Nick MacKechnie

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  • Blog Post: Improving Desktop Performance with the Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop

    Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Improving Desktop Performance with the Risk and Health Assessment Program for Windows Desktop, which discusses how through a cooperative Windows Desktop Risk Assessment Program engagement with Premier Field Engineering, Microsoft IT completed...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: IMMINENT END OF SUPPORT: Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 End of Support on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time)

    Hi All, This is another reminder regarding the End of Support (EOS) on July 13, 2010 (US Pacific Time), for Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2, and the change in support phase for Windows 2003. For more information on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy , or ask your...
  • Blog Post: McAfee false positive detection of w32/wecorl.a when using 5958 DAT file

    Hi All, McAfee has identified an issue where a specific DAT file version is causing a false positive detection of the w32/wecorl.a virus. When this false positive occurs, Svchost.exe is blocked and quarantined, which will cause the machine in question to shut down with a DCOM error, and can in some circumstances...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

    Hi All, The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD. To create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive, download the ISO file and then run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. Once this is done, you can install Windows 7 directly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UNPLUGGED Update - December 2009

    Microsoft UNPLUGGED brings you a series of technical updates which provide in-depth coverage of Microsoft software and technologies. Join us in December 2009 for the latest Microsoft UNPLUGGED Update. Come to TechNet morning for IT Pros and/or afternoon MSDN sessions for Developers. TechNet Sessions...
  • Blog Post: Windows Management Framework is here!

    Hi All, Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavours of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP to Windows 7 Migration Information

    Hi All, Walk through the decisions you'll make when migrating from a Windows XP environment to Windows 7 -- and learn about the tools and resources available from Microsoft to help you each step along the way. This guide provides assistance on migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, all the way from...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Release Candidate & Windows XP Mode

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx Windows 7 helps you do more. More work, more play, and more of everything in between. Making every task simpler and every day easier. See for yourself— Get the Release Candidate . Built on the Windows Vista foundation, Windows 7 will help make users...
  • Blog Post: Considerations when upgrading to XP Service Pack 3..

    Hi All, Here’s some “gotcha’s” that you might want to consider while testing XPSP3 in the lab before rolling out to your enterprise: 1. An incorrect time stamp is displayed on a Windows XP Service Pack 3-based computer that uses the Jerusalem time zone - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953917/en-us 2...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release to Automatic Updates

    Hi All, Microsoft is committed to providing quality products to customers. As part of this commitment, we would like to remind you that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) will be released to Automatic Updates shortly. The third service pack to Windows XP includes the previously released updates and hotfixes...
  • Blog Post: The New, Windows Client TechCenter

    Hi All, We recently launched the new Windows Client TechCenter, merging the Windows XP and Windows Vista TechCenters with the Springboard Series lifecycle approach to give IT pros a one-stop source for all of the Windows Client guidance, downloads, and community resources they need to adopt and manage...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients is out.

    Hi All, This article describes the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller (RODC) compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients. This update addresses compatibility issues that occur with down-level clients that do not support Windows Server 2008 RODC features...
  • Blog Post: You receive a “Stop 0x0000007E” error message after you upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3 on a non-Intel-processor-based computer

    Hi All, As people begin to evaluate XPSP3, some people are striking this issue - After you upgrade a computer that uses a processor other than an Intel processor to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), you may receive the following error message after you restart...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 has Released to Web

    Hi All, Today Microsoft released Windows XP SP3 to the web. It is available right now for download via: · Microsoft Download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5b33b5a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&DisplayLang=en or · The Microsoft Update Catalog: http://catalog...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download for subscribers on MSDN and Technet

    We are happy to announce that Windows® XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available for download for subscribers on MSDN and Technet. You will find the Service Pack download listed under New Subscriber Downloads in MSDN and New Content in Subscriber Downloads in Technet Plus. Windows® XP Service Pack 3 ...
  • Blog Post: New functionality included in this Windows XP Service Pack 3 (RC2)

    Hi All, Here is a list of new functionality included in this Windows XP Service Pack 3 (RC2). Technical Area Functionality or Feature Details Networking Black hole router detection Improves black hole router detection (detecting routers that are silently...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Resources

    Hi All, Windows XP SP3 is continuing to progress through the development process towards release. I though you would find the following resource links useful in your planning/testing. Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) Release Candidate 2 (RC2) Windows XP SP3 is a rollup that includes all...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate released for public download

    Hi All, We’ve recently released Windows XP SP3 RC (release candidate) for public download. See below for more information. RTM is planned for H1 2008. Download – The RC can be downloaded as a stand alone package (336MB) from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=75ED934C...
  • Blog Post: Security Bulletin - MS07-069 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer - Post Install Issue

    Hi All, I wanted to let you know that Microsoft has received reported cases of Internet Explorer 6 hanging or crashing after installation of security update 942615 (Bulletin MS07-069) on a computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2. Microsoft has updated the Master Knowledge Base Article...
  • Blog Post: Tweak MCE PowerToy

    Tweak MCE gives you access to systems settings and options not normally exposed in the Windows XP Media Center Edition user interface, including remote control settings, Skip and Replay time customizations, user interface options, and more. It also helps you to optimize Media Center Extender for plasma...
  • Blog Post: Controlling block storage devices on USB buses

    What does controlling block storage devices on USB buses do? This feature provides the ability to set a registry key that will prevent write operations to USB block storage devices, such as memory sticks. When this registry key is enabled, the devices function only as read-only devices. You can implement...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2

    This spreadsheet lists the full set of Group Policy settings described in Administrative Template (.adm) files that shipped with Windows XP SP2. This includes all policy settings supported on the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003, Windows XP Professional with SP2 or earlier...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools

    The Windows Support Tools for Microsoft Windows XP are intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and resolving computer problems. For individual tool descriptions, see the Windows Support Tools documentation (Suptools.chm). The Windows Support Tools...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 x64/ Windows XP Professional x64

    We’ve just announced the beta customer preview program for Windows Server 2003 x64 and Windows XP Professional x64. This supports the new hybrid 32/64-bit architecture that AMD released a while ago (Opteron), and Intel just released (Intel Xeon with Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology, or EM64T). It...
  • Blog Post: Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2

    Windows® XP SP2 introduces new security technologies to better enable Windows XP computers to withstand viruses, worms and other kinds of attacks. This guide will assist IT Professionals to test and mitigate application compatibility issues arising from these more stringent security technologies. ...
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