 8.2.4 for Windows and Macintosh to resolve issues in  Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player. Details are in the latest security advisory.

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