Windows Vista upgrade clean install workaround

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

You had to know it would be a matter of time. Not long after I wrote about the limitations of Vista’s upgrade version I found this. First let me reset. Previous versions of Windows upgrade versions would allow you to do a “clean” install (format the drive) if you had the previous versions install media [...]

Vista torrent pulled

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Several days ago I mentioned that had copied the Windows Vista download into a bittorrent tracker and allowed bittorrent downloads of the DVD iso. Well, they’ve received a cease and desist order as thanks for their efforts. Some are saying the fact that the download servers are slammed to the point MS is recommending [...]

Microsoft Vista hardware requirements…

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Microsoft has started releasing details of the hardware requirements for the upcoming release of Vista. It appears there are two categories of requirements. One is a bare minimum for vista, the other is a minimum for Vista Premium. They’re calling the specs Vista Capable and Premium Ready…    Send article as PDF   

Vista UAP (User Account Protection) – too much?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

First let me tell you I have not seen first hand Microsoft’s Vista UAP (User Account Protection) I cannot then claim firsthand experience with it, the following is and will be based on what I have read plus how it relates and compares to linux and “run as” functionality. George Ou thinks that UAP is [...]

Vista’s rocky road….

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Microsoft hasn’t got a lot of positive free publicity about Vista that I’ve seen. I read about a Gartner Group suggesting that it wouldn’t be available until 2nd quarter 2007. (Which was shortly after Microsoft said they wouldn’t make 4th quarter 2006 if I recall…) I’ve seen a lot of analysts talking about how the [...]

Vista has network surprises for some beta testers

Friday, August 19th, 2005

I saw something about this last week but held off until I could read a bit more. It seems that the Beta version of Windows Vista (the successor to XP) has a feature enabled by default that has caught a few testers by surprise.    Send article as PDF   

Lawsuit to block the release of Windows Vista?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 is reporting on a move by a public interest lawyer (who is running as a Republican for the Governors Office of Illinois) who is attempting to block the distribution of Windows Vista. He intends to ask Microsoft for an unconditional warranty that the operating system is free from major bugs that could lead to [...]

Sunbeltblog on Windows Vista’s attempt to keep Windows up to speed

Monday, August 8th, 2005

Sunbelt blog has an article about Microsoft’s plan to keep Windows Vista from becomming more sluggish as the system aged. Microsoft’s plan is to run defragmentation in the background and preloading commonly used components as outlined in this article.    Send article as PDF   

OpenGL asking for help as Vista appears poised to make it useless

Monday, August 8th, 2005

It looks as though Windows Vista has been designed to essentially neutralized the usability of OpenGL, one of two competing 3d acceleration apis. Directx *(by Microsoft) is the other competing API and from what I read, the current structure makes OpenGL applications run through Directx cutting performance by 50%, preventing upgrades of the API and [...]

Monad will not be in Windows Vista

Friday, August 5th, 2005

I wrote earlier about “proof of concept” viruses that targeted Monad, the next generation command shell from Microsoft. There had been talk that Monad would ship with Windows Vista and so some people were saying these “proof of concept” virii were the first to target Vista. Well, according to the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog [...]


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