“Blue Badge” tool available, unlocks all known Windows 7 protected features

Posted by bink on November 11 2008, 6:21 AM. Posted in Windows 7.








By Rafael!:

Last week, I revealed a weird protection scheme around some unfinished features in Windows 7 (build 6801). I provided a buggy tool to enable the new Taskbar, then teased everyone with other features such as gestures, panning, and Desktop Slideshow. It wasn’t intentional, I just needed some time to rework the unlocking tool, which went faster thanks to some code snippets from my Vize friend surrounding the headaches of TrustedInstaller and PendingFileRenameOperations.


As the dialog indicates, patched files are not backed up. I suggest all users back up, by copying into a temporary folder somewhere, the following files:

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CEO of Microsoft talks about future of Windows Mobile

Posted by sumeethevans on November 8 2008, 5:52 AM. Posted in Steve Ballmer.

After visiting Korea, Steve Ballmer dropped by to Australia (aka Oz) where he had a speech and Q&A session that kicked off alliance of Microsoft with Telstra Australia. One of topics was Windows Mobile and its competitors. Here are some highlights:
  • he used phrase "beautiful easy compelling way" but in current situation with Windows Mobile it hardly applies (still no finger based navigation and no fluid transitions in Windows Mobile)
  • he underlined "software+service" idea that Microsoft brings and enables operators (like Telstra) to use high-bandwidth
  • generally he mentioned 3 main areas of Microsoft's operations with Telstra (and probably also with other carriers):
    • mobile services and devices (including a mention of custom Telstra user interface on top of Windows Mobile; covering also cloud synchronization in Live services probably)
    • hosted business software (Exchange Server, Sharepoint Server, Office Communication Server, Live Meeting, etc)
    • unified communications

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Microsoft confirms Windows 7 sped up for 2009 launch

Posted by sumeethevans on November 8 2008, 5:50 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Windows 7.

Microsoft late Thursday admitted that it was ultimately targeting the public release of Windows 7 for 2009, confirming suspicions of an early release. In a presentation for its Vista Velocity program, which speeds up and improves the user experience of upcoming PCs, the company largely confirmed that its attention for Velocity would be on Windows 7 for later in 2009. The focus is "definitely" on having 7 ready for holiday 2009, according to Microsoft director Doug Howe. The news is a change in stance for Microsoft. Publicly, the company has avoided committing to a narrow timeframe for the launch of Windows 7 and has at most alluded to aiming a release at early 2010, or the three-year anniversary of Vista's release. However, the company has increasingly given hints that its next major Windows release is on a fast-track schedule and may have effectively confirmed this at its Professional Developers Conference late last month, when it showed that it would have just one major beta release followed by feedback and a public beta.

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Windows Server 2008 R2Taskmanager

Posted by bink on November 7 2008, 3:31 AM. Posted in Windows 2008 R2.


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256 Logical Processors

Just 2 patches next Tuesday

Posted by bink on November 7 2008, 2:12 AM. Posted in Security.

On November 11th Microsoft will release 2 security patches. One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows/Microsoft Office rated as Critical, and one affecting Windows rated as Important. These updates may require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will be updated too.

Microsoft is also planning to release high-priority, non-security updates on Windows Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) as well as high-priority, non-security updates on Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

Watch second WinHEC Keynote live

Posted by bink on November 7 2008, 12:27 AM. Posted in Events.

Bill Laing

Bill LaingCorporate Vice PresidentWindows Server Division, Microsoft Corporation Thursday, November 6, 9:30am, South Hall

Bill Laing will discuss Windows Server and power efficient computing for global enterprises, new industry trends around virtualization and scaling to support multi-core processor architectures, and Microsoft's key investments in the area of "Work Anywhere Infrastructure."

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Latest on MS08-067

Posted by vasudev on November 6 2008, 10:53 AM. Posted in Security.

 Christopher Budd of Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) has posted this.

We’ve been getting some questions from customers this week asking if we’ve seen any changes in the threat environment around MS08-067. We do have some information that we can share so I wanted to pass that along.<o:p></o:p>

Most importantly, we continue to see strong deployments of MS08-067. We’re glad that customers have moved as quickly as they have to download, test and deploy the update. That said, we continue to urge customers who haven’t yet deployed the update to do so.<o:p></o:p>

We have seen some new pieces of malware attempting to exploit this vulnerability this week. And while so far, none of these attacks are the broad, fast-moving, self-replicating attacks people usually think of when they hear the word “worm,” they do underscore the importance of deploying this update if you haven’t already. <o:p></o:p>

My colleagues over in the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) have provided write ups on the new pieces of malware we’ve seen this week and have included signatures to help protect against these. <o:p></o:p>

·        Trojan:Win32/Wecorl.A <o:p></o:p>

·        Trojan:Win32/Wecorl.B <o:p></o:p>

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Microsoft and Partners to Address Industry Challenges

Posted by vasudev on November 6 2008, 10:34 AM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft and Partners to Address Industry Challenges at Inaugural Asia High Tech Industry Summit

 Industry leaders from across Asia to discuss opportunities and technology solutions to empower excellence in the high-tech and electronics industry.

Responding to the challenges facing global high-tech and electronics manufacturers, Microsoft Asia and its partners today will explore the impact of major global trends and the opportunities they create at its inaugural Microsoft Asia High Tech Industry Summit at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul. The event also will involve the participation of senior representatives from high-tech and electronics companies from countries across Asia, including Japan, Korea and Taiwan, who will share their insights, best practices and success stories. Microsoft has identified three top trends that are creating significant global growth opportunities through their impact on today’s high-tech and electronics industry:•    Power shift to consumers. As consumers become increasingly more active participants in the high-tech value chain, they also expect to contribute to product and technology innovation. High-tech and electronics organizations need to take advantage of digital marketing and Web 2.0 capabilities to proactively engage with and listen to the feedback from their consumer communities.•    Digital convergence. As the worlds of entertainment, computing and communications go digital, they can be combined to create exciting new products, services and business opportunities for the high-tech and electronics industry where information can be accessed any time, any place and on any device. Enhancing the overall customer experience is critical to success. •    Emerging economies. The industry is feeling the increasing influence of emerging economies and their consumers. As a result, “one size fits all” no longer works to meet unique local consumer needs and demands. Companies need global scale to compete, but must be able to execute locally. They must be agile to respond to the changing needs in widely differing markets worldwide and must achieve “profitable proximity” by developing capabilities to observe and serve the unique local needs..............................Continue At Source

Bill Gates announces DreamSpark™ for India

Posted by vasudev on November 6 2008, 10:24 AM. Posted in Bill Gates.


This is a big announcement for Indian Students. Bill Gates - Founder & Chairman of Microsoft Corporation today at IIT, Delhi announced the launch of Microsoft DreamSpark™ for India. Microsoft DreamSpark™ makes professional-level developer and design software available to students in India for FREE. These are the same software used in the industry, so ones the Students starts using them , they will make easy transition ones they step out of college.

The software is available online at: http://www.dreamsparkindia.com

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Windows 7 Notes from the WinHEC keynote

Posted by bink on November 6 2008, 1:53 AM. Posted in Windows 7.

Here are some notes I took from the WinHEC 2008 keynote

Device drivers for Windows Vista should directly work on Windows 7, so manufacturers do not have to rewrite their drivers, even (some) new functionality that is exposed by Windows 7 does not require new driver development.

Boot time 

They showed a demo between booting a Vista machine and a Windows 7 machine, Windows 7 desktop was much faster available than Vista. In Windows 7, device drivers are loaded in parallel and not serial, also services are started on demand, I thought about that when Windows 2000 was released, how come it takes Microsoft 8 years to think about that. Call to the device driver developers is to also start their services on demand.

Open Window Memory Usage

The amount of memory used by open windows on your desktop is linear. In Windows 7 the memory usage stays the same, by letting only the Video Card manage that memory and not both (Vista)

Windows Seven Window Memory Usage

Battery Life

Windows 7 will optimize battery life, they showed a demo of 2 identical machines one running Vista and one running Seven playing the same DVD movie, with a tool they showed, how much mWatts was drained by it see pic:

Windows 7 Battery Life

Also the PowerCFG command get an extra parameter: /energy, which can generate a HTML report that exposes (unused) devices that drain the battery (will not go to sleep and so the CPU cannot go to a low powerstate, with the new command you can turn of those devices.


Devices and Printers.

To make it easier for customers to interact with all the devices on their Windows PC, Microsoft has created a new feature in Windows 7 called Devices and Printers. Devices and Printers provides a single place for customers to interact with devices, browse files or manage settings. Devices can be connected to the PC using USB, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, with simple wizards that simply the setup process.

These devices appear with a photo realistic 'icon' for easier management and distinguishes.

Windows 7 Devices & Printers Device Stage.

Device Stage enables hardware manufactures to create an even richer user experience, especially for more specialized devices such as cell phones, multifunction printers and digital cameras. Device Stage is designed to help Windows 7 customers take advantage of advanced features for devices. For mobile phones, portable media players, cameras and printers connected to a Windows 7 PC, Device Stage provides information on the device status and runs common tasks in a single window customized by the device manufacturer. Mobile broadband.

Windows 7 delivers a simpler and more reliable way to connect to the Internet using wireless modems. The process is similar to connecting to any other wireless network, and is done using the View Available Networks feature. A consistent experience for customers and a common infrastructure for partners enables lower support, maintenance, deployment and management costs, and allows partners to focus on higher-value services rather than basic connectivity development. Windows Touch.

Controlling the computer by touching the screen is a core part of the Windows 7 experience, with visual feedback provided for tap and double-tap gestures. The Start menu, Windows Taskbar and Windows Explorer are touch-ready. Windows 7 also introduces support for multitouch technology, which enables customers to control what happens on the screen in new ways by zooming in, zooming out and rotating images with their fingers. Bluetooth 2.1

Bluetooth 2.1 new stack is natively present in Windows 7. It has faster discovery and easier pairing process


Windows 7 will have native support for DIVX, XVID, x264 and other popular codecs. If a target device does not support a codec, Windows 7 will transcode it


The Beta release of Windows 7 is expected early next year, they are planning 1 Beta then, 1 Release Candidate and then RTM, hopefully in Q4 2009.

OEMs who participate in the beta can now let their customers join the beta program too.


Watch WinHEC 2008 Keynote Live with

Posted by bink on November 5 2008, 11:17 PM. Posted in Events.

Bill GatesCraig Mundie

Steven SinofskySenior Vice PresidentWindows and Windows Live Engineering Group, Microsoft CorporationandJon DeVaanSenior Vice PresidentWindows Core Operating System Division, Microsoft CorporationWednesday, November 5, 9:00 am PST

Can't wait to get a look at Windows 7 and discover what it means for the hardware ecosystem? On day 1 of WinHEC 2008, the waiting is over. Microsoft senior vice presidents Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan will introduce Windows 7 and show you what it can do, from advancements in core components and architecture to improvements in user interface, device support, graphics, media, and more.



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TechEd: Windows 7 feature overview

Posted by RayC on November 5 2008, 6:44 AM. Posted in Windows (general), Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7.

 It feels as if the Windows Client product team is happy to finally be able to freely talk about about the feature set of Windows 7. Today I attended a number of sessions revealing a shipload of information about the upcoming successor of Windows Vista. Here is my (short) overview.



Windows 7 will not run the following software from Vista:

  • AV
  • Firewall
  • Imaging
  • Other low level software


Windows 7 will run on hardware that runs Windows Vista now.


Application compatibility shims created for Windows Vista will run with no issues on Windows 7.



Inplace upgrade to Windows 7 will only be supported for Windows Vista with SP1 or higher.


Windows 7 will be natively support WIM and VHD files for management and mounting. In Windows 7 it is also possible to boot from a VHD or WIM file.

Unfortunately there still is no support for ISO files


Dynamic Driver Provisioning provides an early PnP detection mechanism to only get the needed drivers from a network share and not put all the drivers in the image.

Hardlink migration -


Multicast deployment with WDS is enhanced with Multiple Stream Transfer

This features is very usefull in case you have slow clients receiving the multicast streams. With the current implementation the slowest client will throttle down the speed of the stream and may so decrease the install speed for all systems that are installed from that stream.

Client Auto Removal automatically removes slow clients from a multicast deployment



Hardlink Migration

Hardlink Migration creates a snapshot of current data files before reinstall. Keeps data in the same spot while upgrading the system and rebuilds the links after reinstall. This is much faster than copying the user data to another disk before reinstall.

USMT now utilizes Shadow Copy to preserve files that are in use.

Offline User State Capture

The presenter is not sure about timing of SCCM integration. This will be probably sometime after the release of Windows 7.


Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM)

Dism.exe is a new tool that replaces Package Manager and ImageX for offline management of VHD and WIM files. DISM enhances the functionality by enabling you to list, add and remove features and drivers in offline images.






I went over these two features in my latest post.


WoWLAN or Wake On Wireless LAN will enable wireless clients to be woken up remotely over Wireless LAN. My guess is that this feature is not yet supported on current hardware.



BitLocker to Go is the mobile version of BitLocker meant for mobile storage devices. When enabled, BitLocker to Go will ask the user to enter a passphrase when a removable storage device is connected to the system. BitLocker to Go allows you to save a key file on the local drive for a device. BitLocker to Go will be compatible for reading on Windows XP or Vista when this is enabled by the policy.



AppLocker is the new enhanced version of Software Restriction Policies. It allows you to easily create a very flexible white list of allowed applications in Group Policy. Rules in AppLocker make me think of firewall rules in which you define queries containing information about the application. In this way you can create a rule that allows users to run Adobe Reader 9 and higher only, or that allows all programs that are part of the Office Suite to run.



PowerShell is now part of the operating system. I will post more about PowerShell 2.0 later. The killer feature of PowerShell is that is enables you to script Administrative Template settings in Group Policy Objects.


Enhanced Power Management

PowerCfg is enhanced and can now create HTML reports that help the administrator to find issues concerning Power Management. One really cool feature was that the tool showed how much the battery of a laptop was charged compared to its maximum capacity.


System Restore will now show you what changes will be rolled back when chosing a restore point


Reliability Monitor among other tools will now also work remotely


Resource Monitor gets Sysinternals Process Explorer features integrated for enhanced process troubleshooting.


Problem Report Recorder allows a user to create a report showing what the user is actually doing in an MHT report that can be mailed for support.


The list is longer than this, but this is all I could reproduce without missing too much of my sleep for tonight.