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Announcement: Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606: Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution
This just published on TechNet's Microsoft Security Advisories and notred on the MSRC Blog: details on Microsoft Security Advisory 2490606 , Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution... Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a vulnerability in the Windows...
4 Jan 2011
Announcement: Microsoft Windows December 2010 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2443685 , "December 2010 cumulative time zone update for Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. This is the December Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone (DST & TZ) Cumulative Update (CU), and the current KB/blog text focuses on the...
16 Dec 2010
Announcement: Microsoft Windows May 2010 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 981793 , "May 2010 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. Changes / updates from the previous cumulative Windows time zone update include… The following changes were made since...
1 Jun 2010
Announcement: Security Advisory 979682 Released for Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel
Yesterday, Jerry Bryant announced here on the MSRC blog that Security Advisory 979682 Released . Click on the link for the details: essentially Security Advisory 979682 addresses an Elevation of Privilege (EoP) vulnerability in the Windows kernel, affecting all currently supported versions of 32-bit...
21 Jan 2010
Advisory: Bangladesh makes a last-minute decision to end daylight saving time on December 31, 2009
Yes, it's true, Virgina: once again a government has decided on making a last minute change to their daylight saving time . Quite reminiscent of when Argentina made a change to their their daylight saving time back in 2007 and brought me into the office virtually whilst I was on vacation. <rant>...
29 Dec 2009
Black is not the new Blue this season: more on “Black Screen” issues and the Microsoft November Security Updates
Well, Black really isn't the new Blue this season, as some may have you believe. Over at the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) blog , Christopher posted a note on the reports of so-called “Black Screen” issues that some customers might have experienced with their systems as a result of issues...
1 Dec 2009
Announcement: Hotfix for Microsoft Windows OS releases available for Fiji 2009/2010 Daylight Saving Time
Going to Fiji anytime soon? Or scheduling LiveMeetings with a thriving supplier in the region? Then you'll want to know about the latest changes to their changes to daylight saving time (aka DST). As found over on the Microsoft Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog , there is a link to the Hotfix...
1 Dec 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows December 2009 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
New over at the Microsoft Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog , details on the Microsoft Windows Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone update now available (December 2009) The most recent cumulative update to daylight saving time (DST) and world time zones (TZ) is now available for supported versions...
26 Nov 2009
Your questions: Common questions about upgrading to Windows 7
Here are answers to some common questions about upgrading to Windows 7 from our Windows 7 frequently asked questions page. (And if you need more information and guidance on installing and reinstalling Windows 7, check out this page on the Windows 7 site .) What's the difference between the upgrade and...
13 Nov 2009
Reminder: Microsoft Windows 2009 Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt, Western Australia
In case you missed the announcement, there is a new Microsoft Windows 2009 Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt and Western Australia . See my original post here . Once again, as has happened in the past, a couple of countries will see new changes to their observation of...
9 Sep 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones Hotfix available for Egypt, Western Australia
Once again, as has happened in the past, a couple of countries will see new changes to their observation of Daylight Saving Time (DST) , this time in Egypt and Western Australia. (see here for 2008 changes in Egypt ) A new Microsoft Knowledge Base article is up – KB 974176 – noting the hotfix now...
17 Aug 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows August 2009 Updates to Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
Check out Microsoft KnowledgeBase Article 970653 , "August 2009 cumulative time zone update for Microsoft Windows operating systems", which the Windows team just posted. A nod to the good folks across our company working on our effort to help manage time (particularly in daylight saving...
21 Jul 2009
The latest Microsoft "Laptop Hunters" commercial: all it's missing is a puppy
New in heavy rotation is the latest Laptop Hunter "You find it, you keep it" Microsoft PC television commercial… As Steve noted , this time Matt and Olivia are looking for a laptop under $700 and "Windows Photo Galley gets a high five in this ad and eventually they walk out with a HP dv7...
9 Jul 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Security Essentials Beta now available
The Windows Security Essentials beta is now available for download on a new Microsoft site dedicated to Security Essentials. Windows Security Essentials will replace Windows Live OneCare. The new software package will provide a basic level of antimalware and virus protection, defenses against worms,...
23 Jun 2009
Announcement: Optional Fix-it Available for Bangladesh Daylight Saving Time in 2009
Thanks to Lourdes, with a note of the Optional Fix-it that is now available for Daylight Saving Time changes in Bangladesh this year. As reported in the Bangladesh Government’s Gazette, Bangladesh has announced the introduction of Daylight Saving Time (DST). The start of DST for 2009 is on June 19...
12 Jun 2009
Announcement: A new DST hotfix is available for Morocco 2009 Daylight Saving Time for the Windows platform
As Lourdes posted here on the Daylight Saving Time and Time Zone blog, a new hotfix is available for Morocco 2009 Daylight Saving Time for the Windows platform. This is an update for the Daylight Saving Time for the "(GMT) Casablanca" time zone this year (2009) for computers running Windows...
29 May 2009
Now available: SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 on WU and the Microsoft Download Center
As I noted the other day in my post Thinking about downloading SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008? Please download it from a trusted source , I'd seen several third party sites offering downloads to Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. As I wrote here , you should...
27 May 2009
Thinking about downloading SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008? Please download it from a trusted source!
I've seen a couple of blog posts offering downloads to Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, an upcoming update to the OS. Here's the advice for the day: as I wrote here , only download software from a trusted source – via Microsoft –and avoid peer to peer to save yourself the...
23 May 2009
The latest Microsoft "Laptop Hunters" commercial: "I'm a PC and I got exactly what I wanted."
There's a new Laptop Hunters "You find it, you keep it" Microsoft PC television commercial out with Lauren (a new law school student) and Sue (her mom) … Video: Laptop Hunters $1700 – Lauren and Sue get a Dell XPS 13 Tags: articles , what I read , I'm a PC , Microsoft , Windows . Clubhouse...
14 May 2009
Thinking about joining a new club? Take a look at the Windows Clubhouse
Groucho Marx famously said… "I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member." Well, there's an exception to every rule. I found such an exception in the Windows Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is a community where you can connect with other members and help people learn how to use...
9 May 2009
Announcement: Microsoft Windows update available for unconfirmed Pakistan daylight saving time change on April 15, 2009
Ever see the movie Groundhog Day ? Well, I feel like I'm re-living a past event. We have reports that Pakistan is changing their daylight saving time … but unfortunately all we have are news reports at this time (as noted here on the dailytimes.com.pk site ). We still don't have government confirmation...
13 Apr 2009
The latest Microsoft Windows commercial: "I'm a PC because I'm picky."
The new "I'm a PC" commercial, with Giampaolo… As noted on Engadget … "Armed with a $1,500 budget, he walks out of Fry's with an HP HDX 16 that features a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB drive -- raw numbers that would cost you $2,499 from Apple...
5 Apr 2009
Why do I need IPv6? Where can I learn from Microsoft about IPv6 for Windows? (Your questions on IPv6)
This came in today via email (thanks, Brin)… "Why do I need IPv6? Is there more about IPv6 available from Microsoft? Is there anything I need to do to support IPv6 in Windows Vista or Windows 7?" Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is (Wikipedia tells us) "the next-generation Internet...
27 Mar 2009
Information on Daylight Saving Time, Time Zone and related DST changes for Microsoft Windows and other products in 2009
An update on some of the recent daylight saving time changes around the world coming this year to Morocco, Pakistan, Syria and Tunisia in 2009… It's been a busy time, reflected in fewer than normal postings on this blog, but happily it's due in part (when it comes to time) that there has been little...
19 Mar 2009
How do I change the power option settings for Start button in Windows Vista?
Today I was asked… "How do I change what the start menu power button does in Windows Vista?" Click on the Start/Windows icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen and type "power options" in the <i>start search</i> text field. This will take you to Control...
4 Feb 2009
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