I am Microsoftie 4 ever (18+ 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.
You can now order Windows Vista Sp1 on a DVD, it will cost £5.98 for each copy and you can order up to 4.
Go to the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 DVD ordering page and follow the on screen instructions.
For more information about SP1 please see the following links
Updated 23/03/2009 to updated URL
If you like your windows in Nynorsk (a dialect of Norwegian, the other being Bokmål apparently) then you can download the new Windows Nynorsk Language Interface Pack (or LIP for short)
to find out more about Nynorsk – check this from Wikipedia
For a more UK feel you can also have Windows Vista in Welsh
Pecyn Rhyngwyneb Iaith Windows Vista
When I looked at the data for April for the most visited pages on the Windows Help and How-to site for the UK the top 10 articles where the same as last month (March most viewed), although not in the same order so I thought for April I would provide the 11-20 most visited articles:
However just because they are highly viewed doesn't mean they are rated highly, giving you the user steps such as:
'Go to the printer manufacturer's website and search for a printer driver that is compatible with your version of Windows.'
'Follow the instructions on the website to download and install the driver.'
Are not always that helpful which is why we also have more magazine like articles such as The hunt for drivers, How to find Windows Vista drivers for all your hardware.
Via Steve Claytons (a geek in disguise) blog I happened upon this article by Josh
Looking for Windows Vista Performance Issues - Josh's Windows Weblog
in which he gives some good tips for doing a few things about improving Windows Vista performance, such as choosing which applications start on start-up, services and drivers.
If you are wondering how to get the MSConfig system utility started on your PC the easiest way is to simply type MSConfig into the start menu, and then click it the icon when it has found the utility.
Alternatively, click the start button, control panel, systems and maintenance and then administrative tools.
We have some pretty good content on System Configuration on the Windows Help and How-To site such as the following:
Hope you find that useful, do let me know..
Just a quicky linky to an article in today's Times Online about Live Search
Microsoft: we'll keep 'chipping away' at Google - Times Online
Tomorrow should see the changes going live and it will be good to check out the changes, including the Celebrity xRank :) It may not be the ‘killer app’ as the article says but it is strange how sometimes little things like this can have a big effect, and it will be interesting to have a look at it and the other changes to see the improvements :)
Last week I posted about April 29th was the date when Windows XP SP3 would be available, well it seems it has been delayed for a while due to a...
'...compatibility issue between Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS) and both Windows XP SP3 and Windows Vista Service Pack1...'
Read the full announcement on the Technet Forums
It is not obvious but did you know that you can search the Windows Vista Knowledge Base (aka KB) directly from within the Windows Help and How-To site?
No? well I don’t blame you as it is quite hard to discover!
First you have to click the little black triangle next to the search box, which then leads to a fly out where you can then select ‘Windows Vista Knowledge Base’ instead of the content on the Windows Help and How-to site.
Now that you have found out about this little hidden (not intentionally) feature you may be wondering, so what? or what is the difference between the 2?
The way I like to think of how what distinguishes the 2 different searches is as follows:
However there is content such as common error messages where we try on the Windows Help and How-To site put a less technical and more consumer friendly view on it vs the KB article which tends to be more technically written and targeted at a wider audience. Such as about error 80070003
Windows Update error 8007003 Vs Error message when you try to download updates from Windows Update on a computer that is running Windows Vista: "Error 0x80070003 The system cannot find the path specified"
The other thing to remember about the support Kb is that it is not just for Vista but for all our products.
Yesterday we put up six great new demo videos on the Windows Help and How-to site. These are a new type of video to the ones we have traditionally have had. They are short and very task specific and demonstrate in a step by step fashion using screencasting technology and voice over narration.
We would love to hear your feedback on this type (or any other) of video on the help and how to site. Actually any feedback on any aspects of the site are very much appreciated.
I am typing this entry whilst trying out my new headphones a set of Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000’s,
...and I have to say I am very impressed so far with the sound quality. I am no audiophile at all but the music is very crisp and clear, and most of all the background noise has disappeared due to the generous cups that envelope my ears :). Although it feels odd to have these type of headphones as I am used to my Bose in ear phones for listening to music.
Of course these will come into there own for chatting to friends and colleagues via messenger.
One thing to mention was the install on my Vista notebook, I plugged them into a USB slot, Vista detected them within 2s and installed the drivers automatically and I had them setup and working within a few more seconds. Which all in all was a great and trouble free experience. I would highly recommend these to anyone wanting to listen to music, make calls or chat on there PC.
One minor thing where the experience could be improved ever so slightly is that when I hover over the little speaker in the notification (or System Tray), it says I am running Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000,great. However the icon is the same standard speaker one rather than the headphone one!
Currently listening to a little bit of Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix, which sounds amazing :)
If you had not already heard April 29th is the scheduled date that Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be available via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center
See the announcement over on the Technet Forums:Windows XP Service Pack 3 Released to Manufacturing - TechNet Forums
There is a summary of what is in XP SP3 either in PDF or XPS here
‘Windows XP SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates and hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases. Windows XP SP2 was released in August 2004. Since then, Microsoft has released hundreds of updates. Windows XP SP3 includes all of these updates. Microsoft is not adding significant Windows Vista functionality to Windows XP through SP3. However, SP3 does include Network Access Protection (NAP) to help organizations that use Windows XP to take advantage of new features in the Windows Server® 2008 operating system’