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  • Microsoft Deployment Kit 2010 Update 1 is RTM

    Posted by RayC on July 8 2010, 4:11 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Deployment, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7, Office 2010, windows.

    If you’re making the move to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and/or Office 2010, you need tools and guidance to help you through the process.  Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010, a free Solution Accelerator, is designed to fill that need.

    The latest MDT 2010 Update 1 release, now available for download, offers something for everyone:

    For System Center Configuration Manager 2007 customers:

    • New “User Driven Installation” deployment method. An easy-to-use UDI Wizard allows users to initiate and customize an OS deployment on their PCs that’s tailored to their individual needs.
    • Support for Configuration Manager R3 “Prestaged Media.” For those deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 along with new PCs, a custom OS image can easily be loaded in the factory and then customized once deployed. 


    For Lite Touch Installation:

    • Support for Office 2010. Easily configure Office 2010 installation and deployment settings through the Deployment Workbench and integration with the Office Customization Tool.
    • Improved driver importing. All drivers are inspected during the import process to accurately determine what platforms they really support, avoiding common inaccuracies that can cause deployment issues.

     More info at source

     Download the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1 here.

  • Windows XP Phone: A First Look at its Touchscreen Interface

    Posted by bink on October 31 2009, 7:23 PM. Posted in Windows XP.


    The main phone screen has call-centric icons, plus shortcuts to regular Windows apps that can be categorized into icon-based tabs on the left.

    The interface can also switch between landscape and portrait views, and there's a unified look to it all. I'd like to see some extra flair, photos of contacts for incoming and outgoing calls. It's such an obvious thing, so hopefully that'll show up by the time the phone arrives. The xpPhone's maker—China's In Technology Group aka ITG—also says it will support direct access to the Outlook address book for contact management.


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  • Microsoft to offer XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades

    Posted by spy on February 7 2009, 7:16 AM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows 7.

     Microsoft Tuesday confirmed that it will sell what it calls "upgrades" for Windows 7 to users running the aged Windows XP operating system.Those users, however will have to do a "clean" installation of Windows 7, meaning that all data on the machine will be lost."Regarding XP, customers can purchase upgrade media and an upgrade license to move from Windows XP to Windows 7," a company spokeswoman said in an e-mail Tuesday morning. "However, they will need to do a clean installation of Windows 7."In a follow-up reply to questions, the spokeswoman fleshed out what Microsoft means by upgrade. "The 'upgrade' part is referring to the license," she said. "You will be able to get the discounted 'upgrade' license, but it will include full bits."

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  • The XPS Essentials Pack has been updated to support Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Posted by spy on February 7 2009, 6:55 AM. Posted in Windows XP.


    The XPS Essentials Pack installer (available via does not currently support Service Pack 3 (SP3) of Windows XP. 

    To enable XPS support on Windows XP SP3, you can install the XPS Essentials Pack prior to upgrading to SP3.

    In the end of Oct 2008, XPS team has released a new updated. This update fixes a problem with the installer where it failed to recognize a newer version of Windows Imaging Component (WIC) that is included in Windows XP SP3. Also included is an update to the latest version of the XPS Print Path, as well as including a number of improvements to the print path, this update corrects an issue with the components previous included in the essentials pack that prevented component servicing.


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  • Microsoft Extends XP Life Again, This Time for PC Builders

    Posted by spy on December 23 2008, 2:54 AM. Posted in Windows XP.

    Windows XP has risen from the grave so many times, it now has more in common with Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees than it does with other PC operating systems. Though its successor--Windows Vista--has been on the market for over two years and yet another Windows version, Windows 7, will ship in just months, Microsoft has again extended the time frame for consumers who wish to continue using the seven-year-old XP. This time around, the company is allowing custom PC builders--alternatively called "system builders" and "white box PC makers"--to continue ordering XP for their PCs through May 30, 2009.

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  • Emergency Patch.. The effect on installations?

    Posted by MBrant on October 24 2008, 1:55 AM. Posted in Windows (general), Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Security, Windows x64, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center, Windows Vista, Seven, Windows "7".

    Microsoft has been quick to act on informing IT pros and the general public on the security issue in nearly every NT-based Windows version out in the wild however more details are still lacking.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

    The bug concerns the Server service found in all NT-based Windows OS responsible for communication between computers in a Windows based Network allowing for remote execution of code.

    Bink first reported the issue along with a link to the rather small KB article. Since then Microsoft updated the article (several times?) to provide more information to the public. Questions are raised after seeing this additional information.

    <o:p></o:p>Why are Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 rated "Critical" and why are Vista and 2008 rated "Important"?<o:p></o:p>Why is there information available on what could happen on Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 systems but not on what could happen to Vista and 2008 systems?<o:p></o:p>Why are Windows Server 2008 Core installations effected?<o:p></o:p>Who found this critical flaw? (Internal or external reporting)<o:p></o:p>How come Windows 7 is effected? (This also confirms the bug is in the deep roots of the NT Server service and no major overhaul is taking place in concerning these types of services in Windows 7, not that a overhaul was expected.)<o:p></o:p>The updated are available to all users via Windows Update right now. All systems using the default autoupdate settings should get the patch tonight. For enterprise deployment, please refer to the deployment guide.<o:p></o:p>

    Hopefully when the systems are patched, we could get a glimpse on how this bug works and how it could be there has been a flaw in a modern and secure system for over 8 years now. More information will be posted as it comes available.

  • Update to WGA Notifications for Windows XP Professional

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 27 2008, 3:54 AM. Posted in Windows XP.

    Starting this week, we will begin deployment of the latest version of WGA Notifications for Windows XP.  In addition to the usual updates to validation that improve WGA's ability to detect the latest stolen or fake product keys and other attempts to circumvent product activation, this release will also include a couple of other significant updates.

    Simplifying the installation and making it easy to stay up-to-date

    In this release we're making it easier to install and stay up to date with the latest release of WGA Notifications. We've changed the installation experience and are again using the Windows Update install prompt we have used previously. There are a couple of reasons we're doing this now. One is that in recent research, customers (particularly the ones using genuine software - or at least that think they are) have told us that they would prefer the simplest, shortest way of installing. Our research has clearly shown that customers value the ability of Windows to alert them when they may have software that is not genuine, but they also want the ability to stay up to date with the least effort required on their part. The other reason is that hundreds of millions of installs of WGA Notifications have already taken place, and most customers are already aware of what the program is and just want the fastest and most seamless way to install and stay up-to-date. For this reason, in this release we've also added the ability for future updates to WGA Notifications to have both the validation logic, as well as new forms of notifications, installed without additional steps. This will only be the case for those who install this latest version or future versions of WGA Notifications.

    Another thing we're doing with this release is focusing on the product edition that is most often stolen. This will reduce the number of customers that will be offered the package. This release will be offered to the most pirated edition of Windows XP and therefore to users with the highest likelihood of having a non-genuine copy, those using Windows XP Pro.  We're also offering it to those using editions based on Pro code such as Tablet and Windows Media Center, but plan to narrow the offering to Pro in future releases. 

    Increasing the effectiveness of notifications and aligning experiences across Windows XP and Windows Vista

    With this update to WGA Notifications in Windows XP, we've implemented a couple of related features that draw on the notifications experience we designed for Windows Vista SP1. After installing this version of WGA Notifications on a copy of Windows XP that fails the validation, most users will discover on their next logon that their desktop has changed to a plain black background from whatever was there previously (see below).

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  • Microsoft XP SP3 to Hit PCs Today

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 11 2008, 2:20 AM. Posted in Windows XP.

    The iPhone 3G isn't the only thing being released this week. Microsoft on Thursday will release its automatic update for Windows XP service pack 3 (SP3). The updates are expected to hit PCs by 10 a.m. Pacific time, July 10.

    "Windows XP SP3 could be released to Automatic Updates as early as Thursday," according to a Microsoft spokesman. "As with all service pack releases, Microsoft will carefully monitor the release to ensure that all customers have a good experience."

     The update will not have to be reinstalled, Microsoft said. Microsoft released XP SP3 on May 7 after a compatibility issue delayed its original April 29 release date.

    Service Pack 3 adds several networking and security improvements, and compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 security credential providers. It also incorporates features previously available individually as separate updates, such as Microsoft Windows Imaging Component (WIC), Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0, and Wi-Fi Protected Access 2.

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  • Microsoft to push XP SP3 via Auto Update Today

    Posted by bink on July 10 2008, 6:01 PM. Posted in Windows XP.

    Microsoft is going to release Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 via its Automatic Update (AU) service on Thursday July 10, company officials confirmed this week.

    The client team has been vague about when it planned to push the latest version of XP to users. “Early summer” and “sometime soon” were favorite comebacks when officials were asked for an AU timeframe for SP3.

    Customers who have automatic updates turned on but who don’t want XP SP3 to be downloaded to user desktops this week — for whatever reasons — need to deploy the Microsoft Service Pack blocker toolkit to delay pushed-delivery of SP3.

    While Microsoft will begin pushing SP3 tomorrow, not all users will receive it immediatly, as the company will be staggering the rollout

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  • Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release to Automatic Updates

    Posted by bink on July 7 2008, 4:41 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Update, WSUS.

    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 to Windows XP, creating a new baseline for servicing.  

    Optional Actions

    If you wish to prevent users from installing Windows XP SP3 through Automatic Updates, Microsoft recommends you take one or more of the following steps:

    1. Download and deploy the Windows Service Pack Blocker Kit. The Blocker Toolkit is available in the Microsoft Download Center

    2. Deploy an update management solution that provides full control over the updates you deploy to computers in your network (Compare Update Management Solutions).  IT Administrators using an update management solution should use their product's standard features, rather than the Blocker Toolkit, to control SP1 distribution.

    Additional Information

    Windows XP Service Pack 3

    Update Management Solutions

    Update Management Solutions

  • Windows XP Post Service Pack 3 fixes

    Posted by bink on July 7 2008, 4:18 PM. Posted in Windows XP.

    These are all winXP fixes that were released after ServicePack 3, I did not include monthly security fixes. You know of any other? 

    Error message after you upgrade a computer that uses a processor other than an Intel processor to Windows XP Service Pack 2 or to Windows XP Service Pack 3: "STOP: 0x0000007E"

    (953356) - Describes a problem that occurs when a Sysprep image is created on a computer that uses an Intel processor and is then deployed to a computer that does not use an Intel processor. Provides a resolution.


    Device Manager may not show any devices and Network Connections may not show any network connections after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    (953979) - Describes an issue that device Manager and Network Connections may be blank after you install Windows XP Service Pack 3.


    A memory leak occurs when you use the IFaxIncomingMessageIterator interface to query incoming fax messages on a fax server that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP

    (951347) - Fixes a memory leak that occurs when you use the IFaxIncomingMessageIterator interface to query incoming fax messages, and the iterator moves past the last fax message.


    Description of the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility pack for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients

    (944043) - Describes the Windows Server 2008 read-only domain controller compatibility pack that is available for Windows Server 2003 clients and for Windows XP clients.


    FIX: Error message when you insert data to a table that contains two image columns by using the SQL Server ODBC driver: "[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Invalid locator de-referenced"
    (950565) - Fixes an issue in which you receive an error message when you insert data in a table that contains two image columns by using the SQL Server ODBC driver that is included in the MDAC.

    Update for Windows XP (KB951978) 

    Install this update to resolve an issue in VBScript/JScript scripts from CScript\WScript hosts, certain built-ins may not function correctly when “Standards and Formats” in “Regional Settings” is changed.

    Update for Windows XP (KB951830) 

    Install this update to resolve the issue in which a client cannot resolve DNS after the network adapter is connectoed/disconnected or disabled/enabled, on a system running Windows XP Service Pack 3.

    Update for Windows XP (KB944043) 

    Install this update to resolve an issue when a Windows Server 2008 Read Only Domain Controller is added to the network that has Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

    Update for Windows XP (KB952287) 

    Install this update to resolve an issue in which a malfunction or data loss occurs when using Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) components on computers that are running Windows XP SP2 or XP SP3.

  • Windows SteadyState 2.5

    Posted by bink on July 6 2008, 6:07 PM. Posted in Windows XP, Windows Vista.

    Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them.
    Windows® SteadyState™ 2.5 is now available on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet café, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps make it easy for you to keep your computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState runs on genuine copies of Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Windows Vista Starter. And, Windows SteadyState is offered free of charge to Windows Genuine Advantage customers! Validation RequiredBefore Windows SteadyState can be installed, you are required to validate that your computer is running genuine Microsoft Windows. As described in the privacy statement, Microsoft will not use the information collected during the validation process to identify or contact you. By running genuine Microsoft Windows®, you can download and install Windows SteadyState, as well as enable certain product features and obtain non-security updates and product support from Microsoft. For more information, see the Windows Genuine Advantage Web site. SteadyState Helps Make it Easier to Manage Your Shared Computers Shared computers are commonly found in schools, Internet and gaming cafés, libraries, and community centers. It is increasingly common for owners, teachers, or non-technical personnel to manage shared computers in addition to their many other responsibilities. Managing shared computers can be difficult, technically challenging, time-consuming, and expensive. And what’s more, without system restrictions and protections, users can inadvertently change the desktop appearance, reconfigure system settings, and introduce unwanted software, viruses, and other harmful programs. Repairing damaged shared computers can require significant time and effort. User privacy is also an issue for shared computer environments. Shared computers often use shared user accounts that make Internet history, saved documents, and cached Web pages available to subsequent users. Windows SteadyState provides a more effective way to help defend shared computers from changes by untrusted users and unwanted software installations. It can also help safeguard system resources. Windows SteadyState Features Windows SteadyState includes the following features to help you manage your shared computers:
    • Getting Started – Provides the initial steps to help you during your first time use of Windows SteadyState.
    • Windows Disk Protection – Help protect the Windows partition, which contains the Windows operating system and other programs, from being modified without administrator approval.Windows SteadyState allows you to set Windows Disk Protection to remove all changes upon restart, to remove changes at a certain date and time, or to not remove changes at all. If you choose to use Windows Disk Protection to remove changes, any changes made by shared users when they are logged on to the computer are removed when the computer is restarted
    • User Restrictions and Settings – The user restrictions and settings can help to enhance and simplify the user experience. Restrict user access to programs, settings, Start menu items, and options in Windows. You can also lock shared user accounts to prevent changes from being retained from one session to the next.
    • User Account Manager – Create and delete user accounts. You can use Windows SteadyState to create user accounts on alternative drives that will retain user data and settings even when Windows Disk Protection is turned on. You can also import and export user settings from one computer to another—saving valuable time and resources.
    • Computer Restrictions – Control security settings, privacy settings, and more, such as preventing users from creating and storing folders in drive C and from opening Microsoft Office documents from Internet Explorer®.
    • Schedule Software Updates – Update your shared computer with the latest software and security updates when it is convenient for you and your shared users.

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    Also: Windows SteadyState 2.5 Technical FAQ and SteadyState 2.5 Handbook