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Windows Vista NDA – What you can say, and what you can’t

April 30th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

I posted this in the public Vista newsgroups, because myself and many other newsgroupers were sick to the back teeth of idiots posting things like “oh my God, you posted something slightly relating to Windows Vista, you’ve violated your NDA” and all that. It’s not necessary, so I wanted to clarify the NDA once again.

Right, let’s get this one clear again. I urge everyone to read this, no matter how boring it is.

Microsoft internal builds are protected by employee contracts. This doesn’t just apply to Vista, it applies to absolutely every product there is. Internal builds are directly not allowed to be distributed to anyone outside their particular product group.

Builds that have been pushed to a select group of technical testers cannot be distributed either to non-technical testers. It’s been made clear to me by an employee, that if you burn a DVD with Vista on for example who has the ability to download the build but cannot (due to bandwidth or bad connection etc.) can be distributed to them, but if you email the given alias on the Connect site and ask them first, they’re probably not going to say no to it.

Technical testers who have access to Connect and the beta stuff, cannot distribute anything from Connect. Once you sign in and have access to the beta material, that point on anything you see or have access to cannot be distributed to anyone else.

MSDN and TechNet – read through the terms and conditions either on the respective websites and you’ll find pretty much the same thing. You can however, blog about Vista, post screenshots, post tips and hints, post reviews and general information that is not from Connect, anywhere in the public domain.

Sites such as Neowin, JCXP, Winsupersite, and all other non-Microsoft have to be taken with a pinch of salt unless there is a direct source to a blog or posting which has the prefix,,, or, as these are posted by Microsoft employees and therefore add more of a genuine element to the story or article itself.

Posted in Beta News, Rants, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

Graphics for Windows Live products

April 29th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

I got bored earlier on so I mocked up some of these Windows Live graphics. I’ve submitted them off to the office to see whether anybody likes them – who knows, maybe we’ll see them in a poster around Microsoft campus’ perhaps? 😛

Feel free to use them on your site – however please keep the mark in the corner there as the images are copyrighted to, and please upload them to your own servers to save our bandwidth.

For legal reasons, is not affiliated with Microsoft. The Windows flag, “Windows”, and “Windows Live” are all trademarks and copyrighted of Microsoft Corporation. The images are not transparent, but on request I can do that 🙂








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Turn a counterfeit copy of Windows XP into a free Vista license!

April 29th, 2006 by Dennis Fraederich [MCP]

Perhaps you have bought a license of Windows XP Home, Pro or Media Centerd Edition 2005 from your local dealer and afterwards it turned into a counterfeit while trying to validate it through WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) program.

And now you may think what can you do? You tried to buy a genuine license and got a imitation copy. Here is your chance. After it failed to validate it you’ll see an online shop on the WGA program website where you can buy a genuine license of Windows XP Home, Pro or Media Center Edition 2005. OK that isn’t very special but here is you real deal! You will get a copy of Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium or Business for free when it’s available in january of 2007.

Here are the choices you have:

  • Buy Windows XP Home and get Windows Vista Home Basic for free, price is 109€
  • Buy Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and get Windows Vista Home Premium for free, price is 139€
  • Or buy Windows XP Pro and get Windows Vista Business for free, price is 169€

The offer is available only when validation through WGA failed AND you purchase at this online shop! Offer is available until 06.30.2006!

Source: Windows Genuine Advantage

Posted in Windows Vista, Windows XP | 25 Comments »

DPM V2 Beta Will Be OPEN

April 28th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

Through a very trusted friend of mine who emailed a public DPM address, I have come to know that the DPM V2 is planning on being open to the public as was V1. I bet this means SP1 will be public also (which I expected in the first place).

 Although the plan may be for it to be public right now, it could change in the future. Assuming it will be public though, it is almost 100% certain that the first details of the signup will be posted to the DPM web site at – Check there often for any new details!

 =- Joseph Bittman DPM MVP

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Windows Live ID starting to show itself

April 28th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Have a look at what I stumbled across just after writing the entry before this – it seems that Windows Live ID is slowly but surely rolling out to a lot of the Passport services, replacing them as it seems. Obviously MSN is still going to stick around, and whether Windows Live ID will appear to replace the Passport (in terms of branding anyway), we’re not sure, but at this stage it appears that certain Windows Live services which need to sign in will be using this new interface.

Just want to say a big thanks to Chris at because although we never doubted him (because he’s a very very good source of reliable information relating to Windows Live), he posted about this some time ago but finally we get to see it in real life!!



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New to Windows Live? Now there’s no excuse!

April 28th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Just been pinged about this – it’s a new website (not sure how new, but still relatively new) of which gives you a whole load of information about Windows Live; what it is, what you can do with it, games and all in a Flash format so it’s dynamic and easy to use.

Go there now – it’s fully supported and ran by the Windows Live/MSN UK guys (the people I’ll be working with this summer, touch wood) and you can check it out now.

Posted in Windows Live | 3 Comments »

Microsoft Shares Drop 11%

April 28th, 2006 by Joseph Bittman MCSD .Net

 Microsoft’s stock price on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has dropped 11% after reporting around a decreased earnings projection of about 11-16 cents less (can’t remember the exact numbers). This decreased projection is due to an extra 2 Billion dollars of spending on expenses to compete with companies like Google, and it will eat into the company’s profits.

 The stock price is currently $24.28. Also, the CIBC has downgraded Microsoft to “sector underperformer”. . . the CIBC also stated Microsoft “is spending like it’s 1999”.

Check out the stock price here:

Posted in MS News | 1 Comment »

ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview

April 28th, 2006 by Patrick S

ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview is an early look at the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile devices.

The ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview delivers new features to improve the synchronization experience for customers.

Support for ActiveSync Beta 2 Preview will not be available from Microsoft. Limited peer-to-peer support is available with opportunity to provide feedback from the following site: ActiveSync 4.2 Beta feedback (Just fixed this link by the way – Zack)

Read more HERE

Posted in MS News, Products, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ActiveSync 4.2 Beta Preview Up!

April 28th, 2006 by admin is now available online which offers Users to download extra addons/plugins to Internet Explorer 7 to give a more richer or more functional interface…

Browser add-ons can help personalize the way you use the Internet. The add-ons available here have been carefully screened by Microsoft and rated by users to help you select the ones that suit your needs and preferences. Start exploring them today.


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Windows Mail & Outlook Express Tray Control – Minimize to tray!

April 27th, 2006 by Patrick Elliott

We’ve all wanted to minimize Outlook Express / Windows Mail into the system tray before — Outlook does it, other mail programs do it.  Well, Kristan Kenney over at has created a nice little app that provides this functionality.

Check out his blog for the original post, and to download the app

– Patrick Elliott

Posted in Windows Server System, Windows Vista, Windows XP | 6 Comments »

Destroy IE Campaign

April 26th, 2006 by admin

A group of self-titled “political activists” in Massachusetts has started an aggressive campaign to get browser users to switch from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to Mozilla’s Firefox.

Taking advantage of a new program by Google, the campaign, called Explorer Destroyer, pays users $1 for each referral to Firefox made through Google Toolbar, according to the group’s Web site.

“You already want people to switch to Firefox. Now’s the time to get serious about it,” according to the site. “Google is paying $1 for each new Firefox user you refer….Now you can advance your ideals, save people from popups and spyware hell, and make some serious money.”
Source: Dean’s Blog

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Getting Bored During XP install?

April 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Upon reading this Help and Support article by Microsoft, someone posted in a forum how you can play games etc while your XP intall is running.

Ok so i looked into the matter: Once XP has placed the needed files we can do just about anything through a CMD window by pressing Shift+F10 during the GUI section of the install.

How? you may ask-Lets say that we are in an XP install and we are bored and feel like a nice game of pinball.

We wait untill the nessasary pinball files are installed

Press Shift+F10-And type the following…

  • cd \
  • cd “Program Files”
  • cd “Windows NT”
  • cd Pinball
  • pinball.exe

“Bingo” we are up for a nice game while we wait-and you can do just about anything.

-Patrick S (Help sourced from HERE)

Posted in Uncategorized, Windows XP | 8 Comments »

MSFT Genuine Advantage trying to pull the wool over my eyes?

April 26th, 2006 by Patrick S

Ok so Microsoft have released this new Genuine Advantage patch that “Notifies you if your copy of Windows is not genuine. If your system is found to be a non-genuine, the tool will help you obtain a licensed copy of Windows.” I am fine with that and think its a good idea to combat piracy but what “really grinds my gears” is that the update hides itself-let me explain: The Genuine advantage patch is only 829kb so if you are on a fast connection you hardly notice the update shield appear while downloading this new patch in your task bar. After that update has completed downloading it hides itself. The only way you know that you have updates to install is when you are alerted when you shut down the computer.

Now like I said I have no trouble with this update but when MSFT try take advantage and secretly make you apply the patch is sneaky…I don’t know what I am installing.  I have had this happen on 2 computers, am i not alone?   



 Note: you cannot check the box to “not show this update again”
-Patrick S 

Posted in Rants | 4 Comments »

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Security Guide

April 26th, 2006 by admin

This updated version of the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide provides specific recommendations for hardening computers that run Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) in three distinct enterprise environments.

The referenced server roles in this guide include the following:

  • Domain controllers that also provide DNS services
  • Infrastructure servers that provide WINS and DHCP services
  • File servers
  • Print servers
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) servers
  • Internet Authentication Services (IAS) servers
  • Certificate Services servers
  • Bastion hosts

Source: || Download: Click here


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Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is OUT!

April 25th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

There was IE7 Beta 1 for technical beta testers, and then IE7 Beta 2 Preview, and now, Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 is finally released, to the public!

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 SP1
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 for Windows Server 2003 ia64 Edition (Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems)

IE7 Beta 2 Checklist:

IE7 Beta 2 Release Notes:

Do More with IE7:


Posted in Internet Explorer | 4 Comments »

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