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Microsoft has just released a new add-on (but, they call it a Hotfix for some reason) for Windows 7 computers running SP1. The new Windows Update Cleanup installs and plugs in to the standard Windows 7 Disk Cleanup wizard maintenance utility. Once installed, Windows Update Cleanup becomes just another option you can choose in the wizard.
- The Windows Update Cleanup option is available only when the Disk Cleanup wizard detects Windows updates that you do not need on the computer.
- To enable you to roll back to previous updates, updates are stored in the WinSxS store even after they are superseded by later updates. Therefore, after you run the Disk Cleanup wizard, you may be unable to roll back to a superseded update. If you want to roll back to a superseded update that the Disk Cleanup wizard deletes, you can manually install the update.
You must have administrator permissions to clean up Windows update files.
- Start the Disk Cleanup wizard. To do this, use one of the following methods:
- Method 1: Click Start, type cleanmgr in the Start Search box, and then click OK.
- Method 2: Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
- Method 3: If a Low Disk Space notification appears, click the notification to open the Disk Cleanup wizard.
- Select the Windows 7 system drive, and then click OK.
Note This operation might take several seconds because the Disk Cleanup wizard searches for files on the drive that can be cleaned up.
- If the Windows Update Cleanup option is not displayed on the Disk Cleanup tab, click Clean up system files. If the Windows Update Cleanup option is displayed on the Disk Cleanup tab, go to step 5.
Note The Windows Update Cleanup option is available only when you log on by using administrator permissions.
- Select the Windows 7 system drive, and then click OK.
- On the Disk Cleanup tab, select Windows Update Cleanup, and then click OK.
Note By default, the Windows Update Cleanup option is already selected.
- When a dialog box appears, click Delete Files.
To download the utility (Hotfix) from here: Windows Update Cleanup
Chips based on ARM designs power Apple’s popular Iphone and iPad devices and devices that run Google’s Android software. Intel’s perceived momentum took another blow in January, when Microsoft said the next version of its mainstream Windows operating system will for the first time work on ARM chips as well as the x86 design sold by Intel and AMD. Intel had one key mission at its analyst meeting this week: convincing investors that it can still catch up to rival ARM Holdings in the mobile market. One of its arguments seems to have miffed longtime partner Microsoft…more info Click here
Intel exec shares more on Microsoft’s Windows 8 plans..Click here to read this article from ZDNet
Microsoft’s is connecting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for connect-anywhere access using DirectAccess technology
DirectAccess is a way for Windows 7 clients to securely connect the corporate network from any location without any traditional VPN. It encrypts bidirectional connection between the enterprise domain and the client device prior to the user logging on to the system, allowing admins to manage the remote machine via Group Policy and it physically connected to the network and always stays on. This is very useful for network administrator to troubleshoot the server. Greater functionality means greater hardware and software requirements.
The following list of DirectAccess requirements comes directly from Microsoft TechNet:
One or more DirectAccess servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 with two network adapters:
One connected directly to the Internet, and a second connected to the intranet.
On the DirectAccess server, at least two consecutive, public IPv4 addresses assigned to the network adapter that’s connected to the Internet.
DirectAccess clients running Windows 7.
At least one domain controller and DNS server running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
A public key infrastructure (PKI) to issue computer certificates to the protection for traffic.
IPv6 transition technologies available for use on the DirectAccess server: ISATAP, Teredo, and 6to4. Optionally, DirectAccess runs over IPv6 and only connects to Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and most of the network are still on IPv4. In order for DirectAccess to communicate over the Internet, bridging protocols such as 6to4 or Teredo have to be used to encapsulate IPv6 packets over any IPv4 medium or network device.
Server and Desktop OS release road map from Microsoft
I’ve seen the preview of this 2 software at GITEX 2009 on Micorsoft stand. they are introducing so many cool features
Microsoft will begin releasing new versions of Office-related products on 2010. Exchange 2010 will be the first , entering beta for customers to download from MSDN. Exchange 2010 will become available in the second half of 2009. For more information about the release date click here. Now the best part is that there won’t be any .PST nightmare!!!
Office 2010 — including Office Web applications, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010. Office 2010 will come in 2 flavors (for 32-bit and for 64-bit processors) Also a rumor, Office 2010 with Windows Mobile 6.5 !!!