Building a Windows 7 Image for Dell ImageDirect

On October 16, 2010, Posted by , In desktop, By , With No Comments

ImageDirect is a Dell service that allows you to customize the software on a Dell PC before it ships from Dell’s manufacturing facility. In a distributed organization ImageDirect saves PC support staff from unboxing new PCs, ‘staging’ the PC with preferred configuration settings and software, and boxing and reshipping the…

Windows 7 is doing phenomenally well

On January 21, 2010, Posted by , In IT news commentary, By , With No Comments

According to this article on Ars Technica even if Windows is slowly losing share, Windows 7 is doing phenomenally well.

Windows 7 Backup & Restore

On November 21, 2009, Posted by , In systems administration, By , With No Comments

I had my first disk failure this week of my Windows 7 laptop hard drive. Fortunately I’ve been using Windows 7 Backup, and all I had to do was plug in the external USB drive with my backups to another machine, boot off the Windows 7 installation CD, and select…

Windows Utilities

On July 27, 2009, Posted by , In desktop, By , With No Comments

CNET has an excellent article on free Windows utilities at download.com.  Featured tools include Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice, Gimp, Paint.NET, MediaMonkey, 7-zip, Foxit, Pidgin, Smart Defrag, WinDirStat and Process Explorer. Process Explorer is part of the Windows Sysinternals Suite available from Microsoft for power users. Microsoft also provide free downloads of…

Windows on over 95% of new netbooks

On June 9, 2009, Posted by , In IT news commentary, By , With No Comments

According to this press release Britain’s largest chain of computing superstores has dropped Linux from netbook sales in stores. Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communication Manager at Microsoft posted an article stating that “We’ve seen Windows share on [netbooks] in the U.S. go from under 10% of unit sales during the first…

Windows 7 First Impressions

On May 16, 2009, Posted by , In desktop, By , With No Comments

Windows 7 RC was made widely available for download on 5th May from the Windows 7 home page. RC stands for Release Candidate, which means that it is a trial pre-release version that will expire in 2010 but be upgradable to the official release. The story behind the naming of…

Drive Mappings with VBScript

On April 3, 2008, Posted by , In systems administration, By , With No Comments

I found this script at Programmer’s Corner.