Windows 7 Product Guide

Microsoft has published a product guide for Windows 7, which gives you a look at the new features in Windows 7. As mentioned below, it isn’t a detailed how-to guide, but an overview and basic knowledge about the new features. It’s available in XPS and PDF formats for your downloading and reading pleasure.

The Windows 7 Product Guide provides a detailed look at the many new and improved features in Windows 7. The guide is designed as an accurate source of information that can help you to understand how Windows 7 Simplifies Everyday Tasks, Works the Way You Want, and Makes New Things Possible. The guide is also designed to provide IT Professionals with information about how to Make People Productive Anywhere, Manage Risk Through Enhanced Security and Control, and Reduce Costs by Streamlining PC Management. This is not a help and how to guide. Rather, it provides an overview of the many exciting features in Windows 7 and pointers to more information. The Windows 7 Product Guide is available in both XPS and PDF formats.

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Clean Install Of 7 Using Upgrade Media

Well, it’s been done. It was said that it couldn’t be done, but we had to wait to find out. Well, it came fast! You can use your Windows 7 Upgrade disk to perform a clean install, rather than being forced to have Vista installed first.

It was the final unanswered question about Windows 7. But now, thanks to numerous reader reports and my own hands-on experience, I’m can now report that Microsoft is still making it difficult to clean install Windows 7 with Upgrade media. But fear not, there is some good news. While you can’t simply use Upgrade media to do a clean install of Windows 7 on an unused PC with a blank hard drive, the workaround this time is easier than ever. Assuming you know the trick.

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Windows 7 WUDT Tool

For those that want to upgrade to Windows 7 on your Netbook, or a similar device without using the DVD drive, Microsoft has released a tool (Dubbed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, or WUDT) that allows you to install Windows 7 using a USB drive. Sure, you’ve been able to do this before, but now it’s done using an official, supported Microsoft branded piece of software.

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Flight Sim on 24 Monitors

So, I’m a bit of a MS FSX (Flight Simulator X) fan, which is no surprise. And I’ve heard of the ATI Eyefinity feature of their new GPU line. But, seeing both together was just…. Wow… I know what I’m going to be upgrading to this coming Spring (I’m waiting for the Spring refresh).

What you see above is a flight simulator running on 24 monitors from one PC, the holy grail for most flight sim addicts. What was once the domain of hacks, registry tweaks, or amazingly expensive proprietary solutions is now easy. Very soon, you will be able to get that in off the shelf consumer products. This is what AMD calls Eyefinity.

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Mariland Gets Free MS Training

Mariland is a lucky state. They can get free vouchers from the employment office for free training on Microsoft products. That’s really nice and all, but I’m not in Mariland! 🙂 I wish this was a country wide promotion. I could use some training in some MS products that I rarely use to get up to speed and be a knowledgeable user! And free certifications?! At least this says one thing: Microsoft is one of the very few US companies that are actually investing in the US economy and recovery. Thanks Microsoft! You’re one in a million!

Marylanders will be able to use the vouchers to take advantage of Microsoft eLearning courses delivered over the www, and to cover the cost of certain Microsoft certification exams. Maryland state employees are not eligible for this program.

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XBox 360 Social Networking App Preview

For those that are interested, CNET has a preview of what to expect when Microsoft finally releases their Social Networking features on the XBox 360. While some of you love Twitter, I’m not so much a fan. I use it very rarely. I use Facebook, but won’t be updating by my XBox. But, the last.fm feature will get a bit of usage. I love music, so that’s a bonus. I’d like to see XM and/or Sirius satellite radio streaming included. That’d be cool.

Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August. It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek of the apps on Wednesday from Ron Pessner, Microsoft’s general manager of games for Windows Live.

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Micheal Dell Talks Up Windows 7, Trashes Notebooks

Micheal Dell says that you’ll love your PC again, with Windows 7, Office 2010 and the new range of Intel processors. I’ve loved my PC for quite a while. Don’t know why he hasn’t liked his. Maybe because he got a Dell, dude! I’ve never really liked the guy, myself. But, Dell computers used to be good quality, until the past couple years. I’ve worked on more Dell problems than any other. And most of my clients are switching to HP or Acer. Sorry, Dell…

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Stolen OS Idea’s

With Windows 7 just around the corner, the Mac folks are touting what Microsoft stole from the Apple camp and vice versa. Well, it seems that both are guilty of “stealing” idea’s for their ideas and have been for a while now. Is this a consiracy, or the usual evolution of the way things work? Hmmmm…. How many TV’s out there have similar features? Personally, I could care less either way. Just make sure the damn thing works, and works well!

Although Mac fanboys and Windows zealots don’t like to admit it, the fact is that both Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard contain features that originated in the other OS. Some features were stolen so long ago that they’ve become part of the computing landscape, and it’s difficult to remember who invented what.

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