I am Microsoftie 4 ever (19+ years) working in Windows Services and Content team in the UK, my blog is mainly focused on the Windows family of products and trying to provide help pointers and resources for customers on our products.
Overnight we launched the new http://windows.Microsoft.com in several locations including the UK at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/Windows7/Home
I know a huge amount has gone on in the background to get to this and it is just the start. For now it is just a focus on Windows 7 Beta but expect to see more and more content moving to this destination.
Windows 7 beta home
If you find any problems or errors let me know.
Just before the holidays MSN Mobile Music Store was launched in the U.K. where you can buy such things as ringtones, full track downloads and music videos from the likes of EMI, Warner, SONY etc…
To access the service: Text ‘MSN’ to 63463 and you will receive an SMS with a link to the MSN Mobile site. Once you are at the site, save the URL in your bookmarks, or as your home page if your device allows.
I have not tried it yet myself but it is on my list of things to do
MSN Mobile UK
however I do think the MSN guys need to update the image which shows a device with a stock ticker showing the FTSE at 6,210.20
which according to Yahoo hasn’t closed at that price since 19 May 2008
We have updated the homepage of the Windows Help and How-to site focusing on making your PC run smoothly, sort of a mini-detox for your Vista PC. Check it out lets us know what you think
Yesterday I posted about the top 20 highest rated articles on Windows Help and How-to So I thought I would follow up with the to 20 most visited articles to the UK site during 2008:
If you ever wondered how the Internet started and how things such as the Cuban Missile Crisis influenced it then watch the excellent and informative video below.
Thanks to PICOL on http://vimeo.com/ Via the sixtysecondview
» A brief history of the Internet sixtysecondview: Sixty second interviews from pr, media and politics
Well there seems to have been a rash of people giving advice on how to decide whether to follow someone on Twitter or not:
As someone relatively new to Twitter (and enjoying the experience) they are all a good read. For an Experiment I am now following the last 2 and see if they follow me (unlikely I know)…
Since starting this blog I have occasionally posted about highly rated articles on the Windows Help and How-to web site, such as here and here. So I thought as it was the start of the new year to look back a little and do a quick summary of the top 20 highest ranking articles for all of 2008, based on your feedback:
I would start with sorting out my deleted items folder in outlook
over 32000 deleted email items of which 28,220 are unread (how embarrassing)…
If you like your Windows Vista in Luxembourgish, then you can download the latest Windows Vista Language Interface Pack (LIP) now:
Click here to download the Luxembourgish Vista LIP.
Even though i know Microsoft Onecare is going sometime in the new year, I recommended my dad to renew anyway as he was happy with the product and comfortable using it. So rather than do the online billing at £37 I suggested he buy a brand new copy at somewhat less from Amazon.co.uk (around £24 ISTR)
Anyway as one of my regular jobs whilst visiting is sorting out the family pc problems he asked me to update his onecare with the new one. So put the disk in and got a wonderful error message 0006-80004005 and bascially some text that said I would couldn't have 2 copies of Onecare on the same machine and I would have to uninstall the current one and then re-install. I feared doing this would loose all the settings and maybe screw up a whole bunch of other things and the get more help option was not. So after a bit of research I came across this http://www.vistax64.com/live-onecare/139278-retail-box-version.html on the Vista x64 forums that told me how to fix the problem (copied below)
Don't reinstall OneCare.Purchase the retail box copy and then go to http://billing.microsoft.comSign in with the subscription LiveID (Help/About in OneCare will show you theSubscription ID)Select the renew link in the billing entry for OneCare.Select the option to renew with a retail PIN or token.Follow the wizard for this and proceed with renewal. You can do this at anytime, not just when you are due for renewal.It can take up to 24 hours to reflect the new subscription status in OneCare.
But what stumped me was the term Retail Pin or Token, now going through the billing process it was clear it was asking for what I think is more commonly termed a product key... So why is it called a Retail Pin or Token and not at least adding or Product Key (as it is actually called on the box)
As someone once sang Confused you will be