Preparing an Windows 7 Image using Sysprep and ImageX video

September 30, 2009

Demonstration showing how to capture a custom Windows system image using the System Preparation Tool (sysprep) to generalize the installed image and ImageX to capture the contents of the generalized system image for re-deployment to other computers – including different hardware types.

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Windows XP Mode walkthrough video

September 30, 2009

Designed for Small and Medium businesses, Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 makes it easy to install and run older Windows XP productivity applications directly from your Windows 7-based PC. It utilizes virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC to provide a Windows XP Mode environment for Windows 7.

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Google Sync

September 29, 2009

Sync is a two way service that allows you to synchonize your phone’s built-in address book and calendar with your Google account wirelessly i.e. without been connected to your computer. Your calendar and contacts are always up-to-date, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Also, since your data is automatically backed up to your Google Account, it’s securely stored even if you lose your phone.

For devices that support the open SyncML protocol, Google Sync will allow for two-way contacts synchronization. If you’re a BlackBerry user, a version of Google Sync is already available.

Once you have setup Sync on your phone it will automatically update your phone’s contacts with your contacts from your Gmail account as well as download your Google calendar events to your device.


Troubleshoot Power Management Settings in Windows 7

September 26, 2009
Windows Vista includes a command line tool, Powercfg.Exe, that you can use to configure power management settings.
Windows 7 introduces a new switch, -energy which…
  • provides a comprehensive report of those settings;
  • offers diagnostics that can indicate which applications or devices might be causing power management issues (such as a USB driver not entering suspend)
  • shows what power management settings you can configure differently for better results.
 At an elevated command prompt, simply enter:


POWERCFG –ENERGY –OUTPUT <path\filename>
The tool will observe your computer for 60 seconds, and then create a file called ENERGY-REPORT.HTML in the path you specified. Simply double-click on this file to see what’s going on.

Lenovo Windows 7 BETA Drivers and Utilities

September 25, 2009

Lenovo compatible drivers and utlities for Windows 7 RTM version…

Compatibility View List in IE8

September 23, 2009

By default IE8 displays web content using its newest, most standards compliant mode. The problem is that some of today’s web pages expect the older, less interoperable behavior from Internet Explorer , handing this latest version of Internet Explorer code meant for older releases of the browser. The result is web pages that might not function correctly in ways ranging from just looking a bit misaligned to not working at all. During the Beta cycle, the Compatibility View button, which allowed savvy end-users to resolve compatibility problems they might encounter as described above. Microsoft has combined telemetry data about Compatibility View button presses with other feedback sources – customer-filed bugs, Report a Webpage Problem data, their wn compatibility testing, etc… – to create a list of sites that were likely best displayed in Compatibility View. The list’s not enabled by default – users must opt-in to the feature (known as the Compatibility View List or Compatibility List, in other documents) as part of the first run experience or later by selecting ‘Include updated website lists from Microsoft’ at Tools -> Compatibility View Settings. For those that chose to do so, IE8 displays sites on the list in Compatibility View rather than the default “best standards mode” i.e. it’s as if the user pressed the Compatibility View button for sites on the list with the benefit that the end user avoids having to first experience a website compatibility failure to make the determination that these particular sites are best viewed in a non-default manner.

Typing ‘res://iecompat.dll/iecompatdata.xml’ into the browser’s address bar shows the list currently available on your IE installation.

With the next Compatibility View List update you’ll see a new designation for site removal in the tracking spreadsheet – “Removed per Microsoft testing” – indicating that test passes have not found a compatibility issue for some time and so Microsoft are removing that site from the Compatibility View List.

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IE8’s SmartScreen Filter™

September 23, 2009

According the the IE Blog, IE8’s SmartScreen Filter has delivered more than 70 million blocks in the first four months since IE8’s official release, for a cumulative total of 80 million blocks. This data is a strong indication of the value of the protection SmartScreen provides, and of just how widespread socially-engineered malware attacks are on the web today.

  • IE8 is delivering a malware block for approximately 1 out of 40 users every week
  • Approximately 1 of every 200 downloads is blocked as malicious

IE8 users can ensure that SmartScreen is enabled by clicking on the toolbar’s Safety button (or Safety button on the IE command bar if you’re in Show Only Icons mode) and examining the SmartScreen Filter submenu. If a “Turn on SmartScreen Filter” item is present, click it to enable protection.

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