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  • Blog Post: Changing Windows 7's XP Mode memory size

    I've been using XP mode on Windows 7 for a while and it has been proving useful to have an old XP copy available for things like compatibility testing. One issue I had is that it comes configured with only 256MB of RAM available to the virtual machine which tends to make it limp along somewhat with the...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows 7 Build Am I On?

    Someone asked me how they could tell which build of Windows 7 there were on, as they “inherited” a machine from a colleague and weren’t sure if they were still on beta, RC or RTM. You can find out via the registry, so click the orb in the bottom left of the screen, type “regedit” and press return. Use...
  • Blog Post: Are you an ISV in the UK? Get Ready for Windows 7

    We’ve recently launched the UK version of isvappcompat.com (see www.isvappcompat.com/uk ), a one-stop-shop site for ISVs to either get their application compatible with Windows 7, or help tell the world about it if you’re already compatible. Three specific things I’d like to call out: We have teamed...
  • Blog Post: The applications I rely on

    When I installed Windows 7 RTM on my machine at home I decided to go for a clean install rather than an upgrade because I like the cathartic feel I get from wiping my hard drive and starting from a fresh, clean install. It also meant that I could take a long hard look at the applications I install and...
  • Blog Post: Get your UK Windows 7 Application Noticed

    Do you sell an application that is already supported on Windows 7, or will be by October 2009? Are you UK-based? If the answer to both of these questions is “yes” then why not tell us about it? We’re compiling a directory of UK ISV applications that are compatible with Windows 7 that we’ll promote during...
  • Blog Post: How to tell whether your machine will support Windows 7 XP Mode (for Intel chips)

    As you may well have heard, Windows 7 will include an XP mode which allows you to run legacy applications in a virtual machine seamlessly. You also may be aware that the virtualisation technology used for XP Mode requires that the chipset supports virtualisation at the hardware level. So if your chipset...
  • Blog Post: Flying Turtles and Windows 7

    If you’ve installed the RC of Windows 7 you may have discovered some interesting themes that you weren’t expecting. Certainly, I wasn’t expecting them. Sure you get some really wonderful landscapes, nature scenes and iconic locations as your wallpaper but you get some zany stuff too. Such as this wonderful...
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