77 Windows 7 Tips

Windows 7 may be Microsoft’s most anticipated product ever. It builds on Windows Vista’s positives, and eliminates many of that OS’s negatives. It adds new functionality, too—all in a package that is less resource-hungry than its predecessor.

And whether or not you’re upgrading from Vista or skipping it altogether and moving up from Windows XP, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it in your environment.

Here are the 77 Windows 7 tips easy & simple:

1. Pick Your Edition. Most business users do not need the more expensive Ultimate Edition; stick with Professional unless you specifically need BitLocker.

2. Upgrading? Go 64-bit. As the second major Windows release to fully support 64-bit, the x64 architecture has definitely arrived on the desktop. Don’t buy new 32-bit hardware unless it’s a netbook.

3. Use Windows XP Mode. Yes, it’s only an embedded Virtual PC with a full copy of WinXP—but it’s an embedded Virtual PC with a full copy of Windows XP! This is the first profoundly intelligent use of desktop virtualization we’ve seen—and a great way to move to Windows 7 without giving up full Windows XP compatibility.

4. Use Windows PowerShell v2. More than just a shell, this is the administration tool you’ve always wanted: Parallel, distributed processing for administrative tasks! Manage 100 machines literally as easily as you manage one with the new Remoting feature. Windows PowerShell v2 ships for the first time in Windows 7, and within six months will be available for older versions of Windows.

5. Use AppLocker. We’ve been fans of Software Restriction Policies since Windows XP, and AppLocker finally makes application whitelisting possible. Use it to enhance or even replace your anti-virus software, ensuring that only the software you want to run will run.

6. Shift to and from Explorer and CommandPrompt. The classic Windows power toy Open Command Prompt Here is now an integral part of Windows 7 Explorer. Hold down the shift key then right-click a folder to add this option to the property menu. While you’re in a command prompt, if you want to open an Explorer window with the focus of the window on the current directory, enter start.

7. Record Problems. The Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) is a great new feature that helps in troubleshooting a system (see Figure 1). At times, Remote Assistance may not be possible. However, if a person types psr in their Instant Search, it will launch the recorder. Now they can perform the actions needed to recreate the problem and each click will record the screen and the step. They can even add comments. Once complete, the PSR compiles the whole thing into an MHTML file and zips it up so that it can be e-mailed for analysis to the network admin (or family problem solver, depending on how it’s being used).

Figure 1 The Problem Steps Recorder dramatically speeds up troubleshooting. (Click the image for a larger view)

8. Make Training Videos. Use a tool like Camtasia to record short, two to three minute video tutorials to help your users find relocated features, operate the new Taskbar and so forth. Get them excited about Windows 7—and prepared for it.

9. Start Thinking About Windows Server 2008 R2. Some of Windows 7’s more compelling features, like BranchCache, work in conjunction with the new server OS. The R2 upgrade path is pretty straightforward, so there’s little reason not to take advantage of the synergies if you can afford upgrade licenses.

10. Prepare Those XP Machines. There’s no in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, so start planning to migrate user data now, in advance of a Windows 7 upgrade deployment.

11. Consider Clean Installs. Even when upgrading Windows Vista machines, consider a clean install rather than an in-place upgrade. Yes, it’s more hassle, but it’ll produce a more trouble-free computer in the long run.

12. Consider Upgrade Assurance. Even if you’ve never bought it before, consider it for your new Windows 7 licenses. Access to the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), which includes App-V, MED-V and other cool technologies, is worth the premium.

13. Find New Tools. Within Control Panel is a single Troubleshooting link that leads you to all of your diagnostic tools on the system. There are additional tools, however, not installed by default. Selecting the "View all" link in the top left-hand corner will help you to see which troubleshooting packs are local and which ones are online. If you find a tool that you don’t have, you can grab it from here.

14. Understand Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Windows 7 plays an important role in Microsoft’s VDI strategy, where virtualized Windows 7 machines are hosted on a central virtualization server using a special blanket "Enterprise Centralized Desktop" license. Read up and figure out if you can take advantage of this new strategy.

15. Prepare for DirectAccess. DirectAccess makes it easier for users to remotely access their office-based resources, without a VPN. DirectAccess also opens up remote computers more fully to Group Policy—but it requires Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2.

for all 77 tips: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.10.77windows.aspx

DUG Student’s Event

DUG is now having an event for Students only. This time sepcially for student we are presenting 3 sessions which are will be delivering by 3 MSPs (Rishu Mehra, Amit Khilnaney & Rahat Khanna). Sessions will be on Windows 7, IE8 Customization with IEAK & Windows Azure.

For registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=142720

Venue:

5th Floor, Microsoft’s Office,

Eros Croporate Tower,

Nehru Place, New Delhi,

Pin – 110019

 

Date: 31st October (Saturday), 2009

Timings: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

 

Agenda:

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM : DUG Student’s Meet : Rishu Mehra

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM : Windows Azure : Rahat Khanna, MSP

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM : Tea Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM : Windows 7 : Rishu Mehra, MSP | Microsoft Influencer

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM : Tea Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM : IE8 Customization with IEAK : Amit Khilnaney, MSP

     

For any assistance or queries reach me @: +91- 9818562858, rishumehra@merawindows.com

Delhi User Group Event: Rocked

Yesterday (Saturday, 24th, October, 2009) DUG Event/Meet was Rocking. 22 attendees were there & everyone liked all the sessions & open discussions. Sessions were on Managed Services & MVC ASP.net 4.0 on VS 2010 followed by 2 Open Discussion in which this time we discussed on SilverLight, Office 2010, Web 2.0, Cloud Computing etc. Special thanks to Ganesh, Apporv, Swati, Ruhi & Prarshant to come all the way from Jaipur to Delhi to attend the Event. That is very appreciated to you all & this is very enthusiastic.

Session on VS 2010 was very informative regarding all the developers & all the students go to learn some new aspect of ASP.net 4.0. Ravi Pahuja was delivered all the very best of him in his session of VS 2010. Managed Services was deliver perfectly by Jayant Jindal for IT Pros.

Even this time we was had the plan to deliver a session on Silverlight but the speaker (Subodh N. Pushpak) was unable to come at the event because of some personal reasons thats why I contacted .

Thanks to all who have attended the DUG Event & next  time I wanna see more attendees more participation from you all. It was Rocking.

Please do send me your suggestions for the next event in Novemeber.

Photos & PPTS of the event will be uploading very soon on the SkyDrive of me, DelhiITPro & Techtogether. 

Play To Windows 7: The Community Launch Online‏

23-Oct-09 2:00pm – 4:30pm Play To: Windows 7 Abhishek Kant & Other Experts
26-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Performance: New dimensions Shantanu Kaushik
27-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Networking: Internet and Home Networking Allen B Tuladhar and Ramesh K
28-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Localization: Setting up Windows 7 to work in Hindi Ravishankar Shrivastava
29-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Entertainment: Windows Media Centre Soumitra Sengupta
30-Oct-09 4:00pm – 5:30pm Essentials: Windows Live Manan Kakkar

Delhi User Group Event: on 24th October, 2009

Hello Folks,

After the big success of Microsoft Community TechDays, Delhi UG is coming up with a new event on 24th October, 2009. This time we would be Microsoft Silverlight (by Subodh Nath Pushpak, MCP) & Managing Services on Windows (by Jayant Jindal, Microsoft MVP) followed by open discussion. For this event target audiences would be Students, Professional Developers and IT Pros.

For Registration: http://www.clicktoattend.com/?id=142139

Date: 24th October, 2009

Timings: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Venue:

Microsoft Office, 5th Floor,

Eros Corporate Tower,

Nehru Place, New Delhi,

Pin – 110017

Agenda:

Timings

Topic

Speaker

1:00 – 1:30

DUG Meet

UG Leads

1:30 – 2:30

Microsoft Silverlight

Subodh N. Pushpak, MCP

2:30 – 3:00

Open Discussion

UG Leads, Attendees

3:00 – 3:15

Tea Break

 

3:15 – 4:15

Managing Services on Windows

Jayant Jindal, Microsoft MVP

4:15 – 5:00

Open Discussion, QnA & Closure

UG Leads, Attendees

 

Hope to see you there at the event.

For any assistance or queries please reach me @:
+91-9818562858,
rishumehra@merawindows.com
 

  

Turnoff Autoplay in Windows 7

There are times when it’s super convenient to have Windows automatically do something when you insert some media or a device into your PC, such as when you insert a DVD and it starts playing.  There are times when it’s not, here’s the easy way to stop it for specific devices (or media) in just 2 steps…

  • Insert the device or media and the AutoPlay popup will appear, at the bottom is the magic option View more AutoPlay options in Control Panel.  Select this.

turn off autorun 1

 

  • Next you’ll be given the same option for every type of media you can play on your machine and for all the devices that you currently have attached.  Change this to Take no action from Ask me every time (1 in the screenshot below) to make Windows 7 ignore the device from the point of view of doing something automatic with it.  (iTunes will still start with your iPod because it’s not actually Windows that makes that decision, there’s a program running in the background that watches for your iPod).  Click the Save button to save and activate the setting, and you can test it by disconnecting your device and adding it again.

turn off autorun 2

 

If you do the same thing with the memory card for your camera every time you insert it you can also change the option to Import pictures and video using Windows to automatically bring everything into your Pictures library

Pushing the Limits of Windows: Handles

This is the fifth post of the “Pushing the Limits of Windows” series in Mark’s blog, where he focuses on the upper bound on the number and size of resources that Windows manages, such as physical memory, virtual memory, processes and threads:

  1. Pushing the Limits of Windows: Physical Memory
  2. Pushing the Limits of Windows: Virtual Memory
  3. Pushing the Limits of Windows: Paged and Nonpaged Pool
  4. Pushing the Limits of Windows: Processes and Threads

In this post, he goes inside the implementation of handles to find and explain their limits. Handles are data structures that represent open instances of basic operating system objects applications interact with, such as files, registry keys, synchronization primitives, and shared memory. There are two limits related to the number of handles a process can create: the maximum number of handles the system sets for a process and the amount of memory available to store the handles and the objects the application is referencing with its handles.

In most cases the limits on handles are far beyond what typical applications or a system ever use. However, applications not designed with the limits in mind may push them in ways their developers don’t anticipate. A more common class of problems arise because the lifetime of these resources must be managed by applications and, just like for virtual memory, resource lifetime management management is challenging even for the best developers. An application that fails to release unneeded resources causes a leak of the resource that can ultimately cause a limit to be hit, resulting in bizarre and difficult to diagnose behaviors for the application, other applications or the system in general.

Read the article here  – http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2009/09/29/3283844.aspx

Microsoft To Relase Free Anti Virus Morro Soon!..

Microsoft is about to release a first public beta version of their new free anti-virus software program Morro which is supposed to fill the gap left by the Microsoft One Care demise. Morro seems to be concentrating on being an anti-virus software program without additional modules that allow a user to create backups or use a firewall for extra protection. Those extra modules are on the other hand already available in the Windows 7 operating system which makes Morro the ideal candidate to fill the one layer of protection that is not already shipping with Windows 7: Anti-virus protection.

Microsoft has said "it will provide protection from several types of malicious software including viruses, spyware, rootkits & trojans"

It is not yet clear how Morro will run along with Windows Defender. It basically seems that Morro will be Windows Defender with added capabilities to detect and remove viruses, rootkits and trojans as well as spyware. The anti-virus software is expected to enter public beta stage in the coming months with no exact date given yet.

for more information:

http://windows7news.com/2009/06/11/microsoft-to-release-free-anti-virus-software-morro-soon/

Community Tech Days – Delhi: Most Rocking Ever in Delhi!

Hello Freinds,

 

Yesterday (25/09/09) it was Microsoft CTD (Community Tech Days) in Delhi. This was the biggest event ever in the history of Delhi’s UGs & got a very big participation ever. More than 300 peoples attended the session. Hats Off to all the Speakers –Ranjana Jain, Bijoy Singhal, Abhishek Baxi & Col. Dhanaraj Saripalli for their sessions & the best part was the keynote by Vineet Gupta.

In short I can say the most Rocking & most Electrifying event ever in the Delhi’s UGs.

Special thanks to Supreet Singh & Parveen Kumar for their support & biggest thanks to all the attendees for attending, supporting us & take out the time for the event from their buzy schedule.

Will be making these kind of events in future. Delhi IT Pro & DelhiDevs Rocks once again together.

PPTs & Photos of the event will be uploading very soon.

cheers
Rishu Mehra