bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
This command disables the requirement for signed drivers under Windows Vista 64 bit. Nirvana!
Thanks to Chris123NT for the tip.
By the way, the Vodafone vodem can be updated to work with Windows Vista, but the firmware updater only runs on Windows XP. I don't have any Windwos XP PC here anymore. Might have to borrow one just to update the device.
UPDATE: As mentioned by Brad, this seems to be the fix we have known for some time - and it only works once each time you issue the command. One option could be to run this as a batch file on logoff, through the Scheduler...
UPDATE: I haven't tested yet because I don't need any non-signed driver to be installed right now, but Chris123NT tells me this is persistent across reboots...
The software is a small application that lives in the Windows Vista Sidebar, monitoring our Geekzone Forums, and showing the forums with most recent topics, how "hot" or "cold" a forum is based in the number of replies and the last hour and providing direct links to the discussions.
I always wanted to have something like this, and it was made possible by the guys at Provoke. They came along for one of my weekly coffee meetings in town, we talked about the idea, what I wanted to give our users and we agreed on a quick project - less than a week to have it all done.
The Geekzone Gadget for Windows Vista Sidebar was developed in just a couple of days, from concept, design and testing through release.
I recommend the guys at Provoke if you are looking to create something similar, or even start a bigger project. They work with design, business solutions and e-government applications.
Geekzone (RSS feed): this is our main feed, with all news, reviews, and some of the top Geekzone Blogs.
Technozone (RSS feed): this is a special feed based on a network of tech blogs, including some Geekzone Blogs, and a few external blogs we think are interesting.
Australia/New Zealand MVPs (RSS feed): this is a brand new network, bringing together blogs by Microsoft MVP folks based down under. You will find posts in a wide range of Microsoft technologies and interests.
If you are a Microsoft MVP based in Australia or New Zealand, please post to the mailing list asking to be invited to the network!
Of course you should also subscribe to my own RSS feed.
You can apply to be a Windows Home Server beta tester now.
I've heard from Bill Gates himself how important is the 64 bit push into the desktop... But Microsoft is still working around this.
The Windows Home Server is a great concept - and you can tweak lots. Power Users will notice that WHS can run almost everything you'd run on a SBS box. Be careful though and read the documentation. Some programs are known to break the new special file management system in place. This new system is really cool and allows almost transparent management of storage on your server. For lots of more information, check the Windows Home Server blog.
The tools include Forums, Blogs, and Tagspace. Currently these are not available to use outside Microsoft, except the Forums which accepts posts from anyone signed in with a Live ID. But the company has opened the doors for the IT community in general to have a look in the feature, suggest new services and more.
The main site for the project Athens is here. You can access each individual tool directly through the following links: Forums, Blogs, Tagspace.
According to the team, "The functional scope of the Athens beta applications and services is limited by design to the fundamentals, such as posting to a forum, commenting on a blog, or bookmarking a resource. Our purpose is to provide the foundations and essential framework for rapid iteration using customer feedback as our main development touchstone."
Also it is important to note the target for this release:
Our target audience for this release is Microsoft technology professionals — IT pros and devs, mainly — who are actively engaged in online communities and are willing to try out some new concepts and tools. We also intend this release as a way to further the internal discussion with our stakeholders and partners about how “Web 2.0” and social networking technologies should fit into Microsoft product development, marketing, and evangelism.
One interesting question is "Are you trying to compete with Community Server?"... The answer according to their FAQ is "Are you trying to compete with Community Server?
While there are clearly areas of overlap between our (fully envisioned) community platform services and Community Server, we don't really see ourselves in direct competition with that solution. Rather, we hope to provide the "plumbing" that Web sites and other applications—including community sites built on Community Server technology—can use to complement and extend their online community services and user experiences. In fact, as far as we're concerned, communitarians far and wide should use whatever platform suits them best; we aim to provide the glue that can connect them to one another, and help them discover whole new communities of shared interest, wherever they may be on the Web.
You will find feedback forums links fro the Microsoft Community Beta page. If you want more information, there's a Microsoft Community FAQ page up now.
I know. It even happened to me. I installed 4GB on my desktop and Windows Vista reported only 3GB total. I thought something was wrong with the memory, shuffled it around, ran memory tests, but nothing worked.
Then I read this: The 3GB not 4GB RAM problem. The author explains why and how. First we find out that there's a limit of memory a 32 bit system can address. But even so, the actuall memory is less than the addressable limit, because of reserved memory imposed by chipsets.
Even though Windows Vista 64 bit has a much higher limit (128GB RAM), it may still be limited, depending on the chipset!
If you are running 32-bit Windows, you must live with it. You will not ever see all 4GB of RAM you've paid for.
If you are running 64-bit Windows, you may have to live with it. Depending on your motherboard's chipset, your system may support memory remapping. If so, you will be able to use all 4GB of RAM.
This update fixes a problem in which a calendar item that is marked as private is opened if it is found by using the Search Desktop feature.
The update also fixes performance issues that occur when you work with items in a large .pst file or .ost file.
The Knowledge Base article 933493 has more details. Make sure you read it because there are some problems when running Outlook with the Business Contact Manager.
It seems the performance issues affect large .pst and .ost files only... I have a rather large .ost (Exchange account) file, but I don't use the integrated RSS feed feature, so I guess performance improvements would be more easily perceived for users with this feature turned on.
Worth updating though, it looks like my copy of Outlook is quicker to start now. But could be just my perception (a placebo effect?) since it wasn't that slow before anyway.
Just now I found this KB article about "Availability of the Windows Vista Secure Digital (SD) hotfix rollup package".
The following issues are fixed in this hotfix package. These issues have not been previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article.
• When you try to remove an SD card driver or when you try to disable it, a Windows Vista-based computer stops responding. When this problem occurs, you receive a Stop error message that resembles the following: Stop 0x000000C4 (0x00000062,parameter2,parameter3,parameter4)
• When you insert an SD card into a card reader on a Windows Vista-based computer, Windows Vista does not detect the SD card. This issue occurs if the following conditions are true:
The SD card does not support 1.8 volts. Typically, most SD cards use 3.3 volts.
The SD host controller uses 1.8 volts.
• When you insert an SD card into the card reader on a Toshiba M500 portable computer that is running Windows Vista, Windows Vista does not detect the SD card. This issue occurs because of a timing issue with the SD host controller.
• When you copy more than 4 gigabytes (GB) of files to a Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card, some files are corrupted. You do not experience this issue if you copy less than 4 GB of files to the SDHC card. This problem occurs because the Windows Vista SD driver does not correctly process more than 4 GB of addressing.
• An SD card stops responding after a Windows Vista-based computer resumes from sleep (S3) or from hibernation (S4) two times. For example, you experience this issue after you follow these steps:
1. You put the computer to sleep or into hibernation.
2. You start the computer from sleep or from hibernation.
3. You copy files to the SD card or from the SD card.
4. You put the computer to sleep or into hibernation
5. You start the computer from sleep or from hibernation.
• You try to use the Safely Remove Hardware feature to remove an SD card from a Windows Vista-based computer while the card is being used. As expected, the card is not removed from the computer because the card is being used. However, when you try to access the SD card, you receive the following error message: SD media cannot be accessed. Media is not accessible, access denied
• On a Toshiba M500 portable computer that is running Windows Vista, you use Device Manager to disable the "Bluetooth RFBUS from Toshiba" driver. However, when you re-enable the driver, Device Manager stops responding.
I am installing the hotfix now and will test it through the week to see if it really solves the problem.