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Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (English Only) released

November 29th, 2006 by Patrick Elliott


Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (English Only) released

Microsoft has released the new version of the Remote Desktop Client corresponding to Vista for supported down-level platforms. Here are few of the new features:

·         Network Level Authentication
·         Server Authentication
·         Plug and Play redirection
·         TS Gateway support
·         Monitor Spanning
·         32-bit color and font smoothing

More details on the features are in a Knowledge Base article.
To install the new version, go to Windows Update on the target computer and look for optional software updates, or download it from the Microsoft Download Center.
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows Server 2003 (KB925876)
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB925876)
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP (KB925876)
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB925876)

Posted in MS News, Windows Server System, Windows Vista | 1 Comment »

The Power Together Campaign – FREE Vista and Office2007

November 29th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Read from MCT Private newsgroup, knowing that there is a chance for you to get a free copy of Microsoft Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professsional 2007 with FULL license. YES, Free and FULL license. So if you miss out the chance to be beta tester of Microsoft Connect and submitted bug(s) to get your free copy, here is another chance for you. All you have to do is complete three webcasts of Vista or/and Office from the website within 30 days of registration, then you will get one or both if you complete them both.

Don’t be too happy yet, there are some conditions,
1) You are legal residents of US and 18 years ago or older.
2) You are not participate in the Microsoft Partner Program or the MSDN.

These offers expire on 28th Feb, 2007, or while supplies last, so don’t wait and visit there for your OWN, FREE and FULL copy of Microsoft Vista Business and Microsoft Office Professional 2007.

Good Luck!



Posted in MS News, Office 2007, Windows Vista | 8 Comments »

Classic kick ass game screenshot

November 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

You’ve gotta admit - Counter Strike: Source is pretty damn good at times – this screenshot is sheer good luck!

Posted in Humour, Xbox and Gaming | 2 Comments »

Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder

November 23rd, 2006 by Patrick S

If you were testing Vista on the same network with a Windows XP machiene you may have wondered why the XP computer did not show up in your “Network Map” in the Network Control Centre.

Well the simple reason is that Windows XP couldn’t/wouldn’t respond to the LLTD Call made by Windows Vista over your network. (LLTD enables device discovery via the data-link layer and determines the topology of a network ((802.3 Ethernet & 802.11)).
So in reply to this Microsoft have released the Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) responder for Windows XP computers. This in turn will allow you to see a graphical view of your network layout.

To download the LLTD Responder Click HERE or visit the KB Article

I am unsure weather the LLTD Protocol is built into Windows Server as I have not tested it. However if it is not there is not Patch for it as of yet.

-Patrick S


Demo of the LLDT Network Map Screen

Posted in Networking, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Comments Off on Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder

Webclass on VB2005(in Cantonese)

November 22nd, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

I have recorded one webclass few months ago, it is about deploy VB2005 with ClickOnce. Althought this is nothing related to Vista, but I just want to share this with you, if you understand Cantonese, you may go and listen to it. Later on, I will do few more on Windows Workflow Foundation(WF), because I have writen few WF training guide, and it is now waiting approval to be post on MSDN site.


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Vista Edition Breakdown

November 22nd, 2006 by Patrick S

The Vista breakdown below will only concern features which a certain edition has, and another doesn’t. This list was compiled by TheHotfix and gives an in-depth view of the functionalities and differences between the different Vista versions expected for public release in Jan.

Hardware Configuration(s)-Acceptability:
1: Max. ram support: 4GB for 32-bit systems. [Across all versions]
For 64-bit: 8GB max. for basic, 16GB max. for premium and more than 128GB for business and ultimate. (Maximum tested at the Microsoft Labs was 128GB, and more could be accepted.)
2: Duo-processors support: Unavailable in Basic and Premium.
3: Integrated Smart card management: Not supported in both Prenium and Basic.
4: Control over installation of devices: Not supported in both Premium and Basic.
5: Virtual PC Express: Unsupported in all versions, except Ultimate.

Network Configuration(s):
1: Simultaneous SMB peer connections: Basic 5, the rest 10
2: Wireless Network provisioning: Basic and Premium do not have.
3: Domain Join for windows Small Business Server: Not included in Basic and Premium.
4: Subsystems for unix based applications: Unsupported across all vista editions, except Ultimate.

Looks, UI(s):
1: Aero-All editions will have, except Basic.
2: Windows Movie Maker (Basic)-All editions except Basic.
3: Windows Movie Maker (High Defination aka HD)- All editions except Basic and Business.
3: Windows Media Centre (For Music, photos, videos etc.)-Only Basic does not have.
4: Windows Media Centre Advanced (For watching HDTV, Cable card support only)- Basic and Business do not have.

1: Small Business resource: All editions except Basic and Premium.
2: Windows Fax and Scan: Basic and Prenium do not have.
3: Support for simultaneous installation of multiple user interface languages: Unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.
4: Encrypting File(s): Not supported for Basic and Premium.
5: Windows Shadow copy System Image: Unsupported in both basic and Premium.
6: Windows Mobility Centre: Only Basic and Premium have partial. The rest, full functionality.
7: Windows Tablet PC Support: Unsupported in Basic.
8: Windows Collaboration: Basic has view only feature. The rest, full features.
9: PC to PC Sync: Not supported in basic.
10: Network Projection and Presentation settings: Basic does not have. The rest full support.
11: Remote Desktops: Basic and Premium Client only. The rest, Client+Host support.
12: Group Policy Support: Not supported in Basic and Premium.
13: Offline files and folder support: Unsupported in Basic. (Unsure about Premium, but confirmed to be supported in Business and Ultimate).
14: Roaming User Profiles: Unsupported in Basic and Premium.
15: Folder Redirection: Unsupported in Basic and Premium.
16: Windows Bit Locker Drive Encryption: Unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.
17: Windows Ultimate Extras: As it says it all, unsupported across all editions, except Ultimate.

Posted in Windows Vista | 5 Comments »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Server “Centro” – a disappointing first glance

November 19th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

I want to apologise in advance – it’s not all that special. I’ll link to the screenshot and then I’ll explain some things from my point of view.

Click to expand

Here’s the nitty gritty about it:

  1. This image is not a fake. It came directly from a source in Microsoft (who I’ll say is a good friend of MSBLOG, but isn’t a blogger here) from the Windows Server Business or something-or-other team earlier on this evening.
  2. The build number and memory available to Windows are identifyable parts of which can be traced back to the source of the leak. So for his/her protection, it’s been concealed, but trust me – the build number really is very irrellevant.
  3. The wallpaper is one of those from Windows Vista RTM – I noticed it, you probably have to.
  4. I don’t think it has Windows Aero with transparency… whether it’s compatible or not, or whether it’s turned off is anyone’s guess.
  5. It’s based on Windows Server “Longhorn” but “Centro” is all for mid-sized organisations, so they’ll be some changes.
  6. The desktop version says “Windows Server 2008” in it – I’ve been told that this is pre-empting the release of Windows Server “Longhorn” in the second half of 2007 meaning that it’ll be 2008 rather than 2007 in the title. Also this desktop version best reflects the actual product – it’s Windows Server 2008/Longhorn with “Centro” on top of it.
  7. Is it just me who thinks the image in the About Windows box is naff? I think it’s dreadful – I’ll be submitting it as a bug once the first build is released to testers.

Windows Server “Centro” will be available for testers within the next month to two-months on Microsoft Connect. Let me know what you think of the first look of “Centro”… even though there really isn’t much to look at!

Posted in Beta News, Windows Server System | 13 Comments »

Windows XP still seems to have advantages over Windows Vista

November 19th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

This has got me puzzled, flummoxed, baffled, confused, mystified and perplexed… if you would. See if you can try and explain this one because I certainly can’t.

 Windows Vista RTM
 I open up Messenger, click to go to my inbox and once it loads up I see “Office Live Mail”
 and Office Live related advertisements splattered everywhere. Using a email
 address, in this instance is  and I’m using Windows Vista RTM.


 Windows XP Media Center Edition
 I sign into Messenger again and once again I go into my inbox. This time it appears that
 Windows Live Mail (as it’s currently branded) has released to web as there aren’t any
 beta tags, and it’s given me premium services such as no advertisements. I’m using the
 same  account except I’m using a different machine.

What?! I don’t get it – the same account, logging in from two different computers and two different operating systems but from the same network. Anyone got any ideas? Is Windows Live Mail readying for release? (it’s not by the way, but before Christmas definately) Shall I complain that my advertisements have disappeared? (I won’t by the way!)

It’s all very confusing – check your Windows Live Mail accounts – please comment on what you see and if anything’s changed, and if you’ve seen this sort of thing happening before. Thanks 🙂

Posted in Bugs, Windows Live | 4 Comments »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Vista testers get free copy of RTM

November 16th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker


Not everyone saw it coming… nothing came in Office 2007 for testers but Vista was always a hell of a lot bigger than Office 2007. Windows Vista released to manufacturing last week, and MSDN and TechNet Plus subscribers could get it… and those with Volume Licensing access… and now fellow testers can!

If you’re a Vista tester, Windows Vista Business (by default, Ultimate if you ask for it) is yours – check your email account associated with your Connect profile. If you qualify (if, that is) then you’ll get a free copy in form of a unique Connect invitation to a new sub-page with the build on. You must have submitted one bug at least to get a free copy and be on the technical beta.

You can activate the copy of Vista unlimited times on one machine (not entirely sure how the licensing thing works, just going off internal sources). Anyway, those who have contributes certainly deserve it – enjoy your reward 🙂

Update: Due to the load from Connect, MSDN, TechNet, etc. the X64 images have been removed.  If you have already begun a download, you will be able to finish, but no new X64 downloads will be permitted until the load has lessened. Additionally, the Vista team will be intermittently stopping new downloads for periods of time when the servers reach capacity. 

On a side note: Remember the last time that the Connect servers were having this much trouble at the Beta 2 Launch? Well, the connect sercers are currently seeing ~2.5x the traffic that we did for Beta 2.  No wonder Connect is suffering. 🙂

Posted in Beta News, Windows Vista | 90 Comments »

Vista is ready on MSDN

November 16th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

About 9pm on 12th Nov 2006, Office2007 is able to be download from MSDN. Most of MSDN Subscribers should be downloaded or donwloading it.

I just login to MSDN Download and found out, Vista is also ready on MSDN since 10pm Nov 2006. It is English version only yet. I cannot wait for it, and downloading it now.

vistadl.jpg           msdn_dl.JPG

Posted in MS News, MSDN, Windows Vista | 3 Comments »

For Developers: Windows Vista Readiness Hands-on-Lab

November 16th, 2006 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Reading from Nick White’s blog(a Product Manager at Microsoft working on the Windows Vista launch team), found that there is a free download Windows Vista Readiness Hands-on-Lab, I am sure that many developers are love to get it and take the lab. Here are the story,

Thom Robbins, Microsoft Director for Developer Marketing, points out a fantastic hands-on lab focused on helping developers create great experiences for customers running their applications in Windows Vista.  Here’s how the download page describes the lab:

Microsoft has put together a Hands-on Lab designed to educate developers on known Microsoft Windows Vista application compatibility issues.  This process will walk the developer through specifics, focusing on solutions that will enable customers running your application to have a better experience on Microsoft Windows Vista.  After completing this lab, the developer should be able to determine if and how the most commonly known application compatibility issues could affect their specific application.

Download the Lab here

If you’re a developer (or just interested in application compatability on Windows Vista), you can also head over to MSDN’s Windows Vista Developer Center for a wealth of resources on developing applications specifically for the new OS.

Posted in Learning, Windows Vista | Comments Off on For Developers: Windows Vista Readiness Hands-on-Lab

Microsoft Labs Homepage Preview

November 15th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Well, it went from a public site to a beta preview… and now it seems to have opened up again. I get confused, I don’t really know what they’re doing and personally I like their site at the moment and it’s easy to use, so why spoil it? Anyway you can check it out and even your localised Microsoft homepage.

1. Check out for their default site (namely the United States of America)
2. You can also change the last two letters to your localised country - not all of them work but these do:
     for the United Kingdom
     for Australia
     for Canda

Here’s a screenie – it’s quite big so you might want to save it to your hard drive if you have a small resolution screen.


Posted in Corporation, Microsoft | Comments Off on Microsoft Labs Homepage Preview

Calling all Vista beta testers to contact Cullen D and Matthew L!

November 15th, 2006 by André Nogueira

Cullen and Matthew are preparing something special for the holiday season, but they need all Tech Beta Tester’s help!

If you’re a Vista Beta Tester, contact them on Windows Live Messenger or by email:


Note: to stop spambots – you’ll have to manually type these addresses in – sorry! 


Posted in Beta News, MS News | Comments Off on Calling all Vista beta testers to contact Cullen D and Matthew L!

Messenger experiencing backend problems

November 15th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker


Windows Live Messenger (8.0 and 8.1) and MSN Messenger (7.0 and 7.5) may experience some connectivity issues. Those using Windows Messenger 5.1 for Windows XP should not experience these problems as they reside on a seperate smaller server. These can include:

  • inability to sign-in
  • inability to sign-out unless fully exiting the Messenger application
  • sending messages to others (though messages can still be received)
  • sending handwriting messages, Nudges and Winks

This does seem to be a non-localised issue, affecting a good proportion of the world who uses Messenger. This should be resolved in the next few hours give or take. The same issue happened a few days ago but wasn’t reported on the Windows Live Support site because it was resolved within the hour.

Just bare with it guys – although a lot of us can’t use Messenger at the moment, it’s leading up to the release of the Windows Live Mobile Messenger client… that’s most likely the problem at the moment. Hang in there – it’ll get fixed soon and we’ll have something else to play with afterwards 🙂

Posted in Windows Live Messenger, Windows Mobile | 2 Comments »

Windows PowerShell 1.0 Released!

November 15th, 2006 by Patrick S

Today at the keynote at ITForum in Barcelona, we announced the official release of Windows PowerShell 1.0!  

For those of you unfamiliar with Windows PowerShell, it is a best of breed next-generation commandline shell designed from the ground up to be flexible and powerful while still remaining easy to use. Many thanks go to our friends at for coming all the way to Barcelona to show how they’re using Windows PowerShell in production today for the mission critical task of maintaining and managing the second busiest website in the world.

To download Windows PowerShell, please visit:

Source: Powershell blog

Posted in Beta News, Corporation, MS News, Products, Windows Server System | Comments Off on Windows PowerShell 1.0 Released!

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