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Windows Vista RTM: install experience

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Nov-2006 19:01

Well, as soon as I was told Windows Vista RTM was available for MSDN subscriber I started the download. I think I was lucky and did it at the right time, because my download took less than 2 hours 30 minutes, and I was able to quickly grab an activation key.

Installation was a breeze and it took less than 20 minutes. Great stuff. Unfortunatelly upgrade from Windows Vista RC2 wasn't an option available. Meno male, since I am not a big fan of inplace upgrades, and I consider this not a beta version anymore so I wasn't going to test this scenario.

My desktop configuration is based on an ASUS P5WD2 Premium motherboard, currently with 2GB DDR2 RAM and a 160GB SATA HDD. I wasn't running the latest BIOS on this machine, but Windows Vista RC1 and Windows Vista RC2 were both running ok - but how wrong I was...

After installing Windows Vista RTM my fist boot resulted on a BSDO. Upon a Safe Boot I found it was on crcdisk.sys. A quick check on Google showed this is a problem on 64 bit CPUs - hardly my case. Off to fresh install the OS again.

It worked fine for a while, but continuously locking up for up to 3 minutes, unresponsive, but suddenly coming back to live.

Anyway, the system had no sound (it uses Realtek HD Sound) and I visited Windows Update to try and find the driver. No luck there. I ended up manually downloading the official Realtek driver. I wonder where are the 19,500+ drivers on the DVD?

Soon after installing the sound driver the system rebooted itself, and guess what? A big nice BSOD on loading crcdisk.sys... After quickly talking to Brad Stewart we decided I should give the System Recover tool from the boot DVD a shot. It worked its magic, finding a few errors in the registry.

I proceeded to install Microsoft 2007 Office System RTM, which worked ok. But Microsoft Outlook 2007 was freezing and complaining about its .OST file...

At this point I decided to find if there was a BIOS update for this motherboard. Indeed there is a BIOS update, although not one aimed at Windows Vista. After trying many times (the ASUS website is horrible) I managed to download the file, create a bootable FDD and install this BIOS.

It seems now this is working fine. The BSOD doesn't happen anymore, I am copying my files back from the external backup drive, and Outlook is no longer complaining.

There are some new problems though... I can't start System Restore to manually create a restore point. It complains with an error dialog "There was an unexpected error: Class not registered (0x80040154). Please close System Restore and try again."... Frustrating, and I can't find a solution. The closest I found is here, and is just a query. Still no solution for this.


Next is the existence of four or five "white" icons in the Control Panel, with no caption, and not doing anything when double-clicked. Strange.

Then there are a couple of "unknown devices" in the Hardware Manager. They were not "unknown" to Windows Vista RC2.

And my SD card reader, which used to work as a ReadyBoost device with Windows Vista RC2, is no longer a "ReadyBoost" capable device with RTM. Drats.

Why, would you ask, you simply don't reinstall Windows Vista RTM now that your BIOS is up-to-date and things seem to be running ok?

Because Microsoft made a mistake with keys for Microsoft Office 2007 on MSDN and after two registrations only (my tablet PC and this desktop) the keys are no longer valid! As soon (and if) they fix this I will reinstall this Windows Vista desktop and will be able to install Office again. Until then, I am stuck.



Adobe Download Manager

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Nov-2006 18:11

Is there anyway to download Adobe Reader without using their Adobe Download Manager?
 
How hard is for a company to understand that I don't need another download manager, and that I don't want another download manager?

I don't want software being installed on my computer just so that I have the ability to download another piece of software?

Is there are anything more intrusive than this, short of being an unwanted spyware or adware software?



Windows Vista for testers

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2006 17:39

If you were a Microsoft Windows Vista tester on Connect and have submitted at least one bug then check your inbox: Microsoft is sending out a "thank you" gift in the form of a free copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Business or Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (of course you have to get the Ultimate, right?).

You choose which version you want, and a key will be generated for you in a week. Also this is a download offer only.

Lucky beta tester, got the gift on the same dat Windows Vista RTM landed on MSDN and Technet.

Windows Vista RTM

I've already downloaded the Windows Vista ISO, in just over a couple of hours. I wonder with the news spreading fast how long before all the servers are loaded and the entire Internet slows down...





Microsoft Windows Vista available on MSDN now

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2006 11:39

If you are a MSDN Subscriber, head on to the site and prepare your download machine. Microsoft has released Windows Vista a day earlier. You will need to login with your credentials and request the proper keys for the installation.

The file en_windows_vista_x86_dvd_X12-34293.iso is an ISO-9660 DVD Image, with a total of 2555 MB.


This single download includes the following Windows Vista editions:
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Business N
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Home Basic N
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 
     


  • Microsoft Windows Vista released to MSDN




    Deceiving telecommunication

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 17-Nov-2006 10:47

    No, this is not another spoof Telecom New Zealand ad. It's a different kind of "deceiving"... Beware of video calls!










    More views on Microsoft Direct Push and Exchange Server 2007

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 19:55

    You probably read my article on What Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Brings to Users and IT Administrators. For that article I talked to Charlie Chung, technical Lead Project Manager in the Exchange Product Team, during the Microsoft New Zealand's Tech Ed 2007 event here in Auckland.

    Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Direct Push

    In that article I explained what new features are coming to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and how those features will interact with Windows Mobile devices, and other devices running the licensed Exchange ActiveSync client platform.

    If you want even more information on this, you should head to Paul Mah's Technology At Play, and read the post Examining Exchange 2007: The Future of Direct Push.

    Now that Microsoft have finally announced that Exchange 2007 is being slated for release at the end of November 2006, it is a good time as any for us to perform a detailed appraisal of the Direct Push-related components in this new version of Microsoft Exchange.

    Perhaps you have already heard or even read-up on it.  But in case you are not aware yet, Exchange 2007 is a radically different beast altogether from Exchange 2003.  Rather than being a purely evolutionary upgrade, this latest version of Exchange is set to bring several features never before found in the e-mail server scene – such as built-in voice (Think in terms of voice PABX) and fax capabilities, onto the playing field.





    UberGizmo Mobile Site

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 09:59

    I've followed the UberGizmo blog and exchanged IM with the guys behind it for a while (even though we didn't manage to meet last time I was in the Silicon Valley), and it's always an interesting read.

    They are working hard on the site, with versions in French, German, Spanish, Chinese - and have just annoucned an UberGizmo mobile version of the site, working on all sorts of mobile devices, including Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm, Symbian S60 and PSP.

    UberGizmo Mobile

    I've done a couple of early testing for them on my Pocket PCs to see how the site worked, titles, etc. Worth checking it out at ubergizmo.mobi.







    Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp)

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 16-Nov-2006 09:39

    Interesting times ahead. It looks like people are being invited around to participate in the local version of O'Reilly's FOO Camp (FOO as in Friends Of O'Reilly). Like the original FOO Camp, the Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp) is an invitation only event, in an unconference style.

    I'm not sure how this is going to work yet, but if it's anything like the U.S. version don't feel bad if you don't get an invitation this time around. According to the Foo organisers over there, each year they invite a different mix of people they know, people they'd like to know, and other crazy stuff.

    Having said that, I am looking for someone willing to share accomodation - I've booked into the Walton Park Motor Lodge and the rooms seem to accomodate two, so if you are keen, contact me (after you have received your invitation and confirmed presence).





    DinarSoft updates website

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Nov-2006 22:15

    There are two software I install on my Pocket PC as soon as they are ready to use: MagicButton and DinarSoft's MemMaid.

    MagicButton is a very small task switcher, and free, while MemMaid is a great memory management software - perfect for cleaning up the Pocket Internet Explorer cache after a soft reset, or remove some unwanted stuff from your Pocket PC.


    I've just noticed DinarSoft has updated their logo and webite. Worth a visit to check their range of software - TapText is a really cool tool to automate the process of entering text and strings into your e-mails and documents and HandySwitcher is an interesting task manager with lots more functions than MagicButton.






    Blogs are conversations. Really?

    By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 14-Nov-2006 13:26

    Some people think blogs are conversations. But what happens when the conversation is broken? Mike Arrington's TechCrunch had a post about Microsoft's social site for IT professionals (aggreg8.com) and I think he broke the conversation at some point.

    While I agree with Michael that aggreg8 is not ready for prime time, I have to disagree with a small, but interesting incident.

    On this post's first version Michael compared aggreg8.com with The Hive (hive.net), saying that the hive was a social site for developers, and the domain was for sale, linking to the (wrong) Hive.com domain.

    I posted a comment to his blog entry pointing out that The Hive is not for developers, but for Microsoft Community sites owners, and hive.net is not the same as hive.com. I asked for some fact checking before posting.

    What happened? His post was changed, and my comment removed. Why my comment was removed? Because I asked for some fact checking before posts are done? C'mon. Helping accuracy shouldn't be rewarded with this.

    Oh well, one less feed on my aggregator.



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