Windows 7 Online Summit From MVP’s

Doing a lot of work online, helping others and just chatting with others, I meet a lot of Microsoft MVP’s (been nominated myself quite a few times over the years, too!). Well, on October 7th, five MVP’s are holding an online summit to answer your questions and give you the lowdown on Windows 7. From an enthusiast point of view. Show up if you want to learn more, in plain english.

Is Windows 7 really that good? Did it become what Windows Vista was
supposed to be? Does it meet the expectations?

October 7, starting 1:00 PM (EDT), we give you the answers…

Meet the team that worked closely with the development team in Redmond,
built production systems, configured, deployed, hardened, debugged, tested,
crashed,modified and ran the new platform through all possible scenarios.

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A Reason To Upgrade From Windows 2000

For those of you still running Windows 2000, which is probably very few, Microsoft has given a new reason to upgrade to at the very least Windows XP. Windows 2000 has had a questionable TCP/IP stack, and Microsoft has said that it would take a considerable amount of changes to the core of the OS, that it would hurt compatibility for the aging OS (which still is under MS support until 2010). It’s a good reason to finally upgrade, if you’ve been putting it off. If you are, you might want to also upgrade that 5.25″ floppy to the 3.5″. 🙂

“The architecture to properly support TCP/IP protection does not exist on Microsoft Windows 2000 systems, making it infeasible to build the fix. To do so would require re-architecting a very significant amount of the Windows 2000 SP4 operating system, not just the affected component. The product of such a re-architecture effort would be sufficiently incompatible … that there would be no assurance that applications designed to run on Windows 2000 SP4 would continue to operate on the updated system.”

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Vista is Less Good, So 7 is More Better

Microsoft has admitted that Windows Vista was a “less good” of a product for Microsoft. Personally, I really love Vista. It was superior to Windows XP, and Windows 7 is superior to Vista. That’s how it is supposed to be.

“What people underestimate is the importance of good or bad products,” said Songhurst. “And sometimes your products are good, sometimes the products are bad. And I think Vista was a less good product for Microsoft.”

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New Site

We are working on updating the site to better serve our readers. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we move the FAQ’s, files and pictures to the new site. We are also having some issues logging in, the forums and some small visual issues. Thank you for your support!

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Users Are Abandoning XP For Vista and 7

Some good news, Windows 7 market share is just above 1% of the market for OSes. Not bad at all for an Operating System that has yet to be released to the public. This is good news for the newest OS from Microsoft. Also in the good news department, the commonly refered to “failed OS”, Vista, also gained some market share, as many users have started dumping Windows XP in favor of the more secure, but resource hungry, OS.

Windows 7’s share has more than doubled since May, when Microsoft issued the Release Candidate (RC) , the final public preview of the OS. Since then, Microsoft has wrapped up Windows 7, and delivered a RTM (release to manufacturing) build to computer makers, volume license customers and subscribers to its TechNet and MSDN services.

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XP Mode In Windows 7

Windows 7 sports the new XP Mode, which allows you to run Windows XP in a Virtual Machine. This is great for running legacy applications that refuse to run in Vista or Windows 7 new security model. This is a very welcome addition to the new OS, and should solve a lot of complaints that businesses and home users alike have been having.

Windows 7 sports the new XP Mode, which allows you to run Windows XP in a Virtual Machine. This is great for running legacy applications that refuse to run in Vista or Windows 7 new security model. This is a very welcome addition to the new OS, and should solve a lot of complaints that businesses and home users alike have been having.

I decided to install it and give it a try. First thing is first when installing XP Mode: download it from Microsoft’s download page. It takes a few steps to get it installed, as you are installing the Virtual PC application, then adding the Windows XP Virtual Machine. It will require a reboot, but once everything is installed, you’ll be ready to launch Windows XP inside of Windows 7, and be supported by Microsoft.

Sure, people have been using Virtualization for years to run legacy OS’s inside of others (VirtualPC, VirtualBox, DOSBox, etc.), but this includes a licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 and is ready to go from Microsoft.

After you have installed XP Mode, you can launch it from the Start menu, under All Programs, Windows Virtual PC, then click Windows Virtual XP. At the first run, you should see a few screens to get you started. First, the mandatory License Agreement we see often and love so much from Microsoft:

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Host A Windows 7 Launch Party Yourself!

You could host your own Window 7 launch party at your local Users Group or other computer style get together. You can get a nice party pack and Windows 7 Ultimate. Not bad, but don’t sign up if you’re just doing it for yourself. Have a great party and let everyone know that Windows 7 is awesome.

Apply online to host a Launch Party. Choose a day from October 22-29 and if you’re selected, you’ll not only receive a special Signature Edition of Windows

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